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Thought for the day
"If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military." -- Harry S. Truman
The Federal Bureau of Investigation says that the threat of a civil war is increasing. A bulletin from the Department of Homeland Security and FBI was sent to law enforcement agencies warning of increased threats following the FBI’s execution of the search warrant at former President Trump’s Florida estate.
The DHS and FBI also said that a threat involved a “dirty bomb” that would be placed in front of FBI headquarters.
In the days since the warrant at Mar-a-Lago was executed, the FBI and DHS have allegedly seen an increase in “violent threats” against law enforcement, judiciary, and government personnel, including a particular threat to “place a so-called Dirty Bomb in front of FBI headquarters,” according to the bulletin.
This could be a red a glaring red warning that there could be a false flag event coming to set up a civil war. If the rulers cannot and do not succeed, they will invent a civil war and commit any number of false flags to make sure people believe it’s happening.
According to Fox News, the bulletin states that many of the threats include references to the claim that the 2020 election was stolen, in addition to other perceived claims of government overreach.
Grassroots activists, beware. Your town or county may at this very moment be falling prey to a stealth attack by the Israel lobby. You may awake tomorrow to find that your local government has signed on to an expanded definition of antisemitism that makes it antisemitic to criticize Israel or Zionism. In late July, Montgomery County, Maryland, narrowly avoided exactly that fate, at least for now. Neighboring Arlington County did not – and no one knew what was coming.
On July 23, the American Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) sent out an urgent action alert to Montgomery County residents warning that in three days their county council was going to adopt, without public notice or hearing, the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) “working definition of antisemitism,” which conflates criticism of Israel with antisemitism. In response, more than 180 residents quickly sent protests to all the councilmembers; the item was then pulled from the July 26 council meeting agenda.
In contrast, Arlington County, Va., went ahead and adopted the same IHRA antisemitism definition at what the local Sun Gazette newspaper termed a “sparsely attended afternoon meeting with no public input.”
When the UK and the U.S. banned Russian oil imports, and the European Union approved sanctions that made it a lot harder to trade in Russian oil, media reports highlighted the argument that Russian could not possibly replace Europe with Asia as its biggest oil client.
What wasn’t so widely reported on was China and India’s dependence on imported oil, any imported oil compatible with their refinery setups, and how important prices were for both, given their size and import dependence. And both countries certainly took advantage of Western sanctions.
Russian crude has been trading at a discount to global benchmarks since March. This discount has been a boon for buyers in China and India. The Wall Street Journal recently reported, for example, that China’s Sinopec posted strong financial figures for its first quarter, at least in part thanks to cheap Russian oil.
Meanwhile, Russia became China’s largest oil supplier earlier this year, according to Chinese customs data for May, overtaking its OPEC+ partner Saudi Arabia. It also overtook Saudi in India because of the discount at which Russian crude now sells.
Speaking of that discount, it has been shrinking in the past few weeks, suggesting that demand from China and India has been strong enough to keep Russian oil flowing abroad in large enough volumes to keep the oil revenue flowing back into Russia.
Arrangements are being made for Japanese national security adviser Takeo Akiba to visit China soon for talks with its top diplomat Yang Jiechi, the Jiji news agency said on Wednesday, citing unidentified government sources.
Akiba is likely to voice Japan's concern over China's military drills around Taiwan in the wake of a visit to the island by U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and propose building stable and constructive Sino-Japanese ties, the agency added.
A federal jury in New York last month convicted former CIA officer Joshua Schulte on nine felony counts under the Espionage Act for providing information to WikiLeaks that became known as Vault 7.
Schulte has consistently denied that he was the source of the information.
Two years ago, he was convicted on two of the original 11 charges, while the jury hung on the remaining nine.
The most recent trial, in which Schulte represented himself, was on those nine counts, and he now faces as many as 80 years in prison. Schulte is yet to be tried on state child pornography charges.
Prosecutors had literally no evidence that Schulte had taken the data from the CIA and transferred it to WikiLeaks.
But they contended that he was a computer genius who is so brilliant that he was able to cover his tracks.
They alleged that he leaked the information because he was a disgruntled former CIA employee who hated his boss, couldn’t get along with his coworkers, and sought revenge against the Agency.
That was enough for the jury.
Israeli occupation forces on Wednesday raided the village of al-Tuwani in Masafer Yatta, south of the occupied West Bank city of Hebron (Al-Khalil), and seized six vehicles, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
Fouad al-Imour, a local activist, told WAFA that the Israeli forces seized the vehicles in order to make life even harder for residents in Masafer Yatta and eventually force them to leave their lands.
Far-right Israeli MP Itamar Ben-Gvir has called for disloyal politicians to be deported from Israel, along with Palestinians who throw stones and Molotov cocktails at police.
Speaking to Army Radio, the MP for the Jewish Power party listed a number of prominent politicians and groups he believed should be removed from the country.
“When we form the government, I will promote the Deportation Law, which will deport anyone who acts against the State of Israel or IDF soldiers,” Ben-Gvir said in the interview.
“Those who throw stones and Molotov cocktails at soldiers will be deported from here. Those who work against the state like Ofer Cassif will be deported. Maybe to Europe. They need working hands there.”
Two days after protesters stormed the Iraqi parliament in July, a group named Ashab al-Kahf, or Companions of the Cave, released a threatening statement about the true source of Iraq's political implosion.
"The US embassy and British embassy and other Nato countries" had fomented unrest between Iraq's Shia, the group said on 1 August, and "all of their embassies and bases [would] be targeted" in return.
The statement from the Iran-backed militia underscored many of the factors at play in Iraq, where the country's main Shia blocs are locked in a bitter power struggle after the collapse of 10 months of talks aimed at forming a government.
Efforts by China and Russia to chip away at the U.S. dollar's dominance in global payments have gained urgency with the Ukraine war and tensions over Taiwan.
Russian President Vladimir Putin in June touted plans to create a new international reserve currency based on a basket of currencies of BRICS members Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
Creating an alternative to the dollar-based global payments system would allow Moscow and Beijing to evade economic sanctions -- a financial weapon whose powers and limits have become clear in Western nations' response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
The proposal, which Putin said was "under review," seems to envision a BRICS version of the International Monetary Fund's special drawing rights -- a reserve asset that IMF members can tap during a cash crunch.
The Israeli army has admitted to conducting the airstrike that killed five Palestinian children in the northern Gaza Strip earlier this month, after initially blaming their deaths on a misfire from a Palestinian Islamic Jihad rocket.
The airstrike occurred on August 7th, the last day of a three-day Israeli offensive on the Gaza Strip, dubbed by the Israeli military as “Operation Breaking Dawn.”
The strike targeted the al-Faluja cemetery in the town of Jabalia, and struck five children while they were visiting the grave of their grandfather. The youngest victim of the strike was just three-years-old.
Nathmi Karsh, 15, Hamed Nejm, 16, Mohammad Nejm, 16, Jamil Ihab Nejm, 13, and Jamil Najim al-Din Nejm, 3, were all killed in the strike. The Nejm boys were all cousins, and Nathmi Karsh was their close family friend and neighbor.
The US expects China to ramp up its military, diplomatic and economic 'coercion' of Taiwan, its top envoy in East Asia said on Thursday, after Beijing's unprecedented drills around the island it claims as its own.
Daniel Kritenbrink's warning comes a day after Taiwain's military staged exercises to show its ability to resist Chinese pressure to accept Beijing's political control over the self-governing island, following new rounds of threatening drills from China.
'While our policy has not changed, what has changed is Beijing's growing coercion,' Kritenbrink, who is Washington's top envoy for East Asian relations, told reporters on a teleconference call.
Left-leaning media networks, including MSNBC, ABC, and CNN, finally realized that the Inflation Reduction Act doesn’t actually reduce inflation, but not until the massive spending package had already been signed into law.
The bill, which was passed by the Senate earlier this month and the House of Representatives last week, costs an estimated $437 billion, with $369 billion going toward investments in "Energy Security and Climate Change," according to a summary by Senate Democrats.
Democrats claim the legislation will soften the deficit by raising $737 billion, imposing a 15% corporate minimum tax which is predicted to raise $222 billion, and prescription drug pricing which the Senate estimates will raise $265 billion.
One thing the Inflation Reduction Act is not expected to do, according to multiple analyses, is reduced inflation. The Congressional Budget Office said the bill will have "a negligible effect" on inflation in 2022, and in 2023 its impact would range between reducing inflation by 0.1% and increasing it by 0.1%.
Webmaster addition: This is a repeat of how the corporate media sat on the Hunter Biden laptop story until after the 2020 election was over!
Democratic consultant and political commentator James Carville said in an interview with The Hill TV that the “majority” of Republican voters are “stupid” and “evil.”
Discussing the brand of the Democratic Party, Carville said, “So much of what has happened to my party is we tend to get defined by some over-educated, totally doofus coastal elites that are out trying to write dictionaries or something unrelated to anybody’s life. And that kind of stuff has a tendency to be very sticky, to stick with people. It is not who the party is. They are a very small part of the Democratic Party.”
He continued, “These people have the ability to irritate. They have the ability to come up with really stupid things, like ‘Defund the Police,’ the three worst words ever in the English language, maybe. And you know, ‘Let’s get rid of Abraham Lincoln.’ That takes a really smart person to come up with that. So we pay while a huge majorities of the Republican Party don’t believe in evolution. Alright, huge majorities of the Republican Party followed Donald Trump. But somehow or another, we pay a greater price for 11% of our people than they do for 65% of their people.”
Recently, we have had to endure a series of reminders that “no person is above the law” from a batch of folks, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Republican Rep. Mike Turner of Ohio.
But that is not really true, is it?
There are many, many people who are and have been, at least so far, above the law. Here’s a very short list:
People who do not follow conservative news are unaware that our entire medical system has joined teachers in embracing the fantasy of transgenderism, and this is true whether the people involved are true believers, power junkies, or enthralled by the possibility of the millions of dollars tied to drugging and surgically mutilating children. Whatever the motives, it’s time for ordinary people to push back very hard.
I have Libs of Tik Tok on my daily reading list. I go there regularly because it helps me remember why, sometimes at great personal cost, I don’t retire to knitting and travel but, instead, spend most of my waking hours thinking about politics and trying to persuade people to see politics as I do. The importance of Libs of Tik Tok is that she travels through the internet looking at what leftists are proud enough to boast about—and then exposes those boasts to a larger audience than the leftists intended.
A significant portion of the leftists whom Libs of Tik Tok exposes are members of the LGBTQ+++ community or their “allies.” Over the past few years, these people have been increasingly vocal about the goal of “transing” kids. Teachers boast about bringing pronouns to kindergarteners and making sure that their students know that the teachers, with their transgender grooming, are the students’ “real” parents. Crazed parents boast about raising gender-neutral children or realizing that, when their two-year-old son said, “I like pink,” he was desperately saying that he’s really a girl.
The 5,000 rooms will come on top of the 1,000 rooms the city announced they would rent last week.
A solicitation letter was sent on Wednesday by the Department of Social Services, detailing the request.
A federal judge in Cleveland has ordered CVS, Walgreens, and Walmart to pay two Ohio counties damages over their opioid distribution, a week after a judge in San Francisco ruled Walgreens CAN be held responsible for the city's crisis.
U.S. District Judge Dan Polster awarded $650 million in damages on Wednesday over the way the national pharmacy chains distributed opioids to their communities.
Judge Polster said in his ruling that the money will be used to fight the opioid crisis in Lake and Trumbull counties outside Cleveland. Attorneys for the counties put the total price tag at $3.3 billion for the damage done.
In a joint intelligence brief obtained by Project Veritas, it revealed that the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Bureau of Investigation have begun to paint conservatives that have taken issue with the FBI raid of former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago as “domestic violent extremists,” warning of future violence from the group.
(Article by Hannah Nightingale republished from ThePostMillenial.com)
The bulletin states that it is being shared in an effort to help local and federal partners in “effectively deterring, preventing, preempting, or responding to terrorist attacks against the United States.”
Listing the August 8 Mar-a-Lago raid as a recent flash in calls for violence against federal law enforcement and government officials, the bulletin, dated August 12, states that “these developments highlight the heightened threat since 2020 by domestic violent extremists (DVEs) motivated by a range of ideologies, who have grievances against a variety of targets including law enforcement.”
Since the raid, the bulletin states that both the FBI and DHS have observed an increase in threats online, “including a threat to place a so-called dirty bomb in front of FBI Headquarters and issuing general calls for ‘civil war’ and ‘armed rebellion.'”
The social media account Libs of Tik Tok was suspended from Facebook on Wednesday because they "didn't follow Community Standards." According to Libs of TikTok there was "no reason given" for the respension.
The notification from Facebook stated, "We have already reviewed this decision and it can't be reversed."
The account that scours the internet for examples of the culture war in the United States, broke the news of the suspension on Twitter.
Libs of Tik Tok routinely reposts content found on Tik Tok, exposing groomer teachers and unhinged leftists who proudly proclaim their pronouns and constantly redefine reality.
The account has become an internet sensation due to their work exposing the leftist agenda, which has also made them a target for the liberal press and "big tech" platforms.
Judicial Watch announced that it filed an opposition to the U.S. Capitol Police’s (USCP) effort to shut down Judicial Watch’s federal lawsuit for January 6 videos and emails. Through its police department, Congress argues that the videos and emails are not public records, there is no public interest in their release, and that “sovereign immunity” prevents citizens from suing for their release.
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit under the common law right of access after the Capitol Police refused to provide any records in response to a January 21, 2021, request (Judicial Watch v. United States Capitol Police (No. 1:21-cv-00401)). Judicial Watch asks for:
- Email communications between the U.S. Capitol Police Executive Team and the Capitol Police Board concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
- Email communications of the Capitol Police Board with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021through January 10, 2021.
Judicial Watch announced today that it filed its reply to the DOJ’s filing to keep under seal the affidavit used to justify the controversial raid on the home of former President Trump. Judicial Watch cites former President Trump’s support for the release of the affidavit and argues:
The public interest in the contents of the affidavit cannot be understated. The secrecy surrounding the search warrant, and the affidavit that led to its issuance, has caused the nation to convulse with intrigue and harmful speculation that will only increase the longer the truth is kept from the public. The heat must be replaced with light, and soon. Maintaining the seal will only fuel more speculation, uncertainty, leaks, and political intrigue and it will also serve to undermine public confidence in the fair administration of justice and equal protection of the law. Considering the gravity of this unprecedented action by the government, at a minimum, the Court should review the affidavit line-by-line to determine what information may be disclosed and what information may be redacted to balance the competing concerns at issue.
The Justice Department was ordered by Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart to respond this past Monday to Judicial Watch’s Motion to Unseal the warrant and supporting materials behind the FBI raid of President Donald Trump’s home in Mar-a-Lago. In its filing, the Justice Department alleged that releasing the affidavit would “cause significant and irreparable damage” to its ongoing criminal investigation.
When it comes to the National Archives, history has a funny way of repeating itself. And legal experts say a decade-old case over audio tapes that Bill Clinton once kept in his sock drawer may have significant impact over the FBI search of Melania Trump's closet and Donald Trump's personal office.
The case in question is titled Judicial Watch v. National Archives and Records Administration and it involved an effort by the conservative watchdog to compel the Archives to forcibly seize hours of audio recordings that Clinton made during his presidency with historian Taylor Branch.
For pop culture, the case is most memorable for the revelation that the 42nd president for a time stored the audio tapes in his sock drawer at the White House. The tapes became the focal point of a 2009 book that Branch wrote.
U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson in Washington D.C. ultimately rejected Judicial Watch's suit by concluding there was no provision in the Presidential Records Act to force the National Archives to seize records from a former president.
But Jackson's ruling — along with the Justice Department's arguments that preceded it — made some other sweeping declarations that have more direct relevance to the FBI's decision to seize handwritten notes and files Trump took with him to Mar-a-Lago. The most relevant is that a president's discretion on what are personal vs. official records is far-reaching and solely his, as is his ability to declassify or destroy records at will.
Tens or even hundreds of thousands more people all around the world are dying every week compared to pre-plandemic levels. And all available evidence points to Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) “vaccines” as the culprit.
Excess deaths, as they call them, continue to spike in nearly every industrialized country that pushed the shots on their populations. It is happening in the United Kingdom, Nordic Europe and North America – all places where Operation Warp Speed mass vaccination took place.
The numbers get a little hairy depending on which datasets you use as governments have been working overtime trying to conceal the truth. A deeper probe of the data, however, and it starts to show.
Unvaccinated people, meanwhile, are staying alive and, in most cases, are thriving while their “fully vaccinated” counterparts continue to develop VAIDS (vaccine-induced AIDS) or drop dead from “sudden adult death syndrome,” also known as SADS.
Oil prices eased on Thursday, reversing course from the previous session, as rising output from Russia and worries about a potential global recession weighed on futures.
Brent crude futures fell 33 cents, or 0.4%, to $93.32 a barrel. U.S. crude futures fell 40 cents, or 0.5%, to $87.71 a barrel.
Prices rose more than 1% during the previous session, although Brent touched its lowest level since February.
Futures have fallen over the past few months, as investors have pored over economic data that has spurred concerns about a potential recession that could hurt energy demand.
Aman arrested at Queen Elizabeth's Windsor Castle home on Christmas Day last year wearing a mask and holding a crossbow told security "I am here to kill the queen", a British court heard on Wednesday.
Jaswant Singh Chail, 20, who has been charged under Britain's Treason Act, had spent months planning the attack and trying to gain access to the royal family, London's Westminster Magistrates' Court was told.
Prosecutors said Chail, from Southampton in southern England, recorded a video before he entered the grounds of the castle to the west of London where the 96-year-old monarch mostly resides. She was there on the day of the intrusion.
"I am sorry for what I have done and what I will do. I am going to attempt to assassinate Elizabeth, queen of the royal family," he said in the video, in which he was seen holding a crossbow and wearing a face covering.
Britain's Queen Elizabeth presents the George Cross to representatives of the National Health Service Caroline Lamb, Chief Executive NHS Scotland, and Eleanor Grant, Palliative Care Nurse, Specialist University Hospital Wishaw, NHS Lanarkshire, during an audience at Windsor Castle, Windsor, Britain July 12, 2022.
"This is revenge for those who died in the 1919 massacre," Chail said, referring to an incident when British troops shot dead nearly 400 Sikhs in their holy city of Amritsar in northwestern India.
British consumer price inflation jumped to 10.1% in July, its highest since February 1982, up from an annual rate of 9.4% in June, intensifying the squeeze on households, official figures showed on Wednesday.
The increase was above all economists' forecasts in a Reuters poll for inflation to rise to 9.8% in July, and will do nothing to ease the Bank of England's concerns that price pressures may become entrenched.
Despite warning that a recession was likely, the BoE earlier this month raised its key interest rate by 0.5% to 1.75% - its first half-point rise since 1995. It forecast inflation would peak at 13.3% in October, when regulated household energy prices are next due to rise.
British two-year government bond yields surged on Wednesday to their highest level since the depths of the global financial crisis almost 14 years ago as stronger-than-expected inflation data fuelled bets on further Bank of England interest rate hikes.
Annual consumer price inflation jumped to 10.1% in July from 9.4% in June, official data showed on Wednesday, above all forecasts in a Reuters poll of economists and its highest since February 1982.
Two-year gilt yields rose more than 30 basis points on the day to hit a peak of 2.453% at 1216 GMT, breaking past a previous high set on June 21 to reach their highest level since November 2008, and were trading at 2.38% at 1434 GMT.
Financial markets are fully pricing in that the Bank of England will raise its main interest rate by at least half a percentage point to 2.25% - which would be its second big rate hike in a row - at the end of its next meeting on Sept. 15.
Wall Street stocks sagged Wednesday as the market's July and August rally showed signs of fatigue, while European bourses were pressured by British inflation data.
US retail sales flatlined at $682.8 billion in July as gasoline prices retreated from record levels while American consumers boosted spending on furniture, food, electronics and at online stores.
Earnings from big-box US chains were also mixed, with Lowe's topping profit estimates but Target suffering a big drop in earnings as the retailer contends with rising costs.
All three major US indices retreated, with the S&P 500 shedding 0.7 percent.
"The market had been overbought, coming into this week," said Quincy Krosby of LPL Financial, who added that investors were trying to "digest" recent gains.
U.S. retailer Walmart Inc. on Monday made a deal with Paramount Global to deliver the Paramount+ streaming service to the subscribers of its membership program in a bid to improve the competition with Amazon.com Inc.
Members of Walmart+ will access Paramount's "essential" plan, which costs $4.99 per month and includes commercials. It also offers a $9.99-per-month service without ads.
Paramount+ offers original series and popular movies from brands and production studios, including BET, Comedy Central and Nickelodeon, and several sporting leagues such as UEFA Champions League.