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Logjam: Record 100 ships waiting offshore at LA ports with cargo

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An image from space of the Los Angeles port crisis, taken on Oct. 10, 2021.
The logjam of cargo, container, and tanker ships trying to access Long Beach and Los Angeles ports has hit a record of 100 vessels as of Monday evening. Another 45 are expected to arrive in the next three days.

A view of the vessels from space looks like matchsticks scattered around the Southern California coastline, as ship captains pick their spot to spend the next week or longer waiting for a summons to dock. The ships are scattered along the shoreline for at least 20 miles.

The number of 100 vessels at anchor in the sea is a dozen higher than Friday and breaks a former record of 97 on Sept. 19, according to Capt. J. Kipling Louttit with the Marine Exchange of Southern California. The Marine Exchange is responsible for coordinating shipping traffic and piloting the vessels into port.

Comment: It's only going to get worse.

LA port backup grows to record 62 ships as supply chain crunch worsens

Forward-thinking Florida governor Ron DiSantis provides a solution for strapped shipping companies. Florida ports are open with improved facilities and no covid restrictions:

DeSantis offers the solution to supply-chain issues Newsom has exacerbated

Black Cat

Panic? Dem candidate Terry McAuliffe abruptly ends interview, tells local Virginia reporter, 'You should've asked better questions'

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Terry McAuliffe
Both McAuliffe, Glenn Youngkin were offered 20-minute interviews, according to WJLA

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Terry McAuliffe cut his interview short with a local Virginia TV station and scolded the reporter for not asking "better questions."

WJLA 7News reporter Nick Minock conducted interviews with the former governor and his GOP rival Glenn Youngkin, sharing highlights on air while releasing the full interviews and transcripts online.

However, WJLA anchor Jonathan Elias offered a disclaimer to viewers who may notice that Youngkin's interview was much longer than McAuliffe's.

Comment: McAuliffe is a never-Trumper and Clinton crony from way back. No surprise he's pushing the radical Democrat line:


Private passenger plane slides off runway & bursts into flames in Texas, LAX sees Japan Airlines Boeing 777 engine burst into flames midair

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The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 plane with 18 passengers and 3 crew members on board crashed near Katy, Texas, Tuesday morning
A private plane carrying 18 baseball fans and three crew from Houston to the American League Championship Series in Boston ran off a runway and burst into flames on Tuesday - but everyone on board survived and only one person suffered a minor injury.

The McDonnell Douglas MD-87 rolled through a fence and caught fire while trying to take off from the Houston Executive Airport in Brookshire near Katy, the Federal Aviation Administration said.

The youngest person on board the plane was a 10-year-old child, officials said.

Comment: AirLive reports on the Japan Airlines incident that occurred days prior to the above, whereby a Boeing 777 suffered an engine malfunction midair while departing from a Los Angeles airport:
A Boeing 777-300ER suffered an engine problem on departure from Los Angeles LAX.

Japan Airlines flight #JL15 to Tokyo Haneda experienced an issue with engine #2.

The Boeing 777-300ER took off at 2.33pm local time from runway 25R on Friday October 15th.

The crew decided to circle for about 30 mins, holding 6,000ft in order to burn/dump fuel.

The aircraft (reg. JA740J) landed safely back at LAX runway 25L about 45 minutes later.
And those happened just in the last week, below is a selection of the other crashes, malfunctions, and extreme weather events, affecting air travel lately.


Confusing: Dropping word 'mother' from policy doc made Scotland a darling of top LGBT+ group whose own site uses the word

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© (L) Global Look Press / Markus Keller; (R) Mark Kerrison / In Pictures via Getty Images
The pro-LGBT+ advocacy group Stonewall reportedly bumped the Government of Scotland up its controversial Diversity Champions list after it dropped the word 'mother' from its maternity-leave policy, and some people are puzzled.

The influence of Stonewall, the powerful British LGBT+ charity, was the focus of an investigation by BBC reporter Stephen Nolan, who released his findings in a series of podcasts last week. One particular detail has caught the public attention after being highlighted by some media outlets. To be in the good graces of the group, a government needs to erase motherhood - or at least not use the word 'mother' in documents even as relevant as a state maternity-leave policy.

According to Nolan, that's how the Scottish government managed to "score points" with Stonewall. The gendered word got excluded from the documents in favour of the more inclusive terms like "spouse" or "partner." The move is presumably supposed to make the policy more friendly to trans people, who retain capacity for child birthing while identifying as male, and to non-binary persons.

Comment: Stonewall has strayed far from its roots, alienating the very groups it was founded to advocate for. It has become a poisonous influence on British society: Josh Slocum of the DisaffectedPodcast has some sage advice:

Bizarro Earth

UK's "burnt out" GPs warn many will quit if gov't force face-to-face appointments - same doctors who voted against training more doctors in 2008

© Yui Mok/PADenis Campbell Health policy editor
Health secretary Sajid Javid unveiled his blueprint for GP services on Thursday. It was met with widespread criticism, including from former health secretary Jeremy Hunt.
GP leaders have warned that giving patients guaranteed face-to-face appointments could lead to a crippling exodus of family doctors already exhausted by the pandemic and despairing of being "pilloried" by ministers.

The profession's key bodies said the government's plan to force them to see in person every patient who asks will exacerbate the already serious shortage of doctors, especially as the proposal includes "naming and shaming" surgeries that do not comply.

Comment: Rather divisive policy being proposed by the government which won't actually solve the problems plaguing the NHS but will contribute to hastening its demise.

Opposition parties also rounded on the government's blueprint for change, with the former Conservative health secretary Jeremy Hunt saying ministers were taking the wrong approach.

Comment: According to a 2008 study in the British Medical Journal, UK doctors voted to restrict medical student entrants into the workforce:

Judging from the short study extract below, whilst this vote was ostensibly to avoid 'devaluing the profession', the allegation that the real concern was that it would result in lower pay seems reasonable. One could conclude that those who partook in this vote share part of the blame for the UK's 'overwhelmed' healthcare system, which, notably, has been considered at crisis levels for many years now, both in terms of staffing and capacity:
Delegates at the annual BMA conference voted by a narrow majority to restrict the number of places at medical schools to avoid "overproduction of doctors with limited career opportunities." They also agreed on a complete ban on opening new medical schools.

David Sochart, from Manchester and Salford, warned that in the current job climate allowing too many new doctors into the market would risk devaluing the profession and make newly qualified doctors prey to "unscrupulous ...
It's worth also bearing in mind that part of this crisis has been manufactured by corrupt government officials who have been working towards privatising the UK's NHS for at least two decades now, and against the wishes of the public: Also check out SOTT radio's: MindMatters: How Psychopaths Infect and Destroy Hierarchies of Competence


Bollene beheading: Manhunt for 'armed & dangerous' suspect after decapitated body found in southern France

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© creenshot Google Maps; (inset) Facebook / Anthony Zilio
A man has been found "beheaded and eviscerated" in the southeastern French commune of Bollène. A police search is now underway for the suspect, whom they say is armed with a knife and dangerous.

The macabre murder took place in the Vaucluse district of the famed Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur tourist region.

Warning that the suspect was armed, the Vaucluse gendarmes posted a mugshot to social media and ordered any residents who saw the man not to confront him. A law enforcement source told the AFP news agency that whether or not the incident was a terrorist act was "not absolute at this stage of the inquiry."


Massive gas explosion rips through building in northern China, 3 killed, 30+ injured

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© Twitter / @globaltimesnews / screenshot; Twitter / @Byron_Wan / screenshot
Photos circulating on social media show a massive gas explosion on a busy street in Shenyang, China, October 21, 2021.
A powerful gas explosion tore through a street in the Chinese city of Shenyang, reducing nearby buildings to rubble and injuring dozens. At least 3 people were killed in the blast.

The massive blast erupted around 8:30am local time on Thursday, state media reported, noting that it's not clear what triggered the explosion so far. More than 30 people were wounded, and have all been taken to the hospital.

Footage on social media shows the moment of the explosion, which sent enormous plumes of dust into the sky, while other visuals show the aftermath of the blast.

Comment: Just three days ago in Scotland: Huge gas explosion destroys house in Scotland, 3 injured, nearby residents evacuated

Explosions and fires appear to be in the news with an increasing frequency of late, below are just some of the reports from the last few months: See also: SOTT Exclusive: The growing threat of underground fires and explosions

Eye 1

Protesters claim Italian authorities tampered with 'live webcam' to show empty square instead of huge anti-vaccine-passport rally

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© Twitter / GiovanniB_ImDi
Protesters in Italy have claimed that the authorities rigged a supposedly live webcam to show an empty square in Trieste's city center while it was packed with demonstrators against the vaccine passport mandate.

On Monday evening, crowds gathered in the Piazza Unita d'Italia in Trieste to protest against the government's imposition of a 'green pass'. The government had made it a legal requirement for all workers to be vaccinated or provide a negative Covid-19 test from the previous 48 hours.

Videos from the square showed hundreds of people staging a sit-in in the northern Italian city, however, as highlighted by one of the protesters in a widely shared video, the city's webcam suggested the piazza was almost empty.

The footage starts with the camera focusing in on a protester's phone in which SkylineWebcams.com's live stream for Trieste's Piazza Unita d'Italia is shown. The empty square, as seen on the live webcam, appears to be in stark contrast to the reality, as the demonstrator pans their camera to show hundreds of people present in the Piazza Unita d'Italia.

Comment: The only way to preserve the illusion of pandemics and to impose tyranny over the general population is to use propaganda, fake news, and fear. This is happening on a planetary scale.

The elites don't want to share the news where people are protesting because that will encourage even more people to wake up and protest against tyranny.

It was never about a public health concern, it was always just a mask of their real intentions to impose totalitarian control over humanity.

See also:

Light Sabers

'We refuse to be the vaccination police': San Francisco's In-N-Out burger joint seethes over vaccine mandate after closure

In-N-Out Burger
© Reuters / Mario Anzuoni
The In-N-Out Burger location at Fisherman's Wharf in San Francisco was temporarily closed last week for not checking customers for proof of vaccination as officials with the restaurant chain gear up for a fight over city COVID regulations.

An In-N-Out Burger representative confirmed in a statement that the San Francisco Department of Public Health closed the 333 Jefferson Street location last Thursday, Oct. 14, "because In-N-Out Burger Associates (employees) were not preventing the entry of customers who were not carrying proper vaccination documentation."

The representative said the restaurant — the only In-N-Out location in San Francisco — has since reopened but, indoor dining is unavailable. The restaurant is currently take-out only.

Arrow Down

A THIRD of mass Covid vaccine centres in England have closed since peak stage of the roll-out, NHS says demand is low

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England's Covid booster jab rollout is struggling to get off the mark because so many mass vaccination centres have been closed and GPs are too busy, it was claimed today.

Questions are being raised about why nearly 5 million vulnerable, eligible adults have yet to receive a third dose despite the booster programme launching a month ago.

NHS England boss Amanda Pritchard blamed the sluggish campaign on a dip in demand, suggesting people had become too complacent about their immunity.

Comment: Is this incompetence at higher levels or are the people choosing not to get the vaccine?