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Professor suggests brain dead women could be kept 'alive' and used as surrogates

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Female patients in a persistent vegetative state (PVS) who had provided prior written agreement may act as surrogates, allowing embryos to be implanted in their uteruses and carried to term.
A University of Oslo professor has triggered widespread anger online after theorising that the bodies of vegetative or brain-dead female patients could be utilised as surrogates to carry unborn children to term - something she calls "whole body gestational donation" or WBGD and an idea that "deserves serious consideration".

The paper by Dr Anna Smajdor, an associate professor at the University of Oslo, was first published in November 2022 in the medical journal Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics.

According to the article, with WBGD, vegetative women's bodies could be used as surrogates for potential parents who wish to have children but cannot, or prefer not to, based on proven cases of brain-dead women giving birth to healthy babies.

Comment: 'Prefer not to'?

Comment: What a disturbing thought process the professor has. She appears to be unable to conceive of the incredibly complex and synergistic relationship between mother and child, as well as their the interaction with the wider world during pregnancy, which undoubtedly has a profound impact on the child's development both before birth, and after.

What a disturbing thought process the prof has. She appears to be unable to conceive of the incredibly complex&synergistic relationship involved between mother and child

Although, in our time, warped proposals such as the above are par for the course in the rapidly deteriorating Western world, and, were it not for the grace of collapse, it's likely that they would be implemented:


Wind-power makers suffer huge losses, want to abandon major project

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The greenies' dream of "clean" (except for millions of dead birds) energy from wind farms is dying in the face of the poor economics (even with tax subsidies) and unreliable technology. The big players in constructing wind turbines are facing massive losses and write-downs and cancelling big offshore wind projects. Brace yourself for demands for even more subsides to the failing industry.

The green energy subsidiary of German electrical equipment giant Siemens just reported Thursday that it lost nearly a billion dollars in the last quarter. Via Fox News (Hat tip: Beege Welborn, Hot Air):
Global green energy company Siemens Gamesa reported Thursday that it had lost a staggering $967 million during the three-month period from between October to December.

The Germany-based company, which dubs itself as "the global leader in offshore power generation," noted the wind industry has faced various unfavorable pressures leading to negative growth in recent months and years, in its earnings report for the first quarter of fiscal year 2023 released Thursday morning. The company added that governments would need to further assist the industry to ensure future positive growth.

"The negative development in our service business underscores that we have much work ahead of us to stabilize our business and return to profitability," Siemens Gamesa CEO Jochen Eickholt said in a statement.

"The beginning of fiscal year 2023 saw a further increase in global wind demand prospects for the next ten years, but further governmental action is needed to close the gap between ambitious targets and actual installations," the company added in its release.
The translation of "further government action" is increased subsidies, beyond those already offered in the misnamed "Inflation Reduction Act," which mostly subsidizes green energy. Think Solyndra-like loan guarantees beyond those already available.

Comment: What took them so long? The answer is 'not' blowing in the wind.

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'Please don't get a chicken': New Zealand egg shortage sparks scramble for poultry

Animal welfare advocates are urging New Zealanders not to respond to a nationwide egg shortage by racing to buy chickens, as many supermarket shelves lay bare for the second week following a ban on battery cages.

The cages - considered detrimental to the birds' health and wellbeing - were outlawed from 1 January 2023. The government's commitment to ban them was made in 2012, when 86% of layer hens were battery-farmed. By December 2022, that number had fallen to 10%.

But egg producers say they are still hundreds of thousands of birds short of meeting market demand, and the chicken-egg dilemma could take months to resolve.

Comment: See also: Huge fire at farm kills 50,000 hens, exacerbating New Zealand's egg shortage


Florida teen who savagely beat 9-year-old girl on school bus is charged with battery

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A much larger teen and another boy mercilessly pummeling the third-grader, a student at Coconut Palm K-9 Academy in Homestead, Florida
The 15-year-old Florida boy who was filmed viciously beating a 9-year-old girl on a school bus has been charged with battery, officials announced Tuesday.

The sickening, widely shared video shows the much larger teen and another boy mercilessly pummeling the third-grader, a student at Coconut Palm K-9 Academy in Homestead, last Wednesday as she helplessly tries to fend them off on a crowded bus.

Nobody intervenes during the almost 30 seconds of the attack that was recorded by a classmate, video shows.

The 15-year-old seen beating a third-grader in a viral clip was charged with battery on Tuesday.

Comment: The incident in question.

Disturbing content:

From the Post's initial report:
The mother of the victim told Local 10 she will demand criminal charges against her child's assailants.
She told the outlet that school administrators are overwhelmed by spiraling violence inside and around the school — and their response was to advise her to enroll her three children elsewhere.

The heartbroken mom noted her two older kids have also been bullied during their brief time at the school — and counselors and administrators have done nothing to address her complaints.

