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  1. On January 5th, National Justice released an article regarding a leaked FBI document on the pro-mass murder Satanic group the Order of Nine Angles (O9A) hinting at a potential government scheme to undermine First Amendment protected nationalist activity. After reviewing numerous documents and interviewing multiple sources, National Justice can now confirm that the US chapter of the O9A is a self-described psychological operation run by a South Carolina based couple who have allegedly committed criminal acts to entrap multiple political activists on behalf of the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and the Department of Justice over a 15 year period. Joshua Caleb Sutter, the founder and head of O9A's American chapter the Tempel ov Blood, and his wife Jillian Hoy, who controls the Satanist book publishing company Martinet Press, have been accused of attempted murder, identity theft and using sex and blackmail to infiltrate and take control of radical political organizations on both the...
  2. Using information from ESA's Swarm satellite constellation, scientists have made a discovery about how energy generated by electrically-charged particles in the solar wind flows into Earth's atmosphere - surprisingly, more of it heads towards the magnetic north pole than towards the magnetic south pole. The Sun bathes our planet with the light and heat to sustain life, but it also bombards us with dangerous charged particles in the solar wind. These charged particles have the potential to damage communication networks, navigations systems such as GPS and satellites. Severe solar storms can even cause power outages, such as the major blackout that Quebec in Canada suffered in 1989. Our magnetic field largely shields us from this onslaught. Comment: As we enter solar minimum, Earth's magnetic field is weakening, so we can expect any solar storms to have much more of an impact. And research suggests that they may be more common than is often believed: A warning from history: The...
  3. Swiss campaigners have triggered a referendum to strip the government of new legal powers to impose lockdowns and curtail public life as the country battles the pandemic. Campaign group Friends of the Constitution on Wednesday handed in a petition of 86,000 signatures collected over the past three months — well in excess of the 50,000 required — to formally initiate a nationwide vote to repeal the 2020 Covid-19 Act under Switzerland's highly devolved democratic system. The outcome will be legally binding, with a vote scheduled for as early as June. While the pandemic has exposed social and political fractures across Europe over the rights of citizens, in Switzerland — where individuals' rights are often treated as culturally sacrosanct and government powers are sharply proscribed by law — the strains have become particularly evident.
  4. President Donald Trump's policy in the Middle East delivered "clear results" and Joe Biden shouldn't change it, the US ex-envoy to the anti-terrorist coalition operating in Syria and Iraq argued in the pages of Foreign Affairs. Trump opted to abandon the "transformational campaigns" pursued by the Bush and Obama administrations in favor of "working primarily through partners on the ground" to advance American interests, argued James Jeffrey in the essay published on Friday. Jeffrey was the US special envoy for Syria and the coalition against Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) from 2018 to his retirement in November 2020. The Trump administration's two major successes, according to Jeffrey, were the "destruction of ISIS's territorial caliphate in Iraq and Syria" and the Abraham Accords, between Israel on one side and Bahrain, Sudan and the UAE on the other. The US also managed to "counter Russia's further expansion in Syria and elsewhere" and "mobilize a coalition to counter Tehran's...
  5. Now that the installation of former vice president Joe Biden into the White House is only days away, Democrat governors and mayors who imposed crushing lockdowns have now reversed course. Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined New York strongman Andrew Cuomo in calling for bars and restaurants to reopen as quickly as possible as the political left has now suddenly realized that their dictatorial decrees have had severe economic consequences. The sudden about face by the Democrats only confirms the suspicions by many that the lockdowns have been driven by politics and the need to crash the economy in order to hurt President Trump rather than to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. One CEO who is pointing out that the lockdowns are a Democrat sham is Goya Foods CEO Bob Unanue, who on Friday, blasted the lockdowns during an appearance on Fox News:
  6. Former 2020 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang on Thursday launched his New York City mayoral campaign -- hoping to replace outgoing Bill de Blasio with an audacious pitch for a universal basic income as a headline policy. "I'm running for mayor for a very simple reason -- I see a crisis and believe I can help," he said, citing the COVID crisis as well as high unemployment in the Big Apple. Yang spoke in Morningside Heights on the Upper West Side of Manhattan after announcing his campaign on Wednesday evening. "We need bold ideas and fresh ideas to revive our city. We need to look forward and adapt to economic challenges of today and the future. We also need a city government focused on competence and delivering for our people every day." He called on the city to move away from political blame games: "When in reality, the people have been losing and it is tearing our city apart." Yang could stake out a relatively moderate candidacy in a field of left-wing Democratic...
  7. Liberal critics are blasting Politico for daring to give "prime real estate" to conservative Ben Shapiro, who argued Republicans voting against Trump's impeachment are pushing back against cancel culture. A day after the House of Representatives voted to impeach President Donald Trump for the second time, Politico decided to get the perspective of Shapiro, a decision that now has them in the sights of liberal critics on social media. "I'm so grateful that I don't write for a publication that has the bad judgment to turn one of its flagship products over to Ben Shapiro," Vox reporter Ian Millhiser added. Others slapped the publication for merely giving a conservative like Ben Shapiro, who has been one of the more critical voices of the president on the right, a platform.
  8. The Populist Press just reported that Peter Navarro from the Trump Team has released a report showing President Trump won the 2020 Election. Volume 3 of the Navarro Report is designed to serve as a capstone to what has been a comprehensive analysis of the question: Was the 2020 presidential election stolen from Donald J. Trump? In this report, we provide the most up-to-date statistical "receipts" with respect to the potential number of illegal votes in each battleground state. In the report it begins by discussing the first and second reports and then shares this: The broader goal of this final installment of the Navarro Report is to provide investigators with a well-documented tally of potentially illegal votes on a state-by-state and category-by-category basis. This tally is presented in Figure One on the next page of this report. Note that each number in this figure has a corresponding endnote identifying the source of the number. Note further that we have taken a conservative...
  9. The Capitol Police sent an internal intelligence report three days before the deadly Capitol riot that warned of potential for violence, The Washington Post reports. "Due to the tense political environment following the 2020 election, the threat of disruptive actions or violence cannot be ruled out," the 12-page report reads. Instead of counterprotesters being the target of the rioters like in past presidential election protests that occurred in D.C., this time the Capitol would likely be the target, the report warned. "Supporters of the current president see January 6, 2021, as the last opportunity to overturn the results of the presidential election. This sense of desperation and disappointment may lead to more of an incentive to become violent." The report, which doesn't appear to have been shared widely with other law enforcement agencies, noted that prominent leaders on the right would be speaking at the "Stop the Steal" rally, predicted by the Capitol Police to be one of that...
  10. The Department of Justice (DOJ) said Friday that it will not be pressing charges against a former temporary elections worker in Pennsylvania who threw out nine military ballots in the Keystone State before November's presidential election. While Republicans had seized on the case in Luzerne County as an example of what they said was widespread voter fraud that cost President Trump a second term, prosecutors said they found insufficient evidence to determine any criminal intent contributed to the worker discarding the ballots. "After a thorough investigation conducted by the FBI and prosecutors from my office, we have determined that there is insufficient evidence to prove criminal intent on the part of the person who discarded the ballots," said Acting U.S. Attorney Bruce Brandler. "Therefore, no criminal charges will be filed and the matter is closed." The DOJ's investigation was sparked following a request by the Luzerne County District Attorney's Office after it learned the...
  11. Prime Minister Mark Rutte's government resigned on Friday, accepting responsibility for wrongful accusations of fraud by the tax authorities that drove thousands of families to financial ruin, often on the basis of ethnicity. The cabinet would remain in place for now in a caretaker capacity to manage the coronavirus crisis, Rutte said. He then rode his bike to King Willem-Alexander's 17th century baroque Huis Ten Bosch palace in The Hague to discuss his resignation. An election has already been scheduled for March 17 at the end of Rutte's third term. "This is about tens of thousands of parents who were crushed under the wheels of the state," Rutte told journalists. "There can be no doubt, this is a colossal stain."
  12. Fifty-five people in the United States have died after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to reports submitted to a federal system. Deaths have occurred among people receiving both the Moderna and the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines, according to the reports. The reporting system, the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS), is a federal database. The system is passive, meaning reports aren't automatically collected and must be filed. VAERS reports can be filed by anyone, including health care providers, patients, or family members. VAERS reports "often lack details and sometimes can have information that contains errors," according to the reporting system's website. Still, reports on VAERS represent "only a small fraction of actual adverse events," the site states, though underreporting is believed to be less common for serious events. In some cases, patients died within days of receiving a COVID-19 vaccine. One man, a 66-year-old senior home resident in Colorado, was sleepy...
  13. Thousands of people marched through Vienna on Saturday to protest against restrictions on public life designed to curb the coronavirus pandemic, just as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's government held talks about extending the measures. Chanting demonstrators - many without masks - held signs including "Kurz Must Go" and "Make Influenza Great Again" during marches through the city centre. Austria, a country of 8.9 million people, is in its third lockdown, with only essential shops open. The country has reported nearly 390,00 coronavirus cases and almost 7,000 COVID-19 linked deaths since the pandemic began last year.
  14. The Central Intelligence Agency will neither confirm nor deny that it fabricated the Russian "fingerprints" in Democratic National Committee emails published in 2016 by "Guccifer 2.0," and the FBI implicitly acknowledged today that it never reviewed the contents of DNC employee Seth Rich's laptop despite gaining custody of the laptop after his murder. The revelations came in two separate Freedom of Information Act lawsuits filed by my clients in the Eastern District of Texas. For those of you who live under a rock, Wikileaks founder Julian Assange strongly implied in a 2016 interview that the leaked DNC emails came from Mr. Rich, while the political / bureaucratic / media establishment has steadfastly maintained that the emails were hacked by agents of Russia. The latest admissions blow a hole in the government / media narrative, suggesting that federal officials not only ignored Seth Rich's role in the leaks, but fraudulently shifted the blame to Russia. In The Transparency...
  15. An incredible flash flood causes disruption in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais, Brazil. January 15th 2021.
  16. Dr. James Lindsay, an American-born author and political commentator, called the "woke" movement promoted by Black Lives Matter and other left-wing activists Leninism 4.0. "Now we have the attempt to apply Leninism to the American context, using corporations as part of the toolset, for example. And so we call this movement the 'woke' movement. We talked about woke capital with all the corporations... the woke movement is Leninism 4.0," Lindsay told Jan Jekielek, host of The Epoch Times' American Thoughts Leaders program on Jan. 13. Lindsay explained that the first 3 versions or flavors of Leninism through Lenin, Stalin, and Mao, each tried to fix the problems from the previous version. The "woke" movement that has evolved today focuses on the issues of social and racial justice and has become a catchword used by Black Lives Matter activists on the streets. Lindsay described the movement as "the idea is that you have some enlightened party of people who are probably part of what...
  17. In Peru, in the city of Huaraz, there was a strong storm, as a result of which the streets of this high-mountainous city were flooded. Recall that Huaras is a city in Peru, the administrative center of the Ancash department. The population of the city is about 120,000 people. Located 407 kilometers north of Lima, the Pan American Highway runs through the city. Located in the Callejón de Huaylas Valley, on the Santa River, in the central part of the region, 3000 meters above sea level.
  18. Thursday brought a wild array of weather to the Hunter as high temperatures, excessive lightning and even hail hit the region. A wild storm came in during the evening after the mercury climbed past 30C in parts of the Hunter during the day. There were more than 43,000 lightning strikes within a 50 kilometre radius of Newcastle overnight, according to Weatherzone, most of which occurred between 6pm and 10pm.
  19. In the Kurdish province of Hakkari, life has come to a standstill due to heavy snowfall. Hundreds of settlements are cut off from the outside world due to the masses of snow. Some 289 settlement areas are currently cut off from the outside world due to heavy snowfall. In addition to the Hakkari city center, the districts of Şemdinli and Gever (Yüksekova) are also affected. The snowfall started during the Friday night. Nearly all roads and streets are covered in snow and in some places are icy; neither residential areas can be reached nor can villages be left. Public life has effectively come to a standstill.
  20. The company which approves internet domains in Hong Kong said it will now reject any sites that could incite "illegal acts", raising new concerns about freedoms after Beijing's imposition of a national security law on the Chinese-ruled city last year. Holders of .hk domains were advised of the policy change on Thursday, sources told Reuters, hours after internet service provider Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) said it had blocked access to HKChronicles, a website offering information about anti-government protests. The moves came just days after the arrest of more than 50 pro-democracy activists, and sources have told Reuters that China is planning a further crackdown. HKBN said it had blocked the website, which also publishes personal information on Hong Kong police officers, in compliance with the national security law, the first such censorship in the city of its kind.
  21. US tech and health behemoths have joined forces to roll out yet another Covid-19 vaccination passport, dangling a return to international travel but raising more questions about the future of privacy. Along with healthcare nonprofit Mayo Clinic, health and tech companies including Microsoft, Salesforce, and Oracle have united to form the Vaccination Credential Initiative, aimed at devising a secure "health passport" that tracks the bearer's vaccination status across borders. In a press release on Thursday, the CEO of VCI member the Commons Project Foundation argued such passports were necessary to "safely return to travel, work, school, and life, while protecting their data privacy." Comment: None of which is actually true. The most charitable explanation is that such things are a pacifier, like masks - ineffective, but giving the illusion of 'doing something', when nothing can actually be done. Least charitable: these freaks just want as much control over our lives as possible....
  22. Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) attacked GOP lawmakers who did not wear masks during the Capitol riots. She called this "chemical warfare" and believes these Republican Congressmen should be expelled. This is according to Fox News. "It's criminal behavior," Pressley told CNN on Thursday. "I don't know what else to call it." She continued, "they have been complicit from the very beginning in their willful criminality to carry the water for Donald Trump and these science denials which allowed this pandemic to rage out of control."
  23. More than 400 cows have died mysteriously since a wind park was built near a herd in 2012. Local residents also suffering health issues: "permanent fatigue, muscle aches, headaches, insomnia" Earlier we wrote about the adverse health impacts of wind turbines and on humans and animals, read here and here. Also search NTZ zone using the search word "infrasound". Cause unknown Recently French farmer Didier Potiron reported that 400 of his cows had died since a wind park was built close by in 2012. Veterinarians cannot find a cause and remain puzzled. People are also feeling ill. According to French site actu.fr, "In Puceul, near Nozay (Loire-Atlantique), cow breeders Didier and Murielle Potiron registered in mid-December 2020 their 400th dead cow since the construction of the wind farm." Since the unusual deaths began in 2012, that's a rate of about 1 lost cow a week.
  24. Comment: The nerve of Trump, pointing out election fraud to the official in charge of overseeing the process! A top Georgia prosecutor is reportedly considering whether to open a criminal investigation into President Donald Trump's alleged "attempts to overturn the results of the state's 2020 election," the New York Times reported. In fact, the Times reported that a criminal probe into Trump has become "increasingly likely." According to the report, the central concern of a possible investigation would be Trump's call to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R) earlier this month in which Trump allegedly demanded that Georgia officials overturn Joe Biden's victory there. The controversial phone call was cited in the new article of impeachment against Trump, which House Democrats passed this week.
  25. Feudalism makes a roaring comeback in the name of progress. While Americans are being told by 'Great Reset' technocrats that the future is one without private property, Bill Gates and other billionaires have been buying up huge amounts of farmland. Indeed, Gates is now the biggest owner of farmland in America, according to a Forbes report. "After years of reports that he was purchasing agricultural land in places like Florida and Washington, The Land Report revealed that Gates, who has a net worth of nearly $121 billion according to Forbes, has built up a massive farmland portfolio spanning 18 states." "His largest holdings are in Louisiana (69,071 acres), Arkansas (47,927 acres) and Nebraska (20,588 acres). Additionally, he has a stake in 25,750 acres of transitional land on the west side of Phoenix, Arizona, which is being developed as a new suburb." Gates now owns 242,000 acres of farmland across the U.S., mostly "through third-party entities by Cascade Investments, Gates'...
  26. Highlanders in Poland's 'winter capital' to reopen Highlanders in Poland's "winter capital" of Zakopane are rebelling against lockdown, with hundreds of businesses vowing to reopen in defiance of government restrictions. Sebastian Pitoń, who has emerged as leader of the Górlaskie Veto — Highlanders' Veto — movement, was previously best known as an architect whose Tolkienesque designs were the subject of a Snopes article, as some people had doubted that viral images of his beautiful if eccentric traditional buildings were real.
  27. Comment: Looks like the Pentagon is working to purge its forces of anyone who disagrees with its imperial/globalist/totalitarian mandates - and is doing so by labeling them as follows.... The Pentagon's internal watchdog announced Thursday that it will investigate whether the Department of Defense (DOD) has adequate procedures in place to prevent white supremacists and other extremists from joining and remaining in the military. "Our objective is to determine the extent to which the DoD and the Military Services have implemented policy and procedures that prohibit active advocacy and active participation related to supremacist, extremist, or criminal gang doctrine, ideology, or causes by active duty military personnel," the Inspector General's office said. The office plans to launch the probe this month, according to a letter sent to top Pentagon officials. Following the announcement, acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said the watchdog report "will be but one of many efforts"...
  28. A study evaluating COVID-19 responses around the world found that mandatory lockdown orders early in the pandemic may not provide significantly more benefits to slowing the spread of the disease than other voluntary measures, such as social distancing or travel reduction. The peer reviewed study was published in the European Journal of Clinical Investigation on January 5, and analyzed coronavirus case growth in 10 countries in early 2020. The study compared cases in England, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the U.S. - all countries that implemented mandatory lockdown orders and business closures - to South Korea and Sweden, which instituted less severe, voluntary responses. It aimed to analyze the effect that less restrictive or more restrictive measures had on changing individual behavior and curbing the transmission of the virus.
  29. Europeans must carry certificates proving they've been vaccinated against Covid-19 to travel, EC president Ursula von der Leyen told Portuguese media - likely shocking Europeans who'd never heard of such a rule. Von der Leyen sprung the idea of a "mutually recognized vaccination certificate" as a "medical requirement" for travel on Thursday in the course of praising a similar plan outlined to her in a letter from Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis. "It is a medical requirement to have a certificate proving that you have been vaccinated," von der Leyen told Portuguese reporters. While Mitsotakis' plan was not meant to be "compulsory or a prerequisite for travel," von der Leyen seemed to be leaning in that direction, repeating that "we have to have a medical requirement that proves that people have been vaccinated." The idea of an EU-wide vaccine certificate "is a political and legal decision that should be discussed at a European level," she continued emphatically.
  30. Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced charges against John Sullivan, a self-described left-wing activist who recorded the fatal police shooting of a Trump supporter inside the U.S. Capitol last week. Sullivan, the founder of a group called Insurgence USA, which formed in the aftermath of the death of George Floyd, is charged with illegally entering the Capitol, civil disorder, and violent or disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. Sullivan, 26, faces separate charges of rioting and criminal mischief in connection with an incident in Provo, Utah on June 30, 2020, where a person was shot and injured during a protest against police brutality.
  31. Comment: The following puts the Dems' and intelligence agencies' and the military industrial complex's support of Biden in a whole new context doesn't it? Biden has repeatedly claimed that a bill he wrote in 1994 was essentially the same as the 2001 Patriot Act. If Vice President Joe Biden decides to enter the race for the Democratic presidential nomination, his past positions -- including on trade bills, the Iraq War, the repeal of Glass-Steagall, and changes to welfare -- are sure to draw the ire of the party's liberal base. Much has already been made about Biden's instrumental role as a senator pushing through the 1994 crime bill -- "a bill that made the problem worse" according to former President Bill Clinton, who signed it into law. Another potential sticking point for liberals: Biden not only voted for the 2001 Patriot Act, he, on many occasions, claimed credit for writing it. "I drafted a terrorism bill after the Oklahoma City bombing," Biden was quoted as saying by the New...
  32. America is in chaos and the situation is ripe for the roll out of new authoritarian laws aimed at tackling the rise of 'domestic terrorism'. Never mind that these plans were being drafted well in advance of the Capitol riot. It's been obvious for a long time that the best way to stop the rise of right-wing extremism in America that everyone's so worried about today is not to pass a bunch of authoritarian laws, but to reverse the policies of soul-crushing neoliberalism and domestic austerity which led to Donald Trump. Instead of doing this, the next president is already pushing a Patriot Act sequel and reducing the stimulus checks he'd promised the public before he's even been sworn in. President-elect Biden promised unambiguously that if voters gave the Democratic Party control of the Senate by electing Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in Georgia earlier this month, checks of $2,000 would "go out the door immediately." Warnock blatantly campaigned on the promise of $2000 checks if...
  33. If you'd rather not see pictures of the huge amounts of snow that have fallen, then look away now. Most ski resorts remain closed and international travel is prohibited, but it does look fabulous for the lucky few able to enjoy it.
  34. A volcano in Indonesia's East Java province erupted on Saturday, spewing ash and smoke as high as an estimated 5.6 kilometres into the sky, according to data from the geological agency at the country's energy ministry. Indonesia has nearly 130 active volcanoes, more than any other country, and while many show high levels of activity it can be weeks or even months before an eruption. The Semeru mountain erupted at just past 5 p.m. local time. Videos posted on social media showed grey ash clouds towering over houses.
  35. More than two feet (70cm) of snow leaves railway track impassable. _____ 12 Jan 2021 - Stranded train passengers received sandwiches. With video Train passengers stuck since early Tuesday morning - got food from Långselehandlare. The train company was forced to evacuate the passengers in the afternoon. In Långsele, the local trader Otto Lampinen has made sure that the stranded passengers on a train that is standing still now have something in their stomach.
  36. This beautiful meteor was spotted form Spain on 2021 January 13 at 22:10 local time (equivalent to 21:10 universal time). It overflew the north of Morocco and the Mediterranean Sea. The bolide was generated by a rock from a comet that hit the atmosphere at about 65,000 km/h. It began at an altitude of about 106 km over the north of Morocco, and ended at a height of around 65 km over the Mediterranean Sea, after traveling about 55 km in the Earth's atmosphere. The event was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN), from the meteor-observing stations located at Calar Alto (Almería), Sierra Nevada (Granada), and Sevilla.
  37. This video has been uploaded on the American Meteor Society Website. AMS Event: 302-2021, Report 220353 (302a-2021) - San Cristóbal de las Casas MX Uploaded by © Luis Victorio
  38. 'The fundamental thing is to guarantee liberty,' says Mexican president when asked why he almost never wears a mask Mexicos's President Andrés Manuel López Obrador suggested on Wednesday that politicians who impose lockdowns or curfews to limit Covid-19 are acting like dictators. The comments came as López Obrador once again fended off questions about why he almost never wears a face mask, saying it was a question of liberty. The Mexican leader said pandemic measures that limit people's movements are "fashionable among authorities... who want to show they are heavy-handed, dictatorship. "A lot of them are letting their authoritarian instincts show," he said, adding "the fundamental thing is to guarantee liberty."
  39. Citing the 'toxic political environment' in New York, the National Rifle Association announced it will initiate bankruptcy proceedings, to cheers from Democrats. The NRA wants to move to Texas and continue operating from there. Exuberant gun control advocates, such as Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-California) — freshly promoted to the House Homeland Security Committee — cheered the headlines announcing the NRA's move to file for bankruptcy on Friday.
  40. Parler CEO John Matze has gone into hiding with his family after receiving death threats. Because of Big Tech censorship, Parler, the free speech alternative to Twitter, became the fastest growing social media company — until they got deplatformed by Amazon, Apple and Google in a coordinated attack. Last week Amazon kicked Parler off their webhosting service, meaning the platform will be offline until they find a new host.
  41. The social media platform Minds had to remove 'major functionality' from its Android app after getting a chilling warning from Google. Its co-founder said plans for a censorship-resistant infrastructure are in the works. In a post on Friday evening, Bill Ottman said that Minds had received a "24 hour warning" from the Google Play store. This forced them to submit an updated version of the app, based on "interim solution and ninja developers," which removed the search, discovery and comments functionality.
  42. Health officials in Norway say that 23 people died within days of receiving their first dose of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine. Thirteen of the 23 deaths, all nursing home patients, were a direct result of side effects from the shot, officials say, according to the New York Post. "The reports suggest that common adverse reactions to mRNA vaccines, such as fever and nausea, may have contributed to a fatal outcome in some frail patients," Sigurd Hortemo, chief physician at the Norwegian Medicines Agency, said in a statement.
  43. Data relating to the Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine, which was stolen in December 2020 following a cyber attack of an unspecified nature against the European Medicines Agency (EMA), has been leaked on the internet. BleepingComputer, the data dump is understood to include screenshots of emails, peer review information, and other documents including PDFs and PowerPoint presentations. The identity of the cyber criminals involved, and whether or not they are backed by any nation state-linked interests, is unknown at the time of writing. In a statement, the Netherlands-based EMA said: "The ongoing investigation of the cyber attack on EMA revealed that some of the unlawfully accessed documents related to Covid-19 medicines and vaccines belonging to third parties have been leaked on the internet. Necessary action is being taken by the law enforcement authorities.
  44. Former Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, his health director and other ex-officials have been told they're being charged after a new investigation of the Flint water scandal, which devastated the majority Black city with lead-contaminated water and was blamed for a deadly outbreak of Legionnaires' disease, The Associated Press has learned. Two people with knowledge of the planned prosecution told the AP on Tuesday that the attorney general's office has informed defense lawyers about indictments in Flint and told them to expect initial court appearances soon. They spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.
  45. The American Meteor Society (AMS) received 45 reports (event 292-2021) about a meteor fireball seen over Irkutsk Oblast, Irkutskaya oblast', Республика Бурятия and Иркутская область on Friday, January 15th 2021 around 00:24 UT. A video was uploaded to the AMS website.
  46. Today - Friday 15th January - over 50,000 restaurants are planning to open, an act of mass civil disobedience against "anti-Covid" lockdown measures which have massively hurt the restaurant business, especially small family-owned businesses. Spreading through social media under the hashtag #IoOpro ("I am opening"), the movement is largest country-wide act of civil disobedience since lockdowns began. Italain opposition MP Vittorio Sgarbi has backed the movement, saying in an interview: Open up, & don't worry, in the end we will make them eat their fines". Italy's government is already facing internal conflict and crisis, an early election is a possibility.
  47. A new study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that in-person classes at K-12 schools do not appear to lead to increases in COVID-19 when compared with areas that have online-only learning. The CDC study noted that in the week beginning Dec. 6, coronavirus cases among the general population in counties where K-12 schools opened for in-person learning were similar to rates in counties that were online only. "CDC recommends that K-12 schools be the last settings to close after all other mitigation measures have been employed and the first to reopen when they can do so safely," the authors of the report wrote. As of Dec. 7, about 62 percent of K-12 school districts were offering either full or partial in person-learning, but reports of outbreaks at schools have been limited, according to the CDC.
  48. A coalition of big tech companies, including Microsoft is developing a COVID passport, with the expectation that a digital document linked to vaccination status will be required to travel and get access to basic services. The group is calling itself the Vaccination Credential Initiative (VCI), and includes Microsoft, Salesforce and Oracle. The US health provider Mayo Clinic is also involved in the project, which is being described as "the most significant vaccination effort in the history of the United States." The idea is now a familiar one. Anyone who has been vaccinated will receive a QR code that can be stored on their mobile phone in the wallet app. Those without phones will have access to a printed version. We have previously reported on the development of this so called 'CommonPass', which also has backing from the World Economic Forum, and now more details have emerged.
  49. The prosecution of journalists, who worked with Russian news outlets in Latvia is nothing but outright "repression" aimed at gagging alternative news sources, particularly those linked to Moscow, one of them told RT. Andrey Yakovlev is a veteran Latvian journalist who founded Baltnews, a local news agency. His problems with authorities began when he handed control of the agency to the Russian Rossiya Segodnya media group. The move "really did not sit well" with Latvian authorities and he was accused of violating the EU's and Latvia's sanctions against Russia. "The media outlet [Baltnews] was working legally here", Yakovlev said, adding that the ownership transfer was done in accordance with local laws and duly registered. Still, this did not stop a court case being opened against him.
  50. The German laboratory test results for Alexei Navalny, published by a group of doctors at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin last month, reveal a surprising number of medical symptoms, but they are not those of Novichok nerve agent poisoning as Navalny and his supporters in western governments have alleged. Clinical doctors, toxicologists, and pharmacology experts outside Germany believe the test results which the Charité group released on December 22 reveal symptoms of acute pancreatitis, diabetes, liver failure, severe dehydration, muscular rigidity, as well as a serious bacterial infection, and a possible heart attack associated with his kidney problems. According to the experts, these are not recognisable symptoms of a nerve agent attack. The German medical publication reports Navalny's "laboratory values on admission", and toxicology and pharmacology results "in blood and urine samples obtained on arrival of the patient of the patient at Charité - Universitätsmedizin...