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The effort to revive Russian collusion claims in Joe Biden's impeachment probe is running into an inconvenient truth for Democrats: Hunter Biden and his business partners waged a concerted campaign to squeeze oligarchs in Vladimir Putin's country for investments, an effort that ultimately paved the way for the first son to score a big payday from Burisma Holdings in neighboring Ukraine.

Hunter Biden and his partners' pursuit of Russian riches began as early as 2010 with payments from a Moscow-based machinery firm and its "patriarch," and they intensified a few years later at a time when Joe Biden's son was actually still serving as a U.S. Navy officer. That timeline is confirmed by bank records, contemporaneous emails and congressional testimony that chronicle a far larger effort by Biden, Inc. to target Moscow than has previously been acknowledged. 

Along the way, Hunter Biden and his partners like Devon Archer discussed plans to open up a Moscow office for their Rosemont firm, create a U.S-Russia business coalition and pursue a real estate venture with one oligarch that could have topped out at $1 billion, the evidence shows.

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Webmaster addition: Now we will find out why Epstein got such a light sentence!

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This is the dramatic moment NATO Top Guns intercept Russian warplanes over the Baltic Sea before heading off another Putin aircraft north of Poland

It came as the Russian president made a direct threat to nuke the West as he accused NATO and the US of 'preparing to strike' Russia in his annual address to the nation.

NATO said that two French Mirage 2000-5s intercepted a Russian SU-30-M aircraft over the Baltic Sea yesterday. 

It also noted that directly after, the French fighters were re-tasked to a new mission, where they intercepted a Russian AN-72 flying in international airspace north of Poland. 

On February 12, Russia claimed that NATO had scrambled warplanes to confront a pair of nuclear-capable missile carriers that were seen patrolling the Norwegian Sea.

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The following is from The Vaccine Reaction.

The U.S government is again funding gain-of-function (GoF) research with Chinese scientists to make a dangerous virus even more potent. This time it is with birds not bats. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) gave $1 million to fund risky research on bird flu viruses to the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China; the USDA Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory in Athena, Georgia and the University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute in Scotland.

The plan is to infect ducks and geese with various strains of bird flu to render the virus more infectious and transmissible as scientists study the virus’s ability, “to jump into mammalian hosts.”

Documents outlining the research, which began in 2021 and will continue until 2026, were obtained by the White Coat Waste Project.

The White Coat Waste Project is a nonprofit “bipartisan taxpayer watchdog organization” with a mission to “unite animal-lovers and liberty-lovers to find, expose and defund wasteful and cruel taxpayer-funded animal experimentation.”

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In a recent development, Chairman of the House Oversight Committee, James Comer, has announced that the impeachment inquiry against President Biden will progress to its "next phase," which includes a public hearing featuring Hunter Biden, the President's son.

However, Hunter Biden's attorney, Abbe Lowell, cast a shadow of doubt over this announcement. In a statement released late Wednesday, Lowell said, "The transcripts of witnesses who have been called to date, including Hunter’s, makes it obvious that there is nothing left to ask, answer, say or do. This illegitimate inquiry should have ended long before their star witness was indicted for lying but it wasn’t. Now that Hunter has put this partisan conspiracy to the lie that it is - on the record and under oath - this political charade should finally come to an end."

Hunter Biden had previously appeared on Capitol Hill for a closed-door deposition at the House Oversight and Judiciary Committees on Wednesday. During his testimony, he vehemently denied involving his father in his business affairs and criticized House Republicans for their "partisan political pursuit" and impeachment inquiry against his father. He further stated that Republicans have no evidence against his father, the President, "because there isn't any."

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It is always some one else’s fault.  Have you noticed that, here in America?

It’s the refs.  It’s the government.  It’s the schools.  It’s the church.  It’s my pastor.  It’s President Biden.  It’s Donald Trump.  It’s the media. It’s the Left.  It’s the Right.  It’s racism.  It’s the courts.  It’s my spouse.  The Devil made me do it.

It’s the mirror.  That is one place no one wants to look.  What was it Michael Jackson sang…?

I’m starting with the man in the mirror. I’m asking him to change his ways. And no message could have been any clearer. If you wanna make the world a better place. Take a look at yourself and then make a change.

Personal responsibility is a tough pill to swallow.  It is so much more comforting to blame someone else for the mess that we have made of this nation. The church sucks.  The family sucks.  The government sucks.  The schools suck.

Life is about choices.  Some good.  Some bad.  But at the end of the day, WE are all responsible for the choices we make.  Until you accept the fact that it is your own damn fault nothing will ever change. Sorry Flip Wilson, the Devil didn’t make you do it.

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The dramatic spike in dengue cases has prompted Brazil to purchase millions of doses of the dengue vaccine.


Dengue fever has spiked fourfold in Brazil in 2024 following the release of millions of gene-edited mosquitos by the United Nations’ World Mosquito Program.

In the first five weeks of 2024, over 364,000 cases of dengue infection have been reported, according to the country’s health ministry, which is 4x greater than previous cases in the same period of 2023.


The dramatic spike in dengue cases has prompted Brazil to purchase millions of doses of the dengue vaccine.

From The Guardian:

The rapid spread of dengue has caused 40 confirmed deaths, the ministry said, and a further 265 are being investigated.

Warning: Gates-Funded Factory Breeds 30 Million Mosquitoes a Week for Release in 11 Countries

Brazil has bought 5.2m doses of the dengue vaccine Qdenga, developed by Japanese drugmaker Takeda, with another 1.32m doses provided at no cost to the government, a ministry statement said.

Three Brazilian states have declared emergencies, including the second most populous state, Minas Gerais, and the Federal District, where the capital, Brasília, is located and is facing an unprecedented rise in infections.

Brasília will start vaccinating children aged 10-14 on Friday with Qdenga, the local government said on Wednesday.

Cases of dengue in Brasília since the start of the year have exceeded the total for the whole of 2023, with a rate of infection of 1,625 cases per 100,000 inhabitants, compared with the national average of just 170.

The UN’s World Mosquito Program announced in 2023 a plan to release billions of gene-edited mosquitos in Brazil over a 10-year period in a bid to eradicate dengue fever in the country.

“Brazilian health officials in five cities have been releasing clouds of lab-grown Aedes aegypti mosquitoes infected with Wolbachia bacteria, which prevents dengue virus transmission to humans,” Harvard Public Health reported in August 2023.

“The country will be the first to launch a nationwide program to release Wolbachia-modified mosquitoes, which are expected to protect up to 70 million people from dengue fever over the next 10 years. And it’s building a factory to scale up mosquito production: Beginning 2024, the factory will mass-produce five billion mosquitoes a year.”

Now a year after the mosquito initiative began, dengue cases have risen sharply rather than fallen.

Notably, the World Mosquito Program received a $50 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is also bankrolling research into the dengue fever vaccine.

The Brazilian government purchased over 5 million doses of the Qdenga dengue fever vaccine, manufactured by Japanese drugmaker Takeda, which also received millions of dollars in grants from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

In other words, Bill Gates Foundation money is involved in all sides of the situation, from the gene-edited mosquitos — which has apparently exacerbated the dengue crisis — to bankrolling companies who are providing the in-demand dengue fever vaccine to Brazil.

Claire's Observations:  I am very much reminded here, of the line from the 2nd Homes/Watson film,  "A Game of Shadows", featuring Morton Downey Jr, and Jude Law.

In this, the Watson character says to the Moriarty Character (read:  bad guy), and I am paraphrasing like crazy,  that Moriarty  wanted a lock on both the bullets and the bandages in the next war; but when you are looking at a medical plague in the 21st century, you are looking at both creating it, then resolving it with the appropriate "vaccine", that's one hell of a lot of money in your coffers, when you can pull of both!!!

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Thomas Kingston, the husband of Prince and Princess Michael of Kent's daughter Lady Gabriella Kingston, died from a "traumatic head wound" and a gun was found near his body, an inquest has heard.

The 45-year-old financier died suddenly in an outbuilding at his parent's home, an inquest opening at Gloucestershire Coroner's Court heard.

Senior coroner Katy Skerrett outlined the "brief circumstances" of his death at the hearing on Friday.

She said: "Mr Kingston was visiting his parents' home in the Cotswolds. On 25 February he ate lunch with his parents. His father went out to walk the dogs.

"On his return Mr Kingston was not in the house and after approximately 30 minutes his mother went to look for him. His father forced entry on a locked outbuilding when no reply could be gained.

"He found Mr Kingston deceased with a catastrophic head injury. A gun was present at the scene. Emergency services were called. Police are satisfied the death is not suspicious."

Webmaster addition:  Suuuuuuuure!

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The worst-kept secret of this proxy war is that it’s already a hot NATO-Russian war but an undeclared and limited one where both sides still abide by informal “rules of engagement”.

German Chancellor Scholz’s innuendo that France and the UK have clandestinely deployed troops to Ukraine to assist with “target control” against Russian forces prompted a harsh reaction from the British, but his slip of the tongue simply spilled the beans on this proxy war’s worst-kept secret. No honest observer believed the prior denials about Western troops in that country since their Ukrainian counterparts couldn’t realistically be trained to operate such modern-day arms in such a short time.

His inadvertent revelation, which was shared to explain why Germany won’t send long-range Taurus missiles to that country since it doesn’t want to follow the others’ lead by clandestinely deploying troops there, came shortly after French President Macron’s relatedly scandalous claim. He said that NATO countries debated whether to conventionally intervene in Ukraine when many of their leaders met in Paris on Monday though no consensus had been reached on this ultra-sensitive question.

Although practically every one of his peers denied that anything of the sort was discussed, the Financial Times then quoted an unnamed senior European defense official who bluntly confirmed that “Everyone knows there are western special forces in Ukraine — they’ve just not acknowledged it officially.” Such claims were hitherto dismissed as “Russian conspiracy theories” but now they predictably turned out to be statements of “conspiracy fact” to the surprise of only the most dishonest and naive observers.

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A South St. Louis Church that caters to African refugees and migrants was shut down this week. City officials closed the church after a young woman was found beaten, bloody, and tied up with ropes. The victim said she was kidnapped by church officials.

The church caters to Africans who have resettled in St. Louis. Many of the congregants do not speak English but still speak Swahili.

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A House subcommittee hearing revealed the extent of the hazard posed to firefighters and other first-responders from the effects of electric vehicle battery fires.

“EV [electric vehicle] fires are fundamentally different from traditional internal combustion engine fires, and they present new dangers that our first responders need to be prepared for,” said Rep. Jay Obernolte, R-Calif., chair of the House Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the Committee on Science, Space and Technology.

Thermal runaway

Lithium-ion batteries can experience what’s called “thermal runaway.” Inside the batteries are a cathode and an anode, which are physically separated by a component called a separator. If that separator is compromised as a result of a defect or damage from an accident, the battery cell enters an uncontrollable, self-heating state that produces extremely high temperatures, cell venting of toxic gasses, smoke and fire.

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Taliban signs economic pact with Iran

A delegation of high-ranking Taliban officials has visited Iran to sign a deal to invest in the Chabahar port in the country’s south, local media reported. 

The move surprised many, considering strained political ties between Tehran and Kabul since 2023, which have involved deadly border clashes and disputes over water distribution from the Hirmand River. 

On Monday, the Shargh daily reported that despite these tensions, the Taliban wants to invest $35m in commercial, residential, and governmental projects in the Chabahar port and the Chabahar Free Economic Zone.

According to the report, the Taliban's investment will be used in the Fakher construction project, a 25-story high-rise.

Claire's Observations:  So where does the money come from?!?  The following VOA article, posted on 2/06/24 explains this:

Afghan Oil Production Jumps With $49 Million Chinese Investment


FILE - An oil installation in an area near Herat, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2009. A Chinese company has invested in oil production in Afghanistan's Amu Darya basin.

FILE - An oil installation in an area near Herat, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2009. A Chinese company has invested in oil production in Afghanistan's Amu Darya basin.

A Chinese energy company’s investment of $49 million in Afghanistan’s oil production has helped boost the country's daily crude oil output to more than 1,100 metric tons, but the funding is just one-third of what Beijing originally pledged.

One year ago, China’s Xinjiang Central Asia Petroleum and Gas Co, or CAPEIC, signed a major oil extraction contract with Taliban authorities in Afghanistan. That 25-year contract requires CAPEIC to invest $150 million by the first year and a total of $540 million by 2026.

According to a top Taliban official who spoke to VOA on condition of anonymity, the company fell short of its investment target due to inaccurate estimates of material and labor costs, as well as a three-month delay in the approval of its financial plan by Afghan authorities.

“The investments will add up as the contract stipulates,” the official said, adding that the Taliban’s treasury earned about $26 million from the project last year.

The Amu Darya basin, spanning Afghanistan and Tajikistan, is estimated to contain 962 million barrels of crude oil and 52,025 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to a 2011 assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.

To tap into this potential, the Chinese company plans to dig 22 additional wells this year, aiming to increase daily production to more than 2,000 tons, or about 15,000 barrels. One metric ton of crude oil is equal to 7.46 barrels."

So, after all the time in Afghanistan, the US never really understood about the vast oil wealth this country had?!? I am having a double face-plant, at velocity, upon reading this.

The US makes war; China makes deals.  What's wrong with this picture?!?  DAMNED NEAR EVERYTHING!!!!!

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