Reader’s Links for April 9, 2021

Each day at just after midnight Eastern, a post like this one is created for contributors and readers of this site to upload news links and video links on the issues that concern this site. Most notably, Islam and its effects on Classical Civilization, and various forms of leftism from Soviet era communism, to postmodernism and all the flavours of galloping statism and totalitarianism such as Nazism and Fascism which are increasingly snuffing out the classical liberalism which created our near, miraculous civilization the West has been building since the time of Socrates.

This document was written around the time this site was created, for those who wish to understand what this site is about. And while our understanding of the world and events has grown since then, the basic ideas remain sound and true to the purpose.

So please post all links, thoughts and ideas that you feel will benefit the readers of this site to the comments under this post each day. And thank you all for your contributions.

This is the new Samizdat. We must use it while we can.

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101 Replies to “Reader’s Links for April 9, 2021”

    • A brave individual, Mike Lindell.I’m looking forward to seeing his social media platform. Will be interesting.
      And yes, China was involved in electoral interference. They are the nation that had the most to lose had Donald J. Trump been reelected.

  1. Yesterday I tried to buy some plywood. It took much of the day with help from another to source it. Because of the Ontario shutdown everything must be done online or over the phone. Many stores are out of stock. Let this sink in. They are out of stock of lumber products IN CANADA! The land of trees.

    There is also rationing taking place. Contractors are the first to see building product shortages, so they immediately hoard materials. This will spread to all products that are affected by supply-chain shortages, including food. For those of you with other mouths to feed it is recommended you stock up on non-perishables before, and if, the hoarding in foodstuffs begins. Besides, if the shortages don’t get you the inflation will. A different example of shortages:

    • Remember my speculations about China, Putin and what is happening in Ukraine, Lebanon and China. Also remember that that Biden and his puppet masters don’t want ot save the US or Europe., they want to destroy us so they can take over.

      • Prez Zelensky was NOT elected to poke the BEAR. He was supposed to distance the country from the Deep State corruptocrats who did the Euromaiden.

        The Minsk Accords were meant to stabilize the relationship. Now DS Ukraine is back to collaborating with NATO’s Stoltenberg and genius diplomats like Victoria Nuland. The former couldn’t fight his way out of a paper bag; the latter is a vulgar, jumped-up fishmonger.

        Their self-confidence has intensified – become DELUSIONAL – since they pulled off a coup against the single global hegemon. Now it looks like PUTIN is in the crosshairs.

        They’re surely collaborating with our enemies

        But NOT with Putin, whom they hate with a purple passion. The Navalny-thing was a dud, but framing Putin as the man who lost Donbass and Crimea could destroy him. No doubt they’ve groomed some Russian puppet to take his place.

        Where'd Macron come from?

        They’ll lose, but it’ll be extremely costly, no matter what.

        Not least, for Jews.

        Zelensky’s making the cardinal sin for a Diaspora Jew: inciting the wrath of the larger society. Certain coreligionists in Ukraine – the more Western, Soros-friendly types – are even more deeply implicated, share the blame.

        But it won’t go well for others, that’s for sure.

        • You know the players better then I do, my idea was that since Biden in controlled by Obama and China has dirt on both it is possible that China had Biden pressure Ukraine to poke the Bear.

          This would give Putin and excuse to take portions of Ukraine and at the same time provide a distraction for China invading Taiwan. They know that Biden isn’t going to turn the US Navy loose to fight China and want to get at least part of the European warships in the Far East headed towards the Med at top speed.

          • It wouldn’t be necessary to blackmail 0. If it hurts the USA, he’s on board.

            “Biden” is the Cabal that’s owned by interests friendly to our enemies.

  2. (Richard: If this doesn’t scare you nothing will, if the amendments to the Constitution aren’t absolute then neither is the Constitution. This means that in Biden’s and his ilks opinion our rights depend on how the politicians are feeling or thinking at any given moment.

