'When 9/11 happened, we didn't ban planes': U.S. politicians' bizarre defense of gun laws annoys Internet

At least 21 people, including 19 students, have been killed in a shooting at a Texas school.

A Republican leader in the United States has rejected the notion of gun control after a deadly school shooting in Rob Elementary, Texas, with a bizarre argument: The plane was not banned after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Lauren Boebert made the remarks while speaking on Fox News’ Hannity Special.

“When 9/11 happened, we didn’t ban planes. We have secured the cockpit, ”he said in a broadcast on Thursday Daily Beast.

“I want to protect our schools, I want to protect their children and I want teachers who can protect themselves and their students. And you know what? We can achieve this without trying to disarm law-abiding citizens, “said the Colorado representative, a staunch supporter of firearms.

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During the 2020 election, he vehemently opposed the introduction of strict gun control legislation in the United States.

According to Daily BeastHe owns a restaurant where staff members openly carry firearms.

Further reporting on Thursday’s broadcast, Newsweek said Ms Boebert had suggested that Democrats were trying to push the Texas tragedy into “their fierce political agenda” and bring in tougher gun laws.

“And of course, leave it to Barack Obama to make the issue more divisive by not allowing the nation to unite, mourn and heal,” he added. Newsweek The former U.S. president’s tweet was linked to the Uvalade tragedy, marking the two-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death.

Social media users were outraged by Ms Boebert’s remarks, noting that the plane had not been banned since 9/11 but that security had been beefed up.

“When 9/11 happened and about 3,000 people died, and less than two months later we created a full-fledged government agency in response, an agency that would have to show the ID issued by our government, be screened with a full body scanner, Etc., “a user tweeted.

“No, we made it difficult to get on the plane. So in this situation, for example, we would make it difficult for you to get a gun (aircraft) in your hand to use as a weapon, “said another.

Mrs. Boebert is a United States politician, businessman, and gun rights activist. He is the U.S. representative representing Colorado’s 3rd Congressional District and a member of the Republican Party.

The remarks came as former US President and Republican leader Donald Trump defended the National Rifle Association (NRA), a prominent gun rights lobbying group, amid growing calls for gun reform.

Speaking at the NRA’s annual meeting in Houston, he said, “Every time a distraught or confused person commits such a heinous crime, there is a despicable attempt by some in our society to use the suffering of others to advance their ultimate political agenda.” Texas.

He added that decent Americans should be allowed the firearms needed to defend themselves against the “evil.”

The former president has called for increased school security without focusing on gun reform. “If the United States has 40 40 billion to send to Ukraine, we should be able to do whatever it takes to keep our children safe at home,” he said.

'We will not give': Residents of shelters in Ukraine mark each day with a cross.

Russian troops destroyed a school, a town hall and several houses in Kutuzivka.

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“We keep a cross for every day we spend living here,” said Nadia Ryzkova, 76, in a dark underground shelter in the northeastern Ukrainian village of Kutuzivka, where she lives with about 50 people.

Ryzkova points to the calendar marked by the red cross from February 24, before hitting her outspoken cat, Murchik (“Purar”), the day the Russians began their invasion of Ukraine.

The beds in the shelter are lined with three large rooms where most of the occupants are elderly women.

Electrical cables hang from concrete ceilings, which attach some dim light bulbs to car batteries placed under some chairs.

A wood-burning stove emits a suffocating heat, but away from the fire, a cold damp air covers the surroundings.

But Marfa Khizniak, 72, is happy with this harsh consolation, after the countless shells fell on the village of 1,500 residents at the beginning of the counter-attack in Ukraine on March 25.

“It was scary, I was so scared. No sound. It was unbearable. I was sitting in my bathroom praying. Then I came here for shelter. Even a small place, a chair would be enough for me,” he says.

“Some people have returned to the village today but for what? Everything is ruined,” Khizniak added, shedding a few tears before explaining that he was suffering from “depression” and was taking medication.

Without a telephone connection, her children and loved ones have no news, but she assures herself: “I live with the hope that they are alive. That is what keeps me alive.”

