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European newspaper says citizens better get used to not having electricity all the time

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One of the biggest newspapers in the Netherlands is warning its readers that Dutch citizens should get accustomed to the notion that electricity will not always be available to them in the future.

NRC, one of the largest papers in the country, published a lengthy piece on June 14 warning that the Netherlands' green transition is driving up electricity demand more quickly than needed supporting infrastructure can be built, a situation that will likely lead to grid reliability issues if the status quo is maintained over the coming years. The authors describe how a transition away from affordable, reliable and conventional energy resources and toward green energy generation — like solar and wind — is teaming up with growing demand attributable to the country's push to electrify industry and other parts of everyday life could overwhelm the country's power system.

Comment: It is interesting how the consequences of wrong decisions by governments are accepted as completely normal. Good citizens are expected to support these as a sacrifice to "save" the planet. One wonders if that´s not all about control, power and money.

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Israel's electrical infrastructure unprepared for full-blown war with Hezbollah — senior utility official

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© David Cohen/Flash90View of a large fire caused by attacks from Lebanon, in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, June 3, 2024 (David Cohen/Flash90)
View of a large fire caused by attacks from Lebanon, in the northern town of Kiryat Shmona, June 3, 2024
Head of company responsible for planning country's electrical systems says Israel would be uninhabitable after 72 hours without power; after furor, claims he misspoke

Israel is not prepared for the damage its electricity infrastructure would sustain if a full-scale war were to break out with Hezbollah, the head of the company responsible for planning the country's electrical systems warned on Thursday, though he later cast that remark as "irresponsible."

"We are not in a good situation, and we are not prepared for a real war. We are living in a fantasy," said Shaul Goldstein, who leads Israel's Independent System Operator Ltd, known by its Hebrew initials NOGA.

"We cannot promise electricity if there is a war in the north. After 72 hours without electricity, it will be impossible to live here. We are not prepared for a real war," said the NOGA CEO during an appearance at a conference in the southern city of Sderot after he was asked whether he could guarantee continuous power in an emergency scenario.

Comment: Step by step, Israel is engineering its own destruction. That is the fate of those who refuse to see reality. Hezbollah has a long memory:


'Glitch' hits Hong Kong airport systems, 2nd major incident in 1 week; Manchester airport thrown into 'chaos' amidst power outage

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© Elson LiAirport staff were forced to use whiteboards to give passengers flight information after a system failure affected displays.
Board members of Hong Kong's Airport Authority have pledged to follow up on an hours-long breakdown of the flight information display system and poor contingency plans that left passengers scrambling to find their boarding gates, with the provision of real-time data only fully restored on Monday morning.

Lawmakers and experts also expressed concerns about the computer malfunction - the second major incident to hit the airport in a week after a runway shutdown sparked chaos last Monday - and questioned why the display backup system failed.

The authority, operator of Hong Kong International Airport, said Sunday's computer failure had resulted in "a few" flight delays. Staff were forced to write flight departure times and gate numbers on whiteboards, leaving areas crowded with passengers desperately looking for information.

Comment: The BBC reports on the Manchester airport incident that, notably, also occurred in the last 24 hours or so:
Manchester Airport flights resume after power cut chaos

Flights at Manchester Airport have resumed after a power cut caused a day of chaos.

Up to 90,000 passengers were affected as flights were cancelled and scheduled arrivals diverted.

Check-in and departures at Terminal 1 and 2 have now fully re-started, the airport said in an update.
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The airport urged passengers to contact their airlines
Officials said further disruption is not expected on Monday and they are working to reschedule cancelled flights and reunite passengers without their bags.

Airport managing director Chris Woodroofe said a "fault with a cable had caused a power surge that took down security systems and baggage screening".

Mr Woodroofe said: "When Terminal 1 and 2 can't depart passengers for an entire morning there is going to be an impact.

"And I'm really sorry that happened and we're now making sure as we look forward, that impact doesn't carry on into tomorrow."

He said an investigation into what happened would take place in the coming week.


Huge queues formed when a quarter of all flights from the airport had to be cancelled.

Passengers travelling via Terminals 1 and 2 had been told to stay away.

Aviation analytics company Cirium said that by lunchtime 66 outbound flights and 50 inbound were axed.

The disruption comes at the start of the summer holiday season at the UK's third-busiest airport, which has apologised to passengers.

Kelvin Knaver, of St Helens, Merseyside, had been due to fly to Amsterdam with EasyJet before his flight was cancelled.

He told BBC North West Tonight: "It's been a mess.

Pictures and video footage showed long queues of people, some waiting in near darkness.

Mr Woodroofe, external had earlier said that power had been restored but that there would be no departures at all from the two terminals for the rest of the day.

More than 100 flights had been due to depart from the UK's largest airport outside London when the problems started, and many inbound flights had to be diverted.

The airport told the BBC inbound flights had been diverted because "planes can't take off" due to limited space.

This made it harder to accept aircraft, which would be sent elsewhere, a spokesman said.

Among those affected was a flight arriving from Houston in Texas which had to go to London Heathrow while another, coming from Singapore, was forced to land at London Gatwick.

The airport's back-up power came on when the primary system went down, but the situation was complicated by mains power cutting out multiple times.

Airlines have said problems with baggage processing meant customers could only board with a cabin bag.

In a statement, Jet2 said handlers had been unable to load bags on to planes due to the outage.

An Easyjet spokesman said passengers could only board their flight with a cabin bag because of problems with the baggage system.

Passengers flying via Terminal 3 were also warned about delays.


It had been "virtually impossible" to get through check-in and security, which was only feasible if you were just carrying hand luggage, he added.
The number of glitches and incidents at airports in the past few years is notable, and more so because this is now also occurring alongside a spike of life-threatening safety issues with Boeing's planes.

At the same time the number of 'system failures', as well as obvious cyberattacks, at various organisations, appears to be rising; as do suspect derailments, fires, and explosions, at all kinds of facilities, across the planet.

Below is just a small selection of related incidents from the past 6 months or so:

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Rip currents kill 6 tourists in 2 days along Florida beaches; 10 drown in 24 hours on Egyptian beaches amid 'turbulent weather'

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"I​t's just too dangerous to swim right now."

That was the warning Sunday from the Bay County Sheriff's Office in the Florida Panhandle after announcing double red flag warnings and closing the water to swimmers.

Over the span of two days, at least six people were killed in rip currents along Florida beaches.

Three of the deaths happened Friday evening, when a group of men from Alabama were caught in a rip current at Panama City Beach in Bay County.

Comment: A day or so later over in Egypt:
Ten people drown on Marsa Matrouh beaches within 24 hours

Ten people drowned and 11 others were injured on the beaches of Marsa Matrouh within 24 hours, the Cairo 24 news website reported on Friday.

The dead and injured were transferred to the Matrouh General Hospital.

A source in the Health Directorate in Marsa Matrouh said on Friday that the beaches of Matrouh saw 10 deaths to drowning during the past 24 hours, and were transferred to the mortuary in Matrouh General Hospital.

The source confirmed that 11 people nearly drowned on the beaches of Matrouh, and were admitted to the departments of Matrouh General Hospital, Intensive Care, and the Internal Medicine Department.

Survivors suffer from shortness of breath with some cases moderate, and others serious. Two were released to improve their conditions and are receiving the necessary treatment under the supervision of hospital doctors.

The Marsa Matrouh City Council decided to prevent vacationers from accessing open beaches.

The head of the city of Marsa Matrouh Reda Gaballah said that the officials of the open beaches at the city council closed the road to visitors of the beaches of al-Abyad, Umm al-Rakhm and Agiba on Friday to prevent them from going into the sea due to turbulent weather conditions.

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Baby girl dies after being left in hot car 'for hours', just 2 months after adoption by gay male couple

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Romer and Jayson took her home on April 11 after flying to Arizona where they met baby Diana in hospital for the first time
A tiny baby girl died after being left in the back of a hot car just two months after her adoptive parents took her home as a newborn.

Diana Sofia De Los Santos was found unresponsive in the SUV outside her parents' home in Santee, San Diego, about 12.20am on June 13.

She had been left in the car for several hours in 63F weather when a family member found her and called 911. The baby girl was rushed to hospital but did not survive.

San Diego County Sheriff's Office detectives are investigating how Diana was forgotten in the car and who left her there. No charges have been filed.

Comment: Incidents such as these, alongside increasingly liberal adoption laws, and the rise in surrogacy, perhaps reveal that society is not as able to handle adoption, and surrogacy, as readily as it thinks it is.

Research into childhood development is revealing the incredibly complex nature of child rearing, the interplay involved with the biological parents (made up of a mother and father), and the profound impact this has on childhood development.

