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"Organized Christianity has probably done more to retard the ideals that were its founder's than any other agency in the world." -- Richard Le Gallienne
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has claimed that there was no known association between heart inflammation and COVID-19 vaccines as late as October 2021.
CDC officials made the claim, which is false, in response to a Freedom of Information Act request for reports from a CDC team that is focused on analyzing the risk of post-vaccination myocarditis and pericarditis, two forms of heart inflammation. Both began detected at higher-than-expected rates after COVID-19 vaccination in the spring of 2021.
A Chinese military official warned that a "real war" with Taiwan could break out anytime. Beijing announced additional actions to punish Taiwan and the US in response to Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi’s visit to Taipei.
The Chinese government claims Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan violated the "One China" policy that has defined the relationship between Washington, Beijing and Taipei for the past several decades. The past three administrations in the White House have taken an increasingly aggressive posture toward China.
In 2011, President Barack Obama announced the "pivot to Asia" and began increasing America’s military presence in waters claimed by China. President Donald Trump named Beijing an official "competitor" to the US in the 2018 National Security Strategy. Since taking office just over a year and a half ago, Joe Biden has pledged to defend Taiwan on several occasions.
The Biden administration is reportedly about to send $1 billion more in US taxpayer funded aid to Ukraine, in what will be one of the largest packages so far, Reuters reports.
Ukrainian servicemen load a truck with the FGM-148 Javelin, American made-portable anti-tank missiles provided by U.S. to Ukraine, at Kyiv's airport Boryspil on Feb. 11.Sergei Supinsky / AFP via Getty Images file
The aid will include munitions for long-range weapons and armored transport vehicles, according to three anonymous sources, who added that the package had not yet been signed by President Biden, and could change in value and content before it's a done deal. As it currently stands, the assistance includes munitions for HIMARS, NASAMS surface-to-air-missile system ammunition, and up to 50 M113 armored medical transports.
As Reuters notes, the latest assistance - which could come as early as Monday - would bring the total amount given by the Biden administration to $8.8 billion (or 9 fired Ukrainian prosecutors, if one rounds up), since Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24.
The United States' closest regional partner and member of the "Five Eyes" intelligence-sharing relationship Australia on Friday condemned China's "destabilizing" actions in holding live fire drills surrounding Taiwan, most importantly the launching of ballistic missiles over the island.
"These exercises are disproportionate and destabilizing," Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong said in a statement on Friday. "This is a serious matter for the region, including for our close strategic partner, Japan," she added in reference to the "Quad" group, which in addition to the US, Australia and Japan includes the large economy of India.
The flood of illegal immigrants that have entered the United States in the past several decades has contributed to the rise in drugs and drug addiction inside the country, former national security adviser and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn says.
“We have a domestic problem that is fueled by large, large numbers of deadly drugs and large amounts of money,” Flynn said on EpochTV’s “Facts Matter” program.
The illegal immigration crisis has reached unprecedented levels under President Joe Biden, with the United States setting new records for illegal alien arrests at the U.S.–Mexico border for both a calendar year and a fiscal year. But the problem goes back 25 years, and has spanned administrations of both parties, said Flynn, who was the national security adviser under President Donald Trump.
If even just 10 percent of the illegal immigrants are criminals, that means a force that’s larger than the entire U.S. Marine Corps has illegally entered the country in recent years, Flynn said.
German officials are concerned that high fuel prices will lead to a revival of the lockdown-era protests that brought a mixture of extremists, conspiracy theorists and frustrated ordinary citizens on to the streets.
Interior Minister Nancy Faeser said extremists looking to win support could make runaway household bills their new cause after nearly all coronavirus restrictions were lifted.
“There is a danger that those who showed their contempt for democracy during the pandemic, and were often together with right-wing extremists, will try to exploit rising prices as a new means of mobilisation,” she told Handelsblatt newspaper.
Hunter Biden was involved in a 2018 project by Burisma Holdings to export grain from Ukraine to China, a document from his abandoned laptop shows.
The scandal-scarred first son’s signature was among those on a Burisma board resolution dated July 27, 2018 that concerned the “Sino Ukraine Silk Road Grain Port” project.
In addition to Hunter, seven other members of Burisma’s board of directors authorized their adviser, Vadym Pozharskyi, to “represent with all Chinese Potential Shareholders for development, negotiation, and contracting issues as well as operation management of the project ‘Sino Ukraine Silk Road Grain Port’.”
Former CIA officer Joseph Cofer Black, a fellow Burisma board member, was also among those who signed off on the project, the document shows.
Threats related to the activities of US biolabs have come to the attention of international organizations due to the special military operation, Chief of Russia’s Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Protection Troops Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov said on Thursday.
"Due to the special military operation, threats related to the activities of US biological facilities have come to the attention of many international and governmental organizations," Kirillov said.
He pointed to mass demonstrations against Pentagon-funded biolabs that took place in a number of countries around the world. Civic organizations of the Eurasian Economic Union adopted a resolution on the closure of such facilities.
As the snake devours its own tail, SJW ideology reaps its karma.
The façade is crumbling because it lacks any foundation. The SJW house — built on weird, self-contradictory, incoherent academic dogma — victimizes itself with its own inertia.
Such ideologically-driven social engineering endeavors fail, on a long enough timeline, without exception. The principal cause is that they are not rooted in material reality. Nor do they justify themselves. Nor are their abstract theories sufficiently tested in real-world conditions.
The SJW phenomenon went supernova circa 2014, and is now in the process of imploding into a black hole. The star that burns twice as bright, as the expression goes, burns half as long. The quickening is palpable.
No previously untouchable protected minority – not Anne Frank nor the diverse pale-skin LGBTQ+++© sexual minorities – is immune from the SJW cannibalism.
Similar in function to the military-industrial complex, SJW ideology depends on the continual advent of new enemies to maintain its vitality.
The framing of the white heterosexual, Christian man as the devil is now passé. That horse has been beaten to death, and no longer satisfies the SJW bloodlust. The mob requires newer adversaries in the out-group to be hated at ever-greater intensities.
The absurdity accelerates towards the point that, in the near future, the only “marginalized” voice deemed worthy of consideration will be that of an ultra-intersectional BIPOC, genderqueer, non-binary, neurodivergent, disabled, non-binary transgender lesbian furry.
The woman below in blue lipstick and some sort of Kentucky Derby/Harry Potter hat with a matching doo rag (both an aesthetic win and a sure sign of mental stability) explains. White women don’t get to have opinions about the recent Roe vs. Wade overturn.
Washington's use of military-biological developments in Latin American countries has become possible thanks to impunity, Chief of Russian Radiation, Chemical and Biological Protection Force Igor Kirillov said on Thursday.
"<...> Impunity has contributed to further use of military and biological weapons by Washington in Latin America, including for the elimination of undesirable political figures," Kirillov said, referring to documentary evidence of US use of biological weapons in Cuba.
In particular, Kirillov described the deliberate spread of dengue, African swine fever and economically important crop diseases on Cuban territory.
As an example, he recalled that in 1997 the Cuban government brought to the attention of the global community the fact that the US had violated the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). The charges were based on the testimony of a Cuban pilot who documented an American plane spraying a biological agent, palm thrips, that could harm one of Cuba's key agricultural industries.
According to Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, documents seized during Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine prove that since 2019, USAID and its key contractor, the Labyrinth Ukraine company, have been involved in the United States’ military biological program
I recently witnessed the exhumation of human remains from a mass grave that contains more than 200 bodies. It was a profound and profoundly disturbing experience. Each body in this grave represents an unnecessary and unjust death, a murder, and each of these more than 200 murders can never be forgotten or forgiven.
There is a message that cries out from these bones that must be heard and understood, and acted upon by all good people in the world. Otherwise, history will repeat itself, and again, the killers and the killing will continue, and more mass graves will be filled.
After seven years of war, a war that continues to this day, these 200 bodies are being exhumed from a mass grave that the war forced them into back in the summer of 2014, during the heaviest attacks and siege by the Ukrainian “punishers” against the people of Lugansk.
In those terrible days and nights of constant shelling and ever-present danger, there was no water or electricity, no safe place to process the bodies, no chance at all for a regular funeral. Only now are conditions and resources finally available to put these peaceful and innocent civilians, along with some of their heroic defenders, to rest with a proper burial.
All decent people must ask how mass graves (this is not the only one) came to be here, in Donbass, on the edge of Europe in the second decade of the 21st century. They must ask exactly who did this and why, not just who pulled the triggers, but even more importantly, who gave the orders, and they must demand to see justice done, to respect and understand history, and to prevent more mass graves from being filled with innocent civilians, not just here in Lugansk but throughout Europe and the world.
Ukraine’s President Zelensky is spooked and having a tough time hiding it. In remarks made on August 3rd, Zelensky is complaining that Europe is dragging its feet in supplying financial support to keep Ukraine afloat:
Zelensky then made a startling admission about who is winning the war in Ukraine:
“We still cannot break the advantage of the Russian army in artillery and in manpower, and this is very felt in the battles, especially in the Donbass – Peski, Avdiivka, and other directions. It’s just hell. It can’t even be described in words.”
Webmaster addition: Going into the midterms, Biden cannot afford a second loss after Afghanistan . Look for him to shift "the war" to eithewr China or Iran!
Joe Biden on Friday tested positive for Covid for the seventh day in a row.
79-year-old Joe Biden is still isolating at the White House.
Joe Biden on Friday signed two bills that will help punish people who committed fraud under the Covid relief fund programs.
Gas prices skyrocketed in the last year because of Joe Biden’s war on domestic energy.
On Friday Kamala Harris held a roundtable on abortion rights with Latina women.
During the video discussion, one participant argued for removing parental notifications for minors obtaining abortions.
Jones owns the Plaintiff’s attorney during defamation trial in Austin, Texas when asked about ‘conspiracies’ of government involvement in pedophilia… the courtroom reacts
A ranking Democrat has made a prediction about President Joe Biden’s future even as she walked back — somewhat — a previous statement.
On Tuesday, Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-N.Y.) said during an NY1 three-way debate for New York’s 12th Congressional District against Rep. Jerrold Nadler and attorney Suraj Patel of Biden: “I don’t believe he’s running for re-election,” according to the New York Post.
The question was then put to Nadler, “Should President Biden run again in 2024?” And while he was less direct, he also would not commit to backing Biden, the Democratic Party’s titular leader.
“It’s too early to say,” Nadler responded. “It doesn’t serve the purposes of the Democratic Party to deal with that until after the midterms.”
On Wednesday, Maloney walked back her remarks to a degree but was just as adamant about her prediction.
An enraged China has halted dialogue with the US on climate change, military issues and anti-drug work in invoked the murder of George Floyd as part of their retaliation for Nancy Pelosi's 'provocative' Taiwan visit -with diplomatic tensions reaching boiling point.
Earlier, Beijing decided to sanction House of Representatives Speaker Pelosi and her immediate family in response to her 'vicious' actions and after their military fired 11 ballistic missiles into the Taiwan Strait - with five landing in Japan's exclusion zone - and surrounded the island.
'Despite China's serious concerns and firm opposition, Pelosi insisted on visiting Taiwan, seriously interfering in China's internal affairs, undermining China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, trampling on the one-China policy, and threatening the peace and stability of the Taiwan Strait,' a foreign ministry spokesperson said in a statement.
A spokesman for the communist government then compared the United States' behavior to the slaying of George Floyd at the hands of cops in Minneapolis.
Hua Chunying wrote: 'We cannot allow the US to take itself as "world policeman" and treat other countries George Floyd whom it can bully and strangle at will.'
Russia is taking Ukraine's threat to retake the southern province of Kherson seriously, shifting forces from its eastern front to prepare for an expected Ukrainian assault to reclaim lost territory in the south.
“Ukraine is likely seizing the strategic initiative and forcing Russia to reallocate forces and reprioritize efforts,” says the latest assessment from the Institute for the Study of War. “Russian forces are increasingly transferring personnel and equipment to Kherson and western Zaporizhia Oblasts at the expense of their efforts to seize Slovyansk and Siversk, which they appear to have abandoned.”
“Russian forces are also redeploying military equipment — artillery and aviation in particular — to Crimea from elsewhere in Ukraine,” according to the Washington-based think tank. “Ukraine’s preparations for the counteroffensive in Kherson and the initial operations in that counteroffensive combined with the dramatic weakening of Russian forces generally appear to be allowing Ukraine to begin actively shaping the course of the war for the first time.”
On August 5, the Department of Defense denied D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser's request for the National Guard to help her with the thousands of illegal aliens that Texas Gov. Greg Abbott has bused into the city since April.
Kelly Bulliner Holly, the executive secretary of the DOD, responded to Bowser's July 19 letter to the office of Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin, writing: "After careful consideration the Department has concluded it cannot fulfill your request."
FBI Director Christopher Wray admitted Thursday the FBI agent in-charge of the Washington, D.C., field office is the same agent who was in charge of the Detroit field office when the FBI allegedly uncovered a plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).
What are the details?
During a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) pressed Wray over whether the same FBI agent who was in charge during the Whitmer incident is now in charge of the Jan. 6 investigations.
The alleged plot by far-right militia members to kidnap Whitmer has tarnished the FBI because many of the defendants essentially accuse the FBI of entrapment. To date, none of the defendants in the case have been convicted of any crime. Some have been acquitted at trial, while others are awaiting a new trial after a mistrial.
A group of Chinese companies are investigating why a commodities storage site in northern China is holding only one third of the copper concentrate they were financing, according to people familiar with the situation.
Traders from more than a dozen mostly state-owned firms gathered in Qinhuangdao city this week after becoming aware of the missing material following concerns into the borrower’s finances, said the people, who asked not to be identified as they aren’t authorized to speak publicly.
The group has a total claim on 300,000 tons of concentrate worth about 5 billion yuan ($740 million), but there’s only 100,000 tons at the depot, the people said. That puts the dollar value of the missing material at about $490 million.
The defamation trial of right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones made headlines this week, as the former Infowars host had to testify under oath about the lies he spread after the tragic 2012 attack at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut.
Among this week's revelations from the Travis County Courthouse in Austin, Texas: Infowars, which airs on radio and online and also hawked merchandise, once raked in a whopping $800,000 in gross revenue in a single day.
As Jones' finances draw scrutiny in light of Thursday's $4.1 million jury verdict for compensatory damages — with punitive damages yet to be assessed and two more trials yet to come — another notorious Infowars figure is having money issues of his own.
Florida man Wolfgang Halbig, who teamed up with Jones following the 2012 massacre to spread outlandish theories about the shooting and baselessly allege that the victims' families had constructed an elaborate hoax, filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy protection on March 30 in Florida's Middle District.
Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Ziyad Al-Nakhala said on Friday that his group would target Tel Aviv with missiles “in the coming hours.” Earlier, an Israeli airstrike killed a senior commander of the militant organization.
“Metropolitan Tel Aviv will be one of the targets of the resistance missiles, and the coming hours will prove to the enemy that all the resistance forces are one and we will fight them as one man,” Al-Nakhala said in remarks reported by Palestine’s Quds News Network.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have meanwhile deployed Iron Dome missile defense batteries near the cities of Beersheba, Tel Aviv, and Jerusalem. Flights have been diverted from Ben Gurion Airport in Tel Aviv and bomb shelters in the city have been made ready, the Times of Israel reported.
Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz gave the green light on Friday to call up some 25,000 military reservists, should they be required. Israel is on a state of high alert, with Palestinian militants promising revenge for the killing of one of their top commanders in an Israeli airstrike.
Gantz’ office announced the potential call-up less than an hour after Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) leader Zihad Al-Nakhala threatened to rain down missiles on the city of Tel Aviv over the “coming hours.”
Al-Nakhala issued his threat after Israeli warplanes fired a missile at an apartment building in Gaza City, killing PIJ commander Taysir al-Jabari. The strikes, dubbed ‘Operation Breaking Dawn’ by the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), targeted an additional ten to 20 PIJ terrorists, and killed members of a “terrorist squad” who were “on their way to carry out an anti-tank missile and sniper attack,” the Israeli military claimed.
Multiple people were injured after a vehicle drove through a ceremonial parade in Gallup, New Mexico on Thursday, according to state police.
Social media footage captured a brown SUV weaving through the annual Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial Parade, one of New Mexico’s longest-running events.
Two Gallup Police Department officers were among the injured and were treated for their injuries.
According to KOAT7, the driver traveled down the parade route in the wrong direction. The outlet reports two other individuals were inside the SUV.
The driver of the SUV has been taken into custody. Officers detained the two passengers while parade attendees shouted angrily and confronted the trio.