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"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world." -- Thomas Jefferson, to John Norvell, June 14, 1807
As Cara Castronuova reported earlier — January 6 defendant Guy Reffitt, an oil worker from Texas, was sentenced on Monday to more than seven years in prison for attending the January 6 protests in Washington DC. Guy Reffitt did not engage in any violence. He did not enter the US Capitol.
The arrogance of power is especially ominous and despicable when a government leader risks huge numbers of lives in order to make a provocative move on the world’s geopolitical chessboard. Nancy Pelosi’s plan to visit Taiwan is in that category. Thanks to her, the chances of a military confrontation between China and the United States have spiked upward.
Long combustible over Taiwan, the tensions between Beijing and Washington are now close to ablaze, due to Pelosi’s desire to be the first House speaker to visit Taiwan in 25 years. Despite the alarms that her travel plans have set off, President Biden has responded timidly – even while much of the establishment wants to see the trip canceled.
"Well, I think that the military thinks it’s not a good idea right now," Biden said about the prospective trip on July 20. "But I don’t know what the status of it is."
President Biden on Monday authorized an additional $550 million in military aid for Ukraine, marking the 17th arms package the US has pledged since Russia invaded on February 24.
According to the Pentagon, the new package includes an unspecified amount of ammunition for High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems (HIMARS) and 75,000 rounds of ammunition for the 150mm howitzers the US had previously sent to Ukraine.
The new aid was authorized by the presidential drawdown authority, which allows Biden to send Ukraine weapons and ammunition directly from US military stockpiles. The funds were pulled from the $40 billion Ukraine aid bill that Biden signed back in May, which is meant to last through September 30.
The day was Aug. 2, 1973. Helms’ denials led both the CBS and ABC evening news programs. They were bannered by The New York Times and praised by Lou Cannon in The Washington Post. As Morley and others have revealed, the problem with Helms’ testimony is that it was, at best, deceptive, at worst, simply false. And, even worse, Helms likely knew this before he said it.
For instance, one of the captured Watergate burglars, Eugenio Martinez, had an agency case officer before and after the break-in. Martinez was being paid a monthly stipend. Even before the Watergate break-in, the C.I.A. was extending aid to one of the band’s ringleaders, Howard Hunt. This involved a raid on Daniel Ellsberg’s psychiatrists’ office.
As Morley notes, although Helms tried to say he did not even know Dr. Louis Fielding, this was likely another dubious denial. Because the agency had extended support and aid to Hunt for that break-in. They even worked up a psychological profile on Ellsberg.
Because hundreds of billions of dollars in an official budget apparently isn’t enough, the Defense Department has been raking in roughly $100 million a year from service members using official U.S. military slot machines overseas.
According to a report from NPR, there are more than 3,000 U.S. military-run slot machines at American installations overseas. And while people cannot legally enter most casinos in the U.S. until they’re 21, service members as young as 18 can use the Pentagon’s slot machines.
The machines are managed by each military branch’s Morale, Welfare, and Recreation (MWR) groups. MWR groups tend to focus on service members’ home lives, family resilience, and general wellness. The Army MWR website, for example, provides resources for everything from child and youth services and soldiers’ financial challenges, to substance abuse and recreational activities like camping and sports.
And according to one Pentagon spokeswoman who spoke to NPR, the slot machines contribute “significantly to the non-appropriated fund and many other recreation and entertainment overseas programs.” Never mind the massive budget the Defense Department receives, which reached $773 billion total in the most recent request submitted in May.
One of the first known cases of Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) “vaccine” adverse effects being passed down from mother to baby has come to light, demonstrating the dangers of the shots for women who are or who later decide to get pregnant while being “fully vaccinated.”
Little Zack Reilly is now missing an arm, reports indicate, after it had to be amputated almost immediately after his birth when it was discovered that the child had developed blood clots in both his now-removed left arm as well as his brain.
The child was reportedly delivered in an emergency caesarean at 37 weeks on July 11, 2021. He had a “bruised and blistered” left arm, we are told, and the limb was removed after an MRI scan showed that he had suffered a stroke while still inside his mother’s womb.
That stroke destroyed the child’s arm and brain, though he was initially said to be adapting “brilliantly,” according to media reports. His parents, one of whom is a Royal Navy assistant careers advisor and the other a telecoms engineer, say he enjoyed his first family barbecue, which made them proud – but the fun did not last.
The summer season is tick season and that means one thing — Lyme disease cases are going to rise in the United States. Now, a concerning new report finds rural communities have seen cases of the tick-borne illness skyrocket in recent years.
Over the last 15 years, from 2007 to 2021, insurance claims for Lyme disease diagnoses have exploded by 357 percent in rural areas. Although people typically encounter disease-carrying ticks in the woods and tall grassy areas, researchers from FAIR Health say urban communities are seeing a surge as well. The non-profit says urban areas across the U.S. have seen a 65-percent rise in Lyme cases since 2007.
Study authors analyzed a database of more than 36 billion privately-billed healthcare claims to discover this alarming trend.
From 2016 to 2021, Lyme disease diagnoses increased by 60 percent in rural America, while urban America saw a 19-percent increase. These cases typically reach their peak in June and July each year — as the country moves into the heart of summer. With more people outside in fields, parks, and other grassy areas, it’s no surprise more people in rural areas develop Lyme after a tick bite during these months.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's husband, Paul Pelosi, will be arraigned Wednesday morning in a central California court on charges including driving under the influence of alcohol and causing injury.
Pelosi will enter his plea in Napa County Superior Court to "Driving Under the Influence of Alcohol Causing Injury and Driving With .08% Blood Alcohol Level or Higher Causing Injury," the Napa County District Attorney's Office said Monday.
Pelosi was charged last month following his arrest in May in connection with his Porsche collided with a Jeep at an intersection near Yountville, Calif., police said.
The Napa County Superior Court has not ordered Pelosi to appear at the arraignment, and he may choose to appear through his defense counsel, prosecutors also said.
The arraignment will be broadcast over Zoom, and the detail of the court proceedings will afterward be made public.
Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) on Monday said he would vote against Finland’s and Sweden’s bids to join NATO, a move that would go against most of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle.
In an op-ed published by The National Interest, Hawley says the United States shouldn’t expand its security commitments in Europe due to a more pressing threat from China.
“Finland and Sweden want to join the Atlantic Alliance to head off further Russian aggression in Europe. That is entirely understandable given their location and security needs,” Hawley wrote.
“But America’s greatest foreign adversary doesn’t loom over Europe. It looms in Asia. I am talking of course about the People’s Republic of China. And when it comes to Chinese imperialism, the American people should know the truth: the United States is not ready to resist it. Expanding American security commitments in Europe now would only make that problem worse—and America, less safe.”
Finland and Sweden in May announced their intentions to join NATO following Russia’s attack on Ukraine. The governments of 19 NATO countries have since ratified the two Nordic nations joining the alliance. Eleven, including the United States, have yet to do so. All 30 member states must approve the additions.
Top congressional Democrats have accused the US Secret Service of engaging in a cover-up immediately after the January 6 attacks on the nation's Capitol, by allegedly scrubbing text messages that could have incriminated them.
The potentially damning allegations were aired in a letter to the agency's inspector general Monday, penned by New York Rep. Carolyn B. Maloney, and Mississippi's Bennie Thompson.
The note saw the two prominent progressives accuse Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari of overseeing the cover-up, and demanded he step aside from his post as the House continues to probe the 2021 riots.
The embattled Homeland security official, who serves as the agency's watchdog, has come under fire after it was revealed he first learned of the missing messages in May 2021 - months earlier than previously known and more than a year before he alerted the House that potentially crucial information may have been erased.
It comes as part of a deepening investigation into the agency's handling of the now-deleted texts, which the reps argue may have provided proof that agents received instruction from higherups during the brazen daytime raid.
The Boy Scouts of America may be forced to cut $250 million from its proposal to set up a trust fund for sex abuse victims after a judge rejected a key provision of a deal the youth group signed with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The complex ruling by US Bankruptcy Court Judge Laurie Silverstein forces the Boy Scouts to return to the bargaining table with some of the groups funding the $2.7 billion fund, including the religious group known colloquially as the Mormon church.
Silverstein handed the Boy Scouts a partial victory Friday when she rejected arguments that a settlement with abuse survivors was not negotiated in good faith. The judge did not give final approval to the proposed trust fund plan, however, instead she rejected a number of key provisions. One example is Silverstein’s refusal to grant the church a so-called third party release that would have given the church broad legal protections from all sex abuse claims, not just those involving the Boy Scouts.
Soros acknowledged in a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Sunday that crime was on the rise around the country, but he said it couldn't be attributed to the policies championed by liberal prosecutors that he has invested over $40 million throughout the past decade to help elect.
"Some politicians and pundits have tried to blame recent spikes in crime on the policies of reform-minded prosecutors," Soros wrote. "The research I’ve seen says otherwise. The most rigorous academic study, analyzing data across 35 jurisdictions, shows no connection between the election of reform-minded prosecutors and local crime rates."
Texas Senator Ted Cruz seemed to take a shot at President Joe Biden on Saturday by sharing a clip of his Democratic predecessor Bill Clinton declaring that a recession is "two quarters" of economic contraction.
The Republican lawmaker retweeted a video clip of Clinton sitting at the White House on December 19, 2000, alongside incoming Republican President George W.
Asked regarding his fears of a forthcoming recession, Clinton answered, "Well a recession is two quarters in a row of negative growth."
"Bill Clinton was right," Cruz wrote on Twitter.
Ayman al-Zawahiri, who took over the terrorist group after founder Osama bin Laden's death, was killed in a CIA drone strike in Kabul on Sunday.
Biden expressed hope Monday that al-Zawahiri's death would bring 'one more measure of closure' to families of the victims of the 9/11 attacks, which he helped coordinate.
The president alleged al-Zawahiri will 'never again allow Afghanistan to become a terrorist safe haven because he is gone' and pledged his administration would 'make sure that nothing else happens.'
However, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy blamed Biden's botched exit from the Taliban-ruled country on the 'possible re-emergence of Al Qaeda,' alleging the US must take action to prevent terrorists from entering the nation.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has been killed in a drone strike while staying at a house owned by a top aide to a senior Taliban leader in Kabul.
It has sparked questions as to whether the Taliban has welcomed the terrorist group back in Afghanistan, having previously developed ties with the terrorist group in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
Al-Zawahiri, 71, was hiding out with his family in a downtown Kabul property owned by a top aide to senior Taliban leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, according to a senior intelligence official.
Speculation is rising as to whether this living arrangement could create further difficulties for the West's relations with Taliban-controlled Afghanistan.
It comes as US President Joe Biden's officials said that Haqqani Network leaders knew al-Zawahiri was living in Kabul.
Webmaster addition" Manufacturing an excuse to go back into Afghanistan?
The far-left Speaker of the House had to get the media off her back for her family’s illegal stock purchases — so she decided to fly to Taiwan.
Anti-Trumper Brian Kilmeade and FOX News ran a segment on Monday claiming Kari Lake is down by one point in Arizona.
The US on Monday issued fresh sanctions against Iran meant to target the Islamic Republic’s oil and petrochemical sales to East Asia.
The new sanctions targeted three Chinese firms and one UAE firm accused of doing business with the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industry Commercial Co. (PGPICC), which the US Treasury Department says is one of Iran’s largest petrochemical brokers.
According to the Treasury Department, PGPICC facilitated the “sale of tens of millions of dollars worth of Iranian petroleum and petrochemical products from Iran to East Asia” through the firms that were hit with sanctions.
The sanctions are the latest sign that the Biden administration is not serious about reviving the Iran nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA. On Monday, Secretary of State Antony Blinken was asked if the US was ready to return to JCPOA, but he sidestepped the questions and put the responsibility on Iran.
A startling new report via AmmoLand News outlines how the US Department of Commerce Census Bureau asked major holster manufacturers/providers for order numbers, product descriptions, and locations where the items were shipped.
Some holster companies rejected the Department of Commerce's request for "commodity flow surveys" related to their sold products.
"We will never turn over any information on our customers to the government no matter the cost us," Chad Myers, President of JM4 Tactical, said. "To do so would violate our core beliefs. We need to stand up to an overbearing government. Our customers can rest assured that their information is safe with us!"
Update(1957ET): Biden in his short speech announced the death of longtime al-Qaeda leader and mastermind Ayman al-Zawahiri, emphasizing that "no civilians" were harmed - including Zawahiri's family - during the double hellfire missile drone attack that took him out.
"He carved a trail of murder and violence against American citizens, American service members, American diplomats and American interests," Biden described of the AQ leader. "Now, justice has been delivered and this terrorist leader is no more."
"None of his family members were hurt, and there were no civilian casualties," Biden said. Shaking his finger to the camera, the US president warned took the opportunity to warn: "if you are a threat to our people, the United States will find you."
Webmaster addition: I've lost count of how many times the government claims to have killed al-Zawahiri!
Manchin-Schumer is projected to increase taxes $11 billion more on Americans earning below $200,000 than those earning over $400,000...
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (left) and Senator Joe Manchin (right) are trying to persuade Senator Krysten Sinema to support a tax increase.
When Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV) went on NBC’s “Meet the Press” yesterday he said that the $700 billion climate change, energy, and health care proposal he announced last week with Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer would not raise taxes. “We should not increase taxes, and we did not increase taxes,” he told NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
But a new study by the U.S. Congress’s nonpartisan Joint Committee on Taxation has found that not only would the legislation increase taxes, it would increase taxes by $11 billion more on Americans earning below $200,000 per year than on Americans earning between $500,000 and $1 million, in 2023.
And the legislation would increase taxes by $3 billion more on Americans earning below $200,000 per year than on Americans earning between $200,000 and $500,000 per year
As such, if Democrats pass the legislation, and President Joe Biden signs it into law, it would violate the promise President Joe Biden made not to raise taxes on Americans earning less than $400,000 per year. Biden reaffirmed this promise during his State of the Union Address in March of this Year. “And under my plan, nobody earning less than $400,000 a year will pay an additional penny in new taxes. Nobody.
Bearing Arms reported several firearm-related companies had their corporate accounts canceled by UPS. Not only that, but some of these companies also have had packages damaged or lost while in transit to customers.
One ammunition distribution company called "The Gun Food" reported out of a recent 18,000 rounds of ammunition shipped with UPS, only 6,000 made it to the end destination.
Collins, who owns the ammo company, remains suspicious that many packages he shipped via UPS have been damaged or lost. He said UPS had pinned the mishaps on his company for not correctly packaging the shipments. The carrier also said he had recently filed many claims on packages not getting delivered.
"They're not even making it. And I don't know what they are doing in the facilities, if they are purposefully damaging them. However, they are not making it to the customer. Now for every batch that does ship, we actually ship everything insured. And usually, depending on the quantity or the value of the shipment, we'll ship it with some type of signature required. So it's funny when they try to say, 'well, you know, you put in too many claims.' And it's like, 'well, no, I didn't put in too many claims. Well, our customer never received their package that we had shipped,'" Collins.
Bearing Arms pointed out that Lee Williams over at the Gun Writer Substack, AmmoLand News, and the Second Amendment Foundation Investigative Journalism Project has also covered this phenomenon of firearm-related companies having problems with UPS.
It's hard to say if this growing trend is an approach by the Biden administration to use corporations as a weapon to cause as much havoc as possible for gun companies or if there were UPS drivers stealing packages. Over the years, there have been numerous reports of UPS drivers stealing whole shipments of guns (read: here & here).
"In the investigation from the shipping aspect, we actually got involved with a couple of other folks that say that here in the Greater Atlanta area, where my business is based out of, we've ran into issues where people have not received their ammo. And we noticed it on both ends. I believe one of my distributors has actually lost over $200,000 worth of ammunition that just wound up missing," Collins said.
In March, we reported Barclays shocked many market participants when it suspended, until further notice, any further sales from inventory and any further issuances of a number of ETNs (including VXX and OIL).
According to a press release at the time, the suspension was because "Barclays does not currently have sufficient issuance capacity to support further sales from inventory and any further issuances of the ETNs."
At the time, details were scarce and opaque with Barclays expecting a loss of approximately $600 million from the 'error' which was called “basic”, “bizarre” and “embarrassing” by analysts at the time.
Now, according to a new filing today, we get considerably more color on what exactly prompted this 'paperwork error' and how high the losses have already reached.
What did Barclays do wrong?
In August 2019, the SEC declared effective the 2019 F-3 of Barclays Bank which sought to cover the offer and sale of up to $20.76 billion of securities (in maximum aggregate offering price) registered thereunder.
The Subject Securities offered and sold by Barclays Bank during the Relevant Period, which comprised structured notes (“Structured Notes”) and ETNs, exceeded the maximum aggregate amount that Barclays Bank could offer from the 2019 F-3 by approximately $16.37 billion. In addition, Barclays Bank also offered and sold during the Relevant Period Subject Securities in the amount of approximately $1.27 billion that were issued under the 2018 F-3 in excess of the capacity remaining thereunder.
As such, certain offers and sales of Subject Securities were not made in full compliance with the Securities Act, giving rise to rights of rescission for certain purchasers of such securities.
The Issuer has therefore elected to make this Rescission Offer.
It could be the first time in world history that global clocks will have to be sped up.
“This would be required to keep civil time—which is based on the super-steady beat of atomic clocks—in step with solar time, which is based on the movement of the Sun across the sky,” Time and Date reported.
Scientists don’t know what is causing our planet to spin faster than ever before, but some experts fear it could be “devastating,” while others speculate the shorter days could be related to climate change, of course.
They will tell you who they fear, Rush Limbaugh used to say.
As the 2022 midterms approach, there have been plenty of warning signs for Democrats. The once reliable Latino vote now is evenly split, an electoral disaster for Democrats if it holds.
The NY Times played the role of telling Democrats to fear the Latino shift, but doing it in a way the pidgeonholes and denigrates the opposition, as we covered in early July, NY Times: Be Afraid Of ‘Far-Right Latinas’ Like Republican Mayra Flores.
There they go again, now telling Democrats to be afraid of parents upset by school closures and mask and vaccine mandates, denigrating them as “single issue” voters. Laura Fagan terms it a “hit piece” on parents:
“The @nytimes is so afraid of parents and how we will vote this November they decided to write a hit piece on us. Great sign.”
Averie Chanel Medlock, 25, a transgender cheerleader, was kicked out of a Texas college cheerleading camp for allegedly choking a teammate Karleigh, 17.
The incident occurred at Ranger College, a public community college in Ranger, TX.
Medlock said a physical confrontation never took place. The dispute was only verbal:
‘Well guys I’m officially retired as a cheerleader as of last night at 5:30 AM,’ Medlock wrote in that Facebook post, which she shared last week, ‘A girl on the team was being very disrespectful and told me I am a MAN with a PENIS and that [guys] should not be on the team.’
Egypt’s currency has plummeted to a near-record low, with the central bank buying $1 for over 19 Egyptian pounds.
The exchange rate to the dollar reached 19.01 pounds on Monday, a 22 percent drop since March - the sharpest fall in Egypt's currency since December 2016. That decline came a month after a dramatic 48 percent devaluation, following Egypt's decision to float its currency for the first time in decades.
In March, the pound was trading at 15.6 to the dollar. The central bank then raised interest rates for the first time since 2017, allowing Egypt's currency to fall sharply in an attempt to secure dwindling foreign exchange reserves. Foreign currency receipts dropped more than $7bn in April and May, standing at $33.4bn in June, after investors exited what had previously been a favourable market.
After a weekend of protests and angry denunciations, Muqtada al-Sadr upped the ante on Monday by calling on his supporters in the southern and central provinces to take to the streets.
With counter-protests beginning on Monday evening, the threat of violence in Iraq looms large.
On Saturday, the influential Shia cleric's supporters swarmed into Baghdad's fortified Green Zone, and have since occupied the parliament building to protest against his Iranian-backed rivals, who have stopped Sadr from forming a government.
When Sadr called on Iraq's tribes and other political forces to join what he termed a "revolution," tensions only rose. The cleric said his supporters had "liberated" the Green Zone in preparation for a "radical change of the political system and the constitution".
In response, the Iran-backed Shia Coordination Framework alliance, which frustrated Sadr at every turn as he sought to build a government after winning last October’s elections, called for a demonstration "in support of legitimacy and in order to preserve state institutions".
Veterans and advocates spent the weekend staked out outside the Capitol demanding that GOP senators drop their opposition to much-anticipated legislation to help veterans who are suffering illnesses due to toxic exposures.
Republicans last Wednesday blocked passage of the Sgt. 1st Class Heath Robinson Honoring our PACT Act, which would benefit an estimated 3.5 million veterans.
While the Senate is expected to hold another vote on the bill this week, those protesting outside said they were tired of waiting.
“These veterans don’t have time! They’re running out of time. They need health care now, and if they don’t get it, they’re dying!” said Natalia Kempthorne-Curiel, who traveled with her father Nathan Kempthorne to the demonstration.
“No one should have to deal with this — they shouldn’t have to deal with this. They shouldn’t have to be outside while they’re suffering already,” she added.