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The owner and manager of a cargo ship that rammed into Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge before the span collapsed last week filed a court petition Monday seeking to limit their legal liability for the deadly disaster.

The companies’ “limitation of liability” petition is a routine but important procedure for cases litigated under U.S. maritime law. A federal court in Maryland ultimately decides who is responsible—and how much they owe—for what could become one of the costliest catastrophes of its kind.

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The main reason I’ve focused so hard on Gaza these last six months isn’t so much because of how evil and horrific Israel’s mass atrocity is in and of itself, but because it’s so intimately intertwined with all our world’s other problems, and with the future of the human species.

In a very real way, the destruction of Gaza appears to be a moment in history where humanity is collectively mulling over whether it wants to keep behaving in a crazy, self-destructive way and continue along its trajectory into dystopia and toward self-inflicted extinction, or abandon this madness and push for something better. Whether it wants to keep buying into the lies and propaganda and tacitly consenting to the psychopathic murderousness of the powerful, or let the light of truth shine in.

A live-streamed genocide happening right out in the open forces a civilization to start asking questions about itself. If something like this can happen in plain view of everyone, and the people in charge not only do nothing but actively facilitate it, then you have to start wondering if everything about your entire nation is deranged, and if everything you’ve been told about the world is a lie.

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Australia’s Defence Department has refused a Freedom of Information request about the details of an arms deal with Israel on the grounds that such information “could harm Australia’s international standing and reputation,” which suggests the details must be pretty damning. Equally as scandalous, this refusal was reportedly made in consultation with the Israeli government.

In an article titled “Details of defence deal with Israel kept under wraps to protect Australia’s ‘reputation’,” the ABC’s Andrew Greene details how the Australian military snubbed a Freedom of Information request by the Australian Greens regarding a “Memorandum of Understanding” between Australia and Israel that was signed in 2017. 

“The document within the scope of this request contains information which, if released, could reasonably be expected to damage the international relations of the Commonwealth,” the Defence Department said in a letter explaining its rejection.

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Children who believe they are transgender may actually have mental health issues, a landmark report is set to find this week.

It is expected to advise that children should not be rushed onto a path to change gender, and that they receive counselling that addresses the mental health issues they may have rather than being put on drugs.

Dr Hillary Cass, a paediatrician, will on Wednesday unveil her long-awaited review into how transgender children are supported and the medical treatment they receive.

It comes amid concern that children are being allowed to change gender in school without their parents’ knowledge or consent, and after the routine prescription of puberty blockers was banned by NHS England.

The Telegraph understands that the report will find that children who think they are trans disproportionately have mental health issues stemming from a difficult family situation or having suffered from abuse. They are also more likely to be neurodiverse.

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Nearly every House Democrat on Wednesday voted against legislation that would require immediate medical attention for babies who are born alive after an attempt was made to abort them.

The House passed the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which says any infant born alive after an attempted abortion is a "legal person for all purposes under the laws of the United States." Doctors would be required to care for those infants as a "reasonably diligent and conscientious health care practitioner would render to any other child born alive."

The bill passed 220-210, and all 210 of the "no" votes came from Democrats. Only one Democrat voted for the bill — Rep. Henry Cuellar of Texas — and one other Democrat, Rep. Vicente Gonzalez of Texas, voted "present."

Webmaster addition: Aren't these the same Democrats who insist guns be banned to save the lives of children?

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Republicans are blasting President Biden's latest plan to cancel student loan debt for millions of Americans, accusing the president of 'bribing' voters ahead of the 2024 election. 

The Biden administration unveiled its latest proposals to forgive as much as $20,000 in debt for some borrowers on Monday after the Supreme Court struck down its original plan last year. 

The White House believes that when combined with the efforts already taken to cancel $146 billion for four million borrowers, the latest efforts would impact as many as 30 million borrowers.

'Once again, President Biden is ignoring the Supreme Court and shamelessly raiding the treasury to transfer billions in student loan debt to taxpayers. He's using your money to buy votes,' wrote Republican Senator Tom Cotton on X Monday.

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 A SoCal owner of a superficially chic, matte black Cybertruck reported that her brand new Tesla EV went 'completely dead' after just 4 days - even while 'fully charged' 

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Eight groups will receive tens of billions in taxpayer dollars, the Biden White House announced today, in an effort help struggling Americans reduce their carbon output.

The $20 billion was awarded by the Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday in the form of federal 'green bank' grants to eight community development banks and nonprofits for use in low income communities that lack the resources to modernize.

But Republicans in Congress blasted the funding as a taxpayer-financed 'slush fund' designed to support the Biden administration's 'special interest friends.'

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It’s open season for false-flag provocations in NATO’s proxy war against Russia in Ukraine.

Russia is winning the war – now in its third year – and the NATO weapons laundering scam with its NeoNazi regime in Ukraine is coming apart. So what to do?

Only two weeks after a terror attack near Moscow that killed 144 civilians, which the Western media roundly attributed to Islamist jihadists and Western governments categorically asserted had nothing to do with the Ukrainian regime it sponsors, there now follows a spate of other false flags.

Russia is being accused of dropping chemical weapons on Ukrainian soldiers while also trying to blow up Europe’s biggest civilian nuclear power plant.

Over the weekend, Western media reports bore the hallmark signs of disinformation campaigns by peddling lame claims that the Russian military was dropping gas grenades on Ukrainian troops.

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The Justice Department will not produce subpoenaed audio recordings of former Special Counsel Robert Hur's interview with President Biden to House Republicans, putting Attorney General Merrick Garland at risk of being held in contempt of Congress. 

House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, R-Ky., and House Judiciary Committee Chair Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, have threatened to hold Garland in contempt of Congress over the Justice Department's failure to produce the records. Last month, they set Monday, April 8, as the deadline for Garland to comply. 

The Justice Department did meet the GOP-imposed deadline to respond but notified lawmakers it would not turn over the audio files of Hur's interview about Biden's alleged improper retention of classified documents from his time as a senator and vice president.

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Luckily cicadas are harmless – they don’t bite or sting, nor do they carry disease. But because they are terrible fliers and even worse at landing, they could end up creating a large amount of debris.

The US is preparing to experience trillions of cicadas surfacing across as many as 16 states in the country this year. These pudgy insects with bulging orange eyes are known for their extraordinary, highly synchronized life cycles. Unlike annual cicadas, periodical cicadas – of which there are just 10 species – spend most of their lives in larval form, buried beneath the soil and feeding on plant root fluid.

But this year their emergence will be a dramatic spectacle as two groups of cicadas are expected to erupt from the earth simultaneously for the first time in several hundred years. The broods are known as Brood XIX and Brood XII. Their joint appearance is rare as this concurrent event has not happened since 1803 and won’t occur again for another 221 years.

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