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Large fire breaks out in Abu Dhabi residential building

Comment: Wow, what are we up to now, 20 major fires/explosions in major cities across the Middle East, all in the space of 3 days??

Abu Dhabi fire
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Firefighters tackle a blaze at a residential building in Al Nahyan area of Abu Dhabi.
A large fire broke out in a residential building in Abu Dhabi on Friday night.

Residents of Al Nahyan area reported hearing a loud bang at around 8.30pm followed by numerous sirens as fire trucks from Civil Defence rushed to the scene.

The fire quickly spread along a 12-storey residential building on Al Marwu Steet, near Mediclinic Al Mamora, as police cordoned off the area and turned residents away.

Comment: This is just the latest fire to be reported following the explosion in Beirut, and, while all of them may not be related, as fires in residential buildings in the Emirates are not unheard of, the sheer number of as yet unexplained fires lately is notable:
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The Beirut blast and some, but not all, of the subsequent fires.


12 dead as massive explosion of seized Iranian arms cache obliterates Cyprus naval base and power station

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Five firefighters were among those killed at the blast at the Cyprus naval base
Huge blasts in a seized Iranian arms cache at a Greek Cypriot naval base in southern Cyprus killed at least 12 people on Monday, triggering power and water outages at the height of the summer.

In what Commerce Minister Antonis Paschalides called a "tragedy of Biblical dimensions" for the small Mediterranean island, the explosions devastated the adjacent Vassiliko power station.

The plant accounts for almost 60 percent of supply.

The blasts also caused massive damage to homes in the nearby village of Mari, forcing the evacuation of its population of 150 people, its mukhtar or headman, Nikos Asprou, told AFP.

Government spokesman Stefanos Stefanou said 62 people were injured, two of them seriously, announcing three days of official mourning with flags on state buildings to be flown at half-mast.

Comment: Here an Iranian weapons cache went sky-high.

In Beirut on August 4th 2020, it was a Hezbollah weapons cache - according to some Israeli media reports. Their fall-back story is that Hezbollah was using the seized ammonium nitrate to make munitions with.

Any connection?


A majority of Americans believe the news' role is vital but see an increasing level of bias in coverage, poll finds

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A majority of Americans believe the media is vital for democracy, but see an increasing level of bias in news coverage, a new report from Gallup and the Knight Foundation found.

About 84% of Americans said the news media is "critical" or "very important" to democracy, according to the report. However, 49% of those surveyed see "a great deal" of political bias in news coverage.

"Most Americans have lost confidence in the media to deliver the news objectively," said Sam Gill, Knight's senior vice president and chief program officer. "This is corrosive for our democracy."

Gallup and Knight polled more than 20,000 U.S. adults in their latest report, "American Views 2020: Trust, Media and Democracy." It builds on a previous report conducted by Gallup and the Knight Foundation in 2018.

Political affiliations played a key role in determining people's views on the press. While 22% of Democrats and 51% of independents have a "somewhat" or "very" unfavorable opinion of the news media, roughly three-fourths of Republicans felt the same way, according to the report.

Political affiliation's role is reflected throughout the report, particularly in determining whether political attacks on the press are warranted. While 80% of Americans believe the press is being politically undermined, 70% of Democrats believe the attacks are not merited; adversely, 61% of Republicans believe the attacks are justifiable.


Woketopia: Michigan, Nevada declare racism 'public health crisis.' Another state expected to do so soon

Gretchen Whitmer
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Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan and Nevada both declared that "racism" was a "public health crisis" on Wednesday, joining Wisconsin, with Colorado set to soon become the fourth state to do so.

Michigan Democrat Governor Gretchen Whitmer created a Black Leadership Advisory Council to "elevate Black voices" and reportedly push state employees to undergo implicit bias training.

"Today, I also signed an executive directive declaring racism as a public health crisis in Michigan," Whitmer said on Wednesday, later adding, "We have a lot of work to do to eradicate the systemic racism that black Americans have faced for generations, and it's going to take time. But the most important thing we can do during this time is work closely with leaders across the state, in every community, to find the root cause of problems and work to eradicate them."

Comment: What if Whitmer's ridiculous statements and the thinking that they're informed by are "the root cause"?

In Nevada, Democrat Governor Steve Sisolak signed a proclamation on Wednesday that also declared that racism was a public health crisis.

Comment: Sounds like a coordinated effort...

Comment: It's the fixation on racism as the root cause of problems that's causing a mental health crises in the US.

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Pandemic triggers rapid food inflation as unemployment remains at Great Depression levels

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Food prices at supermarkets surged during the pandemic as tens of millions of Americans lost their jobs.

According to the latest seasonally adjusted data by the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the virus pandemic has had a tremendous impact on food prices from February to June:

Meat and poultry prices jumped 11%, with beef prices surging 20%. Pork climbed by 8.5%, egg prices increased by 10%, and cereals and fresh vegetables were up more than 4%.

"The pandemic has caused a surge in demand for groceries as millions of Americans stay home and avoid eating out. While there's no significant shortage of food, disruptions in the supply chain have created scarcities and driven up prices," CNN Business noted.

Rapid food inflation comes at the worst possible time for the working poor, who were already struggling well before the virus-induced recession, with insurmountable debts, stuck in a renting society, and had very little savings to weather an economic downturn.

Comment: Unemployment, inflation and then hyperinflation, weakening supply chains and climate change - are all contributing to the great difficulty many in the US (and elsewhere) will have in procuring food for themselves and their families. Sadly, we ain't seen nothing yet:

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Coronavirus Australia: Military deployed and car windows smashed by police to enforce lockdown stay-at-home orders

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Some 500 military personnel will be deployed to Australia's second most populous state, Victoria, to enforce coronavirus isolation orders.

Anyone caught breaking the rules will face a tough fine as high as A$20,000 (£10,900), with the only exception being for urgent medical care.

Earlier this week, Victoria imposed a night-time curfew, tightened restrictions on people's movements during the day and ordered large parts of the economy to close in order to slow the spread of the virus.

However, nearly a third of those who contracted Covid-19 were not isolating at home when checked on by officials, Victoria state's premier, Daniel Andrews, said on Tuesday.

"There is literally no reason for you to leave your home and if you were to leave your home and not be found there, you will have a very difficult time convincing Victoria police that you have a lawful reason," Mr Andrews told reporters in Melbourne.

Comment: Good God - the leadership in Victoria have gone full-blown Nazi, haven't they?! Even worse than New York City with its new checkpoints.

One wonders if being a part of the Five Eyes club of totalitarian surveillance has anything to do with it?


Lebanon arrests all port officials as photo showing 'poorly stored ammonium nitrate' is leaked online

Lebanon blast
A picture taken on August 5, 2020 shows the damaged grain silo and a burnt boat at Beirut's harbour, one day after a powerful twin explosion tore through Lebanon's capital.
After a colossal port explosion rocked the capital city of Beirut, the Lebanese government has decided to put all officials who oversaw storage and security there since 2014 under house arrest, until investigations are complete.

The country's Information Minister Manal Abdelsamad said the military will oversee their confinement, until all those responsible among the suspects are found. The port officials will be put under arrest "as soon as possible," according to Abdelsamad, and the whole procedure is expected to be finished "within the next five days." It is unclear as yet how many people are going to be arrested.

The investigation is being conducted by a special committee headed by the justice minister and includes Prime Minister Hassan Diab and the heads of major security agencies.

Comment: Israel continues denying responsibility for the Beirut blast says its media:
Israel has nothing to do with the massive explosion that rocked Beirut on 4 August, the country's parliamentary TV channel has announced. A similar statement was made by an anonymous Israeli official in an interview with Reuters, while the country's Foreign Minister Gabi Ashkenazi alleged that the blast was likely an accident caused by a fire.

At the same time, a representative for the Israel Defence Forces has declined to comment on the cause of the explosion, specifically on allegations that Israel could be behind it.
"We do not comment on foreign media reports", the IDF spokesperson said.
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235 illegal immigrants in 17 vessels stopped in English Channel breaks highest daily record

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A boat with about 17 people on board was spotted off the coast of Dover by the BBC
A total of 235 migrants were intercepted crossing the English Channel on Thursday, the Home Office confirmed - a record for a single day.

In total, 17 vessels were apprehended by The Maritime and Coastguard Agency and Border Force units.

On Friday, a boat with about 17 people on board, including a pregnant woman and children, was spotted by the BBC.

Comment: Countries throughout Europe have been suffering a massive influx of both illegal and state sanctioned mass migrations for years now: Also check out SOTT radio's:


Epstein got off on my terror during sexual assault: accuser

Jeffrey Epstein
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Jeffrey Epstein
A Jeffrey Epstein accuser said in a recent interview that the multi-millionaire pedophile was turned on by her terror when he sexually assaulted her at his New York mansion in the early 2000s, a report said Thursday.

The victim, identified by the Sun online as Kiki, told the news outlet the harrowing story of how she was abused by Epstein after moving to New York from Texas in 2004.

The teen had hoped to land steady work as a model, but when her agency dropped her she ended up waiting tables at the Union Square Cafe, according to the report.

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Fire in one of the World Trade Center towers in Brussels

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Fire at one of the World Trade Centre's in Brussels
A fire broke out in one of the towers of the World Trade Center in Brussels. The building is under renovation. UA fire broke out on Thursday afternoon around 3:45 p.m. in the WTC tower, located on Boulevard du Roi Albert II, in the North district of Brussels, said Brussels firefighter spokesperson Walter Derieuw. A cloud of black smoke was emerging and was visible several kilometers away.

The building is under renovation, so it is not currently occupied. Only workers were there when the fire broke out. There are no injuries.

There is no water in the tower. The fire brigade must take it from the pumper on the ground floor. The site hoist was made available to them.

Comment: There have been numerous notable fires following the Beirut blast, see here for details: New fire at Saudi Arabia's Haramain high speed train station