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Powerful blast near Uzbekistan's Tashkent airport kills one, injures 162

A teenager dies as a window frame falls on him following the explosion at a warehouse near the capital's airport.

One person has been reported killed and 162 others wounded in a powerful explosion at a warehouse near Tashkent airport that sparked a fire and shattered windows in apartment buildings nearby.

A teenager died after a window frame fell on him, Azerbaijan's Ministry of Health said in a statement following Thursday's explosion.

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Black Magic

"Day of the Dead": Neo-Nazi Azov Brigade conducts torchlight rallies all over Ukraine

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The neo-fascist Ukrainian Azov Brigade celebrated the Day of the Dead on Sunday, as it does every year on the autumn equinox, in various locations in Ukraine. The pro-war Mainstream Media used to criticize the Azov Brigade as Nazis, but now pretends like they don't exist.

The Azov Brigade was founded in 2014 with funding by oligarch Igor Kolomoisky, who is believed to be the true owner of Hunter Biden's former employer Burisma and also funded the Presidential campaign of Volodymyr Zelensky. Kolomoisky has since fallen into disfavor with the Kiev Regime and was arrested Sept. 2. (Covered by Gateway here: It All Comes Together: Hunter, Burisma, Kolomoisky, Zelensky and the "Children Burned Alive in Donetsk")

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Car Black

Upstaging Biden: Trump blasts admins EV mandates as 'government assassination' in speech aimed at striking auto workers

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Former President Donald Trump delivered remarks blasting electric vehicle mandates in Michigan Wednesday night.
Former President Donald Trump declared Wednesday that he sides with auto workers striking for higher wages but warned that their jobs will be gone within three years because of President Biden's electric vehicle mandate.

Trump, 77, slammed the 80-year-old president's promotion of electric vehicles as a "government assassination" of the US auto industry, as he pleaded with union members in a primetime speech at Drake Enterprises — an auto parts manufacturer outside of Detroit - to urge their leaders to endorse his 2024 presidential campaign.

"To the striking workers, I support you and your goal of fair wages and greater stability, and I truly hope you get a fair deal for yourselves and your families," Trump said. "But if your union leaders will not demand that crooked Joe repeal his electric vehicle mandate immediately, then it doesn't matter what hourly wage you get."

Comment: Legal Insurrection on the reports Biden 'walked for 12 minutes, spoke for 87 seconds' at UAW picket line:
'I care' theater

Earlier this week, I noted that the current occupant of the White House was planning to come to Michigan and spend time picketing with the United Auto Workers, who are striking three auto manufacturers.

He joined the group of union picketers at the General Motors plant on Tuesday.
...Biden grabbed a bullhorn and joined striking autoworkers in Michigan on Tuesday, becoming the first sitting president to join a picket line in an extraordinary show of support for workers demanding better wages.

Auto companies were doing well, Mr. Biden told dozens of workers outside a General Motors facility that employs more than 200 people in Belleville, Mich., outside Detroit.

General Motors did its best to ignore the president's visit, saying in a statement: "Our focus is not on politics but continues to be on bargaining in good faith with the U.A.W. leadership to reach an agreement as quickly as possible." The company added that "nobody wins" from a strike.
Biden walked for 12 minutes and spoke for 87 seconds.

The move is also unprecedented.
But sitting presidents, who have to balance the rights of workers with disruptions to the economy, supply chains and other facets of everyday life, have stayed out of the strike fray — until Biden.

Unimpressed, Trump called Biden's visit "nothing more than a PR stunt from Crooked Joe Biden to distract and gaslight the American people from his disastrous Bidenomics policies that have led to so much economic misery across the country."

...Labor historians said they could not recall an instance when a sitting president had joined an ongoing strike, even during the tenures of ardent pro-union presidents such as Franklin Delano Roosevelt and Harry Truman. Theodore Roosevelt invited labor leaders alongside mine operators to the White House amid a historic coal strike in 1902, a decision that was seen at the time as a rare embrace of unions as Roosevelt tried to resolve the dispute.
Biden joins UAW strikers on the picket line in Michigan: "I marched a lot of UAW picket lines when I was a Senator since 1973. But I tell you what, first time I've ever done it as a president."

The irony of this move by Biden is being noted on social media...often.

While there are no reports of Biden slipping, tripping, or falling, some are using the event to inject a little humor into the review of today's episode of "I Care" theater.

Bad Guys

San Francisco's woke Dem mayor now pushing mandatory drug testing, treatment for welfare recipients

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"This initiative aims to create more accountability and help get people to accept the treatment and services they need."
Isn't it weird how leftist policies never work?

San Francisco Mayor London Breed, a Democrat, wants welfare recipients to participate in drug testing and treatment programs if needed.

Breed thinks the requirement would help address the city's drug and homeless crisis:
Under the proposed legislation, those who apply for or receive benefits from the County Adult Assistance Programs (CAAP) would undergo screening for substance use disorder and participate in a substance abuse treatment program when the screening reveals that they may have a substance abuse dependency. The legislation must be approved by the Board of Supervisors.

Under the new proposal, as a condition of eligibility to receive CAAP, individuals with suspected substance use disorder would be required to participate in substance abuse screenings or treatment programs funded by SFHSA. These treatment programs would include a range of interventions from residential treatment, medical detox, medically-assisted treatment, outpatient options, and abstinence-based treatment, among others based on the needs of the client. Individuals who refuse or do not successfully engage in treatment would not be eligible to receive CAAP cash assistance and their application would be denied, or they would be discontinued from receiving cash assistance.

