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Georgia governor declares state of emergency over Atlanta protests, mobilizes 1,000 National Guard troops

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Governor of Georgia Brian Kemp • Protest in Atlanta
Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp declared a state of emergency on Jan. 26, allowing up to 1,000 Georgia National Guard troops to be bought in to help deal with violent protests that have broken out in recent weeks, with further demonstrations anticipated over the weekend.

The declaration is effective immediately and will expire on Feb. 9, unless extended by the governor.

Specifically, the state of emergency is being activated owing to "unlawful assemblage, violence, overt threats of violence, disruption of the peace and tranquility of this state, and danger existing to persons and property," according to the declaration, under which all resources of the state of Georgia will be made available to assist in the ongoing response to the state of emergency.

Comment: See also:

Antifa riots in Atlanta: Police arrest 6 in night of chaos after violent protesters lit cop car ablaze, smashed windows


Take 2

Germany apologizes after African Union accuses it of insult

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Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Germany's attempt to mock the trip of Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov to Africa has backfired after the African Union chided Berlin over the use of a stereotypical emoji. The criticism prompted Berlin to issue a hasty apology.

On Tuesday, the German Foreign Office tweeted that Lavrov had embarked on a tour of Africa "not to see leopards, but to bluntly claim that Ukraine's partners 'want to destroy everything Russian'." The word 'leopards' was depicted in the form of an emoji.

Local officials, including Ebba Kalondo, spokeswoman for African Union Commission Chairman Moussa Faki, were unimpressed by the pun.

Attention

Urgent public health warning issued over lost radioactive capsule in Western Australia

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Lost capsule alert to the public
A missing radioactive capsule lost somewhere between Perth and a Pilbara mine site over an area of 1,400 kilometres has sparked an urgent health warning.

In an emergency press conference on Friday afternoon, WA's chief health officer urged people to stay away from the capsule if they see it because of its radioactive properties.

The capsule is tiny - 6mm diameter by 8mm high.

The radioactive gauges are commonly used in mining. It went missing from a truck sometime after January 10.

WA radioactive substance risk alert

The radioactive capsule could be anywhere along the more than 1,400 km journey between Malaga, in Perth and Newman in WA's remote north.
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Lost capsule route Western Australia

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Pfizer consultant assaults James O'Keefe, Project Veritas journalists after being confronted over comments on 'mutating' COVID-19 virus

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Pfizer scientist Jordan Walker reacts as he is confronted by a Project Veritas film team
Walker eventually attempted to snatch the iPad out of O'Keefe's hands, and following a brief struggle, he smashed it on the ground.

On Thursday, Project Veritas released shocking footage of a high-level Pfizer employee becoming irate at James O'Keefe and other journalists after he was confronted over his comments regarding the company "mutating" the Covid-19 virus.

Jordan Trishton Walker, who serves as director of Worldwide R&D Strategic Operations and mRNA Scientific Planning at the pharmaceutical giant, also attempted to destroy an iPad containing undercover recordings of him made by Project Veritas, and eventually called the cops.

After secretly recording Walker on what he thought was a date, O'Keefe walked up to his table and revealed that it had been a sting operation.

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Mozart Group trains Ukrainians to 'kill Russians' - founder

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Ukrainian soldiers train with the Mozart Group near Donetsk, Russia, September 22, 2022
Despite its professed humanitarian mission in Ukraine, the Mozart Group is a private military company training Ukrainian soldiers to kill Russians, its founder and CEO told RT's Afshin Rattansi on Saturday's episode of 'Going Underground.'

Founded by US citizens Andrew Milburn and Andrew Bain last March, the Mozart Group has been described as the Western answer to the Wagner Group - the Russian private military company currently fighting the Kiev forces for control of the key Donbass city of Artyomovsk (known as Bakhmut in Ukraine).

Speaking to Rattansi, Milburn was keen to dispel any comparison between Mozart and Wagner. He told the RT host that his group's mission is "purely humanitarian," and that Mozart's members primarily work to supply and evacuate civilians living near the front lines.


Comment: Ukraine's very own White Helmets!


However, the group's other mission is the training of Ukrainian soldiers, which often takes place "very close to the front line," Milburn, a former US Marine Corps commander, said.

"Sadly in this war - in any war actually - the more of the adversary you take off the playing field, or kill, the less the danger is to your own guys," he said. "Why do we train guys? It isn't simply to defend themselves, it's to kill the enemy."

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Some thoughts on Project Veritas' Pfizer scoop

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Last week, Project Veritas released secretly recorded video of a Pfizer employee named Jordon Trishton Walker. As in other cases, Project Veritas appears to have approached Walker with a potential romantic partner (likely a sex worker paid by Project Veritas), who gradually gained his trust over a period of days. On his third date at a New York City restaurant, Walker made the following four statements about virus research at Pfizer, at different moments in the conversation:
One of the things we're exploring is like, why don't we just mutate it ourselves so we could create - preemptively develop new vaccines, right? So, we have to do that. If we're onna do that though, there's a risk of like, as you could imagine - no one wants to be having a pharma company mutating fucking viruses.

