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Extinction Rebellion activists have worn out their welcome and the public is angry

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When does activism for a cause turn into a narcissistic agenda for attention and self gratification? There's a fine line, and the Extinction Rebellion movement has surely crossed it with their incessant and self-indulgent drama.

This week, motorists in France were greeted with yet another Extinction group trying to glue themselves to the pavement of a major thoroughfare to block traffic in the name of stopping climate change. However, this time drivers did not simply sit around waiting for the police to arrive; instead, they began dragging the activists off the road by force.


Germany preparing for emergency cash deliveries, bank runs and "aggressive discontent" ahead of winter power cuts

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While Europe has been keeping a generally optimistic facade ahead of the coming cold winter, signaling that it has more than enough gas in storage to make up for loss of Russian supply even in a "coldest-case" scenario, behind the scenes Europe's largest economy is quietly preparing for a worst case scenario which include angry mobs and bankruns should blackouts prevent the population from accessing cash.

As Reuters reports citing four sources, German authorities have stepped up preparations for emergency cash deliveries in case of a blackout (or rather blackouts) to keep the economy running, as the nation braces for possible power cuts arising from the war in Ukraine. The plans include the Bundesbank hoarding extra billions to cope with a surge in demand, as well as "possible limits on withdrawals", one of the people said. And if you think crypto investors are angry when they can't access their digital tokens in a bankrupt exchange, just wait until you see a German whose cash has just been locked out.

Officials and banks are looking not only at origination (i.e., money-printing) but also at distribution, discussing for example priority fuel access for cash transporters, according to other sources commenting on preparations that accelerated in recent weeks after Russia throttled gas supplies.

Comment: Got cash?

Arrow Up

Inflation in Italy highest since 1984

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Italy's domestic price index jumped 11.8% in October from a year earlier, the highest since March 1984, official statistics agency ISTAT reported on Wednesday.

The rate picked up from an 8.9% annual increase in September and rose 3.4% on the monthly basis. Meanwhile, EU-harmonized year-on-year price growth hit 12.6% in October, jumping from the prior month's 9.4%.

The "wide speed-up of the growth" in inflation was mainly due to the prices of energy (from +44.5% in September to +71.1%) and food including alcohol (from +11.4% to +13.3%).

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To cover, or not to cover, that is the question women are not allowed to answer

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In France, it is banned in schools, and in Iran it is mandatory. The French fashion police are interfering with women's freedom while criticizing their counterparts in Iran.

A piece of cloth used by women to cover their hair has become a point of contention. The Orthodox Jewish women and the American Amish women wear head coverings, but when a Muslim woman wears a headscarf (hijab) it becomes an issue.

"We constantly vilify these morality police in Iran and Afghanistan, but in countries like France, if you are wearing the full veil, police will tell you not to wear it and give you a punishment. How is that different?" said Semiha Topal, visiting assistant professor of religious studies at William and Mary.

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Protesters and police clash in southern China over Covid-19 lockdowns

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Workers installing barriers to block an area amid the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic in Guangzhou in China’s southern Guangdong province in May 2022.
Protesters in southern China clashed with police in a rare display of public opposition to anti-Covid measures, videos posted online showed, after lockdowns in the area were extended over a surge in infections.

Videos circulating on social media since Monday night and verified by AFP showed hundreds taking to the street in the industrial metropolis of Guangzhou, some tearing down cordons intended to keep locked-down residents from leaving their homes.

A few scuffled with officials in hazmat suits.

Comment: Whatever China is doing with these lockdowns, we can be pretty sure it's nothing to do with Covid. The powers in China aren't stupid. They're not going to damage themselves economically and risk turning the populace against them for some mythical 'zero-Covid' agenda when they know that Covid isn't really that big a deal.

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Dutch court passes sentence in MH17 trial

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A view of the Schiphol Judicial Complex in Badhoevedorp, near Amsterdam, Netherlands.
Three out of four defendants given life sentences for downing a civilian airliner in 2014.

The Hague District Court has found three people guilty in the high-profile case of Malaysian Airlines Flight MH17, which was downed amid hostilities in the east of Ukraine in 2014. Russia has criticized the Dutch-led investigation and prosecution as not objective.

One of the men accused was acquitted due to lack of evidence, but three were sentenced to life in prison, partly due to their "detestable" attitude towards the trial, Judge Hendrik Steenhuis said. All four were tried in absentia.

Comment: Russia's reaction (from RT):
The decision taken on Thursday by a Dutch court on the MH17 plane crash was absolutely political, the Russian Foreign Ministry has insisted in a statement. Earlier in the day, judges found three people guilty of downing the Malaysian passenger jet over Ukraine in 2014.

A court in The Hague found two Russian nationals - Igor Girkin and Sergey Dubinsky - as well as a Ukrainian citizen Leonid Kharchenko guilty of downing the commercial flight. All the three were sentenced to life in prison in absentia. They are also liable for more than €16 million in compensation to the victims' families.

The Dutch court was "under unprecedented pressure" during the hearings, the Russian Foreign Ministry stated, commenting on the verdict. "There can be no talk of objectivity and impartiality under such circumstances," it added, pointing to attempts by Dutch "politicians, prosecutors and media to impose a politically motivated verdict" in this case.

Moscow has made it clear that, in accordance with the country's constitution, it will not be extraditing its citizens.

The court's decision was based on the conclusions of Dutch prosecutors, which, in turn, were built upon the accounts of anonymous witnesses and evidence presented by the Ukrainian Security Service, which is "an interested party" in the case, the ministry argued. Arguments presented by the Russian side, including data declassified by the Russian Defense Ministry were discarded, it added.
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Possible Ebola case being investigated in UK

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An Ebola awareness messsage on the side of a van in Uganda, which is battling an outbreak of the disease
Health officials are investigating a potential Ebola case in Colchester, after a patient with suspected symptoms returned to Britain from Africa, where a strain of the deadly virus is circulating in Uganda.

On Wednesday, part of Colchester Hospital in Essex was closed to new patients amid concerns that a patient with a travel history to Africa was developing early symptoms of Ebola, a deadly hemorrhagic fever.

The Telegraph understands that officials at the UK Health Security Agency are testing the patient for a range of diseases as part of routine infection control protocol that kicks in when suspected cases emerge in travellers.

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Bizarro Earth

Israel, US blame Iran for drone bombing attack on tanker off Oman coast, provide no evidence for claims

Tanker Pacific Zircon
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FILE PHOTO: Tanker Pacific Zircon is seen off the coast of Britain's Isle of Wight, in an undated handout picture
Iran confirms release of two Greek tankers and their sailors Tanker Pacific Zircon is seen off the coast of Britain's Isle of Wight, in an undated handout picture (Reuters/File photo)

The US and Israel have blamed Iran for the bombing of an oil tanker associated with an Israeli billionaire off the coast of Oman.

The drone attack on the Liberian-flagged Pacific Zircon happened on Tuesday night off the coast of Oman and resulted in damage to the vessel but no casualties. The US Central Command said the debris from the attack showed it was an Iranian "Shahed-series one-way attack drone".

"This unmanned aerial vehicle attack against a civilian vessel in this critical maritime strait demonstrates, once again, the destabilizing nature of Iranian malign activity in the region," General Michael Kurilla, commander of US Central Command, said in a statement on Wednesday.

Comment: Meanwhile there are numerous verifiable attacks and thefts of tankers and their cargo by the US and Israel in the region: Why the US & Israel are preventing aid from reaching one of the poorest countries in the Middle East


Tulsi Gabbard warns democracy is dead so long as Dems, elites work 'hand in hand' with big tech

On Monday, former Congresswoman and recent Democratic Party defector Tulsi Gabbard filled in for Fox News host Tucker Carlson and warned that so long as Democrats and the Washington elite continue to work with big tech, there can be no democracy.

Her comments come less than a week after the midterm elections, with Republicans poised to take the House as Democrats retain a narrow control of the Senate.

"We've spent all week hearing nothing but pundits pontificating on what actually happened in this election," Gabbard began, "but if you're like me, you've had enough of that."

"It's time for us to talk about what happens next," she continued. "It's time for those who actually got elected to prove to the American people that they're not just politicians; that they actually are there in Washington to take action to protect the interests and freedom of the American people."


Blowback: Italian police bust Azov-tied Nazi cell planning local terror attacks

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The arrest of Italian neo-Nazis affiliated with the Ukrainian Azov Battalion highlights the terrifying potential for blowback from the Ukraine proxy war

Italian police announced a series of raids against the neo-Nazi Order of Hagal organization. Accused of stockpiling weapons and planning terror attacks, the group has established operational ties to the Ukrainian Azov Battalion.

Five members of an Italian neo-Nazi organization known as the "Order of Hagal" were arrested on November 15th while an additional member remains wanted by authorities. He happened to be in Ukraine, fighting Russian forces alongside the Azov Battalion, which has been formally integrated into the Ukrainian military.

The "Hagal" members are accused of plotting terrorist attacks on civilian and police targets. A sixth member of the Hagal group, now considered a fugitive, is in Ukraine and embedded with the Azov Battalion, a neo-Nazi paramilitary group that has been incorporated into the Ukrainian National Guard.