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Australia's SAS murdering Afghan civilians undeniable thanks to video footage and whistleblower exposing war crimes

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The graphic footage, filmed by body cameras worn by the elite troops and broadcast on national television, must lead to the soldiers being tried for murder.

Australians always look forward to celebrating Anzac Day, but this year it will be different because a pall of shame has fallen over our armed forces thanks to a jaw-dropping TV expose aired this week that showed elite Aussie soldiers murdering Afghan civilians in cold blood when they were supposed to be protecting them from the Taliban.

While a four-year inquiry into the behavior of its soldiers in Afghanistan, by the Inspector General of the Australian Defence Force, is still to deliver on its investigation, the chances of alleged war crimes being swept under the rug thanks to lying soldiers misguidedly protecting their comrades, misinformation from witnesses, or from a political cover-up, have just been blown out of the water.

Thanks to whistleblower Braden Chapman, a former army intelligence officer who witnessed the atrocities first hand in 2012, no one can ignore the reality of what happened as the Aussie Special Air Services Regiment (SAS) stormed the dusty villages of Afghanistan in search of those it considered legitimate targets.

Comment: Few - if any - Western nations have clean hands when it comes to the endless war of terror on the Middle East. And, as noted above, and as seen in the innumerable other abhorrent actions by soldiers of other nations, it gives free reign for sick individuals to channel their rage or satisfy their blood lust:


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Marvel goes full social justice with Snowflake and Safespace characters

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Marvel is completely dripping with soy. The woke comic book publisher is now doubling down with its foray into social justice.
Marvel is completely dripping with soy. Not tired of having the lowest sales figures at any point in history, the woke comic book publisher is now doubling down with its foray into social justice with the introduction of an all new comic book called "The New Warriors" that features not one, but three social justice-infused characters, two of which are named "Snowflake" and "Safespace."

Yes, you read that correctly. They're naming the characters precisely after what pretty much every normal person on the planet refers to social justice warriors derogatorily.


As the comic's creator, who himself looks like the spitting image of the Nu-Male Wojak made fun of by the likes of PewDiePie and Paul Joseph Watson, Daniel Kibblesmith explains:

Comment: It's like Marvel is actively seeking the dumbest ideas out there. Surely this time pushing sanctimonious SJW garbage on uninterested fans will work. Afterall, if you throw enough mud at the wall, shouldn't some of it stick at some point??


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"Amazon puts us at risk:" Warehouse workers discuss company's inaction in the face of coronavirus

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Amazon whistleblower Meghan King has been working off and on at the GSP-1 warehouse in Spartanburg, South Carolina, where she has been injured twice, since 2012. She spoke this week with the World Socialist Web Site about the effect of the pandemic on her life and her co-workers' lives.

Warehouse workers have already tested positive in Spain, Italy, and in the US state of Washington. A recent online petition calling for measures to prevent the spread of the virus has been signed by 1,500 Amazon workers.

With millions of people quarantined or otherwise confined to their homes, orders through Amazon have mounted precipitously. In the UK, where Amazon employs approximately 27,000 workers, warehouse workers report being subjected to compulsory overtime to meet increased demand.

On Friday, schools in Meghan's area closed, and many Amazon workers are now staying home to care for their children. In Meghan's case, she cares for three children. Management has indicated that workers will not be penalized for not showing up in March, but at the same time, workers are not receiving paid time off.

How will she survive without pay? "That's a good question," Meghan says. "I live paycheck to paycheck now. Many working class families, they have a buffer. I quite literally live paycheck to paycheck. Three weeks with no income and I'm screwed."

Comment: While its clear that a panic about the severity of the virus has clearly taken hold among Amazon workers and others, its clear that the fear of losing income and the potential for losing jobs altogether, is a very legitimate reason to be concerned about how upper managers deal with the knock-on effects of the disease. And we won't just be seeing stories like this one among workers of Amazon either; greater economic distress will be the new normal.


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Ghislaine Maxwell, citing death threats and extensive legal fees, sues Jeffrey Epstein's estate

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Ghislaine Maxwell attends VIP Evening of Conversation for Women's Brain Health Initiative, Moderated by Tina Brown at Spring Studios on October 18, 2016 in New York City.
She claims Epstein had made promises to always support her financially.

Ghislaine Maxwell, a former girlfriend and long-time employee of sex offender Jeffrey Epstein has filed a civil lawsuit against the late financier's estate seeking reimbursement of her legal fees and personal security costs. Maxwell, who has been accused in several lawsuits filed by Epstein's alleged victims of facilitating his abuse, claims Epstein had repeatedly made "clear and unambiguous" promises to always support her financially, according to a court filing in the United States Virgin Islands.

"Maxwell reasonably and justifiably relied on Epstein's promises and put her trust in Epstein that he would fulfill his promises," according to the lawsuit filed in Superior Court in St. Thomas last week and made public on Wednesday.

Comment: Maxwell's repeated narcissistic attempts to make herself look like a victim are galling to the extreme. You just can't make this stuff up.

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The looting begins: Gang of thugs smash doors of south London Sainsbury's after raiding store for alcohol

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Six men tried stealing alcohol from the New Kent Road store in Elephant and Castle at around 10.50pm yesterday by 'concealing spirits in their clothes'
A gang of thugs smashed a Sainsbury's shop front in south London in a nighttime raid as supermarkets come under huge pressure amid coronavirus fears.

Six men tried stealing alcohol from the New Kent Road store in Elephant and Castle at around 10.50pm yesterday by 'concealing spirits in their clothes'.

Police said that Sainsbury's staff confronted the men, who became 'hostile and threatening' and fled outside before trashing the store front.

Comment: This incident could very well be just the usual acts of drunken hooligans, not necessarily having anything to do with the coronavirus lockdown. But it could also be a sign of things to come.

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Oil prices could fall below zero: Analyst

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Plunging oil prices could be headed a lot lower - possibly below zero, according to one Wall Street analyst.

West Texas Intermediate crude oil, the U.S. benchmark, fell by more than 10 percent Wednesday to near $24 a barrel, a level last seen in April 2002.

"Oil prices can go negative," wrote Paul Sankey, managing director at Mizuho Securities.

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Covid-19 Global Lockdown

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Let's try a little thought experiment. Just for fun. To pass the time while we're indefinitely locked down inside our homes, compulsively checking the Covid-19 "active cases" and "total death" count, washing our hands every twenty minutes, and attempting not to touch our faces.

Before we do, though, I want to make it clear that I believe this Covid-19 thing is real, and is probably the deadliest threat to humanity in the history of deadly threats to humanity.

According to the data I've been seeing, it's only a matter of days, or hours, until nearly everyone on earth is infected and is either dying in agony and alone or suffering mild, common cold-like symptoms, or absolutely no symptoms whatsoever.

I feel that I need to state this clearly, before we do our thought experiment, because I don't want anyone mistakenly thinking that I'm one of those probably Russian-backed Nazis who are going around saying, "it's just the flu," or who are spreading dangerous conspiracy theories about bio-weapons and martial law, or who are otherwise doubting or questioning the wisdom of locking down the entire world (and likely triggering a new Great Depression) on account of the discovery of some glorified bug.

Obviously, this is not just the flu. Thousands of people are dying from it. OK, sure, the flu kills many more than that, hundreds of thousands of people annually, but this Covid-19 virus is totally new, and not like any of the other millions of viruses that are going around all the time, and the experts are saying it will probably kill, or seriously sicken, or briefly inconvenience, millions or even billions of people if we don't lock down entire countries and terrorize everyone into submission.

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COVID chaos: What's more dangerous, the virus or our reaction?

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Coronavirus is spreading, generating more headlines, greater anxiety and paranoia, and, of course, cancellations and closings. It's high time to ask a critical question: Could our reaction to the fear of COVID-19 do more harm than the virus itself?

Liberty Nation is tracking the cultural toll of Coronavirus, maintaining a growing list of things you can't do and places you can't go. Somewhere along the way, we crossed the line from tourist attractions and sporting events shutting down to the government closing schools and even some privately owned businesses.

Avoiding the Virus

As the old saying goes, "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure." According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the best way to avoid catching the virus or spreading it to others is to:
  • Wash your hands regularly.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze.
  • Keep hands away from your face.
  • Avoid close contact with others and large public gatherings if possible.
  • Stay home if you're sick.
Sound familiar? It should. It's exactly how we are already supposed to behave this time of year, otherwise known as flu season.

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99% of those who died from virus had other illness, Italy says

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More than 99% of Italy's coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country's national health authority.

After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a 150% increase in the past week, health authorities have been combing through data to provide clues to help combat the spread of the disease.

Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte's government is evaluating whether to extend a nationwide lockdown beyond the beginning of April, daily La Stampa reported Wednesday. Italy has more than 31,500 confirmed cases of the illness.

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Ten thousand point wipeout in less than a month: Markets continue downward plunge, as coronavirus fears rattle investors

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The ongoing Covid-19 crisis wreaked havoc on global markets, as investors gave a mixed response to stimulus measures and containment efforts. In the US, the Dow Jones closed lower than at any point since Donald Trump's election.

Despite President Donald Trumps' signing of wartime legislation to address shortages of vital medical equipment, the Dow Jones Industrial Average closed at just under 20,000 points on Wednesday, a drop of 6.3 percent on the day before. Even on Tuesday, the announcement of a trillion dollar stimulus plan caused only a momentary uptick in the index's downward tumble.

Dropping over 1,400 points right after the opening bell sounded, the Dow would eventually close lower than at any point since Trump's inauguration, meaning the coronavirus has - at least temporarily - wiped out the gains of the Trump presidency.

Comment: The New York Stock Exchange will actually shut down its trading floor and switch to electronic trading after several traders were confirmed to carry the coronavirus. Meanwhile, according to the Forex market, the Russian ruble is currently the worst-performing currency in the world. It has fallen by 28.59 percent since the beginning of the year, due to the steep drop in oil prices and the coronavirus hysteria.