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Pressure is mounting on U.S. lawmakers to skip Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled address to Congress later this week, as a newly formed coalition of civil society groups announced a protest against the far-right leader – whose policies and actions in Gaza are on trial for genocide at the World Court.

As Netanyahu “brings to Congress his message of extending and expanding the devastating war in Gaza, neglecting the safety of Israeli hostages, and ensuring impunity for the actions of his government, an alternative message must be heard,” the new coalition said in a statement Monday. “To amplify a message of safety, freedom, just peace, collective liberation, and human rights for ALL Palestinians and Israelis, nine diverse groups have come together to form the Peace and Justice Protest Bloc.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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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 field a military fit for a protracted war akin to the Ukraine conflict.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Russian air defense systems destroyed 47 Ukrainian drones over the Rostov Region, one each over the Belgorod, Voronezh and Smolensk Regions, eight over Kuban and 17 over the Black and Azov Seas, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Monday.

"During the past night, the Kiev regime attempted to carry out a terrorist attack using unmanned aerial vehicles against targets on the territory of the Russian Federation, air defense systems intercepted and destroyed 47 UAVs over the Rostov Region," the ministry said.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A group of major labor unions pushed President Biden in a letter Tuesday to stop military aid to Israel as it continues to wage its war on Hamas in the Gaza Strip.

“We believe that immediately cutting US military aid to the Israeli government is necessary to bring about a peaceful resolution to this conflict,” the letter reads.

Signatories include the United Auto Workers (UAW), the American Postal Workers Union (APWU), the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT), the National Education Association (NEA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) and United Electrical Workers (UE). 

In a Tuesday press release, APWU President Mark Dimondstein said the “unions are hearing the cries of humanity as this vicious war continues.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Do you remember how painful the Great Recession was?  2008 and the years immediately following were definitely a very dark chapter in our history, but a new study has actually found that the percentage of Americans that worry they won’t be able to pay their bills is actually higher today than it was back then.  Slowly but surely, our economic strength has been fading and our standard of living has been falling.  Unfortunately, now we have reached a point where a very large portion of the U.S. population is really struggling.  According to a CNN poll that was just released, almost 40 percent of all U.S. adults “say they worry most or all of the time that their family’s income won’t be enough to meet expenses”…
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The Federal Trade Commission announced on Tuesday that it’s ordering eight companies that offer AI-powered “surveillance service pricing” to turn over information about the potential impact these products have on privacy, competition and consumer protection. With this investigation, the agency is seeking to learn more about how artificial intelligence and other technologies are being used to change pricing based on consumer behavior, location and other personal data. This practice allows companies to charge different customers different prices, the FTC says.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has announced the creation of the Olympic Esports Games, which will debut in 2025 in Saudi Arabia. This decision was unanimously endorsed at the 142nd IOC Session in Paris. The IOC has partnered with the Saudi National Olympic Committee for a 12-year agreement to host these games.
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The latest salvo in the ongoing battle between between Elon Musk and the EU came courtesy of the X owner. He revealed that in the run-up to the European elections, X was offered “an illegal secret deal”: if the platform would agree to secretly censoring online speech, then the European Commission wouldn’t fine it for violations of its new online content moderation law, the Digital Services Act (DSA). X refused to cooperate, but all the other major platforms accepted the deal.

Musk’s revelation came shortly after Thierry Breton, the EU’s censorship czar, announced the Commission’s preliminary findings that X’s new “blue check” verification system was in violation of the DSA. Given that anyone can now subscribe and obtain a “verified status” — unlike before Musk when the platform arbitrarily decided who was worthy of the coveted blue check — this, he stated, undermines users’ ability to make informed decisions about account authenticity.

The Commission also accused X of “fail[ing] to provide access to its public data to researchers”, as mandated by the DSA. It urged the company to address such breaches or face a fine up to 6% of its total worldwide annual turnover, which was approximately $3.4 billion in 2023. Failure to comply could result in X being banned from operating in the EU altogether.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, EUROPE
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After last month’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gave cities a green light to enforce laws and clear homeless camps, San Francisco is now crafting policies to allow officials to begin sweeping encampments, according to Mayor London Breed’s July 19 newsletter.

“Our goal is to bring people indoors—camping or living on our streets isn’t safe for our community, residents, and people in need of support,” she said. “San Francisco is a city that prioritizes compassion, and we will continue to lead with services, but we cannot allow for people to refuse services and shelter when offered and available.”

Webmaster addition: I don't know what would be available with the illegal immigrants taking up all the hotels.

Tags: ECONOMY
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Commentator and filmmaker Robby Starbuck's strategy to expose all the insane woke activism within mega-corporations with large conservative customer bases has entered the third chapter. After Tractor Supply nuked its diversity, equity, and inclusion program and John Deere scaled back on DEI policies, Starbuck announced on X on Tuesday, "It's time to expose Harley Davidson."

Starbuck's anti-woke crusade drives a wedge between the corporation and the customer base, forcing high-level executives to immediately respond, as seen by Tractory Supply and John Deere, or risk 'Bud Lighting' itself (i.e., boycotts). It's a genius move by Starbuck and his team as the anti-woke crusade against companies infected with the woke mind virus gains momentum.

Starbuck claims that under Harley Davidson CEO Jochen Zeitz, the iconic motorcycle brand has been infected with woke activism, supports the Equality Act (which would allow men into girl's bathrooms, sports, and locker rooms), funded all-ages pride events, and required 1,800 employees to undergo virtual LGBTQ+ ally training. 

Starbuck notes that Harley Davidson is a founding member of Wisconsin's LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce, sponsored an LGBTQ+ Entrepreneur Bootcamp, and made February and March "Months of Inclusion."

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Rep. Maxwell Frost (D-FL) has argued that calling Kamala Harris a beneficiary of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion policy (DEI) is the equivalent to calling her the n-word.

Appearing on CNN’s Newsroom with Jim Acosta, Frost made the case for Harris’s selection as the Democratic Party nominee despite having no real mandate to do so.

Webmaster addition: The Democrats are getting desperate! Their push for DEI has come back to haunt them!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Conservatives have a strong case against Vice President Kamala Harris if they can avoid salaciousness and frame the issue properly.

On Sunday, according to The San Francisco Standard, former San Francisco Mayor Willie Brown held an impromptu news conference outside a restaurant in which he endorsed Harris as President Joe Biden’s replacement at the top of the Democratic presidential ticket.

To put it mildly, Harris could have done without Brown’s endorsement.

The establishment media, of course, will gloss over important details of his history with the vice president. For instance, the Standard noted merely that Brown “dated Harris when she was an Alameda County prosecutor in the mid-1990s.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Leading biopsy specialists in Japan have just announced that Covid mRNA shots are the cause of soaring heart failure cases and related sudden deaths.

A team of Japanese researchers successfully employed a specialized biopsy technique to prove that COVID-19 “vaccines” destroy the human heart.

Dr. Hiroyuki Yamamoto from the Department of Cardiovascular Medicine at Narita-Tomisato Tokushukai Hospital in Chiba, Japan, led the following team of people in determining the cause behind the global spike in cardiac deaths that occurred after Covid mRNA shots were pushed onto the public:

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, JAPAN, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Hackers have stolen and leaked internal documents from Leidos Holdings, a major IT services provider for the Pentagon, Homeland Security, NASA, and other U.S. government agencies. This incident was reported by Bloomberg and other sources, highlighting the significant impact on the security of sensitive information.
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House Democrats are now targeting the chairman of the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for raising questions about Biden giving donor funds to Kamala Harris.

Biden dropped out of the 2024 race on Sunday and endorsed Kamala Harris.

Trump-appointed FEC Chair Sean Cooksey on Sunday said Kamala Harris may not be entitled to Biden’s war chest in a post on X.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The Deep State is always trying to stop Trump from holding large rallies.

In 2020 Democrats used Covid to restrict the number of people at Trump’s rallies with Marxist ‘social distancing’ guidelines.

Now the Secret Service is telling Trump to stop holding his massive outdoor rallies… or else?

“Secret Service officials encouraged Donald Trump’s campaign to stop scheduling large outdoor rallies and other outdoor events with big crowds after the assassination attempt on the former president in Butler, Pa., according to people familiar with the matter,” The Washington Post reported.

Webmaster addition: Does this count as election interference?

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The horrifying attack on an Australian tourist in Paris last weekend is just the latest alleged gang rape on the streets of the French capital.

In the wake of the shocking news, Parisian women have revealed their safety fears, while police have voiced concerns in the run up to the Olympics.

Following the brutal attack which has sent shockwaves through the city, MailOnline spoke to several women in Pigalle. The recurring response was one of disbelief and horror - and concern about the safety of being out on the city's streets after dark.

Aurelia Desnot, a 21-year-old student, said: 'The rape of that poor young woman on Friday night has been catastrophic to the image of France. I would not go out late at night on my own in this area because I don't want to put myself in danger.

'There are always men hanging around late at night watching women,' she warned.

'When I go out, I go prepared. I know which route I am going on and I know how I am going to get home. And me and my friends check on each other to make sure we have got home safely.'

Tags: FRANCE, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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By Dave DeCamp

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is set to meet with both President Biden and former President Trump during his visit to the United States.

Netanyahu’s office said in a statement that the Israeli leader would be meeting with Biden at the White House on Thursday at 1:00 pm Eastern Time. The meeting was initially scheduled for Tuesday but was pushed back as Biden has been recovering from COVID-19.

Trump initially said he would meet with Netanyahu on Thursday at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida, but he later said it was pushed back to Friday at the Israeli leader’s request. “Looking forward to welcoming Bibi Netanyahu at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida,” Trump wrote on Truth Social.

Netanyahu is also expected to meet with Vice President Kamala Harris, but a date and time haven’t been set. Harris will not be attending Netanyahu’s address to Congress on Wednesday since she will be in Indianapolis as part of her new presidential campaign, which was launched on Sunday after Biden dropped out of the race and endorsed her.

Major protests are expected in Washington during Netanyahu’s address to Congress. Ahmad Abuznaid, executive director of the US Campaign for Palestinian Rights, told BBC that the protesters will “make the statement that war criminals like Netanyahu are not welcome” in the US.

Claire's Observations:  I hope and pray that all demonstrations planned remain peaceful.

Mike has a saying, which I believe is proven true frequently; at ANY demonstration, the person verbally advocating violence, and hurting other people or property, is most probably a plant from one of the US government's many alphabet soup agencies. Do NOT listen to them, please.

As deeply as the issue of Israeli genocide against primarily  helpless women and children cuts for many of us (Me, a Christian Pacifist Activist, who never advocates violence, included), peace and logic must be the behaviors of the day, when demonstrating.

Please;  cage the rage, and keep things calm.  This will help you make your case to a sometimes very ill-informed, and uneducated people about what this genocide is ultimately all about, which is two-fold.  

First, it is about a depopulation of Gaza and the West Bank to "sell" it as part of the Israeli "homeland" for Israelis and Jews only;  and secondly, the amazing oil and natural gas reserves off Gaza's coast. https://researchcentre.trtworld.com/perspectives/israels-genocidal-war-on-gaza-is-also-about-oil-and-gas/

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The mainstream media has, until now, played a key role in advancing the Global War on Cash - a war that began with no official declaration but in which propaganda, as with all wars, is a vital weapon.

