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Ukrainian nationals, who have been mobilized in the city of Kherson, are being kept in a big cage without access to personal hygiene measures and contact with their families, sources familiar with the matter in the Kherson underground network told Sputnik.

"All those captured men are taken to the same place, to the territory of a former driving school, where a detoxification center was located earlier. They keep the conscripts in one big cage without even providing the basic hygiene standards," the sources said.

The mobilized Ukrainian nationals are denied the opportunity to contact their families and friends to prevent the former from receiving any documents that "might confirm their right to deferment or reservation," the sources also said.

Moreover, military commissars from western Ukraine may have been "bribing pensioners" from the Kiev-controlled part of Kherson, paying them $25 each for information about the place of residence of men subject to mobilization, the sources added.

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According to Palestinian media reports on Thursday, the journalist, identified as Mahmoud Jahjouh, was martyred along with his family members in an Israeli airstrike on their home in Sheikh Radwan neighborhood of northern Gaza.

The body of the journalist and his family members were buried at the courtyard of Al-Ahli Arab hospital in Gaza City.

Journalists covering the genocidal war in Gaza have been a frequent target of Israeli attacks since the regime launched the aggression against the enclave on October 7 last year.

Israeli forces have also detained a large number of journalists since then.

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In an advanced draft for a coalition agreement between four right-wing Dutch political factions, the partners agreed to look for the “appropriate time” for moving the embassy of the Netherlands to Jerusalem.

The draft agreement published Thursday morning follows the November general elections in the Netherlands, in which the pro-Israel, far-right Party for Freedom of Geert Wilders received the highest share of the vote with 37 seats out of 150 in the Dutch lower house.

The draft states that research will be conducted into “the appropriate time in which the move of the embassy to Jerusalem can occur.”

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Amid growing international consternation over Tel Aviv’s stance on Rafah, with warnings that further military escalation could cause a “humanitarian catastrophe,” US President Joe Biden has been taking heat on the home front and abroad over continued support for Israel. Hence, Washington’s flip-flopping on weapons aid to its ally.

Israel will be able to “win” its fight against Hamas in Gaza even without US support, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told CNBC in an interview.

The Israeli leader underscored that Tel Aviv “values and wants” American support, and vowed that he would personally do “everything that I can to get American support.” However, when asked point blank, “But can you win this fight without American support?” the PM responded curtly:

"Well, the answer is yes.”

Webmaster addition: Great! Stop sending them our money!

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In recent weeks, the Israel Defense Forces and the Defense Ministry have made extensive preparations for the reception of the floating dock, which was built off the coast of Gaza City. Two ships carrying humanitarian aid that were checked in Cyprus are expected to arrive on Friday.

The preparations were carried out in recent weeks by the Engineering and Construction Division of the Defense Ministry of Defense, the Southern Command's engineering formation, the 563rd Construction Division, the Navy, the Technology and Logistics Division, and the Coordinator of Government Operations in the Territories, in cooperation with the U.S. Army.

"There is an ongoing humanitarian effort and we are working in cooperation with the Central Command of the U.S. Army to establish the floating dock for humanitarian aid in the Gaza Strip," according to the IDF.

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Israel's soldiers are sharing footage of Palestinian detentions in the occupied West Bank, despite the army's pledge to act on previous misconduct revealed by the BBC.

Legal experts say the filming, and its posting online, could be a war crime.

The BBC has analysed 45 photos and videos, which include those of detainees draped in Israeli flags.

The Israel Defense Forces said soldiers have been disciplined or suspended in the event of "unacceptable behaviour".

It did not comment on the individual incidents or soldiers we identified.

International law says detainees must not be exposed to unnecessary humiliation or public curiosity, yet human rights experts say the posting of detention footage does just that.

