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"Finally, history has shown that all opposition to entrenched oligarchy arises from the middle classes, who have the surplus of funds needed to challenge the ruling classes. Communism survived for as long as it did because their system designed the middle class out of existence at the very start. The New World Order will have to, indeed already is, following the same model. If the general population only has enough to pay for the next day's rent and food, they will do as they are told." -- Michael Rivero
Big Oil companies and plastic producers have known for more than 30 years that recycling is not a permanent solution, a new report has claimed.
The left-leaning Center for Climate Integrity (CCI) found that companies including Exxon Chemical, and the Society of the Plastics Industry (SPI) have misled the public about recycling to avoid regulatory action and revenue losses.
The report claimed that the plastic industry has been aware that certain plastics are impossible to repurpose, but are mixed in with those that can, making sorting difficult and expensive.
While the companies are said to have known about recycling was not economically or technically feasible, they have continued to push recycling in marketing campaigns that still exist today.
However, industry insiders have been sounding the alarm for decades, saying plastic recycling is 'uneconomical' and that it 'cannot go on indefinitely,' according to newly surfaced documents featured in the report.
Claire's Observations: Well, there you have it; I am quite sure that the "Climatistas" will scream, "This can't be!!" But please look at the evidence this article provides, and why "recycling" was pushed.
Former President Donald Trump is looking to continue his march to the Republican presidential nomination with win in the Michigan primary. A victory here would make him 6-0 in nominating contests so far.
Only 16 of Michigan’s 55 Republican delegates will be awarded based on the results of the primary, with the remainder awarded by votes at a party convention on Saturday, March 2.
Across the European Union, farmers are rising up against the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), which subsidizes them. Governments are responding with adjustment measures, bureaucratic simplifications and a few words of comfort. In reality, they are powerless in the face of a structure designed to apply an ideology that is proving to be insane.
The US has long been working in Ukraine to prepare operatives for subversive work against Russia, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Monday. His comments came after the New York Times claimed the CIA has been actively involved in Ukraine since the 2014 Maidan coup.
“The work of so-called American advisers, most of whom departmentally belonged to the CIA, is well known,” Peskov told TASS when asked to comment on the NYT article published on Sunday.
These people “occupied jobs in the building of the presidential administration of Ukraine… this is not a secret,” the Kremlin spokesman added.
According to Peskov, the CIA and other US agencies began operating in Ukraine long before 2014, actively recruiting people and preparing them for “subversive work against our country.”
A senior staffer at the US Congress is facing an ethics probe over a public speech in which he boasted of delivering sniper scopes to the Ukrainian army, the New York Times reported on Monday.
The outlet described Kyle Parker as a “senior Senate adviser” for the US Commission on Security and Cooperation in Europe, commonly known as the Helsinki Commission. Parker is one of the committee’s longest-serving aides, described by the times as “a driving force” behind the 2012 Magnitsky Act.
According to a confidential report by the commission’s director and general counsel, leaked to the Times, Parker is being investigated over concerns that his multiple trips to Ukraine and donations of military technology might make him an unregistered foreign agent.
The UK, Poland, Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden all spoke up on Tuesday against French President Emmanuel Macron’s suggestion that Western troops could be deployed to Ukraine.
While there was no consensus about sending ground forces, Macron said on Monday following a pro-Ukraine summit in Paris that “in terms of dynamics, we cannot exclude anything” in the conflict between Moscow and Kiev.
There are “no plans for NATO combat troops on the ground in Ukraine,” the secretary-general of the US-led bloc, Jens Stoltenberg, told AP in response to Macron’s remarks.
US State Department fixture and Under Secretary of State for Political Affairs, Victoria Nuland, aka “Regime Change Karen,” apparently woke up one day recently, took the safety off her nuclear-grade mouth, and inadvertently blew up the West’s Ukraine narrative.
Until now, Americans have been told that all the US taxpayer cash being earmarked for Ukrainian aid is to help actual Ukrainians. Anyone notice that the $75 billion American contribution isn’t getting the job done on the battlefield? Victory in military conflict isn’t supposed to look like defeat. Winning also isn’t defined as, “Well, on a long enough time axis, like infinity, our chance of defeat will eventually approach zero.” And the $178 billion in total from all allies combined doesn’t seem to be doing the trick, either. Short of starting a global war with weapons capable of extending the conflict beyond a regional one, it’s not like they’ve been holding back. The West is breaking the bank. All for some vague, future Ukrainian “victory” that they don’t seem to want to clearly define. We keep hearing that the support will last “as long as it takes.” For what exactly? By not clearly defining it, they can keep moving the goal posts.
