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16 dead after plane carrying parachutists crashes in Russia

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Sixteen people were killed after an aircraft carrying parachutists crashed in central Russia on Sunday, the emergencies ministry said.

The L-410 plane carrying 22 people crashed around 9:23 a.m. local time (0623 GMT) during a flight over the republic of Tatarstan, the ministry said on its Telegram channel.

"Six people were rescued, 16 were taken out without signs of life," the ministry said.

Comment: Whilst in some instances lax standards and accidents will be to blame, does that account for the numerous and seemingly increasing number of plane crashes reported across the globe in recent years?

Bizarro Earth

Russia's latest prison torture scandal, like Guantanamo, shows the worst human rights violations happen out of sight, out of mind

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RT composite of clips purporting to reveal shocking torture and abuse in Russia’s prisons.
A series of horrific videos of prison abuse rocked Russia this week. In reality, though, it's nothing new and the failure to tackle this long-standing issue that few want to talk about is an institutional failure of the state.

Now behind bars in Tbilisi after a dramatic arrest last week, former Georgian president Mikhail Saakashvili must be hoping that prison conditions have improved since his days in charge of the country. In 2012, a massive scandal rocked the small Caucasus nation after clips emerged showing physical abuse of prisoners in its penitentiary institutions. These included a film of a prisoner being sexually abused with a broom handle. The scandal helped delegitimize Saakashvili's government and contributed to his eventual fall from grace.

Comment: For RT, Gabriel Gavin reports:
Barbarism behind bars: Rape & torture in Russia's prisons laid bare by thousands of leaked videos, human rights activists tell RT

A decade ago, Vladimir Osechkin was sentenced to seven years behind bars over fraud allegations brought by the daughter of an influential Moscow politician. Released quickly on parole, he left the country as soon as travel restrictions imposed upon him were relaxed and is still reportedly wanted for questioning on a number of charges. Now, though, as the founder of human rights group Gulagu.net, he has managed to upend the country's penal system from afar.

Earlier this week, a tranche of videos that Osechkin and his colleagues say were taken by officers inside a prison hospital in Russia's Saratov region have caused shock and outrage in the country. In one, a man believed to be an inmate at the tuberculosis facility can be seen laying strapped to a bed and screaming while staff repeatedly violate him with a stick in a horrifying minutes-long ordeal.

Other clips released by Gulagu.net claim to show prisoners being urinated on and forced to perform sexual acts in front of the camera. The outcry in the wake of their publication has even reached the Kremlin, with President Vladimir Putin's spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, saying that, "if the authenticity of these materials is confirmed, then of course it is a pretext for a serious investigation."

However, the director of the country's federal prison services, Alexander Kalashnikov, has quickly moved to dismiss four officers from the region over the incident. After the clips were released on Wednesday, the top penal boss fired Pavel Gatsenko, the head of the Saratov hospital where the incidents were alleged to have taken place, as well as a number of senior officials. Kalashnikov has apparently also moved to sack the overall head of Saratov's prison service, Colonel Alexey Fedotov, "for serious miscalculations in operational and service activities."

Among the four officers dismissed in Saratov is Sergey Maltsev, head of the institution's security department. Osechkin alleges that he was "the main proponent and organizer of the whole process... he co-ordinated it, led it, gave commands. He told them to make video recordings, he controlled them and took the results to security agencies." Osechkin alleges that the clips were later used to blackmail and coerce prisoners.

However, Osechkin told RT that the galling episode is just the first of a series of revelations that his group will publish over the course of the coming weeks. According to him, similarly shocking footage has been passed over featuring prisons like "SIZO-1 and SIZO-6 in Irkutsk, SIZO-1 in Vladimir, SIZO-1 in Omsk, SIZO-1 in Krasnoyarsk" and others. "We are reviewing the archive and publishing it step by step," he went on.

"We have identified almost everyone to whom this happened. Now, lawyers and investigators will be working with them and there are at least 10 criminal cases coming over these terrible acts. The perpetrators have been known for a long time," the activist added.

Snezhana Muntyan, a lawyer working with Osechkin and Gulagu.net, told RT that "I am currently representing three criminal cases of rape as a victim's representative in the proceedings." The cases, already ongoing, have been brought against officers by one man, but "there is informational about several more potential victims in similar cases so it is all just a matter of time. I think more will be made public in the near future."

Muntyan also revealed later on Thursday that she "now has 14 people in the process of giving statements. I am waiting for the right moment to request that the Investigative Committee opens a criminal case. And these are only the people who decided to report crimes made against them - most have already been released from custody and are free of threats within the system."

She also told RT that she was concerned some potential victims and witnesses might have been pressured into keeping silent, as not to make their time behind bars tougher. According to Muntyan, at least one inmate she spoke to "apparently feared that if he told the truth to his lawyer, and it became known to the staff, there could be negative consequences for him."

The alleged perpetrators of cruel sexual and physical abuse in Russia's prisons will apparently go to any lengths to prevent themselves being convicted of heinous crimes and ending up behind bars. After all, they likely have a unique insight into just how bad the ordeal can be.
Despite this clearly being an ongoing scandal at Russia's prisons, It's notable that this expose comes not long after a hack that leaked footage of the mistreatment of inmates at a prison in Iran: Grim conditions in Iran's Evin prison revealed after hackers leak CCTV footage

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Former journalist detained over comments about Chinese soldiers in war movie

Luo Changping

Luo Changping, who now runs a legal consultancy, was a well-known investigative reporter.
A former journalist has been detained in the southern island province of Hainan for making "insulting comments" about Chinese soldiers portrayed in a blockbuster movie about the Korean war.

Police in the Jiyang district of Sanya identified the 40-year-old man as Luo Changping in a statement on Friday. It said Luo was being held on the charge of "infringing the reputation and honour of national martyrs" and the case was being investigated.

China introduced a law in 2018 making it a criminal offence to defame or deny the deeds and spirit of the country's historic martyrs.

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Texas Heartbeat Act temporarily reinstated after federal judge blocks enforcement

Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton addresses reporters on the steps of the Supreme Court, in Washington March 2, 2016.
On Friday, a U.S. appeals court temporarily reinstated the Texas Heartbeat Act, which prohibits abortions after a fetal heartbeat is detected, reversing the recent decision of a federal judge to block enforcement of the law.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, an intermediate appeals court, issued an administrative stay pausing a lower court ruling from Wednesday that suspended the law.

The case was escalated to the appeals court after Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton (R.) appealed the lower court's ruling.

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Counterfeiters beware! Arizona Rep. turns state ballot integrity project into national opportunity

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Mark Finchem, the State Representative from Arizona who has also received the endorsement of former President Donald Trump in a bid to become that State's Secretary of State in 2022, has effectively taken his Arizona Ballot Integrity Project (BIP) national as of this past Wednesday when he and approximately 30 others from around the country gathered at the suburban Dallas offices of international authentication leader, Authentix, to create a process for introducing a highly counterfeit-resistant paper ballot.

Attendees were a mix of technology experts, politicians, election officials, and election integrity activists. States represented included Arizona, Michigan, Virginia, Tennessee, and New Hampshire among others. The first portion of the meeting had experts from Authentix making various presentations to the group detailing the technology involved in the process. The second half was a working white board session where the group collaborated in designing the rollout process.

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Among Europe's dirtiest: 'Green' biomass power plant in Yorkshire burning 'renewable' wood emits MORE CO2 than UK's coal - report

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A sunset view of Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire, Britain, November 27, 2020.
A supposedly "carbon neutral" Drax biomass power plant is the UK's leading source of CO2 emissions, and belches out more harmful carbon and particulate matter than some of Europe's dirtiest coal plants, according to a new report.

Renewable energy firm Drax describes its plant in North Yorkshire as a "purely renewable" facility, boasting that it has slashed its carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions by 90% since 2012. The plant burns biomass - pellets of compressed wood - and received £832 million ($1.13 billion) in direct government subsidies last year, on top of an estimated £258 million ($351 million) in carbon tax breaks.

Yet the energy generated at Drax is far from green, a new report by environmental think tank Ember claims. While the UK and EU consider biomass power "carbon neutral," this assessment is based on the assumption that biomass emissions are offset by the planting of new trees.

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Dollar Gold

Son of former Afghan defense minister buys $20 million Beverly Hills mansion, media reveals

Carla Ridge Residence in Beverly Hills
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Carla Ridge Residence in Beverly Hills, bought by the son of a former Afghan defense minister.
The US government spent $85 billion on the Afghan military, only to see it surrender to the Taliban without a fight. Now the son of a former defense minister is spending millions to buy a luxury mansion with a view of Los Angeles.

A man by the name of Daoud Wardak recently bought the Trousdale Estates property in Beverly Hills for $20.9 million, Yahoo News reported, citing real estate records. He was described as an "ethnic Pashtun refugee" born in 1977, with public records showing him as president of AD Capital Group, based in Miami, Florida.

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'Third World' NYC drug store shelves empty amid shoplifting surge

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Essentials like tampons are completely gone from the shelves at certain drug stores.
Thanks to a citywide shoplifting tsunami, bare necessities are now rare luxuries on drug-store shelves across New York City.

"It looks like the Third World," bemoaned one Manhattan resident, after eyeing the aisles of a CVS on Sixth Avenue in Soho desperately low of toothpaste, face wash and hand sanitizer, among a long list of other items.

"They've all been stolen," a CVS employee told The Post.

State bail reform laws make shoplifting a promising career option for some New York City crooks. One man, Isaac Rodriguez, 22, of Queens, was arrested for shoplifting 46 times this year alone, The Post exclusively reported last week.

The blame goes straight to the halls of power in Albany, said New York City top cop Dermot Shea.


Moderna vaccine suspended by Sweden, Denmark for under 30's amidst surge in reports of serious side effects - UPDATE: Finland, Iceland follow suit

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A nurse prepares a syringe with a dose of the Moderna coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine at Enfermera Isabel Zendal hospital in Madrid, Spain, July 23, 2021.
Swedish health authorities on Wednesday suspended the use of Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine for those ages 30 and under, saying the move was done out of precaution.

The reason for the pausing is "signals of an increased risk of side effects such as inflammation of the heart muscle or the pericardium" — the double-walled sac containing the heart and the roots of the main vessels, Sweden's Public Health Agency said in a statement. "The risk of being affected is very small."

Comment: Clearly the risk of the experimental injection is higher than any risk posed by Covid, otherwise they would still be pushing it on children and young people. Moreover, data elsewhere is showing that the risk of these life-threatening side effects, from all of the vaccines, but particularly the mRNA injections by Pfizer and Moderna, is anything but 'small': Pfizer vaccine in Israel: Mortality rate 'hundreds of times greater in vaccinated young people'

Anders Tegnell, Sweden's chief epidemiologist, said they "follow the situation closely and act quickly to ensure that vaccinations against COVID-19 are always as safe as possible and at the same time provide effective protection" against the disease.

Comment: See also: RNA Vaccines, Obedience and Eugenics

And check out SOTT radio's: UPDATE: From RT:
Finland halts Moderna vaccinations for young men over heart inflammation concerns

Finland has decided it will pause rolling out Moderna's Covid-19 vaccine to men born in 1991 and later due to concerns about the rare side effect of heart inflammation post-inoculation, following Nordic nations Sweden and Denmark.

Speaking at a news conference on Thursday, the director of Finland's National Institute for Health and Welfare, Mika Salminen, announced Helsinki's halt on offering Moderna's Spikevax jab to its younger male population.

"A Nordic study involving Finland, Sweden, Norway and Denmark found that men under the age of 30 who received Moderna Spikevax had a slightly higher risk than others of developing myocarditis," he explained.

Salminen said that while the heart inflammation often went away on its own in a few days, he recommended instead that this demographic be inoculated with Pfizer-BioNTech's vaccine, marketed as Comirnaty.

The director also said young male Finns who have had their first dose of Spikevax would receive Comirnaty for their second. He insisted it was still important to get the second dose to get maximum protection against the virus.
UDPATE: Via Medical Express:
Iceland halts Moderna jabs over heart-inflammation fears

Iceland on Friday suspended the Moderna anti-COVID vaccine, citing the slight increased risks of cardiac inflammation, going further than its Nordic neighbours which simply limited use of the jabs.

"As the supply of Pfizer vaccine is sufficient in the territory ... the chief epidemiologist has decided not to use the Moderna vaccine in Iceland," said a statement published on the website of the Health Directorate.

This decision owed to "the increased incidence of myocarditis and pericarditis after vaccination with the Moderna vaccine, as well as with vaccination using Pfizer/BioNTech," the chief epidemiologist said in a statement.

For the past two months, Iceland has been administering an additional dose "almost exclusively" of the Moderna vaccine to Icelanders vaccinated with Janssen, a single-dose serum marketed by America's Johnson & Johnson, as well as to elderly and immunocompromised people who received two doses of another vaccine.

This will not affect the vaccination campaign in the island of 370,000 inhabitants, where 88 percent of the population over 12 years old is already fully vaccinated.



Scientists: 'Natural immunity to Covid is a thing'. So why can't I have my freedoms back?

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A Covid vaccine clinic in Mexico City
I've got immunity from having had the virus, so where's my permanent health pass and end to testing hell? Governments are ignoring an avalanche of clinical studies proving the Covid-recovered could simply be left alone.

As someone who has recovered from Covid-19, I'm tired of spending the better part of a year now contending with brainwashed sheeple glued to every word of our flip-flopping, agenda peddling, manipulative government authorities trying to sell us on the idea that if you've already had the virus, you still need to get at least one approved anti-Covid jab.

The fact that governments can't even agree on whether the Covid-recovered should get either one or two jabs to qualify for their government-issued QR code health pass, allowing them to live and travel freely as before this fiasco, should already make thinking people skeptical. Here in France, government propaganda requires the Covid-recovered to take just one jab to qualify for the national QR code health pass - which is insufficient for travel to my home country of Canada, which requires that all travelers be double-jabbed three months after any Covid infection.

Comment: The 'pandemic' is merely the trigger to set long-held plans in motion. Unfortunately, as with all wishful thinking, they are not unfolding quite as hoped.