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US strike may have killed Syrian civilians, Pentagon says

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A common remnant in Idlib Province
The US military said it would open an investigation into the possibility a recent drone strike caused civilian casualties, with Pentagon officials claiming the attack had been intended to target a "senior al-Qaeda leader."

US Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees military operations across the Middle East, announced the upcoming probe on Friday, hours after an MQ-9 Reaper unmanned aerial vehicle bombed an unspecified location in Idlib province in what CENTCOM described as a "precision strike."

Spokesman Captain Bill Urban said in a statement obtained by CNN:
"We abhor the loss of innocent life and take all possible measures to prevent them. The possibility of a civilian casualty was immediately self-reported to US Central Command. We are initiating a full investigation of the allegations and will release the results when appropriate."
Friday's drone mission follows another strike on Idlib in September, which was alleged to have killed a senior terrorist operative. The military claimed no civilians had been killed in that attack. The use of US air power in Syria has slowed in recent years - at least in terms of what the Pentagon is willing to publicly acknowledge.

Comment: Pentagon strategy: Making the world a better place one bomb at a time.

Arrow Up

Canadian employers, facing labor shortage, accommodate the unvaccinated

Jobs available
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Clocktower Brewery Pub
Canada's tight labor market is forcing many companies to offer regular COVID-19 testing over vaccine mandates, while others are reversing previously announced inoculation requirements even as Omicron variant cases rise.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government adopted one of the strictest inoculation policies in the world for civil servants and has already put more than 1,000 workers on unpaid leave, with thousands more at risk.

Airlines, police forces, school boards and even Canada's Big Five banks have also pledged strict mandatory vaccine policies. But following through has proven less straightforward, especially as employers grapple with staffing shortages and workers demand exemptions.

Job vacancies in Canada have doubled so far this year, official data shows, and vaccine mandates can make filling those jobs harder, potentially putting upward pressure on wages. That could fuel inflation, already running at a near two-decade high.

"It's already difficult to find staff, let alone putting in a vaccine mandate. You'd cut out potentially another 20%" of potential workers, said Dan Kelly, chief executive of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

Comment: It used to be proof, but now it is narrative that wins the day.

Mr. Potato

COVID: UK could see 'more stringent measures' in New Year after Christmas mixing, expert says

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The UK could face "more stringent measures" after Christmas to counter the spread of the Omicron variant over the festive season, an expert has told Sky News.

Professor Sir David Spiegelhalter said the emergence of Omicron in the UK was "appalling timing" as the next few weeks are "one of the highest risk periods... with a lot of indoor socialising".

He said that the government "would love not to disrupt Christmas", but he warned: "What happens after Christmas is another matter.

Comment: Actually, stay-at-home measures have no effect on covid cases or deaths. This has been shown in numerous studies:
There have been at least seven peer-reviewed studies which look at the question of lockdowns from a data point of view, and all of them come to the same basic conclusion: lockdowns do not have a statistically significant relationship with Covid cases or deaths.


First of all, much of the spread, particularly that which leads to serious disease and death, occurs in hospitals and care homes. Forty per cent of Covid deaths in England and Wales in the spring were care homeresidents, while Public Health Scotland found that between half and two thirds of serious infections were picked up in hospital. Between these and transmission in private homes, this accounts for much of it.
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Black Cat

Sony fires PlayStation exec who was allegedly caught in pedophile sting video

PlayStation executive George Cacioppo pedophilia sting video

This screenshot from an amateur sting video allegedly shows PlayStation executive George Cacioppo.
People v. Preds

A Sony senior vice president who worked on the PlayStation Network has been terminated from his job after getting caught up in an amateur pedophilia sting video.

George Cacioppo was allegedly trying to arrange a meeting with a person claiming to be a 15-year-old boy, according to a video posted Dec. 3 by the YouTube channel People v. Preds. Cacioppo had been a senior vice president of engineering at Sony for the past eight years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He was been fired after allegedly appearing in the video.

"We are aware of the situation and the employee in question has been terminated from employment," Sony said in an emailed statement Sunday.


"Allyship" declared word of the year for 2021

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This screen image released by Dictionary.com shows an entry for allyship, named Dictionary.com's word of the year)
Allyship, an old noun made new again, is Dictionary.com's word of the year.

The look-up site with 70 million monthly users took the unusual step of anointing a word it added just last month, though "allyship" first surfaced in the mid-1800s, said one of the company's content overseers, John Kelly.

"It might be a surprising choice for some," he told The Associated Press ahead of Tuesday's unveiling. "In the past few decades, the term has evolved to take on a more nuanced and specific meaning. It is continuing to evolve and we saw that in many ways."


Japan's health ministry issues warning over serious side effects caused by Covid vaccines, requires hospitals to document victim's symptoms

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Japan's health ministry has listed inflammation of the heart muscle and of the outer lining of the heart in younger males as possible serious side effects of the Moderna and Pfizer COVID vaccines.

It says that as of November 14, out of every one million males who had the Moderna vaccine, such side effects were reported in 81.79 males aged 10 to 19 and 48.76 males in their 20s.

The figures were 15.66 and 13.32 respectively for those who had the Pfizer vaccine.

Comment: There are numerous serious side effects being reported due to these experimental injections, not just heart inflammation - as just one example, death rates have spiked everywhere they've been deployed - and there's solid data showing that the number of people who have fallen victim to serious side effects is much, much higher than claimed above.

However, it's notable that the government has made this official acknowledgement, because it would make pushing any mandate trickier, and it may be that the government required reporting will help reveal the true horror of the situation to more people; even if restricting it to just the 28 days following being jabbed is woefully inadequate: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: NAZI Redux - Covid Camps in Australia, Mandatory Vaccinations in EU

Heart - Black

German 'comedian' claims anti-vaxxers are society's grumbling 'appendix',

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Bosetti has been roasted on Twitter for her statements that echo Nazi Germany's attitude towards the vaccine-resistant
A comedian has landed in hot water after joking that right-wingers and anti-vaxxers are the "appendix" of society, so can be removed without issue. However, she's been accused of rhetoric straight out of the "Nazi playbook."

Sarah Bosetti, who hosts a satirical podcast on German public broadcast network ZDF, made the controversial remarks in the latest episode on Friday, before doubling down on them on her Twitter. In the clip, she rants about the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, as well as about those who are resistant to getting a jab.

Comment: Some weren't having it:

Other have been posting the parallels:


Multiple explosions heard inside US base in Syria, follows drones attack on base in October

Rabi'ah, Iraq Base
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File photo of Forward Operating Base Hieder in the Ninewa Province town of Rabi'ah, Iraq.
Syrian state television reported on Sunday that multiple explosions had been heard inside the US base in the al-Tanf region in eastern Homs, near the Iraqi border.

The report follows a drone attack on the base in October, which US officials said they believed Iran was responsible for.

Comment: 'Believed' and 'highly likely is US intel speak meaning that there's no proof to back up their claims.

There were no reported injuries or deaths as a result of the attack in October, which involved five explosive-laden drones that targeted both US forces and opposition fighters, officials said.

Comment: 'Opposition fighters' usually means US backed terrorists employed to destabilize a region in its attempts at overthrowing the legitimate government.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Kabul Airport Atrocity - What Actually Happened?


'Blindsided': Fury in NYC as de Blasio gives firms just days to get vaxxed

Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor Bill de Blasio holds a press conference to outline his private-business vaccine mandate.
Mayor Bill de Blasio on Monday announced a COVID-19 vaccine mandate for all private businesses in New York City — one that will take effect days before he leaves office and with the city already recording among the highest vaccination rates and lowest infection rates in the nation.

De Blasio, whose mayoralty ends at the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve, declared making vaccines compulsory for private businesses a "preemptive strike" against an expected surge in COVID infections this winter amid the emergence of the Omicron variant.

"We're going to announce a first-in-the-nation measure," de Blasio said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." Hizzoner added that the mandate is aimed at "maximizing vaccination quickly, so we can get ahead of Omicron and all the other challenges we're facing right now."

The city so far has only seven known cases of the new variant, according to state data released Saturday.

The policy is scheduled to go into effect Dec. 27 — and it drew immediate rebuke from New Yorkers and the Big Apple's business community.

Kathryn Wylde, head of the business group Partnership for NYC, said she was "blindsided" by the mayor's announcement.

Comment: It bears repeating: "When you dangerously combine a far-left, lame duck politician, who is anti-business, one dimensional, unaccountable, not bright and has a perpetual 'I always know best' attitude, you get Bill de Blasio, the worst mayor in America,"


Spanish investigation finds vaccine passports have no impact on infection rates

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And also send wrong message that vaccinated can't spread the virus.

An investigation by experts in Spain has concluded that vaccine passports have no significant impact on reducing COVID-19 infection rates.

Details of the study, carried out by Spain's inter-regional Covid committee, were obtained by El Pais and reported on by the Telegraph.

Looking at how the scheme has been implemented in other European countries, the experts found that mandating people show proof of vaccination to enter venues like bars, restaurants and cinemas "is not reducing levels of transmission."

Comment: So, given this evidence, we should see vaccine passports getting scrapped in the near future, right? Or will this be yet another feature of the 'great pandemic' that is held onto just for fun, despite all evidence showing conclusively that they are useless (see masks, lockdowns, vaccines). Strange decisions for people who are supposed to be "following the science".

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