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"I have serious concerns about the safety of the 787 and 777 aircraft, and I'm willing to take on professional risk to talk about them," Boeing whistleblower Sam Salehpour said in his opening statement on Capitol Hill today at the second Senate committee investigating the plane manufacturer's safety problems. He said when he raised concerns about the 787 Dreamliner, he was "ignored" by the company and "told not to create delays. I was told, frankly, to shut up."

Salehpour warned that the 787 Dreamliner fuselage was improperly put together and that the company "rushed to address the bottlenecks in production." The result, he warned, is "premature fatigue failure" on these planes. He noted, "They are putting out defective airplanes." 

Webmaster addition: Are the military aircraft Boeing sells the US just as defective?!?

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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By now, most of the world knows that Iran launched a multi-faceted attack against Israel about 48 hours ago.  The "fallout" from that attack is now becoming frighteningly clear, and it has Defense Experts TERRIFIED.

As the attack was in-progress, Iran undertook a very unusual, and apparently foolish, series of steps.  They announced they had launched drones and then cruise missiles against Israel.  They announced this despite the fact the drones and missiles still had 57 more minutes to travel before reaching their targets!   

Expert Observers thought it very strange - and foolish - that an attacker would give out such information while the very weapons they launched had not yet arrived.  It gave Israel and its allies time to go after those weapons, which they did.

Well . . . it turns out this was not strange or foolish - it was planned.  Iran launched the old dregs of their arsenal!  First generation drones. First generation cruise missiles.  What they launched was the junk they had laying around for years!  Slow moving, loud, junk.  Iran WANTED Israeli defenses to focus on that old junk, and not on what they would fire next: Ballistic Missiles.

Many of the drones simply fell out of the sky from malfunctions.  Others were easily intercepted by fighter jets from Israel, the US, and the UK, with some help from French naval assets in the Mediterranean Sea. 

There was a much-heralded "99% interception success rate" broadcast around the world for all to hear.  Turns out, there's a problem.  A MAJOR problem: Iran's Ballistic Missiles.   A few of them got through.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A Holy of the Holies was shattered in the Holy Land as Iran staged a quite measured, heavily choreographed response to the Israeli terror attack against its consulate/ambassador residence in Damascus, a de facto evisceration of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic immunity.

This game-changer will directly interfere on how the Anglo-American system manages its simultaneous conflagration with Russia, China and Iran – three top BRICS members.

The key problem is escalations are already built in – and will be hard to remove. The Total Cancel War against Russia; the genocide in Gaza – with its explicit policy masterfully decoded by Prof. Michael Hudson; and the decoupling/shaping the terrain against China won’t simply vanish – as all communication bridges with the Global Majority keep being torched.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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On the night of April 17, the Armed Forces of Ukraine with the close-in support of the NATO military launched attack on the Russian military airfield in the town of Dzhankoi in Crimea. As a result of the attack, several powerful explosions thundered and a large fire broke out in the area.

According to the reports by the local residents, explosions sounded for about an hour. Russian military sources soon revealed important details of the attack.

The airport came under the attack of the US-made MGM-140 ATACMS tactical ballistic missiles. The first explosion sounded at about 3:40 a.m. Moscow time and the attack lasted about an hour.

Webmaster addition: So, NATO is now directly engaged against Russia!

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The ongoing tensions between Iran and Israel have reached a new level of concern as Iran threatens to attack Israel with weapons it has never used before.

“We will confront any Israeli aggression and respond to it,” Amouei told Al-Mayadeen, The New York Post reported. “We are ready to use weapons that we have not used before. We have plans for all scenarios, and we call on the Zionists to act rationally.”

This threat comes as Iran receives military support from Russia, raising the stakes in the already volatile region.

The international community has long been worried about Iran's nuclear capabilities, and this recent development only adds to the uncertainty.

Webmaster addition: I would not be surprised if Israel set off a false-flag nuclear explosion and blamed it on Iran. Think USS Liberty and 9/11.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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The EU needs new leadership as the bloc’s current top officials have proven entirely unsuccessful, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban has claimed.

Orban made the comments at the European Parliament on Tuesday as part of a public discussion with Former Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and the leader of the French National Rally party, Fabrice Leggeri.

“Now we have a leadership in the EU with some major projects selected by themselves like green transition, RRF (Recovery and Resilience Facility) policy, migration, war [in Ukraine] and sanctions policy, and they all failed,” Orban said.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The US Air Force has tested a hypersonic cruise missile in the Pacific for the first time, in what analysts say is a signal to China that Washington still competes in a weapons arena where many perceive Beijing to have a distinct advantage.

On March 17, a B-52 bomber flying out of Andersen Air Force Base on the island of Guam fired “a full prototype operational hypersonic missile,” an Air Force spokesperson confirmed in a statement to CNN.

The test of the hypersonic weapon, officially called the All-Up-Round AGM-183A Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon (ARRW), was conducted at the Reagan Test Site on Kwajalein Atoll in the Marshall Islands, almost 1,600 miles (2,600 kilometers) to the east of Guam, the statement said.

Previous ARRW tests have been conducted off the US mainland.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A Boeing whistleblower testified before Congress after he was allegedly threatened by supervisors for raising safety concerns about one of their models. 

Boeing Quality Engineer Sam Salehpour testified to a United States subcommittee that his boss allegedly threatened him after he voiced his concerns over the 787 Dreamliner model for not being safe to operate. 

“My boss said, ‘I would have killed someone who said what you said in the meeting,’” Salehpour testified. “This is not a safety culture when you get threatened by bringing up safety concerns.”

He was then asked if there is a “culture of retaliation” against whistleblowers at the company.

“Absolutely … The only reason I have my job [is] because I had my attorneys; we filed [via] the whistleblower system before I spoke up,” he said.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Police forces across several states, from Nebraska to Nevada, reported their 911 phone lines are down - causing chaos for those needing emergency assistance.

Cities as big as Las Vegas, as well as the entire state of South Dakota and locales in Texas and Nebraska announced the outages on Wednesday night.

Officials in South Dakota, Nevada and Las Vegas said 911 services had been restored, but without identifying the cause of the failure. 

The Department of Homeland Security has warned, of increased risks of cyber attacks on 911 services as they have migrated to digital systems based on Internet Protocol standards. 

Several cyberattacks targeting 911 systems have taken down the services in recent years, one of which, in 2017, paralyzed 911 centers in more than a dozen states. 

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET
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Search engine giant Google has fired nearly 30 of its US employees after they were arrested for staging sits-ins at the company’s offices to protest its contract with the Israeli government. 

The pro-Palestinian employees - who were seen wearing traditional Arab headscarves- were taken in by officials from both the organization's New York City and California offices. 

Soon after an internal investigation, Google vice president of global security Chris Rackow announced the termination of 28 employees in a companywide memo. 

The memo reportedly read: 'They took over office spaces, defaced our property, and physically impeded the work of other Googlers.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, ISRAEL, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
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Sanctuary Cities Set Migrant Sex Offenders Free Instead Of Handing Them Over To ICE

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024 - 07:40 PM

Long painted as safe havens of humanitarianism by the establishment media, sanctuary cities are slowly being exposed for the underlying hypocrisy that motivates their policies.  Red states such as Texas and Florida have been very effective in pulling back the curtain, using the busing of illegals to sanctuary cities as a tool to force Democrats to stand by their own open borders principles (or abandon them out of convenience). 

As we witnessed when Ron DeSantis flew a few dozen illegals to the elitist neighborhoods of Martha's Vineyard, wealthy leftists were quick to buy cheap take-out food for the migrants and pose with them for the news cameras.  Then, when the media was done with their propaganda segments the residents kicked those same migrants out of town within 48 hours and shipped them to the nearest military base.  One of the richest enclaves in the entire US and they refused to stand by their supposed convictions for more than two days; not one migrant was allowed to stay or work in Martha's Vineyard.

Democrats were so embarrassed by the incident that they tried to have DeSantis sued and charged with "human trafficking."  The Martha's Vineyard incident marked the beginning of a surge in migrant buses to cities like New York and Washington DC.  All it took was ten thousand to fifteen thousand illegals to overwhelm city welfare programs and subsidies.  Mayors in both metro areas have called for a declaration of emergency and federal aid, including National Guard troops.  In the meantime, the media blames conservative states for the disaster even though it is the sanctuary status of these cities that makes the crisis possible.   

The message being sent is that the political left needs media cover for their policies because their policies constantly fail (or succeed in being destructive, depending on how you look at it).  They simply never intended for the surge of illegals to land on their doorstep.  One area that is consistently damaging to the progressive image is the catch and release of numerous illegal migrant criminals who go on to harm innocent American citizens.  The growing list of incidents surrounding migrant crime is creating a PR nightmare for Democrats.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Democratic Senators have dismissed both impeachment charges against Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and blocked a historic trial over his role the border crisis.

President Biden's border chief escaped an investigation and first impeachment of a cabinet secretary in 150 years after the Senate voted along party lines to kill both articles.

Republicans claimed their rivals were trying to 'set the Constitution ablaze' and break '200 years of precedent' by shutting down the trial before it had even began.

The GOP says Mayorkas is to blame for the historic surge in migrants crossing the southern border and claim his policies show the dire situation is intentional.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Bidenomics - Inflation Persists And Jobs Decay: Gingrich

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by Tyler Durden
Wednesday, Apr 17, 2024 - 08:40 PM

Authored by Newt Gingrich via The Epoch Times 

Last week brought bad news for the American people and President Joe Biden. Inflation persists and jobs are decaying.

President Joe Biden speaks about Bidenomics at CS Wind, in Pueblo, Colo., on Nov. 29, 2023. (Michael Ciaglo/Getty Images)

On inflation, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported prices rose 3.5 percent between March 2023 and March 2024. This bad number is far higher than the U.S. Federal Reserve’s goal of 2 percent inflation—and it follows three years of price increases.

Inflation continues to build even after the Federal Reserve pushed interest rates to their highest point in 23 years.

Much to the Fed’s dismay, its restrictive private sector policies are being more than offset by the Biden administration’s massive deficits. While the Fed is trying to take liquidity out of the system and force a slowdown to lower inflation, the Biden administration keeps pumping borrowed money into the economy.

The contradiction between the Fed and the Biden White House increases the scale of government and shrinks the private sector. Furthermore, since the federal government is the world’s largest debtor, high interest rates translate into an even bigger federal deficit.

So, the long run consequences of Bidenomics on inflation is staggering. Measured from the time President Joe Biden took office, the prices Americans are paying have skyrocketed. In just three-and-a-half years, the price of eggs is up 49.3 percent, gasoline is up 47.5 percent, peanut butter is up 40 percent, butter and margarine are up 32 percent, electricity is up 28.3 percent, air fare is up 32.7 percent, used cars are up 20.9 percent—and the list continues.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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Multiple aides working for President Joe Biden allegedly have a nasty name for their boss' opponent, former President Donald Trump

It was reported that several of the current president's younger staffers and other Democrats close to Biden use the nickname 'Hitler Pig' for Trump. 

A staffer referenced the nickname when reporter Maggie Haberman accused Trump of sleeping at his trial in New York City Monday.

'Hitler Pig sleepy' was what one person allegedly captioned the New York Times reporter's comments to CNN Monday.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The president of Poland became the latest foreign leader to beat a path to Donald Trump's door last night as the world prepares for his possible return to the White House.

Andrzej Duda was greeted as an old friend as he arrived at Trump Tower, where the former president is staying as his criminal trial over alleged hush money payments gets underway in New York.

The two men are long-time allies but Duda was keen to win his support for more military help to Ukraine amid continued Republican hostility to a new aid package.

'This gentleman is doing a fantastic job, the people of Poland love him, they really do,' Trump told reporters as the pair walked in.

Tags: EUROPE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A Boeing whistleblower told a Congress hearing that he received threats against his life, while another said a probe into the door of an Alaskan Airlines flight that blew out was a 'criminal cover up'.

Sam Salehpour and Ed Pierson were giving evidence to a hearing on Wednesday around the beleaguered company and their ongoing safety crisis. 

Salehpour works as a Quality Engineer for the company, and claimed that sections of the 787 Dreamliner jets have not been properly secured. 

While Pierson, Executive Director of The Foundation for Aviation Society and former Boeing manager, had previously warned of 'chaotic manufacturing' at the company. 

During the hearing on Wednesday, it was revealed that Salehpour had faced threats from his supervisor after he attempted to discuss issues with the jets. 

He also said that the safety situation at Boeing was like the company playing 'Russian roulette' with peoples lives, adding: 'We never know exactly when it's going to happen, when or where or how it's going to happen.'

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Sean "Diddy" Combs has been hit with a court summons by Rodney "Lil Rod" Jones, the music producer who has accused the rap mogul of sexual misconduct.

According to documents viewed by Newsweek, Jones' legal team has given Combs 60 days to respond to the summons, which is dated April 17 and was filed in the Southern District of New York.

Earlier this month, a judge in the Southern District of New York issued an order requiring counsel for both parties in the case to appear "for a telephone conference on April 9, 2024, at 3:30 p.m." The order was issued by Judge J. Paul Oetken, who is currently overseeing the case.

Jones filed a $30 million lawsuit against Combs in February that raised several different accusations against the mogul including sexual misconduct, grooming, sex trafficking, forced drug use and fraud.

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Authored by Larry Sand via American Greatness,

In the past, teachers’ unions concentrated on fighting to keep all teachers employed—competent or otherwise—laying off teachers by seniority when necessary and soaking taxpayers every chance they could. While those activities are still part of their mission, they have, over time, increasingly delved into the political/social realm, promoting Black Lives Matter, Critical Race Theory, DEI, class warfare, gender-bending, etc. And their current level of engagement is staggering.

Americans for Fair Treatment, a national nonprofit organization that educates public employees about their rights in a unionized workplace, recently released a report detailing the National Education Association’s (NEA) financial filings from Sept. 1, 2022, through Aug. 31, 2023.

The NEA declared that its political spending totaled $50.1 million during the fiscal year, though the true number is much higher. During the most recent reporting period, the union disclosed that it spent “$126.3 million on ‘contributions, gifts, and grants,’ which is where most unions detail their charitable giving.”

However, a closer look at the union’s “contributions, gifts, and grants” shows that the NEA is directing more money towards political causes than it reports. For example, the union contributed $4.1 million to the State Engagement Fund, a progressive advocacy group, and $3.5 million to For Our Future, a Democratic super PAC. Another $500,000 was donated to the Color of Change Education Fund, which has ties to progressive billionaire George Soros.

The disclosure also reveals that the union spent $10 million more on politics and lobbying than it did representing its members. While NEA’s representational spending increased by about $2 million compared to the previous reporting period, spending on politics and lobbying increased by $8.5 million.

It’s worth noting that as a 501(c)(5), the NEA and, in fact, all unions have a special tax-exempt status with the IRS, which is accorded to “Labor, Agricultural, and Horticultural Organizations.”

Local teachers’ unions are also involved in political spending. In Chicago, where just 15% of Chicago’s 8th-grade students are proficient in math and 21% are proficient in reading, the Chicago Teachers Union is focused on other things. As the Illinois Policy Institute documents, the union spent nearly three times more on politics in 2023 than the year before, and just 17% of its spending was on representing teachers.

A 142-page leaked document contains hundreds of Chicago Teachers Union contract demands, including 100% abortion coverage to pay for surrogates and housing students in old schools.

Claire's Observations:  This.... is educational insanity, writ large. With a failure rate on math and reading so high, one might imagine that teachers would be focused on closing that gap.   But it doesn't matter to them as much as does the attractiveness of advocating for political causes.

And apparently, the citizens of Chicago are under-writing this advocacy with their tax dollars.

It would be great, if these teachers were lobbying research to provide better understanding, of why their kids were failing in math and reading; actually, there are a couple of private schools which have already done that, with great success.  

I will only mention one, because a lot of parents on Oahu used to send their kids there, if they were getting Bs and Cs in essential classes:  that would be the Kumon Schools

https://www.kumon.com/

And what do they do here?!?  Folks, it's not rocket science!!

First, they evaluate each child, to see where they are functioning, in terms of their basic educational knowledge.  Then, they group that child with a small number of kids who are about on the same level.  A very kind teacher works with them, and encourages them when they get something right.  Excitement about learning; kindness and encouragement can work wonders, and through the Kumon teaching system, it apparently does.

And WHY do organisations like the Kumon Private Schools TERRIFY people like those in the Chicago Teachers' Union?!?  Because Kumon's systems work, while those employed by Unionized teachers fails consistently, and the teachers of Kumon are non-union.

 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
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