Don't tell anyone. Promise you won't tell anyone. The way it would work is that we put the virus in monkeys, and we successively cause them to keep infecting each other, and we collect serial samples from them.

You have to be very controlled to make sure that this virus that you mutate doesn't create something that just goes everywhere. Which, I suspect, is the way that the virus started in Wuhan, to be honest. It makes no sense that this virus popped out of nowhere. It's bullshit.

From what I've heard is they are optimising it, but they're going slow because everyone is very cautious - obviously they don't want to accelerate it too much. I think they are also just trying to do it as an exploratory thing because you obviously don't want to advertise that you are figuring out future mutations.

Comment: A fairly balanced assessment, aside from the crack about PV possibly using a sex worker to obtain the footage. Veritas is fueled by whistleblowers who frequently are also the volunteers who go undercover to make the recordings. eugyppius is taking a cheap shot at those folks who see wrongdoing and are willing to do something about it.


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Zookeeper mauled to death by brown bear in Uzbekistan

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The brown bear pounces on the man and attacks him before dragging his limp body across the enclosure, the footage shows.
Distressing footage captures the moment a zookeeper was mauled to death by a brown bear in Uzbekistan — after he forgot to close a security gate.

The employee, identified only by the initials A.G., entered the enclosure at a zoo in Andijan earlier this month to feed the bear, when he neglected to secure a gate separating him and the beast.

Hair-raising video taken from a nearby security camera shows the worker turning around and spotting the dangerous animal coming up behind him.

The zookeeper then quickly tries to scurry out the exit, but the bear pounces on him, the footage shows.

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Russia didn't blow up gas pipeline - Nord Stream boss

Managing Director of Nord Steam 2 AG Matthias Warnig
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Managing Director of Nord Steam 2 AG Matthias Warnig speaks to journalists in Schwerin, Germany, on August 11, 2020.
Moscow was not behind the undersea "sabotage" in September 2022, Matthias Warnig believes.

Russia is unlikely to be behind an attack last September on the Nord Stream gas pipelines, according to Matthias Warnig, the head of Nord Stream AG and Nord Stream 2 AG - two Swiss-based companies operating the undersea Russian gas pipelines. Warnig, who is said to have long-standing personal ties with Russian President Vladimir Putin, spoke to German newspaper Die Zeit recently.

"The Russians? No," he responded, when asked about Moscow's potential complicity in the incident that left both Nord Stream 1 strings and one Nord Stream 2 string severely damaged. Die Zeit published a lengthy profile interview on Wednesday, detailing Warnig's relations with Putin and his work for companies affiliated with Russia.

Comment: See also:


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UK's Ukrainian refugees complain about 'skin colour' of local ethnic minorities - Channel 4 News reports

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Channel 4 News published this video item, entitled "How Ukrainian refugees are handling cultural integration in ethnically diverse areas of the UK" - below is their description.

Just over a hundred thousand Ukrainians have sought refuge in the UK - the vast majority of them women and children.

But not all of them have found it easy to settle into a country where the ethnic diversity and cultural values are very different from what they've been used to back home.


Comment: That's rather disingenuous, because whilst back home may be mostly white people, that doesn't automatically mean Ukrainians are prejudice against those of other skin colours, which clearly is the complaint being lodged against these refugees.


Channel 4 News YouTube Channel

Comment: It seems the reality of Ukraine's extreme nationalism, and Nazism - that the West has been fostering - is coming into direct conflict with the woke ideology the West has been fomenting at home.

As can be seen below, even members of the general public are unable to explain away how refugees, fleeing war, are capable of remaining steadfast in their prejudices: 'All the real skinheads went to Ukraine': An American Neo-Nazi outlines the crimes of his Ukrainian 'colleagues'






Briefcase

Red states slap Biden administration with lawsuit over climate friendly retirement fund rules

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Utah AG Sean Reyes
Republican-led states filed a federal lawsuit Thursday against the Department of Labor over a rule set to take effect Monday that would allow retirement fund managers to consider climate change and other factors under environmental, social and governance investing principles, or ESG.

The attorneys general from 25 states argued that the ESG rules soon to be enacted would violate federal law, saying fiduciaries could jeopardize Americans' retirement funds and not focus solely on maximizing returns.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, the Republican who led the lawsuit, said in a statement:
"The Biden administration is promoting its climate change agenda by putting everyday people's retirement money at risk. Permitting asset managers to direct hard-working Americans' money to ESG investments puts trillions of dollars of retirement savings at risk in exchange for someone else's political agenda."
The action is part of a broader, multi-billion-dollar war being waged against ESG investing across the country, a campaign by GOP state officials who have collectively divested billions in state pension funds from large financial institutions in the name of combating "woke" capitalism.

Comment: The Department of Labor is not an investment manager. Neither is Biden.