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Kiev abandoned wounded during Avdeevka rout - media

Ukrainian soldiers
© Diego Herrera Carcedo/Anadolu via Getty ImagesUkrainian soldiers prepare Soviet-era artillery in Donetsk Region, on February 14, 2024.
The Ukrainian military abandoned a number of severely injured soldiers on the battlefield in the former Donbass stronghold of Avdeevka, local media have reported, citing a video with one of the service members. Kiev has acknowledged that several troops were captured during the retreat.

In a clip that went viral on social media on Saturday, a 30-year-old Ukrainian junior sergeant with the call sign 'Django' is seen telling his weeping sister that he and five other soldiers who were unable to move on their own were promised that they would be evacuated to the rear. The evacuation truck, however, never came, according to the soldier.

"All the others retreated... I have both legs crippled, shell fragments in the back. I can do nothing at all," Django says.

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Israel hiring Indian workers as Palestinian labor permits halted; Taiwan also turning to Delhi amid shortage

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© Diaa Hadid/NPRIndian men line up at a registration office set up in a technical college in the northern Indian city of Lucknow, where they hope to sign up to work in Israel.
A devotional song blares from a Hindu temple as dozens of men cram in line for the chance to register for work in Israel. But mostly what the men hear are orders. An official directs them to a warehouse-style waiting room if they haven't already signed up. As the men jostle to get to the head of the line, a security guard orders them to sit down on the ground. "Do it like gentlemen," the guard orders. "No need for mischief!"

This unruly line outside a vocational training center in the northern Indian city of Lucknow is more than 2,700 miles away from Gaza — and it spotlights the many ways the war between Israel and Hamas is affecting life around the world.

Comment: Swarajya reports:
Taiwan To Hire Indian Workers Amid Island Nation's Rising Labour Shortage

Taiwan and India have signed a memorandum of understanding on migrant workers that is expected to lead to the South Asian nation becoming a source of labor for the island.

The industries to be assigned and number of Indian migrant workers to be allowed will be decided by Taiwan under the agreement, the Taiwanese labour ministry said in a statement on Friday (16 February).

India has committed to recruiting and training the employees, according to the needs of Taiwan, according to the statement.

The ministry will formally notify lawmakers of the MOU and hold follow-up meetings with Indian officials, as per the statement.

Taipei will declare India a new source country for migrant labour when all preparatory work is in place, it said.

At present, there are four source countries for migrant workers to Taiwan - Vietnam, Indonesia, the Philippines and Thailand.

The ministry said that due to country's aging population and low birthrate, the working-age population and grassroots labor force have shrunk sharply.

It said that the shortage of workers in manufacturing, construction, agriculture and other industries is continuously expanding.

The ministry said that the number of Indian workers working overseas has reached 18 million, adding that Indian workers are stable, hard-working, and have good reviews.

"Indian workers with good English proficiency will be targeted at the introduction on a small scale in the initial stage, and the results of opening will be reviewed regularly; if the implementation results are good, the opening will be gradually increased," it said.



Black Magic

Academic journal forced to retract peer-reviewed AI-generated paper after 'rat penis' pics go viral

rat penis
© FrontiersAcademic Journal Retracts Study After AI-Generated Rat Penis Pics Go Viral The images, created with Midjourney, feature misspelled labels like 'dck' and 'testtomcels.' In its apology, the journal, Frontiers, gives a weak explanation for what happened.
In what has been a good week for rats, but a terrible one for science, the academic journal Frontiers retracted a viral paper published with nonsensical, AI-generated images.

The paper, titled "Cellular functions of spermatogonial stem cells in relation to JAK/STAT signaling pathway," was published on Feb. 13, 2024, and promptly made the rounds on social media for its outlandish images of a rat's penis.

The authors of the study — Xinyu Guo, Liang Dong, and Dingjun Hao — reportedly used Midjourney to create the images. It's unclear what prompt the authors put into Midjourney. Perhaps "cross section of rat penis"? At any rate, it resulted in an oversized phallus they apparently did not find objectionable.

Comment: In the same way the medical establishment and healthcare staff have jeopardised their profession through their grave misjudgements and collaboration during the contrived coronavirus crisis, so too does the scientific community by knowingly allowing itself to be corrupted: 'Trust the science'? 10,000 fake scientific papers in 2023 throw research credibility into crisis - The Guardian


Bullseye

Crocodile tears over Navalny while ignoring Assange

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The entire western political-media class are currently rending their garments about the prison death of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, and are being joined by the propaganda-addled citizenry of the western empire. Meanwhile Julian Assange's last-ditch effort to appeal against extradition to the United States is coming up in a few days with a tiny fraction of the attention.

I really could not have a lower opinion of people who would rather talk about Navalny's persecution in a far away country that has nothing to do with them than Julian Assange being persecuted at the hands of their own government. It's the most pathetic, bootlicking behavior imaginable.

Ooh yeah, you're so brave self-righteously shaking your fist at some country on the other side of the planet which has zero power over your own country while refusing to oppose the power structure you actually live under as it slowly kills a journalist for exposing its war crimes. Groveling, power-worshipping bootlicker. Absolutely sickening.

Comment: Navalny is being canonized by the West. But there are those who were paying attention:








Pistol

Harvard professor: 'All hell broke loose' when his study found no racial bias in police shootings

Professor of Economics at Harvard University, Roland Fryer
© Ramin Talaie/Corbis via Getty ImagesProfessor of Economics at Harvard University, Roland Fryer speaks during the annual Clinton Global Initiative in New York, New York.
Roland Fryer said he lived under police protection during the fallout of his study

A Harvard professor said that "all hell broke loose" and he was forced to go out in public with armed security after he published a study that found no evidence of racial bias in police shootings.

During a sit-down conversation with Bari Weiss of The Free Press, Harvard Economics Professor Roland Fryer discussed the fallout from a 2016 study he published on racial bias in Houston policing.

The study found that police were more than twice as likely to manhandle, beat or use some other kind of nonfatal force against blacks and Hispanics than against people of other races. However, the data also determined that officers were 23.8 percent less likely to shoot at blacks and 8.5 percent less likely to shoot at Hispanics than they were to shoot at whites.

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Ukrainians 'zombified' by Zelensky's propaganda - ex-PM

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© SputnikFormer Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov.
The country's citizens are constantly hammered by news of 'Russian orcs,' but they still want peace, Nikolay Azarov said.

Ukrainian propaganda seeks to dehumanize and instill hatred toward Russians, but it has failed to convince most people that they must fight Moscow to the bitter end, former Ukrainian Prime Minister Nikolay Azarov has said.

In an interview with the Russian daily Izvestia on Friday, Azarov, who led Ukraine's national government between 2010 and 2014 when a violent Western-backed coup in Kiev plunged the country into a decade of bloody turmoil, suggested that a significant portion of Ukrainians are reluctant to keep fighting.

Comment: See also:


Attention

EU state legalizes deportation of Russians

Riga, Latvia
© Getty Images / Arseni Kukk; 500pxRiga, Latvia
Moscow has described the decision by Latvia as "inhumane"

Russian citizens holding permanent residence status in Latvia may be legally deported if they fail to pass a language exam, Riga's Constitutional Court ruled on Thursday.

Moscow's embassy in Riga responded by branding the decision "inhumane and ruthless," warning that it will threaten thousands of Russians living in the Baltic country, whose average age is over 70.

The law, originally introduced to the Saeima, Latvia's parliament, in September 2022, required all permanent residents to pass a Latvian language test before September 1 2023, or face deportation. The deadline was later extended by two years.

Comment: See also:
Given that the EU wants Ukraine to strike 'Russia's heart' - Lavrov, what happens in Latvia is what one can expect from a EU/NATO country these days, see also:
'Fear and suspicion': An EU state deports thousands of native-born Russian-speakers as the West turns a blind eye
'I'm an agent of peace' - MEP accused of spying


Water

Majority of plastics cannot be recycled and producers know this, report claims

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The Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) released a report on Thursday which details how the plastics industry has evolved its marketing pitch in order to circumvent public backlash and potential regulation.

According to a report by the CCI, despite their knowledge that recycling plastics is not technically or economically practical, petrochemical companies have continued to push "fraudulent" marketing and public outreach campaigns to convince consumers otherwise. Doing so, the report says, has stalled legislative and regulatory action that could have addressed plastic waste and pollution long ago.

"Fossil fuel and other petrochemical companies have used the false promise of plastic recycling to exponentially increase virgin plastic production over the last six decades, creating and perpetuating the global plastic waste crisis and imposing significant costs on communities that are left to pay for the consequences," the CCI wrote.

