February 2, 2023

ENGLAND: 63yo Woman Was Rushed To The Hospital For Ashma Related Issues. Hospital Put Her On A Do Not Resuscitate Without Any Consent From Her Or Her Family. Apparently Ongoing NHS Problem.

BBC News published March 17, 2021: Families say disabled and elderly have been denied life-saving care during Covid pandemic. England’s care regulator, the Care Quality Commission, is raising serious concerns about the use of Do Not Resuscitate orders during the pandemic. Families and charities say the orders, which can deny people potentially life-saving care, have been wrongly placed on elderly and disabled people over the past year at unprecedented rates. An interim report from the Commission last year found concerns over at least 40 orders between March and September, up from just 9 in the preceding 6 months. Huw Edwards presents BBC News at Ten reporting by social affairs correspondent Michael Buchanan.
 
BBC News, UK
written by Staff
Saturday January 21, 2023

A Lanarkshire grandmother says she is living in fear after finding out doctors issued a "do not resuscitate" order without her knowledge.

The document on Marie McLean's medical file instructs medics not to attempt CPR in the event of an emergency.

The 63-year-old from Airdrie says she now cannot sleep because she is afraid of not waking up.

NHS Lanarkshire said its hospitals followed NHS Scotland guidance on do not resuscitate (DNR) orders.

The health board said any decisions should be discussed with the patient or carer by medical staff.

Mrs McLean was rushed to hospital almost two weeks ago when she was found to be unresponsive.

Her daughter Louise Gallacher told BBC Scotland: "The consultant took me into the family room and explained we have put her on a ventilator, if this doesn't work we have also put a DNR in place, so we won't be resuscitating her should she flatline.

"There were no discussions with anybody regarding the DNR."

Ms Gallacher said medics did not ask whether she agreed with the DNR or whether it was what her mother would have wanted.

"If they would have asked me, I would have said no, absolutely resuscitate her - bring her back," she said. "She has no illnesses, she is not in end of life care, not sick or poorly.

"On her medical records, it's just asthma. They said she had a chest infection or pneumonia and I wouldn't think it would warrant a DNR being put on her.

"We asked for a second opinion and did not get it. We asked to speak to the consultant when we were up in the critical care ward and we did say that we did not agree with it."

What is a 'do not resuscitate' order?

A DNR - also known as a DNACPR or a DNAR - is a form filled in by a doctor or senior nurse which instructs medial staff not to perform cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) treatment to attempt to restart the heart and breathing after they have stopped.

Other treatments will be used - but not CPR.

The decision has to be taken because CPR, which can involve chest compressions or an electric shock, often does not work and very few people make a full recovery. Near the end of life, there may be no benefit in resuscitation.

In most cases people should be informed when a DNR is in place and medics should discuss it with the patient or next of kin.

Official guidance states no doctor will refuse a patient's wish for CPR if there is a "fair chance" of success - but patients cannot demand treatment that will not work.

Ms Mclean has now been discharged from hospital but she fears becoming ill again.

"I'm not sleeping at night," she said. "I am panicking in case I don't wake up. I can't get it out of my head.

"I've been in and out the hospital with my chest, but the next time if I go in like that or not even as serious as that, they'll maybe say oh well she's got a DNR, just let her go. That's what's going through my head.

"I'm scared that because of the state of the health service, and not having beds..."

"Give me a chance. I don't want to die, I've got grandweans. I want to still live."

Ms Gallacher added: "If the doctors don't think it is beneficial and won't save her then that's fine. If my mum didn't have any quality of life we might be in agreement. But my mum wants to live.

"It is playing God with people's lives and it shouldn't be their decision."

'Shock, anxiety and fear'

Age Scotland says it has heard from people who are finding out "almost by accident" that they have DNR orders, without having a conversation about it.

Adam Stachura, its head of policy and communications, said it was creating "shock, anxiety and fear" among those affected.

"It is something there is too much secrecy about and the fact people are finding this out by accident means the process isn't working at all," he said.

He wants to see more consistency in decision-making with patients although ultimately the decision rests with the clinician.

"You can speak to your doctor but you don't have a right to say remove this," he said. "But people should have a right to find out if there is one in their name, who made the decision and when and be able to question that to better understand it."

'Compassion, care and tact'

Judith Park, director of acute services at NHS Lanarkshire, said all its hospitals followed NHS Scotland guidance.

"In terms of good practice, any decisions regarding the application of the policy should be discussed with the patient and/or carer by medical staff and this is documented in the patient record," she said.

"It is important to note that the policy guidance refers only to 'do not attempt cardiopulmonary resuscitation'. The guidance is clear that patients will continue to be managed with whatever treatments that are appropriate for their health and comfort irrespective of their DNACPR status."

The Scottish government said that its guidance was clear that healthcare professionals were expected to discuss treatment options openly and honestly with patients and families.

A spokesperson said: "It is essential that the information that CPR cannot be offered is clearly and sensitively shared with patients unless it is judged that the conversation would cause physical or psychological harm.

"Where a patient lacks capacity to engage with this conversation, relatives or others close to the patient must be informed without delay where that is practicable and appropriate.

"CPR will not always be an effective or viable treatment option for everyone, and where clinicians determine that this is the case, conversations should always be handled with the upmost compassion, care and tact.

"When a disagreement occurs, individuals can always request a second medical opinion. No one should ever feel pressured in any way when they are discussing treatment options such as CPR."
STV News November 13, 2020: Concerns over increase of 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders in hospitals. A charity has asked for a parliamentary inquiry into the use of 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders when older people are receiving hospital treatment. Age Scotland claim that the use of DNR orders is increasing with the procedure becoming commonplace during the pandemic. Roseanne McKee says her family were pressured into a signing a 'Do Not Resuscitate' order when her mum was taken into hospital earlier this year.
5 News published March 18, 2021: Covid-19: Sister 'written off' by do-not-resuscitate order. ► It is a huge decision for any family to put a 'do not resuscitate' order on a loved one who is seriously ill. Well imagine if that happened without relatives even knowing. A review of DNR orders from the start of the pandemic found that in more than 500 cases patients themselves or their relatives were not properly consulted.

The Scotsman, Scotland local
written by Elsa Maishman
Friday March 19, 2021

Age Scotland has called for an inquiry into the use of ‘Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders during the Covid-19 pandemic, following a damning report from the care watchdog in England.

The report by the Care Quality Commission in England found that the human rights of more than 500 patients may have been breached when Do Not Attempt Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (DNACPR) orders were imposed without discussion with the patient or their families.

Age Scotland has written to Healthcare Improvement Scotland calling for an investigation into the use of DNACPRs north of the border in the last year.

Liberal Democrat MSP Alex Cole-Hamilton has backed the call, saying an inquiry would reassure older people and their families that their rights are protected.

Age Scotland called on the Scottish Parliament's health and sport committee to instigate an inquiry last year after receiving calls from patients who had discovered orders in their hospital discharge notes which had been completed without their knowledge.

Brian Sloan, chief executive of Age Scotland, said: "We know from calls to our helpline that a number of older people and their families in Scotland have been very concerned and angry about the way DNACPR decisions were applied to them in the past year.

"We heard from over 60s who considered themselves to be in good health receiving an unexpected call from the GP asking them to agree not to receive medical intervention if their heart stopped beating or their breathing stopped. They were suspicious that they were targeted simply because of their age and left feeling that their lives were less valued."

He added: "We want to know exactly what happened, how many people had DNACPR decisions made without their knowledge and whether there was a criterion for people approached, such as age or shielding status.”

Mr Cole-Hamilton said: "Our health service has faced an incredibly challenging period but it's absolutely unconscionable that older people could be pushed into making major decisions like this.

"Everyone deserves kind, compassionate and informed support throughout their journey through the health service.

"An inquiry into the use of these orders would be a concrete step towards reassuring older people and their families, that their wishes will be respected, and their rights protected."
Andre Walker published December 29, 2021: Secret NHS Plot To Kill Disabled Children. Teenagers with autism and Down's syndrome were offered 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders during routine appointments with their GP during the pandemic, it has emerged. Many parents believe their child has been 'discriminated against' and say they were only asked about the order because of their learning disability. The DNR orders were reportedly offered following 'concerns about the pressure on the NHS' - but it has left families confused and 'upset'.

Daily Mail, UK
written by Kaya Terry
Monday December 27, 2021

Teenagers with autism and Down's syndrome were offered 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders during routine appointments with their GP during the pandemic, it has emerged.

Many parents believe their child has been 'discriminated against' and say they were only asked about the order because of their learning disability.

NHS England wrote to medics last year as the pandemic struck reminding them of guidance that learning disability should never be a reason for issuing a DNR.

Shocked parents are now worried their child could have agreed to the order because they may have not 'understood the question', according to an investigation by the Daily Telegraph.

The DNR orders - also known as DNACPR (Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation) - are given to seriously ill patients and prevent doctors from performing CPR.

Guidance states they should only be put in place on an individual case-by-case basis after discussion with a patient or their family about end-of-life plans.

The Department of Health previously said it was 'unacceptable' for DNRs to be applied 'in any kind of blanket fashion'.

This comes as it was revealed that mentally ill patients and those with learning disabilities were given 'Do Not Resuscitate' orders by doctors during the pandemic.

The orders were issued if their heart stopped and at least one appears to have led to the death of a patient, it was reported in June.

Charities said they were aware of many occasions when orders were 'inappropriately' given, with one saying it saw 20 in a single month.

Jeremy Hunt, chairman of the Commons health committee, said: 'This kind of hidden prejudice must be stamped out.'

Research last year also found that do not resuscitate orders were being placed illegally on the medical files of adults with learning disabilities.

MPs responded by ordering an urgent review into the ‘appalling’ practice, calling for it to be brought to an end by Christmas.

It is feared wrongful use of the orders could be denying vulnerable people life-saving treatment during the pandemic.

Steve Scown of Dimensions UK, a learning disability charity, told the Commons health and social care committee that those his fund helped were ‘not valued as equal members of society’.

He said: ‘We’ve seen that with the number of DNARs (do not attempt resuscitation) that have been placed on people that we support without any consultation with their families or anybody who knows their best interests.

'There is a fundamental problem with how people with learning disabilities are valued within society and within the system.

‘The fact that they were just placed on files without any meaningful conversation with families or any other professional is just frankly disgraceful.’

NHS England said at the time: 'The key principle is that each person is an individual whose needs and preferences must be taken account of individually.

'Blanket policies are inappropriate whether due to ­medical condition, disability, or age.'

February 1, 2023

AUSTRALIA: Australia-France Ties Strengthen As US Navy Suspends Submarine Repairs Amid Earthquake Concerns. Australia And France Strike Deal To Send Ammunition To Ukraine.

CNA Jan 30, 2023: France, Australia seeking to mend ties after submarine row. France and Australia are mending ties as they move on from hard feelings over a torn-up submarine deal. Their foreign and defence ministers are meeting in Paris. In 2021, then-Australian prime minister Scott Morrison suddenly pulled out of an expensive contract for France to build submarines. He then announced a deal to buy US or British nuclear-powered subs as part of a new security pact, dubbed AUKUS, with its two allies. Australia's current leader Anthony Albanese has vowed to fix the badly damaged links with France.
Sky News Australia published January 30, 2023: Australia-France ties strengthen as US navy suspends submarine repairs amid quake concerns. In a major shift in diplomatic relations the Defence and Foreign Ministers of Australia and France have met in Paris for talks overnight. The meeting marks a significant change in the relationship between the two countries, which had previously been strained. There are fresh concerns over the delivery timeline of our nuclear-powered submarines after the US Navy suspended submarine repair work at four of its west coast docks to prevent the impacts of future earthquakes. In the meantime, Defence Minister Richard Marles confirmed Australia would not purchase conventionally powered submarines from France.

ABC.net.au, Australia local
written by Andrew Greene and Stephen Dziedzic
Monday January 30, 2023

The US Navy has abruptly suspended submarine repair work at four West Coast dry docks, prompting fresh concerns about the AUKUS agreement just weeks before Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States announce an "optimal pathway" for Australia to develop nuclear-powered submarines.

The Navy announced over the weekend that it would "temporarily suspend" operations at three docks at the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard near Seattle in the state of Washington, as well as at a fourth dock at the nearby Trident Refit Facility, citing the need to strengthen them to deal with potential future earthquakes.

"The recently conducted seismic assessment, executed as part of the Navy's long-range Shipyard Infrastructure Optimization Program (SIOP), identified potential issues associated with the remote possibility of a large-scale earthquake occurring simultaneously with a submarine maintenance availability," the statement said.

"With this new information, the Navy is taking additional measures to further ensure the safety of the shipyard workforce, Sailors, the local public, the environment, and the submarines."

The US Navy statement does not explain exactly what the "potential issues" are, what work is required to fix them, or the likely cost.

Vice Admiral Bill Galinis, commander of Naval Sea Systems Command, said the Navy would "begin implementing these mitigations immediately and safely return our dry docks to full capacity as soon as possible" but did not say how long operations might be suspended for.

The Navy stressed that the decision "does not affect the nation's strategic deterrent capability or the ability of the fleet to continue its overall mission."

But the closure will still make it harder for the US Navy to field, maintain and then decommission nuclear-powered submarines, and could stir renewed concerns about the constraints which the US industrial base is grappling with ahead of the AUKUS announcement in March.

The United States is already struggling to meet its own Navy's requirements to build two new nuclear-powered submarines every year, while more than one in three submarines in its existing fleet is currently in maintenance or waiting to undergo maintenance.

