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Thieves stole a Toronto condo in 'total title fraud', selling it for $970,000

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The sign on the Aura condominium building is shown in Toronto on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. A unit in the building was recently sold without the owner's knowledge.
The professional photographs posted on a property tour website last year show Moffy Yu's condo in downtown Toronto, a light-filled two-bedroom home with floor-to-ceiling windows framing sweeping views from the tallest residential tower in Canada.

Documents provided by Yu show the home was listed for $978,000 last May 11, then sold for $970,000 nine days later, near the height of the pandemic property boom. Ontario land title documents show ownership was transferred for that sum on June 15 to a new buyer who took out a mortgage with the Bank of Montreal.

But Yu, a former international student who now lives in China's Hubei province, said she never put her home in the Aura skyscraper on Yonge Street up for sale.

Instead, she said, it was stolen.

Health

Doctors argue methodologically flawed' key studies that inspired trans medicine don't hold up

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Two American medical doctors and a researcher wrote a study picking apart the methodology and key conclusions of two famous Dutch studies that are foundational to the development of modern gender medicine.

The Dutch studies, published in 2011 and 2015 in the Journal of Sexual Medicine and Pediatrics, respectively, by Dutch medical doctor Annelou de Vries and two teams of researchers in the Netherlands, tracked dozens of adolescents as they underwent puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones and surgeries and concluded that patients' mental health and well-being improved; both studies were used as evidence in support of childhood cross-sex medical interventions and were widely cited throughout the medical establishment. Dr. Stephen Levine, Dr. Julia Mason and E. Abbruzzese found that methodological biases completely undermined that research in their Jan. 11 study published in the Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, arguing that the Dutch researchers had skewed the data by only including the most successful cases in their results and failing to control for the confounding effects of psychotherapy.

Stock Up

EU country doubles trade with Russia

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Greece has defied the bloc's efforts to cut economic ties with Moscow.

Imports of Russian goods by Greece more than doubled in the first 11 months of last year compared to the same period in 2021, according to the national statistical service Elstat.

It reported on Tuesday that during that period the value of imports amounted to €8.465 billion ($9 billion), recording an increase of 125.3% in annual terms. The value of Greek exports to Russia during the same period was €148.1 million (over $161 million), down by 18.8%.

Data showed that, in November alone, the value of Greek imports from Russia jumped almost 30% year-on-year to €715.7 million ($779 million). The report highlighted that the main imported products by the EU nation from Russia in November 2022 included petroleum oils and gas, unwrought aluminum, herbicides, jams, as well as refractory cement, mortar, concrete, and so on.

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Attention

Jacinda Ardern's legacy of national division and excessive use of power

Democracy in Jail
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New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has resigned after months of rumours. Ardern, whose popularity has plummeted during the last six months, told us "she had nothing left in the tank".

The backstory to this resignation is a tale of woe. Ardern said she wants to be remembered as someone who tried to be kind. The subtext is: the country is in an unprecedented mess but don't blame me.

Last year school attendance was reported as running at just 67% on any given day. Machete wielding teenagers are ram raiding liquor outlets, vape shops, dairies, and jewelry stores daily in a frenzied crime wave. The health system is overwhelmed. Ardern's government promised to build 100,000 new homes over three years. It has delivered just 1500 to date.

Our tourist, farming, and hospitality industries have not recovered from lockdowns and border closures. It now takes weeks to get a visa to visit New Zealand (it used to take two days) and the government says it only wants rich people to come. No wonder, we are all poor now.

Ardern famously insisted on universal Covid vaccination mandates. There is a suspicion that our 90% vaccination rate has left everyone in a lethargic fog. Excess all cause deaths are still running 15% above the long term trends, and it is not Covid.

History will judge Ardern harshly, but don't blame her alone. This was a Parliament who woke up on all sides of the house to the weakness of our constitutional arrangements (there are none worth the name). The Bill of Rights was tossed aside, and no one in Parliament cared.

The leader of the National opposition Chris Luxon famously said pre-pandemic if he was in power, he would withdraw benefits from unvaccinated single mothers. David Seymour, leader of the ACT party wrote on his FB those losing their jobs through vaccine mandates only had themselves to blame. Labour's coalition partners, the Greens, led by example, encouraging mothers in labour to ride to hospital on a bicycle (yes they did).

No Entry

French workers join strikes against Macron's pension reform plan

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Protesters demonstrate against the French government's proposed pension reforms in Saint-Nazaire, as part of a day of nationwide strikes on January 19, 2023.
French workers have gone on strike and joined nationwide marches on a day of protest against President Emmanuel Macron's very unpopular pensions reform plan.

Train drivers, teachers and refinery workers were among those who walked off their jobs in Paris and several other major cities on Thursday. "It's salaries and pensions that must be increased, not the retirement age," read one large banner carried by workers that opened the protest march in Tours, western France.

In Nice, southern France, a large banner read, "No to the reform."

Comment: It becoming pretty obvious that it won't be long before vast swathes of Europe are gripped by general strikes:





Light Sabers

India accuses BBC of 'colonial mindset' over propaganda hit-piece on PM Modi

Narendra Modi
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The Indian Foreign Ministry has condemned the BBC for broadcasting a "propaganda piece" on Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The documentary focuses on allegations that Modi's government discriminates against Muslims, and alleges that the PM may have played a role in instigating ethnic riots in 2002.

"Let me just make it very clear that we think this is a propaganda piece designed to push a particular discredited narrative," foreign ministry spokesman Arindam Bagchi told NDTV on Thursday. "The bias, the lack of objectivity and, frankly, a continuing colonial mindset, is blatantly visible."

"If anything, this film or documentary is a reflection on the agency and individuals that are peddling this narrative again," Bagchi continued. "It makes us wonder about the purpose of this exercise and the agenda behind it and frankly we do not wish to dignify such efforts," he concluded.

Comment: Nothing to see here, just the BBC carrying the UK's government's water in demonizing a world leader in a country that the West would like further control over. When will the BBC document the very clear crimes committed by its own leaders? Tony Blair would seem to be a perfect candidate for that.


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Florida threatens to suspend licenses of businesses failing to provide proof of E-Verify compliance

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Florida is threatening to suspend licenses for businesses failing to provide proof of E-Verify compliance, which ensures they are not employing illegal immigrants. It comes as part of its greater effort to protect Florida residents and their jobs as the nation faces a mass immigration crisis on the southern border.

The Department of Economic Opportunity sent letters to several businesses, flagging the various companies for "repeat non-responsiveness" to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE). The letter reads:
"If you persist and fail to respond to the Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO), there will be significant consequences. This notice serves as the "final opportunity to respond before consequences are initiated."
It adds that the DEO will "not grant any extensions" or excuses for non-responses. The companies had one month from the date of the letter to provide an affidavit stating the company will comply with the law and terminate the employment of illegal aliens.

Comment: If proven beneficial for Florida, the DeSantis ruling may influence how other conservative states, collectively, handle Biden's illegal immigrant tide. Where to go and who would shoulder the responsibility? Blue state taxpayers.


Colosseum

'Claps don't pay the bills': UK nurses on strike again over low pay and staff shortages as gov't works on bill to outlaw strike action

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From hero to zero, and claps don't pay the bills: some of the chants by nurses here and across the country on strike again in a dispute with the government over pay and patient safety. Emma has been a nurse for more than three decades: For a long time we felt... nothing else is working.

The reason behind that is more than 10 years of underfunding and neglect by the government.


Comment: True, but even prior to that consecutive governments, including Labour, were dismantling the NHS through Public-Private Initiatives.


Comment: This comes amidst the UK government's attempts to outlaw reasonable protest, not just strike action; which reveals that the establishment doesn't intend to alleviate people's suffering, instead their focus is to threaten those who might dare to speak out.

The same situation can be seen playing out across much of the planet, but it seems especially in the 'developed' West:


Fire

'Absolutely insane': Connecticut law would axe fitness requirements for female firefighters

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Firefighters say Dem-sponsored bill will put the public at risk.

Connecticut Democrats are working to lower the physical fitness requirements for female firefighters, saying that less onerous standards will make fire departments "more diverse."

A law introduced earlier this month in the Connecticut State Assembly would let women skip the Candidate Physical Ability Test, a timed gauntlet used by fire departments across the country. The test, which only 10 to 15 percent of women pass, requires candidates to complete intense physical tasks while wearing a 50 pound vest. It's designed to simulate the experience of navigating a fire in heavy gear — and to weed out those unable to do so.

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Cross

Canadian military hires LGBT advisors to 'innovate' religious services after panel called for purging Catholics

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The move comes after a government panel recommend last year the Canadian Armed Forces reconsider hiring chaplains whose religious beliefs don't align with the LGBT agenda.

After a government panel recommended the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) expel its Catholic chaplains, the military has now gone all-in on the LGBT agenda by appointing gay advisers to help "innovate" its religious services.

According to Blacklock's Reporter, a December 6, 2022, briefing note titled "Military Chaplains," announced that the CAF has established "senior adviser positions including an Indigenous and LGBTQ adviser to the Chaplain General."

The purpose of these new chaplains is to "raise awareness, education and innovate," with the goal of "promot[ing] diversity and inclusion within the Chaplain Service."