Last week’s global IT outage appears to have shaken some British media outlets’ confidence in the idea of a fully cashless society. When a content update by the cyber-security giant CrowdStrike caused millions of Microsoft systems around the world to crash on Friday morning, bringing the operating systems of banks, payment card firms, airlines, hospitals, NHS clinics, retailers and hospitality businesses to a standstill, businesses were faced with a stark choice: go cash-only, or close until the systems came back online.

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Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, ECONOMY
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The delinquency rate for credit card accounts that are “nearly or almost completely maxed out” did spike to 33% in Q1 2024. This is the highest rate in at least a decade and reflects significant financial stress among consumers who have heavily utilized their credit limits.
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GOP Rep. William Timmons of South Carolina pressed Secret Service Director Kimberly Cheatle on Monday on reports that the Pittsburgh Secret Service field office sent four times the number of additional agents to cover a first lady Jill Biden event than to former President Donald Trump’s July 13 rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, where he was shot.

Cheatle neither confirmed nor denied that was the case.

Biden was speaking at an event at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh for approximately 300 people close to the same time Trump was speaking at his rally attended by several thousand, according to the Pittsburgh Tribune.

Timmons started out his questioning of Cheatle asking if she agreed with the statement that Secret Service resources allocated to a particular events should correspond to the risk profile of it.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A Wienermobile crashed into a vehicle and flipped on its side around lunchtime Monday on a busy Chicago-area highway.

Webmaster addition: And Kamala so wanted that car in her motorcade!

 

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Hillary Clinton, who holds a spot in history as the country’s only female presidential nominee from a major party, is now hoping Kamala Harris can do what she couldn’t: defeat Donald Trump and break the “highest, hardest glass ceiling” in American politics.

Clinton, in an op-ed endorsing Harris in the New York Times, says she knows how Vice President Harris can do it this time.

“I know a thing or two about how hard it can be for strong women candidates to fight through the sexism and double standards of American politics,” Clinton wrote, championing Harris — who is now the likely Democratic nominee — as a “a savvy former prosecutor and successful vice president who embodies our faith that America’s best days are still ahead.”

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The idea for this post comes from the Wall Street Journal article American Borrowers Are on Shakier Ground.

Years of higher inflation and interest rates have left consumers mired in debt, even as overall economy hums.

I dispute the Journal’s statement the “overall economy hums”.

If the economy was humming we would not see charts like I am about to present.

Unexpected Expenses

That chart is from the Federal Reserve Report on the Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households

The report was updated May 21, 2024 but it it only through 2023. Zoomers and younger Millennials are in trouble.

Rot Starts at the Periphery

The Wall Street Journal comments Big Banks and Customers Continue to Feel Pressure From Higher Rates

JPMorgan’s second-quarter profit declined 9% year-over-year to $13.1 billion. That figure excludes one-time items, including a $7.9 billion gain on an exchange of the bank’s shares of Visa.

Credit-card loans rose faster than spending at all three banks, a sign that more borrowers carried over balances month to month.

“When you really dig into what’s happening across different consumers, the folks on the lower end of the wealth or income spectrum are struggling more,” Wells Fargo Chief Financial Officer Mike Santomassimo said on a call with reporters.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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Now that the will of primary voters has been discarded and President Joe Biden has been pressured out of the race by the oligarchs and powerbrokers of the Democrat Party, what are the most potent lanes of valid criticism that could make an already deeply unpopular candidate, Vice President Kamala Harris, even less palatable to sensible Americans?

Three major vulnerabilities of this radical and unscrutinized career politician are listed below.

But, first, a quick note on her dismal favorability ratings: According to the latest Civiqs polling, Harris is -22 points underwater on favorable/unfavorable, while Trump is at -12 points. The RealClear Polling averages also show Harris as far less favorably viewed than Trump — with her at -14.2 points and Trump at -10.9 points.

Also, Harris has somehow reached this nomination without enduring real political scrutiny, except for her dismal performance in the 2020 Democratic primaries, when her unpopularity forced her out of the race before she ever faced any voters in actual primary contests.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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