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Israel set to approve 3K West Bank settler homes this week

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Israel is expected to move forward with thousands of new homes for Jewish settlers in the West Bank this week, a settlement watchdog group said Sunday.

The plan for some 3,000 new settler units in the West Bank has already drawn calls for restraint from the U.S., which on Friday voiced "concern" over the expected approvals.

Hagit Ofran from the anti-settlement group Peace Now said a committee is set to meet Wednesday to approve 2,800 units deep in the West Bank, complicating any efforts to create a Palestinian state. More than half of those are receiving final approval, meaning construction could begin in the coming year.

On Friday, U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said the U.S. was "concerned" about the housing plans. He called on Israel and the Palestinians to "refrain from unilateral steps that exacerbate tension and undercut efforts to advance a negotiated two-state solution" to the conflict.

Shopping Bag

Taliban offers jobs for wheat to tackle hunger and unemployment

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Taliban delegates Shahabuddin Delawar and Khairullah Khairkhwa
Doha, Qatar • October 12, 2021
Afghanistan's Taliban government launched a program to tackle hunger on Sunday, offering thousands of people wheat in exchange for labor.

The scheme will be rolled out around Afghanistan's major towns and cities and employ 40,000 men in the capital alone, the Taliban's chief spokesman said at a press conference in southern Kabul.

"This is an important step for fighting unemployment," Zabihullah Mujahid said, adding the laborers must "work hard".

Afghanistan -- which is already suffering from poverty, drought, electricity blackouts and a failing economic system -- is now facing the onset of what may be a harsh winter.

The Taliban's food-for-work scheme will not pay laborers, targeting those who are currently unemployed and most at risk of starvation during the winter.

The two-month program will see 11,600 tons of wheat distributed in the capital, with about 55,000 tons for elsewhere in the country, including Herat, Jalalabad, Kandahar, Mazar-i-Sharif and Pol-i-Khomri. Work for the laborers in Kabul will include digging water channels and catchment terraces for snow in the hills to combat drought.

Arrow Up

Internal Twitter study says platform 'amplifies' the right

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An internal study published by Twitter on its algorithms indicated that the platform actually amplifies right-of-center voices over left-leaning ones.

The reality, however, is more complicated.

Rumman Chowdhury, the head of Twitter's machine learning, ethics, transparency and accountability (META) team, told Protocol that the study only showed results based on bias in amplification - not what caused it. The content could be amplified for any reason.

In short, the study was unable to determine whether Twitter's home feed algorithms are biased towards conservative content. Interestingly, Chowdhury said:
"We can see that it is happening. We are not entirely sure why it is happening. To be clear, some of it could be user-driven, people's actions on the platform, we are not sure what it is. It's just important that we share this information."
She added that the META team will conduct a "root-cause analysis" to discover why the purported skew exists, including analyzing how users interact with the platform's algorithms.

Attention

60-day state of emergency declared in Ecuador as government focuses on soaring drug violence

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Soldiers stand outside the Regional de Guayaquil prison.
Ecuador's President Guillermo Lasso has declared a state of emergency and ordered the armed forces to join law enforcement operations on the streets as the country struggles to combat escalating drug-related violence. Lasso, in a televised speech on Monday, said:
"Starting immediately, our armed forces and police will be felt with force in the streets because we are decreeing a state of emergency throughout the national territory."
The right-wing leader said that drug trafficking was the only enemy on the streets and claimed that
"in recent years Ecuador has gone from being a drug trafficking country to one that also consumes drugs. When drug trafficking grows so do assassinations and homicides, robberies of homes, vehicles, goods and people."
During the 60-day state of emergency, the military will join drug- and arms-confiscation operations in nine of the country's 24 provinces. The police will increase their patrols in the rest of the country, but the military won't be involved, Lasso said.

Bad Guys

Migrant caravan of 'thousands' breaks through Mexican police barrier - Biden blasted for claiming he 'hasn't had time' to visit border

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One of many groups of migrants and asylum seekers walk in a caravan heading to US border, in Tapachula, Mexico, October 23, 2021
A migrant caravan made up of thousands has broken through Mexican security forces attempting to stop them from making it to the US border on the heels of US President Joe Biden saying he lacks the time to actually go there.

Thousands of migrants gathered in Tapachula, near the Mexico-Guatemala border, and are now making their way to Mexico City and eventually the US border. Among them are people fleeing Haiti, Venezuela, and multiple other Latin American countries.

Department of Homeland Security officials previously stated they were keeping an eye on the caravan as Mexican officials have tried to prevent the group from making its journey. Footage on Saturday of the caravan making their journey on foot hit social media and showed thousands breaking through Mexican law enforcement officials, equipped with riot gear and attempting to build a wall to block the migrants.

Comment: Fox News adds:
Organizers tell Fox News that there are more than 2,000 migrants in the caravan, setting off from Tapachula, Mexico - some carrying American flags and signs with President Biden's name. Tapachula is in the south of the country on the border with Guatemala.

The caravan is not merely a group of migrants congregating together, organizers made migrants who wished to participate in the caravan to register with a QR code on their phones or a web link to participate.

Within hours, the flood of migrants encountered a wall of Mexican interior police wearing protective gear and wielding shields. But the security did not hold, as migrants forced their way through the blockade and continued on their way to try and seek entry into the U.S. interior.


Who is organizing this???

From 100 Percent Fed Up:
Fox News reporter Bill Melugin has been the only mainstream reporter down at the border telling Americans the truth about the invasion happening. Today, he reported on the huge caravan coming our way. The video below shows a stunning scene in Tapachula, Mexico where illegals broke through a barrier "like a hot knife through butter."

The police officers were overwhelmed by the thousands of illegals forcing their way past the barrier. Some in the crowd carried signs. One sign read "Biden for all"...

A clip of illegals breaking through the police barrier:


Another video of the huge crowd heading to the U.S. where they will be welcomed and then flown or driven to the city of their choice:


A video from overhead of the large caravan:


While Joe Biden expects Americans to accept open borders, the taxpayers are paying for a wall to be build around his beach house:

After Joe Biden canceled the wall being built at America's southern border, it sent a signal to anyone who wanted to try and cross the border illegally that the border is wide open. Since then, over 1,7 million illegals have come to our border. That's not all. There are over 30K illegals coming soon. While Americans are forced to accept open borders, Joe Biden is building a wall, and YOU are paying for it.

According to recently released records, the DHS spent $456,548 to build a fence around Joe Biden's $2.7 million Delaware beach house.

Delaware's local Cape Gazette reports that the DHS awarded $456,548 to Turnstone Holdings, LLC. This is according to USA Spending, a website that tracks federal spending.

The contract is titled "PURCHASE AND INSTALLATION OF SECURITY FENCING AT 32 FARVIEW, REHOBOTH DELAWARE" and states that the "start date" is September 21, 2021 and the end date is December 31, 2021.
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The Cape Gazette reported:
As of Oct. 20, construction on the wall had not started, but according to the website, it is expected to be completed by the end of the year.

Biden purchased the North Shores home in summer 2017. County tax records show he paid $2.7 million for the property.
While Americans are expected to allow anyone and everyone into the interior of the country, Joe Biden expects those same Americans to pay for his wall.



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The 'Cancel Culture' of Israel Lobby in Canada

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Activist and lawyer Dimitri Lascaris interviewing Palestinian activist, Manal Tamimi in June, 2018, in Spain.
The Israel lobby regularly torments people and seeks to undermine their ability to make a living. While increasing numbers of Canadians are wise to their slander campaigns, some progressives still end up aligning with the bullies who have misused the term anti-Semitism to intimidate and silence.

The list of good people who have been put through the "cancel culture" ringer by the Israel lobby is long. Hundreds, probably thousands, of Canadians have lost jobs and contracts or simply been tormented by the Israel lobby for supporting Palestinians.

There's a website entirely devoted to sabotaging the job prospects of university students who participate in pro-Palestinian activism. In a bid to intimidate students Canary Mission details individuals' purported anti-Jewish activism.

Comment: See also:


Attention

Email confirms Loudoun County school board knew about alleged sexual assault on day it happened

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The Loudoun County Public Schools board was informed of an alleged sexual assault that took place in a high school bathroom on May 28, 2021, an email from Superintendent Scott Ziegler shows.

The email, which was reported by WTOP-TV, alerted the school board that an incident took place at Stone Bridge High School in which a female student alleged she was sexually assaulted by a male student in the restroom.

The May 28 email reads:
Good Afternoon, Board Members, The purpose of this email is to provide you with information regarding an incident that occurred at Stone Bridge HS. This afternoon a female student alleged that a male student sexually assaulted her in the restroom. The LCSO [Sheriff's Office] is investigating the matter. Secondary to the assault investigation, the female student's parent responded to the school and caused a disruption by using threatening and profane language that was overheard by staff and students. Additional law enforcement units responded to the school to assist with the parent. The school's counseling team is providing services for students who witnessed the parent's behavior. The alleged victim is being tended to by LCSO.

Comment: Progressives like to act like transgender bathroom policies are harmless and that those who oppose them are just being bigots, but more and more we are seeing incidents like this that make it clear that these rules allow for dangerous people to game the system in ways that put people at risk. Look at what's happening in prisons.

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NPC

Twitter locks Republican Congressman's account, claims calling a man a man is 'hateful' 'violence'

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Twitter locked Republican Study Committee Chairman Jim Banks out of his official account early Saturday morning for a Tuesday tweet observing, "The title of first female four-star officer gets taken by a man" — a reference to transgender federal official Rachel Levine.
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Comment: At this point, nothing that goes against the prevalent liberal ideology will survive on Twitter for more than a second before people are banned. When is Truth Social going to get here?

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Bizarro Earth

UK government threatens harsh 'plan B' lockdown, warning of 'triple whammy' of flu, RSV, and Covid, amid staffing shortages

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Scientists warn of a 'a triple whammy' of respiratory illnesses this winter, including Covid and flu.
New evidence has emerged that the government is paving the way to implement "plan B" measures in England to combat the spread of Covid-19, amid warnings from health chiefs that a "vortex of pressures" is encircling the NHS.


Comment: The hysteria that has overtaken those at the NHS can be seen in their use of language; another example would be the endless videos of nurses dancing.


In the clearest sign to date that Whitehall is actively considering additional measures, the Observer has learnt that the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) contacted local authorities on Friday to canvass their level of support for the "immediate rollout of the winter plan - plan B".

The disclosure comes as senior doctors warn that operations are already being cancelled due to NHS staffing shortages and scientists warn of "a triple whammy" of respiratory illnesses this winter, with Covid, flu and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), which causes cold-like symptoms but can be serious for children and older adults.

Comment: See also: RNA Vaccines, Obedience and Eugenics

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Bizarro Earth

UK: Stabbing in Lymington leaves 1 dead & 2 injured

Royal British Legion
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Three people were stabbed, one fatally, outside the Royal British Legion in Lymington on Friday night.
A man has died after three people were stabbed outside the Royal British Legion in Lymington, Hampshire.

Police said officers were called to reports of an assault on the town's high street shortly before midnight on Friday and arrived to find two men and a woman with stab wounds.

A 23-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene.

Four people, three men and a 14-year-old boy, have been arrested on suspicion of murder and remain in police custody.

Comment: Meanwhile in the US two drunk school teachers are accused of entering the wrong apartment and, following a confrontation, shooting the tenant in the back; the tenant was at home with his wife and two children at the time:
Two Florida elementary school physical education teachers have been accused of entering the wrong apartment, and one of the intruders shot an actual tenant who lived there.

According to the Indian River County Sheriff's Office, Darius Cohen and Akkua Hallback spent the night of Oct. 10 drinking in some Vero Beach bars, local media reported. Afterward, Cohen drove to an apartment complex of an area woman; Hallback waited for her inside her residence. Cohen waited outside for a few hours but eventually needed to use the bathroom, and he contacted Hallback.
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Alcohol-impaired elementary school teachers Akkua Hallback (left) and Darius Cohen (right) entered the wrong Florida apartment this month, and Cohen eventually shot an actual tenant who lived there.
Hallback went out to get Cohen, but upon returning inside, the two 26-year-old men entered the unlocked door of the wrong apartment, where a family lived.

"When they went into the wrong apartment, they went into [an apartment with] a couple with children inside of their house," Sheriff Eric Rivers told WPBF.

Authorities claimed that Cohen used the bathroom, and Hallback got into the couple's bed, assuming it was that of the woman Hallback knew.

"The wife initially was the one that heard them and alerted her husband; she started screaming his name," said Sheriff Eric Flowers. "That's when he addressed the one that was in the bed and trying to keep them calm because of the children in the house."

The unidentified victim got the two men outside, where the confrontation continued and escalated. Surveillance video showed a fight breaking out, and four gunshots being fired. The tenant of the home ended up with a bullet in his back.

The victim ran to a neighbor's home for help.

"I woke up to a man getting into the bed, and when I got up, I encountered another man in my apartment, and we got into a scuffle, and I ended up getting shot," Flowers said, describing what the victim told him to WPFWNews.

Cohen and Hallback took off from the scene, but the men were later found. A call came into the Indian River County Sheriff's Office Crime Stoppers after the two were recognized on its Facebook page.

Cohen admitted to authorities that he shot the unidentified man but claimed self-defense, saying the gun fired while an attempt was being made to wrestle it away. He has been charged with attempted murder. Hallback, who was found with Adderall in his backpack, was charged with possession of a controlled substance. He may also be charged later as an accessory.

Police also said they found two guns in the home Cohen and Hallback share with another teacher. Tests are being conducted to determine if one was a weapon used in the shooting.

"Just sends a message of nothing good happens after midnight," Flowers said.

The two men have also lost their P.E.-teaching jobs. Cohen taught at Indian River Academy and Hallback at Sebastian Elementary.

"This is very disappointing for us as a school system," school superintendent Dr. David Moore said to WPTV. "There is no place for this in our school system, there is no place for this in our community."
See also: Weekend of gun violence in Chicago: 7 killed, 41 injured including 3-year-old boy

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