"All men recognize the right of revolution; that is, the right to refuse allegiance to, and to resist, the government, when its tyranny or its inefficiency are great and unendurable." -- Henry David Thoreau (1942). "Civil Disobedience"

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On Friday, William Bock III, a former general counsel for the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and a lawyer with an impressive resume, resigned from his post at the NCAA, citing the organization’s refusal to protect girls’ sports.

Bock has served in the role for eight years and still has more than a year in his current term.  But Bock has chosen to stand up for women and said he can no longer stomach the organization’s radical policies.

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Back in 2014, the state of California banned thin, disposable plastic shopping bags. They only allowed thicker, reusable plastic bags.

The problem, people still threw away the thicker bags. Now the weight of plastic bags being thrown away has increased by 30 percent.

As a result, the state now wants to ban all plastic bags completely.

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This is obviously part of a strategy, because that’s what Soros does. He hatches backdoor plans to exert influence over American politics. A few years back, he pumped a ton of cash into district attorney races across the country and we all know how that worked out.

This is his new plan. Could there be more to this than gaining media influence?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The Met Office has been unable to back up a claim that storms in the U.K. are “more intense” due to the effects of climate change. The claim was made by senior Met Office meteorologist Claire Nasir on January 22nd on BBC 5 Live Breakfast in the aftermath of Storm Isha, and led to a freedom of information request for an explanation by investigative journalist Paul Homewood. The Met Office has replied that it is unable to answer the request due to the fact that the information “is not held”.

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We're having a "national conversation about the future of money", according to the Bank of England. But it's clear this "conversation" has only one permitted outcome, says Dr David McGrogan: the digital pound.

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Drop the Charges,’ Says Amnesty Ahead of Key Julian Assange Hearing

"The risk to publishers and investigative journalists around the world hangs in the balance. Should Julian Assange be sent to the U.S. and prosecuted there, global media freedoms will be on trial, too."

 by Brett Wilkins Posted on February 14, 2024

Amnesty International on Tuesday renewed its call for the U.S. government to drop charges against jailed WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange, whose final hearing before the United Kingdom’s High Court regarding his extradition to the United States is fast approaching.

Assange’s February 20-21 hearing before the High Court will determine whether the Australian journalist – who has been imprisoned in London’s Belmarsh Prison since April 2019 – has exhausted all of his U.K. appeals and will be extradited to the United States, where he has been charged with violating the 1917 Espionage Act and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act for publishing classified U.S. military documents and files on WikiLeaks over a decade ago.

“The risk to publishers and investigative journalists around the world hangs in the balance. Should Julian Assange be sent to the U.S. and prosecuted there, global media freedoms will be on trial, too,” said Julia Hall, Amnesty International’s expert on counterterrorism and criminal justice in Europe.

“Assange will suffer personally from these politically motivated charges and the worldwide media community will be on notice that they too are not safe,” Hall added. “The public’s right to information about what their governments are doing in their name will be profoundly undermined. The U.S. must drop the charges under the Espionage Act against Assange and bring an end to his arbitrary detention in the U.K.”

Claire's Observations:  Amnesty International is absolutely right here!!

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Air Force, Space Force Announce Major Overhaul to Prepare for War With China

The Air Force is bringing back warrant officers to focus on information and technology warfare by Dave DeCamp February 14, 2024 at 4:29 pm ET Categories NewsTags China

The US Air Force and Space Force announced a plan for a major overhaul of force structures to prepare for a future war with China in the Asia Pacific.

The plan was announced on Monday by Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall and other officials and includes a total of 24 changes, including 16 for the Air Force, five for the Space Force, and three for the entire Department of the Air Force.

“We are out of time,” Kendall said at the Air & Space Forces Association’s Warfare Symposium, which was held in Colorado. “Why do I say that? It’s not that I enjoy sounding like a broken record. It’s because, for at least two decades, China has been building a military that is designed, purpose-built, to deter and defeat the United States if we intervene in the western Pacific.”

According to Military.com, the majority of the changes are vague renaming and rebranding efforts aimed at focusing on so-called “great power competition.” But some changes are significant, including bringing back warrant officers, which haven’t existed in the Air Force for 65 years.

The purpose of the warrant officers would be for them to focus on information and technology warfare. Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin said the idea of bringing back the rank is to have airmen who want to “code for their country” and be “network attack people.”

Allvin also said the Air Force would focus more on large-scale military exercises instead of the smaller-scale drills that it has prioritized for the past few decades. “Large-scale means multiple weapons systems, multiple capabilities, coming together in a combat-simulated environment and showing our ability to execute the mission that’s going to be expected of us in the high-end conflict,” he said.

Since taking his post as the civilian head of the Air Force, Kendall has made clear his priority is China. After being sworn in back in 2021, Kendall said: “So what are my intentions now that I have this job? At a breakfast on Capitol Hill shortly after I was sworn in, I was asked by Sen. Jon Tester what my priorities were. My answer was that I had three; China, China, and China.”

Claire's Observations:  What this country desperately needs, and right the heck now, is a Department of Peace, which is JUST as well funded as is the Pentagon, to find non-martial answers to geopolitical/economic challenges.  But before that happens, the "fat" of obscene waste, needs to be cut from the Pentagon budget and very quickly.

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The UAE and other Arab nations are increasingly restricting the US’s ability to launch airstrikes from their soil as the US has been bombing Iraq, Syria, and Yemen, POLITICO reported on Wednesday.

The US relies on its military presence in several Arab nations to support its wars in the Middle East. Basing and overflights are being restricted as the populations of the Arab states don’t want to appear too supportive of the US as it backs the Israeli slaughter in Gaza.

The Jordanian government has come under increasing criticism from its citizens and members of parliament for its military relationship with the US after three US troops were killed at a secretive base in northeast Jordan on the Syrian border.

Sources told POLITICO that another reason the UAE and other unnamed Arab states are restricting US operations is because they seek better relations with Iran. “They don’t want to appear like they’re against Iran, and they don’t want to appear too close to the West and Israel for public opinion reasons,” one Western official said.

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Heavy US and British Bombing Reported in Yemen’s Hodeidah Province

A series of US and British airstrikes were reported in Yemen’s western Red Sea province of Hodeidah on Wednesday as the US continues its heavy bombing campaign against the Houthis.

A correspondent for Al Mayadeen reported that Hodeidah was hit at least nine times throughout the day. Yemen’s Saba news agency reported that US and British strikes on Hodeidah continued into Wednesday evening, hitting several areas of the province.

So far, the US military has not announced the strikes, but US Central Command typically puts out press releases a few hours after they are finished, or sometimes they wait until the following day.

On Wednesday morning, CENTCOM announced that it launched a strike against Houthi-controlled Yemen a day earlier but didn’t specify where. The command claimed it hit a Houthis missile that was preparing to launch. A few hours later, the Houthis fired a missile into the Gulf of Aden, but CENTCOM said it did not hit any ships.

Since January 12, the US has launched around 30 rounds of missile strikes on Yemen. Some have been heavy bombings conducted with the UK that hit dozens of targets, while others have been unilateral US strikes against a single target.

According to the Houthis, the US and UK have conducted a total of 403 attacks on Yemen, including 203 airstrikes. The US has also been firing missiles from Navy warships in the Red Sea.

The Houthis, officially known as Ansar Allah, have shown no sign that they will back down in the face of the US military

Claire's Observations:  I would like to gently, but politely remind CENTCOM, that one of the most classic definitions of insanity, is doing something repeatedly in precisely the same way, yet expecting a different outcome.  And this is because Israel's leadership refuses a ceasefire, and the start of the establishment of a legitimate Palestinian state.  These Houthi attacks are done relatively cheaply, compared to what US/British firepower in the region is costing.

Now, please don't get me started on the insanity of a theocracy in the 21st century, but I will make a very honest observation about Iran's leadership; they may be many things, but stupid... is not one of them.  They've done the math, and understand how to use the Houthis to drain Israel, the US and UK, both militarily and financially.

Looking at Russia's model against Ukraine, it would be logical for the Iranians to attempt to create a "war of attrition" in the Middle East, which Israel/the UK/and US may well not win.  And I would very much like to talk to the leadership of Centcom and ask the silent question, which must be asked, and answered out loud; What if Iran is attacked directly by Israel/US/ and UK, and China and Russia come to Iran's aid militarily?!?  I would like to hope that this is one of the questions keeping CENTCOM leadership awake at night.

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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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