Breaking: 7.3 Magnitude Quake Hits Coast of Japan Near Fukushima, Tsunami Alert Issued –NHK national television said the tsunami might have reached some areas already. | 16 March 2022 | A powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Fukushima in northern Japan on Wednesday evening, triggering a tsunami advisory and plunging more than 2 million homes in the Tokyo area into darkness. The region is part of northern Japan that was devastated by a deadly 9.0 quake and tsunami 11 years ago that also caused [three] nuclear plant meltdowns. The Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings, which operates the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant where the cooling systems failed after the 2011 disaster, said that workers were checking for any possible damage. The Japan Meteorological Agency said the quake hit at 11:36 p.m. at a depth of 60 kilometers (36 miles) below the sea. The agency issued a tsunami advisory for up to a meter (3-foot) sea surge in parts of Miyagi and Fukushima prefectures.
Saudi Arabia considers selling oil in yuan – media | 15 March 2022 | Saudi Arabia is considering selling some of its oil to China in yuan rather than dollars, people familiar with the matter told the Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, citing “active talks” between Riyadh and Beijing. Such a move could further marginalize the petrodollar paradigm that has controlled the global financial system for over half a century, placing the dollar’s status as the international reserve currency at risk. China buys over a quarter of the oil exported by Saudi Arabia, meaning that denominating those deals in yuan would significantly boost the international profile of the Chinese currency. Currently, 80% of global oil sales are transacted in dollars, with the Saudis trading exclusively in the US currency since 1974 – when Washington offered Riyadh security guarantees in exchange for its loyalty to the petrodollar system.
Deleted Kamala Harris tweet claimed US is supporting Ukraine ‘in defense of the NATO alliance’ –Harris said the same thing over the weekend while speaking to House Democrats | 16 March 2022 | A social media account for Kamala Harris stated Tuesday in a now-deleted tweet that the United States is supporting Ukraine “in defense of the NATO alliance,” which the Ukraine is not a part of. “When I was in Poland, I met with U.S. and Polish service members, thanking them for standing with our NATO allies for freedom, peace, and security,” a tweet from the @KamalaHarris account stated. “The United States stands firmly with the Ukrainian people in defense of the NATO alliance.” The remarks made in the tweet, which featured a photo of Harris greeting American and Polish service members, come on the heels of similar statements she made while addressing House Democrats over the weekend at the Democratic National Committee’s (DNC) winter meeting in D.C. According to a spokesperson from Harris’s office, the account that issued the tweet is controlled by the DNC. “The ‘and’ was omitted by accident, so we took it down and reposted with the correct remarks,” the DNC said in an emailed statement to Fox News.
Thousands of troops training in cold weather around Norway –Norway is a long country that runs 1,100 miles from the North Sea to the Arctic Circle | 16 March 2022 | Thousands of troops are braving cold weather and training on the land, air and sea around Norway as part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s biennial Cold Response exercise that is meant to shore up defenses of member nations. NATO says around 30,000 troops from 27 nations, including the U.S., are taking part in the exercise that is expected to run through April 1. Defense officials said the exercise will test the cooperation of military forces in an Arctic environment with rugged terrain and extreme weather.
Meme Police: DHS Scanning Employees’ Social Media for ‘Conspiracy Theories,’ ‘Extremism’ | 15 March 2022 | The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) published a report recommending an increased focus on scanning the social media accounts of its employees in order to detect “extremism.” Among the examples of “extremism” cited by DHS are: a belief that fraud occurred in the 2020 election, and objections to current coronavirus policies. From the DHS report, obtained by Reclaim The Net: A March 2021 unclassified threat assessment prepared by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Department of Justice, and DHS, noted that domestic violent extremists “who are motivated by a range of ideologies and galvanized by recent political and societal events in the United States pose an elevated threat to the Homeland in 2021…” The report shows increased DHS concern with rooting out “extremists” within its own ranks, including through monitoring the social media accounts of employees.
CEO of German Insurance Company Fired After Leaking Data Showing Covid Vaccine Injuries Not Being Reported | 15 March 2022 | Andreas Schofbeck, the CEO of one of Germany’s leading health insurance companies, was terminated last month after releasing data that showed health authorities were dramatically underreporting covid vaccine injuries. The information has since been removed from the BKK/ProVita health insurance company’s website. The Defender reports: Schofbeck, who noticed an unexpected jump in vaccine-related health insurance claims, in February notified the Paul Ehrlich Institute (PEI) — the German equivalent of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) — that BKK billing data indicated the PEI was underreporting adverse events to COVID vaccines. In his letter to the PEI, Schofbeck wrote: “If these figures are extrapolated to the whole year and to the population in Germany, probably 2.5-3 million people in Germany have received medical treatment for vaccination side effects after Corona vaccination.”
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