Three dead after flash flood on Welsh river – 2 month’s worth of rain in 48 hours

Three people have died and another is in “critical condition” in hospital after a group of paddleboarders got caught in a flash flood on the River Cleddau in Haverfordwest, South Wales, police have confirmed. Five others who were rescued from the water were uninjured, Dyfed-Powys Police said in a statement, adding it was a man and two women who had died and a woman still receiving treatment. No names have yet been released. The shock conditions came as parts of the UK were battered with almost a month’s worth of rain in 48 hours. Police officers, the Welsh Ambulance Service (WAS), fire and coast guard joined the so-called multi-agency search on the Cleddau on Saturday. Air support was also provided by both the National Police Air Service (NPAS) and Wales Air Ambulance. Nearby Quay Street was cordoned off and police asked people to avoid the area.

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Saudi Arabia, Bahrain expel Lebanese ambassadors – Hezbollah MP claims it’s revenge for failed war on Yemen

Amid a diplomatic dispute with Saudi Arabia and its regional allies, a Lebanese lawmaker says the country that failed in its war on Yemen is now planning to take revenge against Lebanon over its support for the oppressed Yemeni people during the devastating military aggression. Mohammad Raad, the head of Loyalty to the Resistance Bloc — the political wing of the Hezbollah resistance movement — in the Lebanese parliament, made the remarks on Saturday, as tensions have been running high between Beirut and Persian Gulf states over the Saudi-led military campaign on Yemen.

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BEST OF THE WEB: Don’t, won’t or can’t? US intelligence agencies ‘do not expect to determine the origins of Covid-19’

Comment: Because they have something to hide?… US intelligence agencies say it is unlikely they will ever be able to conclude whether Covid-19 spread by animal-to-human transmission or leaked from a lab. The paper issued by the Director of National Intelligence elaborates on findings released in August of a 90-day review ordered by President Joe Biden. That review said that US intelligence agencies were divided on the origins of the virus but that analysts do not believe the virus was developed as a bioweapon and that most agencies believe the virus was not genetically engineered.

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BEST OF THE WEB: The freak-out over Tucker Carlson’s January 6 documentary begins

Tucker Carlson on Wednesday night played a brief trailer for his three-part documentary looking at the events of January 6. “Patriot Purge” will premiere on Fox Nation, the network’s streaming service, on November 1. Clips hint that the film compares the prosecution of Capitol protesters and anyone associated with the events of January 6 to the initial war on terror, a wholly legitimate comparison that my reporting confirms. For example, as I explained in April, Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines issued a report earlier this year warning “domestic violent extremists” pose a heightened threat to the nation. Not one for subtlety, Haines included a sketch of the U.S. Capitol in the document; House Republicans at the time blasted Haines for working outside her legal authority — the intelligence community is supposed to hunt foreign terrorists, not MAGA-supporting meemaws — to target American citizens.

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Oops! Ibram X. Kendi accidentally undermines his views on white privilege and systemic racism in now-deleted tweet

Author and activist Ibram X. Kendi, who upholds the ideas that white privilege is rampant in American culture and systemic racism keeps minorities in states of oppression, shared an article on Twitter that revealed that “more than a third of white students lie about their race on college applications,” according to a survey. Kendi’s comment, which he later deleted, read that “More than a third of White students lied about their race on college applications, and about half of these applicants lied about being Native Americans. More than three-fourths of these students who lied about their race were accepted.”

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Now is the time to look much more closely at The Great Reset, a fake Utopia being sold to us by charlatans

As we exit the pandemic, expect to hear much more about The Great Reset and building back better. Far from resulting in a low-carbon dream life, though, it’s a cartoonish fantasy that will hand the global elite even more power. ‘The Great Reset’ is a term that has been bandied about quite readily by most Western neo-liberal politicians. So often, in fact, and without proper explanation, that it strikes the prudent observer as a kind of paid advertisement. But what is it exactly? The term rose to prominence at the 50th annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in June 2020. It was initially launched by the Prince of Wales, before being absorbed into the philosophy of the sartorially dystopian sci-fi villain Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the WEF.

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How ‘Let’s Go Brandon’ became code for insulting Joe Biden

When Republican Rep. Bill Posey of Florida ended an Oct. 21 House floor speech with a fist pump and the phrase “Let’s go, Brandon!” it may have seemed cryptic and weird to many who were listening. But the phrase was already growing in right-wing circles, and now the seemingly upbeat sentiment — actually a stand-in for swearing at Joe Biden — is everywhere. South Carolina Republican Jeff Duncan wore a “Let’s Go Brandon” face mask at the Capitol last week. Texas Sen. Ted Cruz posed with a “Let’s Go Brandon” sign at the World Series. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s press secretary retweeted a photo of the phrase on a construction sign in Virginia. The line has become conservative code for something far more vulgar: “F — – Joe Biden.” It’s all the rage among Republicans wanting to prove their conservative credentials, a not-so-secret handshake that signals they’re in sync with the party’s base.

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Woman trampled to death by elephant in a district of Assam, India – 19th so far in 2021

A 70-year-old woman was trampled to death by a wild elephant in lower Assam’s Goalpara district on Friday, a forest department officer said. The incident took place at around 7 am at Korkuchi in Dohela, divisional forest officer of Goalpara, Jitendra Kumar said. This is the second instance of death in an elephant attack this month in Goalpara district, where 19 deaths were recorded due to such incidents so far this year, a forest department official said. Source: PTI

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11-year-old boy mauled to death by stray dogs in Karnataka, India

In a tragic incident that occurred on the morning of Sunday October 31 at Shidlaghatta here, a boy died after he was attacked by a pack of stray dogs. The deceased has been identified as Kalandar Khan (11). He was studying in fourth standard at Shidlaghatta Urdu higher primary school. It is said that the father of the boy, who is a daily wage labourer had gone to work on Sunday morning. The boy who came out of the house at the same time was attacked by around 20 stray dogs. He was severely injured in the attack and collapsed on the road. A passerby chased away the dogs but the boy had breathed his last by then. Villagers expressed rage at the local administration for not taking any action despite their repeated complaints about street dog menace in the area.

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Human civilization could ‘collapse’ like Roman Empire if climate change not addressed, UK PM Boris Johnson warns

Modern countries risk repeating the fate of the Roman Empire unless they urgently curb climate change, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has warned ahead of a major UN summit. “This is our memento mori,” Johnson told Italian paper la Repubblica during a flight to a G20 meeting in Rome, Italy, using a Latin phrase meaning, ‘Remember that you will die’. The event takes place ahead of a major UN climate change conference in Glasgow, Scotland, known as COP26. Rome and its marvelous ruins are a perfect place for G20 and COP26, which begins on Sunday. They remind us that if we don’t address climate change, an extraordinary civilization can collapse at a terrifying pace. It’s not a far-fetched comparison.

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