It may be that, as seems to be occurring in some other countries, these options should be viewed with much more circumspection and greater efforts placed on avoiding them where possible; until society is better able, and better informed as to the consequences involved:

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Dozens of animals rescued from 'bestiality bus' in US

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Police in Adams County contacted SPCA officials on Saturday after they found the disabled school bus pulling a makeshift trailer filled with farm animals.

Comment: Indeed, it makes for grim reading. And it's incidents and trends similar to this report that were also noted to have become prevalent during the other times in history, just prior to the collapse of civilisations.

Animal welfare workers in Pennsylvania say at least two animals "used for bestiality purposes" were among over two dozen rescued from a ramshackle school bus.

Police in Adams County contacted SPCA officials on Saturday after they found the disabled school bus pulling a makeshift trailer filled with farm animals.

Sean Hershbein was taken into custody for outstanding warrants in another state, according to authorities, and an unnamed female was left with the vehicle.

Comment: Hell is fast becoming empty:


Five U.S. states sue Pfizer over false claims of vaccine safety and efficacy

© UnknownKansas AG Kris Kobach
During the week, we had a major development. The Kansas Attorney General (AG) Kris Kobach announced that five U.S. states (he mentioned Idaho as well as his own) are suing Pfizer Corporation for misleading statements made on the properties of Comirnaty, its Covid vaccine. The press conference clip is here, please watch the core, the first five minutes.

To summarise, Counsellor Kobach made the following points:

Kansas is suing the manufacturer for making "misleading and deceptive statements" and "violating previous consent judgements with the State of Kansas in which Pfizer promised never to use misleading statements in marketing its products."

Comment: 'Prevention' was the danger, not the illness.


Top propaganda official faces investigation

© CMPZhang Jiancho falls
In just the second case since late 2022 of a graft probe against a standing official at the provincial level, Zhang Jianchun (张建春), a deputy minister at the CCP's powerful Central Propaganda Department, was accused on Friday of "severe violations of discipline and law" — a signal that a corruption investigation is underway.

The decision was announced through the website of China's top anti-corruption body, the Central Commission for Discipline Inspection, but no details of the alleged crimes were given. The news was reported widely across Chinese-language outlets overseas, including Taiwan's United Daily News and RFI.

Zhang, 59, had a lengthy career in the CCP's Organization Department, the body that essentially serves as the human resources heart of the Party, arranging for official appointments and personnel assignments. In November 2018, he was briefly promoted to deputy minister in the department, before being transferred in 2020 to the Central Propaganda Department (CPD).


German minister says deal close for deporting Afghans, Syrians

© Britta Pedersen/dpaGerman Minister of the Interior and Home Affairs Nancy Faeser
German Interior Minister Nancy Faeser has expressed confidence that the country will soon find ways to deport immigrants convicted of serious crimes or deemed Islamist threats to Afghanistan and Syria.

"We are in concrete negotiations on this and are confident that we will be able to achieve this for this group," Faeser said on Thursday at a meeting with the state interior ministers from Germany's 16 federal states just outside Berlin.

There are only a small number of such people, Faeser stressed. She said the German government is examining the extent to which repatriation via neighbouring countries would be possible in the case of Afghan nationals, citing Uzbekistan as a country that had been previously discussed.

However, Faeser did not want to publicly name any countries with which talks are ongoing out of fears of "jeopardizing the concrete negotiations we are currently conducting."

Comment: Deportation totally works. It become some other country's problem.


The Left can't understand why normal people are angry...

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Hint: When the Venezuelans are fleeing, it means we're in trouble.

A few nights ago, I received a long email from an acquaintance I've known for a very long time - twenty years or more. We've never hung out in person - all our interactions were online. Hadn't heard from them in years.

As I was about to turn in for the night, I noticed an email from him, the subject line was simply, "Life".
Over the years I have read a great deal of what you have written, but that became less of a habit in recent years.

Trying to locate your email address, I ended up today on your X account. After all those early years of reading you as a positive writer about technology I was completely taken back by what you endorsed on X.

It was so full of hate and anger. Against the WEF, against scientists working for government, about people who worry about global warming, regardless of who caused it, against Liberals and leftists and a whole bunch of name calling.
By this point, I honestly thought this might be sarcasm, but as I kept reading, it became clearer that this was not the case: