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At least 46 people found dead in abandoned 18-wheeler in San Antonio

san antonio abandonned truck
© Nick Wagner for The Texas Tribune
Law enforcement officers work at the scene in San Antonio where dozens of people were found dead inside a tractor-trailer on Monday.
The authorities said the tragedy appeared to be the deadliest migrant-smuggling operation in memory. Twelve people were taken to hospitals.

A tractor-trailer found near Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio contained the bodies of 46 dead people, along with 16 others who have been taken to hospitals, local officials in San Antonio said on Monday evening.

"This is nothing short of a horrific human tragedy," San Antonio Mayor Ron Nirenberg said at a news conference near the scene.

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Info

Most rape claims by ousted Ukrainian ombudsman fake - media

Z battalion
© Getty Images / Stringer
Reporters investigated statements blaming Russian soldiers for 'sexual atrocities' and found little to no evidence.

Ukrainian prosecutors have apparently been unable to confirm the vast majority of allegations about "sexual atrocities" allegedly committed by Russian soldiers, claimed by ousted human rights chief Liudmila Denisova. That's according to a Ukrainskaya Pravda report published on Monday, citing various official sources.

Denisova, who had served as Ukraine's ombudsman since 2018, was fired from her position in late May after a no-confidence vote over her failure to perform such duties as organizing humanitarian corridors and prisoner exchanges amid the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

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Biohazard

Toxic gas tank explodes at Jordan port killing 12, injuring 250

jordan port

Jordanian army closed area of toxic ​​gas leak in Aqaba port
The Jordanian army announced Monday the closing of the area where a toxic gas leak from a storage tank in Jordan's Aqaba port killed 10 people and injured more than 250.

The official spokesperson for the Jordanian Armed Forces said in a statement that four medical evacuation planes were moved from Marka Military Airport towards Aqaba to evacuate the injured, and a team was sent to carry out disinfection procedures at the accident site.

The statement confirmed that Prince Hashem Hospital and the field hospital in Aqaba were prepared to receive the injured, adding that medical teams from the Royal Medical Services and equipped medical teams with ambulances were sent to Aqaba Airport and Marka Airport to transport the injured.

Comment: Footage has emerged on Twitter showing that the tank was actually as it was being loaded on to a ship:


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Stock Down

Dallas Fed plunges as poll respondents unleash unprecedented slamdown of "disastrous" Biden admin policies

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© Federal Reserve Dallas/Bloomberg
After an unexpected rise in US durable goods orders (in May) and pending home sales (in May), the Dallas Fed's Manufacturing Survey (in June) plunged to its lowest since May 2020.

The survey was expected to rise modestly from -7.3 to -6.5, but plunged to -17.7. New Orders crashed into negative territory and employment weakened significantly.

The comments from survey respondents are perhaps most enlightening of the reality facing many businesses in America: foreign dependence, cost inflation, over-regulation, and Biden energy policies...

Red Pill

More than a million voters have switched to Republican Party in last year: report

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© Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP/Getty Images
Pennsylvania suburb: Republican voter registration
More than a million voters have shifted to the Republican Party over the past year, including tens of thousands of swing voters — with some declaring they can no longer support the Democratic Party's policies, according to a report Monday.

The move to the GOP is occurring in every part of the country, in Democratic and Republican states and cities since President Biden defeated former President Donald Trump, an analysis of voter registration data by the Associated Press found. ​

Over the past year, about two-thirds of the 1.7 million voters who changed party affiliations shifted to the Republican Party, and overall, more than 1 million people became Republicans compared to about 630,000 who became Democrats.

The shift most notably is playing out in the suburbs, which played a critical role in Biden's 2020 victory. Well-educated swing voters who voted against Trump appear to be returning to the Republican Party, analysis shows.

Arrow Down

Army drops requirement for high school diploma amid recruiting crisis

Recruiting
© U.S. Army photo by Spc. Richard Carlisi
Eighteen high school military recruits receive their oath of enlistment from
Lt. Gen. Xavier Brunson, commander of America’s First Corps
Saint Martin University, Lacey, Washington • May 3, 2022
The Army is tossing its mandate for potential recruits to have a high school diploma or GED certificate to enlist in the service, in one of the most dramatic moves yet in the escalating recruiting crisis hitting the entire Defense Department.