French President Emmanuel Macron's statement on the possibility of sending troops from European NATO member states to Ukraine may lead to an increased outflow of capital from Europe, primarily to the US, a source in financial circles of Brussels told TASS.
"This is a signal about the increased risk of long-term investments in the European economy, and it will contribute to further capital outflow from Europe. First of all to the US," the source said.
"Today, geopolitical risks are closely scrutinized by investors, especially when making long-term decisions related to investments in industry. Statements about the possible direct involvement of the military of EU states in the war in Ukraine send a serious signal about the threat of escalation and spillover of hostilities beyond the borders of this country. This very possibility, voiced by the head of state, becomes a serious risk that must be taken into account," he emphasized.
Ukraine is on track to lose additional territories in the coming months due to a lack of military support from the US, White House National Security Communications adviser John Kirby said on Tuesday.
“If they continue to get no support from the US, in a month or two, it is very likely that the Russians will achieve more territorial gains and have more success against Ukrainian frontlines in terms of just territory gain,” Kirby told reporters.
He pointed out that such a situation could happen in eastern Ukraine, but also potentially in the south of the country.
Kirby stressed that the situation on the ground is dire.
US President Joe Biden said on Tuesday that the need to provide additional support to Ukraine is urgent.
Russia has repeatedly warned NATO countries that arms supplies to Ukraine would be considered legitimate targets. Moscow has accused NATO countries of "playing with fire" by arming Ukraine, emphasizing that such actions hinder the possibility of Russia-Ukraine negotiations.
As Paris hosted a meeting where members of the EU and NATO discussed the situation in Ukraine, announcing new measures to deliver munitions to the Kiev regime, French President Emmanuel Macron said that sending Western ground troops to Ukraine is a possible option.
A flurry of vehement warnings flooded the Internet, with the social media accounts of a swathe of French politicians highlighting the dangers of such rhetoric.
“We are convinced that the defeat of Russia is indispensable to security and stability in Europe,” Macron told reporters after Paris hosted a meeting of some 20 European leaders to discuss the situation in Ukraine on Tuesday.
“There’s no consensus today to send in an official, endorsed manner troops on the ground. But in terms of dynamics, nothing can be ruled out,” he said, adding, “We will do everything that we must so that Russia does not win.”
The US Army has branded Moscow the “enemy” while promoting a newly-published manual on the Russian military on social media.
The Combined Arms Doctrine Directorate’s (CADD) new 280-page manual gives a detailed overview of Russian military strategy and tactics, and tries to predict how the country would conduct itself in future conflicts. The CADD promoted the manual in a post on X (formerly Twitter) on Monday, asking, “Do you know your enemy?”
The primary focus is on Moscow’s ground forces, which would be pitted against the US Army in a hypothetical direct war.
Western countries will “neutralize” Russia’s westernmost exclave of Kaliningrad if Moscow seriously endangers NATO’s security, Lithuania’s ambassador to Sweden Linas Linkevicius has said.
Writing on X (formerly Twitter) on Tuesday, Linkevicius who previously served as Lithuania’s defense and foreign minister, claimed that the Baltic Sea had become NATO’s internal space after Sweden “was integrated” into the alliance.
On Monday, Hungary became the last NATO member to ratify the Nordic nation’s bid to join the bloc, thus removing the only remaining serious obstacle on Stockholm’s path to the alliance. Budapest had for more than a year been reluctant to do so, rebuking Stockholm over “unfair and unjust” remarks about the state of Hungarian democracy.
The potential deployment of NATO troops to Ukraine will lead to a “catastrophic scenario,” and could be interpreted as a “declaration of war” on Moscow, top Russian senator Konstantin Kosachev has said.
The Vice Speaker of Russia’s upper chamber, the Federation Council, offered his take on remarks by French President Emmanuel Macron on the possibility of sending troops in a Telegram post on Tuesday. The approach exhibited by the French leader carries a risk of the situation devolving into a “catastrophic scenario,” Kosachev warned, stating that the move would not be tolerated by the Kremlin.
“This is the line beyond which it’s no longer just NATO’s involvement in the war – this has been happening for a long time, but can be interpreted as the alliance entering direct hostilities, or even as a declaration of war,” Kosachev wrote.
Macron went on to say that several NATO countries have chosen to INDIVIDUALLY sign "Security Agreements" with Ukraine, and then he dropped a rhetorical bombshell by announcing some NATO countries may choose send their own troops into Ukraine to join the fight.
The implications of such a move are staggering, and the reactions from Russia are just as staggering.
The possible decision to send ground troops to Ukraine by NATO countries could be interpreted as the alliance’s direct participation in hostilities and even as a declaration of war, Konstantin Kosachev, the deputy speaker of the Federation Council, said following the statement by French President Emmanuel Macron, who stated after a meeting of European leaders in Paris that such a scenario had been discussed, but the participants failed to reach a consensus.
Webmaster addition: Below there is a report that Stoltenberg has declared that NATO will not send troops into Ukraine. But if Macron has his way and individual NATO member states send in troops, Russia won't see that distinction.
On February 27, Russian security forces thwarted a terrorist attack prepared by the Ukrainian special services in the Zaporozhye region. A group of pro-Ukrainian terrorists were supposed to use a combat chemical agent similar to the one developed by the United States.
FSB officers detained three Ukrainian citizens who were preparing a terrorist attack with a special military chemical agent BZ. All three detainees are employees of the Ukrainian special services.
The seized substances are used to create chemical weapons of mass destruction. The substances were developed in the United States.
Launched on Monday, the Global Energy Embargo has called for organisations, workers and environmental activists to stop all energy exports to Israel until it puts an end to "the genocide and its regime of apartheid and ethnic cleansing against the Palestinian people".
The campaign is working with a team of researchers to analyse energy flows to Israel and identify choke points in its supply chain.
In addition to halting fuel imports, the coalition is also demanding an end to Israeli gas exports to Europe.
US President Joe Biden said Monday night Israel must make peace with the Palestinians to survive while warning that its “incredibly conservative government” would cost it international support.
Speaking in an appearance on NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, Biden also signaled that a temporary ceasefire in Gaza could be at hand, saying that Israel has agreed to pause its offensive during the upcoming Muslim holy month of Ramadan if a deal is reached to release some hostages held by Hamas.
The US president, who stressed that he is a Zionist, said the “only way Israel ultimately survives… here’s the deal, they also have to… take advantage of an opportunity to have peace and security for Israelis and Palestinians who are being used as pawns by Hamas.”
Webmaster addition: ... as he signs another check for weapons to send to Israel ...
Analysts: Lebanon Bracing for More Deadly Conflict With Israel
Men check the site of an Israeli air strike in the southern Lebanese village of Jibshit on Feb. 27, 2024.
Lebanon is bracing for more deadly conflict, analysts say, as Israel launches its deepest airstrikes inside the country in years.
Israel’s airstrike Monday on Baalbek, in the Beka’a Valley deep inside Lebanon, is the most significant, they say, since the one that killed top Hamas official Saleh Al-Arouri in the capital, Beirut, in early January.
The Iran-backed Lebanese militant group Hezbollah said it shot down an Israeli drone over Baalbek, a Hezbollah stronghold where it has an air defense unit. It then fired a missile that was intercepted by Israel, landing near a synagogue close to Nazareth in northern Israel without causing injury or damage.
Later, an Israeli fighter jet carried out the targeted killing of Hassan Salami, a senior Hezbollah officer in southern Lebanon, alleging he was responsible for carrying out rocket attacks on northern Israel.
Analyst Dania Koleilat Khatib told VOA that “neither side wants to show that they are backing down, because they will lose their credibility.”
Khatib, who is president of the Research Center for Cooperation and Peace Building in Beirut, said, “You have this increasing tit-for-tat. If Hezbollah doesn’t show their ‘resistance,’ they’re politically finished. If they put up a fight, they might incur losses like in 2006 [with Israel], but they will renew their legitimacy past a few years. They rebuilt their capability, and now, supposedly, they have 150,000 precision-guided missiles.”
Lebanese analyst Patricia Karam, a nonresident fellow at the Washington-based Arab Center, said that war is “looming between Lebanon and Israel.”
Claire's Observations: Lebanon is certainly in the cross-hairs; Israel desperately wants, and needs water from the Litani River, which is just 5 kilometers beyond the current Israeli border. One has to wonder how much territory Israel is ready to steal here, if Hezbollah is incapable of fighting them of to retain territorial Lebanese integrity?!?
New reports confirm months of Israeli torture, abuse, and sexual violence against Palestinian prisoners
For months Palestinian prisoners have shared testimonies of torture at the hands of Israeli military and prison authorities. New reports shed more light on the abuse, particularly sexual violence, carried out inside Israeli detention centers.
A groups of Palestinian detainees from Gaza show signs of abuse and torture on their bodies after being released from Israeli custody. (APA Images)
Content warning: Graphic descriptions of sexual assault.
Two new reports came out last week regarding the torture and cruel treatment of Palestinians in Israeli prisons and detention centers since October 7, including reports of sexual violence against Palestinian women and girls. The reports have renewed conversations around the harsh conditions of Palestinians being held in Israeli captivity, which Palestinian detainees themselves and rights groups have been sounding the alarm over for months.
On February 19, UN human rights experts expressed their alarm over what they described as “egregious human rights violations” carried out by Israeli forces against Palestinian women and girls in Gaza. In addition to the extrajudicial and arbitrary execution of women and children in Gaza, the UN experts highlighted the treatment of female Palestinian detainees in Israeli prisons.
“Many have reportedly been subjected to inhuman and degrading treatment, denied menstruation pads, food and medicine, and severely beaten. On at least one occasion, Palestinian women detained in Gaza were allegedly kept in a cage in the rain and cold, without food,” the statement said.
“We are particularly distressed by reports that Palestinian women and girls in detention have also been subjected to multiple forms of sexual assault, such as being stripped naked and searched by male Israeli army officers. At least two female Palestinian detainees were reportedly raped while others were reportedly threatened with rape and sexual violence,” the experts said, adding that photos of Palestinian female detainees in “degrading circumstances” were also reportedly taken by the Israeli army and uploaded online.
Claire's Observations: Your tax dollars are supporting this, with every dime and bullet the US gives to Israel; doesn't this confirmed report of Israeli torture of Palestinians make you feel just great?!?
Protests against the conflict are taking place every fortnight in central London
The home secretary has told pro-Palestinian demonstrators to stop their regular Gaza protests because they have “made their point” and are putting a “huge pressure” on policing.
James Cleverly said the demonstrations, which are now taking place every fortnight in central London, are “not really saying anything new”.
In an interview with The Times, Cleverly said it was vital that no MP felt “bullied” into changing their stance on the Israel-Gaza war in light of the protests.
“I think the organisers should recognise that they’ve made their point, they’ve made it loudly and they’re not adding to it by repeating themselves,” Cleverly said.
The government will consider changing protest rules to require organisations of a demonstration to give police more than the current six days’ notice, he added, a move the home affairs committee recommended among a range of measures in a report published on Tuesday
Claire's Observations: Secretary Cleverly, a word, please: these people have not been heard at all, until the UK alters its policies toward the Israeli genocide of Gaza.
So instead of looking at the root cause of their anger and unhappiness at the British government's stance toward Israel, you want to tamp down on the demonstrations.
The moment the Israeli government conflated "self defense" with "genocide", they lost a lot of very intelligent people, who had originally stood with them after the massacres in Israel, which also must be condemned as unconscionable and horrific.
And of course, let's not forget the recent discoveries of oil and natural gas, just tantalizingly adjacent to Gaza's shorelines, shall we?!? The decimation of Gaza's Palestinians, will put Israel in full control of that area, and its potential wealth, as well, if they succeed in their genocidal quest.
So how much further into "V for Vendetta" territory, do you really want to take your country, Secretary Cleverly?!? Because what the world is seeing, is a full-spectrum slide toward that terrifying style of autocracy, on the part of your government regarding its Israeli policy.
Users experienced a peculiar malfunction when the chatbot started displaying erratic behavior and generating responses ranging from nonsensical to downright Shakespearean.
"Has ChatGPT gone temporarily insane? I was talking to it about Groq, and it started doing Shakespearean-style rants," one user asked on the ChatGPT subreddit.
"It’s lost its mind," another user wrote. "I asked it for a concise, one-sentence summary of a paragraph and it gave me a [Victorian]-era epic to rival Beowulf, with nigh incomprehensible purple prose. It’s like someone just threw a thesaurus at it and said, 'Use every word in this book.'"
Over the past 50 years, there has been a tiny bit of warming, you might say, as the climate is always changing. Weather is always in flux, ebbing and flowing upwards and downwards with the changing seasons. With that in mind, climate data as it currently exists is hardly alarming when looking at it honestly without the usual climate paranoia.
The Heritage Foundation produced data in a commentary showing that actual temperatures over the years are much lower than the climate models suggest. And yet, we are constantly being told that the planet and oceans are on the verge of "melting" and "boiling" based on nothing more than unfounded fear and paranoia
Demonstrators protest inside the Rockefeller Center asking for a ceasefire in the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, as U.S. President Joe Biden attends an interview in midtown Manhattan, in New York, U.S. February 26, 2024. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz
DEARBORN, Michigan - The depth of Democratic Party anger over President Joe Biden’s handling of the Gaza war has caught his campaign off guard and could depress support in November’s election, according to Reuters interviews with more than a dozen senior party and campaign officials and five dozen voters and activists.
