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Biden to pledge to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030

Biden to pledge to cut carbon emissions in half by 2030

President Biden is expected to pledge this week to cut U.S. carbon emissions by 50 percent by the end of the decade, two people familiar with the plan told the Washington Post on Wednesday. The administration will likely present the broad goals of the plan before releasing details on how it plans to achieve the cuts in emissions, the people said. It is also possible that the administration will announce a target range for emissions cuts with the higher limit above 50 percent. A final decision on the target has not been made, the White House told the Post.

Report: Mideast countries top 2020 global executioners list

Report: Mideast countries top 2020 global executioners list

Apart from China and despite a worldwide drop in death sentences, countries in the Middle East remained among the world's leading executioners last year, Amnesty International said Wednesday. The number of executions worldwide plummeted to its lowest level in over a decade, with at least 483 people executed in 2020, compared to 657 the previous year, as the coronavirus pandemic slowed criminal trials and disrupted scheduled executions. Four states in the region — Iran, Egypt, Iraq and Saudi Arabia — topped the global list and pressed on with shootings, beheadings and hangings, ignoring pleas by rights groups to halt executions during the pandemic, the report said.

Hawaii: Inter-island vaccine passport plan set

Hawaii: Inter-island vaccine passport plan set

Interisland travelers who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will be allowed to bypass quarantine or testing requirements starting May 11, provided they were inoculated in Hawaii. The exemption, also known as a "vaccine passport," was announced by Gov. David Ige during a Tuesday afternoon press conference. Ige said the decision was made in conjunction with Lt. Gov. Josh Green, Hawaii Emergency Management Agency Administrator Maj. Gen. Kenneth Hara, state Health Director Dr. Elizabeth Char and the four county mayors. "Together, we've made a decision to start with the inter-county travel program for those vaccinated in the state of Hawaii, because we can verify the information and their vaccination status," Ige said. "... It will allow us to validate the screening process necessary, and I think, most importantly, learn about what kinds of bottlenecks and delays it might inject into our screening process for interisland travel."

AOC says 'trampling' of 'indigenous rights' and 'racial justice' is a cause of climate change

AOC says 'trampling' of 'indigenous rights' and 'racial justice' is a cause of climate change

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez faulted the rejection of "indigenous rights" and "racial justice" on Tuesday as causes of climate change. "The climate crisis is a crisis born of injustice, and it is a crisis born of the pursuit of profit at any and all human and ecological cost, which means that we must recognize in legislation that the trampling of indigenous rights is a cause of climate change," the New York Democrat said, "that the trampling of racial justice is a cause of climate change because we are allowing people and we are allowing folks to deny ourselves human rights and deny people the right to healthcare, the right to housing and education."

Norfolk fires police officer who donated to Kyle Rittenhouse and who said he 'did nothing wrong'

Norfolk fires police officer who donated to Kyle Rittenhouse and who said he 'did nothing wrong'

The city of Norfolk, Virginia, fired a police lieutenant who defended and donated to Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old accused of killing two people and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. City Manager Chip Filer accepted Police Chief Larry Boone's recommendation that Lt. William Kelly be relieved of duty on Tuesday, according to an announcement just four days after he was placed on administrative leave. "I have reviewed the results of the internal investigation involving Lt. William Kelly. Chief Larry Boone and I have concluded Lt. Kelly's actions are in violation of City and departmental policies," Filer said. "His egregious comments erode the trust between the Norfolk Police Department and those they are sworn to serve. The City of Norfolk has a standard of behavior for all employees, and we will hold staff accountable."

BLM activist says police shouldn't use a weapon to stop someone from getting stabbed

BLM activist says police shouldn't use a weapon to stop someone from getting stabbed

Black Lives Matter activist Bree Newsome had a new take on the police shooting of Makhia Bryant in Columbus, Ohio on Tuesday. Bryant, who was in possession of a knife, and according to police body cam footage was lunging at another woman with that knife, was fatally shot by police after they were called to the scene. Journalists and activists were quick to rush to judgement and assume that Bryant was unarmed and innocent, but for Newsome, the incident was a moment to say that casual knife fights are just the norm and not a cause for police interference at all. Newsome said that "Teenagers have been having fights including fights involving knives for eons. We do not need police to address these situations."

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmospheric oddities across the continents

Adapt 2030 Ice Age Report: Atmospheric oddities across the continents

Signs of magnetic shifts continue across the planet from 90F hail storms blanketing parts of Saudi Arabia, agricultural catastrophe in France from absurd cold with Majorca's red blizzard alert. In Asia the fastest wind speeds ever recorded in April for a tropical system near the Philippines and Beijing engulfed by 3rd decade intensity sand storm in five weeks.

CNN introduces segment where they rant about what Trump would have tweeted if he hadn't gotten kicked off of Twitter

CNN introduces segment where they rant about what Trump would have tweeted if he hadn't gotten kicked off of Twitter

CNN's Brian Stelter has introduced a brand new segment of his show where he will discuss all the horrible things Trump would have tweeted if he hadn't been kicked off of Twitter. "As Americans, it's important for us to remember just how bad, how mean, how divorced from the facts, how, how, how much of a stinky poopoo head Mr. Trump really was," said Stelter. "We hope this new segment covering Trump's hypothetical tweets will help viewers remember how we literally saved democracy by electing Biden in a completely fair, not rigged election." Some of the hypothetical Trump tweets discussed on the first show will include gems like: "The very sad loser 'president' Biden says he cured the virus. But that was all me! Very low ratings! Pathetic!" "Many fine people including our African Americans and the LATINO community have received the vaccine. YOUR WELCOME! ENJOY!" "The whole world is laughing at us thanks to Sleepy Joe and Cacklin' Kamala. Why does that woman laugh at everything?...

Army's own vaccine that could fight COVID variants begins clinical trials

Army's own vaccine that could fight COVID variants begins clinical trials

A unique vaccine produced by the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research started clinical testing Tuesday, and Army researchers hope it will combat variants of SARS-COV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19. The vaccine, called spike ferritin nanoparticle, or SpFN, could also help fight other coronaviruses, a group of related RNA viruses that often cause respiratory-related diseases in mammals. Army researchers have been tracking the threat posed by new coronaviruses even before the pandemic, according to Kayvon Modjarrad, director of emerging infectious diseases at Walter Reed. That threat has been accelerating in recent years. "That's why we need a vaccine like this: one that has potential to protect broadly and proactively against multiple coronavirus species and strains," Modjarrad said in a statement announcing the SpFN testing.

U.S. Ambassador to Moscow returning to Washington 'for consultations' amid rising tensions

U.S. Ambassador to Moscow returning to Washington 'for consultations' amid rising tensions

U.S. Ambassador to Russia John Sullivan says he will be returning to the United States for consultations this week amid rising tensions between Washington and Moscow. Relations between Washington and Moscow have entered a new phase of heightened tensions recently with U.S. President Joe Biden announcing punishing sanctions over cyberattacks, election interference, and threats against U.S. soldiers in Afghanistan. Further souring the mood has been the issue of the health of jailed Kremlin critic Aleksei Navalny, Russia's buildup of troops along the border in eastern Ukraine and Crimea, and new allegations of Russian involvement in a deadly explosion at a munitions depot in the Czech Republic in 2014. "I believe it is important for me to speak directly with my new colleagues in the Biden administration in Washington about the current state of bilateral relations between the United States and Russia," Sullivan was quoted on April 20 as saying by embassy spokeswoman Rebecca Ross.

Russia block of Black Sea would be 'escalation': Washington

Russia block of Black Sea would be 'escalation': Washington

The US State Department on Monday branded as an "unprovoked escalation" reported Russian plans to block parts of the Black Sea, which could ultimately impact access to Ukrainian ports. Russian state media have reported that Moscow intends to close parts of the Black Sea to foreign military and official ships for six months. Such a move could affect access to Ukrainian ports in the Sea of Azov, which is connected to the Black Sea through the Kerch Strait, on the eastern tip of the Crimean peninsula annexed by Russia in 2014.

'You're next': NBA star and Biden supporter LeBron James ripped for seemingly threatening officer in Ma'Khia Bryant shooting

'You're next': NBA star and Biden supporter LeBron James ripped for seemingly threatening officer in Ma'Khia Bryant shooting

NBA star LeBron James quickly deleted a tweet targeting the officer in the Ma'Khia Bryant shooting in Ohio, promising he's "next" after the Derek Chauvin verdict. "You're next," James tweeted on Wednesday, adding the hashtag "#accountability" and a photo of Columbus police officer Nicholas Rearden who was identified as the officer who shot and ultimately killed Ma'Khia Bryant. Activists have used Bryant's death as the latest example of police brutality against black Americans, but critics have pointed to the fact that Bryant was wielding a knife at the scene and appeared to be a threat justifying the officer's actions. In bodycam footage released, Bryant lunges at another person, with the knife in hand, before she is shot.

Alarms go off near Israel's nuclear reactor amid reports of explosions & missile defense system being activated

Alarms go off near Israel's nuclear reactor amid reports of explosions & missile defense system being activated

Sirens have pierced the air in Israel's southern Negev province near the secretive Dimona nuclear facility, with reports of multiple blasts heard far away from the site and anti-missile systems responding. The sirens were heard in Abu Qrenat - a village some 13 miles (21km) northwest of The Shimon Peres Negev Nuclear Research Center in the Negev desert - following reports of explosions from the vicinity of the nuclear facility on Thursday morning, according to the Jerusalem Post. A military spokesperson said the incident resulted in no casualties. Unconfirmed footage has circulated on social media, in which a siren can be heard blaring in the distance. The location the video was captured is unclear. Another clip purporting to show the moment a missile was intercepted by Israel's defense systems has also made the rounds.

UK & allies "reserve the right" to launch NEW military action in Afghanistan

UK & allies "reserve the right" to launch NEW military action in Afghanistan

The UK and its allies "reserve the right" to launch new military action in Afghanistan should international terrorism thrive, the Government has said. Defence minister James Heappey has left the door open for military action should "ungoverned spaces" return which pose a threat to the UK homeland or the interests of allies, as well as the option of providing air support to Afghan forces. The Afghanistan veteran also suggested a review will be carried out into Britain's military involvement in the country.

America's domestic political turmoil is making world unstable & fueling conflicts with its main adversaries - Iran, China & Russia

America's domestic political turmoil is making world unstable & fueling conflicts with its main adversaries - Iran, China & Russia

America's internal political battles have smothered consensus and led to Washington being asleep at the wheel in foreign affairs for many years now. The lack of US strategic clarity only fuels uncertainty and instability globally. The Afghanistan Papers, published by the Washington Post in 2019, revealed that the US has for many years been aware that it cannot win the war in Afghanistan, yet it has been reluctant to accept defeat and withdraw. US policy has been defined in indecisiveness, as neither victory or defeat has been an option. The continued waste of money and blood has merely resulted in a corrupt government in Kabul dependent on the influx of US funding, a hardened and militarized opposition, and neighbouring states frustrated with the unpredictability of the enduring US presence.

David Cameron and the Greensill scandal is just the tip of the fatberg

David Cameron and the Greensill scandal is just the tip of the fatberg

It is in danger of becoming received wisdom that the Greensill affair is an example of "Tory sleaze" similar to that which polluted the party's reputation in the late 1990s. They do not compare. I had a ringside seat for the seedy death throes of John Major's government. The scandals of those years mainly involved hitherto obscure politicians being caught with their peckers out or their snouts in the trough. The tabloids discovered various Conservative MPs in bed with people who were not their wives, often a career-busting transgression then, but now so accepted that Boris Johnson can be prime minister. There were also some notorious cases of Tory backbenchers taking undeclared payments - "cash for questions" - to promote business interests in parliament. This swelled the public's feeling that the Conservatives had been corrupted by a long stretch in power and contributed to their landslide defeat at the 1997 election, but none of it threw into question the integrity of government...

How Russian Intel foiled CIA military coup and assassination of the President of Belarus

How Russian Intel foiled CIA military coup and assassination of the President of Belarus

The Russian and Belarusian intelligence have officially revealed how they foiled CIA backed color revolution and an attempted military coup to topple the Belarusian government as well as the assassination of the President of Belarus, Alexander Lukashenko. It was Lukashenko who last year exposed how the World Bank forced sovereign governments to impose strict lockdowns for coronavirus aid. Soon after coming to power, Alexander Lukashenko started a crackdown on George Soros Foundation slapping a $3 million fine for currency violation. The same year George Soros left Belarus. Since then, Belarus has been a target of constant Color Revolutions aimed at overthrowing Lukashenko. In February this year, GreatGameIndia reported how Lukashenko announced his victory over the coup organized by globalists like George Soros to overthrow him. However, details of the operation were not made public and are only now being shared with media. Russian FSB and the Belarusian security services have...

As chemical weapons watchdog's credibility crumbles, OPCW member states strip Syria's voting rights

As chemical weapons watchdog's credibility crumbles, OPCW member states strip Syria's voting rights

Syria has been stripped of most of its rights at the global chemical weapons watchdog for alleged breaches. The OPCW stands accused of suppressing facts reported by its own inspectors in Syria for political purposes. The vote to penalize Syria took place on Wednesday at the conference of the states that are parties to the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in The Hague. Syria was punished for allegedly violating the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), of which the OCPW is the guardian, based on reports by the special Investigation and Identification Team (IIT). The penalties were imposed at the proposal of France and backed by Western nations who helped pass it overwhelmingly by 87 to 15, with 34 abstentions out of 136 countries taking part.

Trump 'very seriously' considering running in 2024

Trump 'very seriously' considering running in 2024

During an interview on Fox News with host Sean Hannity on Monday, former President Donald Trump said he was "very seriously" considering running in 2024. Trump said regarding taking back control of Congress for the Republicans: "We are going to help with the House. I think we have a really good chance. I'm working with everybody including Kevin McCarthy in taking back the House. I think we have a really good chance in doing it. Likewise, the Senate's going to be a little bit tougher."

Boris Johnson sets major new climate target to slash UK emissions 78% by 2035

Boris Johnson sets major new climate target to slash UK emissions 78% by 2035

Boris Johnson has announced steeper cuts to the Britain's carbon emissions. The Prime Minister will commit to slashing emissions by 78% by 2035 compared with 1990 levels. It comes as the UK prepares to host the COP26 international climate change summit in Glasgow in November. It marks a significant step forward on the current UK commitment to cut emissions by 68% by 2030 - already one of the most ambitious plans among developed nations. The UK's share of emissions from international aviation and shipping will also be included for the first time, making the target even harder to meet. The announcement comes before a major US summit on Thursday where President Joe Biden is expected to set out a new US target for reducing emissions. The new target is in line with the recommendations of the Climate Change Committee, published last year, for the Government's sixth carbon budget. The Sixth budget limits the volume of greenhouse gases emitted over a five-year period from 2033-2037. The...

White House formally backs bill to grant DC statehood

White House formally backs bill to grant DC statehood

The White House on Tuesday formally declared its support for a House bill that would grant statehood to Washington, D.C., saying it would provide the residents of the District with "long overdue full representation in Congress." The Office of Management and Budget said, in a statement of administration policy: "Establishing the State of Washington, Douglass Commonwealth as the 51st state will make our Union stronger and more just. Washington, D.C. has a robust economy, a rich culture, and a diverse population of Americans from all walks of life who are entitled to full and equal participation in our democracy." The statement further called for Congress "to provide for a swift and orderly transition to statehood for the people of Washington, D.C." White House press secretary Jen Psaki previously said President Biden is in favor of giving statehood to D.C. The District is home to roughly 700,000 full-time residents, which is more than Wyoming or Vermont. The House is scheduled to...

Michael Gove arrives in Israel for 'vaccine passport talks'

Michael Gove arrives in Israel for 'vaccine passport talks'

Cabinet Office minister Michael Gove arrived in Israel on Monday on an unannounced visit, reportedly to discuss a vaccine passport arrangement. Gove, who is one of the most senior ministers in Boris Johnson's government, is said to have been accompanied on the small BAe HS146 aircraft by Jonathan Van-Tam, one of England's deputy Chief Medical Officers. The plane was photographed approaching for a landing at Ben Gurion Airport by Haaretz English editor Avi Scharf, who is also a keen observer of flight traffic in the region. Several UK media outlets had speculated Gove would visit Israel this week to examine Israel's vaccination programme in person. The country's vaccine rollout is one of the most successful in the world, with nearly five million people — or 53.5% of the population — now fully vaccinated.

Czechs exclude Rosatom from nuclear tender amidst absurd accusations against Russia

Czechs exclude Rosatom from nuclear tender amidst absurd accusations against Russia

The Czech government will not invite Russia's Rosatom to take part in security assessments before a planned tender for a new unit at the Dukovany nuclear power plant, Industry Minister Karel Havlicek said on Monday. The decision, which effectively excludes Russia from the multi-billion dollar tender, was announced two days after Prague expelled 18 Russian embassy staff, saying it suspected Russian intelligence was involved in explosions at an ammunition depot in 2014. Russia has dismissed the accusation as absurd.

Dozens report bright meteor fireball in New Hampshire skies

Dozens report bright meteor fireball in New Hampshire skies

Dozens of people in New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts reported seeing a bright fireball streak across the sky Sunday night. The American Meteor Society received at least 45 reports of the meteor from as far away as Nova Scotia, Rhode Island and Vermont. Based on the reports, it's likely the fireball entered the atmosphere above the ocean off the coast of Maine at about 8:20 p.m. and streaked northwest above Casco Bay. A surveillance video captured by a Nest security camera in Rochester submitted by a local user shows a short, bright streak of light in the sky. The submitter said the fireball was accompanied by a loud boom, and an emailer from Strafford told News 9 his house shook after the fireball was seen. Just one of the reports submitted to the AMS indicated that the witnesses hadn't heard any sound.

Thousands gather in Berlin to protest Covid restrictions while parliament debates giving Merkel's govt MORE power to impose lockdowns

Thousands gather in Berlin to protest Covid restrictions while parliament debates giving Merkel's govt MORE power to impose lockdowns

Demonstrators have gathered in the thousands in the German capital as the nation's parliament debates whether to give Merkel's government more power to impose lockdowns on areas with high Covid-19 infections. Protesters, many of them not wearing face masks, descended on Berlin on Wednesday morning to demonstrate their opposition to Chancellor Angela Merkel's proposal which would give the national government power to implement new restrictions if regional Covid-19 incident rates exceed certain thresholds. Music could be heard playing as those gathered near the Brandenburg Gate waved flags and banners embroiled with the messages "End scaremongering now," as well as "Peace, freedom, no dictatorship" and "democracy."

