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Israel should repeat 1948 military operation in Negev against Palestinians, says general

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Over 40 Palestinian villages in the Negev Desert are unrecognised by the Israeli state.
A top Israeli reserve general had called for a repeat of the 1948 military operation that led to Israel's control over the Negev ("Naqab") Desert and the displacement of thousands of Palestinians.

The general was commenting on protests by Palestinians in the Negev against Israeli razing of their lands.

Major General Yom-Tov Samiah, who served as commander of the Southern Zone in the Israeli Army during the Second Intifada, said in a tweet:
"Operation 'Yoav' will soon return to liberate the Negev. Luckily General Shaike Gavish [who led the operation at the time] is alive. He will pass on some lessons. If we continue at this rate of loss of control we will have to retake the Negev and Galilee. Civil war is on the doorstep."
Operation 'Yoav' was launched by Israeli forces in October 1948 to capture the Negev Desert, when 23 Palestinian towns and villages were destroyed and their populations made refugees in Jordan, the West Bank, and Gaza.

Snakes in Suits

Sir Keir Starmer says he did nothing wrong after photo emerges of him drinking beer with staff during lockdown

Keir Starmer

Sir Keir Starmer pictured with a beer in hand with a group of colleagues during the lockdown.
Sir Keir Starmer has said he did not break any rules after being photographed drinking a beer with his staff during the spring lockdown.

The Labour leader defended the photo, which re-emerged over the weekend, saying he was working on the Hartlepool by-election campaign and stopped to eat a takeaway with colleagues at a constituency office in Durham last May.

At the time, people in England were not allowed to mix indoors apart from for work.

"We were working, a takeaway turned up, and we stopped to eat it," Sir Keir told LBC. "We didn't break any rules, we did nothing wrong."

Comment: Leave it to pathological types to excuse their own behavior while excoriating the same behavior when it's done by others. Despite Starmer's protestations, the incidents of Sir Keir and Boris both breaking lockdown protocols are not a million miles apart but more like a socially distanced 2 meters.

Light Saber

Amnesty International calls out Italy: Unvaccinated shouldn't face discrimination

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A woman holds a cross that reads 'Mario Draghi Stop' as people stage a protest against the COVID-19 vaccination Green Pass, in Rome, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
Human rights group Amnesty International urged Italy to change tough anti-COVID-19 restrictions to avoid discrimination against unvaccinated people.

In a recent decree, Mario Draghi's government made vaccination mandatory for everyone over the age of 50 and for use of public transport and a range of other services, one of very few countries to take similar steps, in an attempt to ease pressure on Italian health services and reduce fatalities.

Comment: Mario Draghi has been on board with the Covid show since the beginning.


China's trade surplus hit a record in 2021 as exports rose

Comment: Hang on a minute. They said the Chinese economy - and certainly its leadership - was DOOMED when Covid broke out there in early 2020:
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But two years later we learn that not only is the Chinese economy back online, it's roaring stronger than it has in a decade!?!

China's trade surplus hit a record high in 2021, boosted by strong exports that have topped market expectations since their pandemic recovery.

For the full year, China's exports rose 29.9% to a new high of $3.36 trillion, beating 2020's record of $2.6 trillion, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs on Friday.

Imports increased 30.1% in 2021, buoyed in part by soaring commodity prices. That translated to an annual trade surplus of $676.43 billion, surpassing the previous high of $593.9 billion in 2015, according to data provider Wind.

Comment: Another way of putting this is: China's economy (as measured by GDP) grew by a staggering 8.1% in 2021.

That's the highest rate of growth for the Chinese economy since 2011.

Here's the question this begs: if 'the world' is 'suffering the consequences of supply chain issues brought on by Covid/lockdowns', why isn't China?

It's still clearly doing business - record business! - somewhere, so... is it only the West undergoing shortages? And if so, can that really be China's 'fault'?


"We failed": Danish newspaper apologizes for publishing official COVID narratives without questioning them

In August, Germany's top newspaper, Bild, apologized for the outlet's fear-driven Covid coverage - with special message to children, who were told "that they were going to murder their grandma."

Now, a newspaper in Denmark has publicly apologized for reporting government narratives surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic without questioning them.

