Welcome to Sott.net
Thu, 02 Dec 2021
The World for People who Think

Society's Child

Eye 1

Sweden's "Vaccine Passes" should teach us an important lesson.

sweden covid sign
The Swedish Public Health Agency (PHA) has announced that, starting next month, gatherings of more than 100 people will require "Covid passes" showing vaccination status.

Unlike similar schemes in other countries, a negative test will not be accepted as a substitute - either you're vaccinated, or you can't enter the venue.

There's no talk yet of including restaurants, bars or cafes in this...but it is still early.

The PHA published a press release yesterday, detailing the plans. Quoted in The Local, Sweden's culture minister Amanda Lind said:
Being able to use vaccination certificates is something the government has been preparing for a long time. You have previously heard me talk about vaccination certificates as a "plan B". Now that situation is here,"
The vaccination pass comes on the heels of announcing the re-introduction of other "anti-COVID" measures, including limitations on mass indoor gatherings. The pass is being described as a way to get around these restrictions by "guaranteeing that participants are vaccinated".

...and so Sweden falls.

Comment: See also: Lockdown surrender? Sweden warns of more restrictions, gears up to close restaurants & gyms


Seasons Greetings from New Normal Germany!

dangerous webpage
So, I had a little disagreement with Jillian C. York, Director for International Freedom of Expression of the Electronic Frontier Foundation in Berlin and several of her many hacker-type Twitter followers yesterday, and today ... well, it appears NortonLifeLock has blocked the Consent Factory blog and slapped a big, red "dangerous webpage" warning label on it. (You may not see it wherever you live, and you certainly won't if you're not using Norton, but quite a lot of people do use Norton, so that's kind of a problem for an author like me.)

Now, I'm sure this is (a) just a total coincidence, because I know that no one at EFF, nor any of the hacker types that piled in on my Twitter feed after Jillian singled me out for a Twitter mobbing, would stoop so low as to engage in this type of scumbag behavior (i.e., getting the Consent Factory blog flagged as "dangerous" website), and (b) probably just an innocent mistake on the part of the NortonLifeLock Corporation, which of course would never knowingly engage in any type of malicious, defamatory action that would damage an author's reputation and livelihood (like, for example, as set forth in 28 U.S.C. § 4101).

In any event, while I'm waiting for NortonLifeLock to get this "mistake" cleared up, let me give you an update on the atmosphere here in New Normal Berlin, where "the Unvaccinated" (and other political dissidents who refuse to conform to the new official ideology) are effectively banned from human society (i.e., restaurants, cafes, cultural events, stores, etc., even public transport), so we are pretty much under house arrest. OK, we're still allowed to shop for groceries, as long as we wear our medical-looking masks, and we're allowed to go out and walk around in the cold and the rain for as long as we can stand it, so we're technically not prisoners or anything. But it's not exactly ... you know, festive.


Technocracy is 'hemming us all in with no consent, no debate, no right to opt out'

Michael Gunner

Michael Gunner: Gunning to take away any rights you may still have left to you in Australia's Northern Territory
If you don't subscribe to Paul Kingsnorth's Substack, you are missing out on some of the best writing on the Internet. He has just released an essay wondering what the hell is going on with Covid and our response to it. He's asking the kinds of questions that our media ought to be asking, but are not. Here's how it begins:
Perhaps it's because I'm English, or perhaps it's my age, or perhaps it's just blind prejudice, but when I wake to the news that the Austrian government has interned an entire third of its national population as a 'danger to public health', a chill runs down my spine.

Austria, I think to myself. Ah.

I look at the news photos of armed, masked, black-clad police stopping people in the streets to ask for their digital papers, and I read stories of others arrested for leaving their own house more than the permitted once a day, and I hear Austrian politicians intoning that those who refuse to accede to the injection are to be shunned and scapegoated until they acquiesce. Then I watch interviews with 'ordinary people', and they say that the 'unvaxxed' had it coming. Some of them say that they should all be jailed, these enemies of the people. At best, the 'anti-vaxxers' are paranoid and misinformed. At worst they are malicious, and should be punished.

A few days later I wake up to some more news about Austria: from next year, everyone in the country will have a covid vaccine forced into them by the state, overriding their right to what certain people, who have gone very quiet recently, used to call 'bodily autonomy.'


Boosters to the rescue: MSM's take on why the UK's Covid winter won't be as bleak as Europe's

booster jab
© Getty Images
For millions of Europeans, this was the week that dashed hopes of a Covid-free Christmas. Austrians will wake up tomorrow to a national lockdown, driven by rock-bottom vaccination rates. Covid cases across the continent are breaking records and unvaccinated people in some countries are being banned from public places.

"We don't know how this wave will wash up on our shores," said Boris Johnson last Monday, "but history shows we cannot be complacent."

The reality is that Britain never really left the previous wave: average case rates have not ducked below 25,000 a day since June. But as the year draws to a close, the déjà vu is hard to avoid. This time last year we were in a four-week national lockdown designed to "save Christmas" — only for it to be cancelled because of the Kent variant.

Comment: Booster shots won't save Christmas, and Santa Claus isn't real.