Comment: Sadly, everyone appears to be right here. Those receiving assistance should be accountable for that aid. Addicts won't change, no matter how many programs they are forced into, until they want to change. So what would provide incentive to change? San Francisco has made itself uninhabitable for all but the wealthy. Faced with few prospects, it's no wonder many take refuge in drugs to numb the hopelessness of their situation.

So, as was said, any ideas Mr. Preskin?

Arrow Up

RT surges after X (formerly Twitter) removes censorship - 'disinformation' lobbyist

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Russian media, including RT, participated in SPIEF-2023
NewsGuard, a self-proclaimed disinformation watchdog, has lamented the rise in popularity of RT and 11 other news outlets after Elon Musk relaxed censorship on X (formerly Twitter).

Among 12 media accounts analyzed, RT experienced the highest engagement growth in the 90 days following Musk's decision in April to remove 'government-funded' and 'state-affiliated' labels from certain outlets, NewsGuard said on Tuesday. The number of 'likes' and reposts for RT's account increased to 2.5 million in the period studied, up from 1.3 million.

The analysis focused on Chinese, Iranian, and Russian media outlets, which NewsGuard branded "state-run disinformation sources" and purveyors of "propaganda."

NewsGuard cited political memes posted by Iranian news accounts as purported examples of disinformation. Another instance was supposedly a link shared by Iran's PressTV to an article on remarks made by US presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr., who argued that Americans "created" the Islamic State terrorist group. Kennedy made the claim during an election rally in Boston, where he accused Washington of decades of misguided foreign policy.


Feeling the Parallels? Why are American men obsessed with the Roman Empire?

NatGeo's Amy Briggs says men are compelled by the era due to interest in engineering and military: 'Full of good stories'

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Equestrian statue of Roman Emperor Marcus Aurelius, 161-180, found in the collection of the Musei Capitolini, Rome.
The Roman Empire may have left an amazing legacy — but men allegedly "geek out" about the period more often than expected.

A recent TikTok trend prompted women to ask the men in their lives how often they think about the Roman Empire.

The app exploded as husbands, boyfriends, dads and friends revealed what they think about the era and its feats multiple times a week — if not every day.

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Drug cartels 'fifth-largest employers' in Mexico - study

Membership of the groups is estimated to be in the vicinity of 175,000 people
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Investigators and Policemen investigate the scene where drug related homicide occurred in Juarez, Mexico
Membership in Mexico's deadly drug cartels continues to surge as dozens of people join the crime groups daily, according to research published by the academic journal Science on Thursday. The study also estimated cartels to be the fifth-largest employers in the Latin American country.

Tracking information on homicides, incarcerations, and other related data over the past decade, researchers created a mathematical model to trace cartel recruitment numbers. It found that membership of around 150 drug cartels is cumulatively estimated to be 175,000, which placed it above most of Mexico's largest employers.

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A huge backlash against globalism, climate change alarmism and immigration madness has started

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I am pleased to report a global backlash against woke madness, climate change silliness, and immigration polices is underway in the US, Europe, and Australia.

The New Moral Order Is Crumbling

Globalism, climate-change alarmism, and cultural self-annihilation have all come under serious challenge. It's a welcome start to a Well-Deserved Thrashing of the New World Order.


UK: Black Lives Matter organiser behind the protest which toppled Edward Colston's statue in Bristol admits fraud - £30,000 raised from donors is missing

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Xahra Saleem (pictured) has pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position
One of the organisers of the Black Lives Matter protest which saw slave trader Edward Colston's statue toppled has admitted fraud after £30,000 raised from donors went missing.

Xahra Saleem, 23, pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position following an investigation by Avon and Somerset Police into a GoFundMe page called 'BristBLM' set up ahead of the protest in Bristol in June 2020.

Saleem had set up the crowdfunding page to raise money for face masks and other equipment to help facilitate the march legally, given it was taking place at the time of the Covid-19 pandemic.

An agreement is said to have been made that any excess funds would go to charity Changing Your Mindset Ltd - which was a youth group based in the St Pauls area of Bristol - so young people could go on a trip to Africa.

The Colston statue was pushed into Bristol harbour on June 7, 2020, during protests related to the death of George Floyd in the US, and the subsequent global BLM movement.

Comment: BLM and its CRT fellow travelers have raised fleecing the masses to a high art. White guilt is very profitable.


Tucker warns Americans of what's happening in 'real time'

Are we watching the global order that took shape after World War II — the so-called "Pax Americana," with the United States as the dominant global political, military and economic power — "collapsing in real time?" That's what former Fox News host Tucker Carlson thinks.

In an interview with the Swiss outlet Die Weltwoche — a German-language weekly considered center-right politically — Carlson said he had "become convinced over the past several years — particularly since the war in Ukraine began — that the world is changing much more quickly than most Americans understand."

And it's not in ways that reflect well upon the United States.

The interview, published Thursday, came as Carlson came back from an interview with the president of the United Arab Emirates, Mohamed bin Zayed. It's one of a number of eclectic interviews with social and political figures he's done since relaunching his show, so to speak, on X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Comment: Actually, we think that the America's "enemies" would much prefer to have some sane and rational political leaders to meet with and come to reasonable accommodation with. Imagine the incredible amounts of time, energy and resources that are required in order to mitigate the military, economic and political aggression that the US foists upon the world on a daily basis...