Study says nuclear fallout showing up in U.S. honey decades after bomb tests

Study says nuclear fallout showing up in U.S. honey decades after bomb tests

Fallout from nuclear bomb tests in the 1950s and '60s is showing up in U.S. honey, according to a new study. Although the levels of radioactivity aren't dangerous, they may have been much higher in the 1970s and '80s, researchers say. "It's really quite incredible," says Daniel Richter, a soil scientist at Duke University not involved with the work. The study, he says, shows that the fallout "is still out there and disguising itself as a major nutrient." In the wake of World War II, the United States, the former Soviet Union, and other countries detonated hundreds of nuclear warheads in aboveground tests. The bombs ejected radiocesium — a radioactive form of the element cesium — into the upper atmosphere, and winds dispersed it around the world before it fell out of the skies in microscopic particles. The spread wasn't uniform, however. For example, far more fallout dusted the U.S. east coast, thanks to regional wind and rainfall patterns. Radiocesium is soluble in water, and...

Hypocrite: Mad Maxine had the nerve to demand a police motorcade, escort before calling for violence at anti-police event

Hypocrite: Mad Maxine had the nerve to demand a police motorcade, escort before calling for violence at anti-police event

Democrat Rep. Maxine Waters of California requested an armed police escort to an anti-police protest in a Minneapolis suburb this weekend, reported Townhall. While at the event, Waters called for riots if former police officer Derek Chauvin is not found guilty for the murder of George Floyd. U.S. Capitol police reportedly put in the request for police to accompany Waters on her trip to Minnesota to rile up demonstrators and urge them to "get more confrontational." Waters, who plans to stay in Minnesota through when the jury delivers a verdict, also encouraged rioters to "stay on the street" and "get more active."

A powerful cold front brought April snow as far south as Oklahoma

A powerful cold front brought April snow as far south as Oklahoma

A thin blanket of snow covered budding trees in communities across the midwestern United States on Tuesday as a strong cold front brought the region unusually wintry conditions for this late into the spring season. While the snow was mostly conversational instead of disruptive, the freezing temperatures that follow behind the front could pose a threat to gardens and crops alike. An upper-level trough dipping over the Great Lakes is responsible for the belated touch of winter spreading across much of the country this week. The cold front producing the snow and ushering in the cold air extends off of a low-pressure system up in southern Quebec. Snow fell as far south as Tulsa, Oklahoma, on Tuesday afternoon as the front moved through the region. The National Weather Service expected a "slushy" couple of inches of snow from northern Illinois to western New York, and winter weather alerts are in place for southern Ontario where the Greater Toronto Area could see a dusting of snow by...

'People are not starving, they're being starved': Millions at risk of famine, NGOs warn

'People are not starving, they're being starved': Millions at risk of famine, NGOs warn

Open letter backing UN call to action says Covid has exacerbated problems of conflict, climate crisis, and inequality World leaders are being urged to act immediately to stop multiple famines breaking out, exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic and caused by conflict, climate crisis and inequality. In an open letter published on Tuesday to support the UN Call for Action to Avert Famine in 2021, hundreds of aid organisations from around the world said: "People are not starving - they are being starved." Warning that "history will judge us all by the actions we take today", the aid groups added that people were "being starved by conflict and violence; by inequality; by the impacts of climate change; by the loss of land, jobs or prospects; by a fight against Covid-19 that has left them even further behind".

Sex robot 'clones' of dead partners using 3D-modeling technology now sold by company

Sex robot 'clones' of dead partners using 3D-modeling technology now sold by company

For many people who have lost their significant others, sex dolls have provided one way to ease the pain of grief and loneliness. However, sex robot company Lux Botics is taking things one step further - by offering a clone of dead partners using state-of-the-art three-dimensional modeling. With demand for sex dolls booming amid the ongoing pandemic and lockdowns across the world, Lux Botics is offering "ultra-realistic humanoids" to satisfy the carnal needs of the singles without any other recourse. The company's flagship "Adult Companion" model called Stephanie goes for USD $6,000 on the Lux Botics website.

The myth of 'stupid' Brexit voter undone by study that discovers affluent and educated 'Comfortable Leavers' actually won the day

The myth of 'stupid' Brexit voter undone by study that discovers affluent and educated 'Comfortable Leavers' actually won the day

A new study has blown the ill-founded Remainer myth of all Brexit voters being stupid out of the water, finding well-off 'Comfortable Leavers' made up nearly half of those who voted to leave the EU. The most persistently irritating thing about being on the winning side of the Brexit vote is that the losers have stubbornly pushed the insultingly and incorrect narrative that anyone who voted to leave the European Union was old, thick, racist and living in a corner of the UK struck low by socio-economic deprivation. And as is the way with such a narrative, it needn't be right but if you say it often enough and loud enough, it slowly becomes the accepted truth. However, someone has finally done the research and it paints a very different picture of those who voted leave and surprise, surprise, a huge proportion of these people are not the dregs of humanity - or even the patronisingly dubbed 'Left Behinds' - they're actually reasonably well-off or affluent Eurosceptics who make up...