The girl's father took to social media to express his rage and vowed to launch protests in front of the school.
"I want to set up a rally and confront the school head-on," he wrote on Facebook. "The lack of security is unreal, and the lack of security on the bus is ridiculous ... The bullying must stop!!!"
The leftist media goes into spin mode:

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Go woke, go broke: Critics slam Disney for 'anti-white' episode of 'The Proud Family' reboot

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The characters chanted that the America was founded with “systemic prejudice, racism and white supremacy.”
Critics are slamming Disney as "woke" and "anti-white" over an episode of a kids show that features a song covering the history of slavery in the US and the need for "reparations."

The backlash stemmed from a Juneteenth episode of "The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder," a reboot of the popular early aughts cartoon that airs on Disney's streaming service Disney+.

A clip from the episode that's been making the rounds on social media shows characters singing a tune about how America has "still not atoned for" slavery and systemic racism.

Comment: All is not well in the Magic Kingdom:


Not in the news (anywhere): Heirloom seed company suffers catastrophic fire

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Seed For Generations warehouse goes up in smoke
No one was seriously hurt, but on Saturday, January 28, 2023 we had a devastating fire in our shop building that houses our seed business. It looks like an electrical source started it and it was out of control by the time it was noticed and we could get to it.

There may be a few tools and hardware and other farm stuff that might be savageable, but it looks like most all of our seeds and other products, and office equipment for our business have been destroyed and we will have to start over again. Please pray for us as we get our business back up and running again!

Comment: Not many will care about a small family farm supply business, but it is possible for those with eyes to see to discern an overall pattern. The fight to control the food supply is relentless. Crippling a small business is not beneath the PTB.

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Ukraine purges libraries of Russian-language books - official

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A library in Lviv, Ukraine, 2022.
Ukraine has removed millions of copies of Russian-language books from its public libraries, Yevgeniya Kravchuk, a senior member of the country's parliament, the Verkhovna Rada, said on Monday.

She stated that the Culture Ministry had provided recommendations on what titles should be taken off the shelves.

This move was provoked by an initiative declared by the Ukrainian government to "overcome the consequences of Russification," which in practice means purging schools of certain literature, renaming streets, and dismantling monuments to Russian historical figures.

According to Kravchuk, the deputy chair of the Committee on Humanitarian and Information Policy, 19 million books had been removed as of November, including 11 million in Russian.


Poll reveals Republican attitudes to Ukraine ceding territory

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Ukrainian soldiers take part in a training session during a visit by Britain's Foreign Secretary James Cleverly.
Four out of 10 Republicans would like Washington to do whatever it can to resolve the conflict in Ukraine quickly, even if that entails making concessions to Russia, according to a poll released on Monday.

In a survey conducted by Gallup, respondents were asked what they would "prefer the US to do in the Russia-Ukraine conflict." Overall, 31% of respondents said they want Washington "to end the conflict quickly, even if Russia keeps territory." Meanwhile, 65% believe that the US should "support Ukraine reclaiming territory," even if it prolongs the hostilities. The results are almost identical to those from a similar poll conducted in August 2022.

The territories in question are the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics, as well as Zaporozhye and Kherson Regions, which overwhelmingly voted to join Russia in autumn 2022. Ukraine still claims the areas as its own, as it does with Crimea, which chose to rejoin Russia in 2014 following the Western-backed coup in Kiev.

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Dell to dismiss 5% of workforce as tech layoff bloodbath continues

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Dell announced intentions to reduce headcount by 5% as a result of economic tumult, marking the latest of several companies in the technology sector to dismiss a significant portion of its workforce.

Dell Vice Chairman Jeff Clarke wrote in a memo to staff members on Monday that the company, which previously paused external hiring and limited travel expenditures, would downsize to improve cost structures and reduce organizational complexity.

"Unfortunately, with changes like this, some members of our team will be leaving the company. There is no tougher decision, but one we had to make for our long-term health and success," the executive wrote. "Remember, we've navigated economic downturns before and we've emerged stronger. We'll prevail as we always do, for our customers, partners and each other. We'll be more competitive, more focused and find a new level of operational performance."

The 5% reduction will correspond to approximately 6,700 employees losing their jobs, according to an annual report and current report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.


The data that show lockdowns are deadly

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Three years down the line from when Covid first hit our consciousness and with the release of more time series data in digestible form some lessons can be learned from the Government's capitulation to the 'blob's' panicked measures in early 2020.

Undoubtedly the 'one size fits all' approach of Government at the start of the pandemic led to unnecessary deaths. I suspect the extent of these unnecessary excess deaths skewed the perception of many people about the risk they faced from Covid and also skewed the data which led, in turn, to bad decisions.

Back in March 2020, in anticipation of a wave of ill people it was decided to empty the hospitals. Go walk around a hospital, it's full of ill people, they're there for a reason. In England we expect about 225,000 people to die in hospital in any given year. The data in Table 1 come from my new favourite website produced by the Office for Health Improvement and Disparities (its staff have got their work cut out!). They show deaths in English hospitals over the past three years.

Deaths in hospitals in England

Table 1. Deaths in hospitals in England