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"I have come to the conclusion that one useless man is a shame, two are lawyers and three or more are the government." -- John Adams (1735 - 1826)
Several vandals from a climate activist group called Ultima Generazione dyed the water in Rome's Trevi Fountain black Sunday before police hauled them away, multiple outlets reported.
"Enough of these absurd attacks on our artistic heritage," Rome's mayor Roberto Gualtieri tweeted, adding that restoration would be "expensive and complex."
He asked that activists stop putting monuments at risk.
Gualtieri praised the timely intervention of the local police, thanking them for ensuring the damage was kept to a minimum. The mayor said the vandalism would require wasting 300,000 liters of water.
The FBI repeatedly abused its search powers to query the names of over ten thousand Americans in a database of raw intelligence data, used to confirm suspicions of foreign ties, according to an opinion from the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court released on Friday.
Those unlawfully targeted for searches included over a dozen protesters thought to be involved in the January 6 Capitol riot, 133 protesters arrested in connection to the George Floyd riots, 19,000 donors to a congressional candidate, more than 400 defense contractors and holders of security clearances, and numerous persons-of-interest appearing in police homicide reports – including victims, next-of-kin, and witnesses.
The court found the FBI had no factual basis to search the names in this particular database, a mammoth trove of information gathered under the controversial Section 702 provision of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, which expires this year. Section 702 gathers up emails, phone calls, text messages, and more. It is intended to target only foreign nationals located abroad thought to be acting as agents of a foreign power or terrorist organization. However, it has increasingly been misused as a backdoor to accessing Americans’ communications without a warrant.
The United States embassy in Khartoum has destroyed the passports of Sudanese and “other third country nationals” who were in the process of applying for visas and passports there.
The move leaves those affected unable to leave Sudan, which has been in a state of turmoil since 15 April, when war broke out between the Sudanese army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF).
Alhaj Sharaf, a Sudanese software engineer, had been accepted into a master's degree programme in computer science at Maharishi International University in Fairfield, Iowa. He was supposed to start courses on 2 May.
In order to study in the US, Sharaf's passport had been submitted to the embassy in Khartoum for non-immigrant visa processing. The visa had already been issued when the fighting began, but the passport had not been returned.
Shots puts an amusing spin on the little-known history of eugenics. It traces the genocidal, anti-ethnic eugenics movement which resulted in the sterilization and elimination of millions. It exposes how the wealthiest families financed the evolution of eugenics into Nazi Germany, and pushed America into perpetual wars. These families further influenced the government's elimination of financial liability for vaccine manufacturers while simulating run-ups to the 2020 pandemic. By that year the wealthiest had bought and controlled the media, and censored medical experts that criticized government actions. Shots illuminates how the government censored effective therapeutics, financially incentivized hospitals to adopt misleading reporting practices and deadly treatments, doubled global deaths with lockdowns, bankrupted small businesses, and allowed the most unsafe vaccines in a century.
Workers at the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) lost security clearance for objecting to the use of the bureau to persecute the Biden administration’s political enemies, according to an interim report released this week by the House Judiciary Committee and Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.
Fox News reports that the House report says that was the fate suffered by former FBI Special Agent Steve Friend and staff operations specialist Marcus Allen.
“The leadership at the FBI and Justice Department have weaponized federal law enforcement against everyday Americans, seeking to silence those who dare to have a different viewpoint,” the report says. “Meanwhile, whistleblower testimony highlights that the FBI’s partisan leadership is currently engaging in a ‘purge’ of agents who hold conservative beliefs.”
As LifeSiteNews previously covered, Friend was suspended last September for protesting excessive treatment of suspects accused only of nonviolent misdemeanors at the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, 2021, as well as the bureau’s alleged manipulation of information to give the public an inflated perception of the “threat” posed by right-wing “domestic violent extremism.”
A growing number of Republicans have been pushing to impeach President Joe Biden and some members of his administration, an issue that House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) has addressed.
According to Punchbowl News earlier this month, House Oversight Committee Chair James Comer, a Kentucky Republican, was making efforts to obtain records from the FBI. Comer said he believes that the records could potentially shed light on allegations suggesting that Biden may have received bribes from a foreign national in exchange for exerting influence over policy decisions while he served as Vice President under the Obama administration.
Comer’s basis for this allegation stems from information provided by an anonymous whistleblower; three FBI whistleblowers testified before the Judiciary Committee on Thursday.
Biden's national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, is making headlines.
As the investigation into the Biden regime continues, more details are coming to light, and they're unbelievably sketchy.
Jake Sullivan served with Hunter Biden on the Truman National Security Project board. This project is a liberal think tank that centers around foreign policy. Hunter began serving on the board in 2012.
Sullivan joined in 2017 and served until 2019. Before that, he served as Biden's national security advisor during the Obama era. During that period, he traveled with Hunter to various locations. One of which was China.
It’s quite literally the greatest threat to humanity this world has ever seen and it’s on a biblical scale. Dramatic? I think not.
A life of forced medical treatments, medical passports to buy food, goods and services, enter venues, attend church, school, work. Elimination of property ownership, small business, freedom of religion, sovereign governments…Sounds pretty biblical to me.
It’s something nobody on the planet would agree to of their own free will, so they needed a global crisis to usher it in. They needed the cancel-culture, division of race, religion, friendships, governments and suppression of love and intimacy. They needed to break us down.
From what I can gather, their plan is going swimmingly so far, wouldn’t you agree?
A proposed measure by Democrat Senator Michael Bennet would provide a new federal agency the authority to establish a council that would define “enforceable behavioral codes” for AI and social media platforms.
The council would also have “disinformation” specialists on its panel.
The legislation, which would establish a federal organization tasked with monitoring public discourse 24/7 in order to combat “hate speech” and “misinformation,” has been submitted in the Senate.
The Digital Platform Commission Act (DPCA) was proposed last week by the Colorado senator, with support from Peter Welch (D-Vt.). It would develop a de facto “Ministry of Truth” called the Federal Digital Platform Commission.
The Supreme Court ruled unanimously that the Internal Revenue Service doesn't have to notify bank account holders before requesting their records if efforts are geared toward collecting someone else's delinquent taxes.
The IRS is given broad authority under tax code Section 7609(c)(2)(D), which exempts the agency from giving notice when a summons is issued to help collect a tax assessment "against the person with respect to whose liability the summons is issued," according to the unanimous high court.
New NASA Cassini data shows that Saturn is not the world we once thought it was
It's clear the experience was powerful for them.
"As a gay child, being told you are an abomination and should be destroyed, warped a lot of my thinking. Finding The Satanic Temple has really helped me embrace logic and empathy."
The Satanic Temple is recognised as a religion by the US government, and has ministers and congregations in America, Europe and Australia.
More than 830 people snapped up tickets for its late April convention, dubbed SatanCon.
Members say they don't actually believe in a literal Lucifer or Hell. Instead, they say Satan is a metaphor for questioning authority, and grounding your beliefs in science. The sense of community around these shared values makes it a religion, they say.
A North Carolina pastor gave the perfect response when members of an Asheville school board tried to stop him from reading the sexually explicit text in one of the LGBT books the board has refused to take off school shelves.
Rev. John Amanchukwu appeared before the Asheville City School Board of EducationFo on Monday to raise the alarm over a book that the board has approved for school libraries in the district. But when he tried to read aloud some of the book's inappropriate content, the board quickly tried to shut him down.
During his time at the mic, the minister said he wanted to read out loud some of the text from the book entitled "It's Perfectly Normal," by Robie H. Harris and Michael Emberley, which can be found on school bookshelves. Some editions of the book, first published in 1994 and frequently updated as leftist culture has grown, have little banners on the cover that says the book is "For age 10 and up."
Rev. Amanchukwu read some of the sexually explicit material in the book, but only got seconds into his reading before the members of the school board tried to stop him from voicing the explicit material.
"Was it something I said?" the pastor said, with a deadpan expression.
The gloves are off in the SCOTUS feud, with Elena Kagan taking a swing at Sotomayor's opinion, attacking her opinion in a copyright case.
Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan sent her colleague Sonia Sotomayor up in flames Thursday regarding a court opinion in a case addressing the fair use doctrine. According to Blaze News, Kagan delivered a knockout punch.
The case revolves around photographer Lynn Goldsmith, artist Andy Warhol, and singer Prince. Blaze News says after the pop singer died in 2016, "photographer Lynn Goldsmith learned that Andy Warhol had used an image she took of the pop legend in 1981 as the basis of his famous 'Prince Series' of portraits. Warhol had licensed her image under 'artistic reference' guidelines."
The idea of a specific race being excluded from a British theatre performance is so appalling that, when I learnt yesterday that this was happening at the prestigious Theatre Royal Stratford East, I simply could not believe it.
Segregation goes against every principle I hold dear as a black Briton.
Yet on July 5, a performance of Tambo & Bones – a play said to explore 300 years of African-American history – will be staged for an exclusively black audience.
The theatre may claim that ‘no one is excluded’. But it also makes clear that white people will not be welcome at the so-called ‘Black Out night’. The aim, organisers insist, is to create a ‘safe, private space’ for an ‘all-Black-identifying audience, free from the white gaze’.
Former President and 2024 Republican Presidential Candidate Donald Trump delivered remarks at a campaign event in Manchester, NH. During his speech, he said that he would retire using his “Crooked Hillary” moniker for former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and talked about what he saw as failures of the Biden Administration. After his remarks, the former president took a few questions from the audience. This was his first public campaign event in New Hampshire, which was slated to hold the first GOP presidential primary in 2024, since he announced his campaign shortly after the 2022 midterms.
China represents the world's greatest challenge to security and prosperity, but other leading economies should not seek to fully decouple from it, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said on Sunday after a summit of the Group of Seven (G7) nations.
"China poses the biggest challenge of our age to global security and prosperity. They are increasingly authoritarian at home and assertive abroad," Sunak told reporters after the G7 summit in the Japanese city of Hiroshima.
Sunak said Britain and other G7 countries would pursue a common approach to reduce the challenges posed by China.
"This is all about de-risking - not de-coupling," he said. "With the G7, we are taking steps to prevent China from using economic coercion to interfere in the sovereign affairs of others," he added.
Remember Bill Gates’ initiative, Agenda ID2020?
What we are confronted with now is much worse. It’s Agenda ID2020 on steroids. It’s the worldwide invasion of the QR code – QR coding of everything, including Agenda ID2020 – and all of your most intimate data, health, personal behaviors, habits – track records of where we have been and even where we may be planning to go. Nothing will escape the QR code. Nobody talks about it.
It’s been quietly sneaking into our lives, quietly, persistently – but by now almost unavoidably.
“What is the infamous ID2020? It’s an electronic ID program that uses generalized (Covid) “vaccination” as a platform for digital identity. … The program harnesses existing birth registration and vaccination operations to provide newborns with a portable and persistent biometrically-linked digital identity.”
Agenda ID2020 aims at connecting everything with everything, eventually covering and connecting data from the planet’s 7.9 billion people, gradually building up individual, as well as societal data banks, including your highly personal data, bank account information, work information, behavioral trends, criminal records, relations with friends and family – an endless stream of everything that may be linked to an individual, or groups of individuals, and that may be watched and controlled.
Some 60,000 pounds of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used as both fertilizer and a component in explosives, went missing as it was shipped by rail from Wyoming to California last month, prompting four separate investigations.
A railcar loaded with 30 tons of the chemical left Cheyenne, Wyoming, on April 12. The car was found to be empty after it arrived two weeks later at a rail stop in the Mojave Desert, according to a short incident report from the explosives firm that made the shipment.
The company, Dyno Nobel, made the report May 10 to the federal National Response Center, or NRC. The report also appeared last week in an NRC database of California incidents managed by the state Office of Emergency Services last Wednesday.
I caught up with democratic presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr for Good Morning Britain to discuss his life, family, Russia's invasion of Ukraine, British royals, and why he is running for president in 2024.
Melissa Fleming, the United Nations Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications revealed during a 2022 “Sustainable Development Impact” meeting that the U.N. and Google had teamed up to change what results appear when Google users search for “climate change.” The changes are intended to prevent users from being exposed to “bad science” and “misinformation,” she says.
Having taken a few months off of his senatorial duties to recover from a stroke and depression, Pennsylvania Democrat John Fetterman is back and, well, not necessarily better than ever. He recently appeared as spokesman for a group of Democrats encouraging Joe Biden to invoke the 14th amendment to end the debt limit crisis and not only did he stumble through his statement, he also came dressed in shorts and a hoodie looking like a wayward teenager.
According to Reuters, at the upcoming NATO summit in Vilnius this July, alliance leaders will approve thousands of pages of secret military plans that will detail how to respond to a Russian attack.
The plans will be vastly different than anything drawn up during the Cold War as NATO has expanded from 16 members to 31 since the dissolution of the Soviet Union and the Warsaw Pact. The documents will also outline how NATO members should upgrade their forces and logistics.
“Allies will know exactly what forces and capabilities are needed, including where, what and how to deploy,” NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said of the war plans.
As Reuters writes, "The move signifies a fundamental shift - NATO had seen no need to draw up large-scale defense plans for decades, as it fought smaller wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and felt certain post-Soviet Russia no longer posed an existential threat."
... people point out to Sy Hersh and his "denigrating" of Russian Army. Let me explain something:
1. Sy Hersh may be a very good investigative journalist with zero background in military science, engineering science and Russia. He may know who blew up NS 2, but he wouldn't know the difference between shit and shinola in any serious issue related to Russia as a whole, and Russian Armed Forces in particular.
2. He denigrates himself when waxing "strategic" because he wouldn't know what strategy of Russia is both on national level and, especially, on the military one is--for that one should have a solid military-intel background. Sy Hersh has neither even if one considers, as many professionals in Russia do, that he is a conduit for important leaks from one of the power blocks within US political power structure. He certainly should stick to what he does best and that is investigate a government level mischief.
There is no tsunami threat to Hawaii after a 7.1 magnitude earthquake rumbled near the Kermadec Islands, Wednesday afternoon.
The quake was recorded just before 3 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time in the Kermadec Island region, about 608 miles south of Ohonua, Tonga, at a depth of about 13.5 miles, according to the National Weather Service (NWS).
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) lists the earthquake as a 7.0 in magnitude.
The National Weather Service Pacific Tsunami Warning Center issued the “all clear” just after 3 p.m.
“Based on all available data, a destructive Pacific-wide tsunami is not expected and there is no tsunami threat to Hawaii,” NWS wrote in its final report.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova pointed out that both Artyomovsk (Bakhmut) and Japan’s Hiroshima were destroyed by the official Washington, commenting on Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s comparison of the aftermath of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima to hostilities in Artyomovsk.
She pointed out that the Ukrainian president "compared Hiroshima, destroyed by an American nuclear bomb to Artyomovsk" on the sidelines of the G7 summit in Japan. "Well done, because the White House orchestrated both things," Zakharova said on her Telegram channel Sunday.
Russian-Chinese consultations on public security, justice and public order will take place in Moscow on Monday.
According to Russian Security Council press office, "the consultations will be held by Russian Security Council Secretary Nikolay Patrushev and Secretary of the Central Political and Legal Affairs Commission of China Chen Wenqing."
The previous round of such negotiations took place in September, 2022, in China’s Nanping. Back then, the sides discussed expansion of cooperation in security, including combating terrorism and legalization of criminal income.