Scientists raced to study a new coronavirus variant as several cases were spotted in Europe and governments around the world announced travel restrictions targeting the southern African region where it first emerged, prompting criticism that the continent was yet again bearing the brunt of panicked policies from Western countries. Omicron, the new variant first detected in Botswana , sent Europe into high alert after cases were detected in the United Kingdom, Germany, Italy and Belgium. The Czech Republic, Austria, Israel and the Netherlands were all investigating suspected cases of the variant. Relatively little is known about Omicron. It has mutations that scientists fear could make it more infectious and less susceptible to vaccines — though neither of these effects has yet to be established. Most confirmed cases of the variant are contained to southern African countries, but there are worries Omicron could have spread more widely before scientists there discovered it. … [Read more...] about The Omicron variant upends the global pandemic response.
BERLIN (AP) – Senior members of the smallest party in Germany´s coalition government are seeking to hit the brakes on plans to ease the rules for obtaining German citizenship, arguing Monday that the government must first do more to ensure that people who are in the country illegally are deported. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Interior Minister Nancy Faeser, a member of his center-left party, have signaled in recent days that they’re keen to move ahead quickly with liberalizing the rules – one of a series of modernizing reforms that Scholz’s three-party coalition agreed to tackle when it took office nearly a year ago. Incoming Leftist Coalition Government in Germany to Open Doors to Mass Chain Migration https://t.co/6wQHLNOgiG — Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) November 27, 2021 But senior lawmakers with the pro-business Free Democrats, who tended to ally with the center-right bloc before joining Scholz’s coalition last year and who are now struggling in the polls, have … [Read more...] about German Coalition Split on Fixing Deportations or Liberalising Citizenship
Police in Germany reportedly now fear the possibility of a leftist or eco-extremist terror attack occurring in the country. Germany’s Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) has warned of an increasing risk of a leftist or green extremist terror attack occurring in the country, a report from a national newspaper has claimed. It comes as many in the country express increasing fears regarding the radicalisation of climate activists currently operating in the country, with a number of officials warning that the formation of a new climate-oriented terror group now appears to be on the cards. Such concerns have now been echoed by the BKA, which is said to have reported in a secret memo that there are increasing signs that such an extremist attack could occur. According to Junge Freiheit , which claims to have seen the secret paper from earlier this month, German federal police appear to be particularly concerned about green terrorists targeting key infrastructure, with there … [Read more...] about German Police Warn of Eco-Extremist Terror Attacks in Secret Memo
Photo-Illustration: Intelligencer; Photos: Getty Images The Big Lie took a beating in the midterms. Of the six 2020 election deniers vying to take control of a battleground state’s election systems, not a single one was victorious. But democracy isn’t exactly safe from being undermined by a campaign of falsehoods orchestrated by Donald Trump, who is trying to retake the White House. In response to Trump’s ascent and other challenges across the world to shared truths that stitch together societies, some scholars have begun to argue that it’s time to reconsider the meaning of freedom of speech. “The question is gaining traction among legal academics,” says Richard Hasen, a professor at UCLA Law School. It’s a fraught undertaking, to be sure. In the United States, the First Amendment protects speech to a degree rare elsewhere in the world. But these are extraordinary times. It’s not just that lies have become more common in the age of MAGA, perverting the public’s ability to make … [Read more...] about Do You Have a Right Not to Be Lied To?
0 Seasonal & Holidays Christmas tree season starts ramping up right after the Thanksgiving leftovers are put in the refrigerator. Here's where you can buy them. Michael Lemanski , Patch Staff Posted Reply SOUTHINGTON, CT — People in Southington who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut down trees themselves or buy from a retail lot — shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group. The prediction by the Real Christmas Tree Board comes after a survey of 55 wholesalers that supply two-thirds of the market for fresh trees and 1,500 U.S. adults ages 21-49. “The real Christmas tree industry met demand last year, and it will meet demand this year,” Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, said in a news release. “This is essentially a year without surprises.” Residents of Southington have plenty of … [Read more...] about Where To Buy Christmas Trees In Southington
0 Seasonal & Holidays There are plenty of holiday tree options in Hartford and Tolland counties. Tim Jensen , Patch Staff Posted Reply SUFFIELD, CT — People in Suffield who prefer fresh-cut Christmas trees — whether they cut down trees themselves or buy from a retail lot — shouldn’t have any trouble finding them in 2022, according to a survey of Christmas tree growers by an industry trade group. The prediction by the Real Christmas Tree Board comes after a survey of 55 wholesalers that supply two-thirds of the market for fresh trees and 1,500 U.S. adults ages 21-49. “The real Christmas tree industry met demand last year, and it will meet demand this year,” Marsha Gray, executive director of the Real Christmas Tree Board, said in a news release. “This is essentially a year without surprises.” Residents of Suffield have plenty of options nearby, according to the Real Christmas Tree Board website and the … [Read more...] about Where To Buy Or Cut Your Own Fresh Christmas Tree In And Near Suffield