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Authored by Michael Snyder via The Economic Collapse blog,

As we approach what is likely to be the most chaotic presidential election in U.S. history, troubling signs are starting to erupt for the U.S. economy.  In fact, CNN is actually admitting that “the long-predicted storm clouds in the economy may actually be forming”.  I can’t remember the last time that I saw a CNN article with a headline like that.  But at this point, it is becoming extremely difficult for the mainstream media to avoid the truth.  Inflation is getting worse at the same time that many key sectors of our economy are slowing down.  If you thought that the last couple of years were rough for the economy, just wait until you see what is coming next.  Tremendous turmoil is on the horizon, and the American people are becoming increasingly emotional about our rapidly growing economic problems.

On Wednesday, we learned that prices jumped even more than expected during the month of March…

Inflation jumped in March as prices for consumer staples such as gasoline edged higher and those for housing remained stubbornly high, suggesting inflation may be a bit stickier than it seemed just a few months ago, economists said.

The consumer price index, a key inflation gauge, rose 3.5% in March from a year ago, the U.S. Labor Department reported Wednesday. That’s up from 3.2% in February.

Lots of pundits on television are telling us that this is really bad news for Joe Biden.

But if prices were only rising at a 3.5 percent annual rate, that would be outstanding news.

In fact, if prices were only rising at a 3.5 percent annual rate I would not be concerned about inflation at all.

Of course by now everyone realizes that the way inflation is calculated has been changed repeatedly over the years and so the numbers that the government gives us are essentially meaningless at this point

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On Thursday, the campaign of 45th President Donald J. Trump argued that presidential debates must occur earlier in the election cycle and not later, given the prevalence of early voting and mail-in balloting. Team Trump also maintained that it was in the best interest of the American people to have more debates than the three currently scheduled, given the momentous nature of the 2024 election cycle.

Trump co-campaign managers Susie Wiles and Chris LaCivita sent a letter to the Commission on Presidential Debates, in which they said, "Voting is beginning earlier and earlier, and as we saw in 2020, tens of millions of Americans had already voted by the time of the first debate. Specific to the Commission's proposed 2024 calendar, it simply comes too late." The pair then speculate that nearly one million voters will have already cast their ballot by the time of the first debate, which will grow to 8.7 million by the time of the third scheduled presidential debate.

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JK Rowling is furious. And who can blame her? The recently published Cass Review has proven what she has been saying – and demonised for – for years. On Wednesday, the author and philanthropist posted on X to suggest that she wouldn’t forgive the actors-cum-activists she made famous for turning on her.

Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe (who played Harry in the blockbuster films) and Emma Watson (Hermione Granger) have both previously condemned the franchise’s creator for daring to point out the dangers of gender ideology. Now, in light of Dr Hilary Cass’s damning report, Rowling has said: ‘Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women’s hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single-sex spaces.’

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Who is the President of the United States in 2024? Technically it’s Joe Biden, of course, but ask around and you’ll get many different answers.

Many have speculated that Joe is not calling all the shots. Instead his wife Jill—or his cabinet, filled with the far-left of the Democratic party—are driving White House policy. Meanwhile, former President Donald Trump looms large, leading in most 2024 polls as the general election contender to the aging Biden.

But Donald’s not just sitting in court these days, fending off what many consider to be scurrilous or even politically malicious lawsuits timed to interfere with his general campaign. Neither is he just doing rallies or playing golf at Bedminster. In fact, the former President seems to be taking up some presidential duties of his own as he had a surprising guest join him at his Florida home in Mar-A-Lago.

From Fox News:

Former U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron met with former President Donald Trump in a surprise visit to Mar-a-Lago on Monday.

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Update(1740): Multiple European airlines have canceled all flights to and from Iran, and flight trackers also indicate that skies above Israel are clear of civilian aviation.

Speculation is at a frenzy over the 'when & where' of the coming Iranian retaliation attack. "Anonymous US officials" have been feeding alarming headlines to media outlets all day - and among them the following:

Iran has readied a large number of missiles for a possible strike, according to three U.S. officials. Two of the officials said that Iran has readied more than 100 cruise missiles for a possible strike. Iran has also readied a sizeable number of drones that could be used in an attack on Israel, according to one official.

The officials said that Iran has been readying the missiles and drones over the last week.

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An Afghan national who is on the U.S. terror watchlist was put back in custody on Friday, according to the Department of Homeland Security, after he was captured at the U.S.-Mexico border and released twice into U.S. territory. 

Mohammed Kharwin is a member of Hezb-e-Islami, a group responsible for attacks in Afghanistan that killed at least nine American soldiers and civilians from 2013 to 2015, the terror watchlist indicates, according to NBC

Customs and Border Protection agents apprehended and released Kharwin, after he illegally entered the U.S. near San Ysidro, California, in March of 2023, despite suspicions that he was on the FBI’s terrorist watchlist. 

Close to a year later, in February 2024, the FBI notified ICE that Kharwin was a suspected member of the designated foreign terror group Hezb-e-Islami, or HIG. 

HIG, which does their operations out of Afghanistan and Pakistan, is described by the National Counterterrorism Center as a “virulently anti-Western insurgent group” who is known to have killed several U.S. soldiers and American contractors. 

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by Tyler Durden

Friday, Apr 12, 2024 - 06:20 PM

One week after the Biden administration slapped new regulations on key power grid components, the Washington Post reports that US oil and gas companies will face a 15-fold increase in costs to drill on federal land, under a new rule released on Friday.

Workers operate a drilling rig while plugging an abandoned oil well north of Shelby, Mont. (Adrián Sanchez-Gonzalez for The Washington Post) (Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez/For The Washington Post)

Under it, the Interior Department's Bureau of Land Management will require drillers to pay $150,000 per lease on federal lands, up from $10,000 - the first comprehensive update to the federal oil and gas leasing program in over three decades.

Fossil fuel companies will also be required to pay higher royalties to the government on oil and gas extracted from federal lands - jumping from 12.5% of revenue to 16.67%.

That's not all...

The rule comes as the Biden administration readies a sweeping plan to limit future oil drilling across roughly 13 million acres of Alaska's North Slope, which the US set aside a century ago as an emergency supply.

That initiative, set to be finalized in the coming days per Bloomberg, comes as both oil executives and Alaska lawmakers have sounded the alarm over the plan - saying that it could thwart oil and gas development throughout the reserve, even on existing leases

Claire's Observations:  I am having a double palm to forehead moment at velocity,  upon reading this; do these brain damaged idiots in DC not realize how crucial oil and gas will be in the coming World War, which they themselves have generated with their stupid, pig-headed, and "not thought through" choices?!?

Yesterday, after my church's Praise Team rehearsal, I tried ,  as gently as I could, to mention to them that right now, it would be good if they and their families were stocked up to the gills with food, extra meds, and water.  I so hope to Heaven that I am utterly wrong on this, and that in 6 weeks, they can call me a blithering idiot for even suggesting such a thing.

Unfortunately, I am afraid that time is going to prove me right here.

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Since our school days, we’ve been taught that the Earth is made up of several layers: the crust, the mantle, the outer core and the inner core.

But the inner core isn’t the end of it. Scientists made a discovery deep within the Earth’s core – a massive solid sphere.

Two researchers from the Australian National University found that the Earth has an ‘innermost inner core’ that may have formed following a ‘significant global event’ from the past.

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In a shocking revelation, the disgraced former deputy FBI director admitted on CNN that the FISA application he authorized to spy on Trump adviser Carter Page was riddled with errors. McCabe acknowledged that there were “many mistakes” in the FISA application and described the situation as “regrettable.”

This admission has only fueled further outrage, with critics lambasting McCabe for his role in what they perceive as an abuse of power and a violation of civil liberties. Many argue that his actions represent a betrayal of the public trust and warrant serious consequences.

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This is the innocent 68-year-old grandmother who was punched in the face and pushed down the stairs outside a Queens church during a robbery that saw her sixteen-year-old attacker take off with her car.

Irene Tahliambouris suffered a fractured skull, black eye, and numerous bruises from  the vicious assault that took place outside of St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church on 152 Street in Briarwood around 8.20 on Sunday.

Her attacker Jayvaun Prince, 16, was taken into custody today in a gurney after suffering an unknown medical episode. 

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House Speaker Mike Johnson’s office told Breitbart News exclusively that he intends to remain as Speaker of the House after he cast the deciding vote against ending the deep state’s warrantless surveillance of American citizens on Friday.

Johnson, who is now rushing down to Mar-a-Lago to hope former President Donald Trump gives him a lifeline, is facing serious questions as to whether or not he can continue in the position after a string of major policy failures on his watch. Johnson intends to hold a press conference with Trump to unveil a messaging bill meant to stop illegal aliens from voting. The proposal is not serious, and stands no chance in the Senate. Using Trump like this, as a shield with a messaging bill that is not serious, has rubbed lots of Trump-aligned movement leaders the wrong way in a big way.

“He’s not resigning,” Raj Shah, the Speaker’s spokesman, told Breitbart News when asked about rumors that he was considering leaving the post. “No,” Shah reiterated when asked if Johnson was considering stepping down.

It’s worth noting staffers to Speakers of the House regularly behave like this in the end times for their bosses. Back in September 2015, literally the night before he announced he was resigning, the spokeswoman for then-Speaker John Boehner told Breitbart News he was not stepping down.

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The U.S. rushed warships into position to protect Israel and American forces in the region, hoping to head off a direct attack from Iran on Israel that could come as soon as this weekend.

The moves by the U.S. that are part of an effort to avoid a wider conflict in the Middle East came after a warning from a person familiar with the matter about the timing and location of the potential Iranian attack. A person briefed by the Iranian leadership, however, said that while plans to attack are being discussed, no final decision has been made.

Army Gen. Erik Kurilla, the head of U.S. Central Command, discussed a possible Iranian attack with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Israel on Friday. “We are prepared to defend ourselves on the ground and in the air, in close cooperation with our partners, and we will know how to respond,” Gallant said, according to Israel’s Defense Ministry.

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Gina Carano lost her career when she refused to lie for Disney. She seems content with it.

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Authored by Jeffrey A. Tucker via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

It’s time to declare as regards the internet of old: Requiescat in Pace.

In this photo illustration an internet page is displayed on a computer screen in London, England, on April 13, 2006. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

It’s dead. We might as well face it.

Nearly every large application and website in existence, meaning most of what people use on what we call the internet, constituting an estimated 95 percent of the main portals of information, is now compromised by some power somewhere, making them no longer part of the free world and no longer part of the army of truth.

If that shocks you, you haven’t used Google or Facebook recently. They are both heavily rigged not to get you the information you want but rather to push out to you information that someone somewhere wants you to have. And the situation is getting worse, not better. This is despite impending court challenges that are hoping for a restoration of free speech. If there were a serious threat that this would happen, wouldn’t we see the censored venues improve and not worsen?

The situation is heartbreaking and gives rise to melancholic reflections on the promise and betrayal.

My fear is that hardly anyone remembers a time when the internet held out the highest hope in modern history for the emancipation of humanity from the control of the powerful. I had a model in my own head of a mass migration out of the controlled and regulated physical world and into a digital realm that was so large, so potentially infinite in scope, containing so many nodes and so many content providers, that states would be hopeless in the face of it.

Yes, I was the paradigmatic case of the techno-utopian who got bitten by the bug of progress in about 1996. I was sitting there at my desk, newly aware of these things called websites, and managing one myself. I put up a few old issues of a newsletter. A few days later, I needed to look at that newsletter. I saw it sitting across the room. At that moment, I suddenly realized that it would actually be easier just to look at it online.

Now, you might laugh when you hear that story. But keep in mind that at that point in history, most people had no idea of the extent of the power of this tool. I did not. I knew that I could post things and they would appear on a screen. But it wasn’t until that moment that it suddenly dawned on me. By posting anything online, I could liberate any bit of information from the physical world, in which only I could have access so long as I was sitting there, and give that same piece of information to millions and billions of people, possibly forever.

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Hundreds of human rights activists with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, including CODEPINK’s Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin, are due to set sail on multiple vessels in mid-April to carry 5,500 tons of aid for Gaza.

Their mission, aside from delivering the much-needed humanitarian aid, is to challenge Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza amid dire conditions, including widespread hunger and lack of medical attention intentionally caused by Israeli policies. Time is running out for many in Gaza as Israel threatens an all-out attack on Rafah and experts warn hunger and disease could soon surpass casualties from bombings.

“I have been walking the halls of Congress every day since October, going to rallies every weekend, writing letters of outrage to President Biden every night — and nothing has worked to stop Israel from murdering thousands upon thousands of innocent people,” said CODEPINK co-founder Benjamin. “What more can I do? I can go on this flotilla to try to break the criminal siege that Israel has imposed on Gaza.”

Webmaster addition: This is courage on display. Recall what happened to the Mavi Marmara? 

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Authored by Jason Rantz via mynorthwest.com (emphasis ours),

Privileged progressives, donning their white knight armor, are in the next phase of a plan to end Seattle Public Schools’ gifted students program — known locally as its Highly Capable Cohort (HCC). They complained the HCC was too white.

(Photo courtesy of KIRO 7)

HCC separates academically gifted students from others via different classrooms or entirely different schools. But in 2020, white Seattle school board directors voted to terminate the HCC over the objections of parents. HCC will be completely phased out by the 2027-28 school year. 

Outraged more by the success of white and Asian students than by the untapped potential of black and Hispanic pupils, progressives would rather drag achievers down than elevate everyone. These self-proclaimed saviors boast on social media about tackling inequities, oblivious to the harm they inflict. Indeed, the program to replace the HCC, and be implemented in every classroom, ensures that gifted students will be unchallenged, struggling students will escape the attention they deserve and teachers will be overwhelmed. In other words, everyone will be equitably harmed.

Claire's Observations:  To those with kids in public school here, particularly if they are gifted or challenged, if you can, pull them out at the end of this semester, and tell school officials that they will not be coming back, because they will not be served by the Seattle Public School System, start home schooling them.

Here are the laws concerning home schooling in the state of Washington:


This is going to be a lot easier than you might think,   To me, the basic premise of learning should be to create a sense of delight in learning,  and an appreciation of all the wonderful contributions humankind has made to our understanding of each other; the world around us; the good, the bad, and the ugly in human history; and the wonders of the arts;  mathematics and science. 

 Had I been a mom, I would have  also taught the science of sound nutrition to my kids, because there are so many foods now adulterated with "forever chemicals" out there on your grocer's shelf, which should not be touched with a 900 ft. pole!!

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Former Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton was met with student protests when she paid a visit to her alma mater, Wellesley College, on Saturday.

Clinton returned to the campus for a women-led democracy summit and to acknowledge the honor of a building being named after her as the Hillary Rodham Clinton Center for Citizenship, Leadership, and Democracy.

According to local news outlets, angry pro-Palestine students not only voiced their displeasure with Clinton alongside other attendees but also circulated pamphlets around campus slamming her.

In the pamphlets, which highlighted the argument that Clinton has “blood on her hands,” she was referred to as Wellesley’s “most beloved war criminal.”

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From July 1, authorities in Iowa will be able to arrest and deport illegal immigrants who have been deported in the past or denied entry into the United States. The bill that would make this possible was signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday.

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Rowling also posted an essay to her website in June 2020, saying in part, “I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.”

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President Joe Biden recently unveiled plans to use a modified version of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to try and cancel student loans, focusing on “racial equity.”

In June 2023, the White House released a statement in which Biden said that the “Department of Education began pursuing an alternative path to debt relief through negotiated rulemaking under the Higher Education Act. Today’s announcement lays out the plans the Biden-Harris Administration is pursuing through that effort.”

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Shortly before the House held the vote, Trump took to Truth Social, where he urged lawmakers to oppose the expansion of section 702.


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For the past six months, Israel has put a lot of effort into covering up its genocidal crimes in Gaza. One of the most brutal ways it does this is by routinely threatening, targeting and assassinating Palestinian journalists.

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported that at least 90 Palestinian journalists have been killed since October 7 alongside two Israelis and three Lebanese. This is the highest death toll of journalists in any modern conflict that CPJ has monitored. Another 25 Palestinian journalists have been detained by Israeli forces, and four are missing.

Israel also bans foreign media outlets from entering Gaza, forcing them to report from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or southern Israel. On Israeli territory, they must comply with the rules and censorship of the Israeli Military Censor, which is part of the Israeli army and requires media materials be submitted for its review prior to publication or broadcasting. On Monday, the Israeli Knesset also passed a law allowing its government to shut down news networks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to use the legislation to ban Al Jazeera.

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The man then dragged Jenneiahn to the living room and handcuffed her to a wooden chair. He demanded that she tell him where her valuables were located and grew angry when she said she didn't have much. She said that he put his gun to her head at that point.

She told him that there were two safes downstairs, and Condon left her handcuffed to rummage around for the safes. That's when he discovered that her disabled son was also in the home, and he grew angry that she hadn't told him about the son.

When he left her again, Jenneiahn was able to drag her chair over to her pillow and retrieve a .357 Magnum revolver. She hid the gun and waited to see what Condon would do next.

Jolley said that Condon threatened to kill her while burglarizing the home, so, Jenneiahn decided to take a chance, and she shot at the man.

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Brazil is reinstating its visa requirement for US tourists, previously lifted in 2019. Although e-visas were briefly available, the system was abolished. The processing time for visas averages five working days, but officials advise applying two months in advance.

Starting April 10, 2025, travelers from the US, Canada, and Australia must obtain a visa to visit Brazil, a requirement that includes submitting financial proofs like bank statements or pay stubs, the NY Post wrote this week.

Those earning under $2,000 will need a sponsor to visit, the report says, per the Brazilian government.

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Apr 12, 2024 - 09:00 PM

Google has temporarily blocked access to California-based news outlets for some state residents, as the search giant escalates its battle with the state over a landmark bill which would force tech giants to pay online publishers for their content.

In doing so, the company has revived a political tactic used repeatedly by the tech industry to try and derail similar legislation in places like Canada and Australia which require online platforms to pay outlets for articles featured on their websites, Politico reports.

"We have long said that this is the wrong approach to supporting journalism," said Google's VP for global news partnership, Jaffer Zaidi, in a Friday blog post. According to Zaidi, the bill could "result in significant changes to the services we can offer Californians and the traffic we can provide to California publishers."

Sacramento is hosting the latest round of a global fight over the journalism industry’s future in the digital age, and California’s battle has taken on additional resonance because the state is home to tech titans. Advocates for such legislation argue companies like Google and Meta have helped decimate already flagging newsroom revenues through their control over digital advertising, and outlets deserve compensation for content that users may see on their platforms for free.

The companies counter that these laws could stifle vital sources of information — and they’ve fought back by attempting to preview what they say that would look like. -Politico

In Canada, Google similarly threatened to block content before reaching a deal with the government last November, three weeks before the 'Online News Act' came into effect. The company agreed to make annual payments to news outlets in the range of $100 million.

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid President Joe Biden’s legal bills of $1.5 million for the classified documents scandal, financial filings show.

The payments come in spite of the DNC’s repeated attacks against former President Donald Trump for using campaign funds to cover legal fees.

Special counsel Robert Hur launched a probe into Biden in January 2023 for mishandling classified documents. Despite Biden’s millionaire status as a lifelong politician, the DNC picked up the legal tap, Axios reported:

  • From July 2023 to February 2024, the DNC paid $1.05 million to Bob Bauer PLLC — the professional limited liability company for Biden’s lead attorney, Bob Bauer.
  • Those payments were largely for handling the special counsel probe, including bringing on veteran lawyer David Laufman. He’s a former Justice Department official who previously oversaw the politically fraught probes into Hillary Clinton’s email server and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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Representative Anna Paulina Luna has called for a rare procedural move to delay the Senate’s consideration of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702 extension, pushing for a new vote in the House of Representatives.

This move comes in the wake of the House’s approval of a bill that further empowers the ‘Deep State’ by allowing it to surveil Americans without a warrant.

On Friday, the House cast a vote of 273 to 147 in favor of extending Section 702 of FISA, a provision originally enacted in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

This legislation permits U.S. agencies to monitor foreign targets abroad but has come under scrutiny for its implications and past misuse in surveilling American citizens. The vote displayed a uniparty alliance, with 147 Democrats and 126 Republicans supporting the bill, while 88 Republicans and 59 Democrats opposed it.

Webmaster addition: "A law repugnant to the Constitution is void.  An act of Congress repugnant to the Constitution cannot become a law.  The Constitution supersedes all other laws and the individual's rights shall be liberally enforced in favor of him, the clearly intended and expressly designated beneficiary." -- Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)

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