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Israeli troops kill Palestinian Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh during Jenin raid

Shireen Abu Akleh
© AFP/Al Jazeera
Shireen Abu Akleh was shot in the head during her coverage of an Israeli raid in the West Bank
Israeli forces shot and killed a senior Al Jazeera Arabic correspondent during an army raid on Wednesday in Jenin refugee camp in the occupied West Bank, the Qatar-based news channel and Palestinian Health Ministry said.

Wearing a press vest, Palestinian Shireen Abu Akleh, 51, was shot in the head during her coverage of the incursion and was transferred to Ibn Sina hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

Another journalist, Ali Asmoadi, an Al Jazeera producer, was wounded by a gun shot and is in a stable condition.

Middle East Eye contributor Shatha Hanaysha said she and a group of six journalists, including Abu Akleh, were together when they came under fire from Israeli snipers.

The group of journalists, there to cover the raid, came under fire at the main entrance to Jenin refugee camp, near the main roundabout.

Comment: In a statement, Al Jazeera Media Network condemned the "blatant murder" of Abu Akleh, calling it a "heinous crime, through which it is intended to prevent the media from fulfilling its message".

"We hold the Israeli government and the occupation forces responsible for the killing of the late colleague Shireen," Al Jazeera said in a statement, urging the international community to hold the Israeli occupation forces accountable for their "intentional targeting and killing" of Abu Akleh.

Shireen Abu Akleh
© Mohamad Torokman/Reuters
‌Thousands of Palestinians arrived in the West Bank to honor Abu Akleh, as her body was covered in the Palestinian flag and carried through the streets of Ramallah



Attention

Facebook moderator sues company over 'human trafficking'

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Meta has been accused of a "deceptive recruitment process" in Kenya.

Former Facebook moderator Daniel Motaung has sued the social media giant's parent company Meta and its African subcontractor Sama, alleging in the suit filed on Tuesday that the company "subjected current and former content moderators to forced labor and human trafficking for labor."

Motaung claims he was laid off for organizing a strike in 2019 and trying to unionize Sama's employees. The subcontractor, he alleges, engaged in a "deceptive recruitment process" by advertising call center jobs that turned out to be content moderation jobs - with all the exposure to psychologically harmful content that entailed.

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Fire

Far-left group claiming responsibility for attack on pro-life org warns of more violence

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A pro-abortion group calling itself "Jane's Revenge" has both claimed responsibility for a Molotov Cocktail attack against a pro-life organization in Madison, Wisconsin, and vowed to continue acts of violence if pro-life groups across the nation don't disband.

A "first communique" was sent to far-left activist journalist Robert Evans on Tuesday morning.


Comment: It would seem the elite's have always held an overturning of Roe vs. Wade in their back pockets for when they want some chaos to erupt. It's rather telling that they've played this card now.

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X

Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey reacts to Musk's plan to unban Trump

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Former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey.
Jack Dorsey claims he is against permanent bans, with a few exceptions.

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey said he generally agrees that there should not be permanent suspensions of individual users, after billionaire and newly-minted owner of the social media giant Elon Musk promised to reverse the ban on former US President Donald Trump after the acquisition is completed.

Dorsey tweeted on Tuesday: "generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don't work," listing exceptions like child sexual exploitation, spam, "network manipulation," and other "illegal behavior."

Comment: It's rather curious that Dorsey is coming out in support of Musks announced planned changes when he never made any such changes himself when he was CEO. Were his hands tied, or is he just a high profile yes-man?

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Oil Well

'Recipe for blackouts': Millions Of Americans face power outages thanks to green energy transition

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Consumers nationwide are facing a summer of blackouts as utility companies and local governments continue to push a rapid transition to renewable energy.

Independent operators of major regional electric grids serving tens of millions of Americans have recently warned that as temperatures rise this summer, they may have to resort to scheduled blackouts and other emergency measures to prevent significant wide-scale impacts. For several years, states have unveiled laws mandating a green transition and prohibiting fossil fuel infrastructure, forcing U.S. energy providers to plan renewable energy infrastructure upgrades worth hundreds of billions of dollars.

"You're doing everything you can to increase the demand for electricity while constraining supply," Jonathan Lesser, an adjunct fellow at the Manhattan Institute who has experience in the utility industry, told the Daily Caller News Foundation in an interview. "Well, that's a recipe for blackouts. Simple as that."

Wind and solar energy accounted for 14.5% of net power generation across sectors in the U.S. in February, up nearly double from five years ago when such sources produced 8.5% of total grid generation, according to the Energy Information Administration (EIA). In February 2012, ten years ago, wind and solar produced just 3.6% of net generation.

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Airplane

German airline accused of booting all Jewish passengers off flight

Orthodox Jewish travelers
© AP / Ariel Schalit
Even those obeying the rules were removed from the plane for merely appearing to be Jewish, passengers claimed.

A group of Orthodox Jewish travelers was expelled from a Lufthansa airliner during a stop in Frankfurt after some were accused of flouting its masking requirements. Some passengers insist they complied with the rule and were removed solely for their religious identity, while non-Jewish travelers were allowed to go on their way.

While stopped in Frankfurt during a connecting flight from New York to Budapest last week, a number of Jewish travelers were barred from re-boarding the plane by staff with Lufthansa airlines, who claimed some were not wearing masks during the last flight from NYC's John F. Kennedy International Airport.

In footage purportedly filmed by a passenger during a heated exchange with an airline employee on Wednesday, the staffer is heard saying "everyone has to pay for a couple," referring to those who ran afoul of the masking requirement, and that "It's Jews coming from JFK. Jewish people who were the mess, who made the problems."

Comment: Whether were they expelled because they were jews or because they allegedly refused to wear masks, it is still a fascism. It looks like a lot of people are still not aware of the real world and that they live in a global totalitarian police state where you have to be obedient citizen in order to function "normally."

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Eye 2

Sick! Transgender mom jailed for 25 years for 'heinous, cruel and depraved' crime of forcing daughter, 7, to take part in child porn

Marina Volz

Marina Volz, 32, ran a 'family owned-transgender pornography production studio specializing in amateur, BDSM and taboo fetish content' from her Coburn Lane home in Franklin Township, according to acting prosecutor Annmarie Taggart
A transgender mother who forced the seven-year-old daughter she fathered to engage in child pornography at her New Jersey home has been jailed for 25 years without parole, along with three accomplices.

Marina Volz, previously named Matthew, was sentenced on Friday at Somerset County Superior Court alongside another transgender woman Ashley Romero 28, previously named Adam, and two other offenders Sean Allen, 54, and Dulcinea Gnecco, 21.

Volz, 32, ran a 'family-owned transgender pornography production studio specializing in amateur, BDSM and taboo fetish content' from her Coburn Lane home in Franklin Township, according to acting prosecutor Annmarie Taggart, where she allowed her accomplices to sexually abuse her young daughter.

The involvement of all four defendants was made clear in a string of group messages in which they discussed their plans to abuse Volz' child.

NPC

Leftists hate free speech because they fear dissent, not "disinformation"

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I think one of the most bizarre social developments of the past 10 years in the US has been the slow but steady shift of the political left as supposed defenders of free speech to enemies of free speech. The level of mental gymnastics on display by leftists to justify their attacks on freedom and the 1st Amendment is bewildering. So much so that I begin to question if liberals and leftists ever actually had any respect for 1st Amendment rights to begin with? Or, maybe the only freedom they cared about all along was the freedom to watch pornography...

One can see the steady progression of this war on speech and ideas, and the end game is predictable: Is anyone really that surprised that the Biden Administration is implementing a Ministry of Truth in the form of the DHS Disinformation Governance Board? Can we just accept the reality at this point that leftists are evil and their efforts feed into an agenda of authoritarianism? Is there any evidence to the contrary?

Before I get into this issue, I think it's important to point out that it's becoming tiresome to hear arguments these days suggesting that meeting leftists "somewhere in the middle" is the best and most desirable option. I see this attitude all over the place and I think it comes from a certain naivety about the situation we are facing as a country. Moderates and "normies" along with people like Bill Maher and Russell Brand are FINALLY starting to realize how bag-lady-crazy leftists are and the pendulum is swinging back slightly. But, it was conservatives that were calling out the social justice cult and their highway to hell for years.

While everyone else was blissfully ignorant, we were fighting the battles that stalled the leftist advance. This is not to say I'm not happy to have moderates and reformed liberals on board, it's a great thing. However, the time for diplomacy and meeting leftists halfway is long dead.

Snakes in Suits

Gavin Newsom is blaming climate change for the blackouts he is creating

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Now, people could die

Did you hear the news? California nearly got 100% of its electricity from renewables for a period last weekend!

But wait. Governor Gavin Newsom's administration said yesterday that we would once again have blackouts this summer.

What's going on?


Eye 1

The slippery slope to cyborg theocracy

Grimes - “Shinigami Eyes” (2022)

Grimes - “Shinigami Eyes” (2022)
It's a short leap from smoke signals to brain chips

Techno-optimists like to say humans are already cyborgs awaiting their next upgrade. Yesterday it was smartphones, today it's virtual reality goggles, and tomorrow — the brain chip. With each new device, our evolution toward human-machine symbiosis accelerates. That's obvious when you ask someone for directions and they pull out their phone.

Techno-pessimists largely agree. Tech companies are turning us into cybernetic organisms. The difference is, we're not stoked about it. Even if "progress" really is "inevitable," there's no sense in getting all giddy about nuclear warheads or trans children or smartphone dependency. In light of their vices and virtues, some cultures are better than others.

It's true that humans are tool-users, by nature, but you have to choose your tools wisely. All technologies fall on a spectrum, albeit with discrete punctuation — from cave painting to the printing press to electrodes that write memes directly onto your wiggling brain cells. Every person has to draw their own lines.