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Israel explains remote-controlled checkpoint gun

A remotely-controlled turret at a checkpoint in Hebron
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A remotely-controlled turret at a checkpoint in Hebron
The Israeli army has installed a remote-controlled gun turret in the Palestinian city of Hebron in the West Bank, saying it's to be used for crowd dispersal.

The sci-fi-looking style is positioned at a checkpoint on Shuhada Street, a protest hotspot in the city, Haaretz reported at the weekend.

The system, which is currently being tested, can fire stun grenades, tear gas and sponge-tipped bullets, while being controlled by a remote operator.

People 2

Clinic featured at child trans summit sends legal demand to Post Millennial to censor reporting

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The Post Millennial wrote about the World Professional Association for Transgender Health conference in Montreal, Quebec, in September. We wrote about the panels at that conference, and what clinicians and activists were saying on those panels, including one on "Navigating The Changing Landscape With Littles And Their Families: Exploring The Role Of Mental Health Across Different Practice Settings With Transgender And Gender Diverse Pre-Adolescent Children."

As a result, The Post Millennial received a legal demand from Children's Minnesota, which publicly available information states is the seventh largest pediatric health system in the United States, and advertises as "The Kid Experts."


Comment: It's no wonder Children's Minnesota doesn't want these types of discussions publicized. It puts on full display the pathological thinking of their advocates and makes public a good portion of their playbook. This should send chills up the spines of any rational thinking human being.

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War Whore

Ukraine is on the offensive but struggling to get more powerful weapons

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Ukrainian soldiers train with U.S. Javelin missiles during military exercises in December
Ukraine's military is on the offensive against Russian forces and asking for more powerful weapons to press its advantage, but so far there is no sign that allies will step up their commitments.

Instead, President Vladimir Putin dramatically raised the stakes in a Sept. 21 speech, threatening nuclear war and launching sham votes aimed at expanding Russia's borders into occupied Ukraine.


Comment: Despite what's being claimed unilaterally across western media, Putin didn't actually 'threaten nuclear war.' Read the entirety of his speech here.


While supporters have piled arms into Ukraine since Russia invaded in late February, they have shied away from sending the longest-range missile systems, combat aircraft and NATO standard tanks.

Comment: These people are delusional, and evidently ignoring the warning given by Putin himself.

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Pistol

15 killed in 'neo-Nazi' Russian school shooting

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Ammunition used by the attacker at the school in Izhevsk, which bears the word “Hatred” in Russian.
The male suspect reportedly died by suicide after the attack in the Udmurt Republic.

Fifteen people were killed and many others injured in a shooting incident at a school in the city of Izhevsk in Russia's Urals region on Monday, the country's Investigative Committee has said.

The male suspect was wearing a ski mask and a black T-shirt featuring Nazi symbols, officials added. They said he died by suicide after the attack and his identity is currently being established.

Comment: More from RT:
The rampage occurred early in the day, when the suspect, identified only as a 34-year-old graduate, stormed the school. The man was sporting all-black clothing with Nazi symbols on them, graphic footage circulating online suggests. The suspect was armed with two semi-automatic less-lethal pistols, illegally altered to use regular ammunition, according to Russian authorities.

The suspect killed himself after confronted by law enforcement, while a large number of unused magazines, some with the word "Hatred!" inscribed on them, were recovered at the scene. According to Russian Education Minister Sergey Kravtsov, the suspect was a registered mental patient diagnosed with schizophrenia.

Russia's Investigative Committee has launched a criminal probe into the mass shooting, seeking to establish the exact motives behind the rampage and the source of the gunman's weaponry. The Udmurt Republic has announced a four-day period of mourning to commemorate the victims of the attack.
And there was another shooting in Russia on the same day. Again, from RT:
A military recruitment officer was severely wounded after a man opened fire at a center in the town of Ust-Ilimsk in Irkutsk Region in Russia's Siberia on Monday morning, the local authorities have said. There were no other casualties in the attack, they added.

The incident occurred amid partial mobilization in Russia, which was announced by Russian President Vladimir Putin last week. According to Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu, 300,000 reservists are going to be drafted amid the ongoing conflict in Ukraine.

A video has allegedly captured the perpetrator shooting chief enlistment officer Aleksandr Eliseyev from point blank as the victim was delivering a speech before the recruits. The gunman then shouted: "Everybody out," with all the people who were in the room rushing outside in a panic.

"We came to the recruitment center and handed out papers. The chief recruitment officer took us to the conference room and began speaking about the situation in the country. That's when the gunman jumped up from his seat; after that he shot at the officer," one of the witnesses recalled, adding that at least two shots were fired.

