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Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin dies at age 96

Jiang Zemin
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Former Chinese President Jiang Zemin watches the proceedings at the opening session of the 18th Communist Party Congress held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, Nov. 8, 2012. Jiang has died Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022, at age 96.
Former President Jiang Zemin, who led China out of isolation after the army crushed the Tiananmen Square pro-democracy protests in 1989 and supported economic reforms that led to a decade of explosive growth, died Wednesday. He was 96.

Jiang died of leukemia and multiple organ failure in Shanghai, where he was a former mayor and Communist Party secretary, state TV and the official Xinhua News Agency reported.

A surprise choice to lead a divided Communist Party after the 1989 turmoil, Jiang saw China through history-making changes including a revival of market-oriented reforms, the return of Hong Kong from British rule in 1997 and Beijing's entry into the World Trade Organization in 2001.

Even as China opened to the outside, Jiang's government stamped out dissent. It jailed human rights, labor and pro-democracy activists and banned the Falun Gong spiritual movement, which the ruling party saw as a threat to its monopoly on power.

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Balenciaga's creative director Demna sees industry award REVOKED amid backlash over child exploitation ad campaign

Demna Balenciaga
High fashion brand Balenciaga continues to suffer from the fallout of their pro-pedophilia ad campaign as the Business of Fashion has just revoked an award for famed creative designer Demna Gvasalia, 41.

Demna is the one who took over in 2015 and boosted the brand to be a darling of celebrities and models. Business of Fashion said they tried to engage with Balenciaga over the scandal, but the brand declined that invitation.

The ad campaign for Spring 2023 showed images of children clutching teddy bears in bondage gear, and one image was accompanied by a background of documents, which were from a Supreme Court ruling on child pornorgraphy.

One of the books in the background of another ad was also disturbing as it was a celebration of the work of a Belgian artist "whose work depicts toddler castration," The Daily Mail reports.

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NYPD launches dedicated squad to combat subway pickpocket spike

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NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox addresses the transit committee.
Pickpocketing is now so rampant on the subways that the NYPD Transit Bureau has formed a special team of detectives and officers dedicated solely to nailing perpetrators, officials said Tuesday.

"As the ridership and trains have become more crowded, we have seen an increase in grand larceny this year — 51% so far," Transit Chief Jason Wilcox told MTA board members at a bus and transit committee meeting.

"One quarter of these grand larcenies are fueled by the increase in pickpocket crime," Wilcox said.

He said the new squad is made up of "hand-picked, skilled" cops.


Explosion at Ukraine embassy in Madrid

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One employee at the Ukrainian embassy in Madrid was injured on Wednesday after a letter he was handling exploded, Reuters reports, citing Spanish police. The staff member has reportedly suffered only light injuries and has attended hospital.

The blast occurred at 1:17 pm local time and was reported to Spanish authorities by the embassy itself, according to Europe Press. Local law enforcement have now cordoned off the area around the building as canine units are working on the scene. Anti-terrorist protocols have also been activated throughout the city, the outlet reports.

A Spanish government official has told local media that an investigation into the incident has been opened by the National Police and that the embassy worker, who is believed to be a Ukrainian national, has only suffered a minor injury to the finger of his right hand.

Comment: Telemadrid reports:
The envelope bomb contained a small homemade explosive, police sources have indicated. It was addressed to the ambassador, but they did not pass it through the scanner , but it was opened by the security guard in the embassy garden.
The Guardian reported that the rumors of the letter being addressed to the Ukrainian ambassador are unconfirmed at this stage. The Ukrainian foreign minister had this to say:
The minister also urged his Spanish counterparts to "take urgent measures to investigate the attack", adding that whoever was behind the attack "will not succeed in intimidating Ukrainian diplomats or stopping their daily work on strengthening Ukraine and countering Russian aggression".
Cui bono?

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"Self-pitying and self-obsessed" transgender pedophile jailed for grooming and impregnating 14 year old girl

David Orton

David Orton
A pedophile adopted a transgender identity and was consequently able to befriend, groom, sexually assault and impregnate a 14-year-old girl in England.

According to the Daily Mail, the victim's family trusted David Orton, a male with a tattooed face, to be alone with their daughter because of the sex offender's transgender identity. Orton has now begun a nine-and-a-half-year prison sentence after being found guilty of two counts of penetrative sexual activity with a child aged 13 to 15.

Comment: This problem seems to be particularly prevalent in prisons:


New arrest warrant issued for Madeleine McCann prime suspect 'Christian B'

Christian Brückner
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Christian Brückner is a convicted drug dealer and sex offender.
An urgent new arrest warrant has been issued for the prime suspect in the disappearance of British toddler Madeleine McCann over a series of rapes and horrific child sex abuse.

A German court issued the warrant for a 45-year-old male tied to a string of sex crimes in Portugal on Monday, the Telegraph reported.

Although the man is not formally identified, he is believed to be Christian Brückner, a convicted drug dealer and sex offender who was formally linked to the McCann case in April.

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Oath Keepers founder guilty of sedition in US Capitol attack plot

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Oath Keepers founder, Stewart Rhodes, speaks during the Patriots Day Free Speech Rally in Berkeley, California, U.S. April 15, 2017.
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes, and another leader of the right-wing group, were found guilty on Tuesday of seditious conspiracy for the attack on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters, an important win for the Justice Department.

The verdicts against Rhodes and four co-defendants, after three days of deliberations by the 12-member jury, came in the highest-profile trial so far to emerge from the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, a failed bid to overturn then-President Trump's 2020 election defeat.

Rhodes, a Yale Law School-educated former Army paratrooper and disbarred attorney, was accused by prosecutors during an eight-week trial of plotting to use force to try to block Congress from certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's election victory over Republican Trump. Rhodes was convicted on three counts and acquitted on two.

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Standing up to Canadian federal overreach: Alberta Sovereignty act could see municipalities, local police getting provincial directives

Alberta Premier Danielle Smith
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Alberta Premier Danielle Smith sworn in as an MLA on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 in Edmonton, Alta.
On Tuesday, the first day of the fall sitting at the Alberta legislature, the United Conservative government introduced its proposed Alberta Sovereignty within a United Canada Act.

The province says that if passed, the act could be used "to stand up to federal government overreach and interference in areas of provincial jurisdiction, including... private property, natural resources, agriculture, firearms, regulation of the economy and delivery of health, education and other social programs."

Opposition NDP MLAs voted against first reading of Bill 1 and released a statement saying the legislation would create "investment uncertainty, jeopardize federal funding agreements and risk Alberta's economic future."

Comment: Despite the finger-wagging and criticisms of a lack of 'unity,' it appears that Albertans are well aware of the threat they face to their sovereignty from the current dictatorial powers in Ottawa. What good is unity for Canada if it's unified in its decent into totalitarianism? If Trudeau is going to act like a dictator, he's got to expect some pushback.

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We must never forget the horrors of lockdown

War veteran
My grandfather was a decorated WWI veteran. He was lucky and got back home minus a hand. My dad participated in the Battle of Britain, North African and Italian campaigns. He got home apparently unscathed. However, both had one thing in common: they would not speak of what they had done and seen. What they had been through was too terrible to describe, and people were not interested; it was all in the past. That is one of the reasons why we have wars: few people have any idea what it's like.

Comment: Those who wish to declare an "amnesty" hope everyone will simply forget the atrocities and human-rights abuses committed throughout the so-called "pandemic" under the guise of "safety measures". Although the perpetrators will probably never be held accountable, will never forget:

Wedding Rings

US Senate votes 61-36 to codify rights to same-sex, interracial marriages

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The 61-36 vote followed House passage of the bill in July with almost a quarter of lower-chamber Republicans voting in support.
The Senate voted overwhelmingly to confirm the nationwide legality of same-sex and interracial marriage Tuesday — with 12 Republicans joining all Democrats in assent.

The 61-36 vote followed House passage of the bill in July with almost a quarter of lower-chamber Republicans voting in support. The bill must now go back to the House for final approval, which is likely to come next week.

President Biden intends to sign the law, which was pitched by a bipartisan group of legislators after the Supreme Court in June overturned Roe v. Wade and returned abortion policy to the states, some of which all but banned the procedure.

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