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"If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military." -- Harry S. Truman
Australian company EPE has announced a partnership with US unmanned systems developer Shield AI to market the latter’s Nova 2 drone in Australia and New Zealand.
Referred to as the world’s “most mission capable indoor drone” by the US and Israeli forces, the Nova 2 “uses path planning and computer vision algorithms to autonomously navigate complex subterranean and multi-story buildings without GPS, communications or a human pilot,” Shield AI states on its website.
Utilizing the company’s Hivemind AI, the unmanned aerial vehicle autonomously clears buildings, identifying threats and constructing 3D multi-story maps in real time, alerting the user through notifications as it forms a picture of the battlefield.
Ukraine will respond to the Russian shelling of a town and needs to consider how to inflict as much damage on Russia as possible to end the war quickly, President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said on Wednesday.
Ukraine said 13 people died and 10 were wounded when Russia fired rockets at Marhanets from the territory of a nuclear power plant it has captured in the Dnipropetrovsk region.
"The armed forces of Ukraine, our intelligence and our law enforcement agencies will not leave today's Russian shelling of Dnipropetrovsk region unanswered," Zelenskiy said in a late night video address.
The attack, he said, underlined the need for allies to supply more powerful weapons to the Ukrainian military.
"Children are vulnerable. They do not have the mechanisms that adults have to cope with the difficulties they are going through. A four or five-year-old does not understand the political conflict Palestine is going through yet."
This hour and a half interview covers everything from the SARS CoV-2 virus, to the VAERS system and the victims of the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson's injections.
Europe was dealt another blow in the energy crisis at hand this week as oil supply from Russia was cut off for three European countries over a payment issue that resulted from sanctions.
The problem occurred when the Russian pipeline operator paid the transit fee on July 22 to the Ukrainian operator.
However, they received the money back because it was not authorized under sanction rules which prohibit European bank involvement with any transactions from Russia.
Only with explicit authorization from European regulators to conduct settlements could Russia’s money be sent. The authorization did not come.
Moreover, the payment dispute has resulted in the southern section of the Druzhba pipeline being turned off.
Prior to the FBI's raid Monday on former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago estate, a string of whistleblower reports alleged that senior officials at the FBI exhibited a pattern of bias in their handling of politically sensitive investigations and also reclassified cases without justification to substantiate the White House's public narratives on crime and extremism.
Beginning in late May, Iowa Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley called attention to then-Washington Field Office Assistant Special Agent in Charge Timothy Thibault over political bias concerns. Thibault expressed support for several "highly partisan" opinion articles on LinkedIn and made a series of politically charged social media posts, according to Grassley, who referred Thibault to the Office of Special Counsel to address the federal agent's potential violations of the Hatch Act, which bars government officials from partisan political activity.
Concerns surrounding Thibault escalated in July, as whistleblowers came forward claiming Thibault's partisan persuasion directly impacted his work at the bureau. While seeking approval from FBI Director Christopher Wray and Attorney General Merrick Garland to open an investigation into Trump's 2020 presidential campaign, Thibault withheld from them that his predicating evidence was based in "substantial part" on information from a "left-aligned organization," according to Grassley's office.
In a separate instance, whistleblowers claim Thibault worked to falsely discredit evidence against President Joe Biden's son, Hunter Biden, and prevent the bureau from investigating him.
"All terrorist organisation leaders should be concerned. Ziyad al-Nakhalah stands at the head of a terrorist organisation, and there are no guarantees for his life, no matter where he is," Benny Gantz told Israeli broadcaster Kan 11 on Tuesday evening.
Al-Nakhalah has been the leader of the PIJ since September 2018.
Israel last week killed PIJ commander Tayseer al-Jabari in an airstrike on Gaza. The attack was followed by three days of heavy bombardment of the besieged coastal enclave, which killed 47 Palestinians, among them 15 children.
NATO will be eagerly fighting against Russia on the territory of Ukraine "to the last Ukrainian," the first deputy chief of the Russian presidential staff, Sergey Kiriyenko, said on Wednesday.
