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"Potentially catastrophic" wiring issue on Boeing 737MAX confirmed by FAA

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Boeing and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) confirmed on Sunday they are reviewing a wiring issue that could potentially cause a short circuit on the 737 MAX.

Boeing spokesman Gordon Johndroe said Sunday the U.S. planemaker "identified this issue as part of that rigorous process, and we are working with the FAA to perform the appropriate analysis. It would be premature to speculate as to whether this analysis will lead to any design changes."

The New York Times reported Boeing is reviewing whether two bundles of wiring are too close together, which could lead to a short circuit and potentially result in a crash if pilots did not respond appropriately.

Comment: It'd be a a bizarre miracle if Boeing managed to shift any of those planes considering the tragedies and relentless faults connected with them:


Knife wielding man shot dead by police in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on the same day of a similar incident in France

Police in Gelsenkirchen said the alleged perpetrator was attacking officers when he was shot. A similar incident in France saw another alleged attacker shot and injured by police.

Police in Germany have shot dead a man who was trying to assail police officers with a knife in the west German city of Gelsenkirchen.

The man hit a patrol car with an object and sought to charge at officers standing by the vehicle "with a raised object," a police spokesman told news agency Agence France-Presse on Sunday.

Police also said the attacker had a knife behind his back and called out, warning him to stop his assault. However, these demands fell on deaf ears and a 23-year-old policeman shot and killed the potential assailant.

Comment: Those are just the latest in a number of recent 'random' attacks, as noted in French police shoot man wielding knife & yelling 'Allahu Akbar'- follows similar incident 2 days earlier:
Four police officers were also left dead in a knife attack at police headquarters in Paris in October.
See also: Convenient London Bridge Terrorist Attack Occurs Two Weeks Before General Election: UPDATES


We're saved! Golden Globes serving plant-based meal to 'send a signal' about climate change

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Ricky Gervais and Jane Fallon at 73rd Golden Globes
The Golden Globes will be serving its first exclusively vegan menu at its ceremony on Sunday night, and many are wondering if it's another empty, virtue signalling move from the limousine and private jets loving stars.

The goal with serving a en vogue meatless menu to guests before the televised ceremony is to "send a signal" about the potential dangers of climate change.

"If there's a way we can, not change the world, but save the planet, maybe we can get the Golden Globes to send a signal and draw attention to the issue about climate change," Hollywood Foreign Press Association president Lorenzo Soria said in a statement. "The food we eat, the way we grow the food we eat, the way we dispose of the food is one of the large contributors to the climate crisis."

Entree items include king oyster mushrooms scallops and wild mushroom risotto. Brussel sprouts and carrots will also be served, and a golden beet soup will be the evening's appetizer.

There is no official word on whether the food was produced locally or what was used to deliver it, but Matthew Morgan, executive chef at The Beverly Hilton, which is where the ceremony takes place, said the dishes were already mostly available. They were simply vegan options in the past and Morgan simply enhanced the dishes for the new, slimmer menu.

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First trans person to obtain legal 'non-binary' sex status changes back to birth sex in blow to LGBT movement

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James Shupe in front of the Gainesville, Fla. Department of Veterans Affairs.
This month, the first person to obtain a legal "non-binary" sex designation has successfully petitioned the court originally responsible for his "non-binary" status to order that the sex on his birth certificate be restored to "male." In documents exclusively provided to PJ Media, James Shupe's petition described his "non-binary" designation as a "psychologically harmful legal fiction." He told PJ Media he hopes this decision will prevent a woman currently seeking "non-binary" recognition from following the same lies.

"The charade of not being male, the legal fiction, it's over," James Shupe told PJ Media on Tuesday. "The lies behind my fictitious sex changes, something I shamefully participated in, first to female, and then to non-binary, have been forever exposed. A truthful accounting of events has replaced the deceit that allowed me to become America's first legally non-binary person."

"The legal record has now been corrected and LGBT advocates are no longer able to use my historic non-binary court order to advance their toxic agenda," he added. "I am and have always been male. That is my biological truth, the only thing capable of grounding me to reality."

While he became a hero for the transgender movement, Shupe now aims to dispel the lies of gender identity and reverse the harm caused by the precedent of his "non-binary" legal designation.

Comment: Kudos to Shupe for taking a stand against the trans-agenda. See also:


DIY-deficiency: 2 in 5 US adults can't fix a single household problem without the internet

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The internet is supposed to make our lives easier, and it's hard to argue that it hasn't. However, a new survey of 1,000 American adults suggests that all of that convenience may be robbing an entire generation of basic home maintenance skills. In all, about two in five (38%) respondents said they are helpless and unable to fix any common household problems (patching up a drywall, fixing a running toilet) without the help of the internet.

The survey, commissioned by BigRentz, paints a pretty grim picture when it comes to home care self-sufficiency. Apparently, if the Wi-Fi happens to falter, many adults won't be able to get anything done for themselves.

Respondents were asked about their ability to fix a variety of different house problems without turning to Google for help, and while close to half (43%) said they know how to unclog a drain, only 25% know how to install a drywall anchor. Another 39% said they can stop a running toilet all by themselves, and 38% can find a stud. Additionally, 31% know how to patch a hole in a drywall, and 29% said they can replace a washer on a leaky faucet.


Europe's web of debt plus Brexit in the year of the rat

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In the run-up to the New Year, Western think tanks such as "Stratfor" and others traditionally publish their political forecasts.
The eve of 2020 was no exception. But if you look at the published future scenarios, you can't help but notice that, unlike previous years, there is nothing in them about the prospects of the West itself.

In particular, there are no forecasts about a process like Brexit. And this - despite the fact that on January 31st 2020 the delay granted to the UK by the EU Council to leave the pan-European union ends.

It is even more strange that leading Western analysts have left the strengthening of republicanism in the United Kingdom almost unaddressed. The main expression of republican ideas in the UK is the Green Party of England and Wales. It advocates the "restoration" of the republic, which existed between 1649 and 1660. In 2019, the Greens doubled their representation in local authorities - from 178 to 372 seats. In the elections to the European Parliament, they secured the support of more than 2 million voters and held seven candidates in the EP. Finally, Caroline Lucas was elected to the House of Commons at the December election, and Natalie Bennett was elected to the House of Lords. The latter replaced former Conservative leader Theresa May as a peer.

Comment: It's likely that those think tanks that fail to mention Brexit are quite aware that it is never intended to go ahead: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Yellow Vest Protests, Brexit Farce - Revolutionary Climate in Western Europe?


French police shoot man wielding knife & yelling 'Allahu Akbar'- follows similar incident 2 days earlier

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French police secure an area in Villejuif near Paris, France, January 3, 2020
A man armed with a knife and yelling "Allahu Akbar" rushed at police officers in the northeastern city of Metz only two days after a stabbing attack near Paris which left one person dead and several injured.

The suspect was shot in the thigh multiple times and was on a list of individuals being monitored for links to militant and extremist groups, according to the prosecutor's office. An investigation is currently underway to discover the man's specific motivations. His name has not been released.

Metz public prosecutor Christian Mercuri added that the suspect is known to have a "personality disorder." The prosecutor's office is currently in contact with the French anti-terrorism prosecutor's office about the attack.

Comment: See also:


Al-Shabaab terrorists target Kenyan military base housing American and local troops - UPDATE - casualties reported

Comment: Hmmm, interesting timing. We're not sure what to make of 'al-Shabaab' - 'legit' militia with Sudanese political interests, or an African extension of 'the Western intel terror database', aka al-Qaeda/ISIS?

The timing of this attack is certainly interesting, coming as it does when 'attacks against US troops' are the casus belli for Washington versus Iran in Iraq...

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An officer from the Kenyan Contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). October 2012.
Al-Shabaab jihadists have attacked a military base in Kenya which houses US soldiers along with local troops. The army said they managed to repulse the assault, killing four militants.

The attack was on Camp Simba naval base in Manda Bay in Lamu County on Kenya's coast, bordering Somalia.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia told the Daily Nation local newspaper that "heavily armed" militants stormed the compound at 4am local time. Witnesses heard gunfire coming from the base.

Photos and videos circulating on social media allegedly show smoke billowing from the site.

Comment: UPDATE 05 Jan 2020 20:07

RT reports:
U.S. military's Africa Command have confirmed that one serviceman, two contractors were killed on Sunday when the jihadist militant group al Shabaab attacked a military based in Kenya.

The injured are in stable condition and are being evacuated at the moment, the statement said.

Camp Simba that host US and local troops came under attack on Sunday morning. The naval base is located in Manda Bay in Lamu County on Kenya's coast, bordering Somalia.

"Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of our teammates who lost their lives today," US Army General Stephen Townsend said in the statement.

The general promised to "pursue those responsible" for the attack and prevent al-Shabaab jihadists from creating a "safe haven" in Africa.

The attack on the military base included "indirect and small arms fire." Though the jihadists made it through the perimeter, they were repelled by forces within the base. Six contractor aircraft vehicles were damaged "to some degree" in the attack.
UPDATE 6 Jan 2020

The Pentagon is 'sending reinforcements' to Kenya, specifically to Manda Bay Airfield in Lamu County.

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Merry Christmas And Season's Greetings to All Our Readers! Get Your 2020 SOTT Calendar Here!

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As the holiday season approaches and 2019 comes to a close, we'd like to take a moment to thank you, our readers, for your continued support of Sott.net. When we started out all those years ago, we settled on the name 'Signs of the Times' (SOTT) because the media just didn't seem to notice that momentous changes were happening, that those momentous changes were connected, and that if they were observed together in 'big picture' mode, one could literally observe the world transform. Little did we know then just how reality-changing things would become.

What a year 2019 has been. Open rebellion has erupted in many countries, terrorism and 'random atrocities' continue unabated, the weather has become more extreme than ever, government has become more corrupt and feckless than ever, anti-human social engineering madness has migrated from the universities to the workplace and into schools, and asteroids are whizzing by our little lost planet at an alarming rate.

Although it's been in the works for several years - particularly since the 'double surprise' of Trump's election and the Brexit referendum result - mass censorship took a big leap in 2019. Thanks to certain governments leaning on Big Tech companies, the very nature of the internet changed this year. Purges of dissenting voices like ours from search results and social media has substantially bleached the internet of truth and replaced it with the bullhorns of mainstream propaganda and extremist 'black or white' rhetoric.

As a result, our readership, which grew for most of the 18 year history of Sott.net, is way down again this year - by 37% over 2018. Since 2016, our unique visits have dropped by 55%! We could scream and shout about it, but we don't think that would do any good. In fact, there's too much screaming and shouting going on these days - about anything and everything - that is obviously not doing anyone any good. That's why we at Sott.net have been refocusing our efforts from 'waking people up' to deepening our connections with 'those who already see'.

In these times of monumental mendacity, surround-sound distraction, and full-on socio-political lunacy, the refuge of community is more important than ever. There is only so much 'community' you can partake in via your computer screen, of course, but no matter where you are or what predicament you find yourself in, remember always that what is important is WHO you are and what you SEE.


Italy: Six German tourists killed as drunk driver plows into crowd

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Six German tourists have been killed near a ski resort in Italy after a suspected drunk driver ploughed into their group on Saturday night.

The group of 17 tourists were waiting for a bus at 1.15am in the mountain village of Luttach, near Bruneck, when the car came speeding into them.

According to local newspaper Corriere Del Sella, 11 people were injured in the incident and three are in serious condition.

One victim was rushed to a hospital in Innsbruck, Austria, via helicopter. The group was comprised of 15 Germans and two Italians, all between the ages of 20 and 25.

The Luttach volunteer fire service said in a Facebook post that the six people who died were killed at the scene.