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A deal in the coming days to raise the nation’s debt limit won’t necessarily sound an all-clear signal for the U.S. economy.

Sure, it would avert the “economic and financial catastrophe” envisioned by Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen. That doomsday scenario features global financial markets in turmoil, mortgage rates rising, seniors missing Social Security checks and millions of jobs wiped out.

But an 11th-hour agreement that narrowly averts default but frays nerves, sinks stocks and pushes up interest rates could still do some damage, as did similar standoffs in 2011 and 2013, and even push a frail economy into recession. That’s far more likely than a breach of the debt limit that triggers financial calamity.

“The economy is already very fragile and on the precipice of recession,” says Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, who is among the minority of economists predicting the U.S. will avoid a downturn this year.

In the event of a nail-biting, down-to-the wire agreement that roils already volatile markets, a slump “is very possible,“ Zandi says.

Posted on: May 21 07:46

On April 19, 2023, Robert Kennedy Jr. announced his candidacy for Democratic nomination for President of the United States.  Kennedy said after taking the stage.

“My mission over the next 18 months of this campaign, and throughout my presidency, will be to end the corrupt merger of state and corporate power that is threatening now to impose a new kind of corporate feudalism on our country.”

To begin to understand this Covid Trojan Horse, Kennedy’s speech in Berlin, on August 29, 2020 to over one million people becomes a critical starting point.

“ I must say one more thing … they have not done a very good job about protecting public health but they have done a very good job of using the quarantine to bring 5G into all of our communities and beginning the process of a digital currency which is the beginning of slavery …“ ” The pandemic is a crisis of convenience for the elites who are dictating these policies.”

Posted on: May 21 07:44

Last night I had the pleasure of attending the screening of a 90-minute documentary about the 2018-2019 Gilets Jaunes movement in France.

Shot in and around the city of Toulouse, La Vie de tempête (“life in the storm”) is a very moving account of this important popular uprising against the plutocracy.

It combines thoughtful interviews with a dozen GJ supporters with often-dramatic footage of events on the streets, as the state launched relentless military-style assaults against protesters, using tear gas, water cannon and grenades.

The courage of those who kept going, weekend after weekend, for more than a year – notably one determined woman in a wheelchair – is humbling to behold.

Posted on: May 21 07:42

Those who used their Bank of America accounts to purchase a firearm were reportedly bumped to the top of the list handed over to the FBI.

In a report released on May 18, Republicans revealed whistleblower testimony from retired FBI Supervisory Intelligence Analyst George Hill, who made the allegations.

“The Bank of America, with no directive from the FBI, data-mined its customer base,” Hill testified, saying that this data mining comprised transactions made between Jan. 5, 2021, and Jan. 7, 2021. Specifically, they targeted transactions made in Washington or nearby counties in Maryland and Virginia.

Investigators asked Hill, “It’s anyone who used a Bank of America either debit or credit card to conduct a transaction?”

Posted on: May 21 07:41

They lied.

They deceived the public for years, alleging collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. President Trump and his advisors, the agents of Russia, were guilty of treason. The FBI investigation was above reproach, led by career agents and civil servants, and insulated from politics or influence from FBI leadership.

Their sources, anonymous to the public and known to only them, were from within the US intelligence and law enforcement communities. These were the originators of the falsehoods; the journalists were merely vessels. In return for this cynical tradecraft, the media protected – and continues to protect – high ranking current and former US government officials. Anything to keep the information flowing.

The list of publications and “journalists” (for purposes of this exercise, any of these other terms might apply: stenographers or adulators or parasitic hosts) who put out the now-discredit claims of the Trump-Russia hoax is long and distinguished. They were nearly all guilty; the skeptics were few. The volume of lies, spread in print and on TV and on social media, would take months, if not years, to compile. The Columbia Journalism Review’s “The press versus the president”, a thorough analysis of some of the worst Trump-Russia era reporting (including stories from The New York Times and The Washington Post), was a four-part series that only touched the surface.

Posted on: May 21 07:40

“The most difficult part,” Satan continued, “was time, simply waiting for the instruments of power to catch up with the human proclivity towards destruction. And now, as you most assuredly can see, that time has arrived. You have succeeded in penetrating and marshaling the forces of the atomic nucleus, you have divined the secrets of the human genome, you have created an electromagnetic web of such potency that nothing can ever be private again, and your leaders, in their quest for transhuman immortality, will sacrifice as many lives and as much blood as they feel they need to achieve their illusionary aims. This so-called virus, the global coordination necessary to shut down your little world, your mania for injecting, for force, for cruelty and division, and the immense concentration of power in the hands of the few … it has only one end. In the past, your murder and mayhem were, shall we say, limited, localized. But no longer.”

With that he finished his drink, adjusted his cuffs with their sparkling links, rose and bowed.

“I like a good game of snooker,” he said.

But before he set off toward the tables, he took my hand, warmly.

“Time was all I needed,” he whispered, “a little time. And as for progress, which also requires time, what will you remember most about your cherished 20th century? Which genocide? And what will your Corona Wars have crowned? A most fitting end after so much misery achieved in the guise of goodness. Well, I’ve won my wager, and, to quote from His very own book – which I know by heart, by the way – even He knows that there is a time to lose.”

Posted on: May 21 07:40

The NAACP's national board of directors has issued a formal travel advisory for Florida, warning black and LGBTQ people against visiting the state due to Governor Ron DeSantis' policies. 

'Florida is openly hostile toward African Americans, people of color and LGBTQ+ individuals,' states the advisory issued on Saturday night by the civil rights group.

'Before traveling to Florida, please understand that the state of Florida devalues and marginalizes the contributions of, and the challenges faced by African Americans and other communities of color,' it adds.

The NAACP said the advisory was 'in direct response' to the Florida governor's 'aggressive attempts to erase black history and to restrict diversity, equity, and inclusion programs in Florida schools.'

DeSantis, who is expected to announce his presidential campaign later this week, previously responded to the proposal of an NAACP travel advisory against Florida by calling the idea 'a joke'. 

Posted on: May 21 07:38

According to a new Harvard CAPS/Harris poll, Trump would have an easy route to victory if the election took place today. In a hypothetical nine-way primary, Trump would take 58 percent of the vote. That number is up three points compared to the poll released last month.

Posted on: May 21 07:10

A dozen poor countries are facing economic instability and even collapse under the weight of hundreds of billions of dollars in foreign loans, much of them from the world’s biggest and most unforgiving government lender, China.

An Associated Press analysis of a dozen countries most indebted to China — including Pakistan, Kenya, Zambia, Laos and Mongolia — found paying back that debt is consuming an ever-greater amount of the tax revenue needed to keep schools open, provide electricity and pay for food and fuel. And it’s draining foreign currency reserves these countries use to pay interest on those loans, leaving some with just months before that money is gone.

Behind the scenes is China’s reluctance to forgive debt and its extreme secrecy about how much money it has loaned and on what terms, which has kept other major lenders from stepping in to help. On top of that is the recent discovery that borrowers have been required to put cash in hidden escrow accounts that push China to the front of the line of creditors to be paid.

Posted on: May 21 07:09

The time period is often depicted in films as a happy-go-lucky era of disco, drugs, hippies and rock n’ roll, but the reality is that the early 1970s was the beginning of the end for the west – it was the moment that our economic foundations were sabotaged and the affluence of the middle class was slowly but surely stolen by inflation.

In the midst of this economic “malaise,” which Jimmy Carter later referred to as a “crisis of confidence,” the United Nations and associated globalist round table groups were hard at work developing a scheme to convince the population to embrace global centralization of power. Their goals were rather direct. They wanted:

A rationale for governmental control of human population numbers.

The power to limit industry.

The power to control energy production and dictate energy sources.

The power to control or limit food production and agriculture.

Posted on: May 21 07:08

Adams – who was elected mayor on his "tough on crime" platform" – revealed his new plan to combat rampant retail theft, which includes installing kiosks in stores to offer social services to thieves.

The plan would "allow non-violent offenders to avoid prosecution or incarceration by meaningfully engaging with services to help address underlying factors that lead to shoplifting."

The government will ask retailers to send their employees to training for "de-escalation tactics, anti-theft tools, and security best practices to help keep them safe in the event of an emergency."

