Delta Sleep – Dotwork Lyrics

Wide awake in bed at 4:16am
Trying to grab a hold of thoughts around her head
Constant existential questions have been keeping her from living free

Living through a screen for most part of the day
The City holds her dreams in all too many ways
Wondering what’s beyond The City’s endless limits. No one knows Rumour has it no one’s ever been

At times you realise this wasn’t how you wrote your life in classroom exposés
And looking at the sky should alleviate the worst in us, not keep it trapped inside

Pack your things and leave
Head for the border, whatever is outside The City. Please tell me these buildings don’t go on forever

It’s for sure, whatever existence is out there can’t be any worse than this one already is

Wait, I’ll follow but first I need the time to go find a place we see the sunset and more than just three stars. I know you’re down with that
There must be more to life than concrete walls, with endless corridors
So push aside your biggest regrets, to learn your mother tongue
We’ve still got time for that. There must be more to life than concrete walls

Waste Of Aces – Office Romance Lyrics

From the moment I saw your résumé, baby
Ninety words are many
Honey lets begin it
Type that letter up, l’amour

Let’s schedule a meeting board today, maybe
If I make the coffee
You’ll make me some copies
Of your pie chart of romance

You’ve stapled your memo off to my heart
Dropped it in my inbox, now we’ll start
We’ll go through our paperwork of love
And see if all the forms are filed correctly

Don’t do lunch with anyone else but me, baby
Darling if we carpool I would be a darn fool

And fax all my feelings to you

Just turn in your time-card and we’ll see, maybe
You’re up for promotion give me your devotion
Supervise me anytime

You’ve stapled your memo off to my heart
Dropped it in my inbox, now we’ll start
We’ll go through our paperwork of love
And see if all the forms are filed correctly

From the moment I saw your résumé, baby
I knew you were the only one I’d ever need to hire

Cage The Elephant – Goodbye Lyrics

[Verse 1]
All my life, I read between the lines
Held on too tight, you know I tried
But in the end, it left me paralyzed
It's alright, goodbye, goodbye
Seems like yesterday I was a child
Just a ripple in the folds of time
I wish you well, I want to see you smile
It's alright, goodbye
Goodbye

[Chorus]
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
I won't cry, I won't cry, I won't cry
Lord knows how hard we tried
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

[Verse 2]
So many things I want to say to you
So many sleepless nights I prayed for you
My heart's an ashtray and I lost my mind
You bring the smokes, I've got the time
I want to scream, I want to laugh, I want to close my eyes
I want to hide somewhere that's hard to find

Stop wasting time trying to shape your life
It's alright, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
[Chorus]
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
I won't cry, I won't cry, I won't cry
Lord knows how hard we tried
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

[Bridge]
My pretty bird, my favorite lullaby
How'd I become the thorn in your side?
All your laughter turned into a cry
It's alright, goodbye
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

[Chorus]
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye
I won't cry, I won't cry, I won't cry
Lord knows how hard we tried
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
It's alright, it's alright, it's alright
Goodbye, goodbye, goodbye

Darlingside – Open Door Lyrics

SWALLOW UP A SEA OF MARBLE TILES
I’M A FISH ON A CHECKERBOARD
FIND A SILVER APPLE IN HER HAIR
SHE COULD BE A MOVIE STAR

A GLASS, A GLOW
A GAME, A SHOW

I’M IN THE GARDEN ON MY BACK
UNDER A SUNFLOWER SKY
THE CITY IS SMOKING IN HER HANDS
HER FAVORITE STREETS ON FIRE

A GLASS, A GLOW
A GAME, A SHOW
A STEM, A ROSE
TO MAKE OUR OWN

WE’VE GOT AN OPEN DOOR

TAKE IT BACK TO WHEN WE WERE JUST KIDS
EAT A DINNER OF LEMON PIE
ACT LIKE WE’RE OLDER THAN OUR YEARS
FALL APART IN EACH OTHER’S EYES

A FRIEND, A FOE

A SHAPE, A POSE
GET LOST IN X-RAY HISTORIES
BRIGHT LIGHTS, CRYSTAL SUBMARINES
SHE’S IN THE WATER NEXT TO ME

A FRIEND, A FOE
A SHAPE, A POSE
A SHELL, A STONE
TO MAKE OUR OWN

WE’VE GOT AN OPEN DOOR

TAKE IT BACK TO WHEN WE WERE JUST KIDS
TAKE IT BACK TO WHEN WE WERE JUST KIDS
TAKE IT BACK TO WHEN WE WERE JUST KIDS
TAKE IT BACK TO WHEN WE WERE JUST KIDS

WE’VE GOT AN
WE’VE GOT AN
WE’VE GOT AN OPEN
WE’VE GOT AN

WE’VE GOT AN
WE’VE GOT AN
WE’VE GOT AN OPEN
WE’VE GOT AN
WE’VE GOT AN OPEN DOOR

CDC: New real-world study of Moderna, Pfizer vaccines confirms strong effectiveness

CDC: New real-world study of Moderna, Pfizer vaccines confirms strong effectiveness

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Maryjo Morreale receives her second dose of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine from Registered Nurse Eileen Attar, Thursday, May 13, 2021, at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. The Wilkes-Barre Department of Health held the vaccine clinic. Approximately 480 people will be … more >

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By Shen Wu Tan

The Washington Times

Friday, May 14, 2021

The coronavirus vaccines from Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech are highly effective at preventing sickness, a new real-world study among health care workers confirms.

The two-dose vaccines reduced the risk of getting sick with COVID-19 symptoms by 94% among those who were fully vaccinated and by 82% among those who were partially vaccinated, the study found, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

“This report provided the most compelling information to date that COVID-19 vaccines were performing as expected in the real world,” said CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky in a statement. “This study, added to the many studies that preceded it, was pivotal to CDC changing its recommendations for those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19.”

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The study pulled data from a network that includes more than 500,000 health care workers across 33 sites in 25 states. It compared the vaccination status of participants who tested positive for COVID-19 with the vaccination status of those who tested negative, known as “controls.”

Of 1,843 study participants, there were 623 cases and 1,220 controls. Case-patients were identified as those who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19 disease, and who had at least one symptom. Control participants were those who tested negative, regardless of symptoms. Some participants in both groups had received a COVID-19 vaccine dose.

Researchers then calculated vaccine effectiveness by comparing the odds of COVID-19 vaccination in cases and controls.

They found that only 2% of case-patients and 1% of control participants required hospitalization for severe illness. No deaths occurred in either group.

Case-patients were also much more likely than control participants to experience symptoms associated with COVID-19 such as fever (40% versus 23%), cough (56% versus 22%), or shortness of breath (26% versus 7%). Only 5% of case-patients and 14% of control participants reported having only mild symptoms such as sore throat and headache.

Three-quarters of the health care staff enrolled in the study worked at acute care hospitals while 25% worked in outpatient or specialty clinics. The median age was 38 years.

This week, federal regulators granted emergency use authorization for the use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12 to 15 years old. The vaccine is also approved for those 16 years and older. The Moderna vaccine is approved for use in adults 18 years and older.

New DHS terror alert blames Russia, China, Iran for COVID-19 conspiracies, stoking anti-Asian fears

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By Stephen Dinan

The Washington Times

Friday, May 14, 2021

Homeland Security issued a new terrorism alert Friday saying online forums are increasingly being exploited by America’s adversaries, and specifically connected Russia, China and Iran to fomenting violence against Asians amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS) bulletin listed a host of threats taking to online, from White supremacists to jihadists like al Qaeda.

The NTAS also said countries with interests opposed to the U.S. are using the online environment for their purposes.

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“Nation-state adversaries have increased efforts to sow discord,” the bulletin warned. “For example, Russian, Chinese and Iranian government-linked media outlets have repeatedly amplified conspiracy theories concerning the origins of COVID-19 and effectiveness of vaccines; in some cases, amplifying calls for violence targeting persons of Asian descent.”

Reports of anti-Asian crimes have risen along with the coronavirus, which is believed to have originated in China.

Homeland Security’s new warning comes amid a series of high-profile cybersecurity breaches and ransomware attacks, but its focus is on the nature of social media communications as an amplifier of fringe activities, or a recruiting tool.

Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said the terrorism landscape is increasingly complex, with the rise of domestic extremists adding to threats from abroad.

“With the issuance of today’s NTAS Bulletin, we are advising the public to be vigilant about ongoing threats to the United States, including those posed by domestic terrorism, grievance-based violence, and those inspired or influenced by foreign terrorists and other malign foreign influences,” he said.

The NTAS warnings were accompanied by mundane recommendations such as reporting suspicious activity or getting help for people suffering from mental health issues.

The bulletin also suggested Americans improve their “digital literacy” to spot “false and harmful narratives.”

DarkSide group behind pipeline cyberattack claims it is shutting down, cybersecurity pros say

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By Ryan Lovelace

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Friday, May 14, 2021

The hacking group DarkSide behind the cyberattack on the major U.S. fuel provider Colonial Pipeline is said to be shutting down, according to cybersecurity professionals.

The risk intelligence firm Flashpoint said Friday that DarkSide was closing, and the cybersecurity firm FireEye said DarkSide has told hacking associates it is shuttering as well, according to the Wall Street Journal.

FlashPoint said it observed a Russian-language statement from DarkSide on Thursday evening explaining setbacks it was experiencing prior to its closure.

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“A few hours ago, we lost access to the public part of our infrastructure, namely: Blog. Payment server. DOS servers,” read a post from DarkSide observed and translated by Flashpoint. “Now these servers are unavailable via SSH, the hosting panels are blocked.”

Cyberattackers used ransomware against Colonial Pipeline, which involves malicious software restricting access to data and systems until victims pay the cyberattackers to restore their access. DarkSide used a ransomware-as-a-service model that involved developers receiving a cut of the payment collected by its affiliates that used the ransomware against various victims.

Ahead of its shutting down, a Russian-language hacking forum “XSS” announced on Thursday that ransomware activities were outlawed on its platform, which previously was a venue for ransomware gangs to recruit partners, according to Flashpoint.

All of DarkSide’s posts on the forum were removed as of Friday morning, per Flashpoint.

DarkSide told affiliates that pressure from law enforcement contributed to its decision to close up, according to the Journal.

DarkSide’s closure does not necessarily mean the demise of the cyberattackers affiliated with the group, as they may continue to operate as part of other ransomware gangs or form new groups.

Feds say Swiss company to pay $77M over U.S. tax evaders

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By Larry Neumeister

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Friday, May 14, 2021

NEW YORK (AP) — Switzerland’s biggest and oldest life insurance company will pay more than $77 million to the U.S. Treasury after admitting it helped U.S. taxpayers dodge tax responsibilities through offshore accounts after Swiss banks stopped providing tax-dodging help to U.S. taxpayers because of law enforcement scrutiny, prosecutors announced Friday.

Swiss Life Holding and three of its subsidiaries obtained a deferred prosecution agreement on a conspiracy charge in late April, according to Manhattan federal court documents.

The company, founded in 1857, admitted conspiring with U.S. taxpayers to hide assets and income through more than $1.4 billion in offshore insurance policies, the court papers said.

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In a brief statement posted on its website, Swiss Life announced the deferred prosecution agreement and its three-year term.

Swiss Life is now focused on fulfilling the requirements under the resolution and successfully concluding the DPA,” it said.

Prosecutors said the insurance company, the leading provider of life insurance and pension products in the domestic Swiss market, wrote tax-dodging policies since 2008 after Swiss banks terminated business with U.S. clients under pressure from U.S. investigators.

“As they admit, Swiss Life and its subsidiaries sought out and offered their services to U.S. taxpayers to help them become U.S. tax evaders,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Audrey Strauss said in a release. “Indeed, the Swiss Life Entities saw U.S. authorities’ stepped-up offshore tax enforcement as an opportunity to pitch themselves to tax-evading U.S. customers as an alternative to Swiss banks.”

She said Swiss Life, which has more than 9,000 employees and more than four million customers, will be required to cooperate with U.S. prosecutors as investigators try to identify U.S. tax evaders.

Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General Stuart M. Goldberg said financial enablers in the U.S. and abroad and the taxpayers they try to help should know “we will continue to identify and unmask such schemes.”

James C. Lee, chief of the Internal Revenue Service’s criminal division, called the resolution of the case “an important victory for the American taxpayer.”

He said the recovery of more than $77 million owed to the U.S. government should put every entity engaged in offshore tax evasion on notice.

WHO presses wealthier nations to share COVID-19 vaccines

WHO presses wealthier nations to share COVID vaccines

Director-general says 'trickle-down vaccination' won't work

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By Tom Howell Jr.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

The World Health Organization told wealthier nations Friday to consider donating COVID-19 vaccines to global-sharing programs instead of vaccinating younger persons at low risk of developing severe disease.

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said only 0.3% of vaccine supply is going to low-income countries, even as new variants pop up across the globe, and that “trickle-down vaccination is not an effective strategy for fighting a deadly respiratory virus.”

“In a handful of rich countries, which bought up the majority of the vaccine supply, lower-risk groups are now being vaccinated. I understand why some countries want to vaccinate their children and adolescents, but right now I urge them to reconsider and to instead donate vaccines to COVAX,” Dr. Tedros said, referring to the main vaccine-sharing alliance. “Because in low- and lower-middle-income countries, vaccine supply has not been enough to even immunize health and care workers, and hospitals are being inundated with people that need lifesaving care urgently.”

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Dr. Tedros did not mention countries by name but the U.S. and other western nations have purchased enough doses to more than cover their eligible populations and are moving into younger age groups after taking care of front-line workers and seniors.

With demand slowing, the Biden administration is under pressure to share more of America’s largesse with poorer nations.

WHO cheered the White House’s support for waiving patent rights to share vaccine know-how with other countries, though the idea got a tepid reception in Europe and congressional Republicans said the administration should focus on donations to avoid stifling future innovation.

While trade negotiators figure out a plan, the U.S. hopes to donate up to 60 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine, which hasn’t been approved for domestic use. Regulators are still running checks on the shots before exporting them.

Dr. Tedros said besides the patent idea, he is pleased with recent countries that announced vaccine-sharing plans through COVAX.

“And third, leaders including the Prime Minister of Spain, Pedro Sánchez, have called for all trade barriers to be lifted as soon as possible. Muchas gracias,” he said.

‘Very difficult fight’: Afghan army, Taliban set for major clash outside Kabul as U.S. troops exit

‘Very difficult fight’: Afghan army, Taliban set for major clash outside Kabul as U.S. troops exit

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By Ben Wolfgang

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Friday, May 14, 2021

The fledgling Afghan army is set for a major clash with the Taliban in the coming days, with U.S. military commanders predicting a “very difficult fight” amid fears that Afghanistan‘s capital, Kabul, may fall to insurgent forces.

Afghan troops and Taliban fighters are in the midst of a three-day cease-fire marking the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr. But when that cease-fire expires this weekend, fighting will resume inside the strategically vital Wardak province outside Kabul.

Afghan officials have warned that if the Taliban holds on to key districts in Wardak, the insurgent group could quickly mount an offensive on the capital, which is now much more vulnerable to attack as American troops withdraw.

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President Biden has ordered all U.S. troops to exit the country by Sept. 11.

Military leaders say they’re on track to meet that deadline, but they’re also warning that Afghan security forces are in for a tough test as the highly motivated Taliban captures more territory.

“I think it will be a very difficult fight for the Afghan military. We will do everything we can to help them, but we will no longer be in the country and able to stand behind them there,” Gen. Kenneth F. McKenzie, head of U.S. Central Command, said in an interview with the Al-Arabiya news network this week. “Having said that, it’s a good army. It’s a large army. Some good fighters in the Afghan army. And now it’s time for them to step to the fore and fight the Taliban. We will continue to support them financially, plus a number of other ways as well.”

But Gen. McKenzie also predicted that Taliban attacks will only get worse over the coming weeks.

“I would see no reason to expect their attacks will not continue, and even increase,” he said.

Inside Afghanistan, officials warn that Kabul — which will house U.S. diplomatic personnel even after troops leave — may be in real danger. Wardak mayor Zarifa Ghafari told regional media outlets earlier this week that if Afghan security forces do not quickly retake the Wardak district of Nerkh, Taliban fighters will be in a position to move on Kabul within just a few days.

Scientists: We need a better probe into the coronavirus’ origins

Scientists: We need a better probe into the coronavirus’ origins

Cites WHO chief, who said joint study with China on Wuhan-lab theory fell short

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By Tom Howell Jr.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

The world of science has learned plenty about how the coronavirus behaves and spreads, but “more investigation is still needed to determine the origin of the pandemic,” a group of 18 scientists from top universities and medical centers said Friday.

Their letter in the journal “Science” says it is important to understand whether the pathogen first detected in Wuhan, China, escaped from a lab or slipped into humans from the animal world, given the scale of destruction and implications for future outbreaks.

“Theories of accidental release from a lab and zoonotic spillover both remain viable. Knowing how COVID-19 emerged is critical for informing global strategies to mitigate the risk of future outbreaks,” they wrote.

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The origins of the coronavirus that wreaked havoc across the globe remain an enduring mystery as countries try to vaccinate their way out of the mess.

Scientists initially pointed to wild-animal markets in Wuhan, saying the pathogen may have leaped from bats to human through an intermediary animal. But theories that it escaped from a sophisticated lab in the central Chinese city gained traction. 

Officials from the Trump administration, in particular, pointed to the lab theory as viable after the communist government in Beijing downplayed and covered up the extent of the crisis in the early days of the outbreak.

Scientists who penned the Science letter said a joint study between China and the World Health Organization was lacking.

“Although there were no findings in clear support of either a natural spillover or a lab accident, the team assessed a zoonotic spillover from an intermediate host as ‘likely to very likely,’ and a laboratory incident as ‘extremely unlikely,’” they wrote. “Furthermore, the two theories were not given balanced consideration.”

The scientists said WHO Director-General Tedros Ghebreyesus highlighted the disparity and offered to provide new resources to evaluate the lab possibility.

“As scientists with relevant expertise, we agree with the WHO director-general, the United States and 13 other countries and the European Union that greater clarity about the origins of this pandemic is necessary and feasible to achieve,” they wrote. “We must take hypotheses about both natural and laboratory spillovers seriously until we have sufficient data.”

The scientists, who come from distinguished institutions like Harvard, Yale and Stanford, stressed that at a time of unfortunate anti-Asian sentiment in some countries, “it was Chinese doctors, scientists, journalists, and citizens who shared with the world crucial information about the spread of the virus — often at great personal cost.”

“We should show the same determination in promoting a dispassionate science-based discourse on this difficult but important issue,” they wrote.

Irish Health Service hit by a ransomware attack

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Outpatient visits canceled, emergency services continue

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The Irish health service closed down its IT systems Friday after a significant ransomware attack.

The Health Service Executive (HSE) canceled outpatient visits and other services but said emergency services and vaccine appointments would continue.

“There is a significant ransomware attack on the HSE IT systems. We have taken the precaution of shutting down all our IT systems in order to protect them from this attack and to allow us fully assess the situation with our own security partners,” the service said on its homepage.

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Irish Health Minister Stephen Donnelly said he would be in regular contact with HSE CEO Paul Reid to protect personal information and the system.

“This is having a severe impact on our health and social care services today, but individual services and hospital groups are impacted in different ways,” he tweeted.

The incident comes days after hackers hit the Colonial Pipeline with a ransomware attack. The company shut down the pipeline when it was hacked, causing fuel shortages across the U.S. East.

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Friday, May 14, 2021

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A bomb ripped through a mosque in northern Kabul during Friday prayers and killed 12 worshippers, Afghan police said.

Spokesman Ferdaws Faramarz said the mosque’s imam, Mofti Naiman, was among the dead. Another 15 people were wounded.

The bomb exploded as prayers had begun. No one claimed responsibility for the bombing, but initial police investigations suggest the imam may have been the target, Faramarz said.

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A worshipper at the mosque, Muhibullah Sahebzada, said he had just stepped into the mosque when the explosion went off. Stunned, he heard the sound of screams, including children, as smoke filled the mosque. Sahebzada said he saw several bodies on the mosque floor and at least one child was among the wounded.

It appeared the explosive device had been hidden inside the pulpit at the front of the mosque.

“I was afraid of a second explosion so I came immediately to my home,” he said.

An image circulating on social media showed three bodies lying on the floor of the mosque, which showed minor damage.

The explosion comes on the second day of a three-day cease-fire announced by the warring Taliban and Afghan government. The pause was for the Islamic festival Eid-al-Fitr, which follows the fasting month of Ramadan.

Until now many of the attacks in the capital have been claimed by the local Islamic State affiliate, but both the Taliban and government blame each other.

The most recent attack last week killed over 90 people, many of them pupils leaving a girls’ school when a powerful car bomb exploded. The Taliban denied involvement and condemned the attack.

The relentless violence comes as the U.S. and allied NATO forces continue with their final withdrawal from Afghanistan after nearly 20 years of war.

Just this week the last of the U.S. troops left southern Kandahar Air Base, while some NATO troops still remained. At the war’s peak, more than 30,000 U.S. troops were stationed in Kandahar, the Taliban heartland. Kandahar was the second-largest U.S. base in Afghanistan after Bagram north of the Afghan capital.

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LONDON (AP) — When London’s Science Museum reopens next week, it will have some new artifacts: empty vaccine vials, testing kits and other items collected during the pandemic, to be featured in a new COVID-19 exhibition.

Britain isn’t quite ready to consign the coronavirus to a museum — the outbreak is far from over here. But there is a definite feeling that the U.K. has turned a corner, and the mood in the country is jubilant. “The end is in sight,” one newspaper front page claimed recently. “Free at last!” read another.

Thanks to an efficient vaccine rollout program, Britain is finally saying goodbye to months of tough lockdown restrictions.

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Starting Monday, all restaurants and bars in England can fully reopen, as can hotels, theaters and museums. And Britons will be able to hug friends and family again in public, with the easing of social distancing rules that have been in place since the pandemic began.

It’s the biggest step yet to reopen the country following an easing of the crisis blamed for nearly 128,000 deaths, the highest reported COVID-19 toll in Europe.

Deaths in Britain have come down to single digits in recent days. It’s a far cry from January, when up to 1,477 deaths a day were recorded amid a brutal second wave driven by a more infectious variant first found in Kent, in southeastern England.

New cases have plummeted to an average of around 2,000 a day, compared with nearly 70,000 a day during the winter.

Since then, British health officials have raced to get ahead of the virus by vaccinating hundreds of thousands of people a day at hospitals, soccer pitches, churches and a racecourse. As of this week, about 35.7 million people – or approximately 68% of the adult population – have received their first dose. Over 18 million have had both doses.

It’s an impressive feat, and many credit Britain’s universal public health system for much of the success.

Experts say the National Health Service, one of the country’s most revered institutions, is able to target the whole population and easily identify those most at risk because almost everyone is registered with a local, state-employed general practitioner.

That infrastructure, combined with the government’s early start in securing vaccine doses, was key. British authorities began ordering millions of doses from multiple manufacturers late last spring, striking deals months ahead of the European Union and securing more than enough vaccine to inoculate the entire population.

“I don’t think it’s surprising that the two countries in the world with probably the strongest primary care systems, which are us and Israel, are doing the best with vaccine rollout,” said Beccy Baird, a policy researcher at the King’s Fund, a charity for improving health care.

“We have the medical records. We can understand where our patients are. We’re not trying to negotiate with loads of different insurance companies. … It’s the same standard right through the country,” she added. “Whereas in the States, it’s going to be harder to really think about how do you reach underserved communities, how do you get out there and provide the same access to everybody to this vaccine?”

David Salisbury, a former director of the government’s immunization program and a fellow at London’s Chatham House think tank, added that Britain also has the edge because of its track record in successfully rolling out other vaccines, such as the seasonal flu shot.

Many around the world were skeptical about Britain’s decision to delay the second dose by up to 12 weeks to free up vaccine for more people, but that strategy also paid huge dividends. The two shots of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines were intended to be given three and four weeks apart.

Anthony Harnden, an Oxford academic and a top government vaccination adviser, said “there were lots of questions asked” and “we were up against many countries” who disagreed with spacing out the two doses, but officials stuck to the plan.

“You have to remember, looking back at that time, there were a thousand or more people dying every day in the U.K. So there was a huge imperative to get our vulnerable people vaccinated,” he said. “It was an innovative strategy, a bold strategy, but it was based on our experience of previous vaccines.”

The vaccine program’s success has been a much-needed boost for Britain.

Many of those who accuse the government of poorly managing the outbreak last year say the U.K. is finally doing something right.

“We didn’t hand (the vaccine rollout) over to an outsourcing company. That would have been a major failure. And we also didn’t delay the way we did in the first wave. We moved quickly,” said Martin McKee, a professor of European public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. “So it was almost like the mirror image of the mistakes we made in the first wave.”

Still, McKee said he is worried that too many people may throw caution to the wind too soon.

Young people, who run a much lower risk of serious illness but can still spread the virus, are not included in the vaccination program. Official figures also show significant gaps in vaccine uptake among minorities and poor people.

McKee and many others are also concerned about the variants of the virus that are turning up. That risk is especially worrying as the U.K. slowly reopens to foreign tourists this summer.

“We’ve seen very discouraging evidence from Chile and from the Seychelles, both of which have high proportions of people who have been vaccinated and where many restrictions were lifted, and they’ve had upsurges,” McKee said.

Harnden is more optimistic. If the U.K. can roll out a booster vaccine program later this year and if people remain cautious, he said, “we can get ourselves out of this” and get close to normal by the summer of 2022.

“We’re not completely out of this yet,” he said, “but we’re in a much, much better place than in the last few months.”

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NEW DELHI (AP) — The man in the WhatsApp video says he has seen it work himself: A few drops of lemon juice in the nose will cure COVID-19.

“If you practice what I am about to say with faith, you will be free of corona in five seconds,” says the man, dressed in traditional religious clothing. “This one lemon will protect you from the virus like a vaccine.”

False cures. Terrifying stories of vaccine side effects. Baseless claims that Muslims spread the virus. Fueled by anguish, desperation and distrust of the government, rumors and hoaxes are spreading by word of mouth and on social media in India, compounding the country’s humanitarian crisis.

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“Widespread panic has led to a plethora of misinformation,” said Rahul Namboori, co-founder of Fact Crescendo, an independent fact-checking organization in India.

While treatments such as lemon juice may sound innocuous, such claims can have deadly consequences if they lead people to skip vaccinations or ignore other guidelines.

In January, Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared that India had “saved humanity from a big disaster by containing corona effectively.” Life began to resume, and so did attendance at cricket matches, religious pilgrimages and political rallies for Modi’s Hindu nationalist party.

Four months later, cases and deaths have exploded, the country’s vaccine rollout has faltered and public anger and mistrust have grown.

“All of the propaganda, misinformation and conspiracy theories that I’ve seen in the past few weeks has been very, very political,” said Sumitra Badrinathan, a University of Pennsylvania political scientist who studies misinformation in India. “Some people are using it to criticize the government, while others are using it to support it.”

Distrust of Western vaccines and health care is also driving misinformation about sham treatments as well as claims about traditional remedies.

Satyanarayan Prasad saw the video about lemon juice and believed it. The 51-year-old resident of the state of Uttar Pradesh distrusts modern medicine and has a theory as to why his country’s health experts are urging vaccines.

“If the government approves lemon drops as a remedy, the … rupees that they have spent on vaccines will be wasted,” Prasad said.

Vijay Sankeshwar, a prominent businessman and former politician, repeated the claim about lemon juice, saying two drops in the nostrils will increase oxygen levels in the body.

While Vitamin C is essential to human health and immunity, there is no evidence that consuming lemons will fight off the coronavirus.

The claim is spreading through the Indian diaspora, too.

“They have this thing that if you drink lemon water every day that you’re not going to be affected by the virus,” said Emma Sachdev, a Clinton, New Jersey, resident whose extended family lives in India.

Sachdev said several relatives have been infected, yet continue to flout social distancing rules, thinking a visit to the temple will keep them safe.

India has also experienced the same types of misinformation about vaccines and vaccine side effects seen around the world.

Last month, the popular Tamil actor Vivek died two days after receiving his COVID-19 vaccination. The hospital where he died said Vivek had advanced heart disease, but his death has been seized on by vaccine opponents as evidence that the government is hiding side effects.

Much of the misinformation travels on WhatsApp, which has more than 400 million users in India. Unlike more open sites like Facebook or Twitter, WhatsApp – which is owned by Facebook – is an encrypted platform that allows users to exchange messages privately.

The bad information online “may have come from an unsuspecting neighbor who is not trying to cause harm,” said Badrinathan, the University of Pennsylvania researcher. “New internet users may not even realize that the information is false. The whole concept of misinformation is new to them.”

Hoaxes spread online had deadly results in 2018, when at least 20 people were killed by mobs inflamed by posts about supposed gangs of child kidnappers.

WhatsApp said in a statement that it works hard to limit misleading or dangerous content by working with public health bodies like the World Health Organization and fact-checking organizations. The platform has also added safeguards restricting the spread of chain messages and directing users to accurate online information.

The service is also making it easier for users in India and other nations to use its service to find information about vaccinations.

“False claims can discourage people from getting vaccines, seeking the doctor’s help, or taking the virus seriously,” Fact Crescendo’s Namboori said. “The stakes have never been so high.”

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Klepper reported from Providence, R.I. Associated Press writer Mallika Sen contributed to this report from Los Angeles.

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Israel wants the world to unite behind its war against Iran-backed Hamas, which it escalated Friday morning, but the fighting has sparked division, including in Washington, where shouting matches on Capitol Hill, charges of antisemitism and bitter foreign policy fights have broken out as lawmakers draw their own battle lines.

The latest escalation occurred after Israel called up 9,000 reservists and amassed ground forces on its border with Hamas-ruled Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said Friday it had struck Gaza, using ground forces for the first time.

The spiraling conflict has created a fresh Mideast headache for the Biden administration, and warring U.S. political factions have seized on this week’s developments to boost their own arguments about what the White House should be doing to lead the region toward a solution — or at least an easing of the fighting.

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Republican senators say Hamas’ indiscriminate shelling of civilian targets in Israel shows why the Biden administration must abandon its dangerous plan to give economic sanctions relief to Iran, the chief financial backer of the Gaza-based Palestinian militants and other terrorist outfits around the Middle East.

Leading Democrats such as Reps. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, meanwhile, argue the Israeli military’s retaliatory Gaza strike this week proves Israel will resort to its own “acts of terrorism” against innocent Palestinians with little pushback from American officials. 

Ms. Omar and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez claim that many U.S. lawmakers support Israel at every turn without question.

Such accusations from the two progressive firebrands prompted outrage Thursday from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who responded that the arguments being made by Ms. Omar and Ms. Ocasio-Cortez carried a “deep, deep flavor of antisemitism.”

Mr. Pompeo’s comments underscored how the violent clash occurring thousands of miles away has sparked fiery, personal attacks on America’s own political landscape.

It’s a dynamic that stands in stark contrast to the united front against Hamas that top Israeli officials say they are seeking. In an exclusive interview with The Washington Times’ Tim Constantine late Wednesday, Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Gilad Erdan said nations must form an anti-Hamas alliance resembling the worldwide coalition that joined together years ago to battle the Islamic State, also known as ISIS or Daesh.

Israel is under fire,” Mr. Erdan told “The Capitol Hill Show” produced by Mr. Constantine. “I remember when the international community had to face Daesh. It’s the same issue, basically.”

“It’s an extremist jihadist terror organization, this time talking about Hamas, committed to the annihilation of the state of Israel,” the ambassador said. “As we were all united in the goal to crush Daesh, that’s the same thing that should happen with Hamas. We expect the international community to support Israel’s right to defend itself.”

Fighting intensifies

Mr. Erdan’s plea has largely been ignored as fighting ramps up in Gaza and more rockets hit Israel.

Regional experts say it’s unlikely a major international anti-Hamas coalition will spring to life in the near future, largely because there are nuanced distinctions to be made between the Islamic State, a global terrorist outfit, and the Palestinian militant group focused primarily on targeting Israel.

In the Middle East, even the most repressive regimes — such as the government in Iran — have claimed to be fighting against ISIS, which did not spare fellow Muslims from acts of carnage as it established an extremist so-called “caliphate” across parts of Iraq and Syria. No government backed the Islamic State in the way U.S. officials say Tehran currently props up Hamas or Lebanon-based Hezbollah, which also differs from ISIS in that it acts as a powerful player in Lebanese politics.

Moderate governments across the Middle East, including those in the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which set up formal diplomatic relations with Israel as part of former President Donald Trump’s Abraham Accords, have little affinity for Hamas. But the question of whether either of those nations seeks to be identified as partnering with Israel to stamp out the Palestinian militant group is a delicate one.

The issue of Iranian support for Palestinian militants, meanwhile, has long been condemned by Washington, but hasn’t stopped U.S. officials from trying to engage in diplomacy with Tehran.

The Biden administration for example, is presently trying to negotiate a new nuclear deal with Iran despite the Islamic republic’s support for Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, a smaller militant group that works with Hamas.

Iran’s Middle East rival Saudi Arabia has also recently been holding back-channel discussions with Tehran to find ways to cool tensions and stop a long-running proxy war in Yemen.

It remains to be seen how the current fighting in Gaza could impact the future of Abraham Accords, the U.S.-Iran talks, and other issues.

For Israel, there are much more immediate concerns.

Hamas on Thursday launched another barrage of rockets into Israel in the most severe attacks since the two sides went to war in 2014.

A Palestine Islamic Jihad member claimed Iran provided the rockets.

“[The] weapons we use to pound Tel Aviv, our weapons, our money, and our food are provided by Iran,” said Ramez Al-Halabi, according to the Middle East Media Research Institute in Washington.

Israeli forces responded Thursday with more retaliatory strikes and Friday’s assault seemed to be the heaviest yet.

Red flames lit up the skies on the outskirts of Gaza City and even people inside the city, several kilometers away according to reporters on the ground, could be heard screaming in fear. The Israelis also fired tank and artillery shells across the border for the first time.

“I said we would extract a very heavy price from Hamas,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a videotaped statement. “We are doing that, and we will continue to do that with heavy force.”

Nearly 100 Palestinians have been killed in the fighting, according to media reports Thursday. At least seven Israelis have died, including a 6-year-old child killed by a Hamas rocket.

The Pentagon confirmed that 120 U.S. military personnel were evacuated from Israel Thursday to Germany because of the missile attacks.

Mr. Netanyahu showed no signs of backing down despite pressure from Egypt and other nations to strike a cease-fire.

“It will take more time, but … we will achieve our goal to restore peace to the state of Israel,” Mr. Netanyahu said.

Hamas remains equally defiant as it targets major Israeli population centers.

“The decision to bomb Tel Aviv, Dimona and Jerusalem is easier for us than drinking water,” a Hamas spokesman said in a video message Thursday.

Political battle

In Washington, President Biden has tried to de-escalate the situation while sticking by America’s longstanding support for Israel.

“One of the things that I have seen thus far is that there has not been a significant overreaction,” the president told reporters Thursday. “The question is how we get to a point where … there is a significant reduction in the attacks, particularly the rocket attacks that are indiscriminately fired into [Israeli] population centers.”

But Mr. Biden is taking heat from some in his own party.

Ms. Ocasio-Cortez, for example, criticized the president’s declaration that Israel has an unassailable right to defend itself from attack.

“Blanket statements like these w/ little context or acknowledgment of what precipitated this cycle of violence — namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa — dehumanize Palestinians & imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong,” the New York Democrat tweeted, referring to the iconic Al-Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem.

Al-Aqsa, the third holiest site of Islam, has been a flash point in the current violence since Israeli police and Palestinian protesters faced off inside the walled compound that surrounds the mosque.

Ms. Omar, a Somali American and one of the first Muslim women to serve in Congress, also has condemned Israel’s actions, referring to some Israeli military strikes in Gaza as an “act of terrorism” and arguing that too few lawmakers in the U.S. are willing to stand up for innocent Palestinians.

“Palestinian children deserve advocates for their humanity, safety and security. No exceptions,” the Minnesota Democrat tweeted this week.

Mr. Pompeo, who served as secretary of state under Mr. Trump, said such comments are deeply offensive. “So, for my years in Congress, it was largely the case that support of Israel was a bipartisan effort. And that has changed over these last six or eight years,” he told radio host Hugh Hewitt in a Thursday interview.

“You have the hard-core folks on the far left, Ilhan Omar, AOC, all attacking Israel in ways that have the deep, deep flavor of antisemitism,” Mr. Pompeo said. “And then you have more mainstream Democrats, too, who simply refuse to support this important geostrategic partner for the United States.”

Outspoken conservatives on Capitol Hill also are firing back. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, Georgia Republican, reportedly ran after Ms. Ocasio-Cortez and shouted at her outside the Capitol on Wednesday. While the run-in wasn’t directly related the situation in Gaza, Ms. Taylor Greene made clear on Twitter her deep opposition to Ms. Ocasio-Cortez’s position and mocked the “Squad.”

“You are also a hate-America terrorist sympathizer. #JihadSquad,” she tweeted.

Other Republicans believe the crisis should spur the White House to rethink its Iran policy. More than 40 Republican senators wrote a letter to Mr. Biden late Wednesday urging the administration to stop negotiating with Iran over a new deal to limit Tehran’s nuclear program.

“While the United States and countries around the world condemned these rocket attacks, Iran resoundingly supports this aggression,” they wrote. “Shortly after the attacks began, and as they continued, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei tweeted that Palestinians should unite to ‘use the tools of their disposal’ to attack Israel, which he recently called not a nation, but a ‘terrorist garrison.’”

“We call on you to immediately end negotiations with Iran,” they said, “and make clear that sanctions relief will not be provided.”

• Tom Howell, Kery Murakami, Rowan Scarborough and Mike Glenn contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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The first time many Americans heard of DarkSide — a media-savvy outfit of cyber villains who are attempting to cultivate a Robin Hood-like heroic outlaw image — was when it hacked Colonial Pipeline, which led to the disrupted gasoline supply on the East Coast.

It is unlikely to be Americans’ last encounter with this gang that President Biden said is based in Russia but is not doing dirty work for the Kremlin.

DarkSide is among scores of cybercriminal organizations that span the globe and have goofy names that belie their nefarious and dangerous trade. These denizens of the dark web include state-backed threats such as Cozy Bear in Russia and Hafnium in China, as well as others like Babuk that allegedly hit the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

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Part of what makes DarkSide stand out is its effort to craft a public image as a vigilante that robs the powerful to benefit the powerless.

“No matter how bad you think our work is, we are pleased to know that we helped change someone’s life,” the group wrote on the dark web as observed by the antivirus software company Emsisoft.

DarkSide published a list of entities it says its operators will not attack, including places such as schools and hospitals, and it has previously announced donations in bitcoin to charities, namely Children International and the Water Project, according to Emsisoft.

Such actions do not make its crimes any less painful for victims, but DarkSide’s tactics include a public relations component designed to recast its cartoonish name as a force for good.

DarkSide uses a ransomware-as-a-service model to extort money from victims. Its malicious software infects a system and then holds data hostage. The group then receives a cut of the ransom payment made by the victims to regain access to their data.

DarkSide raked in upwards of $30 million since it started operating last year, according to a Forbes estimate. The group’s partners get 25% of ransoms under $500,000 and collect 10% of ransoms exceeding $5 million, according to FireEye, the cybersecurity company that has assisted Colonial Pipeline per reports.

On Thursday, there were unconfirmed reports that Colonial Pipeline paid a ransom totaling $5 million. Both a business advisory firm for the company and Mr. Biden declined to comment on the purported payment.

Emsisoft’s Brett Callow said if the pipeline did pay up, that spells bad news for stopping the proliferation of ransomware attacks.

“If organizations didn’t pay, the attacks would stop. It’s as simple as that,” Mr. Callow said in an email. “And ransomware is indeed a massive problem. While high-profile attacks on government and large enterprises get the headlines, it’s small businesses that suffer most. There were more than 23,000 ransomware incidents in the U.S. last year, 7,000 of which involved home users and 16,000 private-sector companies and public organizations.”

Emsisoft estimates those cyber incidents cost between $5 billion and $20 billion when factoring in the cost of business interruptions.

DarkSide is far from the only ransomware family upending Americans’ daily lives.

The Babuk cyberattack on the D.C. police escalated on Thursday with the cyberattackers claiming to post 250 gigabytes of internal files they stole from the police department including data on criminal gangs and human resource files.

“This is kind of part of the formalization of cybercrime,” said Hank Schless, senior manager at information technology security company Lookout. “It’s no longer just a guy sitting in his basement saying, ‘I’m going to hack the D.C. police.’ It’s groups carrying out specific attacks with … repeatable blueprints.”

Mr. Schless said he thought there might prove to be an overlap between the cyberattackers using DarkSide and the ones using Babuk.

Major threats that could cripple a nation in the short term and give long-term advantages to America’s competitors reside outside the U.S. borders, particularly in Russia and China.

The U.S. government identified Cozy Bear, also known as the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service and Advanced Persistent Threat 29, as responsible for the hack of SolarWinds computer network management software. Mr. Biden imposed sanctions on Russia in response to the hack, which compromised nine federal agencies, but the full extent of the damage is yet to be determined.

Cozy Bear’s hack gave it the ability to “spy on or potentially disrupt more than 16,000 computer systems worldwide,” according to a White House fact sheet.

FireEye has assessed the Russian hackers to be one of the “most capable and evolved” threat groups. Its methods have included using cloud storage services and social media sites, including Twitter, to relay commands and extract data, per FireEye.

Russia is not alone in large-scale cyber espionage fixated on the U.S. Hafnium is an emergent threat identified by Microsoft as state-sponsored cyberattackers based in China that successfully hacked Microsoft Exchange servers.

The hack, disclosed in March, gave the hackers access to email accounts and the ability to install malware to ensure long-term access to their targets’ digital environments, according to Microsoft.

Microsoft said Hafnium sought to exfiltrate information from infectious disease researchers, law firms, higher educational institutions, defense contractors, think tanks and non-governmental organizations through the hack, which relied on leased virtual private servers inside the U.S.

Some villains breaching America’s defenses are operating at the direction of foreign adversaries. Others are given safe harbor by foreign foes.

To maintain their criminal enterprise, cyberattackers may choose to make compromises to survive. For example, DarkSide does not encrypt data in its attacks if it detects systems using certain languages, such as Russian, Ukrainian and Belarusian, among several others, according to Mr. Callow.

Deterring nation-states is difficult and the attribution needed to effectively shame cyberattackers is often messy. The federal government is intent on fighting back, however, and Mr. Biden issued a cybersecurity executive order Wednesday seeking to bolster defenses of U.S. digital networks and cloud storage.

The Justice Department recently created a ransomware task force to review the issue with input from its criminal division, national security division and U.S. Attorney offices.

In January, the Justice Department disrupted NetWalker ransomware, which the department said found victims in hospitals, schools and companies. NetWalker also operates on a ransomware-as-a-service model with developers and affiliates.

Delivering a blow to cybercrime, the Justice Department recently indicted Sebastien Vachon-Desjardins, a Canadian national who allegedly netted more than $27.6 million through NetWalker ransomware schemes.

The department also announced seizing more than $450,000 in cryptocurrency from ransomware payments as part of its actions against NetWalker.

Future moves against cyberattackers likely will require international cooperation. The Justice Department, for example, partnered with Bulgaria in the NetWalker investigation.

Mr. Biden on Thursday said his administration is working on international standards to get countries to crack down on cybercriminals within their borders.

• Tom Howell Jr. contributed to this report.

Intel suspects Putin link to Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack

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Thursday, May 13, 2021

American intelligence officials are concerned Moscow may have covertly carried out the Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack disguised as a criminal group, according to a U.S. official familiar with intelligence reports who said suspicions of the Russian government link are based on comments Russian President Vladimir Putin made last month.

Mr. Putin vowed in his April 21 state-of-the-nation speech that the Kremlin would engage in unspecified retaliation for Western sanctions on Moscow. He also said that while Russia doesn’t want to “burn our bridges” with adversaries, anyone who “intends to burn or even blow up these bridges … must know that Russia’s response will be asymmetrical, swift and tough.”

American intelligence and security agencies have so far traced the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack to a relatively new Russian or Eastern European criminal group known as DarkSide that planted software inside Colonial’s information technology.

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Anne Neuberger, deputy national security adviser for cyber and emerging technology, told reporters this week that U.S. “intelligence agencies are looking for any ties to nation-state actors.”

President Biden said Thursday his administration does not believe the Russian government was behind the attack. “But we do have strong reason to believe that the criminals who did the attack are living in Russia,” Mr. Biden said.

He also said the administration has been in direct communications with Moscow “about the imperative for responsible countries to take decisive actions against these ransomware networks.”

The FBI and the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have described DarkSide as “a ransomware-as-a services variant” that was used in the Colonial Pipeline attack.

“Cybercriminal groups use DarkSide to gain access to a victim’s network to encrypt and exfiltrate data,” the two security agencies said in an advisory. “These groups then threaten to expose data if the victim does not pay the ransom.”

“Groups leveraging DarkSide have recently been targeting organizations across various [critical infrastructure] sectors including manufacturing, legal, insurance, healthcare, and energy,” they agencies said.

The U.S. official, who spoke on condition of anonymity with The Washington Times, said one theory is the Russian government conducted the attack using foreign intelligence hackers disguised as a criminal or nongovernmental organization to mask the origin.

Another theory is the Russians contracted the operation out to a criminal group to maintain deniability for any role in the attack.

Russia’s government was linked by the U.S. government to the recent SolarWinds cyberattack that involved hacker teams from Moscow’s SVR foreign intelligence service.

Days after Mr. Putin’s April 21 threat of retaliation, CISA and the FBI issued a detailed assessment of SVR cyber operations.

SVR cyber teams included those identified by security researchers as Advanced Persistent Threat 29, or APT 29, the Dukes, Cozy Bear, and Yttrium.

The SVR “will continue to seek intelligence from U.S. and foreign entities through cyber exploitation, using a range of initial exploitation techniques that vary in sophistication, coupled with stealthy intrusion tradecraft within compromised networks,” the assessment said, adding that the SVR mainly attacks government computer networks, think tank and policy analysis organizations, and information technology companies.

It also said the SVR shifted in 2018 from using malware on victim networks to targeting cloud computing, mainly email, to obtain information. “Targeting cloud resources probably reduces the likelihood of detection by using compromised accounts or system misconfigurations to blend in with normal or unmonitored traffic in an environment not well defended, monitored, or understood by victim organizations,” the assessment said.

The difference between the SolarWinds and DarkSide attacks was evidenced in the SVR’s use of maneuvering inside compromised computer networks.

In the DarkSide attack, the FBI and CISA concluded “at this time, there is no indication that the entity’s operational technology (OT) networks have been directly affected by the ransomware,” the two agencies stated in a May 11 advisory. It did not appear the hackers “moved laterally” within the company systems, they added.

An FBI spokesman declined to comment when asked if the Russian government is linked to the pipeline attack.

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Missile attacks against Israel by the Iran-backed Palestinian militant group Hamas prompted Pentagon officials to withdraw about 120 Department of Defense personnel from Israel on Thursday.

The personnel, who had been in Israel for a future military exercise planning conference, were evacuated to Ramstein Air Force Base in Germany on U.S. Air Force C-17 aircraft.

“We made this decision to move these individuals in coordination with our Israeli counterparts,” Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters.

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Such planning conferences are routine events, Mr. Kirby said.

“When we conduct a major exercise, there are a series of planning conferences that lead up to it because there are a lot of things and details to work through,” he said.

The conference was scheduled to wrap up at the end of the week but out of an “abundance of caution,” the order was given to withdraw the U.S. military personnel a few days early, Mr. Kirby said.

Summrs – True Story 2 Lyrics (feat. YP4AM)

[Intro]
NinetyNiiine
Yeah, Eddie, Ed, let’s go Ed
Let’s go Ed, Rino Gianni
Rino Gianni, 2020, and we still on that
Rino Gianni, Yeah

[Verse]
Keep it real with you lil bitch you the baddest bitch that I’ve seen
And I f*ck with the same niggas that I came up with in 2018
They say I changed now I grew up I just got more mature
She fell in love with this dick when we f*ck she pullin’ all on my hair (Lil bitch)
Chanel sweater that bitch made out of cheetah print fur
I don’t do too much I just get money and get high
I don’t know why these bitch ass niggas stay on my dick I wonder why
Is it ’cause I get money
Is it ’cause I got all of this ice
Is it ’cause I’m always fly
Is it ‘causе I’m still that guy
You shake your ass on the gram but when wе in person you shy
I just got off my flight, landed in New York
This bitch so f*ckin’ precious man that ass hangin’ out the shorts
Yeah, niggas really nerds and some dorks
I ball out of control I don’t even ball on the f*ckin’ court, yea
Lil Rino, fo shit sho
Yeah nigga, fo shit sho, no kizzo (NinetyNiiine, Gianni)

That’s what they tell me, and I know, I’m like ‘I know’
Chanel No. 9, could you smell me, yea, I know
I f*cked his hoe, and he cryin’, please don’t cry, bro
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worriyn’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch (Lil bitch)
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
Get in your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
In your bag stop worryin’ ’bout that bitch
I wipe my ass I know I’m the shit
She got that ass she know she thick
I put him on blast like he a bitch
I’m sippin’ with Jozizzy, man, that nigga put me on the Tris
You know we gotta keep a stick ’cause you know how ugly this shit can get
God why they hatin’ on me everyday
God why they hate on me everyday
I put up with this shit everyday
And they still tryna take me out my glory
Tryna take me out my bag
Man this a true story
True story
Man this a true story

Darlingside – The Rabbit And The Pointed Gun Lyrics

Hide away
The storms about to break
All of the branches shake
And the tremor calls and the tide comes awake [?]

Fair enough
It took me by surprise
Just like the sun in my eyes
And I falter on the step before the lake

The thunder and the swallows dive

Right then I almost cried out
And the brush grows over and the pool sinks in
And he's underwater while he's under wind

The rabbit and the pointed gun
I help the boat in the sun
And I walked back home
After the storm was done

Scorpions – White Dove Lyrics

A place without a name
Under a burnin’ sky
There’s no milk and honey here
In the land of God
Someone holds a sign, it says
We are human, too
And while the sun goes down
The world goes by

Chorus:
White dove fly with the wind
Take our hope under your wings
For the world to know
That hope will not die
Where the children cry

Waves big like a house
They’re stranded on a piece of wood
To leave it all behind
To start again
But instead of a new life
All they find is a door that’s closed
And they keep lookin’ for
A place called hope

Chorus:
White dove fly with the wind

Take our hope under your wings
For the world to know
That hope will not die
Where the children cry

Can anyone tell me why
The children of the world
Have to pay the price

And now you’re telling me
You’ve seen it all before
I know that’s right
But still it breaks my heart
Well, the golden lamb
We’ve sent
Makes us feel better now
But you know it’s just a drop
In a sea of tears

Chorus:
White dove fly with the wind
Take our hope under your wings
For the world to know
That hope will not die
Where the children cry

Soulja Boy faces lawsuit for allegedly beating pregnant ex-girlfriend into miscarriage

Soulja Boy steps out with new mystery girlfriend amid a sexual assault lawsuit filed by his ex.

The SODMG rapper is being sued by an alleged ex-girlfriend who claims she suffered a miscarriage after she was badly beaten by the rapper. The lawsuit was filed under the pseudonym Jane Doe, as the woman did not wish to reveal her identity. The anonymous ex-girlfriend is reportedly claiming that she was a victim of domestic violence for years during her relationship with the “Crank That” rapper. What made her cup overflow was the alleged loss of her child in 2015 by the hands of her former lover.

The woman claims that Soulja Boy became violent and irate and began punching her in the face and chest until she could not manage to stand. She explains that after falling to the ground due to the impact of his attack, she curled her body to protect her stomach and the child she was carrying while covering her head with her hands. Soulja allegedly continued his abuse by kicking her all over her body and in her stomach, after which she suffered a miscarriage.

The unnamed woman also made reference to other violent attacks carried out by the rapper. She claims that in 2017, Soulja went into another violent rage because he thought she was leaving him. During that incident, she received blows to her face and her breasts. The incident was so severe that the rapper’s security guard had to step in to put an end to the beatdown.

Another incident in 2018 allegedly occurred while the rapper was filming a reality TV series. She says this incident, which was another conversation that turned violent, was caught on the night vision camera. The incident, which was aired on the WeTV network in early 2019, documents the rapper yelling at her during the attack.

The yearly attacks continued in 2019 when Soulja threatened her life as he “tightly gripped” her neck and choked her. This took place after she refused his efforts to revitalize the relationship following her decision to move out of the home she shared with the rapper. These incidents were amplified by the numerous threats the rapper dished out if there was any refusal to have sex.

The woman is now reportedly suing for assault, gender violence, sexual battery, and more. Soulja Boy, whose real name is DeAndre Cortez Way, has had several legal issues over the years, from firearm possession to violating his probation to assaulting a former assistant. The assistant had claimed that Soulja Boy was repeatedly abusive, which the rapper denied.

Soulja Boy has since responded in some tweets he has since deleted. He also shared this photo of himself with a mystery female before quickly deleting it.

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J. Cole Addresses Diddy Fight Over Kendrick Lamar on “Let Go My Hand” Track

J. Cole has seemingly addressed his 2013 fight with Diddy allegedly over Kendrick Lamar.

Mere hours after he dropped his album The Off-Season, J. Cole has become a trending topic on Instagram and Twitter. The reason, the rapper finally addressed a scuffle that reportedly went down with veteran rapper and producer Diddy at an after-party for the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Urban Islandz reported on this in 2013 when multiple sources confirmed a melee did went down between the rap mogul and Cole, who was a young rapper in the game at the time.

The track in question, “Let Go My Hand” recounts the incident at the VMAs after-party in New York City.

On the song produced by DJ Dahi, Frank Dukes, Wu10, and Cole himself, the entertainer raps, “My last scrap was with Puff Daddy, who would’ve thought it?…I bought that ni**a album in seventh grade and played it so much…You would’ve thought my favorite rapper was Puff…Back then I ain’t know sh*t, now I know too much.”

Back in 2013, when the incident went down, it was rumored that Diddy was drunk and tried to spill liquor on fellow rapper Kendrick Lamar. Diddy was reportedly upset with Kendrick over a verse he sang on the single “Control”. The line went, “I’m Makaveli’s offspring, I’m the king of New York…King of the Coast, one hand, I juggle them both.”

Cole’s intervention in the Lamar incident was rumored to have led to a scuffle between him and Diddy and their respective entourages. Neither Cole nor Diddy acknowledged the incident when it went down.

Cole’s manager Ibrahim Hamad took to social media to address the matter. “The Internet is a crazy place you ni**az reporting sh*t with no facts, Cole ain’t get thrown out no party and he damn sure aint get beat up,” Hamad said shortly after the rumored incident.

Hamad wrote on Twitter back in 2013, “Ahhh the infamous and ever elusive Cole and Puff fade. What a night. Lol.”

The Internet is a crazy place you niggaz reporting shit with no facts, Cole ain't get thrown out no party and he damn sure aint get beat up

— Ibrahim H. (@KingOfQueenz) August 26, 2013

Thanks to the controversial lines, “Let Go My Hand” has already racked up 535,000 views on YouTube in just 12 hours. The Off-Season is Cole’s sixth studio album and the first to have features from other rappers.

Around the time of the incident, Diddy addressed the reports via Twitter saying, “I usually don’t address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro @JColeNC. We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes LOL #Fam.”

J. Cole responded to that tweet saying, “People will believe anything.”

I usually don't address rumors but I got too much respect for my bro @JColeNC. We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes LOL #Fam

— LOVE (@Diddy) August 26, 2013

people will believe anything

— J. Cole (@JColeNC) August 27, 2013

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J. Cole – ​l e t . g o . m y . h a n d Lyrics

[Chorus: J. Cole]
Soldier’s song, marching on, on
Hoping to see home
If I die before I
See your smile just one more time

[Verse: J. Cole]
Sometimes I question whether this shit matters
Puttin’ substance into something in a world so used to instant gratification
I found this instrumental on my phone while on vacation
Ib sent it a year ago or so
I probably heard it before, but slept on it, you know?
Shit don’t always connect as soon as you press play
At times you gotta step away, do some livin’
Let time provide a new prescription, givin’ truer vision
I dibble-dabble in a few religions
My homie constantly telling me ’bout Quran, puttin’ me on
I read a few pages and recognize the wisdom in it
But I ain’t got the discipline for stickin’ with it
Now I’m on the way to London, got a show for seven digits
I’m wonderin’ just when did I become my biggest critic?
I wanna be my biggest fan, like how I was when didn’t nobody know my jams
Today my son said, “Dad, let go my hand”
Reminded me one day he’s gonna be his own man
And my job is to make sure he’s equipped
I gotta make sure he not no bitch ’cause niggas bound to try him
If I said I was the toughest growin’ up, I would be lyin’
I had a fear of gettin’ punched while everybody eyein’
Add to that a constant fear of dyin’
By gunshot wound, the other violent type of endings
I kept a tough demeanor on the surface but was mostly just pretendin’
Luckily my bluff was workin’ way more often than not
But sometimes a nigga pulled my card, tryna expose me for a fraud
And with my reputation at stake
I was scufflin’ just to save face
Couple wins, couple losses, some broken up too quick to call it
My last scrap was with Puff Daddy, who would’ve thought it?
I bought that nigga album in seventh grade and played it so much
You would’ve thought my favorite rapper was Puff
Back then I ain’t know shit, now I know too much
Ignorance is bliss and innocence is just ignorance before it’s introduced to currency and clips
Or bad licks that have a nigga servin’ three to six, shit

[Chorus: J. Cole, Bas & 6LACK]
Soldier’s song, marching on, on
Hoping to see home
If I die before I
See your smile just one more time

[Bridge: Bas]
Soldier’s song
I could be one to lean on
Time will right the wrongs
Won’t be long
How can we grow any closer?
How can we grow any closer?
How can we grow any closer?
How can we grow any closer?
Something inside of me’s tryna crawl up to the surface
Something is suddenly smothering, stopping me
Stubbornly getting its way (Way), way (Way)
Drowning out the wave (Drowning out)
I’ve got a reason to believe that I’ll turn out just fine
Soldier’s song

[Outro: Diddy]
Lord, please guide our steps
Watch us, cover us
So that every move we make is in alignment with Your will
Your purpose
Please fill us with Your spirit
Keep us forever in the present
For presence makes the strongest fathers
Teach us how to lead
Show us how to love

​J. Cole – h u n g e r . o n . h i l l s i d e Lyrics

[Intro: J. Cole]
Alright now, alright now
God has a plan for you
And all you’ve got to do is believe, believe, believe
Yeah

[Chorus: J. Cole]
Shit gon’ get hard, keep your head strong
If I quit now, then I’m dead wrong
Fightin’ off this hunger for hours
Big stepper, nigga, don’t get stepped on
The money might fade, but respect don’t
Still gon’ be me when success gone
I don’t speak the language of cowards
I walk through the flame like I’m Teflon

[Verse 1: J. Cole]
I sucked up the pain and I kept goin’
Whole world know my namе, bitch, my rep strong
We sold out in less than a hour
Thеse words I still sang like I’m slept on
I sin, so I can’t cast the next stone
Unless it’s baguettes ’round my neck bone
Inside of my frame lies a power
You can’t get this game from no TED Talk
I wanna know if they understand me
I put it all on A, ain’t no plan B
Hopin’ all this weight ain’t gon’ drown me
Fucked around, got grey hairs already
Runnin’ up the stairs on a tower
Runnin’ up these Ms by the hour
If I drop a gem, money showers
When you get your taste, they get sour

[Chorus: J. Cole & Bas]
Shit gon’ get hard, keep your head strong
Just keep your head strong
The money might fade, but respect don’t
The ultimate price is regret now
Still gon’ be me when success gone
Still gon’ be me, ahh-ahh-ahh
Big stepper, nigga, don’t get stepped on

[Verse 2: J. Cole]
Waitin’ my turn like grains of sand inside a hourglass
Mainly concerned back in the day with how long I would last
Make a few thousand dollars stack with every hour passed
I catch you playin’ inside my lane and I’ma foul your ass
Put the whole game on top my back, don’t need no chiropract’
They callin’ me young PWC, I got my power back
Ain’t fuckin’ around, beefin’ with me gon’ get you hollered at
Niggas can’t see me one-on-one, that’s word to Kyla Pratt
You hittin’ them weights, congratulations ’cause you built somethin’
You takin’ a lot of boxin’ lessons, but you still pussy
I see right through you niggas just like 2Pac hologram
Ain’t doin’ Coachella, bookin’ me gon’ be a lot of Ms
I’m feeling myself, I’m building my wealth up ’til it’s towerin’
I put my tongue all in my bitch, she get to hollerin’
I ain’t doin’ no dirt no more, I stopped creepin’ six years ago
Fun fuckin’ them hoes until you realize that you is the ho

[Chorus: J. Cole]
Shit gon’ get hard, keep your head strong
If I quit now then I’m dead wrong
Fightin’ off this hunger for hours
Big stepper, nigga, don’t get stepped on
The money might fade, but respect don’t
Still gon’ be me when success gone
I don’t speak the language of cowards
I walk through the flame like I’m Teflon

[Outro: Bas]
Can’t be afraid of sunlight
Spotlights when it close
All the pain you hold
Makes you worth your weight in gold
Can’t be afraid of sunlight
Spotlights when it close
All the pain you hold
Makes you worth your weight in gold
God has a plan for you
And all you’ve got to do is believe, believe, be—

Lil Skies – Backup Lyrics

[Intro]
Uh-uh-uh
Uh-uh-uh
Ayy, Slim with the sauce

[Chorus]
I call for backup, nobody had my back
Yes, I’m the one, in fact
Always gotta keep my strap
I know they lookin’ for me, I’m way out on the map
I know they gonna judge me because I got these tats
I stay rollin’ up, I be high as fuck
I just poured me a cup, nigga, double cup
Nigga back the fuck, nigga ain’t my mans
Nigga just a fan, nigga not the man, yeah

[Verse 1]
To fire up some rings
I just met lil’ shawty, she’s a beautiful ting
But I am not that nigga, shawty, can’t give you a thing
I know you out here juggin’ niggas out for everything
So I just play my cards right, my pops taught me that
Them niggas run up on me, you know I lay ’em flat
I got Amiri jeans, Mike Amiri jeans
I put a hunnid in ’em, I stuffed em in my jеans
You don’t know ’bout that, niggas ain’t gettin’ money
I am block boy, I servеd down to the junkies
I had to step back and realize the facts
Them niggas ain’t my mans
Bitch, I don’t want your dap

[Chorus]
I call for backup, nobody had my back
Yes, I’m the one, in fact
Always gotta keep my strap
I know they lookin’ for me, I’m way out on the map
I know they gonna judge me because I got these tats
I stay rollin’ up, I be high as fuck
I just poured me a cup, nigga, double cup
Nigga back the fuck, nigga ain’t my mans
Nigga just a fan, nigga not the man, yeah

[Verse 2]
I’ve been practicin’ my patience
I can’t trust nobody but I’m still destined for greatness
I know people prayin’ for me, but some people hatin’
I just gotta keep low ’cause they always talk ’bout Satan
But I just keep my head up, I’m ten toes down
When I was ass out, why didn’t you come around?
I pray for better days, that’s why I’m rollin’ up
I can’t trust you, only trust in double cup

[Chorus]
I call for backup, nobody had my back
Yes, I’m the one, in fact
Always gotta keep my strap
I know they lookin’ for me, I’m way out on the map
I know they gonna judge me because I got these tats
I stay rollin’ up, I be high as fuck
I just poured me a cup, nigga, double cup
Nigga back the fuck, nigga ain’t my mans
Nigga just a fan, nigga not the man, yeah

Katy Perry – Electric Lyrics

[Intro]
Electric

[Verse 1]
In the dark, when you feel lost
Wanna be the best, but at what cost?
If you’re gonna stay here
Nothing’s ever changin’, no
Big world, gotta see it all
Gotta get up even when you fall
There’s no point in waitin’, no

[Pre-Chorus]
(Oh) They’ll try to bring you down
(Oh) But you’ve got the power now

[Chorus]
I know you feel it (Feel it)
If you believe it, then you can
There’s no reason that this life can’t be
Electric
Oh, I can see it, see it
If you believe it, then you can
There’s no reason that this life can’t be
Electric (Yeah)

[Verse 2]
Long road, got a ways to go
Took a big step, but you’re not alone
‘Cause we got each other
There’s so much you’ll discover
Headstrong, but your heart is stronger
Stay calm walkin’ through the fire
I know you’re gonna make it out

