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Tunisians protest high prices and food shortages, chaotic scenes at supermarket over staples

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A fish stall at a market in Tunis. Food shortages have been blamed on both speculators and hoarders by the government.
Hundreds of Tunisians protested on Sunday night in the capital against poverty, high prices and the shortage of some foodstuff, escalating pressure on the government of President Kais Saied, as the country suffers an economic and political crisis.

Tunisia is struggling to revive its public finances as discontent grows over inflation running at nearly 9% and a shortage of many food items in stores because the country cannot afford to pay for some imports.

The North African nation is also in the midst of a severe political crisis since Saied seized control of the executive power last year and dissolved parliament in a move his opponents called a coup.


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British pound hits all-time low as PM Truss is accused of gambling with economy

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The British pound has plunged to an all-time low against the dollar with investors looking for exits after the new Tory government's fiscal plan threatened to stretch the crisis-battered country's finances to breaking point.
The pound nosedived nearly 5 percent at one point to $1.0327, its lowest since the United Kingdom went decimal in 1971, reports said on Monday.

On Monday, the British currency plummeted to an unprecedented $1.0327, extending a 3.61 percent dive from Friday, when new Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng enacted historic tax cuts.

The pound's latest dive, which saw the British currency fall to near parity with the dollar, further prompted shadow chancellor Rachel Reeves to accuse Kwarteng and the Conservative Party's newly-picked Prime Minister Liz Truss of "recklessly" gambling with Britain's finances.



Iran protesters clash with police outside embassy in London

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Protesters gathered in front of the Iranian Embassy in London
Protesters have clashed with police officers during demonstrations outside the Iranian embassy in London.

The Met Police said members of the crowd threw missiles at officers and breached police lines in Princes Gate, Knightsbridge, on Sunday afternoon.

It comes as protests in Iran spread across the world, sparked by the death of Mahsa Amini in custody after being detained by Iranian morality police.

At least five officers were seriously injured, the Met Police said.

Comment: Below is some footage from the protests, some media from Iran and the protests that have occurred in favor of the government, along with some balanced commentary - see also: Iranian police claim woman arrested over hijab died of heart attack in custody - incident sparked protests

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Syracuse U. professor defends sexually explicit K-12 book

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A Syracuse University professor is defending the inclusion of a sexually explicit book in the nation's K-12 schools, saying she doesn't see what is so "scandalous" about it.

Katherine Kidd, coordinator of the Syracuse English Studies program, told the student paper The Daily Orange that keeping a book like "Gender Queer" out of schools "solely on the basis of it being sexually explicit limits discussions about young adults' discovery of gender identity in relation to their bodies."

Kidd said banning the book — the most challenged publication of 2021 — "erases" the experiences of what folks like author Maia Kobabe describe, and added it's "scary" that it is being "challenged for pornographic material."

Comment: Only fanatic idiots talk like this. Not including this book in school libraries does not, and cannot, "erase" someone's experiences. Get a grip, Kidd.

Kidd's remarks were part of an article titled "SU professors emphasize reading banned books focusing on gender, sexuality" which also covered Margaret Atwood's "The Handmaid's Tale." That book, now almost 40 years old, was included in the American Library Association's list of most challenged books in 2019 and "has been banned across school districts nationwide for even longer."

Kidd said she "will strive to include novels and readings that are controversial as a way to expose her students to viewpoints and ideas that differ from their own."


Is it time to accept that Omicron is not COVID-19?

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Corona Virus
A few weeks ago, the Washington Post announced:
"President Biden, doubly boosted, is in a much more favorable position to fight COVID-19 than President Donald Trump was before the rollout of vaccines."
NPR elaborated:
"Even if you're the president, it's hard to avoid a breakthrough Covid infection."
We all know many individuals who have been vaccinated and boosted, yet still get infected. How does that happen? One reason is that original COVID-19's SARS CoV-2 virus - to which human populations have built immunologic resistance through exposure, vaccine or both - no longer circulates. References to current illness as COVID-19 represents a category mistake (when a person talks about something as though it's a different type of thing from the thing it is).

