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Tucker Carlson: Russia isn't attacking our democratic system - our own ruling class is

Tucker Carlson
The story of American decline is the story of an incompetent ruling class. You'll hear many self-serving explanations for it. But the truth is, it's that simple.

The people in charge inherited an industrial superpower with unchallenged military dominance. In a little more than a generation, they squandered all of it.

In exchange for short-term profits, bigger vacation homes and cheaper household help they wrecked what they did not build.

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Biohazard

Coronavirus infections and deaths lead to travel bans in Middle East

Bazaar
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People walking in Tehran's Grand Bazaar wear protective masks to prevent contracting the virus
Authorities in Iran on Saturday announced the detection of at least 10 new cases of coronavirus and two more deaths, deepening a sense of public unease over the handling of the spread of the disease.

The latest cases appeared to bring the number of cases in Iran to 29 and the number of deaths to six.

News of the latest cases and deaths came from Health Ministry spokesman Kianush Jahanpur and the governor of Markazi province in central Iran, cited by state TV.

The Health Ministry earlier on Saturday noted a total number of 28 cases and five deaths and the governor announced a death in Markazi province later in the day.

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Rocket

Flat-Earthers in mourning as Mad Mike Hughes killed in crash-landing after homemade rocket launch


Comment: This year's Darwin Award goes to...


Mad Mike Hughes
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'Mad' Mike Hughes
Daredevil Flat-Earther 'Mad' Mike Hughes has died after launching himself into the sky in a homemade rocket. Purported video of the accident shows the fatal launch.

Hughes and a colleague built the steam-powered rocket in hopes of shooting the daredevil 5,000 feet (1.5km) into the air. The endeavor was being documented by the Science Channel, which wanted to feature him in a new series called 'Homemade Astronauts'.

A video purportedly filmed at the site shows the rocket being launched into the sky near Barstow, California, before Hughes plunges back down to the earth.

Warning: This video contains disturbing images


Comment: Maybe he's not really dead and this is all just a NASA conspiracy?

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Handcuffs

Assange's persecution has exposed media depravity the world over

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This is the
speech I gave at a demonstration last night in Melbourne for Julian Assange, whose extradition trial begins February 24th.

Julian Assange started a leak outlet on the premise that corrupt and unaccountable power is a problem in our world, and that problem can be fought with the light of truth. Corrupt and unaccountable power responded by detaining, silencing and smearing him. His persecution has proved his own thesis about the world absolutely correct.

Power is the ability to control what happens. Absolute power is controlling what people think about what happens. Humans are story-oriented creatures, so if you can control the stories that the humans are telling each other about what's going on, you can control those humans.

This is the power of narrative management. This is why governments and billionaires use propaganda, advertising, buy up media conglomerates and fund think tanks, employ public relations and spin doctors, buy up troll armies and bot farms: because they know that those who control the narrative, control the world.

You can do whatever you like, as long as you can control what people think about what you're doing.

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Health

New Chinese study indicates novel coronavirus did not originate in Huanan seafood market

Wuhan’s Huanan seafood market

The Wuhan seafood market, which is at the centre of the pneumonia outbreak, has been closed.
A new study by Chinese researchers indicates the novel coronavirus may have begun human-to-human transmission in late November from a place other than the Huanan seafood market in Wuhan.

The study published on ChinaXiv, a Chinese open repository for scientific researchers, reveals the new coronavirus was introduced to the seafood market from another location, and then spread rapidly from market to market. The findings were the result of analyses of genome-wide data, sources of infection and the route of spread of 93 samples of the novel coronavirus collected from 12 countries across four continents.

The study believes that patient zero transmitted the virus to workers or sellers at the Huanan seafood market. The crowded market facilitated the further transmission of the virus to buyers, which caused a wider spread in early December 2019.

Comment: New research casts doubt coronavirus epidemic started at Wuhan food market


People

While India's public views Trump positively there's less enthusiasm for his trade policies

Narendra Modi- Donald Trump
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Indian Prime Minster Narendra Modi and President Donald Trump leave the stage at NRG Stadium after a rally in September 2019 in Houston, Texas.
As U.S. President Donald Trump prepares for a state visit to India, the two nations' economic relationship will take center stage after several months of back-and-forth about escalating tariffs. And while Trump himself receives positive marks from the Indian populace, some of his specific policies and trade attitudes in general do not garner the same warm reception.

A majority of Indians have confidence in Donald Trump to do the right thing when it comes to world affairs. Trump's image in India has gained favor since his candidacy in 2016, jumping from 14% confidence to 56% over three years. Much of this movement is accompanied by more people now offering an opinion about the U.S. president. The share volunteering a response of "don't know" or declining to answer has fallen precipitously over the same period, from 67% in 2016 to just 30% in 2019. Meanwhile, the small share of those saying they lack confidence in Trump when it comes to foreign policy has remained stable. These latest numbers resemble those of Trump's predecessor: Before Barack Obama left office, 58% of Indians had confidence in him in world affairs, while 9% had no confidence and 33% did not offer an opinion.