Ukraine's Zelenskiy invites Putin to meet in war-torn Donbass

Ukraine's Zelenskiy invites Putin to meet in war-torn Donbass

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy has invited his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for talks in the country's war-torn eastern region amid escalating tensions between the two nations . "I am ready to go even further and invite you to meet in any part of the Ukrainian Donbass where war is ongoing," Zelenskiy said in an address to the nation. He added that Russian and Ukrainian negotiators had discussed plans to travel to the trenches to assess the situation.

RSF decries 'dramatic deterioration' in press freedom since start of pandemic

RSF decries 'dramatic deterioration' in press freedom since start of pandemic

There's been a "dramatic deterioration" of press freedom since the pandemic tore across the world, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said in its annual report published Tuesday. The group's new World Press Freedom Index, which evaluated the press situations in 180 countries, painted a stark picture and concluded that 73 percent of the world's nations have serious issues with media freedoms.

BEST OF THE WEB: To mark 'victory' in Floyd 'murder' trial, Black mob in NYC demands 'abolition of police', tells White diners to "F-off outta New York"

BEST OF THE WEB: To mark 'victory' in Floyd 'murder' trial, Black mob in NYC demands 'abolition of police', tells White diners to "F-off outta New York"

Comment: Is the mob appeased? No! Its race war is only getting started... Crowds of New York activists took to the streets to celebrate ex-Minneapolis cop Derek Chauvin's murder conviction, but many marchers insisted the verdict didn't go far enough, demanding the outright abolition of law enforcement. Protesters gathered outside the Barclays Center area in Brooklyn on Tuesday night, hours after Chauvin was found guilty on three counts linked to the death of suspect George Floyd in custody last May, who perished after spending more than nine minutes on the ground pinned under the former officer's knee. According to Brooklyn-based photojournalist Issa Khari, the protesters broke off into two groups, one of which remained at the arena to demonstrate, while the other marched down Flatbush Avenue, over the Manhattan Bridge and beyond into New York. Khari described the two factions as "reformists" and "abolitionists," respectively, with the latter referring to activists pushing for more...

Rules for thee, but not for me: Michigan's lockdown-championing Gov. Whitmer traveled to Florida after warning residents to avoid spring break trips

Rules for thee, but not for me: Michigan's lockdown-championing Gov. Whitmer traveled to Florida after warning residents to avoid spring break trips

Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer visited Florida last month, according to local media, in time to warn constituents against enjoying the sun in the Covid rulebreaker's paradise. Her staff passed it off as a family visit. Florida repealed its coronavirus dictates late last year, while Michigan's remain in full force. The mask-loving state leader continues to (publicly) warn those in her own state against travel, but her true loyalties are less border-bound than it seems. It was also revealed that at least two of Whitmer's senior advisers left Michigan for "spring break," apparently shrugging off their boss' travel dictates while insisting no such regulations existed. Whitmer dismissed one reporter's question about whether there were "two sets of rules in play," one for the rich and powerful and one for "average" Michiganders. The governor flatly denied there had ever been "travel restrictions in Michigan," despite her state having boasted some of the strictest rules in the...

Nonsense and Insensibility: Trying to rewrite Jane Austen for 'links' to slavery shows the idiocy of woke historical revisionism

Nonsense and Insensibility: Trying to rewrite Jane Austen for 'links' to slavery shows the idiocy of woke historical revisionism

The English novelist's tea drinking is being subjected to "historical interrogation" over its slavery links and "Regency-era colonialism" in the wake of Black Lives Matter protests. Why? Who cares? What good does it do anyway, all this picking away at the past? 'Pride and Prejudice' author Jane Austen and her characters often drank tea and plopped sugar into their cups. They also wore cotton. All products linked to the slave trade. Yup, that's true. So what?

Alleged bigot busted after spewing anti-Asian threats at undercover NYPD cop - UPDATE: Suspect released without bail

Alleged bigot busted after spewing anti-Asian threats at undercover NYPD cop - UPDATE: Suspect released without bail

An alleged anti-Asian bigot picked the wrong "victim" to spew hate speech at in Midtown Friday — an undercover NYPD cop. The cop was patrolling at 33rd Street and 7th Avenue at around 4:30 p.m. when Juvian Rodriguez, 35, allegedly approached, The Post has learned. Not knowing he was dealing with one of New York's finest, Rodriguez began snarling, "Go back to China before you end up in a graveyard!" "I'm gonna slap the holy piss out of you and stab you in the face," Rodriguez allegedly continued.

Mystery solved: Scientists crack 'the Brazil-nut' puzzle, how do the largest nuts rise to the top?

Mystery solved: Scientists crack 'the Brazil-nut' puzzle, how do the largest nuts rise to the top?

Scientists have for the first time captured the complex dynamics of particle movement in granular materials, helping to explain why mixed nuts often see the larger Brazil nuts gather at the top. The findings could have vital impact on industries struggling with the phenomenon, such as pharmaceuticals and mining. Many people will have the experience of dipping their hands into a bag of mixed nuts only to find the Brazil nuts at the top. This effect can also be readily observed with cereal boxes, with the larger items rising to the top. Colloquially, this phenomenon of particles segregating by their size is known as the 'Brazil-nut effect' and also has huge implications for industries where uneven mixing can critically degrade product quality. Now, for the first time, scientists at The University of Manchester have used time-resolved 3D imaging to show how the Brazil nuts rise upwards through a pile of nuts. The work shows the importance of particle shape in the de-mixing process.

College student aces final exam by just answering 'racism!' to every question

College student aces final exam by just answering 'racism!' to every question

According to sources, an English major Charlie Miller was able to ace her final exam by simply writing in the word "racism!" for every answer. "Yeah, I completely forgot to study last night so I figured I would try it," she said. "90% of my lectures this year were just hour-long sessions of my professor saying 'racism' over and over again in different inflections, so I figured my chances were pretty good if I made that the answer to all the test questions." The Skidmore College English professor who delivered the passing grade explained her rationale. "Charlie's test answers weren't technically correct, but they spoke to a deeper truth: everything is racist. At Skidmore College, creating leftist radicals who can find racism everywhere and help us burn down Western Civilization is much more important than educating people. For that reason, we decided to give her a passing grade!" Local sources say Skidmore College is facing an influx of racist behavior, such as students being openly...

Sunbeams from cucumbers: The view from the khanate of Kaganstan

Sunbeams from cucumbers: The view from the khanate of Kaganstan

"Putin's disinformation campaigns" are so clever that they use real information. We now have the complete set, so to speak. The Khans of the Khanate of Kaganstan have both spoken. The husband in A Superpower, Like It or Not and the wife in Pinning Down Putin: How a Confident America Should Deal With Russia; he, so to speak, is the theorist and she the practitioner. She, Victoria Nuland, is back in power as Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs. She is, of course, infamous for the leaked phonecall during the Maidan putsch. He, Robert Kagan, is one of the founders of the - what now has to be seen as ill-named - Project for the New American Century. I mentioned Kagan's piece in an earlier essay and found it remarkable for two things - the flat learning curve it displays and its atmosphere of desperation. PNAC was started in a time of optimism about American power: it was the hyperpower and nothing was impossible for it. Its role in the world should be, Kagan confidently wrote...

Putin's key state-of-the-nation address: "Swift & tough" response coming for those crossing 'red line'

Putin's key state-of-the-nation address: "Swift & tough" response coming for those crossing 'red line'

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday gave his 17th annual state-of-the-nation address to a joint session of the Russian parliament in Moscow, which is arguably his most important given the number of different crises the country faces both at home and abroad. Not only does a 'new Ukraine conflict' loom amid mounting international pressure for Russia to reduce its forces in Crimea and near the border with eastern Ukraine, but hunger-striking Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny's supporters are planning widespread protests Wednesday. Putin's address further comes days after Biden's sanctions rollout targeting the Kremlin as well as select Russian companies and government entities last Thursday. Moscow is further trying to get the coronavirus pandemic under control, as it also faces geopolitical roadblocks in efforts to export its Sputnik V vaccine more broadly, and a continued weakening ruble and economy at home.

Train accident north of Cairo has killed at least 11 people - Egypt's 2nd deadly rail accident in a month

Train accident north of Cairo has killed at least 11 people - Egypt's 2nd deadly rail accident in a month

A passenger train on the way to Mansoura derailed on Sunday, also injuring at least 98 people A passenger train derailed north of Cairo, killing at least 11 people, Egyptian authorities have said, in the latest in a string of rail accidents to hit the country in recent years. Four train wagons ran off the railway track by the city of Banha in Qalyubia province, just outside Cairo, the railway authority said in a statement on Sunday. Videos on social media showed wagons overturned and passengers escaping to safety along the railway. The train was travelling to the Nile delta city of Mansoura from the Egyptian capital.

Three killed in elephant attack in Odisha, India

Three killed in elephant attack in Odisha, India

Three men were trampled to death after a wild elephant attacked them in Duigoti village under Ghaisilot police limits under Padampur range today morning. The deceased has been identified as Mal Seth and Biranchi Kumbhar, both are residents of Umrad village under Raisalpadar grampanchyat and other man had come to visit his relatives house. Sources said, three had gone to the field to attend nature's call when the wild tusker attacked them and killed them on the spot. Earlier, also many have been killed due to the elephant attack in the village.

