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Failing up: Memphis police chief tasked with investigating Tyre Nichols murder fired from previous job in Atlanta

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Cerelyn 'CJ' Davis, the current chief of police in Memphis, was previously terminated from her position in the Atlanta Police Department in 2008
The Memphis police chief who is now tasked with investigating the killing of Tyre Nichols was previously fired from her job for dismissing allegations in a child pornography case.

Cerelyn 'CJ' Davis was kicked out of the Atlanta Police Department in 2008 for her role in the botched investigation of sergeant Tonya Crane's husband Terrill Marion Crane - who later turned out to be guilty.

Two detectives on the case accused Davis - who was deputy chief at the time - of urging them not to dig into the claims against Crane after the unit received pictures of him with underage middle school girls.

Crane later pled guilty to one count of producing child pornography after the FBI took on the case - and blame then shifted on to Davis for taking a 'blind eye' on the child porn claims.

Comment: Tennessee sheriff opens new investigation into two deputies after Tyre Nichols bodycam video is released


Stock Down

UK supermarket price inflation hits record high of 16.7%

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A woman holds a shopping basket of groceries. Grocery price inflation hit 16.7% in in the four weeks to 22 January.
Figures from the retail analysts Kantar showed grocery price inflation in the UK hit a fresh record high of 16.7% in the four weeks to 22 January, adding nearly £800 to the typical annual shopping bill, with the price of milk, eggs and dog food rising fastest.

The figure was up from 14.4% in December, and has reached the highest level since Kantar began tracking the figures in 2008. The latest increase will take the average annual food shopping bill to £5,504, up £788.

The monthly report also showed that no- and low-alcohol beer sales volumes rose 3% year on year, as many people embraced dry January. Veganuary also made an impact, as sales of supermarket own-label ranges labelled as plant-based or vegan jumped by 21%.


Comment: That vegan food sales 'jumped' likely means very little considering how low the sales for these items are usually. However The Guardian would try to make a point of it because it actively pushes vegan diets onto its (dwindling) readership.


Comment: Supermarkets have admitted that they're doing what they can to delay passing on increased costs to consumers, which is actually concealing the real rate of inflation, but at some point these costs will have to be passed on and it will add fuel to the burgeoning unrest: France rocked by protests as 2 MILLION march against government reforms in 2nd wave of mass strikes to hit this month


Syringe

Ireland delaying funerals as 'mysterious' 20% spike in excess deaths puts mortuaries under pressure

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Cork City Mortuary 'had so many bodies it couldn't take any more', said the Cork city coroner.
A spike in the number of deaths in recent weeks has disrupted funeral arrangements and put mortuaries under unprecedented stress.

An Irish Examiner analysis of death notices on the website rip.ie shows there were 9,718 published in the eight-week period from December 1, 2022, to January 25, 2023 — up 20% from 8,075 in the same period a year earlier.

The figure is also considerably higher than the 8,135 death notices published in the same period to January 25, 2021, when the country was in the grip of the worst period of the Covid pandemic.

Pre-pandemic, 6,802 death notices were published in the eight weeks to January 25, 2019, almost 3,000 fewer than in recent weeks.

Comment: The 'mysterious' spike in excess deaths that is mostly being reported in countries with high rates of vaccination with the experimental Covid injections, and which also enforced nearly 2-year-long lockdowns that prevented people from receiving primary healthcare services, that are now suffering life threatening backlogs of patients: Excess deaths DOUBLED in 2021, NOT from Covid, lockdown partly to blame, WHO research reveals


Light Saber

Epic troll: Project Veritas mocks Pfizer with LED truck parked outside drug maker's NYC office following latest sting

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An LED truck rented by Project Veritas and parked outside of the Pfizer world headquarters in Manhattan on January 31, 2023.
Project Veritas recently published an undercover video featuring a Pfizer honcho discussing 'mutating' COVID virus

Project Veritas taunted Pfizer with an LED truck parked outside of the drug manufacturer's New York City headquarters on Tuesday after the investigative journalism group put a spotlight on alleged plans to mutate COVID.

Last week, Project Veritas, a right-wing guerilla journalism outfit, published footage of a man described as Pfizer director of research and development Jordon Trishton Walker telling an undercover Project Veritas journalist that the company was exploring plans to "mutate" the COVID virus themselves through "directed evolution."

"That is not what we say to the public," Walker said during the video that has been viewed more than 27 million times on Twitter alone.

Comment: It's not the first time Pfizer has been targeted by Project Veritas:


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UK economy to slide into recession, worse off than heavily sanctioned Russia - IMF

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Britain's economy will have the worst performance of all G7 economies even sinking below Russia.

In its latest update, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) downgraded its UK forecast once again, predicting a contraction of 0.6 per cent against the 0.3 per cent growth pencilled in last October.

The grim outlook for the year ahead puts the UK far behind counterparts in the G7 and the only country - across advanced and emerging economies - expected to suffer a year of declining GDP.


Comment: Note that these are forecasts, because if the last few years have proven anything, it's that few really know (or will at least dare admit) how bad things could get.


The IMF forecast leaves the UK economy languishing behind Germany and even sanctions-hit Russia, with both countries expected to see modest growth this year.

Comment: There's no reason to believe Europe's economies will improve anytime soon, but what will undoubtedly increase are the protest movements and general strikes; that are already being attended to in the millions: France rocked by protests as 2 MILLION march against government reforms in 2nd wave of mass strikes to hit this month


Popcorn

France rocked by protests as 2 MILLION march against government reforms in 2nd wave of mass strikes to hit this month

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Protesters gather at Place d'Italie in Paris during a demonstration against the French government's pension reform plan on January 31, 2023.
French protesters launched a new push Tuesday to pressure President Emmanuel Macron into dropping a pension reform plan, with hundreds of thousands taking to the streets in bigger crowds than those seen on the previous day of rallies on January 19.

Union-led protesters came out for mass demonstrations for the second time in less than two weeks, challenging Macron's plan to raise the age of retirement from 62 to 64, a flagship reform of his second mandate.

Half a million people were protesting on Tuesday afternoon in Paris alone, the main CGT union said, higher than the figure of 400,000 it gave for the last day of rallies on January 19. Paris police put the figure for Tuesday's protest at 87,000.

The CGT said 2.8 million were protesting nationwide. The French police put the figure at more than 1.2 million.


Comment: Government figures routinely estimate at least half the number in attendance, probably because the establishment would prefer that these protests appear less popular than they are.

Whilst there's sufficient data elsewhere to support the higher estimate given by the union, another rather revealing piece of data is that in a recent poll 52% of French citizens said that they supported a 'social explosion' of protests against the government, and it wasn't just because of the pension reforms.


Comment: And it's not just France, unprecedented strikes and mass protests are steadily increasing across Europe: Some footage from today's strikes and protests in France:
More than 10,000 people against the pension reform in Blois, a city of 45,000 inhabitants

Electricians on strike disconnected automatic speed cameras in Lot-et-Garonne

Images of the demonstration in Quimper against the pension reform

Massive demonstration on the Place d'Italie in Paris against the pension reform

Images of the demonstration against the pension reform in Toulon (Mistral FM)





Syringe

Vaccinated MSNBC host reveals she developed pericarditis and myocarditis due to "common cold"

Yasmin Vossoughian
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Yasmin Vossoughian
MSNBC's Yasmin Vossoughian revealed to her viewers on Saturday that she had been missing for a while because she developed myocarditis and pericarditis allegedly due to a common cold.

"I know from my Twitter feed that many of you have wondered why I have been off the air for a little while. Well, I have been dealing with a little bit of a health scare," Vossoughian told her viewers.

The newscaster said that she first experienced chest pains back in December 2021 and that they "waxed and waned over the period of ten days."

Star

Zachary Levi hit with flood of support for Covid vaccines after anti-Pfizer tweet

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Actor Zachary Levi has been met with a strong reaction online after he tweeted that he agrees pharmaceutical giant Pfizer is "a real danger to the world".

On Sunday (29 January), the 42-year-old Shazam! star responded to entrepreneur Lyndon Wood's tweet about the company, asking: "Do you agree or not, that Pfizer is a real danger to the world?"

Levi responded simply: "Hardcore agree."

Though neither the actor nor Wood made any reference to Pfizer's work producing a Covid-19 vaccine, a lot of fans responded in disagreement and some warned that he was coming across as an "anti-vaxxer".

Comment: Good job Zachary!


Eye 1

Sex, lies and videotapes: Yet another scandal involving Western mercenaries engulfs Ukraine

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FILE PHOTO. Volunteers take part in training during courses with The Mozart Group, in the Donetsk region on September 22, 2022
A lawsuit filed by a former member of the mercenary Mozart Group has raised serious questions about the controversial outfit, including its founder - former US marine Andy Milburn. It's just the latest example of how grift in the Ukraine conflict has led to very serious consequences.

What is 'Mozart Group'?

Founded in mid-March 2022, the organization was designed to make a major impact in the Ukraine conflict, in every way. Its name was attention seeking, a provocative pun on Wagner, the Russian private military company that in recent weeks has been steadily liberating Ukraine-occupied territory in the Donbass. The media-savvy, combat-experienced Milburn was highly effective at inserting himself into the coverage, being widely quoted by Western news outlets.

Comment: See also:


House

Young UK adults worry they won't afford family - survey

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Nearly half (45%) of young adults aged 16 to 25 in the UK fear they will never make enough money to support a family, according to a report from the Prince's Trust charity published Monday. The figure increases to 53% among young people from more modest backgrounds.

Their concern seems to have affected long-term planning, with only 36% of respondents telling the charity their biggest goal was having a family. Much more popular, with 64% of the responses, was achieving financial security. Another 43% picked good mental health as their primary goal.

As for how to achieve that goal, 70% of respondents said having a job that provides financial stability was good for their mental health, and 59% said merely being employed no matter the salary improved their mental state.

The biggest worry for the age group, named by 57% of respondents, was the cost-of-living crisis. Another 34% cited the looming recession - predicted by a growing majority of economic experts worldwide - as their chief concern.