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UK gov't threatens crackdown on unemployed who haven't a found job in the next four weeks

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A Jobcentre Plus office in Tunstall, England.
Unemployed workers will be forced to take up a job in any sector or face swift financial sanctions under a crackdown designed to fill hundreds of thousands of vacancies in sectors from social care to construction, ministers have announced.

Claimants will be given just four weeks - down from three months - to find a job within their preferred sector. After that point, if they fail to make "reasonable efforts" to secure a job or turn down any offer, they will have part of their universal credit payment withdrawn under a tightening of existing Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) policy.


Comment: What is considered "reasonable" varies depending on the advisor one is paired with; bear in mind, over the past decade and more of 'austerity' measures, Job Centres have been dogged by scandals of advisors who, incentivized by target schemes, were particularly cruel to those they were meant to be helping.

These included a man who died of a heart attack hours after being found 'fit for work'; a paraplegic fire-fighter who was hounded over whether he was 'still unfit for work'; and an anorexic mother of four who, due to being in intensive care, was sanctioned for not attending her Job Centre appointment, she was found dead shortly after in her house that was freezing cold because she was unable to pay for heating.


The move, which is part of an initiative to get 500,000 people into work by June and fill 1.2m job vacancies nationally, comes as Boris Johnson seeks to reassert control over the political agenda amid the "partygate" crisis.


Comment: For the government, it's clearly a numbers game.


Comment: What is it with governments and deadlines for draconian measures these days? First it was the NHS vaccine mandates due for enforcement in April; there was an anti-protest bill that was just smacked down in the House of Lords; and now there's another deadline for the unemployed coming up; one gets the impression that the government are trying to ram a whole load of draconian legislation through all, and one wonders just what is it making them feel such a sense of urgency?

Also note that it isn't just the UK government that are lining up these deadlines, across Europe - as well as the US, Canada, New Zealand, and Australia - all sorts of dystopian legislation is being drawn up. Meanwhile, over in Russia, the government just killed an attempt by some officials to pass digital IDs into law.

Is it perhaps related to the manufactured mayhem the West is whipping up in Ukraine? Is it also just because our political class have become so addled and brazen that they don't care that their mask has well and truly fallen? Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse




Attention

Bridge in Pittsburgh collapses hours before Biden's scheduled speech several miles away on 're-building American infrastructure'


Comment: If this isn't symbolic of the US' imminent collapse, we don't know what is!


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Biden visits bridge collapse in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
President Joe Biden made an unscheduled visit to the site of a bridge collapse in Pittsburgh on Friday afternoon, during a trip in which Biden planned to promote his legislative agenda — including the landmark infrastructure law he signed last year.

Pittsburgh Public Safety confirmed the collapse on Twitter before 7 a.m. ET, urging people to avoid the area around Forbes and Braddock avenues near Frick Park.

Three people have been hospitalized with nonlife-threatening injuries, while authorities have been deployed to "ensure there are no victims under the collapsed bridge," the city tweeted in an update later Friday morning. Ten people have been checked or treated for minor injuries, including first responders, the city said in a press release.

The site of the collapse is just a few miles from Carnegie Mellon University at Mill 19, where Biden was set to deliver remarks around 2 p.m.

Comment: Scenes from the collapse:
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Emergency vehicles are parked at the edge of a bridge that collapsed, Friday Jan. 28, 2022 in Pittsburgh’s East End.



Telephone

CNN in meltdown mode over Biden-Ukraine phone call fiasco

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky • US President Joe Biden
CNN journos doing damage control after the network's Natasha Bertrand panicked and deleted tweets containing harsh comments reportedly made by President Biden to Ukrainian President Volodomyr Zelensky - namely that a Russian invasion was "imminent," that the Capital city of Kyiv could be "sacked," and to "prepare for impact."

Now - none of that apparently happened according to CNN's Jim Sciutto, the White House, and apparently Ukraine itself. Of note, CNN claims their source was a "senior Ukrainian official."

Human Events' Jack Posobiec lays it out:


Comment: A twisted news source provides twisted news.


No Entry

Senators say they were denied full access to federal prison

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Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy
Two U.S. senators said Wednesday that they were denied access to parts of a federal prison in Connecticut while trying to examine conditions there in response to correctional officers' complaints about a staffing shortage and lack of coronavirus precautions.

Concerns about the spread of COVID-19 itself were behind the denial, the federal Bureau of Prisons said.

Sens. Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal, both Connecticut Democrats, visited the Danbury Federal Correctional Institution with labor union leaders and two state lawmakers. Murphy said they were barred from seeing the main women's facility but were able to see a men's unit after a "fight" to gain access.

Murphy said during a news conference after the visit:
"There was clearly a decision made to try to stop both of us from seeing some of the conditions at this prison. This facility, even during COVID, should be open for inspection by policymakers. We need to see it during good times, but we also need to see it during bad times. And if the Bureau of Prisons has decided that U.S. lawmakers are not going to be able to see what is really happening inside these prisons during a crisis, that's a problem."
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Danbury Federal Correctional Institute

Briefcase

Justice Dept., 34 states and Microsoft accuse Apple of stifling competition

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"Apple's conduct has harmed and is harming mobile app developers and millions of citizens," attorneys general for 34 states and the District of Columbia said.
The Justice Department, Microsoft and a bipartisan group of attorneys general from 34 states and the District of Columbia all accused Apple of stifling competition through its app store on Thursday and threw their weight behind a legal challenge to the company.

The three groups filed third-party briefs with a federal court that is considering an appeal from Fortnite maker Epic Games in its ongoing legal fight against Apple.

Epic and other critics say that the mandatory 15% to 30% commissions Apple charges developers that distribute apps through its store are evidence the company holds an illegal monopoly.

Comment:


Sheriff

NYC Mayor Adams resurrects NYPD plainclothes unit as part of new anti-crime plan

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a news conference at City Hall in Manhattan, New York on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
Mayor Adams announced Monday that he's bringing back the NYPD's controversial contingents of plainclothes cops as part of a wide-ranging plan to crack down on gun violence in the wake of a rash of deadly shootings across the city.

The plainclothes units — which were disbanded by former Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration in 2020 amid a national reckoning over police brutality — will be deployed to 30 precincts where 80% of the city's violent crimes are reported, Adams said at City Hall.

About 400 cops are expected to join the new units, dubbed "Neighborhood Safety Teams." They will begin hitting the streets over the next three weeks "with a focus on gun violence," according to Adams.

"We will have boots on the ground on every block," said Adams, who declared gun violence "a public health crisis" and "the number one threat in our city."

Comment:


Yellow Vest

Elon Musk, Joe Rogan, Jordan Peterson endorse Canadian 'Freedom Convoy'

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50,000 truckers are making their way across Canada in a 45-mile-long convoy in protest of vaccine mandates that would prohibit truckers from crossing the US-Canadian border without proof of vaccination
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, podcast host Joe Rogan, and psychology professor Jordan Peterson were among those who recently endorsed the "Freedom Convoy" — a group of Canadian truckers organizing against the nation's COVID-19 vaccine mandates.

For the Canadian trucking industry, the policy forces unvaccinated drivers to observe a two-week quarantine and COVID-19 test before crossing into Canada from the United States.

As news of the protest made international headlines, Musk expressed approval in a three-word tweet: "Canadian truckers rule.

Meanwhile, Rogan highlighted the convoy and noted that Canada is "in revolt."

Comment: Meanwhile support for the protest continues to grow:




And spread:


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Posted by @irka58 on Twitter



Road Cone

Truckers Convoy is The Freedom Protest Canada Needs

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The world is watching Canada right now. A movement is taking place, which may not only affect the current lockdown measures but our supply of food and goods. Thousands of Canadian Truckers are driving to Ottawa, the Capital of Canada. Their goal is to protest a new policy mandating all Truckers must be vaccinated.

The plan is straightforward. Gridlock the entire Capitol, leaving some room for business and emergency vehicles. The convoy plans to gridlock Ottawa until the mandates are lifted.

Comment: And they're doing this during one of the coldest winters in Canada's history, with temperatures to go as low as -30C in the capital this weekend.

Go Canada, go!!!

UPDATE: They've arrived.


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Handcuffs

UK: At least 12,000 suspected sex offenders allowed to go free

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'For victims of domestic abuse or stalking it is particularly traumatic to know that the suspect has been released without any conditions'.

At least 12,000 suspected sex offenders were released back into their community by police without any bail conditions, putting victims at risk, Home Office figures reveal.

A further 55,000 arrested for violent offences were also released under investigation in the year to March 2021, meaning no conditions were placed on them after their release to protect the public.

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Syringe

Why is the narrative changing? And in lockstep

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Whilst the narrative change is welcome, it all seems to be happening at the same time, in multiple countries and all whilst Covid cases are hitting new highs. Now I know, cases don't mean anything unless they convert to hospitalisations and deaths but still, even a few weeks ago, if cases were rising, the media and politicians would be going into fear overload.


Comment: And remember that 'hospitalizations and deaths' don't mean anything unless they parsed for the cause being with Covid or from Covid. This manipulation is still with us.


Let's take a look at a few example countries and how the same narrative change has been happening over and over again. I will look at the countries in order of most vaccinated.

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