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Authored by Connor Freeman via The Libertarian Institute,

As NATO escalates its proxy war in Ukraine and inches closer to fighting directly with Russia, the Washington-led bloc is embracing mandatory military service. Many European members of NATO have expanded or reintroduced conscription as part of large-scale preparations for such a war, CNN reports. Already outpaced in terms of military industrial capacity by Russia, the alliance’s new battleplans will see an attempt to beef up weapons production and form 35-50 brigades of 3,000-7,000 battle ready troops.

Outgoing NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg has insisted, “Today, we have 500,000 troops on high readiness, combat-ready battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance for the first time.” But the bloc is struggling to meet its goals of assembling 300,000 soldiers prepared to be activated within a month and another half a million in six months. There is also a question of whether the bloc can filed a military fit for a protracted war akin to the Ukraine conflict.

Following the end of the Cold War, several European states ceased conscripting their citizens. Although increasing numbers of NATO member countries have resorted to the draconian practice during recent years, especially in the Baltics and Scandinavia. Roughly a third of the NATO alliance practices some form of compulsory military service.

This year, for the first time since it was abolished in 2006, Latvia reimplemented its draft. Male citizens are subject to conscription within a year of turning 18 years old. Additionally, Norway has unveiled a long-term plan to increase its ranks of mandatorily conscripted troops, employees, and reservists by 20,000 as well as double the military budget. In 2015, Oslo became the first NATO government to establish a gender-neutral draft.

Lithuania brought back mandatory military service in 2015, each year drafting 3,500 to 4,000 men between the ages of 18-26 for a nine-month period. Although the Finnish Defense Forces employ only 13,000 people during peacetime, Helsinki claims it has the ability to activate over 900,000 reservists with 280,000 combat-ready troops. Sweden conscripts both men and women, Stockholm drafted 7,000 its citizens and the military expects to conscript 8,000 next year. The Swedes have had conscription since 1901.

Claire's Observations:  Of course, not to be outdone in this area, the US government has just initiated a "Back Door Draft", requiring ALL able-bodied men to be available for conscription, courtesy of the last "Omnibus Military Spending Bill passed in Congress on 15  June, 2024:  https://reason.com/2024/06/15/house-passes-bill-to-automatically-register-young-men-for-the-draft/

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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For the umpteenth time, President Joe Biden has shown America that he's no longer fit to serve.

Not that you'd know it from the glowing coverage of his all-too-brief primetime address on Wednesday night, slurring and audibly gulping his way through the most consequential and historic speech of his political career.

'When you elected me… I promised to always level with you,' Biden said from the Oval Office. 'To tell you the truth.'

The truth?

This is a president who has spent the last four years lying about his physical health and cognitive fitness.

A president who terrified the world with his debate performance against former president Donald Trump in June.

A president who had to be pushed to stand down — and, when he finally did, released a typewritten letter with a digital signature. It didn't even have an official letterhead, or an accompanying photo or video.

But sure, let's have the sitting US president, a proven liar who had to be shoved out the door by Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi, lecture us on honesty, democracy, and the indispensable need for integrity.

A president who, as the Mail exclusively reported, had to be rushed back on a supersonic Air Force One flight to Delaware last week because he was so sick.

Webmaster addition: As a side not, the 747 cannot fly supersonic.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Authored by Andrew Korybko via Substack,

Kiev Mayor Vitaly Klitschko, who’s emerged as one of Zelensky’s top rivals over the past year, speculated in an interview with Italy’s Corriere Della Serra over the weekend that the Ukrainian leader might agree to territorial compromises with Russia. In his words, “Will he…consider a territorial compromise with Putin?...Zelensky will probably have to resort to a referendum. I don't think he can reach such painful and important agreements on his own without popular legitimacy.”

Klitschko also echoed Atlantic Council senior fellow Adrian Karatnycky’s demand from mid-December for Zelensky to create a “government of national unity” by suggesting that this could help disperse responsibility for unpopular decisions like mobilization and thus ease their implementation. His interview couldn’t have been more perfectly timed since it coincided with the signals that Ukraine sent over the past week about its newfound semi-seriousness in reviving peace talks with Russia as explained here.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Doctors who watched Joe Biden 's address to the nation tonight have revealed the subtle clues about the president's health.

They pointed out that the speech was relatively short - coming in at just 11 minutes - and that Biden read exclusively from a teleprompter, making it difficult to make a definitive assessment of his mental and physical well-being.

However, Virginia neurologist Dr W Chris Winter picked up on the 81-year-old's low blink rate.

'I was counting the blink rate of all the ABC correspondents and guests before [the address] and they ranged from 30 to 60 per minute,' he told DailyMail.com.

He said the president blinked fewer than 10 times per minute on average, well below the average of 15 to 20 that most people experience. 

'Low blink rate can be a sign of Parkinson's Disease... an earlier sign of the disease,' Dr Winter added.

Many medical experts have previously suggested Biden's apparent cognitive decline could be due to his suffering from an early form of the condition, especially after it emerged a Parkinson's doctor regularly visited the White House during Biden's tenure.

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Ancient carvings featuring the faces of Tutankhamun's grandfather and other ancient Egyptian pharaohs have been rediscovered.

Archaeologists found the giant stone slabs at the bottom of the Nile River while searching for artifacts lost in a flood in city of Aswan in the 1970s. 

The slabs included hieroglyphic inscriptions about the kings' achievements, including King Amenhotep III, also known as Amenhotep the Magnificent and ancestor of King Tut.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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by Tyler Durden

Democrat donation platform ActBlue has been accused of a engaging in a "MASSIVE money laundering operation," by which contributions from large donors are being funneled through hundreds of thousands of small donations made in the name of people who have no clue they've donated.

Addition by Tony Seruga on X:  "I’m told Harris campaign is already using ActBlue money laundering scheme, $20 million from Johann Georg Wyss known as Hansjörg Wyss, born 19 September 1935, a Swiss billionaire, and was broken down into over 1,600,000 donations across 400,000 donors. Dirty! Dirty! Dirty!"

Absoflippinglutely unbelievable, and yet,  there, you have it!!  Money laundering already started, courtesy of the  the DNC!!!!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The FBI's director has cast doubt on whether Donald Trump was struck by a bullet during the attempt on his life at a Pennsylvania political rally.

Christopher Wray was updating Congress about the assassination attempt on Trump in Butler on Wednesday when he made the explosive statement.

'With respect to former President Trump, there’s some question about whether or not it’s a bullet or shrapnel that hit his ear,' Wray said.

'I don't know right now whether that bullet, in addition to causing the grazing, could have landed somewhere else.' 

Webmaster addition: The Deep State is desperate to trivialize Trump's wound, but the severity of the wound is not the issue. That it exists at all is the important point!

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Wednesday denied there was a 'coverup' of President Joe Biden's declining health and mental capabilities.

Biden's top spokesperson was grilled repeatedly about Biden's apparent change of heart when it came to a second term and denied his health had anything to do with the decision.

During her press briefing - the first since Biden's historic decision to step down as the Democratic nominee - Fox News' Peter Doocy asked her: 'It would seem that people in this White House knew that President Biden was slipping and it was hidden from the American people - so who ordered White House officials to coverup a declining president?'

'There's been no coverup,' she replied.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Donald Trump demanded FBI Director Christopher Wray be fired for refusing to say he saw cognitive decline in President Biden before he dropped out of the running for 2024.

'I watched the Congressional Hearing today as Christopher Wray was asked the question whether or not he noticed any Cognitive Degeneration in his many conversations with Crooked Joe Biden,' Trump wrote on Truth Social Wednesday as Wray was testifying before Congress about his near-assassination. 

'Wray should resign immediately from the FBI, and stop 'sweet talking' Congress every time he goes up, which he loves to do, because anybody can see that Joe Biden is cognitively and physically challenged, and if you can't see that, you sure as hell can't be running the FBI - Unless, that is, you want to illegally lead the Raid on Mar-a-Lago. Wray has to resign, and NOW, for LYING TO CONGRESS!' 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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On Wednesday, the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) detected Russian and Chinese military aircraft in the Alaskan Air Defense Identification Zone (ADIZ.) American and Canadian fighter aircraft intercepted the aircraft

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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by Tyler Durden

Wednesday, Jul 24, 2024 - 03:36 PM

Update (1815ET): Anti-Israel protesters were filmed dragging and assaulting a DC cop, and setting fire to an American flag in protest of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's speech.

