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Moscow warns neighbor of threat from Ukraine

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FILE PHOTO: Belarusian fighters in Poland before going to fight for Ukraine.
Belarusian "nationalist units" fighting for Ukraine could be sent back to their own country to conduct acts of sabotage, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Galuzin has warned. The official, however, expressed confidence that Minsk will be able to thwart such attempts, adding that Moscow will assist in doing so if necessary.

The diplomat noted that the rhetoric coming from members of "Belarusian nationalist formations... who are actively supported by the Kiev authorities and their Western backers, has become significantly tougher" lately.

"The leaders and commanders of those cut-throat mercenaries openly say that they plan, in the future, to apply their combat experience to topple the current Belarusian leadership," Galuzin said in an interview with the Russian news network RTVI on Wednesday.

Red Flag

Minnesota advances 'trans refuge' bill opponents say would strip custody from non-consenting parents

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Dozens of protesters chanted for and against a bill that would make Minnesota a trans refuge state
Minnesota lawmakers on Thursday advanced legislation that would establish the state as a "trans refuge" for children who are seeking transgender medical procedures but who may be denied "gender-affirming care" in other states.

In a party-line 68-62 vote, the Minnesota House passed HF 146, which had been introduced by Rep. Leigh Finke of the Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party. Finke is the state's first transgender lawmaker.

Democrats supporting the bill say the legislation will protect transgender people, their families and healthcare providers from facing legal repercussions for traveling to Minnesota to obtain cross-sex hormone prescriptions or sex-change procedures. Similar legislation has been introduced in California and other states with Democratic-controlled legislatures, which seek to counter Republican states that have sought to ban transgender procedures for minors.

"Gender-affirming care is lifesaving health care," Finke told reporters ahead of debate on the bill. "Withholding or delaying gender-affirming care can have a dramatic impact on the mental health of any individual who needs it. Rates of depression, suicide, substance abuse are dramatically higher in transgender and gender-expansive individuals who lack access to care."

Che Guevara

Who funds Antifa protests? We all do

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Protesters from various anti-fascist groups rally against the Proud Boys on November 16, 2019 in New York City.
Last week, the city of Philadelphia agreed to pay $9.25 million to 343 left-wing protesters who alleged they suffered "physical and emotional injuries" when police used tear gas and pepper spray to clear them off a major highway in downtown at a Black Lives Matter-style direct action in 2020.

Videos recorded at the time showed the mob shut down the highway while vandalizing public property.

As a journalist who reports on the militant far-left and its rioters, the question I'm asked most often is, "Who funds them?"

Some believe billionaire George Soros is responsible.

And they would be partially correct. Soros funds groups that form part of the support apparatus of left-wing militants — district attorneys, biased media and legal groups.

But his money doesn't directly reach the pockets of militants on the street.

Who ends up paying far-left rioters like Antifa? Too often, taxpayers like you and me.



Iranian lawmaker says new hijab policy prohibits physical punishment

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Iranian parliament member Hossein Jalali
An Iranian parliamentarian says the government's new strategy to enforce the compulsory wearing of the hijab will eliminate physical punishment for women and instead carry financial and administrative penalties that have been approved by the leader of the Islamic republic.

Iranian parliament member Hossein Jalali said on March 27 that the new plan includes a financial penalty of up to 30 billion Iranian Rials ($60,000) for those who breach the compulsory hijab law, while additional penalties consist of revoking a person's driver's license, canceling their passport, and prohibiting Internet access for those women who do not adhere to the hijab requirement.

Under the new proposals, physical punishment will not be allowed, Jalali said. Violators instead will be punished according to a predetermined table.

Comment: Veiling is a complex topic in the evolution of Iranian society. The West has been fed a simplified version of it that makes it easy to cast Iran as one of the devils in the world. Of course the U.S. is stoking a legitimate protest for its own ends: Iran names the US and Israel as the countries behind riots

Background on the antecedents of the protests: Iran: To veil or not to veil

One Iranian woman's take: Iran's anti-morality police protests: a different view from the ground


Rand Paul staffer stabbed in brutal attack in Washington, DC

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A statement by Sen. Rand Paul confirmed on Monday that a member of his staff was viciously stabbed in broad daylight in Washington, DC over the weekend.

As per the police report, the staff member was repeatedly stabbed with a knife on the 1300 block of H St. NE.

Comment: More from the Post Millennial:
The man who apparently attacked Sen. Rand Paul's (R-KY) staffer on Saturday had been released from a 12-year prison sentence just one day before the attack was carried out.

Glynn Neal, the alleged attacker, was sentenced to 12 years and four months in prison in 2011 on charges of "compelling an individual to live a life of prostitution without his or her consent" and "threat to kidnap to injure a person," per Fox 5.

The report noted that Paul staffer Phillip Todd was approached by Neal on a street in Washington, DC before stabbing Todd, resulting in "life-threatening injuries," according to Paul's office.

The DC Police Department posted on Twitter, saying that the Metropolitan Police had made an arrest. The arrest was reportedly made in reference to "an Assault with Intent to Kill (Knife)."


Body-cam police footage released of trans school shooter Audrey Hale being neutralized

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The Metropolitan Nashville Police Department has released the body-worn camera footage of the heroic officers who took down 28-year-old transgender shooter Audrey Elizabeth Hale, a former Covenant School student who went by the trans name "Aiden."

In the six-minute video posted to YouTube, two points-of-view are compiled, showing the perspectives of Officer Rex Engelbert, a four-year MNPD veteran, and Officer Michael Collazo, a nine-year MNPD veteran, the officers credited with fatally shooting Hale:

Comment: See also: Nashville school shooter Audrey Hale identified as transgender and had detailed manifesto to attack Christian academy, shot and killed six people

More from the New York Post:
While Nashville Police Chief John Drake said Hale targeted the school, he noted that the victims were picked at random.

Hale was a former student at the school, according to police.

"We have a manifesto, we have some writings that we're going over that pertain to this date, the actual incident," Drake said during a press conference Monday. "We have a map drawn out of how this was all going to take place."

During the search of the shooter's home, police said, they also recovered a sawed-off shotgun and a second shotgun.

During a press conference, Drake referred to Hale by female pronouns but also said the shooter identified as transgender without providing more clarity.

The Tennessean later reported that a police spokesperson said Hale used he/him pronouns and those pronouns were listed on a LinkedIn page used by Hale.

The victims in Monday's awful attack were identified as Evelyn Dieckhaus, Hallie Scruggs and Williams Kinney, all just 9, as well as custodian Mike Hill, 61, substitute teacher Cynthia Peak, 61, and Katherine Koonce, 60, who was the school's headmaster.

Multiple vigils across the community Monday night grieved for the slain students and staffers.

At Belmont United Methodist Church, mourners prayed, sang, and lit candles as they at one point said together "we confess we have not done enough to protect" the children killed or wounded in shootings.

"We need to step back. We need to breathe. We need to grieve," said Paul Purdue, the church's senior pastor.

"We need to remember. We need to make space for others who are grieving. We need to hear the cries of our neighbors."

Yellow Vest

France's protests against Macron gov't continue despite police brutality

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The sign reads, "Ruled by parasites," Paris, France, March 28, 2023.
During the tenth day of protest against the Macron's pension reform, the spirits of the French continue to burn throughout the country.

Comment: This is actually the 15th consecutive day (give or take a day) of protests and strikes. On the 23rd of March over 3 million were in attendance.

On Tuesday, thousands of French citizens continued to stage protests against the pension reform proposal that President Emmanuel Macron persists in imposing by force.

"France is not ruled by sticks... As most people say, this is all madness," said Senator Jean-Luc Melenchon, who is also the historical leader of the leftist organization "Unsubmissive France."

He made reference to the refusal of the Macron administration to accept the "mediation" proposed by the leader of the French Democratic Confederation of Labor (CFDT), Laurent Berger, who seeks a dialogue to "find a way out" of the prevailing social crisis.


More footage of the day's events can be found at this Twitter account:

Bizarro Earth

Australia forecasts record influx of 650,000 migrants to arrive in just two years, hails surge as a tax windfall despite housing crisis

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Jim Chalmers said the sudden growth will be accounted for in the Albanese Government's second budget (pictured, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and his partner Jodie Haydon)
Australia is set to see its biggest-ever surge of immigrants with government figures revealing 650,000 migrants are predicted to arrive this financial year and next.

The sudden population boom is likely to put even greater pressure on the national housing crisis which has seen record rent rises as too many tenants compete for too few homes.

But it will also ease workforce shortages which have caused chronic job vacancies where employers have struggled to find staff to fill positions, especially in healthcare, hospitality and tourism.

Comment: More people might be paying into the tax coffers but they also expect to see a return on those payments in the form of public services, but it doesn't sound as though the government has really factored that part into their accounting.


US Air Force admits ARRW hypersonic missile test failed

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A B-52H Stratofortress takes off from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif., to conduct a test of the AGM-183A Instrumented Measurement Vehicle 2 prototype.
The U.S. Air Force's March 13 test of a hypersonic weapon was "not a success," the service secretary told lawmakers Tuesday.

Frank Kendall indicated the Lockheed Martin-made AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon program may be in jeopardy. The service, he said, is "more committed to HACM [the Hypersonic Attack Cruise Missile, the service's other major hypersonic weapon program] at this point in time than we are to ARRW."

The ARRW effort "has struggled a little bit in its testing program," Kendall told the House Appropriations Committee's defense panel during a hearing on the fiscal 2024 budget request. He said an ultimate decision on whether to continue with the program could come as part of the FY25 budget process next year following a study of the failed March test and possibly two more test launches.

Comment: One wonders whether part of the reason they're even admitting these failures is to help their petition to waste even more taxpayers money on these projects that are evidently riddled with incompetence and corruption:


Coronaphobic Britain: 40% are still taking Covid tests at least once a month and wearing face masks three years after first lockdown

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Millions of Brits are still taking Covid tests and wearing masks, three years after the nation was plunged into its first lockdown.

Four in 10 people in the UK are swabbing at least once a month, exclusive polling for MailOnline reveals.

The same proportion have also worn a face covering in the past 30 days, despite mandatory mask rules being dropped last January.