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UK 'gender pay gap' unaffected by government policy over past 25 years

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Institute for Fiscal Studies report compared the official earnings data for more than 2 million 20 to 55-year-olds between 1995 and 2019.
Government policies have made almost no difference to the gender pay gap for the last 25 years, according to a report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies.

On average, working-age women in the UK earned 40% less a week and £3.10 less an hour than men in 2019.

Comparing official earnings data for more than 2 million 20 to 55-year-olds between 1995 and 2019, the report, published on Monday, found that women were less likely to be in paid work at all (83.5% of women and 93% of men), worked eight fewer hours a week if they were employed, and were paid 19% less an hour on average (£13.20 rather than £16.30).

Comment: One would expect that an employee who works less hours will be paid less.

Although the 40% earnings gap is about 13 percentage points lower than in the mid-1990s, the report calculates that more than three-quarters of the reduction in the earnings gap over the past quarter-century can be explained by the rapid increase in women's educational attainment. Women of working age have gone from being 5 percentage points less likely, to 5 percentage points more likely, to have a university degree than men.

Comment: Women are, on average, doing better and going further, in education, than men and, in turn, have seen a rise in their pay. Some researchers have drawn attention to the fact that those doing worse in school than they previously were are actually white, working class, males, and that is a concern that receives almost no media attention, nor government assistance.

Comment: Evidently there are critical problems with the way society is set up and both women, men, and families, are suffering for it: The Trials of Masculinity, Feminism and the Modern Male

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Surgeon general warns of emerging mental health crisis for children due to 'pandemic hardships' in rare public advisory

U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy
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U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy tours King/Drew Magnet High School of Medicine and Science before talking to a panel of students about mental health issues.
Citing mounting evidence of ongoing harm, U.S. Surgeon General Vivek H. Murthy on Tuesday issued a public health advisory on the mental health challenges confronting youth, a rare warning and call to action to address what he called an emerging crisis exacerbated by pandemic hardships.

Symptoms of depression and anxiety have doubled during the pandemic, with 25% of youth experiencing depressive symptoms and 20% experiencing anxiety symptoms, according to Murthy's 53-page advisory. There also appear to be increases in negative emotions or behaviors such as impulsivity and irritability — associated with conditions such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or ADHD.

And, in early 2021, emergency department visits in the United States for suspected suicide attempts were 51% higher for adolescent girls and 4% higher for adolescent boys compared to the same time period in early 2019, according to research cited in the advisory.

Comment: This wasn't difficult to see coming and is a topic that SOTT has covered right from the start of the shutdowns. One would expect that at some point the parental instinct of protecting children would kick in so people demand healthy conditions for their children, but the public has accepted so many lies at this point that these instincts are largely fried.

Light Saber

Joe Rogan blasts CNN as 'f*ckin propagandists' after Chris Cuomo's firing

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Joe Rogan
"I don't want your ideological slant. I don't want this left wing propaganda network, which is what CNN has become," Rogan said.

As the scandal involving Chris Cuomo, his brother, and sexual harassment allegations heated up last week, Joe Rogan slammed the network that would go on to fire Cuomo as "f*cking propagandists."

Cuomo was fired from CNN on Saturday over allegations of journalistic ethics violations for helping his brother, former Governor Andrew Cuomo, as he was facing a sexual harassment scandal that led to his resignation as New York's governor.

Rogan said that CNN fired Cuomo "for a weird reason. I mean, not weird. Like, ethically I get it because he helped his brother. I don't know how he helped his brother. Like, what did he do? Did his brother was getting they were people were accusing him of sexual harassment. And so did he, like, do research on the people — is that what he did?"



US productivity declines by -5.2% in the third-quarter, wages higher amid staff shortages

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Flextronics International Apple factory employees work on Apple Mac Pro computer assembly in Austin, TX, US
The decline in U.S. productivity in the third quarter was revised to show a 5.2% drop instead of 5% as previously reported, the government said Tuesday. The increase in output was raised a tick to 1.8% and hours worked were revised up to 7.4% from 7%. Unit-labor costs jumped 9.6% vs. the original 8.3% reading, reflecting higher wages that companies are paying to attract more employees amid a major shortage of workers.

Comment: A decrease in productivity but higher labour costs, amidst soaring inflation and energy prices, along with unprecedented government debt, is unsustainable and there are no signs that any of these issues will or can be resolved anytime soon; quite the contrary, with the manufactured coronavirus hysteria, vaccine mandates and looming lockdowns, it's looking like things are set to get much, much unpredictable: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Winter is Coming - Signs of Impending Economic Disaster

Yellow Vest

Thousands join protest over Dutch coronavirus restrictions

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Thousands take to the streets in Ultrecht, Netherlands to protest Covid-19 restrictions on December 4, 2021
Several thousand people gathered in the central Dutch town of Utrecht on Saturday to protest against new coronavirus restrictions that came into force last weekend.

