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Chinese city Harbin orders spas, mahjong salons to shut after Covid-19 case confirmed

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Medical workers take swabs from primary school students in Fuzhou, China, on Sept 15, 2021.
Harbin - Spas, cinemas and mahjong salons in the Chinese city of Harbin were ordered to close on Tuesday (Sept 21) to prevent Covid-19 from spreading in poorly ventilated spaces, state television reported.

The temporary shutdowns were part of a range of restrictions imposed on the north-eastern city after one case of community transmission, the report said, citing the Harbin government.

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Number of children in A&E with serious mental health issues jumps 50 percent since start of pandemic

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Emma Shepherd begged staff at Sheffield Children's Hospital A&E to admit her daughter
The number of children who go to A&E [Accident and Emergency] with serious mental health issues has jumped by more than 50 percent since the coronavirus pandemic began, after school closures pushed youngsters to crisis point, a Telegraph investigation has revealed.

More than 2,243 children in England were referred for specialist mental health care from emergency departments in May this year, compared with just 1,428 in May 2019. Experts say children have struggled with schools being closed and without face-to-face interaction with their peers.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP and the chair of the education select committee, called for schools to remain open to stave off a mental health "catastrophe".

NHS data reveal that nearly 27,000 children are being prescribed antidepressants each month, up more than eight per cent from 2019. While most are teenagers, 25 a month are aged six or under, and more than 1,000 are aged seven to 11.

Waiting lists for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) have jumped by more than a third in some regions, according to NHS England Trusts.

Comment: A future of unnecessary suffering has begun.


Airplane

After Afghans fell from plane, families live with horror

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Falling angels: Afghan girls watching the sky as something caught their attention.
It's a scene that has come to symbolize the chaotic end to America's 20 years of war in Afghanistan: A lumbering U.S. Air Force cargo plane takes off from Kabul airport, chased by hundreds of desperate Afghan men scrambling to get on the aircraft.

As the C-17 transporter gains altitude, shaky mobile phone video captures two tiny dots dropping from the plane. Footage from another angle shows many in the crowd on the tarmac stopping in their tracks and pointing.

The full extent of the horror becomes apparent only later. The dots, it turns out, were desperate Afghans hidden in the wheel well. As the wheels folded into the body of the plane, the stowaways faced the choice of being crushed to death or letting go and plunging to the ground.

More than a month later, much remains unclear about what happened in that tragic takeoff on Aug. 16, a day after the Taliban swept into Kabul, prompting a flood of Afghans trying to escape the country.

Comment: These are difficult and horrifying times for many in the aftermath of Biden's decisions and US incompetence. They are a marker for all humanity.


Bacon

Energy crisis stretches to UK food-supply chain, already bruised by labour shortage amid Brexit & Covid-19

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'It's snout what you think!'
British meat processors have become the latest casualty of the growing energy crisis that threatens to result in a dire shortage of carbon dioxide gas, which is widely used throughout the food and drinks industry.

Carbon dioxide is a by-product of fertiliser production that is used to stun animals before slaughter as well as for the packaging process that prolongs the shelf life of all meat, and in fizzy drinks and beer.

However, soaring gas prices have brought about a slowdown at some chemical factories in Europe that produce fertiliser, with a major US producer being forced to halt operations at two manufacturing complexes in the UK for an uncertain period of time. Nick Allen, the chief executive of the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) told the BBC after emergency talks with the Department of the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) that:
"This crisis highlights the fact that the British food supply chain is at the mercy of a small number of major fertiliser producers - four or five companies - spread across northern Europe. We rely on a by-product from their production process to keep Britain's food chain moving."
According to British Poultry Council chief executive Richard Griffiths, some 20 million birds per week are slaughtered, but abattoirs are running out of carbon dioxide.


Comment: It wasn't hard to figure out what pins to pull from crucial processes in order to grind industries to a halt and impact the most damage to 'the 99%.' This is worse than outright terrorism and much more insidious.


Comment: The green movement won't be satisfied until they suck the very air out of our lungs.


Bad Guys

GOP Nevada Lt Gov hopeful shoved out of commission meeting for questioning Covid narration

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Mack Miller, a Republican candidate for Lt. Gov. of Nevada, was physically ejected from a Las Vegas local government meeting on Tuesday.

"The Clark County Commission on Tuesday voted 5-2 to declare COVID-19 misinformation a public health crisis," the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported. "Falsehoods have fueled public mistrust and prolonged the pandemic by undermining efforts to combat the spread of the disease, according to the passed resolution."

When Miller ran as the GOP nominee for the state legislature in 2018, the same newspaper published a story titled, "Nevada Assembly candidate deserted Army comrades during Iraq war."

Miller again was the center of controversy after videos of his appearance at the commission meeting spread online.

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Family

Russia to increase psychological, social & medical help available to pregnant women as country seeks to reduce abortions by 50%

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FILE PHOTO. Balashikha, Moscow Region, Russia.
The Russian authorities are developing plans to boost the quantity of social and psychological assistance available to pregnant women in an attempt to reduce the number of abortions, a cabinet office decree has revealed.

The decree text, published last week, names several possible ways to prevent pregnancy terminations, including medical and legal assistance to women in difficult life situations.

The government intends to increase the percentage of women receiving pre-abortion counseling to 80% by 2025, with the goal of reducing terminations by half.

Comment: Russia is also prioritizing families and providing benefits to encourage their formation. Meanwhile in the West, influential groups are pushing for late term abortions, at the same time the necessities of life are so expensive and the future so bleak that having children is a prospect that many see as an unmanageable burden:


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Wuhan scientists planned to release coronavirus particles into cave bats, leaked papers reveal

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Workers wearing protective clothing disinfect a shopping centre in Wuhan.
Leaked documents reveal researchers applied for $14m to fund controversial project in 2018.

Wuhan scientists were planning to release enhanced airborne coronavirus particles into Chinese bat populations to inoculate them against diseases that could jump to humans, leaked grant proposals dating from 2018 show.

New documents show that just 18 months before the first Covid-19 cases appeared, researchers had submitted plans to release skin-penetrating nanoparticles containing "novel chimeric spike proteins" of bat coronaviruses into cave bats in Yunnan, China.

They also planned to create chimeric viruses, genetically enhanced to infect humans more easily, and requested $14million from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (Darpa) to fund the work.

Blackbox

Croatian police identify amnesiac woman found on Adriatic island

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This undated photo provided by the Croatian Police shows an unidentified woman who was found on the Adriatic island of Krk on Sept. 12, 2021.
Officers identified the woman as Daniela Adamcova, who has spent time in the US and Ireland.

Croatian police say they have established the identity of a woman who was found in a remote area on a northern Adriatic island with no recollection of who she was or where she came from.

Officers identified the woman as Daniela Adamcova, 57, from Slovakia. They said her identity was established after receiving numerous tips from Croatia and abroad. Croatian media said the tip that revealed her identity came from the US where she reportedly lived until 2015 before moving to Ireland.

She was reportedly a successful jewellery designer who ended up becoming homeless.

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Ponerology - how I stumbled upon the work of Andrzej Łobaczewski

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Andrzej M. Łobaczewski, November 2005
Spring 2020 - I think of how to get to Alabama for my research fellowship, and if it's even possible. It has been seven years since I left Poland and started a nomad life between various countries and fields. There's obviously been geophysics at first, but now it's just a shadow of a teenage passion, fading away after the hard expat life in soulless places, and of course, I don't mean whole countries, just specific environments. In hindsight, and they say that hindsight is 20/20 - I could already see some of my preliminary cultural shocks as early as in 2012, during my first internship in Paris. I thought... I thought people know the same portions of history, and even if they don't, they will be open and empathetic. I thought we share similar culture that's probably Christian in the roots, no matter how you define your relation (or lack thereof) with God. I thought the general manners is to be sensitive and unassuming when it comes to such topics. I thought many things. But I didn't think the world could be diverse so much that who you are born as and where you are from matters to the point of not being able to find common language.

I used to see diversity as exciting... And it is exciting as long as you are open to the difference. If you're not, it's isolating. And I've lived in probably the most close-minded places, even if they advertise themselves as the exact opposite of what they truly are.

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Megaphone

Melbourne police fire pepper balls at thousands of protesters amidst growing discontent over vaccine mandates & endless lockdowns

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Construction workers and far right activists protest against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) restrictions on the West Gate Freeway in Melbourne.
Police in Melbourne used pepper balls and rubber pellets on Thursday to scatter thousands of protesters who defied stay-at- home orders to damage property, block a busy freeway and injure three officers, leading to over 40 arrests, authorities said.

It was the second day of demonstrations in the locked-down Australian city after authorities shut construction sites for two weeks, saying workers' frequent movement was spreading the coronavirus.


Comment: Construction workers were considered 'essential' across much of the planet and worked throughout the last 18 months' of lockdowns; what changed? It's perhaps no coincidence that just as the construction companies are threatening workers with the sack if they don't get the vaccine that suddenly the government is now, essentially, calling them super spreaders: 'F**k the jab!': CHAOS in Australia as construction workers violently protest vaccine mandate outside union HQ


"This has been a really challenging environment for us," Shane Patton, police commissioner in the southeastern state of Victoria, told reporters, adding that the protests were unlawful.

Comment: Considering the erupting situation in Australia, it's notable that earlier today Victoria just recorded what appears to be one of the largest earthquakes in recent history. Other quakes of note in the region were an M5.3 in 2012, and an M5.7 in 1966

More footage of the protests and the increasingly repressive situation in Australia has emerged:







A rather frank and revealing discussion between a protester and a police officer:

See also: If Australia's brutal response to lockdown protests was happening anywhere else, hypocritical Canberra would be demanding sanctions