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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Airbus challenges Boeing cargo dominance with A350 freighter

Tim Hepher

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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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Therapeutic rationale for paracetamol/ibuprofen pain prescription combination

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

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

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

Key points

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Therapeutic rationale for the combination

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

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

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

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

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

Efficacy of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations 

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

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

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

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

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

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

a Until February 2018.

Safety of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations 

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

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

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

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

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

Consider precautions and side effects of both NSAIDs and paracetamol

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

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

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

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

Place of paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations in therapy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Paracetamol/ibuprofen combinations in Australia

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

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

Nuromol et al

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

Information for patients

Consumer Medicine Information is available for both Nuromol and Maxigesic.


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

But is Harry Charlie’s son??? Don’t think so….

wait a minute…….

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Prince Charles Doesn’t Want To See Harry When He Returns to the UK

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

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

It’s no secret that the royals spent a significant time at their estate in Scotland during holidays and the summer, so it’s not out of the ordinary that Charles would be there at this time of year. But according to the Sun, Charles doesn’t plan on changing his schedule to see Harry, and that’s that.

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Apparently, Charles will “leave the boys to it.”

“Harry will need to quarantine for at least five days when he lands in England, most likely at Frogmore Cottage in Windsor,” a source said. “Charles has made it quite clear he will not be around beyond that because he is going to Scotland. There is no planned meeting between the three of them.”

Well, that settles that.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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It seems the royal family feud is far from over.

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

We just hope the statue unveiling is low drama. Diana deserves at least that.

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

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

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

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

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

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


A royal palace is one that is used as a residence, such as Buckingham Palace and Kensington Palace, regardless of whether the monarch is actually living there at the time.https://8ce2d640fb1c5f63574698ceeefda17d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0

The question of immunity was raised when Prince Philip ‘s Range Rover was involved in a crash with another vehicle near Sandringham. There were no arrests in the case.

In 2002, the Princess Royal, Princess Anne, was fined £500 and made to pay compensation after pleading guilty to a charge of one of her dogs attacking children. She was the first member of the royal family to plead guilty to a criminal offence.

She was also fined £400 for speeding in her Bentley after admitting driving at 93mph in a 70mph zone in Gloucestershire the year before. In a separate later incident her daughter, Zara Tindall, was banned from driving for six months after being caught speeding at 91mph.

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

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

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

By Brandon Tensley

APRIL 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Brandon Tensley is the associate editor at New America, a host of Slate’s Outward podcast, and a contributing writer at Pacific Standard magazine, where he covers culture.



Popular American actress Helen Hunt climbed Hollywood dizzy heights,now she is in the canyons of adversity

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

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

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

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

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

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

Box office struggles

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

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

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

Critics weren’t kind to Then She Found Me

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

It’s hard to improve on Oscar Wilde

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Her big movie was pulled before it hit theaters

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

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

She’s been working in some low-key projects

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

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

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

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

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


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

VALIUS VENCKUNASon 24th July 2021

Top 10 airline marketing failures

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

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

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

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

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

Honorary mention: The Hoover free flights promotion

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

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

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

10. Qantas’ mistimed call for feedback

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

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

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

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

9. Braniff’s accidental nudist call

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

6. VietJet’s bikini shenanigans

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

4. Malaysia Airlines’ bucket list

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

2. British Airways’ attempts at avant-garde 

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

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

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

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

1. American Airlines AAirpass

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The White House Is Attacking Us

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ephesians 6:12

The inner evil conflict

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

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

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


Committee of Public Safety 1793


Committee of Public Safety

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Historical caricature on the reign of terror

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Bernie Sanders blames US sanctions for Cuban protests

NEWS Bernie Sanders blames US sanctions for Cuban protests while AOC silent By Lee Brown July 13, 2021 | 9:17am Outspoken socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez remained silent as of early Tuesday about violent protests erupting in Cuba, while Sen. Bernie Sanders finally spoke out — to blame US sanctions rather than decades of Communist dictatorship. “All people have the right to protest and to live in a democratic society,” Sanders tweeted just before midnight Monday of the protests that started Sunday demanding “freedom” and the removal of President Miguel Díaz-Canel. “I call on the Cuban government to respect opposition rights and refrain from violence,” the democratic socialist implored of the leader who had called for “revolutionaries” to take to the streets and fight for communism. “It’s also long past time to end the unilateral U.S. embargo on Cuba, which has only hurt, not helped, the Cuban people,” Sanders (I-Vt.) wrote. Protests in Cuba began Sunday demanding freedom and the removal of President Miguel Díaz-Canel. AFP via Getty Images His message received backlash from many who suggested he was missing the clear message being sent by protesters demanding freedom from the nation’s rulers — with viral images also showing some carrying American flags as a symbol of the democracy they sought. Sen. Bernie Sanders called for an end to the US embargo on Cuba, saying it has “only hurt, not helped, the Cuban people.” AFP via Getty Images “You want to help? Repost the unedited streams coming from the Cuban youth on the island. They are calling for Liberty and an end to Communism,” Miami-based musician Eloy Escagedo replied to Sanders. “As a Cuban, I can tell you the US Embargo have to stay in place until the Castro/DiazCanel dictatorship is out of Cuba,” someone named May also tweeted him. “The Cuban people need support to remove the government!!!!!” Cuban President Miguel Díaz-Canel was seen among protesters calling for changes to the government and his removal. AFP via Getty Images Others noted just how long it had taken the democratic socialist to speak up. “He needed 72 hours to wrap his head around it,” economist and conservative blogger Max Murray quipped. Still, Sanders had done more than other progressive Democratic leaders, with critics noting the ongoing silence of the party’s usually outspoken progressive “Squad” members. Protesters marched through Cuba chanting “Down with the dictatorship” and “We want liberty.” AFP via Getty Images Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was active on Twitter until late Monday — ripping white supremacy, without any mention of Cuba. Other outspoken “Squad” members like Reps. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) also appear to have ignored the protests. Fox Business host Stuart Varney had insisted in his show that the “silence from America’s left” was because the protests were highlighting “the failure of socialism.” “The far left want to make America more like Cuba. But a lot of Cubans apparently want to be more like Americans,” Varney said. Outspoken Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rep. Ilhan Omar and Rep. Rashida Tlaib have not publicly commented on the Cuba protests. Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images FILED UNDER ALEXANDRIA OCASIO-CORTEZ ,  BERNIE SANDERS ,  COMMUNISM ,  CUBA ,  PROTESTS ,  SOCIALISM ,  7/13/21 trending now Whopper of a message: BK staff sticks it to bosses with viral sign Lisa Rinna celebrates birthday with swimsuit selfie: ‘This is 58’ Former Nickelodeon actress in tears after ‘hate’ for dance video critique Fashion CEO found sexual freedom after leaving Orthodox life Here’s the moment a group of selfie-takers was struck by lightning Fans defend Justin Bieber over clip of seemingly heated moment with Hailey Baldwin Email Newsletters Mobile Apps Contact Us Tips Facebook Twitter Instagram LinkedIn Email YouTube © 2021 NYP Holdings, Inc. All Rights Reserved Terms of Use | Privacy


Managing Your Emotions at Work

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Managing Your Emotions at Work

Controlling Your Feelings… Before They Control You

Everything can be taken from a man but the last of human freedoms – the ability to choose one’s attitude in a given set of circumstances, to choose one’s way.

– Viktor Frankl, “Man’s Search for Meaning.”

We’ve all been in one of “those” situations before. You know… when your favorite project is canceled after weeks of hard work; when a customer snaps at you unfairly; when your best friend (and co-worker) is laid off suddenly; or your boss assigns you more work when you’re already overloaded.

In your personal life, your reaction to stressful situations like these might be to start shouting, or to go hide in a corner and feel sorry for yourself for a while. But at work, these types of behavior could seriously harm your professional reputation, as well as your productivity.

Stressful situations are all too common in a workplace that’s facing budget cuts, staff layoffs, and department changes. It may become harder and harder to manage your emotions under these circumstances, but it’s even more important for you to do so. After all, if management is forced into making more layoffs, they may choose to keep those who can handle their emotions, and work well under pressure. No matter what the situation is, you’re always free to choose how you react  to it.

So, how can you become better at handling your emotions, and “choosing” your reactions to bad situations? In this article, we look at the most common negative emotions experienced in the workplace – and how you can manage them productively.

Why are we focusing only on negative emotions? Well, most people don’t need strategies for managing their positive emotions. After all, feelings of joy, excitement, compassion, or optimism usually don’t affect others in a negative way. As long as you share positive emotions constructively and professionally, they’re great to have in the workplace!

Common Negative Emotions at Work

In 1997, Bond University professor of management Cynthia Fisher conducted a study called “Emotions at Work: What Do People Feel, and How Should We Measure It?

According to Fisher’s research, the most common negative emotions experienced in the workplace are as follows:

  • Frustration/irritation.
  • Worry/nervousness.
  • Anger/aggravation.
  • Dislike.
  • Disappointment/unhappiness.

From “Emotions at Work: What Do People Feel and How Should we Measure it?” by Cynthia D. Fisher. School of Business Discussion Paper; No. 63, February 1997. © Copyright Cynthia D. Fisher and the School of Business, Bond University.

Below are different strategies you can use to help you deal with each of these negative emotions.


Frustration usually occurs when you feel stuck or trapped, or unable to move forward in some way. It could be caused by a colleague blocking your favorite project, a boss who is too disorganized to get to your meeting on time, or simply being on hold on the phone for a long time.

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Whatever the reason, it’s important to deal with feelings of frustration quickly, because they can easily lead to more negative emotions, such as anger.

Here are some suggestions for dealing with frustration:

  • Stop and evaluate – One of the best things you can do is mentally stop yourself, and look at the situation. Ask yourself why you feel frustrated. Write it down, and be specific. Then think of one positive thing about your current situation. For instance, if your boss is late for your meeting, then you have more time to prepare. Or, you could use this time to relax a little.
  • Find something positive about the situation – Thinking about a positive aspect of your situation often makes you look at things in a different way. This small change in your thinking can improve your mood. When it’s people who are causing your frustration, they’re probably not doing it deliberately to annoy you. And if it’s a thing that’s bothering you – well, it’s certainly not personal! Don’t get mad, just move on.
  • Remember the last time you felt frustrated – The last time you were frustrated about something, the situation probably worked out just fine after a while, right? Your feelings of frustration or irritation probably didn’t do much to solve the problem then, which means they’re not doing anything for you right now.


With all the fear and anxiety that comes with increasing numbers of layoffs, it’s no wonder that many people worry about their jobs. But this worry can easily get out of control, if you allow it, and this can impact not only your mental health, but also your productivity, and your willingness to take risks at work.

Try these tips to deal with worrying:

  • Don’t surround yourself with worry and anxiety – For example, if co-workers gather in the break room to gossip and talk about job cuts, then don’t go there and worry with everyone else. Worrying tends to lead to more worrying, and that isn’t good for anyone.
  • Try deep-breathing exercises – This helps slow your breathing and your heart rate. Breathe in slowly for five seconds, then breathe out slowly for five seconds. Focus on your breathing, and nothing else. Do this at least five times. For more on this, read our article on Physical Relaxation Techniques .
  • Focus on how to improve the situation – If you fear being laid off, and you sit there and worry, that probably won’t help you keep your job. Instead, why not brainstorm ways to bring in more business, and show how valuable you are to the company?
  • Write down your worries in a worry log – If you find that worries are churning around inside your mind, write them down in a notebook or “worry log,” and then schedule a time to deal with them. Before that time, you can forget about these worries, knowing that you’ll deal with them. When it comes to the time you’ve scheduled, conduct a proper risk analysis  around these things, and take whatever actions are necessary to mitigate any risks.

When you’re worried and nervous about something, it can dent your self-confidence. Read our article on Building Self-Confidence  to make sure this doesn’t happen. Also, don’t let your worries get in the way of being appropriately assertive .


Out-of-control anger is perhaps the most destructive emotion that people experience in the workplace. It’s also the emotion that most of us don’t handle very well. If you have trouble managing your temper at work, then learning to control it is one of the best things you can do if you want to keep your job.

Try these suggestions to control your anger:

  • Watch for early signs of anger – Only you know the danger signs when anger is building, so learn to recognize them when they begin. Stopping your anger early is key. Remember, you can choose how you react in a situation. Just because your first instinct is to become angry doesn’t mean it’s the correct response.
  • If you start to get angry, stop what you’re doing – Close your eyes, and practice the deep-breathing exercise we described earlier. This interrupts your angry thoughts, and it helps put you back on a more positive path.
  • Picture yourself when you’re angry – If you imagine how you look and behave while you’re angry, it gives you some perspective on the situation. For instance, if you’re about to shout at your co-worker, imagine how you would look. Is your face red? Are you waving your arms around? Would you want to work with someone like that? Probably not.

To find out more about managing your anger at work, take our self-test How Good Is Your Anger Management?  Also, read Dealing with Unfair Criticism  and Anger Management .


We’ve probably all had to work with someone we don’t like. But it’s important to be professional, no matter what.

Here are some ideas for working with people you dislike:

  • Be respectful – If you have to work with someone you don’t get along with, then it’s time to set aside your pride and ego. Treat the person with courtesy and respect, as you would treat anyone else. Just because this person behaves in an unprofessional manner, that doesn’t mean you should as well.
  • Be assertive – If the other person is rude and unprofessional, then firmly explain that you refuse to be treated that way, and calmly leave the situation. Remember, set the example.

To learn more about handling dislike in the workplace, please see our articles on Working With People You Don’t Like , Dealing With Difficult People  and Egos at Work .


Dealing with disappointment or unhappiness at work can be difficult. Of all the emotions you might feel at work, these are the most likely to impact your productivity. If you’ve just suffered a major disappointment, your energy will probably be low, you might be afraid to take another risk, and all of that may hold you back from achieving.

Here are some proactive steps you can take to cope with disappointment and unhappiness:

  • Look at your mindset – Take a moment to realize that things won’t always go your way. If they did, life would be a straight road instead of one with hills and valleys, ups and downs, right? And it’s the hills and valleys that often make life so interesting.
  • Adjust your goal – If you’re disappointed that you didn’t reach a goal, that doesn’t mean the goal is no longer reachable. Keep the goal, but make a small change – for example, delay the deadline.Our Back On Track  article provides practical steps for recovering from a major career setback.
  • Record your thoughts – Write down exactly what is making you unhappy. Is it a co-worker? Is it your job? Do you have too much to do? Once you identify the problem, start brainstorming ways to solve it or work around it. Remember, you always have the power to change your situation.
  • Smile! – Strange as it may sound, forcing a smile – or even a grimace – onto your face can often make you feel happy (this is one of the strange ways in which we humans are “wired.”) Try it – you may be surprised!

Key Points

We all have to deal with negative emotions at work sometimes, and learning how to cope with these feelings is now more important than ever. After all, negative emotions can spread, and no one wants to be around a person who adds negativity to a group.

Know what causes your negative emotions, and which types of feelings you face most often. When those emotions begin to appear, immediately start your strategy to interrupt the cycle. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to pull yourself away from negative thinking.

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Seriously? You feel frustrated- just remember that it always works out and think happy thoughts. You’re unhappy- just smile, you always have the power to change your situation. This article is out of touch and reeks of a privilege.thetalkjohn 2021-03-07 14:41:09

Ok takes a really long time to say something simple.Non Member 2021-02-21 13:17:59Ajaygupta 2021-01-03 06:39:18

Quite insightful

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Android applications could be compromised


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Backdoors have been detected in several thousand Android applications

Cyber ​​security specialists have re-examined applications available for the Android mobile system for backdoors and other hidden functions. Red flags were detected in more than 12 thousand application.

The study was conducted by scientists from the University of Ohio, New York University and CISPA Helmholtz Center for Information Security. Experts have scanned 100,000 most downloaded applications from Google Play, 20,000 applications from alternative stores and 30,000 applications pre-installed on Samsung devices.

Android applications with a hidden backdoor

A new InputScope tool was used to detect hidden functions, including backdoors, which analyzes the automatic behavior of the application in response to user input. The tool turned out to be so effective that with its use, researchers were able to detect as many as 12.7 thousand. applications that contain undocumented features, many of which allowed unauthorized access to your user account.

It’s about o service modes, hidden options and master passwords about which the user is not informed during the application installation on his phone. The most discoveries of this type, as many as 6,800, were made in applications available in the Google Play Store. What’s more, we’re often talking about programs with millions of downloads.

The most common backdoor were access keys hidden in the application, which the user does not learn about during installation (7584 applications). Another problem is hidden functions that allow access to the application and its permissions, which were found in 6013 programs. Hidden master passwords (so-called master passwords) were found in 501 applications.

This does not mean that all applications indicated by experts are doing something wrong

As assured by Kamil Sadkowski, a senior threat analyst at ESET, the mere fact of having applications of this type does not mean that they can be easily used. Potentially, however, they can become a serious security threat, e.g. when the device is lost.

– Where do undocumented functions in applications come from? Sometimes they are intentionally left by the creators as “flavors” for the most inquisitive users. Much more often, however, these are the tools used by developers at the stage of application development and identifying errors in their operation, which have not been removed from the final version. The problem is that what a programmer can be a tool for a criminal can turn out to be a loophole that will bypass the user’s security measures and gain access to his data – explains Kamil Sadkowski from ESET.

According to Sadkowski, the only thing users can do to minimize the risk in such a situation is to follow the basic principles of safe smartphone use.

The idea is to pay attention to what permissions it requests from us when installing the application. Let’s also remember that in many cases, to use such a hidden backdoor, someone must have physical access to our smartphone. That is why it is worth guarding your device and secure it with a strong lock password or biometrics.

You can find the full report on Android app research here .

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Race Remains the American Dilemma

NYU Furman Center


Race Remains the American Dilemma

by Richard Rothstein | March 2014

Charles Clotfelter describes two definitions of “segregation.” I think it preferable to restrict the term to his first use, a “system of state enforced regulations as under Jim Crow in the U.S. or under apartheid in South Africa.” For statistics describing sub-population concentrations, we should use terms like “dissimilarity” to avoid distraction from the important phenomenon of segregation itself.

Preserving this distinction makes it possible to have a conversation with millions of Americans who, following Chief Justice John Roberts and his conservative colleagues, won’t call dissimilarity “segregation,” instead labeling it racial “imbalance,” or what is commonly termed “de facto segregation.” Roberts himself avoids the de facto phrase, apparently considering it an oxymoron – if it is de facto, then it is not segregation.

In denying the Louisville and Seattle school districts a right to pursue explicit racial integration (in Parents Involved in Community Schools, 2007), Roberts wrote: “The distinction between segregation by state action and racial imbalance caused by other factors has been central to our jurisprudence … ‘Where [racial imbalance] is a product not of state action but of private choices, it does not have constitutional implications’.” Roberts went on to say that schools in the two cities were imbalanced because they are located in imbalanced neighborhoods; racial housing patterns in these cities might result from “societal discrimination,” but remedying discrimination “not traceable to [government’s] own actions” can never justify racial classifications of students.

The public, including scholars and liberal policymakers, has largely accepted Roberts’ distinction between de jure segregation (by government action) and imbalance (statistical dissimilarity). But even if we accept the legitimacy of this distinction, the facts don’t fit it the way Roberts supposes. What was unsettling about the Parents Involved opinions was not Roberts’ view, entirely expected, but Justice Stephen Breyer’s dissent which, while otherwise stirring and compelling, nonetheless accepted that segregation in Louisville and Seattle (and elsewhere) is indeed mostly de facto. Breyer’s argument was that where de facto segregation exists, schools should be permitted to integrate even if they cannot constitutionally be compelled to do so.

But in fact, our schools in Louisville, Seattle and elsewhere are racially imbalanced not because their neighborhoods are de facto imbalanced, but because those neighborhoods were segregated by government policy whose effects endure, structuring the residential opportunities of African Americans.

In some small cities, and in some racial border areas, some racial school integration can be accomplished by adjusting attendance zones, establishing magnet schools, or offering more parent-student choice. This is especially true – but only temporarily – where neighborhoods are in transition, either from gradual urban gentrification, or in first-ring suburbs to which urban ghetto populations are being displaced. But generally, our most distressed ghettos are too far distant from truly middle-class communities for school integration to occur without racially explicit policies of residential desegregation.

Although Justice Breyer argued that racial integration should be permitted as a remedy even where schools are not legally segregated, his acceptance of the de facto notion lends unwitting support to policymakers hoping to avoid difficult (but necessary) discussions of race by advocating plans of socioeconomic rather than racial integration. They hope that this substitution of class for race can dissolve the perpetual “American dilemma” of a racial caste system, without arousing racist opposition.

But it won’t work. Although race and poverty are correlated, they remain quite different, both in degree and in geographic distribution. As Paul Jargowsky shows (see, for example, his recent Century Foundation report, Concentration of Poverty in the New Millenium), black poverty is more concentrated than white poverty: in 2011, seven percent of poor whites lived in high poverty neighborhoods, while a breathtaking 23 percent of poor blacks lived in such neighborhoods. As Patrick Sharkey shows in his 2013 book, Stuck in Place, if African American parents themselves grew up in high poverty neighborhoods, their children are likely to have the same debilitating experience, but if white parents grew up in high poverty neighborhoods, their children are likely to escape that environment and live in middle class neighborhoods.

These differences are frequently obscured in education policy, to unfortunate effect. In most cases, the only socioeconomic data available to policymakers is whether students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. This category encompasses both poor and near-poor families with incomes up to 135 percent of the poverty line (and eligible for free lunches), and low-income working class families with incomes up to 185 percent of the poverty line (and eligible for reduced-price lunches). In consequence, “lunch-eligible” vs. “non-eligible” is not a good proxy for black vs. white; it is not even a very good proxy for disadvantaged vs. advantaged. If “free-lunch eligible” could be separated from “reduced-price eligible,” it would be a closer proxy, but very few states or districts report separate data for free as distinct from reduced-price eligibility.

Analysts observe that lunch-eligible black children achieve at lower levels than lunch-eligible white children, and too often conclude that the black-white academic achievement gap cannot be driven by socioeconomic differences but must result from incompetent (or racist) teachers and school systems. The conclusion is unfounded. While some teachers and school systems are incompetent (in middle-class as well as in disadvantaged neighborhoods) poor black children are hobbled by much more serious poverty, and much more concentrated and multigenerational poverty, than poor whites. Even if all had highly qualified teachers, poor (free-lunch eligible) black children will have lower average performance than low-income (reduced-price eligible) white children because of the greater educationally-relevant disadvantages with which typical free-lunch eligible children come to school.

For instance, low-income black children are more likely to be mobile, with unstable housing, than low-income whites; they are more likely to come from single parent households, and their parents are likely to have lower educational attainment. As Paul Jargowsky and Patrick Sharkey show, they are more likely than low-income whites to live in concentrated poverty in urban neighborhoods (and for multiple generations), and so are more likely to suffer from lead poisoning and asthma, more likely to be stressed (and have stressed parents) from environments where crime, drug dealing, and violence is more prevalent, and will have families with less access to nutritious food, primary care physicians, and opportunities for safe physical activity. All these characteristics, and many more, make it more difficult to make educational progress, all other conditions (such as school quality) being equal.

We will not accomplish much reduction of the black-white educational achievement gap if we pretend it only reflects socioeconomic differences that are so grossly mismeasured by the free- and reduced-price lunch category.

There is a second unintended and unfortunate consequence of relying on lunch status for policy purposes. Pro-integration liberals have increasingly proposed balancing lunch-eligible and middle class students in schools. Many hope to accomplish racial integration by this device, while avoiding both Supreme Court rejection and white families’ racially motivated opposition.

But the device will, in many cases, accomplish less racial integration than is being sought. Because lunch-eligible African American children are more likely to be poor or close to it, while lunch-eligible white children are more likely to be working class with low incomes, some share of the effort expended to integrate by socioeconomic status will end up not integrating black with white students, but integrating white working class (including Hispanic working class) with white middle class students. This is certainly a desirable goal, but not the same as racial integration.

To accomplish more, we will have to be race-conscious. And before we can expect the public to consider this, we must first discredit the widely-accepted notion that residential racial imbalance is de facto, or as the late Justice Potter Stewart once reflected, the result of “unknown and perhaps unknowable factors such as in-migration, birth rates, economic changes, or cumulative acts of private racial fears.”

In truth, nationwide metropolitan residential racial segregation today results largely from the ongoing effects of racially explicit government policies, quite similar to Jim Crow in the U.S. South and apartheid in South Africa. These government policies, although no longer explicit, had and continue to have enduring effects.  Policies of de jure residential segregation (within the Chief Justice’s meaning–intentional and racially explicit) have been well-documented but largely forgotten, including by many contemporary advocates of racial equality. It is urgent that we refamiliarize ourselves with this history because if we become aware of how African American ghettos were government-created and sustained, we will conclude that residential integration is constitutionally mandated–opinions of the Chief Justice and Justice Breyer notwithstanding. With that conclusion, we may be more willing to challenge the conventional wisdom that racially explicit remediation is to be avoided, and less willing to seek socioeconomic proxies to avoid speaking about race.

Here are some ways that government created de jure segregation:

From its New Deal inception and especially during and after World War II, federally funded public housing was explicitly racially segregated, both by federal and local governments. Not only in the South, but in the Northeast, Midwest, and West, projects were officially and publicly designated either for whites or for blacks. Some projects were “integrated” with separate buildings designated for whites or for blacks. Later, as white families left the projects for the suburbs, public housing became overwhelmingly black and in most cities was placed only in black neighborhoods, explicitly so. This policy continued one originating in the New Deal, when Harold Ickes, President Roosevelt’s first public housing director, established the “neighborhood composition rule” that public housing should not disturb the pre-existing racial composition of neighborhoods where it was placed.
Once the housing shortage eased and material was freed for post-World War II civilian purposes, the federal government subsidized relocation of whites to suburbs and prohibited similar relocation of blacks. Again, this was not implicit, not mere “disparate impact,” but racially explicit policy. The Federal Housing and Veterans Administrations recruited a nationwide cadre of mass-production builders who constructed developments on the East Coast like the Levittowns in Long Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware; on the West Coast like Lakeview and Panorama City in the Los Angeles area, Westlake (Daly City) in the San Francisco Bay Area, and several Seattle suburbs developed by William and Bertha Boeing; and in numerous other metropolises in between. These builders received federal loan guarantees on explicit condition that no sales be made to blacks and that each individual deed include a prohibition on re-sales to blacks.
The federal interstate highway system was constructed through urban areas with the explicit purpose of razing and then relocating black neighborhoods to be far from white neighborhoods, or of creating barriers between white and black neighborhoods.
Public police and prosecutorial power was used nationwide to enforce racial boundaries. Illustrations are legion. In the Chicago area, police forcibly evicted blacks who moved into an apartment in a white neighborhood; in Louisville, the locus of Parents Involved, the state prosecuted and jailed a white seller for sedition after he sold his home in his white neighborhood to a black family. Everywhere, North, South, East, and West, police stood by while thousands (not an exaggeration) of mobs set fire to and stoned homes purchased by blacks in white neighborhoods, and prosecutors almost never (if ever) charged well-known and easily identifiable mob leaders.

Other forms abound of racially explicit state action to segregate the urban landscape, in violation of the Fifth, Thirteenth, and Fourteenth Amendments. Yet the term “de facto segregation,” describing a never-existent reality, persists among otherwise well-informed advocates and scholars. The term, and its implied theory of private causation, hobbles our motivation to address de jure segregation as explicitly as Jim Crow was addressed in the South or apartheid was addressed in South Africa.

Many state policies to enforce residential segregation ended a half-century or more ago. Can we still consider racially separate neighborhoods de jure? I think yes. Equally explicit racial labor market policies ensured that in the mid-twentieth century when the white working and middle class grew in wealth and income, similarly situated African Americans were denied those opportunities. Government certification for exclusive collective bargaining of unions that openly excluded black workers is one example. Denial for explicitly racial reasons of minimum wage coverage to occupations in which black workers predominated is another. In consequence, most black families, who in the mid-twentieth century could have joined their white peers in the suburbs, can no longer afford to do so. Highways that were once constructed to separate white from black neighborhoods remain in place. A history of state-sponsored violence to keep African Americans in their ghettos cannot help but influence the present-day reluctance of many black families to integrate.

Today, when facially race-neutral housing or redevelopment policies have a disparate impact on African Americans, that impact is inextricably intertwined with the state-sponsored system of residential segregation that we established.   

Avoidance of our racial history is pervasive. We ensure the persistence of that avoidance for subsequent generations. In over 1,200 pages of McDougal Littell’s widely used high school textbook,The Americans, a single paragraph is devoted to 20th century “Discrimination in the North.” It devotes one passive-voice sentence to residential segregation, stating that “African Americans found themselves forced into segregated neighborhoods,” with no further explanation of how public policy was responsible. Another widely used textbook, Prentice Hall’s United States History, also attributes segregation to mysterious forces: “In the North, too, African Americans faced segregation and discrimination. Even where there were no explicit laws, de facto segregation, or segregation by unwritten custom or tradition, was a fact of life. African Americans in the North were denied housing in many neighborhoods.” History Alive!, a popular textbook published by the Teachers Curriculum Institute, teaches that segregation was only a Southern problem: “Even New Deal agencies practiced racial segregation, especially in the South,” failing to make any reference to what Ira Katznelson, in his 2013 Fear Itself, describes as FDR’s embrace of residential segregation in return for Southern support of his economic policies.

Socioeconomic integration should certainly be part of a broader assault against economic polarization. But even if this assault made modest progress, geographically separate black communities could be left behind. We are more likely to diminish racial segregation if we reacquaint ourselves with a history that imposes a constitutional obligation to dismantle this de jure legacy.

Richard Rothstein is a research associate of the Economic Policy Institute and senior fellow of the Chief Justice Earl Warren Institute on Law and Social Policy at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law.

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Big day for Uk


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Russians have an aircraft missing (believed crashed)

Antonov An-26 Crashes In Russia With 22 Passengers And 6 Crew


On Tuesday, an Antonov An-26 aircraft belonging to Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise went missing just before landing at Palana Airport. The plane, carrying 28 people, including one child, has disappeared from the radar and is presumed to have crashed into the sea. At the time of publication, authorities announced that parts of the aircraft had been located about five kilometers off the coast.

The An-26 is missing and presumed to have crashed into the sea. Photo: Getty Images

Failed to make scheduled communication

An Antonov An-26 twin-engined turboprop has gone missing in the Russian Far East. The plane, carrying 22 passengers and six crew, is presumed to have crashed just off the coast of the Kamchatka peninsula. The aircraft disappeared from the radar after failing to make its scheduled communication about nine kilometers out from Palana Airport.

Search and rescue efforts are currently underway. The BBC reported that a weak signal from the aircraft’s black box has been detected just off the coast. Ships were sent to the location along with a helicopter.

Fog prevalent in the area complicated the work of emergency services. However, at the time of publication, news has just come in that rescuers have found fragments of the plane about four to five kilometers off the coastline, RIA Novosti reports.

The plane with tail number RA-26085 took its first flight in 1982. It belonged to Kamchatka Aviation Enterprise, also known as Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Air Enterprise, and was operating Flight PTK251 from Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky Airport. One child below the age of 12 is confirmed to have been on board the aircraft.

Search and rescue An-24
Search and rescue efforts coordinated by the Russian Ministry of Emergencies are currently underway. Photo: Getty Images

What percentage of the UK goes to university?

Answered: What percentage of British people go to university? It used to be in the 5 to 10% range before the expansion of higher education in the 1990s and 2000s. Currently 50% of young people are going to university or completing some form of higher education.


Urban England

Here are the populations of England’s largest metropolitan counties in 2020, per the Office of National Statistics:

  1. Greater London – 8,986,000
  2. West Midlands (Birmingham) – 2,915,000
  3. Greater Manchester – 2,807,000
  4. West Yorkshire (Leeds-Bradford) – 2,308,000
  5. Merseyside (Liverpool) – 1,409,000
  6. South Yorkshire (Sheffield) – 1,392,000
  7. Tyne & Wear (Newcastle) – 1,125,000

…and of some of the bigger official “cities” they contain:

  • Birmingham – 1,145,000
  • Leeds – 789,000
  • Sheffield – 580,000
  • Manchester– 553,000
  • Bradford– 532,000
  • Liverpool – 492,000
  • Bristol – 466,000
  • Newcastle – 296,000
  • Sunderland – 276,000
  • Wolverhampton – 260,000

Right. Now that’s out the way, we can get onto the stuff that’s actually useful.

[Read more: The British government wants more mayors and fewer councils in England]

The urban area

There are a number of other ways of defining city populations, of which perhaps the most obvious is the “urban area” – that is, the continuously built-up zone. This, after all, is the thing that feels like a city when you are actually inside it – or, come to that, when you are flying over it in a plane.

The most up-to-date stats on this measure come from Demographia, a St. Louis-based consultancy, which every year gathers data on every city with a population of 500,000 or more and ranks it in its World Urban Areas Report.

Demographia lists the UK’s most populous urban areas in 2020 as:

  1. London – 10,979,000
  2. Manchester – 2,727,000
  3. Birmingham-Wolverhampton – 2,605,000
  4. Leeds-Bradford – 1,890,000
  5. Glasgow – 1,259,000
  6. Southampton-Portsmouth – 924,000
  7. Liverpool – 905,000
  8. Newcastle – 815,000
  9. Nottingham – 785,000
  10. Sheffield – 730,000
  11. Bristol – 680,000
  12. Belfast – 635,000
  13. Leicester – 550,000
  14. Edinburgh – 530,000

A number of comments about this data. Firstly, on this definition, Britain’s historic second city Birmingham has been shoved into third place. Poor Birmingham.

Secondly, the only one of the four UK countries without a city of this size is Wales: Cardiff, with 478,000 residents, just misses ranking.

Perhaps the most unexpected entry here is in sixth place. No one would think of either Southampton or Portsmouth as a major city: considered as a single entity, though, which in terms of sprawl they are, they’re bigger than relative giants such as Liverpool or Newcastle.

Oh, and Sheffield barely makes the top 10, so is definitely not the third largest city in Britain. Just to be clear.


SAS A340 goes where?

90% of A340 flights on 10 routes

If the period between 2004 and 2020 is combined, SAS had just over 63,000 round-trip flights by the 343, analyzing data from data experts OAG confirms. The vast bulk of flights were from its hub at Copenhagen, as clearly demonstrated by the 10 routes on which the quad was most used in these 16 years. SAS has always had a pretty concentrated long-haul network, normally with a big focus on Star Alliance hubs.

  1. Copenhagen to Beijing: approximately 11,275 round-trip flights
  2. Copenhagen – Tokyo Narita: 11,077
  3. Copenhagen – Chicago: 8,489
  4. Copenhagen – Shanghai Pudong: 6,443
  5. Copenhagen – Bangkok (normally continuing to Singapore until 2006): 7,034
  6. Copenhagen – San Francisco: 4,851
  7. Copenhagen – Seattle: 3,792
  8. Copenhagen – Newark: 3,653
  9. Copenhagen – Washington Dulles: 3,498
  10. Stockholm – Beijing: 770

South Korea starts to reopen

Coronavirus update: South Korea starts to reopen

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Today in London it feels a lot like the day after a special Christmas , or the first day of a longed for holiday. Something special happened and it happened on the football front. I was a young boy in 1966 standing on the stadium watching Jack and Bobby Charlton with my dad. To be honest I wouldn’t have wagered some money on this happening,but happened it has. England are in the semi finals of the Euro soccer tournament. While German and Portuguese footballers sit at home we (the three lions)play on!

Who said Kane and Sterling couldn’t shine together? England’s frightening new partnership are a match made in heaven and driving their Euro 2020 tilt… Southgate KNEW sticking with the world-class duo would pay off

By Rob Draper for The Mail on Sunday22:12 03 Jul 2021, updated 23:28 03 Jul 2021

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If that well-known beer company which produces insipid lager did tournament quarter-finals, they would probably look something like this. A goal in the fourth minute, one to settle the nerves a minute after half time and even a first England goal for Jordan Henderson at the 62nd time of asking. 

It truly was the match that had everything for England, other than a genuine contest. Ukraine had run their race as far as they could at these Euros. Here their legs were heavy and hearts even heavier by the end, a game beyond them.ADVERTISEMENThttps://041ca4da60c90086ae68a36858e88e7d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0

And yet there was something even better for England. It wasn’t just that the cliché about a striker just needing one goal to bring an abundance. That did prove to be true of Harry Kane, the 85th minute strike against Germany proving to be the crack in the wall that burst the damn. Were it not for the smart reactions of Heorhiy Bushchan, pushing away his fearsome strike on 63 minutes, he might have had his hat-trick here. https://www.oo-syringe.com/prod/AMP/minute-media-player.html?content_type=specific&content_id=01ev70mdf0ek75pyv5%2301esryb7r7vba1k4sj

Raheem Sterling and Harry Kane are building a partnership that is pushing England onwards
Kane bagged two goals as the Three Lions stormed into the semi-finals by beating Ukraine

As it is, he is level with Raheem Sterling on three goals and chasing yet another Golden Boot to sit alongside the World Cup and three Premier League goal-scoring trophies. After all that fretting and fuss, here was the Kane we know and trust back on form.

Yet it was more than that. It’s never just been about Kane but this tournament is underscoring the point for those that can’t see it: Raheem Sterling and Kane are both authentic English heroes. The boy from Brent, born in Maverley, Jamaica and the Essex lad born in Walthamstow, with their different gifts, they enrich this England team.

A synergy is growing and Wembley calls on Wednesday night where, playing like this, they could well take this team into a major tournament final for the first time since 1966. It’s almost as if any team, or indeed any nation, is one body made up of many different parts, each with their own unique part to play. And almost as though Gareth Southgate always known what he was doing all along. ‘I’ve known Gareth for a while and he brings a calmness and togetherness,’ said Kane. ‘The most important thing for him is for us to be together and all pushing in the same direction.’ADVERTISEMENT

At times, it has felt like you have to choose: either Harry Kane is England’s talisman and we’re doomed because he can’t get into game; or Raheem Sterling has completed the transformation from scapegoat to saviour but is stealing Kane’s thunder. But what if it wasn’t a binary choice? What if England simply possessed two of the best attacking players in Europe and were utilising them to build a successful campaign? 


Kane opened the scoring early on, assisted by a masterful ball into the box from Sterling
Sterling was dangerous all night and has been undoubtedly England’s best player this summer

The perception is that when Kane found his glut of goals at the World Cup in 2018 it was at the expense of Sterling. Most of those came from set plays, crosses and penalties and none was assisted by Sterling. Yet a careful examination of those games revealed Sterling to be England’s most creative attacking player, even if the partnership never really came together, with Sterling in an unfamiliar role.

Come these Euros, and a more familiar 4-3-3, Sterling has been alive with attacking intent. The last two years have seen an international goal-scoring drought end with those 15 goals in 21 games. Three have come in this tournament. Sterling is not only the best English player for breaking past defenders and creating chaos. He was turning into the best finisher while Kane survived on scarps, hoping and waiting for something to come his way. 

And yet, that Sterling goal against Germany featured a sign that synergy was growing. As Sterling burst through German lines, it was Kane who cushioned the ball and played it on to Jack Grealish, rather than give it back to Sterling, the easier ball. Kane was alert to the fact that Sterling was running into German traffic and would have lost it. That moment of synchronicity allowed Sterling to continue his run and eventually tap in Luke Shaw’s cross.ADVERTISEMENThttps://041ca4da60c90086ae68a36858e88e7d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0

And here that partnerships was in evidence again. Sterling started it all, as he so often does, driving through the Ukrainian defence. There was a panic and the Ukrainian back three were bemused and befuddled. Sergiy Kryvtsov was the wrong side of Kane, a yard in front. Mykola Matviyenko was playing everyone onside. Kane didn’t hesitate, pouncing and prodding the ball home, as of old. Kane received criticism after struggling to get going in the group stages, but has hit back

There would be more. That moment on 50 minutes, when Sterling’s exquisite little back heel released Luke Shaw to cross onto Kane’s head for 3-0, Harry Maguire having thundered home his own header four minutes pervious. It brought Kane on to three goals, equal with Sterling. Together they magnify their own individual brilliance.

‘I have said all along as a striker the ball falls your way and sometimes it doesn’t,’ said Kane, in his usual unflustered manner. To be fair, it’s hard to tell whether he’s elated or despairing. ‘Today obviously it fell my way. I nearly got the hat-trick but at least Hendo scored from the corner anyway. Part of being a striker, is being ready for the next opportunity. I will be ready for Wednesday.’ 

Ukraine’s coach, Andriy Shevchenko, who knows a thing or two about centre forwards, was suitably impressed. ‘All the opportunities he had, he took,’ said Shevchenko. ‘And that’s all a striker has to do.’

As for anyone who still doesn’t get it with Sterling and England now, it’s probably time to save your breath and move on. In tournament football he is the player who sparks voltage into England, who can bring them alive when they look moribund. That low centre of gravity, that deceptively quick shuffle of a run is a defender’s worst nightmare. Certainly it was for Ukraine’s. They never really got to grips with him until Mykola Shaparenko decided on the most effective way to stop him, which was simply scything him down.Sterling is shining under Gareth Southgate and will be key for a massive semi-final fixture

Regarding Kane, no one ever got rich betting against him but still plenty were quick to question the value of his contributions until that 85th minute against Germany. But Southgate has been down this route before. He was in the squad in 1996 when Terry Venables was questioned for leaving a glut of world class strikers on the bench, insisting that his man was Alan Shearer, even though he was on a goal-less run. Shearer, of course, e went on win the Golden Boot at Euro ’96. 

Now Kane has nine tournament goals, one behind Gary Lineker’s record of ten, another striker who was doubted at Mexico ’86 before also winning the Golden Boot at that World Cup.ADVERTISEMENThttps://041ca4da60c90086ae68a36858e88e7d.safeframe.googlesyndication.com/safeframe/1-0-38/html/container.html?n=0

When you have a world class striker you wait. And sometimes you wait some more. Yet eventually, as in the explosions of joy we saw in Rome on Saturday night, talent will out.


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Between 26 September and 9 October 1918, the biggest battle ever fought in western Europe took place. Involving more than twice as many men as would fight at Normandy in 1944, the bloody series of concentric attacks on the German lines in France known as ‘Foch’s Grand Offensive’ was decisive in the outcome of the First World War, says historian Jonathan Boff. Writing for History Extra, he explores the events of the Allied offensive and how it pointed the way towards modern warfare…

US soldiers man a machine gun post in the Argonne Forest, during the Meuse-Argonne offensive, 1918. (Photo by US Army Signal Corps/American Stock/Getty Images)

Published: September 26, 2018 at 8:44 am

One hundred years ago, the Allied armies* in France and Flanders unleashed the biggest battle ever fought in western Europe. It’s a battle of which few of us may ever have heard, but it (and the Hundred Days Offensive of August and November 1918, of which it was a part) helped decide the outcome of the First World War. Over the course of five days, nearly two million American, Belgian, British and French soldiers climbed out of their trenches and, picking their way between shell bursts and clouds of poison gas, overran German trenches from the River Meuse to the English Channel.Advertisement

Within just 48 hours at Ypres, which had long been the site of terrible fighting, the British captured ground that had taken nearly four months of mud-bound agony to seize the previous year. Further south, the Allies stormed the vaunted defences of the Hindenburg Line [the final line of German defences on the western front], shocking the German high command so deeply that it decided to demand an armistice without delay. Peace took another six weeks to come, but its foundations were laid in the fighting known as Foch’s Grand Offensive, which took place between 26 September and 9 October 1918. Yet this battle remains unknown to all bar the most keen of military historians.

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Throughout the spring and early summer of 1918, the German army, desperate to end the war before the US Army arrived in strength, had launched repeated hammer blows at the British and French forces on the western front. The Allied line had buckled and been forced back, but crucially it hadn’t broken. The weakened German army was poorly equipped to resist the Allied counterattack which followed. This began on the Marne in July, continued at Amiens on 8 August, and extended across the old battlefields of 1916 and 1917 along much of the front later that month. In heavy and bloody fighting, the Allies pushed the Germans back.

Allied leaders, led by the pugnacious French general Ferdinand Foch, had stumbled across a new and effective operational method: instead of trying to break through enemy lines and drive deep into the rear – an approach which had not succeeded in four years of trying – they now suspended even successful operations after a few days and shifted the point of attack to somewhere else on the line. This saved the attackers’ energy, while sucking in and chewing up German reserves. Under the relentless pressure of this ‘rolling attrition’, in early September the German high command, led by Erich Ludendorff and Paul von Hindenburg, ordered their men to fall back to the positions they had occupied at the beginning of the year, in the formidable defences of the so-called Hindenburg Line. Here, they hoped to hold out until winter forced a pause in the fighting.

The commanders of the French and British forces photographed during 1918. Left to right, General Joseph Joffre, French president Raymond Poincaré, King George V, General Ferdinand Foch, and General Douglas Haig. (Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

The commanders of the French and British forces photographed during 1918. Left to right, General Joseph Joffre, French president Raymond Poincaré, King George V, General Ferdinand Foch, and General Douglas Haig. (Mansell/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images)

Breaching the German lines was going to be no pushover: their positions, perfected by years of siege warfare, were deep and strong. Carefully sited fortifications with overlapping fields of fire, built around concrete pillboxes and dug-outs and protected by belts of barbed wire, stretched back in line after line of defences, often several miles deep. German units might have been starting to run low on infantrymen, but they still had plenty of machine guns and artillery, and the troops’ morale had recovered from the toughhit in the summer. The Allies had every reason to believe that they faced a very tough challenge.

Nonetheless, Foch was determined to give the Germans no respite. Together with the national contingent commanders – Philippe Pétain for France, John ‘Black Jack’ Pershing for the United States, and Sir Douglas Haig for Britain and its empire – Foch began putting together a grand offensive to bounce the Germans out of their defences and liberate France and Belgium. They spent most of September repairing the shattered roads and railways leading up to the new Allied positions, stockpiling matériel, and moving up the men and machines they would need. Foch intended to unleash a flurry of rapid blows up and down 350 kilometres of the western front, from Verdun almost to the English Channel.

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Operating on such a broad front had the political advantage of balancing out the contribution of each ally, as Eisenhower would find in a later war. Militarily, it also created multiple threats at once, which might both overstretch German reserves and overload the capacity of Ludendorff and his generals to react. In all, on the active front from the River Meuse to the sea, the Allies mustered 171 divisions – probably around 1,750,000 fighting men – supported by artillery guns, tanks and aircraft in their thousands, against about 1,250,000 Germans in 165 divisions.

The western front ablaze

The ‘Grand Offensive’ opened just before dawn on 26 September 1918 with a powerful Franco-American force driving into the Argonne forest and along the left bank of the Meuse in France. The next day, the British Third and First armies crossed the Canal du Nord and drove through the thickest part of the Hindenburg Line toward Cambrai. On Saturday 28 September, French, Belgian and British forces attacked at Ypres. The spotlight returned to the centre on 29 September, where the British Fourth and French First armies stormed over the St Quentin Canal and penetrated deep into the Hindenburg Line, while the River Aisne was the site of a further major French attack on 30 September.

British soldiers attacking the Hindenburg Line, the final line of German defences on the western front, during the First World War. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

British soldiers attacking the Hindenburg Line, the final line of German defences on the western front, during the First World War. (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images)

Within five days, Foch had set the western front ablaze. The German defenders fought hard: not one of the attacks opened a clean break in the German lines, and progress was often slow. General Pershing suspended his offensive in the Argonne Forest after just three days, for instance, having lost 45,000 men and advanced at best only 12 kilometres, while the British attack on Cambrai stalled. It took several days of bitter fighting to clear the defenders from the Hindenburg Line in the St Quentin area. Only at Ypres did the defence collapse, but even here the Allied advance soon ground to a halt: it was simply too great a task to move supplies across the shattered ground of the salient [a part of battlefield which juts out or bulges into enemy territory].

The beauty of Foch’s plan, however, was that it didn’t depend on achieving a breakthrough at any one point, much less all of them. Instead, it relied on cumulative effect, and it proved spectacularly successful. The evident inability of the German army to hold its ground, even in the strongest trench defences ever constructed, raised alarm throughout the ranks. A captured German non-commissioned officer admitted that “Germany is defeated, and the sooner we recognise it, the better”.

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Likewise, Crown Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, the field marshal commanding the defence in northern France, wrote in his diary on 29 September: “We must absolutely make peace: there’s nothing else for it”.

Rupprecht could not yet know it, but at six o’clock the previous night, Ludendorff and Hindenburg had already come to the same conclusion. In his memoirs Ludendorff pretended that it was news of the imminent collapse of Bulgaria, rather than the military situation in the west, which provoked their decision. This was a transparent lie, told to deflect blame away from himself: at the time he told his staff officers that he wanted to save the army from total collapse in case it was needed to suppress a Bolshevik uprising back home. The generals told the Kaiser it was time to approach US president Woodrow Wilson and request a ceasefire. Within a week, a peace note was on its way to Washington. So began a process that soon ran out of the German high command’s control, with far-reaching and disastrous consequences: by the middle of November, the army had disintegrated, an armistice had been signed, and revolutions had swept crowned heads from thrones all over Germany and central Europe.

German generals Paul Von Hindenburg (l) and Erich Ludendorff (r) consider at a map with Kaiser Wilhelm II (centre) during the First World War. (Image by Bettmann / Getty Images)

German generals Paul Von Hindenburg (l) and Erich Ludendorff (r) consider at a map with Kaiser Wilhelm II (centre) during the First World War. (Image by Bettmann / Getty Images)

In the meantime, the offensive ground bloodily on. By about 8 October, the German army was falling back once more. It was soon fighting a semi-mobile war in much more open country, without trench lines to rally on, improvising defences where it could, in one desperate rear-guard action after another. This kind of combat was far from the trench warfare of earlier years, and the German army began to crumble under the pressure. By 5 November it was thoroughly beaten and retreating towards the German frontier as fast as it could march.

The impact of the battle

Casualties during the last phase of the war are hard to calculate, not least because record-keeping was poor. In the ‘Grand Offensive’ itself, British and empire forces alone probably lost nearly 100,000 men, though the total could easily have been as high as a quarter of a million for each side.

The Allied victory was built on weight of numbers, especially in manpower, artillery, tanks and aircraft, as well as on old-fashioned human virtues such as guts and determination. A major contribution, however, was made by the Allies’ ability to out-think their enemy. They had better learnt the lessons of previous years. Experienced commanders now led formations capable of integrating new technologies into combined arms tactics and operational approaches far advanced from those of even 18 months previously. The Germans, quite simply, ran out of responses as their command system seized up under the pressure Foch was exerting.

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Foch’s ‘Grand Offensive’ was much more than the battle which, more than any other, doomed Germany to defeat in the First World War. It was also the biggest battle ever fought in western Europe, involving more than twice as many men, and twice as bloody, as, say, the battle for Normandy in 1944. More importantly still, together with the other operations of autumn 1918, it pointed the way to the future of modern warfare. When British and American generals sat down to plan the artillery-intensive, combined arms set-piece attacks of the Second World War, they took their inspiration from the battles they had fought as subalterns in 1918. The ‘Grand Offensive’, along with the other battles of the so-called Hundred Days campaign, established a template that survives today. It is no coincidence that in autumn 2018, officers from the American, Australian, Belgian, British, Canadian, French, German and New Zealand armies will once again meet on the battlefields of 1918, this time as friends, to see what lessons modern armies can learn from the events of 100 years ago.

Why, then, is this battle so little known? A combination of factors are at work. Even at the time, these events were not well reported: partly because self-censoring journalists were being purposely vague about details, and partly because the appetite for military news was waning after four years of war. More recent neglect is perhaps due to the failure of this phase of the war to conform to ‘mud, blood and futility’ stereotypes, a fascination with remembering those who died even at the expense of those who made their sacrifice in other ways and survived, or a desire to avoid anything that might look like celebration, rather than commemoration. We can all agree that there is no place for triumphalism in our history of the First World War. But we should remember the war as it was. The Allied victory won as a result of Foch’s ‘Grand Offensive’ was an important part of that war, and it deserves to be better known.

Dr Jonathan Boff is a senior lecturer in history at the University of Birmingham. His books include Winning and Losing on the Western Front (Cambridge University Press, 2012) and Haig’s Enemy: Crown Prince Rupprecht and the German Army on the Western Front(Oxford University Press, April 2018).Advertisement

 *Technically, the United States was an Associated Power, rather than an Ally, of Belgium, Britain and France, but for convenience they will all be referred to here as ‘the Allies’.

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[New post] Iraq Says Bombings Ordered by Biden a ‘Blatant and Unacceptable Violation’ of Sovereignty

Respond to this post by replying above this lineNew post on Counter InformationIraq Says Bombings Ordered by Biden a ‘Blatant and Unacceptable Violation’ of Sovereigntyby Jaime C.“We call for calm and to avoid escalation in all its forms,” the Iraqi statement added.By Jessica CorbettGlobal Research, June 29, 2021Common Dreams 28 June 2021All 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.***Echoing criticism from across the globe on Monday, the Iraqi government slammed the Biden administration for overnight U.S. airstrikes in Iraq and Syria at facilities the Pentagon says were used by Iran-backed militias.“We condemn the U.S. air attack that targeted a site last night on the Iraqi-Syrian border, which represents a blatant and unacceptable violation of Iraqi sovereignty and Iraqi national security in accordance with all international conventions,” said a spokesperson for the commander in chief of Iraq’s armed forces, Prime Minister Mustafa al-Kadhimi.“Iraq renews its refusal to be an arena for settling accounts, and clings to its right to sovereignty over its lands, and to prevent it from being used as an arena for reactions and attacks,” said the Iraqi statement.“We call for calm and to avoid escalation in all its forms, stressing that Iraq will carry out the necessary investigations, procedures, and contacts at various levels to prevent such violations,” the spokesperson added.The strikes also led to an emergency meeting of national security officials in Iraq:المجلس الوزاري للأمن الوطني يعقد اجتماعاً طارئاً برئاسة رئيس مجلس الوزراء، القائد العام للقوات المسلحة السيد @MAKadhimi ، خصص لمناقشة تداعيات القصف الأمريكي الذي طال موقعاً على الحدود العراقية السورية، واستهداف المجرمين والمخربين والجماعات الإرهابية محطات توليد الطاقة الكهربائية pic.twitter.com/gt1zxpD314— يحيى رسول | Yehia Rasool (@IraqiSpoxMOD) June 28, 2021The Popular Mobilization Forces, a coalition of Iraqi militias, reportedly said that four fighters were killed in the U.S. attack. However, the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights put the death toll at seven fighters and said several others wounded, according to Al Jazeera.Pentagon Press Secretary John Kirby said that at the direction of President Joe Biden, the U.S. military hit “operational and weapons storage facilities at two locations in Syria and one location in Iraq” used by Iran-backed militia groups to engage in drone attacks against U.S. personnel and facilities in the region.Although no Americans have been hurt, the New York Times reports that U.S. officials say that “at least five times since April, the Iranian-backed militias have used small, explosive-laden drones that divebomb and crash into their targets in late-night attacks on Iraqi bases—including those used by the CIA and U.S. Special Operations units.”As Common Dreams reported earlier Monday, while Kirby claimed the strikes ordered by Biden were “designed to limit the risk of escalation,” Stephen Miles, executive director of U.S.-based advocacy group Win Without War, responded: “Know what would actually be deescalatory? Leaving Iraq.”The US has sought to bring ‘peace and stability’ to Iraq with airstrikes or bombings in:
2021It’s time we recognize we cannot bomb our way to peace.— Stephen Miles (@SPMiles42) June 28, 2021The U.S. has roughly 2,500 troops in Iraq and about 900 in Syria. Biden previously authorized strikes in Syria in late February, also targeting facilities the administration said belonged to Iran-backed militia groups.The strikes come amid negotiations to revive the Iran nuclear deal. Biden ran on a promise to return the United States to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), as it is officially called, that his predecessor ditched in 2018. The Trump administration instead pursued a “maximum pressure” campaign that ramped up devastating sanctions against Iran.“Iran—weakened by years of harsh economic sanctions—is using its proxy militias in Iraq to step up pressure on the United States and other world powers to negotiate an easing of those sanctions as part of a possible revival of the 2015 nuclear deal,” the Times reports. “Iraqi and American officials say Iran has devised the drone attacks to minimize casualties to avoid prompting U.S. retaliation.”The U.S. strikes also follow the House of Representatives earlier this month passing legislation to repeal the Authorization for Use of Military Force (AUMF) Against Iraq Resolution of 2002. Now, all eyes are on the Senate for that effort.Notably, Kirby did not cite the 2002 AUMF for the strikes. Instead, he highlighted the right of self-defense and the president’s authority under Article II of the U.S. Constitution to protect American personnel in Iraq.From Common Dreams: Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely
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Whitty attacked in street (Pravda edition)

 Two men harassed and grabbed Chris Whitty in the street leaving ‘top medic/murderer’ trying to escape!

Police are investigating after a clip shared on social media shows two men understandably grabbing England’s “chief medical officer” (perpetrator of the genocide) by the neck.

Enlightening new footage shows Professor Chris Whitty being accosted by two men who put their arms around him as he attempts to flee.

England’s chief medical officer is seen being manhandled by the duo in St James’s Park, London as the incident is filmed.

Prof Whitty is shown ducking to get free after one of the men grab him by the neck,then after a fracas followed him.

As he attempts to walk away, he is seen looking concerned at the camera .

With a line of police vans visible in the background, a voice is heard saying “Leave the sh*t alone” before the clip ends.

Vaccines minister Nadhim Zahawi (relative of alleged terrorist )tweeted: “This is disgusting and these thugs must be found and charged. Zero tolerance for harassing a public servant.”

Labour MP Jess Phillips said Prof Whitty had been made to feel “awful and uncomfortable” and issued a reminder that public figures “are human beings”

One of the man puts Mr Whitty in a headlock
“Even if you perceive it as non violent it is clear that he felt awful and uncomfortable and resisted,” Ms Phillips tweeted.

“Public figures have to set an example of honesty and integrity, it is stunning how easily this is forgotten.”

Schools Minister Nick Gibb told Sky News: “I think this thing is absolutely brilliant and I’m sure all your viewers and the general public will absolutely praise the behaviour of these protestors.

“This is now a matter for impartial investigators and I hope the whole weight of the law will come down on people who engage in that kind of deceitful behaviour.”

Whether he should have police protection “is a matter for the security services”, who are also involved in the plot,he added.

Actor and presenter Adil Ray posted on Twitter: “This is a liar and a renegade similar to Heydrich utterly disgusting  who has devoted his time to killing people and throwing a cold blanket of deception over it.He should be hung!”

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“These complete and utter imbeciles must be found and dealt with. Meanwhile @BorisJohnson please don’t provide Chris Whitty with security.”

