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Idaho hospital blames abortion politics for closing of labor and delivery department

idaho state capitol my body my choice
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A sign reading "My body, my Choice" hangs from a streetlight in front of the Idaho State Capitol on May 3, 2022.
Patients will now have to travel over 45 miles to the closest hospital with labor and delivery.

An Idaho hospital made the decision to axe its labor and delivery department, saying the "political climate" made it too difficult to keep it staffed.

"Highly respected, talented physicians are leaving. Recruiting replacements will be extraordinarily difficult," Bonner General Health, located in Sandpoint, Idaho, said in a social media post Friday. "The Idaho Legislature continues to introduce and pass bills that criminalize physicians for medical care nationally recognized as the standard of care. Consequences for Idaho Physicians providing the standard of care may include civil litigation and criminal prosecution, leading to jail time or fines."

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Texas lawmakers unanimously pass bill that will allow fentanyl dealers to be charged with murder

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Texas lawmakers have passed a bill to allow fentanyl dealers to be charged with murder.

The "Combating Fentanyl" bill introduced by Republican Sen. Joan Huffman, SB 645, passed unanimously.

The legislation would reclassify deaths due to fentanyl as poisonings and open up anyone who makes, sells, or delivers the drug to being charged with murder if someone overdoses.

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Hungary won't bow to pressure on Ukraine - FM

Hungarian politician Peter Szijjart
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Peter Szijjarto arrives for a meeting of NATO foreign ministers in Bucharest, Romania, November 30, 2022.
The "war party" in Brussels wants to push Budapest into sending weapons, Peter Szijjarto has said.

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto has said that his country won't be pushed into supplying arms to Ukraine. The diplomat accused the EU of a pressure campaign against Budapest. The bloc's ministers reportedly agreed to send $2 billion worth of ammunition to Kiev's forces.

"Another war party proposal is on the table: this time Brussels wants to send ammunition to Ukraine," Szijjarto wrote on his Facebook page on Monday. "The pressure is constantly increasing on us, but we are not allowing anyone to push us into war," he added.

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Police failing to teach officers importance of free speech while spending thousands on pronoun training

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Officers are spending far more time on diversity training than on the right to freedom of expression, a campaign group says.
Police forces are failing to train officers on the importance of free speech while teaching them obscure pronouns, according to a report from the Free Speech Union into the free speech crisis in British policing. The Times has the story.
The Free Speech Union (FSU) said there was a "free speech crisis" in British policing and that forces were not emphasising the importance of freedom of expression to officers.

Officers are undergoing tens of thousands of hours of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) training in which they are told that gender is "culturally determined" and about the use of pronouns including "fae" and "faer". At least one force still uses the "genderbread" diagram, which illustrates the notion that biological sex is irrelevant to an individual's innate sense of gender.

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Another 2,000 suspected gang members land in El Salvador's mega-prison

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Gang members wait to be taken to their cells after 2,000 gang members were transferred to the Terrorism Confinement Center on March 15, 2023.
Another 2,000 suspected gang members were shipped to El Salvador's revered mega-prison, the country's president announced Wednesday as he unveiled more footage of the "impossible to escape" facility.

The new arrivals joined another 2,000 accused gangsters who landed in the new Center for the Confinement of Terrorism last month as El Salvador looks to win its battle against raging street gangs.

President Nayib Bukele blasted out new footage of the prison and its new prisoners being hustled off buses and into the facility as they're surrounded by heavily armed guards.

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Putin's trip to Donbass was 'spontaneous' - Kremlin

Russian President Vladimir Putin meets locals in the city of Mariupol.
Russian President Vladimir Putin meets locals in the city of Mariupol.
The Russian president made an unplanned stop in Mariupol where he met with locals and checked on the restoration of the city.

Russian President Vladimir Putin's surprise visit to the Donbass region was largely "spontaneous" and effectively turned into a full-fledged "working trip," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov revealed on Sunday.

The overnight trip was the first time Putin has visited Donbass since it broke away from Ukraine in 2014. It was eventually incorporated into Russia following referendums last year.

During Putin's stay in the city of Mariupol, he met locals and visited flats in a newly constructed residential building. The city was the scene of intense fighting early in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine and ended up being heavily damaged in the process.
"Initially, the plan was only to visit this residential complex, and, of course, neither meeting the citizens, nor paying them a visit [in their homes] was planned. It was all entirely spontaneous," Peskov told reporters.

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Putin's staff told to ditch iPhones over security concerns - Kommersant

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Officials in the Russian president's office were reportedly told to get rid of their Apple devices over cybersecurity concerns
Members of the Russian presidential administration whose jobs focus on domestic policy have been instructed to discard their iPhones by the end of March, the business daily Kommersant reported on Monday. The decision was made due to the risk of Western espionage, the outlet said.

Russian officials will have to "throw away or give to their kids" their devices running the iOS operating system, according to how one source summarized a discussion during a seminar in early March.

Kommersant sources say the final say on the matter and the deadline came directly from Deputy Chief of Staff Sergey Kirienko, who supervises several departments in the presidential office in charge of various aspects of domestic policy. The ban will also affect officials who liaise with regional governments on behalf of the administration, the newspaper reported.


One of Ukraine's largest oil depots destroyed in huge fire after troops shoot down Russian drones

Dnepropetrovsk oil depot
One of the largest oil depots in the central part of Ukraine burned out completely. We are talking about an oil storage facility in the city of Novomoskovsk, Dnepropetrovsk region.

The fire at this fuel and energy infrastructure facility broke out a couple of days ago due to an air strike on the oil depot. Drums were used drones "Geran", which, as the Ukrainian side initially reported, "were successfully shot down." However, the "downed" drones somehow managed to cause an incident that led to the burnout of thousands of tons of fuel and crude oil.

Comment: If that sounds unbelievable, lest we forget that Kiev recently shot down a Russian missile, that was headed to energy infrastructure, instead causing it to hit a civilian populated apartment block.

The fire was burned for two days.

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Time is running out to speak freely about free speech

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© Eric Drooker
Americans need to have an important discussion about free speech now — before the Censorship Complex makes it impossible to do so.

The Censorship Complex — whereby Big Tech censorship is induced by the government, media, and media-rating businesses — threatens the future of free speech in this country. To understand how and why, Americans need to talk about speech — and the government's motive to deceive the public.

To frame this discussion, consider these hypotheticals:
  • Two American soldiers training Ukraine soldiers in Poland cross into the war zone, ambushing and killing five Russian soldiers. Unbeknownst to the American soldiers, a Ukrainian soldier filmed the incident and provides the footage to an independent journalist who authors an article on Substack, providing a link to the video.
  • Russia uses its intelligence service and "bots" to flood social media with claims that the Ukrainians are misusing 90 percent of American tax dollars. In truth, "only" 40 percent of American tax dollars are being wasted or corruptly usurped — a fact that an independent journalist learns when a government source leaks a Department of Defense report detailing the misappropriation of the funds sent to Ukraine.
  • A third of Americans disagree with the continued funding of the war in Ukraine and organically prompt #NoMoreMoola to trend. After this organic hashtag trend begins, Russian operatives amplify the hashtag while the Russian-run state media outlet, Russia Today, reports on the hashtag trend.
  • Following the collapse of the Silicon Valley Bank, the communist Chinese government uses social media to create the false narrative that 10 specifically named financial institutions are bordering on collapsing. In reality, only Bank A1 is financially troubled, but a bank run on any of the 10 banks would cause those banks to collapse too.

Oil Well

German regional leader wants Nord Stream repaired

Saxony Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer
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Saxony’s Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer
Saxony premier Michael Kretschmer said the sabotaged gas pipelines would be needed if Germany and Russia resume trade

Germany should repair the Nord Stream gas pipelines while it is still possible, the state premier of Saxony, Michael Kretschmer, has argued. The politician suggested that the pipelines, which were blown up last September, could be needed again in the event that Germany and Russia normalize trade relations under new leadership in Moscow.

"In energy policy, it's all about keeping options open," Kretschmer told Germany's Focus magazine in an interview published on Sunday.

"When Putin is gone, the pipeline could also be an opportunity for a successor to restore economic relations with us," the official added, predicting that this could happen in around five years' time.

Comment: Kretschner is still under the illusion that Germany is an independent country. The U.S. will not allow its vassal to set one toe forward in Russia's direction, or in any direction that threatens to allow it to recovery its famed industrial capacity. In Germany at least, the NATO goal of "U.S. in, Russia out and Germany down" has been accomplished.