Comment: India has a favorable trade balance with the United States of $23 billion ($34.4 billion in imports and $57.6 billion in exports) and has an unfavorable balance with China by $56.7 billion ($74.7 billion imports and $18 billion exports).


Eye 1

Julian Assange case is the Dreyfus of our age, says John McDonnell

John McDonnell
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John McDonnell outside Belmarsh prison in London where he visited Julian Assange.
The US attempt to extradite Julian Assange is the "the Dreyfus case of our age", John McDonnell has said, as Europe's human rights watchdog added her voice to opposition to the move.

The shadow chancellor paid a two-hour visit to see Assange in Belmarsh prison in London on Thursday and said Britain's standing in the world would be severely damaged if the extradition went ahead.

On Wednesday it was claimed in a London court that Donald Trump had offered Assange a pardon if he would say Russia was not involved in leaking Democratic party emails.

McDonnell likening the plight of Assange to Alfred Dreyfus, the 19th-century Jewish French army officer who was tried and convicted on charges of treason amid a climate of antisemitism.

Comment: From RT: Assange London Rally




Attention

New study warns climate crisis could cause economic recession 'like we've never seen before'

Flooding at Peets Bridge, Goldsborough

Flooding at Peets Bridge, Goldsborough.
Risks of increasingly unpredictable weather being ignored by some financial markets, US research says

The huge strain caused by the climate crisis could cause an economic recession "the likes of which we've never seen before," a US study has warned.

The increase in prevalence of extreme weather, bringing deadly heatwaves, more severe storms, and causing wildfires and floods, is insufficiently accounted for in financial markets, raising the possibility of a sudden correction when serious problems arise, according to new research from University of California.

"If the market doesn't do a better job of accounting for climate, we could have a recession - the likes of which we've never seen before," said Paul Griffin, an accounting professor at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management.

Comment: At least the Independent refrained from pushing any global warming nonsense. The climate is changing and is already causing massive disruptions. As such, sounding a warning on how unprepared the business world is, is a reasonable thing. It would be more constructive though, to remember that in the end, businesses are made up of people, and to point out the complete lack of any government preparing to take care of its people. All the insurance in the world will not help if there is no system in place to help the insured get what they need in a timely manner.


Bad Guys

Italian police search Russian biathlete Alexander Loginov HOURS before race

Alexander Loginov
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Alexander Loginov
Alexander Loginov, who broke a 12-year losing streak for Russian male biathletes by winning gold at the IBU World Championships, has been subjected to a search by Italian police hours before a Saturday event.

The search warrant served by police in Rasen-Antholz in South Tyrol, Italy where the competition is taking place targets Loginov and Russian team coach Alexander Kasperovich.

Loginov told media that the investigators are acting on a tip from an official from the International Biathlon Union. His phone and laptop were seized during the search.

Comment: Loginov brought up the rudeness of the early morning police raid:
"We were awakened by police which broke into the room. They immediately took our rifles, as if we were dangerous criminals and told us not to move. Half-naked, we watched them checking our personal belongings. However, they were interested only in mine."
Russia's Embassy in Rome responded to the news by demanding that Italy explain the reasons behind the police searches and it urged local authorities to guarantee all necessary conditions to allow Russians to continue to train. The head of the Russian Biathlon Union, Vladimir Drachev, also revealed that the raid was initiated by IBU interim Anti-Doping Manager Sarah Fussek-Hakkarainen without authorization from the International Biathlon Union:
"I have just spoken with the IBU vice-president," Drachev told RT. "IBU Interim Anti-Doping Manager Hakkarainen who had been expelled from the International Ski Federation (FIS) signed all the papers without authorization of the IBU and triggered a police investigation. She was expelled from FIS for taking unsanctioned actions. Now I asked our IBU colleagues: 'What are you going to do?' They said they will think about what to do with her. 'It's too late' I told them," he added.
The IBU President, Olle Dahlin, has since said he was unaware of the police raid and that he found out about it on Russian media.


Handcuffs

Inmate confesses to beating two convicted child molesters to death after warning prison officials he would

Jonathan Watson
© California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation/AP
Jonathan Watson
Jonathan Watson warned prison counselors that he was going to attack two convicted child molesters if he wasn't moved to a new facility.

And that's exactly what he did. Watson confessed to beating David Bobb and Graham De Luis-Conti with a cane at the California Substance Abuse Treatment Facility and State Prison in Corcoran, California, The Mercury News reported.

Watson first beat one of the inmates, and when prison guards didn't respond to the attack, he said he found a second "child trafficker" and beat him.

Guards only found out after Watson led them to the scene of the attack, Watson wrote in his confession, the newspaper reported.