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Boston Children's Hospital deletes references to vaginoplasties for 17-year-olds amid online furor

Boston Children's Hospital
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The website for Boston Children's Hospital's Center for Gender Surgery stated as recently as Aug. 12 that "to qualify for gender affirmation at Boston Children's Hospital, you must be at least 18 years old for phalloplasty or metoidioplasty and at least 17 years old for vaginoplasty."
Boston Children's Hospital is facing a wave of backlash over its Center for Gender Surgery that performs mastectomies on teenagers as young as 15, as well as since-deleted wording on the hospital's website that claimed teens as young as 17 can get vaginoplasties.

The hospital's website stated as recently as Aug. 12 that "to qualify for gender affirmation at Boston Children's Hospital, you must be at least 18 years old for phalloplasty or metoidioplasty and at least 17 years old for vaginoplasty," according to The Internet Archive's Wayback Machine.

That wording has since been changed to read, "To qualify for gender affirmation at Boston Children's Hospital, you must be at least 18 years old for phalloplasty or metoidioplasty and for vaginoplasty."

A PDF about the eligibility requirements for a vaginoplasty that previously stated, "You must be between 17 and 35 years of age at the time of surgery," has also been removed from the "Eligibility for Surgery" webpage.


Famed investor Jeremy Grantham sees stock market 'tragedy' when 'superbubble' bursts

Stocks have fallen
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Stocks have fallen since Fed Chair Jerome Powell signaled rate hikes would continue.
Despite a summer rally, the US stock market is still an unprecedented "superbubble" that will cause financial "tragedy" for investors when it bursts, according to famed investor Jeremy Grantham.

Grantham, the co-founder of asset management firm GMO in Boston, said the current superbubble is entering its "final act" due to deteriorating economic conditions. A recent "bear market rally" that saw the S&P 500 recoup 58% of its losses from a June low follows the pattern of past stock market crashes in 1929, 1973 and 2000, he added.

"The current superbubble features an unprecedentedly dangerous mix of cross-asset overvaluation (with bonds, housing, and stocks all critically overpriced and now rapidly losing momentum), commodity shock, and Fed hawkishness," Grantham wrote in a letter to clients dated Wednesday.

"Each cycle is different and unique - but every historical parallel suggests that the worst is yet to come," he added.

Comment: Watch Sorelle Amore give her take on Grantham's warnings, and her thoughts on some ways to protect ourselves:


Sweden swings to the political right: PM concedes election defeat to bloc including Sweden Democrats

Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Akesson

Sweden Democrats party leader Jimmie Akesson
Loose coalition of SD and centre-right parties wins majority of three in parliament

The leader of Sweden's incumbent Social Democrats conceded defeat in the country's knife-edge election on Wednesday, handing victory to a loose bloc of rightwing parties that includes the far-right Sweden Democrats (SD).

The prime minister, Magdalena Andersson, called a press conference at which she accepted defeat, while pointing out that the Social Democrats remained Sweden's largest party with more than 30% of the vote - and that the majority in parliament for the right bloc was very slim.

When postal votes and those of citizens living abroad were counted on Wednesday, a loose coalition of the SD and the three centre-right parties edged ahead to win a majority of three in the parliament of 349 seats.

Comment: No surprise considering Sweden's citizens have been battered for years by the fallout of the hard-left policies of previous administrations, especially in the area of immigration.

Snakes in Suits

Majority of voters say Biden dividing the US - survey

Joe Biden
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Joe Biden speaks at the signing ceremony for a spending bill at the White House in Washington, DC, September 13, 2022
Some 58.7% of American voters believe that US President Joe Biden has divided, rather than unified, the country during his time in office, a new poll has found. The results come as Biden battles low approval ratings and after he accused his political opponents of threatening "democracy" itself.

Commissioned by the Convention of States and released on Wednesday, the poll found that 58.7% of Americans believe that Biden has divided the US, while 20.6% think he's unified it. Another 20.7% aren't sure.

While 43.6% of Democrats believe that Biden has made good on his campaign promise to be "a president for all Americans," 92.8% of Republicans think he has divided the country, as do 64.1% of independents, according to Breitbart, which first obtained the results of the poll.

A separate Trafalgar poll released on Monday put Biden's approval at 39.3%, with 54.8% disapproving. Although the US president's ratings vary from poll to poll, they have consistently fallen over the last year. A Yahoo News and YouGov survey taken earlier this month found that more than 60% of Americans, including nearly half of Democrats, feel that the US is "on the wrong track."

Comment: See also: Poll: Majority of Americans believe Biden's 'MAGA extremists' speech a 'dangerous escalation in rhetoric, designed to incite conflict'


Republican lawmakers say 100K troops face discharge over Biden vaccine mandate

US Troops in Afghanistan
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Republican lawmakers, led by Reps. Mike Johnson (LA), Chip Roy (TX), and Thomas Massie (KY), are demanding answers about the effect of the vaccine mandate on military readiness in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin first obtained by Breitbart News.

"The Biden Administration's military vaccine mandate is clearly harming military readiness by creating unnecessary recruiting and retention shortfalls," Johnson said in a statement.

"And now, after the Pentagon has tried, and failed, to make up the difference by reducing recruitment standards, over 100,000 active servicemembers — who taxpayers paid to train — face discharge during the worst recruiting year in our military's history," he said.

Republican lawmakers, led by Reps. Mike Johnson (LA), Chip Roy (TX), and Thomas Massie (KY), are demanding answers about the effect of the vaccine mandate on military readiness in a letter to Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin first obtained by Breitbart News.


Nearly half of San Franciscans have been victims of theft, new poll says

Car theft
© Reuters/Callaghan O'Hare (file photo)
Nearly half of San Franciscans have been a victim of theft in the past five years and a quarter have been threatened or physically attacked, according to a new poll.

Findings from the SF Chronicle survey underscored the challenges of the city and the unhappiness of its residents, with 65% saying life in SF is worse today than when they moved here.

The survey also found that 39% of residents have had their property damaged in the past five years.

The new poll of residents confirms the findings of The Standard's poll of voters prior to the June 2022 election. By far, both studies found that the No. 1 reported problem in the city is homelessness, followed by crime/safety.


Ukraine detaining Russian teachers in territories it recaptured

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk
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Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk
Ukrainian authorities have detained an unspecified number of Russian teachers who moved to Ukrainian towns and cities after Russia took control of them after launching its invasion in late February.

Ukrainian Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said on September 12 that the teachers, who moved to Ukraine to teach a Russian curriculum at local Ukrainian schools "committed a crime."

"Of course, a court will decide on their punishment, but on the territory of our country there is still a big number of Russian citizens who came to temporarily occupied territories and they will surely face justice unless they leave our territory immediately," Vereshchuk said .

Vereshchuk added that the detained Russian teachers will not be included in prisoner-exchange lists as they are not combatants.

Comment: RFE/RL does it propaganda duty with the news that Ukraine's prosecutor general is denying any teachers were arrested:
The Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office has denied a statement by Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk that Russian teachers in territories liberated from Russian occupying troops had been detained.

Ihor Belousov of the Ukrainian Prosecutor-General's Office told Current Time that no Russian teachers were detained by Ukrainian armed forces in "de-occupied territories" of Ukraine.

Sources in prosecutor's offices in Ukraine's Kharkiv, Donetsk, and Luhansk regions also told Current Time that no Russian teachers were arrested in the regions' districts retaken under Kyiv's control in recent days.

On September 12, Vereshchuk said Ukrainian forces arrested an unspecified number of Russian teachers who moved to Ukraine to teach a Russian curriculum at local Ukrainian schools in regions taken under Russian armed forces' control during Russia's ongoing unprovoked invasion of Ukraine launched in late February.

Ukrainian lawmaker Oleksiy Honcharenko also said Russian teachers were detained in the town of Kupyansk in the Kharkiv region.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov on September 13 denied there were Russian teachers in Ukraine's Kharkiv region.

Russian Education Minister Sergei Kravtsov added that all Ukrainian teachers who collaborated with Russia-appointed authorities and chose to move to Russia from the region had been given assistance to do so.

The chief of Russia's Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, on September 13 ordered to launch a probe into reported detainment of Russian teachers in Ukraine.
So which is it?


Russian-appointed rector of university in Ukraine's Kherson reportedly survives assassination attempt

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Kherson State University
The Russia-installed rector at Kherson State University in southeastern Ukraine, Tatyana Tomilina, has reportedly survived an assassination attempt and is currently in the hospital.

Russian news agencies reported late on September 12 that a handmade explosive device detonated, killing a man thought to be her security guard and injuring Tomilina as they were entering her apartment block.

Initial reports said that Tomilina was hospitalized with shrapnel wounds and contusions. Russia-appointed authorities in Kherson said on September 13 that Tomilina's life is not under threat and that her wounds are not serious.

It was not immediately possible to verify the reports.


Civilians killed in Ukrainian shelling of Russian region

© Sputnik/Viktor Antonyuk
Crater from Ukraine shelling Logachevka
Ukrainian forces shelled the town of Logachevka in Russia's Belgorod region on Monday, the region's head, Vyacheslav Gladkov said on his Telegram channel. The shelling killed an elderly woman and left four injured, he said, adding that they had been taken to a local hospital.

The deceased woman and three of the injured people were all Ukrainian citizens, Gladkov said, adding that the fourth person is a local resident.

There was also "partial destruction" of several private houses, cars and a power transmission line, the official said, adding that local emergency services had to temporarily halt gas and electricity supply to the town. Local authorities were also ordered to evacuate Logachevka residents in the wake of the shelling.

Logachevka is located close to Russia's border with Ukraine, with a border crossing located nearby. According to Russian media, the Russian military responded to the shelling with an airstrike that forced the Ukrainian troops to leave their position and "disperse."

Arrow Up

Germany's inflation rate climbs to 7.9% in August

Germany's annual consumer inflation rate stood at 7.9% this August, in line with market forecasts, according to official data released on Tuesday.

The first reading for the month marked a rise from July's figure of 7.5%, a jump driven by increasing prices of energy products and food.

Energy prices surged 35.6% year-on-year in August, slightly lower than July's 35.7%.

Household energy costs were up 46.4% as heating oil prices more than doubled with a 111.5% annual rise and natural gas prices climbed 83.8%.

Comment: Things are heating up it seems, or should we say cooling down: And more on rising inflation: