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Jussie Smollett's defense: Osundario brothers 'sophisticated' criminals who set him up

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Jussie Smollett says two Nigerian-born brothers - one of whom was his personal trainer, lover, and alleged drug dealer - are "sophisticated" criminals who set him up. The 39-year-old actor is accused of lying to police about being the victim of a racist and homophobic assault. The class-4 felony carries a sentence of up to three years in prison, however experts cited by Fox News think he would most likely face probation and perhaps community service.

Comment: How can you be "set up" to lie about a hate crime perpetrated on yourself?

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'Just turned into this orgy': First accuser testifies at Ghislaine Maxwell trial

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Ghislaine Maxwell listens to testimony during her trial on Nov. 30, 2021.
A woman who says she was sexually abused by Jeffrey Epstein testified on Tuesday that Ghislaine Maxwell helped lure her into his orbit when she was just 14 and described how the depraved duo were "giggling" when they first molested her together.

The alleged victim, an actress identified by the pseudonym "Jane" in court, said she was at Epstein's Palm Beach, Florida, mansion in 1994 when the pedophile and his accused madam led her upstairs to his bedroom, moved her over to the bed and "took their clothes off."

"They started to sort of like fondle each other," she said, adding that they were "casually giggling" as she stood there.

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Jane testified that the pair's mention of "scholarships" was appealing, and she ultimately gave them her mother's phone number, which led to invites for the teen to "tea" at Epstein's home. There, Jane said she spent time "every week or two" - starting with "casual stuff" like shopping sprees and mall dates.

Jane says she was first abused by Epstein at his Palm Beach home as he promised to help with her artistic career. He "knew all the agents ... all the photographers ... and could 'make things happen,'" he allegedly told her.

Epstein "took me in the pool house and on the right-hand side was this couch, futon-looking thing, and he just proceeded to pull me over. He sat in the corner and didn't say a word," she testified. Jane said Epstein then pulled his pants down, "pulled me on top of himself, and proceeded to masturbate on me."

"I was frozen in fear. I'd never seen a penis before... There were hands everywhere."

Jane, who was 14 when she first met Epstein and Maxwell, claimed such sexual encounters would occur "about every two weeks," with Maxwell allegedly touching her breasts during group sex.
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Dem Senator warns Supreme Court of 'revolution' if Roe v. Wade overturned

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Sen. Jeanne Shaheen said there would be a “revolution” if the Supreme Court overturned the Roe v. Wade decision.
Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) predicted Monday that there would be a "revolution" if the Supreme Court overturned its landmark Roe v. Wade decision as the justices prepare to hear arguments in a highly anticipated case on the issue.

During a virtual event featuring the Granite State's House and Senate delegation, Shaheen was asked if she believed the abortion debate had become "muted" since so many Americans do not remember life before Roe was decided in 1973.

"I hope the Supreme Court is listening to the people of the United States because ... I think if you want to see a revolution go ahead, outlaw Roe v. Wade and see what the response is of the public, particularly young people," she said. "Because I think that will not be acceptable to young women or young men."

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Sigh of relief in South Africa as Omicron variant appears to be 'super mild' mutation with Covid death rate not jumping

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The WHO and Coronavirus experts are increasingly convinced the new Omicron variant is 'super mild' and has, so far, not led to a jump in Covid death rates anywhere in Southern Africa.

The WHO is calling this morning for countries to drop travel restrictions and end the mass hysteria, and instead be cautiously optimistic as more and more reports out of South Africa suggest the new Omicron variant is not more lethal than the previous Delta variant.

In fact, there have been no reports of hospitalisations or deaths as a result of anyone being diagnosed with Omicron.

Comment: So Omicron is a NothingBurger™ - what a surprise! What would actually be surprising is if the "experts" took this information and used it to tone down the hyperbolic reaction and eased restrictions. Surprising indeed.

