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Survey shows 71% of French people think there will be a terror attack over Christmas holiday period, two thirds in favour of armed security

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Almost three-quarters of French citizens fear terrorist attacks during the upcoming holiday season, a recent survey revealed. In addition, 67 percent of respondents consider public places hosting festive events to be under the greatest threat.

As stated in the survey, conducted by the Odoxa research institute and published on Friday in Le Figaro daily, 71 percent of the respondents said they fear terrorist attacks during the upcoming holidays.

The study also states that "for nearly six out of 10 (57%), department stores and shopping centers are also a matter of concern, as are places of worship - for more than one in two (54%)."

Some 78 percent of respondents said they are in favor of establishing secure areas in public places where New Year will be celebrated.

On a greater scale, when asked about their "everyday safety," the French appear overwhelmingly supportive of the presence of security officers, for instance at the entrances of department stores (91 percent). Almost one-third of the respondents even said they will either make do without Christmas shopping or purchase gifts on the internet to avoid traveling to large shopping malls.

Comment: This study that claims to represent the majority of French people but was really only 1,000 people, serves to ramp up the fear and make the French people accept a security state for their 'safety' in exchange for their freedoms. See the video below for more information:




Black Cat

Guatemalans burn Trump effigies to dispel evil spirits

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A pinata representing U.S. President-elect Donald Trump as a devil burns during the traditional Burning of the Devil festival, ahead of Christmas in Guatemala City, Guatemala December 7, 2016.
Revelers in Guatemala set ablaze cardboard representations of U.S. President-elect Donald Trump wearing devil horns during a traditional ceremony, "La Quema del Diablo", or the Burning of the Devil, held ahead of Christmas every year.

Trump's hardline stance on immigration during his presidential election campaign, including a promise to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, has drawn anger from Latin Americans in the United States and around the world.

"We are against this person in many respects, regarding deportations, the wall he wants to build. We do not agree," said participant Astrid Soto, just before setting fire to the Trump figures, which clutched fistfuls of fake cash, and a U.S. flag.

Participants believe the practice of torching the devil helps banish bad spirits from their homes and neighborhoods. The custom began in the 16th century, but has spread out from various towns since the 1990s to become popular nationwide.

Via Reuters

Airplane

Pakistan plane crash: 47 killed, Airliner blames Engine failure

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A Pakistan villager stands at the site of plane crash in Gug near Havelian, Pakistan on Dec 8, 2016.
Pakistan International Airlines flight PK-661 crashed after one of its two turboprop engines failed en route to Islamabad killing everyone on board, authorities said on Thursday, even as they began a probe into the accident and sent bodies for DNA test to identify the victims.

The flight with 47 people, including pop singer-turned-Islamic preacher Junaid Jamshed, his wife and deputy commissioner Chitral Osama Warraich, on board crashed in Saddha Batolni village near Havelian on Wednesday while en route to Islamabad from Chitral in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.

According to flight manifest, 31 men, nine women, two infants and five crew members were on board the ATR-42 aircraft, which lost contact with the Air Traffic Control (ATC) at Islamabad's Benazir International Airport.

Bomb

Two explosions kill 6 Egyptian policemen, wounds others in Cairo

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An explosives expert looks for evidence at the site of Friday’s bomb blast in Cairo
Egyptian security forces were hit by two roadside bombings in a single day on Friday that killed six policemen and wounded six in Cairo and the north of the country, security sources and officials said.

The attacks come as the government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi faces an insurgency waged by Islamist groups.

In the first incident, on Friday morning, a recently emerged Egyptian militant group claimed responsibility for a bomb in Cairo that the interior ministry said killed six policemen and wounded three others at a checkpoint on a main road leading to the Pyramids.


The Hasm Movement, which has claimed several attacks in Egypt in recent months, said it set off the bomb which, security sources said, also injured four civilians.

Eyewitness Ahmed Al-Deeb described a scene of carnage, with dead and dying policemen lying next to wrecked cars. One of the policemen had blast fragments in his chest and two more had lost legs, he told Reuters Television.

Comment: A terrorist group affiliated with the Daesh jihadists might be behind the deadly explosion in the Egyptian capital on Friday, a source in the country's Interior Ministry told RIA Novosti.
Earlier in the day, an improvised explosive device went off in Cairo, killing at least six policemen and injuring six other people, including three civilians.

"The evidence points at an armed cell, affiliated with Ajnad Misr [Soldiers of Egypt], taking into consideration that the group has recently demonstrated its will to return to the criminal activities," the source said.



Ambulance

At least 4 killed, 20 injured as train derails in Bulgaria

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Bulgarian health care officers help to transfer the bodies from the burnt train
The train was transporting 26 tanks of propane-butaine in the Hitrino village of the Shumen Province in the east of the country. Their explosion was lethal.

"At least four people died and over 20 were injured," a local fire-fighting crew's chief Nikolay Nikolov said as quoted by the BTV.

The blast destroyed several buildings. Twelve people were extracted from under the rubble.

Snowflake

Michael Moore calling for 'disruption' of Trump's inauguration

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Liberal activist and prominent filmmaker Michael Moore has called for a "bold mobilization" against the upcoming January 2017 inauguration of Donald Trump as America's 45th president. The campaign seeks to force Trump's inauguration "behind closed doors, showing the true face of the security state Trump will preside over."

Republican Donald Trump won the presidential election by a comfortable margin in the electoral college, but lost the popular vote by some 2.7 million votes. This, along with Trump's divisive rhetoric, has galvanized various groups to negate or, at least, seek to diminish his approaching presidency.

One prominent figure among these groups is the iconoclastic political activist Michael Moore. The film documentarian appeared on Late Night with Seth Meyers December 8 to insist that he would "lead the charge" against keeping Trump out of the White House. "Fifty four percent of the voters didn't want Donald Trump... the majority of Americans do not want him in the White House," Moore told Meyers, after adding the votes from third-party candidates Jill Stein and Gary Johnson.

Comment: Another deluded precious 'snowflake' raising up a dust storm.


Sherlock

WADA publishes second whitewashed McLaren report, still provides no evidence of "state-sponsored doping" in Russia

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Lawyer Richard McLaren (R) delivers his second report for the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)
The doping test samples of 12 Russian medalists from the Sochi Olympics in 2014 were tampered with, according to claims made in the second part of a WADA-commissioned report, authored by Canadian lawyer Richard McLaren.


Comment: Claims are useless without evidence to back them up. The Western media may be more than happy to repeat the claims of McLaren, but anyone who maintains any semblance of objectivity in journalism will demand proof before peddling lies meant to demonize Russia.


The report, without providing any names, claims that over 1,000 athletes - in summer, winter and Paralympic competitions - benefited from the alleged plot to conceal positive doping tests.

"We are now able to confirm a cover-up that dates back until at least 2011 and continued after the Sochi Olympic Games. It was a cover-up that evolved from uncontrolled chaos to an institutionalized and disciplined medal-winning conspiracy," McLaren said at a news conference, as cited by Reuters.


Comment: Where is the evidence?


The sports events where the doping was allegedly used by Russian athletes included the 2012 London Olympics, the 2014 Sochi Olympics, the 2013 World Student Games, and the 2013 World Championship in Athletics, according to the report.

Comment: Meanwhile, the International Olympic Committee announced that all 63 blood samples taken from Russian Olympians before the 2014 Sochi Olympics were re-analyzed and came back negative, meaning they were all clean. The Russian Sports Ministry responded to McLaren's second report by saying that there is no state doping program and Sports Minister Pavel Kobolokov pointed out WADA's myopic focus on Russia despite there being plenty of evidence of other country's being involved in doping:
"It would be great if they [the WADA] probed into doping violations in other countries as vigorously [as they do in Russia],"the minister said
It's worth noting that former WADA vice president Arne Ljungqvis admitted in a documentary aired in Russia that well-known athletes "legally" used banned substances after receiving permission for their use to treat Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). One athlete involved in that treatment, Danish cyclist Michael Rasmussen, admitted to doping from 1998-2001. He revealed that in many instances where diagnoses are made that give athletes permission to take banned substances, the doctors' decisions are bogus:
"I didn't have any injuries or illnesses that could warrant a TUE, but I don't think I am the only one who doped, otherwise I would have always been first. Everything is done quite easily: you write to them saying you have an injury, what medication you need, including a seal of approval by the doctor of the diagnosis, which is forged. In five minutes you can get permission to use banned substances," he said, TASS reported.

"They let me know about TUEs the moment I signed a contract with a top team. We all planned in advance, the doctor said, when we needed to take the substance glucocorticosteroid when you succumbed to fatigue, I could lose weight, but nevertheless not feel weakness in my muscles or any weariness," he added.
It should be obvious to anyone with two firing neurons that doping is a widespread behavior. The witch hunt against Russia by the IOC and WADA makes it clear that they are simply a tool of the West, bought and paid for by Western governments. As Alan Moore at RT so aptly puts it, the McLaren report proves that sports governing bodies like WADA and the IOC are as useless as a chocolate teapot.


Attention

Interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson: Universities are pandering to students and lying to them


Interview with Dr. Jordan Peterson by Jason Tucker and Jason VandenBeukel


Can you give us a brief background of your academic career and your interests?

For the first two years of my undergraduate degree I studied Political Science and English Literature. I was very interested in politics, but what I was learning in economics and political science was just not correct. There was too much emphasis placed on the idea that economic interests were the prime motivators for human beings, and that was not obvious to me at all. I was spending a lot of time thinking about the Cold War, and the Cold War was not primarily an economic issue. So I started taking psychology, and I was interested in clinical psychology. I did my PhD under Dr. Robert Pihl, and I worked on drug abuse, alcoholism, and aggression - there was a heavy biological emphasis. I did my post-doc with Dr. Pihl, and Maurice Dongier. Then I taught at Harvard for six years, and I've been at the University of Toronto ever since then.

My primary interest has always been the psychology of belief. Partly religious belief, and ideology as a sub-category of religious belief. One of Jung's propositions was that whatever a person values most highly is their god. If people think they are atheistic, it means is they are unconscious of their gods. In a sophisticated religious system, there is a positive and negative polarity. Ideologies simplify that polarity and, in doing so, demonize and oversimplify. I got interested in ideology, in a large part, because I got interested in what happened in Nazi Germany, the Soviet Union, the Cultural Revolution in China, and equivalent occurrences in other places in the world. Mostly I concentrated on Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union. I was particularly interested in what led people to commit atrocities in service of their belief. The motto of the Holocaust Museum in Washington is "we must never forget." I've learned that you cannot remember what you don't understand. People don't understand the Holocaust, and they don't understand what happened in Russia. I have this course called "Maps of Meaning," which is based on a book I wrote by the same name, and it outlines these ideas. One of the things that I'm trying to convince my students of is that if they had been in Germany in the 1930s, they would have been Nazis. Everyone thinks "Not me," and that's not right. It was mostly ordinary people who committed the atrocities that characterized Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union.

Part of the reason I got embroiled in this [gender identity] controversy was because of what I know about how things went wrong in the Soviet Union. Many of the doctrines that underlie the legislation that I've been objecting to share structural similarities with the Marxist ideas that drove Soviet Communism. The thing I object to the most was the insistence that people use these made up words like 'xe' and 'xer' that are the construction of authoritarians. There isn't a hope in hell that I'm going to use their language, because I know where that leads.

Comment: Further reading:


Stop

Alabama inmate struggles to breathe for 13 minutes during execution

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An Alabama inmate coughed and heaved for 13 minutes during his execution. Prior to his execution he repeatedly challenged the type of drugs which were set to be used, saying they didn't provide enough sedation.

During the 13 minutes of the execution Smith appeared to be struggling for breath. He heaved and coughed and clenched his left fist, and raised his head, after apparently being administered the first drug, midazolam (a sedative), in the three-drug combination, according to AL.com.

A Department of Corrections captain performed two consciousness checks before administering the next two drugs to stop his breathing and heart. The tests involved calling out Smith's name, brushing his eyebrows back and pinching him under his left arm.

"We do know we followed our protocol. We are absolutely convinced of that," Alabama Corrections Commissioner Jeff Dunn told AP.

Death row inmate Ronald Bert Smith, 45 was executed Thursday night by lethal injection for the 1994 murder of Huntsville convenience store clerk Casey Wilson. Wilson was pistol-whipped and then shot in the head by Smith during a robbery, court documents show.

Comment: 35 Years Of Death Penalty Regrets


Arrow Down

Michigan man loses sight in one eye after cops beat him until he becomes unconscious

'Stop Resisting' are the infamous words of police in America. While many times these words are warranted, all too often we hear them being repeated over and over as restrained and even unconscious victims are beaten to a pulp. Eastpointe's Frankie Taylor is an example of one these cases.

On August 10, 2015, Taylor was picked up for a routine DUI arrest and brought to the Eastpointe police department for booking. When Taylor asked the officers what he was being booked for, they became enraged.

"If you keep acting like a child, you're going to get strapped in that chair and you're going to stay there," an officer can be heard saying on the video.

When Taylor asks to use the phone, he is swarmed by police and forced into a restraint chair as police threaten to taser him. Once Taylor is in the chair, a sadistic officer is seen putting on his blue gloves before pummelling Taylor's face — over and over again.