    The Constitut9ion and the amendments were written to prevent this from happening and now we have politicians in DC telling us that we aren’t citizens but rather subjects who are powerless to change what the politicians want. They have been thinking this for a long time but haven’t had the nerve to tell us what their plans are. Getting away with the raw naked steal of the 2020 Presidential Election without great public outrage has convinced them that they now have the power to force us into the positions of Peasants and Serfs in the Neo Feudal system they are seeking to create.)

    Biden: ‘No amendment to the Constitution is absolute.’ Got your amendments right here, Mr. President – Liberty Unyielding
    J.E. Dyer
    5-7 minutes

    Biden: ‘No amendment to the Constitution is absolute.’ Got your amendments right here, Mr. President

    It isn’t worth spending a whole lot of time on this. The weaselly intent of President Biden’s words is self-evident. (He uttered them in the course of announcing his executive order on gun restrictions.)

    Some things are absolute. Biden went on to put up the usual “can’t yell ‘Fire!’ in a crowded theater” example, but the usual example has its usual impact. It illustrates that exceptions to the absolutes of the Constitution must be for cause. You’re courting sanction if there isn’t a fire — but the meaning of 1A isn’t even about that; it’s about the government failing in respect of cause and due process. Can federal employees be prohibited by law from saying certain things in specific situations (e.g., blabbing state secrets)? Of course they can. But that restriction on speech is subject to cause and due process, as are libel, slander, child pornography, and yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater.

    As regards the 2A, there are already ways to deny firearms to people who shouldn’t be trusted to keep and bear arms — but there must be proper cause (“proper” typically, and rightfully, being the province of the legislature), and a due process for showing it. The cause relates to the individual and his circumstances.

    • That’s right. If there’s no such thing as God and Natural Law (Nature and Nature’s God) then Governments will decide what rights their citizens have. And what the Government gives, the Government can take away. (“We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal and endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights.”) Bishop Barron has a short talk on the four philosophers who have had the most significant influence on modern thinking, I’ll post it next. Ideas have consequences.

        • Thanks, EW.
          1A-religion is also at risk. We’ve got to be proactive here.
          Lockdowns for Passover and Easter, in some places, but lifted for BLM riots and Ramadan.

            • We just need to change how we view them. Once they no longer enjoy the respect, affections and admiration of the public, they become a new thing, don’t they?

          • Not just 1A adn 2A rights, the entire Constitution and the idea of rule of law, Checks and Balance etc. The entire list of what make the US the best nation on earth. The left truly wants to turn us into a neo feudal oligarchy where we have no rights and they own everything.

  3. Thousands rally against new coronavirus restrictions in Argentina’s Buenos Aires

    Thousands have gathered in Buenos Aires to denounce the Argentinian government’s newly introduced, tougher COVID restrictions as well as the country’s economic policies in relation to the International Monetary Fund.

  4. BBC – What are the Covid risks and how do you stay safe as lockdowns ease?

    …how can you keep yourself and others safe from transmitting the virus?

    • Greta to skip COP26 over unfair vaccine rollouts

      Swedish climate campaigner says in an online interview with AFP that she plans to skip the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow this November, saying the uneven rollout of covid-19 vaccine campaigns would mean countries could not participate on even terms.

    • CBC – Provinces, doctors struggle with AstraZeneca vaccine concerns

      Provinces are scrambling to get Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines into the arms of people over 55, while doctors reassure those who got their first dose before concerns about blood clots were raised.

    • CBC – Quebec City’s COVID-19 surge leads to more restrictions

      Quebec is imposing more COVID-19 restrictions as case numbers swell, especially in Quebec City where variants have gained control.

      Quebec City, Levis, Gatineau and Beauce are facing tougher controls while Montreal and Laval are returning to an 8 p.m. curfew.

    • CBC – Alberta’s COVID-19 restrictions get pushback from Kenney’s caucus

      The recent renewal of COVID-19 restrictions in Alberta has frustrated some residents, and Premier Jason Kenney is facing vocal pushback from some members of his own caucus.

