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If you bought firearms or ammunition, or bought other goods at stores including Bass Pro Shop, Cabela's or Dick's Sporting Goods, it's just possible those transactions got the attention of federal agencies following the Jan. 6, 2021 protest at the U.S. Capitol, a new report from the House Judiciary Committee and its Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government.

According to an Executive Summary of the report, “Following January 6, the FBI shared an intelligence product titled ‘Domestic Violent Extremists Likely Emboldened in Aftermath of Capitol Breach,' prepared by the FBI, DHS, and the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), with financial institutions to alert them to individuals that may fit the profile of criminal and domestic violent extremists (DVEs).”

As if to add to the potential for paranoia, an unrelated Rasmussen survey released Thursday revealed that 52 percent of likely voters “believe it's likely that U.S. intelligence agencies are seeking to control the outcome of the 2024 presidential election, including 31% who consider it Very Likely.”

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It's possible to tell what's a good idea by seeing who supports it. Just as it's possible to tell a bad idea by seeing who praises it. We can thus insist that Sacramento State University did something very silly, given that Jezebel is supporting it:

As of Wednesday morning, California State University Sacramento (CSUS)—one of the largest schools in the California State system—announced it would take a different approach and listen to its students' demands for divestment from Israel.

Effectively, CSUS has given in to the activists. As we all know, once you give in to the activists then they'll be back with further demands – they've seen that you will give in.

Webmaster addition: This article has an obvious pro-Israel bias to it, but it also reveals their fear that the anti-war protests are working! One thing Israel does not like to do is lose money!

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by Tyler Durden


The end of Volodymyr Zelensky's five year term as president of Ukraine is set to end by the close of May, at least according to what was stipulated upon his getting elected, however, the government has made it clear there will be no new election.

Officials have cited martial law due to the Russian invasion to say that after his five-year term ends on May 21, there won't be a new election until after martial law and wartime regulations are lifted.

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Ukraine's Minister of Justice, Denys Malyuska, confirmed this in a fresh weekend interview with BBC News Ukraine. "The president's powers endure until the election of his successor. However, certain provisions of the Constitution are open to interpretation, inviting speculation or conspiracy theories," Malyuska said when asked about ongoing speculation over what happens after May 21st.

He explained, "There may be considerable debate and criticism, particularly considering that the Constitution's framers may not have fully anticipated the possibility of Ukraine being embroiled in a large-scale conflict, leading to some provisions being inadequately formulated."

When asked about appealing to a Constitutional Court in order to seek clarification, Malyuska said that it is ill-timed. Or in essence he said it won't happen and warned against such an effort.

"Such an appeal would imply legitimate questions and doubts, warranting resolution by the Constitutional Court. Given the country's communication and security challenges, openly questioning the president's legitimacy would be a grave error."

"Therefore, I see no merit in approaching the Constitutional Court presently. Perhaps, in the future, under different circumstances, it could be considered, but not at this juncture," Malyuska followed with.

Meanwhile, at a moment that Russia's new cross-border Kharkiv offensive is in full swing, President Zelensky is telling the nation not to panic:

Ukraine’s leader Volodymyr Zelenskiy called on his people not to panic amid Russia’s ongoing advance in the Kharkiv region that’s jeopardizing a local city.

Ukrainians should trust in their army defending the country’s northeastern border area and not “yield to emotions” despite the fierce fight there and the “extremely difficult” situation on the outskirts of Vovchansk, Zelenskiy said in his regular evening statement on Sunday.

"The advance in the Kharkiv region aims to stretch our forces and undermine their morale and motivation," Zelensky said. "Defense battles have never been simple, and they become even more challenging when an enemy manages to instill fear."

There are reports that Russian forces have been rapidly advancing in the north this weekend...

Claire's Observations: Professional legitimacy is not a given; it is earned.  And  Zelinsky has been "neutralized" by the events surrounding this war,  If Russia takes Kharkiv, which is Ukraine's second largest city, this is all over but the shouting.  And there is no DC "hopium/changium" which can change these facts on the ground., should this happen.

NATO, that military stepchild of the US, is going to go down to ignominious defeat here, and because of Russia's superior weaponry and troop strength have battered US and NATO troops so badly, the only logical thin to do, is sit Zelinsky down (or whoever they have in the wings to replace him) and tell him that he must sue for peace, and get the best possible deal he can from Russia.

But this seems not to be happening, and I have to wonder:  why?!?!?  And what will the US and NATO do, if Kiev falls?!?

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Acting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov is expected to continue in his position after a government reshuffle mandated by Vladimir Putin’s inauguration as president, the upper house of the Russian parliament announced on Sunday.

Lavrov, 74, has served as foreign minister in consecutive Russian governments since 2004. Before that, the career diplomat spent a decade representing Moscow at the UN. In the early 1990s, under President Boris Yeltsin, he held the position of deputy foreign minister.

The only minister to lose his post is Defense Minister Sergey Shoigu. He is set to lose the post of Minister of Defense of Russia to acting First Deputy Prime Minister Andrey Belousov. 

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President Trump drew a massive crowd in Wildwood, New Jersey.

Starting on Friday, the day before Trump’s rally began, hundreds of people lined up on the boardwalk and beach to be the first ones to pick their seats for Trump’s rally on Saturday.

On the day of the rally, videos on X showed Trump supporters stretched out for miles waiting to get into the event.

ABC 7 New York reported in total over 100,000 people came to Trump’s rally.

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Russia has launched a new offensive into northeastern Ukraine, aimed at Kharkiv and Sumy regions.  But the HUGE news about this isn't the invasion itself, it's the SYMBOL Russia is painting on this new force: ‘Rune of Gungnir’ -- the spear of Odin.

Below some imagery of the symbol and its appearance on Russian military vehicles:

Historically, the Varangian bogatyrs of Svyatoslav (Ancient Russia) marked their weapons & armor with such runes when they went to war against the Khazarian Khaganate.

There is now no longer any doubt, that Russia knows exactly who their enemy is.  

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After the Inauguration of Vladimir Putin to his fifth term as President of the Russian Federation, all Presidential Appointees tendered their resignations as is required under Russian law.  President Putin took this opportunity to appoint a new Defense Minister Andrey Belousov.

Andrey Removich Belousov,  born 17 March 1959 is a Russian economist and politician, who will begin serving as the Minister of Defense on May 14, 2024.

Belousov previously served as Deputy Prime Minister of Russia from January 2020 to May 2024. Previously, he was an Economic Assistant to the President of Russia and Minister of Economic Development.

Belousov, is a practicing Orthodox Christian. He has personally donated to and built a monastery in the Vladimir Oblast: “Russia must become the guardian of the traditions of Christian civilization. The era of globalism is over”

He studied economics at Moscow State University and graduated with honors in 1981.

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If the west wants to fight for Ukraine on the battlefield, Russia is prepared for it, acting Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov was quoted as saying by the state-run RIA new agency on Monday.

The Kremlin said last week that sending NATO troops into Ukraine would potentially be extremely dangerous, and that Moscow was closely watching a Ukrainian petition calling for such an intervention.

(Note: Lavrov is referred-to as "Acting" Foreign Minister because, under Russian Law, all high-ranking Presidential appointees must tender their resignation upon the Inauguration of a President.  Vladimir Putin was Inaugurated last week to his fifth term as President of the Russian Federation, and until Putin officially renames Lavrov as FOreign Minister, he is "acting" Foreign Minister.)

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Egypt says that next week, it will formally support South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

Israel’s former foreign minister tells Al Jazeera it represents an ‘unbelievable diplomatic blow to Israel.

Cairo's foreign ministry declared Egypt's intention in joining the lawsuit Sunday in a statement over the "exacerbating gravity and scope of Israeli atrocities against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip, and the continued perpetration of systematic practices against the Palestinian people."

It accuses Israel of targeting civilians, destroying Gazan infrastructure and displacing Palestinians, leading to an "unprecedented human crisis" in violation of international law, international humanitarian law and the Geneva Convention article related to the protection of civilians in times of war.

South Africa filed its case against Israel in late December, accusing the Middle Eastern country of genocide in its war against Iran-backed Hamas in Gaza. In late January, the World Court ordered Israel to take immediate steps to end atrocities in Gaza, but as the death toll continued to rise and conditions deteriorated in the Palestinian enclave, the African nation asked the World Court in March for additional emergency measures to be added to its ordered, which were granted.

Israel has not complied with the order, criticizing the proceedings, along with Western partners, as baseless.

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No matter how hard they work, millions of Gen Z Americans are just barely scraping by month after month, and many of them are seriously pissed off about it.  In fact, videos of Gen Z Americans ranting about the economy on TikTok have been racking up millions of views.  Many of those that are ranting about the economy absolutely hate the fact that no matter how much they try they can never seem to get ahead.  Others just keep getting deeper and deeper in debt because they can never seem to make enough money to pay all the bills.  And do you know who they are blaming for the pain that they are experiencing?  They are blaming those that belong to previous generations for wrecking the economy, and they are right.  We were handed the keys to the greatest economic machine in the history of the world, and for decades our leaders have been systematically destroying it.  The bright future that future generations of Americans were supposed to have has been wiped out, and Gen Z Americans are starting to realize that even more pain and suffering are ahead.

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by Tyler Durden
Sunday, May 12, 2024 - 07:00 PM

In the course of two years, California has turned a $100 billion surplus into a $73 billion deficit, forcing governor Gavin Newson (D) to propose painful (token) spending cuts on Friday while announcing his revised state budget.

California Governor Gavin Newsom unveils revised 2024-25 state budget on Friday, May 10 (photo: AP, Rich Pedroncelli)

When asked how the state was able to achieve such a monumental fail, Newsom - who claims the deficit is actually $27.6 billion (to which even AP called him out) - blamed a reduction in taxes from capital gains income, which surged in 2021 amid a raging stock market and plummeted in 2022. Then, in 2023, the state 'continued to collect less tax revenue than projected' due to capital loss carryovers. He also blamed "unexpected rain bombs" - which caused the IRS to extend the tax filing deadline for most California taxpayers in 2023 following severe winter storms. When those taxes were eventually collected, they were 22% below expectations, according to the Governor's office.


According to AP, Newsom will cut $6.7 billion set aside for doctors who treat Medicaid patients, cut off healthcare to 14,000 disabled migrants in their home, saving $94.7 million, and slashed $550 million that was headed towards state schools in order to build new facilities.

Republican State Senator Brian Dahle called the cuts a "hollow gesture, at best," adding "The governor's national ambitions have triggered a massive exodus of people and businesses creating an enormous revenue shortfall of personal and corporate income taxes."

"You can't have a good government without a strong private sector. Plain and simple, people are being priced out of California from bad policies and mismanagement," Dahle continued.

In total, Newsom is proposing $32.8 billion in cuts over two years - including an 8% cut to state operations, which he says will shore things up.

Of course, we know that's bullshit.

Refreshing your memory from early April, Mike Shedlock gave a sobering view into reality;

The City Journal founder Ed Ring comments on the Golden State Budget Fantasy

While finalizing the upcoming fiscal year’s state budget back in May 2022, California governor Gavin Newsom boasted of an extraordinary projected surplus: $97 billion. The governor immediately collaborated with an enthusiastic state legislature to spend it all. Of course, new spending on new programs and benefits tends to become permanent.

This has happened repeatedly in California. Between fiscal year 2012–13 and fiscal year 2022–23 (the year with the projected $97 billion surplus), per capita general-fund spending doubled, from just over $3,000 per resident to just under $6,000. (All figures are in 2022 inflation-adjusted dollars.)

The State Office of Legislative Analyst’s latest report projects a $73 billion dollar deficit for the next fiscal year. It won’t be easy to paper over this debt, but the state may use its opaque accounting system to hide the ball.

California’s general-fund budgets are reported on a cash basis. The state’s balance sheet, however, uses “accrual-based accounting.” Without getting too far into the weeds, this is an apples v. oranges situation. Instead of the algebraic perfection of private-sector income statements, balance sheets, and cash flows, government accounting provides no easy way to reconcile what you see on the budget.

Some watchdogs, however, have succeeded in cracking the code. John Moorlach, one of the only certified public accountants to serve in the California State Senate, just published a review of the state’s fiscal health, focusing on the balance sheet. According to Moorlach, California’s balance sheet is in trouble.

Moorlach declared in a March California Insider interview that the state “now has the largest unrestricted net deficit in the US: $222 Billion.” In plain English, Moorlach is saying that California’s state government accounts have liabilities that exceed assets by $222 billion. No matter how creative Newsom and his financial wizards may be, someday that money will have to be paid

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Authored by Jonathan Turley,

For those of us who have criticized the cancel culture in higher education for years, the attacks and shunning have been unrelenting. The media has played a role in that culture and none more prominently than the New York Times. Recently, however, the mob came for liberal professors and media who have remained silent for years as conservatives and others were targeted on campus.

Suddenly, there is a new interest in free speech and academic freedom, including by the Times editors who blamed cancel culture for the recent demonstrations and disruptions on campus.

Until good liberals were targeted on campus, cancel culture was treated as free speech. It did not matter that preventing others from speaking or being heard is the very antithesis of free speech.

The New York Times reached true infamy in the controversy over publishing Sen. Tom Cotton’s (R., Ark.) op-ed where he argued for the possible use of national guard to quell violent riots around the White House.

It was one of the lowest points in the history of modern American journalism. Cotton was calling for the use of the troops to restore order in Washington after days of rioting around the White House.  While Congress would “call in the troops” six months later to quell the rioting at the Capitol on January 6th, New York Times reporters and columnists called the column historically inaccurate and politically inciteful.

Reporters insisted that Cotton was even endangering them by suggesting the use of troops and insisted that the newspaper cannot feature people who advocate political violence. One year later, the New York Times published a column by an academic who had previously declared that there is nothing wrong with murdering conservatives and Republicans.

Later, former editors came forward to denounce the cancel culture at the Times and the censorship of opposing views.

At the same time, the Times has embraced “advocacy journalism.” Former New York Times writer (and now Howard University Journalism Professor) Nikole Hannah-Jones is a leading voice for advocacy journalism. Indeed, Hannah-Jones has declared “all journalism is activism.”

Now, however, liberal professors and writers are being targeted. After years of turning a blind eye to conservative and libertarian figures being purged from faculties or canceled in events, the Times is alarmed that

…students and other demonstrators disrupting college campuses this spring are being taught the wrong lesson — for as admirable as it can be to stand up for your beliefs, there are no guarantees that doing so will be without consequence.

What is most striking is how the editors chastise administrators for lacking the courage that they have not shown for years in standing up to their cultural warriors:

For several years, many university leaders have failed to act as their students and faculty have shown ever greater readiness to block an expanding range of views that they deem wrong or beyond the pale. Some scholars report that this has had a chilling effect on their work, making them less willing to participate in the academy or in the wider world of public discourse. The price of pushing boundaries, particularly with more conservative ideas, has become higher and higher…

It has not gone unnoticed — on campuses but also by members of Congress and by the public writ large — that many of those who are now demanding the right to protest have previously sought to curtail the speech of those whom they declared hateful

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German lawmakers from both the ruling coalition and the opposition support the idea of NATO imposing a no-fly zone over western Ukraine amid the conflict with Russia, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) has reported.

For its article on Saturday, the paper asked members of parliament about the proposal, earlier floated by the defense minister’s chief of staff, Nico Lange, who suggested that Russian missiles and drones targeting Ukrainian energy infrastructure and military installations could be shot down from the territory of neighboring Poland and Romania.

According to Lange, this would lead to the creation of a 70-km-wide safe zone on the border between the EU and Ukraine, while also allowing Kiev to re-deploy its own air defense systems, which are in short supply, from the west of the country to the front line.

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Students at Trinity College Dublin have ended a five-day encampment after the university pledged to cut ties with Israeli companies.

Student leaders claimed victory on Wednesday night for a US-style campaign that had disrupted the campus and blocked access to the Book of Kells.

Senior management made a deal with protesters, the university said in a statement. “Trinity will complete a divestment from investments in Israeli companies that have activities in the Occupied Palestinian Territory and appear on the UN blacklist,” it said. “Trinity will endeavour to divest from investments in other Israeli companies.”

Trinity’s supplier list contains just one Israeli company, which will remain until March 2025 for contractual reasons, said the statement.

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by Tyler Durden

When happens when your city pisses away all of your tax revenue on trying to feed, shelter and coddle activists and homeless people? You wind up having to make budget cuts. And, in Seattle, those cuts could be coming in the form of closing up to 20 elementary schools. 

The district’s budget deficit has reached more than $100 million, according to new reporting from MYNorthwest

And Superintendent Brent Jones' proposal for 'Well-Resourced Schools' might lead to the shutdown of over a quarter of the district's 73 elementary schools, the report says. 

According to the Seattle Public Schools, 29 of these schools have fewer than 300 students each, and are considered under-enrolled. The district warns that keeping these schools open may necessitate cuts or the elimination of preschool programs, a reduction in core staff, larger class sizes, and fewer curriculum offerings.

The plan has been met with considerable opposition from both parents and teachers, who expressed their concerns at Wednesday's meeting.

Ben Gitenstein, a parent of a student in the SPS district commented: “It’s not 20 schools, it’s 20 communities. All the kids who thought they knew who their next year’s teacher would be. All the local mom-and-pop stores that sell ice cream to the kids after school, they’re all going to be seriously impacted."

He continued: “Closing neighborhood schools is really bad for neighborhoods and it’s really bad for all of us because, at the end of the day, the real problem here is enrollment."

Superintendent Brent Jones commented: “We’re trying to make sure we’re focused on the students’ experience and not just a building.”

The report concluded stating that, at the meeting, Jones reflected on his own experiences as a student within SPS, noting that he attended four different elementary schools. He described each transition as a positive experience.

School closures, under his plan, would not take place until the 2025-2026 school year at the earliest. He is scheduled to present an initial recommendation at a school board meeting on June 10.

Good luck with that.

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  • The Russian army expanded the buffer zone in the Kharkiv region and took control of the villages of Krasne, Morokhovets, Oliinikove, Hatyshche;
  • Clashes continued near Stelmakhovka;
  • Russian forces repelled attacks near Sinkovka;
  • Russian forces advanced north of Ocheretyne;
  • Russian forces advanced west of Krasnoe;
  • Russian forces advanced northwest of Verbove;
  • Russian forces captured half of Krasnogorivka;
  • Russian forces eliminated 190 servicemen, two armoured vehicles, four pickups, one M777, one Msta-B howitzer, one M119 howitzer in the Kupyansk area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 620 servicemen, two tanks, 18 motor vehicles, one Braveheart artillery system, one M777, one D-20, three L-119 howitzers, three Gvozdika systems in the Donetsk area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 415 servicemen, two tanks, one Bradley infantry vehicle, one Kozak armoured vehicle, three motor vehicles, one Paladin system in the Avdeevka area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 125 servicemen, three motor vehicles, one M777 howitzer, one Msta-B howitzer, one artillery system in the Southern Donetsk area;
  • Russian forces eliminated 50 servicemen, two motor vehicles, six M777 howitzers, two Gvozdika artillery systems, three 122-mm D-30 howitzers in Kherson region;
  • Russian air defense forces intercepted 36 Ukrainian drones over the past day;
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  • Palestinian groups fired several rockets at Ashkelon;
  • Clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians are raging east of Jabalia;
  • Clashes continued in the Zaytoun area;
  • Israeli warplanes attacked Gaza City;
  • Israeli warplanes attacked Rafah City;
  • Palestinian groups attacked Karam Abu Salem area with several rockets;
  • UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres once again emphasized the demand for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza for humanitarian reasons;
  • More than 34,971 Palestinians were killed and more than 78,641 others were wounded as a result of Israeli airstrikes, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health;
  • The Israeli army admitted that one of its soldiers was killed in the Gaza Strip;
  • Israeli warplanes attacked al-Bureij camp;
  • Clashes continued near the Rafah crossing.
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Authored by Mike Shedlock via MishTalk.com,

Young Germans will have to choose between the Bundeswehr (military service) and unpaid social service work. Libertarians to a person, will call this slavery, because that is what it is.

Germany to Re-Introduce Slavery

Please consider the Eurointelligence headline story Germany to Re-Introduce Slavery

The headline might be bordering on the hysterical, but the big idea in German politics right now is to re-introduce the general draft. This is not happening because Germany expects to be at war. It is not about the military at all. Under the plans, young people, male and female, can choose between the Bundeswehr or a year of forced labour in the social services, essentially uncompensated.

The main reason we see is that their fiscal rules have depleted them with the resources to fund the Bundeswehr and critical social services like old-age care. For example, there is a big row going on right now within the coalition currently between Boris Pistorius, the defence minister, and Christian Lindner, over Pistorius’ demands for another €6bn for the Bundeswehr. The discussions on the reintroduction of the draft are at an early stage. They won’t affect the current budget dispute. But it could go some way to fix the Bundeswehr’s budget issues.

The SPD leader Lars Klingbeil sugar-coated the idea as giving young people an opportunity to serve the state at one point in their lives. Another underlying assumption is that young people are infinitely stupid. German high school goes until the age of 19. This is higher than elsewhere because German children do not start school until they are 6. With a year of enforced military or social services, they won’t start their studies or apprenticeship until they are 20. A Bachelor’s degree takes three, but this is usually not sufficient. So they will be 24 or 25 when they hit the labour market. This puts them at a distinct disadvantage to young people elsewhere.

We expect mass emigration as a result. Young Ukrainian men who try to escape the draft often do so at the risk of their lives. Romanian police have discovered bodies of young Ukrainians trying to swim through the Tisa river into Romania. Young Germans won’t have to swim through the Rhine. They can just go anywhere within the Schengen area, and study where they like. For a country that is facing structural labour shortages, the re-introduction of the draft is about the worst policy decision imaginable. The smart people will leave.

The political support is strengthening. The FDP has called for it. The SPD is also now in favour. The CDU says it is open to a discussion. The AfD will naturally support it. The Greens and the Left Party are opposed, but that won’t be enough to stop it.

Not an “Opportunity”

What’s being proposed is not an opportunity. It’s a mandate for servitude.

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by Tyler Durden

It has long been understood that most financial data provided by the Chinese government is propaganda designed to misrepresent the country's true economic circumstances.  At best, their statistics provide half the truth and the rest has to be discerned through deeper investigation.  When systemic crisis events take place in China it usually comes as a shock to much of the world exactly because they expend considerable resources in order to hide instability behind a thin veneer of fabricated progress.

The biggest story in China in the new millennia has been nation's debt explosion.  China's debt-to-GDP ratio is currently estimated at nearly 300% (official numbers), with most of the liabilities accrued in the past 15 years.  Chinese debt spending accelerated in part because of the global credit crash of 2008, but a lesser known factor is their entry into the IMF's Special Drawing Rights basket.  The process started around 2011 and the IMF requires any prospective applicant to take on a wide array of debt instruments before they can be added to the global currency mechanism. 

By the time of China's official inclusion in the SDR in 2016 they had nearly doubled their national debt.  After 2016 debt levels skyrocketed.

The debt problem is harder to quantify in China because of their communist structure posing as a free market structure.  Corporate debt in China has to be included into the national debt picture because of state funded enterprises and the level of government investment in property and industry.  

It is here where we find the most blatant warning signs of deflationary crisis, particularly in property markets and infrastructure development.  The CCP has put a "great information wall" in place to prevent accurate data from leaving the country, but some reports on China's failing infrastructure still escape.  China's export market is crumbling in the past year, in large part because western consumers are tapped out due to inflation.  However, what they prefer not to mention is the damage they did to themselves after three years of near constant covid lockdowns.  This destroyed their retail sector and things have only grown worse since.


Then there is the real estate market which has suffered extreme deflation over the past decade, with a larger drop expected in the next year.  China deliberately popped the housing market bubble as a means to disrupt what officials considered out of control speculation.  This led to the now famous "ghost towns" dotting the Chinese landscape; thousands of neighborhoods and high rises left unfinished and empty after development companies went bankrupt.  


One of the more disturbing trends in China, though, is the effort to use large infrastructure projects to hide the nation's deflationary decline.  China's propaganda machine is pervasive across the world and most people in the west assume  that China is on the cutting edge of progress because of videos on social media.  In reality, the Chinese have been building cheaply constructed and poorly designed false-front landmarks that look technologically impressive on the surface but fall apart in a matter of months.

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Authored by Thomas Brooke via ReMix News,

The U.K.'s cumulative net migration in the 25 years up to 1997 was just 68,000. In the 25 years to follow, cumulative net migration was at least 5.8 million," a damning new report co-authored by Britain's former immigration minister Robert Jenrick finds, exposing the myths perpetuated by the Western liberal mainstream

Mass immigration has not delivered the economic growth successive U.K. governments claimed it would and has contributed to rising pressure on public services, Britain’s former immigration minister, Robert Jenrick, has claimed in a report written in collaboration with a leading think tank.

The report by the Center for Policy Studies published this week offers several findings that challenge the Western liberal narrative that mass immigration fuels economic growth, provides a fiscal benefit, and is a force for good for European nations.

“The scale and composition of recent migration have failed to deliver the significant economic and fiscal benefits its advocates promised, while putting enormous pressure on housing, public services, and infrastructure,” it states.

The study found that net migration accounted for 89 percent of the 1.34 million increase in England’s housing deficit over the last decade, resulting in a housing shortage and pushing house prices to a record property-price-to-salary ratio.

It warned that Britain would have to build a home every five minutes night and day just to cope with the current levels of immigration. The 515,000 homes needed every year would be the equivalent of adding a city the size of Cardiff to the U.K. every year.

In an accompanying video, the co-authors explained that cumulative net migration in the 25 years leading up to former Labour Prime Minister Tony Blair’s 1997 election victory had been just 68,000. In the 25 years to follow, cumulative net migration was at least 5.8 million.

Claire's Observations:  Unfortunately,  in this country, we have few people with the "male attributes" to make such a statement, but when they do, the info is devastatingly clear.  

As reported at Newsweek.com, 2 February, 2024,  https://www.newsweek.com/illegal-immigration-costs-us-billions-biden-administration-policy-impact-taxpayer-burden-1866555   ".... the cost of illegal immigrants per year is a whopping s a $150.7 billion one, shared between federal and state governments, and that's just one year."

 I suspect this number may be very conservative, when one really looks at the total costs.

And the bottom line is, immigration needs to be looked upon by those immigrating as a privilege; not a right

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Authored by Mary West via The Epoch Times 

A study from the UK published in Nature Mental Health (NMH) on April 1, found that a healthy, balanced diet links to superior cognitive function, mental well-being, and brain health. It even increases gray matter, an effect associated with higher intelligence. The findings provide more evidence that the adage, “You are what you eat,” applies to both the mind and the body.

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The results were so robust that lead author Jianfeng Feng, a professor at the University of Warwick, emphasized the importance of adopting an optimal diet in childhood.

“Developing a healthy balanced diet from an early age is crucial for healthy growth,” he said in a press release. “To foster the development of a healthy balanced diet, both families and schools should offer a diverse range of nutritious meals and cultivate an environment that supports their physical and mental health.”

Diet Links to Striking Effects on Brain Health

While prior research indicates certain dietary patterns are associated with mental and cognitive effects, gaps and inconsistencies are present. To narrow the gaps, the NMH study used data on 181,990 individuals from the UK Biobank to identify dietary patterns and how they link to brain structure, blood biomarkers, genetic changes, mental health, and cognitive function.

Analysis of food preferences and consumption revealed that people fall into one of four main dietary patterns:

  • Subtype 1—a higher preference for vegetables, fruits, and proteins and a lower preference for starches
  • Subtype 2—resembles a vegetarian diet, with a higher preference for vegetables and fruit and a lower preference for proteins
  • Subtype 3—an unhealthy diet low in fiber, with a higher preference for proteins and snacks and a lower preference for vegetables and fruits
  • Subtype 4—a healthy diet, consisting of balanced preferences among all food groups

A primary discovery was that food preferences affect the adaptability of the brain, which can lead to structural changes that influence mental and cognitive health. Secondly, a directional link exists between mental and cognitive health—meaning mental health plays a role in cognition.

Further Findings

Vegetarian Diet Links to Increased Mental Conditions

Subtype 2, the vegetarian diet, linked to a higher incidence of mental health symptoms, including anxiety, depression, self-harm, and psychosis. People in this group had more gene variants in mental health, which suggests the possibility that genetic susceptibility may underlie increased mental health conditions.

Unhealthy Diet Links to Inflammation and Mental Disorders

Subtype 3, the unhealthy diet, high in protein but low in fiber, had lower well-being scores than other subtypes. Individuals in this group had a higher likelihood of anxiety, depression, and stroke than those in the healthy, balanced subtype 4 diet. These results are consistent with earlier research that associates dietary quality with well-being.

The authors theorized that this link may stem from the effects of high-fat foods, which increase the release of inflammatory factors and cause gut bacteria to permeate through intestinal walls. Blood and biomarker evidence supported this theory, as subtype 3 had higher levels of substances indicating inflammation than subtype 4. These findings are in line with earlier studies, such as a 2020 review, that associate an unbalanced diet with a higher likelihood of mental disorders.

Diet Affects Brain Structure

One difference in structure involved gray matter volume (GMV). Gray matter is the part of the brain that processes information, versus white matter, the part of the brain that permits communication between gray matter regions.

The unhealthy subtype 3 diet had significantly lower GMV in 11 brain regions, compared with the balanced subtype 4 diet. This concurs with earlier studies, such as a 2017 study, that link a diet plentiful in antioxidants, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids to higher GMV. It is also consistent with research associating diets high in protein, trans-fat, and saturated fat to lower GMV.

Diet also affects white matter, with subtype 3 showing poorer integrity in this structure than subtype 4. This was noted in an array of brain regions involved in memory, cognition, motivation, emotions, and sensory and motor symptoms. It also corroborates prior studies, such as a 2016 study, that indicate healthy dietary components are associated with increased white matter integrity.

Diet Affects Cholesterol and Fat Biomarkers

Biomarkers appeared to be sensitive reflectors of diet quality. The balanced subtype 4 diet had higher levels of HDL, “good” cholesterol, than the unhealthy subtype 3 diet. The vegetarian subtype 2 diet and subtype 3 diet had significantly lower levels of important healthful fatty acids, such as omega-3s, which may stem from a lack of fish in the diet.

Genes May Influence Brain Health

The authors identified an array of genes with elevated expression in multiple brain regions. Many of these regions also showed changes in GMV, a finding that supports the theory that genes have a critical influence on brain structure and may affect how dietary patterns impact brain health.

What Foods Are Brain Friends?

The authors of the NMH study suggested that a healthy diet consists of balanced amounts of vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, seeds, moderate dairy, eggs, fish, and legumes. This diet resembles the Mediterranean diet, which is rich in these foods and low in red meat. It is worth noting that research indicates the Mediterranean diet has multiple health benefits, including those unrelated to brain health.


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by Tyler Durden

Russian state media is confirming a huge breaking development that President Putin has removed his longtime Defense Minister and personal friend Sergei Shoigu as defense chief, who has overseen the Ukraine war since its beginning in Feb. 2022. He will now serve as head of the nation's security council.

"Sergei Shoigu is likely to lose the post of Minister of Defense of Russia to acting First Deputy Prime Minister Andrei Belousov," English-language RT is reporting. "His candidacy was proposed by President Vladimir Putin, the Federation Council announced on Sunday."

Putin has also reportedly dismissed Secretary of the Security Council Nikolai Patrushev, according to Interfax.

This appears in order to shuffle Shoigu into that position. Putin has now appointed Shoigu as new Secretary of the Russian Security Council. Likely Patrushev is also being moved to another position too

Claire's Observations:  The question is, why, and why now??

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