Reader’s Links for October 14, 2020

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101 Replies to “Reader’s Links for October 14, 2020”

  1. South Africa.
    Marxism at it’s best behaviour.
    ANC want to pardon all corrupt officials
    Why am I not surprised about that, I’ve never heard that one Crow picks out the eyes of another, so why start now?

    The ANC cadres are now flagging that they want a truth and reconciliation commission to wave all prior corrupt practices by ANC cadres so that they can start with a clean sheet. WHAT!

    • October 14, 2025-

      Ottawa police reported 12 Dissent cases today. This is up from nine yesterday. Last week the number was over 60, if you can believe it. Police Chief Peter Ngaro said he thinks the local CBC anchor was “conspiracy theorizing” when she blamed the rise in Dissent on a “radical element” in the city. Note the specificity.

      Ngaro said there is not a single government-verified study to show correlation between those refusing the Covid-21 vaccine and civil unrest. He also said all studies show no noticable side effects. CBC news anchor Lisa Chang spat back off camera that all local Dissent cases came from the predominantly white, affluent neighborhood of Rockliffe Park. She went on to cite a study that proportions the number of Dissent cases in North America directly to race first, income second. While asians earned more on the average, they show far lower incidents of Dissent compared to whites. She said whites have an almost 100 percent greater chance, statistically, of contracting Dissent than do people of colour. She went on, stopping just short of saying what Canadians have been told repeatedly in heavy government ad campaigns: “…that Dissent should be recognized as a disease just like Leprosy, and that the Covid-21 vaccine promotes societal cohesion. Full stop.” Chang seemed to want to elevate the public squabble between herself and the head of the Ottawa police force. She has said in the past that the problem is one of chronic individualism combined with the lingering ability to afford NOT getting vaccinated, which she added was a separate but not unrelated white priviledge issue. “…So long as they have savings for food and shelter they may hold out, but they can’t last forever,” she said last week. “Harmonium,” she said yesterday, “…was the only answer to the strife afflicting society today.” She showed little empathy to Dissent sufferers. “–Notice how everything opened up after mass vaccinations began,” she ranted in her Monday eveing broadcast. “…People calmed down miraculously. We can travel and go to restaurants again. Never has life so closely resembled the B.C. (before Covid) era.”

      Ngaro repeated that Harmonium has no mood-altering effects, contrary to popular common conspiracy theories. His husband, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, was compelled to issue a statement saying that the recent rise nationwide in Dissent cases was nothing to panic over, and that police services across the country were busy rooting out the last deniers. “It’s a shame,” Trudeau said dabbing a tear from his cheek. A Global TV reporter caught him outside City Hall picking up Ngaro. “…That in this day and age, after all we’ve been through together, there are still these pockets of resistance. Don’t hate them. Pity them. We’re all in this together.”

      Trudeau has been noticably fragile when speaking with reporters since his break-up and sudden divorce from his wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, following her discovery of his affair with an unknown gay member of the federal Conservative Party of Canada back in late 2020. Salacious details emerged about the affair, which insiders claimed led to the break-up of this secret relationship, and the Prime Minister’s subsequent “rebound” into the arms of Police Chief Ngaro. “He completes me,” Trudeau said to People Magazine in a 2023 interview.

      The reporter at City Hall then asked Trudeau if we are seeing a rising white problem in society and if he planned to mobilize the armed forces if necessary. “I, I can’t–” sobbed Trudeau, burying his head in Ngaro’s chest as they turned and got into their limousine. Ngaro waved away the reporter, barking:
      “Lisa Chang should stick to reporting the news instead of her constant editorializing. Now if you don’t mind I will take my husband home where he belongs.”

      CBC’s Chang has obvious political ambitions. She uses Chief Ngaro’s inability to capture Ottawa rebel leader Jack Hladkowicz as a reliable source of political fodder.

      Hladkowicz, who has been in hiding now since he went underground escaping vaccination in March 2022, has labelled both Ngaro and Chang as eachother’s “controlled opposition”. The charismatic rebel, who vaulted to prominance when the World Health Organization voiced the possibility that it would categorize political dissent as a recognized, treatable disease, describes himself as “…two-parts spray paint, one part highway overpass…”. In a 2023 interview (from an undisclosed location in the city) the former medical doctor described the moment he realized he would be forced into his current role of “uncontrolled opposition”:

      “…I’m in my examination room with a patient–a young man in his late twenties. He comes in claiming to be suffering from psychotic episodes involving thoughts of avoiding vaccination. He asked me if I thought Dissent was a fatal disease, and if there was a vaccine for it yet, and was there a cure, and would he be able to have children, and on and on. I told him it was not a disease. I said it was a natural human reaction to the state control we are under. In fact it’s healthy, I said. And you know what this young man replied? He didn’t hear a single bloody word I said to him. He stared blankly at me and asked, ‘What if I wear an N95’?
      –Even the fact that they capitalize the word now in main stream publications is utterly propagandistic,” said Hlakowiscz. “And now, the fact that you’ve got me fighting to retrieve and defend the word’s proper, original meaning is, well, pure Hegel.”

  2. From Project Veritas

    Our Revolution Chair and Colorado Dem Party Exec
    “It’s truly killing random Nazis in the street”
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAhKMi6DexA

    These people, or should I rather say SCUM, roam the streets with the malign self-importance of those whose bigotries are backed by the State.
    As we have seen time and time again.

  3. British Public Order Policing: the psychology of crowds.

    “My research and its associated theory have high-level external impact at a national and international level. It has informed policy, guidance and practice in the management of crowds for a range of government and police organisations in the U.K. including the Home Office, the Association of Chief Police Officers, the College of Policing, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of the Constabulary as well as among others the Metropolitan Police Service, Staffordshire, Sussex and West Yorkshire Police. My research has also achieved high-level international impact affecting policy and guidance on the policing of crowds of the European Council, the European Union as well as a range of police forces globally including Portugal, Sweden, Denmark and Australia.”
    https://www.keele.ac.uk/psychology/people/cliffordstott/

    ‘Specialist Police Officers are deployed to work as a unit.’

    ‘Widespread violence is avoided.’

  4. IIMO that this is the teeniest glimpse of the massive corruption that is Washington DC. Note that the FBI has had this laptop for some time. This sounds an awful lot like Anthony Weiner’s laptop, doesn’t it? The ONLY reason this article was printed is because Rudy Giuliani gave a copy of the hard drive to the NY Post.
    It sickens me to say this but I think the reason these flagrant violations of the US taxpayer aren’t announced, analyzed and prosecuted is because EVERYONE in DC, R or D, is in on the take.
    Babs

    https://nypost.com/2020/10/14/email-reveals-how-hunter-biden-introduced-ukrainian-biz-man-to-dad/?utm_source=NYPTwitter&utm_campaign=SocialFlow&utm_medium=SocialFlow

    Smoking-gun email reveals how Hunter Biden introduced Ukrainian businessman to VP dad
    By Emma-Jo Morris and Gabrielle FonrougeOctober 14, 2020 | 5:00am | Updated

    HUNTER BIDEN
    Voters have right to know what Joe Biden did for son Hunter: Devine
    Hunter Biden emails show leveraging connections with his father to boost Burisma pay

    Hunter Biden introduced his father, then-Vice President Joe Biden, to a top executive at a Ukrainian energy firm less than a year before the elder Biden pressured government officials in Ukraine into firing a prosecutor who was investigating the company, according to e-mails obtained by The Post.

    The never-before-revealed meeting is mentioned in a message of appreciation that Vadym Pozharskyi, an adviser to the board of Burisma, allegedly sent Hunter Biden on April 17, 2015, about a year after Hunter joined the Burisma board at a reported salary of up to $50,000 a month.

    “Dear Hunter, thank you for inviting me to DC and giving an opportunity to meet your father and spent [sic] some time together. It’s realty [sic] an honor and pleasure,” the e-mail reads.

    An earlier e-mail from May 2014 also shows Pozharskyi, reportedly Burisma’s No. 3 exec, asking Hunter for “advice on how you could use your influence” on the company’s behalf.

    The blockbuster correspondence — which flies in the face of Joe Biden’s claim that he’s “never spoken to my son about his overseas business dealings” — is contained in a massive trove of data recovered from a laptop computer.

    The computer was dropped off at a repair shop in Biden’s home state of Delaware in April 2019, according to the store’s owner.

    Other material extracted from the computer includes a raunchy, 12-minute video that appears to show Hunter, who’s admitted struggling with addiction problems, smoking crack while engaged in a sex act with an unidentified woman, as well as numerous other sexually explicit images.

    The customer who brought in the water-damaged MacBook Pro for repair never paid for the service or retrieved it or a hard drive on which its contents were stored, according to the shop owner, who said he tried repeatedly to contact the client.

    The shop owner couldn’t positively identify the customer as Hunter Biden, but said the laptop bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, named after Hunter’s late brother and former Delaware attorney general.

    Photos of a Delaware federal court subpoena given to The Post show that both the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI in December, after the shop’s owner says he alerted the feds to their existence.

    Federal court subpoena showing computer, hard drive were seized by FBI.
    But before turning over the gear, the shop owner says he made a copy of the hard drive and later gave it to former Mayor Rudy Giuliani’s lawyer, Robert Costello.

    Steve Bannon, former adviser to President Trump, told The Post about the existence of the hard drive in late September and Giuliani provided The Post with a copy of it on Sunday.

    Less than eight months after Pozharskyi thanked Hunter Biden for the introduction to his dad, the then-vice president admittedly pressured Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk into getting rid of Prosecutor General Viktor Shokin by threatening to withhold a $1 billion US loan guarantee during a December 2015 trip to Kiev.

    “I looked at them and said: I’m leaving in six hours. If the prosecutor is not fired, you’re not getting the money,” Biden infamously bragged to the Council on Foreign Relations in 2018.

    “Well, son of a bitch. He got fired.”

    Shokin has said that at the time of his firing, in March 2016, he’d made “specific plans” to investigate Burisma that “included interrogations and other crime-investigation procedures into all members of the executive board, including Hunter Biden.”

    Joe Biden has insisted that the US wanted Shokin removed over corruption concerns, which were shared by the European Union.

    Meanwhile, an e-mail dated May 12, 2014 — shortly after Hunter Biden joined the Burisma board — shows Pozharskyi attempting to get him to use his political leverage to help the company.

    The message had the subject line “urgent issue” and was also sent to Hunter Biden’s business partner, Devon Archer, who also sat on the Burisma board at the time.

    Pozharskyi said that “the representatives of new authorities in power tend to quite aggressively approach N. Z. unofficially with the aim to obtain cash from him.”

    N.Z. isn’t identified in the e-mail but appears to be a reference to Burisma founder Mykola Zlochevsky, whose first name is a Ukrainian version of “Nicholas.”

    When the alleged shakedown failed, “they proceeded with concrete actions” in the form of “one or more pretrial proceedings,” Pozharskyi wrote.

    “We urgently need your advice on how you could use your influence to convey a message / signal, etc .to stop what we consider to be politically motivated actions,” he added.

    Hunter Biden responded by saying he was with Archer in Doha, Qatar, and asked for more information about “the formal (if any) accusations being made against Burisma.”

    “Who is ultimately behind these attacks on the company? Who in the current interim government could put an end to such attacks?” he added.

    The exchange came the same day that Burisma announced it had expanded its board of directors by adding Hunter Biden, who was put in charge of its “legal unit and will provide support for the Company among international organizations,” according to a news release that’s since been scrubbed from Burisma’s Web site.

    Hunter Biden actually joined the board in April 2014, according to multiple reports.

    His lawyer said last year that Hunter was “not a member of the management team,” adding, “At no time was Hunter in charge of the company’s legal affairs.”

    About four months after Hunter Biden’s correspondence with Pozharskyi, Archer forwarded Hunter Biden an e-mail chain with the subject line “tax raise impact on Burisma production,” that included Pozharskyi saying that the Ukrainian Cabinet had submitted new tax legislation to the country’s parliament.

    “If enacted, this law would kill the entire private gas production sector in the bud,” Pozharskyi wrote.

    In the Sept. 24, 2014, e-mail, Pozharskyi also said he was “going to share this information with the US embassy here in Kyiv, as well as the office of Mr Amos Hochstein in the States.”

    At the time, Hochstein was the State Department’s newly appointed special envoy and coordinator for international energy ­affairs.

    In December 2017, the Naftogaz Group, Ukraine’s state-owned energy company, announced that Hochstein had joined the company as an independent director, but on Monday he announced his ­resignation.

    “The company has been forced to spend endless amounts of time combating political pressure and efforts by oligarchs to enrich themselves through questionable transactions,” Hochstein wrote in an op-ed published by the Kyiv Post.

    In addition to denying that’s he’s spoken to Hunter Biden about his overseas business dealings, Joe Biden has repeatedly denied any conflict of interest or wrongdoing by either of them involving ­Burisma.

    Last February, he got testy during an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show when co-host Savannah Guthrie questioned whether it was “wrong for [Hunter] to take that position, knowing that it was really because that company wanted access to you.”

    “Well, that’s not true. You’re saying things you do not know what you’re talking about,” the elder Biden responded.

    Last December, Joe Biden also lashed out during a Democratic primary town hall event in Iowa, where a man accused him of sending Hunter to Ukraine “to get a job and work for a gas company, he had no experience with gas or nothing, in order to get access to ­ .?.?. the president.”

    “You’re a damn liar, man. That’s not true and no one has ever said that,” Biden fumed.

    Biden then continued berating the man as he stepped forward, called the man “fat” and challenged him to “do push-ups together, man.”

    The FBI referred questions about its seizure of the laptop and hard drive to the Delaware US Attorney’s Office, where a spokesperson said, “My office can neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.”

    Hunter Biden’s lawyer refused to comment on the specifics but instead attacked Giuliani.

    “He has been pushing widely discredited conspiracy theories about the Biden family, openly relying on actors tied to Russian intelligence,” the lawyer, George R. Mesires, said about Giuliani.

    Pozharskyi and the Joe Biden campaign did not return requests for comment. Hochstein could not be reached.

    Additional reporting by Ebony Bowden

  5. https://www.croatiaweek.com/croatia-heading-towards-work-free-sunday/

    Croatia heading towards work-free Sunday

    by croatiaweekSeptember 21, 2020

    Croatia is heading towards a work-free Sunday, in the direction of half of EU countries where Sunday working in shops is restricted, with the exception of newsstands, bakeries, petrol station convenience shops, and shops at bus and railways stations, the Vecernji List daily said on Monday.

    Government spokesman Marko Milic confirmed that a law to regulate Sunday working was in preparation, taking into account the balance between work, rest, and spending time with family.

    “The final proposal and determining the concrete number of non-working Sundays is still being defined and the government will discuss this with social partners,” Milic was quoted as saying, adding that Labour Minister Josip Aladrovic and Economy Minister Tomislav Coric will meet this week with union representatives to discuss this topic.

    “And we will also maintain a dialogue with employers,” Milic said, adding that the political position of the HDZ government had not changed with regards to work-free Sunday and that they still wanted it to be work-free. They have analysed European practice and the best solution will be found.

    Regulating and restricting Sunday working is also in line with the Directive of Work-Life Balance, adopted by the European Parliament last year, which has to be incorporated into the national legislation of EU countries by 2022.

  6. Indian Forces Kill Two Alleged Terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir (sputniknews, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/india/202010141080766394-indian-forces-kill-two-alleged-terrorists-in-jammu-and-kashmir/

    “A total of 206 terrorism-related incidents have been reported in Jammu and Kashmir between 5 August of last year and 31 August of this year, junior Home Minister G Kishen Reddy told the Indian parliament in September. By contrast, during the same period a year ago, there were 443 such incidents, as per official statistics.

    Two purported terrorists have been killed in the Chakura area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Shopian district after a brief encounter with security forces.

    A joint security operation between the Jammu & Kashmir police, Indian Army, and the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) is underway. The identities of the slain individuals is also being ascertained.

    The Kashmir Zone Police said through their Twitter handle that they would share the details later…”

  7. Live Updates: Aliyev Says Azerbaijani Forces Have Taken Control of Several More Karabakh Settlements (sputniknews, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/world/202010141080764556-nagorno-karabakh-live-updates-rescuers-find-over-670-unexploded-shells-in-stepanakert/

    Armenian MoD Says It Reserves Right to Attack Any Military Facility on Azerbaijani Territory (sputniknews, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://sputniknews.com/world/202010141080765306-yerevan-says-azerbaijan-attacking-military-equipment-on-armenian-territory/

  8. Thermal spa in the German Islamist stronghold Duisburg bans too tight bikinis

    In Duisburg (see also tweet above), for example, the operator of a thermal spa decides that in future no more tight bikinis should be worn because families would feel disturbed. To be more precise:

    “We are a location where many cultures meet. Permissive behaviour is not always tolerated by all visitor groups”.
    https://medforthblog.wordpress.com/2020/10/14/thermal-spa-in-the-german-islamist-stronghold-duisburg-bans-too-tight-bikinis/

    Note: Intolerance is only a bad thing if it is exercised by the native German with regard to questionable Islamic customs. However, if the intolerant people are non-German and in the majority, as in Duisburg, the situation is completely different. There, intolerance in the name of tolerance is better given in quickly before anyone else gets upset.

  9. Greece ‘sets up soundwave guns on its borders with Turkey to stop illegal migrants’ (dailymail, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8839091/Greece-sets-soundwave-guns-borders-Turkey.html

    “Greece has started using two sound cannons to stop illegal immigrants crossing into Europe, according to reports.

    Originally developed for long-range communications, the soundwave gun’s high decibel capacity has led to it being used as a controversial method of crowd control.

    The devices have been set up in the Greek province of Alexandroupolis alongside the Maritsa river, which runs through the Balkans and southeast Europe.

    The guns can emit powerful sound waves which may cause pain and shock to the human body…”

  10. MI5 chief: Britain faces a ‘nasty mix’ of threats, with state backed hostile activity on the rise (telegraph, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2020/10/14/mi5-chief-britain-faces-nasty-mix-threats-state-backed-hostile/

    “MI5 has disrupted 27 serious plots in the last four years, eight from right-wing groups, the remainder from Islamist extremist terrorism

    Threats are becoming more diverse “and in some ways difficult to spot” the new Director General said, warning “terrorism isn’t going away”.

    In his first speech since taking over as head of Britain’s Security Service, Ken McCallum said MI5 had helped combat coronavirus by repurposing research on toxic chemicals to see how Covid-19 in droplet form could be dispersed.

    Medically qualified members of MI5 have been seconded to the NHS to work on a possible vaccine whilst other parts of Britain’s domestic spy agency have been fighting cyber attacks seeking to steal the country’s “world leading” medical research.

    Mr McCallum, who has been in MI5 for 24 years, said Britain’s adversaries would have watched how Covid-19 had disrupted the country.

    He said the threat of biological terrorism was “not a new risk” and whilst the threat of such an attack was not immediately upon us, there was no room for complacency.

    “It is a possibility we’ve had to face for a generation,” he said.

    “MI5 is quietly tackling the covert threats still facing our nation.

    “Those threats are becoming more diverse and in some ways difficult to spot. We face a bit of a nasty mix. Terrorism isn’t going away and state backed hostile activity is on the rise.”

    Whilst Britain should view China as a “careful balance of opportunities and challenges” Mr McCallum said the UK was currently constrained legislatively by being unable to make a legal case against Chinese state agents targeting private companies through industrial espionage.

    “At the moment, quite a bit of what we see and have to deal with is not prosecutable in the criminal courts. Our existing legislation, most of which was framed quite some time ago, does give us a good toolkit to deal with old fashioned espionage.

    “Today, quite a bit of what we’re working against doesn’t resemble that…you’ve got, for example, the stealing of commercial secrets [by] a state organisation spying against a UK company to advance the comparative economic advantage.

    “Quite a bit of that is not covered by current legislation.”

    Prior to becoming Director General, Mr McCallum was in charge of all counter-terror investigations in the run-up to, and during, the 2012 London Olympics.

    MI5’s largest mission remains countering terrorism, with Islamist extremist attacks the country’s largest threat.

    “Having someone on our radar is not the same as having them under detailed real-time scrutiny,” Mr McCallum warned.

    “Difficult judgements of prioritisation and risk must be made. That task has become sharper in recent years, as more terrorists have gone for basic attack methods requiring little preparation, meaning there are fewer clues for us to detect in advance – and less time to find those clues.”

    In Northern Ireland, despite recent successes in dismantling the threat from Dissident Republican organisations “a few rejectionist terrorist groups, without meaningful community backing, persist”.

    MI5 took over responsibility for right-wing terrorism from the police earlier this year. Although there are some links to groups in the US, Europe and elsewhere, Mr McCallum said that of the 27 late stage plots disrupted over the last four years only eight have been from right-wing groups.

    He said the hardest thing about working at MI5 is that “no matter how much hard work and ingenuity we bring, it isn’t possible for us to stop every attack.

    “Terrorist attacks are always, without exception, sickening. Whenever my phone rings late in the evening, my stomach lurches in case it is one of those awful moments.””

  11. Delingpole: Study Confirms Donald Trump Is Right – ‘Clean’ Energy Is the Worst (breitbart, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2020/10/14/damning-report-green-energy-is-the-worst/

    “Renewable energy is cripplingly expensive, hopelessly unreliable, massacres wildlife, destroys landscapes, destabilises the grid, harms indigenous peoples, and causes climate change. But apart from that it’s great, says a meticulous review published in the scientific journal Energies by a team of Irish and U.S.-based researchers.

    Actually, the part about renewable energy being ‘great’ is a joke but the rest is true. The scholarly review – Energy and Climate Policy – An Evaluation of Climate Change Expenditure 2011-2018 – is probably the most thorough meta-analysis published on the so-called ‘clean energy’ sector. Its conclusion, though neutrally expressed, could scarcely be more damning:

    …The reader may wonder whether the current proposed “zero-carbon” energy transition policies based predominantly on wind- and solar-generated electricity are truly the panacea that promoters of these technologies indicate.

    It will confirm all President Donald Trump’s worst suspicions about renewable ‘clean’ energy and about utopian projects like the Green New Deal. But it will make grim reading for Joe Biden, Boris Johnson, Greta Thunberg, Al Gore, the Prince of Wales, David Attenborough, the Pope, Leo Di Caprio and the rest of the rag bag of public figures who have sought to burnish their caring, eco-friendly credentials by championing ‘renewable energy’ as the best way to save the planet.

    In fact, the review authors demonstrate, renewables – mainly wind and solar – do little if anything to reduce carbon dioxide emissions but are very good at wasting eye-watering sums of taxpayers’ money.

    Concern for climate change is one of the drivers of new, transitional energy policies oriented towards economic growth and energy security, along with reduced greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and preservation of biodiversity. Since 2010, the Climate Policy Initiative (CPI) has been publishing annual Global Landscape of Climate Finance reports. According to these reports, US$3660 billion has been spent on global climate change projects over the period 2011–2018. Fifty-five percent of this expenditure has gone to wind and solar energy. According to world energy reports, the contribution of wind and solar to world energy consumption has increased from 0.5% to 3% over this period. Meanwhile, coal, oil, and gas continue to supply 85% of the world’s energy consumption, with hydroelectricity and nuclear providing most of the remainder.

    The report’s leader author Coilín ÓhAiseadha puts this expenditure in context:

    “It cost the world $2 trillion to increase the share of energy generated by solar and wind from half a percent to three percent, and it took eight years to do it. What would it cost to increase that to 100%? And how long would it take?”

    According to the review, wind and solar are bad for a number of reasons – not least among them being the harm they do to the environment.

    One of the rationales used for wind power is that it reduces man made climate change. But, in fact, the study shows, it actually causes climate change at a local level, changing wind patterns, temperatures, precipitation, even causing flash flooding.

    In particular, recent years’ research has produced considerable theoretical and empirical evidence that wind turbines can have significant local or regional effects on climate. For example, Abbasi et al. (2016) explain that “large-scale wind farms with tall wind turbines can have an influence on the weather, possibly on climate, due to the combined effects of the wind velocity deficit they create, changes in the atmospheric turbulence pattern they cause, and landscape roughness they enhance”.

    Green technologies are also incredibly resource-greedy. Part of the problem is their feeble ‘power density’ – which is the measurement of the amount of land required to produce a fixed amount of energy. By far the most power-dense form of energy is natural gas, followed by nuclear, oil and coal. Fossil fuels can produce large amounts of energy requiring little land. Renewables, by contrast, need huge amounts of land to produce relatively tiny quantities of energy. Fossil fuels produce on average about 1000 times more power for any given land surface area.

    Renewables also require large quantities of minerals. Merely for the UK to fulfil Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s dream of making all cars in Britain electric by 2030 would, according to a group of experts led by Professor Richard Herrington, Head of Earth Sciences at the Natural History Museum in London, require:

    “…just under two times the total annual world cobalt production, nearly the entire world production of neodymium, three quarters the world’s lithium production and at least half of the world’s copper production during 2018 […] If we are to extrapolate this analysis to the currently projected estimate of 2 billion cars worldwide, based on 2018 figures, annual production would have to increase for neodymium and dysprosium by 70%, copper output would need to more than double and cobalt output would need to increase at least three and a half times for the entire period from now until 2050 to satisfy the demand”

    This expansion in mining is likely to have serious adverse social and environmental impacts in the often impoverished countries where the rare minerals are found.

    According to Medium:

    Cobalt mining, required to make batteries for e-vehicles, has severe impacts on the health of women and children in mining communities, where the mining is often done in unregulated, small-scale, “artisanal” mines. Lithium extraction, also required for manufacturing batteries for e-vehicles, requires large quantities of water, and can cause pollution and shortages of fresh water for local communities.

    As lead author, Coilín ÓhAiseadha, points out:

    “There was worldwide coverage of the conflict between the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the Dakota Access Pipeline, but what about the impacts of cobalt mining on indigenous peoples in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and what about the impacts of lithium extraction on the peoples of the Atacama Desert? Remember the slogan they chanted at Standing Rock? Mni Wiconi! Water is life! Well, that applies whether you’re Standing Rock Sioux worried about an oil spill polluting the river, or you’re in the Atacama Desert worried about lithium mining polluting your groundwater.”

    Even if they were as virtuous as their advocates claim, renewable technologies are hopelessly inadequate to the task of powering modern Western Civilisation.

    As co-author Dr Ronan Connolly says:

    “The average household expects their fridges and freezers to run continuously and to be able to turn on and off the lights on demand. Wind and solar promoters need to start admitting that they are not capable of providing this type of continuous and on-demand electricity supply on a national scale that modern societies are used to.”

    They also make poor people poorer by forcing them to use expensive ‘clean’ energy when fossil fuels would be much cheaper and more effective.

    We suggest that even within developed nations, policies to reduce CO2 emissions similarly are often at odds with improving the livelihoods of the less affluent in society.

    For example, one policy tool which is often promoted as being potentially useful for reducing CO2 emissions is the implementation of “carbon taxes”. Carbon taxes can take many forms, but typically penalize the use of forms of energy that are associated with relatively high CO2 emissions. Researchers studying the socioeconomic implications of various carbon taxes in multiple countries have found that carbon taxes “tend to be regressive”, i.e., the burden tends to be greatest on the poorest households.

    The report drily concludes that whether the goal is protecting biodiversity, securing a stable and reliable electricity supply, increase economic growth, or reducing CO2 emissions, the answer in every case is NOT renewables.

    Yet, currently, of the $3.66 trillion spent on global climate change in the period 2011 and 2018, 55 percent was spent on wind and solar.

    As the report notes:
    ‘This is a very large allocation for two energy sources which have many disadvantages.’”

  12. First Hijab-Wearing Mayor in UK Quits Labour Party Alleging Islamophobia (breitbart, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/10/14/first-hijab-wearing-mayor-in-uk-quits-labour-party-alleging-islamophobia/

    “The first woman in the UK to serve as a mayor while wearing a hijab has resigned from the left-wing Labour Party, alleging that there are Islamophobic and racist elements embedded within the ranks of the party.

    Rakhia Ismail, a Somali-born refugee who came to the United Kingdom in the 1980s, resigned from her ceremonial role as the mayor of the London district of Islington last month. The former mayor has now announced that she is leaving the Labour Party altogether, saying that she experienced Islamophobia and that she felt marginalised as a woman of colour by her male colleagues.

    “I’m saddened deeply that the party I thought was for justice and fairness and ‘for the many’ is the opposite, from my personal experience,” Ismail told left-wing British paper The Guardian.

    “Therefore, I find it hard to represent Holloway Ward as a Labour councillor because I was battling with a party system that simply allows white men to have what they want, when they want,” she added.

    In one example of perceived racism, the former Islington mayor said she received an invitation letter to Labour’s first national women’s conference in February of 2019, which featured the word “Somalia” under her address.

    “What has my birthplace got to do with this invite? I was shocked,” she said.

    She also went on to cite the decision of the Labour Party not to hold an event celebrating the Islamic festival of Eid in 2019 as an example of Islamophobia within the party. The local Islington Council claimed, however, that the scheduled event was cancelled due to inability to obtain public liability insurance and other organisational struggles.

    Ismail went on to claim that she was shouted at by a Labour colleague for speaking to the media about knife crime in her area and that she was told to keep quiet about the issue at a group meeting so as not to damage the reputation of the council.

    “It felt like me as a BME woman that I had no voice. In the end, I thought what’s the point?” she said.

    In response to the allegations, a Labour spokesman said: “Cllr Ismail’s decision to resign is disappointing especially coming so soon after her term as Mayor of Islington, having served the borough admirably through an incredibly challenging time.

    “Islington Labour has a diverse and talented group of councillors serving their community. The Labour Party takes any allegations of discrimination received extremely seriously, which are fully investigated in line with our rules and procedures.”

    Apart from accusations of Islamophobia, the Labour Party has long been embroiled in scandals concerning antisemitism, particularly during the tenure of former Labour leader and avowed socialist Jeremy Corbyn.

    In July, the party agreed to pay “substantial damages” to seven whistleblowers over defamation during the antisemitism row.

    A leaked internal report in April found that Labour is “host to a small number of members holding views which were unarguably hostile to Jewish people and in some cases frankly neo-Nazi in their nature”.”

  13. At least 851 Illegal Migrants on French Terror Watchlist (breitbart, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2020/10/14/at-least-851-illegal-migrants-french-terror-watchlist/

    “There are at least 851 illegal immigrants on France’s terror watchlist, according to Interior Minister Gerald Darmanin.

    Interior Minister Darmanin stated on Tuesday that 231 illegal migrants were major risks to French security and needed to be deported. At least 180 of those are currently in French custody.

    Of the 4,111 foreigners on the Reporting File for the Prevention of Radicalisation of a Terrorist Character (FSPRT), 851 are illegal migrants. Of those, only 428 have actually been deported from the country, L’Express reports.

    France is unable to deport some of these migrants, according to Darmanin, because international conventions prevent it as their home nations, like Libya, are considered unstable.

    François Héran, demographer and head of the Migrations Chair of the Collège de France, said of the figures: “While there are 300,000 irregulars in France — which is the most common estimate but probably lower than reality — the 231 flagged for radicalisation, according to Gerald Darmanin, represent a proportion of 1 in 1,300.”

    “It is not insignificant, but it invalidates the idea that there is a necessary link between irregular migration and radicalisation,” he added and claimed it was harder to engage with the threat of radicalism from those born in France.

    This is not the first time that immigration has been discussed in the context of radical Islamic extremism. During the height of the migrant crisis, it was reported that Islamic State had sent members amongst the wave of asylum seekers.

    In 2018, a Syrian asylum seeker arrested for a terrorist plot in Hamburg later admitted in court that the terrorist group had sent him to Europe disguised as a refugee.

    Mohamed A., 27, had told the German court that the terrorist group had commanded him to infiltrate the migrant wave and wait in Germany for orders. The group also allegedly gave him a forged passport and $1,500 in cash.”

  14. europravda – Facebook announces ban on paid ads that discourage vaccinations

    The latest policy is an extension of Facebook’s rules that ban adverts about vaccine “hoaxes”.

  15. CBC – Syrian refugees reunited with family in time for Thanksgiving

    A Syrian refugee family’s already long separation from their extended family in Canada was made even longer by the COVID-19 pandemic, but a long-awaited reunion took place in Regina just before Thanksgiving.

  16. Sen Cruz reacts to reports claiming Google may be ‘shifting power’ to flip the Senate

    Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) discusses the ongoing Amy Coney Barrett confirmation hearings, reports from the Russia investigation and the big tech antitrust probe.

  17. GREECE – Illegal Muslim immigrant licks yogurt package and puts it back in the fridge of Samos supermarket (VIDEO)

    The video spread and became viral after the illegal immigrants made the disgusting action at a time when sanitary measures are strict due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Through the video that leaked on the internet, the police managed to arrest the perpetrators of this disgusting act.

    The mayor of Eastern Samos, George Stantzos, also spoke about this incident, emphasizing in a post on Facebook:

    “About the video in a store in Samos released on social media and digital media (where 1 immigrant appears licking provocatively laughing food packaging and the other one also filmed laughing), police did their duty immediately, they have been arrested and have been taken to Justice,” he said.

    “Such anti-social behavior – in the midst of a pandemic – should be punished wherever it comes from. We thank the Greek Police for guarding public safety and health,” he concluded.

    https://greekcitytimes.com/2020/10/14/illegal-immigrant-licks-yogurt-package-and-puts-it-back-in-the-fridge-of-samos-supermarket/

  18. Turkey says Greece failed to fulfill promises, vows response (abcnews, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/turkey-greece-failed-fulfill-promises-vows-response-73604756

    “Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday accused Greece and Cyprus of failing to fulfill “promises” made during negotiations within the European Union and NATO and said his country would continue to give them “the response they deserve.”

    Erdogan’s comments came days after Ankara redeployed its search vessel, Oruc Reis, for a new energy exploration mission in disputed waters in the eastern Mediterranean, reigniting tensions with Greece and Cyprus over sea boundaries and exploration rights. Turkish media reports said two navy frigates are shadowing the search vessel.

    Those tensions had flared up over the summer, prompting a military buildup, bellicose rhetoric and fears of a confrontation between the two NATO members and historic regional rivals.

    “Our Oruc Reis has returned to its duty in the Mediterranean,” Erdogan told legislators of his ruling party in a speech in parliament. “We will continue to give the response they deserve on the field, to Greece and the Greek Cypriot administration who have not kept their promises during talks within the EU and NATO platforms.”

    He didn’t spell out what the promises were but Turkish officials have been accusing Greek officials of engaging in a series of “provocations” despite efforts to revive the so-called exploratory talks between the neighbors that were aimed at resolving disputes and were last held in 2016.

    Heiko Maas, the foreign minister of Germany, which has been mediating between Athens and Ankara in a bid to east the tensions, criticized Turkey on Tuesday for taking “unilateral steps” in the eastern Mediterranean which he said were undercutting efforts to deescalate tensions. The U.S. State Department issued a statement deploring Turkey’s move.

    Ankara says the Oruc Reis was redeployed following provocative acts by Athens, including a decision to hold military drills in the Aegean Sea on Turkey’s main national holiday.

    During his speech, Erdogan also rebuffed international criticism over Turkey’s move to open the beachfront of Cyprus’ fenced-off suburb of Varosha in divided Cyprus’ breakaway Turkish Cypriot north.

    “The fenced-off Varosha region belongs to the Turks of northern Cyprus. This should be known as such,” he said.

    Varosha remained off-limits and in Turkish military control after its Greek Cypriot residents fled before advancing troops in 1974 when Turkey invaded and sliced the island along ethnic lines after a coup by supporters of union with Greece.

    Separately, Erdogan declared that he would on Saturday announce details of the discovery a new natural gas reserve off the Black Sea coast. In August, Turkey announced the discovery of 320 billion cubic meters of gas, which the country said would help ease the country’s dependence on imports.”

  19. Pakistan says soldier killed by firing from Afghanistan (abcnews, Oct 14, 2020)
    https://abcnews.go.com/International/wireStory/pakistan-soldier-killed-firing-afghanistan-73602757

    “Pakistan’s military on Wednesday said a soldier was killed and another wounded in the country’s northwest by fire from across the Afghan border, a sign of increasing violence in an area that until recent years served as a base for Pakistani and foreign militants.

    The attack hit a border security post in Bajur district, a former tribal region of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The military statement said the shooting came from the Afghan side of the frontier, and did not speculate on who was behind the attack.

    Similar cross-border attacks in Bajur district killed two Pakistani soldiers in July and September, respectively.

    Pakistan’s border areas served as a base for the Pakistani Taliban and other militants until a few years ago, when the army said it cleared the region of insurgents, but occasional attacks have continued.

    Such attacks have raised fears that the Pakistani Taliban are regrouping.

    Pakistan and Afghanistan often accuse each other of turning a blind eye to militants operating along the porous frontier, which stretches 2,400 kilometers (1,500 miles) across rugged mountainous terrain.

    A United Nations report in July said more than 6,000 Pakistani insurgents were hiding in Afghanistan, most belonging to the Pakistani Taliban.

    Also known as Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, they are a separate insurgent group from the Afghan Taliban, although Pakistan’s militant groups are often interlinked with those across the border.

    Pakistan’s military has been waging a decades old battle with Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, some of whom have aligned themselves with the Islamic State affiliate headquartered in Afghanistan.

    In September, two Pakistani soldiers were killed in a shootout with militants during a search operation in North Waziristan district, which also borders Afghanistan. Earlier that month, the Pakistani Taliban took responsibility for a powerful roadside bombing in the same district that targeted a military vehicle, killing three soldiers and wounding four.”

  20. JORDAN – Horror crime rocks Jordan: Teenager’s hands chopped off, eyes gouged out

    Jordanian society rocked after video of apparent revenge attack is posted online

    A state of widespread outrage has engulfed Jordanian society after a 16-year-old boy was brutally assaulted by a group of men who chopped off both his hands and gouged out his eyes.

    The hideous crime, which happened in Zarqa city on Tuesday, has sparked anger among social media users and influencers who demanded the most severe punishment for the culprits of a crime not seen before in the Kingdom.

    The suspects filmed their crime and posted a video on social media. The video went viral on social media before Jordanian authorities issued an urgent decision banning the circulation of the footage, due to the brutal scenes.

    […]

    https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/horror-crime-rocks-jordan-teenagers-hands-chopped-off-eyes-gouged-out-1.1602618400864

    • DAILY MAIL – Outraged King of Jordan intervenes after mob film themselves hacking a 16-year-old boy’s hands off and gouging out his eyes ‘out of revenge for a murder carried out by his father’

      WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENT

      The boy, named Saleh, was abducted while out buying bread in Zarqa, Jordan
      He was bundled into minibus by 10 men and taken to remote location in the city
      Once there, the men chopped off his hands with an axe and gouged his eyes

      The King of Jordan has intervened after a mob filmed themselves hacking a 16-year-old boy’s hands off and gouging out his eyes in an act of revenge for a murder allegedly carried out by his father.

      A Jordanian special police taskforce has now arrested 11 people involved in the mutilation of the boy in Zarqa, a city 20 miles northeast of Amman.

      Ten men kidnapped the victim, a boy named Saleh, on Tuesday before driving him in a minibus to a remote location, where they chopped off his hands and gouged out his eyeballs with sharp objects.

      King Abdullah II of Jordan has instructed the boy be transferred to King Hussein Medical City in the capital city of Amman and ordered that all necessary medical care be provided for him.

      Saleh told local media that he was abducted on his way to buy bread.

      ‘I recognised the criminals when I saw them and tried to escape but they managed to catch and take me to a house in an abandoned area where they chopped off my hands and gouged out my eyes.

      ‘Only God gave me the strength to bear what had happened to me,’ he said.

      Local media, citing the testimony of an eyewitness, reported that the mutilation was a revenge attack for the murder of one of the suspects’ uncle. The men believed the victim’s father was the perpetrator.

      The video went viral on social media in Jordan but due to its horrific nature, Jordanian authorities swiftly ordered that its circulation be banned.

      Justice Minister Bassam Talhouni told the state-run Petra news agency that ‘law will take its course and the most severe punishment will be applied to the perpetrators of crimes that disturb societal peace and security and horrify citizens’.

      Mr Talhouni called the incident ‘alien to Jordanian society’ and said that it was ‘rejected’ by any of the country’s laws or religions.

      Among those arrested was the man who allegedly filmed the gruesome attack. He has been detained for a week pending further investigation.

      Saleh is listed as in critical condition at Zarqa Government Hospital, Gulf News reported. Despite the severity of his injuries, his vital signs remain stable.

      https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8839985/King-Jordan-intervenes-mob-film-hacking-16-year-old-boys-hands-off.html

    • Jordan horror crime: 10 arrested for chopping off hands, gouging out eyes of teenager

      Arrests made on King Abdullah’s orders, who is personally following up on the case

      Later the arms of the boy were sent to his mother in plastic bags.

      A Jordanian special police taskforce has arrested 10 suspects involved in chopping off the hands and gouging out the eyes of a 16-year-old boy in Zarqa, local media reported. The arrests were made after Jordan’s King Abdullah II personally followed up the security operation in Zarqa city, 25km east of the Jordanian capital Amman.

      King Abdullah stressed the need to take the strongest legal action against the criminals who commit crimes that terrorise society, highlighting the importance of citizens enjoying security and safety in their country. He also ordered the necessary treatment and health care be provided to the victim.

      The horror crime happened on Tuesday when the suspects kidnapped the teenager and took him to an uninhabited area where they brutally assaulted him by cutting off both his hands and gouging out his eyes using sharp objects. Later the arms of the boy were sent to his mother in plastic bags.

      In an interview with local media, the victim, Saleh, said that he was kidnapped by 10 men when he was on his way to buy bread. “I recognised the criminals when I saw them and tried to escape but they managed to catch and take me to a house in an abandoned area where they chopped off my hands and gouged out my eyes. Only God gave me the strength to bear what had happened to me,” he said.

      An eyewitness told a local newspaper that the Zarqa crime was revenge for the murder of the uncle of one of the suspects by the victim’s father. The video went viral on social media before Jordanian authorities issued an urgent decision banning the circulation of the footage due to the cruel and horrifying scenes.

      Dr. Mabrouk Al Suraiheen, director of Zarqa Government Hospital, said the vital signs of the boy are stable and he is in good condition despite the severe physical injuries he sustained. He is out of danger.

      https://gulfnews.com/world/mena/jordan-horror-crime-10-arrested-for-chopping-off-hands-gouging-out-eyes-of-teenager-1.74564772

  21. NBC News – Bill Gates : “World Won’t Return To Normal” Until “Second Generation” Of COVID-19 Super-Vaccines Arrives

    “The only way we’ll get completely back to normal is by having, maybe not the first generation of vaccines, but eventually a vaccine that is super-effective, and that a lot of the people take, and that we get the disease eliminated on a global basis,” said Gates.

    We won’t be able to “build back in a positive way”

    ( 26 min 40 )

    • CNBC – Bill Gates on pushback against masks: ‘We tell people to wear clothes’

      Bill Gates joins CNBC’s Becky Quick to discuss the pushback in the United States against wearing masks to slow the spread of the pandemic.

      ( 3 min 25 )

    • CNBC – Bill Gates criticizes U.S. Covid-19 response: Most governments listen to their scientists

      Billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, criticized the U.S. response to the coronavirus, telling CNBC the nation ranks “quite low compared to other countries” in executing testing and delivering a clear message on safe social practices such as wearing masks.

      ( 2 min 39 )

    • CNBC – Bill Gates on Eli Lilly pausing antibody trial due to safety concerns

      Bill Gates joined CNBC’s Becky Quick to discuss Eli Lilly’s decision to pause its trial for a coronavirus antibody treatment due to safety concerns.

      They also discuss the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s work with Eli Lilly to assist with mass distribution of the company’s antibody treatment.

      ( 2 min 06 )

    • CNBC – ‘The rest of this year will not be normal’—Bill Gates on post-pandemic life

      Bill Gates joined CNBC’s Becky Quick to discuss when he thinks a coronavirus vaccine will become widely available and what it will take for society to return to normal following the pandemic.

      ( 1 min 40 )

    • CNBC – Bill Gates on how to distribute coronavirus vaccines and antivirals

      Bill Gates joins CNBC’s Becky Quick to discuss the challenges surrounding distributing coronavirus vaccines and therapeutics while the supply will be limited in the beginning of the manufacturing process.

      ( 1 min 53 )

    • CNBC – Bill Gates on regulating Big Tech: ‘We’re in uncharted territory’

      Microsoft founder Bill Gates joins CNBC’s Becky Quick to discuss how more regulation could impact Big Tech companies as lawmakers scrutinize the biggest companies such as Google, Apple and Facebook.

      ( 2 MIN 38 )

    • CBC – No need to cancel Halloween, says Dr. Tam

      “Wear a proper mask under your Halloween mask ”

      Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam advised parents and kids to maintain physical distancing while trick-or-treating outside, to stick to pre-packaged treats and to have hand sanitizer readily available.

    • CBC – Canadians growing less supportive of a mandatory COVID-19 vaccine, poll suggests

      A new poll from Leger suggests Canadians are growing less supportive of making a COVID-19 vaccine mandatory when one becomes available.

      + comments on the YT page

    • CNBC – Don’t be afraid to take the Covid-19 vaccine: Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, who’s enrolled in Moderna’s trial

      Dr. Ihor Sawczuk, chief researcher at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey, was one of the first patients who received Moderna’s Covid-19 vaccine.

      He joins ‘Closing Bell’ to discuss his thoughts on people who are reluctant and skeptical on taking the Covid-19 vaccine.

    • ONTARIO – There are no shortages of flu shot vaccine, says health minister

      The health minister is insisting there are no shortages of the flu shot vaccine in Ontario. Christine Elliott says initial shipments went to hospitals and long-term care homes, and more will be sent to doctor’s offices and pharmacies.

  22. What’s up with the about-face on COVID-19, the New York Times, and the media treatment of Democrats?
    By J.E. Dyer October 14, 2020

    Liberty Unyielding has been following this since it became apparent with news reporting on Monday. In retrospect, it seems to have started with a podcast appearance on Friday (9 October) by a World Health Organization official, Dr. David Nabarro.

    Dr. Nabarro is the WHO Special Envoy for COVID-19, and in the podcast interview with the (UK) Spectator, he urged world leaders to “stop using lockdown as your primary control measure.”

    http://libertyunyielding.com/2020/10/14/whats-up-with-the-about-face-on-covid-19-the-new-york-times-and-the-media-treatment-of-democrats/

    • Great paragraph from the great article:

      “Nancy Pelosi is trying to guilt Blitzer back into line in this interview. Trump never uses passive-aggressive button-pushing that way in someone else’s conversation. He opens up with annihilating verbal mortar barrages, with the intent to make it his conversation: to change the whole proposition and dynamics of the exchange.

      He’s kind of a walking dialectic generator, with the twist that he’s always originating a new thesis, and it’s the other guy who’s scrambling for an antithesis with some teeth, to regain some momentum.”

    • oooooooo
      nice!

      Japan had to do more than murmer sweet nothings about a “Quad” that’s mostly wishful thinking on the part of India. Put serious money on the line. Buying off Bangladesh is a lovely gesture!

  23. FBI Obtained Hunter Biden Computer, Data on Ukraine Dealings: Documents

    The FBI obtained a laptop computer and a hard drive that had emails addressed to Hunter Biden and photographs of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, according to a subpoena and other documents published on Wednesday by the New York Post.

    Biden’s campaign challenged aspects of the reporting, including the alleged existence of a meeting with a top official at Burisma Holdings.

    The subpoena from the U.S. District Court for the District of Delaware, dated Dec. 9, 2019, is for an Apple MacBook Pro and an external hard drive.

    The subpoena was issued to the owner of an electronics store in Delaware, where the computer was dropped off in April 2019, the store’s owner, who was not named, told the Post.

    The billing information given for the computer was Hunter Biden’s name and the computer bore a sticker from the Beau Biden Foundation, which was named after Hunter Biden’s late brother. The store’s owner said the computer and hard drive were seized by the FBI after he alerted authorities to them.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/fbi-obtains-hunter-biden-computer-data-on-ukraine-dealings-documents_3538921.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2020-10-14-2

    • Biden Campaign Denies Reported Burisma Executive Meeting

      The campaign for Democratic nominee Joe Biden on Wednesday refuted a New York Post report of newly uncovered emails that suggested son Hunter Biden introduced his father, who was serving as the vice president, to a top Ukrainian natural gas executive at Hunter’s request.

      The emails were found in a laptop that was sent to a repair shop in 2019, according to the NY Post, which also reported that a copy of the hard drive was sent to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani.

      “Investigations by the press, during impeachment, and even by two Republican-led Senate committees whose work was decried as ‘not legitimate’ and political by a GOP colleague have all reached the same conclusion: that Joe Biden carried out official U.S. policy toward Ukraine and engaged in no wrongdoing. Trump Administration officials have attested to these facts under oath,” the Biden campaign spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement to news outlets on Wednesday afternoon.

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/joe-bidens-campaign-refutes-hunter-biden-email-report-saying-he-met-with-burisma-executive_3539264.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2020-10-14-2

    • Facebook Reduces Distribution of Story About Hunter Biden

      Facebook said Wednesday it was suppressing a story about Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden’s son, a move President Donald Trump’s campaign called outrageous.

      The story centered on documents and photographs from a hard drive obtained by the New York Post.

      “While I will intentionally not link to the New York Post, I want [to] be clear that this story is eligible to be fact checked by Facebook’s third-party fact checking partners. In the meantime, we are reducing its distribution on our platform,” Andy Stone, a Facebook spokesman, said in a statement.

      Trump’s campaign said the move showed Facebook “is actively interfering in the election” and “is rigging the election for Joe Biden.”

      https://www.theepochtimes.com/facebook-reduces-distribution-of-story-about-hunter-biden_3539083.html?utm_source=newsnoe&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=breaking-2020-10-14-2

      Facebook Reduces Distribution of Story About Hunter Biden

  24. Man Who FIRED FIRST in Fatal Kenosha Shootout is Charged With Gun Crime by Wisconsin Prosecutors

    Kyle Rittenhouse did not shoot first.

    A man who shot a firearm at the fateful Kenosha, Wisconsin riot of August 25th has been charged with disorderly conduct and use of a dangerous weapon, according to new charging documents obtained by the Gateway Pundit.

    Documents detailing charges against 35-year old Joshua Ziminski indicate that the man was seen on camera “holding a black handgun, which he was holding in his left hand, pointing downward. Detective Howard reports that in reviewing multiple other videos, he was able to see the defendant and Kelly Ziminski, in and around multiple other people on the streets, and the defendant was seen holding the handgun down at his side in said videos.”

    Kyle Rittenhouse, the militia-affiliated teenager since charged with multiple counts of murder, can be seen reacting to a gunshot- supposedly a “warning shot” moments before he was attacked by convicted child rapist Joseph Rosenbaum. Rittenhouse shot and killed Rosenbaum after a brief struggle over the AR-style rifle he was carrying. He shot two more leftist rioters who assailed him with guns and skateboards in the following moments.

    https://bigleaguepolitics.com/man-who-fired-first-in-fatal-kenosha-shootout-is-charged-with-gun-crime-by-wisconsin-prosecutors/

  25. A Media-Political Assassination in . . . Denver

    Do Colorado patriots’ lives matter?

    On a sunny Saturday afternoon, after gathering with Benghazi Marine hero John “Tig” Tiegen at Civic Center Plaza in Denver to show pride in America, hundreds of citizens departed a peaceful “Patriot Muster” feeling inspired. They filed out of the park bedecked in Old Glory, Thin Blue Line flags and MAGA hats. Some came in wheelchairs and walkers. Students, parents and grandparents all rallied. Military veterans turned out in force.

    Tiegen’s men came trained and prepared to defend their supporters. Denver police and Arapahoe County sheriff’s deputies kept better order.

    Remember: Three months ago, the “Back the Blue” rally that I attended with hundreds of others at the very same Civic Center Plaza was shut down by violent antifa and Black Lives Matter vigilantes.

    Remember: The Denver police union president, Nick Rogers, blew the whistle on how top brass (led by a police chief who marched arm-in-arm with BLM protestors this summer) issued a retreat order while the mob trampled our constitutional rights to free speech and peaceable assembly.

    http://www.jewishworldreview.com/michelle/malkin101420.php3

  26. The End of Appeasement in Britain?

    by Richard Kemp
    October 14, 2020 at 5:00 am

    “This is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” Winston Churchill’s words following the British victory over Germany in the Battle of Egypt in November 1942 might also describe recent political developments in Britain’s modern-day culture wars. For many decades, British society has been subjected to an almost continuous assault on our history, our way of life and our national institutions by the hard left.

    The centre and right became so demoralised by this highly successful campaign that for years their response was appeasement, the very policy Churchill warned against so frequently when the fascist mirror image of this ideology threatened us in the 1930s. Now there are the glimmering signs of a fightback against the progressive liberal consensus that resulted, engulfing many mainstream politicians, the judiciary, civil service, much of the media, big business and education.

    The inspiration for this fightback came when the voice of the no-longer-silent majority, exasperated by the progressive erosion of national sovereignty and the very fabric of democracy by the European Union, finally made itself heard in the Brexit referendum of 2016. The victory was narrow, but it should be remembered that the referendum was dominated by a campaign of fear and disinformation by every mainstream political party, virtually all national and international institutions and much of the media. Even the President of the United States, Barack Obama, came to London threatening to send us to “the back of the queue” on trade if we dared cast off the EU. As planned, this onslaught intimidated huge numbers into voting remain. In reality, therefore, far more than the 51.9% who had the courage to vote leave were in favour of rejecting the plot to turn our country into a mere province of the putative European superstate.

    https://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/16591/appeasement-britain

  27. Exclusive: China Had COVID-Like Patients Months Before Official Timeline
    Internal CCP documents show patients in Wuhan had symptoms as early as September 2019, but authorities didn’t disclose to the world
    By Eva Fu
    October 13, 2020 Updated: October 14, 2020

    A series of leaked documents shows that patients in China with symptoms similar to COVID-19 were hospitalized months before the regime’s official timeline, throwing into question when exactly the CCP virus began spreading in Wuhan, China’s epidemic ground zero.

    At least one patient started experiencing COVID-19-like symptoms in September 2019, according to hospital data obtained by The Epoch Times from a trusted source who has access to government documents. Dozens more were hospitalized over the following month.

    Wuhan hospitals also reported several deaths in October 2019 due to severe pneumonia, lung infections, and other symptoms similar to COVID-19 patients.

    The city’s health commission only publicly announced an outbreak of a novel form of pneumonia on Dec. 31, 2019—after social media posts by whistleblower doctors had gone viral.

    In a letter dated Feb. 19 obtained by The Epoch Times, a national investigation team set up by the central government stated that it wished to trace early cases of the disease. It asked local authorities for data from all Wuhan medical institutions over the period between Oct. 1 to Dec. 10, 2019, including information on patients who visited fever clinics in the vicinity of the Huanan Seafood Market, a wet market that the officials initially identified as the outbreak origin; details of the earliest 10 suspected cases at each medical agency rated tier two or above (three is the highest); and pneumonia deaths with COVID-19-like symptoms.

    https://www.theepochtimes.com/china-saw-covid-19-like-patients-months-before-official-timeline-internal-documents_3537965.html?utm_source=CCPVirusNewsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=2020-10-14

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