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Russian cop confesses to strangling transgender ex-girlfriend to death after helping to lead official search

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Viktoria Basakovskaya
A Russian policeman has confessed to murdering his transgender ex-girlfriend. According to reports, the officer committed murder out of jealousy, before cutting off her finger to send decoy messages from the dead woman's phone.

On October 13, the body of 24-year-old Viktoria Basakovskaya was found in the village of Burmistrovo, close to Novosibirsk, the largest city in Siberia and 3,000km east of Moscow. Eight days previously, a 20-year-old policeman, named only as Denis K., announced her disappearance and even helped put up flyers. On the poster, Basakovskaya was named as Nikolai Basakovsky, the name she was born with and the name on her passport.

After some time, police suspicion began to focus on one of their fellow officers, Basakovskaya's ex-boyfriend. After interrogation, he confessed and revealed where he had hidden her body. According to the local investigative committee, she was found with strangulation marks on her neck.

Comment: See also: Manhunt underway after teenager shoots his grandmother then kills 3 innocent people at bus stop in Russia's Nizhny Novgorod

Arrow Down

'They don't seem to be attracted': Swedish armed forces fail to recruit enough women

Swedish armed forces
Despite numerous initiatives including costly ads and awareness-raising campaigns, the Swedish Armed Forces have failed to meet this year's goal of having at least 20 percent of its conscripts be women.

While some units in the Air Force and the Navy have effectively met the target, the Armed Forces in general is lagging behind.

Despite the announced goals of making the army gender equal, the pace of change is rather sluggish, as men generally tend to be more interested in taking up a military career - which the Swedish Armed Forces regard as a problem.


COVID-19 used as pretext to crack down on Internet freedom

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Internet freedom has declined for the 10th consecutive year as governments around the world are using the coronavirus pandemic as a "cover" to expand online surveillance, crack down on dissent, and build new technological systems to control society, Freedom House says in a new report.

The Washington-based human rights watchdog's annual Freedom Of The Net report, released on October 14, said the authorities in dozens of countries have cited COVID-19 "to justify expanded surveillance powers and the deployment of new technologies that were once seen as too intrusive."

As a result, Internet freedom has worsened in 26 of the 65 countries covered by the report, while only 22 registered gains.

And just 20 percent of the estimated 3.8 billion people using the Internet live in countries with a free Internet, according to the democracy research group.

Myanmar, Kyrgyzstan, India, Ecuador, and Nigeria suffered the largest declines during the coverage period -- between June 2019 and May 2020. Internet freedom worsened in the United States for the fourth consecutive year.

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COVID-19 lockdowns are in lockstep with the 'Great Reset'

Jay Heller
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Employees reacts as Jay Heller, head of capital markets & initial public offering (IPO) execution of Nasdaq Inc, center, opens trading on Zoom Video Communications Inc. during the company's IPO at the Nasdaq MarketSite on April 18, 2019 in New York City
Who benefits from lockdowns that are destabilizing all facets of our society? Look no further than the emerging global oligarchy.

In October 2019, a pandemic simulation exercise called Event 201 - a collaborative effort between Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, the World Economic Forum and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation - concluded that a hypothetical new coronavirus may end up killing at least 65 million people worldwide within 18 months of an outbreak.

When Covid-19 coincidentally emerged from Wuhan two months later, scientists were rushing to generate similar alarmist forecasts using a variety of questionable scientific models. Researchers from the Imperial College London, for instance, approximated death tolls of 500,000 in the UK and two million in the US by October this year.

While scientific models are admittedly fallible, one would nonetheless be hard-pressed to justify the endless string of contradictions, discrepancies and willful amnesia in the global pandemic narrative. Was it the science of mass-mediated hysteria? There are many troubling questions yet unanswered.

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YouTube bans COVID-19 vaccine misinformation

YouTube will ban content containing misinformation about coronavirus vaccines, expanding its policy surrounding misinformation about the virus, the company said Wednesday.

The Google-owned video platform said it will remove any content that includes claims about COVID-19 vaccinations that contradicts information from health authorities.

Comment: Ok - but which health authorities? Oh yeah, the hysterical and hystericizing ones. Not the other health authorities. The ones they don't want you paying any mind to.

YouTube was already removing content with misinformation about the existence and the transmission of the coronavirus, as well as content promoting medically unsubstantiated methods of treatment. The platform said it had removed more than 200,000 videos related to dangerous or misleading COVID-19 information since early February.

Comment: Quick! Shut them up or shut them down - otherwise many more will catch on to the agenda!

Light Saber

Kyle Rittenhouse has 'illegal weapon' charge dropped in Illinois

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Kyle Rittenhouse
Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen accused of fatally shooting two protesters and wounding a third in Wisconsin over the summer, will not be charged with a gun offense in his home state of Illinois, prosecutors said Tuesday.

The 17-year-old remains jailed in Lake County, Ill., pending extradition to Wisconsin, where he faces multiple criminal charges in Kenosha.

A statement from the Lake County State's Attorney's Office said an Antioch police investigation determined the firearm used in the Kenosha shooting was purchased and stored in Wisconsin.


Cow Skull

Local rages "hardly anyone is sick, but we're all broke": Hawaii "has committed suicide"

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Oahu officials issued a two-week stay-at-home order beginning on Friday, August 28
While we have grown used to the people (well, at least those who are capable for thinking for themselves) of Michigan and California complaining that the tyrannical COVID lockdown rules imposed by Governors Whitmer and Newsom are arbitrary and capricious (if not downright unconstitutional), it is less often we hear from those living on the beautiful islands of Hawaii.

For many 'mainlanders', the thoughts of a vacation to Hawaii (or anywhere but the apartment they have been suffering in for 7 months) are heavenly. However, as the following 'rural Hawaiian' exclaims in her Twitter thread, "Hawaii is committing suicide" with its "cargo-cult level bullshit" travel restrictions.


Western pundits confounded again as Putin's popularity rises

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For years we were told that Vladimir Putin's government relied on 'control' of TV networks to maintain its popularity. In reality, its support stems from its ability to reflect public opinion, rather than manipulate it.

Contradicting pundits who predicted that the Covid crisis would put a permanent dent in Putin's popularity, the Russian president's approval rating has bounced back to upwards of 69 percent, according to the latest survey by pollsters Levada.

Coming on top of recent victories in Russia's regional elections by the pro-Putin United Russia party, the survey demonstrates that the president and his movement continue to enjoy considerable popular backing.

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Cowboy Hat

9 out of 10 workers want option to work from home if lockdowns ever end

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A man works in his kitchen amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Sassenheim
Nearly nine out of 10 workers want to be able to choose whether to work from home or the office once COVID-19 workplace restrictions ease, and have greater autonomy over their hours, according to research from Cisco Systems <CSCO.O>.

The pandemic has rapidly shifted attitudes towards home working, the research showed, with two thirds of workers developing a greater appreciation of the benefits and challenges of doing their jobs remotely.

Even though only 5% of those surveyed worked from home most of the time before the lockdown, now 87% of workers wanted the ability to choose where, how and when they worked - blending between being office-based and working remotely, Cisco said in a report issued on Wednesday.

Comment: It's highly likely that the number of people wanting the option to work from home was high even before the spectre of the 'new normal' was being enforced on our lives. But, notably, the vast majority of companies denied the average worker the ability to work from home, even when they were perfectly capable of doing so before the lockdowns, and for reasons they don't state explicitly but that are becoming clear: they don't trust employees to do their job when they're not under the watchful eye of a middle manager.

This has been partly been revealed in a number of stories that have come out recently including the rise of 'productivity' tracking software installed into home workers computers as well as employees being told that they can't do particular things in their own home - from what they must wear to whether they can smoke - even when it has no obvious impact on their work.

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Black Magic

Two charged in latest statue-toppling riot in Portland

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Brandon Bartells and Malik Muhamad are facing local charges after a night of violent rioting where Black Lives Matter-Antifa activists toppled the statues of former presidents and vandalized numerous buildings.
Two out-of-state suspects are facing local charges after a night of violent rioting where Black Lives Matter-Antifa activists toppled the statues of former presidents and vandalized numerous buildings.

The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office charged 38-year-old Brandon Bartells, who is accused of being the driver who used a van to pull down the Theodore Roosevelt statue during the antifa-organized "Indigenous Day of Rage" on Sunday.

Comment: The quick release of violent rioters has been seen across the country. But Antifa is an 'idea', not an organization