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Three passengers who were on Alaska Airlines Flight 1282 when a door flew out midair are suing Boeing for $1 billion.

Attorney Jonathan Johnson stated that Kyle Rinker and his girlfriend Amanda Strickland were seated just two rows diagonally behind the teenager who had his shirt sucked off when the door plug flew off in January on the Boeing 737 MAX 9 jet.

Also included in the lawsuit filed in Multnomah County, Oregon, late last month is Kevin Kwok, who was seated next to the two people.

“This is mostly about the systemic problems at Boeing, which is jeopardizing the lives of the entire traveling public who travel on Boeing aircraft,” Johnson told the press. “They should not be trusting luck to avoid a planeload of people being killed.”

According to Rinker, about five minutes into the flight “we heard the loud pop. We were just sitting there trying to relax … and then, that thing just happened. The oxygen masks come down, just like, ‘Oh, wow, something’s going on. We gotta get these on.’”

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An esteemed molecular biologist has come forward to warn of "smoking gun" evidence that COVID-19 not only originated from China’s Wuhan Institute of Virology, but it was engineered by researchers at the Chinese lab.

Richard H. Ebright, Ph.D., is a molecular biologist at Rutgers University and is on the Board of Governors Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Rutgers University and Laboratory Director at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology. The Harvard Junior Fellow earned the Searle Scholar Award, was named a Johnson & Johnson Discovery Research Fellow, was awarded the Walter J. Johnson Prize, was named Infectious Diseases Society of America Fellow, and took home the National Institutes of Health MERIT Award.

Ebright has also served on the National Institutes of Health Molecular Biology Study Section and National Institutes of Health special emphasis panels.

He has more than 175 publications and more than 40 issued and pending patents.

Tags: CHINA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The genocidal Zionist war against the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip has been ongoing for nearly four months without the occupation state achieving any of its stated goals. It has not eliminated Hamas, and has not been able to liberate the Israelis held hostage by the movement. Instead, some of them have been killed by Israeli bombs and bullets during the brutal onslaught against the Palestinians.

The occupation forces have even failed to force the Palestinians to flee from their homes across the border into Egypt, despite Israel’s murderous “encouragement to leave voluntarily”. The displacement of Palestinians from Gaza has been a dream of the Zionists since the time of David Ben-Gurion, Israel’s first prime minister. The Palestinians learned their lesson from the first Nakba and know that if they leave their blessed land they will probably never be allowed to return, despite it being the right of all refugees to return to their land; a right that Israel has never allowed the Palestinians to fulfil. They have also learnt that the Israeli enemy is not invincible.

Moreover, Israel has failed to win the media war; its propaganda has been exposed as lies time and time again, and its killing of tens of thousands of civilians — most of them children and women — has disgusted people around the world. And despite the huge difference in weaponry and military technology in favour of the apartheid state, it has been unable to defeat the stubborn resistance of the Palestinians who are using largely self-developed weapons and have an unshakeable faith in the Almighty, their legitimacy and their rights. Video evidence of the fighting, as well as of the captives, intensifies the psychological and popular pressure on the far-right government of Benjamin Netanyahu, killing his hope of creating the impression that Israel is winning.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A Hamas delegation arrived in Cairo on Sunday for hostage deal talks, but Israel has boycotted the negotiations.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu broke off hostage deal talks because Hamas did not provide a list of all the living Israeli hostages. Sources in Israel’s security cabinet criticized Netanyahu’s demand in comments to Haaretz.

“As with the previous deal, one could assume there would eventually be proper lists of the hostages and of those no longer living. This didn’t need to be made into a deal-breaker for advancing the negotiations,” one source said.

The potential deal that’s on the table is for Hamas to release about 40 Israeli hostages in exchange for a six-week ceasefire and the release of hundreds of Palestinian prisoners. Hamas has been seeking a permanent ceasefire and Israeli withdrawal from Gaza, but there were signs on Sunday that the Palestinian group may be more flexible on its demands.

A senior Hamas source told Lebanon’s Al Mayadeen that a deal could be reached soon despite “obstacles” being put in the way by Israel. “Despite these obstacles, the possibility of reaching an agreement is still viable, especially as the occupation is being dealt heavy blows in Khan Younis and al-Zaytoun neighborhood,” the Hamas source said.

Citing Arab media, Haaretz reported a Hamas source said the group could be flexible on the length of the ceasefire and the number of Palestinian prisoners that will be released. But both Hamas sources said they are standing firm on two conditions: Israel allowing displaced Palestinians to return to northern Gaza and the delivery of much more aid to the north.

Claire's Observations:  Netanyahu isn't talking cease-fire, because he doesn't believe, at this point, he has to.  

Egypt has been "bought" with a ginormous $2 billion dollar "loan" (read:  bribe) from the IMF, and has "deigned" to put tent encampments up in the Sinai, for those Palestinians left breathing, after Israel's Palestinian genocide in Gaza. 

Of course, most of this money will most probably be "siphoned off" by President El-Sisi and his minions, but DAMN, it's going to "look good/accountable" to the IMF bureaucrats who read it!! 

 

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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In the heart of Arizona, a fourth-generation rancher named John Ladd has been grappling with the harsh realities of the border crisis under President Joe Biden's administration.

His 1,600-acre ranch, which stretches 10.5 miles along the southern border, has become a grim testament to the crisis, with 17 dead bodies, so-called 'rape trees,' and illegal immigrants found on his property.

Ladd, 68, has been vocal about the border crisis, expressing his concerns about the Biden administration's policies, which he believes favor illegal immigrants over American citizens. "That's a rape tree," Ladd revealed to The Daily Mail, referring to a tree on his property adorned with women's underwear, a chilling symbol used by cartel smugglers. "Almost all the women who come across get raped by their guides, who then throw their underwear in the trees," he added.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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In a significant move, the Florida House of Representatives, under Republican control, approved a bill on Friday that proposes to reduce the minimum age for purchasing a firearm from 21 to 18.

The bill, HB 1223, also known as "Minimum Age for Firearm Purchase or Transfer," was passed with a 76-35 majority. The legislation, initially sponsored by Republican Representatives Bobby Payne and Tyler Sirois, will now proceed to the state Senate for further deliberation.

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An ear-shattering, harrowing sharp noise has been blaring throughout the Washington DC  Correctional Treatment Facility for weeks where January 6 political prisoners are detained.

J6 defendants housed in C3A, the cell block known as the Patriot Pod in the DC gulag where J6ers are segregated from the general population, called The Gateway Pundit urging the American people to demand oversight of the jail from US Marshals and members of Congress.

As TGP has reported, J6ers have been brutalized and tortured for exposing the corruption within the Bureau of Prisons System and the Department of Justice to the media. In February, two political prisoners were ripped from their cells, abducted and transferred to the country’s most hostile anti-Trump correctional facilities and barred from communication for regularly speaking out.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES
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A lot of people have been waiting for a meltdown of America’s financial system, but the truth is that it is already in the process of melting down.  As you will see below, the size of the monetary base in the United States has gotten more than six times larger since 2008.  If we continue down this road, it won’t be too long before we start looking like Germany during the Weimar Republic.  But if we stop creating money at a feverish rate, we won’t be able to service our debts and we will plunge into a very deep economic depression.  Those that run things desperately want to avoid short-term economic pain, and so they just continue to take the easy way out.  Unfortunately, taking the easy way out time after time will only lead to heartache.

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A headteacher has unleashed fury after she dumped the names of two British naval heroes from school buildings, saying they don't 'represent the values and inclusive nature' of the school.

Parents at the elite £17,000-a-year Exeter School in Devon were told Elizabethan-age heroes Sir Walter Raleigh and Sir Francis Drake had 'less than positive connotations' in modern times and would be scrapped.

The important historical figures led expeditions to the Americas and helped defeat the Spanish Armada.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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On Thursday, President Joe Biden, accompanied by several top-ranking officials, made a visit to the southern border in Brownsville, Texas.

Notably absent from the delegation was Vice President Kamala Harris.

The President's visit to Brownsville followed a series of meetings with Border Patrol, local law enforcement, and community leaders. In his address, Biden called on Republicans to support a bipartisan Senate bill he believes could provide a solution to the escalating crisis at the southern border. "It's real simple, it's time to act, it is long past time to act," the President declared. "It's time for us to move on this, we can't wait any longer."

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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According to a recent news statement, New York Attorney General Letitia James ordered that Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman lift a ban on transgender athletes participating in women’s and girls’ sports, calling the rule a “discriminatory and transphobic executive order.”

On Friday, the attorney general of New York blasted a Long Island lawmaker with a cease-and-desist letter for releasing an executive order that was deemed “discriminatory and transphobic” and aimed to prevent transgender athletes from participating in sports.

Bruce Blakeman, the executive of Nassau County, was given an order by James to “immediately rescind” it because she believes it violates New York law by discriminating against individuals based on their sex, gender, or identity.

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A federal judge has upheld provisions in Arizona voting laws that require voters to provide proof of U.S. citizenship to vote in elections.

U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton ruled Thursday that the legislation requiring tighter voting restrictions did not discriminate or violate civil rights.

“Considering the evidence as a whole, the court concludes that Arizona’s interests in preventing non-citizens from voting and promoting public confidence in Arizona’s elections outweighs the limited burden voters might encounter when required to provide (documentary proof of citizenship),” Bolton wrote, according to ABC News.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
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Shehbaz Sharif, the chairman of the PML-N party (Pakistan Muslim League-N), has been elected as the new prime minister of Pakistan by lawmakers in Pakistan's National Assembly on Sunday, according to national broadcasters.

