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China takes on commercial airline market: C919 debut flight welcomed with water salute

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The C919 passenger jet is welcomed with a conventional water salute at the Beijing Capital International Airport, May 28, 2023
Welcomed with a conventional water salute at the Beijing Capital International Airport, the C919, China's first self-developed narrow-body jet, successfully completed its maiden commercial flight by its global customer China Eastern Airlines on Sunday.

Some 130 passengers experienced the flight with MU 9191, which took off from the Shanghai Hongqiao International Airport at 10:32 am, and landed at the Beijing Capital International Airport at 12:31 pm after about two hours flying in the air.

Comment: An evaluation from five months ago:


Tide turning: New Jersey county votes unanimously against offshore wind development

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Offshore wind turbines generate are pictured on July 7, 2022 near Block Island, Rhode Island.
County official vows to not allow rushed wind development 'without a fight'

A county in New Jersey voted unanimously to oppose an offshore wind farm proposed for its coastline, citing the project's negative impacts on the environment, tourism industry and beach vistas.

In a 4-0 vote this week, the Cape May County, New Jersey, Board of Commissioners passed a resolution green-lighting reasonable use of all the county's resources to oppose the wind projects developed by Danish multinational energy company Orsted. The county is also considering legal options and appealed a state public utility permit it says would transfer "real property interests" from residents to Orsted.

"At first, the County of Cape May was interested in trying to work with Orsted to find a way forward, perhaps with some modifications to the project to reduce visual, environmental and economic impacts," Cape May County Board of Commissioners Director Len Desiderio said in a statement.

Comment: Good on the residents of Cape May County. They see wind power for the boondoggle it is.

Light Saber

The French show us how to deal with eco-zealots

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Chris Packham, who is filming a Channel 4 documentary on nonviolent direct action, with Just Stop Oil protestors on the Strand in Central London
Outspoken BBC wildlife presenter Chris Packham joins Just Stop Oil 'slow march'

Just Stop Oil claimed a propaganda victory yesterday after the BBC's Chris Packham attended one of its 'slow march' demonstrations.

But as the wildlife presenter met activists holding up traffic in London, across the Channel the French were dealing with another eco protest in a manner very different from the British police's softly-softly approach.

Paris police used tear gas and baton charges to stop climate change demonstrators disrupting oil giant Total's annual general meeting.

Officers acted decisively when hundreds of mainly young protesters staged a sit-in outside the Salle Pleyel, a conference centre in central Paris. The protesters sat across access roads, locking arms and legs to form a human barricade in an attempt to prevent shareholders entering the meeting. One banner held up by the demonstrators read: 'The science is clear but Total is ignoring it.'

Comment: Aaand the predictable hypocrisy:
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Oscar winner Adam McKay (pictured with his wife), whose films include the Big Short and Don't Look Up, is one of a group of multi-millionaires behind the Climate Emergency Fund
A multi-millionaire Hollywood director who funds Just Stop Oil has a holiday home in Ireland - 5,000 miles from Los Angels - that he jets off to when he needs a break.

A Hollywood director helping to bankroll Just Stop Oil has been accused of hypocrisy over his lavish holiday home in Ireland - 5,000 miles from his Los Angeles base.

Oscar winner Adam McKay, whose films include The Big Short and Don't Look Up, is one of a group of multi-millionaires behind the Climate Emergency Fund.

The Beverly Hills-based fund raises cash from its mega rich supporters and distributes it to 'disruptive' activists, including handing almost £1million to help Just Stop Oil wreak havoc in the U.K.

Mr. McKay is a director of the fund and has donated over £3.2 million to it to support "recruitment and training" for groups including the British activists. In a webinar last year he pledged to help Just Stop Oil in any way possible and was even prepared to be arrested for their cause.

Despite his financial commitment to environmentalism the director, who owns a £6 million Los Angeles home, has described how he holidays in his eight-bedroom second home in rural Ireland.

A 2020 Architectural Digest interview with Mr McKay and his wife, fellow writer-director Shira Piven, described how "when the going gets tough" the couple "take refuge in their 12-acre getaway in the Celtic countryside".

Details of his holiday home emerged as Just Stop Oil zealots were last week branded "absolute morons" for permanently damaging a sustainable garden at the Chelsea Flower Show by hurling orange powder paint over it.

The group were also criticised for a series of go-slow marches in London this week which caused mayhem for commuters - and on one occasion led to a workman being handcuffed by police as he tried to move them.

The Climate Emergency Fund launched in 2019 after the three founders' multi-million-pound homes in the exclusive Californian ocean-front city of Malibu nearly burnt down in bush fires which they blamed on climate change.

These included Aileen Getty, the granddaughter of billionaire oil tycoon Jean Paul Getty, and Rory Kennedy who is the daughter of Senator Robert Kennedy.

The third founder, investor Trevor Neilson who is listed as owning a £2.1 million home in Malibu, said they wanted to support "disruptive activists" after becoming disillusioned by the slow approach of traditional environmental groups.
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The US Supreme Court unanimously rules against EPA in wetlands dispute

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On Thursday, the US Supreme Court delivered a unanimous ruling against the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) authority to regulate wetlands.

This decision deals a significant blow to Joe Biden's climate agenda, marking a triumph for the American people.

Biden's EPA wanted to regulate every puddle and pond which they deemed "wetlands" under the Clean Water Act, but the Supreme Court struck it down.

The Supreme Court ruled in favor of Michael and Chantell Sackett, a couple from Idaho who filed a lawsuit after the EPA blocked them from building a home on their own land because it contained "wetlands."