Meanwhile, all three flags at Union Station were replaced with Palestinian flags.

Summary: Seeking to shore up support for the war against Hamas in Gaza, and with Vice President Harris not in attendance and with dozens of Democrats also choosing to skip in protest, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu addressed "this great citadel of democracy for the fourth time." He also took time in the lengthy address to acknowledge rescued hostages and their families, including families of American hostages, present in the chamber for the speech.

"I will not rest until all of their loved ones are home! All of them" - he said of the hostages. We are "actively engaged" in intensive efforts to secure their release, the prime minister said. "Some of them are taking place right now." He also recognized "President Biden's "tireless efforts" and "heartfelt support" for Israel. Biden "dispatched two aircraft carriers to the Middle East to prevent a wider war," Netanyahu said. Also acknowledging this politically chaotic and sensitive moment where Biden has bowed out of the presidential race, he called the US president "A proud Irish-American Zionist." But he also by the end of the speech thanked Donald Trump for forging the historic Abraham Accords, and gave thanks for his surviving the assassination attempt against him.

Bibi is a master of optics, and he delivered a highly emotional reminder of the enormity and evil of the Oct.7 terror attacks. As expected, he linked 9/11, Oct. 7, and the Holocaust, but also highlighted American domestic protests and 'anti-Jewish hate'. He described that ultimately this is a clash between "barbarism and civilization", or "those who glorify death and those who sanctify life." He said that on Oct.7 Hamas butchered 39 Americans, and likened it to having several 9/11's in one day (compared to the population size of Israel). "Iran's axis of terror confronts America, Israel, and its Arab friends," he also said at one point, before linking Iran to US campus protests. He even mentioned the "frat brothers at the University of North Carolina" who tenaciously protected the American flag from raging anti-Israeli protesters. He ultimately accused "Iran of funding and promoting" anti-American and anti-Israel protests. "If Israel's hands are tied, America is next," he claimed.

He emphasized that America and Israel must stand together... "we win, they lose," he said. Netanyahu also repeatedly went after the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) during the speech, calling the court "downright dangerous". He called the genocide allegations "utter complete nonsense" and a fabrication.

Mr. Prime Minister, a word, please: after the horrific 7 October attack by Hamas (possibly with help from agents provocateurs), which ALL civilized people rightfully condemned, you and your "junta" in Tel Aviv, began conflating genocide "self-defense" with genocide, which most civilized people cannot possibly continue to support.  

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, I can assure you, sir; the photographic, and verbal evidence, for this slaughter can neither be unseen nor unheard by people who care about all human life.   

And please;  how many dead or maimed-for-life Palestinians, will be enough to "satisfy" the unspeakable bloodlust exhibited by the IDF in what appears to be a "war" against innocent Palestinian women and children who had absolutely ZERO responsibility for 10/7?!? 

Why are places deemed "safe areas" by that same IDF, become "shooting galleries" which made assassinations "easy pickings" for the IDF, with Palestinians who actually believed  what the IDF told them, and have had to move again and again from the wreckage of what had once been their homes?!?

Mr. Prime Minister, the "game plan" here courtesy of you, and your junta, is very obvious for people who have the eyes to see it.

First, you want to achieve as completely as possible, a total extermination of the Palestinian people, and to claim Israel's "right" to all Palestinian territory in Gaza and the West Bank, with land and properties then to be available to Jewish/Israeli settlers only. https://www.timesofisrael.com/ben-gvir-calls-to-encourage-emigration-resettle-gaza-at-ultra-nationalist-rally/.

Secondly, a complete control of that massive wealth of oil and gas reserves right off the coast of Gaza. https://www.middleeasteye.net/opinion/war-gaza-israel-brutal-drive-seize-palestinian-gas-reserves

 Then, there's the "right of way" for the Ben-Gurion Canal Project.

I think that pretty much "nails it", sir.

And sir, somewhere in heaven, the late South African Bishop Desmond Tutu, that champion for South African freedom who condemned Israel as an "apartheid nation" is praying for your soul.  

