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Fireball 2

Swarm of near-Earth comets linked to recent ice giant Encke's breakup

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© NASA/JPL-Caltech
Artist's illustration showing a cloud of comet fragments
The longest-studied comets in our solar system have inspired ancient myths, religious fervor and modern scientific controversies. Now, the discovery of 88 asteroids and meteoroids orbitally aligned with one of them, Comet Encke, suggests that they all formed from the relatively recent breakup of an even bigger, icy comet. The findings are welcomed by those who believe Comet Encke and the other products of this astronomical event are responsible for many of Earth's most violent and consequential impacts over the last 20,000 years.

Earlier Evidence

Comet Encke was first observed in 1786 and later identified as the source of numerous annual meteor showers. Known collectively as the Taurids, these showers light up the skies of both the northern and southern hemispheres as Earth passes through a stream of debris created by the comet. (This year, look to the stars throughout November for a glimpse of your own.) In the 1980s, however, astronomer William Napier and astrophysicist Victor Clube suggested that objects larger than your average "shooting star" had arrived from a similar source as the comet.

Comment: Clube's and Napier's hypothesis is being borne out by the worrying increase in fireball counts year-over-year. SOTT's Fire in the Sky section attests to that.


Ice Cube

Boris Johnson op-ed from 2013: "It's snowing, and it really feels like the start of a mini ice age"

"The Sun is god!" cried JMW Turner as he died, and plenty of other people have thought there was much in his analysis. The Aztecs agreed, and so did the pharaohs of Egypt. We are an arrogant lot these days, and we tend to underestimate the importance of our governor and creator. We forget that we were once just a clod of cooled-down solar dust; we forget that without the Sun there would have been no photosynthesis, no hydrocarbons - and that it was the great celestial orb that effectively called life into being on Earth. In so far as we are able to heat our homes or turn on our computers or drive to work it is thanks to the unlocking of energy from the Sun.
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As a species, we human beings have become so blind with conceit and self-love that we genuinely believe that the fate of the planet is in our hands - when the reality is that everything, or almost everything, depends on the behaviour and caprice of the gigantic thermonuclear fireball around which we revolve.

I say all this because I am sitting here staring through the window at the flowerpot and the bashed-up barbecue, and I am starting to think this series of winters is not a coincidence. The snow on the flowerpot, since I have been staring, has got about an inch thicker. The barbecue is all but invisible. By my calculations, this is now the fifth year in a row that we have had an unusual amount of snow; and by unusual I mean snow of a kind that I don't remember from my childhood: snow that comes one day, and then sticks around for a couple of days, followed by more.

Comment: Eight year later, Boris is Prime Minister, Piers Corbyn is in and out of jail for protesting the regime's enforcement of globalist diktats on 'Covid countermeasures', and the British government is at the forefront of 'achieving net zero carbon emissions by 2030' (or whenever). And BoJo apparently now believes 'mankind is higher than our creator', going by his recent speech at the UN General Assembly on how 'we' must reduce 'the temperature of the planet by 1.5C NOW!'


Et tu, Boris?


Cult

Net Zero and Zero Covid absolutists share the same hubristic delusions

When it comes to both coronavirus and climate change, the purist route is doomed to failure
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Zero Covid is dead. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said as much last week, finally accepting that the delta variant has made it impossible for one country to eradicate a disease which has become endemic elsewhere.

For the moment, New Zealand persists with its miserable cycle of lockdowns, but, with cases rising anyway, Jacinda Ardern must surely soon bow to the inevitable.

We are destined, though, to go through the same cycle with Zero Covid's cousin, Net Zero carbon emissions. Both have similar ideological underpinnings: a belief that by mandating something to happen, the means to achieve it will magically come into existence. Both involve a refusal to balance huge, open-ended costs against other considerations, and both are driven by a desire to control the population via puritanical strictures.

Some have already demanded that similar measures be applied to Net Zero as were applied to the messianic pursuit of Zero Covid: "stay local" orders, flight bans, smartphone apps to track our behaviour.

