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Cannibalism to save the world? New Scientist opens that door...

Cannibalism
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Next step: sustainable human steak?

They don't mention the "sustainable" word, but you know they want to. Right from the start they're selling it to us:
Ethically, cannibalism poses fewer issues than you might imagine. If a body can be bequeathed with consent to medical science, why can't it be left to feed the hungry?
Why can't we feed our bodies to the homeless indeed, apart from Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, prions, parasites, heavy metals? And if cannibalism pops up on the menu often enough, who knows what other problem will pop up on the radar? Things at the top of the food chain (and we are at the top) tend to accumulate all kinds of unwanted chemicals, like lead, PCBs, and pollutants.

Not to mention the spiritual questions and the mental health issues. Who knows? Relatives might feel a bit miffed if Aunty Betty was carved up for canapes and offered up to the crowd at the local alcoholics shelter.

Welcome to dystopia. We can devalue human lives, but think of the cows we'll save!

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Transnistria appeals to Russia for 'protection', reviving fears for Moldova breakaway region

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© Sergei Gapon/AFP/Getty ImagesA woman walks past a huge coat of arms of Transnistria. Moldova’s breakaway region has appealed to Russia for help.
The US has said it is closely watching the situation in the breakaway Moldovan region of Transnistria, after pro-Russian officials in the territory appealed to Moscow for "protection".

Transnistria, which borders war-stricken Ukraine to the east, has maintained autonomy from Moldova for three decades with support from Russia, which has more than a thousand troops stationed there since a brief war in 1992.

Since Moscow began its full-scale assault on Ukraine, Chișinău has been concerned the Kremlin could use Transnistria to open a new front in the south-west, in the direction of Odesa.

The request for Russia to help Transnistria's economy withstand Moldovan "pressure" was made after a meeting of hundreds of officials in the unrecognised region.

Comment: Transnistria saw the writing on the wall in 2014, appealing to rejoin Russia even then. And why is everyone so exercised about this tiny strip of land?
Dogs of war: Here's why the Ukraine conflict could be about to spread to another European country

During Soviet times, the strategic reserves of the Western Military District were stored here.However, most of the ammunition was brought to the warehouse after the withdrawal of Soviet troops from the countries of the former Warsaw Pact - such as East Germany, Czechoslovakia and Hungary.

The warehouse contains artillery shells and air bombs, mines of various calibers, grenades, and cartridges. Presumably almost half of this arsenal has already exhausted its shelf life. In addition, there is a large amount of old equipment in the Kolbasna warehouse including about 100 tanks, 200 armored personnel carriers, infantry fighting vehicles, more than 30,000 military vehicles, about 200 anti-aircraft missile systems, Grad multiple launch rocket systems, and 30,000 machine guns. The ammunition stored in Kolbasna would be enough to equip a modern army group. However, it's likely that the peacekeepers have mined the facility. In such a case, there is a danger that any Ukrainian assault could trigger huge explosions, causing ecological damage.
Kiev has been itching to get its hands on this old Soviet arsenal since forever.


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Border Patrol Council: Trump supports agents' mission; Biden 'burned border to the ground'

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© Sean Rayford, Mike Segar-Pool/Getty ImagesPresident Joe Biden and candidate Donald Trump
The National Border Patrol Council (NBPC) drew a stark contrast between how former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden treat border patrol agents, declaring Trump shows agents "respect" while "Biden falsely accuses them of crimes."

The union, which notes it represents some "18,000 Border Patrol Agents and support personnel assigned to the U.S. Border Patrol," took to X on Thursday to lay out the "difference" between Biden and Trump.


"President Trump treats BP agents with respect, supports their mission and listens to their ideas," a post from the union's official account reads. "Biden falsely accuses agents of crimes, burned the border to the ground and only listens to his radical leftist base. See the difference?"

Comment: Fox News reports that "Border patrol agents had to guide Biden around like a fragile animal"




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What the mass media needs to cover re: Israel/Gaza conflict

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© Jacquelyn Martin/APRalph Nader
Last October 27, I suggested subjects the mainstream media needed to cover relating to the saturation bombing of Gaza and its defenseless civilian families and infrastructure. Looking at these topics now, four months later, despite massive reporting, the attention to these subjects is still thin and more deserving of reporting than ever.

1. How did Hamas, with tiny Gaza surrounded by a 17-year Israeli blockade, subjected to unparalleled electronic surveillance, with spies and informants, and augmented by an overwhelming air, sea and land military presence, manage to get the weapons and associated technology for their October 7th surprise raid? Readers still do not know how and from where these weapons entered Gaza year after year.

2. What is the connection between the stunning failure of the Israeli government to protect its people on the border and the policy of P.M. Netanyahu? Recall the New York Times (October 22, 2023) article by prominent journalist, Roger Cohen, to wit:
"All means were good to undo the notion of Palestinian statehood. In 2019, Mr. Netanyahu told a meeting of his center-right Likud party: 'Those who want to thwart the possibility of a Palestinian state should support the strengthening of Hamas and the transfer of money to Hamas. This is part of our strategy.'"
(Note: Israel and the U.S. fostered the rise of Islamic Hamas in 1987 to counter the secular Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO)). Readers still need more information about the context of Netanyahu's declared support for Hamas over the years and his connection to the buildup of Hamas funding and weaponry.

Comment: Compiled, the questions provide one rather solid conclusion. Israel set up Hamas from the beginning to patsy the October attack and all that has since come to pass. Hamas has proven to be formidable 'beyond' the script.
We need more Ralph Naders.


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Court says Democrats who broke quorum rules unconstitutionally spent $1.7 trillion

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© WikipediaFormer Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi
This ruling exposes the disregard the Democrat-controlled Congress and executive branch hold for our Constitution.

Congress lacked the constitutionally required quorum to pass the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023, a federal court ruled Tuesday. Accordingly, the Biden administration cannot enforce the new mandates imposed on Texas by the Pregnant Workers Fairness Act, which was part of the omnibus spending bill. However, Tuesday's ruling left untouched the $1.7 trillion in appropriations, and with most of the money already spent, there is no real remedy for the Democrat-controlled Congress and White House's blatant disregard for the Constitution.

Last month, federal Judge James Hendrix held a bench trial in State of Texas v. Dept. of Justice, a lawsuit brought by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton against the Biden administration. In that lawsuit, Paxton challenged the constitutionality of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 based on the "quorum clause" of the U.S. Constitution, which is found in Article I and says:
Each House shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members, and a Majority of each shall constitute a Quorum to do Business; but a smaller Number may adjourn from day to day, and may be authorized to compel the Attendance of absent Members, in such Manner, and under such Penalties as each House may provide.
Texas' lawsuit argued that when the House voted on the final version of the omnibus spending bill on Dec. 23, 2022, it lacked a quorum to conduct business because only 201 of the members were physically present that day, which was less than a majority of the total number of voting House members, 435.

The House, under the control of Democrats and then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi, opted, however, to apply a proxy-voting rule that allowed absent representatives to have other members of the House cast votes on their behalf. The result? The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 passed with a tally of 225 yeas, 201 nays, and 1 present. President Joe Biden then signed the bill on Dec. 29, 2022, purporting to make it law.

Comment: Biden administration has a first rate mastery in blurring the lines: de facto versus de jure.


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Supreme Court to hear Trump DC case immunity defense on schedule making trial before election unlikely

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© legalinsurrection.comUS President Donald Trump delivering Jan 6 rally speech
SCOTUS to hear case on the merits "limited to the following question: Whether and if so to what extent does a former President enjoy presidential immunity from criminal prosecution for conduct alleged to involve official acts during his tenure in office?"

The DC federal court case against Donald Trump involves his alleged violation of law in trying to overturn the 2020 election. As I wrote from the moment of the case, and many times thereafter, the case is fundamentally misunderstood and mistaken: Trump is not charged with insurrection or even causing the J6 riot; and the central theory of the case, that seeking to overturn an election in itself is illegal is not true, and therefore Trump is being charged with conspiracy to do something that is not illegal, Trump DC Indictment - Where is the crime?


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CIA has 'many bases' in Ukraine - FSB boss

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© Gavriil Grigorov/SputnikRussian Federal Security Service (FSB) Director Aleksandr Bortnikov
The American espionage network is even larger than what the US press describes, Moscow believes...

The CIA has "many" bases in Ukraine, the head of the Russian Federal Security Service (FSB) Aleksandr Bortnikov told Russian television on Thursday, when asked about a New York Times report on the spy network.

The US newspaper described a decade-long record of cooperation between the American spy agency and Ukrainian special services.

According to the article, which was published last Sunday, the CIA has 12 secret bases on Ukrainian soil which are actively working against Russia. The paper wrote that over the past eight years, the CIA has trained and equipped Kiev's intelligence officers in underground bunkers, some of which are nestled deep in the forests of Ukraine.

Bortnikov told Channel 1:
"They [US intelligence] had entered there a long time ago and are using this resource to do the dirty work, on their own and with the hands of the Ukrainian special services."
He said "work is ongoing," when asked whether Russia can get to the CIA sites.

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The global south converges to multipolar Moscow

Lavrov at Meeting
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These have been frantic multipolar days at the capital of the multipolar world. I had the honor to personally tell Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov that virtually the whole Global South seemed to be represented in an auditorium of the Lomonosov innovation cluster on a Monday afternoon - a sort of informal UN and in several aspects way more effective when it comes to respecting the UN charter. His eyes gleamed. Lavrov, more than most, understands the true power of the Global Majority.

Moscow hosted a back-to-back multipolar conference plus the second meeting of the International Russophiles Movement (MIR, in its French acronym, which means "world" in Russian). Taken together, the discussions and networking have offered auspicious hints on the building of a truly representative international order - away from the agenda-imposed doom and gloom of single unipolar culture and Forever Wars.

The opening plenary session in the first day fell under the star power of Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova - whose main message was crystal clear: "There can't be freedom without free will", which could easily become the new collective Global South motto. "Civilization-states" set the tone of the overall discussion - as they are meticulously designing the blueprints of economic, technological and cultural development in the post-Western hegemonic world.

Professor of International Relations Zhang Weiwei at Fudan University's China Institute in Shanghai summarized the four crucial points when it comes to Beijing propelling its role as a "new independent pole." That reads like a concise marker of where we are now:
  1. Under the unipolar order, everything from dollars to computer chips can be weaponized. Wars and color revolutions are the norm.
  2. China has become the largest economy in the world by PPP; the largest trade and industrial economy; and it is currently at the forefront of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
  3. China proposes a model of "Unite and Prosper" instead of a Western model of "Divide and Rule".
  4. The West tried to isolate Russia, but the Global Majority sympathizes with Russia. Thus, the Collective West has been isolated by the Global Rest.

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Transcript released of purported German discussion on attacking Crimean Bridge

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© Sputnik / Konstantin MikhalchevskyFILE PHOTO: Crimean Bridge
The text in Russian has been published by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan, hours after she reported receiving the recording

The full text of what is claimed to be a discussion by senior German military officers on how to attack the Crimean Bridge in Russia was published by RT editor-in-chief Margarita Simonyan on Friday. She reported that Russian security officials had leaked the recording hours earlier and has pledged to release the original audio shortly.

Simonyan identified the officers as General Ingo Gerhartz, the German Air Force commander, and senior leaders responsible for mission planning. The alleged conversation took place on February 19, according to the source of the leak.

The transcript reveals the officials discussed the efficiency of the Franco-British cruise missile called Storm Shadow by the UK and SCALP by France. Both nations donated some of their stockpile to Ukraine.

Comment:
1) The audio of the discussion in German can be found on TG

2) "They want to destroy the bridge" could refer to Bundeswehr considering strike on Crimean Bridge, leaked audio purportedly indicates
Kiev executed two bombing attacks on the bridge in October 2022 and July 2023, using a truck and naval drones. Civilians were killed on both occasions. Ukrainian officials claim that destroying the bridge has a military purpose.

Some Western officials have made similar arguments, such as former US defense secretary and CIA director Roberts Gates in an interview with the Washington Post last week.
"If you want to give the Russians a pause, if you want to interrupt that sense of momentum that they have, why not be able to do things like drop the Kerch Strait Bridge?" he said.
Gates urged Western donors to give Ukraine the capability to do that, saying a successful attack would hurt the Russians "psychologically as well as militarily."
See also: Macron stands by remarks on NATO troops in Ukraine


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Macron stands by remarks on NATO troops in Ukraine

Emmanuel Macron
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The French president brushed off criticism from fellow NATO members, insisting his words were "thought-through and measured"

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday stood by his controversial remarks on Monday about the prospects of deploying troops to Ukraine, which have caused uproar among some NATO members, and has insisted his words were well thought out.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a visit to inspect the 2024 Olympics village near Paris, Macron refused to backtrack on his statements despite a flurry of criticism from some fellow members of the US-led bloc.

Comment:
From the same source there was:
1 Mar, 2024 06:34
Vast majority of French oppose Macron's 'troops in Ukraine' comment - poll
Survey results published on Thursday by French newspaper Le Figaro showed that 68% of respondents disapproved of Macron's comments on a possible future NATO deployment to the war-torn state, while just 31% said they agreed. The remainder, just 1%, were undecided.
Given the many cases of having stood up against the popular wind prevailing in France, 31 % is a pretty good score.
Add to this that although Macron has met with resistance to implications of the statements, he has support from a country like Estonia:
29 Feb, 2024 15:59
NATO member backs 'boots on the ground' in Ukraine
Estonia is "not afraid" of Russia and thinks sending NATO ground troops to Ukraine ought to be under consideration, Prime Minister Kaja Kallas has told Sky News in an interview aired on Wednesday.

So far, only Estonia and Lithuania have expressed any enthusiasm for the idea of escalating NATO support to Kiev beyond deliveries of weapons, ammunition, and money.

"We shouldn't be afraid of our own power. Russia is saying this or that step is escalation, but defense is not escalation," Kallas told Sky. "I'm saying we should have all options on the table. What more can we do in order to really help Ukraine win?"

Earlier this week, French President Emmanuel Macron argued that the US-led bloc should not rule out sending troops to Ukraine, or any other options. Most members of the bloc have since distanced themselves from the idea - except two of the former Soviet Baltic republics.

On Tuesday, Lithuanian Foreign Minister Gabrielius Landsbergis urged NATO to "think outside the box." Meanwhile, the country's ambassador to Sweden, Linas Linkevicius, said the bloc would "neutralize" the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow "dares to challenge NATO."
The Estonian and Lithuanian officials are supported by the US or were they given the cue cards, ... like Macron?
29 Feb, 2024 23:57
Pentagon warns of direct Russia-NATO clash
Addressing the US House Armed Services Committee hearing on Thursday, Austin once again urged lawmakers to approve additional funding for Kiev's war effort, painting a grim picture for NATO allies.

"If you are a Baltic state, you are really worried about whether you are next... And, frankly, if Ukraine falls, I really believe that NATO will be in a fight with Russia," the Pentagon chief said.

Austin went on to claim that "other autocrats around the world will look at this and will be encouraged by the fact that this happened and we failed to support a democracy."
Macron is probably aware he is in the same situation as Rishi Sunak. That is there are already French "advisors" involved:
29 Feb, 2024 19:14
UK 'directly involved' in Ukraine conflict - Kremlin
The outlet RTVI asked Peskov to comment a report from The Times which claimed that Admiral Tony Radakin, the head of the UK armed forces, has helped make "battle plans" for Ukraine.

"In general, it's no secret that the British really provide different forms of support [to Ukraine]. People on the ground and intelligence and so on and so forth," Peskov said. "That is, they are actually directly involved in this conflict."

According to the British outlet, citing a Ukrainian military source, Radakin "is understood to have helped the Ukrainians with the strategy to destroy Russian ships and open up the Black Sea," and seen as "invaluable in coordinating support from other senior chiefs in NATO."

The admiral also reportedly visited Kiev and met with President Vladimir Zelensky, to discuss Ukraine's strategy and the ways in which the West could help.

The Kremlin doesn't have specific information related to Radakin, but "probably our military knows about this," Peskov said.

Radakin, 58, was due to retire in November after three years as chief of the defense staff, but will stay on the job for another year at Prime Minister Rishi Sunak's request, the Times reported. One source told the outlet that the British government considered it important to retain "continuity" ahead of the upcoming general election.
For other articles on related to the latest developments, see:
Who's brain-dead now, Macron?
Putin allies tell Macron: Any French troops you send to Ukraine will suffer fate of Napoleon's army
How Macron's latest Ukraine comments blew NATO apart
Germany's Scholz implies British troops operating long-range missiles INSIDE Ukraine, is slammed by counterparts for intel-leak
Bundeswehr considering strike on Crimean Bridge, leaked audio purportedly indicates
EU panics over failing Project Ukraine: France creates coalition to arm crumbling military with long-range weapons
Western special forces working in Ukraine - FT
Bombshell NYT report confirms CIA built "12 secret spy bases" in Ukraine & waged a 'shadow war' on Russia for the last decade
Kremlin responds to CIA 'revelations'
Ukraine's frontline situation 'catastrophic' - Moscow
'Catastrophic scenario' if NATO troops deploy to Ukraine - top Russian senator
Nuland accidentally reveals the true aim of the West in Ukraine
Putin defeated US plan for Russia - Nuland