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UK: Laurence Fox arrested over remarks on Ulez cameras as GB News sacks him

Damaged inflicted on Ulez enforcement cameras across London

Damaged inflicted on Ulez enforcement cameras across London
Police have arrested the rightwing commentator Laurence Fox at his home after comments appearing to encouraging people to vandalise Ulez cameras.

On Wednesday morning Fox's Reclaim party posted a video on X, formerly known as Twitter, which showed him sitting on the sofa in his living room, as several people dressed in police uniforms and wearing protective plastic gloves milled around him.

In the video Fox says: "Look how many coppers there are in my house, look at them coming to steal everything, take everything out of my house. That, ladies and gentlemen, is the country that we live in." He then gives the camera a thumbs up.

Comment: Firebrand Neil Oliver weighs in:

People power!

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Reporter detained over French intelligence scandal in Egypt released from police custody

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Protesters hold placards reading 'information behind bars' and 'journalist in jail here' as they demonstrate in front of the police headquarters in Marseille.
Ariane Lavrilleux helped uncover grim details of an apparent intelligence breach involving France and Egypt.

A journalist who was detained after revealing a connection between French state intelligence and air strikes in Egypt has been released from police custody amid a furore over her treatment - a rare coercive measure that has sparked outrage in France.

Ariane Lavrilleux was released Wednesday evening after 48 hours' detention. The authorities say they are investigating her articles on a possible Egyptian hijacking of a French intelligence operation.


Canada apologizes for honoring deceased Nazi veteran - media

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The Order of Canada
Canadian Governor General Mary Simon has reportedly apologized and expressed "regret" that her office awarded the second-highest merit in the country in 1987 to a Ukrainian-Canadian who formerly served in a Nazi unit.

The statement was reported on Tuesday by Forward, a Jewish news outlet that previously helped expose the dark past of Yaroslav Hunka. The Ukrainian-Canadian Waffen-SS veteran received a standing ovation at the Canadian parliament last month, sparking international outrage. Peter Savaryn, whose decoration more than three decades ago has now been deemed inappropriate, served in the same 14th Waffen Grenadier Division of the SS as Hunka.

Savaryn was already mentioned in connection in the Hunka scandal due to his tenure as the 12th chancellor of the University of Alberta from 1982 to 1986. Last month, the university announced it was shutting down an endowment named after Hunka. The Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC), a Jewish advocacy group, urged the university to acknowledge Savaryn's past as well.

Comment: Yeah, never mind Canada is celebrating Nazis, it's Russia's fault!

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Mobile phone ban in English schools 'smokescreen' to mask real issues, say critics

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Some schools ban mobile phones from school grounds, while others require them to be handed in, or restrict their use.
Glyn Potts, head teacher at Newman Roman Catholic College in Oldham, could not hide his irritation at the morning headlines announcing a government ban on mobile phones in state schools in England.

His school, like the vast majority, already has a mobile phone policy. "All banned and have been for 10 years," he said, dismissing the announcement by the education secretary, Gillian Keegan, as a "smokescreen" to distract from the real challenges facing schools, such as underfunding, teacher recruitment and providing for pupils with special educational needs.

At Newman RC College, there's a zero tolerance approach towards mobiles. Pupils can have their phones with them for the journey to and from school, but as soon as they cross the threshold into the school grounds phones must be switched off and kept out of sight for the duration of the school day.

Pupils are banned from even holding them in their hands, whether it's lesson or break time. If mobiles are seen they are confiscated and not returned until the end of the day. It is a measure of the effectiveness of the policy that although the vast majority of the 1,502 pupils carry mobiles, staff will only see two or three a week at most.


Kendi's troubles threaten the whole 'antiracist' biz

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Ibram X. Kendi
As blue-collar philosopher Eric Hoffer reportedly observed some years back, "Every great cause begins as a movement, becomes a business, and eventually degenerates into a racket." Ibram X. Kendi's brand of antiracism skipped the first two phases. It was conceived as a racket.

Like most rackets, Kendi's depended for its success on finding suckers to support it. Kendi found his at Boston University. In a perverse effort to atone for imagined sins, the BU administration funded a Kendi brainchild, the Center for Antiracist Research. Hysteria over the death of George Floyd inspired the center, but hysteria alone cannot sustain it.

David Decosimo in the Wall Street Journal, writes:
"After suddenly laying off over half his employees last week and with his center producing almost nothing since its founding. Mr. Kendi is now facing an investigation and harsh criticism from numerous colleagues complaining of financial mismanagement, dysfunctional leadership, and failure to honor obligations attached to its millions in grant money."
No surprises here. Kendi is just one racial bunco artist out of many. Doing research for my new book, Untenable: The True Story of White Ethnic Flight from America's Cities, I reviewed the work of four of the leading lights in this movement, specifically on the subject of white flight.

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Another former Wagner mercenary recruited from Russian prison accused of murder

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A former fighter from the Wagner mercenary group who was recruited from prison last year has been accused of killing two women and burning their house down after returning home to Siberia from the ongoing war against Ukraine.

Police in the town of Yermakovskoye in the Krasnoyarsk region said on October 3 they had detained Denis Stepanov, who is suspected of setting a house on fire overnight. The two women were found dead inside.

