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China suffering power shortages, limits factories working hours, situation expected to worsen entering winter

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Aerial photo taken on April 27, 2021 shows the view of the 500-KV Jinshan electricity substation in southwest China's Chongqing.
Nationwide power curbs, caused by many factors including a steep jump in coal prices and surging demand, have led to side effects at Chinese factories of all kinds, with some cutting output or halting production entirely. Industry insiders predict the situation could worsen as the winter season draws near.

As production halts caused by power curbs challenge factory production, experts believe that Chinese authorities will launch new measures - including a crackdown on high coal prices - to ensure a steady electricity supply.

A textile factory based in East China's Jiangsu Province received a notice from local authorities about power cuts on September 21. It won't have power again until October 7 or even later.

Comment: Lockdowns do indeed seem to be partly to blame, and much of the planet is effected: Shortages of all kinds have been in the news with an increasing frequency recently, for more on just what's really going on, check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Is The Government Hyping Shortages? And is 'Vaccination Shedding' Really a Thing?


Team of top scientists researching Covid origins disbanded amid controversy and conflicts of interest

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Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan, China, February 3, 2021
A task force of senior scientists investigating the origins of Covid-19 has been disbanded, their leader revealed. Its investigation had been plagued from the outset by accusations of corruption and conflict of interest.

Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs told the Wall Street Journal on Saturday that, after a year of work, he has disbanded the team, due to its former leader having used US government funds to study coronaviruses at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, in China - the facility from which many believe the virus originally leaked.

"I just didn't want a task force that was so clearly involved with one of the main issues of this whole search for the origins, which was EcoHealth Alliance," he said, referring to the private research firm that received $600,000 in grants from the US National Institutes of Health to study bat-borne coronavirus at the lab between 2015 and 2019.

Comment: See also:

Arrow Up

Norway removes lockdown restrictions, "we can now live as normal" declares PM

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While restrictions have eased in Norway, the government still expects there to be COVID-19 cases.
Norway has re-opened society, its government says, ending its COVID-19 restrictions that have limited social interaction and hobbled many businesses.

The Nordic nation joins a small but growing number of countries, including Denmark and Britain, which have removed all domestic restrictions that limited the spread of COVID-19.

"It is 561 days since we introduced the toughest measures in Norway in peacetime ... Now the time has come to return to a normal daily life," Prime Minister Erna Solberg told a news conference.

Comment: Restrictions may have temporarily limited the spread of all viruses, but that has actually made the situation many times worse; more so when combined with all the other harmful restrictions and the accumulating harm caused by the experimental injections. Further, whilst dropping the restrictions exposes tyrannical governments elsewhere for what they are, there's nothing to say that they won't invoke these 'emergency' powers again in the near future knowing that they can get away with it. The UK, as just one example, intends to extend these powers in to next year.

Last night in Norway:

Meanwhile Australia:


Black Lives Matter leader: Vaccine mandates are 'racist,' vows 'uprising'

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Black Lives Matter leader Hawke Newsome
A Black Lives Matter leader is threatening an "uprising" over mandatory vaccinations and vaccine passports in New York.

New York City's vaccine mandate began on Sept. 13. It requires proof of vaccination entry to certain public spaces, including gyms, restaurants, and bars, unless a person has an approved medical exemption.

New York officials call the program the "Key to NYC Pass."

Hawk Newsome, the co-founder and chairman of Black Lives Matter of Greater New York (BLMGNY), argues the mandates are fundamentally racist, given the low rate of vaccination in the black community.

Comment: Has there been a glitch in the Matrix?

Take 2

'Oh, F*** Them': Tucker Carlson reacts to ADL calls to fire him

Tucker Carlson
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Tucker Carlson
Tucker Carlson blasted the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) during an interview published Friday over the partisan organization's calls for Fox News to fire the host.

"Oh, f*** them," Carlson bluntly told host Megan Kelly.
"The ADL was such a noble organization that had a very specific goal, which was to fight anti-Semitism. That's a virtuous goal. I think they were pretty successful over the years. Now it's operated by a guy who's ... just an apparatchik of the Democratic Party."
The ADL has called for Carlson's firing over his comments about "great replacement" theory. The Fox host knocked the organization for weighing in on his comments at all, contending that "great replacement" is not a theory but mere language of the Democrat Party.

Relative comments around the 17-minute mark:

Comment: The video begins with Tucker's early professional life including failure, reckoning and redemption, that shaped his choices and career. His take on life, and how he lives it, is refreshing and unexpected. Recommend first 48 minutes, skip a bit to finish.


NYC judge blocks school vaccine mandate as deadline looms, but city confident it 'will be upheld'

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PS 245 welcomes students first day of classes.
A federal appeals court judge has blocked a Covid-19 vaccine mandate in place for New York City school employees just days before the deadline, though officials say they expect it to continue to be enforced.

The more than 150,000 people working in the nation's largest school system were required to have had at least one dose of a coronavirus vaccine by September 27. However, the mandate was blocked by a judge in the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals, who granted a temporary injunction on Friday evening, referring the case to a three-judge panel that will make a determination on its legality in the coming days.

The injunction was celebrated on social media by critics of mask and vaccine mandates, but city officials have made it clear that they believe the vaccination requirement will be retained, and "urged" those unvaccinated to get inoculated.

NYC Department of Education spokesperson Danielle Filson said, adding that she expected a resolution by next week:
"We're confident our vaccine mandate will continue to be upheld once all the facts have been presented, because that is the level of protection our students and staff deserve."
According to Filson, approximately 82% of department employees are currently vaccinated.


Newsom signs bill replacing the word 'alien' in California legal code

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California Governor Gavin Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a Democrat-backed bill on Friday that will remove the term "alien" to describe migrants in the state's legal code.

Introduced by Democratic California State Assemblymember Luz Rivas, the bill replaces "alien" with terms such as "noncitizen" and "immigrant" throughout state law. The term "alien" was used in California since 1937 and by the federal government since at least 1798.

Newsom said in a statement:
"As the nation's most diverse state, we are stronger and more vibrant because of our immigrant communities. This important legislation removes the word 'alien,' which is not only an offensive term for a human being, but for far too long has fueled a divisive and hurtful narrative. By changing this term, we are ensuring California's laws reflect our state's values."

Comment: Biden's catch and release is working well for hoards of 'noncitizens':


Skyway robbery: US government seizing billions in cash from air travelers without ever filing a criminal charge

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Cody James holds a Homeland Security document a federal agent handed him after a DHS agent seized $27,600 from him at the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport on July 16, 2021.
It was just before seven in the morning when Cody James wiggled out from under his backpack and plopped it down onto the conveyor belt to be scanned. That backpack was likely the most expensive one rolling through the Charlotte-Douglas International Airport that July morning.

It contained $27,600, cash.

James had checked flight rules before he took off and found no rule or law banning passengers from carrying large amounts of cash on domestic flights. Probably because, as we'll detail later, there is no law against it.



The sad story of Ellen/Elliot Page: From Hollywood glamour queen to trans-activist oddity

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(L) Ellen Page (R) Elliot Page
The actor's journey through the various stages of enlightened wokery follows a well-worn path for the young today: from feminist to vegan to gay to trans in 12 years. I hope Page is finally now happy, because what's left?

Ellen (Elliot) Page made a recent appearance at the Met Gala, seemingly fully transformed from her former identity of attractive female starlet into that of a mawkish boy-band tryout.

Page, 34, who is famous for appearing in such films as X-Men, Juno, and Inception as a woman, recently came out as transgender and now identifies as a man. This follows a gradual and all-too-predictable series of political revelations that Page has espoused over the years, following a not-uncommon pattern of woke social-justice acts, which seem only to be exemplified by the strains of celebrity life.

Comment: Social critic Camilia Paglia called it:


The mask comes off in a two-tier society where there's one rule for elites and another for the rest of us

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© Mike Coppola, Theo Wargo, Angela Weiss/Getty Images; Willy Sanjuan, Evan Agostini/AP
Which side of the velvet rope are you on? Are you one of the cool kids? Were you born on the right side of the tracks? Did your ancestors come over on the Mayflower? Are you on the Forbes 400 list of the richest Americans? And now another question to test your social standing: Do you have a high enough status so that you don't have to wear a face mask?

That last question comes to mind as we think about last weekend's Emmy Awards in Los Angeles, which were staged on a strictly two-tier basis: The Hollywood glitterati performers and guests did not wear masks, while the help did.

This tableau was apparently too much for comedian Seth Rogen. He blasted the Emmy operators, saying, "They said this was outdoors. It's not. They lied to us."