Protesters walked through the streets of the town carrying banners saying "Medical Freedom Now!" and waving Dutch flags. A heavy police presence was visible along the route of the march.


Health watchdog urges limits on jabbing children against Covid

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Children aged between five and 11 should get a Covid-19 jab only if there is a "high risk" of severe infection for them or for someone in their inner circle, Finland's health watchdog has said.

Vaccination for all children aged between five and 11 cannot be recommended until there is more information available on the vaccination safety for this age group, including rare side effects, Finland's Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) said in a statement last week, adding that relevant government decrees should be amended before a general vaccination campaign for young children could be launched.

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STUDY: After hyping fake Smollett attack as 'MAGA' terror, corporate media BURY actor's hoax trial

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In 2019, the networks hyped the shocking claims of Empire actor Jussie Smollett, that he had been attacked by a deranged MAGA mob on the streets of Chicago. Now, ABC, CBS and NBC are hiding Smollett's trial for allegedly hoaxing the whole thing.

On the morning and evening newscasts, from November 29 through the morning of December 6, CBS allowed NO coverage of the trial. ABC managed a scant 22 seconds and NBC offered the most, a still meager 178 seconds.

ABC is the most shameless. On February 14, 2019, Good Morning America's Robin Roberts devoted a whopping 17 minutes and 52 seconds to her "exclusive" interview of Smollett recounting his claims. Roberts practically acted as a PR agent, hailing the man who claimed MAGA-loving terrorists recognized him on the streets of Chicago in the middle of the night and happened to have a noose:
[This interview] is the first time he's given a detailed account, an account that Chicago police have said that been consistent. He hasn't changed his story and also said it's credible.

Comment: Smollett's story, truly unbelievable from the get-go, just keeps getting more and more outlandish. Yet the corporate media is keeping mum about it (just like they did with Nick Sandman, Kyle Rittenhouse, Hunter Biden...). Would we expect anything less?

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San Francisco restaurant apologizes after refusing service to three SFPD officers, said staff felt 'uncomfortable' with their weapons

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Update: The restaurant backtracked its original statement and are now apologizing. "We made a mistake and apologize for the unfortunate incident Friday when we asked members of the San Francisco Police Department to leave our restaurant," the restaurant's Instagram account wrote.

"We are grateful to all members of the force who work hard to keep us safe, especially during these challenging times," the post continued.

The establishment's co-owners noted in the update that "these are stressful times, and we handled this badly," calling the incident "a teachable moment" as the company looks to "repair and continue to build bridges with the SFPD."

Comment: With the absolute state of San Francisco at the moment, with its current crime wave, it seems like an odd time to be pissing off the police.

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Accused Michigan shooter told school officials violent drawings were for a video game

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The accused Michigan high school shooter told officials that violent drawings he made ahead of his deadly rampage were for a "video game," a letter released Saturday said.

Just one day before the Tuesday mass shooting, an Oxford High School counselor and another staff member had talked to Ethan Crumbley, 15, after he was spotted shopping for bullets on his phone, according to the letter, published by WXYZ.

The morning of the shooting that left four dead and seven injured they talked to his parents about drawings Ethan was making in class about murder and suicide, superintendent Tim Thorne reportedly wrote.

Comment: See also: Michigan school shooting: Tipster led Detroit police to parents of suspect with $10K reward on offer


US strike may have killed Syrian civilians, Pentagon says

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A common remnant in Idlib Province
The US military said it would open an investigation into the possibility a recent drone strike caused civilian casualties, with Pentagon officials claiming the attack had been intended to target a "senior al-Qaeda leader."

US Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees military operations across the Middle East, announced the upcoming probe on Friday, hours after an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle bombed an unspecified location in Idlib province in what CENTCOM described as a "precision strike."

Spokesman Captain Bill Urban said in a statement obtained by CNN:
"We abhor the loss of innocent life and take all possible measures to prevent them. The possibility of a civilian casualty was immediately self-reported to US Central Command. We are initiating a full investigation of the allegations and will release the results when appropriate."
Friday's drone mission follows another strike on Idlib in September, which was alleged to have killed a senior terrorist operative. The military claimed no civilians had been killed in that attack. The use of US air power in Syria has slowed in recent years - at least in terms of what the Pentagon is willing to publicly acknowledge.

Comment: Pentagon strategy: Making the world a better place one bomb at a time.