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Revealed - The documents the state didn't want you to see before the referendums

© PA Wire/PA ImagesIrish Justice Minister Helen McEntee
Documents provided to Gript under FOI show that senior officials in the Department of Justice believed that amending Article 41 of the Constitution to include non-marital families, as proposed by the Government in a recent referendum, would undermine, or even outright destroy, the ability of the State to operate an effective immigration system.

One email seen by Gript shows senior officials in the Department being told that
"The State has been able to maintain an immigration system so far precisely because Article 41 is applied to a small, tightly-defined group of people. The State will not be able to regulate immigration if this protection is applied any more widely."
In one of the two referendums held in March of this year the Government attempted to expand the definition of family in Article 41 to include non-marital families which were based on "durable relationships."

Comment: Given the dire, uncontrolled example provided by US southern border, Ireland would be smart to specify and lock its process.


Malaysia: 10 dead after navy helicopters collide mid-air during training, 3 days after similar incident with Japan's Navy

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© X/Mohd Redzuan Abdul Manap and Perak Fire and Rescue DepartmentTop right - Moments before the crash. Left and bottom right - Rescue crews at the scene.
The two helicopters crashed during training for a flyover for Malaysia's 90th Naval Day celebrations.

Ten people have died after two helicopters collided in mid-air during a rehearsal for a Royal Malaysian Navy parade.

The incident took place at the Malaysian navy's Lumut Base - 100 miles (160km) northwest of the capital Kuala Lumpur - at around 9.30am local time.

The crash involved an AW139 maritime operations helicopter, with seven crew members, and a navy Fennec, with three crew members.

"All the victims were confirmed to have died at the scene and were sent to the Lumut Base Army Hospital for the identification process," the navy said in a statement.

Comment: As noted, this comes just a few days after a similar incident in Japan; where similar manouevres were considered to be risky, and which was why they were reportedly prohibited from performing them.

So just what's causing this increase in these kinds of incidents? Failures in training? Because there have been a significant number of incidents and blunders, particularly amongst Western militaries and their allies; the experimental jabs which have been shown to cause issues during high stress situations? Sabotage? Solar activity causing interfering with the instruments?


New Delhi chokes as 65 metre 'Trash mountain' fire spreads hazardous fumes

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© GettySmoke billows from a fire that broke out at the Ghazipur landfill in New Delhi on April 22, 2024.
India's capital choked on toxic fumes Tuesday, as a thick and pungent haze spread from a fire at a towering trash dump, the latest in a series of landfill blazes that authorities have struggled for years to bring under control.

Sections of the Ghazipur landfill in New Delhi burst into flames on Sunday, causing dangerous heat and methane emissions and adding to India's growing climate challenges.

Comment: This is hardly a 'climate challenge'...

By Tuesday, the blaze at the capital's largest landfill had largely been put out, but people living nearby complained of throat and eye irritation due to lingering acrid air, according to local media reports.

The cause of the fire remains unknown; landfill blazes are often triggered by combustible gases from disintegrating garbage.

Bad Guys

Best of the Web: USDA claims bird flu is spreading in cows with detections in 32 herds in 8 states, is criticized for withholding data

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© ADAM DAVIS/EPA-EFE/ShutterstockFILE: Experts say the US is not sharing as much data on the outbreak as it should.
Researchers around the world are growing more uneasy with the spread of highly pathogenic avian influenza (H5N1) in US dairy cows as the virus continues to make its way into new herds and states. Several experts say the US is not sharing enough information from the federal investigation into the unexpected and growing outbreak, including genetic information from isolated viruses.

To date, the US Department of Agriculture has tallied 32 affected herds in eight states: Idaho, Kansas, Michigan, New Mexico, North Carolina, Ohio, South Dakota, and Texas. In some cases, the movement of cattle between herds can explain the spread of the virus. But the USDA has not publicly clarified if all the herds are linked in a single outbreak chain or if there is evidence that the virus has spilled over to cows multiple times. Early infections in Texas were linked to dead wild birds (pigeons, blackbirds, and grackles) found on dairy farms. But the USDA reportedly indicated to Stat News that the infections do not appear to be all linked to the Texas cases.

Comment: It doesn't seem as though this 'link' was proven to the be culprit, because there were other more likely routes of transmission - just 2 weeks ago it was reported: Ground-up chicken waste and excreta fed to cattle may be behind bird flu outbreak in US cows

Comment: What with the establishment's sinister track record - exemplified by the contrived coronavirus crisis, lockdowns, and experimental injections - in addition to their stated agenda to destroy farming as we know it, one would be right to be highly suspicious of this bird flu situation.

The scare has already resulted in culls of tens of millions of birds just in the US, with global biohazard restrictions on flocks - which, ironically, is known to weaken immunity - and, worryingly, MIT recently reported that an mRNA jab is in the works. A jab that when administered may remain in some form within the meat itself.

It's also notable that wild birds have been considered to be one of the primary vectors of bird flu, and with their migration patterns taking them all across the planet, 'nowhere is safe'.

Whether this will indeed be 'disease X' that the WEF & co. have been promoting remains to be seen - because smallpox also seems to be another strong contender - but one could argue that they are certainly building the case for it:


Supreme court allows Idaho to enforce law blocking sex-change procedures for minors

Idaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at the White House in Washington on July 16, 2020.
© Jim Watson/AFP via Getty ImagesIdaho Gov. Brad Little speaks at the White House in Washington on July 16, 2020.
The court allowed the Vulnerable Child Protection Act, a state law forbidding so-called gender-affirming care for minors, to take effect pending appeals.

The U.S. Supreme Court issued an emergency order late on April 15 allowing Idaho to resume enforcing a state ban on sex-change-related procedures for minors after the law was blocked by lower courts.

At least five of the six conservative justices voted to restore the state law, while all three liberals voted against doing so.

It was unclear at press time how Chief Justice John Roberts, a moderate conservative, voted, if he voted at all.

U.S. District Court Judge Lynn Winmill, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton, found in December 2023 that Idaho could not enforce the statute while the litigation remained pending. Idaho appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit, which affirmed Judge Winmill's temporary injunction blocking the law, but has yet to issue a final ruling in the case.

Although the decision took the form of an unsigned order, there were multiple opinions (pdf) issued by various justices.

Comment: See also:

Yellow Vest

Norway's farmers join protests over poverty wages and net zero tyranny

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© Peter ImanuelsenTractors lined up after the convoy finished
Farmers are now protesting for fairer wages. No farmers = No food.

As you will have heard if you follow my reporting, there has been massive farmers protests all over Europe. I recently reported from Germany where the farmers were protesting.

Now the Norwegian farmers are protesting as well, and I met with them.

Comment: See also: Poland's farmers intensify protests against 'executioner' EU, demand end to 'Green Deal' restrictions


France: Cyberattack shuts down medical procedures at Cannes hospital

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© CopyrightCannes Hospital Centre - Simone Veil  cancels medical procedures after shutting down systems in response to a cyberattack.
Cannes Hospital Centre - Simone Veil (CHC-SV) shut down its systems in response to a cyberattack it fell victim to last week.

Also known as the Broussailles Hospital, the healthcare organization decided to completely cut off computer access to contain the attack, which forced employees to turn to pen and paper to continue providing services to patients.

"These procedures are more time-consuming and the examination delivery times are extended," an automatic translation of the hospital's incident notice reads.

Comment: With all the cyberattacks on emergency and governmental services, one could be forgiven for thinking that these are trial runs for something much more significant - below is just a selection of attacks in the last year or so:


World's first inquiry into excess deaths established by Australian Parliament

© UnknownAustralian Senator Ralph Babet
The Australian Senate voted to establish a parliamentary inquiry into the nation's excess deaths today, giving the green light to what is possibly the first inquiry of this nature in the world.

One year and five motions is what it took for Senator Ralph Babet, of the United Australia Party, to finally get the go-ahead on the inquiry.

Senator Babet tabled two unsuccessful motions calling for an inquiry into Australia's excess mortality last March, followed by another unsuccessful motion in February of this year.

Several weeks later, his fourth motion calling for the Senate to acknowledge the need for an inquiry scraped through with a win, marking a shift in attitude within the Senate and paving the way for today's vote to finally establish an inquiry.

Senator Babet, in a statement after his motion passed successfully, said:
"Fifth time's the charm! This appears to be a world-first inquiry for what is a global issue. May this committee process give a voice to the family members of the deceased and deliver the answers that our nation so desperately needs."

World's first inquiry into excess deaths established by Australian Parliament
26 Mar 2024

Oil Well

Europe's largest gas field shuts down

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© Cris Toala Olivares/Stringer/Getty ImagesOnshore site operated by NAM in Kommerzijl, the province of Groningen, the Netherlands.
The Dutch government has halted drilling in Groningen over earthquake fears...

The Netherlands officially shut down the Groningen gas field on Friday after the authorities approved a permanent halt to drilling operations at the site to limit seismic risks in the northern region.

Since October 2023, the gas field has been producing only a fraction of its full capacity following years of production cuts aimed at reducing the risk of earthquakes that the process causes in the region, which have damaged thousands of buildings over the years. However, its 11 wells remain open in case of a severe winter and due to the uncertain international situation with regard to the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Earlier this week, the Dutch Senate approved a law to close the gas field for good after the government pledged that production would never be resumed in order to limit seismic risks in the region. Senators had originally planned to pass the law two weeks ago, but postponed the final vote after several parties raised concerns over the country's supply.


'The Canaries have a limit!': Thousands protest in Tenerife over mass tourism in Spain's Canary Islands

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© X/GettyTens of thousands marched through streets in popular hotspot Tenerife today in protest against the impacts of mass tourism
Tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets in Tenerife to protest today in a demonstration against mass tourism - which they say is "killing the Canary Islands."

Around 50,000 people have assembled in Tenerife's capital Santa Cruz to march under the banner "Canarias tiene un límite (The Canaries have a limit)", with demonstrators chanting against the effects of the islands' tourist industry like the pricing-out of residents and damage to the environment.

The protests have been backed by a range of environmental campaign groups including Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth; as well as the Canary Islands, Spaniards have also protested in Madrid, and are set to rally in London, in an attempt to raise awareness in the Spanish government and among prospective British tourists.

Comment: Another example of locals being priced out of their own homes:

I News expands:
It seems living in paradise can be hell as a tide of protests against "overtourism" has hit Spain in the run-up to the holiday season.

Demonstrations are planned on Saturday across the Canary Islands by campaigners who claim Britons' favourite Spanish destination is a victim of over-development, as well as rallies in support in Madrid, Malaga and even Berlin and London.

A hunger strike has been staged by campaigners from Canarias Se Agota (Canary Islands Sold Out) since last week against two large hotel developments.

Hoteliers in the Canary Islands have promised to build homes for tourism employees to help deal with the lack of accommodation for workers.

In Barcelona and the Balearic Islands, activists have put up fake signs at popular beaches in English warning of falling rocks or dangerous jellyfish.

The Spanish government said it was committed to sustainable tourism but claimed this key sector of the economy brought 2.7 million jobs, with holidaymaker numbers set to reach record highs.

Spain's tourism minister Jordi Hereu said a record 9.8 million international visitors came to Spain this year.

"The tourist employment data for March is at the level of a country that is a world power and that is committed to a more sustainable model," he said in a video statement posted on social media platform X.

Spain's housing minister Isabel Rodriguez promised the government would crack down on tourist flats in cities where locals struggle to afford housing. "We will have to intervene and limit tourist apartments. We cannot look the other way," she told El País newspaper last week.

Jet2holidays this week became the first UK operator to sign Mallorca's "responsible tourism pledge".

However, Spanish airlines expect a record summer season and are adding 13 per cent seats compared with 2023, the Spanish Airlines Association said last week.

Fernando Clavijo, the president of the Canary Islands, said protests on the archipelago were motivated by "tourismphobia" and called for common sense because tourism is the engine of the islands' economy, providing an estimated 35 per cent of GDP.

Sharon Backhouse, the British founder of a sustainable tourism company GeoTenerife, said paying lip-service to "sustainable tourism" was not good enough
. "Sustainable tourism means paying fair wages, letting local people have their own businesses alongside [tourist companies]," she told i.

"If you have record numbers of tourists on the island but you have a third of the population at risk of poverty, it is not working. I have written to Clavijo to say we need root and branch change.

"But this is not to say investors should not make a profit because I am an investor, too. We need to empower locals to benefit from this galloping tourism, not just investors."
Ms Backhouse insisted Canarians do not dislike British tourists. "It is not a war on tourists, they are just asking to be beneficiaries of this as well, not to live in poverty, not just to change sheets in hotels," she said.

Marcelo Sanchez-Oro, author of the book The Relationship Between Hosts and Tourists: From Colonisation to Tourismophobia, said the synergy between residents and tourists depended on balance.

"What is important is that their respective needs are fulfilled. When this breaks down, the problems start," he told i.

"There is a contagion effect, with more protests in Barcelona, Malaga and elsewhere. Local people feel they are not getting much back despite the invasion of large numbers of tourists."