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

Cork City Mortuary
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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:


Stock Down

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."

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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.

Dollars

Russian governor puts bounty on Western tanks

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FILE PHOTO: A Leopard 2 tank is pictured during a demonstration event held for the media by the German Bundeswehr near Hannover, Germany, September 28, 2011
The governor of Zabaikalsky Region in eastern Russia has offered soldiers from the province a chance to earn bounties on NATO tanks that are captured or destroyed in Ukraine. The governor's announcement came as a private company offered a similar reward for captured Western-made armor.

In an order signed on Friday, Governor Alexander Osipov declared that any local soldier who managed to seize a Leopard tank "in working condition" could earn 3 million rubles ($42,909). A bounty of one million rubles ($14,303) will be paid to anyone who destroys one of these German tanks, while those assisting with a successful capture will be paid $7,150 and those assisting in the destruction of a Leopard will earn $2,240.

A sum of 1.5 million rubles ($21,450) will be paid for the successful capture of an American M1 Abrams tank, with destruction paying 500,000 rubles ($7,150). As with the Leopards, smaller bounties are offered to assisting soldiers.

Osipov's order ended with a warning that soldiers seeking out tanks to destroy or capture should first and foremost work to "preserve their life and health."

Comment: And the bounties just keep coming! See also: Russian troops offered rewards for destroying NATO tanks


Eye 1

It's time for the scientific community to admit we were wrong about COVID and it cost lives

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As a medical student and researcher, I staunchly supported the efforts of the public health authorities when it came to COVID-19. I believed that the authorities responded to the largest public health crisis of our lives with compassion, diligence, and scientific expertise. I was with them when they called for lockdowns, vaccines, and boosters.

I was wrong. We in the scientific community were wrong. And it cost lives.

I can see now that the scientific community from the CDC to the WHO to the FDA and their representatives, repeatedly overstated the evidence and misled the public about its own views and policies, including on naturalvs. artificial immunity, school closuresand disease transmission, aerosol spread, mask mandates, and vaccine effectiveness andsafety, especially among the young. All of these were scientific mistakes at the time, not in hindsight. Amazingly, some of these obfuscations continue to the present day.

But perhaps more important than any individual error was how inherently flawed the overall approach of the scientific community was, and continues to be. It was flawed in a way that undermined its efficacy and resulted in thousands if not millions of preventable deaths.

What we did not properly appreciate is that preferences determine how scientific expertise is used, and that our preferences might be — indeed, our preferences were — very different from many of the people that we serve. We created policy based on our preferences, then justified it using data. And then we portrayed those opposing our efforts as misguided, ignorant, selfish, and evil.