On Thursday, the US Supreme Court unanimously sided with the Sacketts, but its reasoning for the ruling was split 5-4.

Comment: The ruling is a defining moment for the EPA, a win for private property rights.
In its Thursday ruling on Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, which directly impacts Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rules, the court decided that the Clean Water Act does not allow the EPA to regulate discharges into some wetlands near bodies of water.

William Perry Pendley, former acting director of the Bureau of Land Management and a Wyoming attorney, said the decision recognizes the potential overreach of federal governmental control.
"It had nothing to do with pollution and everything to do with bureaucrats threatening landowners and threatening to send them to jail. Private landowners have the right to use their property."
U.S. Sen. Cynthia Lummis, said in a press release:
"The Biden administration clearly overreached its authority in defining which waters received federal protections, and I'm glad the Supreme Court agreed with what Republicans have been saying all along. After decades of uncertainty, we finally have a majority opinion from the Supreme Court that will lay this issue to rest once and for all."
Although Justice Brett Kavanaugh and the three liberal justices agreed with the concurring opinion, Kavanaugh said the decision would hinder the EPA's ability to combat pollution.
"By narrowing the act's coverage of wetlands to only adjoining wetlands, the court's new test will leave some long-regulated adjacent wetlands no longer covered by the Clean Water Act, with significant repercussions for water quality and flood control throughout the United States."
The Sackett case was actually a second part of a 16-year saga between Idaho landowners Michael and Chantell Sackett and the federal government. After the couple started preparing their property for construction in 2007, the EPA ordered them to stop and return the property to its original state.

The couple sued, and in 2012, the Supreme Court ruled that the couple had the right to challenge the EPA over the matter.


Texas House to vote Saturday on AG Paxton impeachment

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Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton
The Republican-led Texas House of Representatives has set a historic Saturday vote to possibly impeach embattled state Attorney General Ken Paxton and suspend him from office, just as some prominent conservatives began to rally around him.

Paxton, a 60-year-old Republican, finds himself on the brink of impeachment after years of scandal, criminal charges and corruption accusations. The House will consider a resolution calling for Paxton's impeachment at 1 p.m. Saturday, according to a statement released Friday by the House Committee on General Investigating.

If impeached, Paxton would be forced to leave office immediately. He would be just the third person in the state's nearly 200-year history to be impeached and the first statewide officer since former Gov. James "Pa" Ferguson in 1917.

The GOP-led committee spent months quietly looking into Paxton and recommended Thursday that the state's top lawyer be impeached on 20 articles including bribery, unfitness for office and abuse of public trust.

Comment: What took them so long?

People 2

NIH study admits trans athletes have a 'physiological advantage' over biological women, even after hormones

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Conservatives have long been labeled "transphobic" for refusing to accept that "trans women are women," especially when it comes to the inclusion of biological men in competitive women's sports, but it turns out, even the National Institutes of Health (NIH) knows that even after a man medically "transitions," they have a significant "physiological advantage" over their female opponents.

The painfully obvious issue has sparked protests across the nation, with the LGBTQ+ community insisting there is nothing wrong with a hulking man smashing the records of female athletes, while actual females fight for the survival of women's sports.

Comment: See also:


Largest US children's hospital bans trans surgeries

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Texas Children's Hospital, the nation's largest children's hospital, will no longer offer transgender medical procedures for children, according to the hospital's CEO Mark Wallace.

The decision will place the hospital in compliance with legislation, Senate Bill 14, which passed in a vote mainly along party lines on May 11.

The legislation will take effect on Sept. 1 once it is signed into law by Gov. Greg Abbott, who has signaled he will do so.

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GOP presidential candidate Ramaswamy says LinkedIn locked account: 'Big Tech election interference'

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"The climate agenda is a lie: fossil fuels are a requirement for human prosperity," Ramaswamy said in one offending video.

Republican presidential candidate and entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy says LinkedIn locked his account for posting videos where he expressed his views on climate policy and President Joe Biden's relationships with China.

"Big Tech election interference has begun," Ramaswamy tweeted Thursday with screenshots of his emails with LinkedIn officials and a video of his thoughts on the matter.


Texas high school forced to postpone graduation ceremony after just FIVE of 33 students were eligible: Teachers blame poor attendance and grades

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Marlin High School in Texas has been forced to postpone its commencement after just 15 percent of the senior class reached the requirements to graduate.
A high school located in Texas has been forced to postpone its commencement after just 15 percent of the senior class reached the requirements to graduate.

In a letter sent to parents and families, Marlin ISD Superintendent Darryl Henson said most seniors did not make the cut due to low grades and attendance records.

District officials have postponed the ceremony to June in order to give students the time to catch up and hopefully check the boxes needed to obtain their diplomas.

Eye 1

Kiev's increasingly aggressive military recruitment tactics amid massive losses - The Telegraph

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Prisoners of war like Zhenia were supposed to be exempt from returning to battle under planned legislation
Prisoners of war like Zhenia were supposed to be exempt from returning to battle under planned legislation

Zhenia's unit of volunteers were outnumbered by five to one when the order came through to lay down their weapons and surrender to the invaders.

It was the beginning of a seven-month ordeal in Russian captivity, including physical and psychological torture.

Comment: There's no evidence to support these claims of torture.

Prisoners of war like Zhenia were supposed to be exempt from returning to battle under planned legislation, but just five months after his release, the 41-year-old is about to rejoin his brothers-in-arms in one of the hottest areas of the conflict.