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Israeli official Amichai Eliyahu said that droping an atomic weapon on Gaza is "one of the possibilities." This remark earned him a suspension by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
So is this a rogue person or is it true that this has been considered by the Israeli government? Let's all hope its the former! As we reported last week, the world has known since at least the late 1980s tha Israel has nuclear weapons. They imprisoned whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu for 18 years for saying so.
An atomic weapon would not only be a war crime but it would also have harrowing fallout consequences for everyone, Israelis included!
Eliyahu later said that "nuking Gaza" was a metaphor. That's not very comforting, is it? He also said that "there is no such thing as uninvolved civilians in Gaza” and that Palestinians “can go to Ireland or deserts.”
Journalist Seymour Hersh reports that there is a secret exchange between Hamas and the Israeli government to release the nearly 250 hostages. He says that "The Hamas leader and his colleagues have been told that survival is possible if they release the Israeli hostages and agree to begin holding immediate war-crime tribunals. The Israelis want the death penalty for those Hamas combat leaders who encouraged and then did nothing to stop the war crimes of their fighters."
Will anything come from this before Hamas is buried alive in their tunnels and will the hostages suffer that fate too? Negotiators are reportedly trying to arrange their safe transfer to the basement of a hospital.
The fall-out of this war has reached far and wide. In Washington, D.C., between 100,000 and 300,000 people marched in support of the Palestinians. D.C. police have not been able to confirm this number. Some chanted to demand a ceasefire and some yelled more aggressive things such as "F Joe Biden" and vandalized monuments with Palestinian flags and graffiti.
NBC News reports that U.S. and European officials have been "queitly" talking Ukraine into peace negotiations with Russia.
Ukrainian Zelensky rejected this on TV this weekend. On Meet The Press, he said he doesn't "think that this is a stalemate."
Ukraine had promised that the counteroffensive that began in June would put them in a better negotiation to negotiate? That plan didn't work out. They're in a far worse position to negotiate having gained no ground and lost at least 70,000 soldiers. Zelensky seems woefully unaware of this.
"They thought they would checkmate us, but this didn’t happen," Zelenskyy said. He later added that his military is "coming up with different plans, with different operations in order to move forward faster and to strike Russian Federation unexpectedly."
Does that "different plan" involve taking hits to from at least 15 multiple-launch strikes? Russia says that it hit several Ukrainian military targets over the weekend and that at least 1,340 Ukrainian troops have died over the past week.
Zelensky didn't mention that. He did, however, invite President Trump to Ukraine to call him out on his promise that he could negotiate peace with Russia. Is there any doubt now that he is desperate for the media attention back?
Meanwhile, Russia says that they have successfully tested a ballistic missile that traveled several thousand kilometers away from its lauch from a nuclear-powered submarine.
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In Connecticut, a judge ordered a re-do of an election due to egregious voter fraud.
Videos surfaced of multiple people stuffing absentee ballots into mail-in ballot boxes just days before the race. The "winner" was Democratic incumbent Mayor Joe Ganim. He won by only 251 votes. The opponent, John Gomes, challenged the results and showed videos of the ballot stuffing in court.
When the people who were shown stuffing the ballot boxes testified in court, they used the Fifth Amendment to avoid explanation.
The judge said this in his ruling: "The volume of ballots so mishandled is such that it calls the result of the primary election into serious doubt and leaves the court unable to determine the legitimate result of the primary.”
Last week, a politician in New Jersey was charged with with stealing mail-in ballots and replacing them with fakes in 2020 to get himself elected.
What is going on here? We were told that mail-in balloting was safe and secure?
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Elon Musk's X has launched an artificial intelligence program called Grok, a reference from the 1961 science fiction novel "Stranger in a Strange Land."
Grok is supposed to be a funnier, sillier AI friend. It is also supposed to be able to "read the room," meaning it can give you contextual answers based on what is happening in the world.
X says that Grok is "modeled after the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, so intended to answer almost anything and, far harder, even suggest what questions to ask!"
Well, it can't be worse than Google Bard, Google's AI program that I fight with every week because it simply makes things up!
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2 years. That is how long Fiona, the loneliest sheep in Brittain, spent up in the Scottish Highlands before being rescued this weekend by the Scottish SPCA. She is now safely home and was successfully fleeced. Now that's a lot of wool!
2:04:59. That was the winning time for the men's division of the New York City Marathon. The top finisher was Tamirat Tola, of Ethiopia.
2:27:23. That was the winning time for the women's division of the New York City Marathon. The top finisher was Hellen Obiri, of Kenya.