Relentless fire

Russian troops ended their push for Kharkiv but retained their position east of the city, firing on the east and surrounding villages. Cannon exchange continues, especially at night.

A school, a town hall and several houses were destroyed in the bombings in the last few days during the Russian advance and the counter-attack by Ukrainian forces.

“It’s definitely dangerous. Shots are fired, shells are fired, but we’re used to it. We don’t pay much attention to it anymore,” said Vlad, a 35-year-old tractor driver, while delivering water tanks. To the residents of the shelter who rush to fill their cans and bottles.

Earlier they had to fetch water from the well.

Hundreds of meters away from the shelter, the soldiers get some deserved rest in a house by leaving an empty hole in a wall hit by a shell.

Despite some scattered artillery shells, the atmosphere is calm as men and women sit in chairs. They came back from the front line about 20 kilometers (12.5 miles) away.

“It’s raging in the front row. It’s very hot. We’ve been there seven days, I don’t really remember, it was like a long day for me,” said Laska, a 36-year-old military nurse.

A business woman preparing to study for a doctorate of science before the attack, she gave up everything to help in the war effort.

“I don’t see what else I can do. Everyone has to volunteer or defend the country,” he said, waiting for the call to return to the front.


“I’ll be back for sure, as soon as the order comes. Our boys are there, we can’t leave them alone!” Laska said.

In the same place, the war-hardened deputy squadron leader nicknamed “Chekist” has a lot of fighting experience.

The soldier, who has been fighting pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine since 2014, said: “I have spent a lot of time in the war. This is my job. I defend my homeland.”

When “I’m fighting, I see pictures of my kids and I know why I’m fighting,” he said, adding that the Ukrainian army is now calling in young, inexperienced soldiers.

“A lot of people come and they never hold guns. Before, we could have trained them but at the moment, they have learned up front. Unfortunately, we lost a lot of people,” he said while lighting a cigarette.

But he has remained hostile.

“We will win the war. It will be difficult but our morale is intact. Intact! Intact!” He said. “We won’t.”

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The Iranian police buildings fired to disperse protesters in the collapse of the building

A demonstration in Abadan, Iran, turned violent on Friday night as crowds forced their way into the rubble.


Iranian police have used tear gas and fired at the southwestern city of Abdan to dispel another night in protest of the collapse of a deadly building, which is blaming officials for corruption and security, Persian news agency and social media reports.

Officials in Khuzestan’s oil-producing region, where Abadan is located, said the death toll had risen to 28 and that another 37 people had been injured when a 10-storey residential and commercial building collapsed on Monday. Thirteen people have been arrested so far for building violations, they said.

Disaster investigation authorities have arrested Abdan’s current and past mayors and other municipal employees amid allegations that safety warnings have been ignored.

The Fars news agency reported that a protest in Abdan on Friday night turned violent when crowds were forced to move toward the rubble of the building, where rescue operations continued. Police fired tear gas and warning shots, it said.

People were seen running for cover on social media footage. “Don’t shoot, don’t shoot” shouts and shots could be heard. Reuters could not independently verify the footage.

An unverified video from the Khuzestan port city of Mahshaar shows protesters shouting: “They stole oil and gas, took our blood”.

According to other unconfirmed social media posts, demonstrations in solidarity with the Abadan protests took place in Khuzestan, as well as in several nearby areas of Shahin Shahr in central Iran and the southern city of Shiraz.

First Vice President Mohammed Mokhbar told state television on Friday that he believed “widespread corruption” among builders, contractors and supervisors was responsible for the catastrophe.

During earlier protests against rising food prices, residents said Internet services were disrupted, an apparent attempt to stop the use of social media to organize rallies and spread videos. Officials have denied blocking Internet access.

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Elon Musk says the recession is

Tesla CEO Elon Musk says the recession is a good thing.

Billionaire Elon Musk, who previously predicted the economic downturn, claims that this is actually a good thing, a necessary “rude awakening” after a relaxed attitude from the COVID-19 epidemic.

Tesla’s CEO was responding to users on Twitter when he said “something needs to go bankrupt”.

On Friday, Twitter user Jack asked Mr. Musk, “Do you still think we’re on the verge of a recession?”

In response, the SpaceX chief said, “Yes, but that’s a good thing. It’s been raining money on idiots for a long time. Something needs to go bankrupt. No need to work hard. Rude awakening is introverted! “

“How long do you believe this recession will continue Elon? You called it that! Just curious it could be last year (s) ??” Another user asked the industrialist.

“Based on past experience, about 12 to 18 months. Companies that have an inherently negative cash flow (i.e. value destroyers) have to die so that they stop eating assets,” Mr Musk said.

According to New York PostAnalysts have recently said that the US economy is more likely to enter a recession as a result of persistently high inflation and supply chain disruptions due to COVID.

Gross domestic product (GDP), a broad measure of goods and services produced across the country, fell 1.5 percent in the first quarter of 2022, according to data released by the US government on Thursday.

The 1.5 percent decline contrasts sharply with the 6.9 percent increase in GDP recorded in the fourth quarter of 2021.

The results, according to analysts, were attributed to strong consumer spending on imports, which exceeded spending on exports, the post added.

Russia launches 'invincible' hypersonic missile, hits targets 1,000 kilometers away

The test comes as Russia appears to be building its offensive position in Ukraine. (File)


Russian forces on Saturday announced the latest successful test of their Zircon hypersonic cruise missile as Moscow took offensive action in its Ukraine.

The missile was fired from the Admiral Gorshkov frigate in the Barents Sea and “successfully hit” a target 1,000 kilometers (625 miles) away in the Arctic White Sea, the Defense Ministry said.

The ministry said the test was part of an ongoing “new weapons test”.

The first official zircon test, described by President Vladimir Putin as a “great event,” came in October 2020. Other tests were carried out from the same frigate and from a sunken submarine

The latest test of a hypersonic weapon comes when Russia appears to be preparing the ground for an offensive launched in Ukraine in late February.

The weapon can reach speeds of five to ten times the speed of sound and has a maximum range of about 1,000 kilometers.

In March, Moscow said it had for the first time used its high-precision Kinzhal, or Dagger, hypersonic missile in combat.

Putin described the missiles as a family of new “invincible” weapons in Russia’s arsenal.

The new generation of weapons unveiled by Putin in 2018 is more difficult to track and intercept by a missile defense system than conventional weapons, because of their speed but at low altitudes towards their targets.

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Ukraine's former president says he is barred from leaving the country

Petro Poroshenko said he was prevented from leaving Ukraine.


Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Saturday that the government had prevented him from leaving the country since the Russian invasion, accusing him of violating a so-called political ceasefire.

Poroshenko, who was in power from 2014 to 2019, has appeared frequently in public since the start of the war, appearing for commentary on international television.

His European Solidarity Party is the second largest party in the Ukrainian parliament after President Volodymyr Zelensky’s ruling party.

Following Russia’s invasion, Ukraine’s parliament banned several pro-Russian parties, and allowed others to operate under the so-called political ceasefire – a touching agreement that would put aside all political differences to unite against the war.

On Saturday, however, Poroshenko’s office said he had been “refused to cross the border into Ukraine,” accusing the government of violating the agreement.

“There is a risk that with this decision, the authorities will break the ‘political ceasefire’ during the war … which is one of the pillars of national unity in the face of Russian aggression,” his office said.

Poroshenko was scheduled to attend a NATO parliamentary meeting in Lithuania as part of a Ukrainian delegation, and he received official permission to travel.

He was scheduled to meet in Vilnius with Lithuanian President Gitanas Nauseda and a group of members of the European Parliament.

He is then scheduled to travel to Rotterdam in the Netherlands to unite European political parties.

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The U.S. Zoo celebrates the birth of critically endangered red wolf dogs

A critically endangered red wolf dog has been born at Roger Williams Park Zoo in the United States.

A picture of a puppy from a critically endangered species of red wolf is going viral on social media. It shows the puppy sleeping next to the mother wolf, and Roger Williams Park Zoo in the United States has shared on Twitter.

“Red wolf, brave and Diego first parents !! Born on May 5, it is a historic birth for our zoo and a symbol of hope for the survival of this species. Only 15-20 red wolves live in the forest. It has been born on RWPZoo since 2005. The first red wolf, ”reads the caption.

The brave mother wolf (age 6) has been taking care of the baby since birth. The 23-day-old puppy is brave and Diego’s first successful birth, the zoo said in a press release.

Only 15-20 red wolves are in the wild, all found in East North Carolina.

Zoo keepers and veterinarians use an infrared camera installed inside their newly created birth den to watch the mother wolf and her baby. Although the puppies have been observed to be fed and gain weight slowly, the next month is an important time for the puppy to grow, they say.

On Twitter, the post received more than 796 likes, and users also made sincere comments.

“So beautiful. It’s great to see new life for this species, ”wrote one user.

Another said, “Oh, congratulations brave and Diego!”

By the 1980’s, red wolves were almost extinct in the wild. The last 14 wild red wolves were brought to the zoo as part of the Red Wolf Species Survival Plan (SSP) – a collaboration between the US Fish and Wildlife Service and the Association of Zoo and Aquariums (AZA).

The goal was to establish a captive breeding program to serve as the basis for the wild population, which could then be reintroduced with the wild.

Incidents of monkeypox spread the ‘tip of the iceberg’, WHO says: 10 points

Monkeypox is a endemic disease in 11 countries in West and Central Africa.

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The European Union’s disease agency said the number of monkeypox cases had reached 219 outside the countries where the virus usually spreads. The World Health Organization has warned of more attacks in the coming days.

Here are 10 things we know about monkeypox outbreaks:

  1. Monkeypox, a less serious disease than his cousin smallpox, is a local disease in 11 countries in West and Central Africa.

  2. The monkey virus was discovered in 1958 for research. The first human case of monkeypox was recorded in 1970.

  3. The World Health Organization has warned that in recent weeks there have been 200 cases of monkeypox where it could just start outside a local country. “We know we will have more cases in the coming days,” WHO chief epidemic and epidemic preparedness and prevention chief Sylvie Bryand acknowledged in a briefing to countries on the “abnormal” spread of the virus.

  4. Health agencies say most cases have been identified among gay men.

  5. The United Kingdom reported its first monkeypox case in early May. Since then, the virus has spread rapidly in the country and the number of infections is now at 90.

  6. Spain has so far reported 98 confirmed cases of monkeypox.

  7. Portugal has already registered 74 confirmed cases, with health authorities saying on Friday that all cases were among men, mainly those under 40 years of age.

  8. Fever, muscle aches, sores and chills are common symptoms of monkeypox in humans

  9. The death rate from the virus is three to six percent. Most people recover within three to four weeks.

  10. There is currently no specific treatment for monkeypox. Patients should usually stay in a specialist hospital so that the infection does not spread and the general symptoms can be treated.

Moscow’s ambassador to Washington responded to media reports that the United States would send multiple launch rocket systems to Kiev.

Russia’s ambassador to the United States, Anatoly Antonov, warned on Friday that the United States could significantly increase the risk of escalating conflict in Ukraine if it provided Kiev with multiple long-range rocket launches. Earlier, several U.S. media outlets reported that the Biden administration had given the green light for distribution.

Asked to comment on the claims, Antonov said the allegations need to be verified first and so far, no official announcement has been made by US officials.

The ambassador hopes that “Common sense will prevail, and Washington will not take such provocative steps.He and colleagues at the Russian Foreign Ministry have repeatedly warned the US leadership that “Unprecedented pumping“Weapons in Ukraine”The risk of escalating conflict increases significantly.

Antonov says that if the media reports are true, and the Biden administration wants to send Kiev M270 MLRS and M142 HIMARS systems, the Ukrainian military will have the power to strike Russian cities – which he described as unacceptable to Moscow.

The United States could send heavy artillery to Ukraine - media

By providing more weapons to Ukraine, Antonov said, the United States would undermine the prospect of peace in the Eastern European country. He noted that Washington was involved in a growing conflict, which could lead to “.Unexpected consequences for global security.

Officials have called on the Biden administration to “” shut downIt is a pointless and extremely risky practice to pump weapons“In Ukraine. Also in Antonov Kyiv and Washington officials.”Accept the reality,“What can help”To make progress towards diplomatic settlement.

The Russian ambassador’s remarks came shortly after the New York Times ran a report, citing unnamed U.S. officials as saying that the Biden administration had given the green light to supply multiple US-made long-range rocket systems to Ukraine. The paper said an announcement could be made early next week.

Sources quoted in the report said that High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (M142 HIMARS) could be included in the next part of Ukraine’s military assistance, along with the 155-millimeter Howitzer, which Washington is already supplying to Kiev.

Defense Department press secretary John Kirby declined to comment on the alleged decision.

A similar report was published on CNN on Thursday.

Ukraine has called on the United States to supply its rocket system, or its cousin, the M270 MLRS, which, according to Kiev, could help turn the tide of the conflict with Russia.

According to U.S. media reports earlier this month, until recently, the Biden administration had been wary of supplying M270 MLRS or M142 HIMARS to Ukraine, fearing it could be seen as an increase due to the Kremlin’s long range and large-scale destruction. Comparison with the United States already sent weapons to Kyiv. Of particular concern is the possibility of the Ukrainian military using these weapons to hit Russian targets, several media outlets have reported.

Boris Johnson wants heavy weapons for Ukraine

On Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba tweeted:Heavy weapons at the top of our agenda, and much more coming our way,After talks with US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken. The New York Times said the message could signal a breakthrough on multiple launch rocket systems.

Although the Ukrainian military has a similar Soviet-designed system, HIMARS has a longer range, said to be more accurate, more versatile, and can be loaded with satellite-guided and tactical ballistic missiles. Each missile is pre-loaded into disposable launch tubes and can be quickly mounted on trucks and dropped after firing, making the system arguably easier to operate than older, Soviet-designed models.

The United States has been actively providing military assistance to Kiev since Russia invaded Ukraine in late February.

Earlier this month, President Biden signed into law a land-lease law aimed at speeding up the process of sending military equipment to Ukraine.

Last Saturday, Biden also approved legislation allocating an additional 40 billion in aid to Ukraine.

Irish man loses his memory 10 minutes after having sex with wife: report

Such a rare condition usually affects people in their 50s and 70s. (Representative)

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In a bizarre incident, a 66-year-old Irish man was taken to hospital with short-term dementia after having sex with his wife.

The abnormal phenomenon was analyzed in the May issue of the Irish Medical Journal, published on Wednesday, and doctors explained that gender is the trigger for short-term amnesia – officially known as transient global amnesia (TGA).

The Mayo Clinic defines TGA as “an episode of sudden transient global amnesia that is not caused by common neuropathy, such as epilepsy or stroke.”

In the case of this Irish man, the medical journal reported that he lost his short-term memory within 10 minutes of having sex.

After their sexual intercourse, the man notices the date on his mobile phone and he ‘suddenly gets upset that he forgot his wedding anniversary the day before.’ Although the man had celebrated the special event the previous evening, he had no idea.

“He repeatedly questioned his wife and daughter about what happened that morning and the day before,” according to the journal.

Such a rare condition usually affects people between the ages of 50 and 70 and has the potential to “just disappear” from recent events. Some people who are experiencing TGA cannot remember what happened a year ago. Affected people usually regain their memory within a few hours.

In this case, the subject was not compromised with long-term memory, and was able to provide his name, age and other basic background information.

The man had previously experienced TGA in 2015 and this incident also happened shortly after having sex. Fortunately, he later regained his short-term memory.

Realizing he was suffering in another TGA episode, the man went to a local emergency room. There, on a neurological examination, he was found to be “completely normal.” After a while his memory came back.

The author of an article in the Irish Medical Journal, who works in the neurology department at Limerick University Hospital, says that 10 percent of people with TGA have other episodes. The authors add that “TGA precipitation is associated with a number of activities, including physical activity, immersion in cold or hot water, stress, pain, and sexual intercourse.”

Talking about TGA in 2009, one expert said, “It is not enough for a stimulus or deprivation that it permanently hits the brain. It restores the brain. There should be no deficiency other than memory and it should be shortened.”

The incident is horrific for the affected people and their loved ones, but TGA is not considered very serious.

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