Ex-Hollywood Foreign Press president called BLM a 'racist hate movement', UPDATE: He's cancelled

Ex-Hollywood Foreign Press president called BLM a 'racist hate movement', UPDATE: He's cancelled

The former president of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association sent an email calling Black Lives Matter a racist movement, according to a report from the Los Angeles Times on Tuesday. The former president of the association that hands out the Golden Globes awards, Phil Berk, also described Patrisse Cullors, a co-founder of the Black Lives Matter movement, as a "self-proclaimed 'trained Marxist" in the email, which the Times reported was sent to the press association's members, staff and its general counsel and chief operating officer, Gregory Goeckner. Berk, who had served eight terms as president of the organization, also shared an article titled "BLM Goes Hollywood'' in the email. Berk did not cite the source for the story, but it came from conservative commentator David Horowitz's Freedom Center website, FrontPage Mag, according to the Times.

Richard Dawkins loses 'humanist of the year' title over trans comments

Richard Dawkins loses 'humanist of the year' title over trans comments

The American Humanist Association has withdrawn its humanist of the year award from Richard Dawkins, 25 years after he received the honour, criticising the academic and author for "demean[ing] marginalised groups" using "the guise of scientific discourse". The AHA honoured Dawkins, whose books include The Selfish Gene and The God Delusion, in 1996 for his "significant contributions" in communicating scientific concepts to the public. On Monday, it announced that it was withdrawing the award, referring to a tweet sent by Dawkins earlier this month, in which he compared trans people to Rachel Dolezal, the civil rights activist who posed as a black woman for years. "In 2015, Rachel Dolezal, a white chapter president of NAACP, was vilified for identifying as Black," wrote Dawkins on Twitter. "Some men choose to identify as women, and some women choose to identify as men. You will be vilified if you deny that they literally are what they identify as. Discuss."

BMJ: 2020 was less deadly than every year before 2009

BMJ: 2020 was less deadly than every year before 2009

Leading medical journal the BMJ published a peer-reviewed article last week by John Appleby, Director of Research at the Nuffield Trust, that draws on ONS data to look at the 2020 England and Wales death toll in a historical context. In terms of absolute number of deaths, 2020 was the worst year since 1838 except for the Spanish Flu year of 1918 (note that overseas deaths including war casualties are not included).

Meteor fireball blaze caught on police body cam at Surfers Paradise, Australia

Meteor fireball blaze caught on police body cam at Surfers Paradise, Australia

Police were lucky enough to catch footage of a meteorite as it fell over the Gold Coast on Monday night. Gold Coast rapid action patrol police were "shocked to see a meteorite blaze across the sky" while on duty in Surfers Paradise. The meteorite fell over the city about 9.45pm on Monday, leaving a long white tail before disappearing behind buildings. The senior constable on duty said it was "not a sight you get to see everyday and could not believe the whole incident was captured on his body-worn camera".

Negotiators see signs of progress in Iran nuclear talks

Negotiators see signs of progress in Iran nuclear talks

Diplomats working in Vienna on a solution to bringing the United States back into the nuclear deal with Iran and world powers are taking a break from talks to consult with their leaders amid continued signs of progress, Russia's delegate said Tuesday. Mikhail Ulyanov said after a meeting of the deal's so-called Joint Commission of senior officials with representatives from France, Germany, Britain, China and Iran that they had noted "with satisfaction of the progress in negotiations to restore the nuclear deal." "It was decided to take a break to allow the delegations to do homework and consult with the capitals," he tweeted. "The Commission will meet again early next week."

Bolide over Cádiz and Málaga, Spain (April 20th)

Bolide over Cádiz and Málaga, Spain (April 20th)

This bolide was spotted over the south of Spain on 20 April 2021, at about 0:35local time (equivalent to 22:35universal time on 19 April). The event was generated by a rock from an asteroid that hit the atmosphere at about 61,000 km / h. The fireball began at an altitude of about 88 km over the south of the province of Cádiz, overflew the western area of ​​the province of Málaga, and ended at a height of around 37 km over the east of the province of Cádiz. This bright meteor was recorded in the framework of the SMART project, operated by the Southwestern Europe Meteor Network (SWEMN) from the meteor-observing stations located at Sevilla, La Hita (Toledo), and La Sagra (Granada). The event has been analyzed by the principal investigator of the SMART project: Dr. Jose M. Madiedo, from the Institute of Astrophysics of Andalusia (IAA-CSIC).0:35.(Spanish peninsular local time). It could be seen from the southern and central areas of the country.

'Britcoin': Bank of England considering central bank digital currency

'Britcoin': Bank of England considering central bank digital currency

The Bank of England and the Treasury have announced they are setting up a taskforce to explore the possibility of a central bank digital currency. The aim is to look at the risks and opportunities involved in creating a new kind of digital money. Issued by the Bank for use by households and businesses, it would exist alongside cash and bank deposits, rather than replacing them. Comment: Not yet, anyway. Although surely that's a consideration. No decision has been taken on whether to have such a currency in the UK. However, the government and the Bank want to "engage widely with stakeholders" on the benefits and practicalities of doing so.