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Court overturns order to shut Berlin bars and restaurants from 11pm

closed bar in Berlin-Friedrichshain
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People walk past a closed bar in Berlin-Friedrichshain on Wednesday evening.
A Berlin court on Friday suspended an order for bars and restaurants to close from 11 pm to 6 am, finding that "it was not apparent" such a measure could help fight coronavirus.

Ruling on a case brought by 11 restaurant owners, the administrative court noted that new infections in Germany currently stem from private gatherings of family and friends, at community facilities, meat-processing plants, religious gatherings or in connection with travel.

Closing food and drink establishments was therefore a "disproportionate encroachment on the freedom" of the industry, the court ruled.

City authorities had ordered the sector to close early from last weekend, as infection numbers surge in the German capital.

Comment: In addition to the courts in Germany, ever greater numbers of German people are responding to the ridiculous and egregious lockdowns and speaking out about them:


Handcuffs

Ex-Mexico army chief arrested in LA on drug, money-laundering charges

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In this April 16, 2016 file photo, Mexico's Defense Secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos Zepeda salutes soldiers at the Number 1 military camp in Mexico City.
Former Mexican defense secretary Gen. Salvador Cienfuegos, who led the country's army for six years under ex-President Enrique Peña Nieto, has been arrested on drug trafficking and money laundering charges at Los Angeles International Airport, U.S. and Mexican sources said Thursday.

Two people with knowledge of the arrest said Cienfuegos was taken into custody on a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warrant. One of the people said the warrant was for drug trafficking and money laundering charges. Both spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the case publicly.

The DEA declined to comment Thursday night.

Question

'Not a body double': Navy SEAL rebuts Trump over QAnon theory on Osama bin Laden death

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Osama bin Laden in 1998 file photo from his hideout in Afghanistan.
The retired US Navy SEAL credited with the assassination of al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden is speaking out after US President Donald Trump amplified a baseless conspiracy theory suggesting that former US President Barack Obama's administration actually staged a fake operation, complete with a bin Laden body double.

"Very brave men said goodby to their kids to go kill Osama bin Laden. We were given the order by President Obama. It was not a body double," Robert O'Neill, the former Navy SEAL who allegedly killed bin Laden in a 2011 raid, tweeted on Tuesday. "Thank you Mr. President. Happy birthday @USNavy."

"S**t. I just found out that I killed Osama bin Johnson. Drinks are on me, I guess..." he added in a tweet later that day.

Comment: There have been various stories over the last two decades regarding exactly when OBL died. QAnon aside, who says Trump isn't onto something?


Eye 1

11 hacks, leaks, and hoaxes Twitter and Facebook didn't throttle, in hopes of damaging Trump

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Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter
Twitter's technicality is a fig leaf to enable continued control of public discourse by an unelected private industry that is 9-to-1 in the tank for Democrats and can decide what Americans are allowed to know.

On Wednesday, Twitter and Facebook banned their users from sharing a link to an explosive report from the New York Post containing emails indicating Hunter Biden had lucratively monetized his father's vice presidency through international business dealings. A massive public relations disaster ensued, including fierce reactions from senators and members of Congress with tech oversight.

In response, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey claimed Twitter had banned the link because it included private information obtained through hacking.

NPC

Steve Scully earns indefinite suspension from C-SPAN for tweet hack lie

Steve Scully
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C-SPAN suspended its political editor Steve Scully indefinitely after he admitted to lying about having his Twitter account hacked.
In a statement, Mr. Scully said he falsely claimed his Twitter account was hacked after he was criticized about a questionable exchange with Anthony Scaramucci, a former aide to President Trump who has turned into a Trump foe.

Mr. Scully said both the tweet and hacking claims were "errors in judgment."

"These actions let down a lot of people, including my colleagues at C-SPAN, where I have worked for the past 30 years, professional colleagues in the media, and the team at the Commission on Presidential Debates," he said. "I ask for their forgiveness as I try to move forward in a moment of reflection and disappointment in myself."

In its own statement, C-SPAN said Mr. Scully came clean about the false claim Wednesday.

Comment: Twitter had some comment:






Windsock

Greta mocks US Supreme Court nominee, eco-activists claim judge should be disqualified for position on climate

Greta
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Greta Thunberg is shown in 2019, scolding world leaders for inaction on climate change in a speech at the United Nations in New York.
Child enviro-prodigy Greta Thunberg is ripping US Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett for declining to give her opinions about the cause of climate change, likening the judge's restraint to lacking a view on gravity.

"To be fair, I don't have any views on climate change, either," Thunberg said on Thursday on Twitter, mocking Barrett's answers in her Senate confirmation hearing. "Just like I don't have any views on gravity, the fact that the earth is round, photosynthesis nor evolution. But understanding and knowing their existence really makes life in the 21st century so much easier."

The Swedish teenager's snarky attack came after Barrett dodged questions from Democrats this week regarding her views on climate change. For instance, Barrett told Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) that she didn't think her views on climate would be "relevant to the job I would do as a judge," and that she hadn't studied scientific data enough to offer an "informed opinion."

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Bad Guys

'This war must end': Foreign doctors express 'shock' over severity of war wounds in Nagorno-Karabakh

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ome of the medics working in Stepanakert: Shahen Danielyan (upper left), Atom Ter-Grigoryan (upper right), Norayr Zakharyan (lower left) and Jean-Michel Ekherian (lower right).
Medics from as far away as France who came to help as fighting between Armenians and Azerbaijanis erupted in Nagorno-Karabakh, have told RT they weren't fully prepared for the atrocities and have called for the fighting to stop.

Intense clashes between ethnic Armenian and Azeri forces over Nagorno-Karabakh have been raging since late September. The mainly Armenian-populated region, which is internationally recognized as part of Azerbaijan, declared independence from Baku in 1991 and has since been backed by Armenia, which has stopped short of officially recognizing it. Azeri authorities consider Nagorno-Karabakh illegally occupied by Yerevan, proclaiming that they want to get their territory back. Baku is being backed by Turkey in this latest flare-up, and reports have claimed that Syrian mercenary fighters have been airlifted to fight against Armenians.

The warring parties are unwilling to share information about their losses, but numerous people are reportedly being killed and maimed on both sides every day. In Stepanakert, Nagorno-Karabakh's main city, foreign medics mainly of Armenian origin, are working almost 24/7 to tend to the wounded.

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2 + 2 = 4

More than half of all Americans "plan to stockpile food and other essentials" for the chaotic months ahead

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There was a time when preppers were relentlessly mocked, but nobody is laughing now. Today, most Americans are thinking about stockpiling food, and this massive shift in our national mindset has been sparked by concern about what is going to happen in the months ahead. Many Americans believe that another wave of the coronavirus pandemic is coming, others believe that our ongoing economic depression will get even deeper, and yet others are convinced that the upcoming election could produce widespread violence. Of course there have always been people that have been deeply alarmed about future events, but we have never seen anything quite like this. In fact, a brand new survey has found that over half of all Americans are currently planning "to stockpile food and other essentials"...
Slightly more than half of Americans in a recent poll from Sports and Leisure Research Group say they already have or plan to stockpile food and other essentials. The chief reason: fears of a resurgent pandemic, which could lead to disruptions such as new restrictions on businesses. On Oct. 2, the number of COVID-19 cases in the USA was its highest in almost two months.



Comment: Considering the numbers of false positives in testing, incentivized hospitals, and the politicization of the disease - the uptick in Covid cases would seem hard to verify!


Stop

Court rebuffs Gretchen Whitmer's plan to keep state on lockdown until after election

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It's now becoming clear that one of the deciding swing issues of the 2020 Presidential Election is going to be COVID Lockdowns. Incredibly, Democrats are now openly attempting to convert Americans' pain and suffering into votes on Nov 3rd.

This week a Michigan Supreme Court ruled in favor of the people by effectively rebuking efforts by the state's Democrat Governor, Gretchen Whitmer, to impose a new state-wide lockdown supposedly to stop coronavirus.

Earlier this month, the court struck down Whitmer's initial decree to extend her COVID lockdown into the spring of 2021, but Governor's office was still determined to keep the state under lockdown and appealed for a stay of the court's decision.

It appears that a desperate Whitmer had hoped to delay the Court's ruling going into effect for a further 21 days - until after the General Election on November 3rd, but the Court saw through this maneuver and proceeded to reject Whitmer's attempted delay on Monday.

This latest legal drama confirms what many had already suspected - that some Democratic politicians are attempting to keep their states under lockdown until after the election, in effect, increasing the amount of economic and social pain and suffering - arguably a dangerous strategy designed to blame President Trump for the damage caused by the very policies championed by Democrats since the beginning of the pandemic.

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Bizarro Earth

UK's National Grid warns of electricity shortage that could last days, wants to prevent major blackout

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Electricity pylons in Dungeness. National Grid said it was monitoring the electricity supply situation over the next 24 hours.
National Grid has warned that Britain's electricity will be in short supply over the next few days after a string of unplanned power plant outages and unusually low wind speeds this week.

The electricity system operator said it will take action to "make sure there is enough generation" during the cold weather spell to prevent a second major blackout in as many years.

"Unusually low wind output coinciding with a number of generator outages means the cushion of spare capacity we operate the system with has been reduced," the company told its Twitter followers.


Comment: Proof that wind generated power is dangerously inefficient and unreliable.


Comment: That is just one example of what a terrible state the UK is in, here's some others: