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Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan reported no major overnight incidents on Saturday, indicating that a ceasefire agreed after intense Friday fighting remained in effect, although Kyrgyz border guards said a village was briefly shelled.
The two former Soviet republics clashed over a border dispute this week, accusing each other of using tanks, mortars, rocket artillery and assault drones to attack nearby settlements.
Central Asian border issues largely stem from the Soviet era when Moscow tried to divide the region between groups whose settlements were often located amidst those of other ethnicities.
A small Dutch town took Twitter to court on Friday to demand the social media giant take down all messages relating to a supposed ring of Satan-worshipping pedophiles that was alleged to have been active in the town in the 1980s.
Bodegraven-Reeuwijk, a town of around 35,000 inhabitants in the middle of the Netherlands, has been the focus of conspiracy theories on social media since 2020, when three men started spreading unfounded stories about the abuse and murder of children they said took place in the town in the 1980s.
The main instigator of the stories said he had childhood memories of witnessing the abuse by a group of people in Bodegraven.
The stories caused much unrest in Bodegraven, as scores of followers of the men’s tweets flocked to the local graveyard to lay flowers and written messages at the graves of seemingly random dead children, who they claimed were victims of the satanic ring.
Tehran needs the removal of sanctions and guarantees from Washington to restore the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said.
“Removal of sanctions should be accompanied with the resolution of safeguards. There are some political and baseless accusations against Islamic Republic of Iran when it comes to safeguard issues,” Raisi told the Al Jazeera broadcaster on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit in the Uzbek city of Samarkand.
The president noted that it is necessary to finalize these safeguard issues but it is not yet time to have face-to-face talks with the United States as Washington’s sincerity is questionable, according to Al Jazeera.
“Regarding the guarantees, if we have the trustworthy guarantees, and we have the lasting removal of the sanctions, not temporary removal of sanctions, and if there is a lasting solution for the safeguard issues, for sure it is possible to reach agreement,” Raisi added.
The JCPOA deal was sealed in 2015 by China, France, Germany, Iran, Russia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, as well as the European Union. Former US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew from the deal in 2018 and reimposed sanctions on Tehran.
Senator Josh Hawley grilled Chris Cox, Facebook’s chief product officer, over government control of speech on his platform including foreign bodies such as the WHO and other unelected globalist groups.
Alex Jones broke down this open admission that Big Tech is illegally violating the First Amendment at the direction of international organizations during Friday’s live broadcast.
My Range Rover is 15 years old, but I never think of it as being particularly decrepit or dangerous.
Sure, it doesn’t have many of the features found on modern cars but here’s the funny thing: Thanks to the global shortage of microchips, a lot of modern cars don’t have many of those features either.
Today, a car has between 500 and 3,000 chips, which control almost everything from heating to braking.
And rather than stop the production lines until the effects of the pandemic end and chips become more widely available, car manufacturers are simply deleting systems that need them.
Ford dropped rear seat climate controls, BMW quietly stopped fitting touch-screen sat nav, Mercedes did away with wireless phone charging.
And now comes news that two factories that make the neon used in the production of chips are in Ukraine.
And are currently shut. So things are likely to get worse before they get better, which means that, in the coming months, more and more features will be deleted.
Soon, then, a new car will have a choke and a carburettor and drum brakes, and will be more dangerous and old fashioned than the 13-year-old rust bucket that you’re driving now.
It’s not all bad news, though, because electric cars use a vast amount of chips.
They even need them to operate the recharging systems.
Washington D.C. Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser complained Friday that the nation’s capital is not equipped for the influx of illegal immigrants being sent by red-state governors fed up with the porous Mexican border.
A strong earthquake struck southeastern Taiwan on Saturday evening, toppling objects from store shelves, collapsing a house and interrupting rail service on the island, but there were no immediate reports of deaths, media reported.
Taiwan’s Central News Agency said the 6.4 magnitude shallow quake was centered north of Taitung County on the island’s eastern shore.
It partially collapsed an uninhabited house in Hualien County, about 165 kilometers (100 miles) north along the coast, causing no casualties. The Taiwan Railways Administration said trains linking Hualien and Taitung had been temporarily halted and five other high speed rail services canceled until safety checks are performed.
Former Democratic House member Tulsi Gabbard scorched Vice President Kamala Harris for claiming the Mexican border is secure, saying the vice president “has no business being a heartbeat away from the presidency.”
California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) moved from calling for a criminal investigation into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) after DeSantis sent 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard this week to demanding that DeSantis debate him.
The Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a Texas law prohibiting social media companies from censoring speech on the basis of political viewpoint.
Foundation called Illegals ‘trash’
Two Supreme Court Justices now hint that more information is coming out soon about the overturning of Roe v. Wade leaked draft opinion. Supreme Court Justices Elena Kagan and Neil Gorsuch indicate that an update may come forth as early as the end of this month.
In remarks made during a discussion at Temple Emanu-El’s Streicker Center with Judge Alison Nathan, Justice Kagan said, “I don’t know anything. I suspect my colleagues don’t know anything, except for the chief justice maybe, about what the investigation has turned up, if anything.” Kagan said that if the Supreme Court’s investigators have “not figured out who the perpetrator was,” another severe dilemma is how the court can prevent the same thing from occurring again.