"They (the leadership of Ukraine - TASS) have let their country, their territory and, worst of all, their people be used. They provided the territory of Ukraine and the people of Ukraine in an attempt to build a fundamental confrontation between the Western community against Russia on that territory. Of course, NATO will be eagerly fighting, as they themselves do not hesitate to declare, against Russia to the last Ukrainian and without a trace of remorse," Kiriyenko said at the opening ceremony of a forum of Russia’s young political scientists, Digoria.
He noted that a "hot military operation" by the West against Russia was in progress.
Russian forces occupying the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in southeast Ukraine are preparing to connect to Crimea, annexed by Moscow in 2014, and are damaging it by reorienting its electricity production, Ukrainian operator Energoatom warned Tuesday.
It is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and was occupied by Russia early in its invasion. Kyiv and Moscow blamed each other for attacks on the plant last week.
“The Russian military present at the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant are implementing the program of (Russian operator) Rosatom aimed at connecting the plant to the Crimean electricity grid,” Energoatom president Petro Kotin told Ukrainian television.
“To do this, you must first damage the power lines of the plant connected to the Ukrainian energy system. From August 7 to 9, the Russians have already damaged three power lines. At the moment, the plant is operating with only one production line, which is an extremely dangerous way of working,” he added.
Webmaster addition: Sounds like that power station in Zaporizhzhia is working just fine, undermining UN claims it is "out of control!"
President Biden on Wednesday signed into law a bill to expand benefits for millions of veterans who were exposed to toxins during service and are suffering illnesses as a result.
The Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson Honoring our Promise to Address Comprehensive Toxics (PACT) Act also expands presumptions of service connections for a variety of conditions related to toxic exposure — meaning veterans don’t have to prove their illness was service-connected.
Islamic Emirate spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said that the schools for female students are closed for religious issues and that there is a need for agreement of Islamic scholars on this matter.
Efforts are underway by the Islamic Emirate leadership to reopen girls’ schools, he said.
However, earlier many Islamic clerics across Afghanistan called for the reopening of girls’ schools.
Mujahid made the remarks to RTA TV/ Radio in response to the remarks of the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who has repeatedly voiced for the girls' schools to be reopened.
“If (we) were acting on Pakistan’s instruction, the problems of the schools and other problems would have already been solved. This is a religious issue and it needs Islamic cleric’s agreement,” Mujahid said.
The debate on human rights violations is invariably limited to those committed by governments and other public institutions.
We seldom discuss human rights violations committed by large corporations, especially multinational corporations (MNCs). Moreover, in many cases, the violation of human rights by host country governments is motivated as a means to cover up MNCs’ human rights abuse.
There is another phenomenon which does not help our resolve to acquire a solution to the issue of corporate human rights abuse; it is the biased attitude of the Western media regarding these corporate violations.
The media seldom report the incidence of corporate human rights violations, most likely due to the fact that they themselves are owned by large corporations.
Public debate on the issues of corporate human rights violations is vitally important not only in relation of global justice but also for the health of the global economy, especially for the survival of the economies of developing countries.
We need also to conduct an ideology-neutral and unbiased debate on the long-run impact of MNCs’ human rights violations on the developing countries.
However it seems Albert Bourla, the CEO of Pfizer, doesn’t share the confidence of his own claims. On the day his company issued its press release on the proposed vaccine trials, he sold 62% of his stock in Pfizer, making millions profit in the deal. He made the sell order in a special option in August so it would not appear as “insider selling”, however he also timed it just after the US elections and the mainstream media illegitimately declared Joe Biden President-elect. It seems from appearances that Bourla had a pretty clear conflict of interest in the timing of his press release on the same day.
Bourla lied and denied to the Press that his company had received any funds from the Trump Administration to develop the vaccine when it came out they contracted in summer to deliver 100 million doses to the US Government. Further adding to the suspect actions of Pfizer was the fact the company first informed the team of Joe biden rather than the relevant US government agencies.
But this is far from the only thing alarming about the much-hyped Pfizer announcement.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg recently addressed the Workers Youth League (AUF) summer camp in Utøya, Norway. The AUF is Norway’s largest political youth organization and is affiliated with the Norwegian Labor Party. The AUF summer camp is of course famous for being the scene of the horrific terrorist attack perpetrated by neo-Nazi Anders Breivik in 2011.
Stoltenberg said little of note. Nonetheless, his speech was a remarkable demonstration of how little NATO has learned from the dramatic events of this year. A serious military conflict is taking place on the European continent, a conflict that NATO had played a substantial role in triggering through its unwavering insistence on scooping up as many countries in Europe, Central Asia and beyond into its military system, without any regard for the security concerns of others.
The war in Ukraine is moreover the second major conflict to break out on the European continent within the last 25 years. Both of these conflicts are inextricably linked to two NATO commitments: first, to limitless expansion and, second, to the elimination of Russia’s presence and influence from Western Europe once and for all. The war in Ukraine was triggered by the first commitment; the 1999 bombing of Yugoslavia by the second.
Bombing of Yugoslavia down the memory hole
Stoltenberg is of course cheerfully oblivious to any of this. At one point during his speech, he even had the insolence to say of the fighting in Ukraine:
We are seeing acts of war, attacks on civilians and destruction not seen since World War II. We cannot be indifferent to this.
Not “seen since World War II”? Stoltenberg, like most official front-men for NATOLand, has evidently forgotten the 11-week bombing campaign that NATO waged against Yugoslavia, the first bombing attacks on major European cities since Hitler.
Back in 2018, I pointed out that you could get some sense of the news media’s changing and unchanging obsessions by graphing over the decades how often the New York Times uses Narrative-Affirming text strings like “Emmett Till” (the black teenager murdered in Mississippi 1955) versus Narrative-Undermining text strings like “Tawana Brawley” (the black teenager who initiated our modern era of hate hoaxes in New York City in 1987):
In recent years, several academics, such as Zach Goldberg and David Rozado, have been looking into this question on a vast scale. For example, Rozado graphed the usage of social justice jargon terms in 25 major news media publications from 1970-2020 and came up with the critical finding that the Great Awokening in the mainstream media preceded Donald Trump’s 2015 ride down the elevator. Thus, it’s more plausible that Trumpism was a reaction to the Great Awokening in the press than the other way around.
But what drives the mainstream media? In a new study in Academic Questions, “Themes in Academic Literature: Prejudice and Social Justice,” Rozado now looks at social justice jargon use in academia (in the titles and abstracts of academic journal articles), and finds that terms tend to migrate from obscure academic journals to the MSM. In these graphs, the blue lines denote the use of terms like “racism” and “sexism” found in 175 million academic abstracts from 1970-2020 and the orange lines reflect the same terms’ usages in 25 million articles in the prestige news media:
Somewhat amusingly, New York City Mayor Eric Adams and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser are upset that Texas Governor Abbott is sending them a few buses full of illegal aliens. This despite both Mayors proclaiming their cities to be sanctuary cities. The Democrats are skilled at flipping things back at the Republicans, and this is another example of that.
Long before Abbott started sending the buses, both Washington, D.C. and New York City have been destinations for illegal aliens. Montgomery County, Maryland outside D.C. has a huge legal and illegal alien population. New York City is much the same. I believe that both cities would be experiencing a crisis even without Abbott sending even a single bus to these locations. However, since Abbott has done so, it has given the Mayors an excuse to throw it back at Abbott and claim that it is the Governor’s fault and not do a mea culpa over proclaiming their cities to be sanctuary cities [GOP states push back against DC, NYC calls for federal help with migrant surge, by Adam Shaw, Fox News, July 22, 2022].
The number of illegal aliens being sent to both cities is a very small fraction of the whole that is crossing the southern border.
Israel’s unprovoked attack on Gaza last week that resulted in yet more childrens’ death and trauma, widely related on social media, is sure to further damage Israel’s reputation among Democrats. The last time Israel attacked Gaza, in May 2021, even traditional friends got wobbly, The New York Times put the faces of 60+ dead Palestinian children on the front page, and a subsequent poll revealed that 38 percent of American Jews under 40 believe Israel is an apartheid state.
Today more U.S. politicians are daring not to support Israel’s latest attack; and one young American Jewish group damned the attack as a political stunt by Israel’s prime minister Yair Lapid to stay in power, facing an election November 1.
But Israeli politics could not be more different. Jewish Israelis saw the attack as a great success. All Israel is “united” in support of the Gaza attack, says Israel advocate Daniel Gordis, who describes “wall-to-wall agreement in Israel (except, as expected and even understandably, from the Arab parties).”
The IRS deleted a job posting Wednesday seeking a Special Agent “willing to use deadly force” for its law enforcement division, Criminal Investigation (CI). The deletion came amid renewed scrutiny of the IRS in response to a Democrat-backed spending bill that would double the size of the agency.
“As a Special Agent you will combine your accounting skills with law enforcement skills to investigate financial crimes,” the job advertisement read.
“No matter what the source, all income earned, both legal and illegal, has the potential of becoming involved in crimes which fall within the investigative jurisdiction of the IRS Criminal Investigation. Because of the expertise required to conduct these complex financial investigations, IRS Special Agents are considered the premier financial investigators for the Federal government,” the job posting continued.
The “Major Duties” listed in the job description included “a level of fitness necessary to effectively respond to life-threatening situations on the job,” and being “willing and able to participate in arrests, execution of search warrants, and other dangerous assignments.”
It also included a retirement of carrying “a firearm and be willing to use deadly force, if necessary.”
Special Agents in the CI team are not new and have been trained to handle handguns, shotguns and long guns for years. Agents are issued one handgun for their career, according to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration.
The IRS’ 2021 Annual Report highlights that the CI team focuses on crimes including identity theft, general tax fraud, cyber crimes, international crimes, and more.
What kind of Justice Department official would sign off on a FBI raid on a former US president’s home when the president is fully cooperating with the spurious “investigation” of him?
What kind of judge would issue the warrant and then hide it from view by sealing it?
What kind of FBI agent would invade a president’s home instead of resigning over the assignment?
Clearly, none of these people are good people. They are not people we can have any confidence in. These are not people we would let our sons and daughters marry. These are very bad people. Yet these very bad people are in control of our lives.
Since the COVID-19 pandemic began two years ago, the US government has poured billions of your tax dollars into the vaccine program. More than $9 billion of your tax dollars were given to vaccine companies for research and $22 billion of your tax dollars were then used to support vaccine distribution. The feds also shelled out another $10 billion to expand access and currently announced $3 billion more to spend on an ad campaign to combat vaccine hesitancy.
The US government spent well over $130 for every man, woman, and child in America to push the COVID-19 vaccines, and yet over one-third of the country still refuses to get fully jabbed while nearly 70 percent refuse to take the booster. Why is that?
Periodically, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases new information on reports submitted to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS). The number of reports are at historical levels and more deaths and adverse events have been reported than ever before.
Hunter Biden joined President Joe Biden for a summer vacation trip on Wednesday, boarding Air Force One for a flight to a South Carolina resort island.
The continual concerns about the safety and efficacy of the COVID-19 “vaccines” are not letting up. Now, according to a recent survey, almost 1 in 6 fully vaccinated Americans are suffering from serious health problems.
John Zogby Strategies conducted a survey revealing that upwards of 15 percent of all American adults who got “vaccinated” for COVID-19 now suffer from at least one serious health condition. The survey was commissioned by Children’s Health Defense (CHD) with a goal to assess the attitudes and overall health of American adults, many of whom fell for the Operation Warp Speed scam and are now paying the price for it.
Of those who participated in the survey, 67 percent indicated that they received one or more doses of the injection while the remaining 33 percent just said no to experimental drugs from the government. Of the vaccinated group, six percent took just one dose; 28 percent took two doses; 21 percent received three doses; and the remaining 12 percent took four or more injections. –Natural News
Fifteen percent of the fully vaccinated (having been injected twice for COVID-19) group have since been diagnosed by a medical professional as having a new health condition that was not present pre-injection. These conditions appeared within weeks or even days post-injection.
The events of the last few years have resurrected a recurring worry among people mindful of their liberty, property, and personal dignity. This worry centers around the prospects of the emergence of the notorious “new world order,” a worldwide totalitarian plot hatched by globalist “elites” intent on destroying the surviving remains of free speech, free enterprise, and free thought.
Before asking how justified such worries are, let us note that the “new world order” narrative typically contains a “negative” and a “positive” element. The “negative” element describes how the global conspirators intend to bring about a worldwide socioeconomic collapse—i.e., eliminate the “old world order”—whereas the “positive” counterpart focuses on the nature of the global totalitarianism will be built on the ashes of destruction. In this connection, it is essential to note that new world order theorists almost always depict the totalitarianism under consideration as some form of technocratic feudalism with communist undertones, most closely reminiscent of present-day China coupled with Western-style “political correctness” and Malthusian eugenics.
When it comes to the “negative” part of the narrative in question, one can plausibly argue that far from consisting of conspiratorial speculation, it is blatantly unfolding before our eyes. Long-term coordinated global inflationism, persistent “stimulus spending,” the energy sector’s “environmentalist” strangulation, the destructive madness of lockdowns, and the relentless promotion of “woke” insanity clearly seem to be forming a perfect storm of worldwide planned chaos.
Cloward and Piven is the Playbook of the Democrat Party. It is the second part of this two-pronged approach:
When you don’t have logic or reason on your side, use power.
If you don’t have enough power, flood the system to acquire more.
Cloward and Piven
Flooding the system was the Cloward and Piven strategy to bring down this country. Create real or phony problems that “require” government actions that begin the process of shifting freedoms from individuals to the State. (For a more layman’s insight, see here.)
Rahm Emmanuel, President Obama’s Chief of Staff, said that “no good crisis should ever go to waste.” That implied an opening for more government, a Cloward and Piven (CP) opportunity. (To visualize one asserted implementation of this, involving Acorn, see here.)
The strategy is not a Democrat monopoly. Republicans use it also, although do not brag about it or depend upon it almost exclusively.
The process is like rust eroding liberty, slowly and steadily. It replaces freedom with dependency and controls.
White nationalists keep showing up in the hearings of the U.S. House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.
Evidence is mounting that white nationalist groups who want to establish an all-white state played a significant role in the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol that left five dead and dozens wounded.
Thus far, the hearings “have documented how the Proud Boys helped lead the insurrectionist mob into the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C,” journalist James Risen wrote in the Intercept.
Based on July 12, 2022, testimony from a former Oath Keepers member, the white nationalist group coordinated with the Three Percenters, another group of white nationalists, and the Proud Boys in mobilizing their extremists groups to rally in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 6, as asked by President Trump in his Dec. 16, 2020, tweet.
As a cultural anthropologist who has studied these movements for over a decade, I know that membership in these organizations is not limited to the attempted violent overthrow of the government and poses an ongoing threat as seen in massacres carried out by young men radicalized by this movement.
Webmaster addition: Every law enforcement report shows that the majority of vioilence in this country is committed by non-shites!
A reasonable question. Monday’s FBI raid at Trump’s Mar A Lago was very strange. Unlike previous FBI hits on people linked to Trump, such as Roger Stone, Paul Manafort, Peter Navarro and Steve Bannon, the establishment media was kept in the dark. They did not get a heads up. How did we learn about the raid? Trump announced it via his social media page around 1830 hours edt on Monday. Very strange.
Think about this. Not a single soul in the Trump universe who knew about the raid at Mar A Lago breathed a word about this unholy assault. Not one. And, surprisingly, the FBI kept its mouth shut. There is something more to this.
Full disclosure. I once respected the FBI. I coordinated with Floyd Clarke, the FBI’s Deputy Director in 1990 on the State Department’s Terrorism Rewards Program. I met Floyd at the Friar’s Club in NY City in the summer of 1990 and we discussed the upcoming public service ads that I was producing. Floyd was a fine man.
I count Larry Mefford, Chris Whitcomb, Ed Ball, Denny Kline, George Alznauer and other FBI retired agents as friends. All good, honorable men. I worked closely with the FBI in going after the Libyans who bombed Pan Am 103. I was there when the FBI discovered, thanks to the CIA, where the Libyans obtained the timer (a MEBO timer) in Switzerland that was used to blow up Pan Am 103.
Update (1700ET): According to Newsweek, the FBI had a 'confidential human source' (a mole) inside Mar-a-Lago, who was "able to identify what classified documents former President Trump was still hiding and even the location of those documents."
The Trumps have revealed more about Monday's FBI raid of their Mar-a-Lago property.
For starters, Eric Trump told the Daily Mail that "the 30 agents who arrived at the property asked staff to turn security cameras off – and to kick their lawyer off the property, but they refused."
"They told our lawyer… you have to leave the property right now. Turn off all security cameras."
Eric also said "They would not give her the search warrant," adding "So they showed it to her from about 10 feet away. They would not give her a copy of the search warrant."
He also said that the FBI brought safe crackers in to break into his father's safe, and that agents rummaged through Melania Trump's wardrobe.
"It's all a coordinated attack with the FBI," said the former president's son, insisting that President Biden approved the raid.
"Do you think that the FBI director is going to raid the former president's house, especially a house as you know, kind of world renowned as Mar Lago is in a place as public as Mar Lago is without getting the approval of President [Biden]?"
By not turning off the security cameras, Eric said they saw the FBI raiding areas of the property that they 'shouldn't have been.'
Donald Trump lamented Wednesday that the FBI blocked his lawyers from the property during the raid at his Palm Beach, Florida residence and suggested that agents may have 'planted' evidence. -Daily Mail
Donald Trump, meanwhile, suggested in a Wednesday post to his Truth Social page that the FBI may have planted evidence.
One aspect of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Taiwan that has been largely overlooked is her meeting with Mark Lui, chairman of the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Corporation (TSMC). Pelosi’s trip coincided with US efforts to convince TSMC – the world’s largest chip manufacturer, on which the US is heavily dependent – to establish a manufacturing base in the US and to stop making advanced chips for Chinese companies.
US support for Taiwan has historically been based on Washington’s opposition to communist rule in Beijing, and Taiwan’s resistance to absorption by China. But in recent years, Taiwan’s autonomy has become a vital geopolitical interest for the US because of the island’s dominance of the semiconductor manufacturing market.
Semiconductors – also known as computer chips or just chips – are integral to all the networked devices that have become embedded into our lives. They also have advanced military applications.
Guest is Dr. Ariyana Love, a Naturopathic Doctor & Investigative Journalist. Her elder son was vaccine injured at age two and diagnosed with High Functioning Autism at age 7. She applied her knowledge of Naturopathic Medicine and designed a dietary protocol that resulted in a near total reversal of her son’s debilitating symptoms. In 2017, she was awarded the official title of Goodwill Ambassador to Palestine via the Palestinian Authorities.
In this session, she talks about Covid-19 vaccine-patents and how they’re able to target and permanently delete genetic codes on genetic lineages in humans, and also encode new genetic sequences into the genome of targeted cells – about the role of gene-deletion in Autism or AIDS. Further, she discusses about the 115 different animal venoms contained within the “spike protein” (“Glycoprotein S”) and about the transmissibility of this bioweapon using graphene oxide nanoparticles as vectors. “They are not using viruses in any vaccines. It’s always been deadly bacteria extractions, like E. coli, to create lab generated Mycoplasmas and this is the root cause of all chronic illness.”