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Surgeons are going to make bank on sex change operations in the next decade, market report finds

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A market report from Grand View Research projects that the industry for transgender sex change operations will grow to a size of $5 billion in the next decade.

The sex reassignment market in the United States was worth $1.9 billion in 2021, and could grow by as much as 11% annually due to increases in levels of gender dysphoria, the report found. The growth is particularly driven by young people, who are opting to undergo sex changes more than ever before.

Nearly 1.5% of Americans aged 13 to 24 identify as transgender, the report stated, citing The New York Times. It also cited a study claiming that 78% of transgender males experienced gender dysphoria by the age of seven, with an average age of onset of 6.2 years old. The report did not clarify what qualifies as "experience gender dysphoria."

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More than 30 killed in shooting at children's center, Thailand

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More than 30 people, most of whom were kids, were killed in a gun and knife attack at a children's center in northeast Thailand on Thursday, local police said.

A total of 36 people, including 24 children, were among the victims of the massacre in the town of Uthai Sawan in the country's Nong Bua Lamphu Province. At least 12 others were injured in the incident, according to police.

The man who shot and stabbed people inside the facility fled the scene and went to his home, where he murdered his family before committing suicide.

Comment: The Daily Mail reported on the tragic event:
The 34-year-old, who had been in court earlier today on drugs charges, arrived at the nursery and was agitated to find his child was not there and started the massacre at the kindergarten 300 miles northeast of Bangkok.

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At the shooter's house, one boy and four adults were found dead, and another adult at a nearby building was also killed. Three further adults were taken to hospital where they were pronounced dead, and 12 more are being treated for injuries.

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A teacher who survived the massacre at a nursery in Thailand told how the killer pointed the gun at her head but she climbed over a wall to escape.

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'I didn't know he was going to kill the kids. I thought he was gonna come out but he stayed inside a long time. He used a knife and stabbed all the kids.

'He also stabbed a pregnant teacher. Only few months til she gives birth. He stabbed my staff. That's all I know.



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US intel concludes Ukraine was responsible for car bombing that killed Darya Dugina

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Car bombing private citizens is what the 'good guys' do.

US intelligence officials have concluded that the Ukrainian government ordered the car bombing of Darya Dugina, the daughter of political philosopher Aleksandr Dugin.

Despite Kyiv denying responsibility for the attack, which took place in August, "US intelligence agencies have now concluded that the explosion was sanctioned by parts of the Ukrainian government," reports the Telegraph.

Comment: "We didn't do it" - the CIA

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MISSING MURDERS: Latest FBI homicide numbers OMIT New York and LA

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On Wednesday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation released their national crime statistics report for 2021. However, that report leaves out key data from Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and other high-crime locales.

That report revealed that the murder rate had increased compared to the previous year.

According to a press release, the estimated number of murders nationwide increased from 22,000 in 2020 to 22,900 in 2021, a 4.3 percent jump.

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Speech police: UK writer Caroline Farrow arrested, accused of posting "offensive" message online

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Despite government's proposals to stop it, British citizens are still being arrested over alleged speech offenses.

Police officers from the United Kingdom's (UK's) Surrey Police force arrested journalist Caroline Farrow after she was reported for allegedly posting a "grossly offensive message." The officers seized Farrow's electronic devices, questioned her at Guildford Police Station, and released her under investigation.

Farrow has denied posting the messages, said that she was falsely accused of posting messages wrote by other people, and described the police's actions as "absurd."

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4 people stabbed in heart of City of London in 'major incident', nearby offices on 'lockdown'

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Pictures from the scene show police and paramedics at work as a large area is cordoned off
A mass emergency response has been seen near Liverpool Street Station in central London today as multiple ambulances and police cars rushed to a scene on Bishopsgate in a suspected stabbing which has seen four people injured.

Footage on social media appears to show four ambulance vehicles and four police cars in attendance at the scene.

The City of London police said: 'We are aware of an incident this morning on Bishopsgate.

'Our officers are at the scene and London Ambulance are in attendance. A cordon is currently in place.'

Comment: Express reports that there's speculation the incident may be related to an attempted theft:
Met officers and paramedics are at the scene in Bishopsgate, near Liverpool Street Station - with the incident said to have happened just yards from a police station.

Unconfirmed reports from social media suggest the incident began when bystanders stepped in to stop bike thieves.

A tweet from the City of London police confirmed they were aware of the incident.

"Our officers are at the scene and @Ldn_Ambulance are in attendance. A cordon is currently in place," it read.

Meanwhile, another person who saw the aftermath said: "[I] drove past it, and saw 4 people injured - City of London police, told me 4 people were randomly stabbed.

"At the time roads were still open - didn't really look to see if there was blood everywhere, but I'm assuming so."

Meanwhile, nearby offices have been plunged into lockdown.

The A10 at Bishopsgate headed south at the junction of A1211 Wormwood Street had been closed by police.
Across much of the planet that enforced lockdowns, but the West in particular, crime, including violent attacks, have been increasing:


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$500M-plus from opioid deal starts heading to Washington

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The first payments from a $518 million settlement with the nation's three largest opioid distributors will begin reaching Washington communities in December, providing much-needed cash officials can use to hire first responders or direct toward prevention, treatment and other services, Attorney General Bob Ferguson said Monday.

"These significant resources will help Washington fight back against the opioid epidemic that continues to rip holes through the very fabric of our communities and of families, overwhelm our public health resources, and inundate our foster care system with young, innocent victims," Ferguson told a news conference in Seattle.

Ferguson, a Democrat, rejected a national settlement with the distributors — McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Corp. — as well as Johnson & Johnson that nearly every other state has accepted. Under that deal, the states will receive nearly $20 billion over 18 years.

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'Right-wing conspiracy theory' apparently turns out to be real in under 24 hours

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The New York Times initially framed a story on an election software company's connection to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) as a "right-wing conspiracy theory," but within 24 hours the story turned out to be true.

A Times article published Tuesday reported that "right-wing" election deniers in Arizona had crafted a conspiracy theory that election software company Konnech had secret ties to the CCP and gave the party access to personal information about two million U.S. poll workers.

The following morning, the company's top executive, Eugene Yu, was arrested for the alleged theft of poll workers' personal information.

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Twitter accepts Elon Musk's proposal to buy company at $44bn: Deal expected to close within weeks after months of legal back and forth

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Twitter has accepted Elon Musk's proposal to buy the company for $44billion, with a deal expected to close within weeks.

A spokesman for the company told DailyMail.com on Tuesday afternoon: 'We received the letter from the Musk parties which they have filed with the SEC.

'The intention of the Company is to close the transaction at $54.20 per share.'

Regulatory filings on Tuesday revealed that Musk's attorneys sent Twitter a letter confirming that he planned to buy the company at the original price he proposed - $44billion.

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Elon Musk promises to turn Twitter into 'everything app' called X
Elon Musk plans to turn Twitter into an "everything app" after reviving plans to buy the social media company for $44bn (£38bn).

After a u-turn over his takeover, the Tesla billionaire said: "Buying Twitter is an accelerant to creating X, the everything app."

Mr Musk had been trying to back out of a deal to buy the social media business but announced a surprise reversal on Tuesday, saying he would purchase the company at $54.20 per share. He was facing a court battle as Twitter pressed him to go through with the takeover.

Mr Musk, the world's richest man who is worth $220bn, gave no details of what his "X" app would look like, but he claimed buying Twitter "accelerates X by three to five years, but I could be wrong".

He has previously expressed an interest in creating a "super app" similar to China's WeChat.

WeChat, which is used by more than 1 billion people in China, combines instant messaging, video calls and mobile payments.

Mr Musk told Twitter staff earlier this year: "Think of it like WeChat in China, which is great now, but there's no WeChat equivalent outside of China. There's a real opportunity to create that."

He added: "You basically live on WeChat in China because it's so helpful, so useful to daily life. I think if we achieve that or come even close to that with Twitter, that would be a success."

In text messages between Mr Musk, his friends and advisers that were revealed as part of his court battle with Twitter, he revealed some details of his thinking about social media.

In one note to his brother, Kimbal, Mr Musk said: "I have an idea for a blockchain social media system that does both payments and short texts/links like Twitter. You have to pay a tiny amount to register your message on the chain, which will cut out the vast majority of spam and bots."

Blockchain is the digital ledger technology used by Bitcoin, which could be used for payments.

He later said his "plan B" is a "blockchain-based version of Twitter" where users would "pay maybe 0.1 Doge per comment". Dogecoin is a joke cryptocurrency that Mr Musk has promoted in the past.

Later, however, Mr Musk said in a text to his main banker that a "blockchain-based version of Twitter isn't possible" because it would be too slow.

In other messages, he appears sympathetic to the idea of introducing paid-for membership tiers.

The billionaire added his vision for Twitter was "not some right wing nuthouse" but that it would be "broadly inclusive as possible".

Twitter has said it plans to go through with the sale to Mr Musk. Twitter shares jumped 21pc on news that the deal was back on. Shares in Tesla, his electric car company, climbed 2pc.

In July, Mr Musk attempted to tear up his takeover offer, claiming Twitter management's figures for the number of fake accounts and "bots" on the social network were misleadingly low.

Twitter subsequently sued him in the Delaware Chancery Court to force him to go through with the agreement. The trial was due to begin on October 17.

Analysts said the billionaire had come to the conclusion that he could lose his court battle against Twitter. Dan Ives, an analyst at Wedbush Securities, said: "We continue to believe Musk saw the writing on the wall and knew his chances of a victory in Delaware were slim to none with the best path accepting the current deal and move forward."

Mr Musk's other companies include rocket venture SpaceX and Starlink, the satellite broadband company, as well as his electric car company Tesla.



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Texas 18-year-old broke into hospital nursery, said 'die' as he strangled and shook newborn babies until they turned blue

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Marcus Dewayne McCowan Jr.
An 18-year-old in Texas allegedly forced his way into a hospital nursery and assaulted two newborn babies and several staff members.

Marcus Dewayne McCowan Jr. was taken into custody on Monday and charged with a slew of felonies, including two counts of attempted first-degree capital murder, jail records reviewed by Law&Crime show.

According to a press release from the Odessa Police Department, officers at approximately 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 3 responded to multiple 911 calls about a disturbance at Odessa Regional Medical Center in the 500 block of East 6th Street. Staffers at the hospital told police that a man had "forced his way into the Nursery and began assaulting patients and staff," the release states.

First responders reportedly arrived on the scene after a therapist was able to temporarily subdue McCowan, but upon making contact with the suspect, police said he was "aggressive towards officers, which led to a physical altercation." During the altercation with multiple officers, McCowan allegedly "attempted to take one of their firearms from its holster" but was unsuccessful.

A copy of the probable cause affidavit obtained by nearby Midland, Texas ABC affiliate KMID provided additional details about what witnesses told investigators they saw prior to the arrival of police.

McCowan was reportedly at the hospital because his girlfriend was in labor; he was alleged acting "odd and unreasonable" prior to the alleged attack. He then allegedly grabbed the arm of a nurse, made an "unintelligible statement," and was asked to leave. Instead, he reportedly started "running back and forth in the hall."