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Several people killed in bow and arrow attack in Norway, attacker arrested

Kongsberg
© Hakon Mosvold Larsen/EPA
Police with dogs patrol the centre of Kongsberg, Norway, after the attack on Wednesday night.
Several people have been killed and more injured in the Norwegian town of Kongsberg by a man armed with a bow and arrow, local police have said, adding that the attacker had been arrested and appeared to have acted alone.

"We can unfortunately confirm that there are several injured and also unfortunately several killed in this episode," Øyvind Aas, the police chief in the town, about 80km west of the capital, Oslo, told a press conference on Tuesday night.

Aas said the man had been detained and "according to our information, is the only person implicated". He declined to comment on the number of casualties but said the attacks happened over "a large area" and involved multiple crime scenes.

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Better Earth

Earth in 2121: Ex-Kremlin mastermind Surkov predicts grim future with 'humanless democracies' where robots will control everything

Machine and Vladislav Surkov
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Machine • Vladislav Surkov
In 100 years, politics as we know it will have degenerated into "humanless democracy," where decisions are made by machines instead of elected leaders, and countries will no longer need physical territory to exist in cyberspace.

That's the theory of Russian presidential aide Vladislav Surkov, who penned an article called "Desolate Democracy and Other Political Wonders of 2121," in which he outlines his prediction for the evolution of politics and governments over the next century.

Surkov, once dubbed the Kremlin's 'grey cardinal,' held the post of Assistant to the President until February 2020 and has served under Putin in various capacities since 1999. His time in the Kremlin is best remembered by the cottage industry it spawned in the West, in which foreign commentators often portrayed him as the brains behind the entire operation.

In his latest piece, written for the publication Actual Comment, Surkov outlined his view of the world in the next 100 years. According to the former Kremlin aide, the coming century will see the "division" and "colonization" of cyberspace, while many wars are fought on the ground.

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X

Newsom signs bill banning sale of new gas-powered lawnmowers, leaf blowers and chain saws as soon as 2024

Newsom leafblowers
© Gage Skidmore/ktla.com/KJN
California Governor Gavin Newsom in new war against machines
Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom recently signed a bill that would effectively ban the sale of certain kinds of new common gas-powered machines as soon as 2024, including lawnmowers, leaf blowers, and chain saws.

As reported by The Sacramento Bee:
Assembly Bill 1346 directs the California Air Resources Board to phase out the sale of small off-road engines by 2024 or as soon as feasible, whichever comes later. The new law also directs the board to identify and make available, where feasible, funding for commercial rebates to go toward the purchase of electric equipment.
According to the Los Angeles Times, the legislation
"requires all newly sold small-motor equipment primarily used for landscaping to be zero-emission - essentially to be battery-operated or plug-in."

"New portable gas-powered generators also must be zero-emission by 2028, which also could be delayed at the discretion of the state agency."

The new law applies to any engine that produces less than 25 gross horsepower, including lawn mowers, weed trimmers, chain saws, golf carts, specialty vehicles, generators and pumps. It does not apply to on-road motor vehicles, off-road motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, snowmobiles or model airplanes, cars or boats."
Those who are against the measure have said it will create more difficulty for people who work in the landscaping and gardening businesses.

Comment: California is going to be SO SORRY they kept his ego in charge.


Sherlock

Tragic mystery solved: How 43 Mexican students on a bus vanished into thin air

43 mexican students vanish
© Reuters/Henry Romero
Some of the remains of Christian Alfonso Rodriguez Telumbre, one of the 43 missing students, was found at the mountain town of Cocula, near Iguala
Chilling new text messages point to deadly collusion between police and organized crime in the infamous case of the missing Mexican students.

Transcripts of newly released text messages between a crime boss and a deputy police chief have finally lifted the lid on the mystery of 43 students who went missing one night in southwestern Mexico.

The messages indicate that the cops and the cartel worked together to capture, torture, and murder at least 38 of the 43 student teachers who went missing in September of 2014.

The students had made the deadly mistake of commandeering several buses in order to drive to Mexico City for a protest. It now seems clear that those buses were part of a drug-running operation that would carry a huge cargo of heroin across the U.S. border — and the students had accidentally stolen the load.

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Pistol

Rock and a hard place: Southwest CEO says he never wanted a Covid vaccine mandate, Biden 'forced his hand'

Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly
© CNBC
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly
Southwest Airlines CEO Gary Kelly told CNBC on Tuesday he believes businesses should not impose Covid vaccine mandates on their employees, but he said his company is doing so to comply with federal rules put in place by the Biden administration.

"I've never been in favor of corporations imposing that kind of a mandate. I'm not in favor of that. Never have been," Kelly said in an interview on Squawk on the Street. "But the executive order from President Biden mandates that all federal employees and then all federal contractors, which covers all the major airlines, have to have a [vaccine] mandate ... in place by Dec. 8, so we're working through that."

Comment: Even though Southwest's pilots are loyal to the company, they are in the right to put their own health first:

Commercial airline pilot Shawn Walker: "My health and my medical choice is more important to me than my career at this point," he emphasised, warning that mandating vaccines for airline staff is only the beginning.
Some are pointing to the more dire consequences of pilots who might suffer from the vaccine's side effects while working:


Indeed Stew Peters has reported on a Delta pilot who died in-flight days after receiving the booster, which was subsequently hushed up.
During an interview with Stew Peters, Dr Jane Ruby provided breaking information, corroborated by multiple sources, that a vaxxed Delta Airlines pilot died in flight within the last two weeks, an emergency landing was forced, and the company is covering it up!
Of course, the mainstream media went full-tilt debunking the story. CNN led the way:
Delta (DAL) said no such thing happened. Mid-flight deaths are rare and airlines are legally required to report them publicly. The allegation was aired Monday on The Stew Peters Show podcast.

"All of these allegations are false," said Delta. "The pandemic has been an incredibly tragic time for many, and our hearts go out to the hundreds of thousands of families of those who have passed away from the horrific virus."



Brick Wall

Ireland's Mica scandal: Thousands of owners of crumbling homes protest in Dublin seeking full compensation

homeowners mica ireland
© Euronews
Thousands of homeowners in Ireland marched on Dublin demanding 100% redress from the government for crumbling houses.
Thousands of homeowners across Ireland marched on Dublin on Friday demanding 100% redress for homes affected by what has been dubbed "the Mica scandal".

The protesters are calling for the government to compensate the full cost attached to rebuilding their homes which have been affected by defective building blocks.

The Mica scandal, named after the mineral in the bricks that absorbs water and causes walls to crack and crumble, is estimated to have affected more than 20,000 homes.

Comment: Increasingly, in much of 'the developed world', the housing on offer is substandard, sometimes dangerous, and those who are lucky enough to have a mortgage will be paying it off for life, whilst the rest, which is becoming the majority, face a landlord that is actually some tax dodging megacorporation:


Arrow Down

Apple set to cut iPhone production goals as chip shortage bites

Apple iPhone 13
© Apple
New Apple iPhone 13
Apple poised to slash IPhone production goal

Apple Inc. is likely to slash its projected iPhone 13 production targets for 2021 by as many as 10 million units as prolonged chip shortages hit its flagship product, according to people with knowledge of the matter.

The company had expected to produce 90 million new iPhone models in the last three months of the year, but it's now telling manufacturing partners that the total will be lower because Broadcom Inc. and Texas Instruments Inc. are struggling to deliver enough components, said the people, who asked not to be identified because the situation is private.

Black Cat

CNN ripped for 'dystopian' report referring to pre-Covid era as 'the Before Times'

protest grocery store closing
© REUTERS/Mike Blake
Workers, city leaders and labor advocates gather outside a North Long Beach Food 4 Less in February to condemn grocery giant Kroger for closing two stores in response to new rules awarding a pandemic pay bump to grocery workers.
CNN has sparked debate after referring to the "Before Times" - meaning pre-Covd-19 pandemic - with some accusing the network of creating fear on purpose with its "dystopian" language.

The report in question warned grocery shelves "are not going back to normal this year" after over a year of issues including labor shortages and transport restrictions.

Rice Krispies Treats, Sour Patch Kids, some Ben & Jerry's ice cream flavors, McCormick gourmet spices, and Marie Callender's pot pies are all items that could be in limited supply, according to emails seen by CNN, which were sent from the companies behind the products to grocery chains across the country.

Comment: CNN is correct, in that there ARE supply chain issues which are even more severe than they are reporting. BUT the fear-mongering twist they are putting in it is unconscionable. There are plenty of goods to be had. The problem lies in getting them where they are needed. CNN conveniently omits the fact that Covid restrictions and vaccine mandates are a large part of the problem.


NPC

UK's conspiracy-loving spies: Russia STOLE formula for Sputnik V Covid-19 jab. Moscow: 'Seek help'

sputnik V vaccine AstraZenica vials
© (L) AFP / Andres Larrovere; (R) AFP / Martin Bureau
We're a year and a half in and public interest is waning in the Covid-19 pandemic. Thus, you can probably forgive Britain's best-selling newspaper, The Sun, for trying to inject a little bit of excitement back into the narrative.

Russia, of course, is always around to play the villain. In a bombshell set of re-hashed revelations published on Monday, the tabloid alleges that Moscow's flagship Covid-19 vaccine, Sputnik V, wasn't made in a lab by a team of world-leading scientists, but was actually inspired by secret documents nicked from a British research institute.

According to veteran snooper and Westminster character Harry Cole, "security services say they have proof one of Russian President Vladimir Putin's spies swiped the vital data" behind AstraZeneca's formula. Adding intrigue to the Cold War-era espionage story, British spooks apparently told Cole that "it is understood the data was stolen by a foreign agent in person."

Comment: The Express had the grace to at least "correct" such an outlandish story. The Sun is still holding out:
An article published on October 11, 2021, falsely implied that "Russia had reportedly copied the formula of the AstraZeneca jab and used it to help make its own vaccine, according to new reports".

However, it has come to our attention that this was false as the information about inventor of the Sputnik V vaccine - Gamaleya National Research Centre for Epidemiology and Microbiology) - is publicly known.

The article also contained false information. As an apology, we are happy to set the record straight and publish the following statement from the Russian Direct Investment Fund.
"Sputnik V is based on a well-studied human adenoviral platform whose efficacy and safety have been proven over decades. Developers of Sputnik V, the Gamaleya Center, used the same human adenoviral platform for their earlier groundbreaking research over the years, including vaccines against Ebola in 2017 and MERS in 2019, to quickly develop Russia's vaccine against COVID-19.

"In contrast, AstraZeneca uses chimpanzee adenoviral vector for its vaccine rather than the human vector used by Sputnik V.

"In addition, the Russian vaccine is unique among all vaccines against Covid in using heterogenous boosting (two different vectors, Ad26 and Ad5, for the two shots to achieve stronger and longer-lasting immunity) or mix-and-match combo approach, while AstraZeneca uses one and the same vector twice.

"Unlike for some other vaccines in use today, Sputnik V has excellent safety profile with very few serious adverse events reported vs other vaccines and no cases of myocarditis or cerebral venous thrombosis (CVT).

"It is also important to note that the Sputnik V team and AstraZeneca are conducting joint clinical trials in partnership on the combo use of the two vaccines and have released information on safety and efficacy. That offer was extended to AstraZeneca last November to help it boost its efficacy and launched the world's first mix-and-match trials of anti-Covid vaccines.

"Rather than spreading fake stories, the UK media and Government services should better protect the reputation of AstraZeneca, a safe and efficient vaccine that is constantly attacked by competitors in the media with facts taken out of context."



Magnify

Russia marks record decline of nearly 1 million population over past year

Russia young
© Yaroslav Chingaev / TASS
Russia has faced a festering demographic crisis for years
Russia's natural population underwent its largest peacetime decline in recorded history over the last 12 months, an analysis of official government statistics has shown.

Russia's natural population — a figure which counts registered deaths and births, excluding the effects of migration — declined by 997,000 between October 2020 and September 2021, demographer Alexei Raksha calculated.


Comment: Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of the developed world saw birthrates plummet amidst the last 19+ months of tyrannical lockdowns: US birth rate falls across the board, lowest in more than a century


The stark drop comes as Russia, which has one of the world's highest Covid-19 death tolls, continues to see record numbers of lives lost to the pandemic. The country has recorded at least 660,000 excess deaths since the start of the pandemic.


Comment: Lockdowns caused increased mortality across the planet, but it would be interesting to see a breakdown of this data which is not provided in the article.


Comment: Poland and Hungary have also rejected pressure to enforce the West's warped LGBT propaganda program, and for good reason: