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Netherlands to shut down EU's largest gas field - official

natural gas extraction plant, Groningen, Netherlands
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An aerial view of a natural gas extraction plant and pipework above ground at an onshore site operated by Nederlandse Aardolie Maatschappij BV (NAM) on November 22, 2021 in Groningen, Netherlands.
The Dutch government is set to stop production at the Groningen gas field later this year, the state secretary for the extractive industries, Hans Vijlbrief, told the Financial Times. The site is already producing only a fraction of its capacity, and it is "very dangerous" to keep operating it, according to the official.

"We won't open up more because of the safety issues.... I'm not going to do it because it means that you increase the chances of earthquakes, which I don't want to be responsible for," he told the news outlet.

"It's very, very simple: everybody who has some knowledge of earthquake danger tells me that it's really very dangerous to keep on producing [at Groningen]. I'm quite convinced it's wise to close it down," Vijlbrief continued.


Comment: A plausible explanation. But is it really that dangerous to continue the drilling that's been going on since 1963 and has been deemed acceptable up until this point, or is that just the excuse most likely to obscure the fact that yet another energy producer is cutting production at a time when it's most needed?


The official noted that he plans to shut down the site by October 1, but this will depend on whether the EU has enough gas after the winter. If necessary, the field might continue to operate until October 2024.

There is reportedly about $1 trillion worth of gas reserves at Groningen, which was opened in 1963 and produced over 50 billion cubic meters of gas at its peak ten years ago. However, because the extraction process led to earthquakes that threatened the homes of local residents, output was eventually cut. Up to 100 drilling-induced tremors have been registered around Groningen annually since the 1980s, with roughly 160,000 claims for damage to property filed to date, according to the FT.

The Netherlands came under pressure from EU authorities to boost production at the site last year, when a drop in supplies from Russia sent gas prices on the continent soaring to historic highs. Although the Hague rejected these calls, it did postpone plans to shut down the field. Its annual output was cut to 2.8 billion cubic meters (bcm), as producing more than 5 bcm would heighten the risk of earthquakes, Vijlbrief said.

Eye 1

Kiev's star mercenary threatens to 'burn Ukrainian army to the ground' - media

Emese Fajk
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Emese Fajk
A notorious Australian TV star who joined Ukraine's International Legion blackmailed Kiev's military commanders as she resisted several attempts to kick her out, according to recordings released by the Daily Mail on Saturday.

The secretly recorded tapes appear to show that Emese Fajk, who became the foreign legion's communications director after fleeing Australia following a fraud scandal on a reality TV show, threatened to leak damaging information on the Ukrainian army, should she be expelled over an unauthorized overseas trip.

According to the recordings, to avoid such an outcome she blackmailed Ukrainian general Andrey Ordinovich, who went under the codename 'Zeus.' She said that Ukrainian officials "wanted to deport [her] for desertion" and "terminate her contract."

Fajk explained that her "only luck was that before this I spoke to 'Zeus', and they couldn't touch me. I told Zeus if I'm not coming back to this thing, I'm going to go public on everything I know and why I'm being removed."

Comment: While the woman's claims can hardly be trusted considering her penchant for lying and manipulation, it's probably true that the reality of what's going on in the Ukrainian military would bring a swift end to the conflict were it ever to reach the ears of Western populations.


Pills

Liberal city's open-air drug crisis spiraling out of control, fueled by Mexican cartels: 'We're zombies'

Philadelphia's open-air drug markets, drug addict
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Philadelphia's open-air drug markets are spiraling out of control.
Philadelphia's open-air drug crisis is spiraling even more out of control, as Mexican cartel-supplied drugs flow largely unheeded over an open southern border, Sara Carter reported in a Thursday "Hannity" exclusive.

Philadelphia, which is exponentially closer to the northern border than the southern one, continues to experience a heroin, meth and fentanyl epidemic — prominently in the long-troubled Kensington neighborhood, east of Temple University and north of Old City.

Carter recounted traveling through block after block of the neighborhood, prominently marked by the El train that forms its proverbial backbone, witnessing untold numbers of people shooting up unknown illicit substances.

"Just so you can get a perspective here, 95% of the narcotics here in Philadelphia, according to law enforcement sources I've spoken to today, are coming from the Sinaloa Cartel," she said.

Briefcase

Germany's energy crisis explained

german power plant
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FILE PHOTO. Berlin continues to blame Moscow for the crisis, while Washington seeks to take advantage of the situation
Germany has been struggling to meet its energy needs for almost a year as it seeks to reduce its dependence on Russian gas. Officials in Berlin still blame the nation's problems on Moscow and its supposed 'energy war' against the West.

On Friday, the energy transition minister of the northern German state of Schleswig-Holstein, Tobias Goldschmidt, accused Moscow of "starting an energy war" and "reducing gas supplies." Federal Economy Minister Robert Habeck, who has repeatedly stated that 'energy independence' from Russia is worth all the trouble, called the massive energy imports from the country a "big mistake" at the World Economic Forum in Davos earlier this week.

Why did Russia reduce gas supplies to Germany?

Stock Down

British steel industry 'a whisker away' from collapse with 35,000 jobs at risk

Steelworks UK

The undated file photo shows Scunthorpe Steelworks in North Lincolnshire, Lincolnshire, England.
British unions have warned that the UK steel industry, which supports around 35,000 jobs, is "a whisker away" from collapse as the country grapples with its biggest strike wave in decades amid global energy crisis.

The warning was made in a letter on Sunday to the British government from Unite, Community and GMB unions, which accused Business Secretary Grant Shapps of taking "little meaningful action" to aid the sector amid spiraling energy costs.