 I sincerely hope you feel his presence in your dreams, cautioning you and your minions, to be terribly careful, about what you wish for as the outcome to this war.  Sometimes, karma can be a real bear.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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We saw this phenomenon in the JFK assassination. In the immediate aftermath of the assassination and afterward, the standard question among U.S. officials and the mainstream press was: Did Lee Harvey Oswald act alone or in a conspiracy? Hardly anyone asked: Could this be a highly sophisticated national-security state regime-change operation in which Oswald, who was now dead, was being made a patsy? That’s because it was considered to be simply inconceivable that such a thing could happen here in the United States. That type of thing only happens in foreign countries.
Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Modern America is an amusement park in which voters are wowed with dizzying rides, funhouse mirrors, macabre horrors, and unexpected scares. It is filled with plot twists and cliffhangers that keep Americans on the edge of their seats. Expectations are built up like an inflated water balloon until a sudden explosion triggers surprise and regret. A manufactured cycle of psychological highs and lows keeps Americans’ attention directed toward anything that is glamorous and away from everything that matters.
Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The Irish writer C.S. Lewis had it right more than 50 years ago: “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive.” The line first appeared in a volume of essays called, God in the Dock. If you are familiar with Germany, as I am, go find that book and remember that line. Today the German state is screwing down censorship to silence the right-wing opposition, all for the good called “democracy.”
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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What we're witnessing is the attempt to push her over the goal line by any means necessary. Rewrite history, invent a new hagiography, point to the new facts as being what everyone objectively has to use and those who don't are irredeemably deplorable!
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Oxfam said that the $42 trillion figure was nearly 36 times more than the wealth accumulated by the poorer half of the world’s population.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY
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Unlike Harris, Trump has earned his spot the old-fashioned way, even “taking a bullet” for democracy. He’s stood in front of crowds for five years, running to earn his spot as potential president for the second time. What has Harris done? She stood in the background and waited. -- Trump isn’t just competing against Harris. He’s competing against the system. The media industrial complex, all of Hollywood (or what’s left of it), and powerful forces in government who will move mountains to bring him down.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Border Patrol agents were instructed to clean up the border and put on a “show” for Vice President Kamala Harris’ first trip to the border, according to a new report. Despite being given broad license at and beyond the border as the so-called “border czar,” Harris’ first and only visit to the border came in June 2021. Now it’s becoming clear that even this brief visit did not give the vice president a true look at the crisis sill unfolding at the border.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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In the spirit of the Soviet Union’s Holodomor of 1932, the UK government has implemented a scheme that pays farmers NOT to grow food. This preposterous move has riled up controversy and disturbed farmers across the UK, hearkening to the days when government’s intentionally starved populations for their own political and territorial gain. Today’s UK starvation scheme, known as the Sustainable Farming Incentive (SFI), forms part of the government's broader strategy to encourage “environmentally sustainable” farming practices. Instead of introducing these new farming practices gradually, the UK government has decided to destroy agricultural production altogether and put millions of people at risk of starvation and staggering food prices.
Tags: DICTATORSHIP, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Scientists with the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation tested 13 Brazilian sharpnose sharks who all tested positive for the drug, and 12 out of the 13 also tested positive for benzoylecgonine, cocaine’s primary metabolite.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Fake Crowdstrike BSOD fix, hotfix and scams are malware: After Crowdstrike took down millions of Windows systems with a bad update, malicious actors have been using the incident to promote fake fixes and scams.
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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Porsche has scrapped its sales targets for EVs amid a slump in demand. A previous goal of 80% by 2030 has been watered down and the company now says sales will depend on uptake and how the technology develops.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE
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If you wondered where the MSM get all their lurid stories attributing 'extreme weather' to climate change, look no further than a new job ad for a "researcher" focused on creating alarmist propaganda, says Chris Morrison.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA
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'Populists' like Donald Trump and Nigel Farage are a "threat to democracy", chant the mainstream media. In fact, they are just reminding our politicians what they are supposed to be doing, says Prof James Alexander.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Keir Starmer says he will never withdraw from the ECHR because there is "no need" and Rishi Sunak did not disagree, despite it being the reason he failed to stop the boats. Nigel Farage says it's time to ask the people.
Tags: EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Google promotes its reCAPTCHA service as a security mechanism for websites, but researchers affiliated with the University of California, Irvine, argue it's harvesting information while extracting human labor worth billions.
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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