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When will the COVID revolt come?

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At some point, there will be a revolt. The longer the arbitrary insanity persists, the more violent the reaction will be.

The most cheerful headline I have seen in weeks was on Glenn Reynolds' New York Post column: "No, Karen, we're not masking again." I hope he is right. I do wonder, though. I have no doubt that the second part of his headline — "A winning GOP message for 2022 [and] beyond" — is correct. At least it's correct if it is expressed as a conditional: It would be a winning strategy were it adopted. As Reynolds notes, "There is a great deal of pent-up frustration and resentment over the inconvenience, the loss of freedom and the general climate of hectoring that the government's pandemic response has created." Indeed. And he's right, too, that
It's irritating to be lectured by officials who claim to be smarter than you. It's infuriating to be lectured by government officials who claim to be smarter than you — but clearly aren't.

The on-again/off-again claims on masks and vaccination are just part of it. Tired of masks? Get vaccinated, they told us. Now they're saying wear a mask, even if you've been vaccinated and even if you're associating with others who've been vaccinated.

And there's talk of more lockdowns, which a growing body of scientific evidence suggests were perfectly useless and downright harmful.
As Molly Bloom exclaimed in a different context, Yes, Yes, Yes!

Penis Pump

Minor Russian politicians try to win votes at polling stations by using exact same name as opposition


"This is the only way these crooks can fight against me," Boris Vishnevsky said about two rival candidates with the exact same names.
Boris Vishnevsky is a known figure in St. Petersburg.

An opposition politician who heads the liberal Yabloko party's committee in the local legislature, he is also a man known locally as a defender of the city's cultural heritage and as a columnist in the independent newspaper Novaya gazeta.

But ahead of elections in September, the number of public figures named Boris Vishnevsky appeared to suspiciously multiply.

In May, Vishnevsky announced his candidacy for both the St. Petersburg legislative assembly and the State Duma, Russia's lower house of parliament, representing two districts in the center of his native city.

Comment: Note that the ruling United Russia party and its candidates do not need to resort to such tactics to gain votes: Despite small gains for the far right and Navalny, Russia's weekend elections suggest no political change is imminent


Lagoon turns shocking pink and fish farming may be to blame

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Screenshot: Aerial view of a lagoon that turned pink due to a chemical in the Patagonian province of Chubut, Argentina, on July 23, 2021.
A lagoon in Argentina has turned pink and environmentalists say dumped chemical waste is to blame. The colour comes from sodium sulfite, an antibacterial product used in fish factories.

The lagoon, near the town of Trewlew and 1,400km south of Buenos Aires, receives runoff from an industrial park and has turned the colour of fuchsia before.

In recent weeks, residents living near the lagoon blocked roads used by trucks carrying processed fish waste to treatment plants on the outskirts of their city.

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Bizarro Earth

'Coronavirus variant that could kill one in three infected people is a realistic possibility', SAGE warns

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People wearing face masks walk on Hollywood Blvd in Los Angeles, California, March 29, 2021
The emergence of a new COVID variant with a similar death rate to MERS, which kills one in three infected people, is a "realistic possibility", the government's scientific advisers have warned.

However the experts also say the virus could result in "much less severe disease" in older people and those who are clinically vulnerable in the long term.

In a paper published on Friday, the scientists outline the chances that a new variant will evade current vaccines, saying one of the causes is "almost certain" to happen.

Comment: After 16 months of lockdowns that deprived people of sunlight, exercise, human contact, and their sense of wellbeing, a great many are suffering weakened and compromised immune systems, and will be many times more vulnerable to any viruses that might enter into circulation: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Pandemic is Over! (If You Want it)


Sky News Australia has been suspended from YouTube following a review of old videos

Sky News Australia has been temporarily suspended by YouTube following a review of old videos published to the channel.

The one-week suspension by YouTube follows a review of content for compliance with YouTube's policies on COVID-19 which are subject to change in response to changes to global or local health authority guidance on the virus.

Sky News Australia acknowledges YouTube's right to enforce its policies and looks forward to continuing to publish its popular news and analysis content back to its audience of 1.85 million YouTube subscribers shortly.

Comment: This is yet another example of Big Tech trying desperately to control reality. No news outlet is safe. See also:

Black Magic

Abusive Aussie police commissioner on lockdown protesters: 'Filthy, disgusting and selfish' - and that's only the beginning

Gary Worboys
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NSW Police Deputy Commissioner Gary Worboys
When New South Wales Deputy Police Commissioner Gary Worboys raged last week about perceived 'filthy, disgusting and selfish' people among the population of Australia, the only thing that was missing from the scripted, theatrical performance was a mirror.

The same can be said for New South Wales Police Minister, David Elliott, who described government dissenters as 'very selfish boofheads.' The word boofhead is defined by Collin's Dictionary as 'a very stupid person' or 'a person or animal with a large head'. Both definitions can be applied to Elliott. Reading his lines carefully last week as he sported what looked like a cement block on his shoulders, little doubt was left in the minds of anyone who had ever questioned Sigmund Freud's theory of psychological projection.


"Liberty!": Hundreds of thousands protest across France, Italy, against draconian mandatory vaccine pass and injections for healthcare workers

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Protestors march waving French flags during a demonstration in Paris, France, Saturday, July 31, 2021. Demonstrators gathered in several cities in France on Saturday to protest against the COVID-19 pass, which grants vaccinated individuals greater ease of access to venues.
Thousands of people protested France's special virus pass with marches through Paris and other French cities on Saturday. Most demonstrations were peaceful, but sporadic clashes with riot police marked protests in the French capital.

Some 3,000 security forces deployed around Paris for a third weekend of protests against the pass that will be needed soon to enter restaurants and other places. Police took up posts along the Champs-Elysees to guard against an invasion of the famed avenue.

With virus infections spiking and hospitalizations rising, French lawmakers have passed a bill requiring the pass in most places as of Aug. 9. Polls show a majority of French support the pass, but some are adamantly opposed. The pass requires a vaccination or a quick negative test or proof of a recent recovery from COVID-19 and mandates vaccine shots for all health care workers by mid-September.

Comment: It's unlikely that 'a majority of French support the pass' when 58% of them have not been injected with the experimental vaccines.

Comment: RT reports:
Huge crowds turned out in Paris on Saturday as riot police attempted to corral the seemingly endless columns of protesters filling the capital's main thoroughfares. Drumming, chanting and exploding firecrackers could be heard in a Ruptly livestream of the massive demonstration.

Social media filled up with footage allegedly taken in the small city of Pau, located in southwestern France. Despite the city's modest size, its streets were swarmed by demonstrators who turned out to express their disapproval with President Emmanuel Macron's so-called "Green Pass."

Other large turnouts were reported in cities and towns across the country, including in France's overseas territories.

Starting from August 9, French citizens will need a government-issued digital health pass in order to go inside a cafe or use certain forms of public transport. Individuals will need the ID to show that they are fully vaccinated, have tested negative for Covid-19, or have recovered from the virus. The controversial legislation also makes vaccination compulsory for healthcare workers.

The 'options' are such that it is simply not viable for an ordinary person to choose any other option but to suffer the injection. Evidently this was the intention. This is made even more clear by mandating the vaccine for healthcare workers, when a one off anti-body test would suffice, and would demonstrate a life-long immunity. However, this is a clear tactic of the totalitarian tiptoe, it's begins with one group where the justification appears more reasonable, soon after the net is widened until everyone is coerced into compliance.

Since July 21, the Covid pass has been obligatory in order to visit museums, cinemas and other cultural venues with a capacity of more than 50 individuals.

Following large-scale protests earlier this month, the French government made several concessions to the draconian rules, including lowering fines for violating the ID regime and pushing back when the policy would come into force at shopping malls.

Worthless concessions.

Last week, Macron seemed to dismiss those who opposed the coercive measures as irresponsible and selfish, arguing that refusing to be vaccinated with the experimental jab would end up killing people.

Frenchman to be tried for erecting dummy guillotines with names of politicians who support Macron's health pass

A 50-year-old man from the southwestern Landes region will be tried in October for making "death threats against public officials," a local prosecutor's office said.

When it comes to a draconian state, nuance ceases to exist, and making an example of dissidents is top priority.

The suspect, who was identified through CCTV footage and detained on Thursday, set up dummy guillotines in the towns of Saint-Sever, Samadet, and Geaune last week. Sheets of paper with the names of 382 mayors were attached to the devices.

The listed officials had all put their names to a recent opinion piece in the Le Journal du Dimanche newspaper, in which they had "saluted the courage" of the decisions made by President Emmanuel Macron, including the introduction of a health pass.

The suspect was quoted by the AFP news agency as saying the guillotines were made of wood and cardboard, and not intended to be perceived as a death threat. He said he wanted to "alert the mayors to the violations of fundamental freedoms by the government's decisions" during the pandemic.

Nevertheless, Pascale Requenna, the mayor of Hagetmau and a regional councilor, told the media she had been frightened by the installations and, along with Samadet Mayor Bernard Tastet, had filed a police complaint.

"The symbol of the guillotine is unbelievably violent," Requenna said. "We have the right to fight with words and ideas, but to use symbols like the guillotine to challenge the positions of elected officials - I find it distressing, violent, and extremely serious."

A symbol of terror during the French Revolution, the guillotine was last used to execute a criminal in France in 1977. A dummy version of the lethal device has since been spotted during anti-government protests, such as those organized by the Yellow Vest movement.

France has strict laws against threats to public officials. In 2019, a protester was detained for merely shouting the word "guillotine" at a politician from Macron's party, the Republic on the Move (LaREM).


Ex-NY Bishop Howard J. Hubbard admits diocese 'temporarily' moved priests accused of sexual abuse

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Former Catholic Bishop Howard J. Hubbard claims priests accused of sexual misconduct would go through "counseling and treatment," before returning to duty.
A former Catholic bishop admitted that the Archdiocese of Albany covertly moved around priests accused of sexual misconduct before reintroducing them back into the ministry.

Howard J. Hubbard, who headed the diocese from 1977 to 2014, said it was common practice in the 1970s and 1980s to temporarily remove accused priests, send them for supposed rehabilitation — then put them back on the job.

Hubbard said that he regrets the "flawed" system.

Comment: An in-depth investigation by the Boston Globe broke the story open:

Spotlight success: Baltimore Archdiocese posts lists of 71 pedophile priests

Yellow Vest

Crowds defy ban to protest coronavirus measures in Berlin

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Demonstrators walk along Bismarckstrasse in Berlin, Sunday Aug. 1, 2021, during a protest against coronavirus restrictions.
Hundreds of people turned out in Berlin on Sunday to protest the German government's anti-coronavirus measures despite a ban on the gatherings, leading to arrests and clashes with police.

Local authorities banned several different protests registered for this weekend, including one from the Stuttgart-based Querdenker movement, which expected 22,500 attendees. But protesters defied the ban, starting to gather Sunday morning at various points around the city.

Berlin's police department deployed more than 2,000 officers around the city. As the crowds grew in the afternoon, officers who sought to redirect protesters or disband larger groups were "harassed and attacked," Berlin's police tweeted.

Comment: Here are some videos from the protest:

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Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane to enter Covid-19 lockdown

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Brisbane, Australia on lockdown for seven cases
Australia's third-largest city of Brisbane and other parts of Queensland state will enter a snap Covid-19 lockdown from Saturday (July 31) as the authorities race to contain an emerging outbreak of the Delta strain.

Millions of residents in the city and several other areas will be placed under stay-at-home orders from Saturday afternoon for three days, state Deputy Premier Steven Miles said.

"The only way to beat the Delta strain is to move quickly, to be fast and to be strong," Mr Miles said.

There were now seven cases of the Delta strain of the coronavirus in Queensland mainly linked to a school student, her family and a tutor, but the authorities were still trying to trace the source of the outbreak, Mr Miles said.

In the "strictest lockdown" the city has enforced, residents will only be allowed to leave their homes for essential reasons including buying groceries and exercising.

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