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Amnesty International calls out Italy: Unvaccinated shouldn't face discrimination

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A woman holds a cross that reads 'Mario Draghi Stop' as people stage a protest against the COVID-19 vaccination Green Pass, in Rome, Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022
Human rights group Amnesty International urged Italy to change tough anti-COVID-19 restrictions to avoid discrimination against unvaccinated people.

In a recent decree, Mario Draghi's government made vaccination mandatory for everyone over the age of 50 and for use of public transport and a range of other services, one of very few countries to take similar steps, in an attempt to ease pressure on Italian health services and reduce fatalities.

Comment: Mario Draghi has been on board with the Covid show since the beginning.


China's trade surplus hit a record in 2021 as exports rose

Comment: Hang on a minute. They said the Chinese economy - and certainly its leadership - was DOOMED when Covid broke out there in early 2020:
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But two years later we learn that not only is the Chinese economy back online, it's roaring stronger than it has in a decade!?!

China's trade surplus hit a record high in 2021, boosted by strong exports that have topped market expectations since their pandemic recovery.

For the full year, China's exports rose 29.9% to a new high of $3.36 trillion, beating 2020's record of $2.6 trillion, according to data released by the General Administration of Customs on Friday.

Imports increased 30.1% in 2021, buoyed in part by soaring commodity prices. That translated to an annual trade surplus of $676.43 billion, surpassing the previous high of $593.9 billion in 2015, according to data provider Wind.

Comment: Another way of putting this is: China's economy (as measured by GDP) grew by a staggering 8.1% in 2021.

That's the highest rate of growth for the Chinese economy since 2011.

Here's the question this begs: if 'the world' is 'suffering the consequences of supply chain issues brought on by Covid/lockdowns', why isn't China?

It's still clearly doing business - record business! - somewhere, so... is it only the West undergoing shortages? And if so, can that really be China's 'fault'?


"We failed": Danish newspaper apologizes for publishing official COVID narratives without questioning them

In August, Germany's top newspaper, Bild, apologized for the outlet's fear-driven Covid coverage - with special message to children, who were told "that they were going to murder their grandma."

Now, a newspaper in Denmark has publicly apologized for reporting government narratives surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic without questioning them.

"We failed," reads the article's headline from tabloid Ekstra Bladet, which goes on to admit that "For ALMOST two years, we - the press and the population - have been almost hypnotically preoccupied with the authorities' daily coronavirus figures. "(translated).

Bad Guys

Friends plus ex-royal guard claim Prince Andrew likely dated Ghislaine Maxwell

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Former palace officer Paul Page suspects Prince Andrew dated Ghislaine Maxwell in 2001.
Prince Andrew may have once dated Ghislaine Maxwell, according to friends and a former royal protection officer who claims Jeffrey Epstein's madam was constantly "in and out" of Buckingham Palace.

Former palace cop Paul Page said in a new documentary that Maxwell became a regular visitor from 2001, the year Andrew and his sex accuser, Virginia Roberts Giuffre, were photographed in Maxwell's London home.

"From the way she was allowed to enter and exit the palace at will, we realized — suspected — that she may have had an intimate relationship with Prince Andrew," Page said.

Heart - Black

16,000 pigs to be culled amid African swine fever in Malaysia

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Another 3,000 pigs out of the 16,000 at 19 farms in Paya Mengkuang, Masjid Tanah, Melaka will be culled by the end of this week to prevent the spread of the African swine fever (ASF) in the area.

Department of Veterinary Services (DVS) director-general Datuk Dr Norlizan Mohd Noor said the ASF virus was first detected in Paya Mengkuang at the end of last month and within two weeks, 19 of the 35 pig farms in the area were confirmed to have been infected by the highly contagious virus.

"(We are) forced to cull the pigs as we have a stamping-out policy, meaning, any pig at an enclosure or farm confirmed to be positive for the ASF virus has to be destroyed," he said, adding that until Sunday (Jan 16), 13,000 pigs were culled under the Animal Welfare Practice Code-Animal Disposal Management by using a high concentration of CO2 gas.

Comment: Whilst this cull alone may not be bad enough to cause serious problems, African swine fever and bird flu cases have resulted in the culling of millions of animals in the last few years and, when combined with the unprecedented lockdown disruption, the rising cost of animal feed, inflation, and mounting crop failures, the supply chain is more vulnerable than ever to any shocks, and it won't take much to push it over the edge: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Is The Government Hyping Shortages? And is 'Vaccination Shedding' Really a Thing?


Explosion & fire at gas station in Germany kills 2

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A fire at a service area on the German autobahn has claimed two lives
A fire broke out at a gas station at a highway service area in the German state of Hesse on Monday, killing two people and damaging vehicles and a restaurant, police said.

They said a witness reported a small explosion at around midday, with a fire breaking out near the pumps shortly afterward.

The body of one victim was found in one of two cars damaged by the fire, and another dead person was found nearby, they said.

Comment: See also:

Eye 1

Soviet throwback: Doc recommends ivermectin, loses license, must undergo PSYCH EVALUATION for Covid 'falsehoods'

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Dr. Meryl Nass
A doctor with decades of experience can't practice medicine after her license was temporarily suspended over complaints that she shared coronavirus misinformation, according to a Maine licensing board.

The board has ordered her to undergo a neuropsychological evaluation, it said.

Dr. Meryl J. Nass, who got a license to practice medicine in Maine in 1997, had her license "immediately" suspended for 30 days after a board investigation and review of complaints against her on Jan. 12, according to a suspension order from the Maine Board of Licensure in Medicine.

Nass, who's an internist in Ellsworth, must "submit" to an evaluation by a "Board-selected psychologist" on Feb. 1, the board's evaluation order issued Jan. 11 said.

Comment: The Herald article conveniently leaves out the fact that Dr. Nash is not some 'lone nutter', as they hope to portray her. She is a member of the team of experts which include Dr. Robert Malone, Steven Kirsch and Robert F. Kennedy Jr, who collectively share beliefs about the safety of the COVID vaccines and/or the efficacy of early treatments. She is also Dr. Robert Malone's personal physician.


Deported tennis star Djokovic receives hero's welcome in Serbia


Novak Djokovic
Novak Djokovic returned to a hero's welcome in Serbia on Monday after Australia deported the world men's tennis No. 1 for being unvaccinated against COVID-19, a stance jeopardizing his quest for a record 21st Grand Slam title.

Most Australians had wanted him gone, but Serbian supporters waved national flags and lauded him on arrival at Belgrade airport.

"You are our champion, Novak!" and "We love you, Nole!" they chanted, using his diminutive name.

The 34-year-old "King of Melbourne" had won nine previous Australia Opens, is level with Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer on 20 titles, and was top men's seed for the tournament that got underway on Monday.


Better Earth

The Ghost of Martin Luther King Jr Will Haunt Covid Faucists

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In the latest wave of hysteria unleashed by the globalist, corporatist establishment, a sizable chunk of humanity has been manipulated into a mass formation of fear and division. Expert opinions that contradict the unending emergency narrative are erased from public areas of the internet almost as fast as they are produced. Quickly eroding are the rights to free speech, assembly and association, freedom of religion and from discrimination, the rights to travel, medical privacy, and even equality. We were told these are science based, temporary, emergency measures, but if that were the intention, we would have clear, unchanging criteria for how the emergency will end.

And so, the great othering has begun, and a massive divide has opened across society. On one side, you have the true believers - whose leaders, even in the most generous estimation, are wildly incompetent poll panderers who habitually violate their own edicts. For now, they are also joined by the meek and naive go-along-to-get-along crowd, marching in lockstep towards a truly dystopian world of Faucism. On the other side, you have what King would call the 'maladjusted,' people who cannot accept the 'new normal.' Citizens who appreciate the value and vulnerability of their rights, and how much suffering and sacrifice it took to establish them. People who have found the courage to walk through the illusory wall of fire, and emerge unafraid, with a clearer view of what causes the shadows we all see.


Martin Luther King's powerful critique of scientific racism and scientific materialism

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Martin Luther King delivers his famous "I Have a Dream" speech from the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963
On this Martin Luther King Day weekend, I will be visiting Athens, Texas (a town south of Dallas) for a free public screening of my documentary Human Zoos, which explores the sordid legacy of scientific racism and eugenics in America. I'd like to think that the event will be a fitting activity for MLK Day weekend, because King was a powerful opponent of both scientific racism and scientific materialism.

Dr. King accepted the animal ancestry of humans as taught by Darwinian evolution, but he was sharply critical of the misuse of science to promote racial discrimination, and he also spoke forcefully against the idea that humans are the products of a blind material process.

Many of King's thoughts on science are interspersed throughout a short book titled Strength to Love, a collection of sermons King originally published in 1963. I've been reading the book on my trip to Texas, and much of its wisdom is just as pertinent today as when the book was first published.

Comment: King was not only a humanitarian powerhouse but also a gifted intellectual who drew on some of the most valued insights and ideas of other leading figures in then contemporary history. The following seems to show that King helped formulate his ideas from the work of Alfred North Whitehead:
It is not yet widely known that Martin Luther King, Jr. was influenced by Alfred North Whitehead's philosophy of organism. In honor of Martin Luther King day 2022, we thought we'd share what we've learned about this unexpected connection.

I first learned of the connection between Alfred North Whitehead and Martin Luther King Jr. in July of 2013 from John Quiring, who was then working at the Center for Process Studies in Claremont, CA. Quiring had stumbled upon scans of index cards written by King wherein he included quotes from and notes on Whitehead's Concept of Nature. A more comprehensive search revealed additional connections that were not previously known or appreciated.

Nobel Peace Prize Lecture

Perhaps one of the most remarkable pieces of evidence we have that King was influenced by Whitehead comes in the context of King's receiving of the 1964 Nobel Peace Prize. King delivered his Nobel acceptance speech on Thursday, 10 December 1964.

The following day, Friday, 11 December 1964, King delivered this his Nobel Peace Prize Lecture, "The quest for peace and justice." It is here that we find King quoting Whitehead. (Here you can listen to the recording of King speaking these paragraphs.)
The first problem that I would like to mention is racial injustice. The struggle to eliminate the evil of racial injustice constitutes one of the major struggles of our time. The present upsurge of the Negro people of the United States grows out of a deep and passionate determination to make freedom and equality a reality "here" and "now." In one sense the civil rights movement in the United States is a special American phenomenon which must be understood in the light of American history and dealt with in terms of the American situation. But on another and more important level, what is happening in the United States today is a relatively small part of a world development.

We live in a day, says the philosopher Alfred North Whitehead, "when civilization is shifting its basic outlook: a major turning point in history where the presuppositions on which society is structured are being analyzed, sharply challenged, and profoundly changed."[2] What we are seeing now is a freedom explosion, the realization of "an idea whose time has come," to use Victor Hugo's phrase. The deep rumbling of discontent that we hear today is the thunder of disinherited masses, rising from dungeons of oppression to the bright hills of freedom, in one majestic chorus the rising masses singing, in the words of our freedom song, "Ain't gonna let nobody turn us around." All over the world, like a fever, the freedom movement is spreading in the widest liberation in history. The great masses of people are determined to end the exploitation of their races and land. They are awake and moving toward their goal like a tidal wave. You can hear them rumbling in every village street, on the docks, in the houses, among the students, in the churches, and at political meetings. Historic movement was for several centuries that of the nations and societies of Western Europe out into the rest of the world in "conquest" of various sorts. That period, the era of colonialism, is at an end. East is meeting West. The earth is being redistributed. Yes, we are "shifting our basic outlooks." [Read the full Lecture here or listen to it here.]