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Hungary parliament clears way for government's LGBT referendum as election nears

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FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators attend a protest against a law that bans LGBTQ content in schools and media at the Presidential Palace in Budapest, Hungary, June 16, 2021.
Hungary's parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday which will empower the government to hold a referendum on LGBT issues, raising Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-LGBT campaign to a new level as he heads into a tough election race next year.

Orban, a nationalist who has been in power since 2010, this year proposed a referendum on ruling party legislation that limits schools' teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues, stepping up a culture war with the European Union.

Facing his first competitive election in more than a decade, nationalist Orban has sought to promote social policies that he says safeguard Christian values against Western liberalism, putting gender issues and what he calls LGBTQ propaganda at the centre of his campaign along with migration.

Parliament voted on four referendum questions one by one, passing them with Fidesz's ruling majority.

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Federal judge blocks Biden's national vaccine mandate for health-care workers

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A federal judge blocked a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers set to kick in next week, the latest legal blow to the Biden administration's new rules.

US District Judge Terry Doughty's issued a preliminary injunction for workers across the country, a day after another judge halted the mandate in 10 states.

"This matter will ultimately be decided by a higher court than this one," Doughty wrote in a 34-page ruling. "However, it is important to preserve the status quo in this case. The liberty interests of the unvaccinated requires nothing less."


Living under fascism: Teenagers from remote Australian community ARRESTED after 'escape' from Covid quarantine facility

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Police check cars near the Howard Springs quarantine facility
Northern Territory police say they don't believe three teenagers who allegedly absconded from Darwin's Howard Springs COVID-19 quarantine facility this morning came into contact with members of the community.

At a COVID update press conference, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner confirmed the teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17, tested negative for the virus yesterday.

He said all three were from the Binjari community near Katherine and had been sent into quarantine as close contacts of positive cases.

NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said officers found the trio on the edge of Palmerston and arrested them after a chase on foot.

He said the young people are still being interviewed but "early indications" were they had not had any contact with members of the public.


Three injured after blast caused by WWII-era bomb rocks Munich

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The blast happened during construction works outside the station.

An explosion occurred at the construction site of the railway operator Deutsche Bahn at the Donnersberger Bridge in Munich, police said. Three people were injured as a result of the explosion, they added.

Train traffic has been suspended on the approach to Munich's central station. Police have confirmed the explosion was caused by a previously unexploded aerial bomb.

"During drilling, an aerial bomb weighing 250 kilograms from the Second World War was hit. Debris flew hundreds of meters. The whole area is currently being searched", Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.


Irish government orders all schools to open windows 'because rising Covid and CO2', forcing children to endure temperatures as low as 5C

Comment: And most schools aren't allowing children to wear winter coats either...

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You can bet 'ventilation' isn't an issue in government buildings...
In the last couple of weeks, Ireland has made its traditional move from mild autumnal weather to a full-on winter freeze. It is part and parcel of being Irish, ordinarily matched by a collective move indoors and a ratcheting up of the thermostat.

Not in Irish schools, however, where Arctic temperatures have become the standard over the past 10 days as windows are kept open to ventilate against Covid-19.

Over the past three days, the Irish Examiner has been inundated with stories of freezing cold classrooms and carbon dioxide monitors registering 10C and lower — from parents, from teachers, and from students.

Comment: Apparently this is widespread in the UK as well at the moment.

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Why are kids with gender dysphoria being treated like lab rats?

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A damning investigation in Sweden has found that doctors are ignoring the physical harm and irreversible damage caused by giving puberty blockers to primary school children diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Wherever you stand on trans issues, no one could fail to be shocked by the revelations coming out of Sweden about the life-changing injuries and harmful side effects inflicted on children by cavalier doctors at the Karolinska University Hospital, all in the name of the great gender debate.

The youngsters treated at the Stockholm hospital had all been diagnosed with gender dysphoria - the unshakeable feeling that their physical characteristics were mismatched with how they felt about their gender - and were subsequently injected with regular doses of estrogen, testosterone or other hormones to effect a physical transition to their new identity.