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We’re always hearing international conflicts framed as a battle between Free Democracies and Evil Autocracies. What is the difference between a Free Democracy and an Evil Autocracy? Well, let’s look at the situation in Gaza to help us understand the distinction.

In Evil Autocracies the leaders commit genocide for hateful and racist reasons, whereas in Free Democracies the leaders commit genocide for noble and righteous reasons.

In Evil Autocracies the police are summoned to break up student protests in order to ensure the safety of the government, whereas in Free Democracies the police are summoned to break up student protests in order to ensure the safety of the students.

In Evil Autocracies the government monitors political speech on university campuses to suppress dissent, whereas in Free Democracies the government monitors political speech on university campuses to suppress “antisemitism”.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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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)

<p>"An unconstitutional law is void and is as no law.  An offense created by it is not crime.  A conviction under it is not merely erroneous but is illegal and void and cannot be used as a legal cause of imprisonment." -- Ex parte Siebold, 100 U.S. 371 (1879)

<p>"An unconstitutional act is not law.  It confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office.  It is, in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed." -- Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425 (1886)

"Where rights secured by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule-making or legislation which would abrogate them." -- Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436 (1966)

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has responded to the International Criminal Court’s rumored plans to indict Israeli officials for war crimes by claiming that for the ICC to do so would be an “antisemitic hate crime”.

Yes, you read that correctly. 

“If this does happen, it will be an indelible stain on humanity. It would be an unprecedented antisemitic hate crime that would add fuel to the antisemitic incitement that is already raging in the world,” said Netanyahu this past Tuesday.

So, to be absolutely clear, Israel’s top government official has announced that charges against himself and other Israeli leaders for obvious war crimes like intentionally bombing and starving civilians would be both “antisemitic” and a “hate crime”. 

So, to make things even clearer, when a supporter of the state of Israel claims to be sincerely super duper worried about “antisemitism”, this is the kind of thing they are talking about. This is what the label “antisemitism” has come to mean. It means literally any opposition to, criticism of, or consequences for a nuclear-armed genocidal apartheid ethnostate which is backed by the most powerful empire that has ever existed.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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At the time of its bombing, Hiroshima was a city of both industrial and military significance. A number of military units were located nearby, the most important of which was the headquarters of Field Marshal Shunroku Hata’s Second General Army, which commanded the defense of all of southern Japan, and was located in Hiroshima Castle. Hata’s command consisted of some 400,000 men, most of whom were on Kyushu where an Allied invasion was correctly anticipated.

Hiroshima was a minor supply and logistics base for the Japanese military, but it also had large stockpiles of military supplies. The city was also a communications center, a key port for shipping, and an assembly area for troops.

It was a beehive of war industry, manufacturing parts for planes and boats, for bombs, rifles, and handguns; children were shown how to construct and hurl gasoline bombs and the wheelchair-bound and bedridden were assembling booby traps to be planted in the beaches of Kyushu.

A new slogan appeared on the walls of Hiroshima: “FORGET SELF! ALL OUT FOR YOUR COUNTRY!”. It was also the second-largest city in Japan after Kyoto that was still undamaged by air raids.

Webmaster addition: This is why we should resist the rush to a new world war!

Tags: JAPAN, WMD
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Tags: ECONOMY
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Former President Donald Trump will not be going after President Joe Biden if he wins the presidential election in November and becomes president again. Trump made the remarks during an interview with Time Magazine when he was asked about his plans to seek retribution against Democrats, including Biden.

While asking the question, the Time reporter tried to subtly dispel Trump’s claims that the criminal cases against him were prompted by Biden.

“I just want to say for the record, there’s no evidence that President Biden directed this prosecution against you. But even if we stipulated that …” the reporter began.

In response, Trump said, “I always hate the way a reporter will make those statements. They know it’s so wrong. It’s just sort of to protect yourself. But no, no. His head of the Justice Department, one of the top few people, was put into the DOJ. Fani [Willis], Mr. [Nathan] Wade, Fani’s lover, spent hours in Washington with the DOJ working on my case. The DOJ worked with Letitia James on my case. The DOJ worked with deranged Jack Smith. He’s a deranged person on my case. No, no, this is all Biden.”

Regardless of his belief that Biden is behind his prosecutions, Trump said that he would not be pursuing retribution against the president.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Officials have recalled around 16,000 pounds of ground beef over worries it was contaminated with the strongest strain of E.coli.

The raw meat packs had been distributed to Walmart by Cargill Meat Solutions, a Pennsylvania-based company that ships meat around the country. 

The food safety watchdog is concerned that some product may be in consumers' refrigerators or freezers. 

Packs don't have Cargill on the label. Instead, the brand on the front is 'All Natural'. They were produced on April 26 to 27 and have an ID of 'EST.86P'. Pictures are available here.

The USDA-Food Safety Inspection Service's recall notice said Cargill reported the issue to them after it spotted that 'previously segregated product had been inadvertently utilized in the production of ground beef.' 

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) on Sunday blasted former President Donald Trump’s trial during a CNN appearance. The GOP lawmaker insisted that the charges against the former president won’t change his mind even if they lead to convictions.

Webmaster addition: Same here!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Toxic chemicals in fertilizers made from sewage sludge are linked to dead livestock and fouled groundwater on farms in Johnson County, Texas, according to Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). The County has opened a criminal investigation into these events, and, while the investigation is ongoing, they are holding public hearings to warn residents so they can take protective action.

The biosolid fertilizer manufacturer Synagro has more than a thousand municipal wastewater facilities as its customers across North America, and took over the biosolids program for the City of Fort Worth in 2020. Two farm families in Grandview, Texas, complained of horrific smells coming from a neighboring absentee farm property after land application of biosolids from Synagro in December of 2022. The families have also experienced the death of ten cows and a horse, and an alarming concentration of contaminants on their properties.

Per-and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are toxic to humans in concentrations as small as parts per quadrillion. The levels found in the samples from the farms were vastly higher. Known as “forever chemicals” because they do not break down in the environment, the adverse health impacts of PFAS are well documented.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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