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'Eerie silence' as China's debt-laden property giant Evergrande misses payment deadline

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The Evergrande Center in Shanghai, China. The company has total debts of about $305bn (£222bn).
The embattled Chinese property developer Evergrande is inching closer to the potential default that investors fear, after missing an interest payment deadline.

The company, which has total debts of about $305bn (£222bn), has run short of cash and investors are worried a collapse could pose systemic risks to China's financial system and reverberate around the world.

A Thursday deadline for paying $83.5m (£61m) in bond interest passed without remark from Evergrande, and bondholders had not been paid nor heard from the company, two people familiar with the situation told Reuters.

Comment: See also: Chinese regulators summon Evergrande property developer execs, warn debt poses systemic risk


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Ultra-orthodox Jewish female school principal to stand trial for 70 child sexual abuse charges in Australia

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Former principal of Adass Israel School in Melbourne's inner suburbs will stand trial on 70 charges of child sexual abuse (pictured, Leifer in a Jerusalem court in 2018)
Former ultra-orthodox school principal Malka Leifer has been ordered to stand trial on 70 child sexual abuse charges.

Leifer, 55, pleaded not guilty to all charges at the end of a committal hearing in Melbourne on Thursday.

The allegations relate to sisters Dassi Erlich, Nicole Meyer and Elly Sapper over incidents during Leifer's time at the Adass Israel School in the city's inner suburbs between 2004 and 2008.

Magistrate Johanna Metcalf said she believed the evidence presented during a hearing, which heard from all three sisters in closed court, was of sufficient weight to support a conviction.

Comment: See also: And check out SOTT radio's: The Truth Perspective: Match Made in Heaven: The Surprising Similarities Between Radical Islam and Talmudic Judaism


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Abortions after 24 weeks if baby is disabled still allowed after UK high court dismisses legal challenge

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Mrs Carter says she will appeal the decision
Heidi Carter has failed to overturn the current abortion law which allows parents to terminate pregnancies where there is severe foetal abnormality at any time up until birth.

Heidi Carter wanted to end abortions on babies with disabilities after 24 weeks.

A 26-year-old woman with Down's syndrome has failed to overturn the UK's abortion laws, with the High Court ruling that unborn babies with disabilities can be aborted after 24 weeks.

Comment: Meanwhile in Russia: Russia to increase psychological, social & medical help available to pregnant women as country seeks to reduce abortions by 50%


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Texas lawmaker rips Biden over 'impeachable' offenses, urges Gov. Abbott to 'disregard him'

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Thousands of Haitian migrants camp out under the Del Rio International Bridge, Texas.
An angry Texas Republican blasted President Joe Biden, arguing he has committed "impeachable" offenses will urging GOP Gov. Greg Abbott "to start disregarding" him amid a worsening migrant crisis.

Rep. Chip Roy said, in an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Biden ought to be impeached for refusing to deal with the situation along his state's border with Mexico, as more than a million migrants have crossed into the U.S. illegally since the president's January inauguration. Roy told Carlson:
"This is happening right now, and this president does not care. Article four, section four guarantees us a republican form of government and that the president and the federal government is supposed to protect us from invasion. He is failing, and he is willfully disregarding his duty to enforce the laws of the United States and faithfully execute the laws of the United States.

"Not only is it impeachable, but I believe that the governor of Texas ought to start disregarding this president and start taking into our own hands in Texas the need to secure the border of the United States for the welfare of the people. Not just us, but the migrants getting abused in the name — in the false name of compassion by Democrats who like to pat themselves on the back."
Roy's comments come amid reports that a mass of more than 10,000 mostly Haitian migrants have gathered under a bridge in Del Rio, Texas, over the past 10 days, with thousands more reportedly on the way.

Comment: Biden's abandonment of a working protocol produced these dire circumstances. The cost to America in financial obligations, public scrutiny and support - combined with the legal disregard and outright attitude of this administration - is beyond estimation. Disillusioning migrants is unforgivable, breeding further hardship. Passed critical mass and unsustainable, rectifications should begin with Biden. He has a ticket to ride.
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FNC's Carlson on border crisis: Biden did this on purpose

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US President Joe Biden • Haitian Migrant Crisis
Tuesday, Fox News Channel's Tucker Carlson speculated that the ongoing crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border, with the latest influx of Haitians at the Del Rio border crossing, was intentional.

Carlson said the crisis was part of establishing a long-term voting constituency for Democrats with immigrants, which have a different standard applied to them under the law compared to the ordinary American citizen.


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US murders up 30 percent in largest increase on record

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Murders rose nearly 30 percent in 2020, representing the largest increase on record, according to an analysis of FBI data by The New York Times.

The forthcoming FBI Unified Crime Report is expected to show that murders increased around 29 percent amid the coronavirus pandemic in 2020, eclipsing the previous largest one-year change of 12.7 percent in 1968.


Comment: Right on time. Social violence follows a roughly 50-year cycle. The political stress index in the U.S. is rising rapidly. The last time it did so was prior to the Civil War.


The new FBI data showed around 21,500 murders in 2020, almost 5,000 more than in 2019, the newspaper noted.

However, the national murder rate, or murders per 100,000 people, is still about one-third below the rate in the early 1990s.

About 77 percent of murders reported in 2020 were committed with a firearm, the highest share ever reported.

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Homeless man faces 7 years for allegedly underpaying for Mountain Dew by 43 cents

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A Pennsylvania man was jailed last month and charged with a felony after allegedly underpaying for a bottle of Mountain Dew soda by 43 cents, a penalty due largely in part to the state's three-strikes law.

Joseph Sobolewski walked into a convenience store in Perry County where there was a special for 20-ounce Mountain Dew bottles: 2 for $3.

Sobolewski took one bottle, put down $2 on the counter and walked out, PennLive reported. The store called the police and he was arrested. What Sobolewski may not have known was that a single bottle of Mountain Dew cost $2.29, not $1.50.

So he actually shorted the store by 43 cents, or 29 cents for the bottle plus tax. He is being held on a $50,000 bond and faces up to seven years in prison.

"For me, I would get the deterrent factor if someone's thefts were getting worse or higher in value," said Brandon Flood, director of the state's Board of Parole, told the news outlet. "But the lack of discretion is what bothers me. It's problematic because it doesn't factor in the amount."

A criminal docket showed the bond was originally ordered as a cash bond before being modified to be "unsecured," meaning he could be released without giving the court any money, although the amount would remain the same.

Comment: Dura lex sed lex? Legalistic societies have a way of turning into lawless societies.


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Project Veritas: Outrage as FDA employee caught saying African-Americans should be vaccinated against their will: "Blow-darts is always the answer"

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FDA economist Taylor Lee speaks to a Project Veritas reporter in a screenshot from a YouTube video published September 23, 2021
Conservatives are up in arms after a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) employee was caught on camera advocating forced vaccination for minorities and a Nazi-style register of the unvaccinated, "like the Jewish star."

FDA economist Taylor Lee told an undercover reporter with Project Veritas that the federal government could learn a thing or two from the Nazis when it comes to getting the population vaccinated, according to a video published by the conservative group - famous for its hidden camera sting operations - on Wednesday.

Comment: Part 1 of Project Veritas' vaccine expose:

Federal Nurse Goes Public: "Government Doesn't Want People to Know That The Covid Vaccine is Full of Sh*t"



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18 Months to Flatten Civilisation

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It is now 18 months since the order for the house imprisonment of millions of perfectly healthy people was given, apparently because of the lethal virus with a median Survival Rate Estimate of around 99.85%. As soon as the British Prime Minister had finished his appalling address, I set about writing a piece, which contained these words:
"So that seems to be that. The end of Britain as we knew it. ...Make no mistake: this is the most monstrous attack on a free people in the history of Britain."
Well here we are, after 18 months of infantile slogans, grotesque Lockdowns, dehumanising Masks, mass abuse of authority, Government by diktat, tyrannical powers in formerly free countries that still seem unimaginable, and the most dangerous medical experiment in history, and these words have been entirely vindicated. The Britain we knew is gone, and the same story is true in countless other countries, which have also been turned into some other place entirely. Yet still the project rolls on relentlessly towards its dystopian, hellish goal.

In a subsequent piece in April 2020, I made the following observation:
"Personally, I'd rather trust myself into the hands of the Living God than surrender to the Bill Gatesian Social Distancing Medical Despotism of compulsory vaccines, certifications and health apps that is starting to take shape around us."
Sounds kind of prophetical, doesn't it? And yet despite the fact all this has come to pass, those who labelled people like me Conspiracy Theorists for writing such things then, continue to view us as such when we warn of new lockdowns, huge economic hardship, food shortages this Autumn/Winter, and Vaccine Enhanced Disease — even when these things are also coming to pass. Ho hum!

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Melbourne sets new world record for longest lockdown, Vic premier blames 'agitators' for having to extend it

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Victoria police fire pepper spray during a clash with protesters at a Rally for Freedom in Melbourne, Australia, Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021
Rattled by a wave of violent anti-lockdown protests, Australia's second-largest city has hit a grim pandemic milestone, reportedly becoming the city that has lived the longest under lockdown as infections surge.

Currently in its sixth lockdown since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, Melbourne has now officially become the lockdown capital - that's according to local media, which reported that the city has spent a total of 235 days under restrictions, surpassing the benchmark set by Argentina's Buenos Aires, which was shut down for 234 days last year.

The mood has been far from celebratory in the streets of the locked-down city, however, as it faces a wave of protests against the record-breaking restrictions. Since Monday, demonstrators have been taking to Melbourne streets daily to vent their frustration at the government's handling of the pandemic, including at its latest move to impose a vaccine mandate on construction workers.

Comment: Mother Nature had something to say:

Amidst erupting lockdown protests, strongest earthquake on record strikes Melbourne, Australia