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Contaminated water supply sickens residents in 2nd UK region in just 10 days

© Ben Birchall/APPeople collect bottled water at Broadsands Car Park in Paignton, Devon, on 17 May, 2024, following the outbreak of cryptosporidium.
Thames Water has sent samples of water for lab testing after dozens of people reported becoming unwell with stomach cramps, vomiting and diarrhoea in south-east London.

Earlier this month, unsafe drinking water led to more than 100 cases of a waterborne disease in Devon, with people asked to boil their water because of contamination fears.

After cryptosporidium, a disease that can cause symptoms such as diarrhoea and vomiting, was detected in the water supply in the Brixham area of Devon 10 days ago, 17,000 households and businesses were told by South West Water not to use their tap water for drinking without boiling and cooling it first.

Comment: It's probably no coicindence that, just a few years ago, the UK government gave water companies free reign to dump waste into the country's waterways, and, since then, mass sickness incidents and contamination events have soared. These same companies have hiked prices for their services, whilst also paying record profits to their shareholders.

Notably, a similar scenario is playing out over in the US:


Vast majority of Russians believe in God - survey

Cathedral of Three Saints in Simferopol, Russia
© Sputnik / Konstantin MihalchevskiyBelievers attend the Orthodox Easter service at the Cathedral of Three Saints in Simferopol, Russia.
Most of those polled who had religious beliefs identified as Orthodox Christians

Nearly 70% of Russians consider themselves religious, Vedomosti newspaper reported on Tuesday, citing a poll based on in-person interviews with some 2,000 respondents across Russia.

Most who said they had religious beliefs identified as Orthodox Christians, according to data collected by the Center for Studies of Civil Society and the Nonprofit Sector at the HSE University in Moscow during research in 2023.

The proportion of followers of other branches of Christianity or Islam stood at 7% in the country, the study revealed. Another 1% of respondents said they were Buddhists, while a further 1% described themselves as followers of Judaism.

Comment: See also:


'Israeli soldier' from notorious unit confesses to US citizen's killing

© UnknownNetzah Yehuda • May 20, 2024
In recordings obtained by The Grayzone, a self-proclaimed soldier from Israel's infamous Netzah Yehuda battalion detailed his unit's killing of a 78-year-old Palestinian-American, and flaunted his genocidal views. After announcing plans to sanction the battalion, the Biden administration has inexplicably pulled back.

The Biden administration has balked after announcing plans to sanction five units of the Israeli military accused of wanton human rights abuses in the occupied West Bank. "Four of these units have effectively remediated these violations, which is what we expect partners to do," the US State Department has claimed, referencing unknown efforts by Israel to hold its soldiers accountable.

The fifth, un-remediated unit appears to be Netzah Yehuda, an all-male unit of Orthodox Jewish nationalists which operates almost exclusively in the Ramallah district of the West Bank. This battalion stands accused of widespread crimes including sexual assault and beating at least three older men to death while they were lying on the ground in custody.

In its most brazen instance of abuse, Netzah Yehuda soldiers detained an 78-year-old American citizen named Omar Asad in January 2022 near his home in Ramallah, then left him outdoors in harsh conditions, bound and blindfolded, until he died. Israeli authorities refused to charge the soldiers for Asad's killing, opting instead for a disciplinary slap on the wrist while paying compensation to Asad's family.


Illinois politicians aim to change word 'offender' to 'justice-impacted individual'

© UnknownIllinois State Sen. Robert Peters is asking lawmakers not to focus on the "offender" name change portion of the bill.
Illinois Democratic state lawmakers are aiming to change wording with a new bill.

House Bill 4409 will amend the Illinois Crime Reduction Act of 2009 to change "references from 'offenders' to 'justice-impacted individuals,'" among other changes, according to a summary of the bill.

Republican State Sen. Terri Bryant said during a Tuesday hearing, according to The Center Square:
"Over and over again, we keep changing the name of how we are referring to those who have entered into criminal activity and each time we make that change, each agency has to make that change on every one of their documents. Right now in the Department of Corrections, there's multiple changes that have been made and it's costing thousands and thousands of dollars just to do a name change. Why is it necessary to make the name change?"
The legislation is being sponsored by Democratic Illinois State Reps. Kelly M. Cassidy and Lindsey LaPointe and Democratic State Sens. Robert Peters, Mike Simmons and Adriane Johnson.


A clash of values: How the Western woke agenda is pushing nations towards multipolarity

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© REUTERS/Cagla Gurdogan
With the advancement of issues such as LGBT and queer ideology, conservatives, traditionalists and all groups opposed to Western madness are uniting for geopolitical reconfiguration.

The entire Western world seems to have joined a collective madness. The so-called "woke agenda" has become a kind of basic principle for all of humanity. Trans and LGBT agenda, liberal feminism and all kinds of anti-traditional ideology seem to be more important than any other issue for politicians and state officials in the West.

More than that, these agendas are even being militarized. Recently, NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg stated that the Atlantic military alliance is willing to fight against homophobia and transphobia. In practice, he is simply advancing an agenda that has long been planned by American and European "woke" strategists, which is to establish conditions for the use of force against conservative and traditional nations.


Western mercenaries in Ukraine are dying because they thought the war would be easy, says US veteran who fought there

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© AP Photo/Efrem LukatskyUkrainian servicemen fire a 122mm mortar towards Russian positions at the front line, near Bakhmut, Donetsk region, Ukraine, in March 2024
Western fighters who joined the war in Ukraine have been killed, in some cases, because they assumed the fight would be easy, a US veteran who fought in Ukraine told Business Insider.

The veteran, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said a lot of foreign veterans who came to Ukraine to fight against Russia's invasion had been used to fighting at an advantage and struggled to adapt to the conditions there, where they were often outmanned and outgunned.

"A lot of Westerners that come to Ukraine, they want to be heroes," he said. "I just kept seeing dudes that would go out to Ukraine, and they treat it almost like it's a vacation, and they're not really expecting to die."

Comment: It's not surprising, because deluded Western leaders thought their proxy war against Russia would be relatively easy, too, and, in some cases, they actively encouraged men, often with the lure of money and glory, to perish in the meat grinder: Briton kills himself on return from fighting for Ukraine, said he was 'inspired' by former PM Truss' 'illegal' call for volunteers

That wasn't the only surprise in store for them, because mercenaries were also horrified (or delighted) with the rampant corruption, Nazism, and even sadism, amongst some Ukrainian battalions:

Bizarro Earth

Hundreds of Boeings have explosive jet engine fault - FAA

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© @speedbird5280 (Hayden Smith) via InstagramFILE: A United Airlines Boeing 777 suffered an uncontained engine failure over Denver earlier today.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has identified a fault in 292 U.S.-registered Boeing 777 aircraft, chiefly operated by United and American Airlines, that could cause their jet engines to discharge electrostatic energy into their fuel tanks and blow them up mid-air.

The FAA proposed an 'Airworthiness Directive' in March, "prompted by a determination that the nitrogen enriched air distribution system (NEADS) cover plate assembly attached to a certain vent stringer in the center wing tank [of certain Boeing 777 aircraft] was installed without a designed electrical bond."

The air regulator explains that the "accumulation of electrostatic charge in the cover plate assembly and the float valve assembly" as a result of the fault "could lead to electrostatic discharge to the surrounding structure."

Comment: The alarming safety issues plaguing Boeing have been known about since 2019, but still it bears repeating that, what with the apparent increase in incidents, the possibility of a significant number of grounded aircraft could be rather disruptive for air travel:


Ex-NY Times reporter: A full correction for left-wing excesses in 2020 includes people getting their jobs back

Nellie Bowles
On Friday's broadcast of HBO's "Real Time," former New York Times reporter and current reporter and Head of Strategy at the Free Press Nellie Bowles argued that a full reversal of the left-wing excesses of 2020 should include "apologies to the people who got in a lot of trouble when they opposed those MIT DEI statements, let's say, or maybe some people would get their jobs back" but that hasn't happened.

Host Bill Maher said, "[W]e just had the fourth anniversary of the George Floyd murder, which, obviously changed a lot in this country. I think the big headline there should always be that it was a good thing that more of America got more impatient with racism, that's the main thing. But, like with everything in America — like with everything, we never just react, we overreact. And now some of these things seem to — that came out right after that seem to be being rolled back. For example, defund the police, that was a big thing, people aren't doing that anymore. And candidates who are for it aren't winning. DEI, that seems to have fizzled out a little bit and people said we did too much of that.

Comment: Nor have we seen much in the way of addressing or correcting for the totalitarian excesses of Covid policies. Though we are, here and there, seeing bits of progress in that direction:
Charges Dropped Against New Jersey Gym Owner Who Defied Strict COVID Lockdown Rules

The owner of a gym in New Jersey who shot to national attention after defying COVID-19 restrictions by keeping his gym open has had all charges against him dropped.

