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Brutal police beating of maskless French man hints at frightening future for locked-down Europe

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A shocking video of French police beating up a man who wasn't wearing a mask showed the authorities' iron-fist approach to enforcing regulations and suppressing protests. Will this be the new norm when the pandemic has passed?

A British shopper recently spotted by police failing to wear a face mask decided to heap abuse on the hapless copper patiently explaining the rules to her before she simply flung her basket to the ground and strolled off without a care in the world. All very British, and no one was hurt - but it illustrated the frustration normal people are feeling over this never-ending pandemic.

Meanwhile, in Paris, a young, black music producer leaving his studio without wearing a face mask was spied by three policemen who set upon him and forced him back into his studio, where they kicked, punched and beat him with a truncheon for five minutes before he managed, with the help of friends, to bundle them out the door.

Comment: Is it any wonder French police - and their ponerized masters - want to criminalize those filming them in action? However this brutality is nothing new because the Yellow Vest protests saw police brutality become a regular event.

See also: Thousands protest against the lockdown in Leipzig, Germany, protests erupt in Thessaloniki, Greece

And from November 2019 - notably before the lockdowns - see: World in Flames: Why Are Protests Raging Around The Globe?


Pyramid

Power is an illusion, control is a facade

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This past year in numerous countries the public is being bombarded with lessons in power and control that have been forgotten for generations. I think the majority of westerners in particular have long believed themselves "safe" from totalitarian government, from collectivist micro-management and from communistic cultism. They thought we had moved beyond the nightmares of the 20th century. They thought that the "new world" was going to be more Utopian, and that freedom would grace us naturally along with technological progress.

Sure, in the back of everyone's subconscious there is the fear that the good times are an illusion and that dystopia is just behind a thin veneer of economic stability and false optimism, but most people do not really think such catastrophes will happen in their lifetime. We are now in the midst of a deliberately over-hyped pandemic, strict national lockdowns, civil unrest, riots, aggressive tech censorship, intrusive government censorship, unprecedented corporate and treasury debt, stagflationary central bank stimulus and the collapse of massive financial bubbles. Yet, I still don't get the impression that many in the public really grasp the extent of the danger; they still believe that the situation is going to heal itself without any effort or much sacrifice on their part.

This is the first lesson of power: Entire societies can be easily influenced when they suffer from delusions that the bad times will be fleeting, and that governments will keep them safe no matter what.

Briefcase

Judge schedules hearing in high-profile Georgia election case

Sidney Powell
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Sidney Powell
The judge who ordered Georgia officials on Nov. 29 not to wipe or reset voting machines has scheduled the next hearing in the case for Dec. 4.

U.S. District Judge Timothy Batten Sr., a George W. Bush appointee, issued three emergency orders on Nov. 29, initially ordering officials to hold off on taking action regarding the machines before reversing his order and then reestablishing the first order.

In a Nov. 30 order, Batten said his final decision on Nov. 29 partially granting the defendants' motion "involves a controlling question of law as to which there is substantial ground for difference of opinion and that an immediate appeal from the order may materially advance the ultimate termination of the litigation."

The order enables defendants to appeal the temporary ruling to the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chess

Group prepares legal challenge in hope of overturning Senate, House races in Virginia

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As the post-election focus sits squarely on the presidential race in six contested states, a group in Virginia is looking to uncover potential fraud in — and possibly overturn — one Senate and five House races.

The Virginia Project, a Republican political action committee set up in 2019 after a devastating election whitewash in the state legislature, started conducting data analyses after the Nov. 3 election.

"The whole thing stunk to high heaven," David Gordon, the group's founder and director, told The Epoch Times on Nov. 27. "It became clear that we needed to audit this, because it's a mess, top to bottom."

But, he said, Virginia's electors aren't going to determine the presidential race, so his focus is on the congressional seats. He hopes to complete the data analysis, collect affidavits from voters and poll watchers, and file a lawsuit before the end of the year.

"The primary things that we need to look at are the voter rolls, the machines, and what exactly went down in those central absentee precincts," Gordon said. Virginia used 11 central precincts to count its early and absentee ballots, which accounted for a "beyond unprecedented" 64 percent of the total votes, Gordon said.

Red Flag

Australian authorities seize child, rule parents ABUSIVE for resisting hormone therapy to help daughter become son - report

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An Australian couple whose child was reportedly seized by state authorities is appealing a magistrate's ruling finding them abusive and "dangerous" for resisting testosterone therapy for their daughter, who identifies as male.

Lawyers for the unidentified parents filed papers last week seeking to appeal a magistrate's October decision, setting up what appears to be the country's first test case on parental rights regarding gender dysphoria medicine, the Australian newspaper reported on Saturday. Their child, then 15, was taken away from the family last year, after discussing suicide online.

"The authorities say we will not allow her to change gender, so it's dangerous for told her to come back to our house because we will mentally abuse her," the father the Australian. "They want us to consent to testosterone treatment."

Ambulance

Afghanistan car bombing kills at least 30 security force personnel

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Afghan National Army soldiers keep watch outside of a military compound after a car bomb blast on the outskirts of Ghazni city, Afghanistan November 29, 2020.
A car bombing in the Afghanistan's central province of Ghazni killed at least 30 Afghan security force members on Sunday, officials said, and casualties could increase given the intensity and location of the blast.

