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Plainclothes officers to video call stations to verify their credentials when stopping women - Met police chief

Met policeman
© Reuters/Toby Melville
Metropolitan Police officer on duty • Westminster, London, Britain
Met Police officers out of uniform will video call station control rooms when stopping women, its chief has announced, as the force makes changes in an attempt to restore public trust in the wake of Sarah Everard's murder.

Speaking on Wednesday, Metropolitan Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick announced the launch of the force's 'safe connection' initiative, which she said "allows a woman who is stopped by such a police officer immediately to have verification" that this person really is a member of law enforcement.

The Met chief said that
"my plainclothes officers will call into a control room, they will then have a video call with a sergeant in uniform who will say 'Yes, that's so and so, he's PC X, Y, Z' - so a quick, easy way, which again is instigated by the officer, not by the woman having to ask for this... which I hope will be one way people can feel reassured."
The verification check comes after a serving Metropolitan firearms officer, Wayne Couzens, used his warrant card and handcuffs to falsely detain Everard in March as she walked home from a friend's house in South London, before he raped and murdered her.

Comment: See also:


Arrow Down

Google doesn't like being shown inconvenient problems, ex-ethical AI co-lead 'fired' by the tech giant over her research

Google G
© Reuters/Annegret Hilse
Google clamped down on Timnit Gebru, the former co-lead of ethical AI team, because she not only revealed bias in its large language models, but also called for structural changes in the AI field, Gebru told Going Underground.

Dr. Gebru was the first black female research scientist at Google, and her controversial parting with the tech giant made headlines last year. It followed her refusal to fulfill the company's demand to retract a paper on ethical problems arising from the large language models (LLMs) that are used by Google Translate and other apps. Gebru insists she was fired for her stance, while Google claims she filed her resignation.

In Monday's episode of RT's Going Underground program, she told the show's host, Afshin Rattansi, why she split with Google.


Arrow Up

Judge upholds University of North Carolina's affirmative-action policies

UNC Chapel Hill
© Jonathan Drake/Reuters
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
A federal judge ruled on Monday that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill did not discriminate against white and Asian applicants in its admissions process, in response to a lawsuit by conservative legal group Students for Fair Admissions.

U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs said the university could continue to consider an applicant's race during the admissions process, writing that
"because race is so interwoven in every aspect of the lived experience of minority students, to ignore it, reduce its importance and measure it only by statistical models misses important context."
Biggs added that UNC "continues to have much work to do" to improve diversity in its student body.

UNC spokeswoman Beth Keith said in a statement:
"This decision makes clear the university's holistic admissions approach is lawful. We evaluate each student in a deliberate and thoughtful way, appreciating individual strengths, talents and contributions to a vibrant campus community where students from all backgrounds can excel and thrive."
Students for Campus Fairness founder Edward Blum said the group could take the case to the Supreme Court if necessary and "ask the justices to end these unfair and unconstitutional race-based admissions policies."

Footprints

Hundreds of Greek doctors stage 24-hour strike to protest compulsory Covid vaccination and staff shortages

Med staff protest Greece
© AFP/Louisa Gouliamaki
Health workers, hospital doctors and ambulance staff protest in front of Greek parliament against mandatory Covid vaccines for health workers
Athens, Greece • September 2, 2021
Hundreds of doctors working in state-run hospitals in Greece marched through the capital, Athens to decry compulsory Covid vaccination and government plans that they believe will only worsen staff shortages.

Around 500 protesters took to the streets in Athens on Thursday, marching past parliament toward the Health Ministry as part of their 24-hour strike. Photos and footage uploaded to Twitter show people with banners and flags as they walked through the capital.


Doberman

Science-free vet 'professor' says vegan pet food as healthy for cats and dogs as meat

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But plant-based meals still need added nutrients, says academic, and BVA warns over dietary deficiency

Vegan diets are just as healthy for cats and dogs as meat-based pet food, according to research that will further fuel a row over whether owners should feed their pets plant-based meals.

Andrew Knight, a veterinary professor at the University of Winchester, said his research showed that cats and dogs had as good, or better, health outcomes on plant-based diets as they did when fed on meat pet foods, provided these were carefully formulated with additional synthetic nutrients.


Comment: Why not just feed what nature prepares? That would be meat.


Knight's findings came after warnings that pet owners could be in breach of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 if they fail to feed a "suitable diet" meeting their dog's nutritional needs - a £20,000 fine or a 51-week jail sentence could ensue.

Comment: Just because an animal might be able to survive on an inappropriate diet, is no excuse to force an unnatural feeding regime on it because of its owner's lunacy. A famous clip from a couple of years ago:


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Cult

The Hidden Symbols and Messages in Korean Psycho-Drama 'Squid Game'

Squid Game Screen shot

The main villain looks like he’s straight out of an episode of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. His workers look like buttons on a Playstation controller
The Netflix series "Squid Game" is about poor people taking part in horrific games while elite "VIPs" watch the show for entertainment. Through messages and symbolism, "Squid Game" reveals what is truly about: The incurable sickness of the elite.

If you enjoy watching people getting killed execution-style, boy do I have the Netflix series for you. It's called Squid Game and it also features a bunch of people falling from high platforms and splattering onto the ground. Indeed, you will witness so many brutal deaths in Squid Game that you won't have a choice but to become desensitized to them. Even the characters in the series end up having whole conversations about their childhood or something while others are getting shot in the face about ten feet away from them. They don't care anymore. And you won't either. And that's kind of the point.

Despite the fact that Squid Game features extreme levels of gore and violence, the marketing surrounding it seems insidiously conceived to be appealing to children.

Comment: Hidden, rich, and powerful psychopathic elites with sick and morbid minds who are the lords of this reality are almost a separate species. They see normal humans as a species much lower than themselves.

They like to play with symbolism in the same way that they play with people's destinies. The psychopaths are the pure evil that walks among us.




Pistol

Hollywood actor Alec Baldwin shoots dead cinematographer, wounds director... on set of movie about an accidental killing

alec baldwin shooting
© Jim Weber/The New Mexican
A distraught Alec Baldwin lingers in the parking lot outside the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s offices on Camino Justicia after being questioned.
Alec Baldwin fatally shot a cinematographer and injured a director during a tragic accident when a prop gun discharged on the New Mexico movie set of the film Rust, authorities said.

The filming location at Bonanza Creek Ranch in Sante Fe was sent into lockdown and production was halted following the accidental double shooting at around 2 p.m.

"There was an accident today on the New Mexico set of Rust involving the misfire of a prop gun with blanks," a production spokesperson told Deadline.

The Western drama's director of photography, Halyna Hutchins, 42, and its director, Joel Souza, 48, were struck in the incident, according to the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Office.


Comment: He shot TWO people with blanks??


Hutchins was airlifted to University of New Mexico Hospital in Albuquerque and died from her injuries. Souza was being treated at Christus St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, authorities said.
baldwin shooting
© Halyna Hutchins/Instagram
Alec Baldwin and Halyna Hutchins are pictured among the cast and crew of “Rust” two days before the tragedy.

Comment: No official updates yet, but a UK tabloid is reporting:
Alec Baldwin reportedly didn't know that the prop gun which killed one and seriously injured another on the set of Rust on Thursday contained live rounds.

The actor is said to have cocked and fired the gun on set of the Western movie and hit the film's director and cinematographer...
It better be that, because if it wasn't the accidental discharge of one live round that hit Hutchins and ricocheted into Souza, then it's possible we're looking at the deliberate discharge of at least one, and more likely two, blanks at very close range, suggesting a 'prank gone wrong' that Baldwin will never be able to live down.

Updates 22 October 2021

Interesting commentary on this by Mike Tristano, a Hollywood armorer with 30 years' experience. He told the Daily Mail:
"Ultimate responsibility for gun safety on movie set rests with the armorer. There should have been blanks in the gun, the on-set armorer's job is to check that before handing the weapon over. They then make sure that the actor stands on a mark and never points the gun at the crew or cast. The editing makes it seem like they were pointing at their co-actor. That's why everyone in the industry is very confused. How this happened is a total mystery at the moment."
One Hollywood union - not that representing Baldwin or the victims, but which represents prop masters on film sets - is claiming with certainty that the gun was loaded with live ammunition, but there's no official confirmation of that yet.

More commentary from people who have worked with firearms on movie sets, who explain that the gun had to have been loaded with live rounds (which is absolutely prohibited in the film-making industry):




Megaphone

G.E., Lockheed Martin employees in US walk out in protest over vaccine mandates

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© JESSICA GALLAGHER/ Staff
Casey Layton of Greenville and a current General Electric employee holds a sign along side fellow GE employees and their supporters that were protesting the vaccine mandates outside of the GE gas plant in Greenville, Thursday, October 21, 2021.
Major Greenville County employers like General Electric and Lockheed Martin have started requiring employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to comply with the federal mandate, but some employees have said that they are against that. And they've taken to the streets.

About 150 to 200 protestors, most of them GE workers dressed in the slate-gray GE uniforms, gathered outside the GE gas plant in Greenville Thursday to make their feelings known.

Some said they had taken half a day off; some said that they had chosen not to go to work at all.

Comment: Pushback against the vaccine mandates across Europe and North America is growing, including in critical sectors like healthcare, the police and sorely needed port workers, and this might partly explain why the establishment seems to be in such a hurry to get people jabbed because soon enough that chance may have passed: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Climate Disaster Plans and Vaccine War Games: Government to the Rescue!




Handcuffs

Militant from Seattle's 'autonomous zone' sentenced for attempted attack on Trump supporters in Florida

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© Unknown
Daniel Alan Baker, a US Army veteran turned Syrian militia member, who attempted to rally far-left activists to surround pro-Trump protesters with guns at the Florida state Capitol in January, was sentenced last week to 44 months in jail followed by three years of federal supervision.

According to the Tallahasee Democrat, Baker, 34 was convicted in May after he used the internet to transmit "true threats" to kidnap or injure the pro-Trump protesters. The jury was back with a verdict in only four hours.

During the trial, the FBI used Baker's posts on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to show how he "escalated, indicating a potential for immediate threat during upcoming protests in Tallahassee."

Star of David

Settler violence and Israel's impenetrable web of impunity

Settler/Palestinian scuffle
© Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency
Jewish settlers attack Palestinians with wooden sticks and stones
Susiya village, Hebron, West Bank
As happens each year during the Palestinian olive harvest, Israel's illegal settlers are destroying olive trees and attacking Palestinian farmers. The International Committee of the Red Cross has said that in the year to August this year, over 9,300 olive trees were destroyed by Israeli settlers; the damage peaked during harvest time.

Palestinian access to agricultural land is seriously hampered by Israel's restrictions on movement as well as settlement expansion. Settler violence exacerbates an already untenable situation; without access to their land, Palestinian autonomy is reduced. Moreover, settler violence ensures that Palestinians can't look much beyond the immediate consequence of Israel's colonial-occupation: the struggle to survive.

In response to the predictable settler violence, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh has called upon the UN to monitor attacks, especially during the olive harvest. In his weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah, Shtayyeh suggested that the UN should set up a database listing settlers involved in violent crimes against the Palestinian people.