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More than 75% of US hit by inflation and most blame Biden

Joe Biden
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More than three out of four Americans say inflation is affecting their lives as the holiday season approaches and more than half say President Biden deserves at least some blame for the high prices, according to a new poll. ​

A Yahoo News/YouGov survey released Tuesday found that 77 percent of Americans say inflation has recently affected them to some extent, while 61 percent say the same about the ongoing supply chain crisis and the resulting shortage of goods and services.

The poll also found that more than half of Americans (51 percent) have expressed worry they "won't be able to afford what they need during the holidays due to inflation," while 45 percent fear they "won't be able to get what they need" ​because of the ​supply chain ​disruption.

USA

Oklahoma lawmaker files self-defense bill named after Kyle Rittenhouse

kyle rittenhouse
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Kyle Rittenhouse walks during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., November 19, 2021.
Oklahoma state Sen. Nathan Dahm announced that he filed a self-defense law named after Kyle Rittenhouse.

The legislation would ensure that Oklahomans who use self-defense won't have to face trial for political reasons, according to a news release. If the measure becomes law, Dahm says victims of malicious prosecution would be able to receive compensation for expenses and damages.

Dahm filed Senate Bill 1120, which is called "Kyle's Law," on Tuesday.

A jury recently acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges in the deaths of two men and wounding of a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020. He claimed self-defense in the shootings.

Bizarro Earth

US workers 'traumatized' by organized retail crime wave

Best Buy black Friday shopping
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People wait in line for Black Friday purchases at the Best Buy electronics store in Westbury, New York, November 27, 2009
Amid a surge in organized shoplifting, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry has said that the crime wave is "traumatizing" employees and making hiring and keeping staff difficult. The retailer is not the only outlet targeted by criminals.

Organized shoplifting has "increased dramatically" over the last two years, Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul warned in September. Raoul pointed to shocking figures from the retail industry - theft investigations were up 86% at Home Depot, shoplifting was up 30% at CVS, and Lowe's Home Improvement recorded $1.3 million in losses due to theft last year, compared to $388,000 in 2019.

Since Raoul sounded the alarm, shocking videos have emerged showing brazen thefts by organized gangs in the AG's own city of Chicago, and as far afield as San Francisco, California.

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NPC

Canadian teachers' union devalues white votes to 'appease minorities'

Ontario Secondary School Teachers
A teachers' union in Canada decided that the votes of its indigenous, black and racialized members will have extra weight in decision-making processes if not enough minority delegates are present on the board.

Since the start of the school year, the so-called weighted voting has been in effect at a local bargaining unit of the larger Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) in Halton Region, Ontario the National Post reported.

The unit, which represents some 1,400 teachers and school staff, voted in the controversial system - said to be aimed at improving the representation of minorities - this June. It was supported by 68% of the delegates at its annual general meeting.

Bad Guys

Sex change hormone treatment injured Swedish children - media

sweden hospital
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A general view of the Karolinska hospital in Stockholm, Sweden
As many as 13 children have suffered side effects from hormone therapy while receiving treatment for gender dysmorphia in Sweden, according to national broadcaster SVT.

In a report published on Wednesday, Swedish broadcaster SVT revealed that doctors at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm stopped new hormone treatments for children suffering from gender dysmorphia in May amid concerns of "potential side effects."

The hospital noted in new guidelines that the treatments are controversial and that there is a lack of scientific support for it. Data concerning the extent of the side effects and the number of children impacted was not made public.

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Attention

56 dead following explosion in Siberian coal mine, gas leak believed to be to blame

Listvyazhnaya
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Members of emergency services take part in a rescue operation at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia, November 25, 2021.
A mining accident in Siberia has killed more than 50 people, including six rescue workers, Russian media have reported citing preliminary data from emergency services, with all the missing persons presumed dead.

Over 260 miners have been rescued from the facility after reports of an explosion, with 40 of them ending up hospitalized. Some 11 miners were confirmed dead shortly after the accident unfolded, while 35 mere were considered missing. At least three out of six emergency workers have also perished during rescue efforts.

Late on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported that all the missing persons were presumed dead, citing sources in the emergency services. The assessment, however, has not yet been officially confirmed by Russia's EMERCOM, with its press service telling RT that the fate of 35 miners and three rescuers remains unknown.

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People

Covid compliance hits rock bottom in England

Coronavirus pandemic in London
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Shoppers walk past a message about the coronavirus pandemic in London.
New data released by the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that three in 10 people in England are failing to self-isolate if they develop Covid-like symptoms amid a drop in compliance with coronavirus guidance.

The survey, conducted last month, found that 29% of respondents who'd had Covid symptoms failed to follow the rules requiring them to stay at home after they'd fallen ill. Similarly, a quarter of people violated self-isolation rules between falling ill and receiving their final test result.

Comment: It is because some of the people figured out that the real danger is not the virus, but the totalitarian government that is stripping their basic human rights and destroying the economy.

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Smiley

LOL! Far right Ukrainian official claims anti-vaxxers paving way for Russian invasion

Dmitry Yarosh
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Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh speaks at a public meeting in Kiev.
Ukrainians who refuse Covid-19 vaccines are laying the groundwork for a Russian incursion into the country, an advisor to the commander in chief of the country's armed forces has claimed, amid rumors Moscow is planning to strike.

Taking to Facebook on Wednesday as opponents of mandatory Covid inoculation rallied near the Ukrainian parliamentary building in Kiev, Dmitry Yarosh, an advisor to Lieutenant-General Valeriy Zaluzhny, said that the protests could be a false flag operation.

"Friends, I don't rule out that among these people paid and sent to the capital there are anti-vaxxers - an overwhelming minority - but the main purpose of this action is to prepare the ground for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops," he said.

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Boat

Migrant smugglers kill 34 people in deadliest day of illegal Channel crossing


Comment: The question is; if the Belarus government is coordinating directed mass migration in Eastern Europe, who is doing it in Western Europe and is thus guilty of manslaughter?


Search to rescue
Dozens of people including a young girl have died trying to cross the Channel to the UK in an inflatable dinghy, officials say, in what is the deadliest incident since the current crisis began.

Two survivors are in intensive care while police have arrested four people suspected of being linked to the drownings. The International Organisation for Migration said it was the biggest single loss of life in the Channel since it began collecting data in 2014.

Boris Johnson, who held a Cobra meeting on Wednesday to discuss the incident, said he was "appalled" by the tragedy. He then suggested the French government had not always approached the problem of the crossings "in a way we think the situation deserves". People trafficking gangs were "literally getting away with murder", he said. However, later France's President Emmanuel Macron said Britain needed to stop politicising the issue for domestic gain.

The French interior minister, Gérald Darmanin, said that the dead included five women and a girl. He told an impromptu news conference in Calais that the boat that sank had been "very frail", and compared it to "a pool you blow up in your garden".

He said 34 people were believed to have been on before it sank.


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Russian prison chief fired after torture allegations

Prisoner
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Torture in Saratov prison hospital
Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the head of the country's Federal Penitentiary Service after two scandal-filled months, with accusations of inmate torture and shocking leaked videos from CCTV cameras.

Alexander Kalashnikov was removed after two years in the position. Before 2019, he was a senior official in the Federal Security Service (FSB) and served as chief of the body's directorate in Krasnoyarsk Region. Earlier this year, Kalashnikov was sanctioned by the EU, US, and Canada for his role in the imprisonment of opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

Kalashnikov's firing comes after an eventful autumn for the prison service. In October, human rights group Gulagu.net leaked three sickening videos showing the torture of inmates at a prison in Saratov, a city around 800km southeast of Moscow. The footage showed inmates being sexually abused, including anal rape and forced penetration with objects.

Over a month later, 18 workers at the prison were fired, and the Investigative Committee opened multiple criminal cases in connection to the reports of physical and sexual abuse.