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Failed axing of California governor is a victory for the most successful experiment in socio-political brainwashing ever

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California Governor Gavin Newsom
The votes are counted, the result complete: The citizens of the once-Golden State are so indoctrinated with wokeness they can't vote for any politician who isn't wholesale progressive. Nothing else explains Gavin Newsom's victory.

That stretch of sun-drenched, overpriced real estate along the Pacific is an undeniable, unmitigated disaster, and it has sunk deep into that status under the watch of Getty family trust fund baby Newsom. I would challenge anyone to debate the fact that the puddle of oil in Sacramento's state house is an abject failure and to offer any researched and confirmed numbers to back up any claims he's been a sustained success. Beyond that, I'd love to encounter anyone who holds enthusiasm in their hearts for this slick ventriloquist dummy masquerading as a national-caliber leader.

The statistics detailing the unquestionable garbage fire are omnipresent. One online search can keep you reading for hours. However, just as an example, we can begin with the state's rankings by US News and World Report.

Keep in mind that California is the most populous state in the Union and claims to possess the seventh largest economy on Earth (The latter is now dubious due to the huge economic backslide overseen by Newsom). Those facts should lend the Golden State massive resources and constructive insurance provisions to maintain some level of stability. Still, California ranks 20th in education, 28th in crime, 31st in infrastructure, 35th in natural environment, 36th in fiscal stability, and 50th out of 50 in opportunity.

Comment: "A funny thing happened on the way to the recall..." Watch the glitch as 'recall' votes disappeared live on CNN:
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Vote totals before and after
Last night on CNN 351,000 "Yes" votes disappeared in an instant during live coverage of the Newsom Recall Election in California. It would appear the missing votes do not change the outcome (...unless the Newsom vote is also 'a glitch').

Arrow Up

Migrant encounters over 200,000 again in August, as border surge continues

Border waiters
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Families at the US-Mexico border at Roma, Texas
There were more than 200,000 migrant encounters at the southern border in August, Customs and Border Protection (CBP) confirmed on Wednesday, the second month in a row where the number has been over the 200,000 mark as migrants continue to attempt to enter the U.S.

Fox News first reported that there were 208,887 encounters in August. While it marks the first decrease in migrant encounters seen under the Biden administration, where migrant encounters have been sharply rising for months, it is only a 2% drop over the more than 212,000 encounters in July.

Additionally, the 208,887 number for August represents a 317% increase over last August 2020 which saw 50,014 encounters — and a 233% increase over August 2019, where there were 62,707 amid that year's border crisis.


Taliban discovers cache of Soviet-made ballistic missiles in Panjshir Valley

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Warheads and ballistic missiles found in Panjshir Valley
Taliban militants have found several old Soviet-made ballistic missiles in the Panjshir Valley while securing the region and defeating local resistance forces. However, the missiles appear to be in an inoperable condition.

Militants found the missile cache lying on the bank of the Panjshir River, footage that has surfaced online shows. The Panjshir Valley was taken over by the Taliban last week following a short-lived conflict with local forces.

Video shot by the militants shows around 10 Luna-M (NATO reporting name FROG-7) short-range and 10 R-17 Elbrus (NATO reporting name Scud B) medium-range ballistic missiles.


Suspected attack on Hagen synagogue leads to arrest of four in Germany

Hagen synagogue

Police protection was increased for the Hagen synagogue
Police have arrested four people over a possible attack on a synagogue in western Germany ahead of a major Jewish holiday. Authorities believe the threat was motivated by "Islamist ideology."

German police have arrested "several people," including a teenager, over a threat of an attack on a synagogue on the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur.

Hagen police said they arrested four people as a result of their investigation into the threat and had searched several buildings.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's:

Bizarro Earth

Queensland MPs vote to legalise voluntary euthanasia for those with terminal illness

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Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk spoke about the deaths of family members during an emotional debate on new voluntary assisted dying laws.
Queensland has passed laws that will allow voluntary assisted dying for people with a terminal illness, with an overwhelming majority of MPs voting in favour.

The state - often perceived as Australia's most socially conservative - becomes the fifth Australian jurisdiction to allow voluntary euthanasia.

The state parliament voted 60 to 29 in favour, despite a fierce campaign by faith-based groups and attempts by opponents to introduce amendments that would have imposed barriers to access the new scheme.

Comment: In the case of Ireland, the Committee of Justice found those pushing for amendments were right to be concerned and the bill was eventually scraped.

Comment: It's certainly a nuanced issue but this apparent push across numerous countries to legalise voluntary euthanasia, repeated attempts to get the vulnerable to sign Do Not Resuscitate forms, and campaigns to extend abortion term limits, is rather ominous: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: The Great (End)Game - Closing the Afghan War, Opening the 'Covid War'?

Heart - Black

2015 Paris attacks suspect: Deaths of 130 'nothing personal'

Salah Abdeslam
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This courtroom sketch shows key defendant Salah Abdeslam, in the special courtroom built for the 2015 attacks trial, Wednesday, Sept. 8, 2021 in Paris. The trial of 20 men accused in the Islamic State group's coordinated attacks on Paris in 2015 that transformed France opened Wednesday in a custom-built complex embedded within a 13th-century courthouse.
The key defendant in the 2015 Paris attacks trial said Wednesday that the coordinated killings were retaliation for French airstrikes on the Islamic State group, calling the deaths of 130 innocent people "nothing personal" as he acknowledged his role for the first time.

Salah Abdeslam, who wore all black and declined to remove his mask as he spoke in a custom-built courtroom, has been silent throughout the investigation. Observers were waiting to see if he would offer any details during the trial.

Nine Islamic State group gunmen and suicide bombers struck within minutes of one another at several locations around Paris on Nov. 13, 2015, targeting fans at the national soccer stadium and cafe-goers and ending with a bloodbath inside the Bataclan concert hall. It was the deadliest violence to strike France since World War II and among the worst terror attacks to hit the West, shaking the country's sense of security and rewriting its politics.

Abdeslam is the only survivor of that cell, most of whose members were French or Belgian. After his suicide vest malfunctioned on the night of the attacks, he fled to his hometown of Brussels.

On Wednesday, a screen in the courtroom showed a photo of the car Abdeslam abandoned in northern Paris after he dropped off the three suicide bombers at the national stadium. Abdeslam's target was unclear, but when Islamic State claimed responsibility the next day, the statement alluded to an attack in the neighborhood where he left the car that never took place.


Herron long-term care residents died of thirst, malnourishment, not Covid, Quebec coroner's inquest told

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A woman prays as she leaves flowers outside Residence Herron on April 13, 2020, a senior's long-term care facility in the suburb of Dorval in Montreal.
COVID-19 was repeatedly cited as a cause of death at the Herron nursing home to obscure the fact that dozens of elderly residents died from thirst, malnourishment and neglect, a Quebec coroner's inquest heard Tuesday.

In an emotional testimony, an auxiliary nurse recalled how the facility in Montreal's West Island was already poorly run before the crisis, how most of its staff abandoned their posts when the coronavirus struck, and how the local health authority then took over in a high-handed and inefficient manner.

She described discussions over whether to triage residents in such a way that those who were dying wouldn't be fed. And she recalled harrowing scenes: a woman's body left unattended in a room shared with her husband, and nurses quarrelling in front of grieving family members.

The auxiliary nurse testified at coroner Géhane Kamel's public hearings into 47 deaths at Herron, a part of an inquest into the high death toll in Quebec nursing homes during the first wave of the pandemic. Quebec is the only province holding public hearings on COVID-19 fatalities in long-term care, opening a rare window into a crisis that resulted in the deaths of more than 4,000 of the province's care-home residents in the spring of 2020.

A recurring theme in the auxiliary nurse's testimony was the lack of humanity afforded to dying residents and their relatives. One appeared to have died of thirst after being forgotten in his room. Another family received misleading information even as an elderly resident was dying.


Alberta introduces new rules, passport as COVID puts health system 'days from collapse'

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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, facing a COVID-19 crisis that is threatening to collapse its health system in just over a week, has reintroduced limits on gatherings along with elements of a vaccine passport system.

Alberta is also asking for help from other provinces to use their intensive care beds and staff while prepping its triage protocols, which would see doctors forced to choose who gets life-saving treatment and who does not.

The United Conservative government declared Wednesday a state of public health emergency.

Comment: Alberta has been somewhat split as to its actions regarding Covid. Deep blue cities, such as Calgary, have implemented draconian measures, including shutting down churches. The premiere (keeping re-election prospects in mind) has tried to opt for milder rules, as the majority of the province is conservative-leaning. A hard balancing act, especially with Canada's Covid cheerleader-in-chief, Justin Trudeau breathing down his neck.


The ethical bankruptcy of vaccinating 12-15 year-olds

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We're publishing an original piece today by a senior pharmaceutical company executive setting out the ethical case against vaccinating healthy 12-15 year-olds against SARS-CoV-2. He points out that the risk of myocarditis alone is greater than any potential benefit of being vaccinated for this cohort. There are 3,200,000 12-15 year-olds in the U.K. and if you give a single dose of the vaccine to every one, according to the JCVI, you're likely to prevent seven children ending up in the paediatric ICU. That's not seven per million; that's seven in total. But, according to the same source, the risk of a 12-15 year-old who's received one dose developing myocarditis is 3-17 per million, so if every child in this cohort receives one dose between 9-54 will develop vaccine-induced myocarditis. Since we don't know the long-term impact of myocarditis on a person's health, this data suggests the risk of vaccinating 12-15 year-olds outweighs the risk - and that's to ignore all the other potential side effects of the Covid vaccines.

Here are two key paragraphs, although the whole piece is excellent:

Comment: For more information on the mechanism of the vaccine damage see:

Objective:Health: - Cardiovascular Side Effects From mRNA Vaccines


Covid's Willing Executioners

How have previously normal people become so eager to deal out death in judgment?

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A subject in the famous Milgram experiment, administering electric shocks just because he’s told to.
A few weeks ago, three friends on Facebook told me that they wished for my death.

One of them I didn't really know. He freaked out when I calmly suggested there were viable treatment options for those with Covid. He responded: "Stay out of my life!! I hope you get Covid and die!"

The other two friends were people I knew in college 45 years ago, one was my freshman year roommate, and the other guy introduced me to my first wife. He suggested that I prove Darwin's theory and perish from the virus, the other just basically said I deserved what was coming as a selfish unvaccinated science-denier.

Covid's willing executioners.

I know Facebook is certainly not the ideal place for reasonable discourse. As a psychologist, however, I do find it an interesting sample of a certain extreme way of thinking and behaving.