More than 99% of plastics are produced from fossil fuels, the report continues. Though there are thousands of different types of plastic, the majority of these cannot be "recycled". And despite efforts to convince consumers otherwise, the recycling rate in the US for plastics in 2021 was estimated to be only 5% to 6%.

Tsunami

Water - The Abundant Scarcity

Water
© Yamada Taro
"Water, Water Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink...."

These are the lines from "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner," by Samuel Taylor Coleridge. The speaker, a sailor on a stranded ship, is surrounded by salt water that he cannot drink.

Water is like Peace - it is all around us, but we do not grasp it. We let it go to waste. We let it be polluted, privatized, made scarce so that it becomes a market product. Yet water is a public good. It belongs to everyone. It has been given to us by our generous Mother Earth. Water cannot be scarce, as the total amount of water within the realm of planet earth is always the same - it remains constant.

The chances for Peace are similar. They are in public domain. They are a moral good. Peace is free, no cost. Everybody can grasp it - and work on Peace. Dedicate himself to Peace. Fight for Peace. Pray for Peace. Meditate for Peace. Unlike water - peace cannot be privatized.

We must keep it that way, and make again Water like Peace - a public good, not to be privatized EVER!

On 28 July 2010, The United Nations General Assembly, through Resolution 64/292, explicitly recognized the human right to water and sanitation and acknowledged that clean drinking water and sanitation are essential to the realization of all human rights.

Water's availability may vary from location to location. But water's huge quantity remains unchanged throughout the billions of years of our blue Planet's life.

Water is Life. Peace is Life. Water and Peace are interdependent.

Understanding this connection is understanding why water is an abundant scarcity.

However, nothing can be taken for granted, even if it is believed to be secured by a UN Resolution. We, the People, must defend this right, we must nurture it so it becomes from a seed a right engrained into our collective consciousness.

Comment: One need only add the word 'water' in the search bar to realize just a fraction of what is done to pollute it, capture it, dam it (for IMF political purposes), while controlling its ownership and creating often unsaid wars over it (peace or lack thereof, a constant).

Then there are water treaties, first/second/third user rights that trickle down to no rights at all (think Turkey, down through Iraq and of all the mighty rivers and tributaries controlled by dams).

What Israel itself has done to the Palestine people for decades, in terms of restricting and over harvesting aquifers that would result in salinization, is nothing but pathologically cruel. In 2024, as is now a reality, cruelty know no bounds.


Bad Guys

Cyberattack at German factory; explosion, blackout, derailment hit different US rail networks

The Hacker
© UnknownProduction at five plants of German battery maker Varta has been disrupted by a cyberattack, possibly a ransomware attack.
Germany-based battery manufacturer Varta revealed on February 13 that production at five of its plants had been disrupted as a result of a cyberattack.

The attack was detected on February 12 and forced the company to shut down IT systems and disconnect them from the internet, which caused disruption to production, as well as to administrative processes.

"The extent of the actual damage cannot be determined at this time," Varta said. "In accordance with the emergency plan for such situations, the necessary precautionary measures were implemented immediately."

Comment: See: Predatory Sparrow: The terrorist attacks of an Israel-linked hacker group

The following reports are particularly notable due to their similarity with the soaring number of explosions and fires around the world, and more so because they happened within just the last few days:

Power outage hits Boston transit system during morning rush hour:
"The outage at North Station was unexpected, and it is one of the MBTA's primary power feeds," the MBTA said in a statement.

"As a safety precaution, protective systems opened related circuit breakers, temporarily discontinuing power flow. We apologize for the inconvenience and disruption during the morning commute."
Explosion causes smoke to fill Washington DC's Eastern market station:
9 patients evaluated for injuries in scary incident just 1.5 miles from White House.


As of now, officials believe that an insulator under a railcar had caught fire.
Gas tanker train derails in New Jersey:
Tanker train derails in N.J. No spills or injuries reported.

None of the tankers leaked following the derailment on the Conrail Garden State Secondary line.

The cause of the derailment is being investigated.
Meanwhile over in Iceland, there was a huge fire and multiple explosons at a tyre workshop:
"There were a lot of explosions here earlier and we didn't know exactly what was going on.

People were gathering at the premises, so we wanted to close it down," said Friðjón Ingi, commissioner of the Police yesterday.

He said he did not know what caused the explosions but said they did not go far beyond the building.
A selection of the other, similar incidents in just the last month or so: