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BBC Radio 4 presenter Nigel Rees reveals he quit the corporation after 46 years because of its 'patronising' focus on diversity

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Radio 4 presenter Nigel Rees has revealed he quit the BBC after 46 years because he felt pressured by the corporation’s focus on diversity.
Radio 4 presenter Nigel Rees has revealed he quit the BBC after 46 years because he felt pressured by the corporation's focus on diversity.

The 77-year-old, who had presented the Quote... Unquote panel game since January 1976, left the show last month.

He said he felt put under pressure by the BBC's 'priority' to invite diverse guests - even if they were not always the most suitable speakers.

Comment: The Woke Police strike again! This is exactly why legacy media are in a "death spiral". They're catering to a loud minority whose desires don't reflect what the majority of people actually want in their entertainment. Guess the BBC hasn't heard the 'Get woke, go broke' adage.

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Jordan Peterson: 'Open the damn country back up, before Canadians wreck something we can't fix'

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© Justin Tang/The Canadian Press
We are pushing the complex systems upon which we depend and which are miraculously effective and efficient in their often thankless operation to their breaking point, writes Jordan Peterson.
The country is growing more authoritarian in response to fear.

I spent more than three hours on the phone this weekend trying to get through to the online security department of one of Canada's major banks. One of my accounts was shut down (because I had the effrontery to sign in from Alberta — an event too unexpected for the bank's security systems). I was placed on hold interminably, subjected all the while to the corporate world's idea of music (to soothe me). I was then offered a call-back, which I duly received, 45 minutes later. Then I was placed on hold again, and again, and again. This all occurred after my patience had already been exhausted in the aftermath of trying to fly in Canada.

Like so many Canadians, I have been unable to see many of the people I love and who are tolerant enough to return the sentiment for nearly two years. Lockdowns. Restrictions. Limits on personal and social gatherings. Precautions. Precautions. Precautions.

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Cardboard Box

#BareShelvesBiden trends again as US supply chain crisis continues

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A man browses largely empty shelves for cat food at Pet Club on Nov. 18, 2021, in Emeryville, Calif
As supply shortages continue in the US, conservatives blame President Biden for the bare shelves

#BareShelvesBiden became one of Twitter's top political trending topics as Americans posted photos of empty supermarket shelves amid continuous supply chain issues in the US.

Angry social media users displayed photos of empty supermarket shelves from the across the US and blamed President Joe Biden for the supply issues, with one American complaining, "I feel like I am in a third world country."

Comment: And it's not just stores:

As noted on this week's NewsReal radio show (linked below): 'The global economy is teetering on the edge of collapse as a result of supply chain breakages, labor shortages, and energy price rises caused by governments' blinkered Covid policies. The Americans' latest push to throttle the Russian economy may spark a cascade of crises that lead to food and energy poverty for people everywhere. And they know it. But they don't care because, well... because "it's worth it." : NewsReal: Kazakhstan on Fire: Why US vs Russia 'Great Game' Could Spark Global Economic Collapse


Jerusalem church leader says Israeli extremists threaten Christian presence in city

Theophilos III
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Theophilos III, the Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem
The Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem has accused radical Israeli groups of threatening the presence of Christians in the holy city, in remarks that Israeli officials rejected as baseless. In a column in the Times of London on Saturday, His Beatitude, Theophilos III, said he believed the aim was to drive the Christian community from Jerusalem's Old City, which has sites sacred to Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

Israel gained control of east Jerusalem, including the Old City, along with the West Bank and Gaza Strip in the Six-Day-War. It annexed east Jerusalem after the war in a move that has not won international recognition. The patriarch wrote in the article, published a day after the Greek Orthodox celebration of Christmas:
"Our presence in Jerusalem is under threat. Our churches are threatened by Israeli radical fringe groups. At the hands of these Zionist extremists the Christian community in Jerusalem is suffering greatly. Our brothers and sisters are the victims of hate crimes. Our churches are regularly desecrated and vandalized. Our clergy are subject to frequent intimidation."
By singling out extremists as Israeli, Theophilos's criticism was more personal and trenchant than that of a collective statement issued by the heads of other churches in Jerusalem before Christmas. Their statement spoke of "frequent and sustained attacks by fringe radical groups" but stopped short of identifying them as Israeli.


Taliban arrest popular Afghan professor critical of government

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Professor Faizuallah Jalal
The Taliban have arrested a popular university professor and outspoken critic of successive Afghan governments, including the new rulers in Kabul, the group's spokesman said Sunday.

Zabihullah Mujahid said in a tweet that professor Faizuallah Jalal was being held by the Taliban's intelligence arm. The group accused the professor of "nonsense remarks on social media, which were provoking people against the government and playing with people's dignity."

In a tweet early Sunday, Jalal's daughter Hasina Jalal pleaded for her father's release. "As I confirm the disturbing news. I ask for the immediate release of my father Professor Faizuallah Jalal," she tweeted

TOLO TV, Afghanistan's largest station on which Faizuallah Jalal was a frequent commentator, tweeted that Jalal was arrested "reportedly for making allegations against government departments, a security source said." There was no official response from the government to queries about Jalal's arrest.


Thousands rally in Prague against vaccination mandate

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Rally in Prague draws thousands to protest compulsory vaccines
Thousands of people marched through the Czech Republic's capital on Sunday to protest against compulsory COVID-19 vaccination for certain groups and professions.

The protesters gathered at Wenceslas Square in central Prague to question the effectiveness of the current vaccines and reject the vaccination of children before marching through the capital, chanting "Freedom, freedom."

Prague's protest followed similar but smaller demonstrations in several Czech cities on Saturday.

The previous government released an order in early December, making vaccination mandatory for the 60 and over age group, as well as medical personnel, police officers, firefighters and medical students. The order is due to take effect in March, but it still might end up being overturned.


Rogan uploads evidence accusing CNN of altering his COVID announcement video: 'Yellow Journalism'

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Image via CNN video screenshot (left), Joe Rogan/Instagram (right)
Joe Rogan charged CNN of "yellow journalism" on Friday, accusing the network of literally altering the Instagram video he posted last fall in which he announced he had become infected with COVID-19.

What are the details?

Rogan uploaded to Instagram his video announcement juxtaposed with CNN's broadcast in which they replayed his Instagram video.

In the video of CNN's broadcast, Rogan's video appears discolored. Whereas Rogan himself looks normal in his Instagram video, CNN's version shows a discolored Rogan who appears significantly more "sick" than in his own video.

Comment: CNN has been anecdotally accused of altering photos for years, mostly to portray certain criminal suspects as lighter-skinned. This is seen as a bid to deflect negative perceptions of people of color. The charge is hard to prove though, as the ability to alter photographs is in reach of virtually anyone with access to a computer. Rogan though, seems to have a solid case.

Yellow Vest

Anger at Nicola Sturgeon's Covid curbs boils over as anti-lockdown protest erupts in Glasgow

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Police were called to manage an 'unplanned' anti-lockdown demonstration in Glasgow January 8, 2022. Crowds of activists marched in Argyle Street during what the campaign group called a 'Freedom Rally'
Police have been called to manage an 'unplanned' anti-lockdown protest in Scotland's largest city that appears to be one of the country's largest demonstrations since the pandemic began.

Thousands of protesters gathered at Glasgow Green at 1pm on Saturday as public anger boiled over at First Minister Nicola Sturgeon's latest Covid curbs.

The activists began the unplanned procession by marching through Argyle Street, one of the city's busiest thoroughfares, during what the campaign group called a 'Freedom Rally'.

Heart - Black

Vaccine mandate takes effect as 'worst fire in modern times' tears through NYC apartment block, 19 dead, including 9 children

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At least 19 dead, including 9 children, after dozens injured in NYC fire: Officials
PHOTO: Broken windows and charred bricks mark the exterior of a 19-story residential building after a fire erupted in the morning, Jan. 9, 2022, in the Bronx, New York City.
At least 19 people are dead, including nine children, following a massive fire in New York City on Sunday, officials said.

More than 200 firefighters responded to the scene of the five-alarm fire that originated Sunday morning in a duplex apartment on the third floor of a high-rise building, located in the Tremont section of the Bronx, officials said. More than 60 people were injured in the fire, according to the New York City Fire Department.

Approximately 13 people are in Bronx hospitals with life-threatening injuries, officials said.

Comment: One wonders of course whether the death toll would be so high if the vaxx mandates hadn't been enforced. The NYFD union warned this would happen...

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Undersea cable in Norway damaged, antenna station provides unique support to polar-orbiting satellites

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Svalbard satellite antenna.
Operator of what is the world's northernmost fiberoptic subsea cable, Space Norway, has located the disruption to somewhere between 130 to 230 kilometers from Longyearbyen in the area where the seabed goes from 300 meters down to 2700 meters in the Greenland Sea.

The error happened on Friday morning, January 7.

Svalbard Undersea Cable System is a twin submarine fiberoptic communication cable connecting Longyearbyen with Andøya north of Harstad in northern Norway.

Comment: Recall that back in November 2021 surveillance cables off the coast of Northern Norway, linked with the Norwegian Defense Department, mysteriously 'disappeared'.

And check out SOTT's Focus from 2012: Undersea Internet Cables Cut AGAIN!

See also: Norway considering limiting NATO deployments near Russia's border