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Hindawi and Wiley to retract over 500 papers linked to peer review rings

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After months of investigation that identified networks of reviewers and editors manipulating the peer review process, Hindawi plans to retract 511 papers across 16 journals, Retraction Watch has learned.

The retractions, which the publisher and its parent company, Wiley, will announce tomorrow in a blog post, will be issued in the next month, and more may come as its investigation continues. They are not yet making the list available.

Hindawi's research integrity team found several signs of manipulated peer reviews for the affected papers, including reviews that contained duplicated text, a few individuals who did a lot of reviews, reviewers who turned in their reviews extremely quickly, and misuse of databases that publishers use to vet potential reviewers.

Comment: But don't forget to 'trust the science.'

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Health

The CMA in Canada doesn't want to talk about the excessive number of Canadian doctor deaths

The Canadian Medical Association

The Canadian Medical Association
On their website, they say, "make supporting physician health an imperative for the CMA." This is bullshit. They don't give a damn. Here's the proof.

Dr. William Makis has been speaking out about the Canadian doctors who died shortly after the latest booster. He's got more info tracking doctor deaths in Canada than anyone I know.

For example, watch this interview.

Comment: More from Steve Kirsch:


Colosseum

Europe threatened with telecoms network blackouts by September, executives reveal

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Officials express concern that a harsh winter would put Europe's telecommunication infrastructure to the test.
Power outages or energy rationing could cause blackouts to a portion of the mobile networks throughout Europe, International Business Times (IBT) reveals.

As a result of Russia's decision to stop gas delivery through Europe's primary supply route due to the Ukrainian situation, the likelihood of power shortages has increased.


Comment: This energy crisis is entirely the West's working.


The shutdown of numerous nuclear power facilities in France for maintenance has worsened the problem.

Comment: It seems that Europe's governments are well aware of the very real threats citizens are facing this winter, and yet one could say that the average person has little idea of what's possibly ahead.


Megaphone

Protesters besiege French Embassy in Burkina Faso, accusing France of sheltering country's ousted leader

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Crowds of protesters tried to storm the French Embassy in Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou on Saturday, after special forces staged the second military coup in a year. The protesters accused the former colonial power of aiding the ousted leader, Lt. Col. Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba, whose whereabouts remain unknown.

"Damiba has tried to retreat to the Kamboinsin French military base to prepare a counteroffensive in order to sow division amongst our defense and security forces," spokesman Lt. Jean Baptiste Kabre announced on state television on Saturday on behalf of the new junta leadership.

France's Foreign Ministry issued a statement denying any involvement in the events unfolding in Burkina Faso, and insisted that the "camp where the French forces are based has never hosted Paul Henri Sandaogo Damiba nor has our embassy."

Comment:


See also: Massive week-long protests in Haiti over fuel price hikes, UN food storage facility looted, nearby offices set on fire


Bizarro Earth

174 dead at soccer match in Indonesia after police sought to quell on-pitch fan violence causing stampede

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Officers fired tear gas in an attempt to disperse agitated supporters of the losing home side who had invaded the pitch after the final whistle in Malang, East Java, on Saturday night, the region's police chief Nico Afinta told reporters.

At least 129 people were killed and around 180 injured at a soccer match in Indonesia after a crowd stampede during a riot, police said on Sunday, in what appears to be one of the world's worst stadium disasters, APA reports citing Reuters.

Comment: Footage from Twitter:



Whilst incidents like this are not unheard of, incidences of what one could call mass madness appears to be on the rise: Street battles break out between Hindus and Muslims in UK's Leicester


Bad Guys

Vermont girls high school volleyball team are barred from OWN locker room due to transgender student

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Blake Allen has spoken out against an unidentified transgender student using the girls' locker rooms at her Vermont high school. The entire girls' volleyball team has now been barred from using the changing room as a result
The female players claim the transgender student made a comment to them while they were changing that they found to be 'inappropriate'

Members of a Vermont girls high school volleyball team have been banned from using their own locker room and now have to change in a single bathroom stall after they complained about a transgender teammate.

Some teammates allege that the transgender player at Randolph Union High School made an 'inappropriate remark' to some of them while they were changing in the locker room.

They now want the school to relocate the transgender player, who hasn't been named. No details of the alleged inappropriate remark have been shared.

But Vermont's state law means that students can play sports and use the locker which correspond to the gender with which they identify.

Comment: Another attempt at forcing the world to conform to one's own delusions. The 'transgender' child's parents of course, are the ones driving this. It will likely not end well for that poor kid.


Bullseye

Elon Musk text message: RT has 'some good points'

Elon Musk

Elon Musk
SpaceX and Tesla tycoon Elon Musk wrote in March that RT and other Russian news sources were "entertaining" and made "some good points," according to court documents. Musk refused to block the Russian news agencies' sites from his Starlink internet service, despite pressure from "some governments."

In a text message conversation with investor Antonio Gracias dated March 5, Musk revealed that he had "been told" to block the IP addresses of RT and "several other Russian news sources" from his Starlink satellite internet service.

"Actually I find their news quite entertaining," Musk confided in Gracias. "Lots of bulls**t, but some good points too."

Comment: Musk getting the basics right.


Padlock

China's lockdown nightmare is far from over

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Collecting trash in Shenzhen, China
Another Covid-19 lockdown, another angry confrontation. This time it was on the streets of Shenzhen, China's high-tech hub, where videos this week showed an angry crowd facing off against police officers wearing protective medical gear, including blue gowns, masks and plastic visors. 'Lift the lockdown', the protesters yelled, pushing against hastily erected barricades. Some threw plastic bottles at the police. In one clip, a woman can be heard shouting, 'The police are hitting people'.

The protest, one of several reported in the city, followed an order for residents of three districts to stay at home after just ten infections were detected. Subway stations were closed, and affected areas cordoned off. The city of 18 million people, which is located next to Hong Kong, has faced a series of lockdowns this month. Covid outbreaks have been reported in more than 100 cities since early September.

The authorities have stepped up their ruthless and often chaotic restrictions ahead of a key meeting of the Chinese Communist Party next month, at which Xi Jinping is expected to be anointed as party boss for an unprecedented third term. 'Defeating' the virus has become central to the cult of Xi, for whom it is a measure of the CCP's superiority over bungling western democracies. Party propaganda has gone into overdrive ahead of the congress. The Chinese people have faced a barrage of slogans relayed online, as well as on television and by loudspeaker, urging them to 'Extinguish every outbreak!' and telling them that 'History will remember those who contributed'.

Footprints

Pelosi: More migration is 'the best thing...for our economy'

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Nancy Pelosi and migrant caravan
Congress can best help the American economy by importing more lower-wage, lower-skill workers for companies that would otherwise hire Americans and invest in high-tech machinery, according to House Speaker Rep. Nancy Pelosi, (D-CA). She told Capitol Hill reporters: "Right now, the best thing that we can do for our economy is to have comprehensive immigration reform."
Art Arthur, a former immigration judge who now works for the Center for Immigration Studies, countered:
"When you import cheap labor, you take away the incentive for businesses to raise wages. So long as you have a steady supply of cheap labor, you don't make the sort of investments in training and infrastructure that you would otherwise."

Footprints

West African country's junta ousted in coup

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Coup spokesman Capt. Kiswendsida Farouk Azaria Sorgho
Ougadougou, Burkina Faso • September 30, 2022
A faction of the Burkina Faso military claimed power in Ouagadougou on Friday, in the second coup d'etat in the West African country this year. Captain Ibrahim Traore has replaced Lieutenant Colonel Paul-Henri Damiba at the head of the military junta, citing his failure to deal with an Islamist militant insurgency. Damiba had rejected the officers' proposals and continued with policies that had led to the fall of the previous government.

Traore said in a statement he read on national television on Friday evening, announcing the takeover:
"Faced with the deteriorating situation, we tried several times to get Damiba to refocus the transition on the security question. Damiba's actions gradually convinced us that his ambitions were diverting away from what we set out to do. We decided this day to remove Damiba."
The new junta pledged to maintain all of Burkina Faso's commitments and urged the civilian population "to go about their business in peace." However, the country's borders have been closed indefinitely and all political and civil society activities suspended.