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CNN ripped for 'dystopian' report referring to pre-Covid era as 'the Before Times'

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Workers, city leaders and labor advocates gather outside a North Long Beach Food 4 Less in February to condemn grocery giant Kroger for closing two stores in response to new rules awarding a pandemic pay bump to grocery workers.
CNN has sparked debate after referring to the "Before Times" - meaning pre-Covd-19 pandemic - with some accusing the network of creating fear on purpose with its "dystopian" language.

The report in question warned grocery shelves "are not going back to normal this year" after over a year of issues including labor shortages and transport restrictions.

Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices, and Marie Callender's pot pies are all items that could be in limited supply, according to emails seen by CNN, which were sent from the companies behind the products to grocery chains across the country.

Comment: CNN is correct, in that there ARE supply chain issues which are even more severe than they are reporting. BUT the fear-mongering twist they are putting in it is unconscionable. There are plenty of goods to be had. The problem lies in getting them where they are needed. CNN conveniently omits the fact that Covid restrictions and vaccine mandates are a large part of the problem.


NPC

UK's conspiracy-loving spies: Russia STOLE formula for Sputnik V Covid-19 jab. Moscow: 'Seek help'

sputnik V vaccine AstraZenica vials
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We're a year and a half in and public interest is waning in the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, you can probably forgive Britain's best-selling newspaper, The Sun, for trying to inject a little bit of excitement back into the narrative.

Russia, of course, is always around to play the villain. In a bombshell set of re-hashed revelations published on Monday, the tabloid alleges that Moscow's flagship Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, wasn't made in a lab by a team of world-leading scientists, but was actually inspired by secret documents nicked from a British research institute.

According to veteran snooper and Westminster character Harry Cole, "security services say they have proof one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spies swiped the vital data" behind AstraZeneca's formula. Adding intrigue to the Cold War-era espionage story, British spooks apparently told Cole that "it is understood the data was stolen by a foreign agent in person."

Comment: The Express had the grace to at least "correct" such an outlandish story. The Sun is still holding out:
An article published on October 11, 2021, falsely implied that "Russia had reportedly copied the formula of the AstraZeneca jab and used it to help make its own vaccine, according to new reports".

However, it has come to our attention that this was false as the information about inventor of the Sputnik V vaccine - Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology) - is publicly known.

The article also contained false information. As an apology, we are happy to set the record straight and publish the following statement from the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
"Sputnik V is based on a well-studied human adenoviral platform whose efficacy and safety have been proven over decades. Developers of Sputnik V, the Gamaleya Center, used the same human adenoviral platform for their earlier groundbreaking research over the years, including vaccines against Ebola in 2017 and MERS in 2019, to quickly develop Russia's vaccine against COVID-19.

"In contrast, AstraZeneca uses chimpanzee adenoviral vector for its vaccine rather than the human vector used by Sputnik V.

"In addition, the Russian vaccine is unique among all vaccines against Covid in using heterogenous boosting (two different vectors, Ad26 and Ad5, for the two shots to achieve stronger and longer-lasting immunity) or mix-and-match combo approach, while AstraZeneca uses one and the same vector twice.

"Unlike for some other vaccines in use today, Sputnik V has excellent safety profile with very few serious adverse events reported vs other vaccines and no cases of myocarditis or cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT).

"It is also important to note that the Sputnik V team and AstraZeneca are conducting joint clinical trials in partnership on the combo use of the two vaccines and have released information on safety and efficacy. That offer was extended to AstraZeneca last November to help it boost its efficacy and launched the world's first mix-and-match trials of anti-Covid vaccines.

"Rather than spreading fake stories, the UK media and Government services should better protect the reputation of AstraZeneca, a safe and efficient vaccine that is constantly attacked by competitors in the media with facts taken out of context."



Magnify

Russia marks record decline of nearly 1 million population over past year

Russia young
© Yaroslav Chingaev / TASS
Russia has faced a festering demographic crisis for years
Russia's natural population underwent its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, an analysis of official government statistics has shown.

Russia's natural population — a figure which counts registered deaths and births, excluding the effects of migration — declined by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021, demographer Alexei Raksha calculated.


Comment: Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of the developed world saw birthrates plummet amidst the last 19+ months of tyrannical lockdowns: US birth rate falls across the board, lowest in more than a century


The stark drop comes as Russia, which has one of the world's highest Covid-19 death tolls, continues to see record numbers of lives lost to the pandemic. The country has recorded at least 660,000 excess deaths since the start of the pandemic.


Comment: Lockdowns caused increased mortality across the planet, but it would be interesting to see a breakdown of this data which is not provided in the article.


Comment: Poland and Hungary have also rejected pressure to enforce the West's warped LGBT propaganda program, and for good reason:


NPC

Superman goes superwoke: DC Comics announces new superman is LGBT

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Even Superman — the world's strongest superhero — is unable to withstand the woke mob's efforts to rebrand every facet of society with progressive values.

DC Comics announced Monday that Clark Kent's son and super-heroic heir, Jon Kent, will soon "take a bold new direction" by coming out as bisexual after falling in love with a male friend.

"The same-sex relationship is just one of the ways" he is "proving to be a different Superman than his famous father," the New York Times added in a glowing write-up about the comic series, "Superman: Son of Kal-El."

Comment: No superhero is safe from the woke mob.


Syringe

New Zealand seeks to ramp up COVID-19 vaccinations amid 'persistent' cases

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A vaccination centre sign directs the public during a lockdown to curb the spread of a coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Auckland, New Zealand, August 26, 2021
New Zealand expects to administer a record 100,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses in a single day during a mass immunisation drive on Oct. 16, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, as she seeks to accelerate inoculations before easing curbs in Auckland.

Ardern on Tuesday urged the country's population over 12 years of age "to roll up sleeves for New Zealand and help make us (one of) the most vaccinated and therefore protected countries in the world". Some 2.44 million, or 58% of the population over 12, have been fully vaccinated so far.

"There is nothing stopping us other than people (not) showing up," Ardern said during a media briefing in Wellington.

Comment: A global trend is emerging, when vaccination campaigns start, covid deaths increase:
Singapore vaccine
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Singapore: 4th most double-vaxxed country in the world (80%) experiences now its maximum Covid deaths, despite the prevalence of the Delta variant that is less lethal than the previous ones
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Portugal, Ireland, Indonesia, England: Systematically the start of the vaccination campaign is followed by an outbreak of Covid deaths. Shouldn't a vaccine induce the opposite effect ?
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Bulb

India faces electricity crisis as coal supplies run critically low

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Smoke billows from a thermal power plant near Chennai. States across India have issued panicked warnings that coal supplies to thermal power plants are running perilously low.
India is facing a looming power crisis, as stocks of coal in power plants have fallen to unprecedentedly low levels and states are warning of power blackouts.

States across India have issued panicked warnings that coal supplies to thermal power plants, which convert heat from coal to electricity, are running perilously low.

According to data from the Central Electricity Authority of India, nearly 80% of the country's coal-fired plants were in the critical, or "supercritical" stage, meaning their stocks could run out in less than five days.

Over the weekend, Delhi's chief minister, Arvind Kejriwal, wrote to the prime minister, Narendra Modi, that the capital "could face a blackout" if power stations did not receive more coal.

States including Rajasthan, Jharkhand and Bihar have been experiencing power cuts lasting up to 14 hours.

Maharashtra shut down 13 thermal power plants and urged people to use electricity sparingly, and in Punjab three power plants halted production. Scheduled power cuts introduced in Punjab, lasting up to six hours at a time, have prompted protests.

However, experts have emphasised that the power issues are not due to a shortage of domestic coal production, as some have reported.

Heart

Amish Covid

Amish family
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Amish family
When it comes to actions taken to address the Covid-19 threat, hindsight is still very much underway. For your consideration: a story and outcome you probably aren't hearing much about anywhere else. It takes place in the heart of Amish country.

Lancaster County, Pennsylvania: thousands of families lead lives largely separate from modern America.

The Amish are a Christian group that emphasizes the virtuous over the superficial. They don't usually drive, use electricity, or have TVs. And during the Covid-19 outbreak, they became subjects in a massive social and medical experiment.


Transcript below:

Comment: These folks are no less than an inspiration. They walk their talk and mean what they say.


Cell Phone

New Jersey union pushes teachers to log student vaccine info through progressive app

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© Christopher Sadowski
American Federation of Teachers' pro-vaccine campaign
The largest teachers union in the country has instructed New Jersey educators to log student and parent vaccination information in a progressive campaign app, according to a report.

Teachers are enticed with gift cards in return for logging details from conversations with students and parents in Reach, a campaign data app first developed for Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, according to Fox News.

Teachers log conversations about vaccines with parents and students in the app, allowing organizers to follow up later to book vaccination appointments or present pro-vaccine arguments to the hesitant.

The training materials, obtained by Fox News, said:
"Look up the people you've talked to and mark down how your conversations went! Then add them to your Reach network and add their contact info so that you or Made To Save can follow up with them later and help them get vaccinated."
The American Federation of Teachers and a pro-vaccine non-profit campaign, Made to Save, created the training along with the NEA [National Education Association], according to Fox News.

Comment: InAPPropriate!!! Buying teachers to sell out their students and families for profit...another facet of Biden's holocaust on the American public.


Video

China's winter warriors rout US Marines, UK's MI6

Trailer Changjin
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Beijing's macho nationalism bears fruit as epic Korean War movie sets course to be top global film of 2021

Chinese President Xi Jinping, besieged by crises from China Evergrande to power outages, may take some comfort in recent news: A human wave of enthusiastic citizens is storming his nation's cinemas.

The historical blockbuster Chinese are watching in record numbers is state-funded Korean War epic Battle at Lake Changjin. Its popularity suggests that Beijing's drive to inculcate patriotism and machismo is bearing fruit.

Making the story even sweeter for Beijing mandarins, it is based on the true story of a torrid Chinese victory over America's premier troops.

The December 1950 struggle around the high-altitude Lake Changjin - known in the West as Chosin Reservoir - was fought in one of the harshest battlescapes imaginable. Amid rugged mountain terrain, in sub-zero temperatures, an under-equipped Chinese Army Group forced a division of top-tier US Marines to retreat from North Korea.


Yellow Vest

The Great Southwest Airlines rebellion?

Southwest Airlines
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The incredible cruelty and folly of forced vaccines finally came home to roost. The vaccine mandate backlash has been bubbling just under the surface, but now it has spilled out into the open, threatening to completely derail an already crumbling economy and to obliterate a deeply unpopular US President and Administration.

Seemingly out of nowhere what appears to be a Southwest Airlines rebellion has taken flight this weekend. According to media reports, scores of pilots and other Southwest employees have coordinated the taking of "sick days" to use them up in advance of a Southwest Airlines mandate to get the jab or lose the job. Over Saturday and Sunday more than 2,000 flights have been cancelled, with airports experiencing full-on mayhem.

The Southwest Airlines Pilots Association is suing the airline over the imposed vaccine mandate, bolstering the claim that there is a "sick out" underway among angry Southwest pilots.

Comment: ZeroHedge provided running commentary on the proceedings:
Update (1800ET): Southwest Airlines has had another terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day - as a shortage of workers combined with an air traffic control interruption to bring the total number of canceled flights to nearly 3,100 in four days.

"Crews were struggling to move and you end up in short order with aircraft and crews in the wrong spot," said EVP Bob Jordan, adding "It's really difficult to repair and put those things back together."

Speculation over the actual cause of the cancellations has been rampant on social media - with some pilots refuting claims that they were staging a sickout over vaccination mandates, while COPO Mike Van de Ven told employees on Sunday night that it needs to build more of a "staffing cushion" to deal with unexpected disruptions.


According to Bloomberg, Southwest has hired just half of the 5,500 workers it plans to before year-end, according to CEO-designate Jordan.

The airline has set a Dec. 8 deadline for vaccinations, which the Pilots Union claim "imposes new conditions of employment" and threatens termination.

"What was a minor temporary event for other carriers devastated Southwest Airlines because our operation has become brittle and subject to massive failures under the slightest pressure," said Casey Murray, president of the Southwest Airlines Pilots Association. "Our pilots are tired and frustrated because our operation is running on empty due to a lack of support from the company."

Murray denied that the cancellations were due to any sort of pilot protest.

"I can say with certainty that there are no work slowdowns or sickouts either related to the recent mandatory vaccine mandate or otherwise," he said, adding that under federal law "our union is forbidden from taking job action to resolve labor disputes under these circumstances. SWAPA has not authorized, and will not condone, any job action."

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Update (1220ET):

*SOUTHWEST COO: STILL SHORT ON WORKERS, ESPECIALLY FLIGHT CREWS

*SOUTHWEST COO COMMENTS ON CANCELLATIONS IN VIDEO FOR EMPLOYEES

*SOUTHWEST COO: 'WE NEED MORE STAFFING CUSHION FOR DISRUPTIONS'

*SOUTHWEST COO: 'CANNOT TELL YOU THAT WE ARE OUT OF THE WOODS'

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As we noted on Sunday, Southwest airlines canceled nearly 2,000 flights over the weekend - blaming the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and inclement weather.

Oddly, no other major airlines had the same issues, while rumors swirled that airline employees had staged coordinated walk-outs (which their unions deny).


southwest flight cancellations
© FlightAware
On Monday, Southwest was once again at the top of the cancellation list, according to FlightAware - which lists 356 cancellations as of this writing (23% of the day's 1,539 total cancellations), prompting Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI) to tweet: "As a loyal Southwest customer who has been flying safely throughout the pandemic and is utterly opposed to vaccine mandates, I'm asking, stop the madness before more damage is done."


Needless to say, shares in Southwest weren't happy Monday morning - hopeful candle aside.
Southwest Airlines stock prices tumble
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Southwest Airlines stock prices tumble
RedState comments on customer fury over Southwest's attempts to use 'weather' as an excuse:
Further, while the details here are still murky about who is specifically to blame (aside from vaccine mandates in general), what is clear is that people are furious with Southwest Airlines. By blaming non-existent weather problems, they were able to avoid giving refunds or paying for layover expenses for those left stranded, many sitting on planes for hours.

That decision to not just be honest with its customers about the cause of the cancellations has hampered the reputation of what was once seen as the "different" airline. Yet, they aren't operating any differently than their typically more loathed counterparts in the industry. This was all completely avoidable by using some common sense.