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New evidence emerges showing Israel deliberately targeted Shireen Abu Akleh as family files ICC complaint

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Shireen Abu Akleh memorial mural
Shireen Abu Akleh was "deliberately and repeatedly targeted" by an Israeli military sniper while reporting on an IDF raid last May, at the entrance to Jenin refugee camp - by a sniper taking "precise and careful aim."

This is among the previously unreleased findings of a joint investigation by UK-based Forensic Architecture and the Monitoring and Documentation Department of the Palestinian human rights group Al Haq, presented this morning in front of the International Criminal Court in the Dutch capital, The Hague.

These findings, based, in part, on previously unseen footage recorded by an Al Jazeera camera person on the scene, were disclosed to a small group of reporters following the submission of a complaint to the ICC by lawyers for the family of Abu Akleh and two Palestinian journalists standing beside her that day.

The Israeli sniper assault involved "three distinct rounds of shooting, totaling sixteen individual shots at Shireen, her colleagues and a civilian trying to provide medical aid," the Forensic Architecture-Al Haq Investigate Unit (FAI) revealed.

"All shots were fired above the shoulders and intended to kill."


How New York City may solve the mystery of how COVID-19 spread undetected for months in 2019

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There is now lots of evidence that the coronavirus had begun spreading undetected all over the world by autumn 2019 at the latest. This has led to a mystery as to why winter 2019-20 was relatively mild in terms of 'flu' deaths and why excess deaths only started appearing from January onwards, first in Wuhan, then Lombardy and Iran, then other places such as New York and London.

This has led some scientists to dismiss all evidence of early spread as false positives, and conversely some sceptics who accept early spread to argue that the excess deaths of the pandemic have all been caused by interventions, not by the virus.

For myself, I don't see how interventions can explain all the excess deaths. If that were the case we should see a positive correlation between interventions and deaths, but we don't. Rather, as we know, evidence-based studies show there to be little or no relationship between lockdown strictness and deaths, either positive or negative.

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Failed zero Covid policy cost Australia over $938 billion, report finds

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The danger in the post-lockdown era is that in our rush to move on we forget the hard lessons that have been learned about this catastrophic public policy failure.

On the basis of alarmist modelling, often commissioned by governments and amplified by sensationalist media, panicked politicians discarded all basic ideas about proportionality and the rule of law to criminalise everyday life and exert unprecedented controls over the citizenry.

From the beginning of the pandemic in March 2020, all Australian governments adopted the attitude that any public health mitigation measure was on the table, and little to no consideration was given to the costs of the measures that were adopted.

This is the subject of new research published by the Institute of Public Affairs, which for the first time in Australia calculates many of the costs of the nation's Covid zealotry up to June 2022. In the report, Hard Lessons: Reckoning the Humanitarian, Economic, and Social Costs of Zero-Covid, we find that the total economic and fiscal cost of the Australian COVID-19 response was no less than A$938.4 billion (£550.6 billion) to June 2022. This report identifies:
  • $595.8 billion in state and federal Government to enforce Covid policies and stimulate the economy;
  • $259.8 billion in lost economic activity because of the restrictions and economic shutdowns;
  • $82.8 billion in inflation related costs due to expansive monetary and fiscal policies, a cost which is set to only increase more and more over the next couple of years.

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Louisiana Department of Health revokes COVID vaccine mandate for kids: Victory for parents and their children

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This year, parents and guardians stood together in opposition to the COVID-19 shot being required for their children to attend school. As a result of their coming together, the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) decided to rescind the mandate for Louisiana students. As of yesterday, it has officially been repealed.

In light of this victory for parents and their children, Attorney General Jeff Landry has filed a motion to dismiss the Crews v. Edwards case, wherein he sought to have the vaccine mandate enjoined and issued the following statement:

"Today is the culmination of hard work by so many concerned parents throughout Louisiana. This is the direct result of moms, dads, grandparents, and guardians fighting for what is right. I thank Representative Raymond Crews, Health Freedom Louisiana, the Bayou Mama Bears, Town Hall Baton Rouge, Children's Health Defense, and all those from across Louisiana that stood with us for parental choice.

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Dire winter scenario issued for EU

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The bloc will either have to continue importing gas from Russia or reduce consumption, consultancy Yakov & Partners say.

Reducing dependence on Russian natural gas supply is impossible for the European Union in the coming year without a massive production halt, RBK business daily reported on Monday, citing a study by McKinsey's former Russian division, consulting company Yakov & Partners.

Their research showed that, despite reports that EU stores are full, the bloc has not yet overcome its reliance on Russian energy and will not be able to get through the coming winter and next year "without maintaining gas supplies from Russia or a [effecting] significant reduction" in consumption.

The report outlined that, in order to meet their needs until the end of 2022, European countries will either have to maintain imports from Russia or reduce gas consumption by an additional seven to 12 billion cubic meters, "which is possible only with a complete or partial shutdown of a number of industries." The deficit may grow to 20-30 billion cubic meters if China's demand for LNG recovers or if the winter is cold and long, or in the event of disruptions in supply chains, it adds.

