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  • The end of the beginning: Ukraine orders Azovstal neo nazis to surrender
    on May 17, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine confirmed via its social media networks on Tuesday evening that its servicemen holed up at the Azovstal steelworks in Mariupol have been ordered to surrender. "The garrison 'Mariupol' has completed the assigned combat mission. The highest military command issued an order to the commanders of the units located at Azovstal to save the lives of the personnel," the Ukrainian military statement explained. According to Kiev, while holding positions at Azovstal, its soldiers prevented Russian troops from operating in other theaters. The two countries have been embroiled in a full-blown conflict since February, when Moscow attacked the neighboring state, following an eight-year standoff over the fate of the Donbass.

  • Elon Musk rips Biden: 'The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter'
    on May 17, 2022 at 4:06 pm

    Tesla CEO Elon Musk, whose purchase of Twitter remains ongoing, slammed President Biden in a podcast interview Monday and warned that if the government continues printing money, inflation will get worse and the U.S. might follow the path of Venezuela. Musk, who said he has voted "overwhelmingly for Democrats," slammed the Democratic Party and Biden in particular. He suggested that Biden is something of an empty suit. "The real president is whoever controls the teleprompter," the Tesla CEO said. "The path to power is the path to the teleprompter." "I do feel like if somebody were to accidentally lean on the teleprompter, it's going to be like Anchorman," the CEO added, referencing the 2004 film in which Ron Burgundy reads whatever is written on the teleprompter, even if it would ruin his career.

  • Former Rep. Devin Nunes says Durham case reveals criminal elusion of Congress
    on May 17, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    A case involving special counsel John Durham uncovered more documents than Congress was able to get when Devin Nunes was a leading member of the House, the former congressman said on Sunday. Kash Patel, who was an aide to Republicans when they controlled the House Intelligence Committee under then-Chairman Nunes, said on Sunday that FBI notes disclosed as part of Durham's case against Democratic cybersecurity lawyer Michael Sussmann were subpoenaed by Nunes and "withheld" from the panel during its own Russia investigation. "These are documents that they clearly hid from Congress," Nunes, appearing with Patel, told host Maria Bartiromo on her Fox News program, Sunday Morning Futures.

  • Shireen Abu Akleh was executed to send a message to Palestinians
    on May 17, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    The execution of Al Jazeera journalist Shireen Abu Akleh by an Israeli soldier in the Palestinian city of Jenin, along with Israel's immediate efforts to muddy the waters about who was responsible and the feeble expressions of concern from western capitals, brought memories flooding back from 20 years of reporting from the region. Unlike Abu Akleh, I found myself far less often on the front lines in the occupied territories. I was not a war correspondent, and when I ended up close to the action it was invariably by accident - such as when, also in Jenin, my Palestinian taxi turned into a street only to find ourselves staring down the barrel of an Israeli tank. Judging by the speed and skill with which my driver navigated in reverse, it was not his first time dealing with that kind of roadblock. Abu Akleh reported on far too many killings of Palestinians not to have known the risks she faced as a journalist every time she donned a flak jacket. It was a kind of nerve I did not share.

  • Woke school counsellor arrested for grooming and sexually abusing 15-year-old student
    on May 17, 2022 at 1:00 pm

    Zobella Brazil Vinik, a former guidance counsellor at Tucson High Magnet School in Tucson Arizona, has now been arrested and charged in connection with a relationship she allegedly had with a 15-year-old student. Vinik had previously led a group at the school that put on a drag show. Arrests for sexual assaults such as these on students are becoming more and more common throughout the US. According to Blaze, "On May 5, the school district put Vinik on administrative leave and initiated its own investigation. On the same day, Vinik resigned from her counselor position and is no longer an employee of the Tucson Unified School District." She then on May 11 decided to turn herself in to authorities, at which time she was arrested and charged with sexual conduct with a minor.

  • Bank of England warns of 'apocalyptic' global food shortage
    on May 17, 2022 at 12:26 pm

    The Governor of the Bank of England has warned of "apocalyptic" global food price rises and said he is "helpless" in the face of surging inflation as the economy is battered by the war in Ukraine. Andrew Bailey said he has "run out of horsemen" when counting the shocks facing Britain, with runaway energy and food costs driven by global market forces beyond his control. Prices are rising at the fastest rate in 30 years, creating a "very big income shock" that is expected to intensify in coming months with a risk of double-digit inflation before the end of the year.

  • Lightning strike kills teen while swimming at Bustos Dam in the Philippines
    on May 17, 2022 at 11:47 am

    A 17-year-old died when he was struck by lightning while swimming in the water of Bustos Dam in Barangay Tibagan, province of Bulacan on Sunday, May 15. In a report to Col. Charlie A. Cabradilla, acting Bulacan police director, Maj. Leopoldo L. Estorque Jr., Bustos police chief, identified the victim as Reniel Villante Buela of Barangay Bintog, Plaridel, Bulacan. Initial investigation conducted by the Bustos police showed that while the victim, together with his relatives, were swimming, heavy rain poured with occasional thunderstorms.

  • Heavy rains hit parts of south China, causing flooding
    on May 17, 2022 at 11:06 am

    Downpours battered parts of south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region and neighboring Guangdong Province, causing flooding, disrupting traffic and stranding residents on Thursday and Friday. Agricultural lands were affected by the flood, resulting in economic losses. People in a low-lying place were trapped by surging floodwaters. Factories and schools in the affected areas were shut down to protect people's safety.

  • Train rescue after floods hit Assam, India
    on May 17, 2022 at 10:46 am

    Floods hit Assam, India on May 16th 2022. Tens of thousands of residents have been impacted as floods hit Assam, causing landslides. Among the areas heavily impacted is Haflong, where floods derailed a train, requiring passengers to be rescued. Homes and businesses have flooded, destroying produce and possessions. Shelters are in place to help those affected. Roads have been closed, as floods and landslides make travel impossible. Authorities are monitoring the situation as it develops.

  • Exhausted, dehydrated birds fall from the sky in Ahmedabad as heatwave scorches India
    on May 17, 2022 at 10:31 am

    Rescuers in Gujarat are picking up dozens of exhausted and dehydrated birds dropping everyday as a scorching heatwave dries out water sources in Ahmedabad, the state's biggest city, veterinary doctors and animal rescuers said. Large swathes of South Asia are drying up in the hottest pre-summer months in recent years, prompting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to warn of rising fire risks. Doctors in an animal hospital managed by non-profit Jivdaya Charitable Trust in Ahmedabad said they have treated thousands of birds in the last few weeks, adding that rescuers bring dozens of high flying birds such as pigeons or kites everyday. "This year has been one of the worst in the recent times. We have seen a 10% increase in the number of birds that need rescuing," said Manoj Bhavsar, who works closely with the trust and has been rescuing birds for over a decade. Animal doctors at the trust-run hospital were seen feeding birds multivitamin tablets and injecting water into their mouths using...

  • Girl found dead with bite marks in her mother's apartment in Brooklyn, New York
    on May 17, 2022 at 10:16 am

    A 9-year-old girl was discovered dead with bite marks on her back and trauma to her head in an apartment she lived in with her mother, sister and a pit bull. Police found Shalom Guifarro at the apartment in Brooklyn's Crown Heights neighborhood shortly after 1pm on Sunday, and were not successful in reviving her. Her mother Shamaine Cato, 48, allegedly waited two hours after her daughter died to call 911. Shalom appeared to be struck multiple times and it was not clear what the source of the bite marks were on her back, according to the New York Police Department on Monday. Her death was ruled a homicide. The cause and manner are pending the New York City Office of the Chief Medical Examiner's autopsy report.

  • Two hikers killed by lightning in Brunei
    on May 17, 2022 at 10:02 am

    Two hikers were fatally struck by lightning in Bukit Sarang Helang, Tasek Lama Recreational Park during a sudden turn in weather yesterday. Both men - foreigners - were found unconscious 2.5 kilometres from the entrance of the park. The Fire and Rescue Department (FRD) was alerted of the incident around noon and firefighters were dispatched to bring the men to safety.

  • The shape-shifting DC dark money group disguising liberal campaigns across the country
    on May 17, 2022 at 9:55 am

    In May, a group called Accountable Tech, which calls itself a "small nonprofit taking on Big Tech companies," organized a corporate boycott to protest Elon Musk's bid to buy Twitter. In the midwest, a group called Opportunity Wisconsin, which bills itself as a "coalition of Wisconsin residents," ran a deluge of TV ads slamming Republican senator Ron Johnson for his tax policies. And in Arizona, an organization of "grassroots racial justice" activists called Just Democracy released a video blasting Democratic senator Kyrsten Sinema for failing to support the Biden administration's legislative agenda. None of these groups actually exist. They are all registered trade names for the North Fund, a shape-shifting nonprofit group that uses aliases to push an array of left-wing causes from a shell office in Washington, D.C., according to corporate records. Political watchdogs say the fund, which isn't required to disclose the donors behind its $66 million budget, is gearing up to be one of...

