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NATO countries have "comfortably exceeded" a target of placing 300,000 troops on high-readiness as the alliance grapples with the threat from Russia, a senior alliance official said Thursday.

NATO leaders agreed in the wake of Moscow's invasion of Ukraine in 2022 to massively ramp up the number of forces that alliance commanders can deploy within 30 days.

"The offers on the table from allies comfortably exceed the 300,000 that we set," the official said on condition of anonymity.

"Those are forces which allies have said to us, 'They are available to you as of now at that level of readiness'."

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A Pentagon-funded company is seeking proposals to feed America’s soldiers lab-grown meat in a bid to "reduce the CO2 footprint" at Defense Department outposts.

BioMADE, a public-private company that has received more than $500 million in funding from the Defense Department, announced earlier this month that it is seeking proposals to develop "innovations in food production that reduce the CO2 footprint of food production at ... DoD operational environments," according to an online announcement.

These include "novel cell culture methods suitable for the production of cultivated meat/protein," or lab-grown meat, a product that is still in its experimental phases. This type of meat is grown in a lab from animal cells with the aid of other chemicals, and has emerged as a flashpoint in debates about the efficacy and morality of manufacturing meat products without slaughtering animals.

BioMADE—which earlier this year received a $450 million infusion of taxpayer cash—maintains that lab-grown food products will reduce the Pentagon’s carbon footprint, a priority for the American military as it pursues a Biden administration-mandate to address climate change and other cultural issues that critics describe as "woke."

Webmaster addition: Okay. So let me get this clear. You have the US military, which is adding to pollution and global warming by blowing up everything, will be fed laboratory-grown meat of dubious healthiness, to be kind to the environment?

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ABOARD THE USS LABOON—It was just after 9 p.m. when radar operators aboard this U.S. Navy destroyer in the Red Sea spotted a tiny arrow on their screens: a missile hurtling toward them at five times the speed of sound.

The crew of the warship with 300 sailors aboard had just seconds to shoot it down. As the projectile closed in, the Laboon launched an interceptor from silos beneath its deck, destroying the incoming missile in flight.

The Jan. 9 attack was one of the largest maritime battles the U.S. has faced since World War II. Houthi rebels in Yemen that day launched 18 drones and cruise missiles along with the ballistic missile at the Laboon and three other American destroyers, a U.S. aircraft carrier and a British warship in an attack that unfolded over a dozen hours.

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Argentina's monthly inflation rate in May was the lowest since 2022, official data showed on Thursday, cooling for the fifth straight month to 4.2% amid a tough austerity drive by libertarian President Javier Milei.

The month-on-month rise in prices was Argentina's smallest since the start of 2022, below forecasts of a 4.9% increase and down from a peak over 25% in December.

Annual inflation also slowed for the first time since the middle of last year, coming down off an April peak to clock in at 276.4%, still among the highest rates in the world.

Many Argentines say they have yet to feel the benefit of slowing inflation, with sky-high food, utilities, and transportation costs making the minimum monthly wage in Argentina of 234,315 pesos ($260) feel insufficient.

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A lawsuit warns that U.S. aid to Israel violates a law meant to prevent nuclear weapons proliferation, even as the United States prepares to increase the already massive Israeli aid program.

Filed Aug. 8 by Grant Smith, director of the Institute for Research: Middle East Policy, or IRMEP, in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, the suit alleges that U.S. aid to Israel violates two amendments to the 1961 Foreign Assistance Act, known as the the Symington and Glenn Amendments, which collectively ban support for countries engaged in clandestine nuclear programs.

In the lawsuit, Smith alleges that violating these amendments means that Israel has received approximately $234 billion in illegal aid since the passage of the International Security Assistance and Arms Export Control Act of 1976.

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Earth’s inner core, a solid iron sphere nestled deep within our planet, has slowed its rotation, according to new research. Scientists from the University of Southern California say their discovering challenges previous notions about the inner core’s behavior and raises intriguing questions about its influence on Earth’s dynamics.

The inner core, a mysterious realm located nearly 3,000 miles beneath our feet, has long been known to rotate independently of the Earth’s surface. Scientists have spent decades studying this phenomenon, believing it to play a crucial role in generating our planet’s magnetic field and shaping the convection patterns in the liquid outer core. Until now, it was widely accepted that the inner core was gradually spinning faster than the rest of the Earth, a process known as super-rotation. However, this latest study, published in the journal Nature, reveals a surprising twist in this narrative.

