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Hungary parliament clears way for government's LGBT referendum as election nears

LGBTQ Hungary
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FILE PHOTO: Demonstrators attend a protest against a law that bans LGBTQ content in schools and media at the Presidential Palace in Budapest, Hungary, June 16, 2021.
Hungary's parliament passed a resolution on Tuesday which will empower the government to hold a referendum on LGBT issues, raising Prime Minister Viktor Orban's anti-LGBT campaign to a new level as he heads into a tough election race next year.

Orban, a nationalist who has been in power since 2010, this year proposed a referendum on ruling party legislation that limits schools' teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues, stepping up a culture war with the European Union.

Facing his first competitive election in more than a decade, nationalist Orban has sought to promote social policies that he says safeguard Christian values against Western liberalism, putting gender issues and what he calls LGBTQ propaganda at the centre of his campaign along with migration.

Parliament voted on four referendum questions one by one, passing them with Fidesz's ruling majority.

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Federal judge blocks Biden's national vaccine mandate for health-care workers

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A federal judge blocked a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for health care workers set to kick in next week, the latest legal blow to the Biden administration's new rules.

US District Judge Terry Doughty's issued a preliminary injunction for workers across the country, a day after another judge halted the mandate in 10 states.

"This matter will ultimately be decided by a higher court than this one," Doughty wrote in a 34-page ruling. "However, it is important to preserve the status quo in this case. The liberty interests of the unvaccinated requires nothing less."


Living under fascism: Teenagers from remote Australian community arrested after escape from Howard Springs COVID quarantine facility

Howard Springs quarantine facility
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Police check cars near the Howard Springs quarantine facility
Northern Territory police say they don't believe three teenagers who allegedly absconded from Darwin's Howard Springs COVID-19 quarantine facility this morning came into contact with members of the community.

At a COVID update press conference, NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner confirmed the teenagers, aged 15, 16 and 17, tested negative for the virus yesterday.

He said all three were from the Binjari community near Katherine and had been sent into quarantine as close contacts of positive cases.

NT Police Commissioner Jamie Chalker said officers found the trio on the edge of Palmerston and arrested them after a chase on foot.

He said the young people are still being interviewed but "early indications" were they had not had any contact with members of the public.


Three injured after blast caused by WWII-era bomb rocks Munich

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The blast happened during construction works outside the station.

An explosion occurred at the construction site of the railway operator Deutsche Bahn at the Donnersberger Bridge in Munich, police said. Three people were injured as a result of the explosion, they added.

Train traffic has been suspended on the approach to Munich's central station. Police have confirmed the explosion was caused by a previously unexploded aerial bomb.

"During drilling, an aerial bomb weighing 250 kilograms from the Second World War was hit. Debris flew hundreds of meters. The whole area is currently being searched", Interior Minister Joachim Herrmann said, as quoted by the Daily Mail.


Irish government orders all schools to open windows 'because rising Covid and CO2', forcing children to endure temperatures as low as 5C

Comment: And most schools aren't allowing children to wear winter coats either...

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You can bet 'ventilation' isn't an issue in government buildings...
In the last couple of weeks, Ireland has made its traditional move from mild autumnal weather to a full-on winter freeze. It is part and parcel of being Irish, ordinarily matched by a collective move indoors and a ratcheting up of the thermostat.

Not in Irish schools, however, where Arctic temperatures have become the standard over the past 10 days as windows are kept open to ventilate against Covid-19.

Over the past three days, the Irish Examiner has been inundated with stories of freezing cold classrooms and carbon dioxide monitors registering 10C and lower — from parents, from teachers, and from students.

Comment: Apparently this is widespread in the UK as well at the moment.

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Why are kids with gender dysphoria being treated like lab rats?

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A damning investigation in Sweden has found that doctors are ignoring the physical harm and irreversible damage caused by giving puberty blockers to primary school children diagnosed with gender dysphoria.

