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8 dead and 31 wounded in mortar shell attack that also damaged Iranian embassy compound in Kabul

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Relatives stand around the dead body of a boy who was killed by a mortar shell attack in Kabul, Afghanistan on Saturday.
About 23 mortar shells slammed into different parts of the Afghan capital on Saturday, killing at least eight people and wounding 31 others, an official said.

The shells were fired from two cars, Interior Ministry spokesperson Tariq Arian said. No one took immediate responsibility for the early morning attack that also targeted the posh Wazir Akbar Khan area of Kabul, which houses diplomatic missions.

At least one rocket landed in the Iranian embassy compound. In a tweet, Iran's embassy in Kabul in confirmed that a rocket came down in the courtyard of the embassy compound and "a number of shrapnel" hit the embassy's main building, causing some damage to windows and equipment, without specifying the equipment.


Guatemalans are currently burning down their Congress after series of government failures

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Guatemalans are currently burning down their Congress after a series of crises hit their boiling point.

The protests were sparked after a budget bill passed on Tuesday, but that was only the final straw that the broke the camel's back after years of anger towards their government.

Protesters brought over a guillotine before setting Congress ablaze.

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Trump supporters and BLM protesters face off at 'stop the steal' rally in Atlanta

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A security officer patrols as supporters of Donald Trump protest against the results of the presidential election in Atlanta, Georgia, November 21, 2020
President Trump's supporters turned the State Capitol in Atlanta into a sea of red, white and blue as they protested Georgia's recount. As tensions between them and left-wing counter-protesters rose, police dispersed the rally.

Georgia Governor Brian Kemp signed off on his state's mandatory hand recount of election results on Friday, certifying Joe Biden's apparent win, but paving the way for the Trump campaign to push for a more thorough audit of the vote. Joe Biden apparently won the peach state by a razor-thin margin of just over 12,000 votes, but the Trump campaign insists that many of these votes were illegally cast.

Waving American flags and 'Make America Great Again' banners, several hundred of Trump's most loyal supporters gathered outside the State Capitol on Saturday, chanting "stop the steal," a phrase that has become a rallying cry for conservatives who believe this year's presidential election was rigged in favor of Biden.

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'Black trans lives matter': Portland protesters destroy numerous businesses

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Portland in Oregon faced violent protests once again on Friday night, with numerous businesses destroyed and messages like "Black Trans Lives Matter" sprayed onto buildings.

Portland Police reported that two separate groups gathered on the evening of Transgender Remembrance Day and committed numerous acts of vandalism to businesses in the city, including a Whole Foods and numerous banks.

The first group of nearly 30 spray-painted the Mexican Consulate and then headed to the Multnomah County Courthouse where police stopped ongoing vandalism and the dispersed crowd. No arrests were made.

Comment: Intersectionality taken to its absurd conclusion.


PA GOP House members hold presser after Dominion Voting Systems refuses to testify before House Committee

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"If Dominion's products were successful and operated as they were supposed to, why wouldn't Dominion take the opportunity to publicly review its success?" state representative Seth Grove (R) said Friday morning.

Pennsylvania Republicans continue to question the election process.

Now coming after Dominion voting machines- used by more than 1.3 million Pennsylvanians. A meeting between Dominion officials and lawmakers was planned- but at the 11th hour Dominion backed out.

"How hard is it to say our ballot machines worked exactly as promised and they are 100 percent accurate?" Grove said.

Well, we asked Dominion- it says it agreed to discuss how smooth the election went in the 14 counties Dominion machines are used in.

But once the accusations and lawsuits started- it backed out- calling any claims against its voting machines 'baseless conspiracy theories".

Comment: Fox continues to question and discredit Giuliani and Powell's claims, this time hosting reality-creator Karl Rove. Fox host Dana Perino even suggested Dominion should sue Trump's lawyers. (Powell welcomes the idea, and the discovery process it would open up.)

(Longer video of the segment here.)

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No, Covid patients aren't gasping 'it isn't real' as they die

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A desperate, outraged Twitter thread from a South Dakota emergency room nurse went viral last weekend, landing its author a live interview on CNN. "When I read some of your tweets, my jaw dropped," the host told Jodi Doering, referring to her account of gravely ill patients who "scream at you for a magic medicine and that Joe Biden is going to ruin the USA. All while gasping for breath."

"The reason I tweeted what I did is that it wasn't one particular patient," the nurse said. "It's just a culmination of so many people, and their last, dying words are, 'This can't be happening, it's not real.' And when they should be spending time FaceTime-ing their families, they're filled with anger and hatred, and it just made me really sad."

These were astonishing statements, and, not surprisingly, they captured the attention of millions. Multiple US senators and Pulitzer-prize-winning journalists were among the throngs who tweeted out the CNN interview, which was also written up by The Washington Post and other mainstream outlets. "This is the cost of disinformation," wrote Atul Gawande, a New Yorker contributor and member of Joe Biden's coronavirus task force. Senator Elizabeth Warren called it "heartbreaking."

There's no doubt that we owe a deep debt of gratitude to Jodi Doering and all the frontline medical personnel dealing with the current surge in Covid cases. The work they do is truly heroic. Still, the manner in which Doering's account of her experience has been reported and circulated should give people pause.

Doering's statement that she's watched "so many" people die from the disease even as they deny its very existence, endlessly repeated on social media and presented by news outlets without corroboration, would seem to represent a broader phenomenon.

But other nurses who work in similar settings say they've seen nothing of the kind.

Comment: Casedemic hysteria will do that to you. And all the usual suspects will jump on the bandwagon. As Gawande said, "This is the cost of disinformation."


UK care homes record 29,000 excess deaths during lockdown, lack of critical care partly to blame

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Up to 10,000 Covid-19 deaths among care home residents may have been missed off records, a study suggests
Up to 10,000 Covid deaths among care home residents may have been missed off records, a study suggests.

University of Manchester researchers combed through data from the Care Quality Commission, which tracks outbreaks in England's care homes.

Around 29,500 more care home residents died from April to August than expected — which are known as 'excess deaths'.

Comment: It was known that this would happen. And, despite the study's claims, a significant majority of excess deaths were due to the lack of critical care because of the lockdown rather than Covid-19 infections: First, Do No Harm: If Primary Healthcare Remains Shut Down, Toll on Elderly Will be Worse Than COVID-19

Some 19,000 were reported to be caused by Covid-19. The remaining 10,000 were not flagged as being related to the disease.

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Civil War: Tucker Carlson hits his own network in epic post-election monologue

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Tucker Carlson
As I wrote last night, Fox News seems intent on driving its current audience away. They are now getting into the practice of "protecting" viewers from information they don't like. In the latest example, they cut away from a presser held by Kayleigh McEnany in which evidenced claims of voter fraud were made, including citing of the court cases being filed. Neil Cavuto smugly declared that he couldn't expose whoever bothers to watch his show to that information in "good conscience," mimicking a practice popularized by CNN (which of course they never apply to liberal politicians).

Tucker Carlson had apparently seen enough last night. He took a largely unprecedented swipe at his own network for their behavior in what was a far-reaching, epic post-election monologue.



'Is this a joke?' NY Governor Cuomo wins Emmy for his televised coronavirus briefings, Twitter meltdown ensues

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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo
Twitter has popped a fuse after learning that New York Governor Andrew Cuomo will receive an Emmy for his televised coronavirus briefings, pointing to his state's high death toll and Cuomo's spotty record on transparency.

The Democrat was selected for the honor, usually reserved for individuals in the television industry, "in recognition of his leadership during the Covid19 pandemic & his masterful use of TV to inform & calm people around the world," the International Emmy Awards said in a tweet.
The New York governor said it was "flattering" to be chosen as an Emmy winner, and said he would accept the award on behalf of all New Yorkers. The award will be presented to Cuomo next week.

But not everyone shared in his delight. Social media users asked aloud whether the announcement was a joke, with several comments saying that they thought the tweet was from the satirical news site the Babylon Bee.

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Number of coronavirus cases in England has 'levelled off' - ONS

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The figures also showed there were "substantial differences" in coronavirus infection rates across the country.
The number of coronavirus infections in England appears to have "levelled off" in recent weeks, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has said.

The ONS added daily COVID-19 infections rose by an estimated 38,900 in the most recent week to 14 November, down from around 50,000 the week before.

They said in a statement: "The incidence rate appears to have levelled off in recent weeks."

However, overall prevalence of coronavirus infections rose to one in 80 people from one in 85 the previous week.