"War is a quarrel between two thieves too cowardly to fight their own battle; therefore they take boys from one village and another village, stick them into uniforms, equip them with guns, and let them loose like wild beasts against each other." -- Thomas Carlyle

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And they had a message for us: more for them and less for us. They were ready to steal the food from our mouths, our children from our homes, to give Ukraine the aid it needs to beat Russia in a war only they seem to want.

They would strangle the political process at home to make this so. They would betray their basic roles as diplomats, speaking with forked tongues, to confound the conditions for dialogue with Russia and end the fighting.

In fact, with all the war mongering going on you would have thought this was a convocation of military commanders, not diplomats. But that’s where we are in this process.

The message of NATO’s foreign policy is simple, “War first. Talk later.” Facts on the ground don’t matter. Budget deficits don’t matter. Plunging public support for Ukraine doesn’t matter. All that matters is what these people want.

And they want war. But at the same time, they won’t admit that that is exactly what they are waging.

The doublespeak has gotten to the point where even Pinocchio is looking at outgoing General-Secretary Jens Stoltenberg going, “DUDE. Your schnoze!”

Then again, Stoltenberg is a year past his ‘use-by’ date. He’s even more a lame duck than French President Emmanuel Macron at this point. The problem for those who actually run NATO, they can’t agree on who to replace him with… a British Neoconservative or a Dutch Neoliberal?

In the same week where the French and Russian Defense Ministers had a frank conversation about Ukraine, the attack in Moscow on civilians, and how quickly Russia will vaporize French troops sent into the fighting, we’re treated to the complete abandonment of all diplomatic pretense.

And even then, that discussion was more of a diplomatic endeavor than anything coming out of Brussels, if Mark Wauck and Alex Mercouris are correct.

Mercouris, of course, has a lot more to say, but that’s the long and the short of it. It was all a pathetic game, transparently so. The Russians were forced into this war, but now that they’re in it they’re in it to win

Claire's Observations:  Mike and I don't have kids; but he have some very precious little ones who we do NOT want to see drafted, to protect the money of the most elite in this country.

There are many things the late Karl Marx had to say that were pure codswallop.  But there is one thing he said which rings true to this very day;  "All wars are economic in their origin". Oh, the wars are painted with patriotic colors and brilliantly engineered sound-bites and visuals about God, Country, Freedom, and Way of Life, blah, blah, blah. 

 But at the end of the day, you're looking at a giant chessboard, as to who controls what and whom.

Look at what George Soros has been doing ahead of the (alleged) next election in this country; he is buying up radio stations.  As reported last February, by  Andrew Shirley:

"A fund controlled by left-wing billionaire George Soros is set to take control of the second-largest chain of radio stations in the country – just in time to disseminate pro-Democrat talking points ahead of the 2024 election.

According to bankruptcy filings cited by the New York Post, Soros Fund Management is set to scoop up media giant Audacy, which owns more than 220 radio stations nationwide and filed for bankruptcy in January. In total, Soros Fund Management is set to take on $400 million of Audacy’s debt, enough to give the firm effective control over all the stations.

Officially, Soros Fund Management has maintained that they will have no influence on the editorial content of the radio networks. However, given the obvious left-wing political bent of Soros Fund Management’s other activities, listeners have reason to doubt that assertion. According to Open Secrets, 100 percent of Soros Fund Management’s political donations went to Democrats in the 2022 cycle – nearly $300,000 in total."

Now, it appears Soros may be pioneering an alternative approach to intimidating conservatives into silence on the airwaves – simply buying the radio stations themselves and dictating their programming".

However you slice it, $ 400 million is one hell of a lot of money to put into outlets which will only tell one side of the story; where are the Conservatives, willing to fund intelligent, well-spoken radio hosts who understand that there are always more than one side to a story, or a political agenda?!?

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Putin’s Never-ending-War Is Going to End in Nuclear Armageddon.

The United States government, speaking through the mouth of Secretary of State Blinken, defied all of Russia’s warnings this week with this declaration:

“Ukraine will become a member of NATO. Our purpose at the summit is to help build a bridge to that membership.”

By Putin’s refusal to use the necessary force to deal with the dangerous situation and by continuing to insist that the conflict is nothing but a limited operation to clear Ukrainian forces out of the Russian provinces, not an invasion of Ukraine, Russia will soon find herself at war with NATO. 

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A bombshell official Japanese study has concluded that all COVID-19 variants were engineered in biolabs and intentionally released as part of a depopulation plan.

First released in August 2023, the study, conducted by Japanese virologists Professors Atsushi Tanaka and Takayuki Miyazawa of Osaka Medical University and Kyoto University, confirms that the push to keep COVID around is part of plot by the globalists to remove our freedoms and imprison humanity.  

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Israel could be just two days away from agreeing a ceasefire and hostage deal after talks in Egypt have made 'significant progress', Egyptian state-linked media reports.

Israel and Hamas have sent negotiators to Cairo, where they were joined by mediators from the United States, Egypt and Qatar.

Egyptian state-linked news outlet Al-Qahera reported 'significant progress being made on several contentious points of agreement', citing an unnamed high-ranking Egyptian source.

The outlet said Qatari and Hamas delegations had left Cairo and were expected to return 'within two days to finalise the terms of the agreement'.

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A fraudster who organised the Black Lives Matter protests that toppled the Colston statue stole £70,000 - but has been ordered to pay back just £1. Xahra Saleem, 23, was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after admitting to spending over £44,000 on 'lifestyle' expenses including £5,800 on Ubers, as well as beauty treatments, clothes, takeway deliveries and mobile phones. But with Saleem having spent all of the stolen money, police have had to obtain the order with a nominal £1 sum, which then allows that amount to increase if or whenever she has the money in the future.
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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) sent an alert on April 5 to state health departments and providers after a human bird flu infection in a Texas dairy farm worker was confirmed earlier this month.

In a “health alert network” advisory, the federal agency said that health care providers should be aware of its “updated recommendations” on “instructions for infection prevention and control measures, using personal protective equipment (PPE), testing, antiviral treatment, patient investigations, monitoring of exposed persons” such as individuals who have been “exposed to sick or dead wild and domesticated animals and livestock with suspected or confirmed infection” with H5N1 avian influenza.

As for doctors and health care workers, they “should consider the possibility of” bird flu in people “showing signs or symptoms of acute respiratory illness or conjunctivitis and who have relevant exposure history” with potentially sickened livestock or birds, the agency said. Conjunctivitis is a key symptom, according to the agency.

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A San Francisco lawmaker introduced a proposal that would require grocery stores in the city to provide six months of notice before closing a store and to explore a replacement supermarket at the vacated location.

Dean Preston, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, introduced what he calls the Grocery Protection Act – which is based on a proposal the board approved in 1984 that was vetoed by then-San Francisco Mayor Dianne Feinstein. 

Preston's proposal would require grocery store owners to provide six months written notice to the Board of Supervisors as well as the Office of Economic and Workforce Development (OEWD). The store would also be required to post notices at all entries and exits as a means of informing customers and the general public. The rule wouldn't preclude closures due to a store being unprofitable.

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At 9:26 AM on 9/11, the Bush-Cheney administration ordered a national ground stop, meaning that no more civil planes were allowed to take off; and at 9:45, all planes already in the air were ordered to land.  [1] Those orders provided the background for the possibility of an order to shoot down civilian airplanes that violated this order. There has been controversy about whether United 93 (which, the 9/11 Commission claimed, crashed in Shanksville, PA) was shot down.

Webmaster addition:  The wreckage of Flight 93 was spread over 8 miles, indicating the aircraft came apart up in the air.  More about Flight 93 HERE!

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Authored by Pepe Escobar,

The Europeans will never be able to replicate the time-tested Hegemon money laundering machine...

As the de facto North Atlantic Terror Organization celebrates its 75th birthday, taking Lord Ismay’s motto to ever soaring heights (“keep the Americans in, the Russians out, and the Germans down”), that thick slab of Norwegian wood posing as Secretary-General came up with a merry “initiative” to create a 100 billion euro fund to weaponize Ukraine for the next five years.

Translation, regarding the crucial money front in the NATO-Russia clash: partial exit of the Hegemon – already obsessing with The Next Forever War, against China; enter the motley crew of ragged, de-industrialized European chihuahuas, all in deep debt and most mired in recession.

A few IQs over average room temperature at NATO’s HQ in Haren, in Brussels, had the temerity to wonder how to come up with such a fortune, as NATO has zero leverage to raise money among member states.

After all, the Europeans will never be able to replicate the time-tested Hegemon money laundering machine. For instance, assuming the White House-proposed $60 billion package to Ukraine would be approved by the U.S. Congress – and it won’t – no less than 64% of the total will never reach Kiev: it will be laundered within the industrial-military complex.

Yet it gets even more dystopic: Norwegian Wood, robotic stare, arms flailing, actually believes his proposed move will not imply a direct NATO military presence in Ukraine – or country 404; something that is already a fact on the ground for quite a while, irrespective of the warmongering hissy fits by Le Petit Roi in Paris (Peskov: “Russia-NATO relations have descended into direct confrontation”).

Now couple the Lethal Looney Tunes spectacle along the NATOstan front with the Hegemon’s aircraft carrier performance in West Asia, consistently taking its industrial-scale slaughter/starvation Genocide Project in Gaza to indescribable heights – the meticulously documented holocaust watched in contorted silence by the “leaders” of the Global North.

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Russia recently announced plans to further expand its armed forces, which is understandable given the challenges it faced in Ukraine.

However, given that Russia has largely overcome those challenges and is now in the process of mopping up the last pockets of Ukrainian resistance, you really have wonder why the Kremlin wants such a big, additional expansion?

After all, by the time the two proposed new armies are fully trained and equipped the fighting in Ukraine should be over. So why does Moscow need two new armies made up of an additional 14 divisions and 16 brigades?

This cannot be to make up for losses sustained in Ukraine, because despite what Western mainstream media (MSM) journalists/propagandists may say, Russian losses have not been that heavy.

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In an interview with the BBC, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg expressed that Ukraine will ultimately have to compromise in some way with Russia to end the war.

He explained that however, the West must support Ukraine in the long term “even if we believe and hope that the war will end in the near future” and invest in its defense capabilities in case of future hostilities.

He also claimed that Ukraine would set its own conditions to seek peace with Russia.

“At the end of the day, it has to be Ukraine that decides what kind of compromises they’re willing to do,” he said, noting that it is the responsibility of the West to help it reach a negotiating position for an “acceptable result.”

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Eighteen students at Pomona College in Claremont, California, were arrested on Friday and charged with misdemeanor trespassing, and one student was arrested for obstruction of justice, according to the Claremont police department, during a protest in response to the removal of pro-Palestinian art on the college campus.

Students criticized the heavy police response to the protest, as police from Claremont, Pomona, Azusa and La Verne responded to the scene in riot gear.

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Over the past months, the Zionist project has been waging a merciless genocide in Gaza, with the mass murder of over 40,000 Palestinians, the injury of more than 70,000, and the mass displacement of over 2,000,000. In the midst of their operations, Israeli Occupation Forces have leveled the surrounding areas, destroying homes, hospitals, mosques, churches, and orchards. Palestinians who have survived the bombings and invasion are suffering the brutal effects of a famine manufactured by Israeli policy, alongside the mass restriction of water, medical supplies, and humanitarian aid at the hands of Israeli officials and opportunistic settlers.

Only miles away in the West Bank, Palestinians have been rounded up in the thousands, taken hostage, and thrown in Israeli prisons as Israeli Occupation Forces have led regular raids into refugee camps like the one in Jenin. All the while, Zionist colonial efforts have intensified, with the project announcing the land theft of 10 square kilometers, the largest West Bank land seizure since 1993. When combined with the abuses faced regularly by Palestinians in the 1948 territories and the active apartheid structures the project continues to maintain across historic Palestine, it is clear that no place is safe for Palestinians facing the brute force of Zionist colonialism — and Zionist efforts are continuing to intensify.

This is far from the first time Israeli occupation forces have terrorized Palestinians, particularly in Gaza, but the scale of destruction is truly unique, as is the average person’s access to first-hand reporting and imagery on the ground — both from Palestinians enduring the genocide and Israeli soldiers gleefully posting their atrocities. This has led to a hardening of opposition to the project’s actions, and for many, the very core assumptions of the project’s traditionally accepted right to “self-defense,” and even its right to exist at all.

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Monday, Apr 08, 2024 - 03:15 AM

If you're curious about effective legal immigration measures, here's a good example: Nayib Bukele, the President of El Salvador, has extended an offer of 5,000 free passports for highly skilled professionals. This announcement was made on X on Saturday evening: 

We're offering 5,000 free passports (equivalent to $5 billion in our passport program) to highly skilled scientists, engineers, doctors, artists, and philosophers from abroad.

This represents less than 0.1% of our population, so granting them full citizen status, including voting rights, poses no issue.

Despite the small number, their contributions will have a huge impact on our society and the future of our country.

Plus, we will facilitate their relocation by ensuring 0% taxes and tariffs on moving families and assets. This includes commercial value items like equipment, software, and intellectual property.

Claire's Observations; THIS, is an intelligent immigration policy writ large, and President Bukele, and his team, should be commended for this.

And how have the By-di-Bidians handled US immigration?!?  By flooding our southern border with illegal aliens, many of whom couldn't make it in their countries of origins.  If they are disease-ridden, with illnesses the US hasn't seen in decades; if they illiterate; innumerate; illogical; if they are criminals running drugs (and BTW, the estimated earnings of the Mexican cartels for 2023 starts at an estimated $6 billion dollars in 2023), that's PERFECTLY FINE!!  COME ON DOWN!!

And what is all this costing the American taxpayer?!?  The Senate  House Committee on Homeland  shared the following report:

November 16, 2023

“Taxpayers have to front nearly half a trillion dollars each year because the Biden administration is not stopping migrants at the southern border”

WASHINGTON, D.C.—This week, the House Committee on Homeland Security majority, led by Chairman Mark E. Green, MD (R-TN), released a shocking new interim report as part of its ongoing, comprehensive oversight investigation into Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and President Joe Biden’s reckless open-borders policies that have facilitated in the worst border crisis in American history. This report details the immense financial costs of the unprecedented border crisis being borne by American taxpayers, including the costs for health care, shelter, education, and law enforcement, as well as costs forced on private property owners and businesses. According to one estimate, housing and other services just to those who have been released into the United States on Mayorkas’ watch, or entered as known gotaways, could exceed $451 billion."

$451 billion?!?  Folks, I'm gobsmacked.  And a quick Google search, on FederalDeficitTracker.org, reveals the following:  

"The federal government ran a deficit of $296 billion in February 2024 — $34 billion more than the deficit of $262 billion that was recorded in February 2023."

So, if the above number is anywhere close to accurate, where, please, is that $451 billion to take care of illegal aliens, coming from?!?  I have not a clue;   but the huge problem here is, neither does the current Federal Government!!!!

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Conservative firm America First Legal (AFL) announced on Thursday a new lawsuit against President Joe Biden’s Department of Defense.

It alleged the agency suppressed records concerning the Obama-founded Presidential Information Technology Committee (PITC) and former President Donald Trump. The committee was established to enhance information systems and information resources available to the president.

In its filing, AFL lawyers declared that the committee held documents it sought under the Freedom of Information Act. These materials “could exonerate” former President Trump in the ongoing federal case involving classified materials.

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A cattle rancher is raising the alarm after the federal government started bulldozing undamaged Texas farms following the recent wildfires.

In a video message, the rancher, whose identity is not being published, warned that the feds are destroying remaining farms under the guise of clearing damaged lands after the fires.

He warns that “over a million acres of farmland” was “burned and ruined” during the Panhandle wildfires.

However, the rancher is alerting the public that the government is now “ruining the remaining feed and grasses” that were not harmed by the fires.

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In a counter to an effort by some House Republicans to rename the Washington Dulles Airport after former President Donald Trump, a group of Democrats have introduced a bill that will put Trump’s name in a federal prison instead.

In a legislation introduced by Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA), Rep. John Garamendi (D-CA), and Rep. Jared Moskowitz (D-FL) on Friday, the lawmakers sought to change the name of the Miami Federal Correctional Institution to “Donald J. Trump Federal Correctional Institution.”

“When our Republican colleagues introduced their bill to rename Dulles after Donald Trump, I said the more fitting option would be to rename a federal prison,’ Connolly wrote in a press release.

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Nebraska lawmakers on Friday failed to move forward with a legislation that would have banned transgender athletes from competing on school sports teams of the opposite gender. In addition to designation athletic participation based on birth-assigned gender, Legislative Bill 575, also known as the Sports and Spaces Act, also sought to require all students to use the bathroom consistent with their biological gender.

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Palestinian athletes have taken part in every Summer Olympics since they were first admitted to the Atlanta Games in 1996. Each participation has carried a special significance for residents of the Palestinian Territories and the Palestinian diaspora, giving the stateless people a venue in which to compete with the rest of the world.  

Taking part in Paris will be all the more significant in the context of the war that has devastated most of the Gaza Strip and killed at least 33,000 people, according to health officials in the Hamas-held enclave, including some of the athletes who had set their sights on the Olympic Games this summer.   

“Between athletes, coaches and club staff, the Palestinian sports scene has lost at least 170 people,” said Jayousi, speaking from the headquarters of the Palestine Olympic Committee near Jerusalem. Victims included Olympic football team coach Hani Al-Masdar and volleyball star Ibrahim Qusaya, both of them killed by Israeli bombs in Gaza. 

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As has been the case for the past several months, White House National Security Council spokesperson John Kirby took to the podium for a press conference on Tuesday and got into a heated exchange with a reporter.

This time, the back-and-forth was regarding whether or not Israel's targeting of an international aid convoy violated international law.

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The 28-year-old is one of thousands of young Ukrainian men keeping their heads down, dodging conscription and avoiding registering their details as required. Artem is cautious when he ventures out, and avoids places like metro stations where police mount document checks looking for draft-dodgers.

“Some of my friends are more paranoid — they never go out,” he says.

Artem has the air of a fugitive, with his baseball cap pulled down firmly and shielding his eyes even on an overcast day. Before entering the coffee house in downtown Kyiv to meet with POLITICO he gazes up and down the street, and once seated talks in a low voice so as not to be overheard.

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A doctor at an Israeli field hospital inside a notorious detention center where hundreds of Palestinian prisoners are temporarily held is sounding the alarm about torture and horrific conditions at what some human rights defenders – including Israelis – are calling “Israel’s Guantánamo Bay” and even a “concentration camp.”

In a letter to Israel’s attorney general and defense and health ministers viewed by Haaretz – which reported the story Thursday – the anonymous physician describes likely war crimes being committed at the Israel Defense Forces’ Sde Teiman base near Beersheva. Palestinian militants captured by IDF troops, as well as many civilian hostages ranging in age from teenagers to septuagenarians, are held there in cages, 70-100 per cage, until they are transferred to regular Israeli prisons or released.

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