Wherever you stand on trans issues, no one could fail to be shocked by the revelations coming out of Sweden about the life-changing injuries and harmful side effects inflicted on children by cavalier doctors at the Karolinska University Hospital, all in the name of the great gender debate.

The youngsters treated at the Stockholm hospital had all been diagnosed with gender dysphoria - the unshakeable feeling that their physical characteristics were mismatched with how they felt about their gender - and were subsequently injected with regular doses of estrogen, testosterone or other hormones to effect a physical transition to their new identity.


Three students killed in Michigan school shooting

Oxford HS
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Scene of a deadly shooting • Oxford, Michigan • November 30, 2021
At least three students were killed and six other people were wounded in a school shooting in Oakland County, Michigan, north of Detroit. A 15-year-old suspect who police said acted alone and used a handgun, is in custody.

"We have one suspected shooter in custody along with a handgun," Oakland County undersheriff Mike McCabe said on Tuesday.

Police believe the suspect acted alone in the attack at Oxford High School, and used only one weapon. He surrendered to deputies without further incident.

The FBI is assisting local law enforcement and looking at the suspect's social media to figure out a potential motive.
Prayer vigil
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Prayer vigil for the community and families of those killed and injured at Oxford High School.

Comment: "The deputies took a suspect into custody within five minutes of the original 911 call."
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Investigators were reviewing video and reading the writings of a 15-year-old boy on Wednesday as they sought clues to what drove him to go on a deadly shooting spree at his high school north of Detroit, where he killed three fellow classmates.

The suspect, whose name was withheld by officials because he is a minor, opened fire on Tuesday with a handgun his father had purchased four days earlier, killing three students.

Tate Myre, 16, died in a patrol car en route to a hospital. Hanna St. Julian, 14 and Madisyn Baldwin, 17, were also killed in the shooting. A teacher and seven other students were wounded, some critically, authorities said.

By Wednesday morning, more than 50,000 people had signed an online petition to rename the school's stadium after Myre, who was a member of Oxford High's football team, saying he tried to disarm the shooter. "Tate is not just a hero to his fellow students at Oxford high school but a legend, his act of bravery should be remembered forever and passed down through generations."

Oakland County Sheriff Michael Bouchard said in an interview on CNN on Wednesday that it was clear that the shooter intended to kill people. "He was shooting people at close range, oftentimes towards the head and chest. ... It's just absolutely coldhearted murders," he said, adding that the shooter fired at least 30 shots. "We can't get the motive from the suspect that we have in custody, but we think we've got a path to get a lot of supportive information as to how and why this occurred," he said.
The shooter was armed with a 9mm semi-automatic handgun his father had purchased on Nov. 26, along with three 15-round magazines. Seven live rounds remained in the gun when the youth was arrested, the sheriff said late on Tuesday.

The suspect was disarmed and taken into custody by sheriff's deputies minutes after the shooting began. He declined to speak with investigators after his parents retained a lawyer and denied authorities permission to interview their son, Bouchard said. "The person who's got the most insight on motive is not talking," the sheriff said.

Bouchard said he was unaware of any previous run-ins with law enforcement by the suspect, a high school sophomore, adding that investigators had so far seen nothing to suggest a history of disciplinary problems or threats. He said forensic technicians were collecting evidence from the crime scene, while detectives began collecting video footage from security cameras mounted around the school and interviewing witnesses and those acquainted with the suspect. The sheriff said a search warrant was executed at the suspect's home in Oxford and his cellphone was seized.

Bouchard credited swift action by his deputies for preventing greater loss of life, saying they arrived on the scene within minutes and moved straight toward the sound of gunshots. Officers confronted the young assailant advancing down a hallway toward them with a loaded weapon, and he put his hands over his head and surrendered, Bouchard said. The precise sequence of events during the violence remained unclear, but police believe the student carried the weapon into school in a backpack, the sheriff said.

The boy, who was unharmed, was being detained in a special cell under suicide watch at a juvenile detention center, Oakland County Executive David Coulter said.

Of the seven other students struck by gunfire, three of them - a 15-year-old boy with a gunshot wound to the head and two girls with chest wounds, aged 14 and 17 - were hospitalized in critical condition, Bouchard said. The younger girl was on a ventilator after surgery. The four remaining teenage victims - three boys and a girl - were listed in serious or stable condition. One teacher was treated for a shoulder wound and later discharged.

The boy apparently "had been shooting" the gun before Tuesday's attack and had posted pictures of the weapon and a target he was using, according to the sheriff.


Harsh penalties mulled for those resisting compulsory vaccination in Austria

Police vaccine check
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Police check vaccination status of shoppers in Vienna, Austria
People repeatedly snubbing Covid-19 vaccination summons in Austria after immunization becomes compulsory there might face fines of up to $8,100 or several weeks behind bars, according to a draft that was leaked to the media.

Those resisting vaccination in Austria might soon face stiff punishments, according to a leaked draft of the so-called Covid-19 Vaccination Protection Act seen by the Austrian Die Presse daily. If passed, the legislation, which is set to take effect in February, would apply both to the Alpine nation's citizens and its permanent residents.

Under the bill, anyone who refused to attend a scheduled vaccination appointment would receive an official summons from local authorities. If an individual failed to show up, they would then be summoned one more time within the next four weeks.

Should the second official request be ignored as well, the person would face a fine of €3,600 ($4,061) or four weeks in prison. The fine would increase to €7,200 ($8,000) for those who had already been fined twice for violating the vaccination requirement.

Comment: See also:


Relax: Most Omicron cases are 'mild', no evidence to suggest vaccines may be less effective against variant - WHO official

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Masked-up morning commuters
The World Health Organisation has also urged countries to apply "an evidence-informed and risk-based approach" to travel measures, saying blanket bans will not prevent the spread of the new Omicron COVID variant.

Early indications suggest most Omicron coronavirus cases are "mild", an official at the World Health Organisation (WHO) has said.

Speaking on behalf of the organisation, the official said there is no evidence to suggest the efficacy of vaccines has been reduced by the new strain - but did say some mutations of the virus indicate an increased risk of quicker transmission.

They said more than 40 different mutations have been identified with the Omicron variant.

The WHO official, quoted by Reuters, added there is still a lot unknown about the new strain.

Comment: Hmm. A back-of-the-envelope calculation on infections vs deaths yields a 0.0208 rate per MILLION world-wide. Yet the PTB took it as an excuse to upend the world order.

See the tiny dot at the bottom of the timeline? That's Covid. It isn't about health.
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Greece threatens monthly FINES for over 60s who remain unvaccinated after January

Moderna vaccine
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A nurse prepares a dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine in Athens, Greece.
Older people in Greece who fail to get vaccinated against Covid-19 will face a monthly fine of €100 ($113.64), Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis announced on Tuesday, in the first of such measures imposed by an EU country.

To start, Covid vaccines will be mandatory for individuals aged 60 and over, as Greece seeks to protect its health service from a potential resurgence of the virus throughout the coming winter months.

Comment: Threatening pensioners with a loss of income, who are already seriously struggling to get by in austerity-ridden Greece, isn't going to help the health service; quite the opposite.

The prime minister's announcement marks the first measure in the EU to target a specific age group with mandatory vaccination, as officials seek to protect at-risk individuals and emergency workers from Covid.

Comment: Greece is targeting pensioners, Austria was targeting the unjabbed, meanwhile the UK targeted residential home workers; It's beginning to appear that these calculated moves are, in a sense, a testing of the waters to see what totalitarian measures people will allow. One might suppose that, whichever tyrannical moves are met with little resistance, they will then be deployed elsewhere.

Comment: Here's the announcement from Greece's PM:

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