Dr. Chris Shoemaker recently reported on the data made available from ONS that compares children who received a saline injections with those who received 2 shots. In the beginning it was thought there would be a small benefit from receiving the vaccine, but the initial data showed that 10-14-year-old children who received an mRNA shot had a 52x higher chance of death. In May 2022, when millions were included in the sample size, it was shown that children had an 82x greater risk of mortality if injected twice with the Covid vaccines.
We are starting to see the pendulum swing in the other direction, however, as first Britain dropped the shots for children, and now Denmark ends Covid vaccinations for almost everyone under 50 years old.
Excellent points from Tom Friedman in the NYT. I am not even surprised that the loony Libtards haven't thought this all the way through. I'm sure that Al Gore or one of his ilk, will come up with a sensible solution.
Imagine Florida with a hurricane coming toward Miami.
The governor orders an evacuation. All cars head north.
They all need to be charged in Jacksonville.
How does that work? Has anyone thought about this?
If all cars were electric and were caught up in a three-hour traffic jam with dead batteries,
then what? Not to mention that there's virtually no heating or air conditioning in an electric vehicle because of high battery consumption.
If you get stuck on the road all night, no battery, no heating, no windshield wipers, no radio, no GPS (all these drains the batteries), all you can do is try calling 911 to take women and children to safety. But they cannot come to help you because all roads are blocked, and they will probably require all police cars will be electric also. When the roads become unblocked no one can move! Their batteries are dead.
79-year-old retired CIA agent, Malcom Howard, has made a series of astonishing claims since being released from hospital in New Jersey on Friday and told he has weeks to live. Mr. Howard claims he was involved in the “controlled demolition” of World Trade Center 7, the third building that was destroyed on 9/11.
Mr. Howard, who worked for the CIA for 36 years as an operative, claims he was tapped by senior CIA agents to work on the project due to his engineering background, and early career in the demolition business.
Trained as a civil engineer, Mr. Howard became an explosives expert after being headhunted by the CIA in early 1980s. Mr. Howard says has extensive experience in planting explosives in items as small as cigarette lighters and as large as “80 floor buildings.”
The 79-year-old New Jersey native says he worked on the CIA operation they dubbed “New Century” between May 1997 and September 2001, during a time he says the CIA “was still taking orders from the top.” Mr. Howard says he was part of a cell of 4 operatives tasked with ensuring the demolition was successful.
End of the Line for Poornima Wagh?
She claimed to have 2x PhDs from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, that she had tested 1,500 or 756 patient samples, finding “no COVID” in any of them. But are these facts true?
Planet Waves FM did a search for the claimed scientific credentials of this latest 'covid truth' celeb, and turned up nothing.
Wagh was also unable to cite any published paper, or supply any evidence whatsoever of any the purported testing. There are many other details of her claims which are unsubstiantiated, and cannot be verified.
I have been trying to interview Poornima Wagh for weeks because what she said in interviews made no sense to me. I was told by Lee Merritt who interviewed her that she is now camera shy after her interviews and doesn’t want to talk to me.
I checked with one of my colleagues who agreed that what Poornima said didn’t make any sense to her either. She looked up her credentials and found they didn’t exist.
Eric Coppolino found exactly the same thing my colleague did: she’s a total fraud. This is why Poornima was so camera shy.
He wrote a brilliant Substack about it.
What we still don’t know is why she is fabricating all this stuff.
Here’s one thing we sort of know: you-all vaxx-happy Wokesters are about to have a new BA-5 bivalent booster laid on you. The Darwin Award season has been extended at least another six months! You’ll be glad to hear it’s been tested in a trial involving eight lab mice, and quickly approved by our FDA. The bad news is that all eight mice got Covid. The worse news is that the booster was wildly inconsistent in producing antibodies among the eight identical mice, meaning the ultimate effect on their immune systems is a crap-shoot — but, hey, they’re only mice.
RAND Corporation’s think tank, which has a huge work force of 1,850 employees and a budget of $350 million, has the official aim of “improving policies and decision-making through research and analysis”. It is primarily connected to the United States Department of Defence and is infamous for having been influential in the development of military and other strategies during the Cold War.
A document signed RAND, under the opening heading of “Weakening Germany, strengthening the U.S.”, suggests that there is an “urgent need” for an influx of resources from outside to maintain the overall American economy, but “especially the banking system”.
“Only European countries bound by EU and NATO commitments can provide us with these without significant military and political costs for us.”
According to RAND, the main obstacle to this ambition is the growing independence of Germany. Among other things, it points out that Brexit has given Germany greater independence and made it more difficult for the United States to influence the decisions of European governments.
A key objective that permeates this cynical strategy is, in particular, to destroy the cooperation between Germany and Russia, as well as France, which is seen as the greatest economic and political threat to the United States.
”If implemented, this scenario will eventually turn Europe into not only an economic, but also a political competitor to the United States.”, it declares.
South African president insists it’s not up to Washington to determine his country’s diplomatic relations
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has urged the United States not to “to punish” African nations pressuring them to cut ties with Moscow, pointing to legislation passed by Congress that calls for greater US intervention in the continent.
After meeting US President Joe Biden on Friday, Ramaphosa spoke to reporters about the bill, the Combating Malicious Russian Activities in Africa Act, saying the measure “Will harm Africa and marginalize the continent.”
“We should not be informed by anyone with whom we can associate”, he added, noting South Africa’s longstanding policy of non-alignment among world powers.
Although the two leaders exchanged pleasantries during their meeting and did not mention the Russian legislation – as detailed in the reading of the White House discussion – Ramaphosa spoke separately with the Congressional Black Caucus during his visit and again criticized the bill.
Excited to put this cut of his thriller in front of audiences, Newton prepared to promote the rerelease on Facebook. But in the days leading up to the premiere, Newton told Rolling Stone that he received an email informing him that in a rare turn of events, “Facebook had banned the filmmakers from promoting or advertising” the movie.
Following Rolling Stone’s report, Meta told Ars the Facebook owner reviewed the case and decided to reverse the ban.
“We reviewed the ads and page in question and determined that the enforcement was made in error, so we lifted the restriction,” a Meta spokesperson told Ars.
The talks will no longer take place on Sunday and Downing Street said a 'full bilateral meeting' will take place at the UN General Assembly in New York on Wednesday instead.
The US president was due to meet with the Prime Minister before the Queen's funeral on Monday.
Utilities in Germany have had to handle a surge in customer service calls in recent weeks from clients angry or desperate about their sky-rocketing energy bills, Reuters reports.
The biggest utility, E.ON, has ramped up its capacity to handle calls from consumers who are shocked to find just how much their energy bills have surged in recent months.
Gas prices in Europe are very high and power prices in many countries, including Germany, have hit record levels this summer after Russia choked pipeline gas supply to Europe and shut down indefinitely the key gas export pipeline to Germany, Nord Stream, at the beginning of this month.
“Some become aggressive out of frustration, others are in tears and need psychological support,” Ingbert Liebing, head of local utilities organization VKU, told Reuters, commenting on the spike in customer calls to utilities’ service centers.
Apart from already high energy bills, German customers will have a surcharge as of October, as part of a government plan to implement a so-called gas levy on consumers in order to help struggling energy firms.
There is an unprecedented situation emerging in London, where the relentless hemorrhaging of one of the world’s largest stockpiles of silver is now well and truly under way.
For the last 9 months, this stockpile of silver, held in the LBMA vaults in London, has been consistently falling each and every month, and has now reached an all time low (since vault holdings records began in July 2016).
These vaults comprise the precious metals storage facilities in and around London run by the bullion banks JP Morgan, HSBC and ICBC Standard Bank, as well as the London vaults of three security operators, namely Brinks, Malca-Amit and Loomis. Since the system of vaults is administered and coordinated by the London Bullion Market Association (LBMA), these vaults are collectively known as the ‘LBMA vaults’.
Back in July this year, BullionStar highlighted this developing trend in the article titled “LBMA Silver Inventories fall to a near 6 Year Low below 1 billion ounces”.
That article covered the vault data up to the end of June 2022, where the London silver holdings had reached the dubious milestone of having dropped below the 1 billion ounce level, specifically falling to 997.4 million ozs (31,022 tonnes).
After Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson admitted defeat and conceded the election to a coalition of right-leaning parties, conservatives across Europe are celebrating. The Scandinavian nation, which was once one of the most left-leaning countries in Europe and well-known for accepting the most refugees per capita during the 2015/16 migrant crisis, has made a radical turnaround.
Of course, the reasons behind this turnaround are well known despite heavy censorship in the country. The utopian multicultural future envisioned by many Swedes has come crashing down over the last few years, and as Remix News has exhaustively documented, the shootings, murders, drug dealing, clan crime, attacks on women, honor killings, random assaults, and rising sexual crimes have left the once-peaceful nation shell shocked. The deteriorating security situation even led Germany’s top-selling newspaper, Bild, to label Sweden the “most dangerous country in Europe.”
Out of the turmoil of the last years, the Sweden Democrats have emerged as the second-largest party in Sweden with over 20 percent of the vote. As a result, much of the domestic and international media are openly acknowledging the much maligned party is the biggest winner of the entire election.
A newly-formed medical union gathered in Melbourne at the weekend in a bid to reclaim medicine from the tight-grip of political control.
AMPS (Australian Medical Professional Society) was formed as part of movement to bring back trust and autonomy to the doctor-patient relationship.
The message from medical professionals who attended was clear: Let doctors be doctors and keep the politics out of medicine.
"Doctors whether they, for example regarding masks, regarding vaccines, regarding lockdowns, regarding any issue in the Covid era, if they've evaluated their evidence and if they're acting and advising their patients in good faith, then that is a matter between doctor and patient," Dr Robert Brennan said.
"That's the substance of free speech and that's also the substance of the scientific dialectic and so doctors of all stripes and all persuasions need to be able to have their voice unencumbered by regulators injecting politicisation of science, politicisation of medicine into the discourse."