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Protesters rally near derailed train carrying NATO tanks in Greece

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A group of Greek protesters gathered near a train carrying NATO equipment that derailed on Friday. The demonstrators were rallying against the presence of US military bases in Greece and the involvement of Western countries in the Ukraine conflict.

The train went off the tracks near the port of Alexandroupolis in northeastern Greece. According to local media, it was heading to the Balkan and Baltic states as part of NATO's campaign to ramp up defenses against Russia.

It was transporting tanks, armored vehicles, and a number of containers.

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France BANS short haul domestic & connecting flights as part of 2021 Climate Law, hopes for it to be mandated across EU

Clément Beaune
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Transport minister Clément Beaune says France can no longer tolerate people using private planes for their comfort.
France has been given the green light to ban short haul domestic flights.

The European Commission has approved the move which will abolish flights between cities that are linked by a train journey of less than 2.5 hours.

The decision was announced on Friday. The changes are part of the country's 2021 Climate Law.

France is also cracking down on the use of private jets for short journeys in a bid to make transport greener and fairer for the population.

Transport minister Clément Beaune said the country could no longer tolerate the super rich using private planes while the public are making cutbacks to deal with the energy crisis and climate change.


Comment: The Transport minister's comment would only be relevant if the new law specifically targets private planes, and the 'super rich'. As it is, this does not seem to be the case.


Comment: Switzerland's new blackout lockdowns may give us an idea of what's up ahead: Switzerland unveils raft of lockdown-style restrictions to conserve power when energy crisis bites, includes BAN on electric cars


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Ukraine charges priests for 'praising Russia'

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Agents of Ukraine's SBU detained several clergymen at the Kiev Pecherska Lavra
Several Orthodox Christian clergy from the Kiev Pechersk Lavra have been charged with "glorifying Russia," the Ukrainian security service SBU said on Thursday. The announcement comes just days after a raid on the 11th-century monastery that the Moscow Patriarchate called an attempt to intimidate the faithful.

The SBU said it had received a tip that the priest and several "accomplices" had spoken words of praise about the "Russian world" during a church service. The service then established the "fact of illegal activity" through the subsequent "expert investigation," it said in a statement.

Kiev city prosecutors will charge the clergymen with "justification, recognition as legitimate, or denial of" Russian "aggression" against Ukraine or "glorification of its participants," the SBU added.

SBU head Vasily Malyuk said:
"Those who wait for the 'awakening of Mother Rus' during the full-scale war that Russia is waging against Ukraine need to understand that this harms the interests and the security of Ukraine and its citizens. We will not allow such expressions."

Comment: See also: Zelensky launches crackdown against Ukrainian Orthodox Church


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Philadelphia city counsel approves permanent curfew for teens

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Philadelphia Town Hall
Philadelphia implemented a curfew for teens amid a rise in crime during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. Now, City Council has approved a measure to make the nighttime restrictions for young people permanent.

The curfew requires those under 18 to be inside by 10 p.m.

Councilmember Katherine Gilmore Richardson said there are exceptions for teens who are working after 10 p.m. and for those who do not have a permanent address.
"Those youth would not be penalized in any way because of them going to and from work. In addition to that, we met with the Juvenile Law Center and there would not be penalties for homeless youth."
New Councilmember Anthony Phillips, who comes from a non-profit that works with young people, supported the bill.
"At a time when there seems like there is no limit of the senseless whirlwind of violence facing teens and young people, we are taking a temporary step in the absence of a cure-all."

Propaganda

Massive lying about the war in Ukraine

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The chief purpose of the Western sanctions against Russia, after Russia invaded Ukraine on 24 February 2022, has been to stop Russia's sales of energy — mainly pipelined Russian gas — to Europe. Russia had been the top supplier of energy to Europe, because its energy was by far the cheapest in Europe. It was the least expensive to produce and sell to Europe, largely because it was pipelined into Europe whereas other suppliers needed to containerize and ship their gas and oil to Europe — which is far costlier to do. In all of Europe, virtually the only energy that is pipelined comes from Russia. Therefore, the sanctions that prohibited Russian energy to be supplied to Europe caused energy-prices in Europe to soar.

However, Western 'news'-media don't blame the sanctions for Europe's soaring energy-prices, because those sanctions come from the U.S. and have the cooperation and participation by European governments. Here are the main 'causes' of Europe's soaring energy-prices according to U.S.-and-allied 'news'-media (and you will see examples from Western Governments and 'news'-media there simply by clicking onto each one of these phrases, each one of which is linked):

"Russia's cutting off the gas to Europe"

"Russia strangling Europe"

"Russia's energy war"

"Putin's energy weapon"

So: each of those 'news'-media is routinely lying to their audience in order to place the blame for Europe's soaring fuel-prices upon the Government of Russia, instead of upon the Government of America and upon its various vassal-Governments in Europe that constitute together the EU.

Attention

Hunter Biden laptop bombshell: Twitter invented reason to censor Post's reporting

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That is "f — ed."

Twitter "just freelanced" its baseless decision to censor The Post's bombshell Hunter Biden laptop scoop in the run up to the 2020 election — with top-level workers at the social media giant agreeing that controversial decision was "f-ked," damning insider communications released by CEO Elon Musk Friday reveal.

The chaos and confusion behind closed doors at Twitter in the immediate aftermath of the October 2020 Hunter Biden expose show that a small group of top-level execs decided to label the Post's story as "hacked material" without any evidence — behind the back of then-CEO and founder Jack Dorsey.

Musk tweeted a link to the account of independent journalist Matt Taibbi shortly after 6 p.m., who shed light on Twitter's shady censorship decision by posting what appeared to be redacted emails between Twitter employees.

The decision to censor The Post's story was made "at the highest levels of the company," according to Taibbi, but without Dorsey's involvement.

Comment: You can check out the full Twitter thread here.


People

China further relaxes Covid-19 restrictions after nationwide protests

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People gather in Beijing to protest China’s zero-Covid policies on November 28, 2022.
Cities across China further unwound Covid restrictions Friday, loosening testing and quarantine rules in the wake of nationwide protests calling for an end to lockdowns and greater political freedoms.

Anger and frustration with China's hardline pandemic response spilled out onto the streets last weekend in widespread demonstrations not seen in decades.

In the wake of the unrest across China, a number of cities have begun loosening Covid restrictions, such as moving away from daily mass testing requirements, a tedious mainstay of life under Beijing's stringent zero-Covid policy.

At the same time, authorities are continuing to seek to contain protests with heavy security on the streets, online censorship in full force, and surveillance of the population heightened.

Comment: See also:


Sherlock

Massive fire at historic flour mill in Ohio

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© Emily Curtis/Twitter
VIDEOS emerged on social media of a huge fire at the historic Star of the West flour mill in Kent Ohio (USA).

Videos began circulating on Twitter on Friday, December 2 showing the fire at the historic Star of the West flour mill in Kent Ohio (USA).

Prominent Twitter account @rawalerts tweeted a video of the fire alongside the caption: "Right now multiple Firefighters are currently battling a extremely large fire at a flour mill plant in Kent Ohio the exact cause is currently unknown. Police say there are no reported injuries at this time."

Comment: See also:


Bizarro Earth

Ukrainian shelling kills civilians in Donetsk

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An apartment in the Kiev district of Donetsk damaged by Ukrainian shelling.
Kiev's forces have shelled the city of Donetsk, killing at least three people and wounding five civilians, local authorities said on Friday. The Ukrainian military fired ten rockets from a Soviet-made Grad launcher, according to officials.

The shelling targeted the Kiev district in the north of the city, the territorial defense HQ of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) reported on Telegram.

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Brits 'eating pet food' and heating meals on radiators as inflation soars

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Inflation is up from 10.1% in September - and worse than the 10.7% forecast - becoming a nightmare for millions
A community worker with 20 years' experience said people are being forced to eat pet food while others are heating their food on radiators due to the ongoing cost of living crisis.

Mark Seed, who heads a community food project in Trowbridge, Cardiff, is urging for people in struggling households to be given adequate support, even when they do not appear in areas associated with poverty.

He suggests that as a result of the rise of inflation that policies need to focus on people, not places.

Mr Seed spoke of how people are constantly feels the burden of the rising cost of living.

Comment: The cost of food is actually even higher, but supermarkets are refusing to pay producers a fair price for their goods because they want to maximize profits and they don't want to deter shoppers with the real prices. However, soon enough, citizens will be confronted with the real rate of inflation and they will likely be forced to confront their governmental representatives: