“When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." -- Frédéric Bastiat, French economist

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) used history on Sunday to upend a popular liberal talking point used to incite fear about Donald Trump's potential return to the White House.

For nearly a decade now, Democrats and media activists have claimed that Trump is a fascist and authoritarian who will unconstitutionally seize dictatorial-level power if elected president and bring an end to American democracy.

'He will be too busy undoing all the damage of this disastrous presidency.'

On CNN's "State of the Union," host Dana Bash asked Rubio if the Supreme Court's ruling on presidential immunity makes him "comfortable," suggesting it empowers the president beyond what the Constitution says. Rubio, in response, provided the context for the court's ruling: It only became necessary when the Justice Department was weaponized to target Trump.

The senator's observation prompted Bash to jump to Biden's defense.

"Donald Trump has said that he would go after Joe Biden, that he would go after members of the Biden family. That's never something that we have heard Joe Biden say," Bash claimed.

"Donald Trump has said that — no, he hasn't," Rubio fired back. "I watched the debate ... and he was asked, and he said, 'My vengeance will be winning and restoring America — making America great again. ... He has repeatedly said that his revenge will be to make America great again, to undo all [of the Biden administration's] bad public policies."

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Silicon Valley investors and business owners are eliminating DEI in their companies. It makes no money, it's a waste of resources and it's a distraction for the qualified people who are actually trying to do their jobs and earn millions from their stock options (a common situation in silicon valley). Who’s afraid of the Big Bad DEI? The acronym is near-poisonous now — a word that creates almost instant tension between those who embrace it and those who want it dead.
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Business mogul Elon Musk is not letting up on his crusade for election integrity.

Posting on his X platform, Musk broke down how the system is specifically designed to make it near impossible for people to prove the existence of voter fraud.

“When combined with mail-in ballots, the system is *designed* to make it impossible to prove fraud,” Musk wrote, in response to a post by Wall Street Apes about how Democrats are planning to rig the 2024 presidential election in their favor.

“Mail-in and drop box ballots should not be allowed, as cameras on the in-person voting stations would at least prevent large-scale fraud by counting how many people showed up vs ballots cast,” he continued.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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The Interior Department last Friday blocked 28 million acres of federal land in the state of Alaska from any mining or oil and gas development. 

Rick Whitbeck, Alaska state director for Power The Future, said the decision on D-1 lands removes an area the size of the state of Pennsylvania from resource development, which will have severe energy impact to the nation and the state of Alaska. 

“Today’s double-whammy attack on Alaska’s resource development opportunities makes 65 times the Biden administration has targeted our state’s energy and economic future. This administration has completely kowtowed to radical environmentalists in an effort to gain favor at the ballot box. Placing 28 million acres off-limits to responsible development is foolhardy, and only empowers China, Russia and other enemies of our Republic,” Whitbeck told Just the News

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Women today called on tampon brands to urgently review the levels of toxic metals in their products in the wake of heightened safety fears.

Tests on 30 products purchased in New York, Athens and London have found some contained dangerous levels of arsenic, chromium and even lead. 

MailOnline approached the researchers to ask which 14 brands were involved and they declined to comment. 

Instead, they insisted while tampons could be 'a potential source of metal exposure' for women, more research was first needed to assess their danger.  One woman, however, labelled the findings 'unreal', arguing 'women are literally being poisoned by these products'. 

 tampon brands to urgently review the levels of toxic metals in their products in the wake of heightened safety fears.

Tests on 30 products purchased in New York, Athens and London have found some contained dangerous levels of arsenic, chromium and even lead. 

MailOnline approached the researchers to ask which 14 brands were involved and they declined to comment. 

Instead, they insisted while tampons could be 'a potential source of metal exposure' for women, more research was first needed to assess their danger. 

One woman, however, labelled the findings 'unreal', arguing 'women are literally being poisoned by these products'. 

Tests on 30 products purchased in New York, Athens and London have found some contained dangerous levels of arsenic, chromium and even lead. All 16 metals tested were detected in at least one tampon. But US researchers, who carried out the probe, chose not to name the 14 brands involved

Tests on 30 products purchased in New York, Athens and London have found some contained dangerous levels of arsenic, chromium and even lead. All 16 metals tested were detected in at least one tampon. But US researchers, who carried out the probe, chose not to name the 14 brands involved

Women took to social media to express shock and worry about research that found tampons contained toxic metals — however researchers have refused to reveal which 14 brands they tested  

Another, , who also took to X/Twitter, wrote: 'I don't feel like enough people are yelling about the new findings of high levels of toxic metals being in tampons? 

'Like all tampons even organic ones?? Why is there arsenic in tampons?????' 

A third user, @FraukeEcke, added: 'What the hell! We need to reduce exposure to environmental contaminants not increase it! How difficult can it be to produce safe sanitary products?' 

A fourth also said: 'The real question is, how long have these companies this information'.    

Possible heavy metal exposure via tampons is concerning given the thin nature of the internal tissue of the vagina could provide an easy way for these substances to enter the body.

Exposure to lead can impair brain development, whist other metals can trigger life-threatening blood clotting and raise the risk of some cancers. 

The findings are also potential far reaching with about 50 to 80 per cent of women who menstruate using tampons on a monthly basis — for several hours at a time.

In the study, the 16 metals tested included arsenic, barium, calcium, cadmium, cobalt, chromium, copper and iron.

Manganese, mercury, nickel, lead, selenium, strontium, vanadium, and zinc were among the others. 

Researchers identified examples of all 16 among the tampons tested. 

Several metals were detected in all samples, including arsenic, cadmium, chromium, lead and vanadium. 

Among these lead had the highest concentration with a mean total of 120 nanograms per gram (ng/g). 

Cadmium followed at 6.74 ng/g, with arsenic logging 2.56 ng/g.

Claire's Observations:  To the alleged "researchers" who found the problems, but refuse to disclose  the names of brands  using these poisons; have you been confronted by the "plata o plomo" offer, perchance?  Meaning, "Silver" (a bribe) or "Lead" (meaning execution or foul play)?

Please don't speak to us for one damned millisecond about "more research being needed", when a day for a woman using these contaminated products could mean the difference between life.... and death.

These products should immediately be named and shamed, made as public as possible, and pulled off every shelf in America, until the manufacturers can come clean and can scientifically validate, that their products contain NONE of these carcinogens.

As a woman who lost my mom to cervical cancer when she was 46 (I was 10), I have to wonder now, if exposure to these chemicals exacerbated, or accelerated the process of her cancer. At the end of the day, as she lay dying, her pain was nearly unbearable, even with huge amounts of morphine getting pumped into her.

I never want to see this happen to anyone, ever.

So, ladies who read this blog, and the men who love them; a conversation needs to be started on this issue ASAP. And unfortunately, autopsies on those women who have just passed from this vile disease need to be done, with testing for for these toxic substances.

Such documentation will pave the way for class action lawsuits against those companies which knew these poisons were in their products, but refused to do a damned thing about it.

And in MY world, the executives of those companies who knew but did nothing, deserve a hell of a lot more than a "fine/corporate slap on the wrist"; for sickening and potentially killing American women, they should get jail time, and NOT in a "Club Fed."

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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According to ATTOM data solutions, right now the average household is spending upwards of 35% of their gross income just on their mortgage, taxes and insurance.
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The key takeaway here is: don't count on a simplistic ideology or reform or a "supreme leader" to save the status quo from internal failure. Humans prefer simplicity to complexity. This is why mythologies still resonate with us, despite our hubristic claims to rationality and "following the science." What we actually crave isn't the challenge of teasing apart highly complex systems of interconnected dynamics in which each subsystem influences every other subsystem.
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Money Market Funds have surged to an impressive all-time high of $6.15 trillion. These funds are a type of short-term investment that typically invest in low-risk, highly liquid assets, such as Treasury bills, commercial paper, and certificates of deposit. Investors turn to Money Market Funds for stability and liquidity, especially during uncertain economic times or when seeking an alternative to traditional savings accounts.
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Democratic strategist David Axelrod said Sunday he doesn’t think President Biden understands he is “not winning this race” against former President Trump.

“There are certain immutable facts of life, and those were painfully obvious on that debate stage, and the president just doesn’t seem to come to — he hasn’t come to grips with it. He’s not winning this race,” Axelrod, a senior adviser in the Obama administration, said on CNN’s “Inside Politics.”

“If you just look at the data and talk to people around the country, political people around the country, it’s more likely that he’ll lose by a landslide than win narrowly this race,” Axelrod continued. “And if the stakes are as large as he says, and I believe they are, then he really needs to consider what the right thing to do here is.”

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With just four months to go before election day, President Biden continues to get calls to resign and possibly have Vice President Harris continue his campaign in order to avoid the major landslide loss that Democratic strategist David Axelrod predicts.

Axelrod was the former top advisor to President Obama and was instrumental in his campaign for president. He was highly critical of Biden running for reelection before the debate and now after the American public saw just how bad Biden’s mental state truly was, Axelrod predicts Biden would highly damage the Democratic brand and ruin his legacy if Biden doesn’t put aside his stubborn attitude to continue forward and simply quit.

Biden gave a post-debate interview with ABC’s George Stephanopoulous and during a segment on CNN’s “Inside Politics” to discuss the interview and overall debate performance, Axelrod gave a brutal opinion of Biden going forward.

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"The problem of the Pathocracy seems to be so vast and complex; it is certainly intimidating. Fortunately, the solutions are relatively simple. It begins with education and non-participation. Ignorance is the key that keeps the Pathocracy afloat. It's truly this easy. An awake populace can choose to stop holding the pyramid above their shoulders by refusing to oil the gears of the machine. We need to collectively move our money out of big banks, support local enterprise over the multinationals, and be courageously vocal about the truth."

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Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg and Judge Juan Merchan "worked together to deprive" former President Trump of "his constitutional and legal rights," the House Judiciary Committee said in a new staff report exclusively obtained by Fox News Digital, saying their findings should prompt appellate courts to "reverse the verdict."

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained the interim staff report created by the House Judiciary Committee and its Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government. 

The report, titled "Lawfare: How the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and a New York State Judge Violated the Constitutional and Legal Rights of President Donald J. Trump," spanning 35-pages, outlines the committee’s findings since it launched its probe into the matter in March 2023. 

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LGBTQ activists speak out against SB1414, a California bill which would make it a felony to purchase children for s*x. They claim it will affect LGBTQ people more.

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80% of landlords in a recent ResiClub-Groundfloor Housing Investor Survey expressed concern about future increases in home insurance premiums. Among them, 37% are very concerned. These rising premiums are not limited to coastal states; even homeowners in Indiana and Iowa saw their average home insurance rates rise by 12.2% and 13.5%, respectively, in 2023. The surge is attributed to factors like climate risk and housing and construction inflation, which have driven up replacement and repair costs for insurers.
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Whoopi Goldberg told her co-hosts Monday on ABC’s “The View” that she supports President Joe Biden staying in the presidential race even if he “pooped his pants.”
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Whereas Donald Trump as the 2016 Republican presidential nominee battled the GOP establishment over changing the party's direction and in 2020 faced substantive internal resistance during his reelection bid, he now appears as the 2024 nominee to have won control of a party apparatus willing to embrace his policy platform and earnestly support his efforts.

The Republican National Committee on Monday formally adopted Trump's 2024 party platform, which focused heavily on economy and border security issues. While both issues have been topline issues for Trump throughout his political career, the platform's inclusion of other provisions highlighted the extent to which his own agenda had inserted itself into the party.

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Kiev continues its practice of nuclear blackmail in the Russian city of Energodar, Zaporozhye region, where Europe’s largest nuclear power plant is located. Another brutal attack was carried out by Ukrainian forces against nuclear facilities, leaving several injured.