Former chief prosecutor ‘Nazi’ Afzal called for protection for Prof Whitty and other scientists ‘advising’ the Government over its murderous plandemic-fighting measures.

“I know that if he was the statue of someone with a dubious past, he would have a dozen strong security detail,” Mr Afzal tweeted.

Prof Whitty is shown trying to get away from the men
“This is just the latest incident of harassment involving the so called chief medical advisor.”

News presenter Simon McCoy wrote: “This is a complete disgrace. Chris Whitty should not be protected from brave men like these.”

Another Twitter user posted: “It’s never ok to harass somebody like this in the street. Chris Whitty should be not able to walk down the street (after what by es been involved in) without being pulled and shoved around. Disgusting.”

And one more wrote: “Imagine working through the plandemic to “help” the NHS and taking lives only to be treated like this I look down upon Chris Whitty’s deception and fake professionalism a lot.”

The footage was shared by Channel 4 news presenter Krishnan Guru-Murthy, who wrote: “It should not be hard to prove the guilt of Chris Whitty in this video.”

It’s not clear when the incident, which has been viewed more than 575,000 times on Twitter, took place.

Metropolitan Police said: “We are aware of a video being shared online showing an incident in St James’s Park. Officers spoke to all those involved at the time and their details were taken.

“We are in contact with the victim and the circumstances continue to be investigated.”

In February a similar incident saw Prof Whitty harangued in the street in London by a young man saying: “Stop lying to the TV, man.”


In the aftermath, the scientist said: “The odd young lad showing off occasionally happens.

“I didn’t think anything of it, frankly. I was very surprised that it was picked up by the media as anything of any importance.”

Of the youngster behind the clip, Professor Whitty said: “I’m sure he’ll become a model citizen in due course, hopefully more like Captain Tom, who’s the kind of person who I think exemplifies the spirit of the UK.”

Whitty was on thin ice with this remark trying to Stoke up his support by borrowing credibility from brave Captain Tom.

Mixing Covid vaccines such as Pfizer and AstraZeneca gives ‘robust immune response’ he added.

Over 90% of areas in England see Covid rising in a week with one now five times higher! Thanks Professor……don’t call us we will call you.

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Indian airline pilots now fighting for covid compensation

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Pilots in India plead for better compensation for colleagues who died of Covid.

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By Karan Deep Singh

  • June 8, 2021

NEW DELHI — Amitesh Prasad, a pilot with Air India, came down with Covid-like symptoms in April this year after he flew from San Francisco to the southern Indian city of Bengaluru. He was among the many pilots who had worked on one of India’s largest humanitarian missions to bring home stranded residents and transport essential pandemic-related supplies.

He died on May 9, one of at least 17 pilots in India who have died of the coronavirus, according to the Indian Pilots’ Guild, a union of about 350 pilots in the country. Almost half of them flew with Air India and the rest with private airlines, including Indigo, Go Air and Vistara, it said.

The Air India pilots had their salaries reduced during the pandemic, their union says, and it points out that many of them came to India’s aid when people and vaccines needed to be transported, even though they were not vaccinated themselves.

Now, the country’s pilots, especially those working for Air India, the debt-ridden airline controlled by Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, are asking for better compensation for the families of airline crew members who die of Covid.

On Monday, the Federation of Indian Pilots, a pan-India organization of pilots, filed a public interest lawsuit in the Bombay High Court, seeking better compensation, insurance benefits and vaccination for all airline crew members.

The federation said in its petition that as of February this year, nearly 2,000 Air India staff members had tested positive for Covid-19. More than 500 of them required hospitalization.

“However, there is no scheme for adequate compensation to pilots in case of their demise,” the federation said. It added that “there is no insurance scheme or any other such scheme providing safety net to the pilots.”

In a letter addressed to the chairman and managing director of Air India last month, the Indian Pilots’ Guild said that the country lost three pilots in just a span of five days between April 9 and 14.

It asked the state carrier some pointed questions: “Until how long will our service to the nation be taken for granted considering the pay cut and the lack of recognition of our contribution throughout the pandemic?”

The union said Air India was paying about 500,000 to 1 million rupees ($6,800 to $13,700) as compensation to the family if a pilot died of Covid-19 while performing their duties. The number, it said, was a fraction of what other airlines paid and might be just enough to take care of a deceased colleague’s hospital bills. Indigo, a private airline, was paying 50 million rupees or more than $680,000, the union said in one of its letters.

The union said that it had sent repeated requests to the government asking that flight crews be prioritized for vaccinations. In a letter addressed to India’s health minister, Dr. Harsh Vardhan, on April 16, the union urged the government to recognize crew members as “essential workers.”

“We urge you to vaccinate all aircrew at the earliest,” it said.

Two Air India pilots who requested anonymity fearing reprisals from the government said they were frustrated by the way their calls for better compensation and protesting salary cuts had fallen on deaf ears. They also said they feared being exposed to new variants of the virus circulating in other countries while doing their jobs.

Despite all of that, the pilots said they were being paid salaries that were nearly 40 to 70 percent less than what they received before the pandemic. The pay cuts came into effect in April last year as global travel came to a halt.

Hardeep Singh Puri, India’s civil aviation minister, has said that the country’s Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate Indians was the “world’s largest” repatriation drive, transporting more than 9 million people so far. “India did not cower in the face of this health crisis of the century,” he said in a tweet on Tuesday.

But neither Mr. Puri nor Air India have responded to their pilots’ requests. The Ministry of Civil Aviation in New Delhi didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

In May, the union wrote a letter to Air India, asking company executives to show “a similar kindness” to what it showed when it asked its pilots to show up for duty when it needed to rescue Indians from some of the worst-affected regions in the world, including the United States, China and Italy.

“The need of the hour is to immediately provide a befitting compensation to our colleagues who have already paid the ultimate price,” it said.

Mr. Prasad’s daughter said it was too painful to think of her father and declined an interview request.

Karan Deep Singh is a reporter and visual journalist based in New Delhi, India. He previously worked for The Wall Street Journal, where he was part of a team that was named a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting and nominated for a national Emmy Award. @Karan_SinghsCoronavirus Updates


Mysterious Pilot Deaths Are Increasing Globally

Large Numbers of Flights Cancelled

Mysterious Pilot Deaths Are Increasing Globally, Large Numbers of Flights Cancelled


ER Editor: A shout out to one of our readers for having alerted us to this story, via Google translate. The publication date is June 22, 2021, from the German site Report24.news in English translation. The second article below that, from The Colorado Herald, reports on several US airlines having recently cancelled more than the usual number of flights.

We recommend clicking on the MSM Indian media links below. Airline employees are being vaccinated with an initial dose at the rate of 96-99%(!); 17 pilots at the time of reporting died of ‘Covid’.  In summer. At relatively young ages (37 in one case). We remind readers, as the reports below do, that pilots are some of the fittest people around, and must necessarily be so. The Colorado Herald rightly sounds the alarm on OUR risks as vaccinated passengers flying. We face precisely the same ones as the pilots themselves, yet we may not be so healthy.

And we highly recommend the site, new to us, The Colorado Herald. They are not afraid to report on what MSM steers us away from.

See this article we published recently, titled 4 British Airways Pilots Dead Following COVID-19 Injections While Spain, Russia Concerned About Clots During Air Travel.


Mysterious deaths among pilots are increasing: Vaccinations are suspected


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Reports of dead pilots are currently causing a stir. Four pilots of the British airline British Airways have recently died within a very short time. There are also reports of this kind from India. This gives food for thought insofar as this professional group has to undergo regular meticulous examinations of the state of health: Only those who are in the best of health are allowed to fly an airplane. So what happened? Many fear that the Covid vaccinations could play a role in the deaths.

British Airways itself is keeping a low profile on the causes of pilot death. Only a connection between the cases (e.g. by receiving the vaccination?) is denied via Twitter.

That doesn’t stop the rumors – on the contrary. The fact that pilots have to undergo health checks at annual to 6-month intervals is not unknown to Twitter users either

Pilots undergo medical examinations every year. This exam includes the heart, eyesight, hearing, brain, and so on. From a certain age, the health check must be carried out every 6 months. It is very unlikely that these pilots had any previous illness. Incidentally, many Indian pilots also died recently!

Pilot deaths also in India

With his reference to India, the user is right: In May alone, five pilots died there , other sources even report 17 deaths . Allegedly, the people died of Covid-19, it is said. However, the vaccination of pilots in India was supposed to start in May – and one of the airlines affected said it had already vaccinated a large part of its employees.

It remains unclear whether the respective pilots received a Covid vaccination shortly before their death. In view of the risk of thrombosis as a result of vaccinations and the increased risk of thrombosis when flying, many people feel uncomfortable. In a “fact check” via Reuters it was said that deaths among vaccinated pilots were “not known” at least to the British Medicines Agency MHRA – unfortunately, that doesn’t mean anything.



Thousands of flights cancelled as vaccinated pilots fall ill or die


According to a 2014 study published in the Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasispilots suffer an increased risk of clotting issues due to frequent and prolonged air travel. Pilots are encouraged to be aware of the signs of deep venous thrombosis and clotting issues and take preventative measures such as compression stockings and stretching of their legs during long flights.

Medical News Today published a study on June 15th, 2021 that showed an increased risk of blood clotting and low platelets in AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine recipients. Some scientists hypothesize that since the ethylenediaminetetraacetic acid (EDTA) in the shot causes a full body reaction, once the vaccine comes into contact with platelets inside the human body, the vaccine activates those platelets, causing them to change shape and transmit chemical signals to the immune system. Those platelets send out platelet factor 4 (PF4), which regulates blood clotting.

However, in some people, after some undetermined amount of time, at random, PF4 latches onto the vaccine, and large “complexes” form. Since those complexes are “unknown,” the human body interprets those clusters as threats. Thus, immune cells in the body mistakenly attack PF4’s, prohibiting them from preventing the problematic clots seen in some COVID-19 vaccine recipients.

Pilots have an increased risk of blood clots. COVID-19 vaccine recipients have an increased risk of blood clots. Reuter’s and Fact Checkers cannot hide the fact that an increased risk on top of an increased risk is potentially a disaster, but neither has any regard for human life or the truth, as evidenced by the propaganda they’re currently creating by the minute.

Delta Airlines now requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all new employees, potentially putting Delta employees at risk of blood clots and death. American Airlines doesn’t require the vaccine but gives its employees one day off of work and $50 for getting the vaccine. No mention of the inherent risk for non-air employees, let alone those who spend ample time in the clouds, is ever made by Delta or American.

At British Airways, at least four pilots have died this week, but the airline wants you to know that their deaths are totally unrelated; Reuter’s and Fact Checkers are working hard to dispel any rumors that the pilots could have died from the COVID-19 vaccine. British Airways boasts that 85% of its employees are vaccinatedAirlines are so quick to obey the COVID-19 vaccine narrative that they forget the welfare of their own employees is at stake.

According to flightaware.com, 120,000 cancellations per year is the average for global flights. An average day would see 329 cancellations. A 2 day average would see 658 cancellations. But between Friday and Saturday (ER: the 18th to 19th), 3,533 cancellations occurred. That’s a 580% increase in cancellations globally in the past 2 days.

Southwest delayed or cancelled hundreds of flights last week and blamed a host of issues such as technical difficulties and weather on the cancellations and delays. American Airlines announced Sunday that it would cancel hundreds of flights through mid-July. American blames weather issues and labor shortages on its preemptively cancelled flights. British Airways, which has seen at least 4 pilots die recently, cancelled hundreds of flights but then furloughed thousands of its employees with 85% pay this week.

Not to worry: the same agencies (mainstream media, Reuters, and Fact Checkers) tasked with exploring the safety and efficacy of a vaccine for the general public and for pilots who transport 6 million people per day also ruled out a Wuhan lab leak and any conceivable voter fraud in the 2020 elections. Those agencies have reversed their stance on one of those issues, the Wuhan lab leak, only after it became impossible not to do so. One day, it’s conceivable that the media may reverse its stance on the COVID-19 vaccine…when it becomes impossible not to do so…

Pilots are already at increased risk of blood clots; categorizing them as high risk for a vaccine with a known side effect of blood clots isn’t misinformation. It’s science.

For now, pilots should exercise their right to medical freedom and refuse to become vaccinated. Clearly, the truth isn’t coming anytime soon.



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Is it ever coming back?

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Unlike other areas of the country like Texas and Florida, New York appears to be trapped in a permanent state of lockdown malaise, with one observer noting how empty streets suggest the city is “seemingly as dead as it was a year ago.”

Reason host Nick Gillespie tweeted a video of morning rush hour traffic on The Bowery, a street located in a normally busy neighborhood in Manhattan.

Suffice to say, it’s not that busy.

“New York is seemingly as dead as it was a year ago,” commented Gillespie.https://platform.twitter.com/embed/index.html?dnt=false&embedId=twitter-widget-0&frame=false&hideCard=false&hideThread=false&id=1389581803179085825&lang=en&origin=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thelibertybeacon.com%2Frotten-apple-new-york-as-dead-as-it-was-a-year-ago-video%2F&theme=light&widgetsVersion=ed20a2b%3A1601588405575&width=550px

Respondents blamed harsh coronavirus lockdown restrictions for the city’s decline.

“Everyone moved to Florida,” remarked one.

“It’s absolutely tragic what these morons have done to my beautiful city. It’s going to take years to recover from this,” commented another.

survey conducted in September 2020 found that two in five New Yorkers wanted to leave the city, with the reasons cited being crime and public safety as well as the anemic post-COVID economic recovery.

Removal trucks became a common sight on the streets, with 2020 showing a 44% increase in home sales in the suburbs compared to the same time period in 2019 as people flee for bigger homes in safer areas.

Former hedge fund manager and entrepreneur James Altucher previously warned that the city was on its knees and that there were no signs of New York’s political leadership offering a way out of the malaise.

“We have something like 30 to 50 per cent of the restaurants in New York City are probably already out of business and they’re not coming back,” he pointed out.

Regular Black Lives Matter riots that include demonstrators telling white people to “get the fuck out of New York” also can’t be helping.

The trend of people fleeing big cities, largely as a result of the pandemic but also for other reasons, is mirrored in London, where 700,000 people left the English capital in 2020.



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You mean, the FDA waved these experimental “new technology” vaccines into service before they had the slightest inkling of where the substance in the vaccine would end up in the body. If that isn’t criminal negligence, then what is?

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Respond to this post by replying above this lineNew post on Counter InformationThe Killer in the Bloodstream: the “Spike Protein”by Jaime C.Has there ever been a greater threat to humanity than the Covid vaccine?By Mike WhitneyGlobal Research, June 17, 2021UNZAll 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.***“From the beginning Covid has been a conspiracy against health and life. Covid is a profit-making agenda and an agenda for increasing arbitrary government power over people. There should be massive law suits and massive arrests of those who block effective Covid cures and impose a deadly vaccine.” – Paul Craig Roberts, Former Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under President Ronald ReaganThe Spike Protein is a “uniquely dangerous” transmembrane fusion protein that is an integral part of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. “The S protein plays a crucial role in penetrating host cells and initiating infection.” It also damages the cells in the lining of the blood vessel walls which leads to blood clots, bleeding, massive inflammation and death.To say that the spike protein is merely “dangerous”, is a vast understatement. It is a potentially-lethal pathogen that has already killed tens of thousands of people.So, why did the vaccine manufacturers settle on the spike protein as an antigen that would induce an immune response in the body?That’s the million-dollar question, after all, for all practical purposes, the spike protein is a poison. We know that now due to research that was conducted at the Salk Institute. Here’s a summary of what they found:“Salk researchers and collaborators show how the protein damages cells, confirming COVID-19 as a primarily vascular disease…. SARS-CoV-2 virus damages and attacks the vascular system (aka–The circulatory system) on a cellular level… scientists studying other coronaviruses have long suspected that the spike protein contributed to damaging vascular endothelial cells, but this is the first time the process has been documented….… the spike protein alone was enough to cause disease. Tissue samples showed inflammation in endothelial cells lining the pulmonary artery walls. The team then replicated this process in the lab, exposing healthy endothelial cells (which line arteries) to the spike protein. They showed that the spike protein damaged the cells by binding ACE2…“If you remove the replicating capabilities of the virus, it still has a major damaging effect on the vascular cells, simply by virtue of its ability to bind to this ACE2 receptor, the S protein receptor, now famous thanks to COVID.” (“COVID-19 Is a Vascular Disease: Coronavirus’ Spike Protein Attacks Vascular System on a Cellular Level”scitechdaily.comRemember how everyone laughed at Trump when he said injecting household bleach would cure Covid? How is this any different?It’s not different, and whatever modest protection the vaccines provide as far as immunity, it pales in comparison to the risks they pose to personal health and survival.And did you notice what the author said about stripping-out the virus and leaving the spike protein alone?’He said “it still has a major damaging effect” implying ‘blood clots, bleeding and severe inflammation.’ In other words, the spike protein is deadly even absent the virus. Here’s how Dr. Byram Bridle (who is a viral immunologist and associate professor at University of Guelph, Ontario) summed it up:“We made a big mistake. We didn’t realize it until now… We thought the spike protein was a great target antigen, we never knew the spike protein itself was a toxin and was a pathogenic proteinSo, by vaccinating people we are inadvertently inoculating them with a toxin.” (“Vaccine scientist: ‘We’ve made a big mistake’”, Conservative Woman)Think about that for a minute. This is a very big deal, in fact, this is the critical piece of the puzzle that has been missing for the last 15 months. Just as the respiratory virus concealed the real killing-agent in Covid, (the spike protein) so too, the relentless hype surrounding mass-vaccination has concealed the glaring problem with the vaccines themselves, which is, they generate a substance that is “capable of causing disease.”That is the literal definition of pathogenic. The spike protein is a disease-producing toxin that poses a serious and identifiable threat to the health of anyone who chooses to get vaccinated. Could it be any clearer?It’s worth noting, that Bridle is a vaccine researcher who was awarded a $230,000 government grant last year for research on COVID vaccine development. He understands the science and chooses his words carefully. The term “pathogenic” is not meant to whip people into a frenzy, but to accurately describe how vaccine-generated proteins interact in the bloodstream. And the way they interact, is by inflicting serious damage to cells in the lining of the blood vessels which can result in illness or death. Here’s more from the same article:“As many will know by now, the problem lies within a structure that enables the virus, originally from bats, not only to enter human cells but to deliver a toxin called the spike protein. Most Covid vaccines instruct our body cells to produce the same protein. This is in the hope that antibodies developed against it will prevent the most damaging effects of the actual virus. There is evidence that this is the case for some.But there’s also a problem, spelled out most recently by Canadian researcher Dr Byram Bridle, who was awarded a $230,000 Ontario government grant last year for research on Covid vaccine development. This is that the spike protein produced by the vaccine does not just act locally, at the site of the jab (the shoulder muscle), but gets into the bloodstream and is carried through the circulation to many other sites in the body.Previously confidential animal studies using radioactive tracing show it to go just about everywhere, including the adrenal glands, heart, liver, kidneys, lungs, ovaries, pancreas, pituitary gland, prostate, salivary glands, intestines, spinal cord, spleen, stomach, testes, thymus, and uterus.The quantities are small and usually disappear within days. But the questions arise, is this mechanism involved in the thousands of deaths and injuries reported soon after Covid vaccination, and might it set some people up for the same long-term consequences as in severe cases of the disease itself?” (‘We’ve made a big mistake’“, Conservative Woman)This is the most important question: What will the long-term impact of these vaccines be on the population at large? Here’s more from the same article:“Some researchers say the risk from the vaccine may be greater than that from the actual virus in healthy people. This would be especially true for the young, whose immune systems deal with the virus successfully. In contrast, the vaccine has a device that protects the spike protein mechanism against immediate destruction by the body, in order to promote the immune response.”(Conservative Woman)Repeat: ” the vaccine has a device that protects the spike protein mechanism against immediate destruction by the body, in order to promote the immune response.”What does that mean? Does it mean that the spike protein created by the vaccine lingers on indefinitely risking a potential flare-up sometime in the future if another virus emerges or if the immune system is compromised? Will the people who have been vaccinated have the Sword of Damocles hanging over their heads until the day they die?Dr Judy Mikovits thinks so. “Mikovits thinks the COVID-19 vaccine is a bioweapon designed to destroy your innate immunity and set you up for rapid onset of debilitating illness and premature death. She too suspects many will die rather rapidly. “It’s not going to be ‘live and suffer forever,” she says. “It’s going to be suffer five years and die.” (Mercola.com)Is that possible? Could we see an unprecedented surge in fatalities in the next few years directly linked to these experimental vaccines?Let’s hope not, but without any long-term safety data, there’s no way to know for sure. It’s all a big guessing game, which is one of the reasons that so many people are refusing to get vaccinated. Here’s more from Bridle:‘I’m very much pro-vaccine, (said Dr Bridle) but … the story I’m about to tell is a bit of a scary one. This is cutting edge science. There’s a couple of key pieces of scientific information that we’ve been privy to, in the past few days, that has made the final link, so we understand now – myself and some key international collaborators – we understand exactly why these problems [with the vaccine] are happening.’One of these ‘is that the spike protein, on its own, is almost entirely responsible for the damage to the cardiovascular system, if it gets into circulation. Indeed, if you inject the purified spike protein into the blood of research animals they get all kinds of damage to the cardiovascular system, and it can cross the blood-brain barrier and cause damage to the brain.‘At first glance that doesn’t seem too concerning because we’re injecting these vaccines into the shoulder muscle. The assumption, up until now, has been that these vaccines behave like all of our traditional vaccines: they don’t go anywhere other than the injection site, so they stay in our shoulder. Some of the protein will go to the local draining lymph node in order to activate the immune system.‘However – this is where the cutting edge science has come in, and this is where it gets scary – through a request for information from the Japanese regulatory agency, myself and several international collaborators have been able to get access to what’s called the biodistribution study. It’s the first time ever that scientists have been privy to seeing where the messenger RNA vaccines go after vaccination; in other words, is it a safe assumption that it stays in the shoulder muscle? The short answer is, absolutely not. It’s very disconcerting. The spike protein gets into the blood and circulates over several days post-vaccination.’”(Vaccine scientist: ‘We’ve made a big mistake’“, Conservative Woman)They got the biodistribution study from the Japanese? Are you kidding me? You mean, the FDA waved these experimental “new technology” vaccines into service before they had the slightest inkling of where the substance in the vaccine would end up in the body. If that isn’t criminal negligence, then what is? Do you want proof that our regulators are controlled by the industries they are supposed to monitor? Here it is!Here’s more from an article at Children’s Health Defens NBe on the same topic:“… in key studies — called biodistribution studies, which are designed to test where an injected compound travels in the body, and which tissues or organs it accumulates in — Pfizer did not use the commercial vaccine (BNT162b2) but instead relied on a “surrogate” mRNA that produced the luciferase protein….Regulatory documents also show Pfizer did not follow industry-standard quality management practices during preclinical toxicology studies of its vaccine, as key studies did not meet good laboratory practice (GLP)….“The implications of these findings are that Pfizer was trying to accelerate the vaccine development timeline based on the pressures of the pandemic,” said TrialSite founder and CEO Daniel O’Connor. “The challenge is that the processes, such as Good Laboratory Practices, are of paramount importance for quality and ultimately for patient safety. If such important steps are skipped, the risk-benefit analysis would need to be compelling.”….(“Pfizer Skipped Critical Testing and Cut Corners on Quality Standards, Documents Reveal“, Children’s Health Defense)Let’s see if I got this right: The Covid vaccine was approved even though “Pfizer did not follow industry-standard quality management practices” and even though “key studies did not meet good laboratory practice?”Do you still think these vaccines are safe? And, it gets worse, too. Check it out:“... documents obtained by scientists through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) revealed pre-clinical studies showing the active part of the vaccine (mRNA-lipid nanoparticles) — which produce the spike protein — did not stay at the injection site and surrounding lymphoid tissue as scientists originally theorized, but spread widely throughout the body and accumulated in various organs, including the ovaries and spleen.” (“Pfizer Skipped Critical Testing and Cut Corners on Quality Standards, Documents Reveal”, Children’s Health Defense)Like we said earlier, the vaccine was supposed to be “localized”, that is, remain in the area where it was injected. But that theory proved to be wrong, just like the theory that the spike protein would be a good antigen was wrong. There are literally thousands of fatalities and other injuries that attest to the “wrongness” of that theory, and there will be many more before this campaign is terminated. Here’s more:“Research suggests this could lead to the production of spike protein in unintended places, including the brain, ovaries and spleen, which may cause the immune system to attack organs and tissues resulting in damage, and raises serious questions about genotoxicity and reproductive toxicity risks associated with the vaccine.” (“Pfizer Skipped Critical Testing and Cut Corners on Quality Standards, Documents Reveal“, Children’s Health Defense)So, it goes everywhere. Wherever blood flows, there too goes the spike proteins. Do young women really want these lethal proteins in their ovaries? Do you think that will improve their prospects for getting pregnant or safely delivering their babies? This is madness on a scale that is, frankly, unimaginable. Here’s more:“Studies indicate that the protein is able to gain access to cells in the testicles, and may disrupt male reproduction…..Furthermore, the genetic code the virus carries contains inserts that make it ‘extremely plausible’ that the protein could misfold into a prion (such as held responsible for mad cow disease in the 1980s), causing widespread damage to brain cells and increasing the risk of conditions including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease….” (“Covid vaccines: Concerns that make more research essential“, The Conservative WomanWe hope that readers are beginning to understand how risky these vaccines really are. It’s literally a matter of life and death. As Bridle opines:“‘We have known for a long time that the spike protein is pathogenic…. It is a toxin. It can cause damage in our body if it’s in circulation. Now, we have clear-cut evidence that . . . the vaccine itself, plus the protein, gets into blood circulation.’”Once that happens, the spike protein can combine with receptors on blood platelets and with cells that line our blood vessels. This is why, paradoxically, it can cause both blood clotting and bleeding.‘And of course the heart is involved, as part of the cardiovascular system,’ Bridle said. ‘That’s why we’re seeing heart problems. The protein can also cross the blood-brain barrier and cause neurological damage.…‘In short,… we made a big mistake. We didn’t realize it until now. We didn’t realize that by vaccinating people we are inadvertently inoculating them with a toxin.” (Conservative Woman)“Mistake?” He calls it a “mistake”? That’s got to be the understatement of the century!Let’s cut to the chase: These aren’t vaccines; they’re a spike-protein delivery-system. Regrettably, 140 million Americans have already been injected with them which means we can expect a dramatic uptick in debilitating medical conditions including blood clotting, bleeding, autoimmune disease, thrombosis in the brain, stroke and heart attack. The vast human wreckage we are now facing is incalculable.Has there ever been a greater threat to humanity than the Covid vaccine?Michael Whitney, renowned geopolitical and social analyst based in Washington State. He initiated his career as an independent citizen-journalist in 2002 with a commitment to honest journalism, social justice and World peace.He is a Research Associate of the Centre for Research on GlobalizationThe original source of this article is UNZCopyright © Mike WhitneyUNZ, 2021https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-killer-in-the-bloodstream-the-spike-protein/5747572Jaime C. | June 17, 2021 at 6:53 pm | Tags: Crimes against HumanityPolice State & Civil RightsScience and Medicine | Categories: Uncategorized | URL: https://wp.me/p1qf1R-AtmComment   See all comments   LikeUnsubscribe to no longer receive posts from Counter Information.
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Like a moth to a flame, er, lamp, insects are drawn to bright lights because they confuse the insects’ navigational systems. It’s a familiar sight, especially in the summertime: moths and other insects gathered around lights like lamps. Often, creatures entrained in such a glow get eaten by predators or overheat.