Unite's assistant general secretary Steve Turner wrote that the government's inaction leaves the sector "at breaking point" and "a whisker away from collapse."

Comment: Take that Putin!... Except Europeans are instead starting to realise that those responsible for their increasingly unbearable suffering are actually those in their own government: At least 100,000 anti-government protesters rally in Madrid, Spain


Megaphone

At least 100,000 anti-government protesters rally in Madrid, Spain

madrid protest 2023
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Right-wing and far-right parties organized the rally, accusing leftist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez of doing deals with coup leaders and terrorists. Spain is due for local, regional and national elections this year.

Tens of thousands of people packed into central Madrid on Saturday against the left-wing government of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.

The protest, called by dozens of right-leaning civil society groups and backed by the center-right Popular Party (PP) and the far-right Vox party, came in a key election year for Spain.

The central government said around 30,000 people gathered at Madrid's Cibeles Square, while organizers said some 700,000 people attended.


Comment: Previous protests by the Yellow Vests in France have proven that the media will readily parrot government figures despite overwhelming evidence showing that the number in attendance was many, many times higher. A reasonable and conservative estimate of those protesting would surpass 100,000 - which is a huge number, and it's likely the reason why the government does not want the true number to be known.



Sanchez labeled a 'traitor'

Comment: Whilst the article doesn't make mention of it, It's likely that those in attendance were protesting because, like the rest of Europe (and beyond), they're seeing living standards plummet, whilst also suffering soaring energy costs and out of control inflation: French workers join strikes against Macron's pension reform plan





Syringe

Elon Musk says he felt like he 'was dying' after 2nd COVID booster shot, cousin in 'peak health' suffered myocarditis

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SpaceX founder Elon Musk speaks during a T-Mobile and SpaceX joint event on August 25, 2022 in Boca Chica Beach, Texas
Elon Musk took to Twitter late Friday evening to share his personal experience with the second COVID booster shot, explaining he ran into "major side effects."

In a series of tweets, the Twitter CEO said he felt like he "was dying" and that a cousin of his in "peak health" suffered myocarditis, an inflammation of the heart which is listed as a possible side effect of some coronavirus vaccines.

"I had major side effects from my second booster shot. Felt like I was dying for several days. Hopefully, no permanent damage, but I dunno," Musk said in a tweet.

He added: "And my cousin, who is young & in peak health, had a serious case of myocarditis. Had to go to the hospital."

Comment: Another to come around is Scott Adams, who was vociferous in his support of the vax, because of his personal health issues. His characterization of "winning" and "losing" though, misses the point. No one "won" except Big Pharma.






UFO

Area 51 expert slams US government for raiding his home: 'I've lost faith in the justice system'

Extraterrestrial Highway  Rachel  Area 51
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In this April 10, 2002, file photo, a vehicle moves along the Extraterrestrial Highway near Rachel, Nev., the closest town to Area 51.
Joerg Arnu says U.S. agents 'dragged' him out of his house with no explanation

The home of an Area 51 website owner was violently raided by more than a dozen armed FBI agents in November, and since then, Joerg Arnu has received minimal explanation for the bombardment that caused $25,000 in damages to his property.

Area 51 expert Joerg Arnu explained on Tucker Carlson Tonight that the search was related to images he posted on his website.

"I can't get ahold of anyone. Three doors were kicked in. A country gate was busted. My girlfriend was dragged out of the house in Las Vegas. I was dragged out of the house in Rachel. And nobody can give us any answers," Arnu explained Friday.

Arnu has pleaded for an explanation from the U.S. Justice Department for months, but has largely remained in the dark.

Comment: FBI conducts "no-knock warrant" at home of owner of website devoted to Area 51


Pistol

Gunman still on the loose after 10 killed in mass shooting in Monterey Park dance studio

Monterey Park
© Raul Roa/Los Angeles Times
Police at the scene of a shooting in Monterey Park on Saturday night.
The gunman who opened fire at a ballroom dance studio in Monterey Park on Saturday night, killing 10 people and injuring 10 others, remained on the loose Sunday morning, authorities said.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Robert Luna said a "very preliminary description" was that the suspect is an Asian man, but he did not provide further details.

"We are utilizing every resource to apprehend this suspect in what we believe to be one of the county's most heinous cases," Luna said.

The shooting occurred on Lunar New Year's Eve about seven miles east of downtown Los Angeles. Luna said it was too early to tell whether the festival was in any way connected to the shooting.

A law enforcement source briefed on the matter said the gunman used a high-powered assault rifle at close range.

Briefcase

Fired workers sue New York City, seek $250 million and end to COVID vaccine mandate

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COVID Lawsuit
New York City public-sector workers who lost their jobs for refusing to comply with the city's COVID-19 vaccine mandate on Thursday filed a $250 million lawsuit against the city and Mayor Eric Adams seeking to end the mandate. The 72 fired workers are demanding the city overturn the mandate, reinstate their jobs and compensate them with punitive damages.

The workers argue the mandate should be found "arbitrary and capricious" given that "President Joe Biden, Governor Kathy Hochul and Senator Chuck Schumer have all declared that the pandemic is over," and that it was already rescinded for private sector employees and students, according to the lawsuit.

The lawsuit, filed in the Bronx County Supreme Court of the State of New York, also alleges the plaintiffs were discriminated against with "willful or wanton negligence, or recklessness" and were mocked and ridiculed by their colleagues.

Many of the plaintiffs — formerly with the New York Police Department (NYPD), the New York Fire Department, the Department of Education, the Department of Health and other agencies — worked for the city for more than 20 years but now are unemployed, have lost their homes and their ability to support their families, the lawsuit states.

Comment: Should the plaintiffs succeed, it may open a floodgate of lawsuits all over the country - tying up the courts for years.