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U.S. TikToker Danny Rayes got the online community's attention last year when he came out with a video showcasing several compelling examples of "shrinkflation." In one part of the video, he showed how ice cream bars like Magnum no longer fill up ice cream all the way, while Mint Nights are now putting more space in between their chocolate clusters. Girl Scout cookies have significantly shrunk over the years, while Cadbury Chocolates would label their chocolate bars with "Now Bigger" signs even without changes on their packaging.

Although most examples occur state-side, "shrinkflation," the tactic of reducing product size while maintaining the same (or sometimes higher) price, is occurring worldwide.

Because of this, France has recently taken a significant step in the battle against 'shrinkflation' by mandating that all products subject to downsizing must be labelled accordingly starting July 1.

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Authored by Marina Zhang via The Epoch Times 

Common drugs prescribed to treat attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are associated with an increased risk of glaucoma, a recent Canadian study found.

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Glaucoma is a progressive eye disease that causes vision loss. Angle-closure glaucoma is a subtype that contraindicates with popular ADHD drugs.

Dr. Rami Darwich, an ophthalmology resident and the study’s lead author, told The Epoch Times that the study “does not establish causation but rather highlights an elevated risk of glaucoma.”

Common ADHD Drugs

Many popular ADHD drugs are sympathomimetic drugs, meaning they activate the sympathetic nervous system to help people focus. However, their downstream effects can inadvertently contribute to elevated eye pressure.

High eye pressure is a significant risk factor for glaucoma, though Dr. Darwich added that some glaucoma has developed even without significant pressure changes in recent years.

Common ADHD drugs include sympathetic stimulants such as methylphenidate and amphetamines. These are often first-line treatments for people with ADHD due to their greater efficacy. Psychostimulants are effective for about 70 percent of ADHD patients.

Non-sympathomimetic drugs, such as atomoxetine, increase chemicals in the brain to help the brain work and concentrate. Atomoxetine is usually prescribed when the patient is unresponsive to first-line drugs.

The study authors followed 240,257 newly prescribed subjects who took either methylphenidate, amphetamines, atomoxetine, or a combination of these drugs for a year or more.

Study participants were then followed and compared to people who had not taken ADHD drugs to determine glaucoma risks.

People who took amphetamines and atomoxetine had a higher risk of angle-closure glaucoma (ACG), while people who took methylphenidate had a higher risk of open-angle glaucoma (OAG)

Claire's Observations:  people (and particularly kids) who are on some combination of these drugs, need to be monitored ASAP, and continued to be monitored to make sure this isn't happening to them.

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by Tyler Durden

Before Slovakia national authorities could even come out with a confirmed motive for Wednesday's assassination attempt against its prime minister Robert Fico, the following disturbing quote from EU leadership was reported via Bloomberg:

The European Commission said it’s "actively monitoring" the spread of fake news about Wednesday’s shooting of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and warned it can slap Big Tech platforms with fines for failing to tackle disinformation.

The regulator "is equipped with wide-ranging investigatory and supervisory powers, including the power to impose sanctions and remedies," it said in an emailed statement.

Properly translated, this is the EU in effect wanting to control the narrative, or at least make sure there are no inconvenient 'conclusions'. What kinds of stories might they be worried about?...

Interestingly, Slovak Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok in a fresh Thursday statement providing an update of the situation appeared to indirectly attack mainstream media gatekeepers who have long smeared Fico and his policies as 'pro-Kremlin', and have at times gone so far as to suggest he's in cahoots with Putin.

Here's what the interior minister had to say in the briefing:

Interior Minister Matus Sutaj Estok asked journalists to “reflect” on how they had covered Fico’s policies. He referred to the suspect — who was charged with premeditated murder — as a “lone wolf” who did not belong to any political groups, though he said the attack itself was politically motivated.

“I can confirm that this person is not a member of any right-wing or left-wing radicalized party,” Estok said.

"I can confirm to you that the reason it was a politically motivated, attempted premeditated murder is as the suspect himself said: the media information that he had at his disposal," he said.

As for what's been officially released on the suspect, who has been charged with attempted murder, the AP writes that "Slovak police have provided little information on the identity of the suspect. But unconfirmed media reports suggested he was a 71-year-old retiree who was known as an amateur poet, and may have previously worked as a security guard at a mall in the country’s southwest."

More speculation of the type that would without doubt be 'concerning' to EU media gatekeepers and bureaucrats..

Claire's Observations:  I have to wonder; what is it that the EU bureaucrats do not want seen, or known, about this guy who attempted the assassination?!?

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The Trouble With World Government

Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via The Epoch Times,

Well, at least that’s one setback for world government.

A court in Australia has told the government’s own eSafety Commission that Elon Musk is correct: One country cannot impose censorship on the world. The company X, formerly known as Twitter, must obey national law but not global law.

Mr. Musk seems to have won a very similar fight in Brazil, where a judge demanded not just a national but global takedown. X refused and won. For now.

This really does raise a serious issue: How big of a threat are these global government institutions?

Dreamy, dopey, and often scary intellectuals have dreamed of global government for centuries. If you are rich enough and smart enough, the idea seems to be the perennial temptation. The list of advocates includes people who otherwise have made notable contributions: Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, Walter Cronkite, Buckminster Fuller, and many others.

Often the dream comes alive following huge upheavals such as war and depression. Or a pandemic period such as the one we’ve just gone through. The use of “disinformation” as a cross-border test case of global government power is designed to deploy a new strategy of governance in general, one that disregards national control in favor of global control.

That has always been the dream. In history, for example, following the Great War, we saw the creation of the League of Nations, which was a forerunner to the United Nations, at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson. Both were seen by the intellectual class as necessary building blocks for what they really wanted, which was a binding world state.

This is not a conspiracy theory. It’s what they said and what they wanted.

In 1919, H.G. Wells, inspired by the League, became so excited about the idea that he wrote a sweeping reinterpretation of world history that extended from the ninth century B.C. until that present moment. It was called “The Outline of History.”

The goal of the book was to turn on its head the popular Whig theory from the previous century, which saw history as the story of ever more freedom for individuals and away from powerful states. Wells told a story of tribes turning to nations and then to regions, with ever less power to the people and ever more to dictators and planners. His purpose was to chronicle and defend exactly this.

It was a huge bestseller at a time when the appetite for books was voracious because they were becoming affordable and there was a burning passion in the population for universal education. The thesis of his book, however valuable in some historical respects, was genuinely bizarre. He imagined a future world state ruled by a tiny elite of the smartest people who would plan all economies, information flows, migration patterns, and governance systems while crushing national ambitions, free enterprise, traditions, and constitutions.

It was crazy stuff and didn’t really happen. But the efforts never stopped among a certain class of intellectuals. Following World War II, we saw similar efforts, the U.N. being only one. In the agreement hammered out at Bretton Woods in 1944, we had forged the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which were seen as the basis of a global planning apparatus, together with a new world monetary system.

None of this worked out either. The IMF and World Bank ended up being well-funded sinecures for elite academics but not really the financial basis of a world state. The U.N. turned into a disappointment for many. The efforts at global management of trade finally came to fruition with the World Trade Organization, but that machinery has proven mostly toothless and unable to stop the sweeping turning back on free trade that has taken place over the past five years. Today, no nation really fears that entity.

The drive to unite Europe was advertised as a liberal move to inspire cooperation on trade and travel and to make economic cooperation possible. But that was just the pitch. The reality of the European Union was the creation of a mean bureaucracy in Brussels that would override the sovereignty of nations and force deference to a new central state in Europe that actually had no historical precedent. It was an experiment in region-wide government planning.

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At the start of the year, after Hertz announced it was selling off its fleet of Teslas — backtracking on a plan to buy up 100,000 of the electric vehicles — the news sounded good for Bijay Pandey, a 34-year-old self-employed data worker in Irving, Texas. “I have another vehicle, and I was trying to add one for my wife because gas prices were too high,” he said. When he found out that it came with a $4,000 tax credit — even better. “That’s what attracted me,” he added. So, the day after Valentine’s Day, he bought a red 2022 Long Range Model 3 with 70,000 miles on it. It ended up costing just about $25,000, not a bad deal for a car that can sell for about $47,000 new.

But almost immediately, there were problems. After getting a temporary title, he found the car wasn’t reading voltage correctly. Soon, a body shop found a quarter-size hole in the undercarriage he hadn’t seen before, which led to revelations of deeper issues inside. “The high-voltage battery pack is damaged and could cause extreme safety concerns,” a Tesla technician texted him. Because the hole was “exterior damage,” it wasn’t covered by the warranty, which meant a $13,078.58 repair bill. Hertz said that it would swap the car for Pandey, but for about two months he waited — making $500 payments on his auto loan — before getting a replacement. “I realized why they were trying to get rid of those Teslas,” he said. “If anything happens to a Tesla, then the bill is too high.”

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White House deputies are quietly gutting a little-known regulation that protects American graduates from the fly-in migrants who use temporary visas to take and keep U.S. jobs, say advocates for U.S. employees.

“It’s going to wreak havoc on American professionals,” said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers.

The suggested changes to the “Schedule A” regulation will not increase the annual number of legal migrants, he told Breitbart News. But they will help companies employ foreign graduates long after their temporary visas have expired, ensuring the displacement of more American graduates, Lynn said.

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The “floating pier” built by the U.S. Navy off the coast of Gaza was completed on Thursday, and connected to the shore by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops.

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 Taxpayers forked out almost £70million in the last financial year and the probe is not expected to report its findings until the end of 2026, so the final cost is likely be around £200million. 

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The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament today warned that Ukraine was 'dragging the United States and Europe' into a major global war, urging Western leaders to act responsibly to avoid a catastrophe.

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The European Commission has warned that the Netherlands 'cannot opt out of EU legislation' and bring in its 'strictest-ever' asylum policy, despite the new government pledging to do so.

The newly agreed Dutch coalition government wants a new immigration policy that  will see people removed from the European country 'by force' - setting up a clash with leaders in Brussels even before it has taken office.

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have just suffered their biggest 'friendly fire' disaster to date during military operations in northern Gaza. In a Wednesday incident, a pair of Israeli tanks targeted a building which was serving as a forward operating HQ for their own troops.

Five Israeli soldiers were confirmed killed in the incident which happened in Jabalia. An additional seven troops were wounded, with three listed in serious condition. 

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Another week, another mid-air mishap for a Boeing plane. This time, a 747-400 carrying 468 passengers from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia had to make an emergency landing immediately after takeoff when one of the plane's four engines erupted in a fireball.

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Powerful storms tore through eastern Texas on Thursday evening, decimating transmission towers and plunging over a million residents into darkness. 

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For much of the past decade, gold bugs religiously tracked the physical gold inventory located in the various gold vaults that make up the Comex system, eagerly awaiting the day when there would be more deliverables (via paper shorting of gold) than physical in storage, sparking a historic, Volkswagen-like short squeeze. Well, the day of a historic Comex short squeeze finally arrived... only it wasn't in gold but in the far less precious metal that is copper.

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The Human Medicines Regulations state that celebrity endorsement of drugs is not allowed. So why are TV doctors in the pay of AstraZeneca promoting vaccines in the media, ask Tom Jefferson and Carl Heneghan.

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A series of FOIs proves that the NHS really was just making it up as it went along on face masks. Not a single scientific assessment of risk and benefit could be produced.

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The WHO is pressing ahead with its amendments to the International Health Regulations despite missing the deadline for finalising them by several months, in brazen contempt of the rule of law.

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Comedy environmentalist Jim Dale and Dale Vince have both suggested that climate 'denial' should be a criminal offence. Is this desperation because it's becoming so obvious the evidence is against them?

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