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After losing battle to compete in women's events at the Olympics, transgender swimmer Lia Thomas' former team-mate demands an apology

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© DailyMail.comIt was announced on Wednesday afternoon that the 25-year-old swimmer would not be permitted compete in women's events at the Olympic Games
Paula Scanlan has welcomed the news that her former team-mate Lia Thomas will not be allowed compete at the Olympic Games and claims she should receive an apology for being 'forced to undress' with the transgender athlete '18 times a week'.

It was announced on Wednesday afternoon that the 25-year-old swimmer would not be permitted compete in the Olympic Games after losing her legal battle to have the rules barring her potential involvement overturned.

Scanlan took to social media shortly after verdict was revealed to demand an apology, writing the following on Twitter (X): 'Okay, but is anyone going to apologize for forcing us to undress with him 18 times a week?'.

Thomas first caught the headlines in March 2022 when she became the first trans-athlete to win the women's NCAA college swimming title - the USA's most prestigious college title.

But, it wasn't long before the World Aquatics (WA) introduced a rule change that would prevent anyone who had undergone 'any part of male puberty' from competing in the female category.

Comment: See also: Lia Thomas barred from Olympics: Transgender case thrown out after US swimmer ruled ineligible


Airplane

Boeing and Airbus may have used 'counterfeit' titanium in planes, FAA says

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© Valentine Chapuis / AFP via Getty Images fileAn Airbus assembly site in Colomiers, France, in 2022.
Boeing and Airbus, the two biggest commercial airline makers, may have used titanium sold using fake documents, according to evidence from a supplier that has triggered a Federal Aviation Administration investigation.

The FAA said in a statement to NBC News on Friday morning it would look into allegations from Spirit Aerosystems that the two aviation giants used titanium in their planes that came with paperwork verifying its authenticity that could have been falsified.

The news adds to a troubled period for Boeing, which is the subject of ongoing federal investigations for alleged safety problems. But the news also brings its fierce rival, France-headquartered Airbus, into the wider scrutiny the aviation industry is facing.

Spirit Aerosystems, based in Wichita, Kansas, which raised the alarm on the titanium issue, said it acted fast to remove all the suspect titanium from the supply chain.

"This is about titanium that has entered the supply system via documents that have been counterfeited. When this was identified, all suspect parts were quarantined and removed from Spirit production," the company said in a statement.

Spirit added that "more than 1,000 tests'Designed by clowns and supervised by monkeys': Senate investigation into Boeing air disasters reveals what employees thought of 737-MAX have been completed to confirm the mechanical and metallurgical properties of the affected material to ensure continued airworthiness."

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Prisoners drafted into Ukrainian military 'will run like Forrest Gump' - official to WaPo

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More than 2,750 convicts have been released from prison to join the Ukrainian military and help ease manpower shortages, the Washington Post reported on Sunday. Some service members, however, have voiced concerns about the reliability of former inmates.

Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky last month approved a bill that allows certain categories of convicts to be paroled if they agree to enlist in the military and fight Russia. Former inmates will be assigned to special high-risk assault units, although anyone convicted of crimes such as murdering more than two people, rape, terrorism, corruption, or undermining Ukraine's national security, is ineligible for the program.

According to the Washington Post, many of the convicts joining the fight were "jailed for dealing drugs, stealing phones, and committing armed assaults and murders." Ukrainian Justice Minister Denis Malyuska insisted to the newspaper that "the motivation of our inmates is stronger than our ordinary soldiers," arguing that they are enlisting not only to be released, but also because they "want to protect their country and they want to turn the page."

Comment: Yet another signal that things aren't going well for the Ukies.


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Footage shows engine of ANOTHER Boeing passenger plane burst into flames, en route to Australia

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After the fire caused a detour, the Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which was headed for Melbourne, Australia, touched down in the city of Invercargill, New Zealand.

Following the shutdown of one of its engines due to fire, a passenger plane landed safely at an airport in New Zealand on Monday (June 17), according to the country's fire department.

After the fire caused a detour, the Virgin Australia Boeing 737-800 aircraft, which was headed for Melbourne, Australia, touched down in the city of Invercargill, New Zealand.

Comment: Whilst the aviation industry might be willing to tolerate the endless life-threatening Boeing problems, customers may soon not. Either way, the number of planes that may need to be taken offline is likely to cause considerable disruption to air travel.

In just the last few months, at least 2 other Boeing engines burst into flames, but those aren't the only grave issues the planes have been suffering - and below is just a small selection:

May 2024: Severe turbulence on UK-Singapore Boeing flight, 1 dead, 30 injured
March: Boeing 737 crashes off runway after gear failure, comes day after wheel fell off 777
January: United, Alaska Airlines find loose hardware on door plugs on several Boeing 737 Max 9 planes

See also: Boeing whistleblower found dead in carpark ahead of legal deposition against corporation's corrupt practices


Bad Guys

Former CDC Director Robert Redfield admits lockdowns were "government overreach"

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© AP Photo/Alex BrandonDr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, speaks about the coronavirus in the James Brady Press Briefing Room of the White House, Wednesday, April 8, 2020, in Washington.
"Immunotoxic" vaccines were pushed on the population by Big Pharma"

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, anyone who questioned lockdowns, mask mandates, the lab leak or school closures was vilified by the media, politicians and the 'expert' community.

Unproven policies without any supporting evidence, as even Dr. Anthony Fauci now admits, were suddenly immutable truths that could not be questioned. Those who did raise legitimate questions about the efficacy of such policies were labeled 'grandma killers' or anti-science 'freedumb' lovers.

Well, in a surprising turn of events you can now count the former head of the CDC as a member of the 'anti-science' community. In particular was the role of Covid vaccines, and how influential Big Pharma was in pushing for indefensible mandates.

Comment: It seems that Redfield is trying to get ahead of the coming backlash by putting his mea culpa out early. He doesn't seem to have had the fortitude to stand up for what he says his beliefs were, and went along with the ideological capture of his former organization. Pathetic.

Here he is quoted as denigrating expert Dr. Scott Atlas:

New adviser giving Trump bad information on virus, says Fauci


But then speaks up after leaving the CDC:


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Stanford University graduation chaos as over 500 students walk out in protest over Palestine

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© Panos Preveouros/FacebookAround 500 students walked out of Stanford's graduation ceremony on Sunday, many wearing keffiyehs and carrying Palestinian flags
Stanford University's graduation ceremony on Sunday was thrown into chaos after students staged a pro-Palestine protest and walked out.

Around five hundred students, some wearing keffiyehs and holding Palestinian flags, walked out of the stadium during the President's address, the San Francisco Chronicle reported.

'This morning we want to celebrate your achievements in spite of the troubled environment,' President Richard Saller told the students moments before the mass walkout.

The school has been mired in controversy as students have publicly demonstrated against the Israel-Hamas war and called on the college to divest from its links with Israel.

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Blast at Czech army training ground kills 1, injures 8

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One soldier has died and eight have been hospitalized, including one civilian, as a result of an ammunition explosion at the Libava military training ground in the eastern Czech Republic, the Czech military reported.

Initial reports mentioned nine wounded individuals being transported to hospitals, of whom one died.

The explosion occurred during a sapper exercise, according to General Staff spokeswoman Michaela Dvořáková. The families of the injured and the deceased soldier have been notified.

Comment: The following is an unconfirmed report that it may have been Ukrainian soldiers who were training:
An ammunition explosion at a military training area in Libavá, Olomouc Region, Czech Republic, on Monday morning left several soldiers injured, according to the Czech Army on social media. They described the accident involving unspecified munitions as "serious."

A rescue helicopter was deployed to the scene, and the matter is being investigated by the Military Police. The Czech Army is using the facility to train Ukrainian soldiers due to the geographical proximity of the military training grounds in Libavá to Ukraine.

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The covid scam finally exposed

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It's been a long time coming, but finally, inexorably, like a Wuhan lab leak, the truth about Covid-19 appears to be seeping out. Short of running the world's largest Excel spreadsheet on 'conspiracy theories which came true', it appears safe to say that the anti-vaxxers and covidiots among us (other slurs are available from those who learned nothing from Brexit), were right about practically everything.

So, how did we know? Us 'little people', who clearly aren't world-renowned virologists, and therefore had no right to an opinion on the matter. I suspect, like most of you, I know bullshit when I smell it; a talent for which we receive neither thanks nor apology from those bereft of the ability. In my case I had a slight advantage (having literally written the book on bullshit), and I'll repeat what I wrote back in 2019:

The very least that scammers, politicians and governments could do it seems to me, is not insult the public's intelligence with lies which wouldn't pass muster in a primary school detention.

Unfortunately in the case of Covid, the lies told by our governments were so breathtakingly amateur, even the most conformist among us had no credible option but to question them.

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Intel reportedly to halt plans for $25-billion chip making plant in Israel

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The U.S. company did not indicate whether it plans to halt the project; 'Israel continues to be one of our key global manufacturing and R&D sites,' the company said

Intel Corp is halting plans for a $25-billion factory in Israel, Israeli financial news website Calcalist said on Monday, in a report that the chipmaker did not confirm or deny.

The U.S. company, asked about the report, cited the need to adapt big projects to changing timelines, without directly referring to the project.

"Israel continues to be one of our key global manufacturing and R&D sites and we remain fully committed to the region," Intel said in a statement.

Comment: Is the Boycott, Divest, Sanctions campaign finally hitting the board rooms of the world?

Also from Haaretz via MSN:
The world is losing patience with Israel's conduct in the Gaza war and taking steps - restricting exports, canceling professional confabs, backing down on planned business transactions and so on. Local consumers will suffer

The current Israeli government doesn't have a single accomplishment to its credit, only a long series of failures and damage inflicted on every possible front: diplomatic, security, economic and social. When the prime minister, the finance minister and the economy minister are asked what they are doing, say, to curb the appalling cost of living, they mumble something about the "what's good for Europe is good for Israel" reform, which will make it possible to rely on European standards without subjecting goods imported from the Continent to a bureaucratic Via Dolorosa

In March 2023, when the government approved the reform and the accompanying slogan, the ministers didn't imagine that a year later Israel would be coping with a tidal wave of European decisions that would damage the country's economy and its standing in the wake of a war in the Gaza Strip. In recent weeks, Israel has been hammered almost daily by a decision made abroad that eats away at what was known until recently as the "start-up nation" - a magnet for worldwide investments

Every such announcement comes on the heels of others, creating a feeling that multinational companies and European states think they need to punish Israel, or at least keep their distance from it.


A wise decision, in light of the ICC's various rulings on the criminal country.


On the diplomatic front, last week Spain, Norway and Ireland declared their recognition of a Palestinian state. Other European countries are considering their moves and could follow suit. In a particularly galling measure, the government of the Maldives stated that Israelis would no longer be allowed into the country, against the background of the Gaza war.


Poor dears. Victims again.


On the economic front, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan imposed a boycott on the export to Israel of both merchandise and raw materials. That was not surprising, in light of his hostility toward Israel. What was surprising was the decision by France to cancel Israel's participation in the Eurosatory 2024 arms and defense exhibition, slated to be held in Paris later this month, in protest of the Israel Defense Forces' operation in Rafah.

The event is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and Israel's security companies have a lot to show off there at this time, when the Russia-Ukraine war is prompting many European countries to acquire advanced weapons. They also would have a large advantage stemming from the fact that their products are in use in the present war in Gaza, enabling them to demonstrate what the munitions can do in real time. War cabinet Minister Benny Gantz has urged France's prime minister, Gabriel Attal, to revoke the decision, which he characterized as "a prize to terrorism.

That sounds like a roundabout way of saying: We've gotten along without activity in Israel so far, and there's no reason to rile our Muslim clients in Europe. The chain had already faced criticism from pro-Palestinian groups, which demonstrated outside its branches in London and collected signatures on petitions calling for its boycott.

McDonald's, too, is dealing with a pro-Palestinian boycott that has cut into its sales across the world, according to its reports. In April, the global company, in a lightning transaction, acquired the chain's 225 branches in Israel from the franchisee, Omri Padan, who established the company's presence in Israel in 1993

In fact, the penetration of McDonald's into Israel was one of the harbingers of the end of the Arab boycott that Israel had coped with since its establishment. The chain's acquisition of its operations in Israel is intended to reduce friction with its Muslim clients internationally, in part to reduce McDonald's being identified with IDF soldiers and with the captives being held in Gaza.

After October 7, Padan had initiated an unprecedented campaign of a 50-percent reduction for soldiers in uniform at all the chain's local branches - thus stepping up the pressure on the global network. It's thought that after the new transaction is completed, McDonald's will cut back or cancel the discount, in the hope of allaying the criticism and the international boycott of the chain.

High-tech too - the flagship of Israel's economy - has faced difficulties stemming from the war. In this case, however, the situation is not perceived as a boycott but as a temporary lowering of profile by foreign investors until the fighting ends. According to data presented last week by the governor of the Bank of Israel, Prof. Amir Yaron, the amount of capital raised in the second quarter of 2024 will total $3.5 billion, representing a significant increase compared to the past six quarters, when the average amount of capital raised per quarter stood at $2 billion. The continuation of this trend is critical for the Israeli economy during a period in which the country is being viewed ever more negatively.

The boycotts will have a long-term effect on the cost of living and on competitiveness. We have already seen price rises in recent months in reaction to the war - El Al jacking up ticket costs when foreign carriers stopped flying to Israel; shipping rates rising due to the Houthi missile threat; an uptick in real estate and produce prices because of a shortage of construction and agriculture workers; and even the fact that fewer Israelis are traveling abroad, raising demand for everything at home. All of the preceding has been compounded by a distracted government that is failing to address the cost-of-living issue. If the boycott expands, Israeli consumers will only feel it deeper in their pocket,

What's good for Europe just now, is less good for Israel



Footprints

California exodus continues as conservative states attract blue-state residents: Report

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© MediaNews Group/Orange County Register/Getty Images/Robert Alexander/ContributorCalifornia still tops list for most outbound moves according to new PODS report.
Californians fleeing the blue state over its high cost of living are showing no signs of slowing down, according to the latest report by a major moving and storage company.

According to a report on 2024 moving trends published by PODS:
"The Golden State has a reputation for imposing high sales, income, and property taxes. The cost of living is approximately 50 percent higher in California than the national average, and housing costs can be prohibitive."
The report, published May 20, found that more people are moving to the southern Appalachian region, which includes parts of South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Alabama, all conservative states.

Will Swaim, president of the conservative think tank California Policy Center, told Fox News Digital on Friday:
"California is number one in all the wrong things. Add to that regulations that make building new homes almost impossible, and it's no wonder that people are moving out."

Comment: Knock-Knock...(Nobody home).