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Canadian teachers' union devalues white votes to 'appease minorities'

Ontario Secondary School Teachers
A teachers' union in Canada decided that the votes of its indigenous, black and racialized members will have extra weight in decision-making processes if not enough minority delegates are present on the board.

Since the start of the school year, the so-called weighted voting has been in effect at a local bargaining unit of the larger Ontario Secondary School Teachers' Federation (OSSTF) in Halton Region, Ontario the National Post reported.

The unit, which represents some 1,400 teachers and school staff, voted in the controversial system - said to be aimed at improving the representation of minorities - this June. It was supported by 68% of the delegates at its annual general meeting.

Bad Guys

Sex change hormone treatment injured Swedish children - media

sweden hospital
© REUTERS/Anders Wiklund/TT News Agency
A general view of the Karolinska hospital in Stockholm, Sweden
As many as 13 children have suffered side effects from hormone therapy while receiving treatment for gender dysmorphia in Sweden, according to national broadcaster SVT.

In a report published on Wednesday, Swedish broadcaster SVT revealed that doctors at Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm stopped new hormone treatments for children suffering from gender dysmorphia in May amid concerns of "potential side effects."

The hospital noted in new guidelines that the treatments are controversial and that there is a lack of scientific support for it. Data concerning the extent of the side effects and the number of children impacted was not made public.

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Attention

56 dead following explosion in Siberian coal mine, gas leak believed to be to blame

Listvyazhnaya
© Reuters / Kemerovo Region Government
Members of emergency services take part in a rescue operation at the Listvyazhnaya coal mine in the Kemerovo region, Russia, November 25, 2021.
A mining accident in Siberia has killed more than 50 people, including six rescue workers, Russian media have reported citing preliminary data from emergency services, with all the missing persons presumed dead.

Over 260 miners have been rescued from the facility after reports of an explosion, with 40 of them ending up hospitalized. Some 11 miners were confirmed dead shortly after the accident unfolded, while 35 mere were considered missing. At least three out of six emergency workers have also perished during rescue efforts.

Late on Thursday, RIA Novosti reported that all the missing persons were presumed dead, citing sources in the emergency services. The assessment, however, has not yet been officially confirmed by Russia's EMERCOM, with its press service telling RT that the fate of 35 miners and three rescuers remains unknown.

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People

Covid compliance hits rock bottom in England

Coronavirus pandemic in London
© Reuters / Toby Melviller
Shoppers walk past a message about the coronavirus pandemic in London.
New data released by the UK's Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that three in 10 people in England are failing to self-isolate if they develop Covid-like symptoms amid a drop in compliance with coronavirus guidance.

The survey, conducted last month, found that 29% of respondents who'd had Covid symptoms failed to follow the rules requiring them to stay at home after they'd fallen ill. Similarly, a quarter of people violated self-isolation rules between falling ill and receiving their final test result.

Comment: It is because some of the people figured out that the real danger is not the virus, but the totalitarian government that is stripping their basic human rights and destroying the economy.

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Smiley

LOL! Far right Ukrainian official claims anti-vaxxers paving way for Russian invasion

Dmitry Yarosh
© Sputnik / Stringer
Right Sector leader Dmitry Yarosh speaks at a public meeting in Kiev.
Ukrainians who refuse Covid-19 vaccines are laying the groundwork for a Russian incursion into the country, an advisor to the commander in chief of the country's armed forces has claimed, amid rumors Moscow is planning to strike.

Taking to Facebook on Wednesday as opponents of mandatory Covid inoculation rallied near the Ukrainian parliamentary building in Kiev, Dmitry Yarosh, an advisor to Lieutenant-General Valeriy Zaluzhny, said that the protests could be a false flag operation.

"Friends, I don't rule out that among these people paid and sent to the capital there are anti-vaxxers - an overwhelming minority - but the main purpose of this action is to prepare the ground for a large-scale invasion of Ukraine by Russian troops," he said.

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Arrow Down

Russian prison chief fired after torture allegations

Prisoner
© GULAGU.NET
Torture in Saratov prison hospital
Russian President Vladimir Putin has fired the head of the country's Federal Penitentiary Service after two scandal-filled months, with accusations of inmate torture and shocking leaked videos from CCTV cameras.

Alexander Kalashnikov was removed after two years in the position. Before 2019, he was a senior official in the Federal Security Service (FSB) and served as chief of the body's directorate in Krasnoyarsk Region. Earlier this year, Kalashnikov was sanctioned by the EU, US, and Canada for his role in the imprisonment of opposition figure Alexey Navalny.

Kalashnikov's firing comes after an eventful autumn for the prison service. In October, human rights group Gulagu.net leaked three sickening videos showing the torture of inmates at a prison in Saratov, a city around 800km southeast of Moscow. The footage showed inmates being sexually abused, including anal rape and forced penetration with objects.

Over a month later, 18 workers at the prison were fired, and the Investigative Committee opened multiple criminal cases in connection to the reports of physical and sexual abuse.

Pistol

Politician under fire after saying fake vaccine certificate buyers should be shot

Vaxx certificate
© Sputnik/Denis Abramov
Showing a vaccination certificate to buy a ski-pass in Republic of Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
Russian citizens who buy and sell counterfeit coronavirus vaccine certificates should be summarily executed, a Russian regional lawmaker has argued, offering to pull the trigger as part of the firing squad himself.

Speaking during a meeting on Tuesday, Vladimir Sidorov, a deputy from the governing United Russia party serving on the regional Duma in Ryazan, proposed the harsh punishment for people who buy the documents in the city, southeast of Moscow. "It is necessary to shoot them," he raged.

According to the lawmaker, he "would take part in the shootings" eagerly. "Be sure to do it! You and I have no other choice," Sidorov urged his fellow representatives.

The speech quickly went viral online, drawing criticism from Russian social media users. However, the local politician has since sought to climb down from the remarks, saying he was overly emotional after losing his wife to Covid-19. However, he insisted that anyone purchasing fake proof of vaccination deserves to face "the toughest penalties." He added that "no one likes restrictions, but immunization is the key for surviving the pandemic."

Star of David

Prison chief: Israel military 'pimped' correctional officers to terrorists

Israeli women
© Reuters/Amir Cohen
Allegations that female Israeli prison guards were left vulnerable to sexual assaults by suspected terrorists in an attempt to gain leverage and coax confessions have been reignited by a prison commander.

Speaking on Wednesday to an Israeli government panel, Gilboa Prison commander Freddy Ben Shitrit appeared to confirm reports from 2018 that women serving in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) were put at risk of sexual assault in an effort to extract confessions from Palestinian terrorism suspects.

The commander said:
"Prison bosses had pimped soldiers" and "handed over female soldiers to terrorists for sexual purposes. The pimping incident was a massive incident."
The alleged 'pimping' of female soldiers for the purpose of obtaining information from prisoners happened before Ben Shitrit served as warden in the prison. The commander was speaking to a government committee on the failures that led to a jailbreak by six Palestinian prisoners from Gilboa prison earlier this year.


Snakes in Suits

Snake in a suit: Tech billionaire allegedly kept spreadsheet of 5,000 women he had sex with

michael gougen
© AP
Whitefish, Montana, is known for fly fishing and hiking trails studded with yellow aspen trees. But after Silicon Valley billionaire Michael Goguen took up residence in the Rocky Mountain town several years ago, he transformed it into his private fiefdom: a dark banana republic where he allegedly controls local law enforcement — and a "harem" of young women.

The bombshell allegations, which also include claims of Goguen ordering his security chief to kill detractors, are contained in a lengthy civil complaint recently filed in United States District Court for the District of Montana.

According to the court papers, Goguen, 57, employs hundreds of residents in companies he controls, and owns a series of luxury "safe houses" where he takes dozens of young women for sex. He has a spreadsheet documenting his sexual encounters with 5,000 women, and even outfitted a local bar he owns with a basement "boom boom" room, which features a stripper pole. The underground enclave is allegedly used "to maintain women for the purpose of committing illicit sexual activity."

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Watch thousands protest in Europe against Covid passes.

People protest against COVID-19 measures in Vienna, Austria
© Reuters / Leonhard Foeger
People protest against COVID-19 measures in Vienna, Austria, on November 20, 2021.
Sporadic clashes broke out at massive Saturday demonstrations in major European cities, as thousands of people took to the streets of Vienna, Paris and Rome to express their discontent with Covid-19 restrictions.

The Austrian capital Vienna on Saturday saw the largest protest turnout since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic. A total of 38,000 people took to the city streets to join a dozen demonstrations protesting government measures.


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