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Five people missing after explosion rocks German chemicals site UPDATE: Classified as an 'Extreme Threat'

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Smoke billows following an explosion in Wiesdorf, Leverkusen, Germany July 27, 2021, in this photo obtained from social media.
Five people were missing and several injured after an explosion rocked an industrial park in the western German city of Leverkusen on Tuesday, sending up plumes of smoke and prompting police to ask nearby residents to remain in their homes.

The explosion happened at 9.40 a.m. local time (0740 GMT), causing a fire at a fuel depot at Chempark, an industrial park for chemicals companies including Bayer (BAYGn.DE) and Lanxess (LXSG.DE), Chempark operator Currenta said.

Several staff were hurt, with at least two seriously injured, and five people were missing, Currenta said, adding it was not yet clear what caused the explosion and the subsequent fire.

Comment: UPDATE: From The Guardian:
An explosion at an industrial park for chemical companies has shaken the German city of Leverkusen, sending a large black cloud into the air. Several people were injured and five remain missing.

Germany's federal office for civil protection and disaster assistance classified the explosion as "an extreme threat" and asked residents to stay inside and keep windows and doors closed, the German news agency dpa reported.

Operators of the Chempark site in Leverkusen, about 13 miles (20km) north of Cologne on the Rhine River, said the cause of the explosion was unclear.

Currenta, the company operating the chemical park, said in a statement that several employees were injured, at least two of them severely, and five people remained missing.

Police in Cologne said they did not have any information on the cause or size of the explosion, but that a large number of police, firefighters, helicopters and ambulances had been deployed to the scene. They asked all residents to stay inside and warned people from outside Leverkusen to avoid the region.


He-Man and the Masters of the Wokeverse: How Netflix's agenda-driven programming is causing customers to tune out

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Masters of the Universe: Revelation by Kevin Smith, 2021.
Netflix believes it's the real 'Master of the Universe', but disgruntled viewers cancelling their subscriptions perhaps show that that the streaming service doesn't 'have the power' it thinks it does.

On the surface, Netflix's reboot of the classic 80s cartoon 'He-Man and the Masters of the Universe' looked like it had everything it needed to be a huge success. It had a beloved brand, a huge nostalgia-hungry fanbase, and a respected filmmaker overseeing it who was a pop-culture darling.

But now that 'Masters of the Universe: Revelation' has been released, its reception has been anything but good. Fans are outraged that the main character, He-Man, seems to have been sidelined from his own show in favor of a female character (complete with a butch haircut that would make Megan Rapinoe jealous). They're also not very happy that the head writer and showrunner, Kevin Smith, apparently lied about this story choice in the lead-up to release.

Smith had an infamous exchange with the YouTube channel Clownfish TV, which was the first to report on the 'She-Man' angle of the 'Masters of the Universe' reboot, dropping such spoilers as important character deaths, the race swapping of certain characters, and the shifting of focus to the character of Teela instead of He-Man. Smith's Twitter rants saying these reports were not true have not aged well, as it appears that everything Clownfish TV reported was accurate.

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NYC to require COVID vaccination or weekly testing for city workers

New York city police
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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that all city workers will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine or else participate in weekly testing by Sept. 13.

Why it matters: The announcement comes as COVID-19 cases have risen to more than 800 per day in the city, more than triple the daily average in June, the New York Times reports.
  • New York City announced a similar mandate last week for public health care workers in city-run hospitals and clinics.
By the numbers: The requirement would apply to roughly 340,000 city workers, including teachers and police officers.
  • Nearly 5 million New Yorkers have received at least one dose of the vaccines, and 2 million adult New Yorkers are still unvaccinated.


America Is Only One Step Away From A South African-Style Social Implosion

A South African Social Implosion
On the global news front I have been watching one event with special attention, mainly because it seems like almost no one else is - I am speaking of course about the social and economic collapse in South Africa that has been escalating over the past couple weeks. What is strange to me is that certain parallels between South Africa and the US are being summarily ignored.

Basically, the South African situation is a more exaggerated version of what is happening in America, and we need to consider if it is merely a preview of future events as the extra financial protections in the US begin to fall away.

Cultural Marxism And Social Unrest (The Reparations Con)

South Africa's government under the ANC (African National Congress) was already going full communist in 2018-2019 before the covid pandemic. Under proposed amendments to the constitution, they demanded that "reparations" be taken from white farmers in the form of land grabs, which would then be redistributed to black citizens.

This is the classic critical race theory argument - That because colonialism once existed, all beneficiaries and their supposed descendants owe dues to the descendants of indigenous people who lost their lands. The problem is, only the descendants of WHITE colonists are required to pay dues.

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Man accused of attempted assassination of Mali president dies in custody

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Photograph taken during the assassination attempt on Mali's President
A man accused of attempting to stab Mali's interim President Assimi Goita last week has died in hospital while in the custody of security services, the government said in a statement on Sunday.

Goita, a special forces colonel who orchestrated two coups in the last year, escaped unharmed after the assailant tried to stab him during prayers at a mosque in the capital Bamako on Tuesday.

Security agents threw a man into the back of a military pickup truck, video obtained by Reuters showed, as Goita was ringed by bodyguards.

"During the investigations ... his state of health deteriorated," the statement said. He was taken to hospital, where he died, it said.

Comment: Meaning it's likely he either died from torture or was deliberately murdered.

Comment: See also: Man attempts to stab Mali's interim leader at Grand Mosque


Creepy Joe caught on camera: 8-year-old was AFRAID to speak out

Creep Caught on Camera
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Maria Piacesi, the niece of Montana Senator Steve Daines, has revealed that Joe Biden squeezed her nipple in front of the world's media when she was just eight years old.

In 2015, then-Vice President Joe Biden was photographed fondling the right nipple of Piacesi, the daughter of Montana Senator Steve Daines' sister Christine and her husband Rob Piacesi, during a senatorial swearing-in ceremony.

C-SPAN.org used to have the original footage, but it was pulled down after Democrats and major media sites warned viewers not to believe their own eyes.

Maria now confirms Creepy Joe pinched her, but she's afraid to speak out.

She was the 8-year-old (now 14) who Joe Biden allegedly molested on stage, according to Maria's testimony.

An internet sleuth found her Tik Tok profile and asked her about the "incident".

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Mainstream poll finds majority of Americans shifting from optimistic to pessimistic about direction of country

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US President Joe Biden: The halo darkens
According to a new poll, the majority of Americans are pessimistic about the direction of the country at the sixth month mark of the Biden administration, a dramatic shift from the last time that the survey polled respondents on the matter.

"A majority — 55% — of the public say they are pessimistic about the direction of the country, a marked change from the roughly one-third (36%) that said the same in an ABC News/Ipsos poll published May 2," ABC News reported. "In the early May survey, Americans were more optimistic than pessimistic by a 28-percentage point margin. Optimism is now under water by 10 points. Looking ahead to the next 12 months, fewer than half — 45% — now report feeling optimistic about the way things are going, a significant drop from about two-thirds (64%) in the May poll."

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Coronavirus: Malaysia tops 1M; Australia faces longer lockdowns after protests; reports from Indonesia, Thailand, S. Korea, Vietnam

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Health workers in protective gear carry victim during a funeral in Klang, near Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia on Sunday reported its highest ever daily rise in Covid-19 cases, with the cumulative number of infections topping 1 million for the first time. Health authorities recorded 17,045 new infections, bringing the total to 1.01 million with 7,994 deaths.

On June 28, the government extended its lockdown for an indefinite period, but the spread of infections has not stopped, especially in the Kuala Lumpur metropolitan area. It has said lockdown rules will only be eased when daily Covid-19 cases fall below a weekly average of 4,000 and hospitals have more space to treat patients.

The parliament is expected to resume for the first time in about seven months on Monday, but the administration of Prime Minister Muhyiddin Yassin has been criticised for failing to control the pandemic.
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Barbed wire lockdown in Kuala Lumpur


Multiple murder cases dropped after St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office fails to appear in court

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St. Louis Attorney Kim Garner
Murder charges against an accused killer were dropped by a St. Louis judge on July 14 after a prosecutor from St. Louis Circuit Attorney's office failed to show.

That prosecutor never showed up to court hearings in May, June, and again on July 14 because she was on maternity leave, according to Fox 2. Two other murder cases were dismissed last week because of unprepared or absent St. Louis City prosecutors from the office of discredited Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner.

Fox 2's legal expert Attorney Chet Pleban said that using an attorney away on maternity leave may have been a tactic to postpone having to try that case:
"Clearly there is a problem with her internal management system that needs a quick fix, someway, somehow. But it is inexcusable that you would have three continuances, three times that she doesn't show up for a murder case."
More than 90 prosecutors have left the circuit attorney's office since Gardner took over in 2017, according to Fox 2.

Comment: It seems Attorney Kim has quite a track record of missteps, dereliction of duty and disservice to the police force and the public. Why is she still holding this position? She belongs to Soros.

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Police storm, shut down Al Jazeera's Tunis office in warrantless raid as president shuts down parliament

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Tunisian military forces guard the area around the parliament building in the capital Tunis on July 26, 2021, following protests in reaction to a move by the president last night to suspend the north African country's parliament and dismiss the Prime Minister.
Security forces involved in the raid said they were carrying out instructions and asked all journalists to leave.

Tunisian police has stormed Al Jazeera's bureau in the capital Tunis, expelling all the staff, after President Kais Saied late on Sunday ousted the government in a move his foes called a coup.

At least 20 plain-clothed police officers entered the office on Monday, Al Jazeera journalists in Tunis reported, saying the officers did not have warrants for the raid.