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Coronavirus: WHO backflips on virus stance by condemning lockdowns

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An empty St Kilda street during lockdown
The World Health Organisation has backflipped on its original COVID-19 stance after calling for world leaders to stop locking down their countries and economies.

Dr. David Nabarro from the WHO appealed to world leaders yesterday, telling them to stop "using lockdowns as your primary control method" of the coronavirus.

He also claimed that the only thing lockdowns achieved was poverty - with no mention of the potential lives saved.

"Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer," he said.

David Nabarro
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Dr. David Nabarro from the WHO appealed to world leaders yesterday, telling them to stop “using lockdowns as your primary control method”.
"We in the World Health Organisation do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus," Dr Nabarro told The Spectator.

"The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganise, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we'd rather not do it."

Comment: So, if the lockdowns aren't coming from the WHO, where are they coming from?? See also:


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Operation Moonshot: UK says weekly COVID tests could offer "passport to freedom", normalcy

Operation Moonshot
Those who have watched the police state grow over decades have known that as the UK goes, so does the rest of the Western world.

Unfortunately, the UK population the testing grounds for intrusive and totalitarian policies that will be implemented in the rest of Western Europe and, after that, the United States.

Many researchers warned about early on (when the COVID hysteria was reaching fever pitch) that the threat of a pandemic would be used to usher in methods of control the world has scarcely seen. Contact tracing, lockdowns, mandatory masks, and now COVID passports..

Everyone who warned us of what was coming was labeled "conspiracy theorists" by media, government "officials," and hysterical citizens. Now contact tracing is in full effect, lockdowns have been ongoing for months, mandatory masks, and now COVID passports.

All these things were announced and unveiled by the same media outlets and government officials that denied the very possibility of their existence only a few months ago.

Comment: See? - All you have to do is submit to the UK gov's ridiculous and tyrannical covid policies and you, too, have a chance at having a semi normal life again. Provided you don't meet in groups of more than six people of course.

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Handcuffs

Portland police cracking down on BLM protest, arresting dozens over fear they could attack precinct again

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Portland police in full riot gear
Police in Portland took a seemingly more aggressive stance with protesters this weekend, arresting many who were marching towards a precinct over information that the gathering was a "'direct action' event."

Around 75 people joined Saturday night's protest in Northeast Portland and marched their way to North Precinct, a building which has been at the center of numerous protests that have devolved into arson and violence.

The 75 protesters on Saturday night were nearly all dressed in armor and helmets, with many even carrying shields. They blocked public roadways as they marched.

Comment: Portland law enforcement has finally had enough. Perhaps events like that below have given them some heart. The Post Millennial reports:
Two Portland protesters have been federally charged after lying down to block the driveway of the local Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility at a violent Black Lives Matter-Antifa protest.

18-year-old Essence Maya Sylvester and 20-year-old Alexis Richter, both of Portland, are accused of obstructing authorities from protecting federal property. Richter is an undergraduate student studying mathematics and computer science at the private liberal arts university, Reed College.
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18-year-old Essence Maya Sylvester and 20-year-old Alexis Richter, both of Portland
On the early hours of Wednesday morning, a crowd gathered in front of the ICE facility for the 121st night of anti-police protests. The facility is protected by officers with the Federal Protective Services. Rioters threw rocks toward the officers and shined flash lights in their eyes. Officers charged out to disperse rioters with teargas and smoke after an individual hurled a lit incendiary device on the roof of the complex.

Protesters later returned to the building. Sylvester and Richter allegedly blocked the entrance by lying across the entryway, preventing law enforcement vehicles from entering or leaving the premises. Both failed to move despite repeated warnings not to impede traffic. They were arrested and refused to provide their names to officers.
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One of the women in black bloc being arrested at the Portland ICE facility
The two women made initial appearances in federal court Wednesday before US Magistrate Judge Stacie F. Beckerman. The court arraigned both on charges of failing to obey a lawful order and disorderly conduct on federal property. This is in contrast to Multnomah County District Attorney Mike Schmidt, who made it a matter of policy to not prosecute similar charges at the county level.

The Portland ICE facility has been a frequent target of mass protests and riots in recent months. In 2018, the area around it was occupied for five weeks.

Sylvester and Richter were released on conditions pending trial scheduled for Dec. 8.



Snakes in Suits

Bojo's lockdown in North of England is bound to cause more trouble than it cures

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FILE PHOTO: People walk past the bar in the city center, as the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak continues, in Newcastle, Britain September 2020
A second wave of Covid-19 is hitting the north of the UK particularly hard but Prime Minister's plan to copy Scotland and 'force' pubs to close from Monday is not the answer, and it could backfire big time.

There's a place called The Bigg Market in Newcastle that is the stuff of English legend.

You may even have heard of it, maybe not in quite the same revered tones as the legend of King Arthur and Camelot and all that, the Toon is far more raucous and there's a lot more alcohol involved.

Comment: See also: London revellers defy curfew by dancing, playing cricket in the street for 2nd night in a row

Worthwhile commentary on the situation from Twitter:








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Book review of 'The Quest for Legitimacy in Chinese Politics': Is a blend of Confucianism and Marx even possible?

