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Over 80% of Russians are 'happy' - poll

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© Sputnik / Ramil Sitdikov
People walk at Red Square decorated for the upcoming New Year and Christmas holiday season, in Moscow, Russia.
A recent survey has suggested that more than 80% of Russians consider themselves generally "happy," the Russian Public Opinion Research Center (VCIOM) reported on Monday. The pollster noted that the high happiness figures correlated with low levels of depression, reported in another recent survey.

The study, conducted by phone on October 27 and which involved 1,600 randomly selected Russians aged over 18, found that since 2015, the level of happiness among respondents has remained "consistently high," with the share of those describing themselves as totally happy having not fallen below 30%.

According to the VCIOM survey, 81% of those asked described themselves as happy to some degree, with 37% considering themselves "definitely happy" and 44% "somewhat happy."

Comment: Now compare that to a poll from the USA called the General Social Survey taken in 2021:
The General Social Survey has been asking Americans since 1972 whether, all things considered, they're very happy, pretty happy or not too happy. The percentage who said very happy outran the percentage who said not too happy in every poll taken before the pandemic.

Today, 24% indicated they were not too happy, compared with 19% who said they were very happy. The former is a record high, while the latter is a record low. The rest, as Christopher Ingraham noted, are in the "pretty happy" camp, which hasn't changed much since 2018.

Yellow Vest

570,000 public sector workers go on 3-day strike in Quebec

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© Pierre Obendrauf /Montreal Gazette
Quebec public-sector workers rally at Parc des Faubourgs in Montreal on Thursday November 23, 2023 during the third day of strike action.
With negotiations deadlocked and nearly 570,000 workers on strike at the same time, the Quebec premier says unions have to be flexible.

The Quebec government is willing to put more money on the table to end the impasse with the common front of public-sector unions, but on the condition they show more flexibility in the way work is organized, Premier François Legault said Thursday.

With negotiations deadlocked and nearly 570,000 workers on strike at the same time — a massive demonstration is scheduled in front of the National Assembly Thursday — Legault and Treasury Board President Sonia LeBel called in the media to address the issue.

Comment: Footage from the protest:

What with the economic situation only worsening, albeit at a slower pace (at the moment), it's likely only a matter of time before the huge protests that we saw, across much of the Western world at the beginning of last year erupt once again: Thousands of Romanian teachers protest low wages, strike enters 3rd week (June 2023)

Bizarro Earth

Mass culls on farms in Germany, Japan, as first bird flu outbreaks of the season hit

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Japan detected the first case of highly pathogenic H5-type bird flu this season at a poultry farm in the south of the country, public broadcaster NHK reported on Saturday.

The local government in Saga Prefecture will cull about 40,000 birds on the farm, NHK said, citing agriculture ministry officials it did not name.

Ministry officials were not immediately available for comment outside of business hours.

Comment: Urdu Point reports:
Bird Flu Outbreaks On German Farms Lead To Mass Culling

The highly contagious H5N1 strain of bird flu has been detected on three poultry farms in Germany, according to local authorities, leading to the culling of tens of thousands of animals.

At the most severely affected location, a turkey farm, it was the second bird flu outbreak this year. The first outbreak led to the culling of 17,000 animals in March, while 25,000 have been culled in the current outbreak.

"It is to be feared that the situation will continue to gather pace as the cold season approaches," said Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania's Minister of Agriculture, Till Backhaus, urging farmers to slaughter their animals early to "avert the threat of financial losses.

The same practice has been reported with other livestock, and it temporarily leads to an oversupply in the market, and, oftentimes, a slight decrease in prices. However, once the glut has subsided, shortages then cause prices to spike, and there's a good chance that an increasing number of suppliers will leave the market, or at least reduce their flocks, rather than take the risk next year.

Like the H3N8 virus, which is known as the equine influenza virus, H5N1 has already been detected in humans. However, according to current research, transmission between humans is not yet possible.

Last year, Europe was hit by the worst bird flu season on record. According to the responsible authorities of the European Union, a total of 50 million birds were culled due to the virus between October 2021 and September 2022.
And that's just Europe, because in the US at least 12 million birds were culled.

The BBC reports that outbreaks are also being recorded in the UK:
Bird flu: Outbreak at Donnington commercial poultry site confirmed

Bird flu has been found in commercial poultry at a site in Lincolnshire.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) said the H5N1 virus was found at a property in Donnington. It is the first case confirmed in England since 1 October.

So less than 2 months ago.

A 3km (1.86 miles) Protection Zone and 10km (6.21 miles) Surveillance Zone was put in place around the property.

The restrictions mean that all movement of birds and eggs in the protection zone must be monitored.

The UK Health Security Agency advise that bird flu was primarily a disease of birds and the risk to the general public's health is very low.

Bird flu is an infectious disease of poultry and wild birds that has been around for a century.

And yet, it seems that it's only now that these outbreaks and mass culls are in effect.

It usually flares up in autumn before fading away in spring and summer.

It can spread through entire flocks of domestic birds within a matter of days, through birds' droppings and saliva, or through contaminated feed and water.

And, increasingly, it's only factory farming, that raise animals in appalling conditions, that can afford to remain in business - and even then it's not always because they're more profitable, it's often because of their connections with corrupt government officials and institutions.

More than 350 UK farms have seen infections between 2020 and 2023, according to Defra.

In Lincolnshire, which is home to many poultry farmers, it was estimated in excess of a million birds had to be culled in the two months following December 2021 after more than a dozen outbreaks were identified.
There's only so many mass culls, highly suspect food processing plant fires, and extreme weather events, that farmers and the food industry can suffer before it becomes no longer profitable - and that's not taking into account Western governments sinister attacks on food producers - and before shortages and prices spikes impact the food supply:


War fatigue: Poll finds majority of Americans want Ukraine and Gaza ceasefires

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An anti-war rally led by Code Pink outside the US Capitol in March, 2022
Americans would overwhelmingly support ceasefires both in the Ukraine conflict and in Gaza according to the results of an Economist/YouGov poll released on Wednesday. The survey also found that US residents trust Israel more than Russia not to target civilians during the hostilities.

Comment: Which only goes to show the depth of the mind programming of the average American

More than seven in ten Americans (72%) either strongly or somewhat support a truce in the Russia-Ukraine fighting, the survey showed, with the "strong" option picked by 48% of those polled. Just 9% opposed a ceasefire to some degree.

The desire to end hostilities was less overwhelming for the Israeli-Hamas war, but nevertheless 63% of Americans favored it, while 20% opposed such an outcome.

Comment: The Russia-Ukraine conflict has averaged 500 deaths per month for 22 MONTHS. Bad enough.

Israel has averaged 1885 deaths PER WEEK, and yet Israel is more trustworthy than Russia?

The mind boggles . . . .


Top DODEA administrator nabbed in human trafficking sting, reports say

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The chief of staff for Defense Department schools in the United States was arrested last week on suspicion of soliciting a prostitute during a human trafficking sting, according to media reports.

Stephen Hovanic, 64, of Sharpsburg, Ga., was nabbed on a pandering charge during a two-day operation last week by Coweta County Sheriff's Office, WSB-TV in Atlanta reported Tuesday. Coweta is approximately 25 miles southwest of Atlanta.

Hovanic has worked for Department of Defense Education Activity for nearly three decades, the past 13 years as chief of staff for the Americas region, according to the activity's website. DODEA administers schools on U.S. military bases worldwide.

The sting was initiated Nov. 15 by members of the Coweta County Sheriff's Office, which requested assistance from Haralson County's Special Operations Division, according to a social media post by the Haralson County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday.

No details on where or how the sting was conducted were released, but 26 individuals were arrested, 12 for prostitution, 10 for pandering and four for pimping, according to the post on X, formerly known as Twitter.

Six trafficked victims were rescued and moved to safety, the post said. Three of the arrested individuals are under investigation for human trafficking and drug charges.


Ukraine's cyber security chief fired over corruption scandal

Agents of the Ukrainian Security Service (SBU) and National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU)
Officials at the data protection agency are suspected of embezzlement...

The Ukrainian government on Monday replaced the head of the State Service of Special Communications and Information Protection of Ukraine (SSSCIP), after anti-corruption prosecutors implicated him in an embezzlement scheme.

SSSCIP head Yury Shchigol and his deputy Viktor Zhora have been dismissed and Dmitry Makovsky appointed as acting director, government spokesman Taras Melnichuk announced. The agency's job is to secure government communications and defend the country's infrastructure from cyber attacks.

While Melnichuk did not specify the reasons for the dismissals, the National Anti-Corruption Bureau (NABU) issued a statement an hour later claiming that Shchigol and Zhora had been implicated in a plot to embezzle 62 million hryvnia ($1.72 million) between 2020 and 2022.

According to NABU, six SSSCIP officials participated in procurement of software for a secure government database from two companies in a closed bidding process. The companies, which were allegedly under the control of the conspirators, sold the software at an inflated cost, billing the government 285 million hryvnia while paying 223 million to a foreign vendor.

Arrow Up

New traffic data shows Musk's X surpassing Instagram and Facebook: "Guess we're not dead yet"

Dying corporate media outlets have been waging an all-out assault on social media platform X because they perceive it as an existential threat to their ideological narrative control and the interest of their overlords due to its emphasis on 'free speech.'

When the failed social media network, "Treads," was launched by Meta in early July, we were the first to point out how corporate media banded together with headlines such as "Twitter Killer" and prophesized the demise of Elon Musk's social media platform.

According to Bloomberg data, "Twitter Killer" appearing in headlines erupted across corporate media - a concerted effort by the status quo against Musk.

Comment: Musk is being hit by Media Matters with the nuclear weapon of smears, being antisemitic. It's a frame-up. Lawyer Viva Frei explains the scam

Musk on the move:

Star of David

Israeli troops open fire at Palestinian civilians despite ceasefire

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© Sabbir Hossain/X
At least two people were killed during the incident, according to the news agency

Israeli soldiers have opened fire at Palestinian civilians who attempted to return to their homes in northern Gaza shortly after the start of the four-day truce between Israel and Hamas, an AP journalist has reported from the scene. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) had earlier warned the displaced residents of Gaza against attempting to move to the north of the enclave.

At least two people were killed and 11 others were injured during the incident, the news agency claimed on Friday.

An Israeli military spokesman told Haaretz that reports of the use of live fire by IDF troops against Palestinians were being investigated.


How US sanctions turned China's chipmaker Huawei into a success story

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© Reuters
Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp has emerged as Beijing's secret weapon in breaking through a US-organised blockade aimed at containing China's technological progress, despite years of American sanctions.
HUAWEI Technologies alarmed politicians from Washington to Tokyo when it took the wraps off a US$900 smartphone that signaled China's rapid advance in semiconductor technology. The episode also thrust the little-known company that made the chip for Huawei into the middle of the US-Chinese battle for geopolitical supremacy.

Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp has emerged as Beijing's secret weapon in breaking through a US-organised blockade aimed at containing China's technological progress, despite years of American sanctions.

Its success in delivering an advanced, 7-nanometer processor to Huawei set off jubilant celebration at home, and triggered partisan finger-pointing in Washington over the apparent failure.

Comment: See also:


Illegal biolab in California held pathogens labeled Ebola, HIV - CDC & FBI initially refused to investigate

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© Eric Paul
Refrigerator units at the warehouse, 1st August 2023
The illegal lab was operating in California and its public safety risk came to light in December 2022 after a green garden hose was seen in a hole in the side of the warehouse

A secret Chinese-owned bio lab in California was found to be hiding thousands of vials of various biological substances, which included some carrying the label "HIV" and a freezer marked "Ebola" which FBI and the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention had earlier refused to investigate, as per a House committee report released Wednesday (Nov 15).

Comment: It seems highly unlikely that this laboratory is connected to China's government in any way, other than the fact that the people working there were Chinese, because, for the most part, it's the US that has numerous, sinister bioweapons laboratories in operation across the planet, but particularly in its vassal states. It was the US government and its private industry that was funding and directing the Covid research in Wuhan, China. And the evidence shows that Covid itself leaked from the Fort Detrick bioweapons lab.

The illegal lab was operational in California and the public safety risk it posed came to light in December 2022 when observant code enforcement officer Jesalyn Harper saw a green garden hose in a hole in the side of a warehouse which was believed to be vacant for more than a decade.

Comment: One may recall this related story from November 2021: 'SMALLPOX found in Merck lab in Philadelphia, FBI launch urgent probe

See also: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Interview with Dilyana Gaytandzhieva: Pentagon Biological Warfare And Arms Trafficking to Terrorists