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May 2022

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7United States The racist Great Replacement conspiracy theory and thinly veiled white nationalism have gone mainstream on the political right thanks to hate and anger-fueled media exemplified by Tucker Carlson.
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11United States Florida. The mayor and city of Miami, Florida backed a speculative cryptocurrency asset called "MiamiCoin", which has dramatically crashed and is now worth about a third of a penny.
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16United Kingdom Gay Pride Flag.svg Blackpool FC's Jake Daniels has come out as gay, making him the first openly gay male professional footballer in UK soccer in over 30 years after Justin Fashanu, and only the second current gay male professional footballer worldwide.
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18United States France Russia No Big Mac for you. Restaurant chain McDonald's has said it is to completely withdrew from the Russian market and sell its 847 restaurants to a local buyer.
And no, va-va-voom for you, the French giant carmaker Renault has sold off its 66% stake in its Russian subsidiary AvtoVaz, also known as Lada, to a state-owned institute.
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26United States the World NASA-funded project at the University of Florida manages to grow plants in lunar soil samples.
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-4United States Texas. Texas Supreme Court rules that child welfare agencies can launch child abuse investigations into parents and doctors who provide gender-affirming care for trans youth.
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-2United States Nebraska. Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts plans to hold a special legislative session to pass a total abortion ban with no rape or incest exception should Roe be overturned.
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20Finland NATO Finland formally confirms its bid to join NATO, a move made in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
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25United States The United States passes one million Covid deaths.
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32El Salvador El Salvador, which embraced bitcoin as legal tender and invested substantial public funds in it, lunges towards default as the value of the cryptocurrency plummets
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115the World The NFT market collapses
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59United States Leaked US Supreme Court opinion suggests abortion law repeal. Interestingly, this is one of the rare times an opinion is "accidentally" revealed beforehand, leading to speculation that someone intentionally leaked it in hopes of pressuring SCOTUS to change their mind. It's unclear what this means on a State level, but expect a plethora of states (with a certain balance of legislators) suddenly deciding to criminalize abortions.
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2 United Kingdom British Virgin Islands Due to the situation in the BVI, the UK government has said it is planning to establish direct-rule over the overseas territory.

April 2022

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10 United StatesKansas. The Shawnee City Council, in Kansas, has voted unanimously to ban co-living, making having over three housemates illegal.
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32United StatesFlorida. United KingdomBritish Virgin Islands Bloody hell, the premier of the British Virgin Islands has been arrested in a Floridian airport on cocaine smuggling and money laundering charges by U.S. federal DEA agents.
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33Canada Ukraine Canadian MPs have unanimously passed a motion in the House of Commons calling Russia’s actions in Ukraine a genocide.
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24 Saint Kitts and Nevis Crown of Saint Edward (Heraldry).svg ...and another one, Ma'am. The deputy prime minister of the Caribbean nation of St Kitts & Nevis has said that the dual-island nation is looking to become a republic, after a visit by the Earl and Countess of Wessex.
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42PalestinePalestinian farmer finds 4,500-year-old goddess statue while working his land
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-11United States Musk buys Twitter.
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23Nicaragua Nicaragua shuts down 25 groups critical of sandinista dictator Daniel Ortega
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34United StatesNorth Carolina. Possible photos of North Carolina Congressman and theocrat Madison Cawthorn have been leaked to Politico showing him dressing in women’s underwear at a possible sex party. This is not kinkshaming but it is hypocrisy shaming.
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19United States A Colorado climate change activist, Wynn Bruce, after planning since 2020, lit himself on fire in front of the Supreme Court. He died of his injuries.
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20United Kingdom Antarctica Gay Pride Flag.svg Two male scientists from the British Antarctic Survey are planning to make history by tying the knot in the British Antarctic Territory. This will be the first time a same-sex marriage would be held on the icy continent.
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-7United Kingdom Police are investigating after someone put "Z - Glory to Russia" graffiti on the world-famous Dark HedgesWikipedia in Northern Ireland.
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29SwedenFinlandNATO UPDATED: The likely timetable for how Sweden [and Finland] could join Nato – following Finland's speedy progress and Sweden's recent acceleration to be in sync, widely believed to precede applications before or early June.
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27United StatesFlorida. Florida’s legislature votes to dissolve the Reedy Creek Improvement District, a special district in Florida which allows Disney World to operate outside of local government supervision, in retaliation for their opposition to HB 1557
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28Ireland Members of the Irish Defence Forces' trade union RACO have voted overwhelmingly to affiliate themselves with the trade union confederation ICTU despite it being illegal, over low pay and poor working conditions.
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47United States In the United States, six companies control 90% of what is read, watched, and heard
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22United States Gizmodo has released 28 documents that are part of the ″Facebook Papers." These Documents contain information about how Facebook knew about the damage their site is doing, in particular to the events of January 6th 2021.Quick addition, They uploaded more.
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35Russia Magic wooden splinter failed to protect the Russian Black Sea fleet ex-flagship Moskva. ...aaaaand always look on the bright side of life.......
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54United States Texas. InfoWars files for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, due to the lawsuits in regards to the Sandy Hook shootings.
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35the World In relation to the below post, Scientists worldwide have been protesting and getting arrested. Climate revolution is needed now, this can't be a gradual transition anymore, at least if we want to minimize harm to the world; that ship has already sailed.
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31the World OH BOY!!! A new study claims we have about 3 years to full throttle reverse on climate change to avoid that 1.5°C of warming. It's doubtful we will deal with this in time, if the past is any indication.
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17Saint Lucia Crown of Saint Edward (Heraldry).svg More annus horribilis for Elizabeth? St Lucia's prime minister Phillip J. Pierre has said in his country's throne speech that the island-nation is looking to become a republic.
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8United StatesFlorida. Florida Man given authority to draw state’s congressional boundries.
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22United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Chancellor Rishi Sunak are fined by the Metropolitan Police for breaking Covid lockdown laws by attending parties at 10 Downing Street.
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21PakistanImran Khan is voted out of office and is expected to be replaced by opposition leader Shebaz Sharif as acting PM.
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21 United Kingdom United States It's now been revealed that the Chancellor, Rishi Sunak, held a U.S. green card [permanent residency permit] until 2019, which means that he could be breaking U.S. immigration laws. Green card holders must pay U.S. tax on their worldwide income, pledge that the U.S. is their forever home and must not take up elected office in their home country.
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-28United StatesMichigan. Two men are acquitted of all charges, and the jury deadlocked on the other two in the trial of four conspirators of the plot to kidnap Michigan Governor, Gretchen WhitmerWikipedia.
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24United States North Carolina. Charles Donohoe, the leader of a North Carolina chapter of the Proud Boys, pleads guilty to conspiracy for his role in the January 6 insurrection
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39United Nations Russia The UN's General Assembly has voted to suspend Russia from the United Nations Human Rights CouncilWikipedia, vote of 93 to 24, with 58 abstentions.
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16United Kingdom India The multi-millionaire Indian-born wife of the Chancellor of the Exchequer [Minister of Finance] Rishi Sunak holds a special tax-exemption status of a non-dom, meaning that she doesn't have to pay tax on her dividends which tantamount to not paying £11.6 million ($15.2 million, €13.9 million) a year in tax.
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28Russia Ireland The Russian embassy in Dublin has asked the Irish government to come to its assistance as local fuel suppliers have boycotted the embassy, stopping deliveries of heating oil used for heating and hot water.
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19 United Kingdom A letter from the chief executive of commercially-funded publicly-owned broadcaster Channel 4 Alex Mahon to staff has revealed that the current government is pressing ahead with privatising the broadcaster by the end of its term. This is despite a public consultation where 90% of the respondents said to keep it publicly owned.
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19Lebanon Lebanon goes bankrupt
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17Russia The Russian Civil Aviation Authority is returning to the pencil and paper. The hackers deleted his data
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39Ukraine Journalists and soldiers have found dead bodies strewn around the streets of the northern Ukrainian city of Bucha, and the mayor says there is a suspected mass grave of around 280 men. Some are comparing the situation in Bosnia in the 1990s.
Russia claims it's all false flag done by Kyiv "regime", of course.....
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22Russia Russia threatens to fine the Russian edition of Wikipedia if they don't remove "sensitive information" from their page on the war in Ukraine contradicting the Kremlin's position on the conflict— including calling the invasion a "war".
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30United Kingdom Mexico Stephen Yaxley-Lennon (aka Tommy Robinson) has been refused entry and detained after arriving at Cancún airport, Mexico, for being "a threat to national security".
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45United States New York. Amazon workers in Staten Island have successfully voted yes to form a union! This marks the first Unionized amazon workplace in the US, This is already considered to be a massive win for US unions. Hopefully this catches on and Amazon workers finally get some justice.
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45United Kingdom Gay Pride Flag.svg The UK government decides to go ahead with a ban in England and Wales on so-called conversion therapy that aims to "cure" gay people of being gay and bi people of being bi. Unfortunately, the ban doesn't cover conversion therapy for trans people.