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Hezbollah’s Deputy Secretary-General Naim Qassem warned Saturday that full-scale war will not bring residents of northern Israel home, but rather end their presence there “once and for all,” as Hezbollah attacks on the north and Israel strikes in Lebanon continued.

“[Israeli Defense Minister Yoav] Gallant threatens us that if we don’t stop the attacks, he will attack Lebanon to return the residents of the north to their homes,” he said, in a statement quoted in Hebrew media.

“I say to Gallant that this war will not only cause the residents to not return to their homes but will push their return further and further away and is likely to end their presence once and for all,” he added.

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In a post on Truth Social on Friday, Trump wrote, “RFK Jr. is a Democrat “Plant,” a Radical Left Liberal who’s been put in place in order to help Crooked Joe Biden, the Worst President in the History of the United States, get Re-Elected.”

Warning that voting for Kennedy would be a waste of votes, he added, “A Vote for Junior’ would essentially be a WASTED PROTEST VOTE, that could swing either way, but would only swing against the Democrats if Republicans knew the true story about him.”

The former president then went on to expose Kennedy’s record on issues dear to Republicans such as border security and Second Amendment rights.

“Junior’ is totally Anti-Gun, an Extreme Environmentalist who makes the Green New Scammers look Conservative, a Big Time Taxer and Open Border Advocate, and Anti-Military/Vet,” he wrote.

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The airline industry received unsettling news on Thursday in a possible signal that deep financial losses could spell trouble for some carriers. Southwest Airlines announced that it will lay off roughly 2,000 employees and end operations at four major airports.

The company is far from the only transportation provider to struggle in the first quarter of 2024. American Airlines also reported heavy losses as it tried to ride out delays in Boeing deliveries and rising labor costs.

Boeing is currently slashing its delivery schedule due to well-documented recent troubles. This means both carriers are unable to add flights to keep pace with travel demand.

Webmaster addition: It's always sad to see this sort of thing. When we lived in Hawaii, we saw Aloha Airlines go out of business.

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by Dave DeCamp The US and Israel are working together to prevent the International Criminal Court from issuing an arrest warrant for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other high-level Israeli officials, Israeli media has reported. Haaretz reported that the Israeli government is working under the assumption that arrest warrants for Netanyahu, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, and IDF Chief-of-Staff Herzi Halevi could be issued as soon as this week. The report said that the US is already engaged in an effort to block the warrants. Walla reported that Netanyahu is “under unusual stress” over the potential warrants and is leading a “nonstop push over the telephone” to prevent them with a focus on contact with the Biden administration. In a statement on Friday, Netanyahu said an arrest warrant wouldn’t stop Israel’s mass slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza.

 “Under my leadership, Israel will never accept any attempt by the International Criminal Court in the Hague to undermine its basic right to defend itself,” he said. “While decisions made by the court in the Hague will not affect Israel’s actions, they will set a dangerous precedent that threatens soldiers and public figures.” 

Neither the US nor Israel are parties to the ICC, and the US has a contentious history with the court. In 2002, then-President George W. Bush signed a bill into law that would authorize the use of force to free any US service members or government officials brought to the ICC, which is based in the Hauge. 

The controversial law, known as the American Service-Members’ Protection Act, authorizes the US to use “all means necessary and appropriate to bring about the release of any US or allied personnel being detained or imprisoned by, on behalf of, or at the request of the” ICC, and is nicknamed the Hague Invasion Act. The Trump administration sanctioned ICC officials for their investigation into alleged US war crimes in Afghanistan. The Biden administration reversed the sanctions but continued to put pressure on the court, which worked since the ICC announced it would “deprioritize” its investigation of US forces in Afghanistan 

Claire's Observations: Mr. Prime Minister your attempt to conflate "self defense" with "ethnic cleansing and genocide" absolutely won't work at this juncture in the 21st century. 

The images of dead, starving and maimed for life women and children are irrefutably present, courtesy of some very ballsy reporters, who braved Israeli bombs and bullets to bear witness to your carnage in Gaza. And once seen by a shocked, civilized world, these images cannot be unseen.

 Your country has now won the very dubious prize of the "Assassination Nation" in the Middle East, now even outdoing Saudi Arabia in summary,extrajudicial executions. No judge; no jury; just a bomb destroying residential buildings and hospitals, or a bullet in head, courtesy of an IDF sniper. 

Sir, these acts of your government tar the memories of the good people advocating for a Biblical physical space in the Middle East, and may well risk any potential future Israel might have in the region. And all the nuclear weapons you possess, may not save you, in the long run

 And the ICC Indictment?!? The US government loves it when it is against country leadership they despise, but hate it when it is against a government, and individuals, the US supports; it's just that simple.

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Well, all laughs aside, it seems there may be more to this group of NAFO misfits than just a bunch of societal dropkicks cheering for corrupt Ukraine. A whistleblower has come forward, alleging that what’s really happening is a massive “troll farm” operation owned and operated by the CIA to influence American voters and the 2024 election. It doesn’t seem so far-fetched, does it? Not in today’s politically weaponized America. We’re starting to look and feel more like North Korea every single day.

Let freedom ring!

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“Yeah, honestly. The funny thing is they’re, like, ‘Do not disclose this as an ad’ because they [were], like, ‘Technically, it’s not a product, so you don’t have to disclose it’s an ad.’ Because I think they just wanted, like, some edgy girl of color to just tell people — like when they nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson, they’re, like, ‘Can you say ‘as a person of color,’ you know, that you feel ‘reflected?”” Khalidi relayed.

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President Joe Biden’s 2024 reelection bid took a hit after a union apprentice detailed how his group support has shifted from the president to his predecessor, former president Donald Trump.

Steamfitters Union apprentice Jason Murray told Fox News’s “Jesse Watters Primetime” on Thursday that his union supported Biden in 2020 but got burned after the president’s policy caused thousands of his colleagues to lose their jobs.

“Yeah, just four years ago you could even see that our union said to support Biden,” Murray told host Jesse Walters. “Immediately the week after he got into office and took over, laid off 10,000 of our workers. Some of my brothers. Laid them off. The job was gone. They were out working on the pipeline, [he] shut down the pipeline. Now all these guys that had jobs, out there working trying to provide for their family, they don’t have a job anymore.”

Walter noted that Biden did not apologize to union members who lost their jobs.

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A new Rasmussen Reports survey revealed that 57% of the country believes too much aid is being funneled out of the country. These results followed the recent congressional approval of tens of billions in new foreign aid, and voters may have reached their limit of generosity.

Despite heavy opposition from some House Republicans, Congress passed yet another $95 billion aid package for Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan.

The survey revealed that, besides the majority who believe lawmakers are sending too much money out of the country, only a paltry 10% found it to be too little. Another 23% were happy with the current level of foreign funding.

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AI is used to compose music, suggests recipes and make investment decisions, but a company has designed a system that can edit human genes.

California-based Profluent Bio developed a system capable of creating a range of bespoke cures for disease by developing molecules that have never existed in nature.

DailyMail.com spoke to Ali Madani, CEO of Profluent Bio, who said the AI-made gene editors have been tested in human cells, which demonstrated high levels of functionality while not editing unintended sites in the DNA.

The AI was trained on a database of 5.1 million CRISPR-associated (Cas) proteins, allowing it to create potential molecules that could be used in gene editing.

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An Emory University professor has claimed she was arrested at a pro-Palestine protest on campus after she told police officers to stop hitting a student. 

Noëlle McAfee, who leads the philosophy department at the school in Atlanta, was seen on video being led away in handcuffs on Thursday afternoon. 

She claimed she was arrested after intervening in an incident where a young protester was thrown to the ground by officers and being pummeled. 

'I was watching them pummel somebody, I said, "no." And they arrested me,' she told 11Alive

The lecturer added that it is a misconception that she was there to support the Palestinian protest but that she was 'standing up for students and their freedom of expression'.

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Yemen’s Houthi rebels on Saturday claimed shooting down another of the U.S. military’s MQ-9 Reaper drones, airing footage of parts that corresponded to known pieces of the unmanned aircraft.

The Houthis said they shot down the Reaper with a surface-to-air missile, part of a renewed series of assaults this week by the rebels after a relative lull in their pressure campaign over the Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip.

U.S. Air Force Lt. Col. Bryon J. McGarry, a Defense Department spokesperson, acknowledged to The Associated Press on Saturday that “a U.S. Air Force MQ-9 drone crashed in Yemen.” He said an investigation was underway, without elaborating.

The Houthis described the downing as happening Thursday over their stronghold in the country’s Saada province.

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This week saw U.S. President Joe Biden proclaiming the Congressional passing of $61 billion in additional military aid to Ukraine as “a good day for world peace”. Biden’s exaltation is ghoulish. The obscenity is that more Ukrainians will be sacrificed for Western imperialism and its brutal NeoNazi regime in Kiev.

The clueless, cynical Western media narrative is that a freedom-loving democratic Ukraine is bravely fighting against Russian aggression. Ukrainian men are, according to this fairytale, courageously battling to defend their country and to save the rest of Europe from Russian invasion.

That’s why the United States Congress this week passed a bill to send $61 billion in more military aid to Ukraine. President Biden had been desperately appealing to Congress to take a stand with Ukraine to defeat Russian aggression. America’s NATO allies have likewise reiterated the same nonsense mantra.

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The Supreme Court is hearing numerous cases this session. The way it rules could have tremendous repercussions for millions of Americans. Some of the cases relate to the rights of individual Americans. Others, major institutions within our country.

A group of lawmakers from a key 2024 swing state is bringing a case before the highest court. A lower court rejected their bid.

But this issue could affect the outcome of the election and the future of the country. And they are going after something Biden did that could tip the balance of government—and give Democrats an unlawful upper hand.

From Fox News:
A group of Pennsylvania state legislators have taken their fight for the right to sue President Biden over his election executive order (EO) to the Supreme Court.

A group of 27 state lawmakers are asking the high court to give them standing in a case challenging Biden’s March 2021 Executive Order 14019 on “promoting access to voting,” after a lower court ruled that they lacked standing, according to a petition for writ of certiorari that was filed on Tuesday…

The Elections Clause states that the “times, places and manner of holding elections for senators and representatives, shall be prescribed in each state by the legislature thereof.”

A group of Pennsylvania Republicans is petitioning the Supreme Court to give them standing to sue the Biden administration. The suit is over an executive order Joe Biden signed that seeks to use the federal government to push a “get out the vote” effort that benefits Democrats.

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New details about Jim Biden’s foreign fundraising efforts are spilling out in a Kentucky bankruptcy court, where recent testimony indicates that President Joe Biden’s brother partnered with Qatari government officials in his quest to find money for U.S. health care ventures.

The sworn testimony by fund manager Michael Lewitt, a former business partner of Jim Biden’s, attests that two companies that facilitated the efforts were part-owned by “members of the Qatari government.”

One company named in the testimony partnered directly with Jim Biden in the multi-year fundraising efforts.

The second company provided financial backing for a series of loans that a hospital chain paid Jim Biden to arrange, according to documents and testimony Lewitt submitted in the course of the federal bankruptcy proceedings.

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Hundreds of migrants have started arriving daily at the border just south of El Paso via overloaded freight trains on a line nicknamed “The Beast,” after the Mexican government stopped cracking down on people hitching rides.

In response to an expected spike in illegal crossing attempts, Texas National Guard soldiers have been issued non-lethal pepperball ammo to deter would-be border crossers from attempting to sneak over in the fortified areas around points of entry, a National Guard source told The Post.

The soldiers have been armed with “thousands” of pepper balls and the source adds, “It’s on like Donkey Kong right now,” pointing out more troops are also being called in as reinforcements. The first train arrived Wednesday in Juarez, directly south of El Paso, with hundreds of migrants offloading, according to Border Report.

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Authored by Mark Jeftovic via BombThrower.com,

Real world “cancer cure” eerily mirrors zombie flick setup

If anybody remembers the opening  segment from the Will Smith zombie apocalypse flick I Am Legend, it starts with a comically ironic scene wherein a precocious female scientist, endearingly played by Emma Thompson proudly announces a “cure for cancer” that involves reprogramming the measles virus to act more beneficially toward its human host – thereby eradicating cancer cells, and thus, the disease itself:

The scene cuts… to the apocalyptic fall of New York City, which we learn is occurring globally because that cancer cure didn’t actually cure cancer – it instead turned into a contagious virus (stop me if you’ve heard this one before), and wiped out 90% of the population. Then it turned most of the survivors into zombies.

The movie is itself a reboot of the 1971 film “Omega Man” starring Charleston Heston, and both are based on the 1954 Richard Matheson novel  titled “I Am Legend”.

When I saw a tweet from the Right Said Fred guys this morning, I could not get over how uncannily this real world clip of a female scientist extolling the benefits of an MRNA vaccine that cured cancer in mice rhymed with the Hollywood dramatization years earlier:

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Source: Bloomberg

The currency pain was all focused in the Japanese market as EUR and GBP strengthened against the USD...


Perhaps even more notably, the yen puked relative to the Chinese yuan, hitting 22 for the first time since 1992 and putting further pressure on Beijing to potentially do something.

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What is it about the BBC? Its veteran eco-warrior Chris Packham was challenged on Laura Kuenssberg's BBC1 show last week to prove his claim that extreme weather events such as the flooding in Dubai were caused by carbon emissions.

But instead Packham launched an attack on Toby Young, editor of the Daily Sceptic blog which casts doubt on the Springwatch presenter's arguments.

Packham told the programme: '[The evidence] doesn't come from Toby Young's Daily "Septic" [sic] which is put together by a bunch of professionals with close affiliations to the fossil industry.'

Young swiftly issued a statement defending The Daily Sceptic: 'Neither I nor any of the other people who put it together have any affiliations to the fossil fuel industry.'

Not only did Kuenssberg fail to challenge Packham, she later tweeted a video of his baseless claim, which garnered almost 850,000 views. Auntie was then forced into deleting the programme from iPlayer after Young complained.

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Inflation is influenced by a wide range of complex factors, and a president’s actions in office can certainly play a role in affecting it.

Defined as a rise in prices, inflation is generally among the top concerns for consumers, as it makes everyday expenses such as gas, groceries, and utilities more expensive. As inflation rises, purchasing power decreases over time, meaning you get less for more money. 

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A hotel in one of New York City’s trendiest neighborhoods has been quietly converted into emergency housing for migrants for the past several months.

Mayor Eric Adams’ administration has recently awarded a $12.3 million emergency contract to a not-for-profit social service provider to run a “city sanctuary facility for families with children” at 235 Meeker Avenue in Williamsburg — the address of the Hotel Le Jolie.

The Department of Homeless Services issued the contract to the Brooklyn-based St. P.A.U.L.S. Inc. to manage the facility.

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In a bold and assertive move, the Niger junta has released a powerful video in English that exposes the United States' actions in Niger. This is the first time such a video has been made public since the junta took office, and it has already sparked intense reactions from both domestic and international audiences. The video is a scathing indictment of the United States' involvement in the country and leaves little doubt about Niger's firm stance against it. Tensions between the United States and Niger have been growing, with the latter demanding that US troops immediately leave the country. This video is a clear indication that Niger is not backing down and is willing to take whatever steps necessary to protect its sovereignty.

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 An email from Barclays seen by This is Money, shows that one customer will see his interest rate rise to 23 per cent compound in July, from its current rate of 13.1 per cent. 

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