"We failed," reads the article's headline from tabloid Ekstra Bladet, which goes on to admit that "For ALMOST two years, we - the press and the population - have been almost hypnotically preoccupied with the authorities' daily coronavirus figures. "(translated).

Bad Guys

Friends plus ex-royal guard claim Prince Andrew likely dated Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell
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Former palace officer Paul Page suspects Prince Andrew dated Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001.
Prince Andrew may have once dated Ghislaine Maxwell, according to friends and a former royal protection officer who claims Jeffrey Epstein's madam was constantly "in and out" of Buckingham Palace.

Former palace cop Paul Page said in a new documentary that Maxwell became a regular visitor from 2001, the year Andrew and his sex accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, were photographed in Maxwell's London home.

"From the way she was allowed to enter and exit the palace at will, we realized — suspected — that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew," Page said.

Heart - Black

16,000 pigs to be culled amid African swine fever in Malaysia

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Another 3,000 pigs out of the 16,000 at 19 farms in Paya Mengkuang, Masjid Tanah, Melaka will be culled by the end of this week to prevent the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) in the area.

Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) director-general Datuk Dr Norlizan Mohd Noor said the ASF virus was first detected in Paya Mengkuang at the end of last month and within two weeks, 19 of the 35 pig farms in the area were confirmed to have been infected by the highly contagious virus.

"(We are) forced to cull the pigs as we have a stamping-out policy, meaning, any pig at an enclosure or farm confirmed to be positive for the ASF virus has to be destroyed," he said, adding that until Sunday (Jan 16), 13,000 pigs were culled under the Animal Welfare Practice Code-Animal Disposal Management by using a high concentration of CO2 gas.

Comment: Whilst this cull alone may not be bad enough to cause serious problems, African swine fever and bird flu cases have resulted in the culling of millions of animals in the last few years and, when combined with the unprecedented lockdown disruption, the rising cost of animal feed, inflation, and mounting crop failures, the supply chain is more vulnerable than ever to any shocks, and it won't take much to push it over the edge: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Is The Government Hyping Shortages? And is 'Vaccination Shedding' Really a Thing?


Explosion & fire at gas station in Germany kills 2

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A fire at a service area on the German autobahn has claimed two lives
A fire broke out at a gas station at a highway service area in the German state of Hesse on Monday, killing two people and damaging vehicles and a restaurant, police said.

They said a witness reported a small explosion at around midday, with a fire breaking out near the pumps shortly afterward.

The body of one victim was found in one of two cars damaged by the fire, and another dead person was found nearby, they said.

Comment: See also:

Eye 1

Soviet throwback: Doc recommends ivermectin, loses license, must undergo PSYCH EVALUATION for Covid 'falsehoods'

Dr. Meryl Nass ivermectin

Dr. Meryl Nass
A doctor with decades of experience can't practice medicine after her license was temporarily suspended over complaints that she shared coronavirus misinformation, according to a Maine licensing board.

The board has ordered her to undergo a neuropsychological evaluation, it said.

Dr. Meryl J. Nass, who got a license to practice medicine in Maine in 1997, had her license "immediately" suspended for 30 days after a board investigation and review of complaints against her on Jan. 12, according to a suspension order from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

Nass, who's an internist in Ellsworth, must "submit" to an evaluation by a "Board-selected psychologist" on Feb. 1, the board's evaluation order issued Jan. 11 said.

Comment: The Herald article conveniently leaves out the fact that Dr. Nash is not some 'lone nutter', as they hope to portray her. She is a member of the team of experts which include Dr. Robert Malone, Steven Kirsch and Robert F. Kennedy Jr, who collectively share beliefs about the safety of the COVID vaccines and/or the efficacy of early treatments. She is also Dr. Robert Malone's personal physician.


Deported tennis star Djokovic receives hero's welcome in Serbia


Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic returned to a hero's welcome in Serbia on Monday after Australia deported the world men's tennis No. 1 for being unvaccinated against COVID-19, a stance jeopardizing his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam title.

Most Australians had wanted him gone, but Serbian supporters waved national flags and lauded him on arrival at Belgrade airport.

"You are our champion, Novak!" and "We love you, Nole!" they chanted, using his diminutive name.

The 34-year-old "King of Melbourne" had won nine previous Australia Opens, is level with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 titles, and was top men's seed for the tournament that got underway on Monday.