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"Evil cannot create anything new, they can only corrupt and ruin what good forces have invented or made." -- J.R.R. Tolkien
The Justice Department intends to unseal additional documents connected to the FBI search at President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate but is urging a federal court to maintain the secrecy of the sworn affidavit describing the basis for the search.
The DOJ is particularly concerned that the release of details from the affidavit might harm ongoing efforts to interview witnesses, given the threats to federal agents in wake of the Mar-a-Lago search.
“If disclosed, the affidavit would serve as a roadmap to the government’s ongoing investigation, providing specific details about its direction and likely course, in a manner that is highly likely to compromise future investigative steps,” U.S. Attorney Juan Gonzalez and Justice Department counterintelligence chief Jay Bratt said in a filing urging the continued secrecy of the affidavit.
“The fact that this investigation implicates highly classified materials further underscores the need to protect the integrity of the investigation and exacerbates the potential for harm if information is disclosed to the public prematurely or improperly,” the DOJ officials wrote.
Webmaster addition: It was a fishing expedition!
Capri Sun is working overtime to recall thousands of the popular juice pouches for possible contamination.
Kraft Heinz -- which manufactures the child-centric drink -- has issued an official recall of 5,760 cases of Capri Sun that they say might be contaminated with a cleaning solution used at one of their production plants, which could've gotten into the product.
According to KH ... the problematic batch in question is tied to their Wild Cherry flavor, and it's hard to tell where exactly the possibly contaminated cases might've gone.
Pharmaceutical giant Pfizer Inc. is sponsoring journalism training programs utilized by Facebook to train its “fact-checking” partners and censor stories and posts critical of COVID-19 vaccines.
The International Center For Journalists (ICFJ) – itself funded by the Open Society Foundations amongst others – is partnered with Meta, Facebook’s parent company, on its “Journalism Project” initiative. In turn, Facebook relies on the journalists funded and trained by ICFJ to “combat misinformation” on its platform through its controversial fact-checking operation.
The Inflation Reduction Act sent to President Biden’s desk will end up forcing working-class Americans to pay billions of dollars in new taxes, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
An analysis by the CBO estimates those earning less than $400,000 — the group on which Biden promised not to raise taxes — will pay an estimated $20 billion more in taxes over the next decade as a result of the Democrat-pushed $740 billion package, which also sets aside $80 billion to hire 87,000 IRS agents.
The bill has yet to be scored in its entirety by the CBO — which typically gives each piece of legislation a price tag before it is voted on — but the agency scored the impact of the IRS expansion on middle-class taxpayers on Aug. 12 after a provision from Sen. Mike Crapo (R-Idaho) sought to exempt those making under $400,000 from increased IRS scrutiny.
Crapo’s proposed amendment would have kept those taxpayers from being targeted by the new IRS hires, but his provision was shot down 51-50 in the bill passed by the Senate last week.
On Friday, the House approved the bill. Biden is expected to sign it in the coming days.
The House’s third-ranking Republican on Friday ripped the Justice Department and FBI for targeting former President Donald Trump in an unprecedented raid on his Mar-a-Lago property a week ago.
Rep. Elise Stefanik, head of the House Republican Conference whose name has been mentioned as a potential running mate for Trump in 2024, argued that Americans have plenty of reasons to be suspicious of the raid. A member of the House Intelligence Committee, the New York Republican also pledged oversight hearings if her party retakes control of the chamber in the November midterms.
“Republicans are committed to immediate oversight, accountability, and a fulsome investigation to provide needed transparency and answers to the American people regarding [President] Joe Biden and his administration’s weaponization of the Department of Justice and FBI against Joe Biden’s political opponent,” Stefanik noted during a news conference.
“President Donald Trump is Joe Biden’s most [likely] political opponent in 2024 and this is less than 100 days from critical midterm elections,” she added.
A popular oat milk from the trendy Oatly brand has been recalled due to potential microbial contamination as part of a wider recall of more than 50 products that are manufactured by Lyons Magnus.
According to the FDA, poor commercial sanitation practices at the company’s plants have allowed the drink to potentially become contaminated with the bacteria cronobacter sakazakii.
A statement by Lyons Magnus released through the FDA noted: “Preliminary root cause analysis shows that the products did not meet commercial sterility specifications.”
Like the airline industry, cruise ships are faced with a shortage of workers industrywide, resulting in a slew of cancellations through fall.
Bloomberg reported that several top cruise lines, such as Carnival Corp. and Norwegian Cruise Line Holdings Ltd., are canceling sailings or reducing passenger capacity due to labor shortages.
Carnival Corp.'s Princess Cruises canceled eleven sailings on its Diamond Princess for the fall season, indicating it couldn't provide exceptional customer service amid labor shortages affecting almost every major cruise operator.
U.N. War On Fertilizer Began in Sri Lanka
The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) describes itself as “the global authority that sets the environmental agenda… and serves as an authoritative advocate for the global environment.” Through its “Economics of Ecosystems and Biodiversity for Agriculture and Food” program launched in 2014, the UNEP advocates that nations “steer away from the prevailing focus on per hectare productivity.”
But today the world is in its worst food crisis since 2008. The number of people suffering acute food insecurity increased by 25% since January 2022 to 345 million, according to the United Nations World Food Programme. Why, then, is the UNEP trying to steer nations away from fertilizers that increase food production?
The UNEP’s Acting Director in 2019 said the reason was humankind’s “long-term interference with the Earth’s nitrogen balance.” In October of that year, the UNEP hosted a meeting in the capital of Sri Lanka, Colombo and issued a “road map” to push nations to cut nitrogen pollution in half.
But the Netherlands proves that nations can slash nitrogen pollution from livestock by 70% while also increasing meat production. Same for crops. Since the early 1960s, the Netherlands has doubled its yields while using the same amount of fertilizer. While rich nations produce 70 percent higher yields than poor nations, they use just 54 percent more nitrogen.
Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York made a surprise revelation to a progressive Jewish group on the final night of Hannukah on Sunday: She traces her ancestry back to 15th-century Sephardic Jews.
Speaking at an event organized by Jews for Racial and Economic Justice at the Jackson Heights Jewish Center in Queens, the rising Democratic star drew cheers with the revelation, which she told Haaretz was the first time she had spoken publicly about her family's Jewish heritage.
"I knew it! I sensed it!" she said, highlighting a member of the audience who reacted to her revelation.
Her family confirmed Friday that Heche died from injuries related to the crash. She was 53 years old.
Before the accident, Heche was working on “Girl in Room 13,” playing the mother of a sex trafficking victim.
Police in Santa Fe, New Mexico have not ruled out hitting the Hollywood star Alec Baldwin with criminal charges after a damning new FBI report concluded that he did in fact pull the trigger of the gun that killed cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Rust back in October, despite repeatedly claiming that he did not.
I had lost all hope for the FBI. I wrote them off because I thought if anyone in the “rank and file” was still a good egg, they would have blown the whistle by now. So, in my book, the entire organization was rotten from root to stem… But I may have been wrong about that because now I am hearing we’ve got a lot of whistleblowers. Almost a dozen, to be exact. And Jim Jordan said they’re coming forward because they’re disgusted over the FBI raid and the complete politicization of the bureau.
Okay, this sounds like some hope and progress…
Big League Politics reported that Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) exposed in a Fox News interview on Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy that 14 FBI whistleblowers are speaking out against systemic corruption in their department after the unlawful raid on President Donald Trump’s Florida home.
“14 FBI agents have come to our office as whistleblowers, and they are good people. There are lots of good people in the FBI. It’s the top that’s the problem,” Jordan told Gowdy.
Nothing symbolizes the decline of the American republic better than the weaponization of justice that we saw last week when the FBI raided the home of former President Trump.
And nothing better represents the divide that now exists between Democrats and Republicans than the fact that some people still have faith in the FBI.
Aren’t they paying attention? Heck, that’s like a citizen of the old Soviet Union saying they had faith in the KGB – yeah, to crush dissent and lock up opponents of the regime in a Siberian gulag.
Arizona Republican Governor Doug Ducey issued an executive order to seal up gaps in the border wall near Yuma. Some of the materials to be used include shipping containers topped with razor wire.
