"Action for the sake of action is a fool's agenda if that action is the wrong action at the wrong time." -- Michael Rivero

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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

I never imagined that we would ever see a time when it takes $177,798 for a family of four to live comfortably in the United States.  Unfortunately, that day has arrived.  Our leaders have been pursuing highly inflationary policies for many years, and now we have reached a point where inflation is wildly out of control.  In fact, the latest wholesale inflation figure that was released on Tuesday came in much higher than expected.  Sadly, this is just the beginning and we are in far more trouble than most people realize.

According to an incredibly shocking new study, most Americans do not make enough money to “live comfortably” in the highly inflationary environment that we find ourselves in today…

A recent study has revealed the incomes needed for families to live comfortably across the United States – and the stark contrast in the cost of living between states is startling.

The study revealed that in the most expensive states, families need nearly $300,000 to simply live ‘comfortably.’

The least expensive state requires about half that salary – still over $100,000.

Meanwhile, the average annual salary in the US is $59,428, or $28.34 per hour, as of May 2024.

The study determined that Massachusetts is the most expensive state.

It takes a whopping $301,184 a year for a family of four to “live comfortably” there.

The least expensive state is Mississippi.

In the Magnolia State, it only takes $177,798 a year for a family of four “to cover their expenses and maintain a satisfactory quality of life”.

This is our country now.

I feel like I have been banging my head into a wall.  For more than a decade I have warned that this would happen, and now it is here.

Claire's Observations;  That.... is an absolutely gobsmacking number;  no wonder people are going DINK (double income; no kids) these days!!

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Authored by Ryan Morgan via The Epoch Times,

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has called for U.S. federal authorities to investigate whether foreign actors are promoting contentions within the United States, including recent protests over the war in Gaza taking place on U.S. college campuses and other venues around the country.

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During a Wednesday, May 15 episode of his personal podcast “The Verdict,” Mr. Cruz noted a recent report by the Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI) alleging connections between the the “Shut It Down for Palestine” (SID4P) movement and the Chinese Communist Party (CCP).

The NCRI report specifically alleges that convenor organizations that formed the SID4P protest movement, People’s Forum, the International People’s Assembly, and ANSWER Coalition, “serve as the conduit through which CCP-affiliated entities have effectively co-opted pro-Palestinian activism in the U.S., advancing a broader anti-American, anti-democratic, and anti-capitalist agenda.”

If you look at this report from NCRI, it details how China is spending millions upwards of potentially $100 million funding these protests that are occurring on campuses that are shutting down bridges that are shutting down airports,” Mr. Cruz said.

“And you might think, okay, ‘What does China care about Hamas? What does China care about Israel?’ And the truth of the matter is they don’t, but they care about America, they care about tearing our country apart, they care about chaos and fomenting dissent and dissension that paralyzes our country.”

During the podcast episode, Mr. Cruz also noted a recent article by the New York Post alleging ties between Manolo De Los Santos, a 35-year-old New York-based activist involved in recent pro-Palestinian activism, and Cuba. Mr. De Los Santos was born in the Dominican Republic and now works with The People’s Forum.

Claire's Observations: Senator Cruz, a word, please:you may, in fact, be correct about money coming from the CCP for these rallies.  And BTW, what are you pocketing from AIPAC and Israel these days?!?

First, let me introduce myself;  I am Claire Rivero, a Christian Pacifist Activist, who abhors what Israel is doing right now.  And in the most quiet,  peaceful, gentle, logical manner I can conjure, I aspire to become your worst nightmare, and the worst nightmare of all Israeli apologists, singing the same bloody tune.

As a loyal American and a patriot, I must witness to what I am seeing, and the only word for it, senator, is genocide, plain and simple.  

And as a nation, we cannot condone genocide, or it makes every genocide in human history, explainable; reasonable, and ultimately forgivable.

Pol Pot's massacres?!?  Understandable, through the lens of his logic and reasonable; The Holocaust?!?  Perfectly understandable, from the point of Nazi leadership. The Armenian Genocide in Turkey? Totally understandable.  The assassination of Palestinian women and children through gunshots; disease; and starvation?!?  Perfectly understandable, from the standpoint of Israeli  leadership, spouting Old Testament  Biblical phrases as a sort of "justification" for these murders.

But unless, sir, you have been living under a rock since 7 October of last year. can you not understand is it just possible, as these kids, who have access to every media under the sun, and then some, don't like the genocide they are seeing against Palestinian women and kids?!?!?  Because so far, these are the people who have borne the brunt of the Assassination Nation's Murder Machine, FKA the IDF?!?!?

And what they are seeing, many times courtesy of TikTok, is not justice served, for the horrific attack against Jewish settlers by Hamas,  which I absolutely condemn, but the murder of people who had nothing to do with the attack; they are simply Palestinians who are still breathing air, then summarily shot and killed.  

No judge,. Senator; no jury; no judicial process whatsoever. 

They have been murdered because of their ethnicity, and had no relationship whatsoever to the people who committed that horrible crime committed against innocent Israelis on 7 October.   This is why you, and your fellow and sister Israeli apologists want to shut down TikTok; they are live-streaming this massacre, so people can see what Israel is actually doing in Gaza, and I can understand your not liking it at all.

Whatever you and your colleagues in the House and Senate are being paid to "look the other way" on this genocide, cannot possibly be enough; I suggest you are all due a raise from your handlers and enablers, and right the heck now.

And some final words, Senator Cruz; you have not converted people......because you have silenced them, as you are hoping to do by smearing these protests as "Communist-funded."

Some young Americans, who care  greatly about this country as well, do not like to see it complicit in providing bombs and bullets being used to massacre innocent civilians.  

Nor, Mr. Senator, do I.

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Hezbollah’s Military Media has released footage of two recent drone attacks that targeted a key surveillance base and a border site of the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

The first attack, which took place on May 15, targeted Ilaniya base and damaged Israel’s state-of-the-art Sky Dew high altitude missile defense aerostat. Hezbollah used two suicide drones in the attack. Both appeared to be a twin-tail version of the Iranian-made Ababil-2. One of the drones was intercepted, but the second hit the base.

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The Russian Aerospace Forces (VKS) destroyed three militant bases in the Syrian governorates of Homs and Deir Ezzor, Major General Yury Popov, deputy chief of the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria, announced on May 16.

“Strikes by Russian Aerospace Forces destroyed three bases of militants who came out of the [United States-controlled] al-Tanf zone and took refuge in hard-to-reach areas of the mountain ranges of al-Amur in the Homs province and al-Bishri in the Deir Ezzor province,” he said.

Al-Amur and al-Bishri mountain ranges are both a part of Syria’s central region, where ISIS cells have been active for years now.

Video footage posted to social media on May 16 showed airstrikes by the VKS against militants hideouts in the region. However, it is unclear if these were the same airstrikes announced by the Russian Center for Reconciliation in Syria.

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The UK and its allies got tricked into backing a “corrupt mafia state” in Ukraine and getting into a war of attrition against a Moscow-Beijing partnership, Dominic Cummings has said in an interview.

The longtime Tory political strategist led the Vote Leave campaign for Brexit and was one of the key aides to then-PM Boris Johnson until resigning in November 2020.

“We should have never got into the whole stupid situation,” Cummings told the outlet I News in an interview published on Wednesday, commenting on London’s full-throated support for Kiev. He also described Ukraine as a “corrupt s**thole that doesn’t matter at all.”

“This is not a replay of 1940 with the Potemkin [Ukrainian President Vladimir] Zelensky as the Churchillian underdog,” he added. “This whole Ukrainian corrupt mafia state has basically conned us all and we’re all going to get f**ked as a consequence.”

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The French armed forces are preparing a new unit of scouts to support potential offensive operations in Ukraine, the RTL radio station reported, citing its correspondent who observed the exercises of this unit in Estonia.

"We will infiltrate, try to get close to enemy positions and even bypass them. Then we will have two solutions for reconnaissance. We can use our drone, or we can use the good old-fashioned way: our eyes. We can see a little bit of the surrounding terrain. It's very similar to what we see in Ukraine and in the Middle East. So it's very interesting for us," one of the squad members, Staff sergeant Quentin, told the radio.

Members of this unit are said to be able to "hide in the bush for hours" thanks to camouflage and use drones to observe the enemy from 200-300 meters. This "experimental unit of super covert scouts" is designed to identify enemy strongholds, locate entrances to trenches, and coordinate assault teams to capture them.

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Donald Trump has demanded Joe Biden take a drug test before the pair face off against one another in next month's debate.

Speaking at the GOP´s annual Lincoln Reagan dinner event on Friday night in St. Paul, Minnesota, Trump suggested the resident had been on drugs when he delivered the State of the Union address in March.

Trump told his supporters he would insist Biden takes a drug test as a precondition for the debates.

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The world’s two most powerful despots met in Beijing towards the end of this week. Such top-level pow-wows are a regular occurrence these days.

Almost unbelievably, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin and China’s President Xi Jinping were meeting for the 43rd time and Putin was making his 19th visit to Beijing in 24 years.

The economic ties between the two dictatorships are closer than ever, their military links deep and deepening, just as Russia ramps up its spring offensive against Ukraine.

Their common purpose is to challenge the power of America and its allies across the globe. As if to leave the democracies in no doubt about their united intent, Xi saw Putin off on Friday evening with a hug, a rare expression of affection from the normally undemonstrative Chinese leader.

The day before the dictators met there was an assassination attempt on Slovakian prime minister Robert Fico, a long-standing Kremlin fanboy. Fortunately, the gunman failed to kill his target, though the PM remains critically ill in hospital.

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Former President Donald Trump is surging with a voter bloc Americans might not expect.

Black voters are flocking to Trump in huge numbers, while simultaneously leaving President Joe Biden, CNN's average of polls showed. 

Trump's support among black voters surged to 22 percent compared to 2020, when the 45th president only had the support of 9 percent of the demographic. 

Biden, on the other hand, saw his 81 percent of black voter support in 2020 dip to 69 percent.

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The totally corrupt Australian “justice system” sentences a man to prison for telling the truth

The Western World has become the most hostile place for truth-tellers. All Western governments are determined to banish truth and replace it with official narratives.

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Israel Lobby Knuckles Biden Under

US president is no match for Israel’s lobbyists. How can neoconservatives claim American hegemony over the world when Israel has hegemony over America?

What a weak shameful country America has become.

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“One of the aspects of the emergence of the student movement is that ….there is more and more clarity that the allegation of antisemitism is simply a pretext for suppressing legitimate protest against Israel’s genocidal policies against the people of Gaza. I should also add that among the list of surprises is the fact that a group of Jewish billionaires—in order to suppress campus criticism of Israeli genocide—are now openly using the blackmail weapon. They are telling the universities, the Board of Trustees, and the president—that unless you repress these demonstrations, we are going to withhold our hundreds of millions of dollars.

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The criminal case against Donald Trump in New York dragged on this week. The prosecution—led by Democrat Alvin Bragg—put their “star” witness on the stand this week.

Michael Cohen, a former Trump employee, has led the claims that produced this largely panned criminal case.

After testifying against Trump, Cohen faced cross-examination from defense attorneys. And the man trying to get rich and famous by turning on Trump crumbled under the pressure. Even CNN analysts were giving Cohen and the left the bad news.

From Daily Caller:
CNN legal analyst Joey Jackson and criminal defense attorney Bill Brennan… said that Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg’s star witness Michael Cohen experienced a beatdown on Thursday…

Jackson and Brennan agreed on “CNN News Central” that Cohen’s testimony was brutal for the witness and that Trump’s defense attorney Todd Blanch made significant progress during the cross-examination.

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Despite tremendous opposition from Democrats, including four criminal cases, Donald Trump’s 2024 chances are looking better and better. Polling suggests he can win critical swing states, taking them from Joe Biden.

After enduring four years with Joe Biden, it appears that voters are eager to flock back to Trump.

Even long-time Democrats are starting to come around. Some polls show “safe” Democrat voting blocs breaking away for the Republican. Voters from unlikely states could be eager to dump Biden. And it seems Trump is making a big play for November.

From Fox News:
It’s been more than a half century since a Republican won Minnesota in a presidential election, but former President Donald Trump says he’s got “a really good shot” of breaking the losing streak this November…

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Blue states are running headfirst into a Marxist brick wall. Despite watching socialism fail again and again around the world, increasingly progressive state legislatures push this system. In some states, they want to bankrupt residents with things like reparations, a $30 minimum wage, and the like.

One state is the poster child for ill-conceived socialist ideas. For years, it has burned through taxpayer dollars to create a “Marxist utopia.”

Big surprise, they are out of money. They had a windfall when the federal government gave it billions in 2020. Now, they might not be able to pay for regular programs and services. And the leftist lawmakers are admitting that something they’ve been promising for years will not happen.

From Breitbart:
The Democrat-dominated California state legislature has once again rejected a proposal to create a single-payer health care system — socialized medicine, or so-called “Medicare for All” — due to the high cost amid budget deficits…

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Judge Merchan has refused to recuse himself from this case, even though there is a huge conflict of interest. But it turns out, it is even worse than that. A Republican congresswoman has revealed another damning tie between this judge and the Democrats’ scheme. This is pretty unbelievable.

From Daily Caller:
Republican Florida Rep. Anna Paulina Luna revealed Thursday on Fox News that Judge Juan Merchan’s daughter allegedly has ties to Vice President Kamala Harris through a firm that fundraised for the politician…

“We found out that Representative [Dan] Goldman, who actually sits with me on House Oversight as a Democrat, not only prepared [Michael] Cohen for the testimony today, but he’s also a client of the judge’s daughter at the same firm that fundraises for Kamala Harris. So when I say this is incestual, and when I say that we are exposing them for everything that they are, which is a complete sham, I mean it.”

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It is unknown what role he’ll play in the government, in the future. But perhaps he is warming up to Trump’s possible return to the White House. He recently discussed a major issue facing the country. And this MSM reporter was not expecting what he ended up saying.

From Fox News:
Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, argued Wednesday that former President Trump was far better than President Biden at handling the border crisis.

“People have been screaming about the border for all three and a half years Joe Biden has been president,” Romney argued during an exclusive MSNBC interview. “He’s not done anything to solve the problem of the border. That’s a huge issue for President Trump, I can’t understand why President Biden didn’t tackle this from the beginning.”…

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In connection with terrorist attacks by the Ukrainian military Moscow warns the US and the EU, as well as Kiev controlled by them, that they are playing with fire, Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova has said in a commentary.

"On May 16 and 17, Kiev's neo-Nazi regime launched another massive attack with fixed-wing drones and uncrewed boats on Crimea, the Krasnodar Region and other Russian regions. <...> Once again, we would like to unequivocally warn Washington, London, Brussels and other Western capitals, as well as Kiev, which is under their control, that they are playing with fire. Russia will not leave such encroachments on its territory unanswered," Zakharova said.

She pointed out that behind these barbaric attacks with Western weapons the silhouettes of US and British handlers of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky's were clearly visible.

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American business leaders and billionaires set up a Whatsapp group to shape public opinion on Israel's war in Gaza and urged New York City's mayor to use police to disperse a pro-Palestinian protest at Columbia University. 

The contents of the Whatsapp group were reported by the Washington Post on Thursday. 

The group was set up on 12 October, days after Hamas's surprise attack on southern Israel, to "change the narrative" on Israel, including by conveying "the atrocities committed by Hamas... to all Americans". 

Among the business leaders in the group were the CEO of Starbucks, Howard Schultz, Dell CEO and founder Michael Dell, and Joshua Kushner, a financier and brother to Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner. 

The contents of the chat were supplied to the Washington Post by unnamed people with direct access to it. 

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