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Posted on: Dec 06 06:47

The Washington Post has produced a long, two part piece, about the failed 'counter-offensive' in Ukraine. It dispenses equal blame on the U.S. and British planning of the whole mess and the Ukrainian execution of it.

Posted on: Dec 06 06:46

Israeli occupation forces have arrested more than 3,580 Palestinains across the occupied West Bank since 7 October, according to a joint statement issued by the Prisoners and Ex-Prisoners’ Affairs Authority and the Palestinian Prisoners’ Club yesterday.

The detainees were taken from their homes, or while passing through military checkpoints or were ordered to hand themselves in, noting that while some of them were later released, a majority remained behind bars, held without charge.

Posted on: Dec 06 06:45
Posted on: Dec 06 06:44

The Izz Al-Din Al-Qassam Brigades announced yesterday that its fighters have targeted 25 Israeli military vehicles in various areas in the city of Khan Yunis in the besieged Gaza Strip, the Safa news agency reported.

In a statement, the Palestinian resistance group said its fighters targeted eight Israeli military vehicles, three tanks, a military bulldozer and an army personnel carrier with Yasin 105 shells in the eastern part of the city of Khan Yunis, and killed a number of Israeli soldiers there including a special unit which included eight soldiers.

The group’s fighters also targeted six Israeli soldiers with homemade Ghoul rifles, in the Al-Zana area in eastern Khan Yunis, injuring a number of them, while in the northern part of the city the fighters targeted three military bulldozers, a tank and a personnel carrier with Yasin 105 missiles.

Webmaster addition: Why of course the people don't want war. Why should some poor slob on a farm want to risk his life in a war when the best he can get out of it is to come back to his farm in one piece? Naturally, the common people don't want war: neither in Russia, nor in England, nor for that matter in Germany. That is understood. But after all it is the leaders of the country who determine the policy, and it is always a simple matter to drag the people along, whether it is a democracy, or a fascist dictatorship, or a parliament, or a communist dictatorship ... Voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is to tell them they are being attacked, and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger." -- Leading Nazi leader, Hermann Goering, at the Nuremberg Trials before he was sentenced to death

Posted on: Dec 06 06:43

Internal Revenue Service agent Joseph Ziegler told the House Ways and Means Committee in closed-door testimony Tuesday that Hunter Biden, Joe Biden's son, received almost $5 million in loans from a donor for personal expenses.

"Hunter appeared to follow a pattern of attempting to avoid paying taxes on relevant income. This first started with Hunter not reporting the Burisma income in 2014 and allegedly falsely claiming that it was a loan to him," Ziegler said in his testimony.

"He, again, tried to claim the millions in income earned from Hudson West III was a loan to him, which was refuted by the evidence and was not allowed by his tax accountants. This continued into 2020, 2021 and 2022, in which Hunter received approximately $4.9 million in payments for personal expenses, again in the form of a loan and gift from Democratic Donor Kevin Patrick Morris," he added.

Ziegler also said that Morris paid Hunter's delinquent taxes.

Posted on: Dec 06 06:36

In a high-stakes hearing today, FBI Director Christopher Wray faced intense questioning from Senate Judiciary Committee members regarding the potential renewal of key surveillance powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

These powers, allegedly crucial to the bureau’s national security operations but controversial for their overreach, are set to expire this month amidst a swirling debate over privacy rights and government oversight.

Senator Kennedy (R-LA) steered the discussion towards a more contentious topic: the FBI’s handling of Hunter Biden’s laptop.

“Why didn’t the FBI just say, hey, the laptop’s real?” Senator Kennedy asked. “Why didn’t you just tell everybody the laptop’s real. We’re not vouching for what’s on it, but it’s real. This isn’t a fiction.”

Posted on: Dec 06 06:35

Is your job safe?  According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were more than 13 million layoffs and discharges in the United States during the first nine months of 2023, and now “layoff season” has arrived.  As the end of the year approaches, companies start taking a hard look at the bottom line, and that can result in harsh job cuts.  When I was growing up, most large companies would at least wait until after the holiday season to shove workers into the street, but these days they just don’t care.  The moment you are no longer considered to be an asset, they will throw you aside like a rotten fish.  We live in a cold, cruel world, and that isn’t going to change any time soon.

Posted on: Dec 05 23:18

From a disposable income standpoint the Fed data agrees that the consumer is better able to service their debt now than they ever have. That peaked during the stimmie checks but that gap has closed from -25% to -5% in the past 2 years. Which is not a promising trend.

Posted on: Dec 05 20:27
Posted on: Dec 05 20:27

 Representatives and witnesses highlighted concerns for girls and women during a contentious hearing on Tuesday challenging the Biden administration’s proposed changes to Title IX, which would effectively broaden the definition of sex to include “gender identity.”

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Posted on: Dec 05 20:14

 President Joe Biden said he is “not sure” he would be running for re-election in 2024 if former President Donald Trump was not also seeking a second term.

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Posted on: Dec 05 20:14

 A Colorado school district assigned an 11-year-old girl to share a bed with a biological boy who identifies as transgender, according to a demand letter from the girl’s parents.

Posted on: Dec 05 20:11

Israel Knew Hamas’s Attack Plan More Than a Year Ago – A blueprint reviewed by The Times laid out the attack in detail. Israeli officials dismissed it as aspirational and ignored specific warnings.

Posted on: Dec 05 17:02

And going and going until the probe squeaked its last in 2003

Posted on: Dec 05 16:59

The maker of the Omnipod 5 insulin-delivery system is warning customers that its controller device isn't registering decimal points in every case, potentially leading to dangerous doses being administered.

Insulet says it received two reports of "adverse events" directly related to the issue, without detailing exactly what these were. It has written to customers to highlight that delivery of the wrong dose can lead to "severe hypoglycemia." The company is developing a fix, although it is not yet available.

Posted on: Dec 05 16:56

Why inflation can actually be good for everyday Americans and bad for rich people – CNN

Posted on: Dec 05 15:22

Conor McGregor has hinted he may consider running to be the next Irish president in 2025, whilst also criticising his potential rivals for the Aras an Uachtarain, House of the President.

Posted on: Dec 05 14:38

 It's time to face facts: people are disgusting. It's not that you are a lazy or unhygienic person, it's just that the human body is a garbage and nothing can be done about it. As gross as our bodies are now, they were worse throughout history, which means the past smelled a lot worse. If you went back in time, you wouldn't be friends with George Washington or party with Marie Antoinette at Versailles. You'll turn away from the smell (and probably kill everyone with all your modern bacteria). Take, for example.

Posted on: Dec 05 14:20

In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, a time often associated with repression, many gay and lesbian couples boldly celebrated their love through studio portraits.


Despite the popular belief that gay relationships were shrouded in secrecy, as Oscar Wilde famously described in his poem "Two Loves" as "the love that dare not tell its name", gays and lesbians Couples often choose to express their affection openly. ,


In fact, many same-sex couples live together openly throughout their lives. This was particularly more viable for women, as social norms allowed women to live together even if not married, often euphemistically referred to as "female companionship".


For men, opportunities to meet like-minded individuals were more discreet, such as gentlemen's clubs, bathhouses, pick-up spots in parks, certain intersections, etc.


The world of theater and circus also has a well-known history of homosexual activity, dating back to when male prostitutes plied their trade in theatres.

Posted on: Dec 05 14:19

 Step into the world of a long-standing and complex conflict, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Although you may have a general awareness of its existence, the complex web of events, emotions, and intricacies that weave this story may remain obscure.


In the slides ahead, we invite you to delve deeper into a story that transcends generations, borders and beliefs. Our aim is not to take a stance, but to immerse you deep into the story, ensuring you are captivated by its profound complexities.


We urge you to continue your exploration, gaining more insight and fostering a deeper appreciation of this multifaceted issue. By doing so, you become an active participant in the ongoing search for understanding and resolution. Join us as we delve deeper into this captivating narrative, one slide at a time, and learn how you can contribute to a future of harmony and cooperation.

Posted on: Dec 05 14:18

 NRA spokesperson calls attacks on guns an attempt to 'destroy the Second Amendment'

The National Rifle Association (NRA) hit back at Yale School of Public Health Dean Megan Rainey's claims during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing last week that Republican-controlled areas are hardest hit by shootings compared to blue cities like Chicago.


"The labeling of firearm ownership as a 'public health crisis' by gun control extremists is an old and tired concept," NRA spokesperson Billy McLaughlin told Fox News Digital.


McLaughlin said, "It aims to erode Second Amendment rights through coordinated action between the government and gun control lobbying groups." "This strategy was on full display in Dr. Megan Rainey's testimony before Congress."

Posted on: Dec 05 14:16

 The Waco siege of 1993, which involved a 51-day standoff between the federal government and the Branch Davidians, remains a horrific and controversial event in American history.

In 1993, a shocking and controversial event unfolded in Waco, Texas, forever imprinting the name "Waco Siege" in the nation's collective memory. For many of us who remember the news coverage of that time well, the story of the Branch Davidians and their horrific confrontation with federal agents is deeply ingrained. However, beyond the headlines and snippets of information lies a complex and multilayered narrative.


Join us in this thought-provoking exploration as we uncover the mysteries surrounding Waco and challenge our understanding of this pivotal moment in American history. Keep reading to uncover the untold story behind the headlines.

Posted on: Dec 05 14:15

amas has increased its technological capabilities so much that it acts like a regular military force

As the Israeli Defense Forces resumed military operations last Friday to eliminate the terrorist threat from Hamas, the Biden administration is inserting itself into Israel's war planning process, teaching the Israelis—who for decades have Fighting for survival – how to conduct the conflict properly.


Washington war "experts" – who arguably have not achieved a single clear military victory since 1945 – insist that Israeli military strategists must adapt their war tactics to make their combat operations more targeted and their attacks more precise. Make changes to plans to minimize casualties, especially civilian casualties.

Posted on: Dec 05 14:14

In this collection, we'll explore some of the unforgettable films that have cemented themselves in the minds of horror enthusiasts. Whether you're a seasoned fan of the genre or just beginning to explore its depths, these films will definitely appeal to your sensibilities. From the mind-bending time loop of "Triangle" to the disturbing social commentary of "Funny Games", from the brutal intensity of "Frontier" to the harrowing journey of "Martyrs" and the claustrophobic darkness of "The Descent", "These films represent the best of the 2000s horror landscape.

Posted on: Dec 05 14:13