The order, issued late last week, calls for containers standing 22 feet high to be welded together and an additional four feet of razor wiring added to the top.
Ducey’s reasoning for the order cites the Biden administration’s “lack of urgency on border security,” which he labels as a “dereliction of duty.”
“Arizona has had enough,” said Governor Ducey regarding the order. “We can’t wait any longer.”
The UK government will need to spend a further £12 billion ($14.5 billion) on a support package for households to keep pace with higher-than-expected energy prices, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) said in a report on Monday.
According to the research, the money is required if the government still wants to provide the same level of aid it set out this spring.
In May, former UK Chancellor Rishi Sunak announced that the government’s aim was to make up for half of the cost of energy price increases to households. The effect of that support has shrunk as energy costs continue to soar. In May, energy prices were expected to rise by 95% in 2022-23, but are now expected to rise by 141%, according to the report.
The IFS said the cost of living is now expected to be 11.3% higher this financial year than last, with inflation peaking in the last quarter of 2022 at 13.1%.
The think tank warned that the poorest households will experience inflation of an “eye-watering” 18% in October due to energy price growth, compared to 11% for the richest households.
The horror that pervades life right now is almost indescribable. Trusted medical and scientific institutions have been weaponised against us with the aid of a corrupt media industry. Healthcare is being used to subvert society at the foundational level. A dangerous gene therapy technology is being mis-sold to a terrified public as a safe and effective vaccine.
A single fact — the bioavailability of toxic spike proteins throughout the body — tells the whole genocidal story. The hideous prospect is of mass infertility, leukaemia, strokes, neurodegeneration… and death. We can only hope and pray that mitigations are in place and treatments are possible.
I have been quietly gathering the best reference resources over the last few months for my personal research purposes. I am sharing them here for our collective benefit. Somehow I wish this work was not necessary, but we have to confront reality as we find it.
He called it an 'assault on a political opponent.'
'Wow. In the raid by the FBI or Mar-a-Lago, they stole my three Passports (one expired), along with everything else. This is an assault on a political opponent at a level never before seen in our country. Third World,' he wrote on his Truth Social social media account.
Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R) revealed Monday that some migrant asylum-seekers being bused from Texas to cities nationwide are getting off the bus in Chattanooga and other locations before they reach their final destinations.
Boston Children’s Hospital has been trending on social media lately due to a video series promoting transgender services for adolescent patients, including those under the age of 18. One of the newest videos making the rounds features a psychologist, Dr. Kerry McGregor, claiming very young children have a grasp on their gender identity “seemingly from the womb.”
Around 12:30 p.m. on August 12, in Mesa, Arizona, Emmanuel Reynoso Avila ran into his home to grab his gun. He had just witnessed a man hit his next-door neighbor Christopher Heimer, 63, with his vehicle.
Media conglomerate Gannett announced on Friday that it would lay off staff at local news outlets across the United States following a dismal earnings report.
Pfizer Inc Chief Executive Officer Albert Bourla said on Monday he had tested positive for COVID-19 and was experiencing very mild symptoms.
Bourla, 60, said he had started a course of the company's oral COVID-19 antiviral treatment, Paxlovid, and was isolating and following all public health precautions.
"I am confident that I will have a speedy recovery," Bourla said in a statement.
Several public figures have tested positive for the infectious disease in the past few months including U.S. President Joe Biden and his chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci.
While many environmental advocates celebrate the Senate Democrats’ climate deal this week, frontline activists and more critical voices continue to note that the legislation, whatever its promises and upsides, remains an inadequate response to the global emergency that will likely further harm communities already affected by fossil fuel pollution.
Writing for Jacobin in the wake of the Senate vote, Branko Marcetic called for being “clear-eyed” about the package, adding that “the urge to smooth over the IRA’s serious flaws was understandable when its prospects of passing sat on a knife edge. But after passing the Senate, it’s now overcome its biggest hurdle.”
A special ops veteran who planned to stage a protest in Washington, D.C., regarding the FBI raid of Mar-a-Lago has reportedly changed course following warning of a trap.