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France to drop mandatory mask-wearing outdoors Thursday, curfew on Sunday

Olivier Veran
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French Health Minister Olivier Veran (L) and French Prime Minister Jean Castex leave the Elysee Palace to give a press conference after the weekly cabinet meeting on June 16, 2021.
France is lifting mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and will halt an eight-month nightly coronavirus curfew on June 20.

Prime Minister Jean Castex welcomed the "very good news" and said the requirement for people to wear masks outdoors in much of the country would be lifted from Thursday, with some exceptions, while the curfew will be lifted on Sunday, ten days earlier than expected.

Masks will still be required outdoors on public transport, in stadiums and other crowded places, the premier said.

The announcement comes as new daily infections in France fell to 3,200 on Tuesday, the lowest level since August 2020 and well below the upper limit of 5,000 cases President Emmanuel Macron had set as his goal late last year.

Mandatory mask-wearing outdoors and the curfew, which was put in place on October 30 and had at one point been as early as 6pm, had begun to encounter growing opposition among the French public in the hot summer weather.

Handcuffs

Spanish 'cannibal of Ventas' jailed for 15 years for killing, eating mum

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The murder took place in early 2019 during a row between the suspect and his 69-year-old mother at the flat they shared in Ventas, next to Madrid’s iconic bullring, according to the indictment.
A Spanish court on Tuesday sentenced a man to 15 years and five months in prison after finding him guilty of strangling his mother and then eating her.

The court ruled Albert S.G. — dubbed the "cannibal of Ventas" after the district where the crime took place — was sane at the time of the events and will therefore serve his sentence in prison.

It jailed him for 15 years for homicide and five months for desecration of a corpse after he chopped up his mother's body and ate "her cadaver over at least 15 days", feeding some to his dog.


Comment: Considering that he was 'sane' at the time of the murder and the brutality of his acts, one might think that life imprisonment would be more appropriate.


Comment: The number of grim murders appears to be on the rise recent years : Also check out SOTT radio's:


Green Light

What virus? EU members agree to lift travel restrictions on US tourists

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FILE - In this Friday, June 4, 2021 file photo, tourists throw their coins into the Trevi fountain as a wish to come back to the eternal city, in downtown Rome. The European Union is recommending that member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States. EU members agreed Wednesday, June 16, 2021 to add the U.S. to the list of countries in whose cases restrictions on non-essential travel should be lifted.
The European Union is recommending that its 27 member countries start lifting restrictions on tourists from the United States.

EU members agreed Wednesday to add the U.S. to the list of countries for which they should gradually remove restrictions on non-essential travel. The move was adopted during a meeting in Brussels of permanent representatives to the bloc.

The recommendation is non-binding, and national governments have authority to require test results or vaccination records and to set other entry conditions.

Comment: This just reveals how contradictory and nonsensical the lockdown measures are, because, over in the Britain - which granted isn't in the EU but since when did a 'deadly virus' respect borders - the government just extended its lockdown by another 4 weeks, claiming that the variants threaten 'thousands of lives'; even though the variants are likely caused by the experimental vaccination campaign. Meanwhile, European leaders are confident that US tourists are free to travel where they please? "Four more weeks to, er..." - The UK government's weakest excuse for a lockdown yet


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Calgary arrests another pastor for breaking health orders

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A Baptist pastor in Calgary, Alberta, was arrested a second time Monday after a police helicopter discovered where his church had been secretly gathering since authorities locked their building.

Pastor Tim Stephens of Fairview Baptist Church also debated the legal and theological grounds of Alberta's public health orders with the arresting officer, who quoted Jesus twice before driving the pastor to jail while his young children wept.

According to exclusive footage of the incident recorded by Rebel News (video below), officers showed up at Stephens' home to arrest him for allegedly violating a court order by leading an outdoor church service with hundreds of other Christians on June 6.


"A police helicopter was deployed to search for and detect this gathering, and to collect evidence against Pastor Stephens of non-compliance with public health restrictions," according to a press release from the Calgary-based Justice Centre for Constitutional Freedoms, which is legally representing Stephens and other Canadian pastors being prosecuted by provincial governments. Stephens was imprisoned before in May until his legal counsel argued that the court order under which he had been arrested did not apply to him.

After first claiming in a press release that the illegal service had been held inside the locked church building, Calgary Police Service and Alberta Health Services issued a correction stating the gathering was outside but still failed to comply with current COVID-19 restrictions, according to Global News.

Comment: Sleepwalking into tyranny:


Oil Well

'Green' energy isn't filling the gap: Depleted gas stocks force Europe to use more coal

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Smoke billows from the chimneys of Belchatow Power Station in Poland, Europe's biggest coal-fired power plant.
With power demand recovering from the pandemic, European utilities are using more coal as natural gas inventories are unusually low for this time of the year due to a cold snap in late winter and early spring.

This year, despite the record-high carbon price in Europe, the use of coal for power generation has jumped by up to 15 percent, Andy Sommer, team leader of fundamental analysis and modeling at Swiss trader Axpo Solutions, told Bloomberg in an interview published on Tuesday.

"Gas storage is so low now that Europe cannot afford to run extra power generation with the fuel," Sommer told Bloomberg.

Natural gas stockpiles are some 25 percent below the five-year average, and with such a right gas market, utilities run more coal-fired power generation, analysts say.

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Dinesh D'Souza reveals how CRT distorts history, omits 'inconvenient facts' about Democrats

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Dinesh D'Souza • Robert Reich
Conservative commentator Dinesh D'Souza revealed the truth behind why Democrats are pushing critical race theory in American classrooms.

D'Souza, filmmaker and author of numerous bestselling books, explains on Rumble why critical race theory is the "great lie" and how it "distorts history."

Left-wing economist Robert Reich, the former Secretary of Labor under the Clinton administration, uploaded a video lambasting state laws that prohibit critical race theory in public education. "Robert Reich comes to the defense of Critical Race Theory because he wants to hide the fact that the racial atrocities of American history were all perpetrated by Democrats," quips D'Souza. "The so-called 'party of free speech' is now trying to ban educators from teaching about the anguished role racism has played in the shaping of America. We can't stand for it."


D'Souza deconstructs Reich's flawed argument that claims that educators are being prevented from teaching "anguishing truths about race." D'Souza defines critical race theory as ideological spin on the current race debate.

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Book

One 'maverick' documents another—Jason Riley's biography of Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell
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Thomas Sowell
A review of Maverick: A Biography of Thomas Sowell, by Jason Riley. Basic Books, 240 pages (May, 2021).

Thomas Sowell is an icon. And, now, he has a biographer. While Sowell himself has written, by my count, 43 books, Jason Riley's 2021 Maverick seems remarkably to be the first-ever major press biography of the heterodox African-American giant. Riley's book sums up most of the key themes of Sowell's thought, including the Anointed and Constrained visions of human behavior, the fact that the plain existence of racism does not explain most differences in group performance, and the idea of quantitative culturalism as an alternative to both "critical race theory" and genetic determinism.

Sowell's biographer also sums up two factual story-lines critical to an understanding of the man: how growing up outside the national elite allowed Sowell to become a truly innovative thinker, and how he (no doubt aided by revenues from all those books) remained a genuinely independent voice throughout his career — a conservative who never ran for office, rarely endorsed mainstream GOP candidates, and openly detested both Barack Obama and Donald Trump. All of the points just mentioned are well worth summarizing here, and Riley's book is well worth reading.

Perhaps Sowell's most famous idea, a massive influence on my own thought, was the idea of the "conflict of visions." One of the defining features of upper-middle class life in the modern era has been the idea that a degreed elite, often trained in such novel new fields as Post-Colonial Studies and Feminist Psychology, has a moral duty to guide society forward. This manifests itself all the time, from the necessity of wearing COVID-19 masks outdoors to the importance of allowing puberty-blocking drugs for young teenagers: trust the in-field experts, they always know best.


Comment: Or maybe not. If there is anything to learn, it is when to not trust.


Against this, Sowell famously proposed the alternative idea of trusting in common sense, or the shared wisdom of the intelligent crowd — what Psychology professor Gad Saad calls "nomological networks of cumulative evidence."

Syringe

Russia complains to YouTube after US tech giant blocks MP's video accusing West of discriminating against Sputnik V Covid-19 jab

Leonid Slutsky
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Leonid Slutsky
Russia's media regulator Roskomnadzor has sent a complaint to Google after the US tech giant blocked a video published by a politician, who claimed that the West is discriminating against the Russian Covid-19 vaccine Sputnik V.

In a statement published on Monday, Roskomnadzor revealed that it sent a letter appealing to the heads of Google to remove all restrictions on the clip "as soon as possible."
"Roskomnadzor's letter notes that such actions by Google violate key principles of the free dissemination of information, unimpeded access to it, and are an act of censorship."
The blocked video, published by Slutsky, is part of his YouTube channel called 'Deputy Slutsky'. His videos, filmed in his office, usually deal with recently breaking news and sometimes include interviews. His restricted video dealt with the international response to Sputnik V, Russia's domestically produced Covid-19 vaccine, and the first jab to be registered by any country. According to Slutsky, the lack of approval is due to Western discrimination against Moscow.

Despite being authorized in Russia almost a year ago, neither the World Health Organization (WHO) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA) has approved Sputnik V. A rolling review of the vaccine began in the EU in March, and an application for registration was sent to the WHO in late 2020. In the time since several other jabs have been approved, including the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, which has a much lower efficacy than Sputnik V.

Speaking to RT earlier this month, WHO Europe Regional Director Hans Kluge explained that the organization has a long set of procedures to assure the efficacy, safety, and quality of a shot.

"Right now, the inspectors are in Russia, going to the different sites," he said, noting he was "very, very optimistic" about the prospects of approval.

Pistol

Ohio detective: Black suspect's shooting spree that wounded 5 was motivated by race

Columbus Police Chief Chief Freddie Blackmon
© Mike Haskey/Columbus Ledger-Inquirer
Columbus Police Chief Chief Freddie Blackmon, center, said Justin Tyran Roberts was arrested around 4 p.m. in the area of Columbus Gardens apartment complex, 435 Third Avenue, in connection to three separate shootings in Columbus and Phenix City police over the past 24 hours.
A black man accused in a 20-hour, two-state shooting spree that wounded five strangers told cops he was motivated by race and intentionally targeted "military-looking" white men he believed wronged him, police said.

Justin Tyran Roberts, 39, was arrested Saturday by police in Columbus, Georgia, where cops say he wounded four people — including two white men — during separate attacks late Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Roberts is also accused of shooting a white man in the back at a hotel in Phenix City, Alabama, the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer reported.

Detective Brandon Lockhart testified Monday that Roberts told police following his arrest that he "had to have" one victim who was shot in the back as he got into a car under the Oglethorpe Bridge in Columbus.

Shoe

Manchester's top cop bans police from kneeling & wearing rainbow laces. No, not racism or homophobia - it's 'professionalism'

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Regulating Shoelaces
The woke US gesture of taking the knee may have taken hold, but the new top cop of England's second-largest force has banned police from virtue signalling, saying the public is "fed up" and would rather they caught burglars.

Watching the England team dutifully take the knee before the start of their Euro 2020 game against Croatia, I wondered what their opposition made of this overtly political gesture imported from America. Did the Croatian starting 11 suddenly feel like a bunch of racists? Or were they simply tired of being asked to genuflect at the altar of the woke over an issue about which they had no strong feelings either way? That's not wrong - that's just how the world is. Not everyone feels the irresistible urge to continually display their social justice credentials, and no one should be shamed for that decision.

And the Croatians are not alone. Italy, Hungary, Russia, Denmark, Austria, the Netherlands and others all decided their personal politics were best left on the team bus and decided not to take a pre-game knee at their matches.

Like many of us, they're, at best, ambivalent and, at worst, bored of the relentless bombardment from the enlightened identitarians who insist we reflect on racial equality at every waking moment. Whether we agree with them or not doesn't matter - can't they just give it a rest?