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Powerful explosion causes extensive damage to buildings in central Athens

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A powerful explosion shook Athens on Wednesday morning.
At least one person was injured from a powerful explosion in central Athens early Wednesday which damaged an office block and smashed nearby storefronts.

The pre-dawn blast occurred 200 meters from the ancient Temple of Olympian Zeus on the busy Syngrou Avenue.

The blast caused a fire on the mezzanine floor, which spread to the first floor, while extensive damage has been done to other buildings in the area due to the shock wave. The wreckage caused damage to many vehicles.

Comment: Other explosions in the news recently:


Extremists see US power grid as target, government report warns

Utility lines
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Central Maine Power utility lines
Extremist groups in the United States appear to increasingly view attacking the power grid as a means of disrupting the country, according to a government report aimed at law enforcement agencies and utility operators.

Domestic extremists "have developed credible, specific plans to attack electricity infrastructure since at least 2020," according to the report from the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Intelligence and Analysis. The document, dated Monday, was obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

The report warns that extremists "adhering to a range of ideologies will likely continue to plot and encourage physical attacks against electrical infrastructure," which includes more than 6,400 power plants and 450,000 miles of high-voltage transmission lines that span the country.

Experts on the U.S. power grid have pointed out that it would be difficult to knock out power to the nation given the size and decentralized nature of the grid. The DHS report also notes that attackers, without inside help at least, would be unlikely to produce widespread, multistate outages, though they could still do damage and cause injuries.

It comes as both the FBI and DHS have repeatedly warned in recent months that the U.S. faces a heightened threat from domestic extremists.


Don't pose with Russians, Ukraine warns Olympians

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Mariya Lasitskene (C) posing with Yaroslava Mahuchikh (R)
Ukrainian athletes should avoid standing beside their Russian competitors at the Beijing Winter Olympics, the country's sports minister has said, warning about potential "provocations."

Reports in Russia last week stated that Ukrainian athletes had been told to avoid speaking Russian in interviews at the Games or being photographed alongside their Russian rivals.

Ukraine's minister of youth and sports, Vadim Gutzeit, now appears to have confirmed those recommendations in comments shared by public broadcaster Suspilne. Amid heightened tensions between the two neighbors, 50-year-old former fencing gold medalist Gutzeit said:
"We had an online meeting with all athletes and coaches on how to behave in situations where there will be provocations, as it was at the Summer Olympics. All athletes are aware, they know how to behave in such situations. They should not stand together when athletes from Russia stand with a flag, so they aren't together. They should know that, we worked on it. After the Summer Olympics, it's not the first time we've met with athletes and it's been discussed."
During the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, Ukrainian high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh came under fire in her homeland when the youngster was photographed smiling alongside Russian gold medal winner Mariya Lasitskene.

Bronze medalist Mahuchikh, 20, is a junior sergeant in the Ukrainian armed forces and was ordered to attend a meeting with officials to discuss her actions. Ukrainian Deputy Defense Minister Anna Malyar claimed that Mahuchikh's behavior could become "the object of the enemy's information special operations."

Comment: Playing political games at the expense of their athletes, Ukraine is tarnishing one of the sacred aspects of the Olympics.

Eye 2

How George Soros funded progressive 'legal arsonist' DAs behind US crime surge

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Billionaire George Soros (center) funnels cash through a complicated web of federal and state political action committees as well as non-profits to support soft-on-crime DAs across the country.
For the last several years, billionaire philanthropist George Soros has been quietly financing a revolution in criminal justice reform, doling out tens of millions of dollars to progressive candidates in district attorney races throughout the country amid movements to abolish bail and defund the police.

Working with an activist attorney, Soros, 91, mainly funnels cash through a complicated web of federal and state political action committees as well as non-profits from coast to coast, public records show.

Last year, the Foundation to Promote Open Society, a nonprofit in Soros' orbit, gave $3 million to the Community Resource Hub for Safety and Accountability, according to a recent report. The group provides resources to "local advocates and organizations working to address the harm of policing in the US."

Comment: Soros does not confine his activities to the state level. He is actively creating chaos all over the world.

