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Excess deaths DOUBLED in 2021, NOT from Covid, lockdown partly to blame, WHO research reveals

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FILE PHOTO: An empty street in London during lockdown in March 2020. World Health Organization research suggests that during just the first two years of the pandemic, 14.83 million more deaths occurred worldwide than would otherwise have been expected .
Nearly 15 million excess deaths from any cause may have occurred during 2020 and 2021, nearly three times the 5.42 million covid-19 fatalities that were reported over the same two-year period.


Comment: And even those labeled Covid may be deaths 'with' Covid, when actually the person died due to multiple comorbidities or old age.


William Msemburi at the World Health Organization in Geneva, Switzerland, and his colleagues estimated the number of deaths that would have occurred globally from January 2020 to December 2021 if the pandemic hadn't taken place.

For some countries, the team used mortality data from 2015 to 2019 to calculate the number of expected deaths per year, which they compared with the number of reported deaths from any cause over two years of the pandemic.

Comment: Deaths from the experimental Covid jabs will account for possibly a quarter - 2.5 million - of those excess deaths, if not significantly more. And counting.


Yoda

James Kunstler: Truth And Consequences

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US President Joe Biden
"I would advise the more-sciencey-than-thou to not pivot from Covid directly into climate change bullying just yet. 2023 is going to be replete with excess death, and you are gonna have a lot of 'splainin' to do. Lots of apologetic to push, in support of the Narrative."
— The Ethical Skeptic on Substack
Even if NBC, CBS, CNN, The New York Times, The WashPo, and the rest of the Big News Media mafia ignore the Twitter Files story, the revolution at Twitter is going to shake their windows and rattle their walls. There will be free debate in 2023 on this social media platform. News and ideas will be set loose across the landscape, and, for the first time in years, reality will have a chance to compete with the bad faith narratives of a regime at war against its own people.

We'll have to see how long this window remains open before the Intel Community tries to shut Twitter down, ramp up a campaign to defame it, or blow it up as a viable business. Or make a move to, shall we say, neutralize the person behind the revolution there. The more that free speech is actually permitted on Twitter, the more every other platform will look like a lame organ of propaganda, especially when it comes to issues that really matter such as the deadly consequences of the mRNA "vaccines," the shady doings around recent US elections, the actual condition of the US economy, the perilous folly of "Joe Biden's" war in Ukraine (and the family grifting operation that prompted it), and the evil machinations of the Intel Community itself.

Eye 1

Twitter Files show Twitter acted as 'subsidiary' of FBI

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On Friday, Matt Taibbi, released the sixth installment of the Twitter Files, covering the collusion between the social media giant and the FBI, with Taibbi saying the government agency acted as a "subsidiary" for the company before Elon Musk's takeover.

"1. THREAD: The Twitter Files, Part Six TWITTER, THE FBI SUBSIDIARY." Christopher Wray has been the director of the FBI since 2017.

"2. The #TwitterFiles are revealing more every day about how the government collects, analyzes, and flags your social media content."

Comment: See also:


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Three killed in Louisiana as dozens of tornadoes tear across southern US

Debris is piled up following severe weather
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Debris is piled up following severe weather Wednesday in Keithville, Louisiana.
Three people are dead in Louisiana after tornadoes tore across the American South, destroying families' homes in the midst of holiday preparations.

The storm system which had spawned dozens of reported tornadoes from east Texas to the Florida Panhandle was expected to peter out on Thursday. But not before it exacted devastation on a number of communities where some homes were blown to pieces and residents hospitalized.

Nikolus Little, aged eight, was found dead in Keithville, Louisiana, on Tuesday after a tornado touched down, the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office reported.

The child's body was discovered in a wooded area of the Pecan Farms subdivision where his home had been destroyed. His mother, Yoshiko A. Smith, 30, was initially missing but her body was later found by sheriff's deputies under debris and one street over from her demolished home.


Fire

Huge blast hits major oil refinery in latest hit to Russian infrastructure, fuels suspicions of sabotage

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Flames are pictured rising from the Angarsk facility, which produces jet fuel and diesel which can be used by Russia's military vehicles
A huge explosion has badly damaged a key oil refinery in far eastern Russia in just the latest mystery blast to hit the country's infrastructure.

The blast struck Angarsk Oil Refinery, near the Siberian city of Irkutsk, around 5.50am local time Thursday - lighting up the early morning sky with a fireball.

Two people were killed and five injured in the explosion, which officials say was caused by 'gas contamination' of the plant's equipment though it is unclear whether this was an accident or whether it was sabotaged.

It comes against the backdrop of multiple blasts and fires at locations with links to Russia's military or oligarchs that many suspect are being orchestrated by Ukraine.


Comment: This is not exactly true, because two of the most recent fires were at shopping malls.


Comment: Hmmm... is the re-entry of a long-range rocket visible as a 'bright flash in the sky' moments before impact?

Not to our knowledge.

It could be that eyewitnesses simply saw the explosion first, then heard it as the soundwave reached them afterwards.

But if there really was something streaking through the sky towards the refinery, then what on Earth was it?

The US-EU-Ukraine aren't firing missiles at Siberia, surely?

Below are just some of the most recent suspect fires and explosions in Russia. We suspect that most of them are due to sabotage and/or remotely-activated cyberattacks.


Fireball

Meteoroid hit suspected after major leak reported on Soyuz space capsule

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Screenshot: Russia aborts International Space Station spacewalk mission after Nasa footage shows particles spraying from MS-22 capsule.
A major leak from a Russian capsule docked on the International Space Station was most likely caused when a small meteoroid smashed into a radiator, leading to coolant being sprayed into space, a Roscosmos official has said.

Sergei Krikalev, a former cosmonaut who is now director of crewed space flight programs at Russia's space corporation, said Thursday's leak from the Soyuz MS-22 could affect the capsule's overall coolant system but that there was "no threat for the crew" of the space station.

The leak had prompted a pair of cosmonauts to abort a planned spacewalk earlier in the day. It also raises concerns as to whether the capsule will be able to safely return to Earth next spring as planned with two cosmonauts and a Nasa astronaut, or if an emergency replacement vehicle will have to be sent up.

Comment: Note that, if this is indeed what they suspect, this follows an incident in June whereby a micrometeoroid hit the recently launched James Webb Telescope: First micrometeoroid impact hits James Webb Space Telescope just months into flight

All the signs point to the activity in our skies increasing: 'Unprecedented': Shockwave & 'huge roar' reported in Gran Canaria following meteor fireball event

See also: Classified: Roscosmos knows "exactly what happened" to Soyuz spacecraft


Better Earth

Spike in methane recorded during 2020 despite global lockdowns, scientists puzzled by largest jump since records began 4 decades ago


Comment: Everything they think they know about climate science is false...


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FILE PHOTO: An empty street in London during lockdown in March 2020. World Health Organization research suggests that during just the first two years of the pandemic, 14.83 million more deaths occurred worldwide than would otherwise have been expected .
A mysterious rise in methane levels in the atmosphere in 2020 may be partly explained by a drop in emissions of nitrogen oxide in the early stages of the covid-19 pandemic.

Methane, a potent greenhouse gas, is responsible for one-fifth of the atmospheric warming linked with human activity. It can be emitted by the production and transport of coal, natural gas and oil, or from biological sources, such as livestock.

Levels of methane in the atmosphere have been rising since 2007, but in 2020 they made their biggest annual jump since records began in 1983.

Comment: No, this study proves that methane emissions are substantially NOT man-made. Could it be that there are other sources of methane that the researchers aren't accounting for? And that, for some as yet unknown reason, began surging in 2007 and spiked in 2020?

Most methane is actually released from the oceans - specifically, from stores of 'frozen' methane clathrate under the sea floor. Given that 2020 was a seminal year for human IN-activity, in terms of industry output and overall economic activity, then if there IS a 'human connection' to rising atmospheric methane levels, then it's more likely that 'pausing civilization' somehow translated into increased ruptures of methane clathrate inside the planet.


Snowflake Cold

A week out from summer solstice in Australia snow and sub-zero temperatures hit the Snowy Mountains

Plenty of snow has fallen at Charlotte Pass.
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Plenty of snow has fallen at Charlotte Pass.
Opinions always vary among locals in the NSW Snowy Mountains as to whether snow in summer is an unusual event.

But flurries of frost spotted on the alpine peaks less than two weeks out from Christmas this year are being considered by some as a bit of a novelty.

Jindabyne Chamber of Commerce chair Olivier Kapetanakos lives at 1,200 metres elevation and had snow on his property this morning.

He said it was "not normal".

"We had a good drift of snow this morning, but it's very surreal," he said.


"Our chickens don't like it too much."


Sherlock

Twitter Files Part 5 reveals staffers who didn't believe Trump violated 'incitement' policy

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Donald Trump's Twitter account was permanently suspended on Jan. 8, 2021
The fifth installment of Elon Musk's "Twitter Files" Monday revealed that staffers believed that tweets written by former President Donald Trump around the events of Jan. 6, 2021, had not actually violated its policies despite the company saying so at the time.

"For years, Twitter had resisted calls both internal and external to ban Trump on the grounds that blocking a world leader from the platform or removing their controversial tweets would hide important information that people should be able to see and debate," Bari Weiss of The Free Press wrote toward the beginning of her thread on Monday. "But after January 6, as @mtaibbi and @shellenbergermd have documented, pressure grew, both inside and outside of Twitter, to ban Trump."

Weiss cited "dissenters" within Twitter that did not want to ban Trump, including one who wrote, "Maybe because I am from China. I deeply understand how censorship can destroy the public conversation."

"But voices like that one appear to have been a distinct minority within the company. Across Slack channels, many Twitter employees were upset that Trump hadn't been banned earlier," Weiss wrote. "After January 6, Twitter employees organized to demand their employer ban Trump. 'There is a lot of employee advocacy happening,' said one Twitter employee."

Snowflake

Winter storm pummels western US with heavy snowfall - 5 FEET of snow in 48 hours at Soda Springs, California

The storm is expected to reach the Great Basin and the Desert Southwest by Monday, the Weather Service said.
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The storm is expected to reach the Great Basin and the Desert Southwest by Monday, the Weather Service said.
A large winter storm system slammed into the western US over the weekend, blanketing mountain areas with heavy snow before taking aim at the South, where it's expected to bring severe weather, with strong winds, hail and tornadoes possible.

More than 15 million people in 14 states are under some sort of a winter weather alert as the powerful storm moves across the county.

The storm already brought avalanche warnings to parts of the West, shuttered major highways as conditions became icy and triggered flood watches.

The storm blanketed some mountain areas of drought-parched California with thick snow, including Soda Springs in the northern part of the state, which received 60 inches of snow in 48 hours.