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In one day: Machete-wielding 'terrorist' storms churches in southern Spain; Pensioner 'terrorist' arrested for sending letter-bomb to Spanish PM

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The assailant is pictured wielding a long blade
A church official was killed Wednesday and several others injured, including a priest, when a man wielding a bladed weapon stormed a church in southern Spain, police sources said.

The fatal attack occurred at San Isidro church in the port city of Algeciras in the southern Andalusia region.

'Shortly before 8:00 pm (1900 GMT), a person launched an attack with a bladed weapon, killing one person and injuring others,' an interior ministry statement said, indicating the victim had died 'outside the church'.

One of the wounded, who was injured inside the church, was in 'serious' condition, it added. The attacker was arrested and is in the custody of Spain's National Police.

Comment: Also today the Daily Mail reports that a pensioner was arrested for sending letter bombs to the PM, and to the country's Ukrainian embassy. The article alleges a connection between the pensioner and 'Russian intel', which is as ludicrous as it is desperate, and says more about the West's failing war in Ukraine, and highlights the suspect nature of this incident, than anything else:
Suspected 74-year-old terrorist is held amid claims Russian spies 'directed white supremacists to carry out attack'

Police arrested a pensioner Wednesday on suspicion he sent letter bombs targeting Spain's prime minister and the Ukrainian embassy, authorities said.

The 74-year-old Spaniard was taken into custody in Miranda de Ebro in the country's north and taken to Madrid where he will appear before a judge on Friday, said a spokesman for the National Court which deals with terrorism cases.

The arrest came after a weekend report in the New York Times which said Russian military intelligence officers had 'directed' associates of a white supremacist militant group based in Russia to carry out the campaign in Spain.
Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez

Spain's Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez was targeted by one of several letter bombs
US officials told the newspaper that the Russian officers who directed the campaign appeared intent on 'keeping European governments off guard' and 'may be testing out proxy groups in the event Moscow decides to escalate a conflict'.

Russia's winning the war, it has no need to do that. Further, it's NATO that has been outed as fostering terrorists cells in the West: The Strategy of Tension: NATO's Secret War Against Europe

Investigators searched the suspect's home where he was thought to have made six letter bombs, police and the interior ministry said.

Masked police stood guard outside the property as officers with sniffer dogs searched the interior, TV footage showed.

'This person was very active on social networks and according to National Police investigators, he has technical and computer expertise,' an interior ministry statement said.

'Although it is presumed that the detainee made and sent the explosive devices alone, the police do not rule out the participation or influence of other people.'

Nobody was killed by the six letter bombs sent in late November and early December to various sites in Spain, but a Ukrainian embassy employee was lightly injured while opening one of the packages.

Letters were sent to the official residence of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, to Spain's defence ministry and to an air base near Madrid from which Spain has sent weapons to Ukraine.

Will the propaganda media try to equate those objecting to the West's arming of Ukraine with 'far-right terrorism'?

Also targeted was a military equipment firm in the northeastern city of Zaragoza, which makes grenade launchers that Spain has sent to Ukraine.
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Spanish police officers stand guard outside a building after the arrest of a man suspected of being the sender of letter-bombs in November and December to the Ukrainian and U.S. embassies and several institutions in Spain, in Miranda de Ebro, Spain January 25
Investigators suspect the Russian Imperial Movement (RIM), a radical group with members and associates across Europe, is behind the letter bomb campaign.

The group - which is designated a global terrorist organisation by the United States - is believed to have ties to Russian intelligence agencies.

'Important members of the group have been in Spain, and the police there have tracked its ties with far-right Spanish organisations,' the newspaper said.

According to Stanford University's Center for International Security and Cooperation, RIM 'maintains contacts with neo-Nazi and white supremacist groups across Europe'.

The West is arming literal Nazis in Ukraine.

'The group has provided paramilitary training to Russian nationals and members of like-minded organisations from other countries at its facilities in St. Petersburg,' it added. Russian President Vladimir Putin is pictured at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow on January 24, 2023

After the embassy attack, Ukraine's ambassador to Spain, Serhii Pohoreltsev, appeared to point the finger at Russia.

'We are well aware of the terrorist methods of the aggressor country,' he told Spanish public television on November 30 just hours after the incident.

Russia's embassy to Spain condemned the letter bomb campaign.

After congratulating police on the arrest, Interior Minister Fernando Grande-Marlaska said investigators were 'looking at all possibilities'.

Private television La Sexta, which first broke the news of the pensioner's arrest, said the suspect was a former local authority employee in Vitoria, a town in northern Spain, who lived alone.

Following the letter bomb campaign, Spain's National Court opened an investigation into 'terrorism'.

In addition to sending arms to Ukraine in its fight against Russia's nearly year-long war, Spain is also training Ukrainian troops as part of a European Union programme and providing humanitarian aid.
It brings to mind a few other similar incidents that have occurred recently across Europe; the spate of seemingly random stabbings, such as the attack by a migrant against bystanders at a Paris train station on the 11th of January; as well as the raid of a 'far right' (rather delusional, and amateur) discussion group in Germany in December, wherein the media earnestly tried, and failed, to link them with Russian intelligence: German police raids group accused of far-right coup plot, minor aristocrat implicated

One gets there impression that there's either something in the air and/or there are nefarious forces at work which seek to benefit from these allegations of 'ties' - no matter how tenuous; and one wonders whether the massive protest that took place in Madrid just a few days ago, which was attended by upwards of 200,000 people, could be one of the targets. Notably, the following news report claims the protest was organised by 'right leaning', 'centre-right', and 'far-right groups': At least 100,000 anti-government protesters rally in Madrid, Spain

After all, there is precedent for this reasoning: Spanish Secret Service Behind 2017 Barcelona Terror Attacks, Wanted to Derail Catalonia Independence Referendum, Says Former Police Commissioner

Bad Guys

Laid-off Google employees are learning the hard way that woke corporations don't actually care

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A lagging economy has consequences and when you pair that with a business that fluctuates in a saturated market filled to the brim with a competition that could innovate you right out of the throne in the blink of an eye, you'll learn really fast how caring and familial a faceless corporation can be.

Google spends a lot of time selling itself as a company that cares. It's at the forefront of every woke movement, making it seem like a company that truly makes the effort to be one of the people. Of course, we've seen this kind of thing before...from literally every corporation.

Every corporation wants to present itself as the friend of the family, the helpful neighbor, or the goliath you can rely on. These businesses spend millions and millions of dollars developing marketing campaigns to try to get that idea across.

Comment: Not much sympathy for those newly unemployed:

Mr. Potato

M&M's taking a 'pause' from polarizing spokescandies

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M&M's taking a 'pause' from polarizing spokescandies

Comment: Any sane individual would consign this "news" to the humor section, but since ABC has chosen to dignify it, well . . . . .here it is.

After causing outrage by making over the Green M&M and launching a special bag featuring its new Purple character in honor of International Women's Day, M&M'S says it is taking a step back from its candy reps — sort of.

"In the last year, we've made some changes to our beloved spokescandies," the chocolate candy brand said in a statement Monday. "We weren't sure if anyone would even notice. And we definitely didn't think it would break the internet."

The brand added that the changes were so polarizing that "we have decided to take an indefinite pause from the spokescandies." Mars has tapped comedian and actress Maya Rudolph to represent the product instead.


UK: Massive spike in excess deaths sparks calls for an 'urgent investigation'

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Some 17,381 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the seven days to January 13 – 2,837 above average for the time of year.
MPs have called for an urgent investigation into Britain's soaring death rates as thousands more people than usual are dying each week.

Some 17,381 deaths were registered in England and Wales in the seven days to January 13 - 2,837 above average for the time of year.

This is the highest number of excess deaths since 3,429 in the week to February 12, 2021, when the UK was experiencing its second wave of Covid-19 infections and vaccination had only just begun.

Arrow Down

Your living standards have declined dramatically

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In the old days, shopping for groceries used to be a joy. By old days, I mean two years ago. Now, it is shocking and miserable. You look at these prices and wonder if you can even afford normal foods we took for granted.

Everyone knows about the egg problem, which is being chalked up to a bird flu, just as Putin was responsible for the gas price and greedy meat processors caused beef prices to soar. Sorry but this is ridiculous. The price of eggs is up dramatically because all the costs associated with making them available to consumers are up.

At first, there was just a shortage because grocery chains resisted price increases. Once they came back to the shelves, the cost dramatically rose. You are going to pay more for the worst eggs than the best egg cost only one year ago. Unless you know someone with chickens or have them yourself, you are stuck with thin shells and light-yellow yokes forever, while paying through the nose for them.

The bottom line is undeniable: in a mere two years, many of the things you loved, healthy food for your families — I'm not talking about the all-carb diet they want us to adopt — has now doubled in price.


California rocked by back-to-back deadly shootings

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A San Mateo County sheriff deputy stands guard at the scene of a shooting in Half Moon Bay, California
Seven people were killed in a mass shooting in the town of Half Moon Bay in California on Monday, police have confirmed. The bloodshed comes just two days after a gunman shot 11 people dead during a Lunar New Year celebration in the Los Angeles area.

California Governor Gavin Newsom said he had been visiting the victims of Saturday's Monterey Park attack in hospital when he was told that another shooting had occurred, this time in the northern part of the state. It's been "tragedy upon tragedy," Newsom wrote on Twitter.

The attack in Half Moon Bay, some 48km (30 miles) south of San Francisco, took place at two nearby agricultural enterprises.

Four people were shot dead and one was seriously injured at a mushroom farm, while three more bodies were later discovered at a soil farm, located about a mile away. All of the victims were Chinese-American workers, according to police.


FDA to propose yearly COVID vaccines like annual flu shots for Americans

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The Food and Drug Administration on Monday proposed approaching COVID-19 vaccines like the annual flu shot many Americans receive in order to protect against mutations of the virus.

The proposal aims to simplify future vaccination efforts. Under this strategy, most adults and children would get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. They would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they've received or many months it's been since their last booster.

In documents posted online, FDA scientists say many Americans now have "sufficient preexisting immunity" against the coronavirus because of vaccination, infection, or a combination of the two.

That baseline of protection should be enough, the agency says, to move to an annual booster against the latest strains in circulation and make COVID-19 vaccinations more like the yearly flu shot.

The FDA will also ask its panel to vote on whether all vaccines should target the same strains. That step would be needed to make the shots interchangeable, doing away with the current complicated system of primary vaccinations and boosters.


Britain to PAY homes to cut energy usage in bid to prevent blackouts amidst record cold weather

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Heavy frost on the ground at the Sandringham Estate in Norfolk, one of many areas covered by the yellow weather warning
More than a million households will be paid to cut back their electricity tonight as part of an emergency scheme to prevent blackouts on one of the coldest days of the year.

The National Grid will reward those participating in the Demand Flexibility Service who voluntarily reduce their usage between 5pm and 6pm, preventing the nation's supply from being overstretched.

It is the first time National Grid has implemented its DFS scheme since it was announced last November, the Times reports, as the UK prepares for freezing temperatures this week.

Comment: The British establishment has been acclimatising citizens to the looming threat of blackouts for many months now: UK's National Grid sparks panic by warning of imminent blackouts but then cancels


US military to probe rash of blood cancer diagnoses in officers working at nuclear missile base

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ICBM silo
Nine military officers who had worked decades ago at a nuclear missile base in Montana have been diagnosed with blood cancer and there are "indications" the disease may be linked to their service, according to military briefing slides obtained by The Associated Press. One of the officers has died.

All of the officers, known as missileers, were assigned as many as 25 years ago to Malmstrom Air Force Base, home to a vast field of 150 Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile silos. The nine officers were diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, according to a January briefing by U.S. Space Force Lt. Col. Daniel Sebeck.

Missileers ride caged elevators deep underground into a small operations bunker encased in a thick wall of concrete and steel. They remain there sometimes for days, ready to turn the launch keys if ordered to by the president.

"There are indications of a possible association between cancer and missile combat crew service at Malmstrom AFB," Sebeck said in slides presented to his Space Force unit this month. The "disproportionate number of missileers presenting with cancer, specifically lymphoma" was concerning, he said.


Alanis Morissette claims music industry is run by pedophiles: 'They're ALL child rapists'

Alanis Morissette

Singer Alanis Morissette
Singer Alanis Morissette has blown the whistle on how the music industry is literally "run by pedophiles" in an explosive new video.

In a documentary called 'Jagged,' which premieres Tuesday at the Toronto International Film Festival, 47-year-old Morissette claims that the entertainment industry is run by elite pedophiles who routinely rape and abuse children.

According to Morissette, she was forced to have sex with multiple men in the entertainment industry when she was just a teenager.

"It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part," Morissette said. "I would always say I was consenting, and then I'd be reminded like 'Hey, you were 15, you're not consenting at 15.' Now I'm like, 'Oh yeah, they're all pedophiles. It's all statutory rape."

Comment: She's not the only musician who has spoken up about the ugly side of the music business. Previously, the ex-Pussycat Dolls singer Kaya Jones came forward detailing her experiences in Hollywood, saying that the band was basically a "prostitution ring" for record executives to pimp out.