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Ford stock plummets as supply chain, inflation woes cost company $1B

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Bill Ford, Executive Chair of Ford Motor Company speaks to the media
The Ford Motor Company's stock plummeted Tuesday after previously announcing supply chain and inflation problems will cost the company $1 billion in the third quarter. The company's announcement raises questions about whether industry wide supply chain issues still persist.

Ford's stock (F: NYSE) on Tuesday opened at $14.11 but dropped to $13.38 an hour later. The Dearborn automaker's stock closed the day at $13.09.

Supply chain woes have resulted in Ford placing 40,000 to 45,000 high-margin and high-demand trucks and SUVs to be left in inventory at the end of the third quarter due to a supply shortage of proper parts to complete and sell the vehicles to dealers.

Ford also indicated in the earlier Monday announcement that rampant inflation has made it expensive to purchase certain parts.

The company expects the vehicles to be ready to sell to dealers in the fourth quarter.


BP refinery in Ohio that provides gasoline for Midwest 'shut down' after fire

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Fire rips through BP oil refinery in Oregon, Ohio
A BP spokesperson told Reuters the BP-Husky Toledo refinery in Oregon, Ohio, has been "safely shut down" in response to Tuesday night's fire.

The fire's cause is still unknown, but sources told Reuters:
"Leaking fumes from a crude unit may have caused the ignition in another unit at the facility. Workers finished a maintenance turnaround at the facility in recent weeks and the plant had resumed operating."
The refinery processes up to 160,000 barrels of crude oil daily, providing the Midwest with gasoline, diesel, jet fuel, propane, asphalt, and other products.

There's no word if the refinery will spark fuel shortages across the Midwest.

Comment: Videos posted on social media show the fire at the BP refinery:

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PayPal demonetizes the Daily Sceptic

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If you're a regular donor to the Daily Sceptic and got an email from me in the small hours of the morning telling you that PayPal had closed our account and urging you to set up a new donation with a link to our donate page, don't panic. It wasn't a scam. PayPal really has shut down our account and the email really was from me.

I'll tell you the full story in a moment, but just to be clear - this won't affect the majority of people making regular donations, just those whose donations are processed by PayPal. So unless you've received an email from me with instructions about how to donate without using PayPal, please don't cancel your recurring donation. I repeat: Please don't cancel your donation. This just applies to people whose donations are being processed by PayPal and I've written to all of you.

The first I heard about this was on Thursday afternoon last week when I received a notification from my personal PayPal account informing me that it was being shut down because I'd violated the company's 'Acceptable Use Policy'. I looked at that policy and it covers things like fraud and money laundering so my first thought was it must be a mistake. Then, a few minutes later, I got another notification, this one from the Daily Sceptic's PayPal account. That, too, had been shut down and for the same reason. Eh? That was odd. Then, another email, this one from the Free Speech Union's PayPal account. Same story - the Acceptable Use Policy.

Now call me a cynic, but the chances of all three accounts violating the same policy within minutes of one another struck me as a bit implausible. Was something else going on?


China doubles down on coal amidst soaring energy prices and extreme weather events

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The push to shore up coal power - which still makes up most of China's energy supply - has alarmed analysts who warn that it will make an eventual transition to a renewables-dominated energy mix more difficult.
China has stepped up spending on coal in the face of extreme weather, a domestic energy crunch and rising global fuel prices - raising concerns Beijing's policies may hinder the fight against climate change.

The country is the world's biggest emitter of the greenhouse gases driving global warming, and President Xi Jinping has vowed to reduce coal use from 2026 as part of a broad set of climate promises.

Comment: The CO2 driven 'climate crisis' where children would 'never know snow' has been well and truly debunked by this point. Further, China is the world's manufacturer, the developed world relies on it for the vast majority of its products, and so, naturally, it is the world's largest emitter of certain gases associated with manufacturing.

Beijing has committed to peaking its carbon emissions by 2030 and achieving carbon neutrality by 2060.


Illegal immigrants who entered US since Biden took office to cost taxpayers $20+ billion a year: analysis

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People who've been taken into custody related to illegal entry cases into the US sit in one of the cages at a facility in McAllen, Texas, on June 17, 2017
The number of illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. since President Biden took office will cost the U.S. taxpayer over $20 billion each year, according to a new analysis by a hawkish immigration group.

The study by the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), which advocates for lower levels of immigration overall, calculates that the illegal immigrants who have entered the U.S. since Jan. 2021 will add an extra $20.4 billion burden a year, in addition to the $140 billion existing illegal immigrants already cost.

The analysis is based on an estimated 1.3 million released into the U.S. by immigration officials, as well as approximately one million "gotaways" -- or illegal immigrants who have slipped past overwhelmed agents. FAIR calculates that each illegal immigrants costs $9,232 a year to support.