Airplane

Delta Air Lines CEO ditches 'divisive' vaccine mandate

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© Delta Airlines
Delta Air Lines is ditching a vaccine mandate for employees, according to company CEO Ed Bastian, who notably emphasized the "divisiveness" of such an order.

Bastian said announcing a plan to get all employees vaccinated, without enforcing a mandate, has worked, allowing the company to reach a 90% vaccination rate. The CEO, according to Fox Business, said:
"The reason the mandate was put in by [the] president, I believe, was because they wanted to make sure companies had a plan to get their employees vaccinated. A month before the president came out with the mandate, we had already announced our plan to get all of our people vaccinated. And the good news is the plan is working.

"I acknowledged that there will need to be religious and medical accommodations made for those who wish to remain unvaccinated while avoiding having to threaten employment status. By the time we're done, we'll be pretty close to fully vaccinated as a company without going through all the divisiveness of a mandate.

"We're proving that you can work collaboratively with your people, trusting your people to make the right decisions, respecting their decisions and not forcing them over the loss of their jobs."
Back in August, Bastian's memo warned unvaccinated employees enrolled in Delta's health care plan they would be subject to higher premiums to cover increased costs associated with COVID.

Comment: Whether down to earth or up in the air, airlines are bowing to Biden one way or another. Hurrah for the 'appearance' of choice.


Attention

US Treasury deputy sec warns unvaxxed Americans that shortages will continue until EVERYONE is jabbed


Comment: Whoa, is that a threat!?


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© Reuters / Alan Devall
The deputy secretary at the US Treasury has put Americans on notice that the only way to end the plague of empty shelves around the country is for every resident to be vaccinated. The frank warning came off as a threat to many.

Wally Adeyemo, the Biden administration's second-highest official in the Treasury Department, appeared to publicly blackmail the still-sizable portion of Americans who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19 during a Thursday ABC interview, seemingly blaming them for the ongoing shortages of consumer goods that have led many to mock the president as 'Empty Shelves Joe'.

Despite viral photos depicting thousands of cargo ships lined up at the Port of Los Angeles ready to unload their goods, Adeyemo claimed that the supply chain issues plaguing so many US retailers are an international issue and will only let up when a sufficient percentage of the country has been vaccinated.

Describing the disastrous economic conditions as "an economy that's in transition," Adeyemo acknowledged that "we are seeing high prices for some of the things that people have to buy." While he praised the administration's stimulus payments, he also pinned the blame squarely on the unvaccinated.

Comment: See also: NewsReal: Is The Government Hyping Shortages? And is 'Vaccination Shedding' Really a Thing?


Newspaper

UK MP David Amess dies after being stabbed at constituency meeting in a church, suspect arrested

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FILE PHOTO: Man arrested on suspicion of murder after Conservative MP attacked during regular surgery in Leigh-on-Sea in Essex
The Conservative MP Sir David Amess has died after he was stabbed several times during a surgery at his constituency in Essex, police have said.

Amess, 69, an MP since 1983 who had represented Southend West in Essex since 1997, was attacked at a church in Leigh-on-Sea. He is the second MP to be killed in just over five years, after the murder of Jo Cox.

Essex police said a 25-year-old man had been arrested on suspicion of murder. Officers were called to the scene at about 12.05pm on Friday, the force said, to reports that Amess had been stabbed, confirming he was the victim.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: UPDATE: British police have officially declared the murder a terrorist incident with a "potential motivation linked to Islamist extremism." After killing Amess, the 25-year-old British-Somali man sat down and waited patiently for police to arrive. He stabbed Amess up to 17 times.


Pistol

Oh great, they're putting guns on robodogs now

SPUR robot
© Instagram/swordinternational
The Special Purpose Unmanned Rifle, or SPUR, is seen at the annual convention for the Association of the US Army in Washington, DC.
So, hey, they've started mounting sniper rifles on robodogs, which is great news for anyone who was hoping they'd start mounting sniper rifles on robodogs.

At an exhibit booth in the Association of the United States Army's annual meeting and exhibition, Ghost Robotics (the military-friendly competitor to the better-known Boston Dynamics) proudly showed off a weapon that is designed to attach to its quadruped bots made by a company called SWORD Defense Systems.

Comment: Machines with license to kill have no accountability. The public is at the mercy of the programmers.


Brick Wall

Leaked Border Patrol docs show mass release of 160,000 illegal immigrants into US by Biden administration

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© Reuters / Adrees Latif
The Biden administration is releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight

At least 160,000 illegal immigrants have been released into the U.S., often with little to no supervision, by the Biden administration since March - including a broad use of limited parole authorities to make more than 30,000 eligible for work permits since August, Border Patrol documents obtained by Fox News show.

The documents give a partial snapshot into how the Biden administration has been releasing enormous numbers of migrants into the U.S., often with little to no oversight, supervision or immediate risk of deportation.

Comment: This is basically a form of population transfer. The US government practiced such on Vietnam, Central America, Yugoslavia, and the Middle East. And now it's doing it to Americans! The New York Post adds:
Nearly 40,000 illegal immigrants have been released since Aug. 6 on their own recognizance, including 128 single adults let go in a single day near Del Rio, Texas, without being required to wear an ankle monitor or tracked by phone as part of the "Alternatives to Detention program."

While immigration officials usually grant a handful of cases parole, Scott claimed the Biden administration is wielding it more broadly, including giving parole to thousands of Afghans as part of Operation Allies Welcome, the Afghanistan evacuation operation.
If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck . . . .Tucker called it in February, 2021:




Bad Guys

Army deployed amid street fighting in Beirut after unidentified sniper fire kills port blast protesters

Lebanon soldiers
© REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir
Army soldiers patrol after gunfire erupted, in Beirut, Lebanon October 14, 2021
Armored vehicles have rolled into Beirut as the Lebanese capital descended into chaos, with crowds led by Hezbollah and Amal groups demonstrating against Tarek Bitar, the lead judge of the port blast investigation.

Beirut resembled a warzone on Thursday as the army deployed armored vehicles to a divided area of the city where deadly skirmishes erupted following an attack on a protest. The army declared that the troops would fire at any armed individuals on the capital's streets.

The Lebanese army deployed a range of armored vehicles, including tanks and trucks with mounted machine guns. Sources on the ground suggest the troops have moved toward a building from which militants are allegedly based.

Comment: More reporting from journalist Richard Medhurst:



It's unclear who instigated the gunfire, but we do know that hijacking protests to further regime change agendas, or to simply sow chaos, has been a common tactic of the West & its allies, such as Israel, we also know that the catastrophic explosion at Beirut's port back in August - notably the reason for the protest - was incredibly suspicious, and even had writers at Forbes asking 'Was Israel responsible?'

Lebanon has been suffering blackouts and hyperinflation of its currency amidst political turmoil, and for those forces pursuing a nefarious agenda the situation was ripe to be taken advantage of: Lebanon's Crippling Financial Crisis


Flashlight

CNN's Sanjay Gupta goes on Joe Rogan's show to turn him on to vaccines, gets grilled about his network's 'horse dewormer lies'

Joe Rogan and Sanjay Gupta

Joe Rogan and Sanjay Gupta
CNN's row with Joe Rogan over his use of Covid-19 treatments took a twist on Wednesday when the network's chief medical correspondent went on Rogan's podcast and was confronted about the network's 'lies'.

Popular American podcaster Joe Rogan is a Covid vaccine skeptic and used an unproven therapeutic regimen when he contracted Covid-19 in late August. Among other things, he took the anti-parasitic drug ivermectin. CNN reported that he used "a horse dewormer," which he insists is a lie, since he took the version of the drug for human use after it was prescribed by a doctor.

On Wednesday, the podcast host had the opportunity to raise the issue with CNN' top medical reporter, Sanjay Gupta, who was not able to defend his network's 'horse dewormer' claims.

"They shouldn't have said it was horse dewormer," Gupta readily acknowledged, seemingly eager to change the topic. But Rogan persisted.