"Remember, democracy never lasts long. It soon wastes, exhausts, and murders itself. There never was a democracy yet that did not commit suicide." -- John Adams

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There has not been a global war since the 1940s, and now nations all over the planet are armed to the teeth with weapons of immense destructive power.  Everyone knows that it is just a matter of time before global conflict turns our world upside down, and once that happens everything will change.  If you think that economic conditions are bad now, just wait until war paralyzes global trade.  If you think that global hunger is bad now, just wait until war absolutely devastates global food production.  War will be one of the primary elements of the “perfect storm” that we are now facing, and it will have a dramatic impact on many of the other elements.
Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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China's real estate crisis deepens, property investment down 10%, home prices plummet, local gov't debt soars.
Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY
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More than 20 state attorneys general have joined forces in opposing special counsel Jack Smith’s request for a gag order on former President Donald Trump in his classified documents case.

In a legal filing made on June 16, 24 Republican state attorneys general argued that the First Amendment protects former President Trump’s “colorful language” in response to a request from special counsel Jack Smith for a gag order.

Smith’s team claimed that Trump’s allegations in May about the FBI agents involved in a search of his Mar-a-Lago residence last August could lead to threats or harassment against law enforcement officials.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT) has come under fire for his remarks on recent Supreme Court rulings related to gun control, particularly those concerning bump stocks and the Second Amendment. During an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on “State of the Union”, Murphy expressed alarm that the court’s decisions could hinder Congress from implementing basic gun control measures, such as mandatory background checks and removing AR-15s from public streets.

Murphy’s comments regarding the Republican administration’s initial bump stock ban and the Supreme Court’s subsequent ruling to overturn it have sparked controversy. Critics argue that Murphy misinterprets the issue, noting that the Supreme Court’s decision was based on the overreach of a federal agency, not a direct attack on the Second Amendment.

In his effort to prevent future tragedies like Sandy Hook, Murphy has advocated for stricter gun laws. However, opponents argue that his proposed laws would not enhance safety and might even reduce it. They highlight that personal firearms are used to prevent crimes between 500,000 and 2.8 million times a year, suggesting that more restrictive laws could leave citizens vulnerable.

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Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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McDonald’s is reportedly planning to end its artificial intelligence-powered automated drive-thru order-taking experiment at more than 100 locations after angry customers reported receiving items they didn’t order.

The gaffes included adding nine sweet teas to one customer’s order and giving another customer an ice cream cone topped with bacon.

The Chicago-based fast food chain and IBM partnered on the pilot program two years ago at select franchises.

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George E. Norcross III, an influential New Jersey Democrat, was indicted on Monday with 13-counts of racketeering.

New Jersey Attorney General Matthew Platkin, a Democrat, unsealed the indictment, which alleges that Norcross used his political influence to acquire waterfront real estate in Camden, N.J.

The 111-page indictment names five other individuals who were also charged.

"The state alleges that George Norcross has been running a criminal enterprise in the state for, at least, the last 12 years," said Platkin. "This alleged conduct of the Norcross enterprise has caused great harm to individuals, businesses nonprofits, the people of the state of New Jersey and especially to the City of Camden and its residents. That stops today." 

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CNN has dropped some new rules for the presidential debate between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, including the possibility that a third-party candidate could be on stage as well.

Biden appeared to have gotten everything he wanted in the debate, which the former president has agreed to. The June 15 debate will be 90 minutes and have two commercial breaks, during which the candidates will not be allowed to interact with their staffs, CNN reported.

“Both candidates agreed to appear at a uniform podium, and their podium positions will be determined by a coin flip,” the network said.

“Microphones will be muted throughout the debate except for the candidate whose turn it is to speak. While no props or pre-written notes will be allowed on the stage, candidates will be given a pen, a pad of paper and a bottle of water.

“Some aspects of the debate – including the absence of a studio audience – will be a departure from previous debates. But, as in the past, the moderators “will use all tools at their disposal to enforce timing and ensure a civilized discussion,” according to the network,” it said.

The network added, however, that Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s participation in the debate is not impossible, though it’s also not considered likely at this point.

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Anyone who wants to prepare themselves for home defense, riots, and looting will want to own a shotgun. There are many reasons why someone should have a shotgun available in their possession for the preparation of such events. Even if you are not interested in hunting or recreational shooting, a shotgun is always good to have for home defense purposes no matter who you are. No one likes to think that their family or property will ever be in danger, but there is always the possibility of someone trying to break into your home for whatever reason.

As a prepper, you need to be ready for anything. Someone could break into your home no matter where in America you live. There is an even greater chance of this happening if there is a natural disaster or riot taking place in your area. We’ve already seen a dramatic increase in the number of hurricanes that strike the North American states and territories each year. This trend is likely going to continue as the years go on.

If your area was hit by a hurricane before, then you already know how differently people act during these times. One real problem that emerges in the middle of this chaos is looting. These looters see a time of natural disaster as the perfect opportunity to break into people’s homes and steal their belongings. They figure the property owners will have already vacated their premises and the police will be too busy or unresponsive to deal with a break-in situation at someone’s home.

Tags: RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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One of the largest banks in the US says it has suffered a security breach as a notorious hacker claims sensitive data on thousands of account holders is now for sale.

North Carolina-based lender Truist Bank just confirmed its systems were breached in October, reports tech news site Bleeping Computer.

The confirmation comes after the hacker pseudonymously known as Sp1d3r claimed it’s selling a trove of data from the bank containing 65,000 account holders’ names, bank account numbers, transaction history and balances for a fee of $1 million.

Sp1d3r says it’s selling data on employees who held accounts at the bank, however at time of publishing the bank has only confirmed that an unspecified but limited number of “clients” were affected.

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Among the episodes: a six-figure payment for a major scoop; planting a junior reporter in a government job to secure secret documents; and relying on a private investigator who used subterfuge to secure private documents from their computers and phones. The investigator was later arrested.

On Saturday evening, The New York Times disclosed a specific instance in which a former reporter implicated both Lewis and Winnett in reporting that he believed relied on documents that were fraudulently obtained by a private investigator.

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Blacklisted actor Kevin Spacey opened up in a recent interview with Piers Morgan, and the result was the actor breaking into tears. Spacey told Morgan about his financial strain, which he claims is caused by his mounting legal fees.

The legal fees followed several accusations of sexual assault against Spacey, of which he was cleared of all charges. However, despite being cleared, the legal fees have completely upended his life.

“This week, where I have been living in Baltimore, is being foreclosed on. My house is being sold at auction. So, I have to go back to Baltimore and put all my things in storage,” Spacey said through muffled tears.

“I’m not quite sure where I’m going to live now,” Spacey tells Morgan, adding, “I can’t pay the bills that I owe.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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