At least a dozen coffins hanging in the air after Cemetery Building Collapse

It is the so-called Resurrection but much more troublesome. A building also operating as a cemetery collapsed in Italy, and this is the second time where a cemetery building has collapsed this year so far. After the collapse of the marble building, at least a dozen coffins were found hanging in the air bringing critics from the public. No visitors were at the cemetery at the time of the collapse on Monday, and the building had remained closed.

“The collapse was preceded by a bang and a dense cloud of dust,” said Vincenzo Santagada, a Naples councilor who has responsibility for the cemeteries. Families of the dead had a protest on Tuesday. According to The Guardian, A separate investigation is continuing after about 300 burial niches were destroyed in the collapse of a building in another area of the cemetery in January.

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Liz Truss Moves into 10 Downing Street

Liz Truss is the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and moved into 10 Downing Street today. She served as a former Secretary of State for Foreign Commonwealth and Development Affairs since 2021. She won the race for this special seat against Rishi Sunak.

She is a conservative party member of parliament for South west Norfolk since 2010 and Minister for Women and Equalities since 2019. As of today, August 6, 2022, she is the new resident of 10 Downing Street as a new PM in the United Kingdom. The “Kissing hands” ceremony was held in Balmoral, Scotland due to 96 years old Queen Elizabeth II’s mobility being quite hard for her; she has been staying in Scotland for the summer.

Boris Johnson, the former Prime Minister gave a farewell speech outside of Downing Street early Tuesday. He told his supporters and the nation that he will support the new Prime Minister for the country. Johnson had been unsuccessful in his term and stayed less than three years at No. 10, covered in scandals including Covid-19 rule violations and lying about his own Cabinet member’s sex scandals. Brexit was Johnson’s success, which has since brought significant economic difficulties to the British Isles. After his scandals emerged, he and 40 other government resigned. He announced that he offered his resignation on July 7, 2022, and he would stay in office until a new successor came.

Truss is now a leader of the ruling Conservative Party and she is the third female Prime Minister and 15th leader of the queen’s 70 years of reign. Truss has lots of homework to do for 67 million citizens. She announced today, that she will cut taxes and deal with energy bills, the country’s overstretched health care system, and clook into correcting the economical recession.

Boris Johnson boasted that he sought to be like the former Prime Minister Winston Churchill, but he was hardly comparable, bringing much turmoil and destruction which may take decades to correct.

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Unearthed Messages from the Past Warns of Famine

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A recent drought and wildfires spread west of Europe, and one of the boulders emerged as the water level continued to drop in one of the European rivers. It reveals horrendous warning messages from at least 600 years ago.

A local German reporter, Olaf Koens shares the photo of the boulders on Twitter known as “Hungersteine” in translated English for “Hunger Stones” which have revealed their features in many European rivers recently.

It warns that when the water level went down as marked or scripted on the rock, famine will have arrived.

Another journalist from Politico, Aitor Hernández-Morales shared photos of the hunger stones on his Twitter showing on Thursday, Aug. 23, 2018. It says “Wenn du mich seehst, dann weine.” Translated, “If you see me, weep.” the stone is located at the lower levels of water in the Elbe River which starts in the Czech Republic and goes through Germany to the North Sea.

According to a report from NPR, these stones were used as a “hydrological landmark” across Europe to mark desperately low river levels. These stones were visible when the drought occurred in 2018 in Europe.

According to the German media outlet, Deutsche Welle (DW), extreme heat has extended, with a lack of rainfall and prolonged drought, leading to many rivers drying up. These major rivers’ water levels are continuing to lower from the Swiss Alps to the North Sea through the Rhine River impacting the supply chains problem in Europe already.

The supply shipment was reduced to 30% load to pass through the obstructions of the low water levels in the Rhine River.

Henri Patriot, an oil analyst at UBS, told CNN Business that the low water levels in the Rhine are “challenging shipments of energy products, which is aggravating the commodity supply situation in Europe.”

Also when rivers dry up, some unwanted truths emerge on the surface too.

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Russian Commander Olga Kachura Dies By Missile Strike

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A Russian Lieutenant Colonel Olga Kachura (52) was killed by a missile that hit her car while she was driving in the city of Horlivka, in the Donetsk region of Ukraine. She was a former police officer in Horlivka.

Col. Kachura is the first female officer to die in the war in Ukraine. She boasted that she enjoyed killing Ukrainians in the interviews on Kremlin supported channel. She was a Ukrainian native but pro-Russian since 2014 after the Donbas uprising by Putin.

‘Kachura was guilty of the shelling of the cities of Donbas and the deaths of civilians,’ Ukrainian journalist Denis Kazainskyi said. ‘In Ukraine, she was sentenced to 12 years in prison in absentia.’

She was a colonel of a rocket artillery division operated by civilians and located in the Donetsk People’s republic. Putin granted Kachura the posthumous Hero of Russia award, which is one of the highest honors issued by the Kremlin.

She is survived by two children.

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Olivia Newton-John dead at 73

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Olivia Newton-John (73), a British- Australian born singer, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, and activist died on Monday according to a statement from her husband, John Easterling (m. 2008). She was 73.

“Olivia has been a symbol of triumphs and hope for over 30 years sharing her journey with breast cancer. Her healing inspiration and pioneering experience with plant medicine [continue] with the Olivia Newton-John Foundation Fund, dedicated to researching plant medicine and cancer. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that any donations be made in her memory to the @onjfoundation,” her husband, John Easterling wrote in the statement on the singer’s verified Instagram account. according to CNN.

She was a four times Grammy winner, five times number one, on the Billboard hot 100, and 200s many more. She was like an idle of the analog generation. A granddaughter of a Nobel prize in Physics (award 1954), Max Born, and her background was the most intellectual families surrounded. She married actor, Matt Lattanzi and divorced in 1995. She has a daughter, Chloe Lattanzi (36) also a singer.

“Dame Olivia Newton-John (73) passed away peacefully at her Ranch in Southern California this morning, surrounded by family and friends. We ask that everyone please respect the family’s privacy during this very difficult time,” Easterling posted Monday afternoon.

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NATO Summit Invites Sweden & Finland to be members; Will Aid Ukraine

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NATO summit was held in Madrid, Spain on Wednesday. NATO invited Sweden and Finland members to join but Turkey opposed the two countries’ membership. Since Russia has attacked Ukraine, NATO declared Russia the “most significant and direct threat”  to its members.

According to NPR, The U.S. said it would boost its military presence in Europe, including a permanent army headquarters in Poland for the U.S. 5th Army Corps. President Biden supports another $450 million in aid to Ukraine including more naval destroyers stationed in Spain, and two F-35 fighter jet squadrons positioned in the United Kingdom. At the G-7 summit, President Biden emphasized how important the defense of Ukraine for NATO against Russia is.

Since Russia invaded Ukraine, U.S. troops in Europe increased from 80,000 servicemembers to more than 100,000. Ukraine President, Zelensky addressed NATO leaders that he needs more weapons and aid to defeat Russia.

The members will elevate their military powers and build them up whenever needed to be. The members announced their military measures are:

  • Poland: permanent station for the 5th Army Corps Headquarters Forward Command Post, an Army garrison headquarters, and a field support battalion, to allow the U.S. to more easily deploy combat troops along NATO’s eastern flank
  • Romania: position a rotational brigade combat team
  • The Baltic region: increase rotational deployments of armored, aviation, air defense, and special operations forces
  • Spain: increase the number of destroyers stationed at Rota from four to six
  • United Kingdom: station two squadrons of F-35 fighter jets.
  • Germany: forward-station an air defense artillery brigade headquarters, a short-range air defense battalion, a combat sustainment support battalion headquarters, and an engineer brigade headquarters
  • Italy: forward-station a short-range air defense battery

Turkey seems not to take the two countries (Sweden and Finland) joining NATO seriously.

From 4 a.m. on 24 February 2022, when the Russian Federation’s armed attack against Ukraine started, to 24:00 midnight on 26 June 2022 (local time), the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) recorded 10,631 civilian casualties in the country: 4,731 killed and 5,900 injured. This included:

  • a total of 4,731 killed (1,812 men, 1,225 women, 134 girls, and 155 boys, as well as 41 children and 1,364 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
  • a total of 5,900 injured (1,196 men, 829 women, 131 girls, and 174 boys, as well as 184 children and 3,386 adults whose sex is yet unknown)
    • In Donetsk and Luhansk regions: 6,029 casualties (2,773 killed and 3,256 injured)
      • On Government-controlled territory: 5,061 casualties (2,582 killed and 2,479 injured)
      • On territory controlled by Russian-affiliated armed groups: 968 casualties (191 killed and 777 injured)
    • In other regions of Ukraine (the city of Kyiv, Cherkasy, Chernihiv, Kharkiv, Kherson, Kyiv, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Sumy, Zaporizhzhia, Dnipropetrovsk, Poltava, Rivne, Vinnytsia, Ternopil and Zhytomyr regions), which were under Government control when casualties occurred: 4,602 casualties (1,958 killed and 2,644 injured)

Most of the civilian casualties recorded were caused by the use of explosive weapons within a wide impact area, including shelling from heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems, and missile and air strikes. More than 500 Ukraine civilian abductions by Russian troops are not included in the official number count.

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Boris Johnson and Partygate

It is no secret that Boris Johnson, the current Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, broke rules regarding Covid-19 shutdown, when he held a party. He was fined 50 pounds, which is about $100 or so.

In the meantime, a pub landlord in North Devon held a party on the same date (December 18, 2020) as the prime minister, was fined 4,000 pounds. This hypocritical application of the regulations has people fuming across the pond.

At the time, Devon was under Tier 2 restriction, which meant only friends and family could meet if they were living together or otherwise part of a support bubble. The police performed a raid and found there were several different groups of people sitting together.

The landlord justified the meeting as being limited to a Christmas party among colleagues and coworkers, as they’d been working together throughout the pandemic. The group was around 12-20 people.

The landlord is a Conservative voter and wants Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak to resign after they – along with Johnson’s wife Carrie and 40-odd other people – were fined for attending a birthday party on June 19 2020.

Johnson and Sunak had previously said in Parliament that they didn’t attend the party and followed the rules. This story is still in development; some say that Johnson was the first to break toast.

The Wayfarer Inn offered free meals to NHS and care staff during the Covid-19 lockdowns, as well as providing free school meals and giving up rooms at no charge for those self-isolating.

The Metropolitan Police are investigating 12 potential gatherings, meaning the Prime Minister and Sunak could be fined again if found to have participated. Many in Britain are now calling for resignation.

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Quiet Truth Rings out from Russia: Novaya Gazeta

Amidst Putin’s strict censorship laws, one man and his newspaper is seeking to keep the truth alive.

Nobel Peace Prize winner Dmitry Muratov is the editor of the independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta convened an emergency staff meeting almost immediately after Putin invaded Ukraine in February 2022.

Muratov has never hidden his sadness over the invasion of Ukraine. His newspaper immediately published with a new headline: “Russia Is Bombing Ukraine.” He also voiced that Russians and Ukrainians are not the enemies. Today, such headline is considered illegal, despite being true. He remains the sole protector of independent media and voice in Russia, against all of the Russian machine.

Muratov has kept the independent paper operating, even when some of its newspaper reporters were murdered. After struggling between the choice of risking the shutting down of the paper or keeping it alive, he has chosen latter, remaining in Moscow and continuing to publish. He can’t call the war on Ukraine as a war; rather, he must call it a “special military operation.”

That being said, Novaya Gazeta remains only technically complying, while using various literary tools and tactics to convey what is being omitted and implied through the censorship to deliver the truth to its readers.

Muratov remains firm that he would remain to continue to fight the information battle. He will not go against the government, but he will choose to remain for his readers and employees for as long as possible.

While the Russian Constitution bans censorship, it has not successfully been maintained, as seen by Putin’s ability to censor usage of certain words during this war.

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Ukraine rejects Russian Ultimatum; strike on Kyiv mall kills 8, and the World grows angrier at Putin

Russian ultimatum has been rejected by Pres. Zelensky, who said he would never agree to an ultimatum from Russia or surrender Ukraine’s cities. Moscow is seeking some sort of strategic victory in Ukraine, and it issued a warning to the leaders remaining in Mariupol: feel or face further attacks. The leaders of Mariupol have also refused to leave, and the city’s fate is uncertain; however, Ukraine is certain it does not wish to give any of its territory away to Russia.

At the same time Kyiv and main cities continue to face heavy attack, as an attack on a mall late Sunday ended up killing at least 8 people. Kyiv remains one of Russia’s major targets, and Kremlin could turn to deadlier attacks to compensate for battlefield progress in the three-week war.

At the same time, many are becoming angrier at Putin’s reckless attacks on Ukraine as the brutality continues to be broadcasted. How this will continue to impact Russia’s economy and world standing is not yet known.

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Ukrainian President Zelensky addresses Congress

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On Wednesday, March 16, President Zelensky spoke to members of Congress seeking support, specifically to block Russia from Ukrainian airspace, a no-fly zone. Pres. Zelensky explained that  Ukraine has been struggling in the past 8 years, and that this could be crucial to the survival of Ukraine against the onslaught of Russian invasion.

President Zelensky also referenced Pearl Harbor, events of 9-11, and other events which had left Americans feeling vulnerable in the past, in asking Congress to take action against Russia in support of Ukraine. President Zelensky suggested that if the US was unwilling to assist Ukraine in creating a no-fly zone, that Ukraine was amenable to an alternative option, which would be to provide Ukraine with aircrafts so that it could defend itself against Russia.

Pres. Zelensky also thanked Congress and Pres. Biden for swift action in establishing the warmongering members of Russia as war criminals, of setting up major financial sanctions so far, and encouraged that more and more severe sanctions be put in place until Russia left Ukraine, including blacklisting members of the Russian Dumas.

He emphasized the importance of prioritizing peace over financial interest and to stop the war. He also suggested the creation of a new union that could protect countries from war, natural disasters, and other crises.

He then asked Congress to watch the video of pre-Russian invaded Ukraine and Ukraine since, completely waitron and destroyed due to Russian bombardment.

After using a translator, Pres. Zelensky spoke directly in English:

Today the Ukrainian people are defending not only Ukraine, we are fighting for the values of Europe and the world, [inaudible] in the name of the future. That’s why today the American people are helping not just Ukraine, but Europe and the world, to keep the planet alive, to keep justice in history. Now I’m almost 45 years old. Today my age stopped when the heart of more than 100 children stopped beating.

I see no sense in life if it cannot stop the deaths. And this is my main issue as the leader of my people, great Ukrainians, and as the leader of my nation, I am addressing the President Biden, you are the leader of the nation, of your great nation. I wish you to be the leader of the world. Being the leader of the world means to be the leader of peace.

Thank you.

Glory to Ukraine.

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