Four ways the Ghislaine Maxwell trial is already rigged

© William J. Clinton Presidential Library
Ghislaine Maxwell, Jeffrey Epstein guests at the White House of then-President Bill Clinton
Nobody likes a Debbie Downer, but I'm being realistic when I say I'm not expecting a ton of bombshell revelations to come from the Ghislaine Maxwell trial. We aren't going to see Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, or anyone significant taken down as a result of the major revelations.

I hope I'm wrong, but the cards seem to be stacked against the truth. Here are four reasons for my pessimism:

No Coverage

It should be the biggest story of the day (yes, bigger than Omicron) yet it's barely a blip on mainstream media's radar. This shouldn't be a shock to anyone. We saw corporate media cover up Jeffrey Epstein for over a decade. Why wouldn't we expect them to do the same for his main madame's trial?

There will be no live coverage of the trial as it unfolds. The few mentions we see on the nightly news will be approved by the powers-that-be. Much of what is revealed in court will be deemed "too sensitive" for the public and therefore the press. It's going to be a media ghost town, but hey, our media will certainly be covering everything about Omicron, right?

Comment: See also:

Arrow Up

Waukesha massacre suspect Darrell Brooks faces new charge for death of 8-year-old boy

© PA/Sparks/Facebook
Darrell Brooks • Jackson Sparks
It was last Sunday when 39-year-old career criminal Darrell Brooks was arrested over driving a SUV that sped through a crowded Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin.

The local reporting out of Fox 6 in Milwaukee says that the online court records were amended to add an additional charge of first-degree intentional homicide. Documents in the Waukesha massacre case argue that Darrell Brooks intentionally drove through the crowd of people.

The sixth count of first-degree intentional homicide is added to the initial five charges made against Waukesha massacre suspect Darrell Brooks last week.

The timing of the circumstances had created a discrepancy since 8-year-old Jackson Sparks died from his injuries from the car attack around the same time court proceedings first went underway.

Visitation for Jackson's funeral is scheduled for this Thursday at 4 p.m. with funeral services at 7 p.m. the same evening. Last week's memorial for Jackson Sparks included photos of him in his baseball uniform, and his teammates put it together to honor their fellow player.

Comment: See also:

Arrow Up

Swiss voters back law behind Covid vaccine certificate

Protesters in Bern
© Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images
Protesters face riot police during a demonstration in front of the Swiss parliament in Bern.
Swiss voters have firmly backed the law behind the country's Covid pass in a referendum, following a tense campaign that saw unprecedented levels of hostility. Early results on Sunday showed about two-thirds of voters supported the law, with market researchers GFS Bern projecting 63% backing.

The police fenced off the seat of government and parliament in Bern in anticipation of protests.

Results from 16 of Switzerland's 26 cantons showed 61.9% had voted in favour of the law, on a 64% turnout.

The referendum was held as the new Covid-19 variant Omicron, classified as a variant of concern by the World Health Organization, shook countries and markets around the world. The vote also came at a time when the numbers of new Covid cases in Switzerland were more than seven times higher than in mid-October.

The law provides the legal basis for the Covid certificate indicating that a person has been vaccinated or has recovered from the disease. Opponents have said the certificate, which has been required since September for access to restaurants and other indoor spaces and activities, is creating an "apartheid" system.


Mass murderer Breivik sent letters to survivors and their relatives

Anders Behring Breivik
© NTB Scanpix/Lise Aaserud/Reuters
Anders Behring Breivik in Borgarting Court of Appeal at Telemark prison in Skien, Norway
Mass murder and convicted terrorist Anders Behring Breivik has been sending letters containing excerpts from his manifesto to survivors of his attacks and their relatives, according to Norwegian state media.

In a report on Sunday, the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation (NRK) revealed that members of the 'Support Group' - an organization supporting the survivors and relatives of the July 22, 2011 terrorist attacks - had received letters from the incarcerated killer.

The messages, written by Anders Behring Breivik, include a handwritten greeting on top of a mass-produced open letter. In many of the letters, according to NRK, the killer repeats messages from the manifesto he made before he killed 77 people in a planned attack in 2011.

Eye 1

Mass shooting leaves 3 dead, 4 injured in Nashville apartment

Nashville shooting
Six members of a family were shot, two fatally, Friday night at an apartment in Nashville, Tennessee, police said.

A third person, believed to be one of two intruders, was also shot to death, Nashville police said.

The two family members who were killed were brothers, ages 15 and 18. Among the wounded was their 40-year-old mother, 16 and 20-year-old sisters and 13-year-old brother, police said.

The injured suffered non-life threatening gunshot wounds, police said in a tweet.

Heart - Black

Boy, 14, charged with murder of 12 year-old Ava White in Liverpool

Ava White
© Trinity RC Primary School/PA
Ava White aged 10 on a trip to north Wales. She has been described as a bubbly character who was ‘so loving and caring’.
A teenager has been charged with the murder of a 12-year-old girl in Liverpool city centre, police have said.

Ava White had been in the city with friends on Thursday after the switching on of Christmas lights when she suffered "catastrophic injuries" in an assault at 8.39pm, Merseyside police said.

A 14-year-old boy, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has now been charged with murder and possession of a bladed article.

Police said he has been remanded in custody to appear at a court on Monday.

Three other boys aged between 13 and 15, who were also arrested, have been conditionally bailed as inquiries continue.