Welcome to Sott.net
Tue, 18 May 2021
The World for People who Think

Society's Child
Map

Eye 2

Serial killer Reginald Arthurell's new life as 'Regina'

Regina Kaye
© Radio 2GBSource:News Corp Australia
Now known as ‘Regina Kaye’, serial killer Reginald Arthurell is living in western Sydney
Serial killer Reginald Arthurell is leading a new life as a woman after his prison release and has allegedly made threats against his female victim's family.

Radio station 2GB has revealed photos of the violent outback murderer, now aged 74, dressed in a series of women's wigs posing for the camera.

The photos were allegedly posted on a transgender community friendship page by Arthurell, who now goes by the name of Regina and is living in western Sydney.

He has posed in three different coloured wigs, including one in a dark brown bob which he has used as his signature image, with the words, "Hi, I'm Regina".

NSW Police are also investigating a claim Arthurell had vowed to "take out" the family of his victim Venet Raylee Mulhall.

Corrective Services NSW referred police to an allegation by a concerned transgender community member that Arthurell allegedly contacted via the Facebook page.

He had allegedly said he would act against the family and Corrective Services once his parole had ended and he was no longer wearing a tracking anklet.

Bizarro Earth

Street parties erupt in Spain as government lifts six month curfew, regions consider REIMPOSING own lockdown restrictions

spain lockdown party
© Reuters / Susana Vera
People celebrate as the state of emergency decreed by the Spanish Government to prevent the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) gets lifted at Puerta del Sol square in Madrid, Spain, May 9, 2021
Revelers thronged the streets of Spain's cities on Sunday after its government lifted a six-month nightly curfew. Crowds danced, sang, and drank - but regional authorities are already planning on ending the party.

The Spanish government lifted its coronavirus-related state of emergency at midnight on Sunday. The state of emergency allowed the government to ban non-essential travel between regions, and required citizens to stay at home between 11pm and 6am. Spain was recording around 20,000 daily cases of Covid-19 when the curfew was introduced, and although this number peaked at more than 40,000 in January, it has since receded to just over 8,000 on Saturday.

Spaniards wasted no time in celebrating. When midnight hit, people flocked onto the streets across the country, dancing, hugging, and chanting "freedom." Video footage from Madrid's Puerta del Sol captured the celebratory mood.

Comment: After lockdowns people naturally feel the need to release the tension in some way, however, if actions and rumours elsewhere are anything to go by, they may not be 'free' for very long:


Pirates

Canadian pastor who prevented police from shutting down Easter service arrested and charged with "organizing an illegal in-person gathering"


Comment: What's more, they tracked his phone and busted him with a platoon of cop cruisers on the open highway, then handcuffed him (and hogtied his brother)...


Pastor Artur Pawlowski

Pastor Artur Pawlowski being dragged away by Canadian cops
A Canadian pastor who went viral last month for ordering out police who showed up to his church on Easter weekend was arrested Saturday for violating COVID-19 limits on gatherings set by a new court order.

Pastor Artur Pawlowski, the head of Calgary's Street Church in Alberta, and his brother, Dawid Pawlowski, were arrested and charged with "organizing an illegal in-person gathering," the Calgary Police Service said in a statement.

Video capturing the arrests showed several police vehicles parked on the street as officers carried the handcuffed brothers, who appeared to refuse to walk on their own. An onlooker can be heard telling the officers, "Shame on you guys, this is not Communist China. Don't you have family and kids? Whatever happened to 'Canada, God keep our land glorious and free'?"


Comment: Something similarly outrageous occurred in Ireland recently. A man who was in attendance at an 'illegal' mass filmed police 'breaking it up'. Days later cops showed up at his home at 3am, abducted his children and put him in the slammer for the night.

The ostensible reason was because 'his mother' had called police to report fears for his mental well-being, allowing police to arrest him and take his children away under a legal loophole that required no warrant. The man's mother died in 1997...


Colosseum

Covid-19 fear porn has cast a chill over love, sex, and birthrates, and we were damn fools to let it happen

mask kiss
© Getty Images / Elisaveta Ivanova
Instead of allowing the human spirit to triumph in the face of adversity, we cowered in our homes, prevented children from learning and playing together, and let our small businesses go up in flames. History will judge us badly.

Since it is well known that 'familiarity breeds contempt', it should come as no surprise that it also does little to breed babies. Even the most amorous lovebirds will go frigid when their wings have been clipped and predictions of impending doom scream from every mainstream channel. That may be the main takeaway from the radical experiment known as Lockdown 2020, as the US birthrate took an unexpected hit at a time when all the indicators were looking rosy.

The US birthrate didn't just go wobbly last year, it plummeted a whopping four percent, marking the worst single-year decrease in nearly 50 years. To further break it down, birthrates fell eight percent for Asian American women, three percent for Hispanic women, and four percent for African American and Caucasian women. Locked-down Europeans are reporting similarly precipitous declines.

Comment: Continued compliance with lockdowns as well as the willingness of great swathes of society to accept totalitarian measures like vaccine passports further reveals the dire state that Western society is in; and it does not bode well for its future: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal #34: Covid By Numbers


Heart - Black

Hundreds injured as Israeli forces attack Palestinian worshipers in Jerusalem UPDATES

Israeli police at al-Aqsa
© Jamal Awad/APA images
Israeli police gather during attacks on Palestinians at the compound that houses al-Aqsa Mosque
Hundreds of Palestinians were injured and dozens were hospitalized on Friday night across the city of Jerusalem, as Israeli forces stormed the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound and continued to crackdown on protests against the imminent evictions of Palestinians in Sheikh Jarrah.

The height of the violence took place inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound, where tens of thousands of Palestinian worshipers had gathered inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the surrounding courtyard for evening prayers on the last Friday of Ramadan.

Video footage from the scene shows people in prayer when armed Israeli forces stormed the compound, firing sound bombs, tear gas, and rubber bullets at worshipers.

Comment: At least 205 Palestinians were injured in clash with police:
Crowd stun grenades
© Reuters/Ammar Awad
Israeli police fire stun grenades
As Palestinians point out they have been living in the area for generations, the Jewish settler organization Lahav Shomron and the deputy Jerusalem mayor, Aryeh King, claim that the land in question "rightfully" belongs to Jews.​

According to Israeli police, six officers were injured during the altercations in Jerusalem. Later in the day, Times of Israel reported that at least 17 police officers were hurt and "around half of those" hospitalized.
"At the end of the prayer on the Temple Mount, thousands of worshipers began to disturb the order, throwing stones and firing fireworks. Israeli police forces are operating at the scene and so far six policemen have been injured in the disturbances. The district commander is in the arena assessing the situation and has ordered the continued increased alertness towards the end of the prayers."
​​​The Temple Mount altercations prompted swift reaction from many, with the US voicing its concern over the situation in Jerusalem and calling for deescalation, and Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu condemning what he described as the "Israeli attack on Al-Aqsa Mosque".

Statements followed from Hamas and the Islamic Jihad, with both entities echoing a condemnation of the attack and pledging consequences. Statement from Hamas:
"The Chief of Staff of the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades Mohammed Deif salutes Palestinian citizens of the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood in occupied Jerusalem for standing steadfast. The Chief of Staff is sending a clear and last warning to the Israeli occupation and settlers that if they did not immediately cease their aggression against our people in the Sheikh Jarrah neighbourhood, we will not sit on our hands and will make them pay a heavy price."
Amid the tensions heating up in Jerusalem, reports emerged in Israeli media claiming that several "Palestinian gunmen" headed to Jerusalem to carry out a terror attack. According to the Times of Israel, citing Israeli TV, three Palestinian assailants booked a tour that included Jerusalem and were on their way to the city at the time of a "shootout" in which two gunmen were killed and one was "critically injured".
Update 9/5/2021: Scores injured, worst violence in years, warnings and rebukes from around the world:
The Quartet of envoys from the European Union, Russia, US and the United Nations expressed "deep concern" over the violence. "We call upon Israeli authorities to exercise restraint," they wrote.

The US State Department said it was "extremely concerned" and urged both sides to "avoid steps that exacerbate tensions or take us farther away from peace. This includes evictions in east Jerusalem, settlement activity, home demolitions and acts of terrorism."

The European Union called on the authorities "to act urgently to de-escalate the current tensions", saying "violence and incitement are unacceptable and the perpetrators on all sides must be held accountable".

Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, said he held the Israeli government responsible for the unrest and voiced "full support for our heroes in al-Aqsa".

Yair Lapid, an Israeli politician, backed the police. "The state of Israel will not let violence run loose and definitely will not allow terror groups to threaten it," he tweeted.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, denounced Israel as a "cruel terrorist state" in a speech in Ankara on Saturday, calling on the UNto intervene to "stop the persecution".

Jordan condemned Israel's "barbaric attack" and Egypt, Turkey, Tunisia, Pakistan and Qatar were among Muslim countries that criticised Israeli forces for the confrontation.

Israel also drew criticism from Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates, two countries that signed normalisation accords with the Jewish state last year.

Iran called on the UN to condemn the Israeli police actions, calling the actions of Israeli police a "war crime".
UPDATE 9/5/2021: Pope Francis calls for an end to violence in East Jerusalem:
Pope Francis during his Sunday address expressed concerns about the ongoing clashes in East Jerusalem that led to the injuries of around 300 Palestinians, calling for the violence to stop. As cited by the Holy See, the pontiff said:
"With particular concern I am following the events that are happening in Jerusalem. I pray that it may be a place of encounter and not of violent clashes, a place of prayer and peace. I invite everyone to seek shared solutions so that the multireligious and multicultural identity of the Holy City is respected and brotherhood prevails. Violence begets violence. Enough with the clashes,"
The international community has condemned the escalation of violence in East Jerusalem and urged the sides to show restraint. Palestine requested a UN Security Council meeting to discuss the situation, while the Arab League called an extraordinary meeting for Monday.
UPDATE 8/5/2021: Israel beefs up security as tensions continue:
Israeli police tweeted that they had enhanced security, noting that, while the right to protest will be "preserved", riots would be addressed with "zero tolerance".
"The commissioner instructed the commanders, with an emphasis on the sectors of Jerusalem, to increase forces in preparation for 'Night of Qadr' and another series of events expected in the city in the coming days."
In videos shared on social media, demonstrators can be seen chanting slogans - according to media reports, calling to "strike in Tel Aviv" and "redeem al-Aqsa" - and lighting fires.


This is an explosive situation as clashes continue, tensions escalate and casualties mount.


Star of David

Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in Jerusalem: The full story

Jerusalem
© Unknown
JERUSALEM

In the aftermath of the 1948 expulsion of Palestinians by Zionist gangs to pave the way for the creation of the state of Israel, hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes in historical Palestine to neighboring countries.

Following these events, which came to be known to the Palestinians as "Nakba", or the Catastrophe, 28 families settled in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in East Jerusalem in 1956, hoping that would be the last time they are forced out of their homes. But these families, whose number has grown to 38 since then, say they are experiencing a renewed Nakba on a daily basis.

The Israeli Central Court in East Jerusalem approved a decision earlier this year to evict four Palestinian families from their homes in Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood in favor of right-wing Israeli settlers.

Israel's Supreme Court was scheduled to issue a ruling on the evictions on Thursday amid heated demonstrations and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli settlers, but the decision was delayed until May 10.

In the event that the court rules in favor of the settlers, the Palestinian families will lose their homes. Other families will face a similar fate.

Arrow Up

Kabul school attack: Death toll climbs to 68, over 165 hospitalized with many in critical condition

crowd coffin
© Reuters/Stringer
Coffin of a victim of yesterday's explosion during a mass funeral ceremony in Kabul.
Nearly 70 people, primarily female students, have been killed in an attack on a school in Kabul. The death toll is expected to rise, with many of the injured remaining in critical condition and some children missing.

On Sunday, the death toll from the devastating attack climbed to 68, with 165 injured remaining in hospitals, according to Afghan officials. The authorities have been struggling to identify the victims, with grieving families still searching for their children.

The car bomb blast rocked the Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School, located in the western part of the capital on Saturday afternoon, when the female students were leaving after classes. The first blast was followed by at least two smaller explosions, which hit the fleeing children as well as those who rushed to help the injured.

"The first blast was powerful and happened so close to the children that some of them could not be found," an anonymous Afghan official told Reuters.

Afghan officials, including President Ashraf Ghani, were quick to blame their main adversary - the Taliban - for the attack. The militant group, however, has denied any involvement and strongly condemned it, while placing the blame on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Nevertheless, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

Comment: See also:

Multiple blasts rock school in Kabul killing at least 30 killed, 50+ injured


Light Saber

Furious Texas motorist tries to single-handedly fight BLM protesters blocking traffic

blm block road plano tx
© Twitter / MarvinDScottIII
A Black Lives Matter protest in Texas resulted in a heated confrontation between a frustrated driver and a group of demonstrators blocking a road, with video of the dramatic encounter spreading across social media.

Activists in Plano, a city about 20 miles (32.2 km) north of Dallas, marched through the streets on Sunday to raise awareness about the death of Marvin Scott III. The 26-year-old black man died while in police custody at a county jail in March. Seven officers were fired and one resigned over the incident, which was ruled a homicide in April.

In a now-viral video, demonstrators are seen blocking an intersection as they shout "Black Lives Matter" and wave signs reading "stop killing us" and other slogans. A large column of automobiles can be seen forming as motorists wait for the road to clear. Suddenly, a large man wearing sunglasses weaves between the stopped cars and heads straight towards the protesters.

Comment: BLM is playing with a fire they don't comprehend. The backlash coming when regular people are finally fed up with extremist groups dirupting their daily lives will be devastating.

Trump warns Antifa had better hope the 'other side' doesn't mobilize: They are 'tougher, smarter & angrier'


Sheriff

I'm a former law-enforcement officer — but I won't encourage my kids to be cops

crime scene police car
© Christopher Sadowski
There's no end in sight to the unfair, naïve or disingenuous attacks on police.
A line in Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, warns: "Them that don't know him won't like him." As a retired law-enforcement professional, it deeply saddens me to witness how my former profession suddenly finds itself in similar straits — reviled, the object of scorn and derision.

Dangerous tropes abound. False narratives proliferate. Bigotry and intolerance are suddenly acceptable, so long as the target wears a blue uniform.

I am also a father. I will not encourage my children to grow up to be cops.

As the nation braces for the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, I sense nothing that gives me any hope that we will break the anti-cop fever any time soon.

Magnify

Major fire hits oil refinery in Syria's Homs

syria oil fire
© SANA/Reuters
Firefighters try to put out a fire in main Homs refinery, Syria
The blaze, which erupted in a distillation unit, was caused by a leak in a pumping station, state media reported.

Syrian firefighters extinguished a major blaze on Sunday that engulfed areas of its main Homs refinery in the west of the nation.

The fire started in a distillation unit because of a leak in a pumping station, state media reported without elaborating.

Comment: Reported yesterday: Fire at Iran chemical factory hours after media reports ANOTHER massive blaze near Bushehr's nuclear power plant

See also: Footage shows Israel's continued attacks on Syria's Damascus - reports