[Pre-Chorus]
(Oh) They’ll try to bring you down
(Oh) But you’ve got the power now

[Chorus]
I know you feel it, feel it
If you believe it, then you can
There’s no reason that this life can’t be
Electric
Oh, I can see it, see it
If you believe it, then you can
There’s no reason that this life can’t be
Electric

[Bridge]
(Oh) They’ll try to bring you down
(Oh) You’re electric right now
Electric
(Oh) But you’ve got the power now
(Oh) You’ve got the power now
Electric
You’ve got the power now
Woah-oh, yeah, yeah

[Chorus]
I know you feel it, feel it
If you believe it, then you can
There’s no reason that this life can’t be
Electric
Oh, I can see it, see it (Oh, I can see it)
If you believe it, then you can
There’s no reason that this life can’t be
Electric

[Outro]
(Oh) They’ll try to bring you down
(Oh) You’re electric right now
Electric
(Oh) But you’ve got the power now
(Oh) You’ve got the power now
You’ve got the power now

21 Savage – Emergency Lyrics

[Intro]
(Taurus)
(Run that back, Turbo)

[Chorus: Gunna]
911 Porsche, it’s emergency (Ooh)
Kick in the door, it’s a burglary (Ooh)
Light his ass up, burnin’ third-degree (Ooh)
Twenty-five racks for a surgery (Ooh)
I know you just actin’ tough
When I really pull up, you gon’ call the authorities (Ooh)
I run it up, gotta see who I really can trust
‘Cause these niggas ain’t for me (Ooh, ooh, ooh)

[Verse 1: Gunna]
I’m in the ring and my back ‘gainst the ropes
I’m a young king and I’m keepin’ ’em woke
Jumped off the porch, went and got what I want
Smokin’ Biscotti, it smell like a skunk
Take care my mama and brother and nephews
Now what the fuck else is you payin’ for?
I sat on the block, but didn’t go to school of the hard knocks
And wasn’t none of this planned for
I bought her the big body Jaguar
We pull up with sticks like a task force
It’s two-twenty MP the dashboard
GunWunna, young Wunna a bad boy
Own business, I got me a company key
Go get it, I get it, ain’t workin’ for free
You wan’ see that show, gotta pay you a fee
She want a big Birkin, the big Bentley B (Big Bentley B)
I’m servin’ this cash (Yeah)
Come with it, we kill him, ain’t no sympathy
Dig up the grass (Yeah)
Then bury his body, don’t nobody speak

[Chorus: Gunna]
911 Porsche, it’s emergency (Ooh)
Kick in the door, it’s a burglary (Ooh)
Light his ass up, burnin’ third-degree (Ooh)
Twenty-five racks for a surgery (Ooh)
I know you just actin’ tough
When I really pull up, you gon’ call the authorities (Ooh)
I run it up, gotta see who I really can trust
‘Cause these niggas ain’t for me

[Verse 2: 21 Savage]
I’m sippin’ on purple, no Bape (21)
I put them racks on a plate (I did)
Say you want smoke, we gon’ come where you stay
Take my gun everywhere, I’m from the A
We call her thottie, you callin’ her bae
Every nigga try it, we slid on tape
Nigga playin’ tough, got hit with the Drac’
Rich and paranoid, in the hills with a K
Nip it in the bud, I check that (21)
Your bitch in the vert, in my lap where her neck at
Pull up in your hood, we’ll stretch that (Straight up)
Your lil’ nigga starvin’, send him a care pack
First-time owner, no CARFAX (Big facts)
We got the same kinda guns like Star Trek
Don’t need no keys to start that (Pussy)
So many hoes in this car, man, park that

[Chorus: Gunna & Young Thug]
911 Porsche, it’s emergency (Ooh)
Kick in the door, it’s a burglary (Ooh)
Light his ass up, burnin’ third-degree (Ooh)
Twenty-five racks for a surgery (Ooh)
I know you just actin’ tough
When I really pull up, you gon’ call the authorities (Ooh)
I run it up, gotta see who I really can trust (Yeah, yeah)
‘Cause these niggas ain’t for me

[Verse 3: Young Thug]
I call the play with the stick (Call the play)
And my lil’ ho got a kick (Blatt)
She spent a night at the spot (Fuck)
Then I had fed her some grits (Let’s go)
I had her sucking on cock (Yeah)
I made her think that she rich, yeah (Rich)
I gave a bitch lockjaws (Lock)
I’m a real gangsta, no glitch (Facts)
I just had hopped in a Mercury (Slatt)
Then we had pulled up like four deep (SEX)
Bitch told me she was just pregnant
I told the bitch she can’t have it, no extortin’ me (Ha)
I had to pick out my carats myself and they yellow, the bitch like a bumblebee (Bee)
I put the dope on the jet and I fly to Seattle to meet me a Portuguese (Turn up)

[Chorus: Gunna]
911 Porsche, it’s emergency (Ooh)
Kick in the door, it’s a burglary (Ooh)
Light his ass up, burnin’ third-degree (Ooh)
Twenty-five racks for a surgery (Ooh)
I know you just actin’ tough
When I really pull up, you gon’ call the authorities (Ooh)
I run it up, gotta see who I really can trust
‘Cause these niggas ain’t for me

[Outro: Young Thug]
I call the play with the stick (Call the play)
And my lil’ ho got a kick (Blatt)
I call the play with the stick (Call the play)
And my lil’ ho got a kick (Blatt)
I call the play with the stick (Call the play)
And my lil’ ho got a kick (Blatt)
I call the play with the stick (Call the play)
And my lil’ ho got a kick (Blatt)

Rowdy Rebel & A Boogie wit da Hoodie – 9 Bridge Lyrics

[Intro: A Boogie wit da Hoodie]
I know I don’t never make promises
This time, I mean it, I promise

[Chorus: A Boogie wit da Hoodie]
If I tell you, “I got you,” my nigga, I got you
If I say, “I love you,” my nigga, I love you forever
Don’t listen to rumors, so you run it by me
Don’t even panic, I know you’re my man
Let’s just hold that shit down like we Bobby and Rowdy
I’ma let you know if you movin’ sloppy
Don’t say that you got me when you never looked
Used to go to the PJs, meet up in the lobby
Now we on the PJ, right to Abu Dhabi

[Verse 1: Rowdy Rebel]
I just bought me a Mulsanne, took her to Spain, she ate me like chicken lo mein
I just FaceTimed thе whole gang
They in LA, they on thеy way to the Bay
Tell ’em I’ll soon be there, jet soon here
Nigga, I put that on ‘caine
I’m in Tampa Bay, straight, I made some bands today, ayy

[Verse 2: A Boogie wit da Hoodie]
Stylist get the style for me, nah, nah, I Amiri the jeans
Hold up, I ain’t never froze up, ’til I went to Elliott, now I see
Clarity in my baguetties and VV’s
Apparently all of my niggas are fleas
Louis Vuitton all the time, I got a house on my arm all the time
All of my pieces is from Eliantte

[Verse 3: Rowdy Rebel]
They catch me drippin’ in front the Barclay
Catch me flying down the Parkway
Smokin’ backpack, broccoli
It’s just me and Boogie, back-to-back
In a Maybach, nigga, pardon me
Got my feet up with my heat tucked
If them lil’ niggas start me, but it’s

[Verse 4: A Boogie wit da Hoodie]
Fuck everybody, that’s just how I feel, I ain’t feelin’ nobody
I pop on a pill when I’m flyin’ in private, it give me the chills
And I’ll answer with Audi, paranoid, that’s why I move in silence
They ain’t playin’ fair, I move with the chopper
Hit up broski, he gon’ tear up the spot
Watch the pocket-rocket put him right on his pockets

[Verse 5: Rowdy Rebel]
Huh?
Yes, I came up from nothing
Had no shmoney, no clothes, had to get it from nothing
I put the pot in the oven, mixin’ and bakin’ and cookin’ that bitch with my cousin
He said he hot, but he wasn’t
She said she not but she fuckin’, I got that thot bussin’
I got my jewelry bussin’
I got my jewelry hittin’, that’s end of discussion

[Verse 6: A Boogie wit da Hoodie & Rowdy Rebel]
Nineteen, I had dropped out of college
My favorite way to get money was the block
I got too addicted to the money, I’m honest
They thought I was tryna be Speaker Knockerz
I ain’t tryna go out like Speaker Knockerz
Rest in peace, but I keep it a hunnid
Got Ps on my head and even the knockers
I keep it G, yeah, I keep it a hunnid (Huh?)

[Verse 7: Rowdy Rebel]
I keep it G, yeah, I keep it one hunnid
I’m the one that paid the fee for the gunners
I’m the one that bought the piece for the runners
They don’t run on me, I’m good with the numbers
I’ma really fuck it up for the summer
Drop-top, doin’ donuts in Hummers
Opp block with a chopper, I stun on
EBK, I give a fuck ’bout a color, I ride for my brothers

[Chorus: A Boogie wit da Hoodie]
If I say, “I love you,” my nigga, I love you forever
Don’t listen to rumors, so you run it by me
Don’t need to panic, I know you’re my man
Let’s just hold that shit down like we Bobby and Rowdy
I’ma let you know if you movin’ sloppy
Don’t say that you got me when you never looked
Used to go to the PJs, meet up in the lobby
Now we on the PJ, right to Abu Dhabi