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Incompetence or design? Austria's former FM: Going green may lead to Europe's lights going out this winter

Karin Kneissl
EU states have been busy trying to contain the energy crisis and soaring electricity bills, but their actions might not be enough as the main flaw is the lack of a unified energy policy, Austria's former foreign minister tells RT.

"The structural problem in energy policy shaping and policy making in many EU countries is who is really in charge," Karin Kneissl, former Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs, told RT.

She stressed that the major problem is the lack of a common energy policy in the block, and more broadly, no common "energy mentality."

According to Kneissl, many European states are too "occupied with themselves," focusing on elections and governmental changes while "energy is still not getting the priority it should have."

As the energy crisis hit the EU, many member states introduced measures to support energy consumers. France is giving 100 euro ($113) payments to support the poorest households, while putting a ceiling on electricity prices to last through April next year.

Italy has introduced a $3.3 billion aid package, while Spain has put in place emergency measures, redirecting some $2.9 billion from profits of energy companies to consumers.

Still, Kneissl says "all the measures might not be sufficient" as EU countries "have very different energy mixes" and attitude towards energy policy altogether.


Comment: Whether by incompetence - or design - Europe's leaders are setting up their populations for a very difficult, (if not life-threatening) winter.
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Hammer

Backed by AFRICOM, corporations plunder DR Congo for "climate-friendly" materials and blame China

The Congolese National Armed Forces (FARDC) in 2013
© Monusco
The Congolese National Armed Forces (FARDC) in 2013
Cobalt, a key metallic element used in lithium batteries and other "green" technology, is sourced from slave labor in the Democratic Republic of Congo. As the West points the finger at China, the US Africa Command is indirectly policing mining operations that profit US corporations.

Ever since Belgium's King Leopold II (1835-1909) established the Congo Free State in 1885, international powers have exploited the region's vast resources. Leading a regime that went on to kill an estimated eight million people to plunder their gold, ivory, and rubber, Leopold reportedly described Congo as "a magnificent African cake."

More recently, US President Biden's International Trade Administration declared: "With total mineral wealth estimated in the tens of trillions of dollars," what is now called the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) "offers opportunities for American firms with a high tolerance for risk." The role of the Africa Command is to reduce that risk. The US Department of Defense says that Africa "has a plethora of strategic materials, such as cobalt, chromium, tantalum and more. African resources are critical to 21st century progress" (read: US corporate dominance).

From the late-1990s to the present, Euro-American mining, processing, and financial corporations have relied on the slave-labor of miners and the muscle of armed gangs to export rare earth metals, such as coltan and tantalum, to the West for vital components in computers, phones, missiles, etc. The rush to renewables ushers in a new era of competition for the rare metal, cobalt.

Light Saber

'Inadequate' evidence for vaccine mandate for NHS staff, House of Lords report finds - 126,000 staff would quit if forced

injection arm
© INGimage
Case for mandatory Covid-19 jabs for NHS staff 'not strong enough'
The government's case for implementing mandatory Covid-19 vaccinations for NHS staff in England has failed to address how the health service will cope when thousands of staff leave their jobs as a result, a report has warned.

A new report, published today by the House of Lords Secondary Legislation Scrutiny Committee, has ruled that the government's evidence for the move was "broad-brush" and "superficial".
"The house may expect to be provided with some very strong evidence to support this policy choice, and DHSC has signally failed to do so" Committee report
It added that the potential benefits of the proposal seemed "disproportionately small", given the subsequent costs for recruitment and the disruption it would have on the health service.


Comment: So, were it not for NHS staff willing to sacrifice their livelihoods by threatening to quit, the vaccinate mandate would likely have gone ahead, despite there being no evidence that they were necessary.

Note that these same considerations weren't given to the estimated 50,000 unvaccinated care home staff or the residents they provide care for, because that mandate was pushed through just under a month ago, and already care homes are closing or suffering a dangerous lack of staff. Meanwhile we were told that these mandates were necessary to protect the vulnerable.


Comment: It's notable that numerous countries in the West in recent years have tried to ram through inadequate (and insidious) proposals of all kinds that would drastically change the norms of society - from euthanasia, to protest, to emergency powers - however it's a rarity that these proposals are actually challenged, the vast majority get passed.

One imagines that one of the reasons the NHS mandate did not is because the fall out would lead to a backlash that, ultimately, would interfere with other aspects of the establishment's nefarious agenda which it needs to get through first: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: NAZI Redux - Covid Camps in Australia, Mandatory Vaccinations in EU




Eye 1

Kamala Harris described as a 'bully' and 'soul destroying' boss

Kamala Harris
© AFP via Getty Images
A staffer called Kamala Harris a "bully" in a new report.
Vice President Kamala Harris is described as a "bully" in a new report that brands her as the "common denominator" behind a recent exodus of high-level staffers.

Harris' allegedly "soul-destroying" management style was revealed by staffers to The Washington Post just days after spokesperson and longtime aide Symone Sanders announced her departure.

"Who are the next talented people you're going to bring in and burn through and then have [them] pretend they're retiring for positive reasons?" former Harris aide Gil Duran told the paper.

Comment: See also:


Syringe

NZ: Pfizer document concedes large increase in adverse event reactions to its 'vaccine'

Pfizer Vaccine
© Reuters
  • Document released by Pfizer apparently as a result of a Freedom Of Information court order in the USA reveals a vast array of previously unknown vaccine adverse effects compiled from official sources around the world.
  • Pfizer concedes this is 'a large increase' in adverse event reports and that even this huge volume is under reported.
  • Over 100+ diseases are listed, many very serious.
  • This document was compiled by Pfizer in the very early days of the vaccine rollout in NZ but was possibly not supplied to our government.
  • We examine the implications for government.