While the three AUKUS nations have not yet laid out how they will develop nuclear-powered submarines for Australia, there has been speculation that the United States will potentially sell or transfer Virginia-class submarines to Australia to help it bridge the "capability gap" which will emerge when the current fleet of six conventional-powered Collins-class submarines are progressively retired.

Late last year two high-profile US Senators wrote to President Joe Biden warning that taking that step could push the US industrial base to "breaking point" – drawing a forceful response from a bipartisan group of Washington politicians who threw their weight behind Australia and AUKUS.

In August last year a senior US Navy officer also said that building extra submarines could place an unsustainable burden on American shipyards.

And in recent days a report from the Congressional watchdog has also highlighted problems with the Navy's future Columbia-class submarine program, finding it "lacks essential schedule insight" amid construction challenges.

The latest development comes as Foreign Minister Penny Wong and Defence Minister Richard Marles prepare to meet their British counterparts in the UK for annual talks which are likely to focus heavily on the AUKUS pact and the approaching nuclear submarine announcement.

After that Mr Marles will head to the United States to meet with Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin for high level discussions ahead of the March joint announcement.

Former Senator and submariner Rex Patrick told the ABC that the US Navy's decision to suspend operations at the West Coast dry docks highlighted the strains facing the US system and the vast risks inherent in Australia's ambitious push to build nuclear-powered submarines.

"No matter how much talking US Congressmen and Australian MPs do, their words won't change the mounting risks that are building in US and Australian submarine construction yards."

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I would like to point out how ridiculous it is for all of these countries sending military tanks and weapons and artillery to Ukraine to help them "defeat Russia". That's such a joke. Russia is a SUPERPOWER that can squash Ukraine in an instant like a bug. Ukraine would be a memory if Russia really wanted to takeover. This is all a charade. These globalist psychopaths are up to something. They're playing a tune to engage in a dance.

According to Safalta.com, "Russia is the third most powerful country in the world. with a large military and a significant economic and cultural influence. It has the world's third-largest military budget, with over a million active soldiers, and it is the world's ninth largest economy. (emphasis mine)
9 News Australia published January 31, 2023: Australia and France strike deal to send ammunition to Ukraine as relations warm. What was once a fractured relationship between France and Australia seems to now be repaired, with a new defence deal to send ammunition to Ukraine struck between the two nations.

AUSTRALIA: New Carbon Tax Scheme And Carbon Credit System. Government Pushing Australians Into Electric Vehicles And Pursuing Net-Zero Emmissions By 2050 While China Reaps Rewards.

Sky News Australia published August 19, 2022: 'Hey presto, it's back again': Labor's 'new' carbon tax on cars. Sky News host Chris Kenny says the so-called "fuel efficiency standard" will see the government tell car companies what to sell, and will try to force everyday Australians out of petrol and diesel cars into electric ones. "Great, bugger what car you want to buy, bugger your assessment of value for money. The government believes it knows what cars are right for you and at what price, and it doesn't like what you're buying at the moment," he said.
Sky News host Chris Kenny mentions Spain energy crisis in this story. I typed a snippit of what he said, "Doesn't this seem odd to you? A country that apparently doesn't rely on Russian gas rationing energy in order to help out other countries that do rely on Russian gas. It makes no sense at all does it? Did you like me wonder why the ABC never bothered to explain anything about the Spainish energy system? Or examine why Spain light on for energy? Ah what a pity . Perhaps the reporter's battery was flat. Because a few minutes on Google, and he would have discover that recently Spain has shut down almost all of its coal-fired generation. In fact, as this report frames it, 'the Spanish government committed to making its electricity system 100% renewable by the middle of the century, banning all new coal, oil, and gas extraction, ending all fossil fuel subsidies and making all new vehicles emission-free by 2040.' Not only does it all sound so familiar, it also suddenly makes sense. Spain like us has deliberately made itself energy poor in pursuit of climate action. Just like us. This is what they've been doing to the coal-fired power stations. (he shows a video of them exploding several working coal-fired power stations) Yep, they blew that one up just last year and now they are rationing power. (wow, I didn't know that was happening in Spain.) I reckon people around the world will eventually revolt against governments committing these heinous acts against the interest of their own people." (emphasis mine)
Sky News Australia published Jan 26, 2023: NSW Drivers being able to pay to offset emissions is an ‘interesting kind of announcement’. NSW Shadow Energy Minister Jihad Dib says the state Government’s plan to allow drivers to pay to offset emissions was an “interesting kind of announcement”. “Effectively what the minister here seems to not be thinking about is the fact that we’re actually in a cost of living crisis, people are really struggling,” he told Sky News Australia. “Then you’re saying, hey, if you want to make more of a contribution, this is what you can do. "I think there’s other things ... namely, trying to be able to get through day-to-day as a result of very high energy prices.”
Sky News Australia published Jan 11, 2023 'Labor is back and so is the carbon tax': O'Brien. Shadow Energy Minister Ted O’Brien says Labor is “back, and so is the carbon tax” with a “sneaky” safeguard mechanism. “Albanese’s carbon tax is three times bigger than Julia Gillard’s carbon tax,” Mr O’Brien told Sky News host James Morrow. “Let’s not forget, Labor promised to get power prices down; they are going up, and now welcome to 2023, we have a new tax for you.”
Sky News Australia published January 11, 2023: Australian consumers 'will pay through the nose' for PM's new carbon caps. Sky News host Liz Storer says Australian consumers “will pay through the nose” for Prime Minister Anthony Albanese’s new carbon and energy price caps. “The agenda is very clear and that is to make fossil fuels, any energy created by fossil fuels, absolutely unaffordable,” Ms Storer told Sky News host Caleb Bond. “Why they are doing this at a time when there is no alternative? Renewables are unable to generate the base power load we need to run as a nation.”

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ABC.net.au, Australia local
written by David Claughton and Michael Condon, ABC Rural
Thursday Janaury 12, 2023

As the dust settles on the Chubb review of Australia's carbon credit system, farmers and the big polluters relying on them for offsets are weighing up what it all means.

Despite whistleblower claims that the system is being rorted, Professor Ian Chubb said it was "fundamentally well designed" and he did not share the view that the level of abatement had been overstated.

However, he recommended some changes to the scheme, including a halt on further approvals for one key methodology used to offset emissions and tighter rules for others.

The scheme works by giving a carbon credit — known as an Australian Carbon Credit Unit (ACCU) — for every tonne of greenhouse gases avoided or stored by registered projects.

These credits are bought by the government, which uses them to help meet emissions reduction targets. Some, however, are sold into a private marketplace to businesses wanting to offset their own emissions.

Avoided deforestation under fire

The Chubb review has recommended that no more carbon credits be issued for "avoided deforestation".

This method allows farmers who had a permit to clear their land in north-west NSW to obtain a credit for not clearing it.

Professor Chubb said the clearing permits were now so old that it would be hard to establish an 'intent to clear land'.

It is a significant change because one in five credits issued in Australia is for projects based on this method.

Together with human-induced regeneration of native forests in the dry rangelands of Queensland, New South Wales, Western Australia, South Australia and the Northern Territory, and the combustion of methane from landfills, they make up three-quarters of all credits.

That figure is based on research by Professor Andrew Macintosh, a leading expert on environmental markets who chaired the Integrity Committee of the Emissions Reduction Fund.

He published a paper with colleagues that described some of these schemes as an "environmental and taxpayer fraud", and he supplied the review with what he described as a "mountain of evidence" about that.

While Professor Chubb is closing the door on projects based on the "avoided deforestation" method, he thinks new rules could be developed that allow more approvals in future.

Human-induced regeneration

Rules governing another controversial methodology — human-induced regeneration — have been tightened up.

Professor Chubb has recommended a five-yearly check on regeneration projects and wants the energy regulator to publish the outcomes of each assessment.

He wants all future projects to meet the expectations of the scheme, which is to turn farmland into native forest that can permanently store carbon.

Professor Chubb dismissed concerns about the variability of carbon sequestration based on rainfall.

Richard Eckard is professor of sustainable agriculture at the University of Melbourne and director of the Primary Industries Climate Challenges Centre.

He warned that carbon levels would increase in years of good rainfall and decline again during drought but said some projects were basing their claims on three years of good rainfall.

"What happens when El Nino comes back, and we have three dry years in a row, and the carbon barrels back out of the soil?" he asked.

Doubts remain for farm group

Peter Holding farms at Harden in NSW and is a community outreach officer for the Farmers For Climate Action group .

He is disappointed by Professor Chubb's findings, but he is pleased to see the rules around avoided deforestation projects have been tightened up.

"I don't think a lot of the country would have been cleared anyway, and that's the problem with additionality.

And he wants farmers to focus on how they will reduce their own emissions from farm equipment reliant on diesel.

"It might be with ammonia, it might be with hydrogen, it might be with EVs (electric vehicles), who knows, but pretending we don't have to worry about it isn't the answer."

"We need to stop these fake ideas and start dealing with the real issues about how you're going to transition your machinery into the new world in under 10 years."

Clear signal to market

John Connor, from the Carbon Market Initiative, an independent, member-based organisation dedicated to the transition to net-zero emissions, welcomed the review's finding that the effectiveness of Australia's carbon credit system had not been overstated.

And said that, together with changes to the Safeguard Mechanism, had delivered a clear signal to the market.

He said that landholders involved in those projects were safe, as none of the changes were retrospective, and the establishment of the Carbon Abatement Integrity Committee should improve confidence in the system.

The price of Australian carbon credit units, or ACCUs, has remained steady despite the big changes in policies.
Sky News Australia published October 15, 2022: Net zero emissions a ‘massive plot’ by China to 'de-industrialise' the West. Nationals Senator Matt Canavan says net zero emissions is a “massive plot” by China to de-industrialise and “weaken” the West. It was confirmed BMW will relocate production of the electric Mini from the United Kingdom to China. “They’ve convinced all these gullible people in the West that yeah we should shut down our industry, we should no longer produce reliable power, everything will be great, the planet will cool and we’ll turn back the tides,” he told Sky News Australia. “All that happens is you take all those jobs, you transfer all the jobs from the West to other countries that mean to do us harm.”
All of these climate policies governments are implementing are anti-human. Can you see that? These climate policies have nothing to do with saving the planet or protecting the environment. It's all leading to control of the human population. (emphasis mine)
Phys.org
written by Andrew Macintosh and Don Butler, The Conversation
Monday January 9, 2023

An independent review of Australia's controversial carbon credit system released today concluded the scheme is essentially sound. But key questions remain unaddressed—a fact that will continue to undermine confidence in Australia's central climate policy.

The review, led by former chief scientist Ian Chubb, followed concerns raised by our research team that the scheme lacked integrity and was not delivering genuine reductions in greenhouses gas emissions. The review panel, however, says it does "not share this view".

Climate Change and Energy Minister Chris Bowen on Monday said the government would implement all 16 of the review panel's recommendations.

But more must be done to ensure the Albanese government truly delivers the emissions reductions it has promised.

Carbon credits underpin our climate policy

Australia's carbon credit system is central to reaching the federal government goal of 43% emissions reduction by 2030 and net-zero by 2050.

The scheme provides carbon credits to projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions using a number of approved methods, such as avoiding deforestation. These credits can be sold on the carbon market to entities that want to offset their emissions.

In March last year, our research team raised serious concerns about the scheme. In a series of papers, we outlined systemic flaws in the way carbon credits were issued.

We concluded Australia's Emissions Reduction Fund—under which the scheme operates—has serious governance flaws, has issued a large number of low integrity credits and is wasting billions of dollars in taxpayers' money.

Our analysis focused on three of the fund's most popular methods—avoiding deforestation, human-induced regeneration of native forests and combusting methane from landfills. These account for 75% of the credits issued under the scheme.

We found that more than 70% of the credits issued under these methods do not represent genuine emissions abatement.

Following that criticism, in July last year, the Albanese government commissioned an independent review of the scheme. Those findings were released today.

The panel concluded the carbon credit arrangements are largely sound. How the panel reached this conclusion is hard to fathom.

Discussion of the rules governing human-induced regeneration, landfill gas and avoided deforestation projects spans less than six pages.

The report does not contain references to the evidence relied upon to reach its conclusions, and includes very little analysis to support its findings. And importantly, the panel does not address key questions around the integrity of the scheme's rules.

Bewilderingly, in its assessment of the methods, the panel does not refer to the findings of a review it commissioned from the Australian Academy of Science to inform its considerations.

The academy reviewed the three main methods my research team analyzed and a fourth, concerning carbon capture and storage.

It found numerous flaws in the methods and the associated governance processes. For example, consistent with our analysis, it found a risk the human-induced regeneration method is crediting vegetation change brought on by rainfall, rather than project activities.

The academy also found problems with the landfill gas method—namely, that so-called "baselines" used to calculate carbon abatement don't adequately account for other financial and regulatory incentives offered to operators for capturing and combusting methane.

This means credits are sometimes issued for actions the industry would take anyway. As I wrote in The Conversation in September last year, so great are the problems with the landfill gas method that several large companies profiting from it have called for changes to the system.

The academy is not alone in recognizing these problems. The CSIRO [consult.dcceew.gov.au/independ … /submission/view/150] and Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists also found problems with the rules governing the issuance of credits.

The review panel acknowledged the scientific evidence criticizing the carbon credit scheme, but says "it was also provided with evidence to the contrary." Yet it did not disclose what that evidence was or what it relates to. The public is simply expected to trust that the evidence exists.

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January 31, 2023

SOUTH AFRICA: STATE OWNED Power Company Is Rationing Power Affecting Homes, Public Services, Businesses Because Generators Breaking Down. Farmers Cull 10 Million Chicks, Due to Power Cuts

Imagine, the globalist psychopaths are forcing us to use everything electric. What a nightmare scenario South Africans are enduring right now for all of us to see what is in store for us if we continue down this ugly scary cult of Climate Change totalitarian path. My gosh, they're blaming the energy generator breakdowns on thieves stealing the copper and cables. The people in charge sound like a Democrat-run city or state. There is absolutely no excuse for this to be happening. It's on purpose. People can't be this incompetent. Electricity is a vital resource.

From U.S. Energy Information Administration: Electricity is a secondary energy source Electricity is the flow of electrical power or charge. Electricity is both a basic part of nature and one of the most widely used forms of energy.

The electricity that we use is a secondary energy source because it is produced by converting primary sources of energy such as coal, natural gas, nuclear energy, solar energy, and wind energy, into electrical power. Electricity is also referred to as an energy carrier, which means it can be converted to other forms of energy such as mechanical energy or heat. Primary energy sources are renewable or nonrenewable energy, but the electricity we use is neither renewable nor nonrenewable.

Electricity use has dramatically changed daily life

Despite its great importance in daily life, few people probably stop to think about what life would be like without electricity. Like air and water, people tend to take electricity for granted. However, people use electricity to do many jobs every day—from lighting, heating, and cooling homes to powering televisions and computers.

Before electricity became widely available, about 100 years ago, candles, whale oil lamps, and kerosene lamps provided light; iceboxes kept food cold; and wood-burning or coal-burning stoves provided heat.

Scientists and inventors have worked to decipher the principles of electricity since the 1600s. Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Nikola Tesla made notable contributions to our understanding and use of electricity.

Benjamin Franklin demonstrated that lightning is electricity. Thomas Edison invented the first long-lasting incandescent light bulb.

Before 1879, direct current (DC) electricity was used in arc lights for outdoor lighting. In the late 1800s, Nikola Tesla pioneered the generation, transmission, and use of alternating current (AC) electricity, which reduced the cost of transmitting electricity over long distances. Tesla's inventions brought electricity into homes to power indoor lighting and into factories to power industrial machines. (emphasis mine)
DW News pubilshed September 24, 2022: Sweeping power outages threaten South African economy. South Africa is in the grip of an electricity shortage. The state power company Eskom recently implemented what it calls Stage Six of power cuts - or load shedding, as it is known locally. But even at Stage Six, many South Africans are without power for up to ten hours a day. 'Load shedding' is a dreaded term in South Africa right now. The power rationing is affecting homes, public services and even businesses - a disaster for Africa's most industrialized economy.
 
eNCA published January 16, 2023: Power cuts frustrates South Africans.
SABC News published January 31, 2023: Government considers national state of disaster over energy crisis. Government could declare a state of disaster to resolve the energy crisis. President Cyril Ramaphosa said this as he closed the ANC NEC Lekgotla yesterday. He says the work is already under way within government to establish whether the legal requirements of a national state of disaster are met and what specific actions the government would be empowered to undertake. We are now joined by James Mackay, CEO of the Energy Council of South Africa.

Yahoo News
written by S'thembile Cele
Monday January 30, 2023

South Africa is considering declaring a national state of disaster as record power cuts cripple the economy.

The government is looking into whether the ongoing energy crisis fulfills the legal requirements for the measure, last put in place in March 2020 to manage the Covid-19 pandemic, President Cyril Ramaphosa said in closing remarks at the ruling African National Congress’s strategy meeting on Monday.

“Work is already underway within government to establish whether the legal requirements of a national state of disaster are met and what specific actions we would be empowered to undertake,” he said.

Read more Eskom Latest: Power Outages Roll on; Emergency Package Discussed

Past state of disasters have enabled the fast-tracking of spending and the implementation of certain regulations. In the case of the coronavirus outbreak, for example, it enabled lockdown rules to be enforced and medical supplies to be procured.

The ANC has come under increasing pressure to resolve South Africa’s electricity crisis after more than two decades of indecision, graft and political interference reduced state-owned utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. to a dysfunctional entity reliant on government handouts. The country has suffered 94 consecutive days of rotational blackouts, known locally as loadshedding, often for 10 hours or more a day.

The power cuts are straining the finances of the nation’s biggest cities as the hit on economic growth reduces tax income and maintenance budgets surge because of breakdowns of electricity-distribution equipment.

The central bank cut its forecast for economic growth this year to 0.3%, from 1.1% previously, because of the power outages that it estimates will shave an estimated 2 percentage points off output this year.

“A national state of disaster will enable us to have the instruments necessary to fully implement the challenges that our nation faces,” Ramaphosa said.
CNN News published January 30, 2023: Blackouts killed thousands of his chickens. Hear why this farmer is furious. Last year, South Africa saw power blackouts on more than 200 days. The disruptive energy crisis is putting everyday life as well as the hopes and dreams of millions at risk. CNN's David McKenzie reports
 
VOA News, Africa
written by Vicky Stark
Thursday January 19, 2023

South Africa’s poultry farmers say they've had to cull almost 10 million chicks because of the country's power crisis. The record blackouts have slowed down production, creating a backlog in processing and no room for the chicks. Farmers' groups warn if the power cuts are not resolved soon, South Africa's longer-term food security could be affected.

South Africa’s struggling state-owned power company, Eskom, this week shortened power cuts that, since December, had forced homes and businesses to go without electricity for up to 10 hours per day.

However, Eskom says the rolling blackouts will continue for at least another year to prevent a total collapse of the grid.

The record power cuts are crippling South Africa’s economy and harming production, including foods.

Izaak Breytenbach, general manager of the South African Poultry Association, said the power crisis means they can’t run slaughterhouses, or abattoirs, on the usual 24-hour schedule.

“When we take chickens into an abattoir there’s a water bath with electric stunner and that is the main approved method of killing the chickens,” he said. “And then in that whole process where we do the cut-up of the chicken, the temperature is controlled in the abattoir.”

Breytenbach says the lack of power to run the machines dropped production by a quarter, creating a backlog and overcrowding on poultry farms.

The association says farmers were forced to cull 10 million chicks in just weeks.

Breytenbach warned if government doesn’t resolve the power shortage soon, the price of chicken will increase even more than last year, when Russia’s war on Ukraine caused feed prices to jump.

“We’ve seen material increase of chicken prices of about 17% in the period 2021 to 2022,” he said.

The drop in production could lead to a chicken shortage in South Africa and job losses in a country with a 33% unemployment rate.

Ensuring food quality and safety

Theo Boshoff, CEO of South Africa’s Agricultural Business Chamber, said the entire food production chain is affected by the power cuts.

“It’s right up and down the value chain,” he said. “If you think about primary agriculture; irrigation especially during this time it’s peak summer. The cold chain is absolutely critical so that’s where the biggest risk lies of course to ensure food quality and safety.”

Boshoff said the chamber is doing a survey to determine the cost to South African agriculture.

He said farmers met on January 13 with Agriculture Minister Thoko Didiza to discuss the problem and request an exemption from power cuts.

“It’s a tough ask in the current climate,” he said. “We don’t have enough generation online currently so if you have an exemption for one sector that means you’ll need to cut from another sector.”

He said the ministry agreed to appoint a task force on the issue and is expected to report back next week.

South Africa’s aging power plants were forced to introduce power cuts since 2008 amid corruption scandals involving the state-owned power company, Eskom.

The shortage worsened in the past two years with Eskom having to cut power more than 200 days in 2022, the most ever in a calendar year.

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa this week cancelled his trip to the World Economic Forum in Davos to hold urgent meetings on the blackouts.

Despite the shortage, the government last week announced an 18% power price increase this year but was unable to say when the power cuts will end.

January 30, 2023

CANADA: How A HORRIFIC COVID Mask Dispute Led To This Woman's DEATH. She Suffered From Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Security Officers Didn't Care She Was Having Respiratory Failure.

Sadly sums up the outrageous nonsensical covid measures taken by the Commie globalist NWO depopulation eugenics monsters around the world. This woman obviously to any rational reasonable person required immediate medical help because she was having respiratory failure and instead the security guards treated her like a criminal. These security guards acted like non feeling robots obeying orders. That's scary. We need to say no to these Commie globalist psychopaths detrimental policies. (emphasis mine)
Glenn Beck published January 26, 2023: How a HORRIFIC COVID mask dispute led to this woman's DEATH.

Denise Warriner is on a mission to find justice for her sister’s awful, 2020 death. Recently released CCTV footage shows 43-year-old Stephanie Warriner sitting in a wheelchair in a Canadian hospital. Warriner, who suffered from COPD, lowered her COVID mask because she was struggling to breathe. A horrific confrontation then occurred between Warriner and several hospital security guards. The men then move her seemingly lifeless body to another area of the hospital. She died two weeks later. Denise, who for THREE YEARS has been urging Canadian officials to try those responsible for her sister’s passing, joins Glenn to detail her efforts and the lack of action from Canada she’s seen as a result. Plus, she explains how YOU can get involved…

Toronto Sun, Canada local
written by Joe Warmington
Wednesday January 18, 2023

Following manslaughter charges against two security guards being tossed, the family of a woman who died after a COVID-19 mask dispute at Toronto General Hospital is now pursuing civil action.

“The family of Stephanie Warriner has commenced a $16-million lawsuit against University Health Network and five security guards involved in the 2020 hospital death of Stephanie Warriner,” said a press release from Falconers LLP, adding it’s their “honour” to represent the dead woman’s sibliing, “Denise Warriner-Smith, as she continues to fight for justice for her sister Stephanie.”

The 43-year-old, mother of five who suffered from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (“COPD”) and lived with a bipolar disorder, died 16-days after an interaction with security. Hospital security video, which captured the incident, shows her being challenged about why she was wearing her mask on her chin.

The video shows Stephanie struggling for breath and sitting on a chair before a female guard approaches her.

“Stephanie explained to the security guards that she had left her room to get a sandwich, and that she was struggling to breathe,” alleged Falconers. “The security guards were aware that Stephanie was not only in obvious respiratory distress but was also suffering from mental health issues. “

The situation escalated, according to the allegations.

“Instead of getting Stephanie the medical attention she required, the security guards berated Stephanie, pushed her against the wall and to the ground, and restrained her in the prone position with weight applied to her back,” alleged Falconers. “As a result of this use of force, Stephanie went into cardiac arrest and ultimately died.”

None of the allegations raised by the law firm have been tested in court.

Justice Sean Dunphy dismissed charges of manslaughter and criminal negligence causing death against two security guards, Amanda Rojas-Silva and Shane Hutley.

Ontario’s Attorney General ministry said after “carefully considering the matter, the Crown “decided not to appeal” and “has no further comment.” Denise Warriner-Smith said she was “shocked” by that decision.

The University Health Network did not respond Wednesday to requests for comment about the lawsuit. When asked Saturday about the criminal case, spokesperson Gillian Howard said “UHN will not comment on a court’s decision nor on matters of individual employment of discipline.”

In their release, Falconers noted “despite video footage and witness testimony, the Superior Court of Justice released a decision on Nov. 22, 2022, quashing the order of committal on both counts."

ENGLAND: 170 Years Old Historic Christian Church In London Destroyed In Large Fire On Thursday.

BBC News, UK
written by Liz Jackson and Celestina Olulode
Friday January 27, 2023

A Grade II* listed church in north-west London has been destroyed in a fire overnight.

Eighty firefighters were deployed to St Mark's church in Hamilton Terrace, St John's Wood, at 23:20 GMT on Thursday.

Videos on social media showed the entire two-storey building alight, while witnesses said the roof of the ornate Victorian building had caved in.

London Fire Brigade (LFB) said there were no injuries and the cause of the fire was not known.

The National Churches Trust has described St Mark's as an "architectural and historical treasure".

The building, which is more than 170 years old, has links to author Lewis Carroll and Queen Victoria's son Prince Leopold and is situated near Abbey Road Studios and Lord's Cricket Ground.

The vicar of St Mark's, the Reverend Kate Harrison, told the BBC the fire was "heart-breaking for us as a church and a local community".

"We remain in deep shock, but are so grateful for the prayers and messages that continue to come in, and commit to continuing to serve the local community as best we can," she added.

Sophia Tennant, who witnessed the fire, said she was getting ready for bed when she looked out of the window and saw flames rising from inside a building which she later realised was the church.

After calling the fire brigade, she said she "came and watched and it was really flaming, most of the roof seemed to be on fire".

"You could see the fire inside the church going up what would have been the stained glass window at the east end, so it's pretty disastrous," she said.

Reema Raisinghani, 32, lives in Hamilton Terrace directly opposite the church and said residents living on the ground floor of nearby buildings were told to evacuate as the flames spread.

She said the building was fully alight, including the spire, by 00:30 and "pieces of the church were actually falling down the faรงade".

"It's an iconic church, I'm used to waking up to it every single morning. It's one of those massive community churches, it's just a centre point for the whole terrace as well," she said.

"The beautiful stone colour is now all black, it's a black shell. There's ash everywhere, including outside my whole flat."

Another witness described seeing "lots of flames" which became "much bigger before the roof caved in".

More than 10 fire engines were deployed to the scene, with crews from North Kensington, Paddington and West Hampstead working to put out the flames.

Firefighters used three ladders to spray water on to the building, including two 34m (111 ft) ladders and one 64m (209 ft) ladder that is the tallest of its kind in Europe.

Eddie Tulasiewicz, from the National Churches Trust, said it was a tragedy that such a "beautiful, historic church" had been struck by fire, but he hoped "a lot of the interior can be saved".

"Churches are full of wood and most have fire detectors, but what they need is sprinkler systems," he said.

Households in the area were previously advised to keep windows and doors closed, and police asked the public to avoid the area to allow emergency services to work.

LFB said fire teams remained on site making the scene safe and were carrying out investigations into the cause of the blaze.

Westminster City Council said there would be local road closures until late morning, but all residents were "safe and accounted for".
  • Built in 1846 to replace a small temporary building which had been set up to cater for the expanding population of St John's Wood
  • Survived being hit by an enemy bomb in 1941 during World War Two, with work to rebuild its spire being completed in 1955
  • The interior features several memorials including one commemorating the tragedy of the Herald of Free Enterprise, a cross channel ferry which capsized off Zeebrugge in 1987
  • The floor and walls are decorated with ornate mosaics including multicoloured and gold depictions of Bible passages
  • Robinson Duckworth was appointed vicar of St Mark's in 1870 after spending four years as Prince Leopold's tutor. Prince Leopold also laid the church's foundation stone when it was built
  • Duckworth was immortalised as the duck in the jury box in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and was in the boat when the writer first told his famous story
The Evening Standard, UK local
written by Barney Davis
Sunday January 29, 2023

The heartbroken vicar of a Grade II*-listed church destroyed during a fire said forensics may never find out what triggered the blaze.

Reverend Kate Harrison held a defiant service outside the burnt-out shell of the church after a towering inferno ripped through, caving in the roof, on Thursday night.

Dozens gathered for a Candlemas Eucharist service on Sunday in the shadow of the church using a cross made from pieces of burnt timber pulled from the building.

She told the BBC: “The forensic services are going to be looking at trying to discover what caused the fire but we have been warned that we might never know.

“It’s really sad, it’s like a bereavement what’s happened here and I would like answers, I would like to know what happened.”

She promised to rebuild the church that had already had its spire partially destroyed after being struck by a German bomb in 1941 during World War Two.

Ms Harrison told the Standard: “I’m absolutely heartbroken. That building has served the Christian community for 175 years. It’s our base where we have been reaching out, helping people, loving people.

“It’s a wonderful beacon of hope and to see it suffer in crushing devastation is completely heartbreaking.

“But it is a building, not the church. The church is the people and our work will carry on, our love will carry on.”

It appears the floor and walls decorated with ornate gold mosaics of Bible passages were destroyed in the blaze.

A local mother told the Standard of the panic she felt as she grabbed her children and fled her home as the fire threatened to spread to her home.

She said: “The clouds of white smoke were really dense and thick and could be seen rising up to the sky and then being blown onto the firefighters by the wind and then blown down toward Maida Vale. I’d never seen anything like it.

“I began to see bright orange flames flicker, which increased until I could see an almighty and vicious fire ravaging through the roof of the church.

“In a state of rising panic, I told my husband we needed to grab our two children, who were asleep, and get out.

“As we left we stood briefly at the front door, watching with sadness, as the front of the Church glowed bright orange from the raging fire. We could hear the loud crackling of the burning as though it were an almighty bonfire.”

She added: “I went to look at the church today and it is a shell. The spire is black and slightly crooked. The locals are devastated. Churchgoers have lost their place of worship. For a decade mothers, fathers, babies and toddlers have enjoyed daytime classical concerts of live musicians in that church.

“Now I can see people sitting in the calm church grounds surrounded by magnolia blossoms and other beautiful flowers. It is a real blow to the community.”

The National Churches Trust has described St Mark’s as an “architectural and historical treasure”.

The building has links to author Lewis Carroll and Queen Victoria’s son Prince Leopold and is near Abbey Road Studios and Lord’s cricket ground.

January 29, 2023

EUROPE: Jihadist Preparing An Attack On Tourist Beaches Arrested In Girona On January 27th. From Morocco With Spanish Nationality Was Watching The Execution Of Jihadist Attacks In Europe.

El Independiente published January 27, 2023: Detenido un presunto yihadista en Girona con la colaboraciรณn del FBI.

Cronica Global News, Spain local (translated)
written by Victor Recacha
Friday January 27, 2023

An alleged jihadist terrorist falls in Girona . Only two days after the attack in Algeciras, an individual of Moroccan origin with Spanish nationality in an "advanced process of jihadist radicalization " and with a "profile of great violence and aggressiveness" has been arrested in an operation by the National Police, the Civil Guard and the FBI.

The investigators verified that he was watching the execution of jihadist attacks in Europe . The same day he was arrested, the detainee searched how to carry out stabbings and attacks carried out with this type of bladed weapons, as reported by the Ministry of the Interior. The detainee has already entered prison.

Radicalization in Catalonia

This is the first operation reported by Interior after the deadly attack with a machete in Algeciras (Cรกdiz) that is being investigated for crimes of terrorism. It is precisely this crime that has put radicalization experts on alert due to Catalonia's greater vulnerability to terrorism , given the prominent presence of Salafists and the international projection of Barcelona.

Sources from the fight against terrorism emphasize that the person arrested in Girona responds to the "profile of an unstable violent man ". They also point out that he had manuals on the use of weapons and explosives and that the operation has been precipitated by his determination to commit some criminal action. The General Information Commissioner of the National Police and the Information Headquarters of the Civil Guard participated in the arrest in Girona. It has been carried out under the direction of the Central Court of Instruction number 2 and the Prosecutor's Office of the National Court.

Disciple of Isis

"The person being investigated was in an advanced process of jihadist radicalization and had a profile of great violence and aggressiveness," according to Interior, adding that the detainee maintained active profiles on different social media platforms and accessed the Deep Web to promote his terrorist purposes. In this way, he used the Internet to show his active support for the terrorist organization Islamic State , obtain manuals with which to train himself in the use of weapons and explosives, as well as the acquisition of weapons .

During the joint investigation, international cooperation has stood out: the FBI notice has been "essential" for the identification of this alleged terrorist. During the practice of the different proceedings, the detainee has shown his arrogant rejection of him towards the participating agents. After the arrest, the agents proceeded with the execution of various records associated with the detainee, in order to collect evidence of his activities, to fully clarify the facts investigated.

A 26 year old

The 26-year-old detainee of Moroccan origin had stated in various propaganda groups in favor of Daesh his intention to attack in Spain against any "accessible individual objective associated with the Spanish or Moroccan governments or Jewish interests." This is stated in the communicated prison order without bail issued this Friday by the head of the central investigative court number 2 of the National Court, Ismael Moreno , regarding Fath Allah Benhachem Grarrass , born in the Moroccan town of Taourirt and with Spanish nationality , arrested this Wednesday in the neighborhood of Santa Eugรจnia de Girona.

According to the order, Benhachem, considered "a potential security risk", participated in Daesh propaganda forums and Telegram applications. Investigators from the Information Services of the Civil Guard and the National Police have verified that with his profile the detainee had been interested in buying bladed weapons on the so-called deep internet or "deep web" and, even, "had expressed his interest in the acquisition of weapons for the commission of a potential attack on the beaches of the town of Benidorm (Alicante)".

Radical Telegram Groups

The order also indicates that the person investigated shows interest in the elaboration of explosive substances and in obtaining the formula for the artisan elaboration of the C4 explosive . "This desire to carry out an attack is reiterated," according to investigators who have analyzed his intense activity and who have detected that the arrestee, "of an unstable, reactive and violent nature" was in a state of permanent alert and continuously suspected that He was monitored both physically and in his communications.

In one of the Telegram groups called "La Voz de al-Andalus", the detainee expresses his interest in a violent attack in Spain against an easily accessible individual target and related to the Moroccan or Spanish government, extending the interest to targets or Jewish interests: "Moroccan politicians spend their holidays in the south of Spain, invited by drug traffickers […] I would rather see them cry tears of blood and then make them drink them while they suffer in this life than have an escape in the other […] The prophet said about the message of Allah: whoever kills us will go to paradise", writes in this forum with the nickname of Daniel Lofti .

Paranoid Behavior

At another point, he points out that we must "get ahead of the enemy and not go behind his trail... Something like that. Inshallah we wish the worst for them and their families, we curse them and seek the worst for them in this life and in the next. Brother, could we talk privately?" This habitual access both to web "anonymization" resources, as well as to jihadist platforms and pages, evidences "the full awareness and willingness in Benhachem to get involved in terrorist acts and his aforementioned interest in Telegram for the acquisition of weapons, manufacture of explosives and the commission of violent acts with said means in Spain, reiterated Judge Moreno in the order.

The letter also states that in the search of his home -sources from the fight against terrorism assure that he lived with his father- a silhouette of a target practice with 7 impacts and 6 shells of short firearm ammunition was found that would correspond to two different weapons, although none have been found in the inspection. The state of permanent alert in which Fath finds himself is detected from the wiretaps, constantly suspecting that he is being watched or spied on, both physically and in his communications.
La Razon News, Spain local (translated)
written by Jm Zuloaga
Friday January 27, 2023

This is a Moroccan residing in Gerona who has already entered prison by order of the National Court. He had done target practice with at least two different weapons

Anti-terrorist agents, in a joint operation of the Civil Guard and the National Police, have arrested a dangerous jihadist in Girona who was preparing an attack on the beaches of Benidorm against the bathers, a criminal act that he intended to record and then spread through the social networks of the Islamic State (Daesh, Isis). The arrest took place on the 25th, the same day the Algeciras attack took place.

According to what sources familiar with the matter have informed LA RAZร“N, this is Fath Allah Benhachem Gharrass, born on January 6, 1995 in Taourirt (Morocco) and resident in Gerona and who has already entered prison by order of the National Court.

This individual, who used the nickname “Daniel LOTFI” on social networks; username: @pipa4545″ had held conversations and carried out initiatives aimed at carrying out said attack which, thanks to the Security Forces, has been prevented.

He also expressed his desire to "punish" the Moroccan authorities , carrying out a violent action against citizens of this nationality residing in our country.

Fath was associated with another individual who calls himself “@Karim el maghrebi” , with whom he made the necessary arrangements to acquire AK-47 type weapons, Glocks 9mm pistols and explosive belts. All this through channels dedicated to the black market of arms and false documents.

Thanks to the telephone interventions, the agents detected the permanent state of alert in which he was, since he suspected that he was being watched or spied on, both physically and in his communications. For this reason, he adopted security measures in his movements and communications.

The agents verified the "unstable, reactive and violent" character, a common characteristic of jihadists who are going to take action, as was the case with the one who committed the attacks in Algeciras.

Fath continually consulted generic web pages dedicated to the jihadist phenomenon and other similar movements. Likewise, it was learned that he had resided in Nigde (Turkey), a non-tourist area precisely and that is part of the clandestine transit route to and from Syria .

On his Telegram channel, in case there was any doubt, he wrote the following: “ Oh brothers. Does anyone of you know anything about the way to buy weapons or obtain weapons through the Deep web or other safe way related to the field, since the demand is increased for the brothers related to the subject? .

He also showed his interest in the elaboration of explosive substances and obtaining the formula for the artisan elaboration of the C4 explosive. He also intended to carry out a violent attack in Spain against an easily accessible individual target related to the Moroccan or Spanish government. Or that he was Jewish.

In this regard, he wrote: “Moroccan politicians spend their vacations in the south of Spain invited by drug traffickers […] I prefer to see them cry tears of blood and then make them drink them while they suffer in this life rather than have an escape in the other [… ] The prophet said about the message of Allah: whoever kills us will go to paradise . ”

“I mean getting ahead of the enemy and not going after his trail… Something like that. Inshallah (God willing) we wish the worst for them and their families, we curse them and we seek the worst for them in this life and the next,” he added.

The agents, after entering his home authorized by the judge, have found in his telematic devices collections of videos of stabbings (searched 7 times in a period of 1 hour), a stabbing of a man (18 times in 25 seconds in a train) or stabbings that have taken place in prisons in the United States. Also of a jihadist attack in Tunisia and a video resulting from the stabbings of the jihadist attack in London.

The aforementioned sources consider that it was not a mere viewing but the acquisition of specific knowledge in attacks that occurred in order to train oneself through a specific and accessible modus operandi.

Likewise, searches from the day before his arrest, on the 25th, on books that deal with Muslim prisoners, the Islamophobia of the State, the National Court and the rights of Muslim prisoners in Spanish prisons have been found.

The agents have found numerous jihadist manuals for the manufacture of explosives, the use of poisons and car bombs. I was also looking for acetone on the internet. It is one of the precursors of TATP (Triacetone Triperoxide), an explosive recommended by the Islamic State for its easy preparation . Specifically, there are registered searches with the following terms: “acetone”, “acetone 100″ (probably refers to 100% pure acetone), and “acetone price”. In one of the records, navigation through a Chinese shopping portal is observed, so it is assumed that he had the intention of acquiring it.

The agents were struck by what was found at his home: a target practice silhouette with seven impacts and six short-firearm ammunition pods . When analyzed, they correspond to a 38 Special caliber weapon and another 9 mm Parabellum caliber weapon. That is, Fath could have access to at least two different types of weapons. After consulting the available databases, there is no record that he or his family circle hold a weapons license or authorization for any activity of private security personnel in Spain.

For its part, the Ministry of the Interior has released a note this afternoon confirming the arrest of this individual and stressing that the participation of the Civil Guard and Police has had the support of the US FBI.
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