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Why is the US revealing details of Iran’s strike on US Ayn al Assad military base a year later?

The US CENTCOM’s (Central Command) highest commander, General Frank McKenzie, recently revealed the accuracy of the 1,000-pound Iranian precision ballistic missiles fired more than a year ago in retaliation for the unlawful assassination of General Qassem Soleimani. Since World War II, this critical and historic event marked the first direct strike from any country (Iran) against the US. It was an Iranian act of boldness and a shocking decision to confront the strongest superpower on Earth overtly. It indicates that Iran was ready for war when it bombed that US Ain al-Assad military base, the largest in Iraq. Why did the US publicly sharing these facts a year later? US recognition of Iran’s bombing accuracy is nothing new because Iran itself announced it a year ago, and the destroyed sites were all over the news. What did the US administration want to show, and what is the message behind Mackenzie’s old but new revelations? It is all about the nuclear deal: the four-star US General…

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China’s ‘Sharp Eyes’ program aims to surveil 100% of public space

The program turns neighbors into agents of the surveillance state One of China’s largest and most pervasive surveillance networks got its start in a small county about seven hours north of Shanghai. In 2013, the local government in Pingyi County began installing tens of thousands of security cameras across urban and rural areas — more than 28,500 in total by 2016. Even the smallest villages had at least six security cameras installed, according to state media. Those cameras weren’t just monitored by police and automated facial recognition algorithms. Through special TV boxes installed in their homes, local residents could watch live security footage and press a button to summon police if they saw anything amiss. The security footage could also be viewed on smartphones. In 2015 the Chinese government announced that a similar program would be rolled out across China, with a particular focus on remote and rural towns. It was called the “Xueliang Project,” or Sharp Eyes, a reference to…

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BEST OF THE WEB: The REAL “Lunatic Fringe”, and where to find it: The anti-Lockdown protests in Dublin

On Sunday, an irate Irish society finally said ‘no more’. For a year they had been subjected to a criminally long lockdown to the detriment of their physical, emotional, and financial well being. Thousands of them took to the streets of Dublin to display their dissatisfaction with a Davos-owned political class and the police state they were held hostage in. Besides one or two trouble-makers the protests were peaceful and the message was loud and clear. Enough is enough. The Irish did what they do best – demanded freedom, stood up to their oppressors and sang songs. The oligarchs winced. Butterflies were doing somersaults in their overfed bellies. Panic set in and beads of sweat dripped down their deranged little heads. Their biggest fear was realised; the people refused to comply. As a result, what followed was an onslaught of desperation from every political party and establishment sycophant in the nation. The usual rhetoric was thrown out; anti-vaxxers, anti-maskers, far-right,…

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The unbearable victim complex of Meghan Markle

The Oprah interview was an emotionally manipulative performance designed to consolidate Harry and Meghan’s power Well that was explosive. Even more than had been expected. In their two-hour sit-down with Oprah Winfrey, Harry and Meghan drove a long knife into the monarchy. They implied that it’s a cold, cut-off, racist institution that is so bereft of basic human feeling that it drove a young-ish sensitive woman – Ms Markle – to contemplate suicide. It was Diana’s chat with Martin Bashir on steroids. A clash of royal houses worthy of a George RR Martin story. It was also a grotesque spectacle – emotionally manipulative, self-obsessed, and a clear attempt by Harry and Meghan to position themselves as the king and queen of victim politics. The set-up bordered on nauseating. Here was a duke and duchess in the unimaginably luxurious surrounds of a Californian mansion talking about how difficult their lives have been. In a country where 40 million people lost their jobs as a result of…

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To stop the Left, America needs a Rothbardian Right

The official slogan of this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) was “America UnCancelled,” and the conference featured a slate of topics confined to such controversial viewpoints as “Why the Left Hates the Bill of Rights … and We Love It” and “California Socialism: Promising Heaven, Delivering Hell.” Fitting for the single largest annual event for America’s conservative movement, CPAC was hosted at a corporate hotel that strictly enforced a Democrat-controlled local government’s mask mandates and featured a controversial stage constructed by a major Democrat donor. All of this gave the familiar look of American conservatives standing athwart history yelling stop while handing operational power over to the Left. Still, more interesting than the official events offered by the American Conservative Union is the larger conversation about the future of the American right. Now that 50+ million Americans have lost faith in the operation of American democracy, with…

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Minneapolis hunkers down with extreme security ahead of trial of George Floyd’s alleged killer

Authorities in Minneapolis have erected steel fencing, barbed wire and concrete barricades outside the city’s courthouse and local police stations ahead of the Derek Chauvin trial, set to begin Monday. The former police officer will stand trial for the May 25 killing of George Floyd in an incident which rocked the US to its core and triggered months of unrest and billions of dollar’s worth of damage. An estimated 15 million to 26 million people participated in Black Lives Matter protests in the US in the aftermath of Floyd’s death.

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‘The time has come’: New York’s GOP lawmakers launch bid to impeach Governor Cuomo over sexual-harassment allegations

Republicans in the state Assembly have drafted a resolution to start impeachment proceedings against Gov. Andrew Cuomo in the wake of mounting allegations of inappropriate behavior with younger women and the controversy over nursing home deaths from COVID-19. The resolution will be introduced before the end of the day Monday, a spokesman for Assembly Minority Leader Will Barclay (R-Syracuse) said. At an earlier press conference, Barclay said, “We’re going to introduce this resolution because we believe the time has come.” “There’s been one bombshell after another,” Barclay said. “I don’t think I’ve used the term bombshell, especially this weekend, anytime more in my life.”

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Lula is back: Brazil Supreme Court ruling annuls ex-president’s convictions, making him eligible to run in 2022 election

A Brazilian Supreme Court judge has cancelled all sentences against the country’s former leftist president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva, restoring his political rights to run again for office ahead of next year’s election. Supreme Court judge Edson Fachin ruled on Monday that the 13th Federal Court of Curitiba, which had convicted Lula of money laundering and corruption, actually had no jurisdiction over the cases. The judge annulled all sentences handed to the 75-year-old in relation to ‘Operation Lava Jato’ (Car Wash) – a major anti-graft investigation in which three ex-presidents and numerous officials were indicted. Monday’s ruling means that Lula’s political rights have been restored, making him eligible to run against Brazil’s current leader, Jair Bolsonaro, in the presidential election in 2022. The country’s so-called ‘Clean Record Act’ bars those with convictions from holding public office, a measure which already cost the veteran politician a spot in the 2018 presidential…

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Ex-Republican Senate candidate Witzke banned from Twitter after calling trans activist ‘DEMONIC’ for saying ‘little girls are also kinky’

Lauren Witzke, a hardline right-winger who ran unsuccessfully for the US Senate in 2020, has been banned from Twitter. Her ban came after she called a trans activist “demonic” for suggesting that “little girls” can be “kinky.” Witzke’s account was suspended on Sunday evening, and in a post to Telegram shortly afterwards, the former Senate candidate from Delaware revealed that her account had violated Twitter’s rules against “hateful conduct.” Witzke’s last tweet before her suspension was only one word long. Retweeting a post by an anti-trans feminist group that contained a quote by self-described “gender non-conforming writer and performance artist” Alok Vaid-Menon, Witzke wrote: “Demonic.” The post highlighted that Vaid-Menon seemed to argue that transgender women should be allowed into bathrooms with young girls all because “little girls are also kinky. Your kids aren’t as straight and narrow as you think.” “Calling pedophiles demonic now violates twitter’s terms of service as…

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Think Dr. Seuss is bad? 12 more children’s books that deserve immediate canceling

Your child’s bookshelves are crawling with racism and toxic problematicness. But don’t worry — it’s nothing we can’t fix with a little good old-fashioned book burning. There are hundreds of children’s books that could use a good canceling. But let’s just start with these nine for now: 1. Horton Hears a Who — This Seuss book hasn’t been canceled yet, but it sure needs to be. The book claims a person is a person no matter how small, showing that Seuss hates women’s rights and wants to control their bodies. 2. Chicka Chicka Boom Boom — Prominently features the letter “Q.” 3. Every Berenstain Bears book — These books perpetuate the idea of a nuclear family with traditional values. They also appropriated furry culture. 4. Clifford the Big Red Dog — He’s literally a dog whistle for far-right neo-Nazi extremists and their affinity to the color red. 5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory — Teaches kids there should be consequences for bad behavior without even considering the child’s…

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Biden voter to CNN: ‘They’re dropping bombs in Syria right now and those bombs are kinda expensive for a dude who owes me $2,000’

A young Democrat voter in Minnesota complained to CNN about a lot of promises unkept by Joe Biden and the Democrat party. “They’re putting the stimulus check on the backburner. They’re putting the minimum wage hike on the backburner and they’re dropping bombs in Syria right now, and those bombs are kinda expensive for a dude that owes me $2,000.” the Biden voter said. Joe Biden’s killed tens of thousands of energy jobs his first day in office when he canceled contracts with the Keystone XL pipeline. Biden also bombed Syria to punish Iran for its attacks on US forces in Iraq.

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How night shift work increases cancer risk revealed in new study

New clues as to why night shift workers are at increased risk of developing certain types of cancer are presented in a new study conducted at Washington State University Health Sciences Spokane. Published online in the Journal of Pineal Research, the study involved a controlled laboratory experiment that used healthy volunteers who were on simulated night shift or day shift schedules. Findings from the study suggest that night shifts disrupt natural 24-hour rhythms in the activity of certain cancer-related genes, making night shift workers more vulnerable to damage to their DNA while at the same time causing the body’s DNA repair mechanisms to be mistimed to deal with that damage. Though more research still needs to be done, these discoveries could someday be used to help prevent and treat cancer in night shift workers.

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FLASHBACK: Prescient: Color Revolutionism returns home to roost amidst democracy’s decay

The American infatuation with color revolutionism has, in the words of Obama’s high priest ‘Reverend’ Wright, ‘come home to roost.’ I will not ask God or anyone to “damn America,” as Wright did. Rather, I will point out that the U.S. is not so exceptional so as to render the ‘demonstration effect’ of color revolutions null and void. Political scientists have been fond in recent decades of discussing the robustness of the demonstration effect as concerns the prospective spread of democracy across the former USSR by way of illegal overthrow of authoritarian regimes. Many of these regimes have been relatively benign as authoritarianism usually goes. Nevertheless, we Americans have been eager to see revolution break out across the former communist world. With George Soros’s erstwhile assistance, the color revolution’s effect is now being demonstrated to Americans both on the right but especially on the left. There is nothing wrong with peaceful revolution from below when pro-democratic…

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Heads up: Some sea slugs grow new bodies after decapitation

Scientists have discovered the ultimate case of regeneration: Some decapitated sea slugs can regrow hearts and whole new bodies. This “wonder of nature,” reported in a biology journal on Monday, could eventually help scientists better understand and tackle regeneration of human tissue. Biology researcher Sayaka Mitoh said she loves studying Japanese sea slugs because they are small, cute and weird. They can even briefly photosynthesize like a plant drawing food from the sun.

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Covid-19: Two in critical condition and two more deaths within days of Sinovac jab

One person has died while two others remain in critical condition after suffering serious adverse effects within days of being vaccinated against Covid-19, the Department of Health reported over the weekend. All three patients had received China’s Sinovac vaccine. A 55-year-old woman passed away at Kwong Wah hospital on Saturday morning after suffering an acute stroke and a subsequent heart attack. She had received her jab at the Kwun Chung Sports Centre vaccination centre three days prior. The patient suffered from a history of chronic illness, according to a statement by the Department of Health on Saturday. It remains unclear whether her passing was a direct result of the jab. Authorities have said an expert committee will investigate whether there was a link. A third case of a patient passing away within days of receiving the Sinovac vaccine was reported by local media citing sources on Monday. The 71-year-old man was admitted to United Christian Hospital on Sunday night after…

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2 protesters killed in Myanmar as workers stage general strike

Two anti-coup protesters were shot to death by security forces in Myanmar’s northern Kachin State on Monday, local media reported, as workers staged a general strike across the country to oppose the military move. In the second such large-scale strike since the Feb 1 coup, at least nine labour unions from various sectors such as construction, manufacturing and agriculture called for the massive mobilization, shutting many businesses and factories. On Sunday night, security forces took control of hospitals and universities in the largest city Yangon and elsewhere. State media said they acted at the request of people who want stability restored.

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Brussels police to send out plainclothes patrols to counter street harassment

Brussels police will deploy plainclothes officers across the city from Monday to combat street harassment against women. Officers will patrol “hotspots” such as public transport stations in the Belgian capital, police spokesman Olivier Slosse told news agency Belga. “The way women experience public space is one of the central points of our safety plan. Last year, we started training staff on what exactly street harassment is, but also on how to deal with victims of such acts, as well as how to draw up a report,” Slosse said. “Now we are going one step further by going out into the field and actively looking for the perpetrators. The idea is to catch harassers in the act.” He added that while street harassment is common, “such incidents are rarely reported, and when they are reported, it is difficult to identify the culprit. Even if the perpetrator is identified, it is the victim’s word against hers. Our presence in the field is therefore necessary in order to ascertain these…

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Project Veritas: Merrill Lynch whistleblower leaks phone call about Robinhood and Gamestop trade restriction

Project Veritas has just gone public on Friday with a leaked phone call given to them by a whistleblower, in which a Merrill Lynch employee admits that the bank was on the “side of the institutional investors”. The Robinhood App put restrictions in place on the same day. At the beginning of the video, one can hear the voice asking: “Now, tell me the truth. You guys know that this stock is going to go up and you want me to sell my shares to put some liquidity into the market, don’t you?”

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Abbott announces Texas will deploy National Guard to combat the ‘border crisis’ escalating due to Biden administration

Republican Gov. Greg Abbott announced Texas will deploy National Guard troops to combat the “crisis” along the southern border. “Today Texas launched Operation Lone Star to respond to the border crisis,” Abbott tweeted Saturday. “It deploys Nat’l Guard + DPS Officers + air, ground, marine, & tactical border security assets to deny Mexican Cartels & smugglers the ability to move drugs & people into Texas.” Operation Lone Star will “combat the smuggling of people and drugs into Texas,” which Abbott said is an issue that has been exacerbated by the Biden administration. “The crisis at our southern border continues to escalate because of Biden Administration policies that refuse to secure the border and invite illegal immigration,” said Abbott. “Texas supports legal immigration but will not be an accomplice to the open border policies that cause, rather than prevent, a humanitarian crisis in our state and endanger the lives of Texans. We will surge the resources and law…

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Stark divide on race, policing emerges since George Floyd’s death – Poll

Americans’ trust in the Black Lives Matter movement has fallen and their faith in local law enforcement has risen since protests demanding social justice swept the nation last year, according to an exclusive USA TODAY/Ipsos Poll. The debate over the intersection of racism and policing will be in the spotlight again as jury selection opens Monday in the Minneapolis trial of former police officer Derek Chauvin in the death of George Floyd, which sparked nationwide marches last year. The survey finds complicated and shifting views about Chauvin’s actions and broader questions of race. On many issues, there is a chasm in the perspective between Black people and white people.

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The emerging totalitarian dystopia: Interview with Professor Mattias Desmet

Few phenomena have had a profound impact on a global level as quickly as the current corona outbreak. In no time, human life has been completely reorganised. I asked Mattias Desmet, Psychotherapist and Professor of Clinical Psychology at Ghent University, how this is possible, what the consequences are, and what we can expect in the future. Almost a year after the start of the corona crisis, how is the mental health of the population? For the time being, there are few figures that show the evolution of possible indicators such as the intake of antidepressants and anxiolytics or the number of suicides. But it is especially important to place mental well-being in the corona crisis in its historical continuity. Mental health had been declining for decades. There has long been a steady increase in the number of depression and anxiety problems and the number of suicides. And in recent years there has been an enormous growth in absenteeism due to psychological suffering and burnouts. The…

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The Maoist Roots of Social Justice in Higher Education

I don’t think anyone needs a reminder that social justice is a touchy subject in higher education. As someone who spent three years at my alma mater working under the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, I would know. As someone who also was and still is highly involved in Classical Liberal and Conservative intellectual circles, I was in the odd middle ground of people who didn’t care much about taking sides. I just wanted people of all backgrounds to get a quality education. I certainly saw the need for more diversity on campus whether that was ethnic, cultural, financial, or intellectual. I’m sure we can all agree that that kind of diversity is the spice of life. You should be able to go to college and truly open your mind to the world, whether that be partaking in interesting cultural experiences or learning about the biggest ideas, be it Karl Marx, Aristotle, or Friedrich Hayek. I don’t care if you want to party all day at a frat or stage a protest for…

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Up to 2 feet of March snowfall in upper reaches of Kashmir – temperature drops 7 degrees Celsius below normal

Snowfall in upper reaches and rains in plains of the Kashmir Valley on Monday brought a fresh cold wave as the mercury slipped seven degrees below the normal temperature for this part of the year, officials said. Gulmarg tourist destination in north Kashmir received nearly two feet of fresh snow since Sunday night while many other hilly areas of Kashmir received moderate to light snowfall, the officials said. They said snow-clearance machines have been pressed into action in the affected areas.

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Hail, yes: Chunks of ice rain down during storm in Florida

It’s been that kind of year. An iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke off the main coast of Antarctica last week. On Saturday, Florida residents were shoveling ice after a hailstorm raged through Daytona Beach. “I moved south to get away from this. Who shovels in flip-flops?” a man asks as he clears the pathway in front of his home in a video posted to Twitter on Saturday. “I thought he moved to Florida to escape the snow,” the man’s daughter, Meribeth Evans, says off-camera.

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