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Kabul school attack: Death toll climbs to 68, over 165 hospitalized with many in critical condition

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Coffin of a victim of yesterday's explosion during a mass funeral ceremony in Kabul.
Nearly 70 people, primarily female students, have been killed in an attack on a school in Kabul. The death toll is expected to rise, with many of the injured remaining in critical condition and some children missing.

On Sunday, the death toll from the devastating attack climbed to 68, with 165 injured remaining in hospitals, according to Afghan officials. The authorities have been struggling to identify the victims, with grieving families still searching for their children.

The car bomb blast rocked the Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School, located in the western part of the capital on Saturday afternoon, when the female students were leaving after classes. The first blast was followed by at least two smaller explosions, which hit the fleeing children as well as those who rushed to help the injured.

"The first blast was powerful and happened so close to the children that some of them could not be found," an anonymous Afghan official told Reuters.

Afghan officials, including President Ashraf Ghani, were quick to blame their main adversary - the Taliban - for the attack. The militant group, however, has denied any involvement and strongly condemned it, while placing the blame on Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS). Nevertheless, no one has claimed responsibility for the attack yet.

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Multiple blasts rock school in Kabul killing at least 30 killed, 50+ injured

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Furious Texas motorist tries to single-handedly fight BLM protesters blocking traffic

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A Black Lives Matter protest in Texas resulted in a heated confrontation between a frustrated driver and a group of demonstrators blocking a road, with video of the dramatic encounter spreading across social media.

Activists in Plano, a city about 20 miles (32.2 km) north of Dallas, marched through the streets on Sunday to raise awareness about the death of Marvin Scott III. The 26-year-old black man died while in police custody at a county jail in March. Seven officers were fired and one resigned over the incident, which was ruled a homicide in April.

In a now-viral video, demonstrators are seen blocking an intersection as they shout "Black Lives Matter" and wave signs reading "stop killing us" and other slogans. A large column of automobiles can be seen forming as motorists wait for the road to clear. Suddenly, a large man wearing sunglasses weaves between the stopped cars and heads straight towards the protesters.

Comment: BLM is playing with a fire they don't comprehend. The backlash coming when regular people are finally fed up with extremist groups dirupting their daily lives will be devastating.

Trump warns Antifa had better hope the 'other side' doesn't mobilize: They are 'tougher, smarter & angrier'


I'm a former law-enforcement officer — but I won't encourage my kids to be cops

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© Christopher Sadowski
There's no end in sight to the unfair, naïve or disingenuous attacks on police.
A line in Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson's Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys, warns: "Them that don't know him won't like him." As a retired law-enforcement professional, it deeply saddens me to witness how my former profession suddenly finds itself in similar straits — reviled, the object of scorn and derision.

Dangerous tropes abound. False narratives proliferate. Bigotry and intolerance are suddenly acceptable, so long as the target wears a blue uniform.

I am also a father. I will not encourage my children to grow up to be cops.

As the nation braces for the one-year anniversary of George Floyd's death, I sense nothing that gives me any hope that we will break the anti-cop fever any time soon.


Major fire hits oil refinery in Syria's Homs

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© SANA/Reuters
Firefighters try to put out a fire in main Homs refinery, Syria
The blaze, which erupted in a distillation unit, was caused by a leak in a pumping station, state media reported.

Syrian firefighters extinguished a major blaze on Sunday that engulfed areas of its main Homs refinery in the west of the nation.

The fire started in a distillation unit because of a leak in a pumping station, state media reported without elaborating.

Comment: Reported yesterday: Fire at Iran chemical factory hours after media reports ANOTHER massive blaze near Bushehr's nuclear power plant

See also: Footage shows Israel's continued attacks on Syria's Damascus - reports

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Multiple blasts rock school in Kabul killing at least 30 killed, 50+ injured

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Multiple explosions have rocked a school in the Afghan capital of Kabul. At least 30 people were killed in the blasts and dozens more were injured. The majority of the victims were female students.

On Saturday, at least three blasts occurred on the premises of the Sayed-ul-Shuhada High School, located in the western part of the capital. The attack occurred when the students were leaving the school.

Comment: It's notable that this uptick in violence occurs amidst calls from the establishment media that the US, that has recently postponed its withdrawal, should instead remain in the region, because their presence 'helps women's rights'. The Taliban have denied involvement, and actions like this do not benefit their cause: 'Woke imperialism strikes again': CNN faces backlash after it defends keeping US troops in Afghanistan by citing 'women's rights'

See also: US begins 'withdrawal' from Afghanistan... by sending MORE troops & gear for 'temporary force protection'

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Father jailed for breaking 'gag order' in sex-change case freed on appeal

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A Canadian father who was ordered jailed for six months and fined $30,000 for violating a judge's gag order in a case involving a sex-change procedure for his daughter has been freed while his case is on appeal, according to a report from Mass Resistance, an American organization that investigates and reports on social agendas and campaigns.

The organization has posted a report that Rob Hoogland's new attorney is Vincent Larochelle, who specializes in criminal appeals.

"Two weeks after British Columbia father Rob Hoogland was sentenced to a prison term, he has been freed and is back home! He was imprisoned for violating a 'gag order' that barred him from discussing his teenage daughter's gruesome government-supported 'sex-change' procedures,' the organization reported.

It was the Federalist that reported in March that he was jailed after referring to a 14-year-old daughter who believes she is a boy as "she."

British Columbia's Supreme Court in February 2019 had ordered that the girl receive testosterone injections despite the father's objections. The court further declared that if either parent referred to the girl with female pronouns or by her birth name, the parent would be considered guilty of "family violence."

Comment: See also: Canadian Father Jailed For Referring to His 'Gender-transitioning' 14-year-old Daughter as 'She' and 'Her'


Turn over routers or face subpoenas, Arizona lawmakers tell Maricopa County

Maricopa County Elections

Votes are counted by staff at the Maricopa County Elections Department office in Phoenix, Ariz., on Nov. 5, 2020.
Legislators in Arizona and officials in the state's largest county clashed anew this week over election audit subpoenas, with county officials refusing to hand over routers and claiming they do not have passwords to access administrative control functions of election machines.

Arizona's Senate told Maricopa County on Friday that it would issue subpoenas for live testimony from the county's Board of Supervisors unless it received the materials that are being withheld. "We've been asked to relay that the Senate views the County's explanations on the router and passwords issues as inadequate and potentially incorrect," a lawyer for the Senate said in an email to county officials.

The Arizona Senate subpoenaed a slew of election materials, such as ballots, following the 2020 election. Lawmakers also issued subpoenas for election machines, passwords, and other technology.

Maricopa County alleged in a lawsuit that the request for materials was overly broad and threatened voter privacy. A judge, though, ruled that they were "the equivalent of a Court order." But the county said this week it is not turning over routers or router images, claiming that doing so poses a significant security risk to law enforcement.

Comment: Arizona auditor Ken Bennett speaks with OAN:

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Montana Gov. Gianforte signs bill banning transgender athletes from girls sports

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Montana Gov. Greg Gianforte approved legislation Friday barring transgender youth from participating on sports teams that correspond with their gender identity.

Backed the Republican state lawmakers, the bill requires athletic teams at public schools to limit participation based on "biological sex." The measure also contains explicit language dictating that girls' or women's sports teams "may not be open to students of the male sex."

The bill generated a heated debate in Montana's GOP-controlled state legislature prior to its passage in April. Lawmakers eventually passed the bill alongside an amendment that would void the law if the government withheld federal funding in response to the ban and state efforts to appeal failed.

President Biden signed an executive order in January calling on public schools to allow transgender athletes to participate on sports teams that align with their gender identity. The order signaled that schools that do not comply could lose their federal funding under Title IX, which bars sex-based discrimination.

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Fire at medical marijuana lab in Italy kills 1, injures 3

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Italy Laboratory Blaze
A blaze on Friday at a small laboratory in central Italy that treats marijuana so it can be used medically left a man dead, three injured survivors and a woman missing, Italian firefighters said.

Flames raged through a small building in the countryside outside Gubbio, a town in the Umbria region.

Comment: Other fires reported in just the last few days:


Massive fire breaks out at Ambernath chemical factory, India

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© Times of India
Fire brigade officers at Jain and Jain MEKP chemical firm.
A serious fire broke out at a chemical firm in Morivali MIDC space of Ambernath within the wee hours of Saturday.

The incident occurred round 12.30am at Jain and Jain MEKP chemical firm.

The Ambernath fire brigade officers mentioned that three fire autos from Ulhasnagar and MIDC space have been used together with a number of water tankers to manage the fire.

Comment: Other fires reported in just the last few days: And in the last few months: