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UK gov't doesn't know how much raw sewage is being dumped into rivers by corporations

This is where privatisation of the national water system in England and Wales has got to. The volume of raw sewage being dumped into rivers will now remain hidden from the public after the government fully rejected a recommendation by MPs that water companies should be required to measure it.

Water privatisation in Britain has been a disaster.

The Conservative government had originally proposed water privatisation in 1984 and again in 1986, but strong public feeling against the proposals led to plans being shelved to prevent the issue from influencing the 1987 general election. Having won the election, the privatisation plan was "resurrected and implemented rapidly."

Comment: Meanwhile, over in 'totalitarian' Russia, the government has enacted laws that will block profits of corporations that destroy the environment.

Eye 1

Intoxication can be violent crime defense, Canada supreme court rules

supreme court canada
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The supreme court building is in Ottawa. People accused of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assault can use self-induced extreme intoxication as a defense
Canada's supreme court has ruled that defendants accused of violent crimes such as homicide and sexual assault can use self-induced extreme intoxication as a defense, striking down a federal law supported by women's advocacy groups.

The supreme court said on Friday a law passed by parliament in 1995 that prohibits the defense was unconstitutional and violates the country's Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

"Its impact on the principles of fundamental justice is disproportionate to its overarching public benefits. It should therefore be declared unconstitutional and of no force or effect," writing for a unanimous supreme court, Justice Nicholas Kasirer said of the law.

Bad Guys

British volunteer says he was 'manipulated' into joining the frontline in Ukraine

Andrew  British volunteer captured Ukraine
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Andrew, a British volunteer captured in Ukraine, speaks to RT, May 16, 2022
The Briton told RT that he came to help civilians, but was pushed into combat by Ukrainian officers

Andrew from Plymouth says he traveled to Ukraine to treat wounded civilians, but within weeks, he found himself shelled, shot, and captured. Recovering in a hospital, he told RT that he and his fellow volunteers were "manipulated" into the very duty they swore to avoid.

Andrew, a 35-year-old who worked as a scaffolder back home in Britain, was attached to a unit of Ukraine's International Legion near Nikolayev when he came under a devastating Russian artillery barrage. Russian troops fired on his position, Andrew was hit in the arm with a bullet, and he surrendered.

"I wasn't there to fight so I surrendered," he told RT. As for his teammates who fought, "They were killed," he explained.

Comment: Andrew is very fortunate. Apparently, to the Russians and DPR, his story checks out. He will be returned to Britain as soon as possible. Matters are much different when a neo nazi tries to slip by Russia. They will be detained and tried for war crimes. No exceptions.

The end of the beginning: Ukraine orders Azovstal neo nazis to surrender

Oil Well

Only one day of petrol stock left; daily power cuts may last 15 hours, says PM Ranil Wickremesinghe

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Sri Lanka's Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe
Crisis-hit Sri Lanka has run out of petrol and is unable to find dollars to finance essential imports, the new prime minister said Monday in an address to the nation.

"We have run out of petrol... At the moment, we only have petrol stocks for a single day," Ranil Wickremesinghe said, warning his bankrupt country could face more hardships in the coming months.

He said the government was also unable to raise dollars to pay for three shipments of oil, with the ships awaiting out side the Colombo harbour for payments before discharging their cargoes.

Sri Lanka is in the throes of its worst-ever economic crisis with its 22 million people enduring severe hardships to secure food, fuel and medicines while facing record inflation and lengthy power blackouts.

No Entry

Gov. Ron DeSantis outlaws protests outside private homes in Florida

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed legislation Monday that makes it illegal to protest outside of private homes in the Sunshine State.

Violators would be given one chance to disperse after an official warning and would be subject to arrest and up to 60 days in jail if they don't comply.

DeSantis signed the law after protesters amassed at the homes of Supreme Court justices in recent weeks to lobby for the preservation of abortion rights. Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Samuel Alito, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett have all had protesters gather outside their Virginia homes.

DeSantis, in a statement, said:
"Sending unruly mobs to private residences, like we have seen with the angry crowds in front of the homes of Supreme Court justices, is inappropriate. This bill will provide protection to those living in residential communities and I am glad to sign it into law."
Democrats have objected to the move, arguing that it's a violation of first amendment rights.


Canadian special forces conducted flights over Ottawa protest despite military directive

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Aircraft operated by Canadian Special Forces during The Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa
Canadian special forces operated an aircraft equipped with surveillance equipment over protests in downtown Ottawa despite a military directive that was supposed to prohibit such activities.

The Jan. 27 directive stipulated that Canadian Forces vehicles and personnel were to avoid the Ottawa protest and Royal Canadian Air Force planes were not to fly over the "Freedom Convoy" demonstration.

But Canadian special forces leaders reasoned they didn't have to follow the military directive since the surveillance plane they were using was owned by a private defence contractor. National Defence spokesman Dan Le Bouthillier confirmed:
"The amplifications provided by the RCAF through this directive did not apply to these training activities, which were contracted outside of the RCAF,"

Comment: Not only was the surveillance illegal, they lied about it. (SOP)


Elon Musk rips Biden: 'The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter'

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Entrepreneur Elon Musk • US President Joe Biden
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose purchase of Twitter remains ongoing, slammed President Biden in a podcast interview Monday and warned that if the government continues printing money, inflation will get worse and the U.S. might follow the path of Venezuela.

Musk, who said he has voted "overwhelmingly for Democrats," slammed the Democratic Party and Biden in particular. He suggested that Biden is something of an empty suit.

"The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter," the Tesla CEO said. "The path to power is the path to the teleprompter."

"I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it's going to be like Anchorman," the CEO added, referencing the 2004 film in which Ron Burgundy reads whatever is written on the teleprompter, even if it would ruin his career.

Comment: Elon is right.

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Shireen Abu Akleh was executed to send a message to Palestinians

Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh
A candlelit vigil held in Gaza for slain Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh on 11 May 2022
The execution of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by an Israeli soldier in the Palestinian city of Jenin, along with Israel's immediate efforts to muddy the waters about who was responsible and the feeble expressions of concern from western capitals, brought memories flooding back from 20 years of reporting from the region.

Unlike Abu Akleh, I found myself far less often on the front lines in the occupied territories. I was not a war correspondent, and when I ended up close to the action it was invariably by accident - such as when, also in Jenin, my Palestinian taxi turned into a street only to find ourselves staring down the barrel of an Israeli tank. Judging by the speed and skill with which my driver navigated in reverse, it was not his first time dealing with that kind of roadblock.

Abu Akleh reported on far too many killings of Palestinians not to have known the risks she faced as a journalist every time she donned a flak jacket. It was a kind of nerve I did not share.

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Woke school counsellor arrested for grooming and sexually abusing 15-year-old student

Zobella Brazil Vinik

Zobella Brazil Vinik
Zobella Brazil Vinik, a former guidance counsellor at Tucson High Magnet School in Tucson Arizona, has now been arrested and charged in connection with a relationship she allegedly had with a 15-year-old student.

Vinik had previously led a group at the school that put on a drag show. Arrests for sexual assaults such as these on students are becoming more and more common throughout the US.

According to Blaze, "On May 5, the school district put Vinik on administrative leave and initiated its own investigation. On the same day, Vinik resigned from her counselor position and is no longer an employee of the Tucson Unified School District."

She then on May 11 decided to turn herself in to authorities, at which time she was arrested and charged with sexual conduct with a minor.


Bank of England warns of 'apocalyptic' global food shortage

Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England
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Andrew Bailey, Governor of the Bank of England, in front of the Treasury Select Committee
The Governor of the Bank of England has warned of "apocalyptic" global food price rises and said he is "helpless" in the face of surging inflation as the economy is battered by the war in Ukraine.

Andrew Bailey said he has "run out of horsemen" when counting the shocks facing Britain, with runaway energy and food costs driven by global market forces beyond his control.

Prices are rising at the fastest rate in 30 years, creating a "very big income shock" that is expected to intensify in coming months with a risk of double-digit inflation before the end of the year.

Comment: The cause of food shortages are multifactorial and include incompetent and/or psychopathic individuals in power, natural disasters, covid lockdowns, and earth changes. As Michael Snyder writes:
This particular shortage [sunflower oil] is directly related to the war in Ukraine, and David Einhorn is warning that this war is making a whole host of our ongoing problems even worse...
The common refrain about COVID was that it sped up changes and trends that were already happening. We believe the same is true of the war. Inflation, supply chain problems, and shortages of energy, food, raw materials and labor were already issues that the war has now accelerated.
See Ice Age Farmer's report from March 2022:

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