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The US, the UK and other NATO allies lifted formal restrictions limiting Ukraine’s use of its Western-sourced long-range missiles to attack targets inside Russia on Friday. The move constituted a 'crossing the Rubicon' moment for the bloc, which can no longer claim it’s not directly involved in the conflict, Russian defense experts told Sputnik.

Independent Western observers have sounded the alarm over NATO countries’ decision to partially lift restrictions designed to keep the Kiev regime on a leash and stop it from striking deep into the Russian hinterland using alliance-sourced weapons, expressing deep concerns that the move may provoke an escalation that can easily spiral out of control.

Russian officials reacted to NATO’s decision to scrap the restrictions calmly but firmly, with Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov telling reporters on Friday that attempts to target Russia using American-made weapons have already taken place, “clearly demonstrat[ing] the extent of the United States’ involvement in this conflict.”

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The new "foreign agents" law will help Georgians tell right from wrong and real friends from fake ones, former US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter told Sputnik, arguing that the legislation should be called the "transparency law."

Georgia's "foreign agents bill," which designates non-governmental organizations (NGOs) receiving more than 20 percent of their funding from abroad as "pursuing the interests of a foreign power," became law on May 28. The US immediately announced sanctions against Georgian politicians backing the legislation, while the EU threatened to freeze the country’s candidate status.

One might wonder as to why the law, which resembles the US' Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), has been received with such animosity in the West. The crux of the matter is that the legislation is aimed at exposing the West's deep disrespect of Georgia's sovereignty, according to former US Marine Corps intelligence officer Scott Ritter.

"In Georgia today, as we speak, there are 27,000 Western-funded NGOs. What are these non-governmental organizations doing? It's about buying a generation of Georgian citizens, a young generation, a generation that has lost touch with who they are and what they are as Georgians, a generation that is out of touch with the reality of what happened to Georgia in the 1990s," Ritter told Sputnik.

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Chinese Defence Minister Dong Jun says his military is ready to “forcefully” stop Taiwan’s independence, but called for greater exchanges with the United States over the issue.

Speaking at the Shangri-La Dialogue conference in Singapore on Sunday, Dong said Taiwan was the “core of core issues” for China, but Taiwan’s governing Democratic Progressive Party is incrementally pursuing separatism and bent on erasing Chinese identity.

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The top legislators in the United States have issued a formal invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to deliver a speech to Congress in the latest show of support for Israel amid its war on Gaza.

The invite by Republican and Democratic leaders in the Senate and House of Representatives on Friday came as the International Criminal Court considers issuing an arrest warrant for Netanyahu over alleged war crimes.

“To build on our enduring relationship and to highlight America’s solidarity with Israel, we invite you to share the Israeli government’s vision for defending democracy, combatting terror, and establishing a just and lasting peace in the region,” the letter said.

It did not specify a date for the speech.

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Teflon Don rides again, according to an exclusive snap poll for DailyMail.com which found that the guilty verdict in Manhattan only improved the former president’s standing with likely voters ahead of the 2024 election.

Of those who said the 34 guilty counts had changed their view of Donald Trump, 22 percent said they now had a more favorable rating compared with 16 percent who said they viewed him more negatively.

That six-point net positive result is another sign of the way the businessman-turned-politician seems able to ride out crises that would sink anyone else.

In a tight election, it could be enough to get him across the finish line.

‘I think it was a waste of taxpayer money and will help propel Trump to a victory,’ said a 42-year-old hip hop DJ from Illinois, who voted for Joe Biden in 2020.

Webmaster addition: Politicians are so used to dirty dealing they forget that the American people, by and large, believe in honesty and fair play. This lawfare stunt has backfired badly on the Democrats!

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The world’s two highest courts have made an implacable enemy of Israel in trying to uphold international law and end Israeli atrocities in Gaza.

Separate announcements last week by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and the International Criminal Court (ICC) should have forced Israel on to the back foot in Gaza.

A panel of judges at the ICJ – sometimes known as the World Court – demanded last Friday that Israel immediately stop its current offensive on Rafah, in southern Gaza.

Instead, Israel responded by intensifying its atrocities.

On Sunday, it bombed a supposedly “safe zone” crowded with refugee families forced to flee from the rest of Gaza, which has been devastated by Israel’s rampage for the past eight months.

The air strike set fire to an area crammed with tents, killing dozens of Palestinians, many of whom burnt alive. A video shows a man holding aloft a baby beheaded by the Israeli blast.

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This is what I wanted to happen: for the college protests to spread to high schools.

We want these protests everywhere. We want the whole country up in arms about the US government’s obsession with killing children in Gaza.

It’s already happening.

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This past Sunday in Doha, I had a meeting with three high-level representatives of the Taliban Political Office in Qatar, including a founding member of the body (in 2012) and a key official of the previous Taliban government of 1996-2001. By mutual consent, their names should not be made public.

The cordial meeting was brokered by Professor Sultan Barakat, who teaches at the College of Public Policy at Hamad bin Khalifa University – set in an outstanding, immaculate campus outside of Doha which attracts students from across the Global South. Prof. Barakat is one of those very few – discreet – players who knows everything that matters in West Asia, and in his case, also in the intersection of Central and South Asia.

With my three Taliban interlocutors, we talked extensively about the challenges of the new Taliban era, new development projects, the role of Russia-China, and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO). They were particularly curious about Russia, and posed several questions.

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Pennsylvania Senator John Fetterman has been defiant in his backing of Israel’s attacks on Gaza. He’s faulted the Biden administration for withholding some weapons to Israel, and taunted progressives by flying the Israeli flag.

This week the New York Times did a story on Fetterman “relentlessly” supporting Netanyahu. But when it came to the senator’s motivation, the Times chalked it up to Fetterman’s contrarian “nature” – he is “stubborn… quirky, irreverent and at times frustrating to ideological purists on the left.” Though way down in the article, reporter Annie Karni said it might also be “calculated.” Fetterman thinks it’s a “winning lane.”

The article never mentioned the Israel lobby or its biggest campaign arm, AIPAC.

AIPAC is not nearly as shy as the New York Times. AIPAC is very proud of the money it raises. They lately bragged about being the “top” contributor to the Democratic Party, and to the black, Hispanic, and progressive caucuses in Congress. The AIPAC video flashes pictures of Israel stalwarts on the Hill, including Fetterman, Rep. Ritchie Torres, and House minority leader Hakeem Jeffries (“Israel today, Israel tomorrow, Israel forever“).

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A new report calls on United States companies to stop supplying Israel’s military with jet fuel and recommends an embargo to achieve this goal.

“Many credible sources have documented crimes under international law being committed by Israel in the context of its ongoing military campaign in Gaza,” reads a briefing from the Centre for Research on Multinational Corporations (SOMO). “These include indiscriminate attacks leading to massive loss of civilian life and targeting of civilian infrastructure amongst other acts which constitute war crimes. Multiple sources, including Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and UN human
rights experts have documented indiscriminate attacks by air which have resulted in catastrophic civilian casualties.

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A porter has testified at the Scottish Covid-19 Inquiry that the hospital he works in was “half full” at “the outbreak” of covid and the beginning of the first lockdown. In April 2020, gradually covid patients began being admitted to the hospital but it was still not anywhere near as busy as on a normal day pre-covid.
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In 1989, a senior UN environmental official warned that entire nations could be wiped off the face of the Earth by rising sea levels if the global warming trend was not reversed by the year 2000. This prediction was made in an Associated Press article written by veteran reporter Peter James Spielmann and published on 29 June 1989.
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The unelected leader of the European Union (EU) Ursula Von der Leyen has called for the public to be “vaccinated” against wrongthink by being punished before they are able to commit a “crime.”

Von der Leyen made the pitch while arguing that thoughts and beliefs must be eliminated if bureaucratic authorities do not approve them.

Speaking at the Copenhagen Democracy Summit earlier this month, Von der Leyen suggested the audience think of wrongthink as a virus and then said it’s better to vaccinate than treat the infection.

Explaining the plan, Von der Leyen argues that members of the public should be punished before they are able to commit a crime, not after.

As such, those who “might” commit a crime would face jail time.

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The Telegraph expounded on this in a May 25 report, warning that EV buyers "should be aware of the 'astronomical' costs required to regularly replace short-lived tires." It cited several EV owners in the United Kingdom who experienced this first hand. Jim Bassett, 80, is a proud owner of a Volkswagen ID.3, which had a mileage of 7,500 miles. But to this surprise, he was quoted more than £300 ($382.29) to replace his EV's rear tires. He shelled out the money after being informed that it was common practice for rear tires to degrade rapidly due to the vehicle's weight. The Volkswagen ID.3, which retails at £35,000 ($44,600.50), weighs around 1,800 kilograms (3,968 pounds) because of its heavy battery. The hatchback's weight puts it in the same weight division as a Jeep Wrangler 4x4 vehicle.
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The U.S. Navy's future Constellation class frigates could see their top speeds cut back to help mitigate unexpected growth in their overall weight. The Navy and shipbuilder Fincantieri Marinette Marine otherwise continue to grapple with the impacts of major changes in the ship's configuration compared to its Franco-Italian Fregata Europea Multi-Missione (FREMM) parent design. The entire purpose of basing the Constellations on an existing in-production frigate was to help reduce costs, delivery times, and risk, but they have shaped up to be larger, heavier, and now years behind schedule.

New details about weight growth, design instability, and other issues with the Constellation class frigate came in a report the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO), a Congressional watchdog, published yesterday. Just last week, the Navy awarded a new contract to Fincantieri Marinette Marine, valued at just over $1.04 billion, for another two of the frigates. The service now has six Constellations on order, the first of which is currently under construction.

At the same time, the Navy has already confirmed that it now the first Constellation class frigate may not be delivered until 2029, three years behind schedule. This would also be around nine years after Fincantieri Marinette Marine received its initial contract for the frigates and some seven years after the start of construction of the USS Constellation.

Webmaster addition: Oh yes, we are ready to take on Russia and China!

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Wind energy accounts for nearly 36 percent of total renewable energy generated in Australia and nearly 10 percent of total electricity generated in the country. But this year, the share of variable renewable energy – wind and solar energy – has fallen below last year's levels. OpenNEM, a platform providing up-to-date data on the electricity market in Australia, notes that over seven days in late May, the share of Australian energy generated from wind came in at just five percent, compared to more than 13 percent for the same period last year. Even in the state of South Australia, which is the country's and the world's leader in wind energy generation with an average share of 75 percent wind and solar in the past year, the share of wind energy generated fell from its annual average of 43 percent to less than 10 percent in the same seven-day period.
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Shocking footage has emerged showing a gigantic 'shantytown' that has sprung up in Oakland, as the California city's slide into crime-ravaged squalor continues.  

Michael Oxford, the host of CaliBased, posted a video on May 31 of massive temporary houses built along service roads that open up into main roads in Hooverville, Oakland. 

The footage showed trash strewn around scores of houses that were built of wood, tarp and other discarded materials. 

Particularly shocking was just how large the 'shantytown' is, with a lengthy stretch of road in the Bay Area city covered with the makeshift dwellings.  

Oxford could be heard calling the area a 'shantytown' that is 'absolutely mindboggling,' as he remarked how 'insane it is that [city officials] allow this.'

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The Royal Netherlands Air Force 313 Squadron’s F-35 fifth generation fighters have fully taken over the country’s nuclear attack role as of June 1, taking over from F-16 fourth generation fighters acquired during the 1980s based at Volkel Air Base. This has made the country the first in Europe, and possibly the first outside the United States, to field a stealth fighter unit capable of launching nuclear attacks. Indeed, the U.S. Air Force’s F-35s themselves were only confirmed to have obtained a nuclear strike capability on March 9. Regarding this new capability, the Royal Netherlands Air Force commented: “The Dutch transition from the F-16 to the F-35 for the nuclear role within NATO was initiated many years ago. In the last couple of years, the F-35 underwent a comprehensive testing and certification process for the nuclear role of the Netherlands. The RNLAF already started using the F-35 for conventional tasks… NATO’s nuclear deterrence is essential to the security of the Alliance, and therefore also to the security of the Netherlands.” 


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Following its withdrawal from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty in August 2019, which had for the previous 31 years prohibited deployments of ground based missiles with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometres, the United States states was for years widely expected to deploy missiles from these previously prohibited classes in the Western Pacific. This materialised on April 11 with the U.S. Army’s landmark deployment of the Typhon Mid-Range Capability (MRC) system to participate in joint exercises with local forces in the Philippines. While capable of providing air defence and targeting enemy warships using the 370 kilometre range SM-6 missile, the most notable aspect of the MRC is its deployment of the Tomahawk land attack cruise missile which retains a 1,600 kilometre range. Deployed to the northern Philippines this range is sufficient to cover most of China’s East Coast, striking targets as far as Nanjing, Shanghai and Wuhan. Other cruise missile classes being developed for U.S. Navy destroyers and attack submarines are expected to later be integrated onto the MRC system, including a longer ranged hypersonic missile class, while the possibility of bringing much longer ranged variants of the Tomahawk back into the service has also been raised.

