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Not just F-16s, but also other types of aircraft will be delivered, the Ukrainian leader has said

The US will provide "squadrons" of fighter jets to Ukraine under a new deal between Kiev and Washington, Ukrainian leader Vladimir Zelensky has claimed.

US President Joe Biden and Zelensky signed a 10-year security agreement on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Fasano, Italy on Thursday. Under the deal, Washington has pledged to keep backing Ukraine in the conflict with Russia by supplying weapons, training its troops, sharing intelligence and investing in the country's defense industry.

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The head actuaries for Social Security and Medicare have testified before a House committee about looming financial challenges which could see funds run short by 2035

Social Security relies on its trust funds to provide monthly benefit checks to around 70 million Americans.

But an aging population is pushing up the cost of the program as a smaller share of people are paying into it, and spending is outpacing income.

This means that if the funding gap is not resolved by Congress, future beneficiaries could receive $325 less per month. Medicare is also projected to run dry in 2036. 

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Middle East Monitor reports: Israel has committed more than 3,300 massacres against the Palestinians in the besieged Gaza Strip since 7 October, claiming the lives of about 40,000 victims, a majority of them women and children, the government media office (GMO) in Gaza has said.

In a statement issued on Thursday, the GMO warned that the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip are suffering from starvation, famine and thirst, especially in Gaza city and northern Gaza governorates as a result of closing all Crossings to the area and limiting the number of aid trucks allowed to enter.

The statement stressed that Israel’s use of starvation, thirst and denial of medical care as a weapon during this barbaric aggression constitutes an aggravated war crime and a genocide, in flagrant violation of international laws and in disregard of all relevant calls, demands and resolutions.

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The Vires Law Group, in conjunction with the Edward L. Tarpley, Jr., APLC and bolstered by the support of the Former Feds Group Freedom Foundation, has announced the submission of criminal referral requests to the District Attorneys of nine Louisiana parishes.

The referrals call for the initiation of criminal investigations against Dr. Anthony Fauci, Deborah “Scarf Lady” Birx, Rochelle Walensky, Peter Daszak, and other public health officials for alleged crimes committed against Louisiana citizens preceding and during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The parishes of Caddo, East Baton Rouge, Jefferson, St. Tammany, Orleans, Lafayette, Lafouche, Tangipahoa, and Rapides are the focus of these 30-page criminal referrals, detailing accusations that have stunned the local communities, according to the press release.

Funded by contributions from entities like the Diamond Mind Foundation and the Fight Like A Flynn PAC, this legal action raises significant questions about the conduct of public health officials during one of the most devastating health crises of our time.

Attorneys Rodriguez, Miller, and Tarpley have requested that the District Attorneys refer these cases to Attorney General Liz Murrill for further investigation and potential charges.

These referrals are made on behalf of next-of-kin relatives of nine victims in Louisiana who have sought legal assistance in investigating the deaths of their loved ones.

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A Democrat prosecutor from Georgia has launched a massive criminal suit against Trump and his former allies. Fani Willis has alleged Trump tried to “steal” the 2020 Election using a RICO scheme. But Willis’ plans hit a curveball when she was outed for questionable behavior.

Willis was criticized for hiring her secret lover and paying him more than other investigators. Their relationship raised serious ethics concerns, prompting a hearing.

Willis could be ejected from the case she started against Trump. Her attempts at convicting Trump before this year’s election don’t look good, and she might even be disbarred for her actions. So, in a desperate move, she is begging the court to save her skin.

From The Post Millennial:
Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis’s Office filed a motion in Georgia’s Appeal Court on Wednesday to throw out former President Donald Trump’s motion to remove Willis from his Georgia 2020 election case, the New York Post reports.

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Vladimir Putin has issued another chilling warning to the West, saying its ‘selfishness and hypocrisy’ has led to a ‘dangerous turn of events’ and brought the world ‘close to a point of no return’.

Speaking to foreign ministry officials, the Kremlin leader said: ‘Calls to inflict a strategic defeat on Russia, which possesses the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons demonstrate the extreme recklessness of Western politicians.

‘They either do not understand the scale of the threat they are creating – or are simply obsessed with their own sense of impunity and exceptionalism.

‘Both can lead to tragedy.’

Putin also warned that plans by Western countries to provide Ukraine with loans using interest from Russian assets frozen abroad was theft and would not go unpunished.

‘Despite all the chicanery, theft will certainly remain theft. And it will not go unpunished,’ he said.

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At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. military launched a secret campaign to counter what it perceived as China’s growing influence in the Philippines, a nation hit especially hard by the deadly virus.