Light Saber

DeSantis furious after FDA pulls authorization of antibody drugs: 'Sudden and reckless'

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
U.S. health officials say COVID-19 antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly should no longer be used because they are unlikely to work against the omicron variant.

The Food and Drug Administration said Monday it is revoking emergency authorization for both drugs. If they prove effective against future variants, the FDA says it can reauthorize their use.

The move was expected because both drugmakers had previously said their drugs are less effective against omicron.

Federal officials said the FDA decision was supported by several independent studies, including a peer-reviewed paper published in the journal Nature last month.

Comment: What the article leaves out is DeSantis's assessment of the study that caused the FDA to pull the drug. From the governor's press conference above:
"[T]hey (theFDA) are relying on revoking this and pulling the rug out from under people on a single, non-peer-reviewed, non-clinical study that was actually done by a consultant for a rival company to the the other two monoclonal antibody treatments. This is not based on a clinical trial. This is not even peer-reviewed. So this is something that they claim it shouldn't be used because we have omicron. And what we would say in Florida is, we have had people use it and we've had good results."


Byzantine Patriarchate issues warning about 'third vaccination terror' being launched upon the world

Patriarch Elijah
The Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate is a community of monastic priests, monks, and bishops with roots in Eastern Europe. I somehow ended up on their mailing list and have been receiving their letters and releases since the onset of the Covid plandemic.

I know some of my readers might cringe at the idea of watching or listening to anything remotely connected to the word "Catholic," but please do not confuse this group with the Roman Catholic Church headquartered at the Vatican. They are totally independent and not connected to the Vatican in any way. I have thoroughly vetted this group and they are legit Christian believers, very devout and conservative.

I will say this: Unlike many of today's Laodicean church pastors, the Byzantine Catholic Patriarchate priests do not mince words or pull punches. I urge you to listen to their message in this video.

In terms of its background, the Byzantine Patriarchate is headed by Patriarch Elijah with two Secretary Bishops, Timothy and Methodius. The patriarchate arose from the need to defend the fundamental Christian truths against heresies and apostasy within the Catholic churches. It does not recognize the false prophet Pope Bergoglio [Pope Francis] and is not subordinate to him in any way.

Comment: One needn't be a Catholic or practicing Christian (or adherent of any organized religion) to recognize that humanity is now under Major physical and spiritual siege from an array of forces that interpenetrate governmental bureaucracies, religious institutions, and the fields of education, medicine and others. But it greatly helps to recognize that a 'cosmic' Malevolence does, in fact, exist (as well as what forms it takes and what it acts through) - in order to begin to resist it.

Stock Down

Financial Market historian Jeremy Grantham just warned of a 'superbubble' and predicted an epic crash

Jeremy Grantham
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Jeremy Grantham is a famed investor and historian of stock markets.
Jeremy Grantham, the legendary investor who has predicted the last three market bubbles, foresees the S&P 500 crashing almost 50% after the fourth "superbubble" the US has ever seen bursts — even with multiple efforts underway to prevent it.

The market historian, who has repeatedly warned investors they're caught in a historic bubble, said the benchmark index may slip to around 2,500 — a downside of roughly 44% from Thursday's close and 48% from January's peak. The tech-heavy Nasdaq Composite, meanwhile, might see a sharper downturn, he added.

"This time last year it looked like we might have a standard bubble with resulting standard pain for the economy," Grantham said in a note published Thursday on the website of his Boston-based asset management firm, GMO. "But during the year, the bubble advanced to the category of superbubble, one of only three in modern times in US equities, and the potential pain has increased accordingly."

What made the bubble worse, according to the investor, is how it's been accompanied by extremely low interest rates and high bond prices as well as a bubble in housing and an "incipient bubble" in commodities.

Comment: On top of a failing supply chain, the move from a cash system to CBDC's, and other major developments, the economic pain (and resulting chaos) that is shaping up for most Americans promises to reach truly epic and tragic proportions. Prepare as best as you can.


Eric Clapton says he sees mass formation psychosis 'everywhere'

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Legendary rocker Eric Clapton appeared on the Real Music Observer YouTube channel last week, to discuss vaccination and mass formation psychosis, the theory made popular recently by Dr. Robert Malone.

In the interview, Clapton discusses how he himself took the vaccine, but now regrets it. Clapton says that he was tricked into getting the vaccine early on by subliminal messaging, and warned the public not to fall for the same tricks.

Clapton then discusses mass formation psychosis, a form of mass hysteria, which is described as "a phenomenon that transmits collective illusions of threats, whether real or imaginary, through a population and society as a result of rumors and fear," saying that he initially missed out on the memo for mass formation psychosis, saying that he later realized that there was a memo.

Comment: It's rather amazing how many of rock's legendary 'rebels' are showing themselves to be pusillanimous establishment sell-outs when the official narrative changes. It's nice to have Clapton and Morrison, but where's everybody else? Neil Young is just the latest casualty on a very long list icons to be disappointed in. It looks like 'rebellion' and 'counter-culture' was always just an act to sell records.

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Care providers warn about job side effects from mandatory Covid jabs

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German care providers warn the sector can't afford further staff shortages under an impending vaccine mandate.

Many German households could "have a problem getting the care they need" if the government makes Covid vaccination compulsory within the healthcare sector, Daniel Schloer, the owner of the SunaCare GmbH agency told Reuters.

Schloer's organization provides 24-hour home care services for the elderly in Germany, matching clients with private nurses from other EU states, primarily Poland.

Comment: It's rather telling that the number of health care workers refusing the vaccine exceeds the proportional number in the general public. Maybe they know something the rest of us don't.

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Freedom Convoy: Truckers angry over vaccine mandates roll toward Canada's capital in protest UPDATE: GoFundMe withholding raised funds for truckers

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Trucks line up to cross the U.S. border in Sarnia, Ontario, after the COVID-19 vaccine mandate took effect.
'I'm literally going to lose my truck, my house, my car, my savings,' says unvaccinated owner-operator.

Truck drivers in Canada are slow-rolling in convoys across the country to protest the COVID-19 vaccine mandate at the U.S. border, with plans to converge at the capital, Ottawa, on Saturday.

Among them will be Ontario owner-operator Brigitte Belton, who until recently regularly moved freight between the U.S. and Canada. Since Saturday, she and other drivers who haven't been vaccinated against COVID-19 have been barred from crossing the border.


From National Post:
Truck Convoy supporters would be correct in their contention that the protest isn't attracting nearly as much official attention compared to prior protests that have been numerically much smaller, such as the pro-Wet'suwet'en blockades that dominated the national discourse in early 2020. Only on Monday did the convoy first receive acknowledgement from major party leaders. Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole dodged a question on the convoy, while Prime Minister Justin Trudeau obliquely mentioned the protests while accusing Conservatives of "fear mongering" by linking trucker vaccine mandates to supply chain disruptions.

Actually, one of the only major organizations to comment on the protest has been the Canadian Trucking Alliance, who denounced it . The CTA - which previously opposed vaccine mandates on truckers - is now advising truckers to comply and "strongly disapproves" of protests to the contrary . "This regulation is not changing so, as an industry, we must adapt and comply with this mandate," wrote the group in a Saturday statement.
UPDATE: The $4.7 million raised for the truckers via GoFundMe is being withheld by the crowd-sourced funding service. From CBC:
GoFundMe has frozen access to the more than $4.7 million in funds raised by the trucker convoy now winding its way across the country toward Ottawa in a protest against vaccine mandates.

"We require that fundraisers be transparent about the flow of funds and have a clear plan for how those funds will be spent. In this case, we are in touch with the organizer to verify that information," Rachel Hollis, a spokeswoman for the crowdfunding platform, said in an email.

"Funds will be safely held until the organizer is able to provide the documentation to our team about how funds will be properly distributed."

As of Tuesday afternoon, funds were raised from 61,100 donors, according to the GoFundMe page of the "Freedom Convoy."

Tamara Lich, who is also secretary of the fledgling Western separatist Maverick Party, launched the campaign on Jan. 14. It states that the money will go toward fuel as well as food and lodgings for big-riggers taking part.