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G.E., Lockheed Martin employees in US walk out in protest over vaccine mandates

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Casey Layton of Greenville and a current General Electric employee holds a sign along side fellow GE employees and their supporters that were protesting the vaccine mandates outside of the GE gas plant in Greenville, Thursday, October 21, 2021.
Major Greenville County employers like General Electric and Lockheed Martin have started requiring employees to be vaccinated for COVID-19 to comply with the federal mandate, but some employees have said that they are against that. And they've taken to the streets.

About 150 to 200 protestors, most of them GE workers dressed in the slate-gray GE uniforms, gathered outside the GE gas plant in Greenville Thursday to make their feelings known.

Some said they had taken half a day off; some said that they had chosen not to go to work at all.

Comment: Pushback against the vaccine mandates across Europe and North America is growing, including in critical sectors like healthcare, the police and sorely needed port workers, and this might partly explain why the establishment seems to be in such a hurry to get people jabbed because soon enough that chance may have passed: Also check out SOTT radio's: NewsReal: Climate Disaster Plans and Vaccine War Games: Government to the Rescue!


Militant from Seattle's 'autonomous zone' sentenced for attempted attack on Trump supporters in Florida

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© Unknown
Daniel Alan Baker, a US Army veteran turned Syrian militia member, who attempted to rally far-left activists to surround pro-Trump protesters with guns at the Florida state Capitol in January, was sentenced last week to 44 months in jail followed by three years of federal supervision.

According to the Tallahasee Democrat, Baker, 34 was convicted in May after he used the internet to transmit "true threats" to kidnap or injure the pro-Trump protesters. The jury was back with a verdict in only four hours.

During the trial, the FBI used Baker's posts on Facebook, Instagram and YouTube to show how he "escalated, indicating a potential for immediate threat during upcoming protests in Tallahassee."

Star of David

Settler violence and Israel's impenetrable web of impunity

Settler/Palestinian scuffle
© Mamoun Wazwaz/Anadolu Agency
Jewish settlers attack Palestinians with wooden sticks and stones
Susiya village, Hebron, West Bank
As happens each year during the Palestinian olive harvest, Israel's illegal settlers are destroying olive trees and attacking Palestinian farmers. The International Committee of the Red Cross has said that in the year to August this year, over 9,300 olive trees were destroyed by Israeli settlers; the damage peaked during harvest time.

Palestinian access to agricultural land is seriously hampered by Israel's restrictions on movement as well as settlement expansion. Settler violence exacerbates an already untenable situation; without access to their land, Palestinian autonomy is reduced. Moreover, settler violence ensures that Palestinians can't look much beyond the immediate consequence of Israel's colonial-occupation: the struggle to survive.

In response to the predictable settler violence, Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Mohammed Shtayyeh has called upon the UN to monitor attacks, especially during the olive harvest. In his weekly cabinet meeting in Ramallah, Shtayyeh suggested that the UN should set up a database listing settlers involved in violent crimes against the Palestinian people.


Drone whistleblower thrown in pen with terrorists

Daniel Hale
© DIY Roots Action website
Daniel Hale at a peace protest at the White House.
Is society safer with Daniel Hale, who exposed U.S. drone civilian killings, being housed with some of the most dangerous prisoners in America?

Drone whistleblower Daniel Hale was sent on Sunday to the notorious Communications Management Unit (CMU) at the maximum-security U.S. Penitentiary (USP) at Marion, Illinois to serve a 45-month sentence, rather than to the low-security prison at Butner, North Carolina, where federal Judge Liam O'Grady had recommended he go.

Butner is a prison hospital complex, and O'Grady was cognizant of Daniel's need for psychological therapy to deal with post traumatic stress disorder from his time as a U.S. Air Force drone operator.

USP Marion, on the other hand, is a former "Supermax" prison that was built in the early 1960s as a replacement for Alcatraz. It was converted into a CMU to keep terrorists from being in contact with the media. The Bureau of Prisons, which apparently knows better than a federal judge, decided that the American public must be protected from Daniel Hale's dangerous ideas, like the notion that we shouldn't murder innocent civilians with drones.


Miami private school says students who get COVID vaccine must quarantine for 30 days

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© Chandan Khanna / AFP via Getty Images file
The Centner Academy, a private school in Miami.
A private school in Miami, Florida, that announced earlier this year it would not employ teachers who receive a COVID-19 vaccine now says that any student who gets vaccinated must stay home for 30 days after each shot.

Centner Academy's chief operating officer told parents in a letter that "if you are considering the vaccine for your Centner Academy student(s), we ask that you hold off until the Summer when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease."

The letter informed parents that students who receive a COVID-19 vaccine dose must quarantine, WSVN-TV reported.

Comment: Good for them! Whether the vaccinated shed or not is unclear, there have however been numerous cases of outbreaks of coronavirus in the vaccinated, so it is perfectly reasonable for the school to take this stance. See the school's full policy on childhood vaccinations here.

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Human remains found in same area as Brian Laundrie's possessions in Florida nature reserve - UPDATE: FBI confirms identity

Comment: Update 21 October 2021

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© North Port Florida Police | Reuters
Human remains were found in the same area where personal belongings were found of Brian Laundrie, Gabby Petito's fiancé who's been missing for over a month, officials said Wednesday.

A senior law enforcement official says what appears to be partial human remains have been found in the Carlton Reserve in a location that was previously under water. There is no confirmation the remains belong to Laundrie.

The remains were found near a backpack, according to this source, which may be consistent with the type of items Laundrie may have had in his possession.

Laundrie's parents directed FBI agents and North Port police to the location where "some articles belonging to Brian were found," according to a statement by Laundrie attorney Steven Bertolino.

Comment: What a weird conclusion to a weird story. Two national parks, two bodies, two months apart.


Washington State Patrol faces staff shortages & multimillion replacement costs as officers quit over Covid vaccine mandate

Washington State Trooper
© REUTERS/Jason Redmond
Some 127 Washington State Patrol employees, more than half of them officers, were terminated after a vaccination deadline passed this week, with the force now bracing for staff shortages in critical areas and major costs.

Seventy-four commissioned officers - including 67 troopers, six sergeants and a captain - as well as 53 civil servants were "separated from employment" as they missed the October 18 deadline to provide proof of vaccination, the Washington State Patrol (WSP) reported earlier this week.

The WSP stated that the employees quit the force "for varying reasons and in varying ways," with chief John R. Batiste declaring that "we will miss every one of them."

"I extend a hardy thanks to those who are leaving the agency. I truly wish that you were staying with us," he said.

Bizarro Earth

First of over 200 bodies being exhumed from Lugansk mass grave.

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© Russell Bently
First of over 200 bodies being exhumed from Lugansk mass grave.
Note from Eric Zuesse: A friend, Russell Bentley, in Lugansk in the far-eastern Donbas region which had been part of Ukraine until Obama's 2014 coup in Ukraine overthrew Ukraine's democratically elected and neutralist President and replaced his Government by racist-fascist (or nazi) anti-Russian zealots, who promptly launched an ethnic-cleansing campaign against the residents in Donbas (which region of Ukraine had voted 90%+ for that neutralist to become Ukraine's President) sent me this grim follow-up news-report:

Russell Bentley:

I recently witnessed the exhumation of human remains from a mass grave that contains over 200 bodies. It was a profound and profoundly disturbing experience. Each body in this grave represents an unnecessary and unjust death, a murder, and each of these over 200 murders can never be forgotten or forgiven. There is a message that cries out from these bones that must be heard and understood, and acted upon by all good people in the world. Otherwise, history will repeat itself, and again, the killers and the killing will continue, and more mass graves will be filled.

After seven years of war, a war that continues to this day, these 200 bodies are being exhumed from the mass grave that the war forced them into back in the summer 2014, during the heaviest attacks and siege by the Ukrainian "punishers" against the people of Lugansk. In those terrible days and nights of constant shelling and ever present danger, there was no water or electricity, no safe place to process the bodies, no chance at all for a regular funeral. Only now are conditions and resources finally available to put these peaceful and innocent civilians, along with some of their heroic Defenders, to rest with a proper burial.


Logjam: Record 100 ships waiting offshore at LA ports with cargo

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An image from space of the Los Angeles port crisis, taken on Oct. 10, 2021.
The logjam of cargo, container, and tanker ships trying to access Long Beach and Los Angeles ports has hit a record of 100 vessels as of Monday evening. Another 45 are expected to arrive in the next three days.

A view of the vessels from space looks like matchsticks scattered around the Southern California coastline, as ship captains pick their spot to spend the next week or longer waiting for a summons to dock. The ships are scattered along the shoreline for at least 20 miles.

The number of 100 vessels at anchor in the sea is a dozen higher than Friday and breaks a former record of 97 on Sept. 19, according to Capt. J. Kipling Louttit with the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The Marine Exchange is responsible for coordinating shipping traffic and piloting the vessels into port.

Comment: It's only going to get worse.

LA port backup grows to record 62 ships as supply chain crunch worsens

Forward-thinking Florida governor Ron DiSantis provides a solution for strapped shipping companies. Florida ports are open with improved facilities and no covid restrictions:

DeSantis offers the solution to supply-chain issues Newsom has exacerbated

Black Cat

Panic? Dem candidate Terry McAuliffe abruptly ends interview, tells local Virginia reporter, 'You should've asked better questions'

Terry McAuliffe

Terry McAuliffe
Both McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin were offered 20-minute interviews, according to WJLA

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe cut his interview short with a local Virginia TV station and scolded the reporter for not asking "better questions."

WJLA 7News reporter Nick Minock conducted interviews with the former governor and his GOP rival Glenn Youngkin, sharing highlights on air while releasing the full interviews and transcripts online.

However, WJLA anchor Jonathan Elias offered a disclaimer to viewers who may notice that Youngkin's interview was much longer than McAuliffe's.

Comment: McAuliffe is a never-Trumper and Clinton crony from way back. No surprise he's pushing the radical Democrat line: