"Frankly, I don't know what it is about California, but we seem to have a strange urge to elect really obnoxious women to high office. I'm not bragging, you understand, but no other state, including Maine, even comes close. When it comes to sending left-wing dingbats to Washington, we're Number One. There's no getting around the fact that the last time anyone saw the likes of Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinstein, Maxine Waters, and Nancy Pelosi, they were stirring a cauldron when the curtain went up on 'Macbeth '. The four of them are like jackasses who happen to possess the gift of blab. You don't know if you should condemn them for their stupidity or simply marvel at their ability to form words." -- Columnist Burt Prelutsky, Los Angeles Times

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Today’s news is so flooded with stories that show the trends I’ve teen warning about that I can’t even begin to cover them all in the time I have to read through the news, organize it and then write an editorial. So, I’m going to go through them in a rather staccato style to give the thrust of each story. Maybe I’ll have more time to come back to some of the detail in next weekend’s Deeper Dive.

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The European Parliament on Wednesday asked members on its defense subcommittee to have their phones checked for spyware after it found traces of hacking on two devices.

Members and staff in the chamber's subcommittee on security and defense (SEDE) have had their phones hit with intrusive surveillance software tools, the institution said in an internal email.

All lawmakers in the subcommittee have been advised to take their phones to the institution's IT service to be checked for spyware, according to the email, seen by POLITICO.

The European Parliament is on high alert for cyberattacks and foreign interference in the run-up to the EU election in June.

POLITICO reported in December that an internal review showed that the institution's cybersecurity "has not yet met industry standards” and is “not fully in-line with the threat level" posed by state-sponsored hackers and other threat groups.

One member of the security and defense subcommittee went in for a routine check on Tuesday, which resulted in a discovery of traces of spyware on their phone. The member told POLITICO it wasn't immediately clear why they were targeted with hacking software.

Parliament's Deputy Spokesperson Delphine Colard said in a statement that "traces found in two devices" prompted the email calling on members to have their phones checked

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EUROPE
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Engineering forces of the Alexandroni Brigade cleared close to 30 kilometers of routes near Israel's northern border with Lebanon, the military said on Wednesday, granting it significant freedom of action on the northern front.

The Alexandroni Brigade, deployed from Metulla to Rosh Hanikra, is leading the defense battle against Hezbollah, the IDF noted.

Israeli house hit by anti-tank missile

In an additional incident in the north, a house in Metula was hit by an anti-tank missile, Israeli media said on Wednesday. No injuries were reported. 

Over the course of the war, under the direction and cooperation of the Air Force, more than 500 targeted attacks were carried out on enemy spots from the air and on the ground, and more than 2000 shells were fired into Lebanese territory.

Claire's Observations: It looks as though Israel is now "softening up Lebanese infrastructure" for the "full-on, upcoming invasion" they are planning.  The Lebanese government is in an absolute mess,  and their ability to defend any territorial integrity they may have left, has to be diverted to Hezbollah.  This is about to get very ugly very quickly.

And any guarantees for avoidance of civilians in the coming Lebanese genocide by Israeli government?!?  In the words of the sleazy , underworld character in a former TV series, "Fuggedaboutit"!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) has launched a “new crackdown” on journalists for sharing posts that include facts about the Israeli war on Gaza, MEMO understands.

Journalists are believed to be frustrated as they see this move as a submission to pressure from some pro-Israel groups.

Insider sources who spoke to MEMO on condition of anonymity fearing they could be targeted, confirmed that some Arab journalists have been subjected to a “new crackdown” that includes investigations and disciplinary actions for allegedly anti-Semitic behaviour.

This move came as BBC Director-General, Tim Davie, pledged to fight “any form of anti-Semitism” in the globally renowned news organisation.

Some Arabic service journalists in London and Middle East reporters have been investigated for “posting or sharing posts and tweets that are regarded as anti-Semitic.”

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Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The US military on Tuesday said that Yemen’s Houthis struck two US cargo ships a day earlier, confirming a statement made by the Yemeni group on the attacks.

US Central Command said the Houthis fired two missiles at the Sea Champion, a Greek-flagged, US-owned grain carrier, causing minor damage. The command said the ship could continue to its destination of Aden, Yemen.

The Houthis also fired a drone at the Navis Fortuna, a Marshall Islands-flagged, US-owned bulk carrier. The attack also caused minor damage, and the command said the vessel was able to continue its voyage to Italy.

CENTCOM also claimed that it struck a surface-to-air missile launcher in Yemen and a drone that was preparing to launch. The US has been bombing Yemen almost every day, but the strikes have done nothing to deter the Houthis.

From Monday night into early Tuesday morning, CENTCOM said that US and allied warships downed ten Houthi drones. “Between 8 pm on Feb. 19 and 12:30 am on Feb. 20, US and coalition aircraft and warships shot down 10 OWA UAVs [one-way attack unmanned aerial vehicles] in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden,” the command said.

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Trump lawyer Alina Habba told Breitbart News Daily that she is going to “thoughtfully” and “methodically” respond to the ruling in New York’s fraud case against former President Donald Trump, stating that it is “going to be on the appeal” and “you can read it and weep.”

Habba spoke about the trial and the aftermath of a New York judge — Judge Arthur Engoron — ordering Trump to pay $355 million over allegations of fraud. The judge also banned Trump from conducting business in the Empire State for three years.

“Let’s just go to common sense, because the order that you’re reading is not common sense. It’s absolutely absurd …  and for me to try to explain to you how Judge Engoron got to his ridiculous number would mean I have to go speak about politics and the problem with the dual justice system and election interference right now. But the numbers are what they are. What bank, whatever, just write a check. So that’s how they feel they had a right to come in under a consumer fraud statute that’s never been used in this way and butt their nose into two private, sophisticated individuals in a contract that has never been breached. No loan defaults, no loss of money, no victims, no damages,” she said, adding that banks had nothing to do with the lawsuit and actually testified that they loved working with the Trump Organization.

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Qudra said the system was "deadly" as approximately 70,000 people were awaiting treatment, including around 10,000 cancer patients [Getty]

Only 800 wounded Palestinians have left the besieged Gaza Strip for treatment out of approximately 70,000 cases since Israel's war on the enclave began on 7 October, Gaza's health ministry said on Wednesday.

The ministry's spokesperson, Ashraf al-Qudra, told Jordanian outlet Al-Mamlaka, that the process of getting the injured out of the strip for treatment was so slow that they were likely to die inside Gaza before they got the medical attention needed outside.

"Only 800 wounded have managed to get out since the beginning of Israel's aggression," he said, adding that the number included 400 cancer patients.

Qudra said the system was "deadly" as approximately 70,000 people were awaiting treatment, including around 10,000 cancer patients.

He also addressed the "systematic destruction" of Gaza's healthcare system, after Israeli attacks had targeted 150 hospitals putting 32 completely out of service and destroying 53 primary care centres.

Claire's Observations:  This is precisely the result the Israeli government wants from their genocide in Gaza; more Palestinian deaths through wounds and illness.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Nuclear weapons aren’t just a threat to human survival, they’re a multi-billion-dollar business supported by some of the biggest institutional investors in the U.S. according to new data released today by the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) and PAX, the largest peace organization in the Netherlands.

For the third year in a row, globally, the number of investors in nuclear weapons producers has fallen but the overall amount invested in these companies has increased, largely thanks to some of the biggest investment banks and funds in the U.S.

“As for the U.S., while there is, like past years, indeed a dominance, and total financing from U.S.-based institutions has increased, the total number of U.S. investors has dropped for the third year in a row (similar to our global findings), and we hope to see this number will continue to fall in the coming years,” Alejandar Munoz, the report’s primary author, told Responsible Statecraft.

In 2023, the top 10 share and bondholders of nuclear weapons producing companies are all American firms. The firms — Vanguard, Capital Group, State Street, BlackRock, Wellington Management, Fidelity Investments, Newport Group, Geode Capital Holdings, Bank of America and Morgan Stanley — held $327 billion in investments in nuclear weapons producing companies in 2023, an $18 billion increase from 2022.

These companies are also profiting from the enormous government contracts they receive for developing and modernizing nuclear weapons.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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A recurring defect in US foreign policy is a refusal by elites to concede when they made a serious policy mistake.  This is not a new problem, but it has grown decidedly worse in the past few decades.  It characterized the intervention in Vietnam years after it should have become evident that Washington’s approach was failing.

Even one of the few worthwhile lessons from the bruising Vietnam experience proved only to be temporary; The U.S. should not get involved in murky civil wars.  A generation later, the United States had embarked on forceable nation building missions in both the Balkans and the Middle East.  The subsequent interventions in Libya and Syria were even less defensible because Washington already had the Iraq fiasco as fresh evidence that the Vietnam failure was not unique.

One might have thought that the Vietnam experience would have inoculated US policymakers against a repetition in other parts of the world, however, even that benefit appeared to be temporary.  Not even the sacrifice of 58,000 American lives and approximately 1,000,000 Vietnamese lives caused US leaders to reconsider a policy of global interventionism.  Indeed, two decades later the United States was mired in another full-fledged civil war, this time in the Balkans.  Another decade later, US leaders once again attempted to forcibly execute a strategy that created a client both democratic and compliant in Iraq.  Such conduct strongly indicated that US officials might be incapable of learning appropriate foreign policy lessons.  The latest adventure of the U.S. and its NATO allies in Ukraine appears to be less rewarding and even more dangerous than the previous examples.

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The White House is closing in on a decision to send missiles to Ukraine with a range of nearly 200 miles. The Biden administration is discussing the potential weapons shipment but lacks funding to finance the transfer. President Biden is pressing House Republicans to approve a massive war spending bill that includes $61 billion for Ukraine. 

The US has provided Ukraine with short and medium-range missiles for its HIMARS missile launchers. Biden is now close to deciding to provide Kiev with the long-range Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) that can hit targets at 190 miles. 

The potential change in White House policy comes after Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba met with Secretary of State Antony Blinken. “I just came here from a meeting with Secretary Blinken,” Kuleba told a small group of reporters in Munich on Saturday. “I spent a very good part of the time arguing in favor of ATACMS.”

The US official who spoke with NBC News about the White House discussions explained that ATACMS “would allow Ukraine to strike farther inside the Russian-held Crimean Peninsula.” Moscow annexed Crimea in 2014, and often responds to attacks on the Peninsula with massive attacks on Ukrainian cities

Claire's Observations: This is way too little, and way too "late in the game" for this to have any major influence on the outcome of this dirty and deadly war between Russia and Ukraine.  The US is apparently incapable of talking any sense into Zelinsky whatsoever, regarding suing for peace, and getting the most favorable deal possible for Ukraine under the circumstances.   This... is going to have diplomatic, and economic negative repercussions world-wide.

Zelinsky has proven the "Gold Standard" for military failure, and all the US intel/weapons/infrastructure provided, has not been able to fix this.  One wonders why this guy hasn't been "taken out and replaced" by one of the willing, and highly capable "Alphabet Soup" US agencies, as they so frequently do, even in this 21st century?!? 

 One has to wonder; what dirt does he have on Americans at the highest level of government, which has prevented this from happening so far?!?  Whatever it is, it has to be damning and horrific in the extreme.

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Interest on the U.S. national debt is set to exceed the entire defense budget of $822 billion for fiscal year 2024 as Republican leaders in the House of Representatives weigh spending $95 billion on foreign aid.

Congressional Budget Office Director Phillip Swagel warned that the growing $34 trillion national debt’s interest payments will cost more than the entire defense budget this fiscal year. "We have more debt and we have higher interest rates," he said on Fox Business Network on Tuesday. "It makes us more vulnerable as well with more debt if interest rates go yet higher, it's like a turbocharger with our interest payments going up."

According to a recent Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget analysis, interest will exceed defense spending and Medicare payments in fiscal year 2024. 

Webmaster addition:  The last official act of any government is to loot the nation. This "foreign aid" might be the mechanism by which this is being done without the public realizing what's happening!

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Rep. Debbie Dingell developed a severe nerve condition from a mandatory swine flu vaccine, which initially made her "scared to death" to get a COVID-19 vaccine, she told a congressional hearing last week

The Michigan Democrat might want to reconsider her now-unquestioning enthusiasm for COVID vaccines, including those made through traditional methods, in light of a massive international study of "adverse events of special interest" funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and set to be published in the peer-reviewed Elsevier journal Vaccine.

Members of the research team, which stretched from the Americas to Europe, China and Australia, said they identified "potential safety signal[s] of concern" following mRNA and adenovirus-vector vaccination when the "observed versus expected" ratio of a given AESI rose above 1 at the lower boundary of the 95% confidence interval and reached statistical significance.

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Moviegoers have abandoned liberal director Rob Reiner after his latest film questioning the Christianity of Trump voters flopped big time at the box office.

Opening weekend numbers put “God & Country: The Rise Of Christian Nationalism” in unenviable territory, posting just over $38,000 grossed national across 85 theaters, or $451 per location over four days, according to Breitbart. The film’s themes, which heavily criticize the “Christian nationalism” that Reiner purports go against the teachings of Jesus Christ, were embraced by liberal movie critics who gave the film a 91% favorable rating on Rotten Tomatoes.

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South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem has ordered the state’s National Guard troops to be deployed to the southern border, aiding Texas in managing unprecedented levels of illegal immigration.

Ms. Noem, a Republican, announced that 60 South Dakota National Guard soldiers will be sent to the U.S.-Mexico border later this spring. The deployment will occur gradually over a span of three months.

“The border in a warzone, so we’re sending soldiers,” Ms. Noem said in a statement.

Two and a half years ago, South Dakota became the first state to send National Guard troops in response to Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s request for assistance in securing the border.

Ms. Noem stated that the National Guard troops would aid in the construction of a border wall.

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The Chinese Coast Guard is stepping up patrols near the Taiwanese-controlled Kinmen Islands following an incident involving Taiwan’s Coast Guard that ended with two Chinese fishermen drowning.

The Kinmen Islands are controlled by Taiwan but are located just off the coast of mainland China, only about 3 miles away from the Chinese city of Xiamen.

Last week, Taiwan’s Coast Guard said a Chinese fishing boat entered prohibited waters off Kinmen, known as Quemoy in the mainland. The Taiwanese Coast Guard claimed the fishermen refused a request for an inspection, and their boat capsized as they tried to flee the area.

A total of four people were on the boat, and two were pronounced dead. After the incident, the Chinese Coast Guard said it would start regular patrols in the area to “maintain operational order in sea areas and safeguard fishermen’s lives and property.”

Claire's Observations:  It has recently been reported that US "Military Advisors"  have been deployed to Kimnen  As stated on 7 April, 2024, Dave De Camp, Antiwar.com: "US military advisors have been deployed to Kinmen, a group of small islands that are controlled by Taiwan but located just off the coast of mainland China, Taiwan’s TVBS has reported.

When asked to confirm the highly provocative deployment to Kinmen, the Pentagon said it could not comment. “We don’t have a comment on specific operations, engagements, or training” with Taiwan, Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Marty Meiners told Antiwar.com in an email.

“But I would highlight that our support for, and defense relationship with, Taiwan remains aligned against the current threat posed by the People’s Republic of China. Our commitment to Taiwan is rock-solid,” Meiners said."   

I would sincerely hope that the death of the two Chinese fishermen, was not the result of "US Military Advice" Letting people off with a "stern warning", is absolutely preferable to them getting killed as a result of being chased by the Taiwanese military.

 

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Conservatives in the Senate are urging Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell to oppose Democrats’ plans to ignore the upper chamber’s constitutional duty to host an impeachment trial for Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas.

More than a dozen conservative senators penned a letter to McConnell on Tuesday telling him to take up the House’s mantle of impeaching Mayorkas for his aiding and abetting the invasion at the U.S. southern border.

“It is imperative that the Senate Republican conference prepare to fully engage our Constitutional duty and hold a trial,” the Republicans wrote.

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One “benefit” of the Covid-19 lockdowns was the public’s exposure to what is, or isn’t, going on in our schools. In just a few short years, the public has seen the outsize and pernicious influence of public-sector unions — nowhere more dramatically than in our schools.

The damage is nearly incalculable, and the money unions have to spend on such injury is enormous.

Unions take dollars in “dues money” from hard-working teachers and use it to finance a slew of politically driven efforts that have nothing to do with educating the nation’s children — many that actually harm them. Hard-left activist “teachers” are empowered to indoctrinate children in communist-style propaganda, while good teachers presenting a solid education are subverted.

And it shows: Large numbers of America’s children now loathe American values, and test results for reading and math reveal about half the nation’s kids fail to perform at grade level.

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Despite the White House’s attempted spin, it’s obvious to anyone with eyes and ears that Biden’s mental faculties are rapidly waning. Recent polling has shown the vast majority of Americans (76 percent) have “major or moderate concerns” about the president’s overall physical and mental fitness.

While corporate media will never admit it, Biden can barely answer basic questions, let alone complete a sentence. So, to bring a little humor to your day, The Federalist has compiled a list of 30 questions likely to stump America’s befuddled commander-in-chief.

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Two critical U.S. Capitol Police security cameras aimed at the Democratic National Committee's (DNC) offices during the January 6, 2021, pipe bomb incident were remotely redirected by police, failing to capture crucial segments of the police response, according to information obtained by the Epoch Times.

A detailed examination of the unreleased security footage reveals that Capitol Police Camera 3173, positioned directly across from the DNC bomb site, was remotely shifted away from the scene at 1:29 p.m. on the fateful day, just before the bomb squad intervened. (Related: New evidence strongly indicates that pipe bombs found on Jan. 6 were PLANTED by the FBI.)

Similarly, Camera 8020, located atop the nearby Fairchild Building, was zoomed in on the bomb squad assembling until 1:44 p.m., when the Capitol Police Command Center redirected its focus as a bomb robot approached the DNC.

Sources familiar with the U.S. Capitol Police camera system consider such redirection during an active event as "really odd."

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