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PM confirms Covid tier 3 restrictions for Greater Manchester as talks fail and Johnson refuses specification on regional support

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Graffiti in Greater Manchester as leaders are told to adopt experimental lockdown strategy.
Greater Manchester will be moved into the highest tier of coronavirus restrictions from midnight on Thursday, Boris Johnson has confirmed as he refused to say whether a £60m offer of support for the region remains on the table following failed negotiations.

Speaking at a Downing Street press conference, the prime minister did not specify how much support the region would get. Andy Burnham, the Greater Manchester mayor, had sought £90m in support for businesses and staff affected by the measures, dropping the request to £65m, but ministers offered £60m and ended the talks without a deal.

Johnson said only that Greater Manchester would receive £22m, but this is believed to be for extra local test-and-trace measures. It is understood that talks will continue over the extra support amid reports No 10 might now reduce the £60m offer.


Comment: Sheffield mayor commented on the new lockdown designation for his city and others:
South Yorkshire becomes the fourth region in England to be plunged into a tier-three lockdown, following Liverpool and Merseyside, Lancashire, and Greater Manchester. The move will see pubs, bars, casinos, and gyms shut along with a ban on socializing indoors and further tough restrictions on household mixing.
Scotland, as well, is extending restrictions:
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed that Scotland's two-week circuit breaking restrictions will be extended by a further seven days as advisers warn against reopening the hospitality sector on Monday.

The hospitality industry has been shut since October 9 and was intended to reopen on October 25. Under the new plans, pubs, bars and restaurants won't be able to reopen until November 2 at the earliest. The restriction against gathering in homes will also be extended by one week.

The first minister claimed there was reason for "cautious optimism". On Tuesday, 1,739 new Covid-19 infections were registered, with an additional 28 deaths - the highest daily number since May. Sturgeon will be publishing a tiered system of restrictions as well, replacing the current arrangement in the populated territory that includes Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Back on the continent, Madrid becomes the focus for Spain's restrictions:
Health Minister Salvador Illa explained that 21 days of "very strict" measures in Madrid have already brought down the number of coronavirus cases in the region, but a curfew is under consideration. Spain's Covid-19 death toll stands at 33,992, while there have been 974,449 confirmed infections in total, according to official government data on Monday. The Community of Madrid's President Isabel Díaz Ayuso has backed curfews across Spain, but said that she did not want another state of alarm. The region has been the worst affected in the country, with 281,388 confirmed Covid-19 cases as of Monday.
Czech Republic receives warning of a health system 'collapse':
The Czech government has ordered most shops to close, in a bid to prevent the country's health system from collapsing in November under the pressure of Covid-19. The new restrictions, in place from 6am on October 22 until November 3, will force all retail outlets to shut, apart from essential services such as supermarkets and pharmacies. Group sizes outdoors will also be limited to two people, with the exception of households or colleagues.

This fresh wave of measures comes as the Czech Republic is now suffering Europe's fastest-growing Covid-19 infection rate. On Tuesday the Ministry of Health reported a record 11,984 new cases of the virus, the country's highest daily total since the pandemic began. It was only on October 9 that more than 8,000 cases were registered in a single day for the first time.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis apologized for the effect of the measures on people's lives, but issued a stark warning that the health system was nearing breaking point. Measures would not be relaxed until the 'R' (reproduction) value decreases to 0.8, and said that a review of an extension to the country's state of emergency - currently in force until November 3 - would be held by October 30.
And for the good news: Poland is facing a restriction upgrade but no lockdown - according to its prime minister:
Poland registered a record in new confirmed COVID-19 infections. Mateusz Morawiecki said he would like the current "red zones" to be extended nationwide, starting Saturday. The capital, Warsaw, and other major cities are already designated "red zones," as are some 150 of Poland's 400 counties.

Morawiecki said earlier in the day that his government would pursue a "middle of the road" strategy of defending people's health and lives while also protecting the economy and jobs, but avoiding a full lockdown.

"Our strategy is to structure social and economic life in a way that will allow us to continue to learn, work and live without locking down the economy, but at the same time to break the transmission belt of infection."

With the return to schools and universities being linked with the recent sharp spike in infections, the government wants all primary schools to switch to remote learning, and plans to adopt a mixed system for older students.

Fourteen among Poland's more than 130 Roman Catholic bishops have been reported as infected.
There is overwhelming evidence that the coronavirus restrictions are increasing the rates of infection, versus containment and abatement. Protocols of 'rinse and repeat' guarantee brainwashed officials are unable to assimilate and utilize new information.


Bizarro Earth

Two women arrested for racially aggravated knife attack near Paris' Eiffel Tower

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FILE PHOTO: Three police officers pass in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.
Two Muslim women were seriously injured in an apparent racially motivated attack near the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The two female suspects arrested over the incident have been charged with attempted murder.

The victims, identified as French women with an Algerian background, were walking in a group of five adults and four children when they were approached by two dogs off their leashes. When they asked the owners to restrain the animals, they were attacked in a vicious assault.

The women were stabbed repeatedly by two other women of "European appearance," who reportedly shouted "dirty Arabs" and "Go home to your own country" during the attack.

One victim was stabbed six times, suffering a punctured lung and injuries to her hands which required surgical intervention.

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Eye 2

Four babies die after Melbourne's lockdown leads to them being denied urgent medical care

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A newborn baby in hospital. Adelaide is Australia's only mainland capital where paediatric cardiac surgery is not performed, state MPs have heard.
A lack of cardiac surgery facilities may have contributed to the deaths of four babies at Adelaide's Women's and Children's hospital over the past month, a South Australian parliamentary committee has been told, prompting calls for an inquiry.

The obstetrician John Svigos told the committee on Tuesday that Adelaide was the only mainland capital where paediatric cardiac surgery was not available, which meant critically ill infants and children had to be transferred interstate.

He was aware of three deaths in the past four weeks, he said, while the Salaried Medical Officers Association industrial officer Bernadette Mulholland said there had been another death last week.

Comment: RT provides reports that Victoria's premier, Daniel Andrews, is attempting to deflect the blame:
Victoria's Premier Daniel Andrews has denied claims that his Covid-19 restrictions played a role in the tragic deaths of four newborns who failed to receive urgent medical care, contradicting testimony from a government inquiry.

Four babies died in Adelaide, South Australia in the past four weeks after they could not be airlifted to Melbourne's Royal Children's hospital, purportedly due to the draconian measures imposed on the city by Andrews. The four newborns needed emergency heart surgery that they apparently couldn't receive treatment for locally.

The South Australian parliament's public health services committee held an inquiry on Tuesday to determine why the babies didn't receive the care they needed. A professor who testified at the hearing said that due to Melbourne's coronavirus restrictions, transporting patients to the hospital was "no longer tenable." One of the four deaths was reported to the committee shortly after the inquest.

The Australian newspaper reported the families of the infants were told that their children were not permitted to enter Victoria for the operations under the state's strict stage-four lockdown rules.

During a press conference on Wednesday, Andrews deflected blame for the newborns' deaths. He said that his government's health authorities told him that they did not prevent the children from being transported to Melbourne.

"I don't think it is a matter of restrictions," he said, claiming "there was a choice not at our end, but the other end for them not to be sent."

Adelaide's Women's and Children's Hospital said in a statement that its pediatric cardiac surgery services are currently under review, and promised that "South Australian children will always have access to the health services they need."

The deaths of the four newborns have sparked outrage across Australia. In an on-air screed, Sky News Australia host Paul Murray lashed out at the "failures of South Australian government" and the "incompetence of the Victorian government," and said it was "outrageous" that a developed country such as Australia was incapable of saving the children's lives.


Melbourne has endured one of the world's longest lockdowns, with residents prohibited from traveling more than 25km (15.5 miles) to carry out essential activities such as grocery shopping. Stay-at-home orders in place until November 2 place tight limitations on permitted reasons to go out.

Earlier this month, 500 doctors in Australia penned a letter urging the Victorian government to reconsider the stringent measures, describing them as "disproportionate and unscientific."

With a population of 6.3 million people, Victoria registered three new positive coronavirus tests in the past twenty-four hours, with the total number of cases standing at 20,323. No new deaths were reported.
The evidence coming in from countries all over the world is that lockdowns are killing a great many more people than even the exaggerated government figures claim died from Covid-19: And check out SOTT radio's:


Eye 2

Ghislaine Maxwell's deposition about sordid child sex business with Jeffrey Epstein 'unsealed'


Comment: ...and the names of every 'elite' scumbag in it have been redacted. Hence 'unsealed' is in quotes...


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Ghislaine Maxwell
A deposition detailing the seamy relationship between Ghislaine Maxwell and the late pedophile Jeffrey Epstein was released Thursday just before a court-imposed deadline, after months of wrangling by her defense lawyers to keep the sordid documents from the public eye.

The newly unsealed transcript is from Maxwell's seven-hour civil suit deposition in April 2016 and includes hundreds of denials from the British socialite, who said she knew nothing of Epstein's alleged abuse of underage girls.

It also includes pointed questions from Giuffre's lawyer about her sex life, as well as her ties to former President Bill Clinton, who was pals with Epstein.

Comment: RT adds:
Maxwell refused to say whether she participated in any of Epstein's massage sessions, and kept quiet as prosecutors grilled her on the deceased pedophile's sexual interests. "I cannot tell you what Jeffrey's story is," she said when asked whether "Jeffrey Epstein had a sexual preference for minors."

Throughout the mammoth 450-page interview, Maxwell remained guarded and evasive. Asked whether she was ever aware of any underage girls visiting Epstein's Palm Beach home, she said that "the house is actually quite large," so she would have been unaware of every visitor who came to see Jeffrey.
Followers of the story are rabidly combing through the files, among them anonymous legal expert TechnoFog. Some excerpts:






Better Earth

World Doctors Alliance: Open Letter to UK Government, World Governments and Citizens of the World

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We are an independent non-profit alliance of doctors, nurses, healthcare professionals and staff around the world who have united in the wake of the Covid-19 response chapter to share experiences with a view to ending all lockdowns and related damaging measures and to re-establish universal health determinance of psychological and physical wellbeing for all humanity.

Introduction

We were told initially that the premise for lockdown was to 'flatten the curve' and therefore protect the NHS from being overwhelmed.

It is clear that at no point was the National Health Service (NHS) in any danger of being overwhelmed, and since May 2020 covid wards have been largely empty; and crucially the death toll from covid has remained extremely low.

We now have hundreds of thousands of so-called 'cases', 'infections' and 'positive tests' but hardly any sick people. Recall that four fifths (80%) of 'infections' are asymptomatic1 Covid wards have been by and large empty throughout June, July, August and September 2020. Most importantly covid deaths are at an all-time low. It is clear that these 'cases' are in fact not 'cases' but rather they are normal healthy people.

Comment: You may sign the letter here.


Brick Wall

Californians could be FORCED to work remotely as governments everywhere capitalize on COVID

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"Never let a good crisis go to waste." Those were the words of Saul Alinsky, author of Rules for Radicals, a book in which he describes Lucifer as the "very first radical."

Later, Rahm Emmanuel, Obama's Chief of Staff who wanted to mandate national civilian service and who donated his time during the Gulf War to repair damaged Israeli tanks as well as oversaw a cesspit torture state as mayor of Chicago, would paraphrase Alinsky when, during the 2008 financial crash, he stated, " "You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. I mean, it's an opportunity to do things that you think you could not do before."

Fast forward to 2020, COVID-19 is now the "crisis" that shouldn't be wasted

Comment: Color us unsurprised. Many have been saying from the get-go with the lockdowns that they will be used to usher Green New Deal-style austerity, because global warming. The planet is so much safer with all the humans locked in cages...

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Cross

Televangelist Pat Robertson says God told him Trump will win, then an asteroid will hit Earth

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Televangelist Pat Robertson said on Tuesday that God told him President Trump will win, and more than five years later an asteroid will hit Earth and "maybe" bring "the end."

"First of all, I want to say without question, Trump is going to win the election,'' Robertson, the founder of the Christian Broadcasting Network told "The 700 Club."

"That doesn't mean you sit home and don't vote," he added. "That means you get out and do everything you can to work, but he's going to win. That's, I think, a given."

Comment:

Despite his poor track record, Robertson may be right on both counts, this time around!

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People 2

UK: Teaching white privilege as uncontested fact is illegal, minister says

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Kemi Badenoch, the women and equalities minister, addressing the House of Commons in July.
Kemi Badenoch tells Commons debate on Black History Month that schools must offer opposing views.

Schools which teach pupils that "white privilege" is an uncontested fact are breaking the law, the women and equalities minister has said.

Addressing MPs during a Commons debate on Black History Month, Kemi Badenoch said the government does not want children being taught about "white privilege and their inherited racial guilt".

"Any school which teaches these elements of political race theory as fact, or which promotes partisan political views such as defunding the police without offering a balanced treatment of opposing views, is breaking the law," she said.

Comment: Boom! Go Kemi go! It's nice that someone is telling it like it is and fighting against this dangerous ideology.

More background from the Independent:
While critical race theory exists as a broad school of thought that originated from left wing legal activism, central tenets of the philosophy include accepting the existence of systemic racism, as well as the prevalence of white supremacy and privilege over other racial groups.

It comes after the government was criticised for banning the use of teaching material that calls for the end of capitalism — describing it as an "extreme political stance".

In October, the Department for Education's guidance for PSHE programmes was updated to state that "schools should not use resources produced by organisations that take extreme political stances on matters. Examples of extreme political stances include ... a publicly stated desire to abolish or overthrow democracy, capitalism, opposition to the right or freedoms of speech ... or organisations that promote victim narratives that are harmful to British society".
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NPC

'Being a Trump supporter is being a bad person,' Google manager tells Project Veritas in new revelations of bias in tech giant

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Social pressure from Google employees makes it impossible for anyone who supports US President Donald Trump to work there for long, a manager told the conservative undercover journalists from Project Veritas.

"If I say that tomorrow, that I'm a Trump supporter, I'd probably lose my job," the man identified as Ashwin Agrawal, head of global competitive analysis at Google Cloud, says in the video Veritas released on Wednesday.


"I think it wouldn't be direct, but indirectly it would become very, very hard for me to stay there," Agrawal added, "because you know, it's the peer pressure, it's the social pressure."

"And then, uh, you know, being a Trump supporter is being a bad person."

The admission came after Agrawal told of how YouTube and Google algorithms help them serve a constant barrage of Joe Biden ads to Democrats, precisely tailored thanks to personalized profiles they have put together. A Democrat is never given a chance to change their mind, Agrawal said. He did not say whether Republicans were being reinforced the same way, or shown Democrat ads themselves.

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Attention

CDC reports 300K more deaths than expected this year, likely due to COVID-19

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Nearly 300,000 more people have died so far this year than would be expected in a normal year, likely due to COVID-19 or the pandemic's indirect impacts, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Deaths of people in the 25-44 age group was 25.6 percent higher than expected when compared to similar time periods in previous years, the highest increase for any age group, according to a report published Tuesday. Along racial and ethnic lines, Hispanic or Latino people saw the highest percentage increase in numbers of deaths compared with previous years at 54 percent.

The count of "excess deaths" — deaths that exceed the numbers from previous years — has been used throughout the pandemic to try to determine how many people have died from COVID-19.

The CDC report found that between late January to Oct. 3, the U.S. had 299,000 more deaths than the typical number during the same time period in previous years.

Only two-thirds of these deaths were directly attributed to COVID-19, potentially because people who died were not tested, or death information was incomplete or inaccurate on death certificates, the report states. Other people might have died because they avoided seeking care for other illnesses during the pandemic.


Comment: That leaves 1/3 of the deaths indirectly caused by it, i.e. lockdown measures. Also remember that almost all hospitals were instructed to count a death as 'covid' even when it wasn't. So the two-thirds cited is likely to be inflated.