Israeli officials were infuriated on Thursday over a leak to The New York Times about an assassination of a senior member of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). The Times reported Wednesday that Israel informed the US that it was responsible for the killing of IRGC Col. Hassan Sayyad Khodaei, who was gunned down in Tehran Sunday.
The Times report cited an intelligence official but didn’t specify which country the official was from. According to Ynet, the Israeli security establishment believes it was an American official, and Israeli officials are demanding answers out of the US as the leak absolves Washington from any involvement in the assassination.
Ram Ben Barak, an Israeli MK who was previously the deputy chief of Israel’s Mossad spy agency, said the leak harms trust with Washington. “We have very many close relationships and a lot of cooperation between us, which all depend on trust, and when it is violated in some way then it damages future cooperation,” he said. “I hope the Americans investigate the leak and figure out where it came from and why it occurred.”
Ben Barak denied that Israel told the US it was behind the killing but didn’t deny that Israel was responsible. “As far as I know, we did not inform anyone or take responsibility, and that is for the best,” he said.
A group of US arms makers and aerospace firms is urging Congress for a 2023 military budget that exceeds inflation by 3-5% and to pass the bill before September 30.
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA), a trade group for defense firms whose members include Boeing, Raytheon, Northrop Grumman, and General Dynamics, sent a letter to the leaders of the appropriations and armed services committees.
In the letter, the AIA called for Congress to pass to authorize the spending before the start of the next fiscal year, which begins on October 1 for the federal government. The group said this was necessary to signal “resolve in the face of Russian and Chinese aggression.”
President Biden has asked Congress for $813 billion for military spending for the 2023 fiscal year, which represents about a 4% increase from 2022 without taking inflation into account. Inflation is currently over 8%, so the increase the arms makers are looking for would be a massive one.
“Senator, when I was a candidate for office I did talk about restrictions on assault weapons, I did not define the term and I haven’t gone through the process of defining that term,” Dettelbach admitted.
He continued, “That would only be for the Congress—if it chose to take that up—to do, and if you chose to take it up, I would be at the ATF and there’s perhaps expertise or data we could give you so you could make the appropriate decision to both protect the public and protect the Second Amendment.”
“So you’re running for public office and you called for a ban on assault weapons but you don’t have a definition for assault weapons?” Cotton asked.
“Senator, it would only be for a legislative body—whether it was the Ohio legislature or the Congress—it would only be for a legislative body to do that work, and I acknowledge that that would be a difficult task to define assault weapons because, on the one hand, you don’t want it to be so narrow that it doesn’t offer the protections that are intended, and on the other hand you don’t want it to be so broad that it infringes unnecessarily on the rights of citizens,” Dettelbach responded.
“I acknowledge that that’s a difficult task but it would be for this body to do, not for me,” he added.
“Why is it so hard to define assault weapons?” Cotton asked.
Israel has rejected as US request that it transfer advanced anti-tank missiles manufactured in Germany and based on Israeli technology to Ukraine's forces, according to defense officials quoted in Axios.
The plan was to use Israel as a third party to "allow Berlin to supply Ukraine with anti-tank missiles produced in Germany with Israeli technology under an Israeli license," the report indicates.
Israeli defense leaders reportedly informed undersecretary of defense for policy Colin Kahl in a recent meeting that Tel Aviv would only supply nonlethal military aid to Kiev. Kahl had specifically requested that Israel greenlight the transfer of "Spike" anti-tank missiles, which are made in an Israeli-owned factory in Germany.
Recently Israel only supplied a shipment of 2,000 helmets and 500 protective vests, which were not even designated for military use, but instead intended for emergency responders.
Tel Aviv has long sought to be careful about not angering Russia, given the two countries' interests butt up against each other inside Syria, and relatedly Israel needs Russia's help on the issue of Iranian influence and expansion in the region.
So far the Israelis are said to still be committed providing nonlethal military aid as they continue to come under pressure from Washington.
"This is not a time to panic. It is a time to pause and reassess," begins the thought-provoking presentation from veteran venture capital firm Sequoia Capital.
But that's about as 'positive' as they get as the founders of the firm warn of a prolonged market downturn and urges the startups in its portfolio to preserve cash and brace for worse to come.
"We believe this is a Crucible Moment, one that will present challenges and opportunities for many of you. First and foremost, we must recognize the changing environment and shift our mindset to respond with intention rather than regret."
Data located on a copy of Hunter Biden's laptop suggest he took private data from his sister-in-law's cellphones over a dozen times between 2017 and 2018 without her consent, according to a former Secret Service agent who has testified in over 100 classified, criminal, and civil matters at the state, federal, and international level as a cyber forensics expert.
Gun suppressors (called "sound moderators" in the UK) only decrease the noise of a gunshot by 20 to 35 decibels. That leaves them still "louder than your average ambulance siren," according to an article by the Associated Press posted by Police1. That organization is a part of the nation's leading content, policy, and training platform for public safety. Their job isn't to kiss babies and raise money; their job is to tell the truth when it comes to how guns work in the real world.
As much as the left would have you believe these devices are only used for Hollywood hitman-style murders, the truth is that the greatest use of silencers is for sporting professionals (pdf). Many shooting pros build private ranges in their basements and use silencers out of respect for their neighbors—literally the opposite of committing a crime.
Second to sporting, suppressors are used with small-caliber subsonic ammunition to rid local areas of disease-carrying vermin, like rats (pdf). Stopping disease from a distance is a good thing.
New York City struggles with a sharp rise in violent crime as the new mayor fails to make the metro areas safer. Public safety is worsening and has likely resulted in a continued exodus of residents.
NYPost reports that 21,546 New Yorkers left the state for Florida during the first four months of this year, a 12% rise over the same period last year.
The exodus of New Yorkers first began before COVID-19 because of high taxes, then accelerated during the pandemic as the city went into lockdown. Now people are leaving in droves as the metro area descends into chaos.
Fresh off of the US targeting a series of companies involved in an Iran-linked oil smuggling network, the US has now seized an oil tanker near Greece, taking the Iranian oil within to be sent to the US.
The oil was on a Russian-operated ship, which had been singled out for US targeting in February. It was then called the Pegas. The company renamed the ship the Lana and was Russian flagged. Greece had impounded the Pegas and its Russian crew last month over the invasion of Ukraine, but ultimately released it.
This is the big ugly truth that many people will have trouble facing:
Only some independent physicians have been heroic during the pandemic.
In some of my past writings I have spoken about the failure of most physicians to truly understand pandemic issues and think and act independently to serve the public. Instead they have served the interests of Big Pharma, their corporate employers and government agencies, most clearly as big pushers of COVID vaccines. They do not follow or know the medical research on many pandemic issues. They either do not have the time or interest or skills to independently follow medical research. Instead they rely on big medical societies and government agencies.
Recent developments indicate that Warsaw is seeking to mount a "mission creep" scheme into Ukraine, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said at a briefing on Wednesday.
"It cannot be ruled out that Warsaw is, of course, hatching plans for some sort of mission creep into the territory of the neighboring state. In any case, the fact speaks for themselves. In this instance, the reference to Russia’s special military operation is nothing more than a pretext," she noted.
On Sunday, Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky announced to the Verkhovna Rada (parliament) that an agreement had been struck with Poland to relax border crossing rules for both countries. He added that the current situation "has involuntarily made Ukraine and Poland forget the disputes about their shared past." Zelensky had announced earlier that a bill on expanded opportunities for Polish citizens in Ukraine would be adopted.
Meanwhile, Zakharova wrote on her Telegram channel that by proclaiming the special status of Polish citizens in Ukraine, the Kiev regime would grant them rights within Ukraine, thus de facto formalizing the country’s takeover.
Around 35,000 people left Ukraine via its western border on May 25 as compared to more than 32,000 the day before, while the number of those who arrived in Ukraine stood at 40,000 on May 25 as compared to 37,000 the previous day, the State Border Service of Ukraine said on social media.
The number of vehicles with humanitarian cargoes cleared for entry to Ukraine declined to 180 on May 25 from 198 the day before, the State Border Service said.
Data released by the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees as of 1:00 p.m. on May 24 show that 6.643 million people have left Ukraine since February 24. Of them, Poland has taken 3.545 million, Romania and Moldova 1.023 million, Russia 945,010, Hungary 654,660, Slovakia 446,760, and Belarus 27,310 (figures as of May 12).
A total of 2.121 million people have crossed into Ukraine since February 28, the State Border Service said.
The president of the European Commission has said that EU nations continue to buy Russian oil, despite pledging to fully cut energy dependence on Moscow, to prevent it from selling crude elsewhere at a steeper price.
The explanation came after MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski pressured Ursula von der Leyen on why the EU didn’t impose a full embargo, during an interview on Monday.
Von der Leyen assured Brzezinski that the long-term goal of the bloc was to stop buying Russian fossil fuels and replace them with alternatives like renewables or US-supplied liquified natural gas. She said Russian President Vladimir Putin had made a blunder when he ordered an attack against Ukraine, since he “lost his best client, [the] Europe[an Union].”
Continental Observer: Concerning the characteristics of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine. How can an independent expert explain and comment on this?
Jacques Guillemain: First of all, I thank you for this interview, which allows us to contradict the dominant anti-Russian discourse. One day, historians will be able to sort out the truth from the falsehood. I do not claim to be an “independent expert”, but the observation of the real facts allows one to form an opinion, free from any one-sided propaganda. Every war has multiple reasons, and the key to any analysis is to remain objective. This is not the case in the Western camp, which is totally enslaved to Washington’s narrative, which amounts to designating Putin as the aggressor and sole culprit. The disinformation is insane.
However, for Vladimir Putin, it is above all a question of ensuring the security of Russia and its people, threatened by constant pressure from NATO since 1990.
It is all the same dismaying to hear that Russia is the aggressor, when NATO, despite the dissolution of the Warsaw Pact in 1991, has found nothing better than to integrate 14 countries of the former USSR, thus going from 16 countries in 1990 to 30 members in 2022 and soon 32, with Sweden and Finland.
I would add that the Minsk agreements signed in 2015 by Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France, providing for autonomy for the pro-Russian republics of Donbass, have never been respected. A war waged by Kiev against the separatist republics resulted in 13,000 deaths, but who is talking about it? And, it is proven that Kiev was preparing an attack on the separatists for March 2022, a reality that precipitated the Russian offensive. Putin does not want missiles on Ukrainian soil, just as Kennedy did not want them in Cuba in 1962. An obvious fact that our Western “experts” prefer to hide.
If we accept the mainstream media narrative about Russia’s war in Ukraine, we are witnessing the emergence of the Biden administration’s greatest triumph to date. Under this roseate scenario, the Ukrainians are doing wonderfully well in their fight against Russia; the Russian troops are failing badly almost everywhere; NATO is enjoying a renaissance of unity not seen since the Cold War; and President Biden is being lauded globally for bold leadership and for proving once again that the United States is the world’s indispensable nation.
Perhaps best of all is the narrative that Biden is delivering his long-promised bipartisan unity among Americans, as large numbers of Republicans sign onto his requests for more money and more weapons for Ukraine. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) are among the luminaries who paraded to Kyiv for coveted photo-ops with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In stark contrast to these upbeat perspectives about the war, however, a far less pleasant reality is forcing its way to the forefront of American consciousness: The U.S. economy is reeling through a historic crisis in the direction of an almost certain recession, with inflation far outpacing wage gains; income inequality soaring, as elites continue to prosper and the working class is crushed by the cost of living; frightening levels of violent crime plague large cities; and unprecedented numbers of illegal migrants are surging across America’s southern border.
In this superb comprehensive overview, American Pravda: The Power of Organized Crime, by the great Ron Unz, we discover key important backstory revelations of America’s secret history where organized crime and the establishment meet. Unz particularly focuses upon the darkness and decadence behind the vicious subterranean reality of crime and corruption in Los Angeles, the Sodom and Gomorrah on the Pacific West Coast.
Budapest has resisted the European Union’s proposal to ban Moscow’s oil and gas, with its prime minister arguing that the bloc’s sanctions only work “on paper”.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has said that an agreement on the proposed EU embargo of Russian oil and gas is “very unlikely” to come in the coming days. He went on to argue that the lack of consensus between the European leaders indicated the unproductivity of discussing the sanctions package.
“Looking at the gravity of the issues still open, it is very unlikely that a comprehensive solution could be found before the special meeting of the European Council on 30-31 May,” Orban wrote in a letter to EU Chief Charles Michel, cited by AFP.
There are about 8,000 Ukrainian prisoners of war in the Donetsk People’s Republic and the Luhansk People’s Republic. The numbers were claimed by the LPR Ambassador to Russia on May 26th.
“There are a lot of prisoners. Of course, there are more of them on the territory of the DPR, but we also have enough. Now the total figure is about 8 thousand. That’s a lot, and literally hundreds are added every day,” LPR Ambassador to Russia Rodion Miroshnik said in his interview.
Amid the growing number of the deserters in the ranks of the AFU, the Kiev regime is trying its best to threaten its oen military by legal and illegal means.
On May 24th, a bill has been submitted to the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine, according to which officers of the Armed Forces of Ukraine would be allowed to kill servicemen who refuse to follow orders and decide to leave their positions without permission. The initiator was the representative of the party of Vladimir Zelensky “Servant of the People” Mariana Bezuglaya. At the moment, the Ukrainian officers are allowed to use a weapon or give an order to subordinates to use it only if it is not possible to stop the criminal activities of the servicemen in any other way. At the same time, it should be used without causing death to a serviceman.
Germany, with the government of the SPD and the Greens, had a plan to phase out coal generation by 2030. However, this is not going to happen if Berlin refuses Russian gas supplies.
Berlin to reactivate 21 coal- and oil-fired power plants
According to n-tv.de, German Economy Minister Robert Habeck will submit an emergency decree to the Bundestag to allow the country's government to use coal- and oil-fired power plants again. For this purpose, they must be brought into working condition, have fuel reserves and be ready to generate electricity should Russia cut or reduce gas supplies to Germany. In total, 21 fuel oil and coal-fired power plants will be included in the network reserve.
According to the decree, the German authorities will be able to activate the use of coal facilities without parliamentary approval for a term of up to six months. Until March 31, 2024 they will be kept in reserve.
Germany switches from green to anti-Russian course
By 2035, Germany was supposed to become "environmentally neutral". However, the change of the "green" course to the "anti-Russian" has made the plan unfeasible. The use of coal will obviously increase the level of pollution, given the fact that Germany's brown coal is much more toxic in terms of emissions than black coal. Such a move will throw Germany, and the whole of Europe, back in terms of decarbonization plans.
The official said that Hungary took advantage of the situation in Ukraine and actually began to blackmail the European Union, but Kyiv "has an excellent lever in its hands - this is the Druzhba oil pipeline."
She recalled that there is a separate pipeline going to Hungary.
"In my opinion, it would be very appropriate if something happened to the oil pipeline. But again, it is in the hands of the government and the president - to decide political issues, do we really want to talk with Orban in the language that he understands and that he imposes on the European Union, or we are not ready for this yet," Zerkal concluded.
Some EU countries, including Hungary, are blocking the adoption of the sixth package of anti-Russian sanctions, which includes the possibility of abandoning Russian oil.
President Biden staged a fake walk-out from a meeting with recently elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese on Tuesday when the man from Down Under remembered a trip to the U.S. and a visit with the National Rifle Association more than three decades ago.
During a bilateral sit down on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Tokyo, Albanese — who led the Australian Labor Party to victory in Saturday’s general election — regaled the President with a story about coming to America for five weeks as a guest of the State Department.
“You could design a theme [for the program], and mine was — I wanted to see the interaction of groups with the U.S. government,” said Albanese, 59. “So I did everything from the National Rifle Association to the Sierra Club to Planned Parenthood to the full — the full kit and caboodle across the spectrum.”
While the WHO and our political leaders want us to trust in the COVID vaccines and push for legal measures to force it upon us, it seems even Big Pharma executives don’t even trust the safety of the vax.
Police have charged Jose Maria Fernandez Sousa-Faro, the president of European pharmaceutical behemoth PharmaMar, with being falsely vaccinated against COVID-19. Dr. Sousa-Faro is embroiled in a European controversy involving individuals, many of whom are well-known figures, being added to the National Immunization Registry in exchange for large sums of money.
According to police sources and El Periodico de Espana, Sousa-Faro arranged to be injected with a saline solution instead of a COVID-19 vaccination and spent hundreds of euros to have his name added to Spain’s immunization register.
Dr. Sousa-Faro is one of almost 2,200 celebrities and European elites who have been erroneously vaccinated against Covid, according to a list compiled by National Police.
Parkland father Ryan Petty laid into Uvalde police officers after the news broke that they had waited outside Robb Elementary School while an active shooter was barricaded inside with the students and teachers.
Petty joined Fox News host Tucker Carlson to discuss the police response, and he compared it to the moment that he learned that the resource officers at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School had waited outside for 48 minutes while students were being shot.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell is paying the price for supporting his belief that President Joe Biden did not legitimately win the presidential election.
The CEO said that one of the largest banks in the United States is looking to get rid of his nine businesses and charities, he said in an interview Friday with Steve Bannon’s “War Room” podcast.”
He said that the Heartland Financial and Minnesota Bank and Trust is set to disassociate with his businesses and charities.
The CEO said that the bank, which is a subsidiary of Heartland Financial, was concerned about being connected to “someone who could be in the news.”
“Not that the FBI is even sniffing and looking, but what if somebody came and said, ‘Do you know what? We are going to subpoena all of his account records, and this and that.’ And then all of a sudden we make the news,” he said.
“So it’s more of a reputation risk,” the CEO said.
Webmaster addition: Demonstrating the dangers of a nation ruled by digital currencies and banks!
Let’s begin with a basic truth that most of the corporate media continually ignore or obscure: President Trump’s endorsement is the single most powerful force in the universe of American politics. There’s never been anything quite like it. Trump-endorsed candidates overwhelmingly prevailed in the latest GOP primaries by a margin of 24-4. In fact, President Trump is running the table on the GOP establishment in the 2022 races. His record stands at 92-7 at the moment.
Trump’s endorsement basically won the race for JD Vance in Ohio, and for Ted Budd in North Carolina. In Pennsylvania, his endorsement did the same thing for Doug Mastriano in the governor’s race. This has happened again and again in 2022. Remember, Trump’s record is 92-7.
That’s what makes the primary results in Georgia last night so curious and so suspect.
Georgia is the only state where President Trump’s endorsements did not count.
Countries all over the world, especially in Europe, have started implementing policies that ration food and fuel.
Europe’s struggles with its food and fuel supplies began after most nations on the continent imposed economic sanctions on Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. This threatened the flow of already-critical commodities in Europe and threatened to collapse already-struggling global supply chains.
As a result, the prices of everything from oil to wheat have soared, leading to multi-decade high inflation rates. Supplies of these essential products have also dwindled after exports from Russia were completely strangled.
Sunflower oil, wheat, dairy and gas are being rationed
In Spain, the country started experiencing sporadic shortages of different products like eggs, milk and other dairy products almost immediately following the outbreak of the war in Ukraine. In early March, major supermarkets like Mercadona and Makro began rationing sunflower oil.
Spain’s left-wing government even went further and gave stores the option to temporarily impose limits on the number of certain products customers purchase.
Some of the world’s top athletes are either collapsing on the field/court or becoming too weak to play their favorite sport. At the Miami Open, 15 fully-vaccinated players withdrew during the competition, leaving spectators baffled. Some of the crowd’s favorites had to leave the competition early, including Paula Badosa from Spain and Jannik Sinner from Italy. They retired from their quarterfinal contests on the same day.
Earlier, Rafael Nadal had to leave the court for treatment after experiencing chest pain during his match against Taylor Fritz in the Indian Wells final. He was able to continue, but was clearly struggling with his breathing as the unheralded Fritz completed an upset and handed Nadal his first loss this season.
All three players succumbed to the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine mandate imposed by the Australian Open in 2021. Their health has apparently deteriorated since then. It was the Australian Open that banned well-informed, unvaccinated players from the sport. The number one men’s player, Novak Djokovic, faced discrimination for choosing not to partake in this forceful experiment. Although Djokovic was persecuted, at least his heart, brain and immune system can still function normally. Despite being slandered and discriminated against, he can still play his favorite sport with dignity and has retained authority over his health and body autonomy.
This was a big week for the globalists. They feel it’s their time, go time, to launch the most difficult phase of the Great Reset so they can get on with what they call the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution, as explained by World Economic Forum guru Klaus Schwab, will lead to a “fusion” of every human being’s physical, biological and digital identities. It’s basically the dawning of a new era based on transhumanism and technocracy, something akin to what was laid out in the novel Brave New World.
But they can’t get there until they reset everything. Kill off the old. Bring on the new.
In August 2020, law enforcement officers from five agencies converged inside the hallways of a school in Uvalde, Texas, their guns drawn, role-playing how they would halt a gunman.
The training, detailed in documents reviewed by The New York Times, was part of an overhaul of security preparedness in Uvalde — and across much of Texas. Uvalde school officials were doubling their budget for security, updating protocols and adding officers to the district’s Police Department. And the city’s separate police force dispatched its SWAT team, in tactical gear, to learn the layout of school buildings.
But none of the extensive preparations halted the rampage of an 18-year-old gunman who entered a Uvalde elementary school this week and killed 19 children and two teachers. Family members who had rushed to the scene said they pleaded with officers, who were assembling outside the school, to enter the building.
The carnage has renewed a decades-old debate about how to end the horror of U.S. school shootings, with many Texas political leaders once again calling for heightened school security measures. But others, pointing to devastation even on campuses that have invested heavily in security, said that such a singular focus could not stop a committed killer with access to weapons — and that such efforts might actually provide a false sense of safety in the absence of gun control regulations and more robust investments in mental health.
Let me give you the bottomline up front–Ukraine’s military units in the Donbass in the area of Lysychansk are now essentially encircled, which means Ukraine is facing the loss of at least 15,000 troops unless they are able to retreat.
Some pundits refer to this as Deep Operational Encirclement:
The basic concept of the Operational Maneuver Group is to fracture the stability of the enemy defense at the earliest possible moment by conducting deep operational maneuver into the enemy’s rear area. Once in the enemy rear, the OMG’s main purpose is to help smooth and accelerate the progress of the main force by eroding the defense from within.
Although Russian troops do not occupy all the strategic chokepoints between Lysychansk and points west, there is only one road open and Russian artillery and air assets can fire at will on that road. Any column of vehicles or soldiers attempting to move west face a high probability of withering fire.
"Hahon (1961) endeavoured to infect Macaca irus, obtained from the Philippines, by the aerosol route (mass median diameter less than 5 ,u), using viruses of variola major and minor, vaccinia virus, monkey- pox virus, cowpox virus, and rabbitpox virus. An elevation of temperature occurred with all the pox virus infections; after 3 days with vaccinia and rabbitpox; after 4 days with variola major and minor and monkeypox; and after 6 days with cow- pox. Coughing, coryza and anorexia were observed in the monkeys exposed to vaccinia, rabbitpox and monkeypox viruses, but not in the monkeys exposed to smallpox. Mild dermal eruption was observed only in animals exposed to smallpox (variola major) and monkeypox viruses. Papules appeared on the ninth or tenth day after exposure. They were limited to the face and hands and gradually resolved within 3-4 days. Several deaths occurred in animals 6-7 days after exposure to monkeypox virus. ...
Hahon & Wilson (1960) found that in Macaca irus exposed to variola virus by aerosol, viraemia was observed during the late stages of the incubation period and at the time of develop- ment of exanthem.
Westwood et al. (1966) also induced variola infections in Indian rhesus monkeys (Macaca mulatta) by aerosol. Their clinical observations were similar to Hahon's. They noted a 5-day incubation period; the rash was centrifugal in distribution and appeared in an average of 7-8 days, ranging from 6 to 11 days; and the severity of the variola infection was intermediate between rabbitpox and vaccinia. Two deaths were observed in 109 monkeys infected by variola virus. Monkeypox in the monkey has a similar clinical picture to that of smallpox in the monkey. However, in Hahon's study, the symptoms were much more severe than those of smallpox in the monkey.
A robot may be greeting you at the door during your next visit to Chili’s Grill & Bar.
Addressing his company’s partnership with Bear Robotics, Brinker International SVP of Innovation Wade Allen told Fox News Digital that the focus of Rita the Robot is to make jobs "easier" for workers, and stressed that working in a restaurant is "harder than ever before."
"Two years ago, when we started this process, we had this vision of ‘how do we make it just easier for people to want to work in a restaurant?'" Allen said.
"Some of the biggest… most difficult tasks [are] carrying heavy dishes back and forth to the kitchen… walking back and forth a thousand steps, an hour… or more… That's huge volumes."
Guillermina Fuentes, the Gadsden Elementary School District Board Member and Ex-Mayor of San Luis, Arizona, will appear in court next Thursday for a plea hearing.
Fuentes was indicted for trafficking ballots in San Luis, Arizona,
She was originally scheduled to appear on May 12, 2022, and plead “not guilty,” however, the plea has been changed because of the evidence presented in True The Vote’s “2000 Mules”.
Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips investigated the ballot trafficking incidents in Yuma County, Arizona, and included this information in the film “2000 Mules.”
“18 months ago, we knew that when the full story was told about Yuma, Arizona, it would reveal systematic, systemic, ballot trafficking with connections that spread nationwide. It’s now happening, thankfully, with law enforcement fully engaged. Much more remains to be revealed in the days ahead,” Catherine Engelbrecht told the Gateway Pundit.
In our ongoing efforts to expose the truth about the November 2020 election that Michigan’s dishonest Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson calls “the most secure election in history,” the Gateway Pundit and 100 Percent Fed Up are releasing yet another stunning video clip from the Wayne County, MI drop box surveillance footage.
The incredible discovery was made by the MC4EI team, a group of fearless individuals in Michigan who’ve watched hundreds of hours of drop box footage obtained by The Gateway Pundit through a FOIA request.
In the video, two women are seen walking through a parking lot at 10:40 AM on November 2, 2020 (the day before the election) at the Heilmann Recreation Center satellite voting center in Detroit. The woman wearing a green sweater carries a large stack of what appears to be absentee ballots as she walks toward a drop box. The woman accompanying her is wearing medical scrubs (possible nurse, nursing home employee, or costume), and as she gets closer to the drop box, she reaches into the pants pocket of her scrubs and pulls out a cell phone. Once they arrive at the drop box, the woman in the green sweater begins to drop the absentee ballot envelopes into the slot on the drop box, as the woman wearing the scrubs positions her cellphone over the woman’s hands, as she appears to film the activity.
Republican Senate candidate Mehmet Oz says he’s "blessed to have earned the presumptive Republican nomination for the United States Senate" in the key battleground state of Pennsylvania.
Oz, the cardiac surgeon, author and well-known celebrity physician who until the launch of his Senate campaign late last year was host of TV’s popular "Dr. Oz Show," urged Republicans that it's "time to unite" as he made his announcement Friday in a video released on social media.
The announcement came on the same day that Pennsylvania counties could begin their recount in the race between Oz and Dave McCormick, the top two vote-getters among the seven candidates in last week’s Republican Senate primary in Pennsylvania.
MSNBC’s Joy Reid, host of “The ReidOut,” on Thursday claimed that “there was no mental health issue” with Robb Elementary School shooter Salvador Ramos.
Reid accused Republicans of “tying themselves into pretzels” by blaming everything but guns after Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) initially said there were no known mental health issues with the Uvalde gunman who took the lives of 19 children and two adults.
“We begin …. with Republicans just tying themselves into pretzels to point themselves at every single thing, but the problem — the gun,” Reid opened her show.
“As far as we know, there was no mental health issue with the individual who stole the futures of 19 children in Uvalde, Texas,” she added. “Governor Greg Abbott even said it himself before he contradicted himself.”
Webmaster addition: Joy is trying to keep the focus on the guns, obviously, but setting aside the fact that Ramos was engaging in self-harm, I think anyone who walks into a school and starts shooting clearly has mental problems! The only exception would be someone sent into a school to kill a bunch of kids to push the gun-grabber agenda, but of course we lmow the government would never stoop that low!
Farnoush Hakakian, 45, was arrested on Wednesday. She was charged with criminal mischief as a hate crime in connection with an incident on May 5 in which she allegedly spray painted a white swastika over an ad by a Jewish advocacy group calling for an end to antisemitism and also drew a swastika inside the bus stop, the New York Daily News reported.
A video allegedly showed the suspect during daylight hours spray painting swastikas on the sign at a Brooklyn bus stop, drawing one swastika over the sign with white spray paint and another above it. She then sat down at the bus stop to wait for a bus.
Ukrainian forces have fallen back in the face of Moscow’s biggest advance for weeks as Russian forces captured the centre of the railway hub town of Lyman and encircled most of the nearby strategic Severodonetsk city in eastern Ukraine.
Despite the apparent Russian advances on two of the major fronts in the war on Friday, Ukrainian officials insisted its forces were still fighting to keep control of the northwestern and southeastern parts of Lyman town, and holding firm at new defensive lines in the eastern Donbas region.
Iran’s foreign ministry has reportedly summoned the envoy of Switzerland, which represents Washington’s interests in Tehran, to protest against the American seizure of Iranian oil from a Russian-operated ship in Greek waters.
The ministry also called for the immediate release of the ship and its cargo, the IRNA state news agency reported on Friday.
“The Islamic Republic expressed its deep concern over the US government’s continued violation of international laws and international maritime conventions,” IRNA and other media outlets quoted the foreign ministry as saying.
The Swiss envoy told Iranian officials he would convey Tehran’s message to Washington, IRNA reported. The developments came after the cargo ship was seized on Wednesday.
The news agency quoted Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization as saying the tanker – named the Pegas – had sought refuge along the Greek coast after experiencing technical problems and poor weather, adding the confiscation of its cargo was “a clear example of piracy”.
On March 8, President Joe Biden declared, in a speech announcing a ban on imports of Russian oil and gas, that these and other actions taken by the United States government “to inflict further pain on [Russia President Vladimir Putin]” would “cost us as well, in the United States.”
Some of that economic decline is a result of the actions against Russia, as Biden suggested would be the case. Other parts of the decline have other causes.
New polling results from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research indicate that Americans are increasingly wary of incurring economic costs in America due to efforts to inflict pain on Putin or, as the poll puts it, “sanctioning Russia.”
In fact, despite the nonstop hate Russia propaganda in the big money media, the polling indicates the majority of Americans are now opposed to harming the American economy to advance the anti-Russia crusade that Biden and most US Congress members have been pushing.
As soon as this weekend, President Biden could announce a plan to cancel $10k in student debt per borrower, according to WaPo, citing three people with knowledge of the matter.
Biden could make the announcement at the University of Delaware's commencement ceremony on Saturday. The plan would apply to Americans who earned less than $150k in the previous year or less than 300k for married couples filing jointly.
On April 6, the White House announced it would extend the pause of federal student loan repayments through August 31. It wasn't clear if the administration would extend the moratorium beyond this.
The Biden administration is said to be intensely debating providing long-range missiles to Ukraine, in what would mark a massive escalation given their ability to reach inside Russian territory. Fresh reports suggest the White House is about to pull the trigger.
CNN reports Friday that "The Biden administration is preparing to step up the kind of weaponry it is offering Ukraine by sending advanced, long-range rocket systems that are now the top request from Ukrainian officials, multiple officials say." It's expected likely part of the next large package of military assistance to Ukraine, which will be announced next week.
The system in question which Washington is mulling over is the Multiple Launch Rocket System, or MLRS, capable of firing rocket barrages up to hundreds of kilometers in range.
Within the first few months of the war, which is now in its fourth, President Biden publicly voiced a desire to avoid direct escalation with Russia by sending in larger, more advanced weapons systems that would be capable of hitting Russia. The fears are that such systems would lead to a rapid spiraling toward a direct NATO-Russia shooting war.
But that apparently is becoming less of a concern as week by week there's been escalation, in what's increasingly openly acknowledged as a de facto proxy war. What's more is that reports of Ukrainian forces being encircled in the Donbas, and perhaps increasingly in key places south, appears to have US defense planners scrambling to keep the prospect of "victory" alive for Kiev - but without weighing consequences of escalation.
With Russia's war in Ukraine now in its fourth month, mainstream media consumers have been treated to seemingly endless headlines and analysis of Russia's extensive military losses. At the same time Ukrainian forces have tended to be lionized and their battlefield prowess romanticized, with essentially zero public information so far being given which details up-to-date Ukrainian force casualties, set-backs, and equipment losses.
But for the first time The Washington Post is out with a surprisingly dire and negative assessment of how US-backed and equipped Ukrainian forces are actually fairing. Gone is the rosy idealizing lens through which each and every encounter with the Russians is typically portrayed. WaPo correspondent and author of the new report Sudarsan Raghavan underscores of the true situation that "Ukrainian leaders project an image of military invulnerability against Russia. But commanders offer a more realistic portrait of the war, where outgunned volunteers describe being abandoned by their military brass and facing certain death at the front."
Radical leftists’ voter suppression narrative went up in smoke in primary elections this week, particularly in the swing state of Georgia. Shrill proclamations of “disenfranchisement” ring hollow as turnout smashed previous records for a primary election.
Little is as satisfying as watching baseless accusations thrashed by irrefutable facts.
After Georgia’s 2021 Election Integrity Act, liberals wailed about Jim Crow’s resurrection. Surely the dark night of fascism was to follow Republicans’ draconian attacks on democracy. Stacey Abrams, the 2018 gubernatorial loser who still hasn’t conceded, built a national following on such claims.
Placing ballot boxes where they cannot be easily tampered with, standardizing weekend hours and requiring identification somehow became equivalent to grandfather clauses and poll taxes.
Webmaster addition: I think there is a more likely explanation for the "huge turnout." Georgia is the one state where the Trump-endorsed candidates did not win, and as another article indicates, the numbers in Georgia don't make sense, suggesting that the "huge turnout" was actually "huge ballot-stuffing" going on!
Europe’s largest producer of atomic energy, Electricite de France SA (EDF), usually exports cheap power during the winter but may be forced to import it this year, Bloomberg reported on Friday.
According to the report, about half of EDF’s 56 reactors are currently halted. Some of the company’s plants are offline for regular maintenance or refueling, while a dozen are idled for checks and repairs following the discovery of stress corrosion issues at units in late 2021. Cracks have been reportedly confirmed in key piping systems at four reactors.
Output in 2022 is expected to be the lowest in more than 30 years, the company estimates.
“We have a French problem which is taking place at the wrong time, given the geopolitical situation,” Nicolas Leclerc, co-founder of Paris-based energy consultancy Omnegy, was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. “The whole European equilibrium may be threatened,” he added.
France will import “heavily” this winter, and grid operator RTE may need to limit power supply to large industrial users, said Jean-Paul Harreman, director of consultancy EnAppSys BV.
A veiled appeal by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky for direct peace talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin contradicts Kiev’s decision to freeze all negotiations with Moscow, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov pointed out on Friday. Then again, the Ukrainian government has a habit of taking positions that contradict each other, he added.
Zelensky said he had wanted to negotiate with Putin on multiple occasions both before and after Russia attacked his country. One of the recent remarks of that nature came this week on a video call during a working breakfast of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
The Ukrainian president said Putin was the only Russian official worth talking to, dismissing the rest of the Russian government as “nobodies.” Putin himself is delusional, Zelensky claimed, but “if he is able to realize” what the Ukrainian leader called the reality, “then, probably, we may try and go the diplomatic way, unless it is too late.”
A woman was set to appear in court Friday on second-degree murder charges after police accused her of running over and killing a man whom she carjacked at a Miami tow lot.
India Latimore, 28, also faces charges of robbery and obstruction by a disguised person. Police said the entire crime was caught on surveillance video.
According to charging documents, Miami police and fire rescue were called to Nu-Way Towing at 2343 NW 7th Ave. in the city’s Allapattah neighborhood just before 9 p.m. Wednesday for reports of a hit-and-run with a pedestrian.
Police found a man on the scene with extensive blunt force trauma to the skull and the extremities. First responders took the victim to Ryder Trauma Center at Jackson Memorial Hospital where doctors pronounced him dead.
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken has announced the launch of a new ‘China House’ within the State Department, made up of a team of diplomats focused on coordinating policy to confront Beijing. The diplomat unveiled the line-up during a Thursday speech at George Washington University.
“The scale and scope of the challenge posed by the People’s Republic of China will test American diplomacy like nothing we’ve seen before,” Blinken stated. “I’m determined to give our Department and our diplomats the tools they need to meet this challenge head on, as part of my modernization agenda,” he said, describing the new body as a “department-wide integrated team” that will work with Congress where needed.
The State Department chief insisted the directional shift, aimed at recentering China in the US’ foreign policy crosshairs even as Washington sends billions of dollars to Ukraine, is not about ramping up tensions with China.
MSNBC Reporter Nicole Wallace has an unhealthy obsession with censoring disinformation. She is particularly obsessed with what liberals call ‘The Big Lie,’ the accusation that election fraud happened in the 2020 Presidential election. Wallace is not alone in her fixation on disinformation. CNN and MSNBC have made it their primary focus in a thinly veiled attempt to censor conservative speech.
Conservatives have repeatedly observed that some of the most prominent lies in our political discourse originated with liberal media outlets like CNN and MSNBC, including the Russiagate hoax.
Glenn Greenwald is one of the only honest journalists on the left who pushes back against liberal lies surrounding issues like January 6th and Russiagate. Today, he teased a mini-documentary he is creating on Nicole Wallace with a hilarious compilation exposing her repeated lies.
The American empire is in a state of accelerating collapse, and there’s no turning it around. This once-great empire now cannot achieve the most basic of tasks that even isolated jungle tribes can still manage to do: feed their own babies.
Somehow, with all the high-tech dazzle, iPhones, high-frequency Wall Street trading, electric vehicles, space rockets and all the rest, America still can’t figure out how to feed babies … something that ancient homo sapiens have been doing for hundreds of thousands of years.
Even before the invention of the wheel, humanity’s ancestors knew how to feed their babies.
They also survived without vaccines. How? The immune system, of course.
Of course, even though America can no longer feed its babies, the American empire is fully able to deliver deadly “vaccine” injections that cause infertility and death. There never seems to be a shortage of anything that might kill you. But when it comes to feeding babies, the USA falls flat.
There are a lot of critics of the U.S. government these days. Admittedly, a good part of the time, I'm one of them. Some people would say that the criticism is just evidence of our jaded, modern times. Not so, my friends. Let's take a look at what “insiders” have been saying about the American government over the past 224 years. And by “insiders” I don't mean Capital Hill journalists or presidential aides. I'm talking about actual past presidents, vice presidents, congressmen, senators, and other high profile political leaders.
Together, these historical leaders paint a pretty dire picture of our democracy, saying that the U.S. is under the control of an “invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people” and this “invisible government is the true ruling power in our country.”
They go on to explain how a shadow government (now known as the deep state) has been in control of the U.S. “ever since the days of Andrew Jackson” (since at least 1836). “It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.” They “virtually run the United States government for their own selfish purposes. They practically control both parties… It operates under cover of a self-created screen [and] seizes our executive officers, legislative bodies, schools, courts, newspapers and every agency created for the public protection.”
Mastercard (MA) CEO Michael Miebach made people gasp. He answered “no” when asked if SWIFT, the current interbank messaging system that allows for cross-border payments, will exist in five years' time.
He smiled during his answer but the crowd seemingly took his answer seriously.
Miebach spoke on a panel adjacent to the World Economic Forum’s annual (WEF) summit hosted by the Global Blockchain Business Council (GBBC). The panel discussed the future of cross-border payments and the potential of CBDCs in the financial system.
“If you can get a payment with all the data attached that you need as a company [...] the cost savings of that in addition to a payment cost that is lowered, and the overall productivity boost, we can expect if we do this well, that’s the real goal here,” Miebach said on the panel.
The Russian Foreign Ministry has warned that if one of its press briefing videos is taken down again by YouTube, an American journalist or media outlet working in Russia “will go home.”
The ministry’s spokeswoman, Maria Zakharova, issued the warning during a roundtable discussion in the Information Policy Commission of the parliament’s upper house. She added that the Google-owned video hosting service had already blocked a couple of her media briefings.
“What we did – we just came and said: ‘You… block the briefing again, one journalist or one American media [outlet] will go home.’ That’s it… One more blocked briefing – and we will name a specific [person] or a specific media [outlet] that will go home,” Zakharova said.
The corruption in the Biden family runs deep and it seems that they are going to great lengths to hide their criminal dealings. A former Secret Service agent and cyber security expert has revealed that Hunter Biden was using dozens of burner phone apps.
Hunter Biden bought and used burner phone applications from the Apple app store from 2014 through 2018, records on a copy of his abandoned laptop obtained by the Washington Examiner show.
The applications — Phoner, textPlus, and WePhone — gave him the ability to generate new phone numbers capable of making calls and texting from his iPhones and iPads, said Konstantinos “Gus” Dimitrelos, a former Secret Service agent and cyber forensics expert who examined a copy of Biden’s abandoned laptop for the Washington Examiner.
When asked to comment, an attorney for Hunter Biden demanded that the Washington Examiner provide a copy of it but refused to respond to any questions concerning its contents.
Despite sounding the alarm about rising global food prices, the US has no intention of lifting restrictions on Russian trade, US State Department spokesman Ned Price told journalists during a daily briefing on Wednesday.
Moscow says they affect its ability to export food and fertilizer, but that is a “lie,” he said, without providing any evidence to support his assertion.
“We certainly won’t lift our sanctions in response to empty promises, and we’ve heard empty promises before from the Russian Federation,” Price said when asked if Washington would waiver the restrictions as Moscow suggested.
Several companies have recalled products that contain Jif peanut butter amid an outbreak of salmonella infections.
Ten companies have already announced that they are pulling products from shelves since J.M. Smucker Co. issued a recall last Friday for Jif peanut butter products sold nationwide because of potential salmonella contamination.
Over the past two days, eight new entries have been added to the Food and Drug Administration’s recall page.
The impacted products had been sold in many well known stores, from Wawa to retail behemoth Walmart.
Albertsons Cos., one of the largest food and drug retailers in the nation, also issued a recall for 11 store-prepared items that were sold at over 20 of its grocery stores. This includes Albertsons, Safeway, Pak ‘N Save, Shaw’s, Star Market, Randalls, Vons and Balducci’s.
Hillary is a corrupt politician who exploits situations for her own benefit. Most sensible people agree with that proposition. But the extent of her corruption is very controverted — having no clear bi-partisan consensus. Some claim she is just your average Washington politician. That is to say, she behaves corruptly, but not any more than someone like Mitt Romney. That position is hard to square with the evidence.
Former United States Attorney General Bill Barr has given a stark warning to former Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton over her “seditious” conspiracy against former President Donald Trump.
“I thought we were heading into a constitutional crisis. I think whatever you think of Trump, the fact is that the whole Russiagate thing was a grave injustice. It appears to be a dirty political trick that was used first to hobble him and then potentially to drive him from office,” he said on Glenn Beck’s Blaze TV podcast.
“I believe it is seditious,” he said, but he warned that those charges would be tough to prove in a court.
“It was a gross injustice, and it hurt the United States in many ways, including what we’re seeing in Ukraine these days. It distorted our foreign policy, and so forth,” the former attorney general said.
The law enforcement response to the horrific school shooting at an Uvalde elementary school has been facing severe criticism after it was revealed that the shooter was alive inside the building for an hour without being taken out by police.
During this time, one brave mother drove 40 minutes from work, was handcuffed for trying to enter, talked police into freeing her, breached the perimeter, and went in and got her children out of the building.
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Police officers also reportedly entered the building and rescued their own children during this time.
When questioned about the response by CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Texas Department of Public Safety Lt. Chris Olivarez said that police were reluctant to engage the killer because they “could have been shot.”
American Ambassador appeals to Barlev and Lapid to avoid Muslim Quarter and possible friction with Palestinians; Israeli officials say Palestinians making false claims march intended to pass through Muslim holy site
Iraq's parliament on Thursday unanimously approved legislation that criminalises any form of "normalisation" with Israel.
According to the text of the law, which was obtained by Middle East Eye, all Iraqis, whether inside or outside the country, are banned from establishing relations with Israel, visiting the country, or promoting normalisation.
The legislation applies to all state officials, including those in the semi-autonomous northern Kurdistan region, as well as government institutions, private sector companies, the media, foreign companies and their employees.
The law stipulates that any Iraqi who visits Israel will be sentenced to life imprisonment, and those who establish any political, economic, or cultural relations with Israeli institutions, even through social media networks, will be sentenced to death.
The Secretary-General of Lebanon’s Hezbollah movement, Hassan Nasrallah, said on Wednesday that violating Al-Aqsa Mosque will cause an explosion in the region. Nasrallah made his comment in a speech on the anniversary of the liberation of southern Lebanon from Israeli occupation forces.
The Hezbollah leader made it clear that in the coming days, dangerous developments may occur in Palestine and Jerusalem, as jewish settlers plan to organize their annual Flag March, which sees far-right Israeli ultra-nationalists flooding through Palestinian areas.
Japanese and U.S. forces have conducted a joint fighter jet flight over the Sea of Japan, Japan’s military said Thursday, in an apparent response to a Russia-China joint bomber flight while U.S. President Joe Biden was in Tokyo.
The Japan-U.S. joint flight on Wednesday involved eight warplanes based in Japan, including four U.S. F-16 fighters and four Japanese F-15s, the Joint Staff of the Japan Self-Defense Forces said.
The joint flight was meant to confirm the combined capabilities of the two militaries and further strengthen the Japan-U.S. alliance, it said in a statement.
The flight occurred hours after North Korea fired three missiles, including an intercontinental ballistic missile, toward the sea between the Korean Peninsula and Japan, amid concerns about another nuclear test by the North. The missiles fell in waters outside of Japan’s exclusive economic zone.
Chinese and Russian strategic bombers conducted joint flights near Japan on Tuesday, Japan’s Defense Ministry said. Biden was meeting with Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and their counterparts from India and Australia for the Quad, an Indo-Pacific security and economic coalition meant as a counterweight to China’s growing influence in the region.
Newly disclosed documents obtained by the New York Times reveal secret US plans for ‘apocalyptic’ scenarios when a president may activate wartime powers.
The documents – known as presidential emergency action documents – were provided to the New York Times by the Brennan Center for Justice after it gathered the materials from the Bush presidential library under the Freedom of Information Act.
Only 500 pages were disclosed to the Brennan Center for Justice – 6,000 classified pages were withheld.
“The newly disclosed documents show that there were 48 of the directives when the Bush administration took office; by 2008, that number had grown to 56. Vice President Dick Cheney’s office was involved in reviewing and “clearing” the orders. The documents do not indicate any consultation with Congress.” The Times reported.
The Navy's top uniformed leader told Congress that the U.S. government should consider selling ships from its troubled littoral combat fleet it plans to decommission to countries in South America.
The Navy has faced sharp criticism for its latest plan to decommission all of its Freedom-class littoral combat ships. The youngest ship, USS St. Louis (LCS-19), was commissioned less than two years ago in August 2020.
"We should consider offering these ships to other countries that would be able to use them effectively," Adm. Michael Gilday said when asked by Sen. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., about the Navy's plan to decommission nine of the ships in its upcoming budget proposal at a Senate committee hearing Thursday.
Pew today released a new survey that confirms other polls showing that Democrats and the young are turning against Israel.
More Democrats hold favorable views of Palestinians than of Israelis by 64 to 60 percent. The gap is similar among those under 30: 61 to 56 percent.
The numbers are starkly different on the right and among the old. Republicans have high favorability ratings of Israelis — 78 percent — and low favorability of Palestinians, 37 percent. Among those over 65, the numbers are similar: 78 percent have favorable views of Israelis, while only 47 percent have favorable views of Palestinians.
The Pew Research Center survey of 10,000 Americans in March suggests that animosity toward Israelis is growing among Democrats and the young. The number of Democrats (and Democratic-leaning independents) who view Palestinians favorably and hold an unfavorable view of Israelis is now 16 percent, compared to just 12 percent who hold a favorable view of Israelis and an unfavorable view of Palestinians, Pew says.
The three aims of the Russian Federation’s Special Military Operation in the Ukraine were clearly announced by President Putin at the outset on 24 February. They were very specific, very limited and deliberately excluded the occupation of the whole of the Ukraine, let alone attacks on any territories outside it. Moreover, any suggestion of the use of nuclear weapons was quite absent – that was only ever raised by the hysterical irresponsibility and propaganda of Western politicians and journalists. Let us recall that the three aims were, firstly, the liberation of the Russian Donbass from the Nazis, and, secondly and thirdly, the demilitarisation and denazification of the Ukraine as an ‘Anti-Russia’, created there by the West since 2014. In other words, the Russian aim was to finish the unfinished World War II against Nazism and definitely not trigger a ‘World War III’.
Extension Inside the Ukraine?
It is true that since then the first aim of the Operation has had to be extended to the liberation of much of the Black Sea coastal area, including Kherson and Zaporozhia, to link the Donbass with the Crimea. Initially, this action resulted from Kiev Junta attempts to cut off the water supply to the Russian Crimea, and its threats to the Russian Black Sea Fleet and the Kerch Bridge. However, strategically, a further extension of the original aim to include all of the Black Sea coast, including Nikolaev and Odessa as far as the Romanian border, would make perfect sense.
This would leave any rump Ukraine as a landlocked State, like Slovakia or Belarus. This would allow Russian control of the northern Black Sea, undermining current attempts by Western ships to empty Ukrainian grain stores so that malnutrition will begin there, a new famine or ‘Golodomor’, and also provide a landbridge to the isolated and threatened Russian territory of Transnistria. It must be underlined that this has not yet occurred, but given the bankruptcy of the incompetent Kiev regime and even the US admission on 24 May that Kiev can no longer service its debt, more Ukrainian provinces may yet ask to be taken into the Russian Federation.
The leader of Russian-backed separatists in the breakaway Donetsk region called on Thursday for the military operation in the Donbas region of eastern Ukraine to be accelerated, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.
Denis Pushilin, head of the Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), said Kyiv had blocked water supplies to key cities in the north of the region and called for military action to be stepped up.
Biden’s Latest Defense Pledge to Taiwan: Gaffe or the Real U.S. Policy? President Joe Biden has once again roiled the geopolitical waters of East Asia with his latest statement on U.S. policy toward Taiwan. At a May 23, 2022, news conference during his visit to Japan, Biden strongly indicated that he would go further on behalf of Taiwan’s defense than he has been willing to do with respect to Ukraine. It is a significant distinction and an escalation of the U.S. commitment to Taipei. Biden has steadfastly refused to deploy U.S. forces in Ukraine, although Washington has provided tens of billions of dollars in weapons as well as intelligence assistance to help Kyiv defeat Russian forces. When a reporter asked: “Are you willing to get involved militarily to defend Taiwan if it comes to that?” Biden answered flatly: “Yes.” There appeared to be no waffling either. “You are?” the reporter followed up, making it clear that he was talking about direct U.S. military intervention. “That’s the commitment we made,” Biden replied.
Greece has told the head of the United Nations that Turkey is directly challenging its sovereignty over islands in the eastern Aegean Sea, and pursuing a hostile and “revisionist” policy that is destabilizing the region.
The four-page letter to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, dated May 25 and signed by Greece's permanent U.N. representative, Maria Theofili, was seen by The Associated Press on Thursday.
“Greece solemnly calls upon Turkey to stop questioning Greece’s sovereignty over its Aegean islands, in particular through legally baseless and historically false assertions (and) to abstain from threatening Greece with war,” the letter reads.
Greece and Turkey have been at odds for decades over sea boundaries, but the disagreement flared in 2020 as oil and gas exploration in the eastern Mediterranean intensified.
On Thursday, the Pentagon said the State Department approved a potential sale of CH-47F Chinook helicopters and related equipment to Egypt worth about $2.6 billion.
The Pentagon’s Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) said the sale is for 56 Chinooks, which come with installed M-240 machine guns. The principal contractor for the deal is Boeing.
The Chinook sale is the second arms deal the Biden administration moved forward for Egypt this month. Last week, the State Department approved the sale of over 5,000 TOW 2A anti-tank missiles worth an estimated $691 million.
Ideology is political religion, said the conservative sage Russell Kirk.
And what is the defining dogma of the political religion, or ideology, of America in 2022?
Is it not that, “All men are created equal”?
Yet, as with every religion, a basic question needs first to be asked and answered about this defining dogma of liberal ideology.
Is it true? Are all men truly created equal? Are all races and ethnic groups equal? Are men and women equal? Are all religions equal? Or do we simply agree to accept that as true — and treat them all equally?
All Americans, we agree, have the same God-given rights to “life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness,” the same constitutional rights in the Bill of Rights, and the same civil rights, enshrined in federal law.
Then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows burned papers in his office after meeting with a House Republican who was working to challenge the 2020 election, according to testimony the Jan. 6 select committee has heard from one of his former aides.
Cassidy Hutchinson, who worked under Meadows when he was former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, told the panel investigating the Capitol attack that she saw Meadows incinerate documents after a meeting in his office with Rep. Scott Perry (R-Pa.). A person familiar with the testimony described it on condition of anonymity.
WW2 was the final victory of the globalist cartel over nationalism.
It was regime change.
They had been trying to subversively wrestle power from Western elites for centuries and finally succeeded. With pesky nationalists and traditional elites off the way (or indoctrinated) they could get to work building the NWO and forcing their vision upon humanity (homosex mocha world).
The main cause is pretty simple: Subversion, conquest, and occupation by a hostile elite.
Everything went to shit in the West after WW2 but that’s only because the foundations for making everything go to shit were laid before WW2.
Israel Police arrested on Wednesday a Jerusalem rabbi in his 50s and two possible accomplices on suspicion of raping women in his congregation, following a lengthy undercover investigation.
The rabbi, who worked to make people more religious, is suspected of sexually assaulting women in his community for several years, telling the victims that it was a "spiritual act" to comply to his sexual demands.
The police even suspect that he sexually assaulted a woman on her wedding day, explaining that this would allow her to marry in sanctity.
The gunman who massacred 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas lingered outside for 12 minutes firing shots at people in a funeral home across the street, before scaling a fence onto school grounds where he fired more shots. He then entered the school and barricading himself in a classroom before opening fire, according to the Wall Street Journal.
The 18-member U.S. intelligence community (IC) has released the Annual Statistical Transparency Report Regarding the Intelligence Community’s Use of National Security Surveillance Authorities. One of the few to pay attention was historian Matthew Guariglia, a policy analyst at the Electronic Frontier Foundation and an affiliated scholar at the University of California’s Hastings School of Law.
This government document, the ninth such report to be made public, “provides statistics and contextual information concerning how the Intelligence Community uses the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and certain other national security authorities to accomplish its mission.”
The law authorizes the U.S. government to engage in mass surveillance of foreign targets. As Guariglia discovered, FISA is “still being abused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) to spy on Americans without a warrant.” This abuse takes place under Section 702, an amendment to FISA.
Tens of thousands of Pakistanis, including ordinary families and young people from every corner of the country, continue to converge in the capital, Islamabad, facing brutal state repression. They are doing so amidst the scorching heat wave afflicting Pakistan. There’s little to no Western coverage since these demonstrations aren’t taking place in Hong Kong, Moscow, or Tehran – but in a country with a Western-backed client regime.
This level of courage, sacrifice, and commitment is not merely about the persona of Imran Khan. It’s crystal clear that Pakistanis are marching and protesting to obtain some modicum of dignity, justice, and sovereignty by rejecting the traditional political-military elite that has plundered and prostituted the country to Riyadh-Washington since the nation’s establishment in 1947.
From The Manhattan Institute:
The national homicide rate spiked dramatically in 2020, a change obvious both in the CDC data and in the numbers from the FBI. [...]
Much attention has been paid to whether this increase was driven by the pandemic and lockdowns or—in an echo of the "Ferguson effect" debate from half a decade ago—by the summer protests and unrest, which could have led to depolicing. Homicide rates early in 2020 were slightly above 2019 levels—and the gap widened in March and April, before the murder of George Floyd in May—but violence truly exploded in the summer (Figure 2).
The poll of 1,000 people, conducted by YouGov between May 5 and 9, found support for the movement's goals had decreased from 48 percent to 31 percent.
Meanwhile, support for the movement's strategies and tactics dropped from 40 percent to 31 percent.
Some of the steepest declines in support for the movement were found among African American respondents. Their support for the movement's goals dropped from 67 percent to 56 percent since last April, while support for the movement's strategies and tactics want from 65 percent to 49 percent.
[...] The poll also found that support for police reform has declined since April last year. Support for reducing funding for state and local police departments to divert money to social services dropped seven points, from 38 percent to 31 percent, while support for banning the use of military grade equipment and weaponry by state and local police fell from 48 percent to 42 percent.
The poll also saw a decline in support for: allowing citizens to sue individual police officers accused of the excessive use of force or misconduct (from 59 percent to 54 percent); for restricting the ability of police officers from deactivating their body cameras (71 percent to 64 percent); and for banning chokeholds by police officers (from 62 percent to 58 percent.)
Police in Texas have revised key details about Tuesday's deadly school shooting as criticism mounts from parents over the initial response.
The gunman roamed outside the Uvalde school for 12 minutes before entering unchallenged, police said on Thursday.
That contradicted earlier statements which said the attacker had been confronted and shot at by an officer.
He killed 19 children and two teachers before he was shot dead 90 minutes after he arrived, police said.
That delay, combined with video footage showing frustrated parents being tackled and handcuffed by police while the gunman was still inside the school, has led to growing public anger and scrutiny of the early response.
On March 18, 2022 the hearing was held for the grievance that I, faculty lecturer in Women and Gender Studies (WGS), filed against San Francisco State University for its Administration’s role in silencing the AMED/WGS open classroom on “Whose Narratives? Gender, Justice, & Resistance: A Conversation with Leila Khaled,” that I had a great honor to co-organize with Dr. Rabab Abdulhadi, Director of Arab Muslim Ethnicities and Diasporas (AMED) Studies. After an adjournment, the remaining part of the grievance hearing was held on April 12, 2022.
A biological attack by terrorists or a national power may seem more like a plot element in an action film than a realistic threat. And indeed, the possibility of such an attack may be very remote. Biological attacks, however, have occurred in the past, one as recently as 2001. Accordingly, a collection of U.S. government agencies are involved in planning responses to potential biological attacks.
Bio-weapon threats could include the deliberate release by attackers of an agent that causes one or more of various diseases. Public health authorities have developed a system to prioritize biological agents according to their risk to national security. Category A agents are the highest priority, and these are disease agents that pose a risk to national security because they can be transmitted from person to person, lead to high mortality, and/or have a high potential to cause social disruption. These are anthrax, botulism (via botulinum toxin, which is not passable from person to person), plague, smallpox, tularemia, and a collection of viruses that cause hemorrhagic fevers, such as Ebola, Marburg, Lassa, and Machupo. These disease agents exist in nature (except for smallpox, which has been eradicated in the wild), but they could be manipulated to make them more dangerous.
Investigators believe a retired federal agent may have been privy to the Buffalo supermarket shooter's plot more than 30 minutes before he opened fire in the grocer and killed ten people.
The former agent, believed to be from Texas, was one of six people who regularly communicated with accused murderer Payton Gendron, 18, in an online racist hate forum, law enforcement sources told The Buffalo News.
He has not been named, and further details of the exact agency he worked for have not been shared. But the agent and Gendron's other online friends would regularly chat online about their hatred of Jews and non-whites, investigators say.
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The UN Security Council failed to reach common ground on new sanctions against Pyongyang on Thursday. Washington proposed the sanctions in the wake of North Korea’s latest missile test this week, on the heels of US President Joe Biden’s Asia tour.
The vote came just a day after North Korea was accused of test-launching its largest intercontinental ballistic missile and two others. Ahead of the vote, US Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield called for unity in the face of “a threat to the entire international community.”
However, China and Russia vetoed new sanctions on humanitarian grounds, pointing to their futility and even “inhumanity,” as North Korea struggled to contain a massive Covid-19 outbreak.
The UNSC imposed sanctions on North Korea back in 2006, following its first nuclear test, and has tightened them over the years. Since the latest round of restrictions in 2017, Moscow and Beijing have increasingly been arguing that further pressure is a road to nowhere and unlikely to force Pyongyang to disarm unilaterally.
“We do not think additional sanctions will be helpful in responding to the current situation. It can only make the situation even worse,” China’s UN Ambassador Zhang Jun said on Thursday.
Rumours, falsehoods, division, and hate speech should be suppressed by social media algorithms, according to a “freedom of the press” panel at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday.
The WEF panel, which was held in collaboration with Time magazine, featured the head of Soros-backed Human Rights Watch, Kenneth Roth, who argued that social media should not focus on banning or overt censorship but rather on algorithmic manipulation in order to promote content from a “subset of society… journalists” to convey information as “carefully as possible” to the public.
“The algorithms are written to promote engagement because engagement is profitable, engagement is more eyeballs, and what is engaging? The provocative, rumours, falsehoods, hate speech, divisiveness.
“I don’t focus so much on what should be taken down, the overt censorship, but rather what is being promoted. If algorithms are promoting information that in essence is false or divisive because it is profitable, there I think there is accountability that is quite warranted for these companies”, Roth said.
The Uvalde public school district is no stranger to campus lockdowns. In October 2021, Mayor Don McLaughlin reported the district had been forced into lockdowns 48 times during the first few months of the school year, largely due to human smuggler pursuits near campuses.
At the time, Uvalde Mayor McLaughlin joined with a commission of local government representatives of Kinney and Uvalde Counties to demand action from the Texas Department of Emergency Management (TDEM) regarding the growing border crisis, Breitbart Texas’ Randy Clark reported. The county and city officials detailed the consequential impact of the border crisis on local resources.
A mother of two Uvalde’s Robb Elementary students was put in handcuffs when she insisted that law enforcement enter the school to save her children
During the tragic and cruel mass shooting at the Uvalde Elementary school in Texas on Tuesday, which claimed the lives of 19 schoolchildren and two teachers, a mother was placed in handcuffs.
Angeli Rose Gomez, the mother of two students at the elementary school was handcuffed and told she was under arrest for “intervening in an active investigation” after she arrived at the scene outside of the school and began urging law enforcement to enter the building and rescue the children. Her children.
“The police were doing nothing” she said. “They were just standing outside the fence. They weren’t going in there or running anywhere.”
A Democrat proposal to create a special task force for hunting down “white supremacists” in the US military and federal law enforcement agencies failed in the Senate on Thursday, after no Republicans voted for it. The ruling party invoked the recent mass shooting at a Buffalo, New York supermarket to argue such enforcement was necessary.
An 18-year-old killed 10 people and wounded three more on May 14, in the attack the authorities say was racially motivated.
The Domestic Terrorism Prevention Act would have set up an interagency task force within the FBI and the Departments of Justice and Homeland Security to analyze and counter white supremacist infiltration in the military and federal law enforcement.
“The bill is so important because the mass shooting in Buffalo was an act of domestic terrorism,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-New York) said on the floor ahead of the vote. “We need to call it what it is, domestic terrorism. It was terrorism that fed off the poison of conspiracy theories like white replacement theory.”
Opposing the bill, Senator Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) said it was an “insult” to claim US Marines and police were “consumed with white supremacy and neo-Nazism.”
“It would be the Democrat plan to name our police as white supremacists and neo-Nazis. I met policemen throughout Kentucky and I’ve not met one policeman motivated or consumed with any kind of racial rage,” Paul added.
In the 1990s, post-Soviet nations were weak and inexperienced while the US had the guile and resources to find footholds in them, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told RT Arabic. Washington took advantage of that, establishing a webwork of biolabs that Russia believes to be conducting military research, he explained in an interview.
The collapse of the USSR left in its wake nations that were poor and in desperate need of even the most basic necessities, which left them open for the US to exploit, Lavrov said.
“Our Western partners then, so to speak, vigorously scrambled. They offered their services in every aspect and infiltrated every area of the newly-independent states. They sent advisers. And now we are experiencing what came as a result of those times,” the minister said.
In particular, the diplomat was referring to US-funded labs that many post-Soviet states host in their territory. Operating under the umbrella of the Pentagon’s Defense Threat Reduction Agency, they conduct biological research.
Washington says the network is benign and serves to detect and identify emerging pathogens that may pose a threat to humanity. But some nations, including Russia, believe them to be clandestine bioweapons research facilities.
Let’s begin with a basic truth that most of the corporate media continually ignore or obscure: President Trump’s endorsement is the single most powerful force in the universe of American politics. There’s never been anything quite like it. Trump-endorsed candidates overwhelmingly prevailed in the latest GOP primaries by a margin of 24-4. In fact, President Trump is running the table on the GOP establishment in the 2022 races. His record stands at 92-7 at the moment.
Trump’s endorsement basically won the race for JD Vance in Ohio, and for Ted Budd in North Carolina. In Pennsylvania, his endorsement did the same thing for Doug Mastriano in the governor’s race. This has happened again and again in 2022. Remember, Trump’s record is 92-7.
That’s what makes the primary results in Georgia last night so curious and so suspect.
Georgia is the only state where President Trump’s endorsements did not count.
Retired senior military leaders condemned their successors in the Trump administration for ordering military units on Monday to rout those peacefully protesting police violence near the White House.
As military helicopters flew low over the nation’s capital and National Guard units moved into many cities, Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, publicly aligned themselves behind a president who chose chemical spray and rubber bullets to clear peaceful protesters from a park so that he could stage a photo op at a nearby church.
In so doing, Mr. Esper, who described the country as a “battle space” to be cleared, and General Milley, who wore combat fatigues on the streets of the capital, thrust the two million active-duty and reserve service members into the middle of a confrontation in which the “enemy” was not foreign, but domestic.
Many voters in heavily Democratic Los Angeles are seething over rising crime and homelessness and that could prompt the city to take a turn to the political right for the first time in decades.
One of the leading candidates for mayor is Rick Caruso, a pro-business billionaire Republican-turned-Democrat who sits on the board of the Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation and is promising to expand spending on police, not defund them.
At another time, the high-end mall and resort developer would seem an unlikely choice to potentially lead the nation’s second-most populous city, where democratic socialist Bernie Sanders was the runaway winner in the 2020 Democratic presidential primary. A progressive City Hall has embraced so-called sanctuary city protections for people who entered the U.S. illegally and “Green New Deal” climate policies.
But these are fraught times in LA, with more than 40,000 people living in trash-strewn homeless encampments and rusty RVs, distress over brazen smash-and-grab robberies and home invasions while inflation and taxes are gouging wallets -- gas in a region built on car travel has cracked $6 a gallon. Rents and home prices have soared.
America is preparing to send advanced rocket artillery systems to Ukraine as part of a huge new weapons shipment that could be announced as soon as next week.
Multiple-launch rocket systems, or MLRS in military slang, rose to the top of Kyiv's wish-list after its army took a pounding for similar Russian weapons in Donbas which forced it to retreat from several key cities.
Joe Biden is said to be in favor of sending US weapons such as the M270 MLRS or M142 HIMARS - a similar system but designed to be lighter and easier to maneuver - to help Ukraine go toe-to-toe with Russia's firepower.
A "retired" federal agent "regularly communicated" with accused Buffalo gunman Payton Gendron in an online chatroom on Discord and authorities are investigating whether he had advanced knowledge of the attack, according to a report from The Buffalo News.
Breastfeeding duration is associated with improved cognitive scores at ages 5 through 14, even after controlling for socioeconomic position and maternal cognitive ability, according to a new study published this week in PLOS ONE by Reneé Pereyra-Elías, Maria Quigley and Claire Carson of the University of Oxford, U.K.
Previous studies have found an association between breastfeeding and standardized intelligence test scores; however, a causal relationship is still debated.
Improved cognitive outcomes could potentially be explained by other characteristics—such as socioeconomics and maternal intelligence—of the women who breastfeed their babies.
Israeli cities could be bombarded with 1,500 rockets a day, and the death toll could quickly reach into the hundreds should war with the Iran-backed Hezbollah terror group in Lebanon break out, according to a military assessment shared Thursday.
Army officials said the predictions of fierce fighting and carnage on Israel’s homefront formed the basis of exercises carried out recently as part of the massive month-long “Chariots of Fire” drill, now in its third week.
During the exercise — scheduled to last through June 3 — troops have been practicing responding to sudden events in multiple theaters simultaneously, with a focus on defending the northern border, according to the IDF.
Possible “Monkeypox Terror Attacks” Announced by Bill Gates in November 2021
In a TV interview with Jeremy Hunt in early November 2021, Bill Gates warned governments to prepare for simultaneous smallpox terror attacks in 10 airports:
“You say, OK, what if a bioterrorist brought smallpox to 10 airports? You know, how would the world respond to that? There’s naturally-caused epidemics and bioterrorism-caused epidemics that could even be way worse than what we experienced today”, he said (emphasis added)
Ten Countries, Ten Airports. (That’s Where the Testing Takes Place)
Compare that to the latest news report on May 19, 2022, more than six months later (emphasis added):
An unprecedented outbreak of monkeypox virus has officially spread to 10 countries outside of Africa, with 107 confirmed or suspected cases reported as of this writing, in the United Kingdom (9 cases), Portugal (34), Spain (32), France (1), Belgium (2), Sweden (1), Italy (3), Canada (22), the United States (2), and Australia (1). (WSWS, May 19, 2022)
In May 2021, two members of the Family Values, a white supremacist prison gang, allegedly killed a member of the rival Southwest Honkeys prison gang over a longstanding beef. Three months later, a New Jersey man who had vandalized synagogues and distributed neo-Nazi pamphlets strangled his wife.
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On the surface, the crimes would appear to have little more in common than their brutality. But the Anti-Defamation League includes these murders by white men of other whites in its tally of right-wing and white supremacist murders in its report, “Murder & Extremism in the United States in 2021.”
Israeli commanders have warned of the repercussions of the Flag March due to take place on Sunday and called on the Israeli government to cancel it in order to avoid “unneeded” provocation, Quds Net reported on Wednesday.
The former senior security officials from the Israeli army, Mossad, Shin Bet and Israel Police called for the Israeli government to review the route of the Flag March.
On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer blocked a school safety bill that Republican leaders and families of the Parkland School Shooting have been trying to pass for years.
After the tragic mass shooting this week at a Texas elementary school, which left 19 children and two teachers dead, Sen. Ron Johnson requested the Luke and Alex School Safety Act to be passed by unanimous consent.
Senate Bill 111 (SB111), named after Parkland High School shooting victims Luke Hoyer and Alex Schachter, would require the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to establish a “Federal Clearinghouse on School Safety Best Practices.” The clearinghouse would be employed by state and local educational institutions, law-enforcement agencies, health professionals, and public service entities.
According to SB111, the measure would require DHS to “collect clearinghouse data analytics, user feedback on the implementation of best practices and recommendations identified by the clearinghouse, and any evaluations conducted on these best practices and recommendations.”
Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Thursday delivered a long-awaited speech meant to outline the Biden administration’s China policy and called Beijing “the most serious long-term challenge” to the US-led “international order.”
Blinken maintained that China is the administration’s top priority despite all the support the US is giving to Ukraine in its fight against Russia. “Even as President Putin’s war continues, we will remain focused on the most serious long-term challenge to the international order – and that’s posed by the People’s Republic of China,” Blinken said at George Washington University.
Blinken said China is the top threat because it is “the only country with both the intent to reshape the international order and, increasingly, the economic, diplomatic, military, and technological power to do it.”
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