Baz Mohammad Hemat, director of the provincial hospital in Ghazni, said 30 bodies and 24 injured people had been transported there. "All of the victims are security personnel," he said.

The blast targeted a compound of the public protection force, a wing of the Afghan security forces, local officials said. It damaged civilian residences around the compound, and there could be more casualties from there, they said.

Interior ministry spokesman Tariq Arian confirmed that there had been a car bomb blast but did not provide further information on the target or possible casualties.

Stop

Pope cancels traditional pre-Christmas ceremony due to COVID-19

Pope Francis leads Angelus prayer from his window at the Vatican

Pope Francis leads Angelus prayer from his window at the Vatican
Pope Francis has cancelled a ceremony that traditionally begins Rome's Christmas season on Dec. 8 at the Spanish Steps because of coronavirus restrictions, the Vatican said on Monday.

The pope customarily places a wreath of flowers at the base of a 12-metre column bearing a statue of the Madonna and blesses from a distance another wreath already placed around the statue's arm by firefighters using a ladder.

The Vatican said Francis would skip the ceremony, which popes have been carrying out on the feast of the Immaculate Conception since 1953, "in order to avoid any risk of contagion caused by gatherings of people".

Thousands of people usually line the streets near the area to see the pope and pray with him.

The Vatican said the pope would instead hold a private service to entrust the city, its people and the sick around the world to the Madonna.

Comment: Does the Pope feel trapped into taking these precautions lest he be called "irresponsible" and "uncaring" - or is he really THAT ignorant of what's really going on with "the virus" and the agendas behind it all?


Dollar

Black Lives Matter accuses Biden of capitalizing on 'efforts to defund the police'

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A founding member of the Black Lives Matter Global Network accused former Vice President Joe Biden of capitalizing "on our efforts to defund the police." The organizer of the group's BLM Los Angeles chapter said Biden also tried to condemn the effort at the same time.

Former Vice President Biden "capitalized on our efforts to defund the police, and then tried to condemn the words at the same time," BLM Los Angeles chapter lead organizer Dr. Melina Abdullah said during a Tuesday morning protest, according to the Daily Wire.

Abdullah's comments came at the beginning of a series of protests this week outside the home of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Carcetti. The protests have a stated goal of depriving the city's mayor an appointed position in a potential Biden-Harris administration.

Biden repeatedly claimed to be against the Defund the Police movement and told a news station in September, as Breitbart News' Kyle Olson reported:
"I not only don't want to defund the police, I'm the one calling for $300 billion — million more for local police, for community policing."
Abdullah said:
"We want to be very clear that as we happily usher out the Trump regime, we will not accept liberal white supremacy in the White House in the form of Joe Biden." ... "It doesn't matter to me that Kamala Harris is your vice president if you're using her black woman body to usher in oppressive systems and oppressive people like Eric Garcetti."

Comment: Unfortunately, the election - decided one way or the other - will not significantly quell the unrest and discord on the streets, nor dispel implanted delusions now manifesting as demands. As the voter fraud kraken is taking shape, the public one has a significant head start.


Pirates

At least 110 dead in Nigeria after suspected Boko Haram attack

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Mourners attend funeral in Zabarmari, Nigeria, of farm workers killed in attack blamed on Boko Haram.
At least 110 people have been killed in an attack on a village in north-east Nigeria blamed on the Boko Haram jihadist group, according to the UN humanitarian coordinator in the country.

"At least 110 civilians were ruthlessly killed and many others were wounded in this attack," Edward Kallon said in a statement after initial tolls indicated 43 and then at least 70 dead from the massacre on Saturday by suspected Boko Haram fighters.

"The incident is the most violent direct attack against innocent civilians this year," Kallon said, adding: "I call for the perpetrators of this heinous and senseless act to be brought to justice."

The attack took place in the village of Koshobe near the main city of Maiduguri, with assailants targeting farmers on rice fields. The Borno state governor, Babagana Umara Zulum, attended the burial on Sunday in the nearby village of Zabarmari of 43 bodies recovered on Saturday, saying the toll could rise after search operations resumed.

The assailants tied up the agricultural workers and slit their throats, according to a pro-government anti-jihadist militia. The victims were among labourers from Sokoto state in north-west Nigeria, about 1,000km (600 miles) away, who had travelled to the north-east to find work, it said. Six others were wounded in the attack and eight remained missing as of Saturday.

Bad Guys

NYT accidentally breaks big Covid story: Humans have immune systems - lockdown policies destroy them

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Scrub and spray everything with chemicals, bathe in Purell, mask up, stand no nearer to anyone else than six feet, stay away from crowds, douse yourself with alcohol, wash your hands and face raw, protect yourself from germs at all costs.

Some nations are closed completely. No one in or out.

We panic about "cases" even when they say nothing about severe consequences. Avoidance and finally suppression are the watchwords of the day, for a virus that is relatively mild by any historical standard, as Holman Jenkins just explained:
U.S. government scientists now estimate that 40% of cases are asymptomatic and 80% of symptomatic cases are mild — in short, 88% of subjects don't know they are infected or have no great incentive to find out if they are suffering from Covid or some more familiar bug.
We could also mention the 99.9% survival rate, and that doesn't consider the wildly disproportionate risk between the sick and healthy.