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"Americans have the will to resist because they have weapons. If you don't have a gun, freedom of speech has no power." -- Yoshimi Ishikawa, Japanese author, in the LA Times 15 Oct 1992
From producing reports and analysis for U.S. policy-makers, to enlisting representatives to write op-eds in corporate media, to providing talking heads for corporate media to interview and give quotes, think tanks play a fundamental role in shaping both U.S. foreign policy and public perception around that foreign policy. Leaders at top think tanks like the Atlantic Council and Hudson Institute have even been called upon to set focus priorities for the House Intelligence Committee. However, one look at the funding sources of the most influential think tanks reveals whose interests they really serve: that of the U.S. military and its defense contractors.
This ecosystem of overlapping networks of government institutions, think tanks, and defense contractors is where U.S. foreign policy is derived, and a revolving door exists among these three sectors. For example, before Biden-appointed head of the Pentagon Lloyd Austin took his current position, he sat on the Board of Directors at Raytheon.
Before Austin’s appointment, current defense policy advisor Michèle Flournoy was also in the running for the position. Flournoy sat on the board of Booz Allen Hamilton, another major Pentagon defense contractor. These same defense contractors also work together with think tanks like the Center for Strategic and International Studies to organize conferences attended by national security officials. On top of all this, since the end of the Cold War, intelligence analysis by the CIA and NSA has increasingly been contracted out to these same defense companies like BAE Systems and Lockheed Martin, among others — a major conflict of interest. In other words, these corporations are in the position to produce intelligence reports which raise the alarm on U.S. “enemy” nations so they can sell more military equipment!
Minneapolis Mayor Jacob Frey and his wife, Sarah Clarke, have expressed concerns for their safety following increased death threats from left-wing extremists.
The threats come almost three years after the police-involved death of George Floyd, which caused unrest in the city. Frey and Clarke told the Star Tribune they had been subjected to violent messages and vandalism.
"I think right now is probably the most concerned I've ever been about Jacob's physical safety since he's been in office," Clarke said. Frey added that public officials are changing their positions out of fear for themselves or their families. "Taking a position against this kind of thing should not be hard," he said. "It should be a prerequisite for entering public service. Part of what we uphold is the institution of democracy. This is an attack on our ability to exercise democracy."
“Thousands of people gathered at the Kiev Caves Monastery yesterday to show support for the monks who have been ordered to leave by the monastery by Zalensky, one of the holiest shrines of the Russian Orthodox Church, where the Church has been for over 1,000 years. It is the first monastery of the Russian Church. The monks have stated that they will not leave. Our government is supporting this criminal, who has also bombed and killed 1000’s of people in the Donbass, who refuse to go along with his government, which was imposed on Ukraine by the West. They are attempting the same thing in Georgia now,” quoted an American priest of the Russian Orthodox Church, who supplied this video.
The House floor approved a bill on a 62-1 vote to make it a fourth degree felony to intimidate election workers such as poll workers and county clerks and other election employees.
The bill would expand the state’s election code to include the penalties.
There was no debate on the bill.
California's Reparations Task Force is considering a proposal to provide approximately 1.8 million Black Californians, who have ancestors enslaved in the U.S., just under $360,000 each in reparations.
This would cost the state around $640 billion, presenting practical questions about how the state would fund such a program while already facing a budget deficit of $22.5 billion for the coming fiscal year.
While no plan has been outlined for a large-scale reparations program, one potential funding source could be raising taxes on the wealthy. However, California's tax revenues are already much lower this year than the previous one. In January, California's monthly tax revenue was about $14 billion lower than during the same month last year. Meanwhile, tax revenue in the current fiscal year, which started in July, was about $23 billion lower than in the previous year, according to the Wall Street Journal.
How many times can someone lie to you before you stop believing him? Popular podcaster Tim Pool applies this question to a source you might be trusting a little too much.
As illegals continue to pour over the Biden Administration’s broken border, The Daily Caller News Foundation has uncovered The Red Cross is sharing guides for U.S. bound illegals that includes a map to the border and helpful tips and free resources available to them.
According to Daily Caller reporter Jennie Taer, the map is “part of a packet stamped with the International Committee of the Red Cross and American Red Cross logos, shows a list of resources, including hotels, clinics and shelters where migrants can get support in Mexico and Central America.”
The map shows defined paths which take illegals directly to cities along the U.S.-Mexican border including direct routes to El Paso, Texas, Nogales, Arizona, and McAllen, Texas.
The packet also provides a helpful “self care” tips for surviving the desert, addressing diseases most likely to occur, how to safely jump on trains and how to obtain free contraceptives.
A former economic adviser to former President Donald Trump said Monday that the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) prevented several efforts to purchase Silicon Valley Bank.
Federal regulators shut down Silicon Valley Bank Friday after its stock price collapsed and customers began a bank run following the financial institution’s disclosure of a $1.8 billion loss on asset sales due to high interest rates, CNBC reported. The FDIC also shut down Signature Bank Sunday, citing “systemic risk,” CNBC reported separately.
“I have heard it from people I have a great deal of faith in that were very close to the situation that there were buyers who were willing to step in and buy the bank and that the radicals at the FDIC basically weren’t going to allow that to happen,” Kevin Hassett, a former chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers, told Fox Business host Larry Kudlow. “I even heard again someone told me this directly that was close to the situation, that the Biden administration had a whitelist of companies were allowed to buy the failed bank and companies that weren’t.”
At the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, I researched on the Internet and found that the mortality rate following infection with the coronavirus was around 2%. In comparison, sarcoidosis is an inflammatory disease, and the most important interstitial lung disease in Western Europe is described as having a mortality rate of just under 5%.
Have you ever heard anything in the media about sarcoidosis, which has a much higher mortality rate than COVID-19?
In addition, in medical school, I was given a different definition of the term “pandemic than we used today. In the period that followed, I observed the events very closely.”
I’ve been working in pathology for 25 years. For the last 19 years, I was mainly involved in the diagnosis of breast specimens. Almost eight years ago, I got the opportunity to work in breast cancer research at Lund University. Here I have reevaluated 1,500 breast cancer cases according to currently valid guidelines.
With this experience, I know approximately the distribution of average age, tumor size, and degree of malignancy that I can expect in the daily input material of breast cancer.
The Islamic Republic of Iran may soon drop the U.S. dollar in trading with Africa.
Iranian Vice President for Economic Affairs Mohsen Rezaee put forward the possibility during a March 6 conference that touched on scientific and economic cooperation between the Islamic republic and West Africa. Highlighting the importance of multilateral cooperation, he remarked that Tehran could give a boost to many advanced industries in West Africa.
Rezaee even went as far as suggesting the creation of a joint bank, adding that settlements in local currencies would facilitate trade.
Several banks in the Cuban capital city of Havana started accepting Mir payment system cards, according to a TASS reporter.
ATMs now display the logo of the Russian payment system and provide an option to withdraw funds from cards, issued by Russian banks. The money is provided in Cuban pesos. The approximate ruble to Cuban peso exchange rate is about 1 to 1.5, not counting operation fee.
China's third aircraft carrier, the Fujian, has made smooth progress in mooring trials ahead of its expected maiden voyage later this year, analysts said on Monday, after the latest reports showed the ship has seemingly already tested its auxiliary power systems.
The report by China Central Television (CCTV) on Monday featured an interview with Captain Zhang Chuanqian, head of an undisclosed department on the Fujian.
"As sailors on China's first aircraft carrier that is equipped with electromagnetic catapults and arresting devices, we aim at realizing the centennial goal of the founding of the Chinese People's Liberation Army (PLA), as we are comprehensively enhancing our training and combat preparedness, so we are ready at all times to fight and win," Zhang said.
Australia is "planting a time bomb" for its own peace and that of the region, and it would bear the cost of the "expensive mistake" of following the US, Chinese experts warned, as the AUKUS leaders of the US, UK and Australia are expected to meet in San Diego, California and announce a mega nuclear submarine deal to arm Australia.
The three-way pact is back in focus after the US picked up the clique confrontation approach against China. AUKUS, launched in September 2021 after Australia scrapped a deal with France, was aimed at strengthening defense cooperation among the Anglo-Saxon brothers and counter China, including offering Australia US nuclear powered submarine technology.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, US President Joe Biden and British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak are expected to further enrich AUKUS with a new nuclear submarine agreement during their meeting in California on Monday (US time), according to media reports.
China's scientific research ship Tansuo-1 carrying manned submersible Fendouzhe (Striver) has finished the first international, large-scale and systematic manned deep-diving survey in the Kermadec Trench area of the southwest Pacific Ocean.
The research ship returned to the city of Sanya, South China's Hainan Province on Saturday, to a welcoming and boisterous crowd.
The vessel had traveled for 157 days starting from October, and sailed more than 22,000 nautical miles around Oceania, reported the Xinhua News Agency citing the Institute of Deep-sea Science and Engineering of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS).
A World Economic Forum insider has been caught boasting that the Silicon Valley Bank crash was an orchestrated plot that went to plan perfectly – and the crash will have a domino effect on the banking industry, leading to a global financial meltdown.
It’s been a crazy few days for the banking industry. Specifically, for Silicon Valley Bank and its shareholders, as it went from supposedly stable and solvent, to closed down by the regulators — in the space of just over 24 hours.
And it appears the domino effect has begun already, with Signature Bank in New York closed by regulators citing “systemic risk.”
A ground stop temporarily halted planes at New York's LaGuardia Airport as a winter storm threatened to wreak havoc in the Northeast and could dump up to three inches of heavy, wet snow in the Big Apple.
Flight cancelations, delays, school closings, and power outages were already affecting upstate New York, northern New Jersey and northeastern Pennsylvania.
LaGuardia Airport issued a ground stop Tuesday morning that is causing ongoing delays. Flights have resumed, but are averaging delays of about two hours.
After New York state regulators shut down Signature Bank Sunday, a series of woke videos produced by the company has gone viral, with critics noting it’s no wonder the bank went under if this was what they were concentrating on.
Grit Capital founder Genevieve Roch-Decter shared the videos, asking “Is it surprising that Signature Bank failed?”
“Their executive team spent millions of dollars to produce music videos & TV shows about themselves,” she continued, adding “Try not to cringe as you watch this.”
Roch-Decter also noted that a source from inside the bank told her the management were like something out of the TV show The Office:
The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) Chair Rep. Richard Hudson pledges to go "on offense" in next year’s elections to expand the GOP’s razor-thin majority in the House of Representatives.
"We’re on offense. We’re not going to protect our majority. We’re going to grow our majority. I think this list is very realistic and I think we’ve got some real opportunities to pick up seats," Hudson told Fox News in an exclusive interview on Monday.
The list the six-term Republican from North Carolina referred to includes 37 target Democratic held seats that the House GOP re-election committee’s going to aim to flip from blue to red in 2024, in hopes of expanding their current extremely fragile four-seat majority. The list includes two open Democratic seats currently held by Reps. Katie Porter of California and Elissa Slotkin of Michigan, who are running for the Senate rather than re-election in the House next year.