This will be the 72 year-old Sharif's (who is brother of Nawaz Sharif) second time to lead the country as prime minister, having previously been in office between April 2022 and August 2023. He's entering office for a five year term.

New Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, via PTI

Sharif said in his acceptance speech after a tumultuous and at times violent election season, "We were subjected to political victimization in the past but never took any revenge." This appeared to be a shot at former PM Imran Khan, but without naming him directly.

Sharif had secured 201 parliamentary votes to become the clear victor over rival Omar Ayub (at 92 votes), who significantly had the backing of Imran Khan's Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party. Khan has been urging on his political movement and allies, candidates which were forced to run on independent platforms, from jail.

Khan's party has repeatedly claimed that the election "was stolen during the vote count" but the Election Commission vehemently denies this charge.

The Associated Press writes of the past weeks since the early February election, "Following days of negotiations, Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party and his supporters formed an alliance after the Feb. 8 election, which was overshadowed by militant violence, a nationwide mobile phone shutdown, Khan's exclusion from the vote, and an unusual delay in announcing the result." This delay was used of Khan's party to issue charges of vote rigging and corruption.

Opponents made their anger known during new PM Sharif's acceptance speech before parliament, per the AP:

Holding portraits of Khan, some lawmakers stood in front of Sharif when he began his speech, shouting “vote thief” and “shame.” Sharif denounced their actions, saying they were causing chaos in parliament. He also said they should present their evidence of vote rigging to the "relevant authorities".

Claire's Observations: So, what if the "relevant authorities" have already been bought, and the proverbial "fix is in"?!?

And to those in  US authority who are "high fiving" this outcome, because Sharif was the guy they wanted in power, you may have just purchased yourself a revolution in Pakistan, the outcome of which is a country which becomes  very China-Centric  and Russia-centric.   

And God forbid, anything happens to Khan while he is in prison:  that will be an accelerant to a fire which the Pakistani government/military forces will  barely be able to quench, even with US "help"

 

 

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, PAKISTAN/ INDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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It was the tongue that stopped me cold. The tongue and the savage, shit-eating grin on the soldier’s face as he and his buddy mug for the camera. Look at us! Look what we found. It’s a bra, a woman’s bra, a Palestinian woman’s bra left in a home she was forced to flee. And now it’s ours, and we’re going to play with it because we can, and we’re going to take it on the street and pose with it and show the world who we are, frat boys pumped for genocide. 

There is something unspeakably vile and infantile about the images of Israeli troops circulating on social media showing them posing for pictures with intimate apparel pilfered from the bedrooms of Gazan women. Amid the daily onslaught of murder, deprivation, and forced starvation, not to mention images of mutilated Palestinian children, here are Israeli soldiers beside themselves with self-congratulatory glee, gallivanting around snatching bras and ogling panties.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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For the best part of a decade now, the British establishment has been weaponising antisemitism against critics of Israel, claiming as its biggest scalp the former Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn.

He lost the 2019 general election - and stepped down as leader - amid a barrage of smears that he had indulged, if not stoked, antisemitism in the party’s wider ranks.

Corbyn is the only major British party leader to have prioritised the rights of Palestinians over Israel’s oppression of them. He was finally drummed out of the parliamentary party by his successor, Keir Starmer, in 2020 for pointing out that antisemitism in Labour had been "dramatically overstated for political reasons".

Last week, that same establishment campaign plumbed new depths. Now it is not just the left wing of the Labour Party - traditionally critical of Israel for its decades of oppressing Palestinians - facing demonisation. Large parts of the British public are finding themselves being smeared too - and for the same reason.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Donald Trump continues to score victories in Republican caucuses and primary elections. After his convincing wins in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Nevada, he went on to beat his remaining opponent Nikki Haley by a 60-40 margin in South Carolina. 

This victory in the ‘Palmetto state’ is his most impressive to date. It was an open primary, which means that voters with other party affiliations than Republican were allowed to vote in it. Since Nikki Haley’s very raison-d’être as a candidate is that she is not Trump, it was predictable that she would rally big numbers of Democrats and independents behind her. 

To the extent that she did, it was nowhere near enough to rock Trump: while almost 300,000 people voted for her, the former president got 452,000 votes. 

His victory is all the more impressive given that Haley lost in the state where she was twice elected governor. If there was one place where she should have won, it was South Carolina. Apparently, voters of all party affiliations were generally unimpressed with her tenure as the state’s chief executive officer. 

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A recently leaked recording of senior German officers discussing a potential attack on the Crimean Bridge leaves no doubt that Berlin is preparing for a military conflict with Moscow, the former Russian president, Dmitry Medvedev, warned on his Telegram channel on Sunday.

Medvedev, who is currently deputy head of the Russian Security Council, was commenting on audio that surfaced earlier this week. The story was broken on Friday by RT Editor-in-Chief Margarita Simonyan, who said she had received the recording from Russian security officials.

The 38-minute-long recording, reportedly from February 19, contained a conversation between four officers of the German Air Force, including its commander, Lt. Gen. Ingo Gerhartz. They were discussing operational and targeting details of Taurus long-range missiles which Berlin was considering supplying to Kiev. The officers particularly explored the option of the missiles being used against the Crimean Bridge and spoke about maintaining plausible deniability in the event of such an attack.

Tags: GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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An Israeli lawmaker has suggested that his government will take a harder line against Russia by boosting its support for Ukraine because it sees Moscow as somehow involved in the Hamas war against West Jerusalem.

“Israel will take a more aggressive stance against Russia,” MP Amir Weitmann told US media outlet Business Insider in an article published on Saturday. He added that amid its current battle with Hamas, his government doesn’t have munitions to spare, but if the war in Gaza ends before the conflict in Ukraine, “Israeli weapons would find their way” to Kiev.

Weitmann made his comments in response to plans by Israel – revealed on Wednesday at the UN – to provide an early warning system to help Kiev counter Russian airstrikes and drone attacks. The announcement by Gilad Erdan, Israel’s permanent representative to the UN, did not “come out of the blue,” the lawmaker said.

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How much more are you spending on food each month compared to two or three years ago?  In recent years, our leaders have been flooding the system with money at the same time that global supplies of food have been getting tighter and tighter.  On the other side of the world, hundreds of millions of people do not have enough food to eat on a regular basis and children are literally dropping dead from starvation.  Here in the United States, nobody is dropping dead from starvation, but demand at food banks is absolutely exploding as U.S. households struggle to deal with how oppressively expensive groceries have become.  Unfortunately, things are about to get even worse.


 

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Authored by Daniel Kowalski via FEE.org,

The plot of Ayn Rand’s 1957 novel Atlas Shrugged can be briefly summed up as follows: the productive leaders and innovators of the country go on strike by disappearing from society to protest the cronyism, corruption, and oppressive taxes that have made living a virtuous life unbearable.

The nation is then on the brink of an economic collapse as the remaining politicians, intellectuals, and mediocre businessmen are only able to take from others and have no capability to create or add value. Atlas Shrugged is very popular with those whose views lean toward libertarianism, while those who lean to the left react to it like a vampire does to a crucifix, despite never even reading a page.

Concerningly, the state of California seems determined to bring Rand’s novel to life.

During the 20th century, California was the jewel of America. Beautiful weather, diverse landscapes, access to the Pacific Ocean, and other features made it the leading state of the nation. There is a saying that says “As California goes, so goes the nation” because to many Americans this seemed like the best place in the entire country to live and raise a family.

Things seem to have changed in the 21st century though. When times were good, the government of California grew and spent more money than it had. In the short term, most people ignored this problem, but as time went on the deficits grew and grew. By the year 2000, the government had run up a debt of $57 billion. Twenty-two years later that number had almost tripled to $145 billion dollars. Since California is a state and not a nation they couldn’t print money to make up for the downfall, so their only options were to either cut spending or raise taxes. They chose the latter.

For state income taxes, California has the highest rates in the entire nation. They also have a declining population, with a loss of more than half a million people since a peak population of 39.5 million in 2019—and they did not all die of Covid. The majority are people who left to live in other states that did not have oppressive taxes and draconian Covid restrictions.

While wise leaders might look at this indicator and see it as a sign that they should change course, wisdom seems to be in short supply for the political elite in this state. Rather than move towards freedom, they are instead moving to erode and attack property rights even more through the form of a wealth tax. Of course, the people proposing this are trying to sell the idea to the public by saying only the super wealthy will be on the hook for this. The rest of us in the ninety-percent will benefit thanks to the rich paying their “fair share”.

The 16th amendment was sold to the American people under this promise too, and had people back then known that income taxes would lead to the system we have today, where the majority of the people use the majority of their income to pay taxes (federal, state, local, property, sales, etc), then this proposal would have been dead on arrival. Today’s politicians are trying to use the same tricks to pass a wealth tax, but the difference between now and then is that now we should know better.

What makes California’s proposed wealth tax even more disturbing is that they wish to still collect the tax for years after a person moves out of the state, like a feudal lord persecuting a serf for moving off his land.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, TAXES
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It’s already being used to save lives and catch criminals in the act.

Orange County just got online, but the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has been on board for a year now.

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It’s already being used to save lives and catch criminals in the act.

Orange County just got online, but the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office has been on board for a year now.

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