The clandestine operation has not been previously reported. It aimed to sow doubt about the safety and efficacy of vaccines and other life-saving aid that was being supplied by China, a Reuters investigation found. Through phony internet accounts meant to impersonate Filipinos, the military’s propaganda efforts morphed into an anti-vax campaign. Social media posts decried the quality of face masks, test kits and the first vaccine that would become available in the Philippines – China’s Sinovac inoculation.

Reuters identified at least 300 accounts on X, formerly Twitter, that matched descriptions shared by former U.S. military officials familiar with the Philippines operation. Almost all were created in the summer of 2020 and centered on the slogan #Chinaangvirus – Tagalog for China is the virus.

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Joe Biden has been rocked by legal decisions that don’t go in his favor. His failed policies have been shot down in the courts to the point his forehead must be numb from smacking it in frustration.

Biden doesn’t seem to learn his lesson even after his leftist pet projects fail upon judicial scrutiny. He appears to operate based on what he thinks will move the needle in his favor among voters.

A federal judge handed Biden another judicial slap in the face based on the president’s Education Department guidance. The president stepped into a legal battle over gender identity and sexual orientation and was met with a lawsuit from Texas.

From The Daily Wire:
A federal judge ruled on Tuesday that Texas did not have to follow guidance from the Biden administration which interpreted prohibitions against sex discrimination to include gender identity and sexual orientation.

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit will hear a challenge to Los Angeles’s Measure ULA, a November 2022 referendum aimed at taxing high-end property sales to fund affordable housing. The measure has not met its financial goals, prompting legal battles and criticism.

Measure ULA mandates a 4% tax on property sales exceeding $5 million and a 5.5% tax on sales over $10 million. The measure was expected to generate $900 million annually but has only raised $252.9 million so far, as reported by the city controller. Wealthy homeowners rushed to sell before the tax took effect, and high interest rates have also impacted revenue.

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President Joe Biden lost his temper at a TikTok star during a special White House meeting with social media influencers, even threatening to throw his phone across the room.

Independent journalist and social media darling Jonathan M. Katz started recording Biden, pressing him about his support for Israel during the war in Gaza. He asked him what he would do to prevent the ‘genocide’ that was taking place with American-funded weapons.

The president tried to sidestep the questions, claiming he was working to reduce casualties in Gaza. But when Katz pressed him on the issue, the president grew impatient.

‘I know you’re a typical press guy, you’re grabbing me in front of all this … but I trust you about as far as I can throw your phone,’ Biden said angrily. ‘I have a good arm man. I can throw a long way.’

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Our government is planning a big draft, conscripting millions of young Americans for an even bigger war!

I call to your attention a Democratic amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which was slipped into the almost trillion-dollar Pentagon war spending bill, by voice vote, in the House Armed Services committee.

The Democratic Amendment to H.R. 8070, the National Defense Authorization (NDAA) reads:

Section 531. Selective Service System:  Automatic Registration.  SEC. 3. (a)(1) “Except as otherwise provided in this title, every male citizen of the United States, and every other male person residing in the United States, between the ages of eighteen and twenty-six, shall be automatically registered under this Act by the Director of the Selective Service System.”

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Joe Biden knows that the conviction of his son Hunter is a terrible look for his administration, considering the close ties that Biden and his family had to Hunter’s activities.

It’s also something that has enraged him personally, as Hunter is his only living son and he has always been able to get Hunter out of trouble at various points in his life.

The charges that Hunter was convicted on were gun charges, and it appears that Biden thinks that if Hunter was going to go down on gun charges, everyone else should too.

His first move after the conviction was to give a terrifying speech on gun control, pledging to crack down on gun owners if he is re-elected.

While he did not specifically mention his son Hunter, it is deeply ironic that his speech took place after his son’s conviction on those charges.

Everyone needs to hear this speech, which is a dark warning about what will happen if Biden gets back into office.

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Authored by John R. Lott Jr. via RealClearPolitics,

The 2023 Nashville Covenant School murders understandably received massive news coverage when they occurred. The fight over obtaining the murderer’s diary also received news attention. But when “nearly four dozen pages” of the murderer’s diary were finally released last week, the mainstream media completely ignored it. It turns out that behind the scenes, the FBI had fought hard against the diary’s release. Some Covenant School parents also opposed releasing the diary because it would force families to re-live the nightmare. The Tennessee Star’s parent company, Star News Digital Media, successfully filed two lawsuits to obtain the diary.

Five days after the release of the diary, with the exception of the New York Post, which is a national news outlet, the news coverage was limited to seven other conservative outlets such as The Daily Wire and Newsbusters.

The school murderer was transgender, and her diary reveals a suicidal left-winger who hated whites. The FBI expressed concern that the release of the diary from a transgender person could lead the public “to dismiss the attacker as mentally ill,” which would “further permeate the false narrative that the majority of attackers are mentally ill.” It worried that the diary could “potentially inflam[e] the public.”

The FBI worried that releasing the diary could have “unintended consequences for the segment of the population more vulnerable or open to conspiracy theories, which will undoubtedly abound.” Self-professed “experts,” the FBI fears, will “proffer their perspectives” in the press.

But there is a lot of important information in the diary. As is very typical of mass public shooters, the murderer was suicidal: “A terrible feeling to know I am nothing of the gender I was born of. I am the most unhappy boy alive. I wish to be dead.” She was also on the anti-anxiety drug Buspirone, whose potential side effects include “abnormal dreams, outbursts of anger, tremors, and physical weakness.”

The FBI worries that the diary will help create a link in people’s minds between mass murderers and mental illness, but suicidal people presumably have some mental health problems. Nor should the link be particularly surprising given that the Crime Prevention Research Center shows that 51% of mass public shooters in the last 25 years were actually seeing mental health care professionals before their attacks. That is 2.5 times the rate in the general public.

The FBI acknowledged that Americans want to “understand what led to such tragic events.” But the FBI argued these statements “seldom provide the answers” and the diaries and manifestos were “often misleading.” Yet the national media appears completely uninterested in why these murderers pick the targets they do and how their motivation to get media coverage is important in understanding how to stop these attacks.

The diary showed that the murderer had picked the Covenant School because it was a soft, unprotected target. Even if the national media ignored these comments, the Metro Nashville Police Chief John Drake, who had access to the diary, said on the day of the attack, “There was another location that was mentioned, but because of a threat assessment by the suspect of too much security, they decided not to.” A couple of days later, Nashville Council member Robert Swope stated that the murderer “looked at” two other Nashville public schools before deciding “the security was too great to do what she wanted to do.”

While the FBI worries that many of “the offenders themselves do not fully grasp or comprehend” what they are writing, there is a logic to attacking facilities assumed to be gun-free zones, like the Covenant School, and trying to maximize the amount of media coverage that they receive. The FBI may not want to acknowledge this, and the media may not want to cover these points, but we see it consistently in these attacks.

The mass murderer wanted to get attention for the difficulties facing transgender individuals. She compared trans individuals to other groups in a way that indicates she clearly believed that transgender people didn’t have the same rights: “Disabled have rights, civil races have rights, LGBTQ have rights, gun owners have rights.” But referring to the life of transgender people, she declared: “… with no rights, anyone’s country is a s***** dictatorship.”

The news media and the FBI under the Biden administration are attempting to control the information available to Americans about a mentally troubled woman who identified as a man. The Biden administration is free to argue against linking transgender issues to mental illness or mass murder, but censoring the information is not the right approach

Claire's Observations:  Censorship is NEVER the right approach.  But I have to wonder; was there any kind of psychological intervention which could have prevented this horrific outburst of violence from having happened?

And why didn't her attending physician, or the psychiatrist who prescribed this medication, understand the potential horrific side-effects, and switch her to another medication?!?

Thoughtless medication of individuals with rage issues, coupled with "gun free zones", means we are going to see  more incidents like this,  unfortunately.  An intelligent, moral human being with a gun on the scene, could have stopped this massacre in a heartbeat.

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Russia unexpectedly deployed the S-500 "Prometheus" air defense system, the final piece of the puzzle necessary for a nuclear first strike.

The Russians believe they now have the ability to repel a counter-offensive nuclear strike by NATO, which changes the balance of strategic power between the two camps.

This is a scenario that War News 24/7 has revealed and highlighted twice so far.

Kinzhal, Avangard, Sarmat, RSM-56 Bulava and now the S-500. Almost all of Russia's strategic weapons are in combat service, a fact that "frees" the hands of the Russian military leadership.

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Authored by Dave DeCamp via AntiWar.com,

The Biden administration is concerned that the violence on the Israel-Lebanon border could soon escalate into a full-blown war and that Israel is rushing into the conflict without a clear strategyAxios reported this week.

US officials told Axios that the administration has cautioned Israel against the idea of a “limited war,” warning that Iran could intervene and militants in Iraq and Syria could join the fighting.

Image: Israel Defense Forces

The report said the White House believes a ceasefire in Gaza is the only thing that could reduce tensions on the Israel-Lebanon border. However, Israeli officials have previously threatened to escalate in Lebanon if a truce is reached in Gaza.

The report comes after Israeli airstrikes killed a Hezbollah commander who was described as the most senior member of Hezbollah to be killed by Israel since October 2023.

Hezbollah responded with a large volley of rockets. On Thursday, Israeli soldiers were spotted launching large fireballs into southern Lebanon to start fires.

According to a tally from AFP, Israeli bombings in southern Lebanon have killed at least 468 people in southern Lebanon since October, including 89 civilians. On the Israeli side, Israeli authorities have said 15 soldiers and 11 civilians have been killed by Hezbollah.

The US is calling for de-escalation on the border after the latest round of strikes, but there’s no sign diplomatic efforts are making any progress.

There’s also no sign that the US is putting any real pressure on Israel to change what it’s doing in the north since US military aid continues to flow.

Claire's Observations:  For the IDF to be plowing ahead in Lebanon, without appearing to have any reasonably defined objectives, is most likely  NOT the IDF's fault, but one which can be laid directly on Netanyahu's shoulders, as his only  goal right now is staying in power, no matter the cost to his country; the Palestinians; or the surrounding countries, the borders of which he wants to "re-arrange" in favor of Eretz Israel (Greater Israel.)  

And what, precisely does Eretz Israel mean to the Israeli people?!?  As reported at encyclopedia.com:

"This Expression used to designate the land of Israel, as it was promised by God to the Jewish people, according to Biblical tradition. Geographically this territory corresponds to the Kingdom of Solomon, which extended from Dan, north of Tiberias, to Beersheba in the south. After the creation of the State of Israel in May 1948, this notion of a "Greater Israel" became the central theme of the political program of Israeli nationalist extremist movements. To them, Eretz Yisrael stretches from the Jordan River to the Mediterranean".  And how does this play out on a map the current-day Middle East?!?

Looking at this, superimposed on existing countries, such boundaries would almost erase Syria; one huge chunk would be gone from Saudi Arabia as well as Iraq;  and another big hunk from Egypt.  Call me silly, but I do NOT think that any one of these countries will be open to giving a millimeter of their territory toward the establishment of this "Greater Israel".

So what is left?!?  War, of course, most likely paid for primarily by the American taxpayer, and in which American troops on the ground will be killed or maimed for life.

IF in fact this is Netanyahu's true goal, and why the attacks of 7 October were "allowed" to happen in Israel, in order to "justify" genocide against the Palestinian, as a prelude to a larger war, then Netanyahu is a megalomaniac, on the level of a Pol Pot,  just with a better wardrobe.

I doubt that there is anyone in the bowels of power in the US government with the "male attributes" to sit the guy down, and tell him that the American" piggy bank" for endless financial support and weapons support is over, and he and Israel are on their own.  Unfortunately, that will only happen when pigs discover they are aerodynamic, because he has so much dirt on influential US politicians which he can use to make careers crumble in a heartbeat, so this madness will certainly continue for some time to come.

When both candidates in US Presidential elections are both beholden to its military/industrial complex,  as is absolutely true in 2024, this does not give people any control of the madness of war at all; it gives people the illusion of a difference, when in fact there is no real difference between candidates, and their stance on war.

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Former homeland security officials are slamming the Biden administration for failing to issue a national terror threat bulletin for over a year — despite a string of serious potential terror threats stemming from the southern border.

The arrest of eight individuals from Tajikistan believed to have links to the ISIS terror organization — in addition to several recent accidental releases of migrants whose names appear on the terror watchlist — should be enough to alert the public to a terrorist threat, the former Department of Homeland Security (DHS) officials told The Post.

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House Speaker Mike Johnson expressed disappointment Friday in the Justice Department's (DOJ) decision not to prosecute Attorney General Merrick Garland after the House voted to hold him in contempt for not fulfilling a subpoena, but said he plans to move forward by taking the subpoena to federal court and certifying the contempt reports.

The DOJ said Garland's refusal to comply with a congressional subpoena does not "constitute a crime." The subpoena instructed Garland to turn over an audio recording of President Joe Biden's interview with special counsel Robert Hur, who investigated Biden's handling of classified documents. The House voted to hold Garland in contempt on Wednesday.

"The House disagrees with the assertions in the letter from the Department of Justice, and as Speaker, I will be certifying the contempt reports to the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia," Johnson said in a post to X. "It is sadly predictable that the Biden Administration’s Justice Department will not prosecute Garland for defying congressional subpoenas even though the department aggressively prosecuted Steve Bannon and Peter Navarro for the same thing."

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