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It's been on sale for less than two weeks. But it seems that many unhappy Apple customers are already returning their $3,500 Vision Pro headsets. The futuristic headset was touted as the 'ultimate entertainment device', but appears to be causing severe health issues for some users. Across social media, users have complained of headaches, eye strain, and even burst blood vessels after wearing the Vision Pro Taking to X (formerly Twitter ), one user said: 'Apple Vision Pro is great for some things, but there is not a single day that has gone by that I used it that it did not cause me eye strain and a headache.'

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Israel has been surveilling information provided to the United States by the Palestinian Authority regarding settler violence in the occupied West Bank in recent months, +972 Magazine and Local Call have learned.

Sources in Israeli intelligence told both sites that they have been tracking materials passed through private channels by the PA to the Office of U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority (USSC) in Jerusalem in order to “understand what the U.S. knows about settler violence.” The intention, they explained, is not to act against the perpetrators but to prevent the collected information from “developing into sanctions.”

U.S. officials, who confirmed that PA officials have been sending a great deal of information to the USSC on incidents of settler violence, told +972 and Local Call that this information contributed in part to President Joe Biden’s decision earlier this month to impose sanctions against four settlers known to have attacked Palestinians and left-wing Israeli activists. The officials added that the information led in recent months to the inclusion of dozens of other settlers on a “blacklist” prohibiting their entry into the United States.

Claire's Observations: So let me get this straight; the passage of this information to US intel, is NOT to prevent settler violence against Palestinians, but to prevent settlers perpetrating this violence not to be "blacklisted" from entry to the US??!?!?  

(Sigh) Absoflippinglutely disgusting, but perfectly predictable, from this administration!!!!

 

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The Biden administration has seemingly adopted a foreign policy doctrine in which they nurture a war while attempting to manage it, preventing it from becoming a wider war.

The doctrine has been applied in both Ukraine and Gaza. In Ukraine, war has been nurtured by snuffing out the possibility of a diplomatic settlement while feeding the war with weapons, training, intelligence and funding. The war has been managed at a micro level and a macro level. At the micro level, the strategy was to permit Ukrainian strikes in Crimea sufficient to scare Russia into negotiations but insufficient to provoke them into escalatory strikes to defend what they see as Russian territory: a fine and dangerous balancing act. At the macro level, the strategy was to provide Ukraine with weapons sufficient to wage war but not to provide weapons that would draw the U.S. into a war with Russia or that would lead to a nuclear response.

In Gaza, the U.S. has nurtured the war by defying the will of the international community at the United Nations and by the continued provision of weapons. It has managed it by manifestations of force and frantic diplomacy to stop the war from spreading to Iran through Lebanon and Yemen.

This strategy of the management of war is proving costly to U.S. interests in at least three ways.

The Biden administration’s mismanagement of war is costing it the world.

 Whatever fading delusions of hegemony it held onto are rapidly being pushed aside by the emerging multipolar world. The rejuvenated non-aligned movement is exploding since the start of the war in Ukraine, and there has been a mass exodus to the doors of organizations like BRICS and the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, two Russian and Chinese led international organizations that exist to balance U.S. hegemony in a unipolar world. BRICS has built up its membership from five countries to eleven and now spans every region of the world, accounting for 46% of the world’s population. The also expanding SCO now represents at least 43% of the world’s population. 

Claire's Observations:  The American comedian, Ron White, has a very honest one-liner of which I am intensely reminded, in looking at the foulups, bleeps and blunders of the Biden Administration (Read:  Obama 2.0' s Administration):  "You can't fix stupid!!!!!

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The regime won’t simply stop waging war due to a lack of interest from those it parasitizes.

“But, but, but,” conservatives seem to groan, “dying in pointless wars is an honor reserved for my children, not illegals.” 

So very odd.  And depressing. 

If the regime doesn’t meet its enlistment goals, will it simply call it quits and bring the troops home? 

The question answers itself, and I’d think those on the right would prefer illegals in the military over legal conscription.

For those on the political left who’ve been calling for ‘service’ as a path to citizenship, why would illegals put their lives on the line for citizenship when they’re already treated better than citizens? 

Yes, leftists have also forgotten tradeoffs, and maybe they never learned of them in the first place.  One works a job for a paycheck; exertion, one hopes, is commensurate with compensation. 

“Citizenship?” illegals seem to ask, “we’re doing just fine being illegal.” 

This proposal, emanating almost entirely from those who are left of center, not only ignores tradeoffs but incentives as well.  Where’s the incentive for citizenship when illegal immigrants can get a driver’s license and, in some cities, are about to be granted suffrage?  It also seems that those on the left aren’t at all curious as to why rates of military enlistment have plummeted, despite the regime’s problem being seen as a possibility back in 2020. 

This proposal is a tradeoff that trades something for nothing.

Politics eviscerates tradeoffs and, therefore, voluntary exchange.  No, a new president with a different set of solutions won’t save us; he’ll merely shift the misery to another tribe, which is why if there were fewer and fewer aspects of our lives that the regime controls, tradeoffs would help relegate policy solutions to where they belong—the realm of fiction.

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The Biden Administration has shown time and time again how they weaponize federal law enforcement agencies against gun owners.

A recent report by the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security highlighted how several DHS component agencies, including the Secret Service, bought Americans' phone location data without a court order.

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New evidence in the House GOP's ongoing efforts to get to the bottom of the Biden family's tangled web of payments and bank accounts have uncovered new evidence suggesting money transfers to President Joe Biden from his grandchildren, Just the News reports.

"In one of the interviews -- that we haven't I don't believe disclose the transcript yet -- the witness made reference to an account we didn't know about. We're researching that account," House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer told Just the News, No Noise, adding that the information may eventually lead Congress to subpoena Biden's personal bank and credit card records.

"They also said that that account could have possibly been paid with some infusion from the grandchildren."

According to Comer, the flow of money from a grandchild to a grandfather would be unusual, if true.

"Now, I don't know about you. But I don't know anyone in the world whose grandchildren have ever deposited money into a savings account for their elderly grandfather," said Comer. "But now, maybe I'm wrong. But that's something we're certainly looking into."

Claire's Observations;  IF true, the level of massive accounting sleaze indulged in by the Biden family accountants, absolutely knew no bounds. This has got "Holy Crud!!" written all over it.

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At 0105 ET, a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, propelling an American spacecraft successfully into space and, in one week, could be the first US lander to touch down on the lunar surface since the Apollo 17 moon landing in 1972

Claire's Observations:  I wish every single member of the crew incredible success with this launch; we Earthicans need to find out much more about our planetary neighbors, and which ones actually support life, even if that life may appear more than a little "odd" to us. ( Remember the discovery of extremophiles on this planet?!?  "Life", as we understood it, wasn't supposed to work in the way it did for them, but it did!!)

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Last December 15th, as Americans decorated trees, lit Menorahs, and prepared to tune out for winter holidays, CNN ran an extraordinary article titled, “The mystery of the missing binder: How a collection of raw Russian intelligence disappeared under Trump.”

Co-authored by Natasha Bertrand, the gargantuan expose claimed a mysterious “binder” of “highly classified information related to Russian election interference” went “missing” in the chaotic waning days of Donald Trump’s presidency in January 2021, raising concerns that some of America’s most “closely guarded national security secrets… could be exposed.”

CNN and its intelligence sources meant “exposure” in a bad way.

Sources have told Public and Racket, however, that the secrets officials worry might be “exposed” are ones that would implicate them in widespread abuses of intelligence authority dating back to the 2015-2016 election season.

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What does matter is that is how Putin views this conflict. And we have to deal with it. Period.

What also matters is that those who stand behind Putin are even less patient and circumspect than he is.

In order to avoid that bigger war only the oligarch class wants, we, as people, have to accept some responsibility for it getting to this point. Without that there can be no basis for a negotiated settlement.

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New sources have confirmed to a trio of independent journalists that the CIA fabricated the Russia collusion hoax as part of a sophisticated operation with the Five Eyes Intelligence Community (IC) to frame Donald Trump as a pro-Russian traitor during the 2016 presidential election.

Public journalist Michael Shellenberger, and his colleagues Racket journalists Matt Taibbi and Alex Gutentag, revealed confirmation of the U.S. government plot on Tuesday.

Now, multiple credible sources tell Public and Racket that the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016.

The new information fills many gaps in our understanding of the Russia collusion hoax and is supported by testimony already in the public record.

The journalists continued to unravel the espionage scheme to frame Donald Trump.

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In a stunning revelation, sources close to a high-profile investigation have disclosed that the recent FBI raid on Mar-a-Lago was specifically conducted to recover a "missing top-secret binder."

This document is rumored to contain incriminating evidence of the CIA's involvement, under the Obama administration, in initiating the Russia collusion narrative against President Trump. Fox News host Jesse Watters discussed these groundbreaking details on his show, citing investigative journalists Michael Schellenberger and Matt Taibbi.

According to Schellenberger and Taibbi, the Russian collusion story was not the result of foreign intelligence tips, but rather a deliberate setup by the CIA. "We were just informed by foreign intelligence about this. Our sources tell us a very different story, which is that this was initiated by the US government," Schellenberger stated. He further revealed that the CIA, along with other intelligence agencies from the Five Eyes alliance (Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, and the United States), asked these nations' intelligence agencies to spy on 26 Trump associates, or at least maintain a list of their interactions. This alleged operation was used as a pretext to initiate the Russia collusion investigation.

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In the overnight hours reports emerged of two explosions along Iran's main south-north gas pipeline network. At least one of the massive fires that resulted was caught on video, which widely circulated, leading to speculation over whether it was an accident or attack.

Iran's Oil Minister Javad Owji later in the day said the blasts were caused by sabotage, but did not name any suspects or possible external entity responsible. He also called it a "terrorist act".

Via Iran International

"This terrorist act of sabotage occurred at 1 a.m. local time on Wednesday morning (2130 GMT Tuesday evening) in the network of national gas transmission pipelines in two regions of the country," Owji said.

He described that area settlements had suffered gas outages, but there were no mention of casualties as a result of the pipeline blasts which occurred in central Iran, near the city of Borujen.

According to Deutsche Welle, "Owji pointed to a similar incident in 2011, which he called an act of sabotage, that temporarily cut gas to four different regions of the country." And according to more details of the fallout:

Fars News Agency, affiliated with the Revolutionary Guard, reported early Thursday that the targeted pipeline is the main conduit for transporting natural gas from refineries in the Persian Gulf to major cities including Tehran, Esfahan, and Mashhad.

These explosions resulted in the closure of roads in the surrounding areas for hours, forcing residents of neighboring villages to spend hours on the streets due to fear as large flames engulfed the surrounding areas. Reports indicate that the sound of explosions and the glow of flames were visible within a radius of 60 kilometers, leading to the gas supply being cut off to dozens of villages.

Videos of the aftermath showed flames expanding high into the air.

Claire's Observations; Now, let's see who the most "usual suspects" would be here, attempting to "soften up Iranian infrastructure, ahead of a major attack?  The US?!?  Israel?!?  You've got three guesses here.... and the first two don't count!!

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A recent systematic umbrella review of the existing evidence for the so-called “serotonin theory” of depression, which is typically treated with SSRI antidepressants, has found that there is no causal relationship between serotonin and depression, meaning that widely prescribed antidepressants have no medical benefits.

Webmaster addition: Worse, there is evidence to suggest these SSRIs trigger extreme violence! Many of the mass shootings in recent times involved people on or withdrawing from SSRIs.

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Throughout the months-long brutal Israeli bombing campaign against Gaza and the accompanying ground assault, President Biden has been consistent in refusing calls (including within Congress) to impose conditions on US-supplied weaponry used by Israel.

Already at least one European country and NATO member has halted weapon supply transfers to Israel on fears they could be used for war crimes or to violate Palestinians' human rights. But all eyes remain on Washington, which remains the Israeli military's biggest supplier of deadly arms and munitions by far. Is the Biden administration finally about to change course? Or is it more of the same premature signaling for the sake of calming an international (and domestic) audience's concern?

The U.S. is investigating several Israeli airstrikes in Gaza that killed dozens of civilians and the possible use by Israel of white phosphorus in Lebanon, as part of a probe by the State Department to determine whether America’s closest ally has misused its 

That the US would begin to look at alleged white phosphorus use in Lebanon comes very late, given that as early as mid-October Human Rights Watch said it verified videos of the internationally banned munition in use by Israeli forces. However HRW noted at the time white phosphorus can be used "either for marking, signaling, and obscuring or as a weapon to set fires that burn people and objects."

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It must be clear that there is no room in the country for both peoples…. If the Arabs leave it, the country will become wide and spacious for us…. The only solution is a Land of Israel…without Arabs. There is no room here for compromises… Yosef Weitz (1890-1972) former director of the Jewish National Fund’s Land Settlement Department

The IDF’s recent airstrikes on civilian areas in Rafah mark the beginning of the final phase of Israel’s massive ethnic cleansing project. On Monday, Israel bombed a number of locations where Palestinian refugees were huddled in tents after fleeing Israel’s onslaught in the North. Videos of the destruction appeared on a number of Twitter-sites which showed a deeply-cratered wasteland in the middle of makeshift encampments. Not surprisingly, women and children made up the bulk of the casualties with no evidence of Hamas to be found anywhere. According to a witness at the site, body parts and carnage were strewn across the landscape. This is from an article at the World Socialist Web Site:

Israel launched a massive aerial bombardment of Rafah, the southernmost city in Gaza, on Sunday night into Monday morning, killing over 100 people. As the sun came up, the world was horrified by images of the mangled bodies of children, in a chilling demonstration of what is to come in the weeks ahead.

Over the weekend, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pledged to carry out a full-scale military onslaught against the besieged city, declaring, “Our goal … is total victory.” For the Israeli regime, “total victory” means killing as many Palestinians as possible and driving the rest from their homes. With a green light from Biden, Israel commencing Rafah massacre, World Socialist Web Site

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Media coverage was generally gleeful about the performance of “Lift Every Voice and Sing” — popularly called the “Black National Anthem” — at the Super Bowl. “Andra Day delivers powerful rendition of Black national anthem,” said NBC Bay Area. The United Business Journal called it “stirring.” One description was particularly flowery:

Day delivered an emotional iteration of the timeless song in the midst of Black History Month. The hymn, originally penned by James Weldon Johnson with music by his brother John Rosamund Johnson, reflects on the ongoing struggle for racial equality and imagines a liberated future for Black Americans. – Variety

What would a “liberated future for Black Americans” look like? Unfortunately, it probably doesn’t mean separation; they need us, which is why “black nationalism” is always a form of begging.

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It was the most violent year in the history of the city.

Kansas City.

But who/whom was responsible for this ignoble accolade?

Kansas City, Missouri is 55 percent white and 30 percent black. Our friends at the Kansas City Police Department put together one of the more thorough analysis of homicide available in all the nation on yearly basis.

The 2023 Homicide Report was especially revealing, noting of 182 victims:

  • 73 percent were black
  • 17 percent were white

But what was astonishing about 2023, was the race of the suspects in these homicides: 118 are black, 15 are Hispanic and 19 are white.

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US Senator J. D.. Vance (R, OH) explains that the Republican Senate Leader, Mitch McConnell, is an agent for the Democrats. And he is.

What Vance doesn’t address is that the large contingent of Republican senators who are so totally committed to continue to pour billions of dollars into Ukraine’s lost war with Russia have a commitment to the profits and power of the US military/security complex, not to Ukraine.

Social Security long ago ceased to be the third rail of American politics. Today the way you stay in office is to support Israel and the military/security complex. These are the interest groups that make or break US senators.

Senator Vance has potential to be a leader, if he is allowed to remain in office by the Israel Lobby and the military/security complex.

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The German foreign minister is showing hostility not only to Russia, but also to her own country, by pursuing harmful economic policies, Russian President Vladimir Putin has claimed.

During an interview with Russia 1 TV correspondent Pavel Zarubin on Wednesday, Putin was asked to comment on reports in the German media last week, claiming that Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s grandfather used to be an “unconditional” supporter of Adolf Hitler, who was awarded with one of the highest Nazi honors, the War Merit Cross with Swords, for his service in Germany’s military during World War II.

“I don’t think that modern generations of Germans should bear the full political responsibility for everything that Nazi Germany did,” Putin replied. “One must proceed from today’s realities, look at what someone is actually doing and what policies are being pursued.”

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Israel escalated its siege on a hospital in Khan Younis while international concern mounted over a threatened incursion further south into Rafah, the last place of relative safety for the now mostly displaced civilian population of Gaza.

South Africa announced on Tuesday that it had made an urgent request to the International Court of Justice, asking the UN tribunal to use “its power to prevent further imminent breach of the rights of Palestinians in Gaza” after Israel announced its intention to expand its offensive in Rafah.

The human rights group Al-Haq warned that such an assault on Rafah “will result in thousands of Palestinian civilians killed on a scale that has not been witnessed in the previous four months of Israel’s genocidal military campaign against Gaza.”

Martin Griffiths, the UN relief chief, said on Tuesday that he was “sounding the alarm once again: Military operations in Rafah could lead to a slaughter in Gaza.”

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