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"A liberal's paradise would be a place where everybody has guaranteed employment, free comprehensive healthcare, free education, free food, free housing, free clothing, free utilities, and only law enforcement has guns.
And believe it or not, such a place does indeed already exist: It's called Prison." -- Sheriff Joe Arpaio, Phoenix, AZ
On February 27, 2023, a “John Doe” interested party (a person whose identity had been sealed by the court because of their affiliation with Epstein) filed a Brief opposing Gateway Pundit’s appeal and asking the Court of Appeals to deny the brief.
The “John Doe”’s arguments are extremely lame. “Doe” merely argues that Gateway Pundit waited too long to request the arguments. According to “Doe,” GP and the public have no interest in the Epstein sex client list because too much time has transpired.
While all eyes have been distracted by First Republic Bank's efforts to re-capitalize, it appears Pacific West Bank (PacWest) has also been trying to raise capital.
The bank issued an update this morning confirming that it is abandoning its plans for a capital raise:
In addition to these liquidity-enhancing measures, and as part of its proactive approach to capital and liquidity management, the Company has explored a capital raise with potential investors.
In light of the current volatility in the market and depressed market prices for regional bank stocks, as well as the availability of other options to enhance capital, the Company determined it would not be prudent to move forward with a transaction at this time.
This decision reflects the Company’s confidence in its financial strength and commitment to ensuring the long-term stability and profitability of the institution.
At a Monday morning work session of the Clearwater City Council that ran for over three hours, Mayor Frank Hibbard stepped down from his position.
Hibbard, a moderate Republican, had been alone in opposing a proposed $90 million City Hall and municipal complex due to an unfunded gap of $60 million in the project's financing, according to the Tampa Bay Times. He told WTSP that his departure was based solely on his commitment to fiscal responsibility, not any other factors. "There's no graft or anything else," he said. "It was a 4 to 1 vote forward with what I believe is reckless spending."
In my last column, I compared Fox News host Tucker Carlson to the CBS journalist Edward R. Murrow, who used his reporting in the 1950s to change the course of history.
For that comparison I apologize.
It is now apparent that Carlson far exceeds Murrow in his courage, his thoughtfulness, and his stubborn refusal to accede to pressure.
Let’s get this straight. Murrow was a brilliant journalist, but his reputation as a dedicated war correspondent during the Battle of Britain also made him a beloved figure to his fellow reporters and to the politicians whom he covered. Thus, when he stood up against the bullying tactics of Sen. Joseph McCarthy, Murrow knew he could count on the support of CBS, other journalists, and even senators who had been the target of McCarthy’s blind rage. In a very real sense, it was McCarthy’s own character flaws that brought him down, to the detriment of his anti-Communist crusade, which had accurately identified the very real threat of Soviet sympathizers who had infiltrated the federal government. Murrow was just the catalyst, and he was lauded for his efforts.
Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced his plan to finally ‘drain the swamp’ in Washington, D.C., and return power back to the American people by cleaning out what he calls the ‘Deep State.’
The Republican nominee surely views his inability to clean up Washington by removing career bureaucrats who eventually turned their back on America by taking down his presidency as one of his biggest regrets.
As such, he launched a video in which he described his plan to rectify the situation should he win the presidency again in 2024.
The plan includes “firing rogue bureaucrats and career politicians” and “targeting government corruption.”
Videos of Jan. 6, 2021, some of which were previously censored, are now circulating online and sparking controversy and shock. The videos show people who appear to be Antifa infiltrating Trump supporters and Trump supporters stopping Antifa vandalism. Another video shows a man who said he witnessed Antifa disguising themselves and saying they wanted to make Trump supporters look bad. The eyewitness further insisted the Jan. 6 protesters committing vandalism were not Trump supporters.
Cartoonist Scott Adams quote-tweeted a video of Jacob Chansley, the “QAnon Shaman” who was sentenced to over three years in jail, shouting to protestors that Trump had tweeted they should return home. “We’re going to obey our president!” Chansley shouts. “Respect the Capitol!” a voice chimes in, but others insist they’re staying. Chansley agrees they’re free to make that choice, but reads one of Trump’s tweets into a microphone. Chansley then argues with others, “We are not Antifa! We’re not Antifa!”
Conspiracy theorists have taken victory laps since the COVID-19 hysteria began.
A massive government report hidden by Biden health officials appears to confirm another long-time conspiracy theory.
In a study by the National Toxicology Program (NTP), fluoride exposure was found to negatively impact childhood IQ.
How many times were we told fluoridated water was safe to drink?
Fox News host Tucker Carlson calls out Democrats for going after former President Trump and January 6 protesters on 'Tucker Carlson Tonight.'
However, some Twitter users were skeptical of the report, with National Review contributor Pradheep Shanker writing that he would "believe environmentalists truly believe this as soon as they start demanding we build every nuclear reactor we possibly can to avert this crisis."
American Spectator published Melissa McKenzie joked, "Any minute now!" while journalist Kimberly Morin opined that "EVERY single prediction the Climate Cult has made has been WRONG." Combat veteran and author Sean Parnell tweeted, "Climate apocalypse has been 5-10 years away for the last 70 years. These Radical Greens are crazy," Author Carol Roth quipped, "Quick- everyone jump on their private jets to discuss this *immediately*!"
Ingraham: Money, fame and a lucrative obsession with gain of function research were more important to Fauci than coming clean to American people.
Is there a Link between the 2021 COVID-19 Vaccination Uptake in Europe and 2022 Excess All-Cause Mortality?
After the end of the (First) Cold War and the start of what Francis Fukuyama dubbed the “End of History”, the world seemed firmly in the hands of the political West. For the next two to three decades, this resulted in one of the most disastrous and unstable periods in recent human history, with the political West ravaging much of the world, while most of the rest was held under near-constant self-defeating subservience.
The US-led power pole engaged in what can only be described as war hopping, starting one aggression after another, or worse yet, several consecutive invasions against countries on multiple continents, with its numerous vassals and satellite states sending auxiliary forces or at the very least providing support in logistics and financing. America’s superiority was both quantitative and qualitative, leaving nearly everyone else far behind. The only exception was Russia, whose only advantage was its massive strategic arsenal, the last vestige of the (First) Cold War that kept the US from exerting absolute dominance.
Moscow’s main trump card was also the world’s trump card, providing precious several decades of peace to other sovereign-minded powers, primarily China. Beijing’s meteoric rise to superpower status would have been all but impossible without it and the Asian giant’s leadership is well aware of this. It could be said that both Russia and China “have each other’s backs”, with the cooperation reaching unprecedented levels, not seen in approximately 60 years.
Attorney Robert Costello, the former legal adviser to Michael Cohen, spoke to Tucker Carlson on Monday night after he testified to the Manhattan Grand Jury investigating President Donald Trump.
Costello told the FOX News audience that he testified for two hours in front of Alvin Bragg’s Manhattan Grand Jury.
Robert Costello told Tucker Carlson, “I spoke to the jury for two hours… It was clear to me the Manhattan Grand Jury did not want to get to the truth.”
And it now is being reported that New York District Attorney Alvin Bragg was HIDING exculpatory evidence from the Grand Jury!
According to FOX News legal mind Gregg Jarrett, Soros-funded DA Alvin Bragg HID nearly 600 pages of exculpatory evidence to the New York Grand Jury investigating President Trump.
Gregg Jarrett: I mentioned it yesterday, I think, when Bob Costello got into that Grand Jury room and told them, “Wait a minute. You don’t have the hundreds of pages I handed over to Alvin Bragg over here? You only have six cherry-picked documents?” You know, hiding from grand juries exculpatory information is reprehensible and unconscionable. And the conduct of Alvin Bragg and his henchman Mark Pomeranz, who specifically says in his book, “We’re targeting zombies because we don’t like his beliefs,” those guys should face disbarment proceedings.
Hackers drained millions of dollars in digital coins from cryptocurrency ATMs by exploiting a zero-day vulnerability, leaving customers on the hook for losses that can’t be reversed, the kiosk manufacturer has revealed.
The heist targeted ATMs sold by General Bytes, a company with multiple locations throughout the world. These BATMs, short for bitcoin ATMs, can be set up in convenience stores and other businesses to allow people to exchange bitcoin for other currencies and vice versa. Customers connect the BATMs to a crypto application server (CAS) that they can manage or, until now, that General Bytes could manage for them. For reasons that aren’t entirely clear, the BATMs offer an option that allows customers to upload videos from the terminal to the CAS using a mechanism known as the master server interface.
Over the weekend, General Bytes revealed that more than $1.5 million worth of bitcoin had been drained from CASes operated by the company and by customers. To pull off the heist, an unknown threat actor exploited a previously unknown vulnerability that allowed it to use this interface to upload and execute a malicious Java application. The actor then drained various hot wallets of about 56 BTC, worth roughly $1.5 million. General Bytes patched the vulnerability 15 hours after learning of it, but due to the way cryptocurrencies work, the losses were unrecoverable.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) says it has reached an agreement with Ukraine on funding worth $15.6bn (£12.8bn).
The organisation's first loan to a country at war is expected to be approved in the coming weeks.
It would also be one of the largest financing packages Ukraine has received since Russia's invasion.
The IMF recently changed a rule to allow loans to countries facing "exceptionally high uncertainty".
"Russia's invasion of Ukraine continues to have a devastating impact on the economy: activity contracted by 30 percent in 2022, a large share of the capital stock has been destroyed, and poverty levels have climbed," IMF official Gavin Gray said in a statement.
Former President Donald Trump has not been notified whether charges will be filed against him by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg for his alleged role in facilitating a 2016 hush-money payment to porn star Stormy Daniels, sources told The Post.
Sources also told The Post that it is still possible that Bragg will decide not to indict the 76-year-old former president.
Trump could be indicted as early as Wednesday, although he is not expected to appear in court until next week, law enforcement sources told The Post on Tuesday.
According to Fox News, the Manhattan grand jury hearing evidence against the former president has another witness slated to testify on Wednesday.
The collapses of Silvergate and Silicon Valley Bank are like icebergs calving off from the Antarctic glacier. The financial analogy to the global warming causing this collapse of supporting shelving is the rising temperature of interest rates, which spiked last Thursday and Friday to close at 4.60 percent for the U.S. Treasury’s two-year bonds. Bank depositors meanwhile were still being paid only 0.2 percent on their deposits. That has led to a steady withdrawal of funds from banks – and a corresponding decline in commercial bank balances with the Federal Reserve.
Most media reports reflect a prayer that the bank runs will be localized, as if there is no context or environmental cause. There is general embarrassment to explain how the breakup of banks that is now gaining momentum is the result of the way that the Obama Administration bailed out the banks in 2008 with fifteen years of Quantitative Easing to re-inflate prices for packaged bank mortgages – and with them, housing prices, along with stock and bond prices.
The Fed’s $9 trillion of QE (not counted as part of the budget deficit) fueled an asset-price inflation that made trillions of dollars for holders of financial assets – the One Percent with a generous spillover effect for the remaining members of the top Ten Percent. The cost of home ownership soared by capitalizing mortgages at falling interest rates into more highly debt-leveraged property. The U.S. economy experienced the largest bond-market boom in history as interest rates fell below 1 percent. The economy polarized between the creditor positive-net-worth class and the rest of the economy – whose analogy to environmental pollution and global warming was debt pollution.
