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Smoking

On Tobacco, technocracy has a clever new idea

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I don't smoke, but I am wary of efforts to prevent other people from so doing. Now, blue cities — and soon states, most likely — have hit upon a way to ban smoking known as "Tobacco Free Generation" (TFG).

It's Pretty Clever

Allow people who can legally buy tobacco today to purchase it, but permanently outlaw the sale of tobacco products to people based on the date of their birth — even as they become adults — as described glowingly in the New England Journal of Medicine:

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Recycle

20K Israeli soldiers injured, 8,298 disabled since October 7, Israel's channel 12 reports

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© Social MediaFILE: Israeli soldiers photographed with lingerie of Palestinian women in Gaza. Israeli media and hospital records show that 20,000 occupation soldiers have been wounded in Gaza in confrontations against the Palestinian Resistance.
Israeli Channel 12 revealed that 20,000 occupation soldiers have been injured in Gaza since October 7, with 8,298 being classified as disabled, coining the data as a "peak number".

While Israeli media and official hospital records have been revealing a large number of injuries in Israeli ranks, the occupation military has been attempting to conceal its losses as part of its censorship policy by not admitting the actual number of losses.

As the Battle of Al-Aqsa Flood continues for the 239th day, the total death and injury toll among Israeli soldiers continues increasing, specifically as 14 occupation soldiers were wounded over the past 24 hours during confrontations in Gaza.

Comment: Meanwhile the number of willing soldiers appears to be slightly decreasing - because, whilst Israeli's wholeheartedly support the genocide, they don't actually want to risk their own lives doing it - and there have been a significant number of high profile resignations.

Meanwhile the number of Hamas recruits, according to some reports allegedly coming out of Palestine, is surging. And Hezbollah ramps up its retaliations.

All the while Israel's true nature as a rogue state becomes undeniable, and, increasingly, the general public and the emerging multipolar world pushes for it to be assigned pariah status:


Gavel

Texas Governor Abbot says Trump convicted by 'kangaroo court'

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© Getty Images / Michael M. SantiagoFormer US President Donald Trump at Manhattan Criminal Court, New York, May 30, 2024.
The Manhattan trial was an attempt to sabotage the former president's bid for reelection, Greg Abbott has said

The New York trial in which presidential candidate Donald Trump was convicted was a sham perpetrated by the incumbent US president, Joe Biden, to strike out against a political opponent, Texas Governor Greg Abbott has said.

On Thursday, a Manhattan jury found Trump guilty of all 34 counts of falsifying business records, making Trump the first former president in US history to be convicted of a felony.

Prosecutors alleged that the former president illegally covered up a hush money payment that his former attorney, Michael Cohen, made to adult film star Stormy Daniels in the weeks before the 2016 presidential election to ensure her silence about an alleged affair from a decade prior.

Comment: Lawyer Viva Frei lays it out. It's lawfare at its worst:




Health

Kate Middleton 'May not appear in public for rest of the year': Sources

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The Princess of Wales will probably "not appear in public for the rest of the year," and is being "surrounded" by her birth family as she continues a course of preventive chemotherapy having been diagnosed with cancer earlier this year, royal sources and friends of Kate Middleton and Prince William have told The Daily Beast.

Kate and her family are expected to spend next week, which is a school holiday, at her and William's country home on the Sandringham Estate. Her parents, to whom she is close, are thought likely to visit.

William is expected to devote even more time to his family over the next six weeks having been unexpectedly gifted time off after the royal family said they would be stepping back from some engagements to avoid distracting from a snap U.K. general election called this week and due to take place on July 4.

Comment: The rumors are that the infamous park bench video was fabricated using AI tech because the Princess could not be filmed. Is it a terrible reaction to the vaccine? Is it a cancer?


A Royal fan used AI to create a plea for help:




Dollars

Feds crack down on massive botnet, arrest administrator

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Federal investigators have cracked down on one of the world's largest botnets, CBS News reported Wednesday.

The botnet, known as the 911 S5 Botnet, was implicated in generating tens of thousands of fraudulent transactions and costing victims billions of dollars, according to CBS News. The botnet's administrator, Chinese national YunHe Wang, was arrested and faces charges of leading a sophisticated cybercrime operation that impacted over 190 countries. The FBI has revealed the 911 S5 Botnet used 19 million compromised IP addresses as a conduit for a myriad of crimes including financial fraud, identity theft and child exploitation.
Wang allegedly profited substantially from this operation, purchasing luxury properties and items worldwide, totaling over $34 million. He was arrested last Friday and is charged with conspiracy and computer fraud among other counts, the outlet reported. Court documents detail how Wang sold Virtual Private Network (VPN) programs that, once downloaded, installed malware on users' computers. This malware enabled the stealthy co-opting of IP addresses, which were then sold to cybercriminals, allowing them to evade detection by masking their activities under the victims' IP addresses.

This botnet was particularly harmful as it facilitated over $5.9 billion in potential pandemic relief fraud losses, exploiting the U.S. federal lending programs intended to aid those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

People

The unifying principle: Here's why the political divisions in the US today cannot be mended

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Recently I was watching a short documentary about the history of political discourse and division in the US and it got me thinking about how the internal conflicts of the past might relate to the rampant social battles Americans are dealing with today. From early disagreements between various Founding Fathers on hot button issues like the Sedition Act, central banking and standing armies, to epic and disastrous conflagrations like the Civil War, America has never been "of one mind" on everything.

Overall, though, the longstanding assumption is that even when we slip and fall into disarray Americans will find common ground and move on towards the future together. It's a nice sentiment, but what if this ideal no longer applies?

There are some people that argue there was never a golden era for the US; that we've always been destructive, or exploitative or "imperialist." Of course, it's very easy to examine any given time period through the lens of modern sensibilities and pass judgment. How we would do things today is not necessarily how we would do things yesterday. We can't easily condemn the men and women of the past without at least recognizing that we will probably never see the issues of their day from their perspective.

Arrow Down

Jury find Palestine Action activists NOT GUILTY of criminal damage

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© UnknownStaff of 28 police versus people outside Elbit-in-Leicester • May 24 2024
Two activists from Palestine Action were unanimously acquitted of criminal damage by a jury in Leicester Crown Court after one hour and 40 minutes of deliberation. For six days from 19th May 2021, four people occupied the roof of UAV Tactical Systems, an Elbit drone factory in Leicester. The action was taken urgently in response to the ongoing bombardment of Gaza at the time.

Whilst on the roof, the activists spray painted messages including "Shut Elbit Down" and "Free Palestine", damaged a skylight to reveal a military drone inside and sprayed the building in blood red paint. In total, it was claimed that the knock on costs of extra security since the action amounted to £40K of losses per month, totalling £1.6million.

Three days into the action, two of the four came off the roof in order to ration supplies. The jury heard from one defendant about how the two which remained on the roof and were subsequently charged, resorted to drinking rainwater in order to maintain the disruption for as long as possible in order to save lives in Palestine.

MIB

Massive fire breaks out at yet another US chicken farm, 'total loss' of over 1.2 million birds

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A poultry farm in southern Illinois housing at least 1 million chickens caught fire Wednesday night killing mass amounts of poultry and causing significant property damage, reports say.

Authorities were alerted to the fire at Farina Farms Inc. Poultry Farm around 6:30 p.m., Marion County Sheriff Kevin Cripps told local media outlets including Fox 2 and KSDK. Over 15 fire departments were dispatched to the area where at least three buildings were engulfed in flames that reached between 13,000 and 15,000 feet high.

The cause of the fire has not yet been determined, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Department.

The Beckemeyer Volunteer Fire Department from Clinton County, one of the units to dispatch to the scene, posted to Facebook after returning from fighting the fire around 4:30 a.m. in the morning. The Beckemeyer department contributed 30,000 gallons of water to help put out the fire in Marion County, 43 miles away from their jurisdiction.

Comment: Notably, today: Mystery fires and explosions across Europe may be 'Russian sabotage', Western leaders claim, despite having no evidence

And what with bird flu allegedly making the rounds, the collapse of farming, and the shut down of numerous food processing plants, food prices are likely to soar ever higher, and food shortages are almost inevitable:


Star of David

Unprecedented surge of Israelis refusing conscription amid Gaza war, Israeli group reports

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© Social MediaFILE: Israeli soldiers photographed with lingerie of Palestinian women in Gaza. Israeli media and hospital records show that 20,000 occupation soldiers have been wounded in Gaza in confrontations against the Palestinian Resistance.
An Israeli group has reported an unprecedented rise in the number of Israelis refusing to serve in the military due to ethical and ideological objections amid the ongoing war on the Gaza Strip.

The Yesh Gvul group shared a statement on X social media platform featuring testimony from Sophia Or, one of the Israelis refusing military service. She has served a prison sentence for refusing military service.

"I am ready to continue paying the price and sit in prison if it prevents the dehumanization from going on in complete silence. I must read, even from prison: they are human! (Palestinians)," Or said.

Comment: Note that analysts such as Norman Finklestein and Alistair Crooke have repeatedly highlighted that the vast majority of Israelis support the genocide, and there's even a significant proportion who think the Israeli army aren't being violent enough. Which may, in part, explain the relatively low refuse-nik rate.

That said, there's also been an exodus of well over 500,000 Israelis from the country, and a surge of mental health disorders, which may be, in part, helping avoid the conscription issue altogether. What is clear is that the Israeli army are desperate for more conscripts.

A bit like Netanyhau's son, Yair, who has been whiling away the genocide in beachfront apartments in Miami:


Evil Rays

Germany: Shocking footage shows man attack 'anti-Islam' political activist with knife, bystanders also injured

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Police say several people, including a far-right anti-Islam activist, were injured in the incident.

An assailant with a knife attacked and wounded several people in a central square in the southwestern German city of Mannheim on Friday, police said.

Officers shot at the attacker, who was also injured.

Euronews understands that German far-right activist and anti-Islam critic Michael Stürzenberger was injured in the attack while taking part in a Citizens' Movement Pax Europa (BPE) party rally, of which Stürzenberger is a member.

While BPE self-describes as "neutral", it has become known in radical circles for its vocal opposition to Islam and Muslims in Germany, including demands for a ban on mosques.

Comment: In recent months there has been a spate of these kind of seemingly random attacks, both in Europe and also over in Australia, and against random bystanders, as well as known figures; figures who often, oppose the establishment narrative in some way.

It's also notable that the mainstream media, particularly in Germany, regularly frame the 'far-right' as a threat to the country. However their definition of 'far-right', again, tends to be any conservative view that's critical of current policies, and which includes everyone from farmers, to those protesting against genocide, and weaponised mass migration.

It remains to be seen whether, as has been the case in other attacks, this perpetrator was known to the authorities: