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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Tuesday announced that plans to launch an offensive in Lebanon against Hezbollah have been formally approved. 

The IDF statement further said it is preparing to "accelerate readiness in the field" at a moment the situation is deteriorating, given the Lebanese paramilitary group backed by Iran has in the last days sent hundreds of drones and missiles into northern Israel. The statement spelled out that "operational plans for an offensive in Lebanon were approved."

The IDF released this photograph in making the announcement.

The military cited that the head of the IDF’s Northern Command Maj. Gen. Ori Gordin and chief of the Operations Directorate Maj. Gen. Oded Basiuk had given their final approval for the Lebanon battle plans

However, whether the trigger is pulled on launching the major operation remains to be seen, as outside diplomatic efforts to intervene also intensify.

During an afternoon briefing Pentagon spokesman Major General Patrick Ryder was asked by reporters about the newly approved Israeli battle plans. He responded: "I'm not going to get into hypotheticals and speculate on what might happen other than to say no one wants to see a wider regional war."

Claire's Observations:  General Ryder is "virtue signaling" here in this last statement; he know it is only a matter of time (and most probably, a short one at that) before US ":boots on the ground" will appear in Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East, and will be another "fait accomplit"  at Israel's behest/demand.   

 

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Authored by Kit Knightly via Off-Guardian,org,

Hello everyone and welcome to the latest edition of Bird Flu Digest, formerly known as Off Guardian...

The wall-to-wall coverage of Bird Flu is getting wallier-to-wallier with each passing week, to the point it’s almost hard to keep up with the waves of hot takes and chilling insights. But if you’re going to try, the best place to do it is right here, where I spend a good portion of my time reading very similar articles in very similar papers all about the danger of a pandemic they’re about to pretend is happening.

Not a dream of mine growing up, but life’s like that.

Anyway…bird flu.

In our last bird flu update, we pointed out that the “bird flu death” in Mexico was very likely no such thing, and that reporting it as such was right out of the Covid playbook.

Since then the head of Mexico’s Health Ministry has criticized the WHO for calling it a bird flu death at all.

But the big bird flu news is that former head of the US CDC Robert Redfield has gone hysterical, telling NewsNation:

I really do think it’s very likely that we will, at some time, it’s not a question of if, it’s more of a question of when we will have a bird flu pandemic.

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The Bloomberg Econoday consensus expected retail sales would advance by 0.3 percent in May. Instead, the Commerce Department reported 0.1 percent and downgraded April by 0.2 percentage points to -0.2 percent.
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I can’t wait to get back where we started from. In terms of the economy. And the CRE office market is showing disaster. San Francisco office market availability rates have soared in Q1 2024 to over 35%, up from less than 10% in Q1 2019.
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A panel of scientists fiercely debated Tuesday whether COVID-19 stemmed from a laboratory accident or naturally spread from animals to humans, with one expert declaring there was “zero” evidence for a natural origin of the pandemic that killed millions around the world.

Rutgers University molecular biologist Dr. Richard Ebright said in his opening statement before the Senate Homeland Security Committee that the “large preponderance of evidence indicates SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID, entered humans through a research incident.”

Ebright, who was joined in arguing for the so-called “lab-leak theory” by Dr. Stephen Quay, a former professor at Stanford University School of Medicine, added that “no — zero — secure evidence points to COVID’s natural origins.”

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Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WMD
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