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Unless We the People stop them, climate fanatics like billionaire eugenicist Bill Gates are planning to inject you and your family with climate change and global warming "vaccines."

Right now, they are already injecting meat animals with climate jabs, claiming these are necessary to keep the animals "safe" from fictitious diseases. Eventually, they will proceed to start jabbing you and your family with the same "vaccines," assuming you let them.

Technocracy.news writer Yudi Sherman warned back in January that the only way to stop these "genetic maniacs" from destroying the human race with their mystery chemical injections is to "take away their keycards and their containment suits, immediately escort them out of their laboratories, permanently ban them from any other scientific research for life, and then raze the buildings to the ground." 

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Major Republican donors rallied behind Donald Trump on Thursday, pledging millions of dollars to support the first convicted felon running for US president on a tumultuous day for his election campaign.

A New York jury found Trump guilty on Thursday of falsifying documents to cover up a payment to silence a porn star ahead of the 2016 election.

Many conservative donors already viewed the New York hush money cash as political persecution, echoing the Republican presidential candidate’s claim that Democrats are trying to weaken him ahead of the November 5 election against Democratic US President Joe Biden. Prosecutors have dismissed those claims as untrue.

In a flurry of support on Thursday, mega donors including Israeli-American casino billionaire Miriam Adelson and hotelier Robert Bigelow lined up behind Trump, with their donations set to bolster a wave of pro-Trump ads, door-knocking and phone banking in battleground states.

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Some UK farmers are being pushed off of their land as the misguided quest for more solar power presses forward in Britain.

This is according to the former head of the UK’s farming union, who called attention to the many drawbacks of large-scale solar farms in the country.

Minette Batters, who once served as the National Farmers’ Union president, recounted “horrific examples” of tenant farmers being kicked off their land so landowners can rake in more money via solar power initiatives. She warned that investors, including those from overseas and private equity firms, are buying up a significant proportion of Britain’s rural landscape. 

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by Tyler Durden

General Dynamics' new 155-millimeter artillery shell factory in Mesquite, Texas, is set to produce 30,000 shells per month, according to a New York Times report. This will provide crucial support to the Ukrainian Armed Forces on the first and second lines and bring the US Army closer to its 100,000 shell target goal by 2025. However, this goal remains far behind Russia's current 155mm shell production capacity of 250,000 rounds per month.

On Wednesday, National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby told reporters the new Mesquite shell factory "will significantly increase our country's ability to manufacture parts that are used to produce artillery ammunition."

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Kirby said construction at the Mesquite factory began last year with funds allotted by the $95 billion security supplemental passed by Congress last month "to stand up new production lines as part of a national effort to significantly increase the number of artillery shells that we produce every month."

At full capacity, the factory will produce 30,000 155mm shells a month. The latest data from NATO's secretary-general showed that Ukraine fires between 4,000 and 7,000 shells per day. The West is currently depleting 155mm stockpiles, along with other crucial weapons. 

Shell factories in Scranton and Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, currently produce about 36,000 155mm shells per month. Once the Mesquite plant reaches its full capacity of 30,000 shells per month, the US Army will be closer to achieving its goal of 100,000 shells per month by 2025.

Claire's Observations:  100,000 of these shells per month, translates into one hell of a lot of killing and maiming for life, and I have to wonder; how many civilians, having utterly nothing to do with the wars the US is supporting around the world, will be killed with these weapons?!?  

It seems we are seeing a huge buildup of weapons manufacturing, but still have nothing to compare with Russia or China in terms of accuracy or range; why is our military attempting to conduct 21st century warfare with 20th century weapons?!?

This absolutely makes no sense.

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by Tyler Durden

In the wake of a deadly Israeli strike at a tent camp in Rafah last week which produced horrific viral footage of charred corpses, days after the International Court of Justice ordered Israel to immediately halt military operations, and miles beyond Biden's 'red line' (using US bombs, no less), pro-Palestine, anti-war activists are taking to the White House one week from today.

Photo: Craig Birchfield

ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), an anti-war group founded three days after the September 11, 2001 attacks, has launched an event to "Get on a bus to DC" and "Surround the White House for Palestine."

"June 8 marks 8 months of US-Israeli genocide of the Palestinian people, and marks the 54th anniversary of the occupation of Gaza. A month ago, Biden said that the invasion of Rafah was a red line. But now, the invasion of Rafah has continued for weeks, has expanded to the entire Gaza Strip, Biden's red line is nowhere to be seen," ANSWER wrote on its website

The group continued, "Biden can't draw the line, but we can. On June 8, we will come together from across the country and surround the White House."

Claire's Observations:   I don't know why, but there is an aura of "faux innocence"  with this campaign, which literally scares the stuffing out of me, and reminds me of the so-called " Children's Crusade" in the centuries-long fight between Christians and Muslims as to who would control the contested Holy Land https://www.historyextra.com/period/medieval/childrens-crusade-france-germany-march-on-jerusalem-failure-was-it-real/

To the organisers; please keep it peaceful, and remember that anyone advocating for violence is most probably a "plant" from  one of the myriad US "Alphabet Soup Agencies", hoping to make these protestors look horrifically bad to the American people: this, ladies and gents, is the polar opposite of how this protest needs to be seen.

Please, be careful; and understand that  because this has been so publicly advertised, that the policing force you will find in strength to meet you will most probably be carrying repeating weapons with live rounds which can kill you, or maim you for life

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by Tyler Durden


America's transition to a decarbonized economy demands massive base metals and rare Earth minerals. Currently, China dominates the rare Earth mineral market. However, initiatives are already underway by the US federal government to sever reliance on the Chicoms and boost domestic mining and refining abilities. 

One unlikely area where 40% of the nation's lithium supply could be sourced from is 'Trump's coal country,' otherwise known as good ole' Appalachia. 

According to Justin Mackey, a research scientist at the National Energy Technology Laboratory and PhD student at the University of Pittsburgh, wastewater from oil/gas rigs across the Marcellus Shale formation could supply the nation with 40% of its lithium needs. 

"This is lithium concentrations that already exist at the surface in some capacity in Pennsylvania, and we found that there was sufficient lithium in the waters to supply somewhere between 30 and 40 percent of the current US national demand," Mackey told CBS News

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Friday saw intensifying fighting on the Israel-Lebanon border as Hezbollah launched dozens of rockets in an expanded assault on northern Israel, some of which were sent to areas never hit before since the conflict started last year.

On Saturday morning the Lebanese paramilitary group which is allied with Iran issued a statement saying it launched "an air assault using explosive drones against... the Yiftah barracks, targeting the positions of enemy officers and soldiers."

Hezbollah described this fresh operation as retaliation for an Israeli drone attack which wounded two Hezbollah members the day prior. Israel's military had previously announced "two Hezbollah terrorists operating in the region of Majdal Selm were struck by an aircraft" on Friday.

But later in the day Saturday Hezbollah claimed a big win, having "shot down a Hermes 900 drone which was attacking our people and villages."

We are now witnessing a drone war phase of sorts playing out. The large drone downing appears to be confirmed through widely circulating footage on Saturday

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Authored by Jonathan Turley,

“Democracy is on the ballot.”

That mantra of President Joe Biden and other Democrats has suggested that “this may be our last election” if the Republicans win in 2024. A few of us have noted that the Democrats seem more keen on claiming the mantle of the defenders of democracy than actually practicing it. Democrats have sought to disqualify Donald Trump and dozens of Republicans from ballots; block third party candidates, censor and blacklist of those with opposing views; and weaponize the legal system against their opponents.

Most recently, in California, democracy is truly on the ballot and the Democrats are on the wrong side.

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Authored by Zachary Stieber via The Epoch Times

Children who received the AstraZeneca or Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines faced an elevated risk of epilepsy and appendicitis, according to a new study.

A boy receives the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine in Newcastle upon Tyne, England on Sept. 22, 2021. (Ian Forsyth/Getty Images)

Pfizer recipients were also more likely to suffer from demyelinating disease or heart inflammation, researchers found.

Dr. Julia Hippisley-Cox, a professor of clinical epidemiology at the University of Oxford’s Nuffield Department of Primary Health Care Sciences, and colleagues obtained data from a national database on COVID-19 vaccination, mortality, hospital admissions, and COVID-19 infections. They wanted to look at the link between COVID-19 vaccines from AstraZeneca, Pfizer, and Moderna with 12 outcomes, including the heart inflammation condition called myocarditis.

The population of nearly 5.2 million included 1.8 million children aged 5 to 11 and 3.3 million children aged 12 to 17.

The data examined were through Aug. 7, 2022.

In the primary analysis, researchers found 12- to 17-year-olds who received Pfizer’s vaccine were at increased risk of myocarditis, with an additional three cases per million versus the expected rate after a first dose, and an additional five cases per million after a second dose, and hospitalization with epilepsy, with an additional 12 cases per million after a second dose. Females in the age group also faced an increased risk of demyelinating disease after receiving a second dose of the vaccine.

Researchers also identified a “substantially increased risk of hospitalization with epilepsy” among females after receipt of a first dose of AstraZeneca’s shot, with 813 more hospitalizations with epilepsy than expected per million doses, and an elevated risk of appendicitis after a second dose of the vaccine, with 512 excess events per million doses.

While no excess events were found among Moderna recipients, the study lacked the power to detect statistically significant issues, due to few children in the UK receiving Moderna’s vaccine. Further, no elevated risks of the 12 issues were found among 5- to 11-year-olds.

A secondary analysis, involving matching some of the vaccine recipients to unvaccinated children, confirmed an increased risk among 12- to 17-year-olds of hospitalization with epilepsy following Pfizer vaccination, and elevated risks of severe allergic shock and appendicitis in the age group following Pfizer vaccination. No increased risks of any outcome were identified among minor Moderna or AstraZeneca recipients. But among a group of 18- to 24-year-olds studied, elevated risks of a number of conditions were found, including myocarditis, immune or idiopathic thrombocytopenia, epilepsy, and acute pancreatitis.

The study was funded by the National Institute for Health and Care Research School for Primary Care Research. Multiple authors declared conflicts of interest, including funding from Moderna and AstraZeneca. Limitations included reliance on hospital admission codes and death certificates.

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Authored by Chris Jahn via RealClear Wire,

If our nation suffers another terrorist attack, it will be hard to argue that the signs weren’t there for us to see. The federal government has expressed growing concern that AI will empower attacks on our water, transportation, and financial systems. The Department of Homeland Security has warned that bad actors are using the technology to develop weapons of mass destruction. We know foreign nationals are illegally crossing our southern border in droves. And the death of Iran’s president could foment international conflict that deepens concerns about attacks in the U.S.

Congress should be taking every measure to secure our nation’s critical infrastructure. Yet when it comes to chemical production facilities, they have left the door wide open.

Last summer, legislators allowed a federal security program protecting chemical plants to expire. I hope it doesn’t take an attack on these facilities to show the vital role they play in producing our energy, food, drinking water, computer chips, medicines, cars—you name it. That’s what makes them such an attractive target for terrorists—and that’s why we should do everything in our power to protect them.

After the September 11th attacks, Congress directed the Department of Homeland Security to create the Chemical Facility Anti-Terrorism Standards program (CFATS) to address potential terrorist threats to chemical facilities. This helped DHS identify facilities that might be at risk of a potential attack and set national standards for addressing physical and cyber threats. CFATS also provided companies with access to valuable expertise from DHS and important tools to help prevent bad actors from gaining access. It successfully flagged at least 10 individuals with potential ties to terrorism.

But last July, the Senate blocked the program, allowing it to lapse for the first time in 15 years. More than 80,000 individuals in the chemical industry have not been vetted against the FBI’s terrorist screening database.

Losing CFATS is like the Transportation Security Administration losing its ability to secure air travel. To be sure, airports and airlines do their own screening. But a federal agency cross-referencing passengers with central databases makes it much more likely that a terrorist trying to evade detection will be stopped before boarding a plane.

The chemical industry hasn’t been shy about opposing excessive federal regulations, but this is one program that has proven effective. In fact, a recent survey of American Chemistry Council members found that 96 percent support restoring the program, and 85 percent are concerned that failure to do so will compromise security. And this strong support for the program extends beyond industry. Law enforcement organizations, emergency responders, and labor unions have also called on Congress to restore CFATS

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