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If the good guys can’t resolve their petty differences, how will we ever defeat the bad guys? asks Dr. Meryl Nass.

Good question.

Before we get to Dr. Nass’ very sensible article, I would like to add a personal note.

Don’t let divide-and-conquer tactics become our downfall. Stay focused on who is trying to maim, kill and control us.  

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NYC had a retail center in one of its richest neighborhoods, but when it shut down there was debate as to why. Was the rent too high? Was there not enough foot traffic? Well today NYC is back, there's foot traffic, rents are reduced, and the stores are still empty, for some reason.

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In the 1950s and ‘60s, the U.S. government conducted a series of nuclear tests in the Nevada desert.

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This is one of many documentaries concerning the radioactive fallout resulting from the nuclear tests in Nevada. I vividly recall one day when I was in elementary school in New Hampshire when the students were kept in the central corridor of the school all day. We were not allowed into the classrooms, let alone outside, so we just sat on the floor, playing games and keeping ourselves busy while the teachers fretted about how someone had miscalculated the yield of a Nevada test.

But the US Government had a PR problem. After seeing the photographs of Nagasaki and Hiroshima, coupled with warnings from Oppenheimer and others, there was a strong anti-nuclear feeling in the general population.

To counter the concerns of the public, the government launched a propaganda campaign to assure Americans nuclear war was survivable. This was the source of "Duck and cover" featuring Bert the Turtle!

And even the Walt Disney company was used, creating an episode for their weekly show entitled, "Our Friend The Atom.

Our Friend the Atom | Tomorrow's Scientists - Digital Exhibits

As part of the propaganda, reports of illnesses among people downwind from the test site were buried and ridiculed, yet thousands of people in Nevada, Arizona, and Utah died of various cancers. Only recently has their story made it into the public eye and only recently has the government offered a small compensation to the survivors.

I posted this for two reasons. 1. Nuclear war is a BAD thing. 2. Remember this coverup the next time the government tells you vaccines are safe and effective!

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Police in the Turkish city of Adana detained 11 suspects, five Israeli and two Syrian, on allegations of organ trafficking, the Daily Sabah reported on 5 May.

The Provincial Directorate of Security’s Anti-Smuggling and Border Gates Branch began investigating after examining the passports of seven individuals who arrived in Adana from Israel about a month ago by plane for the purpose of health tourism. The two Syrian nationals, ages 20 and 21, were found to have fake passports. 

Further investigation revealed that Syrian nationals had each agreed to sell one of their own kidneys to two of the Israeli nationals, ages 68 and 28, for kidney transplants in Adana.

During searches at the suspects’ residences, $65,000 and numerous fake passports were seized. 

Israel has long been at the center of what Bloomberg described in 2011 as a “sprawling global black market in organs  where brokers use deception, violence, and coercion to buy kidneys from impoverished people, mainly in underdeveloped countries, and then sell them to critically ill patients in more-affluent nations.”

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understood as an uncomplicated good, a tool for securing dignity for the vulnerable against abuses by the powerful – have increasingly come under assault. Perhaps never more so than in the current moment: we are constantly talking about human rights, but often in a highly sceptical way. When Liz Truss loudly proclaims “We’ve got to leave the ECHR, abolish the supreme court and abolish the Human Rights Act,” she’s not the fringe voice she might have been in the 1990s. She represents a dangerous current of opinion, as prevalent on parts of the radical left as on the populist right of politics. It seems to be gaining momentum.

As an idealistic youngster, I would have been shocked to know that in 2024 it would be necessary to return to the back-to-basics case, to justify the need for fundamental rights and freedoms. But in a world where facts are made fluid, what were once thought of as core values have become hard to distill and defend. In an atmosphere of intense polarisation, human rights are trashed along all parts of the political spectrum – either as a framework to protect markets, or as a form of undercover socialism. What stands out for me is that the most trenchant critics share a profound nationalism. Nationalists believe that universal human rights – the clue’s in the name – undermine the ability of states to agitate for their narrower interests.

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The Ukrainian Army has lost a further M1A1 Abrams tank in combat with Russian forces, as confirmed by newly released drone footage, with the vehicle abandoned by its crew shortly after taking a hit. The tank was neutralised with a single shot from a 2K25 Krasnopol precision-guided artillery rounds, which is fired from Russian 152mm guns and uses fin-stabilization, base bleed-assistance, semi-automatic laser-guidance for high precision. Deployed from self propelled guns such as the 2S3 Akatsiya and 2S19 Msta-S, the rounds were developed from the 1980s to facilitate engagements against targets such as enemy artillery guns and tanks, and have seen their capabilities improved considerably since entering service in 1986. Russian forces have neutralised Abrams tanks using a range of assets, with prior footage released on March 6 during a period of higher intensity combat showing one of the vehicles being destroyed by a Russian Army tank - a T-72B3 - which is a heavily upgraded Soviet built vehicle integrating the new 2A46M-5 125mm smoothbore gun and 21st century munition types and fire controls. 

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"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone.

"It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children.

"The cost of one modern heavy bomber is this: a modern brick school in more than 30 cities.

"It is two electric power plants, each serving a town of 60,000 population.

"It is two fine, fully equipped hospitals. It is some 50 miles of concrete highway.

"We pay for a single fighter plane with a half million bushels of wheat.

"We pay for a single destroyer with new homes that could have housed more than 8,000 people.

"This, I repeat, is the best way of life to be found on the road. the world has been taking.

"This is not a way of life at all, in any true sense. Under the cloud of threatening war, it is humanity hanging from a cross of iron." Dwight D. Eisenhower

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A fundamental aspect of American politics is that it is simultaneously domestic and international. Domestic events impact international ones, and vice versa. What happens within the U.S. also reaches global audiences. In that light, the civil and criminal trials in New York City in Judge Arthur Engoron’s and Juan Merchan’s courtrooms of former President Donald Trump have a world impact, as do the trials in Fulton County, Georgia, and by the Special Counsel for Trump Inquires, Jack Smith, in Washington, D.C., and Florida. While Trump’s trials have multifaceted domestic political effects which will play out to election day on November 5, 2024, these events also have myriad and adverse international implications.

While the current trial, which is based on charges brought by New York City prosecutor Alvin Bragg, is another seemingly wholly domestic event, it also has major international consequences for U.S. global interests, its allies and partners, and its enemy, the People’s Republic of China (PRC). Trump’s persecution clearly hurts him and his family, his voters and other supporters, the U.S. political system and political culture, and the U.S. as a constitutional republic. The unconstitutional gag order Judge Merchan has imposed on Trump and the requirement that Trump remain in the courtroom during the trial are powerful fetters on the presumptive Republican nominee for president. They are also a gross violation of his constitutional rights and those of the American people.

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Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’s ill-fated 2024 presidential campaign was much criticized for being “too online.” But Democrats are no less prone to falling into that same trap. Now-Vice President Kamala Harris’s 2020 presidential campaign, which generated considerable initial buzz before it abruptly sputtered, was infamous for listening too much to left-wing TV hosts and social media blue checkmarks—not actual Democrat primary voters. Indeed, that a loud political minority—either within a party or across the broader electorate—can drown out a less vocal political majority is now a fixture of our politics, as helpfully explained by public choice theory.

President Joe Biden, now seeking a second term with the worst approval ratings for an incumbent since the 1950s, is once again committing the same mistake. The doddering dolt from Delaware has been on a monthslong crusade to mollycoddle Hamas, a U.S. State Department-recognized foreign terrorist organization that slaughtered dozens of American citizens last October and still holds many hostage today in Gaza. The senile octogenarian, a mere puppet of his addlebrained ventriloquists, is now all in for Hamas.

By acceding to his young and hyper-online campaign staffers who have imbibed the woke catechism and thus view Hamas jihadists as “oppressed” victims of Israeli “oppressors,” the president—or “Dr.” Jill Biden, or whoever else controls Uncle Joe—is setting himself up for failure. By making such a strong play for states like Michigan, Biden is strapping on a political suicide vest and positioning himself to be a shahid for radicals in Dearborn, Michigan, who will never be appeased and who will continue to protest “genocide Joe” through election day. Meanwhile, Democrats’ pampering of an Islamist death cult abroad and failure to crack down on supportive, fifth-column anarchists at home only alienate the vast majority of swing-state voters who are not virulently anti-Israel or antisemitic.

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srael ordered the local offices of Qatar's Al Jazeera satellite news network to close Sunday, escalating a long-running feud between the broadcaster and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's hard-line government as Doha-mediated cease-fire negotiations with Hamas hang in the balance.

The extraordinary order, which includes confiscating broadcast equipment, preventing the broadcast of the channel’s reports and blocking its websites, is believed to be the first time Israel has ever shuttered a foreign news outlet operating in the country.

Al Jazeera went off Israel’s main cable and satellite providers in the hours after the order. However, its website and multiple online streaming links still operated Sunday.

The network has reported the Israeli-Hamas war nonstop since the militants' initial cross-border attack Oct. 7 and has maintained 24-hour coverage in the Gaza Strip amid Israel's grinding ground offensive that has killed and wounded members of its staff. While including on-the-ground reporting of the war's casualties, its Arabic arm often publishes verbatim video statements from Hamas and other regional militant groups.

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