    • CBC – Canadian scientists research what causes wide range of COVID-19 symptoms

      A team of Halifax researchers is trying to determine why some people get really sick with COVID-19 and some not at all.

    • ctv news – Dr. Njoo: There is time to decide on second AstraZeneca dose for people under 55

      Dr. Howard Njoo on whether people under 55 who already received the AstraZeneca vaccine should get their second dose.

    • UK on ‘charm offensive’ to reassure AstraZeneca vaccine is safe

      The UK is taking measures to reassure that the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe, but how effective will its efforts be?

      Professor Ravindra Gupta explains how the ‘charm offensive’ is getting underway.

    • global news – Ontario science table recommends limiting use of COVID drug due to supply shortage

      An expert group is recommending Ontario clinicians ration doses of a drug used to treat COVID-19 as a supply shortage coincides with a third wave of infections that’s sending more patients into intensive care.

    • global news – The push for the development of a universal coronavirus vaccine

      …researchers around the world are racing to find a universal vaccine that could protect against the current strain of the coronavirus, as well as future ones.

      • Could mRNA vaccine Permanently Alter DNA?
        Recent science suggests they might.

        Research on SARS-CoV-2 RNA by scientists at Harvard and MIT has implications for how mRNA could permanently alter genomic DNA, according to Doug Corrigan, PH.D, a biochemist-molecular biologist who says more research is needed.

        Over the past year, it would be all but impossible not to notice the media’s decision to make vaccines the dominant COVID narrative, rushing to do so even before any Coronavirus-attributed deaths occurred.

        The media’s slanted coverage has provided a particularly fruitful public relations boost for messenger RNA vaccines — decades in the making but never approved for human use – helping usher the experimental technology closer to the regulatory finish line. Under ordinary circumstances, the body makes (transcribes) mRNA from DNA in a cell’s nucleus. The mRNA then travels out into the cytoplasm, where it provides instructions about which protein to make.

        By comparison, mRNA vaccines send their chemically synthesized mRNA payload ( bundled with the spike protein-manufacturing instructions) directly into the cytoplasm.

        To make a long story short
        A March 10 press release pronouncing mRNA vaccines the clear winner of the COVID-19 vaccine race noted that all the major pharmaceutical companies are now “testing out the (mRNA) technology by entering into licence agreements and / or collaboration with well-established RNA companies.

        In old Disney cartoons, viewers often witnessed Donald Duck’s rich uncle, Scrooge McDuck’s “bulging eyes turn into oversized Vegas slot machine dollar signs” when contemplating opportunities to increase his already immense wealth.

        Judging by pharmaceutical company executives willingness to overlook mRNA vaccines’ long term — and possibly multigenerational—risks, they must be similarly entranced by dollar-sign visions of a never-ending pipeline of “plug and play” mRNA products.

        The full report can be read at The Defender website.

    • channel 4 – UK government insists there are enough alternative Covid vaccines for under-30s

      We spoke to Matt Hancock and asked him if he was worried that the new restriction on using the AstraZeneca jab for under-30s might lead to a lack of confidence in both the vaccine and the rollout itself.

    • Vaccine passports don’t infringe civil liberties’ – Journalist on vaccine hesitancy

      “I don’t see how a vaccine passport discriminates against people or infringes their civil liberties.”

      Journalist Simon Kelner weighs in on a survey that showed the public had reservations against the idea of vaccine passports.

    • bloomberg – How Covid Vaccine Tech Could Fight Cancer Soon

      The mRNA technology at the heart of two Covid-19 shots has been decades in the making.

      Now it may soon be used to fight cancer and HIV.

    • Germany: Spahn calls for stronger nationwide measures as third wave continues

      German Health Minister Jens Spahn and Head of the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) Lothar Wieler held a federal press conference on the current coronavirus situation in Berlin on Friday, where they called for stronger nationwide measures against the coronavirus, as infection rates continue to spike amid a third wave of the pandemic in the country.

