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Thought for the day
"There was truth and there was untruth, and if you clung to the truth even against the whole world, you were not mad." -- George Orwell 1984
President Donald Trump made two endorsements in Democrat primaries on Truth Social.
Eleven Moroccan children were rescued by Spanish authorities near the exclave of Ceuta this week after they attempted to cross the Strait of Gibraltar alone in a small boat.
The 11 children, said to be aged between six and 11 years old, were first seen by a lifeguard on a beach in Ceuta and were intercepted just over half a mile off the North African coast as their small boat was headed toward the Spanish mainland.
According to the lifeguard, who spotted the boat with his binoculars, the boys were using sticks and their hands in an effort to guide the boat toward the Spanish coast, El Mundo reports.
The lifeguard then took a jet ski to meet the boat and alerted the Civil Guard and Maritime Rescue, who collected the young children from the sea.
According to El Mundo, the children set off from Ceuta after several of the children had already been received into the migrant reception system in the city, one of two Spanish exclaves which lie on the North African coast.
Eric Caballero is moving from one of the wokest names in media to one of the most conservative.
Those taking the German government to task over the ongoing gas crisis have been branded the “new enemies of the state” by one government minister in the country.
An ostensibly “centrist” minister in Germany has branded those looking to hold officials accountable for their chronic mismanagement of the country as the “new enemies of the state”.
Supposed free-thinker and renowned atheist Sam Harris has admitted that he approves of the corporate media manipulating and misinforming the public to stop Donald Trump.
So much for pretending you believe in people hearing all the facts and making up their own minds about things. No, no … in order to preserve democracy, we must manipulate the people, lie to them by way of omission, and hide the truth.
Here it is, straight from the liar’s mouth:
Facebook will prevent edits to ads dealing with social, political, or electoral issues that are approved to run in the week of the midterm elections, among a number of steps it is taking to build on and expand what it calls its 2020 election “safeguards” ahead of the midterms.
In a press release written by Facebook (now known as Meta) Global Affairs President Nick Clegg, the tech company which remains a pivotal force in disseminating news to Americans boasted of its efforts to “protect elections online,” not just in the United States but around the world.
Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg and Nick Clegg ( YOAN VALAT /Getty)
The leading trade group for transgender surgeons and doctors is lowering its approved ages for sex-change surgeries and sex-shifting hormones, according to a draft recommendation.
The World Professional Association for Transgender Health’s (WPATH) new guidance lowers the recommended age for cross-sex hormones from 16 to 14 years, according to a guidance draft obtained by The Post Millennial this week. The age for double mastectomies, the removal of breasts, has been lowered to 15. Sixteen-year-old boys may seek breast augmentations, facial surgeries and tracheal shaves to reduce the appearance of an Adam’s apple.
Small farmers are the world’s primary food providers. Adele says it’s imperative for policymakers to listen to them, not the big corporates.
Weeding maize, Mongu, Western Zambia, 2012. (Felix Clay/Duckrabbit, WorldFish, Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Ukrainian troops bombarded Horlivka and Novoluhanske on Thursday, firing seven 152mm shells and six NATO 155mm shells. reported Representation of the Donetsk People’s Republic at the Armistice Regime Joint Control and Coordination Center (GCC).
“The fire was recorded in the direction of the VFU (Armed formations of Ukraine – ed.): 20.50 (coincident with Moscow time) – Dyleevka settlement – Gorlovka settlement (Nikitovsky district): seven shells of caliber 152 mm were fired; 23.00 – Klescheevka settlement – Novoluganskoye settlement checkpoint: six shells of 155 mm caliber were fired.”
The representative office of the DPR in the GCC reported on Thursday that there were 13 shellings of Gorlovka by Ukrainian troops, including 155-millimeter “NATO” caliber projectiles. As a result of the bombing of the city, two people, including a child, were killed and eight injured. Gorlovka Mayor Ivan Prikhodko reported that the cathedral was damaged due to the shelling of Ukrainian troops, the Donbassgaz building and the skin dispensary were also damaged.
Polish oil and gas company PGNiG is forced to take out a loan to purchase natural gas in anticipation of a warming period.
At the end of April this year, Gazprom stopped the gas supply to Poland for refusing to pay in Russian rubles. Previously, the republic received up to 10 million tons of this fuel annually from Russia.
The group’s statement states that PGNiG has “signed a loan agreement with the National Economy Bank (BGK) amounting to PLN 4.8 billion (a little over one billion euros at the current exchange rate)”.
The loan agreement has been concluded for 24 months.
It was noted that by signing the loan agreement, PGNiG benefited from the Treasury guarantee, a mechanism stipulated by the Law on Special Decisions on the Protection of Gas Fuel Consumers Depending on the Gas Market Situation.
Hundreds of Americans were left in Afghanistan following last year’s disastrous withdrawal of US troops — and the Biden administration has no intention to help thousands of Afghans who aided the US during its 20-year war against the Taliban and are still marooned in the collapsing country, the top Republican on the House Foreign Affairs Committee claimed in a damning report released Wednesday.
In a two-page summary of Rep. Michael McCaul’s 115-page report, Republicans on the committee stressed that the White House had repeatedly said “about a hundred” Americans were left behind after the last US troops departed Kabul on Aug. 31, 2021.
Apple disclosed a serious security vulnerability for iPhones, iPads and Macs that could potentially allow attackers to take complete control of these devices.
Apple's explanation of the vulnerability means a hacker could get "full admin access" to the device. That would allow intruders to impersonate the device's owner and subsequently run any software in their name, said Rachel Tobac, CEO of SocialProof Security.
According to enrollment data, nearly 2 million students stopped attending public schools between 2020 and 2021.
Was it a glitch or was it a sign of things to come?
One year ago, following the Taliban’s return to power in Afghanistan, the US froze about seven billion dollars in Afghan central bank assets and cut major international funding to the country.
The measure, which pushed the Afghan economy to collapse, faced backlash from inside and outside Afghanistan. In February, US President Joe Biden signed an order splitting Afghan assets between relief aid to Afghanistan and 9/11 victims.
On Tuesday, nearly 80 family members of 9/11 victims sent a letter to Biden saying the money belongs to Afghans, urging him to release the money without delay.
In Afghanistan more and more people are going without job and cash as the US sanctions have paralyzed the public economy. Frustrated Afghans call for the release of Afghanistan central bank assets and solidarity from the international community.
Majority of the Afghan population is in need of humanitarian assistance. More than half Afghans are going hungry and more than a million children are severely malnourished.
Ankara and Kiev have signed a memorandum on Turkey’s participation in the restoration of Ukrainian infrastructure facilities, Ukraine’s Ministry of Infrastructure said.
"Today in Lvov, Ukrainian Minister of Infrastructure Alexander Kurbakov and Turkish Trade Minister Mehmet Mus signed a memorandum of understanding on the reconstruction of infrastructure, which provides for Turkey’s participation in Ukraine’s reconstruction," the ministry said in a statement on Facebook (an Internet platform banned in Russia since it is owned by Meta corporation deemed extremist by Russian authorities).
On the surface, it seemed like the most surprising aspect of Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney’s primary defeat on Tuesday was how big the margin was.
In a press conference on Wednesday 10 August, former President Donald Trump said that on Monday, two days earlier, more than 30 FBI agents raided his Mar-a-Lago residence in Palm Beach, Florida. The FBI refused to allow Mr. Trump’s attorney or any other witnesses to be present during the razzia which lasted over 9 hours. Mr. Trump was suggesting they might have used the opportunity to plant evidence against him.
And why not?
It is clear that the Trump residence Mar-a-Lago raid was not about a bunch of documents that he may have taken with him from the White House. It was about much more. And it is not over yet. US Attorney General Merrick Garland, has intimated that never before in the Justice Department’s 152-year history, was such an extensive investigation of a former President carried out.
“These are dark times for our nation,” former President Trump declared in response to the FBI’s Monday morning raid on his Mar-a-Lago private residence. He compared the event to “an assault” that “could only take place in broken, Third-World countries.”
The President of the Palm Beach Freedom Institute, Paul du Quenoy, calls the The Mar-a-Lago Raid a Desperate Act of a Corrupt Establishment.
The supposed populist Ohio Republican Senate candidate J.D. Vance has structured his income to exploit a controversial tax loophole that almost exclusively benefits the super-rich, according to financial disclosures reviewed by The Lever.
Vance’s opponent, Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan, has co-sponsored legislation to close the so-called carried interest loophole, which lets many Wall Street moguls pay an artificially low tax rate on their income.
Politicians in both parties have denounced the tax dodge — but if they ever get serious about trying to eliminate the maneuver, Vance could stand in their way. If Vance wins in November, the Senate’s arcane rules could empower him to stall any initiative to close a tax loophole from which he stands to personally benefit.
What’s happening in the nearly six-month-old Russo-Ukrainian war? It’s hard to say. Moscow expected a proverbial cakewalk and bungled its initial attack. After rebuffing Russia’s assault, the Zelensky government expanded its objectives, expressing its desire to reconquer portions of the Donbas seized by separatists with Russian support in 2014, as well as Crimea, which had been formally annexed by Moscow.
In recent months, however, Russian forces have made slow progress in the Donbas and now occupy a fifth or more of Ukrainian territory. But Ukraine and its advocates have been threatening counteroffensives against Moscow’s supposedly overstretched forces. Conflicting claims have been made about casualty levels, the impact of high-tech allied weapons sent to Ukraine, and both sides' prospects in the war.
Both Russia and Ukraine have lied and will continue to lie in search of future advantage. Of course, it makes sense to mislead one’s enemies. British Prime Minister Winston Churchill famously observed: “In wartime, truth is so precious that she should always be attended by a bodyguard of lies.”
In his State of the Union address, President Biden announced that Russia was "isolated from the world more than [it] ever has been." He said that "We are choking off Russia’s access to technology that will sap its economic strength and weaken its military for years to come."
But the facts on the ground are less certain than Biden’s words.
In an attempt to relieve world markets from the pain and pressure caused by sanctions on Russian oil, Biden went to Saudi Arabia as a supplicant seeking oil. The Saudis gratefully accepted everything Biden brought them and then, laughing, escorted him out of their house. The Saudis did increase their oil production: by a drop. The 100,000 barrels per day increase, "equivalent to 86 seconds of global oil demand" was described by analysts "as an insult to U.S. President Joe Biden."
Biden asked for help isolating Russia; Saudi Arabia seemingly sided with Russia.