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A popular pizza chain is the latest to face money problems in the face of rising costs and falling customer numbers.

Mod Pizza is preparing to file for bankruptcy as early as next week, sources told Bloomberg on Wednesday. 

The plans are not finalized and could still change, the person familiar with the matter said. 

'We're working diligently to improve our capital structure and are exploring all options to do so,' a Mod Pizza spokesperson said in an emailed statement. 

Mod Pizza, known for its custom personal pizzas and salads, has more than 500 locations across 28 US states.

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An explosive hearing unfolded at the Philippines’ House of Representatives, focusing on the concerning increase of over 290,000 excess deaths. As people start to connect the dots to the roll-out of experimental vaccines, heated discussions ensued, revealing shocking testimonies and data.

Attorney Tanya Lat voiced the frustrations of many Filipinos:

“There are Filipino people who are sick and tired of how the DOH has let us down, has refused to admit that people are dying, turning a blind eye to the people who are getting sick, turbo cancers, myocarditis, children who are suddenly sick as if they are 60, 70-year-old people.”

Her words resonated in the chamber, painting a grim picture of a Department of Health (DOH) that seems indifferent to the suffering caused by the vaccines.

“We look into their eyes, there does not seem to be any sympathy for the people who have died, for the people who are now physically disabled because of these vaccines,” she added.

The tension continued as analyst Sally Clark presented alarming statistics:

“This is our birth data. And it shows that we have had a loss of babies every single year since the pandemic has started. So 2019 was our last normal birth year. And the last line at the bottom is 2023.”

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Beyond NATO's carefully disguised swastika logo(yes, it's there, you just have to think about it), the insanity here is a snapshot of Everything That is Wrong And Just Frankly Completely Nuts &c &c... the opening sentence in this article says it all:

NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg proposed sanctioning China over its support for Russia amid the Russia-Ukraine war. Unlike the West, China has not directly provided countless aid packages to Russia, but China has kept trade open and exchanged technology with Moscow. Stoltenberg believes China must face “consequences” for not aligning with NATO.

The West is theoretically not at war with Russia or China. NATO is on the offensive, completely stepping over boundaries and harassing foreign nations to instigate World War III. Then they tell the public and mainstream media to announce that they are merely protecting their own people from our enemies who have done absolutely nothing to earn such a title.

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The Kiev regime continues to make dangerous decisions that could lead to a serious escalation in the conflict with the Russian Federation. Recently, Ukrainian troops began to be deployed on the border with the Republic of Belarus, which is a serious step, considering that any attack on Belarusian sovereignty will be responded militarily by Moscow, since both countries have a mutual defense pact. Ukraine is aware of this risk of escalation, but openly seeks to internationalize the conflict.

On June 29, the deputy commander of the Belarusian special operations forces, Colonel Vadim Lukashevich, stated that Kiev is positioning soldiers, armored vehicles and US-supplied artillery systems along the 1,000-km border between the two countries. Furthermore, minefields have been created in the region, which is clearly a sign of preparation for a possible open conflict. In addition to the Ukrainian army, the Belarusian border service also reported the presence of neo-Nazi mercenaries on the border.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Marjorie Cohn , Truthout 

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange arrives at the United States courthouse where he entered a guilty plea to an espionage charge ahead of his release in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands, on June 26, 2024.Chung Sung-Jun / Getty Images

The Justice Department agreed to the plea bargain a little over a month after the High Court of England and Wales ruled that Assange would be allowed to appeal an extradition order. The High Court found the U.S. government didn’t provide satisfactory assurances that Assange could rely on a First Amendment defense if extradited and tried in the U.S. The Justice Department, now fearful it would lose the case, scrambled to strike a deal with Assange.

Assange was prosecuted because WikiLeaks exposed U.S. war crimes in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantánamo Bay. In 2010, U.S. Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning, who had a “TOP SECRET” U.S. security clearance, furnished WikiLeaks with 700,000 documents and reports, many of which were classified “SECRET.”

Claire's Observations:  Nothing Wikileaks ever published was discredited as "untrue"; but what it did was hold several administrations' collective "feet to the fire" about the atrocities committed during the ugly, unwinnable, and insane wars initiated by  Bush, then followed through upon by Obama, Trump, and now Biden.  

Truth is always the "first casualty of war", and for telling the American public and the world the truth, Assange would most probably been in jail for the rest of whatever life he would have had left in Belmarsh. 

I am grateful, that there is some life and reason left in the British judicial system, and that they did not trust the US to do right by Assange, if he were extradited to the US.

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Then reports surfaced of how bad the situation really is for Joe. His mental and physical condition did not crop up the night of the debate. They have clearly known it and tried to manage it for weeks (if not month or years).

From Mediaite:
“Mr. Biden was drained enough from the back-to-back trips to Europe that his team cut his planned debate preparation by two days so he could rest at his house in Rehoboth Beach, Del., before joining advisers at Camp David for rehearsals,” the Times reported. “The preparations, which took place over six days, never started before 11 a.m. and Mr. Biden was given time for an afternoon nap each day, according to a person familiar with the process.”

This isn’t a schedule befitting a commander-in-chief. Needing naps and starting late? This just highlights the concerns many have about Biden’s fitness for office. The debate preparation was clearly insufficient, and it showed on stage.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Donald Trump—and all future presidents—were given a huge win by the Supreme Court. The highest court ruled that presidents have immunity from official actions. While this has been the expectation for years, we now have it in writing.

This means, among other things, that Democrats’ ability to prosecute Trump was significantly limited.

It is yet another blow against Biden, who has been watching his reelection chances crater. Democrats are hounding him to step down. Polling shows that he is losing to Trump in battleground states. Now, his campaign will be spending millions to attack the highest court in the land and fearmonger voters.

From Axios:
The Biden campaign is launching a seven-figure ad blitz in battleground states on Wednesday slamming the U.S. Supreme Court’s immunity decision and warning of former President Trump’s threat to be a “dictator.” …

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Biden fumbled in just a five-minute statement, where he attacked the courts and Trump. He refused to answer any questions. That came as wild reports flooded in about what was happening in the White House. Democrats are panicking. For some reason Hunter Biden is interfering with official meetings.

All that was put on Karine Jean-Pierre’s plate as reporters demanded an answer. KJP is known for her dismissive, unprofessional reactions to reporters’ questions. She is often unprepared and leaves pressers without answering questions. But this time, she could not just run out of the room, not after what Biden did.

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Russia Says It Will Respond to Finland Giving US Access to Bases

Under a new agreement, the US will gain access to 15 bases in Finland, including a border guard base 20 miles from the Russian border by Dave DeCamp July 3, 2024 at 4:02 pm ET Categories NewsTags Finland, Russia

On Wednesday, Russia said it would respond to Finland’s move to allow the US access to military bases inside the Nordic nation, which joined NATO last year and shares an over 800-mile border with Russia.

Under a new Defense Cooperation Agreement that was ratified by Finland’s parliament on Monday, the US can access 15 bases in Finland, including a border guard base only 20 miles from the Russian border.

“I can only confirm that Russia will not leave unanswered the NATO military buildup on our border, which threatens the security of the Russian Federation,” said Andrei Nastasin, a deputy spokesman for the Russian Foreign Ministry.

“We will also take the necessary measures, including of a military-technical nature, to counter aggressive decisions by Finland, as well as its NATO allies,” Nastasin added.

After Finland first applied to join NATO in 2022, Russia vowed to increase its military presence in western Russia and near the Finnish border in response to any buildup of NATO military infrastructure in the Nordic nation.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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President Biden is facing an increasingly tough reelection. He has suffered terrible approval ratings for years. Most swing state polls in recent months show Trump leading. And after his recent debate failure, Democrats are talking about removing the man from their ticket entirely.

But there was one factor that Biden still held over Trump’s head. He even bragged about it in recent campaign emails.

Biden thought he had this edge, which would give him a huge advantage in reaching voters. But never underestimate how badly Sleepy Joy could perform. He’s doing so badly he’s even hurting himself! Now, the Trump campaign has just announced that they are beating Joe in this key area.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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According to a report by the Daily Wire, a senior Biden official has described the president as “not a pleasant person to be around.”  He even revealed that “people are scared sh*tless” of good old “Uncle Joe.” This contrasts sharply with his public persona of calm and kindness. But it is consistent with an elderly man suffering from the advance stages of cognitive decline.

Biden has long been known to have a temper, especially towards the media. He is quick to become combative when reporters press him with tough questions. On top of that, people who suffering from cognitive issues quickly flare up in anger, as they struggle with their failing mental abilities.

Webmaster addition: When Presidents get angry, they make mistakes.

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by Juan Cole

In mid-June, the Associated Press announced that the U.S. Navy had been engaged in the most intense naval combat since the end of World War II, which surely would come as a surprise to most Americans. This time, the fighting isn’t taking place in the Atlantic or Pacific Oceans but in the Red Sea and the adversary is Yemen’s – yes, Yemen’s! – Shiite party-militia, the Helpers of God (Ansar Allah), often known, thanks to their leading clan, as the Houthis. They are supporting the Palestinians of Gaza against the Israeli campaign of total war on that small enclave, while, in recent months, they have faced repeated air strikes from American planes and have responded by, among other things, attacking an American aircraft carrier and other ships off their coast. Their weapons of choice are rockets, drones, small boats rigged with explosives, and – a first! – anti-ship ballistic missiles with which they have targeted Red Sea shipping. The Houthis see the U.S. Navy as part of the Israeli war effort.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, RELIGION/ATHEISM, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Daniel Larison

 

The U.S. reassured its reckless client that it will still bail them out in a war in Lebanon:

Senior US officials reassured a delegation of top Israeli officials visiting Washington this week that if a full-out war were to break out on Israel’s northern border between Israel and Hezbollah, the Biden administration is fully prepared to back its ally, according to a senior administration official.

Escalation with Hezbollah would be disastrous for Israel and Lebanon, but it seems increasingly likely that Netanyahu will do this. The Biden administration has been credited with discouraging the Israeli government from escalating in Lebanon before now, but when it matters most they are failing to stop the conflict from spiraling out of control. The U.S. has reportedly been warning Hezbollah that it cannot restrain Israel, but the reality is that Biden simply will not. Given the choice between reining in its client or watching it set the region alight, the president will opt for the latter.

Unfortunately, it appears that this writer is absolutely correct in his assessment.  One wonders, now that men in the US are involuntarily placed on Selective Service recruitment lists (i.e., a "draft") how soon are we going to see more US troops in Israel?!?  Please remember;  the US has one base in Israel, plus another one under construction. As things get worse in the region, we will probably see a few more go up.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EGYPT, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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by | Jul 3, 2024

Palestinians' right of return

As violence and ethnic cleansing surges throughout the occupied West Bank, the Israeli NGO Peace Now says Tel Aviv has approved the largest illegal settlement expansion in over three decades. Israel’s Supreme Planning Council will also review plans to advance the construction of more than 6,000 housing units across dozens of West Bank Jewish-only colonies.

This comes as far-right Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who holds a key position in the Defense Ministry acting as the West Bank’s de facto governor, is moving forward with plans to fully annex the occupied territory.

Claire's Observations:  Finance Minister Smotrich, a word, please.  Where the hell are those Palestinian people whose historic lands you are "annexing" supposed to go?!?  Egypt can't take them; their economic and political problems preclude any absorption of Palestinians, and the same is true for Jordan. Saudi Arabia is a "no go" right now, as is Iran.  So...... IF your government allows them to live, where should they go?!?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Israel’s starvation policy in Gaza is forcing people to eat tree leaves

The state of hunger in Gaza has not ended. Its long-term health effects are starting to show.

By Tareq S. Hajjaj July 3, 2024 6

Displaced Palestinians, including children, receive a hot meal distributed by an aid organization in Zawaida, June 27, 2024. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images)

 

Displaced Palestinians, including children, receive a hot meal distributed by an aid organization in Zawaida, June 27, 2024. (Photo: Omar Ashtawy/APA Images)

Ahmad Abdulrahim, 38, strolled the remains of the markets in Gaza City with 150 Shekels in his pocket, the amount of money he used to feed his family of five for a week before the genocide. Today, that amount can hardly buy a single meal.

The markets, now little more than bombed-out remains, are empty of all basic needs, including vegetables, meat, and fruits. For the majority of people, such luxuries are unavailable except at unimaginable prices. Most vegetables, rare though they are, come from people’s gardens.

All Ahmad could find were cleaning supplies and canned foods. Ahmad told Mondoweiss that due to his children’s long-term dependence on these foods, they’ve started to develop health problems. After a protracted search, Ahmad found some zucchini; he walked faster when he noticed the seller, who had placed them in a small pile on the ground on top of a plastic bag. When he asked about the price, he was surprised to know that one kilogram of zucchini cost 80 Shekels ($20). Before the war, it used to be 3 shekels per kilo (less than a dollar).

Such was the price for most other vegetables that could be found. One kilo of green peppers cost 250 shekels ($66), where it used to be 5 ($1.4). One kilo of cucumber and tomato cost 90-100 shekels ($23-$26), which used to be 2-3 shekels (53-80 cents). 

Ahmad said that as he walked back home, disappointed, he was dreading his family’s reaction when they found out that he spent almost half of their money on two cans of beans. 

“I’m starting to deal with my kids as adults,” he said. “I’m telling them this is war, and our enemy wants us to starve. I’m telling them that we should be thankful that we have been able to survive so far. I promise them that when this war ends, I will bring them whatever they want.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Twenty-eight Palestinians were reported killed in Israeli strikes across Gaza on Wednesday as Israel continues to bomb so-called 'safe zones' by Dave DeCamp July 3, 2024 at 6:11 pm ET Categories News

Israel’s latest evacuation order for eastern Khan Younis has “wiped out” the UN’s efforts to improve aid deliveries via the Kerem Shalom border crossing in southern Gaza, the UN’s Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) said on Wednesday.

“We have been engineering a lot of solutions and trying and testing, improving and failing – at times – and now with this evacuation order, all this has been, again, wiped out,” Andrea De Domenico, head of the OCHA for the Palestinian territories, told reporters, according to Reuters.

Israel’s evacuation order impacted 250,000 Palestinians living in Khan Younis, and many had recently fled Israel’s assault on Rafah. One Palestinian family that fled Khan Younis to an Israeli-declared “safe zone” in Deir al-Balah was hit by an Israeli strike on Tuesday that killed 12 people, including five children and three women.

On Wednesday, Israel strikes continued to hit targets across the Gaza Strip. According to Al Jazeera, Gaza’s Health Ministry said at least 28 Palestinians were killed in the previous 24-hour period.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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World Bank Upgrades Russia to High-Income Economy Despite US Sanctions

The US-led Western sanctions campaign against Russia has failed by Dave DeCamp July 3, 2024 at 2:33 pm ET Categories NewsTags Russia

The World Bank has upgraded Russia from an “upper-middle-income” to a “high-income country,” demonstrating the failure of the US-led sanctions campaign against Moscow.

The World Bank said in a report issued on Monday that “economic activity in Russia was influenced by a large increase in military-related activity in 2023.” The Russian economy also got a boost from a nearly 7% increase in trade, an 8.7% growth in the financial sector, and a 6.6% increase in the construction sector.

“These factors led to increases in both real (3.6%) and nominal (10.9%) GDP, and Russia’s Atlas GNI per capita grew by 11.2%,” the World Bank said, according to The Moscow Times.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The second group of startups awarded funding by Worldcoin to work on extensions and applications of its digital identity and iris biometric technologies.

Wave1 of the Worldcoin Community Grants Program consists of 17 projects. One of them, Taceo, was awarded a grant as part of Wave0 to apply multi-party computation to iris code comparison. This led Worldcoin to adopt the new system for iris codes, and Taceo has received another grant to continue its work.

Grant recipients include Axiom, Proof of Passport, Farcaster Humaniser, Alphaday, Agora, Only Dust and BBB & Company.

Encode Club is getting a grant to create a series of live workshops and YouTube videos to educate people about Worldcoin. Wormhole will bring WorldID verification to Solana, and zkSnap provides a secure voting protocol for system governance. Cometh will create a mobile native library for World Chain wallets to integrate passkeys and other tools.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS
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Authored by James Rickards via DailyReckoning.com,

It’s no secret that the vast majority of the so-called elites are advocates of climate alarmism and are taken in by the Green New Scam.

Whether this preference is based on ignorance of the science, ideological zeal, a willful desire to hurt American growth or simple greed because of their investments in Green New Scam infrastructure varies case by case.

 

The typical upper-income supporter of the climate cult including academics, media figures and celebrities is probably ignorant of the fact that there is no evidence that CO2 emissions cause climate change and that the real causes are solar cycles, volcanoes, ocean currents and atmospheric moisture not caused by humans.

Climate Alarmists Have It Backward

The historical record actually demonstrates that warming periods produce higher CO2 levels — not the other way around. CO2 doesn’t cause warming. It’s caused by natural warming.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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by Tyler Durden

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) National Hurricane Center (NHC) downgraded Hurricane Beryl to a Category 4 storm from a Category 5 on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale on Wednesday morning. Beryl is the earliest hurricane on record to strengthen into a Category 5 as it churns across the southeastern Caribbean Sea. It is forecasted to hit the Yucatán Peninsula on Friday and afterward poses a threat to US oil and energy critical infrastructure on the Gulf Coast

After the Yucatán Peninsula, Beryl's forecasted path heads directly to the Texas coast and is expected to move up towards Louisiana. This area is home to major US oil and gas refineries.

Ahead of the storm, Shell announced Wednesday that it paused some drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico. Here's more from Bloomberg:

  • Company also began evacuating non-essential personnel as precautionary measure
  • Shell is also evacuating non-essential staff from the Whale asset, which is not scheduled to begin operations until later this year
  • Production from the Shell-operated Perdido platform feeds into the HOOPS Blend, a medium sour oil with 29.2 API and 1.55% sulfur
  • Oil from Perdido is delivered by the Hoover Offshore Oil Pipeline System (HOOPS) to the Quintana terminal, south of Freeport, Texas; from Quintana oil flows into the Houston refining hub but mainly to the Texas City area

 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, GULF/OTHER OIL
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by Tyler Durden

About eight months after Iran-backed Houthi rebels began seriously disrupting maritime traffic in the southern Red Sea and Gulf of Aden, June recorded the highest number of missile and drone attacks on commercial vessels this year and the second-largest since December. As instability in the Middle East intensifies, Houthi rebels have sunk one commercial vessel in recent weeks and have introduced kamikaze drone boats to their arsenal. 

Despite efforts of the US, British, and European navies sailing in the critical maritime chokepoint, attempting to ensure freedom of navigation, the Houthis managed to conduct 16 confirmed attacks on commercial vessels in June, according to Bloomberg, citing new data from naval forces operating in the Middle East.

The surge in attacks is alarming, considering President Biden's Operation Prosperity Guardian, launched at the start of this year to ensure freedom of navigation, has been without success in neutralizing threats and restoring security for commercial shipping. Instead, the consequence of failure has been emerging supply chain snarls and supply shocks, resulting in soaring containerized shipping rates. 

And the Houthis aren't the only problem.

A European naval commander told Bloomberg that criminal groups have reinvigorated piracy networks off the Somalia coast.

The world is dangerously ablaze as Biden's foreign policy decisions backfire. Even before Biden, the world was fracturing into a multipolar state, one full of conflict. Now, Biden faces calls from within his own party to step down.

Claire's Observations:  The Houthis'  Iranian enablers may be many things, but stupid isn't one of them.  They've had their computers crunch the numbers, and know precisely how much economic pain these activities are causing shippers and their insurers, and consumers of products they convey,  and that pain is very real.  

But there is also pain with the US military, that the Houthis are able to target vastly expensive military hardware, with relatively cheap boats and bombs.  

Biden once admitted that this approach wasn't working, but that the US would continue to do it anyway.

A classic definition of insanity, is doing something the precisely the same way, over and over again, yet expecting a different outcome.

This is where Bi-di-Bye's slavish obeisance to the country of Israel, no matter if it is committing genocide against the Palestinians, runs into some very real international problems.  

The Houthis have asked for a cease fire in the fighting, but Netanyahu is adamant that this won't happen.  Bi-di-Bye has utterly "no game" against the intractable positions Bibi continues to take on this issue, so ships keep getting blown up, and people keep getting hurt.  With the current climate in DC, it doesn't look as though this issue is going to get positively resolved any time in the near future.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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by Tyler Durden
 

In their second face-to-face meeting in as many months, Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping that "Russian-Chinese relations of comprehensive partnership and strategic cooperation are in the best period of their history." Russian state media subsequently likened it to a golden age in relations.

The two are meeting once again at the annual session of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), which runs Wednesday through Thursday in the Kazakh capital of Astana. "Russia-China relations are on the highest level in history, and they are not aimed against anyone, we do not create blocs or unions, we just act in the interests of our nations," Putin stressed.

Via Reuters

And Xi told Putin in brief opening remarks, "In the face of the turbulent international situation and external environment, the two sides should continue to uphold the original aspiration of friendship for generations to come."

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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