Multiple fatalities in Texas elementary school shooting

The teenage gunman killed 14 students and a teacher, according to Governor Greg Abbott

At least 14 students and a teacher were shot and killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas on Tuesday, according to Governor Greg Abbott. The suspect, an 18-year-old male, also reportedly shot his own grandmother before the school slaying, and is now dead.

Abbott announced the death toll at a press conference, shortly after local hospitals reported an influx of children with gunshot wounds. Earlier reports suggested that the death toll had been much lower, and that the suspect had been taken into custody.

“He shot and killed horrifically and incomprehensibly 14 students and killed a teacher,” Abbott said.

Abbott told reporters that the suspect, named as Salvador Ramos, drove to Robb Elementary School armed with a handgun and possibly a rifle, and that “it is believed” that he was shot dead by responding police officers.

Uvalde police chief Pete Arredondo described the shooting as “a mass casualty incident” that took place around 11:30 am local time. Robb Elementary School has students in grades 2-4.

“I can confirm right now that we have several injuries, adults and students, and we do have some deaths. The suspect is deceased at this point,” Arredondo said, adding that the shooter appears to have acted alone.

Little is currently known about the shooter or his relationship with the school. Uvalde and state police, as well as FBI and ATF agents, are investigating the scene.

North Korea launches missiles after Quad declaration

Ballistic missile tests follow condemnation of Pyongyang by US and its allies at Tokyo meeting

Several unidentified ballistic missiles took off from North Korea, the South Korean military reported on Wednesday morning local time. The launch came after the US, Japan, India and Australia – the so-called “Quad” – condemned the North Korean missile program and pledged themselves to “a free and open Indo-Pacific that is inclusive and resilient.”

The first missile was fired towards the waters near North Korea’s eastern coast, South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said in a statement around 6 am local time, offering no additional details. The Japanese coast guard confirmed there had been a launch of an unidentified type of missile.

Within an hour, however, Seoul was reporting “additional launches of unknown ballistic missiles in north and east directions,” according to the Yonhap news agency.

Pyongyang’s 17th missile test so far this year comes as US President Joe Biden left Japan to return to Washington, after a five-day trip to Asia. Before departing, Biden and his “Quad” colleagues issued a joint statement about their role in the future of the region dubbed by the US the “Indo-Pacific.”

“We reaffirm our commitment to the complete denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, consistent with United Nations Security Council Resolutions,” said the statement signed by Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, Indian PM Narendra Modi, and Australia’s newly elected PM Anthony Albanese.

The NHS just edited their Monkeypox page…to make it scarier

few days ago the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) edited their Monkeypox page to alter the narrative in a few key ways.

Firstly, they removed a paragraph from the “How do you get Monkeypox?”section.

Up until a few days ago, according to archived links, the Monkeypox page said this, regarding person-to-person tranmission [emphasis added]:

It’s very uncommon to get monkeypox from a person with the infection because it does not spread easily between people.

…this has now been totally removed.

Secondly, they’ve removed this paragraph, which was present up until at least November of 2021 (and maybe much more recently, there are no archives between November and May) [emphasis added]:

[Monkeypox] is usually a mild illness that will get better on its own without treatment. Some people can develop more serious symptoms, so patients with monkeypox in the UK are cared for in specialist hospitals.

The new “treatment” paragraph reads [again, emphasis added]…

Treatment for monkeypox aims to relieve symptoms. The illness is usually mild and most people recover in 2 to 4 weeks […] You may need to stay in a specialist hospital, so your symptoms can be treated and to prevent the infection spreading to other people.

So, they remove that it will “get better on its own”, and again reinforce the idea of spreading the disease despite this being described as “very uncommon” as recently as last week.

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Psaki to appear on MSNBC this fall

Biden’s former spokeswoman will cover this year’s elections for the liberal network

Former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki will cover this year’s midterm elections on MSNBC, the network announced on Tuesday. Psaki is the latest in a long line of one-time government officials, ex-cops, and retired spies to land TV spots after leaving employment in Washington.

Psaki departed the White House earlier this month amid rumors that a deal between herself and MSNBC was in the works. Although its employees reportedly feared that such an agreement would “tarnish” the network’s supposedly non-biased image, the deal went through and was announced by MSNBC President Rashida Jones on Tuesday.

In a statement, Jones said that the network chose Psaki for her “extensive experience in government and on the campaign trail and perspective as a White House and Washington insider.”

“She’s a familiar face and trusted authority to MSNBC viewers, and we look forward to her insight during this consequential election season,” Jones continued.

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In addition to her upcoming work as a political commentator, Psaki will host her own show on Peacock, MSNBC’s streaming service, as of early 2023. 

Psaki is hardly a trailblazer for departing Washington for a career in cable news. MSNBC has employed a host of prominent officials as commentators, particularly those who worked for the US’ law enforcement and espionage agencies. These include former CIA director John Brennan, former acting DEA director Chuck Rosenberg, and former FBI assistant director Frank Figliuzzi.

David Axelrod, a former advisor to Barack Obama, found work at MSNBC after leaving the White House, as did Robert Gibbs, President Obama’s first press secretary and Psaki’s boss between 2009 and 2011. The pipeline flows both ways too, with Psaki’s replacement in the White House, Karinne Jean-Pierre, having previously worked as a political analyst at the network in between stints in the Obama and Biden campaigns.

MSNBC is not the only network to snap up former White House spokespeople. Two months after Donald Trump left office last year, Fox News hired his last press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, as a contributor. Nor is MSNBC the only network to hire extensively from the intelligence agencies of Democratic administrations.

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In recent years, CNN has counted former director of National Intelligence James Clapper, former CIA and NSA director Michael Hayden, and former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe as commentators, among others. Like those at MSNBC, the former officials at CNN often find their way back into government. Antony Blinken was a CNN contributor after serving as Obama’s deputy national security advisor, and is now Biden’s secretary of state. Samantha Vinograd served on Obama’s National Security Council before moving on to CNN, and then returning to Washington as a senior member of Biden’s Department of Homeland Security.

In a statement on her move to MSNBC, Psaki said that her contributions to the network would be directly influenced by her time in the Biden administration. “My time in government, from the White House to the State Department, and years before that on national political campaigns, will fuel the insight and perspective I bring to this next chapter,” she said.