The attack was first confirmed by Irkutsk Region governor Igor Kobzev, who wrote on Telegram that the wounded chief enlistment officer was placed "in intensive care in critical condition. The doctors are now fighting for his life."

The governor said that he was "ashamed that such a thing happens at a time when all of us must stand united" and announced additional security measures in the region.

The national guard said that the suspect tried fleeing the scene, but was detained by its troops. A sawed-off gun was seized from him. The man hasn't been registered as the owner of the weapon, the force added.

An investigative committee has described the shooter as a 25-year-old local man, saying that criminal cases on attempted murder of a law enforcement officer and illegal possession of arms have been launched against him.

The motives for the attack are currently being established. Some local media outlets claimed the attacker was one of the recruits called up as part of the partial mobilization, but it hasn't been officially confirmed yet.



Bad Guys

Switzerland considers banning large-scale farming, despite looming global food shortages

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A plastic cow statue sits on a trailer near Collex-Bossy, with placards reading in French "Pricey food? No to the useless livestock initiative" and "Animal welfare? We are already taking care of it, No to the useless livestock initiative" on Sept. 15, 2022, ahead of a vote scheduled for Sept. 25 on a proposed ban on factory farming.
By many measures, Ueli Stauffacher's poultry farm is exemplary. Located about 30 minutes southwest of Zurich, the chickens it raises for meat (called broilers in agricultural parlance) are housed in two spacious, well-kept barns. One of those barns is outfitted with heated floors that keep the birds' bedding dry and a state-of-the-art filtering system that strips away the overpowering smell of ammonia that typically characterizes chicken farms, leaving the air inside remarkably sweet and clean. Solar panels on the roof generate enough electricity to power the whole farm renewably. Stauffacher and his wife even host playgroups at the farm, complete with a brightly-decorated break room where children can watch the chickens through a window as they color and enjoy snacks.

Footprints

Israeli troops evict Muslim worshippers from Al-Aqsa to make way for extremist settlers

Al Aqsa Mosque
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Al Aqsa Mosque
Israeli soldiers escorted dozens of extremist settlers into the courtyards of Al-Aqsa Mosque through the Mughrabi gate on the morning of 26 September, forcing Muslim worshippers out of the holy site as they performed dawn prayers.

Israeli troops also attacked Palestinian journalists covering the incursion in the Old City of occupied Jerusalem. As a result of the hostilities, at least two Palestinians needed medical attention, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society.

The latest breach of Al-Aqsa Mosque comes in celebration of the Jewish holiday of Rosh Hashanah, which began on Sunday.

Megaphone

Snap Covid-19 lockdown sparks rare protest in Chinese tech hub Shenzhen

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Employees of electric carmaker BYD lining up to be tested for the Covid-19 coronavirus at the company headquarters in Shenzhen, in China’s southern Guangdong province, on July 11, 2022.
Dozens of people have taken part in a rare protest in the southern Chinese tech hub of Shenzhen, social media footage shows, after officials announced a snap lockdown over a handful of Covid cases.

The megacity of more than 18 million people reported just 10 infections on Tuesday, but officials have still ordered residents in three districts to stay home as China sticks to its strict zero-Covid policy.

Officials are also under pressure to snuff out outbreaks quickly ahead of a key political meeting in Beijing next month.

Videos circulating on China's Twitter-like platform Weibo and Instagram since Monday — verified by AFP — show dozens chanting "lift the Covid lockdown" as rows of police in medical protective gear look on.

In one clip a woman shouts: "Police are hitting people."

The protest took place in Shawei, a neighbourhood in Futian district where the city government is based, AFP confirmed.

Comment: It may not be much longer until China starts to relax its strict policies: Will China abandon zero Covid after the CCP National Congress in October?


Info

Early turnout numbers for referendums on joining Russia revealed

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Refugees queue to vote during the referendum on the joining of Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republic to Russia, at the polling station in Alushta, Crimea, Russia.
The referendums on joining Russia are continuing in the Donbass republics and Russian-controlled regions of southern Ukraine. On Sunday, the turnout already reached the required 50% threshold in the Donetsk and Lugansk republics and Zaporozhye Region, with only Kherson lagging behind.

In the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), more than 76% of eligible voters have already cast their votes, according to official figures. The referendum in the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) is proceeding at a similar pace, with some 77% of voters having shown up at the polling stations.

Kherson and Zaporozhye Regions, which were largely seized by Russian forces amid the ongoing conflict, have demonstrated a lower turnout. Still, the latter region has already met the required legal threshold, with some 51.55% of registered voters already casting their ballots, according to the head of the Zaporozhye electoral committee, Galina Katyshenko. Kherson has so far demonstrated lower turnout, with nearly 49% of voters showing up for the referendum. Polls across the two regions and in the Donbass republics are set to stay open for the next two days.

Comment: Serbia and Kazakhstan have said that they won't recognize the results of the referendums:

Russian Ally Kazakhstan Says It Won't Recognize Referendum Results From Ukraine
Kazakhstan, a close ally of Russia, will not recognize the results of so-called referendums organized by Moscow on Ukraine's territories occupied by Russian troops.

Kazakh Foreign Ministry spokesman Aibek Smadiyarov said on September 26 that Astana's attitude to the ongoing referendums in parts of Ukraine's Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya regions, which are under at least the partial control of Russian troops, is based on "the principle of countries' territorial integrity."

Smadiyarov stressed that Kazakh President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev had explicitly expressed the Central Asian nation's position on the parts of Ukraine's Luhansk and Donetsk regions that have been under Russia-backed separatists' control since 2014, as well as in the districts of Ukraine's Zaporizhzhya and Kherson regions, parts of which have been under the control of occupying Russian troops since March this year.

At a June economic forum in Russia's second-largest city, St. Petersburg, Toqaev, sitting on the podium next to his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, called parts of Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk, which Moscow has recognized as the Luhansk People's Republic (LNR) and Donetsk People's Republic (DNR), as "quasi-states" that Kazakhstan will not recognize.
Balkan Ally Serbia Says It Won't Recognize Russia's Staged Votes In Occupied Ukraine
Russian ally Serbia has said it won't recognize the current votes in Russian-held parts of Ukraine that Kyiv has called "sham" referendums, dealing another international blow to the Kremlin's hastily organized effort at consolidating early gains in its 7-month-old invasion.

Foreign Minister Nikola Selakovic said on September 25 in Belgrade that "Serbia cannot accept these results" due to its commitment to the UN Charter and respect for international law, among other things.

Doing so "would completely violate our national and state interests, the preservation of sovereignty and territorial integrity, and the inviolability of borders," he said.

Serbia has kept close relations with Russia in particular to bolster its refusal to recognize the 2008 declaration of sovereignty by its former province Kosovo, which is now recognized by more than 100 countries.

Moscow has repeatedly cited the Kosovo case as an example of Western overreach.

Selakovic and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov signed a so-called consultation plan for their countries for the next two years on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly in New York this week.

It was the first high-level diplomatic document that Serbia and Russia have signed since February 24, when the large-scale Russian invasion of Ukraine began.

The European Union's rapporteur for EU hopeful Serbia, Vladimir Bilicik, greeted news of the signing as "a major blow to [the] accession process in the Western Balkans."

"Let's be clear: [Russia] is mobilizing to attack [EU] candidate state [Ukraine], Russia is attacking EU enlargement!" Bilicik said.

Belgrade backed several UN resolutions condemning Russia's invasion but has avoided joining EU-wide sanctions joined by the bloc's other aspiring members.

The so-called referendums in the Russia-held areas in Ukraine of the Luhansk, Donetsk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhya regions have been dismissed as frauds by Ukraine, the West, and the United Nations because they are illegal under international law.

Moscow has suggested it will defend them as part of Russia after the votes.



Arrow Up

Cut 'symbolic gestures', Braverman tells police in England and Wales

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Suella Braverman has ordered police chiefs to spend less time on "symbolic gestures" and more time on policing.

In an open letter to police leaders in England and Wales, in which she set out her policing agenda, the new home secretary said diversity and inclusion initiatives "should not take precedence" over tackling crime.

"Unfortunately, there is a perception that the police have had to spend too much time on symbolic gestures than actually fighting criminals," she wrote in the letter, published on Saturday.

Comment: While Nazir Afzal has a point about underfunding, there have been cases of police arresting people for supposed 'hate crimes', so it wouldn't be a stretch to say that they are not using their time wisely, case in point:

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Black Magic

Are more Americans waking up to the horrors of 'gender-affirming care'?

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A supporter for the transgender community holds a trans flag in front of counter-protesters to protect attendees from their insults and obscenities at the city's Gay Pride Festival in Atlanta on Saturday, Oct. 12, 2019.
As the Left takes over all aspects of culture, you are not supposed to notice. When you notice, they first tell you that it isn't happening. Then when you provide the proof, they ask you why you care and proceed to extoll the virtues of whatever horror they're pushing. When you continue to point it out, it is encouraging violence. This trend is alive and well among trans activists as the horrors of gender-transition treatment for minors come to light.

Here is trans activist and adult human male Parker Malloy lying and saying no one is doing genital surgeries on children. According to Molloy, Senator Ted Cruz and anyone objecting to the castration and mutilation of adolescents are encouraging murder:

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