"For we are opposed around the world by a monolithic and ruthless conspiracy that relies primarily on covert means for expanding its sphere of influence--on infiltration instead of invasion, on subversion instead of elections, on intimidation instead of free choice, on guerrillas by night instead of armies by day. It is a system which has conscripted vast human and material resources into the building of a tightly knit, highly efficient machine that combines military, diplomatic, intelligence, economic, scientific and political operations.

"Its preparations are concealed, not published. Its mistakes are buried, not headlined. Its dissenters are silenced, not praised. No expenditure is questioned, no rumor is printed, no secret is revealed. It conducts the Cold War, in short, with a war-time discipline no democracy would ever hope or wish to match." -- John F. Kennedy

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Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he tried, and failed, to sell the Biden administration’s spin that it is delivering for the American people by being tough on China.

The reality is that the Biden administration’s China policy is a disaster for U.S. security and prosperity. President Biden seems content to sacrifice peaceful relations and the benefits of trade with China for short-term political advantages that come with insisting that China be an enemy of the United States. Unfortunately, Secretary Blinken’s testimony left little hope that change is coming anytime soon.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Unemployment Rate Increase: The unemployment rate in the United States has risen from 3.4% in April 2023 to 4.0%. This increase is significant, especially considering the relatively low rates observed in recent years. 36-Month Moving Average: The fact that the unemployment rate has crossed above its 36-month moving average is noteworthy. Historically, such occurrences have often preceded rapid spikes in the jobless rate.
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China indeed has ambitious plans for nuclear power expansion. According to a report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), China intends to construct 150 new nuclear reactors between 2020 and 2035.
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FINALLY....Someone tells the TRUTH
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Over 150,000 Israelis hit streets in Tel Aviv last night against the far-right government led by Benjamin Netanyahu and called for the PM's ouster and snap elections as anger mounts over Bibi's handling of hostage situation in Gaza and overall war there with Hamas that began in October last year.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The researchers compared the rates of various new medical conditions in Covid mRNA-vaccinated versus unvaccinated groups over three months.

The study revealed that those who had received mRNA injections experienced the following:

• A 68% rise in depression

• A 44% surge in anxiety and related disorders

• A 93.4% increase in sleep disorders

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported two maritime incidents involving merchant vessels on Sunday. The first occurred in the Red Sea, where a suicide drone struck a vessel. The second incident took place in the Gulf of Aden.

A new update from UKMTO said a merchant ship 96 nautical miles southeast of Nishtun, Yemen, "reported severe flooding that cannot be contained, forcing the master and crew to abandon the ship."

UKMTO said the crew had been rescued by an "assisting ship," and the abandoned ship "remains adrift at position 14°31'N 053°08'E." 

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Effective September 29, the US Commerce Department has banned American sales of, and software update downloads for, Kaspersky Lab’s globally popular cybersecurity/anti-virus software … “because Russia.”

The order “will prohibit Kaspersky Lab and all of its affiliates, subsidiaries and parent company from providing cyber security and anti-virus software anywhere in the United States,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a press briefing. “Russia has shown it has the capacity and even more than that, the intent, to exploit Russian companies like Kaspersky to collect and weaponize the personal information of Americans.”

Responding to the order, Kaspersky denied that the ban would actually affect its ability to operate in the US and claimed the decision was based on “geopolitical climate and theoretical concerns” rather than any actually established risks.

In tandem with the Commerce Department ban, the US Treasury announced sanctions on 12 of the company’s executives.

Webmaster addition: I trust Kaspersky more than any security software produced in the US!

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New research warns that eating ultra-processed or fast food during pregnancy puts the fetus at a greater health risk. The risk specifically stems from chemicals known as phthalates that often find their way into burgers and fries after being shed by fast food wrappers or workers’ plastic gloves.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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"Denmark, renowned for being polite and progressive, is profoundly skeptical of asylum seekers. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, of the center-left Social Democrats, has set a target of “zero” people arriving in Denmark outside the U.N. resettlement system."
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“That’s sweet. They’re illegal aliens,” Roberts said.
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A Korean Air Lines flight heading from Incheon to Taiwan was diverted due to a defect in the aircraft. 
  
The KE189 flight, which was bound for Taichung International Airport in Taiwan, departed Incheon Airport with 125 passengers on board at around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. 
  
About 50 minutes after departure, a warning appeared about a fault in the pressurization system of the Boeing 737-8 aircraft. An aircraft pressurization system regulates the pressure level inside the aircraft.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS
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For reasons that weren’t immediately clear, Snopes randomly decided to set the record straight a week before the first presidential debate in 2024, and it has Democrats fuming.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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I have stated from the beginning that this open border was to change the politics of the United States. The migrants will be allowed to vote, and Biden will most likely grant them citizenship because he will step down and be replaced in August. The migrants will then vote, and Biden will never have to stand for any crimes whatsoever. He will go down in history as the man who not just allowed the Neocons to take the White House but also flooded the country to change the politics.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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A senior Archbishop is going to make an unprecedented appearance in a British court to be cross-examined over a £350m London property fraud case that saw Pope Francis authorise wire-tapping.

In previous British legal proceedings the Vatican has claimed diplomatic immunity and refused to allow officials to appear as witnesses.

But now Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, a close aide to the Pope, will make an appearance in the Vatican's 'trial of the century'.

At the heart of the trial is the 350-million-euro purchase of a luxury property in London which used to be a car showroom and garage for Harrod's.

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An Israeli minister announced preparations for "mass burial" plans in northern Israel ahead of a possible assault on Lebanon.

Speaking to Channel 14, the minister of religious affairs, Michael Malchieli, said his ministry has been "busy" with many issues relating to the conflict with Gaza, including preparing burials.

"We are busy with many things related to the war, in preparation, unfortunately, also for whatever - may it not happen - in the north," he said.

When pressed by the host on whether they were anticipating "mass burial" scenarios, he confirmed that they were expecting further deaths from the conflict with Lebanon.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The world is on the brink of a catastrophe, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday, pointing to the risks of a potential devastating conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

The head of the Shia militia, Hassan Nasrallah, warned on Wednesday that Hezbollah is prepared for a full-scale conflict with Israel and could invade the Jewish state’s northern territories in case of further escalation.

The statement came after one of the group’s senior commanders, Hajj Sami Taleb Abdullah, was killed in an Israeli strike on southern Lebanon last week.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Israel Defense Forces on Friday yet again shelled tents of displaced Palestinians near the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 25 and wounding another 50, local health and emergency officials said.

“According to Ahmed Radwan, a spokesperson for Civil Defense first responders in Rafah, witnesses told rescue workers about the shelling at two locations in a coastal area that has become filled with tents,” The Associated Pressreported.

“The locations of the attacks provided by the Civil Defense appear to be just outside an Israeli-designated safe zone,” the news agency noted. “The Israeli military said the episode was under review but that ‘there is no indication that a strike was carried out by the IDF’ inside the safe zone, using an acronym for the Israeli forces. It did not offer details on the episode or say what the intended targets might have been.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Tens of thousands of protesters waving Israeli flags and chanting slogans against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government rallied in Tel Aviv Saturday, demanding new elections and the return of hostages held in Gaza.

Large protests have occurred in the Israeli city on a weekly basis over Netanyahu’s handling of the nearly nine-month-old war in Gaza started by Hamas’s October 7 attack on southern Israel.

Many protesters held signs reading “Crime Minister” and “Stop the War” as people poured into the biggest Israeli city’s main thoroughfare.

“I am here because I am afraid of the future of my grandchild. There will be no future for them if we don’t go out and get rid of the horrible government,” said 66-year-old contractor Shai Erel.

“All of the rats in the Knesset... I wouldn’t let any one of them be a guard of a kindergarten.”

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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n his recent article “The Destabilization of Haiti: Anatomy of a Military Coup d’Etat“, Professor Michel Chossudovsky memorizes 29 February 2024 as the 20th anniversary of the coup d’État against Haiti’s elected president Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

He also describes the military motives for controlling Haiti, namely to destabilize the country and to plunge it into constant chaos. This is precisely what has happened. Haiti is in a constant state of near absolute poverty – by far the poorest country in all Latin America according to official UN / World Bank indices.

Is there a reason?

As we will see, Haiti is also one of the world’s richest countries, per capita, judged by available natural resources, oil and gas. Discovered before the 2010 earthquake and confirmed by the tremendous 7.0 Richter seismograph

Haiti’s Potential Hydrocarbon Deposits

The Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC), issued in May 1980 a report under the Caribbean Development and Cooperation Committee (CDCC), describing the likelihood of large oil deposits in the Caribbean, including off-shore of Port-au-Prince, Haiti, see this. Haiti is also said to have trillions of dollars-worth of off-shore natural gas, see this.

These discoveries were likely made in the 1970s and 1980s, perhaps earlier, by US satellite imaging. US satellites have mapped the world for hydrocarbon resources already at least 50 years ago. Such information used to be available on internet – no longer.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ENERGY, GULF/OTHER OIL, HIDDEN HISTORY, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA, WHITE HOUSE
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Overall Bankruptcy Filings: Bankruptcy filings rose by 16% during the 12-month period ending March 31, 2024, compared to the previous year. However, it’s important to note that new bankruptcy cases remain significantly lower than before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Business vs. Non-Business Filings: Business filings increased by 40.4%, from 14,467 in March 2023 to 20,316 in March 2024. Non-business filings rose by 15.1%, from 388,806 in March 2023 to 447,458 in March 2024.
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The Russian Foreign Ministry has summoned the US ambassador to Moscow after Ukraine used American-supplied ATACMS missiles in an attack on the Crimean peninsula, resulting in numerous civilian casualties.

In a statement on Monday, the ministry said Ambassador Lynne Tracy had been presented with a demarche in connection with what it called “a new bloody crime of the Kiev regime patronized and armed by Washington,” referring to the Ukrainian shelling of Sevastopol the day before.

According to the Russian Defense Ministry, the Ukrainian attack occurred around noon local time on Sunday, involving five ATACMS missiles armed with cluster munitions, which are outlawed in more than 100 countries. Officials said four rockets had been destroyed in mid-air, while a fifth was damaged by air defenses, veered off course, and detonated over Sevastopol. Local authorities say the strike killed four people, including two children, and injured more than 150.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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On his recent visit to Pyongyang, Russian President Vladimir Putin and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un signed a comprehensive strategic partnership agreement, before moving on to a warm welcome and a similar series of declarations in Vietnam.

Is this really a new level of relations between Moscow and Pyongyang?

Those who consider the visit simply a gesture of support for Pyongyang are missing important details. We now see the term “universal strategic partnership” being used, which implies the highest possible level of cooperation between countries. Compared to earlier descriptions of relations between Moscow and Pyongyang, this is a great leap forward.

Tags: KOREA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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When I first started researching this, I could hardly believe that it was true. A company in Switzerland known as “Final Spark” has constructed a bizarre hybrid biocomputer that combines lab-grown miniature human brains with conventional electronic circuits.  This approach saves an extraordinary amount of energy compared to normal computers, but there is a big problem.  The lab-grown miniature human brains keep wearing out and dying, and so scientists have to keep growing new ones to replace them.  Stem cells that are derived from human skin tissue are used to create the 16 spherical brain “organoids” that the system depends upon.  I realize that this sounds like something straight out of a really bad science fiction movie, but it is actually happening.
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Hezbollah fighters take part in a military exercise in Aaramta, bordering northern Israel [File: Anwar Amro/AFP]

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed increasing concern over the escalating war of words and deadly border clashes between Israel’s military and Lebanon’s Hezbollah fighters.

UN peacekeepers are working to calm the situation and prevent “miscalculation” after both sides heightened their rhetoric and raised the possibility of full-scale conflict, he said on Friday.

“One rash move – one miscalculation – could trigger a catastrophe that goes far beyond the border and, frankly, beyond imagination,” Guterres told reporters. “Let’s be clear: The people of the region and the people of the world cannot afford Lebanon to become another Gaza.

Claire's Observations:  And you, Mr. Guterres, are thoroughly impotent to stop this, if that is what Israel wants to have happen, which is what they DO want to have happen, in order to claim the Litani River in Lebanon, which is currently only 5 KM away from the current Israeli border with Lebanon.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The country has watched as Democrats attacked former President Donald Trump with every civil and criminal legal angle they could concoct. These controversial  proceedings have left people from everyday working Americans to legal scholars in disbelief over what has happened.

Critics claim the judicial system is being used by leftists as if the U.S. were a third-world banana republic with the party in power attacking its opponents. The people’s faith in prosecutors, judges, and juries has taken a hit — some say, largely due to these legal attacks on Trump.

This lawfare, as dubbed by Republicans, is beyond acceptable and some Republican leaders are starting to fight back against the tide of judicial attacks.

From The Hill:
Missouri Attorney General Andrew Bailey (R) announced Thursday he intends to sue the state of New York over its “unconstitutional lawfare” against former President Trump.

“I will be filing suit against the State of New York for their direct attack on our democratic process through unconstitutional lawfare against President Trump,” Bailey wrote in a post on the social platform X.

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n this video, Prof. John Mearsheimer, the prominent international relations scholar, discusses the Ukraine conflict and Putin's ceasefire proposal, the situation in Gaza and the West Bank, the Russian-North Korean alliance, the US and Israeli political landscape, the influence of Israeli lobby on US policies, and the potential for broader conflict with Hezbollah, Iran, and Russia.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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