Incline Village, Nev. (EOC)-- Yet another story about refugees in peril being rescued by daring radicals on the high seas. This time it takes on a different twist, not the usual heroes such as Doctors Without Borders, but an elusive London street artist who uses the name of "Banksy" as a pseudonym. His identity has been speculated in various media reports, but the story is not about the artist, but the rescue mission.
The British street artist Banksy has financed a boat to rescue refugees attempting to reach Europe from north Africa, the Guardian can reveal. The vessel, named Louise Michel after a French feminist anarchist, set off in secrecy on 18 August from the Spanish seaport of Burriana, near Valencia, and is now in the central Mediterranean where on Thursday it rescued 89 people in distress, including 14 women and four children.
"The captain of the boat is Pia Klemp, a German human rights activist, known for having driven several other rescue ships, including the Sea-Watch 3, for which she had declined the honorary medal that the City of Paris wished to give her, showing its disagreement with the migration policy carried out in the capital. She is still the subject of an investigation by the Italian courts, for 'helping illegal immigration' in particular." Al Jazeera reported earlier today that other vessels were in on the distress call;
"On Saturday, Sea-Watch 4, another migrant rescue vessel, jointly operated by Doctors Without Borders (MSF) and the NGO Sea-Watch, announced it was altering course and heading towards Louise Michel. "We already have 201 people on board, the first of whom were rescued a week ago and who until now are denied a place of safety," Hannah Wallace Bowman, MSF's Field Communications Officer onboard Sea-Watch-4, told Al Jazeera." (1)
At least one vessel named Sea Watch Bravo's position is located at Marine Traffic. (2)
How all of this will eventually play out, with the EU governments not likely to welcome any new effort to recue Libyans in leaky boats headed toward the European mainland, remains to be seen.
#BEIRUT: "Paris of the Middle East"
In yet another updated report by Alex Woodward for The Independent, a top cop in Lebanon offered another explanation;
"Lebanese General Security chief Abbas Ibrahim said the explosions were likely set off by material that had been seized several years ago, according to the Associated Press." (The Independent)
#COVID-19: Mask Rejection & Freud
"...If we may assume as an experience admitting of no exception that everything living dies from causes within itself, and returns to the inorganic, we can only say 'The goal of all life is death‘, and, casting back, 'The inanimate was there before the animate‘ " (Freud, S., Beyond the Pleasure Principle, 1920)
The Birx-Fauci Fail
Clearly, the task force was designed using Centers for Disease Control (CDC) medical experts and immunologists on point, with the Surgeon General's office and Admiral Giroir of the Health and Human Services (HHS), among others. The briefings aired on national television were composed of those members with Vice President Mike Pence as task force director. The briefings gave considerable attention to charts and graphs related to surge and mitigation and evolving from those briefings was a mitigation plan using stay-at-home, testing and face protection mandates. All were in some way or another related to the physiological aspect of medicine, there were no team members related to psychological and social aspects. Then came the "June Swoon."
James C. L'Angelle
University of Nevada, Reno
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