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Netherlands to shut down 3,000 farms to comply with EU rules despite UN warning of looming global food shortages

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FILE PHOTO: Farmers gather with their vehicles next to a Germany/Netherlands border sign during a protest on the A1 highway, near Rijssen, against the Dutch Government's nitrogen plans on June 29, 2022
The Dutch government plans to buy and close down up to 3,000 farms near environmentally sensitive areas to comply with EU nature preservation rules.

The Netherlands is attempting to cut down its nitrogen pollution and will push ahead with compulsory purchases if not enough farms take up the offer voluntarily.


Comment: 'Voluntarily', and the public will not only be funding these tyrannical moves but they'll also have to suffer the consequences. And, once this goes ahead, more farms will likely be targeted.


Farmers will be offered a deal "well over" the worth of the farm, according to the government plan that is targeting the closure of 2,000 to 3,000 farms or other major polluting businesses.


Comment: Amidst burgeoning food shortages across the planet, those farms will be worth much more than the government is offering.


Comment: Meanwhile farmers over in the UK are being put out of business by other methods: Vegetable shortage threatens UK as supermarkets refuse to pay local farmers increased costs of production

See also: 'Hell on earth': UN warns world is facing 'perfect storm' of food shortages


Bad Guys

Mother of NYC heiress paid 'deprogrammer' big bucks after daughter 'brainwashed' by college's woke agenda

Annabella Rockwell
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Annabella Rockwell poses for a recent Instagram photo in Beverly Hills, California.
Annabella Rockwell blames Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts for 'indoctrination'

New York City pharmaceutical heiress Annabella Rockwell is claiming that her mother paid a $300-a-day "deprogrammer" after believing her daughter had been "brainwashed" by attending an all-female elite liberal college that left the young woman "totally indoctrinated" and estranged from the parents who raised her.

"I left school very anxious, very nervous, very depressed and sad," Rockwell, now 29, recently told the New York Post.
"I saw everything through the lens of oppression and bias and victimhood. I came to the school as someone who saw everyone equally. I left looking for injustice wherever I could and automatically assuming that all White men were sexist. My thoughts were no longer my own."

Comment: Fox News has other stories on this problem:




Biohazard

Diphtheria outbreak reported in hotels used to hold UK's illegal immigrants

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Migrants cross the Channel in a small boat headed in the direction of Dover, Kent on August 10, 2020
Migrants with diphtheria and Covid are to be confined to their hotel rooms to prevent outbreaks to the general population, according to new emergency health guidance.

This comes the day after an Iraqi migrant who died in the controversial Manston immigration centre was confirmed to have been infected with diphtheria, a highly contagious infectious disease.

Meanwhile, Home Secretary Suella Braverman has been facing criticism following reports that dozens of asylum seekers believed to be infected with diphtheria were shifted to hotels around the UK from Manston.

The health guidance has been issued to hotels acting as accommodation for asylum seekers after around 50 cases of diphtheria were detected among them, The Times reported.

Comment: This is just the latest outbreak scare to be reported in the UK, and it's in addition to the many and various side effects that sem to be due to the experimental Covid injection campaign: Also check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Weapons of Mass Migration: Interview with Michael Springmann on Europe's Migrant Crisis


Doberman

Climate alarmists have set their sights on a new target — your dog

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Even man's best friend is not safe from the climate alarmism.

Not if you believe a recent CNN column opining that dogs, cats and other domestic pets are causing irreparable harm to the climate. President Harry Truman famously said that if you want a friend in Washington, you should get a dog. The eco-left feels differently.

My fellow Gen Xers will remember vividly that there were two existential threats growing up that could annihilate mankind: nuclear war and acid rain. Future decades expanded the circle of bogeymen to include ozone layer degradation, bioweapons, African killer bees, SARS, financial market collapse and finally COVID, to accompany the ongoing dire threat that human activities are hurtling the globe to losing large swaths of its population from climate catastrophes.

Comment: First they tell you having children is inherently selfish and bad for the planet, now they're telling you your dog is a planet-killer. Eventually, they may learn that this kind of rhetoric isn't winning them any converts.

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Twitter bans Antifa collective Crimethinc, notorious for radicalizing militants toward violence

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Violent far-left group CrimethInc, which calls for arson attacks and political violence, was suspended from Twitter on Friday after the social media giant's owner Elon Musk started suspending accounts that call for violence.

The Post Millennial editor-at-large Andy Ngo tweeted, "Violent extremist #Antifa collective @crimethinc has been suspended at the moment. The international group operates like ISIS: makes propaganda & training material to radicalize militants toward violence. Though the main account was suspended, they operate a dozen other accounts."

Comment: See also:


Megaphone

Nurses across UK to strike for first time ever over low pay and unsafe staffing levels, more departments set to follow

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There are 47,000 unfilled NHS registered nursing posts in England alone with poor pay and morale being attributed to staff leaving.
Nurses across the UK will go on strike for the first time over two days in the fortnight before Christmas after ministers rejected their pleas for formal talks over NHS pay.

The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said its members would stage national strikes - the first in its 106-year history - on 15 and 20 December. Senior sources said the industrial action was expected to last for 12 hours on both days - most likely between 8am and 8pm.

The unprecedented national industrial action will seriously disrupt care and is likely to be the first in a series of strikes over the winter and into the spring by other NHS staff, including junior doctors and ambulance workers.

Comment: Strikes and protests are erupting across Europe over the unbearable cost of living, and with governments doing little to ameliorate people's suffering, it's likely that they will continue to grow, and they may boil over once the looming food shortages begin to bite and are accompanied by rolling blackouts:



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Vegetable shortage threatens UK as supermarkets refuse to pay local farmers increased costs of production

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FILE PHOTO: Salad staples including cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes could soon be in short supply as farmers warn they are being paid too little to grow them.
Salad staples including cucumbers, peppers and tomatoes could soon be in short supply as farmers warn they are being paid too little to grow them.

A combination of soaring energy costs and a lack of people to pick crops continues to affect Britain's vegetable industry, with many retailers having to import from abroad.


Comment: They don't have to import from abroad, as a farmer recently highlighted over the egg 'shortage', there's currently sufficient produce, big business just refuses to pay for it when it can import it and make more profit.


Tomatoes in particular have been badly affected due to the rising cost of using heated greenhouses.

And the 'cucumber capital of Britain', Lea Valley - which stretches from Hertfordshire and Essex to north London and produced around 75 per cent of Britain's cucumbers and peppers in 2020 - could see production at half its 2020 level by next year.

Comment: This is in addition to the tens of thousand of pigs that were dumped because lockdown backlogs meant they were 'too big for supermarket packaging', and, taken together, it doesn't take an expert to foresee that the UK will suffer extreme food shortages in the very near future:


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Ukrainian city names street after Nazi collaborator

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March commemorating Ukrainian nationalist leader and Nazi collaborator, Stepan Bandera
The city council of Vinnitsa in Ukraine announced on Friday it was renaming one of its streets after WWII Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. The local authorities described their drive to rid the city of all toponyms linked to Russia as a "process of decolonization."

The street previously bore the name of Leo Tolstoy, the 19th-century Russian author of world renown. Vinnitsa authorities said they paid "special attention" to memorializing those they described as "heroes of the national liberation struggle." Bandera, who led a nationalist movement responsible for many atrocities against Russians, Jews and Poles in WWII, is regarded as a national hero by the current Ukrainian authorities.

Another street was named after Ivan Treiko, one of the "generals" and the "military intelligence chief" of the Ukrainian Insurgent Army (UPA), a paramilitary group that also collaborated with the Nazis. Warsaw in particular has blamed the UPA for the genocide of Poles in Volhynia and Eastern Galicia. The ethnic cleansing operations against Poles were ordered by Nazi Germany and carried out by paramilitary units that consisted primarily of ethnic Ukrainians.

Briefcase

Greta Thunberg joins climate lawsuit against Sweden

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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg in Berlin, Germany 2021
Climate activist Greta Thunberg joined hundreds of other youth activists in Stockholm on Friday to file a lawsuit against the Swedish government over its alleged inaction on climate change.

Thunberg said on Twitter:
"Today on Black Friday is the perfect day to sue the state over its insufficient climate policies. So that's what we did. See you in court!"
The 19-year-old was one of more than 600 young people who signed on to the lawsuit, which was organized and filed by the Swedish youth-led organization Aurora. The group marched to Stockholm District Court on Friday to file the suit.

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US Black Friday online sales stagnate despite heavy discounts amidst soaring inflation

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Shoppers walk up and down the stairs in a Nike store on Black Friday, Nov. 25, 2022, in New York.
U.S. shoppers spent a record $9.12 billion online on Black Friday, a report showed Saturday, as consumers weathered the squeeze from high inflation and grabbed steep discounts on everything from smartphones to toys.


Comment: This may be revealing, because other news reports have stated that, prior to Black Friday, sales were down and stockrooms were full of inventory that needed shifting. So people may have been taking advantage of these steep discounts whereas the stores themselves are losing out on sorely needed profit.

The following chart from NPR shows how sales for this time of year might be 'record breaking', but in fact they're stagnating. It's telling that the reporting gives a much more positive, 'record breaking sales', spin:

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© Ashley Ahn/NPR
Source: Adobe Analytics

Comment: The following interview provides some insight into the outlook of the average US shopper:


See also: UK restaurants going bankrupt at faster rate than during Covid lockdown, one-third could go bust by early 2023