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Fortnite gamers suffer meltdowns, "trauma" and "withdrawal symptoms" after blackout event discontinues game play

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© Epic Games
Gamers were sent into a state of extreme shock and mourning on Sunday when Fortnite simply disappeared.

Millions of gamers were sent into a state of confusion — and even extreme shock, anguish and withdrawal symptoms — on Sunday when the 10th season of Fortnite ended by simply disappearing.

More than 5 million gamers were hoping to put in a full-day session of Fortnite during the live event titled "The End" before a meteor descended on the island where the online battle royale takes place, enveloping the game in a cosmic meltdown that left only a black hole for perplexed gamers to stare at.

In a tweet showing video of the event, top Fortnite player James Jarvis said:

"Fortnite's season X event, The End, just wiped out the whole island."



Comment: What the heck are these game-addicted individuals going to do with themselves when a real blackout or environmental disruption occurs and disrupts their gaming on a more or less on-going basis?!


Fire

China chemical plant blast kills 4, injures 6

chemical factory explosion Yulin China
© The People's Daily/Weibo
The chemical factory in the city of Yulin is seen completely destroyed by the huge explosion
Four people were confirmed dead and six others injured after a blast occurred in a chemical plant in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region Tuesday, local authorities said.

The blast occurred at around 11:20 a.m. in a chemical plant in Luchuan County in the city of Yulin, according to the regional emergency management department and fire department.

Snakes in Suits

On psychopathy and power

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Due to a very painful and disturbing revelation in my personal life I have had the unfortunate occasion to spend the last several days thinking a lot about psychopaths and what makes them tick. I don't want to get into the hairy details at this time, but I would like to share some of the more general thoughts that have been coming up here on the matter.

It is interesting that psychopathy should have reached a dark tentacle into my life in the way that it did, given that the three years I've been at this gig have been spent writing more and more about the way our world is run by calculating manipulators who are devoid of empathy. I often say that we have found ourselves ruled by psychopaths because we have a system wherein (A) those who are willing to do anything to anyone are rewarded with immense wealth, and (B) immense wealth translates directly to immense political power. Add in the fact that studies have shown that wealth itself kills off empathy and compassion, and you've got yourself a perfect recipe for a plutocratic dystopia dominated by antisocial personality disorder.

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Pirates

'Death to our enemies!' Ukraine's ultra-nationalists and neo-Nazi's march in Kiev against President's roadmap to peace

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© Reuters / Gleb Garanich
Ukrainian ultranationalists take part in a rally against the approval of the so-called Steinmeier Formula, in Kiev, Ukraine, on October 14, 2019.
Ukrainian nationalists marched in Kiev to mark the anniversary of a Nazi-collaborating WWII militia. Many used the occasion to protest the so-called Steinmeier Formula - arguably Ukraine's best chance for peace.

Ukraine's capital saw multiple marches attended by all kinds of nationalists on Monday, when the nation commemorated the foundation of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA) - a guerilla group that fought against the Red Army during World War II in collaboration with the Nazis. This time, though, it was not just about glorification of Ukraine's dubious past, as far-right groups projected their war fantasies onto the nation's troubled present.

The largest rally, under the slogan "Defend the Ukrainian land!" was organized by the All-Ukrainian Union 'Svoboda' (Freedom) - an ultranationalist party formerly known as the Social-National Party of Ukraine. Members of far-right groups such as the Right Sector and the Organization of the Ukrainian Nationalists also joined the rally. According to the organizers, there were some 10,000 people in attendance.

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TV

Media uproar as video depicting Trump massacring news outlets shown at conservative event

Trump
© REUTERS/Yuri Gripas
File photo
US media is up in arms after reports that a video depicting Donald Trump massacring 'fake news' agencies and his political rivals was shown at an event held at one of his resorts.

The video in question is a remake of a scene from the 2014 dark comedy 'Kingsman: The Secret Service' where Trump's head is superimposed on the main character, played by Colin Firth. It was aired at an event held by the conservative group American Priority at the Trump National Doral Miami last week. The video was first posted online in 2018.

The fake Trump is shown shooting, stabbing, and killing Democrats like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, in addition to blasting multiple avatars representing various Trump-critical news organizations such as CNN and MSNBC and even one fake George Soros.

Comment: If only the mainstream media were as concerned about the very real damage they do on a daily basis as they are about this story: War propaganda was banned in 1966 but the Western media just call it news


Pirates

Two female Islamist terrorists sentenced to 25+ years for Notre Dame 'bombing' attempt in 2016

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If the cathedral was attacked by Muslim extremists in 2016, was it also attacked by Muslim extremists in 2019?
Two French members of an all-female Islamic terror group linked to ISIS have been sentenced to over 25 years in prison each for their failed attempt to blow up Notre Dame cathedral with a car packed full of gas cylinders.

Inès Madani and Ornella Gilligmann received 30 and 25 years in prison, respectively, on Monday after a French court found them guilty of the September 4, 2016 plot to blow up Notre Dame which prosecutors claimed would have killed at least 60 people if it had been successful.


Comment: Madani is a Muslim name, but Gilligmann is almost certainly Jewish.


Comment: The two hapless 'terroristas' were clearly put up to it, presumably for the purpose of catching them and generating 'terror scare' stories for the media.

Given that Notre Dame was targeted in 2016 - however crudely - and was then subsequently destroyed in a fire at a time when other cathedrals in France were deliberately targeted by mystery arsonists, the obvious questions are:
  • Was Notre Dame deliberately burned down by Muslim extremists in April this year?
  • Who put them up to it?
  • Assuming it was deliberately targeted this year, why are the govt and media covering this up?
See also:

Chief architect of Notre Dame: 'We installed new detection system in 2010, and completely rewired the cathedral, so the fire wasn't caused by electrical short-circuit'

Notre Dame Cathedral worker claims Paris' largest church was DELIBERATELY set on fire


Yellow Vest

Catalan uproar over jail sentences for independence leaders could seal Spain's fate - Alex Salmond

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The sentences were "antidemocratic, oppressive and totally counterproductive" for the Spanish government, because "now [the pro-independence politicians] will achieve martyrdom," Salmond explained.
This is the day that these Spanish judges actually sealed the fate of the Spanish state. I don't see the Catalan crisis ending now anywhere except in Catalan independence.
The Catalans were found guilty of sedition, but not rebellion, the most serious of the charges they faced over the 2017 declaration of independence. The secession attempt followed a referendum, banned by the Madrid government, that saw 90 percent of Catalans vote for independence despite a heavy-handed crackdown on those 42 percent who turned out to polls.


Comment: As we can see from that result, it was not a clear mandate from Catalonians in favor of secession from Spain. But that doesn't excuse the Spanish state's heavy-handed approach to brutalizing first the referendum proceedings two years ago, and now protesters voicing support for their jailed leaders.



Comment: Yup, Spain is in trouble. Protests have also erupted in cities outside the breakaway Catalonia region.

For the sake of Spanish unity, Madrid has to climb down from this and commute the leaders' sentences, pronto.

While those who are pro-independence tend to be left/liberal, repeatedly beating them over the head risks drawing conservative Catalans to their cause.

More footage coming out of Catalonia:



Whether one supports the secessionists or Spain in this matter, the take-home point of all this is the rank hypocrisy of Western leadership when it comes to so-called freedom and democracy:




Mr. Potato

Fear of a white Joker: When did the left stop caring about crime's root causes?

Joaquin Phoenix Joker
Todd Phillip's Joker is one of the most culturally significant films in recent memory. It has been praised and attacked with a fervency that is rarely inspired by the mainstream fruits of Hollywood. Indeed, it is difficult to think of a modern blockbuster that has generated such attention and concern. Virtually every major media outlet has published some extended commentary on the work, whether it be a film review of the standard format (which are now rare) or an impassioned op-ed delineating how the film is either the cause or consequence of some terrible social phenomenon. Inevitably, the word "Trump" appears early and often.

The film tells the origin story of the Joker, a prominent supervillain in the Batman fictional universe. It traces the tale of a failed comedian named Arthur Fleck who, afflicted by bullying and mental instability, turns to a life of crime and sadism. To progressive members of the literati, the phenomenon of interest is the omnipresent sociopathy of the white male, in all its sexual repression, social ostracization and malignant cruelty. Though nearly identical attitudes are easily found at Vice, CNN and numerous other outlets, Richard Lawson's take in Vanity Fair exemplifies the perspective most forcefully:
For so many tragic reasons, the American imagination has of late been preoccupied with the motivations of disaffected white men who've turned violent — a nation (or part of one) trying to diagnose and explain them, one mass killing after another. Whether that violence is born of mental illness, isolation, the culminated rage of masculine identity, or all those bound together in some hideous knot, we seem certain that there is some salvable cause. That's a complexity of causality that many Americans don't extend to non-white men who commit heinous crimes; there, the thinking seems to be, the evil is far more easily identifiable.

Briefcase

Britain's first children's gender identity clinic - run by Tavistock Institute and NHS - hired lawyers to 'silence' book critical of gender-bender agenda

Britain's first children's gender identity clinic
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Britain's first children's gender identity clinic hired lawyers over an upcoming book that criticises its practices. They claim that many of those who contributed may have broken NHS confidentiality rules
Britain's first children's gender identity clinic hired lawyers to try to force the publishers of a book criticising its practices to let it see the contents before publication, The Mail on Sunday can reveal.

A law firm instructed by the Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) wrote to the editors of 'Inventing Transgender Children and Young People', which warns that the rocketing number of youngsters now seeking to change sex is becoming a scandal.

Lawyers representing Tavistock and Portman NHS Trust, which runs the clinic, claimed many of those who had contributed to the book will have been employed by the gender service and may have broken NHS confidentiality rules.


Comment: Some believe that the Tavistock Institute (of which the above organization is an outgrowth) is actually a deep state think-tank responsible for anti-democratic mass propaganda to implement globalists' social engineering in the UK.


They said the Tavistock feared the book may contain comments 'defamatory' of its staff.

It warned that if the editors refused to send the book to the clinic prior to publication, the Trust reserved its 'full legal rights' to take court action.

Comment: The criticisms of Tavistock's fast-tracking of the gender-bender program, and its misinforming of children and families on having sex changes, is now damning. The following story is about a leader of the organization - who resigned in protest over what he saw occurring:
The trust running the country's only NHS gender identity service for children is under fire for dismissing a damning internal report that branded it "not fit for purpose".

Marcus Evans, one of the governors of The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has resigned, after accusing its management of having an "overvalued belief in" the expertise of its Gender Identity Development Service (GIDS) "which is used to dismiss challenge and examination".

Evans's decision to part company with the London-based trust, after a 35-year association, will intensify scrutiny of the service which has found itself in the eye of a storm as thousands of young people considering transitioning to another gender seek its help.

Some parents who contacted the Observer have accused the service of "fast-tracking" young people into changing gender, a charge strongly rejected by the service.

Conversely, it has also faced complaints of lengthy waiting times for access to its services and drawn-out assessment periods which the service insists are crucial to understand a person's needs.

The service has been struggling to contain the fallout from an internal report by Dr David Bell, written in his capacity as then staff governor, which warned that "the GIDS service as it now functions [is] not fit for purpose and children's ends are being met in a woeful, inadequate manner and some will live on with the damaging consequences".

In his report, which was submitted to the trust's board earlier this month and whose findings were first reported in the Observer last year, Bell expressed concern that the service was failing to fully consider psychological and social factors in a young person's background - such as whether they had been abused, suffered a bereavement or had autism - which might influence their decision to transition. Such views are dismissed by many transgender rights activists who believe they play little, if any, part in a person's desire to transition.

According to the trust, a review of Bell's claims by its medical director, Dr Dinesh Sinha, "did not identify any immediate issues in relation to patient safety or failings in the overall approach taken by the service in responding to the needs of young people and families who access its support. As in any review of this nature, it did identify areas for improvement and made several recommendations. The trust's chief executive is tasked with developing an action plan for how these will be implemented."

The trust's 15 governors, who hold its board to account, last week gave their support for it to act on the recommendations. But Evans, a psychoanalyst, subsequently resigned.

"In my 40 years of experience in psychiatry, I have learned that dismissing serious concerns about a service or approach is often driven by a defensive wish to prevent painful examination of an 'overvalued system'," he complained in his resignation email.

He added: "I do not believe we understand what is going on in this complex area and the need to adopt an attitude which examines things from different points of view is essential. This is difficult in the current environment as the debate and discussion required is continually being closed down or effectively described as 'transphobic' or in some way prejudicial."

The trust said that it was "confident that Dr Sinha, with oversight from a non-executive board member and a governor, has conducted a thorough and fair review of the issues raised". It said it intended to publish Sinha's report and the action plan in due course.

Separately, it has emerged that the trust has agreed to a unique study that will track young people referred to GIDS. It has been awarded £1.3m by the National Institute for Health Research. An independent research team will follow a group of volunteer young people referred to the service, even if they choose to leave it, the first time such a study will be conducted anywhere in the world.

The trust said this would allow researchers to compare outcomes for those who go on to use physical interventions, such as hormone blockers, and those who select an alternative pathway.

"While we know how children and young people are doing in our care, we have struggled in the absence of such research to understand how the care we provide affects them in the longer term and what choices they go on to make as they move into adulthood," said Dr Polly Carmichael, director of GIDS. "This research, alongside other research that we are conducting, will add to the evidence base around the best ways to support young people with gender dysphoria."
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Bad Guys

Texas cop who killed woman through window of her own home has resigned & may face criminal charges

Aaron Dean, Atatiana Jefferson
A Texas police officer who shot and killed a black woman through a window of her own home while she was playing video games with her nephew has resigned and may face criminal charges, the Fort Worth interim police chief has said.

Atatiana Jefferson, 28, was killed after a neighbor had called a non-emergency police line for a welfare check because they noticed that her front door was open in the middle of the night. Upon arriving, one of the responding officers shouted commands before opening fire through a window after "perceiving a threat."

In a statement, police said the officer had seen a person standing inside the residence and fired one shot at the 'suspect' before going inside to give the woman emergency medical care. Jefferson died in her bedroom with her eight-year-old nephew in the house.