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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.

Arrow Up

Canadian employers, facing labor shortage, accommodate the unvaccinated

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Clocktower Brewery Pub
Canada's tight labor market is forcing many companies to offer regular COVID-19 testing over vaccine mandates, while others are reversing previously announced inoculation requirements even as Omicron variant cases rise.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government adopted one of the strictest inoculation policies in the world for civil servants and has already put more than 1,000 workers on unpaid leave, with thousands more at risk.

Airlines, police forces, school boards and even Canada's Big Five banks have also pledged strict mandatory vaccine policies. But following through has proven less straightforward, especially as employers grapple with staffing shortages and workers demand exemptions.

Job vacancies in Canada have doubled so far this year, official data shows, and vaccine mandates can make filling those jobs harder, potentially putting upward pressure on wages. That could fuel inflation, already running at a near two-decade high.

"It's already difficult to find staff, let alone putting in a vaccine mandate. You'd cut out potentially another 20%" of potential workers, said Dan Kelly, chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Comment: It used to be proof, but now it is narrative that wins the day.

Mr. Potato

COVID: UK could see 'more stringent measures' in New Year after Christmas mixing, expert says

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The UK could face "more stringent measures" after Christmas to counter the spread of the Omicron variant over the festive season, an expert has told Sky News.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said the emergence of Omicron in the UK was "appalling timing" as the next few weeks are "one of the highest risk periods... with a lot of indoor socialising".

He said that the government "would love not to disrupt Christmas", but he warned: "What happens after Christmas is another matter.

Comment: Actually, stay-at-home measures have no effect on covid cases or deaths. This has been shown in numerous studies:
There have been at least seven peer-reviewed studies which look at the question of lockdowns from a data point of view, and all of them come to the same basic conclusion: lockdowns do not have a statistically significant relationship with Covid cases or deaths.


First of all, much of the spread, particularly that which leads to serious disease and death, occurs in hospitals and care homes. Forty per cent of Covid deaths in England and Wales in the spring were care homeresidents, while Public Health Scotland found that between half and two thirds of serious infections were picked up in hospital. Between these and transmission in private homes, this accounts for much of it.
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Black Cat

Sony fires PlayStation exec who was allegedly caught in pedophile sting video

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This screenshot from an amateur sting video allegedly shows PlayStation executive George Cacioppo.
People v. Preds

A Sony senior vice president who worked on the PlayStation Network has been terminated from his job after getting caught up in an amateur pedophilia sting video.

George Cacioppo was allegedly trying to arrange a meeting with a person claiming to be a 15-year-old boy, according to a video posted Dec. 3 by the YouTube channel People v. Preds. Cacioppo had been a senior vice president of engineering at Sony for the past eight years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was been fired after allegedly appearing in the video.

"We are aware of the situation and the employee in question has been terminated from employment," Sony said in an emailed statement Sunday.