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UK government must figure out how to share spending data across departments after up to £59 billion ($74.4 billion) in expenditure was lost to fraud and error early in the pandemic.

This is according to a report from the National Audit Office (NAO), which found levels of fraud in UK public spending grew sharply during the pandemic. The fraud reported in accounts the watchdog audits rose from £5.5 billion in the two years before the pandemic to £21.0 billion in the two years after.

Estimates from the Public Sector Fraud Authority (PSFA), the NAO pointed out, suggest fraud in UK public spending could have reached £58.8 billion during the 2020-2021 financial year, covering the height of the COVID-19 outbreak.

The NAO said lack of access to data was part of the reason authorities struggled to keep up with the explosion in fraud.

Tags: ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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Prolonged use of acid reflux medications called proton pump inhibitors could increase the risk of dementia, a new study shows.

Previous studies gave conflicting advice on whether the medicines were linked to dementia. This latest research, published Wednesday in the journal Neurology, found that simply taking a proton pump inhibitor did not necessarily result in a higher risk. The key was the amount of time that a person took one of the medicines.

The risk showed up after people used the drugs for more than 4 years. People who used proton pump inhibitors for that duration or longer had a 33% greater risk of developing dementia. (The term dementia refers to a group of conditions marked by abnormal and progressive brain changes, the most common of which is Alzheimer’s disease.)

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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With the 2024 election season in full swing, and a Trump-Biden rematch appearing likely, Americans deserve to know that mail-in voting fraud likely changed the outcome of the 2020 election. In recent years, mail-in voting has become more commonplace. However, in 2020, mail-in voting reached an all-time record due to pandemic policies encouraging mail-in voting.

These abrupt and capricious changes to voting procedures in the months before the 2020 election occurred despite the fact that ample evidence showed that mass mail-in voting, unsecure ballot drop boxes, ballot harvesting, and lack of signature verification would result in a flood of fraudulent ballots that would undermine the accuracy of the election results.

A groundbreaking poll conducted by The Heartland Institute and Rasmussen Reports in November/December 2023 attempted to assess the degree of fraudulent voting that may have taken place. The results were stunning. Some of the most important findings from the poll include:

  • 21% of mail-in voters admitted that in 2020 they voted in a state where they are “no longer a permanent resident.”
  • 21% of mail-in voters admitted that they filled out a ballot for a friend or family member
  • 17% of mail-in voters said they signed a ballot for a friend or family member “with or without his or her permission.”
  • 19% of mail-in voters said that a friend or family member filled out their ballot, in part or in full, on their behalf.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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The U.S. fleet of F-35 fighters continued to be vexed by reliability, maintainability, and availability (RMA) problems last fiscal year, available for operations only 51 percent of the time—compared to a goal of 65 percent—according to the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation’s annual report.

“The operational suitability of the F-35 fleet remains below service expectations and requirements,” according to the report, published in late January.

Aircraft availability among all U.S. F-35s hit its high water mark in January 2021 but has declined since, the report authors noted.

“In [fiscal year 2023], aircraft availability was slightly below that in FY’22, after declining for most of FY’21,” the report assessed.  “Available” means an F-35 can do at least one of its many assigned missions.

The RMA performance of the F-35 has been the subject of numerous congressional hearings and Government Accountability Office reports over the years, and the Pentagon has launched many initiatives meant to get mission capability rates up.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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If surgeons are permitted to cut off healthy breasts, why not healthy arms? If physicians are allowed to mutilate, manipulate, or surgically eliminate genitalia to “treat” a patient’s gender dysphoria, then why not healthy legs to treat another dysphoria? Since “gender affirming” surgeries are permitted for adults, with some states granting such life altering procedures for children, it’s a short progression to permitting surgeons to cut off healthy limbs, or deliberately causing paralysis, blindness, or deafness in an effort to treat a patient’s body integrity dysphoria.

Liberalism plugs into progressivism as its primary energy source. The need for something new or different is like an addictive drug for those among us who are afflicted with liberalism / progressivism. Change for the sake of change. Breaking cultural boundaries even when they’re societal loadbearing walls. The thing about progressivism is it must continue “progressing” or it’s dead. It gains strength on the fringe of society relentlessly pushing for new boundaries. What is acceptable in society, the status quo, and especially the way things used to be, the way we were if you will, triggers the irritant of progressivism into action. Most liberals today are progressives. When it comes to cultural norms, good enough can never be left alone. Fight for change, no matter the change so long as it goes just a little bit further away from conservative values is what drives these people.

Tolerance is no longer enough. Devout Jews, Christians, and Muslims tolerating the LGBTQ community is no longer acceptable to liberals. Either you celebrate “pride” or you remain silent and out of sight. You’re either on that curb clapping when they come promiscuously dancing by, or you’re in the closet. Opposing transgenderism is blasphemy against the liberal LGBTQ religion. When it comes to transgenderism and the attempt to normalize this mental illness within American culture, if people with a lot to lose speak out against it, if they dare question children “transitioning”, the Alphabet Mafia will release its fury to take everything they can away from their antagonists.

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In an unexpected turn of events, President Joe Biden delivered impromptu remarks on Thursday evening.

The President, known for his occasional tardiness, was late to his own briefing. His comments were made in response to a report released by his Department of Justice, scrutinizing Biden's handling of classified documents.

Biden commenced his remarks by commending his administration for not pressing charges against him. He then expressed his disagreement with the assertions made in the 380-page report by Special Counsel Hur. Biden attributed his difficulty in responding to certain questions to the international events occurring at the time, specifically the new conflict in Israel, which was initiated by a Hamas-led massacre on October 7.

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The high-profile climate scientist Michael Mann has been awarded $1m by a jury in a defamation lawsuit against two conservative writers who compared his depictions of global heating to the work of a convicted child molester.

The case stretches back 12 years. In a statement posted on Mann’s X account, one of his lawyers said: “Today’s verdict vindicates Mike Mann’s good name and reputation. It also is a big victory for truth and scientists everywhere who dedicate their lives answering vital scientific questions impacting human health and the planet.”

Mann rose to fame for a graph first published in 1998 in the journal Nature that was dubbed the “hockey stick” for its dramatic illustration of a warming planet. It showed average temperatures in the northern hemisphere changing little for 900 years, until they started to rise rapidly in the 20th century.

The work brought Mann, then at Penn State University and now at the University of Pennsylvania, wide exposure. It was included in a report by a UN climate panel in 2001 and a version of it was featured in Al Gore’s Oscar-winning 2006 climate change documentary, An Inconvenient Truth.

Emails from Mann and other scientists were leaked in 2009 in an incident known as “Climategate”, with climate denialists claiming Mann manipulated data.

Webmaster addition: See CLIMATEGATE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Medical professionals have stepped up calls for President Biden to take a mental competency test after Thursday’s blistering report from special counsel Robert Hur revealed the 81-year-old can’t remember basic facts about his own life and career.

The Hur report, released Thursday, assessed Biden as too senile to be prosecuted over his wrongful retention of classified documents and noted the commander-in-chief “did not remember when he was vice president” and “did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died” over two days of interviews in October.

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The US government has acknowledged that it did not notify officials in Baghdad about airstrikes on Iraqi soil last Friday, despite initially claiming they had been warned ahead of time. A top US spokesperson insisted there was no “intent to deceive,” chalking up the mishap to a simple error.

Speaking to reporters on Tuesday, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby corrected a prior statement about the “pre-notification to Iraqi officials” before last week’s air raid, which targeted more than 85 sites across both Iraq and neighboring Syria.

Tags: IRAQ, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Hundreds of videos filmed and shared by Israeli soldiers in Gaza show troops bulldozing houses and mocking Palestinian victims, according to research by the New York Times. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) has distanced itself from the content, some of which violates its code of conduct.

The NYT said it reviewed hundreds of videos, including more than 50 clips of Israeli engineering troops using bulldozers, excavators, and explosives to destroy homes, schools, and other civilian structures. Some footage reportedly shows soldiers “vandalizing local shops and school classrooms” and “making derogatory comments about Palestinians.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Retired US Marine General James Mattis was hired in 2015 to advise the United Arab Emirates about the Saudi-led campaign in Yemen, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Mattis did not publicly disclose the gig when he became secretary of defense in 2017.

The Post looked into Mattis as part of an investigation into the Gulf state hiring retired US military officers and obtained previously undisclosed documents through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit. 

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Russian Navy has repelled a Ukrainian maritime drone attack on civilian ships in the Black Sea, the Defense Ministry in Moscow has said.

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry said Kiev had attempted to stage a “terrorist” attack on Russian civilian cargo ships in the southwestern part of the Black Sea using several unmanned boats. It did not provide details on the number of vessels targeted or their cargos.

The attack was repelled by patrol ships and naval aircraft, officials said, adding that one Ukrainian sea drone was destroyed by cannon fire while the others were suppressed by electronic warfare systems. The ministry did not say how many boats were involved in the attack.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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