      According to the Robert Koch Institute (RKI), 25,464 new infections have been reported within the last week, which caused the nationwide seven-day incidence to rise up to 110,4 cases per 100,000 citizens.

      “In order to decrease these numbers consequent and nationally uniform measures are needed. In my opinion, a federal and state round of talks would be the right format for this. But if some do not even share the assessment of the situation, then, of course, it will be difficult,” Minister Spahn stressed.

      “A lockdown is needed to break the current wave and reach the incidence significantly under 100,” Spahn added.

      RKI Chief Lothar Wieler explained that the current development in hospitals, which he described as ‘very serious’ is decisive regarding the measures.

      “The intensive care units are filling up rapidly, in almost all federal states. Currently, almost 4,500 COVID-19 patients are being treated at intensive care units in Germany. Only last week 700 new patients have been accepted,” Wieler added.

      SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): “This morning Robert Koch Institute (RKI) has reported over 25,000 new corona-cases. To say it very clearly, this is way too many.”

      SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): “In order to decrease these numbers, consequent and possibly nationally uniform measures are needed. In my opinion, a federal and state round of talks would be the right format for this. But if some do not even share the assessment of the situation, then, of course, it will be difficult.”

      SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): “A lockdown is needed to break the current wave and reach the incidence significantly under 100.”

      SOT, Jens Spahn, German Health Minister (German): “We are on a good path regarding vaccinations. In the last days more people have been vaccinated than ever before. As since this week firstly, there are more vaccines available and secondly, the general practitioners are joining the vaccination process.”

      SOT, Lothar Wieler, Head of the Robert Koch Institute (German): “The developments in the hospitals are rather decisive, as every fellow man who is the most seriously ill with COVID is being treated there. And this development shows unfortunately that the situation is very serious.”

      SOT, Lothar Wieler, Head of the Robert Koch Institute (German): “The intensive care units are filling up rapidly, in almost all federal states. Currently, almost 4,500 COVID-19 patients are being treated at intensive care units in Germany. Only last week 700 new patients have been accepted.”

    • Deutsche Pravda – Will vaccine campaigns actually beat COVID-19? Yes, but it’s complicated

      Remember the first COVID-19 vaccine jabs?

      They gave us hope that life might return to what it was before the pandemic.

      If we could only get enough people vaccinated.

      But some of the nations leading the world in vaccinations are still struggling with the coronavirus.

    • Deutsche Pravda – Imagining a post-pandemic world

      Imagining life after the pandemic:

      Aspects of society, our daily lives and how they can be radically changed for the better.

      Covid-19 showed our socity isn’t as shock proof as some believed.

      We’ve asked researchers from around the world for their biggest lessons from the past year and a half.

      Here’s what they say.

    • Deutsche Pravda – Pandemic worsens malnutrition & food insecurity worldwide

      We’re taking a look-ahead at life after the pandemic — from what it means for cities to economies and even nutrition.

      A recent study has linked higher obesity rates with higher COVID death rates.

      The World Obesity Federation report says COVID death rates were ten times higher in countries where the population was on average overweight.

      Further almost 90 Percent of Covid deaths occured in countries with high obesity rates.

      The report calls for people living with obesity to have priority access to vaccines.

      Meanwhile, the pandemic itself has increased hunger and malnutrition around parts of the world.

      For the first time, half of Brazilians don’t have access to safe and nutritious food.

      That’s according to Reddy Pensann, a local food research group.

      Lines are swelling by the day at soup kitchens and food distributions points.

      Experts say the sharp increase in food insecurity is due to job losses caused by the pandemic.

  5. What ISN’T infrastructure according to Biden and Dems? Inquiring minds want to know – Liberty Unyielding
    LU Staff
    2-3 minutes

    What ISN’T infrastructure according to Biden and Dems? Inquiring minds want to know

    Image: WikimediaImages / Pixabay

    When you’re in love or Joe Biden, everything is infrastructure. Increasing the number of broadband networks in the country? Yeah that’s infrastructure. So somehow is promoting transparency and competition and retrofitting more than two million homes and commercial buildings. Home care for the elderly and disabled? Check. Spending $35 billion on climate technology? Check. Devoting another $137 billion to education? Check mate.

    And those are just for starters. Ever since Biden first went public with his infrastructure proposal, the proposed list of inclusions has grown exponentially thanks to input from outsiders. Yesterday, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) added these three “essential” items to the infrastructure shopping list:

  6. For the first time in its History, a CCP 5 year plan is based on a foreign leader. And that’s Trump
    •Apr 8, 2021

  7. twitter @breaking911

    Amazon challenges hundreds of ballots for “tampering” & “voter’s eligibility” during closed-door proceedings on landmark union election.

    The election was poised to result in workers rejecting a unionization push by a more than 2-1 margin.


    reuters – Exclusive: Roughly 500 ballots challenged in Amazon’s landmark union election

    (Reuters) – Roughly 500 ballots submitted in Inc’s landmark union election have been challenged in a contest that will determine whether an Alabama warehouse becomes the online retailer’s first organized workplace in the United States, people familiar with the matter said.

    With about half of roughly 3,200 ballots counted, the election is currently poised to result in workers rejecting a unionization push by a more than 2-1 margin, potentially dealing a blow to organized labor.

    The challenged ballots could take on significance if the union meaningfully closes the gap when additional votes are counted. The U.S. National Labor Relations Board would adjudicate the disputed ballots if necessary to determining the outcome.

    Representatives for Amazon and the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU) challenged the ballots during closed-door election proceedings that lasted more than a week before U.S. officials began publicly counting votes. They were able to question ballots on suspicion of tampering, a voter’s eligibility and other issues.

    It is not clear how many votes each side challenged. The union on Wednesday said hundreds of ballots were contested, mostly by Amazon. The company has not commented on that claim.

    Of the 3,215 ballots received, workers have so far voted 1,100-463 against forming a union at the warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama, after several hours of counting on Thursday. The vote count will resume at 8:30 a.m. CT (1330 GMT) on Friday.

    Unionizing Amazon, the second-largest private employer in America, has been a goal for the U.S. labor movement, which is aiming to reverse long-running declines in membership. Union membership fell to 11% of the eligible workforce in 2020 from 20% in 1983, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics has said.

  8. DAILY MAIL – Bodies of 12 beheaded white expats are found after ISIS massacre in Mozambique town where British worker was killed in desperate escape bid

    The nationalities of 12 people found ‘tied up and beheaded’ can’t be confirmed
    Their bodies were found near to natural gas projects in Palma, Mozambique
    They are all believed to be foreigners because they are white, a commander said
    Comes less than a month after innocent people were killed in Palma on March 24
    Included 50-year-old Briton Philip Mawer who is believed to have been fleeing

    ( Portuguese )

    • al jazeera – Twelve people beheaded in a hotel in Mozambique

      It has emerged that 12 people, some believed to be foreigners, were beheaded in a hotel in Mozambique during a recent raid by Islamic State fighters.

      Regional leaders are trying to find a solution after a recent surge in violence.

  9. In the 50s my uncle and many others working in the oil business in Africa were found beheaded. Somethings never change.

  10. Biden ordering commission to study expanding Supreme Court
    by Katherine Doyle, White House Correspondent | | April 09, 2021 12:04 PM
    5-6 minutes

    President Joe Biden will order a bipartisan commission to study, over 180 days, whether to expand the Supreme Court, fulfilling a campaign promise urged by some Democrats who have called for adding seats to the bench or instituting term limits for justices.

    Biden faced increasing pressure from members of his party after then-President Donald Trump named three justices to the court, resulting in a bench with a conservative 6-3 balance. One of those seats was filled days before the 2020 presidential election, when Justice Amy Coney Barrett was confirmed to the seat of the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

  11. Liberals ramp up calls for Supreme Court Justice Breyer to retire after he panned court packing in speech
    Tyler Olson
    8-10 minutes

    Many on the left had quietly hoped that Justice Stephen Breyer would retire in 2021, opening up a seat on the Supreme Court for President Biden to fill — but now some are waging a public campaign to pressure the liberal stalwart to step down.

    The calls come in the wake of a speech Breyer gave to Harvard Law School students and alumni earlier this week when he warned that court packing – a term for adding seats to the Supreme Court to change its political makeup – could harm the rule of law in the U.S.

    “Proposals have been recently made to increase the number of Supreme Court justices. I’m sure that others will discuss related political arguments,” he said. “This lecture reflects my own effort to be certain that those who are going to debate these questions … also consider an important institutional point. Consider it. Namely, how would court packing reflect and affect the rule of law itself?”

  12. Rioters ignore pleas for calm as violence flares in Belfast
    4-5 minutes

    BELFAST (AP) — Police in Northern Ireland deployed water cannons for the first time in six years Thursday as they tried to disperse protesters who hurled stones, fireworks and gasoline-filled bottles at officers during another night of violence in Belfast.

    The violence erupted last week as tensions simmered between the Protestant and Catholic communities in Northern Ireland over COVID-19 lockdown restrictions that have restricted socializing and post-Brexit trade rules that have both economic and political ramifications.

    While the crowds appeared somewhat smaller Thursday, police said a further 19 officers were injured, bringing the total over the past week to 74.

    The latest violence came despite appeals from U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Irish Premier Micheal Martin and U.S. President Joe Biden to calm tensions.

    Northern Ireland’s justice

  13. Biden administration plans show of force in Black Sea amid Russia buildup
    by Abraham Mahshie, Defense Reporter | | April 08, 2021 04:27 PM
    3-4 minutes

    The Biden administration is reportedly poised to send Navy ships into the Black Sea in a show of force supporting Ukraine amid a buildup of Russian troops along that country’s border and Moscow’s further militarization of the Crimean Peninsula.

    In recent weeks, skirmishes in the restive Donestk region of eastern Ukraine led to the death of four Ukrainian soldiers at the hands of Russian-backed separatists. The violence is the first since a July 2020 peace agreement was signed in Minsk. Following the unrest, Russia began massing troops along the border and into Crimea, which it seized from Ukraine in 2014. Claiming it is conducting military exercises, the United States may just do the same.

    “We have been routinely operating inside the Black Sea,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby said Wednesday.

  14. WATCH: ‘Trafficker-in-Chief’: GOP Rep Who Visited Border Rips Biden
    Hank Berrien
    3-4 minutes

    After traveling to the southern border with other Republican members of Congress and seeing the humanitarian crisis in person, Florida Rep. Kat Cammack (R) blasted President Biden, referring to him as the “Trafficker-in-Chief” and saying she “can’t even in good conscience call President Biden ‘president.’”

    Fox News’ “The Story” host Martha MacCallum asked Cammack, “You hear Congresswoman (Veronica) Escobar (D-TX) saying there’s a better way to do this; do you agree with her on that?”

    “There’s a better way to do this,” Cammack replied. “It’s what the Trump administration was doing. It was the most humane, compassionate and normal way for putting Americans first, our national security first. And I would challenge Representative Escobar to actually call this what it is, a crisis. It’s not a situation. This is a crisis. Just 24 hours ago I was there in Mission, Texas, and I saw firsthand young girls under the age of 10 that had been gang-raped. They had been screaming so loud that their vocal cords had given out. This is a humanitarian crisis. And I can’t even in good conscience call President Biden ‘president,’ I have to call him ‘trafficker-in-chief’ because these kids are being trafficked.”

    • Preferred Spanish proficiency as well as those familiar with indigenous dialects spoken in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and/or El Salvador.
      Maintain line of sight and supervision of children.
      Assess the needs of unaccompanied children in care.
      Interview unaccompanied children in CBP custody and collect contact information for parents in home country and family members in the US.
      Efficiently collect and provide information to ORR to enable the National Call Center to begin contacting parents and family members to expedite children’s discharge to a US family member sponsor.
      Assist CBP and ORR in identifying children requiring prioritization for placement based on vulnerable category or time in CBP custody.

    • Arturo was taking her to the border crossing at San Diego to get [the 15-year old mother] into the United States; he would then deliver her to her new job as a housekeeper, maybe with children to watch; he also vowed that once she had established herself, they would marry.
      you must begin working, before you cross into the United States. What? Work. To pay off the coyote’s bill.
      a string of open-air brothels along river bottoms and in chaparral. Some sites would be near the workers’ camps or close to footpaths the migrants frequented. The idea was to rotate the women to five locations every week. Weekdays, business would be limited. Sunday, though, would be the busiest, the one day of the week the migrants got to loiter.
      [Officer] Castro said that one of the strangest parts for him was that such a big operation — 300 men on one Sunday — was a secret to nearby homeowners.

  15. That Oil Spill That Ruined Israeli Beaches Was No Accident – Frontpagemag
    Hugh Fitzgerald
    9-12 minutes

    And the Israelis believe they have the culprit.

    We haven’t forgotten the oil spill in the Mediterranean, this past February, that led to hundreds of tons of tar (the thicker emulsion that results from the oil-and-water mix) coming ashore along almost all – 160 km. out of a total of 190 km. – of Israel’s coastline. The damage to marine life was extensive, to the beaches, horrific. Thick gobs of the tarry stuff, in places some four to five inches thick, along with many thousands of smaller blobs, covered the waters and the rocky shore, spread over the the beaches that for a very long time will be unfit for use. Thousands of volunteers have been working ever since, laboriously collecting the tarry globs. Sea turtles, marine birds and endangered marine mammals were some of the wildlife that have perished or have been affected by the spill.

    Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry estimates that the oil spill occurred more than 50 km. off the coast of Israel, outside its territorial waters. Not only will the waters and rocky shores be arduously difficult to clean, but the oil spill event will also continue to corrupt the Mediterranean’s natural marine ecosystem for many years to come due to the widespread nature of the incident.

    Israeli investigators immediately got to work trying to determine from what ship the oil had been spilled and whether the spill was deliberate or an accident. At first they had thought it might have been a Greek ship, the Minerva Helen, which years ago had caused a similar oil spill elsewhere in the Mediterranean. But after a surprise raid on the ship by Israeli and Greek investigators, it was determined that the Minerva Helen had nothing to do with the latest oil spill off the Israeli coast.

    Now the Israelis believe they have the culprit. It’s a Libyan ship that was sailing from Iran, and the oil spill was no accident. A recent report is here.

  16. Psaki On Biden Cracking Down On Second Amendment Rights: This Is Only The Beginning; More Is Coming
    Ryan Saavedra
    3-4 minutes

    White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Thursday that the plan unveiled by Democrat President Joe Biden to crack down on Second Amendment rights was only the beginning and that Biden will take more actions.

    “Today, the administration announced initial actions to address gun violence,” Psaki said. “There will be more. That is absolutely his commitment, and he also will use the power of his presidency, his voice, his political will to advocate for actions in Congress.”

    The administration outlined the following “initial actions” that Biden will take in his attack on gun rights:

  17. Anti-fascist activists ‘disinfect’ Madrid’s Vallecas square after Vox rally

    Dozens of anti-fascist activists gathered in ‘Plaza Roja’ in the Vallecas neighbourhood of Madrid on Thursday to ‘disinfect’ the site a day after the far-right Vox party held a campaign rally there.

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