Since the outbreak of war between Russian and Ukraine on February 24 the provision of tens of billions of dollars worth of material support to Kiev by NATO member states has been well documented, and has played an important role in slowing although not halting Russian advances. What has been less well publicised, however, has been the the role of American and other NATO boots on the ground supporting the Ukrainian government’s war effort, including not only volunteers and various military contractors but also personnel from intelligence agencies and from the United States Military itself. A rare insight into these operations was provided by the New York Times, which referred to the U.S. as setting up within Ukraine’s borders “a stealthy network of commandos and spies rushing to provide weapons, intelligence and training... C.I.A. personnel have continued to operate in the country secretly, mostly in the capital, Kiev, directing much of the massive amounts of intelligence the United States is sharing with Ukrainian forces.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:31

The media, and the people who work in and around it, the Blue Checks™ of Twitter, have upped the ante over the past few years regarding how far they are willing to go to enforce various preferred narratives. 

Pick any major story of the past three years - e.g. Lab LeakJussie SmollettRussiagateUkrainian BiolabsIvermectinHospitalizations From COVID v. With CovidJanuary 6th‘Transitory’ Inflation, and of course Hunter’s Laptop - and you will find absolutely hysterical narrative pushing up front followed by retractions, corrections, and outright denials as reality became undeniable. 

In the meanwhile, our civilization was ripped apart, our citizens were gaslit and impoverished, and in countries across the Western world, innocent people were removed from polite society, branded as lepers, and fired from their jobs. 

Why? Because there is one story that just won’t die and for which no corrections have been issued - the shibboleth that vaccination can prevent infection, transmission, and help “end” COVID.

While there is never an excuse for hateful rhetoric towards, and intervention in, the personal medical choices of law-abiding Americans, perhaps one could have, kinda sorta, understood the campaign if the new vaccines had provided long-lasting immunity and prevented community transmission. They do not. 

Early on we were told: “Nine out of ten [vaccinated] people won’t get sick” (Columbia University feat. Run-DMC, February 12th, 2021, no this is not a joke); “Vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don`t get sick” (Dr. Rochelle Walensky, March 29th, 2021); “When people are vaccinated, they can feel safe that they are not going to get infected” (Dr. Anthony Fauci, May 17th, 2021). 

And by mid-summer, 2021, we were still being told that unequivocally, these vaccines were a resounding success worthy of uncritical support. On July 27th in Scientific American, Dr. Eric Topol wrote“Vaccination is the closest thing to a sure thing we have in this pandemic.” Not to be outdone, Dr. Anthony Fauci of the NIAID told CBS on August 1st, that the unvaccinated were responsible for “propagating this outbreak.” 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Jul 03 10:29

The White House Press Corps has blasted “ahistoric” efforts to limit reporters’ access to Joe Biden during briefings, charging that their presence is being unprecedentedly and severely restricted without explanation.

In a joint letter to Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre, the Corps pointed out that this isn’t the first time complaints have been made about the practice and demanded that access, which was formerly unrestricted under other administrations, be restored.

The letter states “We once again respectfully request the Biden administration – without exception-re-open all of the traditional venues for presidential remarks at the White House, including the East Room and the South Court Auditorium, for any reporter admitted to the White House campus.”

The letter further asserts that “The current method of allowing a limited number of reporters into these events is not only restrictive and antithetical to the concept of a free press, but it has been done without any transparent process into how reporters are selected to cover these events.”

“The continued inability of the White House to be candid and transparent about the selection process for reporters attending his remarks undermines President Biden’s credibility when he says he is a defender of the First Amendment,” the letter continues.

It adds that “The incongruity of these restrictions underscores the belief by many reporters that the administration seeks to limit access to the president by anyone outside of the pool, or anyone who might ask a question the administration doesn’t want asked.”

The reporters further note that restrictions brought in under COVID have yet to be rescinded while other pandemic related measures have been dropped.

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jul 03 10:28

The price of oil may rise to a “stratospheric” $380 per barrel if US and European sanctions lead Russia to reduce its crude supply in retaliation.

This was disclosed by JPMorgan analysts endorsed by Natasha Kaneva in a note to clients seen by Bloomberg.

Back story

  • The Group of Seven (G7) leaders recently discussed a plan to cap the price of Russian oil in order to put pressure on Moscow, which is benefiting from rising energy prices, and cut off its sources of funding for the invasion of Ukraine, which prompted the note.
  • A price exception could work through a mechanism to restrict or ban insurance or financing for Russian oil shipments above a certain amount. It could prevent spillover effects to low-income countries that are struggling with high food and energy costs.
  • In order to accomplish this objective, the G7 needed the support of oil-exporting nations in the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and its allies in a bloc known as OPEC+, which includes Russia.
  • The European Union still plans to ban imports of most Russian oil from the end of the year. The US, United Kingdom, Canada and Japan will also ban Russian gold imports. France also supported the move.
Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jul 03 10:27

A tomb dating back 5,000 years that has never been excavated before, is set to be dug up. 

According to legend, Arthur's stone in Herefordshire has marks where King Arthur fell on to his elbows after slaying a giant

The prehistoric monument is formed of nine stones, topped by a stone which weighs 25 tonnes.

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Large stones of the inner burial chamber could be the door to the remains of King Arthur

Ginny Slade of English Heritage said: 'Arthur's Stone is one of the country's most significant Stone Age monuments. This gives a rare and exciting chance for the public to see archaeology in action.'

University of Manchester archaeologists have already begun removing turf on the site that overlooks the Wye Valley,

The same area houses King Arthur’s Cave, a limestone cave that can be found beneath a cliff in Lord’s Wood in The Doward, Wye Valley, Wales,

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 03 10:26

The Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the Biden administration’s efforts to slash emissions at existing power plants. The 6-3 ruling is a major defeat for the White House’s goal of curbing carbon levels to fight climate change.

The majority said the Clean Air Act does not give the Environmental Protection Agency sweeping powers to regulate greenhouse gasses emitted from energy plants.

The Biden administration planned to unveil a major proposal to control power plant emissions by January. The court’s ruling, however, damages the already-stated goal of cutting U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade.

Chief Justice John Roberts’ written opinion stated that, while the goal is admirable, Congress did not authorize the EPA to take such regulatory action. That power, he said, must be made clear by the legislature.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE
Posted on: Jul 03 10:25

A Chinese company’s purchase of farmland in North Dakota just down the road from a US Air Force base that houses sensitive drone technology has lawmakers on Capitol Hill worried about potential espionage by Beijing, according to a report.

Fufeng Group, a Shandong, China-based company that specializes in flavor enhancers and sugar substitutes, recently purchased 300 acres of farmland near Grand Forks, North Dakota, a rural area that lies about a 90-minute drive from the Canadian border.

Grand Forks is also 40 miles away from Grafton, North Dakota, where a limited liability company believed to be controlled by billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates recently paid $13 million for thousands of acres of potato farmland, causing a stir among locals.

Tags: CHINA, ECONOMY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:21

While U.S. intelligence has been unable in two years to determine for sure if COVID-19 leaked from a Chinese lab, Congress has decided it no longer wants to take the risk of funding medical research at labs controlled by Beijing or other American adversaries.

With little fanfare and in bipartisan fashion, House appropriators quietly amended the 2023 federal budget for health and science agencies on Thursday to ban any funding to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, which U.S. intelligence fears may have been the origin point for the coronavirus pandemic, and other labs like it.

“None of the funds made available by this Act may be made available to the Wuhan Institute of Virology, or any other laboratory located in a country determined by the Secretary of State to be a foreign adversary, including China, Russia, North Korea, and Iran,” reads the amendment approved by the House Appropriations Committee.

Tags: CHINA, IRAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE
Posted on: Jul 03 10:19

Scottish civil servants have been instructed that biological sex is a “falsehood” which was “set by the medical establishment to reinforce white supremacy and gender oppression”.

The taxpayer-funded LGBTI+ internal staff network of the Scottish Government — a devolved administration roughly equivalent to a state government in the U.S. — was allowed to carry out its ‘Trans 101’ course for civil servants during worktime, promoting what critics described as “highly political and discriminatory material” in comments to The Telegraph.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:19

 If you come out and find your tires deflated, along with a threatening note left on your vehicle, fear not — it’s not you that the tire deflaters are after. Just your car. Don’t take it so personally!

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:19

 Just when you thought Democrats couldn’t get any nuttier, Democratic socialist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York floated the idea of establishing abortion facilities on federal lands. This could include the emergence of abortion clinics in national parks.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:18

Google will automatically purge information about users who visit abortion clinics or other places that could trigger legal problems now that the U.S. Supreme Court has opened the door for states to ban the termination of pregnancies.

The company behind the internet's dominant internet search engine and the Android software that powers most of the world's smartphones outlined the new privacy protections in a Friday blog post.

Besides automatically deleting visits to abortion clinics, Google also cited counseling centers, fertility centers, addiction treatment facilities, weight loss clinics, and cosmetic surgery clinics as other destinations that will be erased from users' location histories. Users have always had the option edit their location histories on their own, but Google will proactively do it for them as an added level of protection.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CORPORATE MEDIA, CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:16

A federal grand jury and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) subpoenaed President Trump’s social media company on Friday.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:16

This week, Disney-owned Marvel Comics announced that it will introduce new a variant character into the “Spidey-Verse” – a “gay Spider-Man” with a “fearlessly femme” identity.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:16

Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is being labeled a religious extremist by some after proclaiming in a recent speech that she was “tired of this separation of church and state” in the US. The polarizing lawmaker’s comments came alongside the SCOTUS decision to repeal Roe v. Wade – a move many view as an application of traditional religious values.

Boebert’s vocal exasperation with the separation of church and state has prompted a rebuke from fellow Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-CA), who likened the Colorado Republican’s ideology to that of the Taliban*.

“There is no difference between this and the Taliban,” Kinzinger tweeted on Wednesday.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RELIGION/ATHEISM
Posted on: Jul 03 10:15

When I hear some Americans talk about Palestine and Israel, I marvel at how effective the campaign to project a fictional image of that region is, even on liberals, progressives, and leftists. Then, if I must, I read Tom Friedman’s articles on the matter and despair at how many people think there is even a hint of reality in them.

But on Tuesday, Friedman outdid himself, topping even his fantasy fluff piece on Mohammed bin Salman in 2017. Friedman painted the past year in Israel—the first Netanyahu-free year since 2008—as an icon of democracy, where Israeli Jews and Palestinian citizens of Israel danced together under the blue and white flag, in harmony and happiness.

It is a contemptible piece of fiction which erases apartheid, blames Palestinians for their own ongoing oppression, and praises those who would abandon their cousins under occupation. On top of all that, even if not quite as egregious, Friedman displays a comical ignorance of Israeli politics, a bit of knowledge you would think would be a basic qualification for the New York Times’ leading Israel apologist.

Friedman wastes no time by launching a flawed analogy between Donald Trump’s coup attempt and Benjamin Netanyahu’s various machinations to remain in office. He warns that the “win at any cost mentality” could tear apart democracy in both the United States and Israel.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL/PALESTINE
Posted on: Jul 03 10:15

As you well know, the last two weeks have been an absolute disaster at the Supreme Court. One after another, devastating opinions outlawing abortion, blocking gun control, undermining Miranda rights, upholding (Christian) prayer in schools, and gutting the EPA have been shoved down our throats by the Court’s anti-democratic supermajority.

And next year, a case that could end the right to boycott is headed to that very same Supreme Court.

Mondoweiss has been there from the beginning of this story and will continue to cover it to the end. Can you donate to make sure we can tell this groundbreaking story?

Tags: ISRAEL/PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Jul 03 10:14

The Texas Supreme Court has given the go-ahead for the state to enforce laws that ban abortion, blocking efforts that barred the laws from taking effect after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the 1973 Roe v. Wade ruling.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:14

 The impact of a stressed economy, rising fuel prices, supply chain struggles, and the strain on America’s farms is beginning to have a direct effect on the food supply in the country, not just for humans but for the animals we love as well. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:14

More than 3.35 million people died last year in the United States—far more than the death trade was easily able to handle. Over 70% of the excess deaths were attributable to COVID-19, a recent analysis found. Others were related to the disruption of the pandemic and some to simple chance. In hotspots around the country, funeral homes, cemeteries, and crematoria were under unprecedented stress as a system designed to accommodate a predictable number of deaths (around 2.8 million in a more normal year like 2019) confronted the challenges of caring for many more. 

In New York, an early hotspot, “the adjectives that come to mind were ‘overwhelming’ and ‘intense,’” said Mike Lanotte, executive director of the New York State Funeral Directors Association. In more normal times, Lanotte said, New York State sees about 400 deaths per day. That’s the number that the funeral homes, crematoria, and cemeteries in the state are set up to handle. Occasionally, something like an unusually bad flu season causes a local spike in the number of deaths, but the system in New York State and elsewhere has proved fairly resilient over time. 

During those first months in New York and New Jersey, that wasn’t the case. Lanotte said his members—and their colleagues in the neighboring state—were snowed under by demand. “It probably lasted through the early part of summer 2020 before it really started to come down to a point where the system could really catch up,” he said. 

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jul 03 10:14

On June 29 it was reported by multiple sources that 29 fighters from the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA) had eight days prior launched a major simulated strike demonstrating the ability to neutralise enemy aircraft carriers near the Taiwan Strait. This occurred amid growing tensions surrounding the strait, and was described by the state run Global Times media outlet as “an anti-access/area denial exercise against possible intervention by U.S. aircraft carriers.” The operation was reportedly spearheaded by 16 of the PLA’s H-6 bombers, which have widely been deployed for anti shipping roles carrying both ballistic missiles and YJ-12 cruise missiles that are capable of seriously threatening even very well defended warships at range. H-6s have participated in multiple simulated strikes in the past, both on carrier groups and on American military facilities, and are fielded in greater numbers than any other bomber class in the world. 

H-6 bombers were escorted by 17 fighters including five J-11B, eight J-16 and four Su-30 aircraft, which were derivatives of the Flanker airframe design prized its long range, high weapons payload and very large sensor suite. The Su-30 is a Russian variant of the Flanker first ordered by the PLA in 1997, while the J-11B and J-16 are more modern domestic derivatives of the Flanker design the latter which is considered the most capable and is currently in production in the Chinese province of Shenyang. Flankers have considerably longer ranges than any class of Western fighter and are well suited to maritime strike roles, with China’s first acquisition of the Su-30 having been a direct response to deployments of U.S. Navy carriers in the Taiwan Strait. Also accompanying the group was a Y-8 anti submarine warfare aircraft, a Y-20 tanker for aerial refuelling, a Y-9 electronic warfare aircraft, and a further Y-8 aircraft equipped for electronic intelligence gathering. Providing airborne early warning and control two KJ-500 aircraft oversaw the exercise, with these considered the most capable in PLA service and having played a central role in modernisation of the Chinese fleet. 

Tags: CHINA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:13

Since 2014, the United States has committed more than $8.7 billion to Ukraine, including approximately $6.1 billion since the beginning of Russia’s unprovoked invasion on February 24.

In total, United States security assistance committed to Ukraine includes:

  • Over 1,400 Stinger anti-aircraft systems;
  • Over 6,500 Javelin anti-armor systems;
  • Over 20,000 other anti-armor systems;
  • Over 700 Switchblade Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • 126 155mm Howitzers and 260,000 155mm artillery rounds;
  • 36,000 105mm artillery rounds;
  • 126 Tactical Vehicles to tow 155mm Howitzers;
  • 19 Tactical Vehicles to recover equipment;
  • Eight High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems and ammunition;
  • 20 Mi-17 helicopters;
  • Hundreds of Armored High Mobility Multipurpose Wheeled Vehicles;
  • 200 M113 Armored Personnel Carriers;
  • Over 10,000 grenade launchers and small arms;
  • Over 59,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition;
  • 75,000 sets of body armor and helmets;
  • 121 Phoenix Ghost Tactical Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Laser-guided rocket systems;
  • Puma Unmanned Aerial Systems;
  • Unmanned Coastal Defense Vessels;
  • 22 counter-artillery radars;
  • Four counter-mortar radars;
  • Four air surveillance radars;
  • Two harpoon coastal defense systems;
  • 18 coastal and riverine patrol boats;
  • M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel munitions;
Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:12

Donald Trump didn’t call them “fake news” for nothing. This past week, ABC’s “Good Morning America” posted a tweet in which they apparently forgot two of the most prolific Supreme Court Justices in history—Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas.

On Thursday, the far-left GMA tweeted out that “Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in as the first Black Supreme Court Justice in U.S. history,” at 1:46 p.m., according to Fox News and a bunch of other real news outlets, including Breitbart.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Jul 03 10:12

John Mearsheimer is Honorary Professor of Political Science at the Higher School of International Relations. He is the R. Wendell Harrison Distinguished Service Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago. Mr Mearsheimer is best known for developing the theory of offensive realism, which describes the interaction between great powers as primarily driven by a rational desire to achieve regional hegemony in an anarchic international system.

The following speech was delivered by John Mearsheimer at the European University (EUI) in Florence on June 16. American political scientist John Mearsheimer in his international lecture states that the United States and NATO bear all the blame for the bloodshed in Ukraine. Here they are trying to defeat Russia and will not stop before the escalation of the conflict. “History will severely condemn the United States for its strikingly insane policy towards Ukraine,” the author concludes.

The war in Ukraine is a multifaceted catastrophe that is likely to get worse in the foreseeable future. When a war is successful, little attention is paid to its causes, but when its outcome becomes catastrophic, understanding how it happened becomes paramount. People want to know: how did we get into such a terrible situation?

I have witnessed this phenomenon twice in my life — first during the Vietnam War and then during the Iraq War. In both cases, Americans wanted to know how their country could have miscalculated so badly. Given that the United States and its NATO allies played a decisive role in the events that led to the military conflict in Ukraine, and are now playing a central role in this war, it is appropriate to assess the responsibility of the West for this colossal disaster.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jul 03 10:11

Disney apparently didn’t learn from their most recent flop, “Lightyear,” that overtly sexualizing kids is not most families’ cup of tea, because the entertainment giant stepped up and swung again with their newest release. Disney’s newest kids show, “Baymax,” is enraging conservative viewers for its open attempt to brainwash kids into thinking a man buying himself period pads is normal. The show was released on June 29, only barely securing its rightful place as a Pride Month production.

The “Big Hero Six” spinoff features Baymax, Hiro’s white pudgy robot, helping all the characters in the city of San Fransokyo with the day-to-day hiccups in life. The series also features scenes openly promoting homosexual and transgender lifestyles.

Disney apparently didn’t learn from their most recent flop, “Lightyear,” that overtly sexualizing kids is not most families’ cup of tea, because the entertainment giant stepped up and swung again with their newest release. Disney’s newest kids show, “Baymax,” is enraging conservative viewers for its open attempt to brainwash kids into thinking a man buying himself period pads is normal. The show was released on June 29, only barely securing its rightful place as a Pride Month production.

 

The “Big Hero Six” spinoff features Baymax, Hiro’s white pudgy robot, helping all the characters in the city of San Fransokyo with the day-to-day hiccups in life. The series also features scenes openly promoting homosexual and transgender lifestyles.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on: Jul 03 10:07

On Thursday, Axios published an article that made wrong claims regarding conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas and an announcement he made about COVID-19 vaccines.

The outlet reported that Justice Thomas declared that COVID-19 vaccines are created with cells derived from "aborted children." Although, Thomas mentioned petitioners' arguments in his written dissent and did not say it as fact.

Thomas dissented to the Supreme Court's denial to hear a case on Thursday which challenged New York's vaccine mandate based on religion.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
Posted on: Jul 03 10:06

Peter Navarro, 73 years old, was Assistant to the President for Trade and Manufacturing Policy during the Trump administration. I do not know him.

Last February the Democrats subpoenaed him to appear before the Democrats’ “Select Committee on the January 6 Attack,” a show trial operation trying to invent an “insurrection” by people who took selfies sitting in Nancy Pelosi’s chair.

As Trump had declared executive privilege, Navarro simply observed the president’s right and refused to appear.

There is nothing unusual about this. It has been happening forever. Personally I do not know if executive privilege is a good idea, but it is a fact.

It is what happened to Navarro that is unprecedented. In early June five armed FBI agents grabbed him as he was boarding a flight to Tennessee, handcuffed him, put him in leg irons and placed him in solitary confinement.

This is not normal procedure on the part of the FBI. This is pure Gestapo procedure. It reminds me of the early years of Nazi Germany. Courts would dismiss false charges against political opponents, but as the vindicated person walked out of the courthouse he was seized by the Gestapo and imprisoned regardless.

The normal procedure is to resolve the issue with a request for a waiver of executive privilege or to put the matter in the hands of the courts. But instead of normal, legal procedure, a former Assistant to the President of the United States received Gestapo treatment.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Jul 03 10:06

A disturbing report by Reuters, featuring interviews with more than a dozen chemical dealers, manufacturers, farmers, and weed specialists, indicates chemical shortages have disrupted U.S. growers’ production strategies and points to reduced harvests this season.

The level of shortages of farm-essential chemicals (e.g., fertilizer, weed-killer) is being described as “off the charts.”

Shawn Inman, owner of distributor Spinner Ag Incorporated in Zionsville, Indiana, said supplies are the tightest in his 24-year career.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Jul 03 10:05