Part of the plan is to "establish a neighborhood retail watch for businesses in close proximity to one another to share real-time intelligence with each other and with law enforcement in the event of a theft."

Posted on: May 21 07:07

JPMorgan is “persistently” discriminating against its own clients and closing bank accounts without warning, according to Republican attorneys general from 19 states.

The law enforcement officials, led by Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron, sent a letter to JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon stating that the banking giant’s practices go against the company’s own policies on equality.

The letter, which has now been published by the Wall Street Journal, states that JPMorgan has repeatedly discriminated against customers based on their religious or political beliefs.

“It is clear that JPMorgan Chase & Co. (Chase) has persistently discriminated against certain customers due to their religious or political affiliation. This discrimination is unacceptable. Chase must stop such behavior and align its business practices with the anti-discrimination policies that Chase proclaims.”

The attorneys general cite the sudden account closure of a religious liberty organization as an example of the bank’s discriminatory practices.

Posted on: May 21 07:06

Both sides of Neely’s story are true. He was a talented dancer who suffered from mental problems, and had become a criminal menace. The New York justice system repeatedly let him off the hook. Even outside of his arrests, people were posting online about personal experiences of being threatened or attacked by Neely.

And then, on May 1, Neely was allegedly threatening passengers on a New York subway car until a former U.S. Marine intervened; he restrained Neely with a chokehold while two other men helped subdue him. After Neely lost consciousness, the men placed Neely in a recovery position, and yet, Neely died.

Nobody was initially charged. Video of the incident, which was limited to when Neely had already been restrained, was quickly picked up by political actors to play into the country’s race narratives.

Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (AOC) of New York wrote on Twitter a couple days later that “Jordan Neely was murdered.” She claimed he was “houseless and crying for food in a time when the city is raising rents and stripping services to militarize itself while many in power demonize the poor.”

She said it was “disgusting” that the man who allegedly killed Neely wasn’t charged.

Others on the far left came forward also to criticize the case as being about race, and to suggest that justice was needed, although, even among Democrats, not everyone was in agreement.

Posted on: May 21 07:00

Representative Anna Paulina Luna (R-FL) has introduced a resolution to expel her colleague Rep. Adam Schiff from Congress under Article I of the Constitution, for his role in the now debunked Trump-Russia collusion hoax.

Rep. Luna believes the California Democrat should be punished under Article I, Section 5, Clause 2 of the Constitution, which stipulates that the House of Representatives may “punish its Members for disorderly Behavior, and, with the Concurrence of two thirds, expel a Member.”

Posted on: May 21 06:56

As if it couldn't get any worse than having to navigate tablets at every coffee shop and convenience store that now ask for tips for employees simply doing their jobs, now even some automated self-checkout machines are begging for tips. 

Yes, the cash grab is continuing in truly Orwellian fashion, as Fox reported this week that some self-checkout machines are asking for tips. Not only are we being put to work, scanning our own groceries and bagging them now, but we're expected to offer up a tip for the privilege for doing the store's work for them. 

Fox calls it a "self-serve tipping option", wherein "customers can leave tips including the typical 20%, despite facing minimal to no interaction with any employee". The option has left some customer feeling "obligated" to leave a tip, the report says, without knowing where the money eventually winds up. 

Posted on: May 21 06:55

The World Health Organization (WHO) recommended on May 18 that the next COVID-19 vaccines should no longer include the original SARS-CoV-2 virus—which all existing vaccines currently do—and instead contain a different version of the virus to better match circulating variants.

Currently, this means a version of the virus from the XBB.1 family, which is now responsible for most of the new COVID-19 infections around the world. The group that made the recommendation, called WHO’s Technical Advisory Group on COVID-19 Vaccine Composition, suggested that the XBB.1.5 variant be included in the next vaccine.

Posted on: May 21 06:55

Chinese state-run gold producer Shandong Gold Mining announced on Friday that its controlling shareholder had discovered an additional 200 tons of gold resources at the Xiling gold mine in Laizhou in Shandong Province in eastern China.

The discovery brings the total cumulative gold reserve of the mine to 580 tons, making it the country’s largest deposit of the precious metal, with an estimated economic value of 200 billion yuan ($28.5 billion).

The Xiling gold mine is nearly 2,000 meters long and just over 2,000 meters wide, with a maximum thickness of 62.35 meters. The gold ore density averages 4.26 grams of gold per tonne. The deposit is estimated to be able to produce 10,000 tons of gold ore per day for the next 30 years.

Posted on: May 21 06:54

Retired US Army Gen. Michael Flynn says that the United States needs to address the corruption revealed in the Durham report released on Monday.

"What people need to really stay focused on is this deep, deep level of corruption in our federal government, particularly starting in the White House," Flynn told NTD News' "Capitol Report" host Steve Lance.

Durham's report detailed corruption at the highest levels of the FBI to use a Clinton Campaign-funded propaganda dossier they knew was a hoax, in order to take down - and then smear, Donald Trump and his campaign.

The report concluded that "neither U.S. law enforcement nor the Intelligence Community appears to have possessed any actual evidence of collusion" between the Trump campaign and Russia. The report also notes that on Aug. 3, 2016, a White House meeting between former President Obama, then-VP Joe Biden, former AG Loretta Lynch, then-CIA Director John Brennan and former FBI Director James Comey - where Brennan briefed those in the room about Clinton's plan to undermine Trump by tying him to Russian election interference efforts.

In response to the Durham report, the FBI said that it had taken corrective action to address the issued raised.

Flynn says it's BS.

Webmaster addition: So do I!

Posted on: May 21 06:53

An Aurora Public Schools teacher, Tim Hernandez, calls for a cultural revolution.

The violent revolution Hernandez is calling for is against whiteness. The fact that this man has been teaching students is scary. The more you read about the story, the more disturbing it gets.

First, he allegedly included lessons on Communism Theory in his classes. Then, he advocated for students to watch a movie called “It’s A Bug’s Life.” Hernandez feels this movie should be followed by a lesson on the proletariat revolution, a social revolution involving the working class overthrowing the wealthy.

Posted on: May 21 06:52

The U.S. war against Russia is based not only on lies by the U.S. government and its ‘news’ media about how the war in Ukraine started, but also on lies by the U.S. Government and its ‘news’ media about actually non-existent Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. Presidential election between Trump and Hillary. Two examples of typical deceptions against the public, by the U.S. Government and its ‘news’ media, will be presented and analyzed here regarding the latter, or ‘Russiagate’, matter (which was actually Obamagate — the then-existing U.S. President’s determination to smear Hillary’s opponent so as to get Hillary into the White House).

Even the very good eleven-minute-long May 16th summary, at “OBAMA, HILLARY CAUGHT In Russia-gate Scheme By Durham Report | Breaking Points”, of the 300-page Durham Report, doesn’t convey the extent of the deceit by the U.S. Government, and by its press, that is getting the world closer and closer each day to WW III over Ukraine. But, after you have read this article, maybe the point will become clear, that Barack Obama (and not ONLY Joe Biden, and perhaps even Donald Trump — for his negligence) must be prosecuted for this, and that then media executives also should be. Because this is really an enormous crime against the world (and cover-up of it); so, it must be done. It needs to be done.

Here’s the opening of a 2,500-word retrospective major ‘news’-report from the Washington Post, on 24 May 2017 [along with my own additions between brackets], concerning the ongoing convoluted cover-up of the coverup of Obamagate (which cover-up continues to this day):

Posted on: May 21 06:51

In a long-awaited report released by Special Counsel John Durham, it has been revealed that the FBI shut down four criminal investigations into Hillary and Bill Clinton prior to her 2016 presidential campaign.

Additionally, the report showed that in 2016, three separate FBI field offices opened investigations into the Clinton foundation for ‘possible criminal activity.’

One of the investigations focused on a comment from journalist Peter Schweizer’s 2015 book titled Clinton Cash. The comment claimed that the Clintons’ charity was taking millions of dollars’ worth of donations from foreign governments who were trying to change U.S. foreign policy while Hilary was Secretary of State.

“The WFO investigation was opened as a preliminary investigation, because the Case Agent wanted to determine if he could develop additional information to corroborate the allegations in a recently-published book, Clinton Cash by Peter Schweizer, before seeking to convert the matter to a full investigation,” the report detailed. “Additionally, the LRFO and NYFO investigations included predication based on source reporting that identified foreign governments that had made, or offered to make, contributions to the Foundation in exchange for favorable or preferential treatment from Clinton.”

Posted on: May 21 06:48

Texas Governor Greg Abbott has announced that a group of illegal immigrants from Texas has been transported to Denver and dropped off in the downtown area.

The Governor expressed his concern that the state's border communities are overwhelmed and overrun due to President Biden's open border policies, which include mass catch and release without court dates or any way to track them.

He added that until the President and his Administration take responsibility for securing the border, the State of Texas will continue busing migrants to self-declared sanctuary cities like Denver to provide much-needed relief to small border towns.

Posted on: May 21 06:43

The Liberty Justice Center announced Monday that all charges have been dropped against now-former Arizona State University student Tim Tizon.

The Post Millennial reports that Tizon was arrested in March 2022 for trespassing on the campus to hand out copies of the United States Constitution.

Tizon was representing ASU’s Young Americans for Liberty student organization and handing out copies of the Constitution when he was apprehended for supposedly not adhering to the university’s free speech policies. That policy requires that the activities he was engaged in are only conducted within certain areas of the campus. He was convicted and ordered by the University Lakes Justice Court to pay a fine and perform some community service.

Posted on: May 21 06:42

House Republicans have identified several payments from Romanian tycoon Gabriel Popoviciu to President Joe Biden and family members through a cutout.

Adrian Zuckerman, President Donald Trump’s ambassador to Romania, told One America News about the corrupt land deal that ended up with Popoviciu as a fugitive from justice and the tycoon as the landlord for the US Embassy and the capital of Bucharest.

Zuckerman said the featured speaker at the dedication for the new embassy in Bucharest was the president’s late son Beau Biden.

Posted on: May 21 06:42

The FBI made 278,000 illegal searches under Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) database to target suspects of the January 6 riot, George Floyd protesters, victims of crimes, and donors of a congressional candidate, according to a recently unsealed court document.

In recent years, the FBI has come under fire from lawmakers and activists for abusing the Section 702 database to search for the communications of Americans without a warrant. The bureau has claimed it has implemented procedure changes to reduce noncompliance with the rules governing searching the database.

The FBI is only supposed to search the database if an agent is sure they will get evidence of a crime or get information relevant to foreign intelligence.

Posted on: May 21 06:41

Doha's embassy in Sudan has been ransacked by an armed group, Qatar's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday.

"The State of Qatar condemned in the strongest terms the irregular armed forces' storming and vandalising its embassy building in Khartoum," the foreign ministry said.

"The embassy staff had previously been evacuated and... none of the diplomats or embassy staff were subjected to any harm," the ministry said.

Posted on: May 21 06:40

Polls show that around 48% of Americans say they support arms shipments as opposed to about 60% just after Russia invaded. But a network of campaigners is lobbying the US government for continued aid and trying to fill whatever gaps are left via fundraising.

Posted on: May 21 06:39

Russia’s deputy foreign minister has warned Western countries of “enormous risks” if Ukraine is provided with F-16 fighter jets, Russian state media TASS reported Saturday.

The comments come after US President Joe Biden gave his backing for Ukrainian pilots to be trained to fly F-16s, reversing his previous position.

F-16s are considered high performance weapon systems with a range of 500 miles (860 kilometers), and would be an upgrade to the aircraft currently in Ukraine’s fleet.

Responding to the move, Alexander Grushko said: “We see that the Western countries are still adhering to the escalation scenario.

“It involves enormous risks for themselves. In any case, this will be taken into account in all our plans, and we have all the necessary means to achieve the set goals.”

Posted on: May 21 06:38

The Las Vegas Shooting was the deadliest mass shooting in American history leaving 60 people dead and over 800 people injured.

Despite the fact the shooting occurred in 2017, authorities have yet to release any concrete motive for the gunman Stephen Paddock.

The lack of details have left many Americans wondering why so many details about the shooting have been withheld from the general public.

Author Ashley St. Clair expressed her concern about the lack of answers and tweeted “We know nothing about the Las Vegas shooter who carried out the deadliest mass shooting in US history.”

Posted on: May 20 21:13