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Washington's NATO promise to Kiev is prelude to 'nuclear apocalypse' - Musk

© Kenzo TRIBOUILLARD / AFPA Belgian F-16 jet fighter takes part in the NATO Air Nuclear drill "Steadfast Noon" at the Kleine-Brogel air base in Belgium on October 18, 2022.
Ukraine joining the bloc is like the start of a movie about end of the world, the billionaire has said.

A pledge by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken that Ukraine will become a member of NATO looks like a scene from a movie about a nuclear apocalypse, entrepreneur Elon Musk believes.

The top US diplomat reiterated the "rock solid" determination of his country and other members to eventually include Ukraine in the military bloc at a NATO summit in Brussels this week. Speaking alongside Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba, he said the purpose of the event was to "help build a bridge to membership."

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The madness of the race to build artificial general intelligence

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A few weeks ago, I was having a chat with my neighbor Tom, an amateur chemist who conducts experiments in his apartment. I have a longtime fascination with chemistry, and always enjoy talking with him. But this conversation was scary. If his latest experiment was successful, he informed me, it might "have some part to play in curing cancer." If it was a failure, however, there was a reasonable chance, according to his calculations, that the experiment would trigger "an explosion that levels the entire apartment complex."

Perhaps Tom was lying, or maybe he's delusional. But what if he really was just one test tube clink away from blowing me and dozens of our fellow building residents sky high? What should one do in this situation? After a brief deliberation, I decided to call 911. The police rushed over, searched his apartment and decided after an investigation to confiscate all of his chemistry equipment and bring him in for questioning.

The above scenario is a thought experiment. As far as I know, no one in my apartment complex is an amateur chemist experimenting with highly combustible compounds. I've spun this fictional tale because it's a perfect illustration of the situation that we — all of us — are in with respect to the AI companies trying to build artificial general intelligence, or AGI. The list of such companies includes DeepMind, OpenAI, Anthropic and xAI, all of which are backed by billions of dollars. Many leading figures at these very companies have claimed, in public, while standing in front of microphones, that one possible outcome of the technology they are explicitly trying to build is that everyone on Earth dies. The only sane response to this is to immediately call 911 and report them to the authorities. They are saying that their own technology might kill you, me, our family members and friends — the entire human population. And almost no one is freaking out about this.

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Moscow launches probe into Crocus City fire safety staff

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Aftermath of the terrorist attack on Moscow's Crocus City Hall theater, March 22, 2024
More people died as a result of the fire than of gunshot wounds in the March 22 terrorist attack, investigators said last week

The people responsible for fire safety at the Crocus City Hall, where a deadly terrorist attack took place in March just outside of Moscow, are being investigated for criminal negligence, law enforcement told TASS news agency on Sunday.

The attack on the concert hall claimed more than 140 lives. Four armed gunmen stormed the busy venue on a Friday night when it was packed for a rock concert, opening fire and setting the building ablaze. At least 45 people died as a result of the fire, the head of the Russian Investigative Committee, Aleksandr Bastrykin, said last week. While bodies are still being identified and the causes of death determined, as of last week, more people died of the fire than of gunshot wounds.

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Democrats whine as anti-free speech allies turn against them

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You are "killing people," President Biden told social media companies a couple of years ago. He sought to shame executives into censoring more Americans. Biden has lashed out at disinformation by anti-vaxxers, "election deniers" and others. This month, those words were thrown back at Biden himself as a "genocide denier" by protesters who have labeled him "Genocide Joe" over his support for Israel.

After years of supporting censorship and blacklisting of people with opposing views, politicians and academics are finding themselves the subjects of the very anti-free speech tactics that they helped foster.

Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), for example, has been a leading figure in Congress opposing efforts to curtail massive censorship programs coordinated by the Biden administration. While opposing the investigation into past federal censorship efforts, Raskin continues to push social media companies to increase the censorship and silencing of Americans. Last December, Raskin sent a letter on behalf of other Democrats on the powerful House Oversight Committee demanding even more censorship, not only on election fraud, COVID or climate change, but also on abortion.


