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Having a kid feels 'like financial suicide' as more parents take on debt to pay for childcare - report says

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The Government's Money Helper website says the average cost of sending a child under the age of two to nursery full time is £14,030 a year.

Having a child "feels like financial suicide" for parents, the head of a charity has said, after a study found more Britons are taking on debt to pay for childcare.

Commissioned by campaign group Pregnant Then Screwed, the survey said almost half of parents of under-fives in England say they have taken financial blows as the cost of childcare bites.

Comment: The not-so-subtle subtext here is that it is no longer financially viable to have children. Now why would mainstream media outlets be spreading the message that having kids 'isn't worth it'?

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Texas Girl Scout troop robbed while selling cookies in front of Walmart

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© Fort Worth Police Department / FacebookThe girl Scouts in Texas were robbed by a man walking out of a Fort Worth Walmart on Feb. 11, 2024.The person reached behind the table and grabbed the bag that contained the earnings the Girl Scout’s made.
A Fort Worth, Texas Girl Scout troop was robbed earlier this month while selling cookies in front of a Walmart.

The Fort Worth Police Department is looking for a man between 18-24 years old, who was wearing a gray hoodie and a black beanie at the time of the heist.

Comment: When the description of the suspect is as vague as this one, deliberately leaving out obvious identifiers like, say, race, you know what it means.

Police said at about 2 p.m. on Feb. 11, the suspect walked past a Girl Scout cookie stand located at the entrance of a Walmart on Clifford Street.


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Best of the Web: Farmers' rebellion: 160 tons of Ukrainian grain dumped out of trains at station in Poland

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Police officers, customs officers, and railway workers stand next to piles of corn spilled from train cars in the Polish village of Kotomierz, near the Ukrainian border, on February 25.
Around 160 tons of Ukrainian grain was destroyed at a Polish railway station amid large-scale protests in what a senior Ukrainian official said on Sunday was an act of "impunity and irresponsibility".

Polish farmers protesting this month against what they say is unfair competition from Ukraine and European Union environment regulations have blocked border crossings with Ukraine and motorways, and spilled Ukrainian produce from train wagons.

Comment: Ukrainian grain has been shown to be contaminated with mold, GMO and unacceptable levels of chemicals. Notably American megacorporations have been increasingly buying vast tracts of Ukraine's top agricultural land. But the main reason European farmers are furious is that Ukrainian grain, heavily discounted to pay for NATO's war, is flooding the EU market and hitting European farmers hard.

"These pictures show 160 tons of destroyed Ukrainian grain. The grain was in transit to the port of Gdansk and then to other countries," Deputy Prime Minister Oleksandr Kubrakov posted on X with photographs of mounds of grain spilled from train wagons.

Comment: It remains to be seen just who was responsible, however it is clear that farmers across Europe are becoming increasingly incensed with the 'deceptive' concessions their governments are promising them, and are resorting to taking direct action against the inferior products being shipped in to undercut their own: France's farmers storm agricultural fair amid Macron visit, demand his resignation


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SOTT Focus: 'Free Gaza, Free Palestine!' 25-Year-Old US Airman Aaron Bushnell Dies in Self-immolation Protest at Israeli Embassy in Washington DC

Comment: Ynet reports that Bushnell has since died from his injuries, but other media outlets state that he has survived...


New York Post confirms that Bushnell succumbed to his wounds in hospital. RIP.

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© (Screenshot via Talia Jane on Twitter).Washington, D.C. emergency services took the man to a hospital with "critical life threatening injuries."
A man wearing a U.S. Air Force uniform set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. today.

The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department confirmed to Task & Purpose that they received a report about a man on fire outside the embassy just before 1 p.m. Eastern Time and dispatched emergency services. The fire had been extinguished by uniformed members of the Secret Service. EMS took the man to an area hospital, saying he was suffering from "critical life threatening injuries."

The incident appears to be in protest of Israel's war in Gaza. Independent journalist Talia Jane obtained video of the self-immolation, although it has not been posted online.

Comment: It has actually, Bushnell livestreamed the whole thing on Twitch, which has removed it for 'content violation'. We won't be surprised if this becomes widely censored. They know it's damning for Israel. Here's the full video (Bushnell is blurred from the moment he catches fire):

Note the Israeli embassy guards training their weapons on him rather than helping him.

On X, former known as Twitter, Jane reports that the man in Air Force uniform said he was "an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force and I will no longer be complicit in genocide." He then set himself on fire and shouted "Free Palestine."

Comment: An extraordinary act of courage. Aaron Bushnell has since been reported as having died in Israeli media, although US and UK media states that he 'remains in critical condition'.

As the above article briefly mentions in its final paragraph, this is not the first time an American protester has self-immolated in protest at American military support for Israel's genocide in Gaza. A young woman did so outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta on December 1st last year, but the US police and media covered it up so that her name remains unknown.


US military helicopter crashes during training flight, 2 National Guardsmen dead

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© WTVALaw enforcement on the scene of a military helicopter crash in Prentiss County, Mississippi, Feb. 23, 2024.
Two National Guardsmen are dead after their military helicopter crashed in northeast Mississippi during a routine training flight on Friday, officials said.

The soldiers were identified by state officials on Saturday as Chief Warrant Officer 4 Bryan Andrew Zemek, 36, and Chief Warrant Officer 4 Derek Joshua Abbott, 42.

Both servicemembers served at a Mississippi National Guard Army aviation support facility in Tupelo, according to Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.

Comment: It remains to be seen just exactly what led to their deaths, but, with the seeming increase in accidents such as this, it could be anything from shoddy maintenance, incompetence, the vaccine, Earth Changes, or even a calculated action:


US government indicts journalist for uncovering unaired parts of Tucker Carlson's interview with Kanye West

© Twitter/US Justice Department/KJNJournalist Timothy Burke
The U.S. Justice Department is sending a clear signal to the news media that prosecutors will not hesitate to aid a powerful or influential corporation in suppressing investigative journalism.

United States prosecutors indicted Florida-based journalist Timothy Burke for uncovering and sharing unaired portions of a Fox News interview between Tucker Carlson and Kanye West.

As Motherboard reported, the unaired video contained racist and antisemitic remarks by the rapper as well as a bizarre claim that "'fake children' had been placed in his house to manipulate his children."

Fox News claimed they were "hacked," and the FBI subsequently raided Burke's home newsroom in 2023.

By charging Burke, the U.S. Justice Department is sending a clear signal to the news media that prosecutors will not hesitate to aid a powerful or influential corporation in suppressing investigative journalism.

The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) immediately condemned the charges against Burke:
"The indictment could have significant implications for press freedom, not only by putting digital journalists at risk of prosecution but by allowing the government to permanently seize a journalist's computers."
Burke was charged [PDF] with engaging in a conspiracy to defraud the U.S. government, violating a federal wiretapping law, and committing multiple offenses in violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (CFAA).

Comment: Who are the criminals?


'A threat to democracy': J.D. Vance calls to break up Google over its leftist search bias

© Jacquelyn Martin/APSenator J.D. Vance
Sen. J.D. Vance (R-OH) on Friday called to break up Google, calling it a "progressive technology company" with "monopolistic control of information."

Vance wrote,
"Long overdue, but it's time to break Google up. This matters far more than any other election integrity issue. The monopolistic control of information in our society resides with an explicitly progressive technology company."

"In October and November, as millions of undecided voters consider their choice for president, they will go to Google and ask "Did Donald Trump say X?" "Is Biden too old to be president?" The results they see will be explicitly biased towards Democrats. A threat to democracy."

Vance issued his call after journalist Tim Pool shared a report from AllSides, a media bias watchdog, discussing how Google News's bias has only increased since the 2022 midterm elections.


NYC's non-citizen voting law ruled unconstitutional on appeal

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© Richard Levine/Corbis/Getty ImagesThe 2022 law sought to let green card holders and other people living in New York City with federal work authorization to vote in local elections for offices including mayor and City Council.
A state appeals court ruled that a New York City law that would allow non-citizens to vote in local elections is unconstitutional — marking a win for the Republican elected officials who sued to block it.

"We determine that this local law was enacted in violation of the New York State Constitution and Municipal Home Rule Law, and thus, must be declared null and void," read the Wednesday ruling from Paul Wooten, an associate justice of the Appellate Division for the Second Judicial Department in New York.

Mayor Eric Adams' administration has been defending the law and appealed a lower court's ruling against it. A spokesperson didn't immediately respond when asked if City Hall planned to appeal to the state's highest court.

The 2022 law has not yet gone into effect, since it faced immediate legal challenges. It sought to let green card holders and other people living in New York City with federal work authorization to vote in local elections for offices including mayor and City Council — applying to some 800,000 new eligible voters in a city of 8.5 million.

Comment: The Constitution and Bill of Rights are citizen protections, not templates to be altered according to whim.


Is this how Skynet begins? Bezos, Nvidia join OpenAI in funding humanoid robotics firm

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A startup focused on developing general-purpose humanoids has attracted investments from Jeff Bezos, Nvidia Corp., and other major tech companies in its most recent funding round amid the rapidly expanding artificial intelligence bubble.

People familiar with the investing round told Bloomberg that Figure AI - backed by OpenAI and Microsoft Corp - is raising $675 million, with a pre-money valuation of approximately $2 billion. They said Bezo's firm, Explore Investments LLC, has committed $100 million. Microsoft has committed $95 million, while Nvidia and Amazon plan $50 million each.

The funding round is not yet complete, and the amounts could change, with the possibility that the deals could still fall apart.

Figure's AI-powered robot appears very similar in design to the Terminator assassin robot in the early 1990s film "Terminator."

Recall the Terminator robot:

Let's hope this Terminator-like robot is not trained on a woke-tuned model like Gemini - now that would be a disaster for humankind.

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Assange hearing shows ruling class is 'full of s**t' - Roger Waters

© Jim Dyson/Getty ImagesRoger Waters on stage during the 'This is not a drill' tour in London, England • June 6, 2023
The WikiLeaks founder remains in legal limbo after a British court refused to grant or deny his extradition appeal...

The decision by Britain's High Court to postpone judgment on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange's last extradition appeal proves that the ruling class is "full of s**t," Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters told Going Underground host Afshin Rattansi.

After two days of oral arguments, the court adjourned on Wednesday without granting or refusing Assange a fresh appeal against his extradition to the US. The UK Home Office approved his transfer to American custody in 2022, but the former WikiLeaks boss - now in poor health after nearly five years of solitary confinement in London's Belmarsh Prison - has filed repeated appeals, none of which have been successful.

Referring to senior judges Victoria Sharp and Jeremy Johnson, who ultimately decide whether to grant Assange another appeal, Waters told Rattansi on Saturday:
"None of these hearings should last more than five minutes. They should go in and say 'obviously he's not guilty of any crime, let the prisoner go' and that will be the end of it. These people don't believe in the rule of law. They believe in the ruling class, and they believe they are servants of the ruling class. And they will do whatever they are told. It's becoming more and more transparent to we, the people...that they are full of s**t."