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Almost half of young people in Britain are too frightened to dispute the idea of white privilege

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Some 18 to 20 year old said they worried about being expelled if they disagree with 'white privilege' and similar concepts.
Nearly half of Britain's young people are too frightened of being ostracised to challenge beliefs in 'white privilege', a poll shows.

It reveals that 59 per cent of school leavers have been taught 'critical race theory' - the premise by American academics that racism shapes Western life and white people enjoy advantages because of their colour.

But 40 per cent of the 18-20-year-olds taught about 'white privilege' and similar concepts said they were afraid of being outed for their beliefs if they disagreed.

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Alarm Clock

Ukrainian forces hit Zaporozhye plant 12 times, nuclear cooling & waste storage amongst areas hit

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FILE PHOTO: A view shows Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Plant from the town of Nikopol, amid Russia's attack on Ukraine, in Dnipropetrovsk region, Ukraine November 7, 2022.
The Ukrainian armed forces have carried out 12 strikes against the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant (NPP) on Saturday, for the first time since September, Renat Karchaa, an advisor to the director general of Russia's Rosenergoatom company, said in a televised interview with Rossiya-24 news channel.

"Twelve strikes hit the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant from 5.15 p.m. to 5.41 p.m. We mean the perimeter of the plant, but not the industrial zone or any other areas adjacent to the plant," Karchaa said.

Karchaa pointed out that the splash pool, which is part of the NPP cooling system, was hit six times, two more impacts were recorded in the dry cask storage of spent nuclear fuel and three more strikes were documented near Checkpoint 2.

Comment: Footage of the aftermath attack from an RT article:

Reuters reports with commentary from the UN and IAEA who claim they don't know who's responsible:
U.N. warns: 'You're playing with fire!'


"The news from our team yesterday and this morning is extremely disturbing," said IAEA head Rafael Grossi. "Explosions occurred at the site of this major nuclear power plant, which is completely unacceptable. Whoever is behind this, it must stop immediately. As I have said many times before, you're playing with fire!"

Citing information provided by plant management, the IAEA team on the ground said there had been damage to some buildings, systems and equipment at the site, but none of them critical for nuclear safety and security so far.

The Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant provided about a fifth of Ukraine's electricity before Russia's Feb. 24 invasion, and has been forced to operate on back-up generators a number of times. It has six Soviet-designed VVER-1000 V-320 water-cooled and water-moderated reactors containing Uranium 235.

The reactors are shut down but there is a risk that nuclear fuel could overheat if the power that drives the cooling systems was cut.

And, as we read in the article from TASS, the splash pool was targeted (or at the very least it was nearly hit).

Shelling has repeatedly cut power lines.


Russia's defence ministry said Ukraine fired shells at power lines supplying the plant, while TASS reported some of the site's storage facilities had been hit by Ukrainian shelling, quoting an official from Russian nuclear power operator Rosenergoatom.

"They shelled not only yesterday, but also today, they are shelling right now," said Renat Karchaa, an adviser to Rosenergoatom's CEO, adding that any artillery attack at the site posed a threat to nuclear safety.

Karchaa said the shells had been fired near a dry nuclear waste storage facility and a building that houses fresh spent nuclear fuel, but that no radioactive emissions had currently been detected, according to TASS.

It said that Russia had targeted the infrastructure necessary to restart parts of the plant in an attempt to further limit Ukraine's power supply.
Ukraine is already suffering blackouts, Russia doesn't need to risk the safety of itself and Europe by shelling the plant to achieve that. Kiev, on the other hand, is extremely desperate.

RT reports:
"It is impossible to assess the consequences of the shelling because there is a danger of new attacks,"

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), whose team is monitoring the situation on the ground, said that "more than a dozen blasts were heard within a short period of time" on Sunday. It added that experts could see some of the explosions from their windows.
RT reports that Russia destroyed an aircraft engine facility, and munitions depot:
The Russian military has targeted the Motor Sich plant in the city of Zaporozhye, the Defense Ministry said in a statement on Sunday.

"A high-precision strike by the Russian Aerospace Forces in the city of Zaporozhye has destroyed a line assembling engines for aircraft of the Ukrainian Air Force," the Russian military said.

While the statement did not elaborate on when exactly the strike took place, the attack on the facility apparently occurred early Saturday. According to Vladimir Rogov, a senior Zaporozhye Region official, the strikes targeted an ammunition depot in the city, as well as a manufacturing line that produces aircraft engines, including those used in Turkish Bayraktar attack drones.

The official also shared unverified footage on his Telegram channel taken amid the strikes, with the videos purporting to show multiple blasts and a massive fire at the site.

Zaporozhye Region, as well as three other former Ukrainian territories, officially became part of Russia in early October following referendums that saw the majority of residents vote in favor of accession. Kiev and its Western backers have rejected the referendums, dismissing them as "sham" elections and the city of Zaporozhye itself, remains under Ukrainian control.

The Motor Sich plant was recently taken over by Kiev under wartime authority. The move prompted an international scandal, with Beijing Skyrizon Aviation Industry Investment, a Chinese company engaged in a legal battle over plant's majority stake, accusing Ukraine of "shameless" actions and "plunder" of assets belonging to foreign investors.

Pumpkin 2

"Journalists" melting down as Twitter survives mass wokester walkouts and Musk brings back the Babylon Bee

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Elon Musk
"And ... we just hit another all-time high in Twitter usage lol," Musk tweeted late Thursday.

As predicted, Elon Musk officially taking over Twitter last month has brought forth a neverending stream of inject into my veins-style moves by the billionaire investor, including his (now-delayed) rollout of the $8/month verified blue check subscription plan, mandating employees actually show up for work, canning tantrum-throwing longtimers who openly declared mutiny, and the email ultimatum he issued earlier this week to be prepared for "working long hours at high intensity" because of his desire to make the company "extremely hardcore."

Comment: Less than 24hours after Musk's announcement re Trump's account:
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© Donald Trump/Twitter
It was noted that Trump, after starting at zero, regained more followers than Biden got votes . . . . . . .

Magic Wand

Elon Musk reinstates former President Donald Trump's Twitter account

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Twitter's new owner, Elon Musk, on Saturday announced that he was reinstating former President Donald Trump to the social media platform, nearly two years after the company suspended him, citing his role in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

The platform's CEO announced the decision Saturday evening after allowing his Twitter followers and others to vote on whether to reinstate the former president, with nearly 52% of those weighing in favoring Trump's return. The twitter poll logged more than 15 million votes.

"The people have spoken," Musk tweeted Saturday evening. "Trump will be reinstated."

Comment: See also: Twitter Hysteria: German public TV channel compares Elon Musk to nazi Goebbels


Fire at warehouse in central Moscow kills 2

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© Sputnik / Evgeny Odinokov
A fire that broke out in the center of Russia's Moscow near Komsomolskaya Square has killed two people, the emergency services told Sputnik."Two people died in the fire in a depot near Komsomolskaya Square," the emergencies said.

The incident occurred in the building close to the Leningradsky railway terminal. Rescue teams immediately arrived at the scene. According to the ministry of emergency situations (EMERCOM), 80 people and 20 pieces of fire equipment were involved in extinguishing the fire, with a helicopter on standby.

At the same time, firefighters managed to evacuate seven people from the site and installed a lifting mechanism to access the burning building.

Comment: TASS reports:
A fire at a flower warehouse in central Moscow has been localized on an area of 2,500 square meters, a spokesman for the local emergencies services told TASS on Sunday.

"The fire has been localized on an area of 2,500 square meters," the spokesman said.

According to the Russian emergencies ministry's Moscow city department, the fire was localized at 18:20 Moscow time. "No casualties were reported. The firefighting effort involved 42 vehicles and 121 firefighters, as well as a fire train," it said.

It also said that no hazardous substances have been found in the air samples taken from the fire site.

The fire at the flower warehouse on Komsomolskaya Square was reported at 15:13 Moscow time. Seven people were evacuated from the building. The flame partially destroyed floor structures between the building's first and second floors on an area of 500 square meters.

It was not the first fire in this building Thus, on November 14, 2018, a fire consumed an area of 700 square meters. No one was hurt.
This comes on the heels of a suspicious gas pipe explosion yesterday near St. Petersburg: Huge explosion at gas pipeline near St. Petersburg, Russia

Brick Wall

Massive 'CitizenFreePress' news site tweet blocked on Musk's Twitter for sharing video of Obama admitting election machine interference

© Photo Illustration/Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Elon Musk and Twitter
The heavily-trafficked news aggregation site CitizenFreePress.com has been suspended from Twitter for sharing a clip of former President Barack Obama, campaigning in Pennsylvania in 2008, discussing potential problems with American voting machines and demanding paper trails for ballots.

CitizenFressPress.com (CFP) was not the only account to have shared the clip, though appears to be the only one that has received a suspension for doing so. Though the video can still be viewed on Elon Musk's platform, it now carries a warning label which claims the video is "misleading," as well as noting that the clip can no longer be replied to, shared, or liked.

The video is still shareable from other accounts, and still available on CSPAN. But someone at Twitter appears to be trying to nuke it, at least from CFP's account:


US home sales crashing at fastest pace 'since Lehman' collapse of 2008

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© Bloomberg
The first glimpse of October's housing market (after September's slump) is not a pretty one as US existing home sales in October collapsed 5.9% MoM (slightly better than the 6.6% expected). That is the 9th straight monthly decline in sales.

This monthly decline pushed the year-over-year drop in existing home sales to -28.4% - its worst level since 2008!

Absent the nadir of the COVID lockdowns, this is the lowest existing home sales SAAR since Dec 2011...

Comment: Inflation may have 'cooled', thanks to the intervention of the Fed, but for how long?

Bizarro Earth

US TV host and Covid vaccine advocate Al Roker hospitalized for blood clots in lungs and leg

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© Greg Allen/Invision/AP, File
Roker said he's recovering after being hospitalized the week before for blood clots.
Al Roker is recovering after he was hospitalized last week for blood clots, the NBC "Today" show weather anchor said Friday.

"So many of you have been thoughtfully asking where I've been. Last week I was admitted to the hospital with a blood clot in my leg which sent some clots into my lungs," Roker, 68, announced on Instagram.

"After some medical whack-a-mole, I am so fortunate to be getting terrific medical care and on the way to recovery," he wrote. "Thanks for all the well wishes and prayers and hope to see you soon. Have a great weekend, everyone."


Bizarro Earth

5 dead, 18 injured, in shooting at gay nightclub in Colorado Springs, 22-year-old suspect arrested

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At least 18 people were injured after shots were fired inside Club Q (pictured last night) in Colorado Springs just before midnight, a police spokesperson has confirmed
At least five people were killed and another 18 were injured in a shooting late Saturday at an LGBTQ nightclub in Colorado Springs.

The suspected shooter, 22-year-old Anderson Lee Aldrich, is in custody, the chief of the Colorado Spring Police Department, Adrian Vasquez, said at a news conference Sunday morning. Aldrich immediately began shooting when he entered the club about 11.55pm Saturday, and at least two patrons quickly confronted him and subdued him, Vazquez said. "We owe them a great debt of thanks," he said.

The motive for the attack was not immediately clear. Whether or not it was a hate crime is part of the investigation into the attack, Vasquez said.

Joe Biden issued a statement on Sunday in which the president said "we must drive out the inequities that contribute to violence against" the LGBTQ community.

Comment: Other mass shootings in the US in the last 6 months:

Eye 1

France's police attack Yellow Vest protesters at huge rally marking 4th year of anti-govt movement

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Another protester, Charlotte, said inequalities are increasing in France at an unprecedented rate.
Yellow vest protesters have clashed with riot police in Paris, as the French anti-government movement marked its fourth anniversary, protesting host of issues, including high cost of living.

Demonstrators gathered in Place de la Bourse on Saturday and marched towards Place Anne-Marie Carriere, as "yellow vest" protests against the government of President Emmanuel Macron took place across the country.

Over the past three months, French major trade unions have staged several mass demonstrations in Paris and hundreds of other locations across France to call for higher salaries amid soaring cost of living.

Comment: Some more footage from the protests:

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The yellow vest movement, which started in France on Nov.17, 2018, in response to fuel price hikes and deteriorating economic conditions, continues with protests against President Emmanuel Macron's socioeconomic policies.
yellow vest 2022 anniversary

Twitter translation: Ongoing tensions in the procession of yellow vests in Paris. Several law enforcement charges.
Twitter translation: Free toll operation of the yellow vests of the Bandol roundabout in the Var for the fourth anniversary of the movement ( @Whoishogo for @MediaVecu ) #GiletsJaunes