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Dutch begin stockpiling coal, wood for winter as energy crisis worsens

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Coal seller Gerben van Beek fills a bag with coal, in Veenendaal, Netherlands September 28, 2022.
The budget-conscious Dutch, who enjoyed abundant cheap gas for half a century to heat their homes, are turning to more traditional heating methods as cold weather reaches the Netherlands.

Sales of coal, wood and pellets for heating stoves have jumped as consumers seek cheaper energy alternatives to counter sky-rocketing gas bills in the wake of the war in Ukraine.

Customers visiting the warehouse of coal merchant Wim van Beek in the central Dutch town of Veenendaal this week were primarily looking to trim spending on heating, the merchant told Reuters.

Comment: 'To trim spending', the wording used here reeks of a lame attempt to downplay the gravity of the situation.

Comment: And it's not just in the Netherlands: Day-long queues for coal in Poland as soaring energy prices cause people to panic buy ahead of winter

Shopping Bag

Will the collapse of Credit Suisse be Europe's "Lehman Brothers moment"?

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The parallels between 2008 and 2022 just keep getting stronger. 14 years ago, the collapse of Lehman Brothers sent a massive wave of panic through global financial markets and is widely considered to be the key event that plunged us into a horrifying financial crisis that we still talk about to this day. Well, now an even larger bank appears to be on the brink of collapse, and analysts all over the world are deeply concerned about what that will mean for the global financial system if it does fail.

Right now, Credit Suisse is one of the most important banks in the entire world. If you are not familiar with Credit Suisse, the following is some good background information that comes from Wikipedia...
Credit Suisse Group AG is a global investment bank and financial services firm founded and based in Switzerland. Headquartered in Zürich, it maintains offices in all major financial centers around the world and is one of the nine global "Bulge Bracket" banks providing services in investment banking, private banking, asset management, and shared services. It is known for strict bank-client confidentiality and banking secrecy. The Financial Stability Board considers it to be a global systemically important bank. Credit Suisse is also primary dealer and Forex counterparty of the FED .


Profits over people, Florida Governor DeSantis calls out Lee County Electric Cooperative for intentionally delaying power restoration, here is the backstory

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Lee County Electric Cooperative • Florida Governor Ron DeSantis • Charlie Christ
The Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) provides power utility coverage to approximately 200,000 homes in Sanibel, Cape Coral and Pine Island: three of the hardest hit western zone regions in the Hurricane Ian disaster. Hundreds of people have asked me in my extensive travels why there are zero power trucks visible in Cape Coral working on the power grid, downed power lines and broken infrastructure. Now, it looks like we have the answer.

What LCEC is intentionally doing is jaw-dropping. In all my years of hurricane recovery, there has never -NEVER- been a more crystal-clear example of a decision to put profits over people. LCEC is literally taking advantage of tens of thousands of vulnerable residents. Tonight, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is calling them out [LINK]. I will explain what is happening, but first check out the DeSantis message:
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, after receiving a briefing at the State Emergency Operations Center on current efforts to restore power in Southwest Florida, Governor DeSantis called on the Lee County Electric Cooperative (LCEC) to accept additional mutual aid to expedite power restoration to the residents of Cape Coral, North Fort Myers, Sanibel and Pine Island.

At this time, Florida Power and Light (FPL) has restored power to more than 45% of their accounts in Lee County, while LCEC has only restored power to 9% of their accounts (18,000 out of 183,000 customers). To assist in restoration efforts, the Florida Electrical Cooperatives Association has readied resources from its members around the state that are available to deploy on mutual aid.

Mutual aid would allow the LCEC to expedite power restoration, especially to Cape Coral and North Fort Myers as residents return to their homes and begin the road to recovery. Power restoration in these areas is also essential to resume the full use of essential services such as health care facilities, operation of schools and ensure access to running water. (link)
Please share this part far and wide. You know me to call the baby ugly when warranted; this is one such time. People in the impact zone need to know what is happening.

Comment: This action was the choice of the company - profits before service no matter the degree of emergency.

Heart - Black

FDA refuses to release autopsy results on people who died after COVID vaccines

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is refusing to release the results of autopsies conducted on people who died after getting COVID-19 vaccines.

The FDA says it is barred from releasing medical files, but a drug safety advocate says that it could release the autopsies with personal information redacted.

The refusal was issued to The Epoch Times, which submitted a Freedom of Information Act for all autopsy reported obtained by the FDA concerning any deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) following COVID-19 vaccination.

Reports are lodged with the system when a person experiences an adverse event, or a health issue, after receiving a vaccine.

Che Guevara

Revolution in air as Brits burn power bills amid historic energy crisis

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Energy prices for millions of households across the UK rose on Saturday. Soaring power bills amid the worst cost-of-living crisis in a generation led to a continuation of growing discontent ahead of the dark winter.

Thousands of Brits marched in London and other metro areas this weekend in protest of being thrown into energy poverty while inflation is at forty-year highs.

There were countless videos on social media showing Brits holding signs about their dire financial situation. "Can't afford to live," "Freeze profit, not people," and "Eat the Tories," read some of the signs people held.

The protest was organized by Don't Pay UK, an anonymous group spearheading the effort to have more than one million Brits boycott paying their power bills this winter (the movement is nearly 200,000 strong).


Gavin Newsom signs bill to punish doctors who spread 'Covid misinformation'

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a bill into law Friday that will allow for physicians to be disciplined for "misinformation" and "disinformation" in relation to Covid, sparking a protest at the State Capitol.

Newsom defended his approval of the bill, AB 2098, permitting the state medical board to punish doctors for infractions.

"I am signing this bill because it is narrowly tailored to apply only to those egregious instances in which a licensee is acting with malicious intent or clearly deviating from the required standard of care while interacting directly with a patient under their care," the progressive governor wrote in his signing message, reported Epoch Times.

Comment: See also:

Book 2

Hindawi and Wiley to retract over 500 papers linked to peer review rings

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After months of investigation that identified networks of reviewers and editors manipulating the peer review process, Hindawi plans to retract 511 papers across 16 journals, Retraction Watch has learned.

The retractions, which the publisher and its parent company, Wiley, will announce tomorrow in a blog post, will be issued in the next month, and more may come as its investigation continues. They are not yet making the list available.

Hindawi's research integrity team found several signs of manipulated peer reviews for the affected papers, including reviews that contained duplicated text, a few individuals who did a lot of reviews, reviewers who turned in their reviews extremely quickly, and misuse of databases that publishers use to vet potential reviewers.

Comment: But don't forget to 'trust the science.'

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The CMA in Canada doesn't want to talk about the excessive number of Canadian doctor deaths

The Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association
On their website, they say, "make supporting physician health an imperative for the CMA." This is bullshit. They don't give a damn. Here's the proof.

Dr. William Makis has been speaking out about the Canadian doctors who died shortly after the latest booster. He's got more info tracking doctor deaths in Canada than anyone I know.

For example, watch this interview.

Comment: More from Steve Kirsch:


Europe threatened with telecoms network blackouts by September, executives reveal

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Officials express concern that a harsh winter would put Europe's telecommunication infrastructure to the test.
Power outages or energy rationing could cause blackouts to a portion of the mobile networks throughout Europe, International Business Times (IBT) reveals.

As a result of Russia's decision to stop gas delivery through Europe's primary supply route due to the Ukrainian situation, the likelihood of power shortages has increased.

Comment: This energy crisis is entirely the West's working.

The shutdown of numerous nuclear power facilities in France for maintenance has worsened the problem.

Comment: It seems that Europe's governments are well aware of the very real threats citizens are facing this winter, and yet one could say that the average person has little idea of what's possibly ahead.


Protesters besiege French Embassy in Burkina Faso, accusing France of sheltering country's ousted leader

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Crowds of protesters tried to storm the French Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Saturday, after special forces staged the second military coup in a year. The protesters accused the former colonial power of aiding the ousted leader, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

"Damiba has tried to retreat to the Kamboinsin French military base to prepare a counteroffensive in order to sow division amongst our defense and security forces," spokesman Lt. Jean Baptiste Kabre announced on state television on Saturday on behalf of the new junta leadership.

France's Foreign Ministry issued a statement denying any involvement in the events unfolding in Burkina Faso, and insisted that the "camp where the French forces are based has never hosted Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba nor has our embassy."


See also: Massive week-long protests in Haiti over fuel price hikes, UN food storage facility looted, nearby offices set on fire