Nine months before the election, the problem is worsening as Biden’s opposition to calling for a permanent cease-fire continues to stir anger in a coalition of voters that propelled his 2020 victory, from Black Americans to Muslim activists in must-win Michigan to young voters, according to the interviews.
Democrats have been broadly divided over Biden's vocal support of Israel since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks that killed 1,200 Israelis, polls show. Some Jewish Americans, who largely vote for Democrats, have rallied behind Biden, a self-declared Zionist. Many younger Democrats and people of color oppose his approach, disturbed by a rising death toll from Israel’s retaliation in Gaza that tops 29,700, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
Crucial parts of this coalition appear disillusioned, disappointed and angry.
In Michigan’s Democratic nominating contest on Tuesday, Arab-American activists who backed him in 2020 have vowed to withhold their support, urging primary voters to check "uncommitted" at the ballot box in an early litmus test for how Biden's handling of Gaza could hurt him in the swing state.
Hoping to address their frustrations, Biden administration officials met on Feb. 8 with Arab-American community leaders in Michigan, and held an additional, previously unreported meeting in the state, said two sources with direct knowledge of the meeting.
In private conversations, officials have said Biden and some of his closest advisers remained opposed to calling for a permanent ceasefire, despite internal pressure to change course, one of the sources and three others said.
In response to questions from Reuters, Biden campaign spokesman Seth Schuster said: "The President is working to earn every vote and our campaign will continue engaging directly with voters on a range of issues,” including on “lasting peace in the Middle East.”
Claire's Observations: Spokesman Schuster, does By-di-Bye's "vision" of a "lasting peace in the Middle East" include the death of ALL Palestinians, which is Israel's current stance?!? Just asking, sir.
The Biden administration came under fire from lawmakers on Tuesday over the lack of congressional approval to conduct military strikes against Yemen’s Houthis and defend foreign ships in the Red Sea.
“There is no existing law that would permit military action against the Houthis,” Democratic Senator Chris Murphy said at Tuesday’s Senate hearing in Washington DC.
“For the military campaign to continue, I believe that a tailored, time-bound congressional authorisation isn’t just nice to have. It is required,” he said.
Since 11 January, the US and UK have hit over 230 Houthi targets in Yemen - including attack boats, helicopters, air defence systems, and missile storage facilities. The US is also leading Operation Prosperity Guardian, a naval task force designed to step up policing in the Red Sea.
President Biden himself has said the strikes have failed to deter the Houthis and that he expects them to continue targeting vessels in the Red Sea. He has vowed to press ahead with the military campaign without providing an end date.
Claire's Observations: Were these US/UK attacks succeeding brilliantly, that would be one thing; however, this series of attacks has been an abject failure, on the part of the US/UK military, yet By-di-Bye wants to continue them, even through they are utterly not working,
I would like to politely remind the Bidenistas, and the US military, that the classic definition of insanity, is doing the same thing, precisely the same way, over and over, yet expecting a different outcome.
And about their sponsors, the Iranians?!? Please don't get me started on the "trapped in the past" illogic of a theocracy in the 21st century. The Houthis' Iranian sponsors are many things, but stupid.... isn't one of them. They've had their computers crunch the numbers, and they know precisely what these attacks are costing, both militarily to the US/UK, and the businesses whose ships are getting hit.
Of course, the US government is impotent to get Israel to agree to either a workable cease-fire, or the establishment of a viable Palestinian state, which are the stated goals of the Houthis, so it looks as though these attacks will continue, at least for some time into the future.
NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said Tuesday that the alliance has no plans to send combat troops to Ukraine after French President Emmanuel Macron stirred an uproar by saying the idea of deploying troops should not be ruled out.
“NATO allies are providing unprecedented support to Ukraine. We have done that since 2014 and stepped up after the full-scale invasion. But there are no plans for NATO combat troops on the ground in Ukraine,” Stoltenberg told The Associated Press.
In response to Macron’s comments, the Kremlin said a deployment of Western troops to Ukraine would make a direct Russia-NATO war inevitable. “In this case, we need to talk not about probability, but about the inevitability (of conflict),” said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.
Claire's Observations: Well, that's a (momentary) relief!!