"They [the media] are news-as-entertainment professionals – packaging glossy corporate content for maximum distribution and big bucks. The goal is not objective reportage. Their targets are quantifiable and highlighted in a business plan somewhere. Success is based on a simple formula: stay within parameters "understandable" to a wide audience that devours sound bites and familiar storylines on the hour, every hour.

Like trained seals whose every desire, instinct and buying pattern has been measured by corporate media's marketing department for the consumption of its advertisers, the audience demands satisfaction – and western media delivers it." -- Sharmine Narwani
 

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Rep. Matt Gaetz highlighted on Twitter the fact that the Jan 6 Select Committee knew that the Secret Service illegally deleted text messages from Jan 6 but never did a thing about it.

Clearly if these text messages were deleted and the corrupt Jan 6 didn’t prosecute anyone for any crimes, the text messages would have provided information that President Trump did nothing wrong that day.

This action alone allowed for the narrative that President Trump did something wrong that day.  No doubt these text messages would have been further proof of President Trump’s innocence in any alleged wrongdoing that day.

Gaetz shared the testimony of former Head of the Jan 6 Select Committee, corrupt Democrat Thomson.  This is shocking.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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President Joe Biden’s State Department paid a public university to train a cohort of “master trainers” in India who will then go on to train more than 2,000 people to become “LGBTQI+ allies,” according to a government spending database.

Washington State University received $15,000 from the State Department in July 2023 to hold a three-day workshop aimed at training 30 individuals with the goal of them eventually training 2,500 people to become “LGBTQI+ allies” and to develop a “better understanding of diversity and inclusion,” according to a federal spending database. The trainings took place in India between Sept. 25 and Sept. 27, according to the university website.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, PAKISTAN/ INDIA, WHITE HOUSE
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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis motioned Wednesday to quash a subpoena requiring her to testify at a coming hearing on allegations she improperly benefited from hiring her romantic partner, special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

The attorney for Trump co-defendant Michael Roman, who filed the motion to dismiss the case and disqualify Willis, issued subpoenas to her, Wade and a handful of other staff members in the district attorney’s office. Willis claimed Wednesday that there is “no factual basis that could reasonably justify requiring opposing counsel and other employees to be a witness in the case.”

“Georgia law—as well as authority from across the country predictably frowns on a process that permits counsel for one litigant to compel the testimony of counsel and employees of the opposing party, and there is no justification to depart from that general principle here,” she wrote.

Willis also claimed a subpoena to Wade’s former law partner Terrence Bradley, who represented Wade early in his divorce case, is similarly not in accord with the law because any information he has would be protected by attorney-client privilege.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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While Joe Biden has badgered Republicans, claiming they ban books – referencing parents who don’t want gay porn books in the elementary and middle school libraries – he was banning books he didn’t like.

House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan has just revealed emails that show the Biden White House pressured Amazon to censor books containing information on vaccines they didn’t like. Amazon caved and did it.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WHITE HOUSE
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Following a weekend of strikes in Yemen led by US and UK forces, Houthi officials vowed to increase resistance and continue to disrupt international trade at any cost.

On February 2, US and UK forces deployed over 125 munitions, striking more than 85 targets believed to be controlled by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) or affiliated militia groups. On February 3, additional airstrikes were conducted in Yemen, striking 38 additional Houthi targets. 

 

Mohammed al-Bukhaiti, Houthi spokesperson, posted on X, formerly Twitter, that the US-British bombings will not change their position, adding, “The American-British aggression against Yemen will not go unanswered, and we will meet escalation with escalation.”

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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With Israel’s punitive operation against Gaza now in its fourth month, it’s impossible not to compare Western outrage regarding other conflicts with the selective morality now being applied when dealing with Israel.

Even the briefest assessment of how the West’s innumerable wars have been portrayed in a client media quickly yields irrefutable evidence that the marketing of conflicts, as justified by Western powers, is central to their continued legitimization.

Since the Second World War, the US has been directly and indirectly involved in dozens of wars and coups d'état alongside innumerable covert and overt conflicts across the globe. Given the vast resources required to perpetuate this aggressive global mechanism of influence, its important to recognize that the taxpayers being asked to fund these “forever wars” may never have gone along with them without the assistance and covert alignment of a client media.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Black swan turns white on US debt default probability

Author of ‘The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable’ isn’t alone in warning of a coming US debt spiral

Image removed. by William Pesek February 8, 2024

Image removed.Black swans become white swans when improbable events become probable. Image: Pinterest

We humans, as author, mathematician and former options trader Nassim Nicholas Taleb observes, “lack imagination to the point of not even knowing what tomorrow’s important things will look like.”

That is unless we’re talking about Asia’s view of the battle underway on Capitol Hill over the US deficit.  

Taleb, famous for his 2007 bestseller “The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable, argues this threat is hiding in plain sight. The “white swan” about which Taleb warns is a “spiral” as the US debt tops US$34 trillion and lawmakers gamble with Washington’s last AAA credit rating.

In November, Moody’s Investors Service warned it might yank away America’s only remaining top rating. That followed three months after Fitch Ratings downgraded the US to AA+ as Republicans and Democrats brawled over funding the government.

“The risk is right in front of us,” Taleb told an investment forum last week. “If you see a fragile bridge, you know it’s going to collapse at some point.” Taleb adds that “we need something to come in from the outside, or maybe some kind of miracle.”

Yet miracles seem in short supply as US fiscal priorities favor continued expansion. On Wednesday (February 7), the US Congressional Budget Office (CBO) said the deficit will continue to climb over the next decade, ensuring that interest payments, already a record share of government spending, become an even bigger challenge for lawmakers and burden to America’s bottom line.

The CBO sees deficits jumping to $2.6 trillion in 2034 from US$1.6 trillion this year. Today, the gap is 5.6% of gross domestic product (GDP); by 2025, it’s seen increasing to 6.1%. “The primary deficits in the CBO’s projections are especially large given the relatively low unemployment rates that the agency is forecasting,” the agency says

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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Moscow does not rule out withdrawing from the Arctic Council as the West tries to sideline the nation over its special military operation in Ukraine. No collective Arctic decisions could be made without Russia, Grigory Dobromelov, head of the Department of State Consulting, told Sputnik.

Russia has signaled that it could quit the Arctic Council, the intergovernmental forum promoting cooperation in the Arctic, if its activities do not meet Russia's interests.

In March 2022, Western member countries Denmark, Iceland, Canada, Norway, the US, Finland and Sweden announced they would suspend their participation in the council's events over Russia's special military operation in Ukraine.

Presently, Russia maintains cooperation with the seven Arctic nations on a bilateral basis.

Tags: ASIA, MIDDLE EAST, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Sweden's decision to abruptly quit an investigation into the Nord Stream sabotage attack raises new questions about who the real culprits behind the blast are, and turns the spotlight on the German probe.

Almost a year ago, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh published his bombshell story about the US' and Norway's participation in the September 26, 2022, sabotage attack on Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines.

To date, none of the Western countries involved in the subsequent investigation - Sweden, Denmark, and Germany – have presented explanations of what happened or named a culprit. Moreover, Sweden announced on February 7 that it would drop its investigation into explosions.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Troops are still waiting weeks for off-base mental health appointments

By Meghann Myers

 

 Feb 7, 03:55 PM

Image removed.A new government watchdog report warns troops are waiting too long for off-base mental health services. (DOD)

The military health system has a major shortage of behavioral health providers, which often sends service members off base to seek care from civilian providers as they wait for spots to open up at a military treatment facility.

But the Defense Health Agency doesn’t track whether service members in crisis are receiving timely care out in town, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Tuesday, making it impossible to ensure that troops are getting the help they need or to fix any issues they have with obtaining care.

“Military service may carry a psychological cost for active-duty service members,” according to the report, which cites research showing that mental health diagnoses among troops quadrupled between 2005 and 2021. “If left untreated, such conditions can affect deployment readiness, among other negative consequences.”

Though the Defense Department is working to hire more staff, GAO found that more than 40% of the funded mental health provider positions within the military health system are vacant, creating vast shortages of care.

Providers prioritize urgent appointments for troops contemplating suicide, as well as initial appointments, at the expense of follow-ups, the GAO found, but military treatment facilities are still overwhelmed.

Referring to off-base civilian providers is a solution, but only if civilian providers are able to see patients faster than their DoD counterparts.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A Russian Project 636.3 Varshavyanka diesel-electric submarine has recently arrived at the Kamchatka Peninsula where the vessel and its crew are currently reconnoitering the waters.

Sources in the Russian Ministry of Defense have explained to local media that this is but the first of several such submarines that are going to be deployed in the region soon.

Project 636.3 submarines (NATO designation: Kilo-class) are 73.8 meters long with a crew of 52. They can dive to depths of up to 300 meters and maintain a speed of up to 20 knots underwater.

Tags: PACIFICA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The first phase of NATO's Steadfast Defender military exercise got underway last week with a bit of a fiasco, when the UK's $4.4 billion flagship aircraft carrier, HMS Queen Elizabeth, was sidelined by propeller shaft problems before it could even make it out of port.

The Queen Elizabeth was scheduled to take a leading role in Steadfast Defender, and will now be replaced by the UK's other (yes, they only have 2) carrier, HMS Prince of Wales, which itself broke down with propeller shaft problems in August 2022, only making it as far as the Isle of Wight in the English Channel, just a few miles from its home port of Portsmouth before having to be towed back to port for repairs that required almost a year before the Prince was again deemed sea-worthy.

If the Queen requires similar repairs to those the Prince underwent, HMS Queen Elizabeth and her arsenal of up to 36 F-35's and 4 helicopters will be unable to participate in the Steadfast Defender exercise nor in any other seagoing operations until this time next year. This timeline is, as the Brits often say, "Highly likely". The Queen is, as of now, unable to fulfill her duty in Steadfast Defender, as well as any upcoming Red Sea military operations, so, The Prince will have to take up the duty, barring any recurring problems with the Prince's own shaft, which if they occurred, would leave the entire UK carrier fleet under repair for the "biggest NATO exercise since the Cold War" and at a time of significant and escalation naval combat operations in the Red Sea and Persian Gulf. A rather inauspicious beginning to the NATO exercise and the kingdom that once "ruled the waves".

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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GOMA, Congo (AP) — One of eastern Congo’s most active rebel groups is attacking a community considered the last line of defense before the region’s largest city of Goma, fleeing residents said Wednesday, even as the rebels claimed they had no intention to seize it again.

The M23 rebels in a statement, however, warned that “attacks targeting our forces and/or indiscriminate shelling of civilian population will be dealt with at their source.” The group rose to prominence a decade ago by seizing Goma, an important base for Congolese forces and for humanitarian workers.

The M23, with alleged ties to Rwanda, detonated explosives in North Kivu’s Sake city 27 kilometers (16 miles) from Goma, residents said as they hurried from fighting between the rebels and security forces.

“Bombs are being dropped in the city,” said a resident, Alain Bauma. “We are fleeing but we don’t know where we are going to live.

Tags: AFRICA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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President Joe Biden last week promised he would avenge the killing of three American soldiers at a time of his choosing.

That came at 9:30pm local time when a U.S. missile destroyed a car in the Iraqi capital Baghdad, killing at least one commander of the Iran-backed Kataib Hezbollah militia, blamed for the attack that on an American base in Jordan last month. 

Witnesses reported hearing several loud blasts reverberate across the city.

Two officials with Iranian-backed militias in Iraq said that one of those killed was Wissam Mohammed 'Abu Bakr' al-Saadi, the commander in charge of Kataib Hezbollah's operations in Syria.

U.S. Central Command confirmed that it had carried out 'a unilateral strike in Iraq in response to the attacks on U.S. service members, killing a Kataib Hezbollah commander responsible for directly planning and participating in attacks on U.S. forces in the region.'

Webmaster addition: Iraqis have stormed the US embassy in Baghdad in response.

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A large explosion lit up the night sky on February 7 near Votkinsk, a city about 1,000 kilometers east of Moscow that is the location of a Russian military production facility.

Residents of Votkinsk reported that a powerful explosion had occurred near the city and posted videos on social media showing high flames and a massive yellow glow over the horizon.

Further messages said the explosion occurred at the Votkinsk Machine-Building Plant, which produces some of the Russian military's most sophisticated missiles, including the types it has used against Ukraine.


The explosion was also reported by TASS, which quoted the emergency services agency as saying there had been a “scheduled test of rocket engines” at the plant.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The Fulton County district attorney’s office asked a Georgia judge Wednesday to quash subpoenas of top prosecutors in former President Trump’s 2020 election interference case that would require them to testify at a hearing next week over whether they should be booted from the case.

After accusing Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis (D) and special prosecutor Nathan Wade of having romantic ties, one of Trump’s co-defendants in Georgia subpoenaed the duo along with more than a half-dozen of their colleagues for the hearing, scheduled for Feb. 15. 

Both Willis and Wade last week admitted to having a “personal relationship,” but the district attorney’s office had described the calls to step aside baseless and said there is no need for the hearing.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Americans now owe a collective $1.13 trillion on their credit cards, according to a new report on household debt from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York.

Credit card balances increased by $50 billion, or roughly 5%, in the fourth quarter of 2023, the New York Fed found. Credit card delinquency rates also jumped — particularly among younger millennials, or borrowers between the ages of 30 and 39, who are burdened by high levels of student loan debt.

"This signals increased financial stress, especially among younger and lower-income households," said Wilbert van der Klaauw, economic research advisor at the New York Fed.

Tags: ECONOMY
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WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is sending senior aides to Michigan on Thursday to meet with Arab American and Muslim leaders, according to three people familiar with the matter, as his administration’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war frustrates members of a key constituency in a 2024 battleground state.

Some community leaders invited to the meeting said they welcome the opportunity to make their case directly to top Biden aides to use the administration’s leverage on Israel to press for an immediate cease-fire and allow more humanitarian relief into Gaza.

“I’m going into that room and making it clear that the frustrations are that a cease-fire needs to be called,” said Michigan state Rep. Alabas Farhat, adding that there also needs to be a release of hostages held by Hamas and Palestinian prisoners held by Israel.

The meeting could give the administration a chance to try to mend ties with a community that has an important role in deciding whether the president can hold on to a crucial swing state in his campaign for a second term.

Claire's Observations:  Arab-Americans and Muslims know genocide when they see it, and they are seeing it, live-streamed from Gaza, Lebanon, and the West Bank on international cable feeds. And Biden's real problem here, is not Arab Americans and Muslims in Michigan; his real problem here  is that he holds utterly no sway over Netanyahu whatsoever, and is utterly impotent to get him to stop the carnage, which of course, the US government is enabling with the bombs and bullets shipped to the Israeli government and military, with utterly no Congressional oversight whatsoever.  IF Biden could possibly "show some spine"  in his dealings with Netanyahu, things might be different; but he can't, so this endless genocide will continue...until, perhaps, some regional countries say, "Enough!!!", and back up that statement militarily.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The Reverend Al Sharpton, a prominent civil rights activist, has expressed his dissatisfaction with the current immigration situation at the southern border of the United States.

During a recent appearance on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," Sharpton's comments likely ruffled feathers among his liberal compatriots as he highlighted the public's "outrage" over the unchecked influx of illegal immigrants into the country.

Sharpton's remarks were made during a discussion with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), a key negotiator in the recent bipartisan deal on the southern border, which already seems to be on the brink of collapse. Sharpton queried Murphy, "What is being done to get the public to really rise up in various states to say to their senators that they want to see the border issue resolved? I mean, you’re getting migrants beating up policemen in the streets of New York."

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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