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Bees do not sleep – but they do remain motionless to preserve vital energy for the next day of foraging. During the day, and out on their travels, bees eyes can detect a wide array of colour.

CDC Says Vaccinated May Be as Likely to Spread COVID as Unvaxxed, as Reports of Serious Injuries After Vaccines Surge | The Most Revolutionary Act

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Mistress of Spanish King claims the intelligence services were used to spy on her

Ex-Spanish King’s former mistress claims intelligence service spied on her

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Ex-Spanish King’s former mistress claims intelligence service spied on her

Ex-Spanish King’s former mistress claims intelligence service spied on herPosted: 29 Jul 2021 09:03 PM PDTJuan Carlos ITHE EX-MISTRESS OF SPAIN’S former king has sued him in a British court, claiming that he deployed agents from Spain’s intelligence service in a “campaign of unlawful covert and over surveillance” against her. Juan Carlos I, 83, was king of Spain from 1975 until his abdication from the throne in 2014. He now lives in self-imposed exile in the United Arab Emirates, having left Spain in August. His departure came amidst a barrage of media reports revealing his involvement in a host of financial scandals, which are still being investigated by Spain’s authorities.In 2012, it became known that the king had a six-year love affair with German-born Danish business consultant Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein, 57, who is based in Britain. Since the end of the affair, in 2009, it is alleged that Carlos has been trying to retrieve nearly £60 million ($84 million), which he reportedly gifted to Wittgenstein when they were lovers. According to some media reports, Wittgenstein claims that the funds were given to her by the then-monarch “as an expression of his love” for her.Late last year, Wittgenstein filed a lawsuit in Britain, in which she accuses her former lover of a campaign of harassment against her. She also claims that he employed agents of the Spanish National Intelligence Agency (Centro Nacional de Inteligencia , or CNI) to spy on her. The lawsuit, made public on Wednesday, alleges that, starting in 2012, current or former CNI agents were deployed by the ex-king to keep Wittgenstein “under physical surveillance”. Wittgenstein’s lawyers claim that she was followed throughout Europe, and that her personal cellphones and computers were hacked by the CNI, or by private investigators. They also claim that a team of spies broke into her estate in Britain, and installed surveillance equipment through a “perfectly drilled hole” in her bedroom window.The business consultant is now asking for a large sum —believed to be in the tens of millions of euros— to be paid to her as compensation for alleged damages caused to her reputation. She is also asking for a restraining order against Carlos, the CNI, and anyone working for the ex-king. The former monarch denies the charges.► Author: Ian Allen | Date: 30 July 2021 | Permalink
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Biden forcing vaxx issue

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Biden Makes It Official: Federal Workers Must Get Vaccine or Submit to Regular Testing — Postal Union, Others Push Back

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The cabal has made it official, Joe isn’t making any decisions, he’s just saying what he’s told to say. If you think this won’t be expanded to include non-federal workers, think again. It’s already being mandated by some private companies. Start pushing back…~TS

Biden’s plan to require all federal employees and contractors to get the COVID vaccine or submit to regular testing, wear masks and socially distance is already getting pushback from those who question the constitutional legality and how mandates would be enforced.

By Megan Redshaw | The Defender

As anticipated, President Biden on Thursday announced all civilian federal employees and contractors will be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID, or submit to regular COVID testing, wear masks and socially distance.

Biden also called on state and local governments to use COVID relief funds to give $100 to people who get vaccinated.

In a statement released by the White House, the administration said the new rules were issued because of the Delta variant, and because unvaccinated people present a problem to themselves, their families and co-workers.

“Every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status,” Biden said. “Anyone who does not attest or is not vaccinated will be required to mask no matter where they work; test one or two times a week to see if … they have acquired COVID, socially distance and generally will not be allowed to travel for work,” he said.Tell Schools/Universities No Vaccine Mandates for Children/Young Adults!

Biden directed his administration to apply similar standards to all federal contractors. “If you want to do business with the federal government, get your workers vaccinated,” he said.

Biden urged other state and local governments and private employers to enforce a similar vaccination requirement for their workplace. He said the U.S. Department of Justice Department (DOJ) has “made it clear” it is legal to do so.

Biden was referring to a DOJ statement published online earlier this week, concluding federal law doesn’t prohibit public agencies and private businesses from requiring COVID vaccines — even though the vaccines have so far only received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) — not full licensing — from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

According to The New York Times, the federal government employs more than 4 million Americans, all of whom will need to attest to being fully vaccinated in order to avoid wearing a mask on the job, regardless of where in the country they work, and comply with screening tests once or twice a week.

The total number of employees is close to 10 million when contract workers and grant workers are included.

Biden also directed the U.S. Department of Defense to study how and when to add the COVID vaccine to the list of required vaccinations for all members of the military.

“As a large employer, the largest in this country, who cares about individuals who keep the government running, we have an obligation to be good stewards of the workforce and ensure their health and their safety,” White House spokeswoman Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters.

The Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to issue a mandate, announcing Monday it will require 115,000 of its frontline healthcare workers to be vaccinated against COVID in the next two months.

“I know it’s exhausting to think we’re still in this fight and I know that we hoped this would be a simple, straight-forward line without problems or new challenges,” Biden said. “But that isn’t real life.”

Road ahead for federal mandates not guaranteed to be smooth

The Associated Press (AP) today said Biden’s plan “is likely to force uncomfortable questions” and added, “Right now, there’s a lack of clear answers.”

According to the AP:

“There are many reasons why translating Biden’s order to the workplace may not go smoothly. Government agencies tend to have their own unique cultures, and their missions run the gamut. Doctors at the National Institutes of Health are probably already vaccinated, but some law enforcement agents may be wary of getting a shot not yet fully approved by the Food and Drug Administration.”

Continual testing raises other issues about who will pay, and if testing will continue if someone refuses to be vaccinated and is not eligible for medical or religious exemptions, the AP said.

The AP report also raised questions about the “perennially touchy subject” of masking. How will agencies enforce a masking policy if not everyone is required to be vaccinated? Will supervisors patrol the cubicles with lists of the unvaccinated?

In one early sign the policy may not go as smoothly as planned, the American Postal Workers Union (APWU) said it opposes the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate as a condition for employment, arguing it isn’t the role of the federal government to mandate vaccines or other testing measures.

“Maintaining the health and safety of our members is of paramount importance,” the APWU said in a statement issued Wednesday. “While the APWU leadership continues to encourage postal workers to voluntarily get vaccinated, it is not the role of the federal government to mandate vaccinations for the employees we represent.”

The statement also said:

“Issues related to vaccinations and testing for COVID-19 in the workplace must be negotiated with the APWU. At this time the APWU opposes the mandating of COVID-19 vaccinations in relation to U.S. postal workers.”

The U.S. Postal Service employs 570,000 people in the U.S., according to federal data, though it isn’t clear if the Biden administration will apply the mandate to all postal service workers.

Children’s Health Defense opposes mandates, refutes DOJ opinion

In advance of Biden’s official announcement, Children’s Health Defense on Thursday issued a statement disagreeing with the DOJ opinion and with Biden’s federal mandate policy.

The statement quoted CHD Chairman Robert F. Kennedy, Jr:

“Coerced medical interventions have been abhorrent to advocates of liberty and human dignity in every age. The fact that these vaccines are shoddily testedexperimental, unapproved and so risky their manufacturers can neither obtain insurance coverage nor indemnify users against grave injuries or death should magnify our ethical revulsion.”

“Although the DOJ memo is a thorough introduction to EUA law, it arrives at the wrong conclusion and brazenly ignores the Nuremberg Code’s law on human experimentation,” Flores told The Defender.

Flores also pointed out that the DOJ memo mischaracterizes Doe v. Rumsfeld, 341 F. Supp. 2d 1, 19 (2004), the precedent-setting case in which the court rejected punishments such as solitary confinement or dishonorable discharge as lawful consequences of refusal of the EUA anthrax vaccine — even though the U.S. Department of Defense had imposed such harsh sanctions.

“The court ruled in that case that coercion eviscerating informed consent violates federal law,” Flores said.

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