Container ship 'loses power' in NYC harbor near bridge; passenger planes clip wings at UK airport

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A massive container ship reportedly lost power on the Upper New York Bay - just before the Verrazzano-Narrows Bridge connecting the New York City boroughs of Staten Island and Brooklyn.

According to Captain John Konrad, CEO of gCaptain, a New York City tugboat captain informed him that the 354-meter container ship APL QINGDAO "lost power while transiting New York harbor."

"They had 3 escort tugs but 3 more were needed to bring her under control. They regained power & were brought to anchor near the verrazano bridge," the tugboat captain told Konrad.

Comment: See: Barge slams into bridge in Oklahoma; cruise ship crashes into wall in Austria

The Daily Mail reports:
A Virgin Atlantic 787 has collided with a British Airways Airbus A350 while pushing back from the terminal building at Heathrow airport causing minor damage to both aircraft.

The Virgin jet was being guided by a tug when its winglets struck the tail of the neighbouring BA jet.

Emergency services raced to the scene following the low-speed impact.

A Virgin Atlantic spokesperson said: 'We are aware that the wingtip of one of our empty aircraft came into contact with another aircraft whilst being towed from the stand at London Heathrow Terminal 3.
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The Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787 struck the British Airways Airbus A350 as it was being pushed back from the terminal building at Heathrow Airport
'The safety of our customers and crew is always our top priority. We can confirm no customers were on board the Virgin Atlantic aircraft during this time.

'We've commenced a full and thorough investigation and our engineering teams are performing maintenance checks on the aircraft, which for now has been taken out of service.'

One Twitter user, Alex Whittles wrote: 'Just witnessed a plane crash at Heathrow!

'A tug pushing back a Virgin 787, crashed the wing into a BA A350.'

The British Airways jet had recently arrived in London from Accra, Ghana and was due to depart on the return journey at 12.40pm from Gate 25 at Terminal 3.

It's departure has been pushed back to 6.30pm, according to Heathrow Airport's departure board.

BA said it has provided an alternative aircraft to 'limit the impact on our customers'.

A spokesperson said: 'One of our aircraft, whilst stationary at Heathrow earlier today, was involved in a collision with another airline's jet, which was being towed from a stand at the time.

'Our aircraft is being assessed by our engineering teams and we have provided an alternative aircraft to limit the impact on our customers.'

A Heathrow spokesperson said: 'We are working alongside emergency services and our airline partners in response to an incident involving two aircraft on the ground earlier today.

'At present, no passenger injuries have been reported and we do not anticipate there to be any ongoing impact to airport operations.'

Luggage handlers were operating in the area of the British Airways jet when the impact occurred.

At least five fire engines attended the scene in case there was any fuel leaks or possible fire. A host of other airport security officials secured the scene.

Virgin confirmed it had launched an investigation in a statement earlier today.

Investigators will want to know if there were sufficient personnel involved in the push back from the terminal building, and how the Virgin jet was able to strike the horizontal stabiliser of the British Airways jet.

It is understood Virgin Atlantic's flying programme has not been disrupted by the incident.

The tow movement was provided by a ground handling company under contract by Virgin Atlantic.

British Airways told MailOnline: 'One of our aircraft, whilst stationary at Heathrow earlier today, was involved in a collision with another airline's jet, which was being towed from a stand at the time.

'Our aircraft is being assessed by our engineering teams and we have provided an alternative aircraft to limit the impact on our customers.'
Back in January there were 2 rare incidents at Japanese airports, and which had much more deadly consequences: Japan sees another 'rare' airport incident when 2 planes collide on Hokkaido runway, 2nd incident in just 2 weeks

See also: Denmark fires defence chief, withdraws frigate from Red Sea operation, over ship's dangerous 'technical issues'

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Best of the Web: Israeli doctor says detained Palestinians are undergoing 'routine' amputations for handcuff injuries - CNN

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© Amir Levy/Getty ImagesSoldiers with the Israel Defense Forces stand near a military vehicle on March 4, 2024.
A doctor at a field hospital for detained Palestinians at Israel's Sde Teiman army base has described "deplorable conditions" and "routine" amputations due to handcuff injuries, according to an exclusive report from the newspaper Haaretz.

In a letter to Israel's attorney general and defense and health ministers, obtained by Haaretz, the doctor said the conditions at Sde Teiman field hospital compromise inmates' health and violate medical ethics.

"Just this week, two prisoners had their legs amputated due to handcuff injuries, which unfortunately is a routine event," the doctor said in the letter, according to the Haaretz report on Thursday. He wrote that inappropriate care at the detention facility has led to "complications and sometimes even in the patient's death," adding that "this makes all of us - the medical teams and you, those in charge of us in the health and defense ministries, complicit in the violation of Israeli law."

Comment: Not just Israeli law, international law, and crimes against humanity; and this isn't the only documented and routine violation: US State dept accuses Israel of 'systematically' sexually abusing Palestinian women, cites damning UN report

Comment: It's notable that, for many years, it has evidently been IDF protocol to target, and use specially designed ammunition, to maim Palestinians:

Whilst Israeli sadism against Palestinians has been ongoing for many years now, it's rather disturbing that, under the guise of 'dysphoria', amputation and castration is in the news more than ever before: Quebec man has two healthy fingers amputated to relieve 'body integrity dysphoria'


Car rams protesters demanding Netanyahu's resignation in Tel Aviv, 5 injured

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Israeli police say the driver refused pleas to stop when he drove his vehicle into the crowd
A car plowed into a crowd of protesters demanding the resignation of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv on Saturday evening, injuring five people. The driver was detained on the spot.

According to a brief statement from police on X (formerly Twitter), the incident took place on Namir Road, where an anti-government rally was being held. The demonstration was part of countrywide protests in which people urged Netanyahu to step down and called for the return of hostages still held by Hamas in Gaza.

Comment: Notably, this has happened at least once before, such as during the protests of July 2023, which were basically over the same issue.

There was also a seemingly unrelated car ramming attack in January 2024, also in Tel Aviv, but this time 'Palestinians' were blamed.

And other protest reports from Israel from the last week or so: Woe be to a society that fosters monsters:


UN expert: 'Apocalyptic situation' on Caribbean island

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© Clarens Siffroy / AFPPolice monitor a street after gang violence erupted in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, March 22, 2024.
Haiti has descended into "unprecedented" levels of violence and cruelty, a top human rights observer has claimed

A top UN human rights expert has likened conditions in Haiti to the "worst of times" in Somalia, saying the Caribbean nation has descended into unprecedented violence and chaos since gangs took over much of the capital last month.

"I'm running out of words, frankly, at this point," human rights observer William O'Neill told the UN Human Rights Council earlier this week. "It's apocalyptic, it's like the end of times." He added that the capital, Port-au-Prince, is suffering "a level of intensity and cruelty in the violence that is simply unprecedented in my experience in Haiti."

Comment: The situation is a culmination of over a century of US interference in a society that was one of the first to throw off its colonial masters.


The turning of the DEI tide

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The University of Texas has announced that, following the mandate of the state legislature, it will unwind its DEI bureaucracy. Specifically, administrators will close down its DEI division, require some DEI deans to return to teaching, and eliminate other DEI positions altogether.

This is the culmination of a year-long campaign to abolish DEI and restore the principle of colorblind equality.


BDS pressure: McDonald's will buy all 225 restaurants from Israel franchise following fallout from pro-Palestinian boycott

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© NurPhoto via Getty ImagesMcDonald’s said sales have suffered in the Middle East and Muslim countries due to calls to boycott the company.
McDonald's signed a deal to purchase all 225 of the restaurants that comprise its Israel franchise, the American fast-food chain announced, following months of dramatically lower sales due to pro-Palestinian boycott action amid the Israel-Hamas war.

The restaurant outlets in Israel have been owned by local licensee Alonyal Ltd., which is owned by Israeli businessman Omri Padan, for more than 30 years.

"An agreement to sell Alonyal to McDonald's Corporation has been signed," the McDonald's statement said Thursday. "Upon completion of the transaction, McDonald's Corporation will own Alonyal Limited's restaurants and operations, and employees will be retained on equivalent terms." The company did not disclose the purchase amount.