“As interest costs go up in the United States, you get in this vicious circle, where higher interest rates cause higher funding costs, cause higher debt issuance, which cause further bond liquidation, which cause higher rates, which puts us in an untenable fiscal position.” -- Paul Tudor Jones, October 10, 2023

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NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg is facing calls for his resignation after arguing that Ukraine should be given dispensation to use supposedly defensive Western-supplied missiles to attack targets in the Russian mainland.

With Moscow continuing to make territorial advances as the war in Ukraine grinds on, Stoltenberg argued over the weekend that one reason for the disparity in battlefield success is that Kyiv is prohibited from using NATO-supplied missiles and other weapons to attack targets within Russia.

“To deny Ukraine the possibility of using these weapons against legitimate military targets on Russian territory makes it very hard for them to defend themselves,” the NATO chief said.

While European powers have backed Ukraine in defending itself within its own UN-recognised borders — and therefore use Western money and weapons to fight Russian soldiers within Ukraine — there has been little appetite to appear to be directly attacking Russia.

The escalatory suggestion from Stoltenberg sparked outrage from Rome, with Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini saying that the NATO chief should either “retract, apologize, or resign,” public broadcaster RIA reports.  Salvini said that Italian military aid to Ukraine was supplied strictly for defensive purposes, not for “fighting, striking and killing outside its territory”.

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Defense attorney Randy Zelin said Tuesday on CNN’s “News Central” that the prosecution in former President Donald Trump’s business record trial “fell way short” of proving guilt beyond a reasonable doubt.

Host Kate Bolduan said, “The burden of proof is an important one to remind everyone: It’s on the prosecution, right? They need to prove beyond reasonable doubt that he commit, that Donald Trump broke the law. And you think after listening to all of this, you think they fell short. How?”

Zelin said, “They fell way short, because let’s start with reasonable doubt. What is reasonable doubt? And it’s not simply a doubt based upon reason. Any time a human being needs to make an important decision in life, if you have enough information, for example, doctor says you need open heart surgery. ‘Doc, go ahead and schedule. I don’t have a reasonable doubt.’ Conversely, if I say ‘I appreciate it, but I need a second opinion, I need more information.’ that is having a reasonable doubt. There is reasonable doubt all over this case.”

He continued, “Where is Keith Schiller? Where is Allen Weisselberg? How did Michael Cohen get away with stealing $30,000? Hold a pity party for him — made $4 million on this, thought he’d be chief of staff. He’s a fixer! If the plumber comes to my house to fix my leak, I could be home. That doesn’t mean I know how he’s doing it and what it’s taking to be fixed.”

Zelin added, “Stormy Daniels, let’s hold a pity party for her. Why do we need to know whether or not the former president wore a condom or not? It’s simply about did the former president know that books, his records, false entries for legal fees, Michael Cohen was his lawyer, getting intent to cover up the election or to protect his family? It’s everywhere. Everywhere.”

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The California senate is considering a bill that essentially bans notifying parents of child gender transitions — a biological impossibility — which coincides with Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D-CA) apparent belief that parents do not have the right to know if their child is “transitioning.”

Lawmakers consider the legislation — AB-1955 Support Academic Futures and Educators for Today’s Youth Act — something that would protect the “forced outing” of a child to his or her parents. According to a summary of the bill:

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Chinese scientists have developed a virus in the lab that mimics an Ebola infection, wiping out a whole group of hamsters after giving them ulcers in their eyes.

Researchers at the Hebei Medical University in China genetically engineered the less-threatening virus vesicular stomatitis – known to infect cattle – to carry a protein from the Ebola virus, establishing that this then caused “lethal infection in hamsters.”

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Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WMD
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The annual Point-in-Time census of San Diego’s homeless population has revealed a significant increase in the number of unhoused residents in North County. Vista, in particular, saw its homeless population nearly double from 88 to 170 over the past year. Mayor John Franklin attributes this rise to addiction and mental illness, stating that 94% of the city’s chronically unhoused residents have declined help.

“Some of them we’ve asked 20 times and developed relationships with,” Franklin told KGTV-TV. “We’ve asked them if they’d come and accept a safe, warm bed here, three hot meals a day, a hot shower, clean clothes. And unfortunately, because of mental illness and addiction, the answer is we don’t want to come.”

Despite the early success of Vista’s new Buena Vista Navigation Center, which aims to guide residents toward permanent housing, the city faces challenges in convincing those living on the streets to accept assistance. Hannah Gailey, executive director of Retread, the organization running the center, expressed shock at the dramatic increase in Vista’s homeless population.

Webmaster addition: We should not send a single penny to Israel, Ukraine, or any other nation while a single American sleeps in the streets and eats out of trash bins!

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The U.S. government’s overhaul of race and ethnicity categories, aimed at further segmenting and separating the American public as part of the state religion of diversity, has left some communities still complaining about improper representation.

Despite the Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) extensive outreach efforts, Hmong, Armenian, Black Arab and Brazilian groups find the changes fall short in accurately capturing their identities.

For the Hmong community, whose soldiers fought and died alongside American forces in the Vietnam War’s “secret war,” being classified as East Asian rather than Southeast Asian is a painful slight. The categorization not only disregards their history of oppression in China but also masks the stark economic disparities between Hmong households and the broader Asian population.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall has denied a request from a two-star general accused of sexual assault and other crimes to retire instead of facing a court-martial, according to the general's attorneys.

The secretary's decision means Maj. Gen. Phillip Stewart, only the second Air Force general in history to be charged with a sexual crime, is set to be tried by court-martial in June after being relieved of command of the 19th Air Force at Joint Base San Antonio, Texas, last year.

Stewart is charged with allegedly committing a sex act on a woman without her consent near Altus Air Force Base in Oklahoma in April 2023, according to a military charge sheet. He is also charged with conduct unbecoming an officer for allegedly asking someone to "spend the night alone with him in his private hotel room" near Denver, Colorado, while on official travel in March 2023. The charges include extramarital sexual conduct.

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The Biden regime is taking its racist agenda to the next level with a plan to prioritize minorities for kidney transplants.

According to a report over at The Washington Free Beacon, Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra wants hospitals to prioritize low-income patients in order to address “racial inequities” in the “transplant process.”

The report notes:

 

The proposal, which Becerra’s agency announced on May 8, would place 90 of the nation’s 257 transplant hospitals into a pilot program that uses an annual point system to grade participants. Under the system, a successful kidney transplant counts as one point. A transplant furnished to a low-income patient, however, counts as 1.2 points thanks to a “health equity performance adjustment,” thus incentivizing the hospitals to prioritize such patients.

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Judge Juan Merchan had explicit instructions for the jury when they reentered his courtroom on Tuesday to hear closing arguments from the prosecution. He told them to disregard the ask from Trump's attorney, Todd Blanche, to not send the former president to jail. Blanche made the request in his closing remarks.  

Per Inner City Press who has been live tweeting from the courtroom, Merchan said, "During the defense summation you heard Mr. Blanche ask you not to send the defendant to prison. That was not permitted, and you must not consider it. If the defendant is found guilty, sentencing will be my decision." 

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Yet Merchan has repeatedly threatened the former president with jail time for violation of gag orders. On many occasions, upon finding Trump guilty of those violations, Merchan has imposed fines and said that Trump was risking jail by persisting in sharing articles written by news outlets and commentators that expressed support for Trump's innocence and said that Merchan was a Democrat operative presiding over a witch hunt. 

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The Biden administration is setting up new tripwires for Donald Trump at America’s premier health research agency to safeguard against political interference if Trump wins in November.

The White House fears Trump could try to advance an ideological agenda at the National Institutes of Health, like the ones he’s suggested on everything from vaccines to diversity policies.

In an effort to Trump-proof, NIH has designated an official to identify political meddling in the agency’s work and is tasking a soon-to-be-established scientific integrity council with reviewing those cases. The White House knows Trump could still cast those plans aside but is calculating that doing so will set off alarms with the media, Congress and the public. The Biden administration likely hopes GOP lawmakers, even those who think the NIH needs an overhaul, will temper Trump’s moves.

Webmaster addition: The Democrats are already trying to hamstring a Trump presidency.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin has warned of "serious consequences" if Western countries allow Ukraine to use their weapons to strike Russia.

Speaking in Uzbekistan on Tuesday, Putin's comments came in response to calls within some NATO member states to allow Ukraine to hit targets inside Russia.

"This constant escalation can lead to serious consequences," Putin said.

"In Europe, especially in small countries, they should be aware of what they are playing with," he added.

The Russian leader said leaders should bear in mind the "small territory" and "dense population" of many European countries.

"And this factor, which they should keep in mind before they talk about striking deep into Russian territory, is a serious thing."

He said that while Ukraine would carry out the strikes, the responsibility for them would lie with Western suppliers of the weapons.

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Top advisors and strategists are reportedly growing increasingly concerned about President Joe Biden’s prospects against former President Donald Trump in the upcoming presidential election. The sentiment, reported by POLITICO, has surfaced amidst a backdrop of challenging polls and fundraising supremacy held by Trump, intensifying concerns as the election looms just five months away.

A deep-seated fear is pervasive among Democrats, including those who were previously confident about Biden’s chances. The party, ensnared in a relentless and joyless campaign grind, now confronts the reality of a potential loss, causing a significant shift in mood at the highest levels. The anxiety is evidenced by a private list maintained by an adviser to major Democratic donors, cataloging nearly two dozen potential reasons for Biden’s defeat, which range from immigration issues and high inflation to concerns over Biden’s age and the unpopularity of Vice President Kamala Harris.

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One simply has to reason through the claim to uncover the absurdity. If corporations can willy-nilly raise prices and enjoy “excessive” profits, why don’t they do it all the time? Did corporations suddenly get greedy in 2021? And why did the Federal Reserve spend a decade fretting about inflation being ‘too low’ as it struggled to hit its 2% target? Was there not enough corporate greed before coronavirus?”

When you think about it this way, something else apparently happened.

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Two days after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Israel to halt its military offensive on Rafah, dozens of displaced Palestinians were killed in Israeli airstrikes. On Sunday night, the Israeli military bombed civilians whom it had previously ordered to move to the designated “safe zone” of Tal Al-Sultan in the northwestern part of Rafah.

Israel has bombed Rafah dozens of times since the ICJ ruling. But on Sunday, the bombardment of Palestinians in a tent encampment behind the UNHCR school in Rafah resulted in a large inferno and massive casualties, including children who were burned alive in a sea of flames. According to Al Jazeera, the Israeli airstrikes struck the camp at night. The fire from the bombs falling on the plastic tents spread rapidly, killing at least 45 Palestinians, injuring 249, and razing the tent camp to the ground. This was reportedly followed by an Israeli drone strike on the Kuwaiti Hospital entrance as medics were bringing in the dead and the wounded, killing two staff members. 

Hospital director Suhaib al-Hams announced on Monday that the Kuwaiti Hospital would have to suspend services due to “the repeated and deliberate attacks on the hospital’s surroundings.” 

The graphic images and cell phone video recordings that have been circulating on social media — a headless child, charred bodies of children, women and children frantically running in all directions trying to escape the fires — are painful to watch. They bring Israeli atrocities in Gaza to a new level of unspeakable cruelty and horror.

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Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Webmaster addition: This is the NIO EP9 by Ferrari. No, I am not a car dealer, but Claire and I saw this car on The Grand Tour with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May.

When is interesting about this electric car is that it uses an idea I suggested on this website years ago.

Swappable batteries!

A side panel of the car is removed, allowing a lifting device to extract the depleted battery and insert a fully charged one. The Ferrari drives off while the battery left behind gets charged. Still more work than using a gas pump, but it solves the wait time problem.

Now if this idea was adopted as a standard for all electric cars, then the issue of having to wait while your EV charges is solved.

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Map Shows Ukraine's Record-Breaking Hits on Russian Nuclear Warning Sites

Ukraine May Have Just Crossed Putin's Nuclear Red Line

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Russia's nuclear ballistic missile early warning radar network has emerged as a key target of long-range Ukrainian strikes, with three facilities having now been attacked by Kyiv's drones in the past two months.

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By Caitlin Johnstone

One by one, the US empire is discrediting all of its own arguments for why it should lead the world. All the violence, tyranny and injustice it claims to be keeping at bay with its globe-dominating leadership is being inflicted by the empire itself, in more and more brazen and egregious ways each year.

The entire premise behind the empire’s containment strategies, military encirclement and cold war brinkmanship with China is that obviously the PRC needs to be stopped from rising and displacing the US as the global leader, and arguments about the need to control Russia and Iran by any means necessary arise from the same premise.

These arguments are accepted as a given by many on the basis that the US is a free and democratic country which promotes liberal values and opposes authoritarianism, so of course it’s better to have the US in charge of world affairs.

But every point which could be used to bolster that argument is being rapidly eroded by the US itself. The US is making the world a much more violent and dangerous place. The US is assaulting freedom by perpetrating and facilitating more and more injustice and authoritarianism. The US is undermining international law by constantly violating it. Every argument that could be made for the merits of US global leadership gets weaker by the day.

As the US backs Israel in routinely committing horrifying massacres in Gaza, it’s clear that the US cannot claim to be making the world a more peaceful and harmonious place.

As the US and its allies recklessly ramp up nuclear brinkmanship with Russia over the failing proxy war in Ukraine, it’s clear that the US cannot claim to be making the world safer

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, ISRAEL, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Wouldn’t it be fascinating, actually tremendously heartening, if the man who was supposedly our most divisive politician was the man who ultimately brought our broken country together—former President Donald J. Trump?

People gather for an election rally for former President Donald Trump in Crotona Park in the South Bronx in New Yor City on May 23, 2024. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

America is often, justifiably, criticized for having been built to some degree by slavery. It was not alone in that, and it still exists in some places, but America fought its most painful war to abolish the practice. Years later, it enacted the Civil Rights Act, enshrining equality in our laws. Racism was diminishing.

Yet some people have what I called in one of my books a “nostalgia for racism.” They can’t live without it for reasons that range from comfort with old assumptions to the most cynical personal gain.

Consequently, for as long as I have been alive, which is the entire post-World War II era, it has been assumed that minorities voted Democratic, whether to their advantage or not.

So I was gladdened to see, watching on television, the throng of racially mixed Americans gathered in one of my childhood haunts from Yankee Stadium to the Zoo to Van Cortlandt Park—the borough of The Bronx.

No less than one of the most reactionary forces in our culture—identity politics—was under attack in the massive show of support from that mixed-race crowd given former President Trump at his surprisingly large rally in Crotona Park in the southern part of the borough.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday Ukraine should hold a presidential election following the expiry of President Volodymyr Zelenskiy's five-year term.

Zelenskiy has not faced an election despite the expiry of his term, something he and Kyiv's allies deem the right decision in wartime. Putin said the only legitimate authority in Ukraine now was parliament, and that its head should be given power.

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On May 22, 2024, the Geneva International Peace Research Institute (GIPRI), the Collectif de Juristes pour le Respect des Engagements Internationaux de la France (CJRF) and a group of international concerned citizens, submitted a legal brief to the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) Karim Khan requesting the opening of an investigation against Ursula von der Leyen for complicity in war crimes and genocide against Palestinian civilians in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including the Gaza Strip.

This legal brief, endorsed by various human rights groups and prominent academics and experts in international criminal law, calls the Prosecutor to initiate investigations on the basis of the information provided against Mrs. Ursula von der Leyen. The latter has been repeatedly informed of violations of international humanitarian law committed in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, particularly in the Gaza Strip, through reports from international organizations and foreign governments. This is evidenced by a letter sent to her on February 14, 2024, by the President of the Spanish government, Pedro Sánchez, and the then Irish Prime Minister, Leo Varadkar.[1]

Mrs Ursula von der Leyen is responsible for aiding and abetting the commission of crimes and violations of international humanitarian law, within the meaning of Article 25(3)(c) of the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court. Mrs von der Leyen enjoys no functional immunity before the International Criminal Court by virtue of Article 27 of the Rome Statute.

Webmaster addition: Add Joe Biden to the list!

Tags: EUROPE, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Grayzone's Max Blumenthal and Aaron Mate cover comments by Rep. Debbie Wagner complaining that a pause on JDAM bombs to Israel will prevent residents of St. Louis from paying for daycare and cost them their jobs.

Webmaster addition: We can create jobs by completing the border wall, bringing our roads, bridges, and rail systems back up to spec, clean up the inner-city garbage piles...

Lots of jobs can be created without killing people!

Tags: ECONOMY, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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