Comment: Anybody who has done any homework on the Pfizer company will not be surprised to see this evidence of fraudulent behaviour. It does beg the question as to why governments, in New Zealand and around the globe, have taken the Pfizer-produced research and trusted it, without any form of peer review.


Briefcase

Oklahoma attorney general sues Biden admin over federal workforce vaccine mandate

Biden/O'Connor
© Getty Images/The Oklahoman
US President Joe Biden • Oklahoma AG John O'Connor
Oklahoma's attorney general is slamming the Biden administration over the COVID-19 vaccine mandate and taking his grievances to court.

Attorney General John O'Connor has blasted Biden's mandate for military members and federal employees as being "unlawful," claiming in a press release that the mandate "does not reflect the Land of the Free."

O'Connor is asking that a court declare the mandate unconstitutional. Additionally, he is seeking a temporary restraining order to block its enforcement while litigation is ongoing.

Members of the state's National Guard may quit their jobs rather than get vaccinated, according to the Oklahoma attorney general. He claims that scenario would "irreparably harm" the safely and security of Oklahomans.

O'Connor has expressed his gratitude for the governor's and legislature's support in his efforts to overturn the mandate. He said in a press release:
"Their support and funding for this lawsuit protects hardworking Oklahomans in federal jobs, and our Oklahoma National Guard members from Biden's reckless and unlawful vaccine mandates."

Syringe

Possible systematic miscategorisation of vaccine status raises concerns about claims of Covid-19 vaccination effectiveness

Globe vaxx
© Unknown/KJN
Our research team have now analysed the ONS England November mortality data. We conclude that, despite seeming evidence to support vaccine effectiveness, this conclusion is doubtful because of a range of serious inconsistencies and anomalies. Our detailed report is here.
Fig 16
© Norman Fenton/Martin Neil
The data appear to show lower non-Covid mortality for the vaccinated compared to the unvaccinated. Odd. Also unvaccinated mortality rates peak at the same time as the vaccine rollout peaks for the age group, then falls and closes in on the vaccinated. This is not natural.
fig 9
© Norman Fenton/Martin Neil

Comment: How statistics are tallied and attributed calibrates how they are perceived and understood. As shown in the researchers' time-sensitive calculations, there is more to accurate reporting than an ongoing number total. Qualifiers, that incorporate numerous and pertinent criteria including time lags and systems in flux, must enter consideration.


For more by these authors, see also: The impact of misclassifying deaths in evaluating vaccine safety: the same statistical illusion


Calendar

Thousands of Air Guard and Reserve don't meet vaccine deadline

Drawing Dose
© Kristopher Radder/The Brattleboro Reformer/AFP
The Drawing of The Dose
More than 6% of the Air National Guard and Reserve did not meet the deadline to get the COVID-19 vaccine, and could begin to face consequences if they don't get the mandated shots or receive an exemption, the Air Force said Friday.

Air Guard members who report for their monthly drill this weekend will be allowed to participate and will be paid -- whether they are vaccinated or not, but those without shots will have the opportunity to get the vaccine when they report to their base, according to Air Force spokeswoman Ann Stefanek.

The Air Force said roughly 11,000 troops did not get the vaccine by the deadline Thursday. There are about 107,000 Air Guard members and 68,000 in the Reserves, and about 3,500 of the unvaccinated have received medical or administrative exemptions. The unvaccinated total, however, could be a bit lower than the data show so far. Officials have cautioned that the information for the Guard and Reserves may lag, as some of the citizen airmen could have gotten shots at local pharmacies and have not yet filed their data with the service.

Better Earth

Populist leaders meet in Warsaw to discuss European Union

Le Pen
© AP
Marine Le Pen in Poland
The leaders of right-wing populist parties are gathering Saturday in Warsaw to discuss how they can work together to bring change to the European Union which they accuse of acting like a super-state that is eroding the traditions and powers of the EU's 27 member nations.

Jaroslaw Kaczynski the leader of Poland's nationalist ruling party, was expected to open the gathering in Warsaw. Scheduled attendees include Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, among others.

The meeting follows a visit by Le Pen to Budapest in October that was part of an effort by her and Orban to consolidate the European right. It also comes as both the Polish and Hungarian governments remain locked in a bitter standoff with the EU, which is withholding funds to both countries over democratic backsliding.

Kaczynski's welcome of Le Pen marks a recent change of heart for Poland's governing conservatives. The ruling Law and Justice party had long refused to cooperate with the French presidential candidate due to her warm relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin — a turnoff in a country long dominated by Russian and Soviet rule.

TV

Psaki struggles to spin for Biden as unimpressive jobs report breaks live

Psaki/Brzezinski
© MSNBC screenshot
MSNBC's Mika Brzezinski breaks bad news on jobs report, confronts Jen Psaki
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki fumbled through an interview on MSNBC's Morning Joe on Friday after the more than disappointing job reports broke live on air, prompting her to scramble for a way to spin the unimpressive numbers in President Joe Biden's favor.

"So 210,000 — so if we look at that breaking news right now, that's a number that feels a little, what? A little off?" Mika Brzezinski asked.

Psaki originally claimed she was not allowed to comment on the new information until a set time later in the morning. "Well, I know this sounds a little archaic, but I can't comment on them until 9:30. By rules since I work at the White House," Psaki said.

Her response was met with friendly laughs from the Morning Joe panel before she offered the White House's official spin regardless of the report's contents. "I will say what people can expect the president to continue to say today, month to month, is that what we're seeing are good trends," Psaki said.

Comment: The only ones that should be out of a job are in the top echelon of this administration.