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Reality bites: NYC Mayor Eric Adams doubles down on call for changes to city's 'sanctuary' status amid migrant crisis

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© Luiz C. Ribeiro for NY Daily News via Getty ImagesNew York Mayor Eric Adams said he wants the city's sanctuary laws to be adjusted to allow migrants who commit felonies to be turned over to ICE and deported.
New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Monday doubled down while speaking to a group at a town hall meeting in Canarsie, Brooklyn, saying the sanctuary city law needs to be modified so that any migrant who commits a felony can be turned over to ICE and deported.

Adams commended his administration for doing an excellent job during a challenging time, but stated his hands are tied by federal and local law.

The mayor spoke about some migrants participating in robberies and using mopeds to commit snatch and grab stick-ups.

Bizarro Earth

More PC lunacy: Mary Poppins has its age rating lifted from U to PG because of 'discriminatory language'

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© Everett/ShutterstockThe British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) has lifted the age rating for the 1964 tale of Julie Andrews' magical nanny from a U to a PG
Have you ever spotted it?

Mary Poppins has had its age rating lifted from U to PG because it contains 'discriminatory language' - but the word in question is so obscure you may have never noticed it.

The British Board of Film Classification (BBFC) now considers the 1964 tale of Julie Andrews' magical nanny to be not suitable for children to watch alone, despite the film enchanting generations of youngsters.

The reclassification is due to the use of the word Hottentots. The dated term was historically used by Europeans to refer to the Khoekhoe, a group of nomadic herders in South Africa, but is now regarded as racially offensive.

Family

'Health emergency': 1 in 5 UK families cannot provide adequate food for their children, cost jumps 25% in 2 years

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© CopyrightAs millions skip meals and are unable to regularly afford groceries, the Food Foundation warns of widening health inequalities
Millions of people - including one in five families with children - have gone hungry or skipped meals in recent weeks because they could not regularly afford to buy groceries, according to new food insecurity data.

According to the Food Foundation tracker, 15% of UK households - equivalent to approximately 8 million adults and 3 million children - experienced food insecurity in January, as high food prices continued to hit the pockets of low-income families.

Expects warned the persistence of high levels of food insecurity among low-income families was a "health emergency" that would drive the prevalence of conditions linked to poor nutrition, such as malnutrition and rickets.

Comment: And the UK has officially now entered a recession, and there's every reason to believe that the situation is only going to get worse - much worse. And more so because this also comes at a time when huge numbers of people are suffering from a variety of detrimental side effects from the experimental jabs and lockdowns:



Sherlock

Massive, 'unprecedented' fire engulfs Palestinian plastics factory in Hebron

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A massive fire broke out in the Royal Plastic Factory in the city of Hebron, Palestine, and the flames rose frighteningly high to the extent that the fire was seen from Jordan.

The cameras of Jordanian citizens documented scenes of the massive fire, while an official from the Royal company mentioned that the fire ignited in a warehouse belonging to the company, with no workers inside.

The Royal factory is located in the Bir Haram Ramallah area, north of the city of Hebron, and it is considered a cornerstone of the Palestinian economy, employing nearly a thousand workers.

Comment: It's not too much of a stretch to suppose that Israel is likely responsible for this particular attack.

Moreover, considering the increase of sabotage incidents elsewhere on the planet, a number of which were also fires at industrial facilities - but mostly with a focus on food and energy supplies - the similarities with this attack is notable. Because, whilst the perpetrators may be different, their method of attack is much the same, and one might presume, in some way, so is the goal:


Cow

Thousands of frustrated Welsh farmers descend on Cardiff

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Thousands of frustrated farmers are converging on the Welsh Parliament for a mass peaceful protest against Welsh government policies that jeopardise the future of the farming industry in Wales.

Between 10,000 and 15,000 farmers and those from associated industries are gathering to show solidarity in their campaign to ask the Welsh Labour administration to listen to their concerns about the new Sustainable Farming Scheme (SFS).

Farmers are up in arms about government proposals for the scheme, which would require all farms to devote at least 10% of their land to trees, plus a further 10% for wildlife habitat in order to qualify for public funding in the future.

An impact assessment carried out by Welsh government has revealed that, as it stands, the scheme would result in a 122,000 reduction in Welsh livestock units and an 11% reduction across the national flock - the equivalent of losing 5,500 jobs based on current employment levels.


Cult

UK free speech group slams university 'microaggression' policies

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© Getty ImagesA view of the University of Glasgow in Glasgow, Scotland
"Questioning" or "denying" racism is considered an offense at several institutions, activists have claimed

A group of free speech activists has accused UK universities of "an overt attack on intellectual freedom," after it was reported that phrases such as "the most qualified person should get the job" are considered racist "microaggressions" by some institutions.

In a report published last week, the Committee for Academic Freedom (CAF) said that at least five universities "have published guides, training courses, and statements on microaggressions which undermine freedom of expression and academic freedom."

Comment: The point seems to be to make the average person afraid to speak at all.


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You're fired! Ronna McDaniel officially announces her resignation as RNC chair

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© Getty ImagesRepublican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel has announced plans to step down next month.
Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel announced Monday that she will step down early next month following mounting criticism of her leadership.

McDaniel, 50, said in a statement she would step aside on March 8 — three days after the Super Tuesday primaries, when Republican voters in 16 delegate-rich states and territories can vote on their party's presidential nominee.

Separately, RNC Co-Chair Drew McKissick announced he would also resign, effective at the same time as McDaniel.

USA

In Michigan, some voters 'uncommitted' to Biden; Trump seen beating Haley

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© REUTERS/Rebecca CookSaeed Sharif and his wife Aisha show their 'I voted' stickers after voting uncommitted as Democrats and Republicans hold their Michigan primary presidential election in Dearborn, Michigan, U.S. February 27, 2024.
President Joe Biden's support for Israel's war against Hamas in Gaza is being put to a test on Tuesday in Michigan, home to a large Arab American constituency where Democratic voters have been urged to mark their primary ballots as "uncommitted" in protest.

Biden and Republican former President Donald Trump are expected to easily win their party's primaries in the state on Tuesday. But the vote count for both is being closely watched for signs the candidates face wavering support within their own parties.

Voters trickled into a polling site Tuesday morning at an elementary school in Dearborn, a liberal city that is the epicenter of the pushback against Biden's Israel strategy. Of the seven voters Reuters interviewed before 11 a.m. (1600 GMT), six said they were voting "uncommitted" and one said he was voting for Trump.

Target

Feds target journalist Tim Burke with law intended for hackers

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An escalation in the war between people who publish secrets and those who seek to keep them.

People engaged in journalism frequently acquire information others wish would never see the light of day. This often means gathering tips in violation of workplace rules or through other people's carelessness. That can result in legal battles and, in the age of technology and cybercrime, in governments coming after the curious with tools crafted for malicious hackers. All this appears to be the case with Tim Burke, who has been targeted with a controversial law by the feds after gathering information through electronic means.

Scoop or Hack?

Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) warned last week:
"Federal prosecutors in Florida have obtained a disturbing indictment against well-known journalist Tim 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."

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


Tsunami

Submarine cables in Red Sea damaged, months after warning from US media outlets

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FILE: Map of communications network near Yemen, February 7, 2020
Undersea data cables in the Red Sea have reportedly been damaged, months after Yemeni Houthi rebels threatened to do so.


Comment: Except that was claim made by pro-Israeli, US outlets with no basis in fact: US claim that 'Yemen's Ansar Allah plan to cut undersea global communication cables' debunked


At least 15 submarine cables pass through the Bab al-Mandab Strait at the southern end of the Red Sea, a body of water just 26km wide at some points. Yemen is the Strait's northern shore.

The first reports of damage to submarine cables off the coast of Yemen began emerged on Monday morning, with Israeli news outlet Globes claiming that four cables (EIG, AAE-1, Seacom and TGN-EA) had experienced damage. Seacom has reportedly confirmed damage to a cable it operates on a stretch between Kenya and Egypt.

Comment: It's perhaps interesting timing that these incidents come to light following the European Commissions' report.

Note that undersea cable incidents seem to be occurring more often in the last decade or so: Also check out SOTT's Focus from 2012: Undersea Internet Cables Cut AGAIN!