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This has been quite a decade for global pestilences.  The first one to hit was COVID, and that created a wave of panic that literally paralyzed the entire globe.  The next one to hit was the bird flu.  More than 100 million birds are dead, and now mammals all over the planet are getting infected.  There is a lot of concern that humans could be next, and we will be watching future developments very closely.  Two years ago, Mpox exploded on to the scene, and it rapidly circulated around the world.  Now a much deadlier new version has emerged in Africa, and global health authorities are quite alarmed about this.  On top of everything else, this year we are dealing with the worst outbreak of dengue fever that we have ever witnessed.  Millions have already been infected, and there have even been hundreds of cases here in the United States.
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By Tyler Durden.

NATO’s leaders are set to approve a separate command at Wiesbaden, Germany, to coordinate training and equipment donations to Kyiv’s forces, a senior administration official told reporters last week.

The command will have about 700 personnel from NATO countries and partner nations assigned to the center, an alliance news release said. The administration officials, speaking to the press Friday, said the center would increase the interoperability among Ukrainian forces and NATO.

As an example of the drive to make Kyiv’s military more interoperable with NATO’s, the administration official said, “the U.S. for more than a year [have] been training Ukrainians on F-16 platforms,” as have other alliance members.

NATO will also facilitate equipment logistics and provide support through the center to the long-term development of Ukraine’s armed forces, the release added.

Last month, the alliance’s defense ministers approved the motion for consideration at the summit in Washington.

Claire's Observations:  A war is like a hole into which a government funnels taxpayer money to satiate the financial appetite of the Military/Industrial complex.  

Let's see, how much has the American government forked over, so far to Ukraine?!? The Counsel on Foreign Relations tells us, as of May of this year, that this figure is $175 billion (that we know about).

And NATO's contribution?  According to dentons.com: https://www.dentons.com/en/insights/articles/2024/july/8/nato-summit-preview NATO will be contributing $43 billion to Ukraine in its next fiscal package, due to be approved at the NATO summit in DC happening now.  

To date, as found in a Google.com search:  

" Since 2022, NATO and EU members and other allies have made available at least $50 billion in security assistance to Ukraine".

Folks, even in "weaker dollars and Euros", this is NOT "chump change.

Even in the process of war, there is such a thing as "cost/benefit" ratio.  And right now, looking at the utter failure of Ukrainian forces against Russian forces, the ratio is skewed on the "cost side", with not one hell of a lot of "benefit" to the taxpayers of those countries whose treasuries have been hit, again and again, with requests for more money and weapons for Ukraine.  


Dealing with a Ukrainian government so crooked and corrupt, that its members generally have to screw their socks on in the morning, we have had zero accountability as to where the money has gone, and know for certain, that weapons sent to Ukraine have wound up on the "dark web" for sale. https://riskbulletins.globalinitiative.net/ukr-obs-001/01-monitoring-illicit-arms-flows-from-the-conflict-in-ukraine.html

This move, on the part of the US and NATO, is one "vast last gasp" PR attempt at "virtue signaling" that the US/NATO war against Russia, using Ukraine as their proxy, is actually winnable, when it is not, to keep the war going in order to keep the military contractors happy, and buy time for the "hopium/changium" deluded By-di-Bydenistas betting that the US voting public will NOT change presidents in the middle of a war which should have never been enabled or financed  by this country in the first place. 




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Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth reported a recent spike in cases of Mycoplasma pneumonia, a bacteria causing “walking pneumonia.” Last week, 80 out of 398 patients tested positive for pneumonia, compared to 0% last year. Children are likely spreading the bacteria in close contact at summer camps or swimming pools. The infection causes cold-like symptoms but can be more severe in about 10% of children, especially those with pre-existing conditions like asthma. While mycoplasma pneumonia is typically seen in children under the age of 6, cases this summer have been identified in every age group, from infants to adolescents.
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The median price of single-family homes in the U.S. is just under $455,000. That peaked a few weeks ago and is inching down each week for the second half of the year.
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Freedom of Information Act documents obtained by Children’s Health Defense reveal that two infants died the same day they received nirsevimab, marketed under the brand name Beyfortus, a monoclonal antibody shot approved last year for infants for the prevention of RSV.

At least two infant deaths reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) as occurring after the babies mistakenly received Pfizer’s adult respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) vaccine were likely caused instead by nirsevimab, the monoclonal antibody shot approved for infants and meant to prevent RSV.

Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents obtained by Children’s Health Defense (CHD) from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that both babies died on the day they received the shots.

According to the reports in VAERS, a 27-day-old boy died immediately upon receiving the shot in the doctor’s office and an infant girl was found not breathing by her father seven hours after receiving the shot. The infant was pronounced dead soon after.

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In a civilized society, authorities are able to maintain at least a basic level of law and order in the streets most of the time.  Unfortunately, at this point it is up for debate whether the United States is still a “civilized society” or not.  The chaos in our streets never seems to end, and those that are in charge of running things don’t seem to be able to regain control.  The theft, violence and mayhem that we are witnessing in our major cities is being fueled by the worst homelessness crisis in our entire history, the worst drug crisis in our entire history, and the worst migration crisis in our entire history If authorities cannot control our streets now, what is going to happen once our societal collapse reaches a much more advanced stage?

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As the nation’s largest southern border crossings finally receive mainstream media coverage years into an unprecedented illegal immigration crisis, untold numbers of “fighting age males” dressed in military uniforms are entering the United States through remote areas with no Border Patrol presence. It is a palpable security lapse unlikely to be reported by most news outlets and local, federal, and state law enforcement sources have provided Judicial Watch with detailed accounts, reports, diagrams, and photos of the situation which is terrorizing residents in a once harmonious Arizona town just a few miles from Mexico. They blame the Biden administration’s catastrophic open border policies for the serious problems that have gripped the area in the last few years.

The Santa Cruz and Pima County regions in southwestern Arizona have been slammed with extraordinary violence and crime fueled by Mexican cartels—smuggling drugs and humans—that are victimizing fourth and fifth-generation cattle farmers who have captured thousands of illegal immigrants on security cameras passing through their property since Joe Biden became president. Sometimes they find dead bodies and drug paraphernalia. “Violent activity has drastically increased over the past three years since the border is now perceived to be wide open,” a veteran law enforcement official told Judicial Watch this week, adding that in the communities of Amado and Arivaca American citizens feel much less safe than they did when Donald Trump was president. Both are cattle ranching towns with small populations that are diminishing because of the increased violence. Amado is nestled in the Santa Cruz River Valley about 29 miles from the Mexican border. Arivaca is situated southwest of Amado about 11 miles from Nogales, Mexico.

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It took just 30 seconds on Sunday for Fox News anchor Shannon Bream to underscore the political headwinds that President Joe Biden faces.

Before interviewing her show guests, Bream explained on "Fox News Sunday" that her team reached out to "dozens" of Biden surrogates for an interview. However, none of them wanted to go on the record to defend Biden.

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With mega-donors withholding Democrat campaign funds until Biden steps aside, the Biden fundraisers are appealing to me for funds! Appeals continuously arrive in my email from movie stars, Jill Biden, and Kamala Harris telling me how necessary it is for me to contribute to Biden’s reelection in order to prevent Trump from becoming a dictator.

These appeals deserve a critical look, especially Kamala’s. The appeals say Trump has to be defeated because otherwise he is going to do to Democrats what Democrats have and are doing to Trump.

Kamala says “he will weaponize the Department of Justice against his political enemies.” This is what the Democrats have done to Trump for the past eight years. Someone should tell Kamala that what goes around comes around. How come it is OK to weaponize law against Trump but not against Democrats?

Of course, it is not OK to weaponize law against anyone under the legal system governed by the US Constitution. Why haven’t we heard anything from law schools, bar associations, presstitutes, Democrats and even Republicans about weaponizing law against Trump, indeed against anyone?

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Stewart’s full melt over democracy.
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Israel has approved the largest seizure of land in the occupied West Bank in over three decades and advanced plans to build thousands of new settlement homes, according to Peace Now, an Israeli anti-settlement monitoring group. They are the latest step by Israel’s hard-line government meant to cement Israel’s control over the territory and prevent the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.

This map shows the expansion of settlements and outposts from 1967 until now.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu will begin his testimony in his ongoing corruption trial on December 2, 2024, the Jerusalem District Court decided in a ruling on Tuesday.

In their ruling, the judges overseeing the trial said they had weighed “the ability to prepare the prime minister to do so during a time of war, with the public interest in advancing the case.”

Two weeks ago, Netanyahu’s criminal defense attorney said the prime minister needed until at least March 2025 due to the ongoing war against Hamas. The State Attorney’s Office earlier this week expressed opposition to the request, demanding that Netanyahu’s testimony start no later than November 1.

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Since the start of U.S. involvement in the Russo-Ukrainian War, the Biden administration established a series of clear red lines intended to limit the war's escalation and avoid direct confrontation with Russia.

However, at every juncture, President Biden has buckled in the face of outside pressure and crossed each of these lines. The last frontier he has yet to reach is putting U.S. service members on the ground in Ukraine, but unfortunately, we seem to be halfway there.

Initially, the Biden administration was firm in its refusal to send certain military assistance to Ukraine. For instance, President Biden said early on in the war that the U.S. would not send American M1 Abrams tanks to Ukraine because they were too complex for Ukrainian troops to operate. But in January 2023, the Department of Defense announced it would be supplying the tanks to Ukraine after all.

Following this shift, in May 2023, President Biden had another change of heart regarding F-16 fighter jets. For months, the president and senior U.S. officials opposed sending the aircraft to Ukraine, citing their sophistication and the need for pilots to have a strong command of English. Nevertheless, President Biden last year yielded to pressure from President Zelensky and European allies and authorized the transfer of dozens of warplanes from Western allies. The U.S. is currently training Ukrainian pilots.

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It is a matter of record that the Zionist project has had extensive territorial designs on the lands known as Palestine since at least the early 20th century.

As others have argued, the Israelis’ openly racist assault on the Palestinians of Gaza is to be understood not as a sudden eruption of violence, a departure, but as an especially savage continuation of Zionist conduct for more than a century.

When history is brought to bear in this fashion, it becomes increasingly apparent that the invasion of Gaza since the events of last Oct. 7 ought not be seen in isolation. The more pathologically disturbed members of Benjamin Netanyahu’s freak-show regime — notably, but not only, Bezalel Smotrich and Itamar Ben–Givr, the finance and national security ministers — have never been shy on this point.

They are entirely dedicated to the restoration of Eretz Yisrael, the mystical Land of Israel, which, variously interpreted through the ages, could extend at the extreme from the Red Sea all the way to the Euphrates Valley.

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The United States Postal Service is scheduled to increase the price of a stamp next week by a nickel from 68 cents to 73 cents. 

How big of a deal is a five-cent increase? Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal says it’s one step closer to killing off the post office.

The USPS is still losing money, big time. In the first quarter of this year, the post office lost more than $2 billion. Part of their solution is to charge more for postage.

This latest price increase is one in a series that has driven the stamp price up more than 46% since 2018.

“There is no denying that the Postal Service needs more revenue, but there are better ways to gain that revenue,” Blumenthal said.  

The Senator says that since 2006, the number of letters mailed in this country has been nearly cut in half, and rapid price hikes on stamps will only worsen matters.

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Tractor Supply Co. is a farming supplies retailer headquartered in Tennessee, and it's just gone where no large modern company has gone before.

The company is dropping the diversity, equity, and inclusion goals that it had previously set for itself. In addition, DEI roles will be eliminated, carbon emissions goals will be withdrawn, and the company will stop sending data to the Human Rights Campaign.

Tractor Supply made the move after information began circulating that the company was deeply involved in DEI and ESG initiatives, and its stock price took a nosedive.

“We work hard living up to our mission and our values every day, and represent the values of the communities and customers we serve,” the company wrote in a statement. “We’ve heard from our customers that we have disappointed them. We have taken this feedback to heart.”

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The Israeli military has taken control of 26% of the Gaza Strip and is building bases and paving roads in the areas to ensure long-term occupation, which could lead to Jewish settlements, Haaretz reported on Monday.

Israel established a “buffer zone” along the Israel-Gaza border by demolishing buildings and agricultural land. The zone cuts into about 1 kilometer along Gaza’s entire border with Israel and accounts for about 16% of the Strip’s territory.

Israel has also taken control of the Philadelphi Corridor, which runs along the Egypt-Gaza border, and demolished buildings in the Netzarim Corridor, a 38 kilometer square area that separates northern Gaza from the rest of the Strip.

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Max Darrow reports on an unusual property in San Francisco Bay that is on the real estate market.
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Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) spokesman Rear Adm. Daniel Hagari has said that Hamas will still be in Gaza five years from now in his latest comments that cast doubt on Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s goal of eliminating the Palestinian group.

“Israel is planning a long war against Hamas,” Hagari told ABC. “Will you and me be talking five years from now about Hamas as a terror organization in Gaza? The answer is yes.”

Hagari made similar comments recently that were more directly critical of Netanyahu’s goal. “This business of destroying Hamas, making Hamas disappear – it’s simply throwing sand in the eyes of the public,” he said on June 19. “Hamas is an idea, Hamas is a party. It’s rooted in the hearts of the people – whoever thinks we can eliminate Hamas is wrong.”

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The Associated Press reported on Tuesday that the pier the US military built off the coast of Gaza will be reattached to the shore on Wednesday and then permanently removed after a few days.

The idea is to clear aid that has piled up in Cyprus and on the offshore floating dock before ending the mission, which has not brought any relief to the starving Palestinians in Gaza.

Aid groups have criticized the pier as a public relations stunt to make it appear that the US was doing something to get more aid into Gaza while continuing to support the Israeli military’s genocidal war and starvation blockade. President Biden ordered the construction of the pier instead of pressuring Israel to open more land border crossings, which is by far the most efficient way to get aid into the Strip.

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Israel’s military has ramped up attacks on the Gaza Strip, killing at least 77 Palestinians, including dozens sheltering at a school, in one of the deadliest days the enclave has endured in recent weeks.

The attacks on Tuesday came as Hamas warned that the stepped-up Israeli offensive could jeopardise mediated ceasefire talks, a new round of which is set to begin in the capital of Qatar, Doha.

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A senior Israeli official has told Al-Monitor that it’s clear Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu doesn’t want a ceasefire and hostage deal with Hamas after he released his list of “non-negotiable” demands ahead of sensitive negotiations.

Netanyahu’s demands included the condition that Israel would be allowed to resume military operations. Hamas’s main demand has been that any deal leads to a permanent ceasefire. While the group has reportedly softened on that stance a bit, Netanyahu has repeatedly made clear he wouldn’t agree to end his genocidal campaign.

“Anyone wanting to succeed in fateful and difficult negotiations does not emphasize the gaps and difficulties twice a day, but tries to emphasize the agreements and the prospects. It is clear to all of us that Netanyahu simply does not want the deal,” the unnamed senior official said.

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