On Thursday, the service announced that individuals may enlist without those previously required education certifications if they ship to basic training this fiscal year, which ends Oct. 1.

Recruits must also be at least 18 years old and otherwise qualify for a job in the active-duty Army. They also must score at least a 50 on the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery, or ASVAB, an SAT-style quiz to measure a potential recruit's academic ability.

A 50 on the test is a relatively low score, with 31 being the minimum to qualify for service. Combat arms jobs such as infantrymen and cavalry scouts need only minimal scores to serve, while admin work such as a human resources specialist or public affairs require scores of 100 or higher.

Comment: The US appears desperate, ready to enlist anyone - even those with tattoos.


Handcuffs

Assange's wife sounds alarm over his treatment

Assange poster
© Global Look Press/Stephen Chung
Julian Assange was strip-searched and moved to a bare cell on the very day the UK Home Secretary Priti Patel approved his extradition to the US, the WikiLeaks founder's wife, Stella Moris, told journalists on Thursday. The 50-year-old remained there for a weekend as prison guards searched his own cell, she added.

"Prison is a constant humiliation but what happened on Friday felt especially cruel," Moris, who married Assange in March, has said, adding that the guards had told their inmate that it had all been done "for his own protection."

According to Moris, the guards were looking for any things that could be used by a person to take their own life. In the bare cell where Assange was placed, the guards checked his status every hour until he was allowed to return to his cell on Tuesday.

The WikiLeaks founder currently remains in the maximum security Belmarsh Prison in south-eastern London, having been placed there in April 2019 as the UK was deciding on his extradition to the US. On June 17, Patel approved his transfer to US custody. Assange still has a right to appeal the decision within 14 days of June 17.

A British court had initially refused the extradition request on the grounds that Assange may otherwise kill himself, or that he'd be subjected to inhumane treatment in US detention. But Washington successfully appealed the ruling, offering the UK assurances that the Australian's rights would be observed.

Bullseye

Why drag queen performances are not appropriate for children

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Last week, the Washington Post ran a column in defense of Drag Queen Story Hour. The issue of whether drag performances are harmful or wholesome has been hotly debated, with politicians including Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis proposing laws to ban them for child audiences.

Let's be clear, the injection of drag queens into children's consciousnesses goes beyond innocently sitting in a classroom reading storybooks. Kids are being brought to performances that are marketed as kid-friendly, despite being, in many cases, sexually explicit. For example , at an event in Dallas, Texas, earlier this month, drag queens accepted cash tips from young children while writhing suggestively in front of a particularly memorable neon sign that read, "It's not gonna lick itself." An additional extension of this, as I've written before, is children themselves partaking in drag and performing for adult audiences.

USA

Free speech victory: Supreme Court rules in favor of football coach who prayed at 50-yard line after games

Joe Kennedy
© Meegan M. Reid / Associated Press
Joe Kennedy, at center in blue, then an assistant football coach at Bremerton High School in Bremerton, Wash., is surrounded by Centralia High School football players in 2015
The Supreme Court ruled Monday for a former high school football coach whose prayers at the 50-yard line drew crowds and controversy, declaring his public prayers were protected as free speech.

The 6-3 decision is a symbolic victory for those who seek a larger role for prayers and religion in public schools.

The court stressed that Coach Joe Kennedy's prayers began as private and personal expression and were not official acts of promoting religion at school.

Writing for the majority, Justice Neil M. Gorsuch said: "Both the Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the 1st Amendment protect expressions like Mr. Kennedy's. Nor does a proper understanding of the Amendment's Establishment Clause require the government to single out private religious speech for special disfavor. The Constitution and the best of our traditions counsel mutual respect and tolerance, not censorship and suppression, for religious and nonreligious views alike."

Red Flag

Sri Lanka has barely enough fuel to last one day

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© Getty Images / NurPhoto
Sri Lanka has effectively run out of fuel, with only enough in storage to last one day, the UK's Daily Mirror reported on Monday, citing sources at the state energy company Ceylon Petroleum Corporation (CPC).

According to the report, the country now has only 1.1 thousand tons of gasoline and 7.5 thousand tons of diesel left in storage.

"Last week, no fuel vessels sailed to Sri Lanka because Colombo failed to make the necessary payments for the cargo," Daily Mirror sources said. The country has also been blacklisted by foreign companies because it recently defaulted on its debts and is now required to provide international bank guarantees for new orders.