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Worldwide spending on nuclear weapons rose by $10.8 billion between 2022 and 2023 with 80% of the increase coming from the United States, according to a new report released on Monday by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN).

The $10.8 billion increase brings annual global spending on nuclear weapons up to $91.4 billion. From 2019 to 2023, $387 billion has been spent on nuclear weapons.

“By comparison, the World Food Programme Executive Director stated in 2021 that to end world hunger, countries could spend $40 billion per year through 2030, which is a total of $360 billion over nine years,” said the report, “Surge: 2023 Global Nuclear Weapons Spending.” ICAN notes that sum is $27 billion less than what the U.S., China, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, India, Israel, North Korea and Pakistan spent on their nuclear arsenals in just five years.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Ukraine will eventually have to seek a peace deal with Russia , Nigel Farage insisted yesterday, creating a clear divide between his party and the Tories over the conflict.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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In 2015 a two day simulation game was held dubbed by some as the “hunger games” 65 people played out a food crisis simulation set in the years 2020 to 2030.
Tags: HIDDEN HISTORY
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In a study published last month, researchers looked at samples from 20 formulas made by well-known American and international brands and found that six out of 20 formulas tested positive for five types of toxic heavy metals, including lead and aluminium. Even more alarming is that infant formula has tested positive for Cronobacter. In May 2024, the FDA sounded the alarm on the Crecelac Infant Powdered Goat Milk Infant Formula, after tests revealed it was contaminated with Cronobacter, which can lead to life-threatening infections like sepsis and meningitis.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Covid posed no risk to children. To coerce children into getting vaccinated fear campaigns told them they should get vaccinated so they “didn’t kill granny.” Because of the risk of myocarditis, the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation advised against covid injections being given to healthy children under the age of 18. However, Chris Whitty intervened and requested they review their decision. Presumably succumbing to political pressure, a few months later the Committee handed over the decision to the Chief Medical Officers. It was the Chief Medical Officers of the four nations who decided to vaccinate children.
Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The broadcaster was promoting a new full-time assistant producer role at Audio North, in the classical music department, based in MediaCity UK, Salford. This role was being advertised via its mailing list as part of the BBC Extend Programme which aims to take “positive action” in making it more diverse. In particular, the programme is aimed at those who are deaf, disabled or neurodivergent. However, instead of the job description reading “identify as deaf”, it instead said: “to apply, you should identify as dead, disabled or neurodivergent”.
Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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Experts claim the daily use of Listerine, particularly the Cool Mint flavor, could increase the risk of two deadly cancers. They advise against its everyday use. A recent study revealed that daily gargling with Listerine Cool Mint significantly increased the levels of two types of bacteria in the mouth, both of which have been linked to esophageal and colorectal cancer. The study, conducted by scientists from the Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium, found that the alcohol in the mouthwash disrupts the normal bacterial balance in the mouth.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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New York’s highest court has declined to hear Donald Trump’s appeal on the gag order in his hush money case, according to a decision list posted Tuesday.

The gag order, issued by Judge Juan Merchan in the criminal case against Trump, remains in effect.

Separately, Trump has asked Merchan to terminate the gag order ahead of his sentencing scheduled for July. The former president was convicted of 34 counts of business fraud relating to hush money payments to adult film star Stormy Daniels.

Trump’s lawyers did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In March, just before the trial started, Merchan granted prosecutors’ request for a gag order that precluded Trump from making public statements about any witnesses in the case, jurors, prosecutors, court staff, or members of their family. Trump was not restricted from commenting on the judge or Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A Ukrainian reporter who revealed that a state news agency tried to bar interviews with opposition politicians said he received a draft notification the next day.

Ukraine’s domestic spy agency spied on staff members of an investigative news outlet through peepholes in their hotel rooms.

The public broadcaster has decried what it says is political pressure on its reporting.

Journalists and groups monitoring press freedoms are raising alarms over what they say are increasing restrictions and pressures on the media in Ukraine under the government of President Volodymyr Zelensky that go well beyond the country’s wartime needs.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., is demanding answers about why the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana declined to prosecute a man who was threatening him and his family, instead leaving the case up to a local district attorney.

Banks, in a letter written late last year to Attorney General Merrick Garland, asked why the federal attorney, who would normally prosecute threats to members of Congress, did not pursue the case, ABC News, which obtained a copy of the letter, reported Tuesday.

The man, Aaron Thompson of Fort Wayne, eventually was sentenced to two years of probation. Banks said that the FBI visited the suspect's house, where he "admitted he had threatened me and my family with violence because he disagreed with my political beliefs."

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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With yet another former Trump official about to be imprisoned for contempt of Congress — a penalty that seemingly only applies to Republicans under the Biden DOJ — CNN appears to be salivating over the possibility that Steve Bannon could end up in Rikers Island with violent criminals.

Bannon, 70, must turn himself in on July 1 to begin a 4-month sentence for a charge originating with former Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s one-sided, sham select committee to “investigate” the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol that got out of hand. Trump advisor Peter Navarro, 74, is currently sitting in prison for the same reason.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Vice President Kamala Harris is to host a White House screening of Sheryl Sandberg’s Screams Before Silence on Monday, a film which includes “confession” footage of Palestinians who were almost certainly tortured by Israel, to support Tel Aviv’s 7 October mass rapes lie.

In promoting the event, Democratic Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz lied in a CNN interview that she had personally watched videos of a rape in progress, footage that Israeli and international investigators have determined does not exist.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Nearly three years after the protests on January 6, 2021, Judicial Watch filed a $30 million wrongful death suit against the federal government for the Capitol Police shooting of Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt.

The Washington Examiner reported that the suit was filed on behalf of Babbitt’s estate and her husband, Aaron Babbitt, and claims the officer who shot Babbitt was “incompetent” and “dangerous” and should have recognized Babbitt posed no threat to Congress when she entered the House speaker’s lobby.

Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton shared on X at the time, “We just filed an important lawsuit.  A $30 million dollar wrongful death action against the United States government on behalf of Ashli Babbitt’s husband and her estate. Ashli Babbit was killed for no good reason that day. Shot and killed by Lt. Michael Byrd.”

“Judicial Watch is seeking accountability from the United States government, that is responsible for that awful and unjustified shooting death.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Ackman reposted Morgan’s remarks, writing a lengthy post about Biden’s age and ability to serve a second term.

“A president should not have to be led off stage by hand or with an arm wrapped around him. That is the not the image of strength and leadership we need as a country,” Ackman said. “Look at what is going on in the world. The perception of weak leadership in the United States has led to global chaos. The reality of weak leadership is a long-term serious and continued threat to our country.”

Cuban, the former owner of the Dallas Mavericks and “Shark Tank” personality, accused Morgan and Ackman of “pandering” to their social media followers and losing “all objectivity.”

“I’ll let you both in on a secret. BOTH CANDIDATES ARE OLD. VERY OLD. They both are going to have senior moments, mis-remember, forget things and have physical frailties,” Cuban wrote on X. “I’ll tell you a not so secret secret: One is great at soundbites, but also thinks in soundbites. The other is awful at soundbites, but thinks in complete sentences. Voters will decide which we prefer.”

Webmaster addition: It's not the age, it's the dementia!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Sunday's exchange of accusations between Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and unnamed sources in the Israel Defense Forces over who gave the order to allow a "humanitarian pause" in the warfare in the Gaza Strip is just the latest twist in an increasingly acrimonious relationship between the premier and the General Staff of the Israel Defense Forces.

In this case, Netanyahu put out a statement denying knowledge of the humanitarian pause, only to have the IDF respond that it had been upon his express orders.

In recent weeks, there have been a string of issues which have widened the divide. Senior officers have briefed the media that Israel risks losing the "tactical gains" from the past months of fighting on the ground in Gaza, because Netanyahu has refused to allow the formation of an "alternative to Hamas" which can take control of the Strip. Instead, Hamas is returning to areas already cleared by the IDF.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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