According to the police, the motive for the crime is unknown, but witnesses said the suspect had openly threatened the women.

It's not the first instance of former Wagner mercenaries recruited from jails and prisons across Russia in 2022 being accused of committing serious crimes after completing tours of duty in Ukraine.

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Teen detained after deadly shooting spree in Bangkok mall

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Staff members of the Siam Paragon Mall check a metal detector following a deadly shooting spree in Bangkok, Thailand, October 4, 2023.
Two people have been killed and several others injured after a teenage boy opened fire at an upscale shopping center in the heart of Thailand's capital, officials have confirmed. The suspect has been detained.

The shooting spree unfolded on Tuesday afternoon at the Siam Paragon shopping mall, a sprawling commercial complex in downtown Bangkok, with the young attacker brandishing a handgun before firing on at least seven people. The two fatalities are a 34-year-old Chinese woman and another woman from Myanmar, officials said. Five people were injured, two of them critically.

While initial reports claimed that three people were killed, the death toll has since been revised.

A video posted to social media shows panicked shoppers fleeing the scene while gunshots are heard.

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Notes from the (Whitehouse) zoo

This article was supposed to be next in my Notes from the Zoo series. But got kind of long.

It's about dogs.

And the Big Monkey in the White House.

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In this case, the zoo is the White House where Joe Biden's dog, Commander, has once again bitten a Secret Service agent.

It isn't the dog's fault. It's Biden who needs the muzzle.

While every dog is different, some breeds are more prone to biting — those bred to protect in particular. German shepherds are highly intelligent guard dogs and in that category.

As puppies, dogs do a lot of rough-and-tumble with their mates which teaches them not to nip — which by the way also applies to kittens. For all animals play is a form of education.

If you separate a puppy from his family too early, just as is the case with some cats, it may end up "bitey".

With cats this is difficult to correct.


CDC says Ukrainians bringing treatment-resistant infections to Western Europe

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Ukrainian military medics treat a soldier in a field hospital near Donetsk, Russia, June 22, 2023
Bacterial infections picked up on the battlefield are showing up in European hospitals, the US CDC reported

Wounded Ukrainian soldiers and fleeing civilians are carrying new strains of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to Western Europe, according to a recent paper by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Even before the conflict, scientists warned of Ukraine's inability to monitor and restrict the spread of these infections.

The paper, published last month, noted that six different antibiotic-resistant infections had been found in the body of one injured Ukrainian soldier at a military hospital in Germany. The soldier suffered severe burns in a vehicle fire and had been moved through hospitals in Dnipropetrovsk and Kiev before his evacuation to Germany.

Comment: And from TASS:
The cases of suspicious infections in the Ukrainian army that are difficult to treat are most probably connected with the operation of US biolaboratories in Ukraine, the deputy speaker of the State Duma, Irina Yarovaya, has said.

"The Pentagon's bio-laboratories in Ukraine are with a high degree of probability the source of infection of Ukrainian soldiers," said Yarovaya, a co-chair of the parliamentary commission for investigating the activities of US laboratories in Ukraine.

Earlier, the British daily The Financial Times published a story saying that in early 2023 doctors in one of NATO's military hospitals in Germany studied test samples of wounded Ukrainian soldiers to conclude that they had been infected with pathogens resistant to antibiotics.

Yarovaya also noted that confirmations were already available the United States had tested unlicensed drugs on Ukrainian soldiers.

"Obviously, time is ripe for international experts, including those from the Lancet commission, to be seriously concerned about the Pentagon's monstrous biological experiments," she believes.

Yarovaya recalled that in accordance with the US project codenamed UP-8 "laboratories in Lvov, Kharkov, Odessa and Kiev, conducted tests under the guidance of US military specialists on more than 4,000 military servicemen."

"According to the available data, during the Pentagon's medical experiments, about 20 Ukrainian soldiers died in the Kharkov laboratory alone, and another 200 were taken to the hospital," Yarovaya said.

The parliamentary commission for investigating US biolaboratories in Ukraine after a year of inquiries presented a report in April. The report was approved at meetings of the State Duma and the Federation Council. The final document summarized all information about the US military and biological programs in Ukraine and the facts and circumstances of how the US implements biological programs around the world. The parliamentary probe produced an unequivocal conclusion that the United States' biological programs had an obvious dual purpose and were intended to be used, among other things, for military purposes.
The unintended consequences of arrogance. Will a real plague come to Western shores as a result of U.S. hubris?

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50,000 signed up for Russian military in September - Shoigu

A Russian military recruit shoots a machine gun during combat tactic and shooting practice exercises.
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A Russian military recruit shoots a machine gun during combat tactic and shooting practice exercises.
There are no plans for an additional mobilization in the country, the defense minister has said.

The Russian military has enough troops to carry out its operation in Ukraine, thanks to a large number of volunteers, Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu has said.
"The General Staff has no plans for additional mobilization," the Russian minister assured military commanders during a conference on Tuesday.
One of the reasons for that is "the firm patriotic stance of our citizens, who are actively joining the ranks of defenders of the fatherland," he stressed.
"In September alone, more than 50,000 citizens signed contracts" for military service, Shoigu said.

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