Ian Smith, the co-owner of Atilis Gym in Bellmawr, said in a statement on the social media platform X on May 18 that the more than 80 charges against him and the gym's co-owner Frank Trumbetti have been dropped with prejudice, meaning they cannot be revisited or refiled.

Among the charges levied against the two men by the state were violations of a governor's order, public nuisance, disturbing the peace, and operating without a license.

"The support we received locally, nationally, and internationally for our stand is something I will be forever grateful for," Mr. Smith said. "With that being said, I am thrilled to announce that we have achieved a major victory in the long, hard fight against the State."

Mr. Smith added that the "victory opens the battlefield again and gives us options to continue to push back and bring justice to the treasonous actions of Phil Murphy and his lackies [sic]," referencing the New Jersey Governor.

He further thanked his "fearless attorneys," adding that "some of the most high profile attorneys around the country ran from our case — knowing it would be a long, hard road and would make them a target of the stare."

"Again, thank you to all who supported us. We could not have done it without you ... Nobody is coming to save you, save yourself. Spit on your hands and hoist the black flag. No quarter," he concluded.

Gym Owners Rack Up Millions in Fines

Mr. Smith and Mr. Trumbetti racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in fines — including a $15,000 per day fine — for keeping their gym open in defiance of a state-wide order instructing non-essential businesses to close during the COVID-19 pandemic in May 2020.

The two men had argued that they had implemented a range of safety protocols at the gym and had only found a single case of the virus that could be traced back to the health facility, despite receiving upward of 84,000 visits.

However, state officials held steady with the fines, and in December 2021, Mr. Smith said they amounted to more than $1.2 million for violating the public health emergency rules, although he stressed he had no intention of paying them.

The two men were later arrested and charged on multiple counts, including one count of fourth-degree contempt, one count of obstruction, and one count of violation of a disaster control act, among others.

Despite the mounting charges against them, the businessman filed a federal lawsuit against the state accusing Mr. Murphy, along with then-Attorney General Gurbir Grewal and other New Jersey police officials accusing them of violating their constitutional rights by forcing them to shut down their business.

The Epoch Times has contacted the New Jersey Attorney General's Office for comment.


Magic Wand

German parliament votes to decriminalize the possession of child pornography

© Unknown
Are you starting to see a pattern yet?

First there was the introduction of gender fluid and LGBT ideology into public schools, then there were sexualized drag queen performances for children, then leftist activists demanded that pedophiles be referred to as "MAPS" (Minor Attracted Persons) because "they can't help who they are attracted to."

Then California passed a law reducing charges for adults engaged in sexual relations with minors.

Now, the German Parliament has forwarded a bill that makes possession and distribution of child pornography a misdemeanor instead of a felony, greatly reducing/diminishing possible penalties.

German officials claim the new law is meant to address inconsistencies in previous child pornography laws which are sometimes applied to people who "receive images or videos through email or social media without their permission." They also cited instances where two minors traded images and were charged with creation or possession of child pornography.

Critics of the bill argue that the German government could have easily made legal adjustments for those specific exceptions to avoid innocent people being wrongly imprisoned. Instead, they are trying to institute sweeping changes that reclassify the crime and give greater legal protections to an array of child predators. The new law does not make exceptions for adult offenders.

Comment: Alert: Perversion protection to become legit. Who votes in your government? Who has access to your child?

Arrow Up

Tough-on crime challenger leading in race for district attorney in Portland, Oregon

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© Jenny Kane/APVoting-by-mail • Pioneer Square, Portland, Oregon • May 21, 2024
A centrist candidate who has vowed to be tough on crime was leading in the race for top prosecutor in Oregon's Multnomah County, home to Portland, in a contest that was seen as a referendum on voter concerns over homelessness, public drug use and disorder.

Nathan Vasquez led incumbent District Attorney Mike Schmidt in early returns Tuesday night. The progressive Schmidt took office during the social justice movement of 2020.

Schmidt's term began as the police killing of George Floyd in Minnesota sparked nightly protests in Portland and a larger national conversation about criminal justice reform. But in the past four years, progressive DAs and candidates in liberal bastions ranging from the San Francisco Bay Area to Seattle have faced setbacks as frustrations over public safety and homelessness have risen.

Now, political experts are looking to Portland to see whether such issues could spur a similar shift in the electorate. Schmidt is being challenged by Vasquez, one of his own deputies who has been a prosecutor in that office for over 20 years.

Comment: The public recognizes the importance of good laws and sincere promises by candidates to uphold them. Should they not live up to their mark, it is increasingly hard to eliminate them from the system.