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Unbearable inflation sparks GLOBAL wave of protests

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FILE -Health workers led by nurses take part in a demonstration over salaries at Parerenyatwa Hospital in Harare, on June, 21, 2022
Rising food costs. Soaring fuel bills. Wages that are not keeping pace. Inflation is plundering people's wallets, sparking a wave of protests and workers' strikes around the world.

This week alone saw protests by the political opposition in Pakistan, nurses in Zimbabwe, unionized workers in Belgium, railway workers in Britain, Indigenous people in Ecuador, hundreds of U.S. pilots and some European airline workers. Sri Lanka's prime minister declared an economic collapse Wednesday after weeks of political turmoil.

Economists say Russia's war in Ukraine amplified inflation by further pushing up the cost of energy and prices of fertilizer, grains and cooking oils as farmers struggle to grow and export crops in one of the world's key agricultural regions.


Comment: As noted elsewhere whilst there is a Western fomented energy crisis occurring, energy costs have still been falling, just not for the consumer, however energy companies continue to post record profits.

In addition, Western sanctions have been blocking shipments of critical gas pipeline parts, fertilizer, grain, and this is coupled with Ukraine's refusal to demine its ports to allow for the safe shipment of goods the world desperately needs.

As we saw with the lockdowns, the initial impact caused by these issues pales in comparison to the real harm they will cause in the near future.


Comment: Some footage of the protests occurring right now:

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Attention

3 dead in shooting at shopping centre in Copenhagen

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Police have appealed for anyone who has seen, heard or filmed anything to contact them.
Danish police say several people were shot dead and one suspect has been arrested after gunfire rang out at a busy Copenhagen shopping centre, with emergency services rushing to the scene on Sunday evening.


Comment: The number of dead is now thought to be 3 people.


The number or condition of all the people struck by shots was not immediately available amid confusion over what had occurred at one of Scandinavia's biggest malls.

Copenhagen police chief inspector Soren Thomassen said authorities had no indication that there was more than one shooter. He said the suspect in custody was a 22-year-old Danish man, and that "terrorism" could not be ruled out as a motive.

Comment: More footage has emerged on Twitter:




NPC

Anthony Fauci says that he's experienced rebound Covid symptoms after taking a Pfizer's antiviral Paxlovid - which studies now show is NOT effective for the vaccinated

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Dr. Anthony Fauci confirmed on Tuesday that he is suffering from 'Covid rebound' symptoms after being treated with Paxlovid.

Paxlovid, a drug that was anointed as America's silver bullet against COVID-19 by some health officials and even President Joe Biden, may not have any effectiveness for people that are already vaccinated, according its manufacturer Pfizer's own data.

Fauci, 81, broke the news while speaking remotely at the Foreign Policy Global Health Forum.

Earlier this month, Fauci tested positive for the virus with mild symptoms including fatigue. As his symptoms got slightly worse, Fauci began a five day course of Paxlovid.

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Stop

Jordan Peterson: I'd rather die than delete truthful tweet for cancel creeps

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A few days ago, I penned an irritated tweet in response to one of the latest happenings on the increasingly heated culture war front in response to the decision of an actress (actor) named Ellen (Elliot) Page. I am employing this awkward and impossible multiple-naming style because it is now apparently mandatory — and probably doing it wrong, nonetheless, as "you're doing it wrong" is the whole point of what has been made mandatory — but also to make a point.

I have essentially been banned from Twitter as a consequence. I say banned, although technically I have been suspended. But the suspension will not be lifted unless I delete the "hateful" tweet in question, and I would rather die than do that. And hopefully it will not come to that, although who the hell knows in these increasingly strange days?

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Red Flag

The unhinged reaction to US abortion ruling has gone too far

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Students march to protest against overturning Roe v. Wade, which guarantess the right to abortion access, in New York on May 19, 2022
Since the US Supreme Court struck down Roe v. Wade, the hysteria coming from the left has been in full force, with extreme reactions that have taken the pro-choice movement to pro-abortion cringe.

Frustratingly, there is a lot of misunderstanding as well as downright ignorance about what the Supreme Court decision means in the first place. The court did not ban abortion, as so many Twitter keyboard warriors seem to think, and they have no authority to do so. They are not legislators. What the justices did was determine that the previous precedent for Roe was not constitutional, or rather, that the right to abortion is not explicitly granted by the Constitution - which it isn't (incidentally, our Constitution DOES grant the right to bear arms quite explicitly, yet many on the left want that to be ignored. Go figure).

Now, if you want abortion legal in your state, voice your opinion to your elected representatives. Codify it into law at the state level. That's how 'We the People' are meant to govern ourselves in America. For all the cries about 'attacks on our democracy', I'm hearing a lot of calls for federal overreach - the very antithesis of democracy.

Eagle

National Security State Censoring of Anti-Imperialist Voices

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The US rulers use many tools to disrupt and disorganize the anti-war and anti-imperialist left. Three discussed here include: (1) corporate control of the news media gives them free reign to spread disinformation and fake news against foreign and domestic targets; (2) they use government and corporate foundation resources to fund and promote a compatible left to counter the anti-imperialist left; and (3) the rulers use their control of social media and internet to censor those voices.

Since 2016 their censorship of websites, Facebook pages, Twitter, and Paypal accounts has escalated alarmingly. They target those who counter the narratives the government and big business media feed us, whether it be US intervention and attempted overthrow of other governments, Covid, or stories of Russian interference.

With the Ukraine war, the US government and corporate media immense propaganda power has been directed against Russia and intensified on an overwhelming scale.

As the US empire began the Cold War soon after the end of World War II, with the rise of McCarthyism (which predated Joe McCarthy), news manipulation and suppression often fell under the control of the CIA's Operation Mockingbird. The corporate media followed CIA directions in representing the interests of the US rulers. The CIA secretly funded and managed a wide range of front groups and individuals to counter what the US rulers considered its enemies. It encouraged those on the left who opposed actually existing socialism, seeking to foster splits in the left to undermine the communist and build the non-communist left.

Eagle

The end of the European colonial powers, the tyranny of physics

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I sat down last weekend for a long chat with Alexander Mercouris of The Duran and Crypto Rich to discuss the rapidly evolving situation in Europe. Long time readers know that I've been handicapping the collapse of the European Union for years.

That idea isn't based on my personal antipathy for Eurotrash commies and eugenicists, though it is quite large. In fact, the deeper we go into 2022 the more that antipathy rises to near unquenchable levels. The sheer arrogance and stupidity of Europe's leadership is nothing short of breathtaking.

Today we are looking at a situation where an entire continent's leadership is in the process of committing ritualistic suicide and yet is obsessed with portraying these self-inflicted wounds to the world as Russian President Vladimir Putin's fault.

A common trait among all malignant narcissists is the inability to take any responsibility for their own actions, seeking to always shift blame onto someone else. You see this behavior in children. And it only manifests itself in adulthood because the parents refused to put any boundaries on the child or inflict any consequences on them.

Bullseye

Western officials admit Ukraine is crawling with CIA personnel

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The New York Times reports that Ukraine is crawling with special forces and spies from the US and its allies, which would seem to contradict earlier reports that the US intelligence cartel is having trouble getting intel about what's happening on the ground in Ukraine.

This would also, obviously, put the final nail in the coffin of the claim that this is not a US proxy war.

In an article titled "Commando Network Coordinates Flow of Weapons in Ukraine, Officials Say," anonymous western officials inform us of the following through their stenographers at The New York Times:
As Russian troops press ahead with a grinding campaign to seize eastern Ukraine, the nation's ability to resist the onslaught depends more than ever on help from the United States and its allies — including a stealthy network of commandos and spies rushing to provide weapons, intelligence and training, according to U.S. and European officials.

Much of this work happens outside Ukraine, at bases in Germany, France and Britain, for example. But even as the Biden administration has declared it will not deploy American troops to Ukraine, some C.I.A. personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kyiv, directing much of the massive amounts of intelligence the United States is sharing with Ukrainian forces, according to current and former officials.

At the same time, a few dozen commandos from other NATO countries, including Britain, France, Canada and Lithuania, also have been working inside Ukraine.

Comment: The US buys time with bogus explanations in order to accomplish its goals and subvert public reaction.


Toys

Too weak to walk. 5-year-olds in nappies: The lost children of lockdown

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We all know they suffered during Covid. But this landmark Mail investigation reveals it's only now that the true devastating toll is starting to show - and it's the poorest who are hardest hit

From the way she gently coaxes her little girl into smart new trainers, it's clear that Chloe is a caring mother. And as someone who wants the best for her children, she has concerns about the development of both Jordon, six, and Mia, four.

Waving an exercise book at me, the pages covered in squiggles, Chloe, 24, a single mother who lives on the outskirts of Norwich, explains: 'Jordon's teacher wants him to write a poem. But he's so far behind, he doesn't even know what a full stop is!'

Then she glances down at her daughter, crouched at her feet, arms wrapped around her mother's calves. 'My youngest is so clingy, I'm having to send her to reception with her dummy to keep her calm.'

Comment: This is typical of British state 'conservatism' - a cruel mix of accurately reporting social ills, but always leaving out the government's role in creating successive generations of autistic or otherwise damaged people. The lockdowns had an atrocious effect on current young generations, certainly, and it was a condensed form of what government has been causing for decades: dependence on government and thus lack of proper human development.


Chess

Chinese ambassador: 'USA wants to start another war, this time in Asia. Beijing will not hesitate to use force to bring Taiwan under its control'

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Beijing will use all possible means to regain control over Taiwan, including military ones, Chinese ambassador to France Lu Shaye has said.

"We can't leave Taiwan independent," Lu insisted during his interview on Thursday with YouTube channel Livre Noir.

"We'll retake Taiwan by all means, including military ones. If we can't reunify the country by peaceful means, what else are we left to do?" he pointed out, becoming yet another Chinese official to offer such a warning.

The ambassador has blamed the US for stirring tensions around both Taiwan and Ukraine, where Russia's military operation is ongoing.

"The Americans want to start two wars in the world: one in Europe, the other in Asia," he said.