Moscow has repeatedly reported on Ukraine’s interest in generating nuclear terror in the New Regions, preventing the normalization of life in the liberated territories.

The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station  

Situated. at Enerhodar on the Eastern coastline of the Dniepr (see map below) The Zaporizhzhia Nuclear Power Station is the largest nuclear power plant in Europe and among the 10 largest in the world

It has been under Russian control and jurisdiction since 2022.

Is Kiev’s Intent to Create “Nuclear Terror” and Blame it on Russia?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Lying is certainly nothing new in politics. It is said that prostitution is the world’s oldest profession, but politics is assuredly the dirtiest—filthier even than garbageman, mortician or, well, the world’s oldest profession itself.

Former President Bill Clinton (while we’re on the topic of sexual promiscuity) perjured himself, leading to his impeachment. Former President Barack Obama, in what PolitiFact called its 2013 “Lie of the Year,” promised that “if you like your health care plan, you can keep it.” And on and on, it goes.

The corporate media, whose 21st-century raison d’être is propping up the Regime Party (Democrats) and punishing the Deplorable Party (Republicans), often joins the fray. The Russia-collusion delusion disinformation operation was laundered by Hillary Clinton’s 2016 campaign to seedy “intelligence” firm Fusion GPS and law firm Perkins Coie LLP. For years, the corporate media dutifully pushed the false narrative. Indeed, it is unclear to this day whether MSNBC has ever read the Mueller report.

But after last Thursday’s CNN presidential debate in Atlanta, in which President Joe Biden delivered a catastrophic performance for the ages, there is only one conclusion: The yearslong effort by Biden administration flunkies, Democratic Party poohbahs and pro-Regime media stenographers to forcefully deny Biden’s obvious physical and mental decline will go down as the single greatest lie in American history.

Webmaster addition: I would give it second place, but the gold goes to the story about Saddam's weapons of mass destruction!

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The word charade has several meanings, and including an act or event that is clearly false (Cambridge Dictionary), something done just for show (Vocabulary.com), or a situation in which people pretend that something is true when it clearly is not (Oxford Leaner’s Dictionary).

The charade I refers to is President Biden’s $7.5 billion dollar investment to install 500,000 electric charging stations along America’s highways by 2030. A reliable and convenient public EV charging infrastructure is critical to achieve the President’s goal of meeting the recent EPA CO2 emission regulation that require nearly 72% of U.S. new light vehicle sales to be fully electric or plug-in hybrid by 2032. Without diving deeper into the announcement, one would likely assume that $7.5 billion is sufficient to construct the 500,000 charging stations, one every 50 miles along the nation’s highways.

To identify the charade, one must first, look at the math: 500,000 charging stations, each with a minimum of four chargers, accomplished with an investment of $7.5 billion dollars. But that is only $15,000 per charging station, installed. A single high capacity charger can cost $100,000 or more, and most stations have multiple chargers. We are now in the second year of the program and only seven stations have been opened so far. At this rate, it will require thousands of years to build all 500,000 charging stations, assuming there are sufficient funds to do so.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The Israeli army is besieging Gaza City a week after its Shuja'iyya invasion began. People are forced to sleep in the streets with nowhere left to go and residents say Israeli forces are encountering fierce resistance.

By Tareq S. Hajjaj 

 

Palestinians flee eastern part of Gaza City after they were ordered by the Israeli army to evacuate their neighborhoods, July 7, 2024. (Photo: Hadi Daoud/APA Images)

The Israeli army’s invasion of Gaza City’s eastern Shuja’iyya neighborhood has entered its second week, and it is now spreading to other parts of the city. The entire city is being put under siege, with its some 300,000 remaining inhabitants trapped in the middle with nowhere to go.

The Shuja’iyya invasion started from the east as the Israeli army launched a surprise attack without prior warning to its residents. People suddenly found army tanks between their homes, leading people to begin leaving the al-Nazaz, al-Mantar, and al-Mansoura areas in droves. The people who remained were located in the northern and southern regions of Shuja’iyya

The Israeli operation has followed a clear pattern so far. Military forces launch incursions into different neighborhoods at different points, storming one area after the other until they have deemed the resistance there eliminated. Often, the army encounters more fighting than expected, prompting an even wider invasion of large urban swathes in an attempt to snuff out the resistance. The operation swallows up more neighborhoods, and the army issues evacuation orders to the residents that have remained. Often the evacuation area is the same location in which Israeli forces operate.

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Sanaa has warned that Washington is taking steps to restart the nine-year-old war in a last-ditch effort to counter Yemen's pro-Palestine operations

(Photo Credit: Hodhod Yemen News Agency)

The leader of Yemen’s ruling Ansarallah resistance movement, Abdul Malik al-Houthi, on 7 July warned Saudi Arabia against “colluding” with the US and UK to take “aggressive steps” against Sanaa and in support of Israel.

“The Americans are trying to entangle you [Saudi Arabia], and if you want that, then try it. If you want good for yourselves and stability for your country and economy, stop your conspiracies against our country. The move towards aggressive escalation against our country is something we can never accept,” Houthi said, warning Riyadh that falling for this trap would be “a terrible mistake and a great failure, and it is our natural right to counter any aggressive step.”

“If you get more entangled, our escalation will be greater, and do not rely on the Americans; they are failures.”

Claire's Observations:  It will be interesting to see how the Saudi response here unfolds.

So far, the response from the House of Saud has been nuanced, but  primarily economic  https://schiffgold.com/guest-commentaries/saudi-arabia-de-dollarization-explained/

There is also the issue of its rapprochement with Iran, brokered last year by China, which appears to be in a problematic phase right now https://www.crisisgroup.org/middle-east-north-africa/gulf-and-arabian-peninsula/iran-saudi-arabia/b92-great-expectations-future.  However, as agreements on both sides could be a real game changer for the entire Middle East, one can be hopeful that Saudi leadership understands  the benefits (and potential risks) of moving closer to Iran.

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You know things are bad in higher education when schools have to get this creative to find new students.

The College Fix reports:

Colleges aim to increase enrollment by admitting students who didn’t apply

 

To combat a downward trend in college enrollment, some universities are offering admission to students who have not applied.

Through the new direct admissions practice, higher education institutions identify students based on their academic achievements, location, and other factors – and offer them admission to the school, no application necessary.

Washington and Jefferson College, a private institution in Pennsylvania, saw positive results after it began direct admissions two years ago, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

Tracey Sheetz, vice president of enrollment, told the newspaper the college adopted the new method to “meet students where they are today.”

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President Joe Biden told Congressional Democrats that he has no intention to comply with calls for him to resign, and said it is time for the drama inside the party that has erupted due to these calls to “end.” In the two-page letter to members of the House, who are now returning from their Fourth of July recess, Biden acknowledged the fallout from his debate performance but urged them to move on.

“The question of how to move forward has been well-aired for over a week now. And it’s time for it to end,” he wrote, adding that the party currently has “one job” which is to beat GOP frontrunner Donald Trump in the general election.

“We have 42 days to the Democratic Convention and 119 days to the general election,” the letter continues. “Any weakening of resolve or lack of clarity about the task ahead only helps Trump and hurts us. It’s time to come together, move forward as a unified party, and defeat Donald Trump.”

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The Israeli army's occupation of parts of the Gaza Strip, for an undefined period of time, is one of the most dramatic developments in the war that began with Hamas' surprise attack on Israel on October 7.

The IDF considers Israeli control over these areas as a strategic step, while Israel's political leadership is pushing to continue the war. In the ongoing cease-fire negotiations, Hamas is demanding that Israel withdraw from areas that have been occupied and to end the war. Despite reports suggesting progress in the negotiations, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made it clear Israel may renew the fighting, and the parties are still far from reaching an agreement.

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