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Facebook censors Climate: The Movie after 'fact check' by science feedback

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Facebook's censorship is totally out of hand, and its "independent and nonpartisan fact checks" are anything but. Now it is censoring Climate: The Movie. The supposed 'fact checks' provided by Science Feedback and Climate Feedback (they are two branches of the same organisation) have been shown many times to be both partisan and ideologically driven. The 'fact check' of Steve Koonin's bestselling book Unsettled done by Climate Feedback was blisteringly criticised by the Wall Street Journal in a lead editorial by the WSJ editorial staff.

The editorial includes the following:
Mr. Koonin, whose careful book draws extensively on existing scholarship, may respond on the merits in a different forum. Suffice it to say here that many of the 'fact check' claims relied on by Facebook don't contradict the underlying material, but instead argue with its perceived implications.


Abu Ghraib survivors to get their day in court

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© API/Gamma-Rapho/Getty ImagesA photo purports to show prisoners being abused by US guards at Abu Ghraib prison, near Baghdad
Two decades after a US torture scandal made headlines, a lawsuit against the military contractor involved is going to trial...

Twenty years on from reports that the US military was torturing prisoners at Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison, three survivors will finally get a chance to bring their claims before an American jury.

A trial in the civil lawsuit filed by former Abu Ghraib inmates against the US military contractor that they blame for their suffering is scheduled to begin on Monday in a federal court near Washington. The private security contractor, CACI International, has strung the case along for 16 years by making over 20 unsuccessful attempts to have the lawsuit dismissed.

CACI, which supplied the interrogators who worked at Abu Ghraib, has insisted that its employees weren't accused of abusing detainees. The Virginia-based company also has argued that as a Pentagon contractor, it should be protected by the government's sovereign immunity against the torture allegations.


Crib notes for the Trial of the Century

"Once someone determined Trump was so bad it was okay to lie about him, it set the precedent that the only thing that mattered was a subject's politics." — Matt Taibbi
What fascinates us about sex, I suppose, is that most everyone wants it and seeks it, driven by irresistible natural impulses, and yet the act itself is such an affront to civilized decorum that it inspires both comedy and horror, two states of consciousness that are themselves irresistibly compelling. Add lawyers to all that and you find yourself entering the realm of opera bouffe, which is to say, kitsch, human expression reduced to its most self-consciously ridiculous.

Enter Stormy Daniels, that notorious pair of cumulus clouds attached to a person, who made a career in the sex industry and later on, at the age when sex workers generally face retirement, had a fresh start as a political gadfly buzzing around the mystifying hair-do of President Donald Trump. Stormy first encountered Mr. Trump in 2006 when he was a mere TV star who played in a celebrity golf tournament in Lake Tahoe. She was hanging out there with two porn-star girlfriends. Golf nuts all, must've been.

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Vultures: Israeli firms working overtime to sell stolen Palestinian land to US Jews

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© Eleanor GoldfieldZionists encircle anti-Zionist protesters standing with keffiyehs and a sign reading "Waterfront properties built upon bulldozed bodies" outside of Shomrei Emunah in Baltimore, Maryland.
The real estate events peddling land in Israeli settlements in the West Bank appear to flout US and international law.

"Your chance to own a piece of the Holy Land!" exclaims the cheerful advertising copy on a real estate website aimed at attracting buyers in the U.S. and Canada to purchase land located in Israel and in a number of Israeli settlements in the West Bank. The site describes five land sale events that occurred this spring in the U.S. and Canada.

Another land sale event held in Baltimore invited attendees to "Buy Your Home in Israel Now!" But, as with the other events, attendees couldn't just be anyone interested in some freshly stolen land. You have to be Jewish, but not just any kind of Jewish.


26 coal barges break loose on flooded Ohio River, destroy Pittsburgh marina

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© U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Pittsburgh DistrictThe force of the water slammed one of the barges against the cement pier so hard that it bent.
Heavy rain triggered flooding across the Ohio River again. Pittsburgh is on track to see record rainfall for the month of April, according to the National Weather Service.

Flooding rains allowed 26 barges on the Ohio River to break loose and flow downstream threatening Pittsburgh bridges. Authorities closed the bridges, which have since reopened.

Officials closed several bridges across Pittsburgh late Friday and Saturday morning as more than two dozen cargo barges broke loose and careened down the flooded Ohio River.

"The McKees Rocks Bridge was closed in both directions, and rail traffic was shut down on the rail bridge to Brunot Island," public safety officials in Pittsburgh said in a statement. "Both will be reopened when it is determined that it is safe to do so."

Comment: Whilst this is related to an extreme weather event, one might suppose this is also connected to the over failing of US infrastructure and general management; and this is in addition to the more suspect incidents occurring across the nation: Container ship 'loses power' in NYC harbor near bridge; passenger planes clip wings at UK airport

Meanwhile in China:

Evil Rays

Bishop and 3 worshipers attacked with knife on livestream in Sydney Orthodox church, comes just 48 hours after mall attack

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Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was preaching at The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley in Sydney's west on Monday evening when a man dressed in black walked up to the altar and stabbed him multiple times (pictured)
A bishop and three worshippers have been attacked in another stabbing rampage to rock Sydney, as riot police were called in to quell mounting tensions in the city's west.

Assyrian religious leader Bishop Mar Mari Emmanuel was preaching at Christ The Good Shepherd Church in Wakeley in Sydney's west on Monday just after 7pm when a man dressed in a dark hoodie walked up to the altar and allegedly stabbed him multiple times.

Horrifying footage of the incident, which was being broadcast live on the church's YouTube page, shows Bishop Emmanuel look up in astonishment as the attacker suddenly rains down blows on his face and head.

Comment: Interestingly, early reports of the mall attack claimed it might be terror-related, however, relatively quickly, police assured people that there was no reason to believe that it was. What was acknowledged is that the criminal was known to the authorities.

Overall, it seems possible that this attack may be more along the lines of some kind of copycat attack. One is reminded of the two shootings in Serbia in May 2023.

It is, however, notable that the victim was known to have been outspoken against the establishment agenda, and one wonders whether this criminal, like the mall attacker, was also 'known to the authorities': Sydney mall knife attack: 6 dead, several wounded, incl. baby, perpetrator was known to authorities

UPDATE: Footage of the bishop's other talks are emerging online:


WHO official admits vaccine passports may have been a scam

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The World Health Organization's Dr. Hanna Nohynek testified in court that she advised her government that vaccine passports were not needed but was ignored, despite explaining that the COVID vaccines did not stop virus transmission and the passports gave a false sense of security. The stunning revelations came to light in a Helsinki courtroom where Finnish citizen Mika Vauhkala is suing after he was denied entry to a café for not having a vaccine passport.

Dr. Nohynek is chief physician at the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare and serves as the WHO's chair of Strategic Group of Experts on immunization. Testifying yesterday, she stated that the Finnish Institute for Health knew by the summer of 2021 that the COVID-19 vaccines did not stop virus transmission

During that same 2021 time period, the WHO said it was working to "create an international trusted framework" for safe travel while EU members states began rolling out COVID passports. The EU Digital COVID Certificate Regulation passed in July 2021 and more than 2.3 billion certificates were later issued. Visitors to France were banned if they did not have a valid vaccine passport which citizens had to carry to buy food at stores or to use public transport.

Big Bomb

Israel's defence against Iran attack overnight 'likely cost over $1bn'

The cost for one night of defence seen as significantly higher than the price Iran paid to mount its attack.
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© ReutersA police officer and residents inspect the remains of an Iranian rocket booster that landed in Israel, near Arad, 14 April 2024.
It cost Israel more than $1bn to activate its defence systems that intercepted Iran's massive drone and missile attack overnight, according to a former financial adviser to Israel's military.

"The defence tonight was on the order of 4-5bn shekels [$1-1.3bn] per night," estimated Brigadier General Reem Aminoach in an interview with Ynet news.

Aminoach highlighted that the staggering price tag stands in contrast to the relatively low amount that Iran had spent to launch its assault, which some estimates have put at less than 10 percent of what it cost Israel to stop the attack.

Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles towards Israel on Saturday, in response to an Israeli attack on its consulate in Syria that killed two senior Revolutionary Guard commanders earlier this month.

Israel said its military forces and its allies had intercepted 99 percent of the missiles, but some ballistic missiles penetrated Israeli defences and hit the Nevatim Airbase in southern Israel.

Light Saber

Iowa GOP governor signs bill allowing local authorities to arrest certain migrants, 'enforce immigration laws'

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Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Wednesday a bill that allows local police to arrest illegal immigrants in the Hawkeye State who had previously been deported.
'The Biden Administration has failed to enforce our nation's immigration laws, putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk,' says Iowa Gov Kim Reynolds

Iowa Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds signed into law Wednesday evening a measure that allows local police to arrest illegal immigrants in the Hawkeye State who have previously been deported or denied admission.

Senate File 2340, which makes it a crime for an illegal immigrant to enter or re-enter the state if he or she has previously been deported or denied admission to the United States, is similar to a Texas law that has become the target of a high-profile legal challenge from the Biden administration.

In a statement announcing her signing of the measure, Reynolds said, "The Biden Administration has failed to enforce our nation's immigration laws, putting the protection and safety of Iowans at risk."

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Palestinian murdered by Israeli settlers rampaging in his village and troops fire on stone-throwers

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© AP Photo/Nasser NasserPalestinians inspect the shattered vehicle of Mohammad Daraghmeh, 26, a local Hamas commander who was killed in a shootout with Israeli soldiers early morning during an army raid, in the West Bank village of Tamoun, Friday, April 12, 2024.
Dozens of Israeli settlers stormed into a Palestinian village in the Israeli-occupied West Bank on Friday, shooting and setting houses and cars on fire. The rampage killed a Palestinian man and wounded 25 others, Palestinian health officials said.

The violence was the latest in an escalation in the West Bank that has accompanied Israel's war in the Gaza Strip. An Israeli rights group said the settlers were searching for a missing 14-year-old boy from their settlement. After the rampage, Israeli troops said they were still searching for the teen.

The killing came after an Israeli raid overnight killed two Palestinians, including a Hamas militant, in confrontation with Israeli forces.

Palestinian health officials say over 460 Palestinians have been killed in the West Bank by Israeli fire since the war erupted in October.