It was still pertinent to speak of 'COVID-19' after the late 2020 exit of the 'ancestral' version, since certain SARS CoV-2 descendants, via mutation, found gaps in our immunologic defenses to become next-generation (but milder) 'variants of concern' (VOC). They ran sequentially through the Greek alphabet, springing up around the globe: Alpha (England), Beta (South Africa), Gamma (Brazil), and Delta (India).

All of these second-wave variant-strains ultimately disappeared, superseded in the category of coronavirus infection by the significantly milder virus found circulating late 2021 in South Africa. This virus was given a Greek letter name as per the previous VOC format - but this was inappropriate, given that Omicron strain is not a lineal SARS-CoV-2 descendant.

Comment: Commiserating reference to Biden? He's not one of us. Not even close.

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Republicans see over 492K net gains over Democrats in Florida voter registration

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Republicans in Florida not only outnumber registered Democrats, but they have outpaced them in net gains by a difference of over 492,000 voters.

Last year, Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) announced that Florida Republicans, for the first time, had overtaken Democrats among registered voters in the Sunshine State.

"When I got elected governor, we had 280,000 more registered Democrats than Republicans in the state of Florida," DeSantis said during a press conference in Seminole in November 2021.

"Today, and it will probably be fully publicized very soon, today for the first time in the history of Florida, we've now overtaken Democrats. There are more registered Republicans in Florida than Democrats," he announced.

Since then, that figure has only continued to grow. The Republican Party of Florida (RPOF) announced in July 2022 that Republicans in the state made history again, doubling their lead on Democrats since March to over 200,000.

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The disintegration of America stems from Biden's border

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US Representative Arizona Fifth Congressional District Andy Biggs
Nations that disintegrate suffer many pathologies, one of which is the deterioration of national territorial integrity.

The Biden administration is willfully eroding our southern border and consequently facilitating the disintegration of the American state.

The open border policy of Biden's regime allows individuals from virtually every country in the world to simply walk across our southern border, between the ports of entry. One estimate is that there are almost 5 million people who have illegally entered the country since Biden's inauguration.

On a recent trip to the border I took several congressional colleagues: Representatives Mark Green (R-TN), Tom McClintock (R-CA), Mike Flood (R-NE), and Matt Rosendale (R-MT). Every time my colleagues and I go to the border, the conditions have worsened.


Texas DPS busts human smuggling attempt at border-city airport

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Texas Department of Public Safety officials interdicted an aviation-based human smuggling attempt at an airport in the border city of McAllen. The DPS special agent found 19 migrants onboard after his pilot ordered air traffic controllers to ground the aircraft.

Texas DPS officials in McAllen received a tip about three vehicles dropping off a group of suspected migrants at McCreery Aviation Company at the local airport. A DPS special agent and aircraft pilot working under Governor Greg Abbott's Operation Lone Star border security mission ordered air traffic controllers to ground a Raytheron fixed-wing twin-engine aircraft.


Gov. Newsom whines Democrats getting 'crushed' by 'ruthless' Fox News hosts

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California Gov. Gavin Newsom
California Gov. Gavin Newsom says Democrats have to do a better job countering the influence Fox News has over the American electorate.

"These guys are ruthless on the other side. Ruthless on the other side," Newsom said during an event hosted by The Texas Tribune over the weekend. "That prime-time lineup by Fox, they're ruthless. They dominate the most important thing in American politics today, and that's the narrative. Facts become secondary to narrative. They dominate with illusion and we are getting crushed."


Big Apple exodus: New Yorkers switching driver's licenses to Florida in record numbers

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A record 5,838 New Yorkers switched their driver’s licenses to Florida in August, according to Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data.
New Yorkers continue to stampede south as record number swap to Florida licenses

The COVID-driven rush of New Yorkers into Florida has turned into a stampede — with no end in sight.

A record-breaking number of Empire State residents switched their driver's licenses to the Sunshine State version last month, according to a Post analysis of Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles data.

A total of 5,838 New Yorkers made the switch in August — the highest recorded number for a single month in history, the numbers show. Year to date, 41,885 New Yorkers have handed over their licenses after moving south, a torrid pace that's pointing to a new annual record.