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Iran says it defused 30 bombs in Tehran, detained 28

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Authorities in Iran have neutralised 30 bombs meant to go off simultaneously in Tehran and detained 28 terrorists linked to Islamic State, Iran's Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday, citing the intelligence ministry.

"Some of the members are of Islamic State (IS) and the perpetrators have a history of being affiliated with Takfiri groups in Syria, Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Kurdistan region of Iraq," Iran's intelligence ministry added in a statement.

Comment: Gunmen storm Iranian pilgrimage site in major attack: 15 dead, 40 wounded


A pandemic of lockdown denialism

There is an old expression: "Success has a thousand fathers but failure is always an orphan."

It's a spin on Tacitus: "This is an unfair thing about war: victory is claimed by all, failure to one alone."

We can judge the results of the pandemic response, then, by the number of people who claim it as their own. So far the answer seems to be: none.

These days, if you listen to the rhetoric, you would think that absolutely no one forced anyone to do anything, not even take the jab. There were no mask mandates. No one was ever locked down. There were some mistakes, sure, but those came only from doing the best we could with the knowledge we had.

Other than make well-considered recommendations, they didn't force anyone to do anything.

Even from 2021, the media routinely referred to the "pandemic" and not the pandemic policies as responsible for learning losses, depression, business failures, and poor economic conditions. This has been deliberate. It's designed to normalize lockdowns as if they are just something one does to deal with infectious disease, even though lockdowns have no precedent on that scale in the West.


Monuments to Ukrainian Nazis in Canada

Given the fact that Ukraine and Nazis are again making news, it is important to point out that there are indeed commemorative monuments to Ukrainian Nazis in Canada, located where the Ukrainian populations are the greatest. The reasons for such monuments are known to the Ukrainian community alone, but so it is essential to make a record of them here, along with a hint at what those being commemorated did back in the days of World War Two.

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Statue of Roman Shukhevych.
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Outside of the Ukrainian Youth Unity Complex, north Edmonton, Alberta. Source
"Ukrainian partisans and their allies burned homes, shot or forced back inside those who tried to flee, and used sickles and pitchforks to kill those they captured outside. Churches full of worshipers were burned to the ground. Partisans displayed beheaded, crucified, dismembered, or disemboweled bodies, to encourage remaining Poles to flee... It was this maimed OUN-Bandera, led by Mykola Lebed' and then Roman Shukhevych, that cleansed the Polish population from Volhynia in 1943" (The Reconstruction of Nations).


Florida: Howard Frankland Bridge stabbing suspect is former federal prosecutor

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According to the Florida Highway Patrol, Patrick Douglas Scruggs stabbed another motorist with a pocketknife after a crash.
Patrick Douglas Scruggs, who worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa for about a decade, is accused of stabbing another motorist after a crash.

A man accused of stabbing another motorist after a crash on the Howard Frankland Bridge on Tuesday is a former assistant U.S. attorney who spent about a decade at the U.S. Attorney's Office in Tampa.

Patrick Douglas Scruggs, 38, of Tampa, worked for the U.S. Attorney's Office from September 2012 until April of this year, according to his LinkedIn page. His time there included appearing on behalf of the federal government during hearings for Florida residents accused of taking part in the riots at the U.S. Capitol by supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021.

In May, he joined Barnes and Thornburg, an Atlanta-based private law firm, as an "of counsel" attorney, the page says. The page describes Scruggs as "a seasoned litigator and investigator with experience in various practice areas of criminal law."

Now Scruggs faces his own legal trouble stemming from a bizarre chain of events that unfolded on the Howard Frankland as rush hour was winding down on Tuesday morning.

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Study finds shocking lack of proficiency in math at Baltimore public schools

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"When you have this much of a ringing failure in your school, it should cost somebody their jobs."

We have documented serious issues at Baltimore public schools in reading and math.

A new study shows that little has changed. In fact, things are getting worse.

FOX 45 in Baltimore reports:
At Baltimore's five best high schools, 11% of students tested proficient on state math exam

Project Baltimore has made more stunning findings after obtaining the unredacted state test scores for every school in Baltimore City.

The test scores have not yet been released to the public, but Project Baltimore has been analyzing them. The results are hard to believe, even at the highest-performing schools in the city.

Earlier this week, Project Baltimore reported on 13 Baltimore City High Schools, where not a single student who took the 2023 math exam in the spring scored proficient. Not one. The report sparked a strong reaction in the community.

"I can't tell you how horrible that is," said Bryan Nehman, reacting to the report Tuesday morning on WBAL radio's C4 and Bryan Nehman Show.

"This is when people get fired," said C4. "When you have this much of a ringing failure in your school, it should cost somebody their jobs."


JPMorgan to pay $75 million to settle Jeffrey Epstein lawsuit brought by US Virgin Islands that alleged the bank facilitated pedophile's sex trafficking

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The settlement resolves a difficult public relations problem for Jamie Dimon (above), who has been JPMorgan's CEO since 2006, and said he had barely heard of Epstein until his 2019 arrest
JPMorgan Chase has agreed to pay $75 million to settle a lawsuit brought by the US Virgin Islands over the bank's client relationship with sex predator Jeffrey Epstein, and separately resolved its claims against former executive Jes Staley.

The bank confirmed the settlements in a statement to DailyMail.com on Tuesday morning, saying it did not admit liability as part of the deal, but 'deeply regrets' working with Epstein.

The USVI settlement includes $30 million that will go towards charity groups that work to combat sex trafficking, $25 million to the territory's government to fund law enforcement, and $20 million in attorneys fees.

The territory had sued JPMorgan for at least $190 million, saying the bank ignored red flags about convicted sex offender Epstein because he was a wealthy and lucrative client from 1998 to 2013.

The settlement, which must be approved by a judge, concludes the final major legal case tied to Epstein's abuses of women and girls, a scandal that embroiled some of the world's most powerful figures in finance and business.

Comment: AG Smith released a statement in June 2023.


Georgia senate GOP caucus ousts senator for trying to remove Fani Willis from Office

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis
The Georgia Senate Republican caucus voted on Thursday to remove State Sen. Colton Moore from the caucus for taking a first step in August to defund, investigate, and possibly impeach Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis, who levied 13 counts against former President Donald Trump.

In a letter to Gov. Brian Kemp (R), Moore announced an initiative in August to begin an emergency session to conduct a thorough investigation into the actions undertaken by Willis. An emergency legislative special session can come about two ways in Georgia: The governor can call an emergency session, or one can be called if 3/5 of both legislative chambers sign a letter demanding it.

Kemp and State Senate Republicans apparently oppose working to investigate, defund, and impeach Willis, and instead ousted Moore.


Former Nagorno-Karabakh leader arrested as half of population flee to Armenia

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Ruben Vardanyan, the former head of Nagorno-Karabakh • Azerbaijani guards
The former head of Nagorno-Karabakh's separatist government was arrested as he tried to cross into Armenia on Wednesday, Azerbaijani authorities said.

Ruben Vardanyan was one of more than 50,000 people to cross into Armenia from the separatist region, almost half of its 120,000 population, since Azerbaijan lifted its nine-month blockade on the enclave on Sunday.

It marks a fundamental shift in ethnic control of lands that had been disputed by mostly Christian Armenians and predominantly Muslim Azerbaijanis for the past century.

Despite Azerbaijan's promises to respect the rights of the region's ethnic Armenians, they have rushed to flee the region en masse, fearing reprisals.

It follows Azerbaijan's 24-hour blitz last week to reclaim control of the region, involving heavy artillery, rocket launchers and drones, which forced the separatist authorities to agree to lay down weapons and sit down for talks on Nagorno-Karabakh's "reintegration" into Azerbaijan.

Mr Vardanyan, a billionaire businessman who made his fortune in Russia where he owned a major investment bank, moved to Nagorno-Karabakh last year and served as the head of the regional government for several months before stepping down this year.


Elon Musk: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez "not that smart"

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Elon Musk on June 16, 2023, in Paris, France, and representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on December 8, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Musk and Ocasio-Cortez clashed on X earlier this week.
Elon Musk, the CEO of X, formerly Twitter, locked horns with Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) this week, after the billionaire accused the politician of being "not that smart."

Ocasio-Cortez caught the attention of X users late Tuesday, when she shared a "boy math" post. The trend is a derivative of the "girl math" posts from the summer, where tongue-in-cheek arithmetic was used to justify excessive spending. It led to "boy math," where several posts gave examples of men exaggerating such factors as their height.

Some social media users have used the trend to address less lighthearted topics, including Ocasio-Cortez, who chose to take a swipe at Republican House Speaker Kevin McCarthy and his decidedly rocky road to being elected.

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Conference cancels panel on biological sex in human skeletons over transphobia fears: Commits a 'cardinal sin'

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In this photo illustration, an event organized by anthropology associations was canceled for political correctness about biological sex.
Elizabeth Weiss, an anthropology professor at San José State University, said the field is falling in an 'off the rails' agenda.

Anthropologists from the largest associations of anthropologists in the world canceled an event discussing the importance of biological sex in the context of studying the human skeleton while citing "transphobia" as the reason for the panel being cut.

The American Anthropological Association (AAA) and The Canadian Anthropology Society (CASCA) were skewered for walking back their approval for a panel event at its 2023 conference discussing biological sex. The AAA and CASCA said that it was now tightening its review process to ensure such an event wouldn't recur in the future.

The event in question discussed "Sex identification whether an individual was male or female - using the skeleton is one of the most fundamental components in bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology."

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