Anyone who doesn’t see what is happening will soon lose a major part of their assets either through bank failure, currency debasement or the collapse of all bubble assets like stocks, property and bonds by 75-100%.
Many bonds will become worthless.
Wealth preservation in physical gold is now absolutely critical. Obviously it must be stored outside a broken financial system. More later in this article.
The solidity of the banking system is based on confidence. With the fractional banking system, highly leveraged banks only have a fraction of the money available if all depositors ask for their money back. So when confidence evaporates, so do the balance sheets of the banks and depositors realise that the whole system is just a black hole.
And this is exactly what is about to happen.
During a “hot war,” an armed fight between nations, it’s mostly the soldiers on the frontlines and civilians living in range of the action who are at risk. But during a “cold war,” (which now is mainly used to refer to the war between the Americans and Russians), the conflict does not involve direct fighting but occurs through hurting the other country’s economy or government, threats, spying, or wars by neighboring countries representing the main countries that are against each other. In the case of the American-Russian Cold War, practically half the world was in danger. At one point, America took the threat of nuclear attack so seriously, the government began building “nuclear fallout shelters” — a room built underground to protect people from the effects of a nuclear bomb.
Today, these “doomsday bunkers,” meaning underground structures to be used in the case of a catastrophe, sound like a piece of fiction. But back then, they stood ready for use at any moment.
Real estate lawyer Jim Burling, Vice President of litigation for Pacific Legal Foundation, recently warned Fox News Digital that any home left unoccupied for an extended period could be a target. In Chicago, two residents recently found out the hard way when squatters moved into their homes after their elderly family members died. Darthula Young and Karen Polk discovered the squatters in September, yet remain tied up in the court process, a process that can take months and puts the burden of proof on the homeowners.
Burling further explained to Fox News Digital that organized criminal groups often scour title records for properties that are vacant due to foreclosure or death, while the Coronavirus pandemic has added to the problem with eviction moratoriums allowing tenants to legally stay in properties without having to pay rent. "If somebody is living in a home and saying, 'hey, I signed a lease, I'm paying rent, I have a right to be here,' whether or not that’s true the police hear that story then they hear a story of somebody who's not living there and saying 'this is my place these people don't belong here,' the police officer can't make that legal determination.”
"The internet today allows people like that to thrive because these mainstream media corporations are so corrupt. They're so obviously indebted to the companies that pay for their advertising."
EU antitrust investigators have raided energy drink maker Red Bull over suspicions it abused its dominance in the wildly popular market, officials said Tuesday.
Red Bull said EU Commission officials "visited our premises" on Monday.
"We will, of course, work with them on all matters that concern them," the company said in a statement, declining to comment further.
The EU's executive arm said earlier its teams carried out unannounced inspections Monday "at the premises of a company active in the energy drinks sector in various member states".
Days after it was rescued in an emergency buyout, Credit Suisse gathered hundreds of clients in an upscale Hong Kong hotel on Tuesday for a glitzy investment conference where they were told to "embrace the new reality".
Executives at the event from the troubled Swiss lender were eager to offer reassurances, even as details of the takeover by Swiss giant UBS remained unclear and global markets were buffeted by fears for the banking industry.
UBS agreed on Sunday to a government-brokered deal to take over Credit Suisse for $3 billion Swiss francs ($3.25 billion), a move authorities say was vital to prevent further economic turmoil.
As crisis stalks the traditional world of stocks and bonds, bitcoin is suddenly looking like a safe haven.
The infamously volatile cryptocurrency seems positively hale and hearty, just as a banking meltdown drives markets into the arms of a recession.
Bitcoin has risen 21% this month, while a choppy S&P 500 has lost 1.4% and gold has gained 8%.
"If you were going to describe an environment where there were successive bank runs because central banks are trying to fight inflation with fast rate increases, that is pretty close to as spot-on a thesis for owning bitcoin as you've ever heard," said St?phane Ouellette, CEO at digital asset investment platform FRNT Financial.