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Batman to the rescue — Masked men install protected bat boxes over ULEZ traffic cameras

Strange sightings of Batman and Robin have been occurring in London

Thousands of ULEZ (Ultra Low Emission Zone) cameras have been installed to record numberplates of offending older cars so their owners can be charged £12.50 for daring to drive a non-compliant car in London. This usually means any diesel car made before 2014 or a petrol car made before 2006, so the fines especially hurt low paid workers, students and retirees.

The two masked crusaders have been seen helping the local bat population by installing homes for them in front of ULEZ cameras. Since bats are a protected species (unlike motorists) once the bat boxes are installed they can not be tampered with nor disturbed by law. Batman and Robin helpfully also place legal notices on the poles so workers coming to fix the cameras know they risk a six month jail sentence or an "unlimited" fine if they so much as touch the bat box.

The bat boxes cost £10.
Batman and Robin

No Entry

Climate alarmists battle to censor film exposing 'climate crisis scam'

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© climate change protestYoung demonstrators hold placards as they attend a climate change protest opposite the Houses of Parliament in central London on Feb. 15, 2019.
It's been a little over a week since "Climate: The Movie," a documentary produced by Thomas Nelson and directed by Martin Durkin, was released on Vimeo, YouTube, Rumble, and other platforms. And already, it's garnered millions of views and thousands of reviews.

"Watch this documentary to understand the lies, the pseudoscience, but also the self-interest of government-funded parasites pushing climate alarmism," Maxime Bernier, the founder and leader of the People's Party of Canada, posted on X, formerly known as Twitter, about the film that details how "an eccentric environmental scare grew into a powerful global industry."

"The final nail in the coffin for the 'human-induced climate change' scam. An absolute MUST-WATCH!" Wide Awake Media posted on X while linking to the movie, which features an elite list of scientists, including Nobel Laureate John Clauser, Richard Lindzen, emeritus professor of meteorology at MIT, and Steven Koonin, a theoretical physicist and professor at NYU's Tandon School of Engineering.


Just 8% of Ukrainians ready to take up arms against Russia - pollster

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© Johannes Simon / Getty ImagesFILE PHOTO: Pro-Ukrainian activists protest in Germany.
Most Ukrainians expect their country to win in the armed conflict with Russia, but just 8% are willing to fight to further their cause, the head of a leading Kiev-based polling agency has claimed, in an interview published on Tuesday.

The Ukrainian leadership has said that it is seeking to boost the military's ranks by up to 500,000. Additional troops are required to relieve forces on the frontline, some of which have not been properly rotated in years, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry has claimed.

Vladimir Paniotto of the International Institute of Sociology discussed how the Ukrainian people's worldview is reflected in research conducted by his organization with local news outlet Ukrainskaya Pravda.

They tend to "wish for conflicting things," he mused, such as capitalist liberalization alongside robust social support by the state, or democracy as well as the "strong arm" of the government. The conundrum is present in what Ukrainians are willing to do to defeat Russia - an outcome that they overwhelmingly believe will end the ongoing hostilities.

"Certainly, many people are willing to act, to send donations or work as volunteers," Paniotto said. "But facing a direct risk to life and taking part in military action - that is much harder... We estimate that the share of those willing to take arms is roughly 8% across all categories."

Comment: Judging from the reports of the hard time the Ukrainian military is having filling its personnel quotas, 8% probably is an overestimate. Even if it isn't, it's one thing to say you're willing to take up arms but it's another thing entirely to actually take up arms and fight.


3rd US Circuit Court upholds Pennsylvania law rejecting undated mail-in ballots

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© Upupa4me / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0As of March 27, 2024, Pennsylvania will be required to reject ballots not postmarked
Four years after bureaucrats tried to usurp the Pennsylvania legislature's authority by counting ballots that violated state law, a panel of Democrat-appointed judges upheld a state law that says such ballots are invalid.

The 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled 2-1 on Wednesday that mail-in ballots that arrive in envelopes with a missing or incorrect date are not valid, overturning a lower court's decision.

"This is a crucial victory for election integrity and voter confidence in the Keystone State and nationwide," Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Whatley said in a statement. "Pennsylvanians deserve to feel confident in the security of their mail ballots, and this 3rd Circuit ruling roundly rejects unlawful left-wing attempts to count undated or incorrectly dated mail ballots."

Comment: A sensible ruling from a panel of Democratic judges. Hell just froze over . . . .


Rep. Pramila Jayapal sounds the alarm on Dem revolt against Biden, says Gaza war 'breaking our coalition'

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Progressive Rep. Pramila Jayapal warned her fellow Democrats over the weekend that the ongoing Israel-Hamas war is fracturing the party — and it will be harder to reunite the factions the longer it rages on.

"This particular issue on Gaza is breaking our coalition," Jayapal (D-Wash.) vented to CNN's Manu Raju in a segment that aired Sunday.

"We need that fragile coalition to come back together, but this is a moral issue for people. So there's not a lot of time to fix it," she went on. "The worse it gets in Gaza, the harder it gets to bring people back in."

Jayapal chairs the Congressional Progressive Caucus and had been among the earliest lawmakers to call for a cease-fire.


Kiev has lost more than 80,000 troops since January - Russian MoD

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Ukrainian forces have lost more than 80,000 troops since the beginning of the year, Russian Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu said on Tuesday, adding that the Russian military is continuing to reduce "the enemy's combat potential."

More than 14,000 pieces of military hardware have also been destroyed by Russian forces since January, including 1,200 tanks and other armored combat vehicles. During the same period, Moscow has liberated some 403 square kilometers of Russia's new territories, Shoigu told a conference call with the country's military leadership.

Despite Kiev's lack of success on the battlefield, the Ukrainian leadership "is still trying to convince its Western sponsors of its ability to resist the Russian Army," he said. To do so, Kiev has resorted to terrorism and long-range strikes on Russian territories, targeting the civilian population, the minister added.

Treasure Chest

Utah formally empowers State Treasurer to protect state funds with gold and silver

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Utah Governor Spencer Cox has signed legislation explicitly empowering the state treasurer to protect state funds with an allocation to physical gold and silver.

Sponsored by Rep. Ken Ivory, House Bill 348 permits - but does not require - the Treasurer to hold up to 10 percent of certain state reserve accounts in physical gold and silver to help secure state assets against the risks of inflation and financial turmoil and/or to achieve capital gains as measured in Federal Reserve Notes.

The Treasurer has limited options for holding, managing, and investing Utah's state monies, making this legislation necessary in order for gold and silver to be included.

Utah's reserves are invested almost exclusively in corporate bonds and banking agencies. These debt instruments appear to have low volatility, but they carry other risks - including pernicious inflation and the steady erosion in real value of principal, coupled with interest rates that are often negative in real terms.


Local elections in Turkiye: Politician killed while celebrating election win

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The area below the collapsing balcony.
A member of the CHP party died after a balcony collapsed during victory celebration.

A celebration of a local election win in the Turkish city of Denizli turned deadly for Türkiye's Republican People's Party (CHP), with one person killed and seven others injured.

The accident occurred overnight as party members and supporters gathered to celebrate the victory of Kadir Tatik in his campaign for the local municipality head's office, after preliminary results of the election were announced.

Footage from the scene shows multiple party members gathered on a balcony of a building, with a crowd of onlookers cheering them on outside. The balcony is seen abruptly collapsing, coming clean off the rest of the structure.

The accident left eight party members who were standing on the balcony injured. Three people received serious injuries, with one of them, the deputy head of the local CHP chapter, Mehmet Palaz, dying in hospital shortly afterwards.

Bad Guys

Explosives hidden in religious icons traveled by truck through Europe, Ukraine, found by Russia's customs officers

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Russian customs officers discovered a truck attempting to cross from Latvia into Russia was carrying 27 homemade bombs hidden inside Orthodox Christian icons and other ecclesiastical paraphernalia, the Federal Security Service (FSB) announced on Tuesday.

According to the report, the bombs between them contained 70 kilograms of high-power explosives, which the FSB said had travelled from Ukraine through Romania, Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, Lithuania, and Latvia before being discovered just before they reached their final destination in Russia.

Comment: It's possible that as Russia intensifies its SMO in Ukraine, partly in response to the US-UK-Ukraine Crocus terror attack in Moscow, the sabotage and terrorism against Russia will also escalate: One might suppose that Israel's attempts to escalate and widen the conflict in the Middle East is no coincidence, either: Iran vows 'harsh' response to Israel's assassination of IRGC Commander in airstrike on its Syrian consulate


Bizarro Earth

Finland: Child killed in school shooting, 12-year-old suspect arrested

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Some of the children reportedly hid during the attack which took place at a school in the outskirts of the capital Helsinki.

A 12-year-old child has died after being wounded in a shooting at a school in Finland.

The suspected attacker, also aged 12, has been detained and taken into custody. Police also said they have the weapon.

Officers were called to the incident at Viertola school in Vantaa just after 9am local time on Tuesday.

Two other pupils aged 12 were also shot and seriously wounded, police chief Ilkka Koskimaki told reporters, and were taken to hospital.

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