“We do not merely destroy our enemies; we change them.”  -- George Orwell, 1984

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Once upon a time, in 1913, a corrupt Congress and a corrupt President transferred the money creation authority vested in the government by the Constitution to a private central bank. It was going to be called the Third Bank of the United States. Such a fundamental change to the nation's economy should have required a Constitutional Amendment. But earlier that same year, there had been a huge fight to ratify another Amendment, the 16th Amendment authorizing the income tax, and there is good reason to suspect that the 16th Amendment actually failed ratification even though the payers of that income tax were told otherwise.

 

"I think if you were to go back and and try to find and review the ratification of the 16th amendment, which was the internal revenue, the income tax, I think if you went back and examined that carefully, you would find that a sufficient number of states never ratified that amendment." - U.S. District Court Judge James C. Fox, Sullivan Vs. United States, 2003.

Getting yet another Amendment ratified against such opposition, or worse, having to cheat one through, would be extremely difficult.

Then there was a problem with the proposed name, "Third Bank of the United States", as it reminded people of the predations of the First and Second Bank of the United States.

 

"Gentlemen! I too have been a close observer of the doings of the Bank of the United States. I have had men watching you for a long time, and am convinced that you have used the funds of the bank to speculate in the breadstuffs of the country. When you won, you divided the profits amongst you, and when you lost, you charged it to the bank. You tell me that if I take the deposits from the bank and annul its charter I shall ruin ten thousand families. That may be true, gentlemen, but that is your sin! Should I let you go on, you will ruin fifty thousand families, and that would be my sin! You are a den of vipers and thieves. I have determined to rout you out, and by the Eternal, (bringing his fist down on the table) I will rout you out!" -- Andrew Jackson, shortly before ending the charter of the Second Bank of the United States. From the original minutes of the Philadelphia committee of citizens sent to meet with President Jackson (February 1834), according to Andrew Jackson and the Bank of the United States (1928) by Stan V. Henkels

Shortly after President Jackson (the only American President to actually pay off the National Debt) ended the Second Bank of the United States, there was an attempted assassination.

But I digress.

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In the good old days, after George Washington and the boys won the war to free us from the bank of England's predatory and impoverishing practices, they set up a "revolutionary" economic system. The government created and issued all the public currency, spending it into circulation to purchase what the government needed, then after the currency circulated through society to fuel commerce, was taxed back to the government to balance the books.

Simple!

Banks existed, of course. But they were kept off to one side, and use of the banks was optional for the people of the United States. It was possible to go through one's entire life without dealing with a bank if one chose to do so.

This system not only reserved the choice whether to use the bank to the people, but it was a stable system, because as debt increased, the people could voluntarily choose to stop borrowing from the bank! That was one of the most important freedoms won during the revolution; the freedom to say "no" to the banks!

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Back in 2008, in testimony before Congress in the wake of the crash of Wall Street's mortgage-backed securities scam, former Federal Reserve Chairman Allan Greenspan made the admission that his "ideology" had a flaw.

Greenspan and the members of Congress relied heavily on euphemisms like "ideology" and spoke in vague terms to obfuscate from the American people that there are fundamental flaws in the way the US Financial system works.

The first and largest flaw in the system is the Federal Reserve itself. Not actually a part of the government (the Federal Reserve is no more "Federal" than Federal Express), the Federal Reserve is a privately owned central bank which has been given the authority by the US Congress to create money, something which under any other circumstances would be called counterfeiting. Created by act of Congress in 1913 and signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson, the Federal Reserve now exercises the power to create money originally granted to the government itself under the Constitution. It might be argued that such a dramatic reassignment of constitutional powers should have required a Constitutional Amendment, but that is a discussion for another article. What is germane is that the Federal Reserve system is unstable because by design it creates more debt than it creates money with which to pay that debt. 

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The following article was first written in 1998. I am relinking it here not so much as to say "I told you so", but to point out that the long term economic future of the United States was obvious, or should have been obvious, to the people who are awarded lofty degrees and paid huge salaries to comprehend such things. Instead, the economists persisted in explaining away the visible signs of gathering troubles and earned their salaries by justifying why the policies that robbed the poor to give to the rich should continue unabated.

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By Bryant Harris and Leo Shane III

 

 

Soldiers with the Wichita Recruiting Company talk to visitors about joining the military at Hutchinson, Kansas on September 9, 2023. The soldiers hosted a booth at the Kansas State Fairgrounds to interact with the public and inform about enlistment opportunities and benefits. (Pfc. Aiden Griffitts/Army)

The House on Wednesday night advanced an $883.7 billion defense policy bill for fiscal 2025. It provides a 20% pay boost to junior enlisted troops while pushing back against the Defense Department’s shipbuilding and Air Force procurement plans.

The Armed Services Committee voted 57-1 to advance the Servicemember Quality of Life Improvement and National Defense Authorization Act to the House floor after considering more than 700 amendments during a roughly 12-hour markup. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., cast the single vote against the legislation.

The bill adheres to the spending caps from last year’s debt ceiling deal, allowing a 1% increase over the $874.2 billion FY24 defense policy bill.

“This bill is also the product of hundreds of hours of oversight done by all members and staff over the past few months,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mike Rogers, R-Ala., said ahead of the committee vote. “It is a good bill that will help revitalize the defense industrial base and build the ready, capable, and lethal fighting force we need to deter China and our other adversaries.”

The legislation would incrementally fund a second attack submarine for FY25 against the Pentagon’s wishes, block certain aircraft retirements and maintain restrictions on downsizing the U.S. nuclear arsenal.

The Navy, citing industrial base delays, only asked for one Virginia-class submarine for FY25 in a break from the two-per-year cadence. But the defense bill provides $1 billion toward funding for the second submarine and intends to provide additional funds for the vessel in future fiscal years.

Meanwhile, the bill would procure 58 F-35 fighter jets for FY25, 10 less than the Pentagon requested amid growing congressional frustration with manufacturer Lockheed Martin.

Rep. Seth Moulton, D-Ma., floated – then withdrew – an amendment that would have authorized the defense secretary to seize intellectual property from Lockheed Martin and open it up to competition, taking aim at the F-35′s software problems.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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A coalition of House Republicans, led by Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, has introduced a bold measure aimed at dismantling the Federal Reserve System, signaling a renewed push to overhaul the nation’s monetary policy.

The legislation, dubbed the “Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act,” proposes the elimination of both the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and all Federal reserve banks, while also repealing the Federal Reserve Act.

Massie, in a press release, attributed the move to what he sees as the Federal Reserve’s role in exacerbating inflation and economic instability. He criticized the central bank’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, accusing it of flooding the economy with excess liquidity, thereby devaluing the dollar and fueling inflation.

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The Biden administration’s Justice Department is facing mounting criticism over its handling of multiple lawsuits against pro-life activists, with accusations of selective enforcement and political bias casting a shadow over the proceedings.

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Many Nikki Haley supporters in the Republican primary voted for her because she said Donald Trump was unfit for office. Although some will vote for Trump over Biden regardless of what happens between now and Election Day, Trump likely needs at least 90% of the Republican vote in our highly polarized political climate to win the presidency. (RELATED: Biden Campaign Discreetly Meets With Top Haley Supporters After Trump Endorsement)

Trump knows this of course, which is why he's trying to reconcile with Haley, who called him “unstable and unhinged” and whom he nicknamed “birdbrain.”

Despite months of bad blood, Trump's willingness to find a position for Haley proves that he's not resting on his laurels despite his edge in the national polls.

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The State Department hosted an event on Thursday bringing every major tech company together along with a representative from Israel to protect one single ethnic group from criticism online. 

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President Joe Biden announced the US would make Kenya a Major non-NATO Ally (MNNA) during President William Ruto’s visit to Washington. Countries that become MNNAs receive more access to American training, weapons, and technology. In exchange for Ruto agreeing to send Kenyan forces to Haiti, Biden lavished Nairobi with an upgraded military relationship. 

On Thursday, Biden informed Congress of his intent to make Kenya the 19th MNNA. “Kenya is one of the US Government’s top counterterrorism and security partners in sub-Saharan Africa,” the letter from the White House to the Capitol said. “And the designation will demonstrate that the US sees African contributions to global peace and security as equivalent to those of our Major Non-NATO Allies in other regions.”

Becoming a MMA will significantly upgrade Kenya’s military ties with the US. Nairobi will get access to advanced US weapons, training, and technology. The arms include depleted uranium anti-tank ammunition. 

Tags: AFRICA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Hungary is reevaluating its role in NATO, as it has no intention to take part in actions that could involve member states in the Ukraine conflict and lead to a direct clash with Russia, Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Friday.

Speaking on local Kossuth Radio, Orban stated that his country has already been relegated to the role of a non-participant within the US-led military bloc due to its stance on Ukraine, and Budapest is now working on legal ways to retain its membership but reserve the right to abstain from joining NATO operations it disagrees with.

“Hungary’s position must be redefined, our lawyers and officials are working on ways to allow Hungary to continue to exist as a NATO member without participating in NATO activities outside the bloc’s territory. We need to create a new approach, a new definition for our position as a pro-peace force within NATO,” Orban said.

Tags: EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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by Nick Turse and Tom Engelhardt Posted on May 24, 2024

Yes, the number of deaths in Gaza in the last seven months is staggering. At least, 35,000 Gazans have reportedly perished, including significant numbers of children (and that’s without even counting the possibly 10,000 unidentified bodies still buried under the rubble that now litters that 25-mile-long stretch of land). But shocking as that might be (and it is shocking!), it begins to look almost modest when compared to the numbers of civilians slaughtered in America’s never-ending Global War on Terror that began in the wake of the 9/11 attacks and, as Nick Turse has reported in his coverage of Africa, never really ended.

In fact, the invaluable Costs of War project put the direct civilian death toll in those wars at 186,694 to 210,038 in Iraq, 46,319 in Afghanistan, 24,099 in Pakistan, and 12,690 in Yemen, among other places. And don’t forget, as that project also reports, that there could have been an estimated 3.6 to 3.8 million (yes, million!) “indirect deaths” resulting from the devastation caused by those wars, which lasted endless years – 20 alone for the Afghan one – in South Asia, the Middle East, and Africa.

Today, Nick Turse reports on how the Pentagon has largely avoided significant responsibility for civilian deaths from its never-ending air wars, not to speak of failing to compensate the innocent victims of those strikes. The civilian death toll in this country’s twenty-first-century conflicts is, in fact, a subject he’s long focused on at TomDispatch in a devastating fashion. In 2007, he was already reporting on how the U.S. military was quite literally discussing “hunting” the “enemy.” (“From the commander-in-chief to low-ranking snipers, a language of dehumanization that includes the idea of hunting humans as if they were animals has crept into our world – unnoticed and unnoted in the mainstream media.”) And when it comes to the subject of killing civilians without any significant acknowledgment or ever having to say you’re sorry, he’s never stopped. ~ Tom Engelhardt

Constant Killing: Despite Blood on Its Hands, The Pentagon Once Again Fails to Make Amends

by Nick Turse

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Responding to the International Court of Justice’s order demanding it halt Rafah operations to endanger Palestinian civilians, Israeli politicians accuse the tribunal of antisemitism and support for terrorism.

“There should only be one answer to the irrelevant order of the antisemitic court in The Hague: the occupation of Rafah, the increase of military pressure and the complete defeat of Hamas,” tweets National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir. “Our future does not depend on what the gentiles will say, but on what the Jews will do,” he adds, quoting Israel’s first Prime Minister David Ben-Gurion.

Had this “antisemitic court” been active during the Holocaust, “it would undoubtedly have issued orders against the Allies,” declares Negev, Galilee and National Resilience Minister Yitzhak Wasserlauf who is in Ben Gvir’s party.

“Those who demand that the State of Israel stop the war, demand that it decree the cessation of its existence — we will not agree to that,” argues Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich. “We will continue to fight for ourselves and for the entire free world. History will judge who today stood by the Nazis of Hamas and ISIS.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Judging by developments over the past several weeks, it would appear that nothing going on in Washington matters quite as much as defending Israel no matter what the Jewish state does. The White House and its befuddled leader President Joe Biden are obsessed with every twist and turn of the Israel and media shaped narrative, basing it on two key words “terrorism” and “antisemitism.” It plays out like this: Israel is a victim of terrorism from enemies seeking to destroy it and those who criticize the Israeli “self-defense” response are motivated by nothing less than antisemitism. It is also being claimed ludicrously in Washington that Israel is fully capable of investigating itself if war crimes actually were committed, something that it never has done, note particularly the lack of any follow-up in cases involving the recent killing of American citizens.

The necessity to support what are obviously parts of a suspect exculpatory narrative has administration clowns like Karine Jean-Pierre, Matthew Miller, John Kirby and Antony Blinken falling over themselves trying to explain developments using arguments which are frequently clearly based on lies. Sometimes the lies are huge, like the Blinken claims that the US foreign policy does not favor Israel and treats everyone the same, or that a thorough State Department investigation has failed to sustain the claims that Israel is engaging in war crimes to possibly include genocide.

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In a desperate attempt to stave off a humiliating defeat in Ukraine, “Secretary of State Antony Blinken has reportedly asked President Biden to greenlight Ukrainian missile strikes on targets deep inside Russia.” The change in policy will have no material impact on the ongoing ground war in Ukraine, although it could trigger a response that would put NATO in direct conflict with Moscow. In short, Washington’s looming defeat in Ukraine has compelled administration decisionmakers to implement a strategy that could precipitate a Third World War. This is from the New York Times:

Since the first American shipments of sophisticated weapons to Ukraine, President Biden has never wavered on one prohibition: President Volodymyr Zelensky had to agree to never fire them into Russian territory, insisting that would violate Mr. Biden’s mandate to “avoid World War III.”

But the consensus around that policy is fraying. Propelled by the State Department, there is now a vigorous debate inside the administration over relaxing the ban to allow the Ukrainians to hit missile and artillery launch sites just over the border in Russia — targets that Mr. Zelensky says have enabled Moscow’s recent territorial gains….

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Widely circulating social media images appear to confirm that the US military has deployed a C-RAM system (Counter-Rocket, Artillery, and Mortar) to safeguard the pier from aerial attacks such as drones or rockets.

Videos suggest it has already seen some action, possibly having taken out a drone flying nearby. Or else, it may have been a planned live-fire test to ensure its positioning and capabilities once installed. The C-RAM is relied upon to protect US forward operating bases elsewhere in the Middle East, as well as places like the US Embassy in Baghdad's Green Zone.

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Russia's Vladimir Putin is ready to halt the war in Ukraine if a negotiated ceasefire that recognises the current battlefield lines can be agreed, Russian sources claim.

Three of the sources, familiar with discussions in Putin's entourage, told Reuters the veteran Russian leader had expressed frustration to a small group of advisers about what he views as Western-backed attempts to stymie negotiations and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's decision to rule out talks.

'Putin can fight for as long as it takes, but Putin is also ready for a ceasefire to freeze the war,' said another of the insiders, a senior Russian source who has worked with Putin and has knowledge of top level conversations in the Kremlin.

He, like the others cited in this story, spoke on condition of anonymity given the matter's sensitivity.

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Meta has suspended the Facebook and Instagram accounts of a right-wing Israeli group called Tzav 9, responsible for organising attacks on aid convoys to the Gaza Strip.

The Tzav 9 group has been blocking aid convoys en route for Gaza since January, arguing that Palestinians should not be able to access aid until the hostages taken by Hamas on 7 October 2023 are released.

Last week, the group claimed responsibility for blocking a shipment from Jordan at the Tarqumiya checkpoint in the Hebron Hills region, spilling some of the goods from the trucks onto the ground.

Later that day, two trucks from the convoy were set on fire, according to Israeli media.

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Vladimir Putin has, in the last few hours, apparently once again reiterated he is ready to authorise talks with the aim of arriving at a settlement with Ukraine that once more brings peace. 

Putin, in my opinion, is doing something eminently sensible. 

I believe he knows that new elections will be held in Ukraine once a peace settlement is agreed and that these will lead ultimately to renewed peace. Those elections, he knows, will bring to power Ukrainian politicians seeking permanent peace with Russia and with it, permanent neutrality. The Ukrainian people, heartily sick of the war, will certainly wish an end to the possibility of future war. They will thus vote in political representatives who also hold this view. 

Russia is already renewing the infrastructure in the lands that have become part of the Russian Federation since February 24th 2022, and is bringing to the people there all the many social, financial and health benefits that all citizens of the Russian Federation enjoy. The people in the new regions will prosper and Ukrainians seeking work will migrate there and it is inevitable too that trade between Ukraine and Russian will recommence in even greater measure than before. 

Tags: ECONOMY, ENERGY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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After a spate of similar Gladio-style black ops, the recent assassination attempt on the Prime Minister of Slovakia Robert Fico proves that the liberal wing of the NWO globalist cabal is out for blood as never before.

Slovak PM Fico shot:
The politician was wounded after
an assailant fired multiple shots

As for exactly why Fico was targeted for this political murder, the reasons are both obvious and several as explained in the following exposé.

Here’s why the NWO cabal just targeted the
Slovakian prime minster for assassination.

As always, the end goal of these highly politically disruptive and violent events is to trigger a color revolution in the nation targeted by NATO and the Western Intel Community.

Slovakia faces ‘civil war’ – Interior Minister

As for the established pattern of these assassinations and attempts, one need look no further than the stabbing of presidential candidate Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro in 2018.  Known as the Brazil’s Trump, the purpose behind that hit ought to painfully obvious to every conservative in the world by now.

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New York prosecutor Alvin Bragg’s key witness against Trump is Michael Cohen. The former Trump lawyer has long accused him of committing a crime. Cohen claimed that Trump broke the law by falsifying business records.

Yet legal experts have declared Cohen did more damage to the prosecution. His tarnished reputation and questionable claims could have undermined Democrats’ case against the former president.

Cohen even admitted during the trial that he stole tens of thousands of dollars from Trump. He might have even lied under oath about several key details. Now, it looks like House Republicans are fed up with this guy. And they are bombarding the DOJ with demands.

From The Post Millennial:
In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Wednesday, House Majority Whip Tom Emmer urged the Department of Justice leader to take “immediate action” on the criminal referrals issued by congressional committees for former Trump attorney Michael Cohen…

[Cohen] “been referred to the US Department of Justice (DOJ) on at least three separate occasions by Republicans on the House” Oversight and Judiciary Committees and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence “for committing perjury and knowingly making false statements during his testimony at a Congressional hearing and deposition.”

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It seems progressives stir up protests, now, every election year. Perhaps they hope to fearmonger voters into backing the candidate of their choice, through dangerous demonstrations and even rioting.

This year, the progressive left has chosen a losing battle to fight. Far-left Democrats are protesting U.S. ally Israel and its war against Hamas.

But progressives aren’t targeting Republicans in their fight to get America to abandon the one Jewish state in the world. They are becoming increasingly hostile to Democrats. Now, they are taking their fight all the way to the top. And they just gave one of Biden’s top officials a very bad day.

From The Post Millennial:
Code Pink protesters showed up in the Senate on Tuesday to protest the Biden administration and Secretary of State Antony Blinken. A staffer for the group was arrested as a result of the agitation in the congressional chamber…

The agitators held up their hands, covered with red paint, and accused Blinken of being the “secretary of genocide.” They chanted the same phrases over and over, including “how embarrassing,” “war criminal,” “bloody butcher Blinken,” and other insults.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Since 2018, George Soros has funded the elections of numerous district attorneys. The radical progressive had put into power leftists who believed in “criminal justice reform.” In other words, Democrats who want to defund cops and put criminals back on the streets.

These radical DAs have won elections all over the country, including in red states. Republican governors and leaders have been able to shut down their radical agenda.

But in many blue cities and counties, these Soros-backed leftists have left devastation in their wake. In some cases, voters have fought back and removed them. One DA seemed entrenched, given how progressive his city has become. But not even the liberals of Portland were putting up with him anymore.

From The Post Millennial:
On Tuesday night, voters in Multnomah County, Oregon fired one-term George Soros-backed incumbent District Attorney Mike Schmidt…

The Oregon Bureau of Labor & Industries found last year substantial evidence in favor of former prosecutor Amber Kinney, who alleged when she quit in 2022 that Schmidt had created a “workplace culture of fear, intimidation, and retaliation,” and had set women’s advancement in the office back by “decades.” …

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It has been astonishing to watch the unraveling of the news media ever since then-candidate Donald Trump announced his entrance into the race for the White House. The once liberal-leaning news media has since transformed into a radical, leftist wing of the Democrat party that admittedly is willing to do almost anything to destroy former President Trump.

Leftist media personalities have banded together to attack Trump by any means necessary, even lying about him. These supposed journalists, especially the ones who once served in a political capacity for Joe Biden, are vicious in their tactics.

One former Biden administration lackey decided to write a book about her time in the White House. Now one of the “truths” she shared for all the world to see may get her hauled before Congress.

From the Washington Examiner:
Former White House press secretary and current MSNBC host Jen Psaki could face a subpoena from the House Foreign Affairs Committee over a false claim she made about President Joe Biden in her book.

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Our president and his press secretaries seem to lie with every word they say and deny facts that anyone with a pair of eyes can see for themselves.

Scientists and doctors, formerly among the most trusted members of our society, lie to foster popular environmental theories and get government grants, or to promote Big Pharma and deter people from effective treatments.

Our news media no longer report the news; they shape the news as instructed

Our news media no longer report the news; they shape the news as instructed.

Here is just a sample of commonly promoted lies starting in 2020…

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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President Joe Biden's new advisor for migration is a foreign-born advocate of open borders, a classic case of the fox guarding the henhouse.

The National Pulse named this new advisor as Marcela Escobari, currently assistant administrator for Latin America and the Caribbean at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The international development specialist born in the city of Santa Cruz de la Sierra in Bolivia is unlikely to advance or support any measures to seriously stem the flow of migrants into the U.S., according to the outlet.

Escobari's stint at USAID was her second, as she had previously served in the same capacity under former President Barack Obama from May 2016 to January 2017. Biden then nominated her in 2021 for the same posting, with the Senate confirming her appointment in December of that year. Escobari assumed the position in January 2022, and has been there since.

But two insider sources familiar with the matter told Axios that Biden brought in Escobari to be part of the National Security Council (NSC). According to the outlet, the USAID official will serve as the NSC's coordinator for the Los Angeles Declaration, a 2022 pledge among 21 governments in the Americas to work together on migration.

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The recent arrests of five top Russian military officers are likely just the first of dozens of military figures who will be jailed in a sweeping purge by the security services, Russian government officials and sources close to the Kremlin and the Defense Ministry told The Moscow Times.

Ostensibly an effort to stamp out military corruption, the Federal Security Service (FSB) is going after high-ranking generals in hopes of pinning the blame for the botched 2022 invasion of Ukraine on the military’s top brass and taking control of the distribution of the army’s vast budget — all with the Kremlin’s tacit approval.

But the arrests risk throwing the army into disorder at a time when Moscow is seeking to capitalize on Kyiv’s weapons shortages and press further into Ukrainian territory.

All of The Moscow Times’ sources requested anonymity in order to discuss a sensitive matter involving both the military and the FSB.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via The Epoch Times,

The famed historian and epidemiologist John M. Barry just threw out a trope that has become unbearably popular today. He predicted that in the future, artificial intelligence (AI) will make it possible to more perfectly enact pandemic lockdowns and develop vaccines.

“Artificial intelligence will perhaps be able to extrapolate from mountains of data which restrictions deliver the most benefits—whether, for example, just closing bars would be enough to significantly dampen spread—and which impose the greatest cost,” he writes.

“AI should also speed drug development.”

Maybe if you are an expert in anything these days and write in The New York Times, this is just what you say today to seem hip and with it, even if you have no idea what you are talking about. That’s the most likely reason.

Even so, this constant invocation of AI as the future solution to all problems is getting extremely annoying.

Can you imagine a world in which AI demands that your favorite local watering hole needs to shut? I can easily imagine it. I can also imagine local media citing AI as the final authority such that no human arguments can get in the way.

There is nothing new under the sun.

Every time a fancy new technology appears on the horizon, the experts emerge from the firmament to assure us that it will solve every human problem in the future.

And they always advocate that it be made the core of government policy, thus fixing all the problems with government that everyone has known from all ages. Thanks to this brilliant thing, it will be different this time.

This is exactly what happened with computers, starting in the mid-1950s once they became available. The new claim was everywhere: Computers would make the central planning called socialism possible. This claim was conjured up as an answer to an intractable problem that had vexed intellectuals since the 1920s.

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Israel must halt military operations in Rafah. The court made the ruling after South Africa appealed to the court to take action as Israeli military operation in the southern region of Gaza has displaced nearly a million people and prevented aid deliveries. Tel Aviv said the court’s decision will not stop Israeli forces from achieving their objectives in Gaza.

On Friday, ICJ President Nawaf Salam announced the court had ruled 13-2 that Israel must halt military operations in Rafah, open border crossings to aid deliveries, and allow investigators into Gaza. The ruling came after oral argument from South Africa, who requested the ICJ order Tel Aviv to halt the offensive, and Israel.

Late last year, Pretoria initially filed accusations of genocide against Israel at the World Court. In January, the ICJ issued a preliminary ruling that it was plausible that Israel was committing a genocide against the people of Gaza but stopped short of ordering Israel to halt military operations in the Strip.

After Israel launched an assault on Rafah earlier this month, South Africa asked the court to issue an explicit ruling ordering Israel to halt the offensive. Prior to the court issuing the ruling, Israeli officials said they would not comply with any demand to halt the offensive.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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As Russian forces are capturing more territory in eastern Ukraine, President Vladimir Putin is willing to end the war across the current frontlines, according to Reuters. Ukrainian officials rejected the offer.

Four sources speaking with Reuters said that Putin was prepared to freeze war along the current frontlines but was willing to keep fighting if Ukraine and its Western backers rebuked the offer for negotiations. “Putin can fight for as long as it takes, but Putin is also ready for a ceasefire – to freeze the war,” one source said, describing Putin’s position.

When asked by Reuters about talks, Putin responded, “Let them resume.”

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