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"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." -- Greek proverb
On Saturday, at an event in Washington, DC, former Vice President Mike Pence spoke out about Biden’s plan to re-enter the nuclear deal.
In his talk with anti-regime activists, Pence warned that if plans go forward, it won’t result in a positive outcome, according to a report by Fox News.
The event was by the Organization of Iranian-American Communities, which supports an Iranian republic that is democratic, non-nuclear, and secular. The group supported Trump and his administration for the policy that exacted maximum pressure on the regime.
In 2015, the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action was put aside and replaced with re-imposed sanctions that had previously been lifted and, during an air strike, eliminated General Qasem Soleimani.
Last fall, we warned about a new tool in the arsenal of weapons used by the regime to justify censorship and rolling back the basic rights of Americans. With this new tool, corrupt journalists like Taylor Lorenz can dox, harass, and lie about anyone they want and enjoy total immunity from criticism. Why? Well, if you dare to criticize a journalist like Lorenz, someone, somewhere, might become outraged and decide to commit an act of violence. With this remarkable censorship tool, the media’s attack dog journalists are magically absolved from any criticism because some nut job, somewhere, maybe, at sometime, might act violently upon this criticism.
The tool goes by the name “stochastic terrorism.”
There’s already confusion over next year’s Oscar eligibility rules. It doesn’t even have to do with the theatrical/streaming debate, but rather, if the film is inclusive enough.
Starting this year, when filling out an online form to submit your film for Oscar consideration, a producer will have to adhere to new Academy rules. The site asks about cast and crewmembers’ race, gender and sexual orientations, and whether they had autism, or dealt with chronic pain or mental illness.
“I don’t know, maybe someone on my crew was neurodivergent,” a filmmaker told THR. “It’s not my place to ask. Did they do their job? Great. And how are we going to know who’s gay when it’s illegal to ask people?”
Following the controversy surrounding the T-72Bs belonging to the Royal Moroccan Army sent to Ukraine, Rabat has denied the claim.
Twenty modernized have been T-72B main battle tanks have been supplied to Ukraine, making Rabat the first African nation to send support to the war-torn country, however, Morocco denies sending the Main battle tanks to Ukraine, stating that Excalibur Army handed over the tanks without Rabat’s permission and in violation of the contract.
A submarine with two dead bodies and nearly three tons of cocaine aboard was seized in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Colombia, the country's navy announced Sunday. Two survivors "in poor health" were also found on the vessel and given first aid.
"These people's poor health state is presumably due to the inhalation of toxic fumes caused by fuel problems inside the boat," Captain Cristian Andres Guzman Echeverry said in a video released by the navy.
The roughly 50-foot-long submarine was carrying almost 5,800 pounds of cocaine, worth more than $87 million, officials said. The navy said the vessel had been bound for countries in Central America, and that the seizure had kept more than 6 million doses of cocaine off the illegal market.
America’s top medical schools — including Columbia, Harvard, the University of Chicago, Stanford, Mount Sinai, and the University of Pennsylvania — are all lowering their academic standards for admission in order to boost minority acceptance and graduation rates. The loosening of standards is being conducted in the name of “equity” “diversity” and “inclusion.” Lowering medical school standards will have profound consequences in the years to come, especially in a medical environment that is already overrun by corruption and malpractice.
The importance of academic achievement in medical education
Academic achievement is a critical component of medical education. Students who have excelled academically are better equipped to handle the rigorous coursework and demanding workload that comes with medical school. They are also better prepared to provide high-quality care to patients once they enter the workforce.
The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized test that is used by medical schools to evaluate the academic readiness of prospective students. The test is designed to assess critical thinking, problem-solving, and knowledge of scientific concepts.
Lowering academic standards for admission will have a detrimental effect on the quality of education that medical students receive. Students who are not adequately prepared may struggle to keep up with the coursework, leading to a lower quality of education and potentially compromising patient care.
A Russian fighter jet forced down a US Air Force drone over the Black Sea on Tuesday after damaging the propeller of the American MQ-9 Reaper drone, according to the US Air Force.
The Reaper drone and two SU-27 Flanker jets were operating over international waters over the Black Sea when one of the Russian jets intentionally flew in front of and dumped fuel in front of the unmanned drone, according to the official. One of the jets then damaged the propeller of the Reaper, which is mounted on the rear of the drone, the official said. The damage to the propeller forced the US to bring down the Reaper in international waters in the Black Sea.
The incident marks the first time Russian and US military aircraft have come into direct contact since Russia launched its invasion of Ukraine just over a year ago and is likely to increase tensions between the two nations, with the US Air Force calling Russia’s actions “reckless, environmentally unsound and unprofessional.”
China says a tripartite deal among the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia on the production of nuclear-powered Aukus submarines totally disregards international concerns while Russia slams the pact for raising questions about nuclear proliferation.
American President Joe Biden, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese unveiled at the US naval base in San Diego on Monday details of a plan to supply Australia with nuclear-powered attack submarines from the early 2030s with the declared aim of countering what they call China's ambitions in the Indo-Pacific.
The three leaders termed the three-phase multibillion-dollar agreement under the 2021 Australia, United Kingdom, and US (AUKUS) partnership a "game changer," which ultimately ends with London and Canberra creating advanced versions of nuclear-powered submarines for their navies.
Black Lives Matter couple Monica Cannon-Grant and her husband Clark Grant became very involved in the organization and are now facing more than two dozen federal charges in connection to their involvement.
A year ago this week, the married couple was charged with 18 federal counts in connection to their organization, Violence in Boston. They founded VIB in 2017 with the stated goal of reducing violence, raising social awareness, and aiding in community causes in Boston. VIB partnered with BLM, especially in 2020. In June 2020, VIB and BLM organized a Boston rally for George Flyod, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. There were thousands of people in attendance.
The Blaze reported:
Though VIB was a nonprofit that had raised over $1 million, Cannon-Grant and Grant allegedly used a significant portion of those funds for personal use. The 2022 federal indictment claimed that the couple had spent that money on gas, restaurants, personal travel and hotel reservations, nail salon appointments, auto repairs, and ride-share services.
There are also allegations that the two lied on a mortgage application and that Cannon-Grant had received more than $10,000 in grant money from a department store but had spent at least a third of that money on her rent. The board of directors voted to shut VIB down last July, according to a statement on the group’s Facebook page.
Gov. Ron DeSantis’ administration is revoking the Hyatt Regency Miami’s alcohol license for hosting a “sexually explicit show with children present,” according to governor’s office Tuesday.
“A Drag Queen Christmas” performed Dec. 27 at the James L. Knight Center, which is reportedly connected to the Hyatt Regency Miami.
The administrative complaint said minors younger than 16 years of age were at the show where “performers appeared on stage wearing sexually suggestive clothing and prosthetic female genitalia.”
The show allowed minors if they were accompanied by an adult.
Judicial Watch today announced that a court hearing was held (audio) in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit on Friday, March 10, 2023, in the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice for records of communication between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and several financial institutions about the reported transfer of financial transactions made by people in DC, Maryland and Virginia on January 5 and January 6, 2021(Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of Justice (No. 1:21-cv-01216)).
The appeal was heard by a three-judge panel: Circuit Judge Wilkins, and Senior Circuit Judges Rogers and Tatel. An audio of this morning’s hearing can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/live/Hfa6qg4SEyA
Judicial Watch filed its appeal in November 2022, challenging a U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia decision allowing the FBI to withhold records of communication between the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and several financial institutions about the reported transfer of the financial transaction records.
One is a Hillary Clinton mega-donor who went to a Shinto shrine to pray after Donald Trump won the White House. Another worked for President Barack Obama before her own political career spectacularly failed. A third is a prolific contributor to Democrats, including Nancy Pelosi — who owns a Napa Valley vineyard just 15 minutes from the former House speaker’s.
There’s even an improv performer.
The 12 directors who were supposed to oversee fallen Silicon Valley Bank — and prevent the catastrophic errors that threw the entire banking system into jeopardy on Friday — might not be household names.
But they are facing a series of investigations into their collective role in its collapse.
The collapse of American banks has triggered drastic movement in bank shares as investors fear contagion in financial institutions despite assurances from US President Joe Biden.
US bank stocks plummeted into a chaotic situation stemming from the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank on Friday, after customers demanded their deposits and the company’s stock fell amid worries over the bank’s financial health. The tech-focused bank was shut down by regulators shortly after California-based, crypto-focused Silvergate bank announced its liquidation earlier last week. Later, New York-based Signature Bank was shut down over the weekend due to concerns for the lender’s liquidity.
Shockwaves from the collapse of the banks, which were focused on tech startups and cryptocurrency, triggered big moves in bank shares on Tuesday as investors fretted over the chances of the financial failure of more of the US banks.
Joe Biden on Monday blamed Donald Trump for the recent bank failures and broadening contagion.
Silicon Valley Bank and Signature Bank collapsed over the weekend.
Silicon Valley Bank is the largest bank to fail since the 2008 liquidity crisis.
The FBI and U.S. Department of State have not yet provided documents in response to a congressional request for information on the origin of the COVID-19 virus, which is due March 13, but the agencies are expected to comply, according to the House panel seeking the information.
The information was requested on Feb. 27 by Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability, and by Rep. Brad R. Wenstrup (R-Ohio), chairman of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic.
“We have not received documents at this time, but we are in communication with the agencies about the chairman’s request, and we expect compliance,” a spokesperson for the subcommittee told The Epoch Times on March 13.
A spokesperson for the State Department told The Epoch Times, “President Biden has directed every element of our intelligence community to put the effort and resources behind getting to the bottom of the origins of COVID-19. We will continue to use every tool to figure out what happened here. And if we gain further insight, the President has directed the Administration to share that with Congress and the American people.”
The FBI declined to comment.
In a harsh blow to an already-reeling sector, Moody’s Investors Service cut its view on the entire banking system to negative from stable.
The firm, part of the big three rating services, said Monday it was making the move in light of key bank failures that prompted regulators to step in Sunday with a dramatic rescue plan for depositors and other institutions impacted by the crisis.
“We have changed to negative from stable our outlook on the US banking system to reflect the rapid deterioration in the operating environment following deposit runs at Silicon Valley Bank (SVB), Silvergate Bank, and Signature Bank (SNY) and the failures of SVB and SNY,” Moody’s said in a report.
The move followed action late Monday, when Moody’s warned it either was downgrading or placing on review for downgrade seven individual institutions.
Russian troops keep coming in waves along the frontline in eastern Ukraine, Ukrainian soldiers said on Tuesday, as President Vladimir Putin reaffirmed his view that Russia's very existence as a state was at stake in the war.
In the eastern Donbas region, Russia and Ukraine are locked in the bloodiest infantry battle in Europe since World War Two, after Moscow launched a winter offensive with hundreds of thousands of freshly called up reservists and mercenaries.
Putin has framed Moscow's year-long invasion as a defensive pushback against what he sees as a hostile West bent on expanding into territories historically ruled by Russia.
Failed Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams has announced she will be joining an environmental advocacy dark money group that is pushing to regulate and ban natural gas-powered stoves.
Rewiring America, the nonprofit group Abrams will join as senior counsel, is a self-described "leading electrification nonprofit, focused on electrifying our homes, businesses, and communities."
Through her role, Abrams will "launch and scale a national awareness campaign and a network of large and small communities working to help Americans go electric," according to the group.
The Treasury Department will comply and release suspicious activity reports (SARs) generated by the Biden family and their associates’ business transactions to the House Oversight Committee, Breitbart News has learned.
The Treasury’s compliance to disclose the SARs is a massive development in the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Biden family business to determine if President Joe Biden is compromised by communist China. The committee is investigating the Biden family business for nine violations, including wire fraud and money laundering.
U.S. banks have flagged over 150 SARs from Hunter and James Biden that included “large” amounts of money tagged for further review by the Treasury. SARs “often contain evidence of potential criminal activities, such as money laundering and fraud,” according to a 2020 Senate report.
According to US European Command, a US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone collided with a Russian Su-27 fighter jet, an incident that risks a major escalation of the tensions between Washington and Moscow.
European Command said in a press release that two Russian Su-27 fighters intercepted the MQ-9. “At approximately 7:03 AM (CET), one of the Russian Su-27 aircraft struck the propeller of the MQ-9, causing US forces to have to bring the MQ-9 down in international waters,” the command said.
It’s not clear where in the Black Sea the incident occurred or how close to Russian territory the MQ-9 was operating. Gen. James B. Hecker, the commander of US Air Forces Europe and Air Forces Africa, claimed the MQ-9 was conducting a “routine” flight and blamed the collision on the Russian pilots.
After one of its top staffers was arrested for involvement in a domestic terrorist attack, Rep, Matt Gaetz wants the left-wing Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) put under the investigative microscope.
Specifically, Gaetz, a Fort Walton Beach Republican who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, wants GOP lawmakers to probe the FBI’s reliance on the SPLC in determining who is or isn’t a domestic terrorist, Fox News reported recently.
As The Free Press reported last month, a trio of Florida Republicans — Sen. Rick Scott and Reps. Greg Steube and Bill Posey, of Sarasota and Rockledge, respectively — demanded answers from FBI Director Christopher Wray after an FBI analyst in Richmond issued an anti-Catholic report.
The document described “Radical-Traditionalist Catholics” as potential terrorists who adhere to “anti-Semitic, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ and white supremacist ideology.” The source for that analysis was the SPLC.
Controversial lab studies that modify bird flu viruses in ways that could make them more risky to humans will soon resume after being on hold for more than 4 years. ScienceInsider has learned that last year, a U.S. government review panel quietly approved experiments proposed by two labs that were previously considered so dangerous that federal officials had imposed an unusual top-down moratorium on such research.
One of the projects has already received funding from the National Institutes of Health's (NIH's) National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in Bethesda, Maryland, and will start in a few weeks; the other is awaiting funding.
Twelve years have passed since the 2011 nuclear disaster and preparations are underway to discharge treated radioactive water into the sea from the crippled Fukushima power plant, although local fishermen and Japan's neighbors remain wary of the plan.
The Japanese government seeks to begin releasing the water sometime this spring or summer, with operator Tokyo Electric Power Company Holdings Inc asserting the many large tanks holding treated water are obstructing work to decommission the defunct reactors.
TEPCO and the government plan to release the water containing trace amounts of tritium into the Pacific Ocean despite opposition from fishery communities whose businesses have finally made progress in recovering from reputational damage caused by the disaster, considered the world's worst nuclear accident since the 1986 Chernobyl meltdown.
One day before lawmakers on the House Weaponization Committee held their second hearing last week, Colorado Republican Rep. Ken Buck sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken decrying State Department censorship.
In February, the Washington Examiner exposed the Department of State funneling taxpayer money to a shadow network of corporate censors that operate to suppress dissident media. The Global Disinformation Index (GDI), a British group that recommends where advertisers spend their marketing dollars, received $330,000 from the Biden State Department.
GDI’s list of websites says the “riskiest” or “worst” offenders of disinformation include conservative outlets such as the American Spectator, Newsmax, The Federalist, the American Conservative, One America News, the Blaze, Daily Wire, RealClearPolitics, Reason, and the New York Post. Some of the outlets it calls the least risky are those that peddled the Russia-collusion hoax and suppressed both the Hunter Biden laptop story and revelations about the pay-to-play scandal implicating then-candidate Joe Biden right before the 2020 election.
Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis has called on the United States to find a peaceful resolution to the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine. The move contrasts starkly with many congressional Republicans, who have advocated for indefinitely arming Ukraine rather than finding a peaceable solution to the conflict.
During his Monday night program, Fox News host Tucker Carlson revealed his team had sent a series of questions regarding the Russia-Ukraine conflict to potential and declared 2024 GOP presidential primary candidates. Included in the list were questions such as “Is opposing Russia in Ukraine a vital strategic interest for America? “What’s our objective in Ukraine, and how are we going to know when we’ve achieved it?” and “What is the limit of money and weapons you’d be willing to send to [Volodymyr] Zelensky?”
When parents cannot care for a child, the children often go to relatives.
This leaves family members with extra children to care for and provide for. In some cases, it’s not the child’s fault. For example, when parents get killed by a drunk driver. Oklahoma seeks to make life a little easier for the ones left behind.
The bill, Bentley’s Law, was first passed in Missouri. Cecilia Williams was left to care for her grandson, Bentley, after his parents were killed in an accident with a drunk driver. This allows judges to include child support in a sentence for a person convicted of a DUI, providing a little bit of relief for those left to care for those often left behind.
Fox News star Tucker Carlson has warned his viewers that Democrat President Joe Biden’s administration will usher in a federal government-control digital currency if Americans don’t make their voices heard over the banking crisis.
During the opening of his show, Carlson warned that the collapsing banking system will open the door to digital cash.
On Monday morning trading was halted on 20 banks as the markets opened.
The New York Stock Exchange halted trading at Charles Schwab.
Over the weekend, amid populist howls of outrage that a bailout of SVB would promote moral hazard (in the end depositors did get bailed out with a full recovery, but other unsecured creditors oddly enough would get nothing, while the common stock is a doughnut), we said that while technically true, the events that toppled SVB and now SBNY as well, are really a subsidy for the big banks.
Former President Donald Trump spoke in Davenport, Iowa, on Monday to deliver his platform on education issues as his 2024 presidential campaign kicks into high gear.
During the speech, Trump stated that his administration had extensively studied the possibility of breaking up the Department of Education altogether and reallocating its functions to the states, earning raucous applause.
"We studied it very closely and I was getting ready to do it, pull the trigger," he said. "The long-term goal, but now it's a short-term goal, of breaking up the federal Department of Education and redistributing its functions to the states."