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Authored by Bobbie Anne Flower Cox via The Brownstone Institute,

It is clear to me that we are increasingly being governed by an “Administrative State” instead of by our chosen representatives. Indeed, we are more and more becoming a “Regulation Nation” which is a true threat to our Constitutional Republic.

What do I mean by that? 

I mean that we are being governed by regulations and rules issued by administrative agencies, instead of being governed by laws duly passed by our elected officials. 

Why does that matter?

Because agencies are run by unelected, government bureaucrats who are beholden to nobody but the person who appointed them. They don’t care what the voters think or want or don’t want. They don’t need to care. They don’t need your vote to stay in power. They only have to appease the politician(s) who appointed them. If they just follow the yellow brick road, they will land on the other side of the rainbow.

Shockingly, some legislators are okay with this, because it allows them to escape any sort of responsibility or blame for an unpopular (or illegal) rule that is implemented by the bureaucrats sitting in the agencies (you know, the ones with no accountability to us voters). But, legislators should not only care, they should actively work to stop the Administrative State, because not only do many of these “regulations” usurp a legislator’s law-making power, but they are wholly unconstitutional!

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY
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I just got back from Ukraine, where I was visiting some friends.

Everything we have heard about what’s happening in Ukraine is a lie.

The reality is darker, bleaker, and unequivocally hopeless. There is no such thing as Ukraine “winning” this war.

– By their estimates, they have lost over one million of their sons, fathers and husbands; an entire generation is gone.

– Even in the Southwest, where the anti-Russian sentiment is long-standing, citizens are reluctant or straight-up scared to publicly criticize Zelensky; they will go to jail.

– In every village and town, the streets, shops, and restaurants are mostly absent of men.

– The few men who remain are terrified of leaving their homes for fear of being kidnapped into conscription. Some have resorted to begging friends to break their legs to avoid service.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The countdown has begun for Rafah. Israel repeated on Sunday its threats of carrying out a major ground attack against the southern Gaza city before the start of Ramadan: the holy month in Islam, during which Muslims fast, is expected to begin around March 10. The perspective of a ground operation in the city, which was once considered “safe” for civilians, is fuelling international concern about the fate of the 1.5 million Palestinians trapped in the city.

“The world must know, and Hamas leaders must know – if by Ramadan our hostages are not home, the fighting will continue everywhere, including the Rafah area,” Benny Gantz, a former Israeli defence minister currently serving on Netanyahu’s war cabinet, told a conference of American Jewish leaders in Jerusalem on Sunday. “Hamas has a choice. They can surrender, release the hostages and the civilians of Gaza can celebrate the feast of Ramadan,” he added.

Having so far ignored the warnings of his Western allies, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu seems more determined than ever to continue the war against Hamas, reaffirming on February 9 that he was aiming for “total victory”. On February 17 he said that foreign countries calling on Israel to spare the city were effectively telling the country to “lose the war” against Hamas.

Tags: EGYPT, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Hold on tight, folks, because there’s talk of an economic storm on the horizon. According to Paul Dietrich, the chief investment strategist of B. Riley Wealth, a recession in 2024 could burst the biggest stock bubble since the dot-com craze. And it’s not just a small pop – we’re talking about a potential 40% crash in the stock market.

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A Guardian writer has hit back at the newspaper for failing to disclose a cat killer who murdered a stranger was transgender.

Journalist Louise Tickle accused the newspaper of “deceiving its readers” after it failed to mention Scarlet Blake was a trans woman.

The 26-year-old was found guilty last week of murdering Jorge Martin Carreno in July 2021 on his way home from a night out.

The incident took place four months after Blake replicated the Netflix documentary, Don’t F*** With Cats, by killing a cat using a blender.

In an open letter to Guardian editor Katharine Viner, Tickle said: “I’ve contributed to the Guardian for nearly two and a half decades.

“But as a result of an utterly dismaying news piece published on Friday, I cannot do so again until I’m confident that the Guardian is able to demonstrate that its reporters, editors and management understand what constitutes a fact, and stops deceiving its readers.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS
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Something odd is taking place in the oil market. While on one hand "data" dissembled by Biden's Dept of Energy and specifically its statistical arm, the Energy Information Administration, has done everything it could to indicate there is a glut of oil, which is understandable - there is nothing Biden's handlers fear more than an inflationary surge in oil and gasoline prices ahead of the November elections and will do everything in their power to mandate a dataset that has the most adverse impact on oil prices, the physical market is sending just the opposite signal, with spreads showing screaming physical tightness.

Consider the Brent prompt spread which after tumbling to a multi-year low in late December, has exploded higher to a backwardation around 90 cents...

... entrenching its strongest position since late October, while several other timespreads also the firmest since last September. The comparable WTI April-May spread was trading around 50 cents after hitting 75 cents last week.

Commenting on the surge in time-spreads, Citi strategist Max Leyton - who is far less bearish than oil permabear Ed Morse who recently left the bank - says they strengthened on the “perfect storm” of Atlantic Basin supply issues, and notes that supply issues include “ongoing Red Sea vessel diversions, US freeze-offs hitting oil output, worker protests disrupting Libyan supply, UK oil terminal logistics limiting North Sea Forties supply, and buying up of crude cargoes at the Nigerian Dangote refinery."

“Most of these issues could ease,” and the second quarter “still looks like a surplus quarter for total oil balances, meaning current strength could pause.” Of course, the current strength could very well accelerate if there is even one small geopolitical hiccup in the middle east where nobody expects any surprises, and where all eyes remain on how much more of its bitch Iran can make Biden, before even the US president is forced to retaliate even if it means 4mm barrels taken off the daily market.

Claire's Observations:  IF you drive a car powered by gasoline, please, when your fuel indicator shows that the tank is "half full",  fill it completely.  Although I know this may sound wasteful,  but if the "excrement hits the ventilation shaft", either through war or sudden economic scarcity, having your tank full, means that you can get to where you believe you need to go, to get to safety. Please encourage those you care about, to do so as well.

With "Uniparty warmongers" very much in control of this government, Heaven only knows what they are capable of doing to allegedly "save the republic". Such desperate acts may well include the suspension of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights; and a return to the draft, coupled with COMPLETE censorship of all US news.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, GULF/OTHER OIL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Before the world had even heard of the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19), Prof. Ralph Baric, PhD, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) knew about it, having received prototype mRNA (modRNA) “vaccines” from none other than Moderna.

Newly unearthed documents that were supposed to remain confidential show that Cambridge, Mass.-based Moderna sent the prototype vials to UNC several weeks before COVID was announced to the world. Baric signed the material transfer agreement for them on Dec. 12, 2019, followed by a signature from Jacqueline Quay, Director of Licensing and Innovation Support at UNC, on Dec. 16, 2019.

Two representatives from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), the federal agency that was then headed up by Tony Fauci under the umbrella of the then-Francis Collins-led National Institutes of Health (NIH), also signed the agreement. One was Amy F. Petrik, PhD, a technology transfer specialist, and the other was Barney Graham, MD, PhD, an investigator.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Hurley raises the key point:

The timing of Herridge’s termination immediately raised suspicions in Washington. She was pursuing stories that were unwelcomed by the Biden White House including…the Biden corruption scandal and the Hunter Biden laptop. She continued to pursue these stories despite reports of pushback from CBS executives, including CBS News President Ingrid Ciprian-Matthews.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Too few Americans are qualified for the jobs available. Male working-age labor-force participation is at Depression-era lows. Opioid abuse is widespread. Homicidal violence plagues inner cities. Almost half of all children are born out of wedlock, and even more are raised by single mothers. Many college students lack basic skills, and high school students rank below those from two dozen other countries.

The causes of these phenomena are multiple and complex, but implicated in these and other maladies is the breakdown of the country's bourgeois culture.

That culture laid out the script we all were supposed to follow: Get married before you have children and strive to stay married for their sake. Get the education you need for gainful employment, work hard, and avoid idleness. Go the extra mile for your employer or client. Be a patriot, ready to serve the country. Be neighborly, civic-minded, and charitable. Avoid coarse language in public. Be respectful of authority. Eschew substance abuse and crime.

These basic cultural precepts reigned from the late 1940s to the mid-1960s. They could be followed by people of all backgrounds and abilities, especially when backed up by almost universal endorsement. Adherence was a major contributor to the productivity, educational gains, and social coherence of that period.

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Chlormequat, a pesticide linked to reproductive and developmental issues in animals, is garnering attention after a study showed that it was prevalent in a number of oat-based foods. 

This includes brand names like Cheerios and Quaker Oats.

In a recent peer-reviewed study published in the Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology, Environmental Working Group (EWG) scientists studied the levels of chlormequat in oat- and wheat-based products purchased in the U.S. in 2022 and 2023. What they found was "detectable levels of chlormequat in all but two of 25 conventional oat-based products." 

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What Politico reporter Heidi Przybyla said revealed more about the left’s agenda than conservatives’. She claimed that “Christian Nationalists” are so “dangerous” because they believe their rights come from God—not the government or any “earthly authority.”

She said this belief was so dangerous because it puts “natural law” above the progressive left’s agenda of pushing abortion, sex education in schools, IVF, and gay marriage. She is admitting that the left’s plan includes pushing ideas that run counter to traditional, Christian views.

And that faith in God is an obstacle to the left’s plans to impose its agenda onto Americans.

Well, she’s true about that. The left sees Christianity as a problem. And the view that God gives us rights, not the government, poses a huge threat to the left’s ideology, that Americans must submit to their demands (see: COVID).

Przybyla was fundamentally wrong in condemning “Christian nationalists,” of course. Because this view that God gives Americans their rights is not an “extremist” view, but the very view of the Founding Fathers.

The Declaration of Independence makes that abundantly clear. And users online hammered Przybyla for seemingly ignoring that foundation document. Perhaps Przybyla is hoping her viewers don’t know anything about the Declaration of Independence or the Bill of Rights.

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A group of House Democrats has openly declared their reluctance to certify a potential win by Donald Trump, invoking the 14th Amendment and labeling him an insurrectionist. This bold move underscores the deep divisions within American politics and signals a contentious battle ahead.

Key Points:

  • A number of prominent Democrats, including Reps. James Clyburn, Jamie Raskin, Adam Schiff, and Eric Swalwell, have expressed doubts about certifying Trump should he secure a victory in 2024.
  • The potential blockade hinges on the 14th Amendment, historically enacted to prevent former Confederates from holding public office, now being interpreted to challenge Trump’s eligibility.
  • The Supreme Court’s recent hearings on Trump v. Anderson could play a crucial role in determining Trump’s eligibility to run, with the justices showing skepticism towards barring him based on the 14th Amendment.

This stance by House Democrats is not just about preventing one man from taking office; it’s a reflection of the larger ideological battle at the heart of American democracy. The implications of such a move are far-reaching, raising questions about the integrity of the electoral process and the very foundations of democratic governance.

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But there's an important caveat to the fresh reporting. While Iran's enriched uranium is at this significantly higher level compared to 2015, the IAEA says the last several months have actually seen a reduction of its overall stockpile

Iran reduced its stockpile of near weapons-grade nuclear material over the past 3½ months, the United Nations’ atomic watchdog said Monday, a surprise step likely to be welcomed by Western countries who have been alarmed by Iran’s buildup of highly enriched nuclear fuel.

Iran still has enough near-weapons grade material to fuel almost three nuclear weapons, underlining its status as a threshold nuclear-weapon state. However, by diluting some of its 60% enriched uranium in recent weeks to lower-grade material, its stockpile fell for the first time since it started producing the 60% nuclear fuel in 2021.

 

Webmaster addition: BULL BISCUITS! 60% is not "near weapons-grade". Weapons-grade is above 90%. And we have been hearing claims that Iran is within weeks of having a nuclear weapon going back 30 years! Remember how we were lied to about Saddam's WMDs, or Assad gassing his own people, or how Putin blew up his own pipeline? 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Authored by Frank Fang via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

The State Department is expressing concerns about recent mass arrests of Tibetans in China, after the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) launched a sweeping crackdown against the ethnic group over their peaceful protests against the construction of a hydropower dam.

More than 1,000 Tibetans, including monks, were arrested in China on Friday, according to rights group International Tibet Network. The crackdown took place at Derge, a town in Dege County in Kardze Tibetan Autonomous Prefecture in southwestern China’s Sichuan Province.

According to the rights groups, the dam construction project will forcibly displace residents of two villages and submerge six monasteries.

The current status of those arrested is currently unknown,” it stated, before adding that those arrested were held at different locations throughout Dege County.

“Deeply concerned by reports of the PRC’s [People’s Republic of China] mass arrests of Tibetans protesting construction of a dam that threatens displacement of villages & destruction of monasteries,” said Uzra Zeya, undersecretary of state for civilian security, democracy, and human rights, in an X post on Feb. 25.

Claire's Observations:  Notice how the only sign we can see, reads in perfect English?!?  One has to wonder; did pro-American assets put these Tibetans up to this?!?

Tags: ASIA, CHINA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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An explosive device was detonated outside of the Alabama Attorney General’s office over the weekend.

According to reports, the explosive device was detonated early Saturday morning.

No one was injured in the explosion. No other details were immediately released.

 

Alabama Attorney General Steve Marshall (R) released a statement:

WSFA reported:

Attorney General Steve Marshall issued a statement today regarding the detonation of an explosive device located outside the Alabama Attorney General’s Office in Montgomery.

Attorney General Marshall stated, “In the early hours of Saturday, February 24, an explosive device was detonated outside of the Alabama Attorney General’s Office building in Montgomery. Thankfully, no staff or personnel were injured by the explosion. The Alabama Law Enforcement Agency will be leading the investigation, and we are urging anyone with information to contact them immediately.”

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Recent revelations have proved Russia had no choice but to extinguish the growing threat within Ukraine.

“We have been left no other option to protect Russia and our people but for the one that we will be forced to use today,” Russian President Vladimir Putin noted solemnly during his announcement of a special military operation in the Donbass. “The situation requires us to take decisive and immediate action.”

“The course of events and the incoming information show that Russia’s clash with these forces is inevitable,” the president stressed.

Two years later, as Kiev’s bombs fall on Russian civilians and the US Central Intelligence Agency boasts of a 10-year presence in Ukraine, the wisdom of Putin’s response is clear according to security analyst Mark Sleboda.

“We just had over the weekend an extensive article in The New York Times about how involved the CIA has been for the last decade and is involved in this conflict in secret bunkers on the Russian border from which they are directing attacks into Russia,” said Sleboda on Sputnik’s Fault Lines program on Monday. “You know, far more than just passive intelligence.”

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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George Soros looks set to control radio company Audacy and its more than 220 stations nationwide, stoking fears of an ultra-progressive billionaire having a megaphone during the 2024 election.

Soros Fund Management has bought up more than $400 million of the radio and podcast company's highest-ranking debt, bankruptcy court filings show.

That would make Soros' investment firm the biggest shareholder when Audacy emerges from bankruptcy.

Audacy is the nation's second-largest radio broadcaster behind iHeartMedia.

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As Statista's Martin Armstrong shows in the chart below, thanks chiefly to the €77.2 billion in pledged financial aid, European Union institutions are the largest aid donors to Ukraine.

This is based on data from the IfW Kiel Ukraine Support Tracker which currently covers the period January 24, 2022 to January 15, 2024.

Ukraine's largest military aid partner since the start of the war, the United States, has committed a total of €67.7 billion in aid when also considering financial and humanitarian support.

Germany, the United Kingdom and Denmark have been the next most significant pledgers of aid.

Infographic: The Countries Committing the Most Aid to Ukraine | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

..and with just a few 10s of billions more, they can achieve victory (for any definition of 'victory')?

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Threat Of Strike Looms Large Over East, Gulf Coast Ports

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by Tyler Durden

Tuesday, Feb 27, 2024 - 05:30 AM

By Michael Rudolph of FreightWaves,

There’s an increasing abundance of skittishness surrounding the future of East and Gulf Coast ports.

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The labor contract between the International Longshoremen’s Association and the United States Maritime Alliance (USMX) is set to expire at the end of September. The ILA represents some 70,000 dockworkers, while the USMX represents employers at 36 coastal ports — including three of the U.S.’s five busiest ports: the Port of New York and New Jersey, the Port of Savannah, Georgia, and the Port of Houston.

Contract negotiations between the ILA and the USMX began in February 2023 but quickly foundered on the issue of wage increases. Developments since then have not been promising.

"Talk of potential disruptions has increased"

In November, ILA leadership warned roughly 45,000 of its members to “prepare for the possibility of a coastwide strike in October 2024,” after the current master contract expires. ILA President Harold Daggett also cautioned that there is no chance of extending the current contract past the expiration date. 

In other words, ILA dockworkers are fully prepared to swap pallet jacks for picket signs come Oct. 1.

Unsurprisingly, these threats unnerved trade associations like the National Retail Federation, which have actively voiced their desire to facilitate negotiations between the two parties. NRF President and CEO Matthew Shay, in a January letter, expressed concern “that the discussions have been on hold for months and talk of potential disruptions has increased.

Claire's Observations:  And notice the timing here; potentially, right before November's elections (IF, in fact, they are allowed to proceed!)

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A Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) student has created a device that allows humans to communicate with machines using our minds – and it truly is incredible.

Arnav Kapur created a device called AlterEgo, which is a wearable type of headset that allows users to communicate with technology without even speaking a word. So how does it work?

The device records signals when the user hears or thinks of a particular word. This information is then sent to machines which use the internet to find the answer.

It’s kind of like having Google in your head, which is pretty damn incredible. Without speaking, typing or doing anything at all, the device is able to search the internet for the correct answer before feeding back the information via skull vibrations into the inner ear.

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Aerial and satellite footage showed more than 2,000 aid trucks stacked on the Egyptian side of the southern Palestinian city of Rafah, Al Jazeera TV reported on Sunday.

The footage was recorded on 22 February, the channel said.

It showed aid convoys lined up on the Egyptian side while Palestinians on the other side were "struggling with famine and severe malnutrition", Al Jazeera's report said.

The outlet estimated that the trucks were carrying around 20 tonnes of aid each, enough to feed more than two million people in the besieged enclave.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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