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Saudi Arabia privately hinted earlier this year it might sell some European debt holdings if the Group of Seven decided to seize almost $300 billion of Russia’s frozen assets, people familiar with the matter said, Report informs via Bloomberg.

The kingdom’s finance ministry told some G-7 counterparts of its opposition to the idea, which was meant to support Ukraine, with one person describing it as a veiled threat. The Saudis specifically mentioned debt issued by the French treasury, two of the people said.

In May and June, the G-7 was exploring different options regarding the Russian central bank’s funds. The group eventually agreed to tap the profits generated and leave the assets themselves alone despite a US and UK push for allies to consider bolder options, including a direct seizure. Some euro-member nations were against that idea, concerned it could undermine the currency.

Saudi Arabia’s stance likely influenced the reluctance of those countries, said the people, who asked not to be identified to discuss private conversations.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SAUDI ARABIA, WHITE HOUSE
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Chinese investors sold a record $42.6 billion worth of U.S. securities, including Treasury, agency, corporate bonds, and equities, in May 2024. This significant divestment is part of a broader trend, with total sales reaching $79.7 billion in the first five months of 2024.
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It has become glaringly obvious that we are way too dependent on our computers.  The “largest IT outage in history” has thrown the entire global economy into a state of chaos, and we are being told that it could take “weeks” to fully recover.  Countless flights have been canceled, hospital services have been disrupted, online services are down for a number of big banks, and we are being told that millions of workers may not receive paychecks this month.  If a single software “glitch” can cause this much insanity, what would happen if the Internet was suddenly not available for an extended period of time?
Tags: ECONOMY
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A North Carolina military installation identified pro-life advocates as terrorists in an anti-terrorism training presentation for at least seven years before the Army removed the slides last week following a Republican outcry.
 
Secretary of the Army Christine Wormuth said in a letter to Sen. Ted Budd, North Carolina Republican, that the slideshow “has been used for at least the last seven years by the Directorate of Emergency Services at Fort Liberty to train Soldiers as they prepare to take on installation access control duties.”
 
“I want to make clear that these slides do not represent the official policy or views of the U.S. Army and pre-date Army Directive 2024-7 (Handling Protest, Extremist, and Criminal Gang Activities),” Ms. Wormuth said in the letter dated Tuesday.
 
The slide posted on X last week by independent journalist Sam Shoemate showed the logos of two pro-life organizations, the National Right to Life Committee and Operation Rescue, and a New York “Choose Life” license plate under the heading of “Terrorist Groups.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Outage website Downdetector reported Bendigo Bank, Foxtel, National Australia Bank, Australia Post, Suncorp, Xero, NBN, Commonwealth Bank, MYOB, ME Bank, Optus, Telstra Amazon, Westpac, Google, ANZ and Microsoft being among the companies caught in the mass shut down.

Tags: AUSTRALIA, COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, ECONOMY
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The Russian Foreign Ministry has promised to "calibrate [its] responses" to US plans to deploy new offensive missile capabilities in Germany "without any internal constraints" in terms of what arms to place and when and where to place them to ensure Russia's security. A leading European military observer lays out the options at Russia's disposal.

Moscow has a wide array of options when it comes to responding to the US decision to deploy offensive Tomahawk cruise and hypersonic missiles in Germany, says Swedish Armed Forces veteran and political and military observer Mikael Valtersson.

“This move by the US and Germany will of course be met by a Russian response,” Valtersson told Sputnik, saying he believes Russia could start off by deploying “new dual-use missiles in the Kaliningrad region and maybe also in Belarus.”

This may be followed up by the placement of Russian strategic missiles in the recently reestablished Moscow and Leningrad military districts, according to the observer. “By doing this, Russia lessens the time NATO has to detect and respond to a Russian launch of medium-range missiles,” Valtersson said.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Cynthia “Cyn” Carranza meticulously scavenged for a shady parking spot in the car she called home.

The overnight custodian at Disneyland has to sleep during the day - a difficulty for anyone, let alone when you're living in your car with two dogs. Ms Carranza says she makes $20.65 an hour (about £15.99) at the park but last summer, she couldn't afford rent in this Southern California city where the average apartment can run more than $2,000 (about £1,550) a month.

Ms Carranza teared up as she recounted the struggles of that summer, including sneaking for showers in Disneyland's costume department. She now shares a small apartment with her boyfriend, who also works at the park, but still makes barely enough to make ends meet.

“That’s not something that anybody should experience working a full-time job for a company like Disney,” she told the BBC.

Webmaster addition: More Bidenomics!

Tags: ECONOMY
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CrowdStrike's massive blunder, which resulted in worldwide outages, has brought the company back on the radar of the American citizenry, who now remembers its work with the World Economic Forum, Vanguard, and the Democratic Party.

On July 19, 2024, CrowdStrike CEO George Kurtz said that a "defect found in a single content update for Windows hosts" had led to a major breakdown in Microsoft operations.

This resulted in more than 18,000 flights being grounded across the globe, including 1,200 in the United States.

What's more, the crash brings the company back into the spotlight for yet another negative reason: The company has been synonymous with the political sphere for the better part of the last decade.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Remember when Dr. Fauci joined forces with TikTok influencers to push the COVID-19 vaccine and combat “vaccine misinformation” after closing schools and churches for months while lying about gain-of-function research during the pandemic?

The North American Treaty Organization is trying the same thing on foreign policy. As the latest PR stunt, NATO enlisted 16 content creators and paid for all transportation, meals, and accommodation for its annual summit to help improve the organization’s reputation and inform the youth about the importance of the alliance amid the endless Russia-Ukraine war. The U.S. State and Defense Departments also invited an additional ten influencers.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, NATO
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The high school incident was quickly linked to Crooks and his friends, but school officials at the time dismissed the threats. “We all texted one another and it came out pretty quickly that it was Thomas and his friend group who’d made the threats,” Taormina added.

Crooks’ recent actions, however, were far from dismissed. At a Trump campaign rally, Crooks fired seven shots from a rooftop, aiming for the former president. Although Trump only sustained a minor injury, the attack resulted in the death of a father of two and left two others seriously injured. Explosives were later discovered in Crooks’ vehicle, which was parked near the rally site.

The 2019 threat from Crooks came during a time when he was frequently bullied and was even given the cruel nickname “the school shooter.” His absence from the yearbook that year was another indication of his troubled school life.

Webmaster addition: Perfect recruit for a three letter agency!

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Former President Donald Trump has widened his lead over President Joe Biden in the aftermath of his assassination attempt on Saturday, according to a Morning Consult poll released Friday.

Trump leads Biden by four points, receiving 46% support to Biden’s 42%, just days after 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks fired shots at the former president during a campaign rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, according to the poll. This four point lead is Trump’s largest polling advantage since February, and is just one point short of his record five point lead over Biden in January.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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President Joe Biden released a statement on Friday indicating that he has no plans of dropping out of the presidential race as calls for him to do so continue to mount from members of his own party.

Biden issued a statement through his campaign where he attacked former President Donald Trump over his speech at the Republican National Convention on Thursday, claiming “for over 90 minutes, he focused on his own grievances, with no plan to unite us and no plan to make life better for working people.”

The 81-year-old made false claims about Trump’s policy platform and falsely claimed that Trump “destroyed our economy once and will inflict pain on the middle class” and that he “wants to gut the checks and balances of our Constitution and rule as a dictator on day one.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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If there’s one liberal who can make sense of what’s going on in the world today, it’s Bill Maher — and he has a message regarding the current president.

“Let’s be clear about Biden,” Maher says to Dave Rubin of “The Rubin Report.” “Should he run for president? No. As we were saying, I was saying a long time ago, he shouldn’t. Is he the best choice? No. Is he completely out of his mind? No, he’s not lost his marbles.”

“You talk yourself into the extremes,” he adds.

“I don’t know that that’s extreme,” Rubin counters. “I don’t have any sense that he has the wherewithal, if they woke him up at 7:30, 11:30, or 3:30, that he would know where he is or what he’s doing.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The incident involving Philippe Herlin's remarks on CNews, a prominent French news channel, has stirred significant controversy and regulatory action.

Herlin, a notable economist, was given a platform to express his skepticism regarding anthropogenic global warming during a broadcast. He characterized climate change as a fabricated concept aimed at justifying state intervention, going so far as to describe it as a form of totalitarianism.

Neither the hosts of the program nor any other participants in the studio challenged his assertions. This lack of opposition on air ultimately led to repercussions for CNews.

The French media regulator, Arcom (formerly CSA), conducted an investigation and found that CNews had violated broadcasting standards by failing to ensure a balanced presentation of controversial viewpoints.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, FRANCE
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The incident on July 13 in Butler, Pennsylvania is the first time a would-be assassin has shot at a U.S. president or presidential candidate since John Hinckley shot President Ronald Reagan on March 30, 1981. As such, it is the first assassination attempt in our era in which most citizens are carrying cell phones equipped with video cameras.

Instead of one “Zapruder film,” we now have hundreds of videos of the incident, shot from multiple locations and angles. Instead of depending on the mainstream media for reporting, we now have hundreds of citizen documentarians who can capture footage and rapidly upload it to the internet.

In this video production of the McCullough Foundation, we analyze multiple video recordings and witness testimonies of the Trump assassination attempt. Please check out our critical presentation and evaluation of this historically significant incident and share it with your friends.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Reports: Police Were Stationed Below Trump Shooter, Who Was Allegedly Spotted Nearly 30 Minutes Before

It does seem like the Secret Service wanted Trump dead.

Having failed Trump so badly, how can Trump trust them now?

https://www.breitbart.com/politics/2024/07/16/reports-police-were-stationed-below-trump-shooter-who-was-allegedly-spotted-nearly-30-minutes-before/

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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From a reliable source, an Interpol official with years of experience in missions abroad, we received the link to a new video published about the attack on pediatric hospital in Kiev (precisely on an old building and not to the new hospital which the shock wave damaged only the power plant separated from the complex and some windows and balconies of one of the 5 pavilions…).

It supports our thesis that the Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky, on the eve of the NATO summit, deliberately fired a rocket from the former USSR also supplied to Ukraine against the neighborhood (after having it evacuated given that an official list of the dead does not exist) to stage one of the most serious military and media disinformation maneuvers in history.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The official narrative for Trump’s near assassination that is forming seems to be Secret Service incompetence. The security voids are being attributed to an inexperienced Secret Service team, to a lack of communication between local police and Secret Service, and to the Secret Service director’s statement that the slope of the roof made it too dangerous to have Secret Service agents on the roof. But not too dangerous for the shooter. And without regard to the danger to which Trump was left exposed.

So, if there is an investigation, it will be about whether “diversity, equity, and inclusion” harmed competence, and not about whether the deep state intended Trump’s assassination.

The security lapses are so large that they naturally lead to what are called “conspiracy theories.” Without honest and intelligent investigative reporters supported by news organizations, the general public cannot tell when information is a conspiracy theory and when the charge that it is a conspiracy theory is used to suppress factual information that doesn’t fit the official narrative.

Two pieces of information and one hypothesis have emerged that fall into the difficult to assess zone. One is that Austin Private Wealth, LLC shorted 12,000,000 shares of Trump Media & Technology Group shares. If Trump had been killed, this short would result in massive profit. The investment company explains away its short as a “clerical error.” In other words, just more incompetence. https://www.rt.com/business/601286-blackrock-trump-shooting-stock/

Another piece of information is a report that acoustics indicates two different gunshots. This, if true, implies that the 20-year old was a patsy for a real assassination, which went wrong because Trump turned his head, and explains the police and Secret Service’s tolerance for Thomas Crooks’ armed presence until after he fired his shots.

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Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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That’s right … Despite being on the Secret Service's radar for 62 minutes, they somehow “lost track” of him. Yes, they lost track of a guy with a range finder and a rifle. Maybe he had an invisible suit? Or perhaps he used some top-secret cloaking device? It’s not like someone walking around with a gun and rangefinder should raise any red flags. No, it’s perfectly normal for the elite team tasked with protecting the President just to let someone like that slip through their fingers.

When they finally “found” Crooks, he had climbed the warehouse roof. Remember, according to the Secret Service, a three-man counter-sniper team is set up in that same warehouse. Everyone knows you can hear a squirrel on a metal roof, but the team below Crooks couldn't hear him on the roof.

Evidently, a police officer saw him on the roof and confronted him, but Crooks pointed his weapon, causing the officer to duck and fall off the roof. The officer’s radio call about "an individual on the roof with a weapon" apparently didn’t warrant immediate evacuation of President Trump. Because, of course, why would it?

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Big tech's crackdown on "gunfluencers" is nothing new, but policies at social media companies are becoming increasingly restrictive (read: here), leading to the demonetization of numerous channels. The latest victim of this aggressive censorship isn't even the typical gun YouTuber but instead a competitive rifle shooter on Team USA for the Paralympics. 

Just The News reports that McKenna Geer, a competitive rifle shooter, had her Instagram account censored before she heads to Paris for the Paralympic Games in late August. Next week, the Olympic Games are set to begin.

Webmaster addition: I am worried about the Olympics. Right now the Deep State badly needs a distraction from the collapsing "lone shooter" story.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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Webmaster addition: This makes a compelling case that there was a second shooter inside the building near the ground under the roof where Crooks lay. Just listening to the audio it is clear the first 3 shots sound very different from the ones that followed. This is the smoking gun (pun intended) that there was a conspiracy to assassinate Donald Trump! Please share this video with your friends and social media!

Tags: ASSASSINATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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CrowdStrike Holdings is based in Austin, Texas. The company has assisted in several fake investigations of high-profile cyberattacks -- including the 2014 "hack" of Sony Pictures (falsely blamed on North Korea) -- the 2016 cyberattacks on the Democratic National Committee (falsely blamed on Russia) -- and the 2016 email leak involving the DNC, which led to the murder of whistleblower Seth Rich.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Democrats are discussing a possible 'loophole' that can be used to boot Biden out of the presidential race of he refuses to drop out. 

Delegates at the Democratic National Convention are toying with the options they face if, by the time of the August convention, Biden has not yet stepped aside or dropped out of the race entirely.

Politicians are considering a 'good-conscience loophole' that would enable them to vote for a new candidate.

DNC delegate and political scientist Elaine Kamarck spoke with fellow delegates on Friday morning on a zoom call. 

She briefed them on the 'loophole' - which would let them drop Biden if they do not have a 'good conscience' about their pledged choice determined by primaries and caucuses. 

 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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