Lanxin Xiang
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Academic Lanxin Xiang
Chinese scholar Lanxin Xiang has written a book, The Quest for Legitimacy in Chinese Politics, that is arguably the most extraordinary effort in decades trying to bridge the East-West politico-historical divide.

It's impossible in a brief column to do justice to the relevance of the discussions this book inspires. Here we will highlight some of the key issues - hoping they will appeal to an informed readership, especially across the Beltway, now convulsed by varying degrees of Sinophobia.

Xiang delves right into the fundamental contradiction: China is widely accused by the West of lack of democratic legitimacy exactly as it enjoys a four-decade, sustainable, history-making economic boom.

He identifies two key sources for the Chinese problem:
"On the one hand, there is the project of cultural restoration through which Chinese leader Xi Jinping attempts to restore 'Confucian legitimacy' or the traditional 'Mandate of Heaven'; on the other hand, Xi refuses to start any political reforms, because it is his top priority to preserve the existing political system, i.e., a ruling system derived mainly from an alien source, Bolshevik Russia."
Ay, there's the rub: "The two objectives are totally incompatible."

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3 killed as gas explosion flattens building near marketplace in Iran

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FILE PHOTO: Firefighters in Iran. August 2020.
An explosion from a gas leak has brought down a two-story residential building close to a packed marketplace in the city of Ahvaz in southwestern Iran.

Ebrahim Ghanbari, the head of the local fire department, told Iranian media that rescue teams were looking for survivors under the rubble.

So far, three people have been confirmed dead, and six were injured.

Ghanbari said that residents, as well as merchants and shoppers at the market, were among the victims.

Comment: At this point it's often difficult to assess whether these explosions and fires - that are happening all over the world, with an increasing frequency, but often in some places more than others - are natural, accidental, or criminal.


Yellow Vest

London revellers defy curfew by dancing, playing cricket in the street for 2nd night in a row

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People partying in Leicester Square and right, playing cricket in Peckham.
Party-goers were filmed dancing for a second night in a row in large crowds in central London after being kicked out of pubs and bars under the 10pm curfew.

Footage shared on social media shows a large group of young people dancing and singing as a sound system blares music in Piccadilly Circus.

Most of the people filmed were not wearing masks and social distancing measures put in place by the Government were not being followed.

Comment: If these really were the plague times that the government and its propaganda media want us to believe they are we would not be seeing these kinds of scenes: Also check out SOTT radio's:



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Paris police station stormed by dozens of people armed with fireworks and metal bars

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Video still shows barrage of fireworks aimed at Champigny police station
Around 40 people armed with metal bars and fireworks tried to storm a police station in a Paris suburb on Saturday night, officials said.

Police shared a video showing a barrage of fireworks going off in the direction of the police station around midnight on Saturday in Champigny-sur-Marne, about nine miles southeast of central Paris.

The assailants tried to force entry into the station, but failed to do so. Police said eight mortars were found nearby.

"Violent attack last night on the police station of Champigny with mortar shots and various projectiles. No police officer was injured," the Paris police headquarters said on Sunday.

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Yes, We Are Headed for Violent Civil War

The Disasters of War

Franciso Goya, The Disasters of War, Plate 39: Grande hazaña! Con muertos! (A heroic feat! With dead men!).
On October 1st, with little fanfare, Politico published an extraordinary opinion piece that may be the most important thing I've read all year. Titled "Americans Increasingly Believe Violence is Justified if the Other Side Wins," the essay was penned by three "senior fellows" at the Hoover Institution, New America, and the Hudson Institute, as well as a professor of "political communication" at Louisiana State University and a professor of government at the University of Maryland (that's five authors, in case you lost count).

The major takeaway is presented in the graph that appears below:

political violence
Way back in November of 2017 (my, how long ago that seems . . . ) a mere 8% of both Democrats and Republicans held that it is legitimate to use violence to advance their political goals. Actually, there's nothing "mere" about it. It ought to surprise us that such a sizeable percentage of both parties could hold such a radical view. Also surprising is Republicans running neck and neck with Democrats. Contrary to how they are perceived by Leftists, conservatives are slow to embrace the idea of violence, or any sort of punitive measures against their opponents. Their Achilles heel, in fact, is commitment to "fair play."

Cell Phone

Facebook responsible for 94% of 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US tech firms

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Facebook was responsible for 94% of the 69 million child sex abuse images reported by US technology companies last year. The figures emerged as seven countries, including the UK, published a statement on Sunday warning of the impact of end-to-end encryption on public safety online.

Facebook has previously announced plans to fully encrypt communications in its Messenger app, as well as its Instagram Direct service - on top of WhatsApp, which is already encrypted - meaning no one apart from the sender and recipient can read or modify messages. The social media site said the changes are designed to improve user privacy on all of its platforms.

But law enforcement agencies fear the move will have a devastating impact on their ability to target paedophiles and protect children online.

Some 16.9 million referrals were made by US tech firms to the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) last year, including 69 million images of children being abused - up 50% on the previous year. 94% of the reports, which include the worst category of images, came from Facebook, Home Office officials said.

Comment: See also:

Facebook's privacy changes might jeopardise unmasking of sexual predators, warns law enforcement