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For the past two decades, there has been a general—and mostly unchallenged—understanding that satellite imagery is restricted over Israel and the Palestinian and Syrian territories it occupies. This was due to a 1996 U.S. regulation known as the Kyl-Bingaman Amendment (KBA) which has limited the quality and availability of high-resolution satellite imagery produced by U.S. companies covering Israel (and by implicit extension, the occupied Palestinian territories and the occupied Golan Heights). The result is that publicly available imagery on platforms such as Google Earth has been deliberately coarse and blurred.

On June 25, following two years of sustained pressure from academia and civil society, the 97-word KBA was unexpectedly reformed, making higher-resolution satellite imagery legally accessible and readily available to all. The news, though welcome, raises certain questions: First, what were the effects of the KBA? Second, since satellite imagery has advanced significantly both in scale and diversity in the 24 years since the KBA was passed, why did it take so long to reverse?

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We’ve learned, in recent months, how famous celebrities are fleeing Los Angeles. They join a growing number of residents who are getting fed up with Democrats’ far-left, pro-criminal policies. Crime is out of control in the blue state. And it doesn’t look like elected officials are doing anything about it.

The crime is getting so bad that not even wealthy celebrities can assume they are safe in their gated communities.

One iconic Hollywood couple dropped a bombshell during a recent interview. These beloved stars have been the victims of a heinous crime, not once but twice. Now, they have made a shocking admission—and they might make an unthinkable move.

From Breitbart:
Two home burglaries in as many months have driven actress Goldie Hawn to confess she is “never without” a security guard, hinting she may join the growing throng permanently leaving the crime-stricken “terrible” city…

The Hollywood veteran said she was in total shock and “couldn’t believe” the home she shares with fellow actor Kurt Russell had been targeted again…

“I couldn’t believe it, ‘What is happening here?”‘ she recalled.

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Again and again, we’ve seen President Biden denying the fallout of his policies. It seems the Biden administration makes a bad decision. That decision hurts Americans. Yet, instead of changing course, the White House keeps pushing the bad plan. And it is denying that Biden made any mistakes.

It’s not a great way to lead a country, as we’ve seen.

It’s so bad the federal government seems to be playing with data to make Biden seem better than he is. The government claims that the country has been adding jobs. Only for us to learn that 3/4ths of all jobs added since 2021 have been to migrants. Now, this new number should alarm every working American.

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It is no secret that a crime epidemic is hurting America’s biggest cities. For years, progressive leaders have supported policies that encourage crime. They have eliminated cash bail, defunded police departments, and reduced the penalty for many crimes.

The state pushing the very worst of these ideas is California. Crime is getting so bad in CA cities that many residents are leaving.

The problems seemed to begin with the passage of a particular bill. This law has been in effect for many years. Many experts have claimed it is to blame for the problem. But Democrats have done nothing. Now, voters have a chance to set things right.

From Breitbart:
A ballot initiative to amend parts of Proposition 47, the 2014 “criminal justice reform” that many blame for a wave of crime and retail theft in California, has officially qualified for the November ballot, according to California officials…

The referendum reduced many felonies to misdemeanors, and — most notoriously — raised the minimum value for felony theft to $950 worth of goods. That, critics say, encouraged a wave of shoplifting in major cities, as thieves knew there would be no serious consequences for thefts of lesser value.

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It seems Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez is trying to distance herself from anti-Israel progressives. Despite being a far-left progressive herself, the congresswoman has recently condemned the growing antisemitism among liberals protesting the Israel-Hamas war.

She hasn’t gone far enough to shut down this movement, however. AOC still endorses anti-Israel sentiments and accused conservatives of falsely calling minorities antisemites.

Recently, she viciously condemned an event being hosted by pro-Palestinian group “Within Out Lifetime.” The event called “A Day of Rage for Gaza” saw progressives marching through New York. They got unruly, carrying banners that supported terrorism and spreading, celebrating the October 7th attack. But after AOC attacked the group, they dropped a bombshell on her.

From The Post Millennial:
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez posted on X condemning an antisemitic rally in New York City organized by the extremist pro-Palestine group Within Our Lifetime (WOL) despite her previous attempts to partner with the organization…

“You are a genocide apologist,” WOL organizer Nerdeen Kiswani said in response to the congresswoman. “This is why when your staff asked WOLPalestine if you can speak at our Queens rally in 2021 we said NO. What’s callus is the Zionist exhibit used to manufacture consent for genocide, but you don’t care since you didn’t vote against funding it.”

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On Tuesday, a federal judge ruled that most of Florida’s ban on transgender medical procedures for minors was unconstitutional.

As the Daily Wire reports, Judge Robert Hinkle, a Clinton appointee, falsely declared in his ruling that  “gender identity is real,” and that there is a “widely accepted standard of care,” which includes puberty blockers and hormone treatment.

“The state of Florida can regulate as needed but cannot flatly deny transgender individuals safe and effective medical treatment,” Hinkle continued. “Treatment with medications routinely provided to others with the state’s full approval so long as the purpose is not to support the patient’s transgender identity.”

Hinkle also struck down the provision of the law which required that adult patients see a doctor in-person before taking cross-gender hormones; the law had declared that hormone treatments for adults “may not be prescribed, administered, or performed except by a physician.”

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With the National Defense Authorization Act up for a vote in Congress this week, Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) has proposed an amendment that would strip nearly $300 million earmarked for Ukraine that’s cleverly hidden within the funding bill.

Greene’s Amendment is titled “Prohibition of Assistance to Ukraine” and states: “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used for Assistance to Ukraine.”

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It seems there is nothing Joe Biden won’t do to secure his 2024 victory. Many have accused him of trying to influence the election with four criminal prosecutions against Donald Trump. But that seems to be just the tip of the iceberg.

Democrats tried to pass sweeping legislation a few years ago that would have destroyed our democratic process. It failed, thanks to a few moderates in the Senate.

But at the same time, Biden passed an order that seemed to try to do the same thing. He instructed federal agencies to use tax funds to muster what was essentially a “get out the vote” push among minority groups. Republicans accused him of trying to steal the election, and now they are fighting back.

From Fox News:
A House committee is issuing subpoenas to 15 executive agencies in the Biden administration related to constitutional concerns with one of Biden’s executive orders and the departments’ implementation…

The plan has already come under scrutiny from Senate Republicans, who have called it a federal “voter mobilization” effort with “potentially partisan impacts.”…

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A senior judge who “liked” a post on social media that described Israel as a “terrorist” state and called for a free Palestine has been given a formal warning for misconduct.

Tan Ikram, 58, a deputy senior district judge, was disciplined for allowing a “perception of bias” by liking the post on LinkedIn which had been put up by a barrister who had previously promoted conspiracy theories claiming that Israel allowed the Oct 7 terror attack by Hamas.

The post stated: “Free Free Palestine. To the Israeli terrorist both in the United Kingdom, the United States and of course Israel, you can run, you can bomb but you cannot hide – justice will be coming for you.”

Three weeks previously, Judge Ikram had decided not to punish three women displaying parachute images at a pro-Palestine protest seven days after the Oct 7 attack. He gave them 12-month conditional discharges after they were found guilty of an offence under the Terrorism Act.

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In a 6-1 decision on Thursday, the Florida Supreme Court sided with Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) over his controversial removal of State Attorney Monique Worrel from her position in August 2023. DeSantis had accused Worrel of “dereliction of duty” due to her lenient approach to crime, a move that sparked a legal battle when Worrel sued the DeSantis Administration, demanding reinstatement and claiming her firing was an “arbitrary, unsubstantiated exercise of the suspension power.”

The majority opinion of the court firmly rejected Worrel’s arguments, stating, “We cannot agree with Worrel that the allegations in the Executive Order are impermissibly vague, nor that they address conduct that falls within the lawful exercise of prosecutorial discretion.” The court further clarified that a suspension order does not infringe on a state attorney’s lawful exercise of prosecutorial discretion when it alleges that such discretion is not being exercised in individual cases and that generalized policies have resulted in categorical enforcement practices.

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An American attack submarine has docked at the US base of Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, a day after a four-ship Russian task force sailed into Havana on a long-range expedition.

USS Helena, a Los Angeles-class boat, arrived on Thursday for a “routine port visit,” the US Southern Command said in a statement. 

“The vessel’s location and transit were previously planned,” SOUTHCOM added, noting that the Helena is “conducting its global maritime security and national defense mission.”

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The Western world (18 percent of the whole world) believe HAMAS is the terrorist of Gaza. That’s a result of mainstream media conflating HAMAS terrorism with legitimate aspirations for self-determination. It disregards the observation that one man’s terrorist may be another man’s freedom fighter in the Gaza strip.

Most Westerners would also likely reject the idea that, by definition, Zionists and the Israeli military force (IMF) are bigger Gaza terrorists. Paradoxically, however, Israel’s PM, Benjamin Netanyahu, may be said to have in effect admitted his government are Gaza terrorists. This is at a 1986 PBS interview where he said terrorism is about engaging in the “systematic and deliberate attack, the murder, maiming and menacing of innocents, of civilians, for political goals”. This aptly describes what Israel is presently doing in the Gaza strip. And there’s no way he can say he does not know it. Co-incidentally, his definition of “terrorism” is similar to the description approved by the UN’s Sixth Committee (Legal) in 1994, viz they are “criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror … for political purposes”.

There is no difficulty identifying Zionist terrorism in Gaza. The Israeli Defence Force’s systematic and extensive bombing of Gaza (eg, 11,000+ strikes over three weeks) causing utter terror, extensive civilian casualties and massive destruction of infrastructure are “terrorist” attacks politically motivated to induce fear and terror amongst Palestinians.

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As the world watched on social media and responded in outrage, US corporate media, once again, provided cover for the perpetrators of Israel’s genocide. 

Over the Memorial Day weekend, Israel bombed starving Gazan refugees crowded in tents in Rafah, where Israel had told them to go. As Jeffrey St. Clair (CounterPunch, 5/31/24) wrote, leaflets dropped in Rafah a few days before told them to go to “Tel al-Sultan through Beach Road,” an area set up by the UNRWA refugee agency and designated a UN humanitarian safe zone. The leaflet added, “Don’t blame us after we warned you.”

Nevertheless, without warning, Israel hit the camp with at least eight  missiles  spreading fire though the encampment of plastic tents (Quds News, 5/26/24). Some refugees burned to death, mostly women and children, leaving them dismembered and charred.

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Image: CounterPunch (5/31/24): “When the Israeli bombs strafed the safe zone, the plastic tents caught fire, sending flames leaping two meters high, before the melting, blazing structures collapsed on the people inside, many of them children who’d just been tucked in for the evening.”

The world saw the terror of the massacre on international and social media. Images showed the area of the strike engulfed in flames as Palestinians screamed, cried, ran for safety and sought to help the injured. “They told people to move there then killed them,” Richard Medhurst (5/28/24) posted.

A boy cries in horror and fear as he watches his father’s tent burn with him inside. A man holds up the body of his charred, now-headless baby, wandering around, not knowing what to do or where to go. An injured, starving child convulses in pain as a medic struggles to find a vein for an IV in her emaciated arm (Al Jazeera, 5/27/24).

Al Jazeera (cited by Quds News, 5/26/24) quoted a Civil Defense source: “We believe that the occupation army used internationally prohibited weapons to target the displaced in Rafah, judging by the size of the fires that erupted at the targeted site.”

US news media reported the tent massacre, some more truthfully than others. But most establishment media repeated Israel’s false claims that it was an accident, weaving disinformation messaging into toned-down descriptions of the scene. With confused syntax, they omitted words like “genocide,” “massacre” and “starvation.” Most left out the language of international law that is best able to explain the unprecedented crimes against humanity that Israel is committing. Corporate reporting left the tent massacre devoid of context and empathy, ignored actions that need to be taken, and ultimately facilitated the ongoing Israeli genocide of Palestinians.

Embedded with an Illegal Invasion

When NBC News (5/28/24) reported from Gaza that “Israeli tanks reached the city center for the first time, according to NBC News‘ crew on the ground,” it failed to say that the NBC crew was embedded with Israel’s invading force.

Image: By being embedded with Israeli forces, NBC (5/28/24) presented news literally from the IDF point of view.

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The same sentence continued that Israel was “defying international pressure to halt an offensive that has sent nearly 1 million people fleeing Rafah.” But Israel was not just “defying…pressure”; it was in violation of a direct order from the International Court of Justice ICJ to halt its attack on Rafah. Yet NBC reporters rode into Rafah with an army that was ignoring international law to commit further genocide in Gaza.

Compare NBC’s words to those used by Ramy Abdu (5/26/24), chair of Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, who posted: “In the deadliest response to the International Court of Justice’s decision, the Israeli army targeted a group of displaced persons’ tents in Rafah, killing approximately 60 innocent civilians so far.”

In a post, Francesca Albanese (5/26/24), UN special rapporteur for human rights in Palestine, included International actions that needed to be implemented:

The #GazaGenocide‌ will not easily end without external pressure: Israel must face sanctions, justice, suspension of agreements, trade, partnership and investments, as well as participation in int’l forums.

CNN’s Israel Bias Has Been Laid Bare. But CNN Is the Norm, Not the Exception. Jonathan Cook

Such sanctions are rarely discussed in establishment media, but are becoming more urgent, given the New York Times report (5/29/24) that Israel intends to extend the genocide through the remainder of 2024. Though the Times reported on the global outrage and demonstrations against the Rafah massacre, the words “genocide” and “massacre” were not used, nor was there any mention of the possibility of sanctions against Israel.

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently appeared on MSNBC’s “All In” to express her insane concerns about the lack of accountability and consequences for ethical breaches within the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). She argued that the court’s current stance, particularly that of Justice Alito, is “laughable” and “completely unacceptable.”

Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the dangers of allowing any of the coequal branches of government to operate without accountability to the others. “It is paving the path to authoritarianism, tyranny, the abuse of power in the United States,” she warned.

The congresswoman criticized the notion that the Supreme Court should only be accountable to itself, likening it to a “scout’s promise” approach to ethics standards for one of the most consequential courts in the country. She stressed that such a system is “structurally, completely unsustainable.”

Ocasio-Cortez called for Congress to exercise its power and jurisdiction over the Supreme Court to address what she sees as a “fundamentally unaccountable and rogue court.” She questioned not whether Congress has the authority to do so, but rather what specific actions should be taken to rein in the court’s power.

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In a significant development, four Bridgeport, Connecticut residents have been charged with illegal possession of absentee ballots and other election-related crimes stemming from the 2019 mayoral primary. The charges, announced by Chief State’s Attorney Patrick J. Griffin, follow an extensive investigation into election misconduct.

The individuals charged are Alfredo Castillo, Wanda Geter-Pataky, Josephine Edmonds, and Nilsa Heredia, all associated with Democratic campaigns. Geter-Pataky is a prominent member of the city’s Democratic Town Committee, Castillo is a city councilman allied with Mayor Joe Ganim, and both Heredia and Edmonds worked on mayoral campaigns.

The Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice reported that the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) investigation uncovered serious violations. These include mishandling absentee ballots, failing to maintain proper records, and tampering with witnesses. The charges were filed after a nearly year-long criminal investigation.

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A U.S. Navy nuclear-powered fast attack submarine has arrived in Guantanamo Bay, near the American base in Cuba as part of what U.S. Southern Command says is a "routine visit", but coincides with a visit by four Russian naval vessels, including one of its nuclear-powered submarines, which Moscow says is intended to send a message to Washington, along with its recent joint nuclear exercises with Belarus. 

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By Drago Bosnic

For decades, the political West was resting on its laurels after “winning” the (First) Cold War. It also expanded the tentacles of its malignant power projection to every corner of the world, including Russia itself, where liberal exponents of US/EU/NATO implanted themselves in the Kremlin, ensuring that Moscow’s economic might is ruined, so that the Eurasian giant can never recover, let alone return to superpower status. Keeping Russia down was one of the crucial aspects of the infamous Wolfowitz Doctrine and one of the first documents published by the abominable Clinton administration. This unequivocally imperialist strategy that even many Americans thought was too much ended up killing millions of people across the globe and perpetuated an unprecedented aggression against the world that lasts to this very day.

Keeping Moscow in a subservient state was imperative, a problem that the current Russian leadership had to contend with even after Vladimir Putin became president. It took him and his team at least 10-12 years to cure the Eurasian giant of the (neo)liberal disease in the Kremlin, while the remnants of its power were purged only in 2020, when invaluable constitutional reforms brought back Russia’s sovereignty in full.

Claire's Observations:  Can ANYONE out there, please tell me with a straight face why, with the full force of US and EU sanctions against it, Russia now has a flourishing economy during wartime?!?!?

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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito understands the legacy media's game.

For more than a year, media outlets — specifically, ProPublica — have worked to delegitimize the Supreme Court by suggesting that Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas are guilty of unethical behavior. The biased investigations have uncovered no actual evidence to prove the broadside attacks.

In a newly released audio recording, Alito revealed the reason why he believes media outlets are targeting him and his colleagues.

The recording was captured at a Supreme Court Historical Society event on June 3 at which progressive "advocacy journalist" Lauren Windsor secretly recorded Alito and his wife at the event by lying to them.

The newest recording was secretly captured by Windsor's colleague, Ally Sammarco.

In the recording, Sammarco tried to flatter Alito by calling him an "American hero," a compliment that he rebuffed. She then asked a leading question about why the Supreme Court "is being so attacked and being so targeted by the media these days."

"Well, I think it’s a simple reason: They don’t like our decisions," Alito responded.

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