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Lawsuit filed over Indiana's enhanced unemployment withdrawal

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There is now a lawsuit over Governor Holcomb's decision to remove Indiana from the enhanced federal unemployment program. The suit is the first to try and stop a state from opting out. Twenty-five states have decided to end federal benefits for their citizens.

Indiana Legal Services, which provides free legal help across the state, joined the Concerned clergy of Indianapolis, and the law firm of Macey, Swanson, Hicks and Sauer, in suing to keep the state in the program.

Governor Holcomb ordered Indiana out of the enhanced unemployment system last month, and the last of the extra $300 per-week checks are supposed to be cut on Friday.

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India strips Twitter of legal immunity for '3rd party content' amid row over new regulation - reports

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New Delhi has reportedly revoked Twitter's shield against prosecution for illegal user content, saying the platform failed to comply with new regulations as police filed their first case against the site over a violent video.

The social network became the first American platform to lose the legal protections on Wednesday, with the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology claiming the site had not yet come in line with new social media rules implemented in late May, according to several local media outlets.

"Due to their non-compliance, their protection as an intermediary is gone. Twitter is liable for penal actions against any Indian law just as any publisher is," an unnamed ministry source told NDTV.

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Canada: May inflation accelerates at fastest pace in a decade

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A woman looks on as she walks past cordoned off aisles of non-essential goods at a Walmart store in Toronto, Ontario, Canada April 8, 2021.
Inflation in Canada in May accelerated at its fastest pace in a decade for a second month in a row, driven by surging shelter and vehicle prices, as the impact of the statistical comparison to tanking prices last year eased, data showed on Wednesday.

Canada's annual inflation rate accelerated to 3.6%, from 3.4% in April, Statistics Canada said. That was slightly ahead of analyst expectations that the annual rate would rise to 3.5%.

"The whole base-effect narrative is getting pretty tired. We're dealing with durable month-over-month increases that could be supply-chain driven in Canada," said Derek Holt, vice president of Capital Market Economics at Scotiabank.

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A Western-backed war couldn't destroy Syria, now sanctions are starving its people

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Women walk at a market in Douma, in the eastern suburbs of Damascus, Syria March 10, 2021. Picture taken March 10, 2021.
A little over a decade ago, Syrians lived in safety and financial security. After ten years of war on Syria, while safety has largely returned, Syrians are struggling to exist under increasingly crippling Western sanctions.

As Syrian analyst Kevork Almassian noted, "Were it not for the CIA regime change war, arming & training tens of thousands of multinational terrorists, draconian sanctions, foreign occupation of North & East, looting the oil & burning the wheat, Syria would've now a brilliant economy & high standard of living."

When I first visited Syria in 2014, and in the years following, mortars and missiles fired from terrorist groups occupying eastern Ghouta pummeled Damascus on a daily basis. Likewise in government-controlled areas of Aleppo, and elsewhere around Syria.

Comment: Starvation sanctions enable the US to inflict maximum suffering whilst also avoiding the negative publicity associated with more overtly aggressive actions, like a bombing campaign: And check out SOTT radio's: Behind the Headlines: Confessions of an Economic Hitman: Interview with John Perkins

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Ex-CDC chief Robert Redfield explains belief COVID came from China lab

Former CDC Director Robert Redfield
Former CDC Director Robert Redfield argued COVID-19’s human-to-human spread contradicted the behavior of other coronaviruses.
Former CDC Director Robert Redfield defended the theory that COVID-19 escaped from a Chinese lab, arguing the deadly bug's efficient human-to-human spread contradicted the behavior of other deadly coronaviruses with similar profiles — and was simply not "biologically plausible."

"I said before that I didn't think it was biologically plausible that COVID-19 went from a bat to some unknown animal into man and now had become one of the most infectious viruses," Redfield said during an interview with Fox News.

"That's not consistent with how other coronaviruses have come into the human species. And, it does suggest that there's an alternative hypothesis that it went from a bat virus, got into a laboratory, where in the laboratory, it was taught, educated, it evolved, so that it became a virus that could efficiently transmit human to human," he added.

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Moscow city orders compulsory COVID-19 shots for 2 million workers

vaccination centre in central Moscow, Russia January 18, 2021
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A man walks past a sign outside a vaccination centre in the State Department Store, GUM, amid the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), in central Moscow, Russia January 18, 2021
Moscow city authorities ordered all workers with public facing roles to be vaccinated against COVID-19, one of the most forceful steps taken anywhere in the world to compel employees to get shots.

A decree on Wednesday listed a range of jobs - from hairdressers, retailers and taxi drivers to bank tellers, teachers and performers - for which vaccination will now be obligatory. Deputy Mayor Anastasia Rakova said the list covers more than 2 million workers in the Russian capital.

Companies were given a month to ensure at least 60% of staff had received first doses, or face fines or temporary closure.

At least one provincial region, the Kuzbass in Siberia, issued a similar order, which said "certain categories of citizens" would be required to get shots, and state agencies as well as businesses must vaccinate 60% of staff by mid-July.

Comment: It's likely that there are centers of power behind the curtain that are much more powerful than any nation state in the world, including Russia and Putin as its leader, that are directing the whole "show".

Is this a sign of things to come? Will other countries follow suit and make the vaccine mandatory? Or, will the Western media use this government decision in Russia as another reason to accuse Putin of being a dictator?

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Perspex screens should be scrapped over fears they increase Covid transmission, restrict airflow, UK government told

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Ministers have reportedly been advised to scrap perspex screens in pubs, restaurants and offices over fears they may actually increase Covid transmission.

Whitehall has drawn up "clear guidance" urging the Government to ditch the screens after it emerged they could potentially block airflow in public venues, according to documents leaked to Politico.

Comment: And what about masks? Does it really take a government study well over a year to conclude that perspex screens and masks restrict airflow?

Perspex screens have been in place at counters, and between desks and tables in venues since summer last year.

Comment: The 'difficulty' described with the slow down of the vaccine roll out is likely the same issue seen elsewhere in the world; those who were willing to suffer being part of the vaccine experiment have already done so and now the government is having to work on coercing those who have thus far declined the governments offer.

As one example, the UK government are now making the vaccine compulsory for those working in the care homes. Just one of the unintended, albeit predictable, consequences of this will be that the poorly paid and often understaffed care homes will likely suffer a reduction in experienced care staff.

Notably, it's the most vulnerable, whom the government claims to be wanting to protect the most, who have suffered some of the worst treatment, as a direct result of government policy, throughout this manufactured crisis:


Ex-government chief for UFO investigations: US considering extraterrestrial hypothesis

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The former chief of the Pentagon's unidentified flying objects investigations program publicly confirmed that the U.S. government has in the past actively considered, and is presently still considering, whether the most extraordinary unidentified flying objects are not of earthly origin.

The most extraordinary UFOs being those that have been subjected to multiple intelligence collection systems. UFOs where the collected data has then been subjected to extensive analysis in an attempt to rule out aircraft, meteorological phenomena, or other otherwise conventional explanations. UFOs that then still defy conventional explanation. Luis Elizondo told the Washington Examiner that the U.S. government has intelligence-analysis predicated reason to investigate further whether these UFOs are indeed not of earthly origin. It matters because Elizondo says these UFOs (what the government refers to as "unidentified aerial phenomena"/UAPs) are not believed to be.

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Hardcore regulations? Russian government could control access to porn under new proposals designed to protect underage children

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Russian lovers of adult content could soon be forced to ask their government for permission before they can access saucy snaps and spicy clips online, with a public services portal acting as the gateway to all legal pornography.

The new proposals, from Moscow's General Radio Frequency Centre, a subsidiary of state media watchdog Roskomnadzor, would see X-rated material shuttered away in an adults-only area on the internet. All pornography would be categorized as either 'illegal' or 'not prohibited by law'.

While banned pornography would include that featuring minors and depicting "clearly offensive" themes such as rape, permitted pictures and videos would be "naturalistic images or descriptions of the genitals of an adult and / or sexual intercourse or comparable sexual activity of a sexual nature involving adults with their consent."

But while that might sound too tantalizing to pass up, only those over the age of 18 would be able to access the content, having to sign in through a state-run public services portal before feasting their eyes on the trove.

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A glimpse inside the UK's "quarantine hotels"

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A person holds a sign from a window of the Radisson Blu Hotel at Heathrow Airport, as Britain introduces hotel quarantine programme for arrivals from a "red list" of 30 countries, amidst the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in London, Britain, February 16, 2021
A short video was recently brought to our attention on twitter. It shows a man and woman (off-camera) pulling up to a chainlink fence around a concrete yard and engaging in a brief conversation with a man on the other side.

The man is one of several dozen people walking in slow, counter-clockwise circuits around what appears to be an un-used car park. He's polite to the strangers, discussing how tight security is, how many guards there are on each floor, and how often they're allowed outside for this "exercise".

At that point a security guard comes up and tells the man he's not allowed to talk through the fence, and a brief argument ensues. The guard tells the people in the car that they cannot talk to anyone inside the facility without permission from "the office". After moments of insisting the guard desists, likely to report the incident to his supervisor.

The couple in the car and the stranger behind the fence part on friendly terms, with the man remarking that he paid seventeen-hundred and fifty pounds to stay there.

Because this isn't a prison or detention facility, it's a "quarantine hotel".

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