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UK: Riot erupts after social services 'remove children' from house

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© PAA burnt out vehicle in the aftermath of unrest in Harehills.
Footage taken in the aftermath of the unrest in the Harehills area of the city on Thursday night shows the charred wreckage of vehicles, as the "shocking" violence is condemned by the home secretary and investigators vow to catch the perpetrators.

Rioting in Leeds saw a double-decker bus set on fire, a police car overturned, rocks thrown and residents told to stay indoors as police flooded the area.

Footage taken in the aftermath of the violence in the Harehills area of the city showed the charred wreckage of vehicles.

Police remained at the scene on Friday after the previous night's trouble that has been condemned by Home Secretary Yvette Cooper.

Comment: See also: Protesters clash with police at proposed migrant housing site in Dublin, people tear gassed and arrests made

Car Black

Ford expanding production of profitable gas-powered trucks at plant meant for electric cars

Ford Plant
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Ford Motor Company will expand production of its profitable gas-powered Super Duty pickup trucks at its Oakville Assembly Complex in Ontario, Canada, which had been meant to become an all-electric plant producing only Electric Vehicles (EVs).

On Thursday, Ford CEO Jim Farley announced that the automaker would be expanding production of its F-Series Super Duty pickups to the Ontario plant with a $3 billion investment. The pickups are also produced in Kentucky and Ohio.

Investments are also expected to be made at Ford's Michigan plants.

"Super Duty is a vital tool for businesses and people around the world and, even with our Kentucky Truck Plant and Ohio Assembly Plant running flat out, we can't meet the demand," Farley said in a statement. "This move benefits our customers and supercharges our Ford Pro commercial business."

The Oakville Assembly Complex was supposed to produce EVs with a $1.3 billion investment. Production of an electric three-row SUV has since been delayed until 2027.

Comment: Nope, they never were: Ford set to lose $4.5 billion on electric vehicles this year, despite increased revenue


Best of the Web: Major global IT outage grounds planes, disrupts connections

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Airports and other key infrastructure sites around the world have reported disruptions amid problems with communications

Disruption to air traffic control systems is being reported around the world. Preliminary reports say a computer glitch may be causing the problem. Issues have arisen in the US, Spain, Germany, Australia, and elsewhere, with authorities forced to cancel takeoffs and landings due to safety concerns.

From the article:
Computers using Windows 10 OS are reportedly crashing and showing "the blue screen of death" (BSOD) after an update for a security product provided by the firm CrowdStrike.
CrowdStrike! Are they joking, but it could be just incompetence. There is no evidence in a name, however in this case it is a bit funny.
Brody Nisbet, CrowdStrike's chief threat hunter, has offered a workaround to deal with what he called a "faulty channel file" related to the Falcon Sensor cybersecurity app.
The suggestion was posted on

MailOnline carried this headline in the last updated version from 08:18 UTC, 19 July 2024
Global tech outage grounds airlines, shuts down banks, hits the NHS and puts Sky News off air: Airports across the world are plunged into chaos after Microsoft crash freezes systems

A massive Microsoft outage has sparked chaos around the world - grounding flights and knocking hospitals, GP surgeries, train services, banks, stock exchanges and TV channels offline.

The technical fault has caused Windows computers to suddenly shut down, prompting departure boards to suddenly turn off at airports including Gatwick and Edinburgh on one of the busiest days for global aviation since Covid.

Britain's biggest train firm told passengers to expect delays due to 'widespread IT issues', Ryanair and Wizz Air are warning of 'disruption', and NHS staff have described logging on to find most of the non-clinical systems are down.
The incident gives an example of how delicate our digital infrastructure is.
See also: Flashback How a programmer broke the internet by deleting a tiny piece of code


Trump shooter frequented gaming site that features presidential assassination game

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© AFP handout/SteamTrump shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks used gaming platform Steam, which featured the presidential assassination game Mr. President. There is no evidence he played the game.
Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, also had a Discord account

Trump shooter Thomas Crooks posted an ominous comment that appeared to foreshadow his attack on the former president on the gaming platform Steam - which features an assassination game.

Crooks, 20, wrote in a post earlier this month, "July 13 will be my premiere, watch as it unfolds."

The chilling details were disclosed late Wednesday to senators in an all-member briefing.

Investigators also said they discovered internet searches on his laptop for Trump, President Biden, the Democratic National Convention and the July 13 Trump rally.


Message Thomas Matthew Crooks posted on gaming site revealed

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© Rebecca Droke/AFP/Jim Vondruska/Getty ImagesThomas Matthew Crooks opened fire from a rooftop while Donald Trump spoke at a rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday. He wrote on a gaming platform that "July 13 will be my premiere," according to reports.
The FBI said Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, wrote the message on an online gaming platform

Thomas Matthew Crooks apparently teased an attack online days before he climbed onto a roof and opened fire at a Pennsylvania campaign rally, killing one and injuring others, including former President Donald Trump, Fox News has learned.

Secret Service and FBI officials told U.S. senators during an all-members briefing on Wednesday, July 17, that Crooks, 20, wrote a threatening message on the gaming platform "Steam" days before the attempted assassination in Butler, Pennsylvania, on July 13, Fox News' Jacqui Heinrich reported.

According to the officials, Crooks allegedly wrote: "July 13 will be my premiere, watch as it unfolds."

"Steam" is a popular platform where tens of millions of gamers purchase games and communicate. The discovery was made as investigators continue to review Crooks' technological devices, including his cell phones and laptop.

Comment: Though the reporting is likely accurate, and Crooks perhaps did do all these things, isn't a bit too convenient, this building of a profile that fits the 'disaffected young loner"?

Spoofing an online profile is child's play for even the most run of the mill 4chan types out there. How much easier is it for an intelligence professional?


Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson backs down from plan to remove statue of George Washington from City Hal

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Chicago Mayor Brandon and the statue of George Washington in the City Hall
On Monday, Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson announced plans to remove a statue of George Washington from a hallway outside the mayor's office in City Hall.

Comment: Is the societal spasm of destroying historic symbols of the past finally coming to an end? Good or bad, they are the reminders of where we came from. "Those who forget the past", etc.

Star of David

Canadian journalist survives Israeli assassination attempt

© screenshotLaith Marouf, senior consultant for the Community Media Advocacy Center in Canada
Canadian citizen and journalist, Laith Marouf, along with Hadi Hotait, were reporting for Free Palestine TV (FPTV) in the south of Lebanon, when the Israeli military attempted to assassinate them.

Laith Marouf described the attack to SCF's Steven Sahiounie
"The Israeli military have been targeting media workers in Gaza and Lebanon, and even in the West Bank. We can remember before October 7 they assassinated Shireen Abu Akleh in the West Bank."

"And, now over 160 journalists have been martyred in Gaza, and of course here in Lebanon the Israelis have assassinated four journalists in the south. The enemy is vicious and they do not like people that do journalism work, because that brings the truth to the world. This is especially true for those who write in English."

"We were alone, and nobody was around us when we were targeted. Thank God the shells fell 200 meters away from us. There was a short cement fence which partially protected us, and the wind was blowing away from us, so the white phosphorus that fell in the first shell did not injure us, thank God."
According to Hotait, he and Marouf were near an open field taking photos when the shell landed on the edge of a house near them. Hotait told The Canada Files that this was obviously a targeted assassination attempt because there were no weapons or military assets in the area. Israel has a long history of killing journalists.


Bangladesh rocked by massive university 'anti-quota' protests, 6 dead, hundreds injured

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© REUTERSIndia advises its nationals in Bangladesh to stay indoors amid massive anti-quota protests.
The Indian government on Thursday issued an advisory to its nationals in Bangladesh where a massive anti-quota protest killed six and injured hundreds. India has asked the Indian community members and students residing in Bangladesh to stay indoors and avoid non-essential travel in view of the massive nationwide anti-quota stir that has rocked the country, triggering clashes between the protesters and the police.

At the centre of the protests are the demands to reform the country's quota system for the civil service positions that the protesters claim benefits some specific groups including descendants of those who participated in the 1971 war of independence against Pakistan. The Bangladeshi quota system reserves 30 per cent of jobs for family members of the freedom fighters.

Comment: The number of dead is now reported to be nearer 17 people.


Gold Bar

Sen. Bob Menendez faces decades in prison as he's convicted of sprawling gold bar bribery scheme

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© REUTERS/Brendan McDermidSen. Robert Menendez was found guilty of accepting bribes.
He's a newly minted felon.

New Jersey Sen. Robert Menendez was found guilty Tuesday of accepting hundreds of thousands of dollars of bribes in exchange for using his powerful post to enrich and protect three businessmen and the Egyptian and Qatari governments.

The three-term Democrat, wearing a blue suit and pink tie, sat with his head bowed and kept a poker face while the jury forewoman read the word "guilty" 16 times, convicting him of each count that he faced.

The bombshell verdict was delivered in Manhattan federal court after about 12½ hours of deliberations spread over three days. It capped a nine-week trial that revealed how the senator leveraged his position to cater to the whims of men who showered him and his wife with 1-kilogram gold bars, cash and gifts including a Mercedes-Benz convertible.

"This wasn't politics as usual," US Attorney for the Southern District Damian Williams told reporters outside court Tuesday. "This was politics for profit."

Jurors heard how Menendez's cluttered Englewood Cliffs house was teeming with gold bars and cash when FBI agents raided it in June 2022.

Photos revealed at trial showed 13 gold bars worth $150,000 found inside Menendez's bedroom, and $486,471 in cash spread out all over the house — including wads of bills totaling $14,500 stuffed into a pair of well-worn Timberland work boots.

Comment: Hoarding cash isn't just a Cuban thing. It's also a corrupt politician thing.

Blue Planet

China surpasses America in per capita protein consumption, a key indicator for health

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© EPAThe Chinese diet has become more animal protein-oriented in parallel with the growth of China’s economy, a researcher said. Photo: EPAThe Chinese diet has become more animal protein-oriented in parallel with the growth of China’s economy, a researcher said.
Data from the United Nations shows that China has surpassed the US in the amount of daily dietary protein available to its population - an important indicator of a modern quality of life, and one that some commentators and politicians in the West thought would be impossible to achieve.

According to the latest data from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), China overtook the US in 2021, reaching a daily supply of 124.61 grams (4.39oz) of protein per capita.

In the same year, Americans had access to 124.33 grams (4.38oz). For comparison, Japan's daily protein supply per capita was 91.99 grams (3.24oz).

Comment: It is interesting that Japan is renowned for the health and longevity of its peoples. So clearly there's more to it than quantity.

Given the many adulterations in the US food supply, from industrial farming to high levels of processing, it would be reasonable to assume that, overall, the quality of the protein Americans are consuming is likely to be inferior to the average Chinese, too: Ground-up chicken waste and excreta fed to cattle may be behind bird flu outbreak in US cows

Comment: By a great many metrics, living standards in the West are deteriorating, and fast. And, with food shortages looming, a clean and robust food supply chain is more important than ever before: