IDF Tanks Reach Center Of Rafah As Hamas Claims ‘Indiscriminate Bombing’ Of Population

IDF Tanks Reach Center Of Rafah As Hamas Claims 'Indiscriminate Bombing' Of Population

IDF Tanks Reach Center Of Rafah As Hamas Claims ‘Indiscriminate Bombing’ Of Population

Israeli tanks have reached the heart of Rafah overnight amid continual heavy bombardment and shelling. Local eyewitnesses say they’ve reached a roundabout in the center of the city which forms a key landmark.

Images and footages to emerge Tuesday have confirmed the advance of tank columns and IDF infantry deep into Rafah, which has sent thousands more displaced Palestinians fleeing from the Western half of the city, where the most intense fighting is happening. 

Additionally BBC has observed of IDF tanks that overnight “they also seized control of the highest hilltop along the Gaza-Egypt border after reported gun battles with Hamas-led fighters.”

Al Jazeera still frame of IDF tank in center of Rafah.

Airstrikes have continued to increase in intensity on the Western outskirts, especially on the al-Faluja area which lies west of Jabalia camp.

Following the Sunday bombing of a refugee tent camp in a designated safe zone which reportedly killed 45 people, there are emerging reports of another catastrophic air raid:

The air raid targeted al-Mawasi in western Rafah, an area where tents have been set up to house displaced Palestinians. It is also a designated humanitarian area to which Israeli authorities told Palestinians to flee.

“Among them are 13 females were killed. Israeli forces targeted another makeshift tent [area] where most of the people were women and children,” Al Jazeera’s Hind Khoudary said, reporting from Deir el-Balah.

Pressure out of Europe in particular is growing, amid ongoing EU discussions over possible sanctions against Israel and after last week’s ICJ (World Court) call for immediate ceasefire, but so far the Netanyahu government is defiantly pushing forward its anti-Hamas operation.

Hamas has issued a statement meanwhile, as tanks plunge deeper into Rafah, calling on the UN Security Council to take “practical and immediate measures” to halt the invasion of Rafah city.

The statement said that the southernmost major city in Gaza “is being subjected to indiscriminate barbaric Zionist bombing, affecting homes and tents of displaced people in various parts of the city.”

“The UN Security Council is required to fulfill its legal and moral responsibilities in the face of the criminal Zionist entity’s disregard for the decision of the International Court of Justice, which ordered an immediate halt to the aggression against the city,” the Hamas statement added.

This comes a day after the White House appeared to justify Sunday’s Israeli attack on the refugee encampment. A Biden national security spokesperson told CNN on Monday, “The devastating images following the IDF strike in Rafah last night that killed dozens of innocent Palestinians are heartbreaking.”

“Israel has a right to go after Hamas, and we understand this strike killed two senior Hamas terrorists who are responsible for attacks against Israeli civilians,” the statement said. Axios has since reported:

The Biden administration is still assessing whether an Israeli strike that killed at least 45 displaced Palestinians at a tent camp in Rafah on Sunday is a violation of President Biden’s “red line,” two U.S. officials told Axios.

So far the administration has stalled some ammo shipments, even while approving more massive defense aid packages and funding for Israel, in a largely symbolic move meant more for deflecting criticisms from Progressive Democrats.

Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/28/2024 – 14:40

France lawmaker suspended for waving Palestinian flag

France lawmaker suspended for waving Palestinian flag

French parliament Tuesday suspended a left-wing lawmaker for two weeks after he held up a Palestinian flag during a heated debate over whether France should recognise Palestinian statehood. Sebastien Delogu, a member of parliament for the radical left France Unbowed (LFI) party from the southern city of Marseille, stood up with the flag during questions […]

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‘Wide-open border’: Mexican cartels’ presence in U.S. explodes with Biden

from WND: DEA veteran: They’re taking over drug distribution from local dealers and gangs At the heart of the deadliest drug epidemic in American history are two powerful transnational criminal organizations notorious for drug-trafficking and violence – and their influence is growing dramatically under the Biden administration, a veteran Drug Enforcement Administration agent and fentanyl […]

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NHS staff told to apologise for using ‘wrong’ pronouns

https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2024/05/27/nhs-staff-ordered-apologise-using-wrong-pronouns/

Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust issued an 18-page diversity and inclusion policy forcing medics to accept patients’ personal pronouns.

Should not confront patients using single-sex facilities regardless of their appearance.

The trust’s trans policy, which came into effect in February last year according to the Daily Mail, said staff must say sorry to patients if they made mistakes relating to a patient’s pronouns.

It also ordered them to make a “commitment to try harder” if they made mistakes about patients’ preferred pronouns.

Victoria Atkins, Health Secretary

“I am crystal clear: biological sex matters, and the language used by the NHS needs to recognise the different biological needs of men and women,”

“Illnesses and conditions that we know impact men and women differently should be communicated in a clear and accurate way.

“NHS staff must be allowed to get on with the job of caring for patients, not tiptoeing around trans guidance.
“the Government’s proposed update to the NHS constitution makes clear what patients can expect from NHS services in meeting their needs, including the biological needs of the sexes.”

Miriam Cates, MP and women’s rights campaigner

“Lewisham and Greenwich NHS Trust seems to have gone through the looking glass into a world where biological sex doesn’t exist,

and where the safety and dignity of vulnerable patients is ignored in the interests of being seen to adhere to a ridiculous ideology.

“It is shocking that an organisation dedicated to evidence-based practice can be so blind to the reality of the differences between men and women.”

Baroness Nicholson

“This NHS trust seems to be deliberately ignoring the Health Secretary whose guidance declares that sex overrules gender in all medical matters,”

“The NHS seems determined to follow its own unscientifically proven agenda; does this trust not recognise that male and female health profoundly differs?

And that calling a man ‘her’ may so easily result in a nurse handing out the wrong medicines for the patient’s condition?”

Cancer incidence for common cancers

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, accounting for 3 in 20 (15%) of all cases in females and males combined

The next most common cancers in UK people are prostate (14%),

lung (13%),

bowel (11%)

Though there are more than 200 types of cancer, just these four types – breast, prostate, lung and bowel –

together account for more than half (53%) of all new cases in the UK

The two most common cancer types occur mainly or exclusively in only one sex.

Breast

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/breast-cancer/about

Breast cancer is more common in women than men.

Around 55,500 women and around 370 men are diagnosed in the UK each year.

1 in 7 women in the UK develop breast cancer during their lifetime. It is more common in older women.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer in the UK.

Around 55,900 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year in the UK.

That is more than 150 people a day.

15 out of 100 (15%) newly diagnosed cancers in the UK are breast cancer.
Prostate

The prostate gland is part of the male reproductive system.

You need a prostate gland to get prostate cancer.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/prostate-cancer/about

Around 52,300 men are diagnosed with prostate cancer in the UK each year.

In men, it is the most common cancer in the UK.

https://www.cancerresearchuk.org/about-cancer/ovarian-cancer/what-is-ovarian-cancer

Ovarian

There are 2 ovaries, one on each side of the body.

The ovaries produce an egg each month in women of childbearing age.

Around 7,500 women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer in the UK each year.

This makes ovarian cancer the 6th most common cancer in women.

Causes of death

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/healthandsocialcare/causesofdeath/articles/leadingcausesofdeathuk/2001to2018

The leading cause of death in the UK in 2018 was dementia and Alzheimer disease, accounting for 12.7% of all deaths registered.

In 2008, the leading cause of death for females aged 50 to 64 years changed from malignant neoplasm of breast to malignant neoplasm of trachea, bronchus and lung, which accounted for 10.1% of deaths for this age group in 2018.

From 2001 to 2018, suicide and injury or poisoning of undetermined intent was the leading cause of death for both males and females aged 20 to 34 years in the UK, for all years observed,

accounting for 27.1% of male deaths and 16.7% of female deaths for this age group.

Elon Musk’s xAI Raises $6 Billion To Accelerate AI Race Against OpenAI

Elon Musk’s xAI Raises $6 Billion To Accelerate AI Race Against OpenAI

Elon Musk’s AI startup, xAI, announced early Monday morning that it had raised $6 billion from investors in a Series B fundraising round. This funding will accelerate its artificial intelligence development as the AI tech war with OpenAI intensifies.

Some key investors were Valor Equity Partners, Vy Capital, Andreessen Horowitz, Sequoia Capital, Fidelity Management & Research Company, Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal, and Kingdom Holding.

Musk wrote on X that the pre-money valuation was $18 billion. 

xAI listed its accomplishments over the past year:

xAI has made significant strides over the past year. From the announcement of the company in July 2023, to the release of Grok-1 on X in November, to the recent announcements of the improved Grok-1.5 model with long context capability, to Grok-1.5V with image understanding, xAI’s model capabilities have improved rapidly. With the open-source release of Grok-1, xAI has opened doors for advancements in various applications, optimizations, and extensions of the model.

Then it outlined what’s coming down the pipe:

xAI will continue on this steep trajectory of progress over the coming months, with multiple exciting technology updates and products soon to be announced. The funds from the round will be used to take xAI’s first products to market, build advanced infrastructure, and accelerate the research and development of future technologies.

Musk added on X that, in terms of future announcements, “There will be more to announce in the coming weeks.” 

The fundraising shows that the AI arms race between Musk and ChatGPT creator OpenAI, as well as with others, is heating up. Grok is different from competitors, like ChatGPT4, because it’s trained on X posts and considered by some to be ‘anti-woke.’ 

Tyler Durden
Tue, 05/28/2024 – 07:45

Lai calls on troops to make Taiwan ‘safer’ after China drills

Lai calls on troops to make Taiwan 'safer' after China drills

Taiwan’s President Lai Ching-te thanked troops on Tuesday after China held military exercises around the self-ruled island, as he urged them to help make it “safer”. Three days after Lai was sworn into office, warships and fighter jets encircled Taiwan in drills China said were a test of its ability to seize the island it […]

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It the Iran helicopter crash was indeed an act of sabotage, questions arise about Israel’s strategy

It the Iran helicopter crash was indeed an act of sabotage, questions arise about Israel’s strategy

by Lucas Leiroz, Strategic Culture: The Iranian tragedy shocked the world. The simultaneous loss of four senior officials, including the country’s president and his foreign minister, was mourned not only by the Iranian people, but by all free countries committed to diplomacy and peace. The circumstances of the accident favor the thesis that there was […]

A Final Indignity To The Arsenal Of Democracy?

A Final Indignity To The Arsenal Of Democracy?

A Final Indignity To The Arsenal Of Democracy?

Authored by Thaddeus McCotter via American Greatness,

It is Memorial Day weekend. A time for us to commemorate and reflect upon the ultimate sacrifices given by our fallen citizen-soldiers and the enduring grief of their families and loved ones, which were and are selflessly borne in the defense of their fellow Americans and our free republic.

This spirit of self-sacrifice is rarely evidenced by far too many of the elected officials who will publicly eulogize these same fallen patriots and extend condolences to their families and loved ones. While exhorting others to emulate the example of those who made the ultimate sacrifice, these disingenuous politicians refuse to risk an ounce of political capital—not by opposing public sentiment—but by supporting it in the defense of our national security. Why? Because they fear alienating major corporations and their own party leaders.

While currently occurring primarily in “Blue States,” abetting communist Chinese subnational incursions into our states has been a bipartisan disgrace—and this is despite the bipartisan warnings of the military, intelligence, and law enforcement communities.

The complicit politicians’ reasoning is as follows: using taxpayer money to subsidize CCP-linked businesses locating in states will provide jobs and boost the economy of not only the local populace but also the profits of these companies’ American corporate partners. In sum, having failed to implement the necessary fiscal and free market policies to produce domestic economic growth, these politicians have latched onto these Chinese-linked companies as an electoral lifeline. Apparently, these politicians think the public believes a job is a job and will not care about the use of their tax dollars to import CCP-linked companies into our backyard.

To wit: my home state of Michigan, which during World War II was rightly lauded with the name “The Arsenal of Democracy.” The “greatest generation” of Michiganians not only fought in foreign fields, they toiled in machine shops’ and factories’ floors to produce the armaments needed not only for our forces but for our allies as well. One shining example of American industrial and military might was the Ford Motor Company’s Willow Run Facility (Air Force Plant 31).

As the Detroit Historical Society records, Willow Run was built in 1941 with $200,000,000 investment by the federal government. At its wartime peak,

…Willow Run was able to achieve remarkable production rates. At its peak in 1944, it produced a B-24 [bomber aircraft] every hour. By 1945, it was able to produce 70 percent of its B-24s in two nine-hour shifts, with pilots and crew members sleeping on 1,300 cots as they waited for the B-24s to roll off the assembly line. The Ford Motor Company eventually produced half of their 18,000 total B-24s at Willow Run.

Yet, over time, even as the threats to America ebbed and flowed, morphed and intensified, Willow Run ebbed in the minds of policymakers and the public. In 1953, Willow Run changed hands by lease and, ultimately, by deed from Ford to General Motors; and by 2010, Willow Run plant became a casualty of GM’s bankruptcy proceeding:

Most of the plant was demolished in 2014 but a 175,000 foot portion was offered to the Yankee Air Museum, housed in a hangar until a 2004 fire. After successful fundraising, the Museum reopened in 2017 in the historic building.

“The American Center for Mobility claimed the remainder of the massive site and in 2018 opened a proving ground and research facility for self-driving cars, the only one in Michigan and one of ten in the U.S., as designated by the U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

What is of note to the present discussion is this: back in 1941, the U.S. government expended taxpayer dollars to an American corporation to provide employment in making armaments for the defense of our nation.

Today, state governments are expending taxpayer dollars to CCP-linked companies that use the mantra of “jobs” to deflect from the potential to undermine our national security. All this for a talking point how “[Politician Name] Created [X Number of] Jobs.” (Sadly, the economic mendacity of this message remains lost upon far too many of our citizenry.)

And the offending politicians show no signs of slowing in their feckless endangering of our national security. As the Daily Caller’s Nick Pope reports:

Michigan Democrats shot down an effort to significantly expand the vetting process for China-tied companies seeking to cash in on state incentives earlier in May.

Republican lawmakers in both chambers of the state’s legislature pushed budget amendments that would have prohibited the use of state funds to subsidize corporations originating from adversarial countries like China, but neither amendment made it into the budgets that passed on May 9 and May 15. House and Senate Democrats leveraged their control of each chamber to shoot down both amendments.

The reason for the partisan divide is the support of the democratic administration of Governor Gretchen Whitmer for “Gotion, a company looking to build a subsidized facility in the Grand Rapids area… The state announced in October 2022 that it would be providing Gotion with incentives worth $715 million to attract its $2.4 billion factory to Michigan.”

This is despite the fact that Gotion

…is tied to China and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) via its parent company, Gotion High-Tech. The Daily Caller News Foundation has reported extensively on the company’s links to China and the CCP, which include Gotion High-Tech’s employment of more than 900 CCP members as of 2022 and the fact that a visiting delegation of CCP officials set up a talent recruitment work station at Gotion’s California headquarters in 2017.

This is not a one-off by the wholly Democrat-controlled Michigan legislature, who, according to state Senator Jonathan Lindsey (R-17):

Governor Whitmer and the Democrats in Michigan are so married to this idea of taking Michigan taxpayer dollars and giving them to these corporations with ties to China, they refuse to budge. Last year they voted against preventing tax dollars from supporting child slave labor in China. This year they voted against reviews and limitations on those dollars flowing toward our global adversaries. What they’re doing is absolutely wrong for the people of Michigan.

As Michigan Senate minority leader Aric Nesbitt (R-20) further points out, “It’s shocking to watch the Democrat majority in Michigan hand over hundreds of millions in tax dollars from struggling Michigan families to multinational corporations that pledge allegiance to the Chinese Communist Party in their corporate documents.”

Yet, what of the Ford Motor Company, the quintessentially American corporation that was a major artery pumping munitions and materiel through the heart of the Arsenal of Democracy and into our military and allies’ hands? Like the Willow Run plant, Ford has another project seeking public subsidies. Unlike the Willow Run plant, however:

…Ford’s licensing deal with CATL, a Chinese battery manufacturer, has also drawn scrutiny. Ford planned to open a facility in [Michigan] – with the help of state incentives in excess of $1.5 billion – where it would manufacture batteries using CATL’s technology and know-how, but the company has since scaled down its planned factory, according to CNBC.

Perhaps it is an elected official and Navy veteran, State Representative Andrew Beeler (R-64), who, being well versed in the self-sacrifice made by our men and women in uniform and their families, so well expressed his consternation and concerns:

I didn’t spend years in the Navy pushing back against the Chinese Communist Party in the South China Sea only to come to the Michigan Legislature and give them government handouts… But House Democrats voted to let hostile foreign powers keep spreading influence and gathering intelligence on Michigan taxpayers’ dime.

Given the bipartisan opposition to spending taxpayer money to subsidize CCP-linked companies, one might be tempted to chalk this up to a case of imbecilic political hacks cutting off their nose to spite their face and hoping no one notices. Granted, it would not be the first time. Yet this is far worse. These useful elected idiots are spending taxpayer dollars to buy the CCP the razor that barbaric regime will use to cut our throat. That this is happening in Michigan could well constitute a final—suicidal—indignity to the arsenal of Democracy.

That this is happening at all constitutes an unconscionable affront to the citizen-soldiers who gave their last full measure of devotion for us.

Tyler Durden
Mon, 05/27/2024 – 23:00