  • Iceland Reykjanes volcano update - Alert level raised, magma is on the move
    on May 17, 2022 at 9:48 am

    The alert level of the Reykjanes volcano in Iceland was just raised from green to yellow. This change was made in response to the confirmation of a new intrusion of magma on the Reykjanes peninsula. This new intrusion is centered underneath the Svartsengi geothermal power plant, and is quite likely to result in a new volcanic eruption. If an eruption were to occur, it would be likely to have an explosive component to it and potentially affect the city of Grindavik. This video will discuss the odds of a new volcanic eruption and how explosive it might be.

  • Prominent trans activist celebrated by liberal press faces 16 felony charges for sexual abuse of boy
    on May 17, 2022 at 9:24 am

    A prominent trans activist who was highly praised by liberal media outlets and institutions is now facing 16 felony charges for the alleged sexual abuse of a minor following a sextortion investigation. Carlos Arturo Aparicio Hernandez, 36, of Taylorsville, Utah, a biological male who identifies as a woman named "Raiza", is accused of the sexual abuse and exploitation of a 15-year-old boy after sending the victim a friend request on Facebook posing as a teenage girl. According to charging documents, the 15-year-old victim accepted a friend request on Facebook in January of 2021 from someone he was led to believe was a female his own age. After communicating for months, the victim sent nude photos at the request of Hernandez and was later asked to meet in-person, court documents state.

  • UK minister tells people to get a 'better paid job' to cope with cost of living crisis
    on May 17, 2022 at 9:18 am

    A government minister has suggested that people struggling with the cost of living could take on more hours or move to a better-paid job. Rachel Maclean, the safeguarding minister, told Sky News' Kay Burley that those were some of the ways households could "protect themselves" as prices soar. Downing Street defended her after opposition parties sharply criticised the comments. Ms Maclean said that every minister was looking at the issue as consumers face "short term pressures" such as high energy and food bills - and added that there was "more help coming". Comment: Short term pressures? Says who? Because the Bank of England governor just warned of 'apocalyptic food shortages', and Germany is warning of a global famine that could kill millions. And any help the government has to offer will likely be too little, too late, because they had the chance when farmers and businesses warned them of a collapse in the supply chain but absolutely nothing was done to ameliorate the situation;...

  • Romania claims Eurovision changed their vote to give first place to Ukraine
    on May 17, 2022 at 8:53 am

    Romanian broadcaster TVR has accused the European Broadcasting Union of assigning a different set of scores to the ones they provided, incorrectly giving the highest score to Ukraine, which went on to win the competition. The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra easily won the competition, finishing on 631 points, with the United Kingdom in second place with 466 points. However, despite the margin of victory, the official Romanian Eurovision representatives complained that the EBU ignored their vote to give Moldova first place and instead awarded it to Ukraine.

  • Meteor fireball over England on May 16
    on May 17, 2022 at 8:50 am

    We received 757 reports about a fireball seen over Île-de-France, Bretagne, Castel, England, Hauts-de-France, Noord-Brabant, Noord-Holland, Normandie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Saint Peter Port, St Helier, Vlaams Gewest and Wales on Monday, May 16th 2022 around 20:44 UT. For this event, we received 5 videos and 2 photos.

  • Lightning strike kills cow just steps from family's front porch, Alabama farm says
    on May 17, 2022 at 8:36 am

    A cow was killed "on the spot" by a lightning strike on a family-owned farm in central Alabama, the family said. The family was wrapping up a get-together on Sunday, May 15, during which it had been raining with some thunder, the Autauga Farming Company Inc. said in a statement posted on its Facebook page. That's when a thunderous "BOOM" rang out and a relative "looked up just in time to see one of our cows fall over in the pasture," they said. No other farm animals were hurt. The bovine was struck within a hundred yards of the family's front porch, according to the farm's post. "We have never had one hit this close to our home," the family wrote. "We had a stark and vivid demonstration today of why you don't want to be outside if lightning could be in the area."

  • 'Twitter does not believe in free speech': Project Veritas records Twitter engineer saying platform censors the right but NOT the left, everyone who works there is 'commie as f**k'
    on May 17, 2022 at 8:36 am

    A senior engineer at Twitter has admitted the social media giant has a strong left-wing bias and they routinely censor conservatives. Siru Murugesan was recorded saying the company culture is extremely far left where workers are 'commie as f**k' and they 'hate, hate, hate' Elon Musk's $44 billion takeover. In a shockingly frank conversation, filmed over several encounters, he said the firm 'does not believe in free speech' and even started to turn him left-wing when he joined.