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C of E bishop warns of church closures due to lockdown losses

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Bishop of Manchester David Walker says uneconomic Victorian urban buildings most at risk
The pace of church closures could accelerate as a result of financial losses caused by the pandemic, a senior Church of England bishop has said, with Victorian urban buildings most at risk.

The closure of uneconomic church buildings, early retirement for clergy, and a restructuring of the C of E's 42 dioceses could all be on the cards, said David Walker, the bishop of Manchester.

National figures for losses since last March were not available, but it had been a "big hit", said Walker, who is chairing a review of the C of E's priorities and organisational structures for the next 10 years.

Comment: 'Austerity measures' have been in force for well over a decade and have already been used to radically change society, for the worse, and this manufactured crisis is providing the establishment with yet another excuse to tighten the screws, and paves the way for the blatantly nefarious 'Great Reset' agenda: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Fire

WikiLeaks founder Assange denied bail in UK

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Julian Assange supporters and members of the media queue up outside Westminster Magistrates Court to get a seat at his Bail hearing in London, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. On Monday, Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that Julian Assange cannot be extradited to the US because of concerns about his mental health. Assange had been charged under the US's 1917 Espionage Act for "unlawfully obtaining and disclosing classified documents related to the national defence". Assange remains in custody, the US has 14 day to appeal against the ruling.
A British judge on Wednesday denied bail to WikiLeaks' founder Julian Assange, who has been jailed in Britain since 2019 as he fights extradition to the United States.

District Judge Vanessa Baraitser ordered Assange to remain in prison while the courts consider an appeal by U.S. authorities against a decision not to extradite him.

On Monday, the judge rejected an American request to send Assange to the U.S. to face espionage charges over WikiLeaks' publication of secret military documents a decade ago. She denied extradition on health grounds, saying the 49-year-old Australian was likely to kill himself if held under harsh U.S. prison conditions.

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Attention

Pro-Trump Marine goes off on DC police after they mace Stop the Steal protesters, 'We had your f***ing back, but we ain't got your back no more!'

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A pro-Trump Marine went off on the DC Police after officers maced Stop the Steal protesters the night before Wednesday’s big rally.
Police have been using a very heavy hand with Trump supporters to protect the Antifa and Black Lives Matter militants who are gathered in BLM Plaza.


Comment: More from Gateway Pundit:
DC Antifa and BLM Hide Behind Police as Trump Supporters Attempt to Get Into BLM Plaza
Cassandra Fairbanks January 5, 2021 at 10:05pm

Antifa and Black Lives Matter militants in DC hid behind police as Trump supporters attempted to gain access to BLM Plaza on Tuesday evening.

Trump supporters clashed with police as the anti-cop leftists hid safely behind them.


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Propaganda

NHS director admits coronavirus data inaccurate as patients are in hospital for OTHER issues

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AN NHS DIRECTOR has confirmed some hospital patients with coronavirus were not admitted because of the disease but other health concerns.
NHS Confederation director Dr Layla McCay confirmed some people in hospitals with coronavirus were not admitted because of the disease. In England alone, some 27,000 people are in hospital with COVID-19, 40 percent more than during the first peak in April. Dr McCay also revealed there are 2,000 Brits needing ventilators across the UK.

Speaking on her talkRADIO show, Julia Hartley-Brewer asked: "When we say we've got X number of Covid patients in hospital, that simply means X number of people who have tested positive for Covid in hospital whether they are being treated for Covid, whether they have any symptoms of Covid.

"Is that correct or not?"

Comment: This is just the latest story to expose the lies about the government's manufactured crisis, that is sadly being supported by hystericized healthcare workers: BBC backtracks and admits children's wards are NOT seeing a surge in severe coronavirus admissions

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Gear

Assange 'free to return home' once legal challenges over, Australia PM says

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Scott Morrison, Australia's prime minister, removes his protective face mask after arriving for a signing ceremony with Yoshihide Suga, Japan's prime minister at Suga's official residence in Tokyo, Japan November 17, 2020.
Julian Assange is "free to return home" to Australia once legal challenges against him are dealt with, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Tuesday, after a UK court denied a request to extradite the Wikileaks founder to the United States.

A British judge on Monday blocked the extradition request by the United States, where Assange was set to face criminal charges including breaking a spying law, saying his mental health problems meant he would be at risk of suicide.

U.S. justice department said it would continue to seek Assange's extradition with prosecutors set to appeal the ruling to London's High Court.

Comment: More from Sputnik:
Australian Opposition Presses Government to Make US Drop Assange's Extradition Request
11:19 GMT 05.01.2021 Tim Korso
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Members of the Australian opposition are urging the government to convince the US to not pursue the extradition of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange after a UK judge rejected the first attempt to do so. Coalition backbencher George Christensen from the Liberal National Party of Queensland and independent Senator Rex Patrick suggested that a presidential pardon might be the best way for the US to end its longstanding feud with the whistleblower, who accuses Washington of suppression of the press and free speech.

A parliamentary group called "Bring Julian Assange Home" praised the 4 January decision by UK District Judge Vanessa Baraitser to reject Assange's extradition request from the US. The group's co-chairs, Christensen and independent lawmaker Andrew Wilkie, urged both the outgoing and incoming US presidents to let Assange's case go.
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Australia's shadow attorney general, Mark Dreyfus of the Labour Party, argued in the wake of the British judge's ruling that it was high time for Assange's persecution "to be brought to an end". The US Department of Justice, however, indicated that it intends to appeal the UK judge's decision.
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Eye 1

Singapore promised not to use contact tracing data for anything but COVID, but now that everyone is being tracked they changed their minds a little

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It's almost as if governments don't always keep their promises when it concerns your personal privacy.

Singapore has confirmed that law enforcement is able to access the country's COVID-19 contact tracing data in criminal probes, even though they had previously said that wouldn't be the case.

That (now broken) promise was no doubt part of the reason Singapore was able to achieve an insane 78% adoption rate of residents using the contact tracking app TraceTogether or a wearable token.

In fact, they literally said that data would "never be accessed unless the user tests positive." By the way, if you follow that link you'll see that statement I quoted is no longer there. It was removed yesterday in what we like to call a classic #DoubleOrwell.

Comment: See also: Singapore to tag visitors with electronic monitoring devices to ensure Covid-19 quarantine compliance


Handcuffs

New York's new law setting up detention centers to lock up suspected Covid-19 cases heralds a Kafkaesque nightmare

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The New York legislature is weighing a bill that would let the authorities take anyone suspected of having or being exposed to a contagious disease and hold them indefinitely - even forcibly medicating them.

Under the new law, New Yorkers may be dragged out of their homes and locked up on mere suspicion of having been 'exposed' to the novel coronavirus — no positive test or even symptoms necessary. Once imprisoned in one of the state's purpose-built facilities, individuals may be forced to submit to a "prescribed course of treatment" including drugs and vaccines — and even then, freedom is not guaranteed.

The state's nightmarish Assembly Bill A416 would see targets locked away for as long as 60 days without a hearing. And while the prisoner has a right to legal counsel, New York health authorities will have the ultimate say in deciding when - and if - they're no longer contagious. Assuming they ever were in the first place, that is.

Given how unreliable the PCR tests used to screen for the coronavirus are, producing up to 90 percent false positives by some estimates, Governor Andrew Cuomo's facilities will almost certainly be flooded with the contacts of healthy people erroneously deemed 'cases.' But like the governor's decision to send Covid-19 patients into nursing homes, killing tens of thousands of elderly people, confining the healthy with the sick only guarantees that more of the healthy will fall ill with each passing day. The state thus gets a bump in case numbers, justifying further repression of its citizens under the guise of yet another virus 'surge.'

Comment: See also: Covid camps on the way? Proposed New York law suggests putting disease 'carriers' in DETENTION CENTERS


Radar

2020 was a snack, 2021 is the main course of system failure

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One of the dishes at the banquet of consequences that will surprise a great many revelers is the systemic failure of the Federal Reserve's one-size-fits-all "solution" to every spot of bother: print another trillion dollars and give it to rapacious financiers and corporations.

Though 2020 is widely perceived as "the worst year ever," it was only a snack. The real banquet of consequences will be served in 2021. The reason 2020 was only a snack is that systems didn't break down in 2020. The reason 2021 is the main course is that systems will break down, and once broken, they cannot be restored.

I made the chart below to explain how systems fail and why they cannot be restored. Systems have numerous sources of potential fragility:

1. Systems can be tightly bound to other fragile systems, setting up the potential for a domino-like cascading collapse that starts with one system failure that then brings down every connected, interdependent system.

2. Systems can be hollowed out by self-interested insiders who mistakenly believe the system can survive endless looting.

3. Systems can be weakened by perverse incentives that provide strong incentives to under-invest in core functions and divert revenues to profiteering and extraction (stock buybacks, bonuses to managers, etc.)

Bullseye

'Out of touch with reality': Tulsi Gabbard rips fellow Democrats after Congress imposes new rules on gendered language

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US Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii) is calling out her party for pushing through a new code of conduct that essentially denies women exist by requiring gender-neutral language in Congressional rules.

"It's the height of hypocrisy for people who claim to be the champions of rights for women to deny the very biological existence of women," Gabbard said on Monday night in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

New guidelines introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Friday and passed Monday by Congress in a party-line vote endeavor to "honor all gender identities" by making all pronouns and references to familial relationships gender-neutral. For instance, "seamen" has been changed to "seafarers," and House rules have been scrubbed of such words as "father, mother, son, daughter, brother, sister." "Aunt" and "uncle" will be replaced by "parent's sibling." Lawmakers also must inculcate such words as "parent-in-law," "stepsibling" and "sibling's child" to replace "mother-in-law," "stepsister" and "niece." "He" or "she" references to House members are instead "such member," "delegate" or "resident commissioner."

Snakes in Suits

'It's easy money': Nigerian scammer laughs about huge sums stolen from COVID welfare programs in bombshell interview

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State unemployment agencies aren't especially responsible stewards of taxpayer dollars even in the best of times. Yet when the COVID-19 crisis and government lockdowns put tens of millions of Americans out of work, Congress responded by pouring more taxpayer money into state-level unemployment systems.

The federal legislation enormously increased weekly payouts and expanded unemployment benefits to many new classes of workers, with little in the way of verification or qualification requirements. This welfare expansion was just reauthorized in the second major COVID-19 spending package, which Congress passed in mid-December. Sadly, lawmakers didn't bother to address the runaway fraud that had plagued the first round of COVID relief efforts.

An astonishing $36 billion has been lost to fraud in pandemic unemployment benefits, the Department of Labor reports. To put this figure in context, the entire unemployment system only paid out about $26 billion in 2019.