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Late last year, Congress extended Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and, in doing so, secured “the nation’s warrantless surveillance powers” until April 2024. With that month fast approaching, House Republicans have unveiled a new package to reauthorize those same powers, within limits.

As the Hill reports, the new package “focus[es] on more reforms at the FBI to address misuse of the powerful spy tool,” but the deal does not include requirements for a warrant, which is “deemed a red line for the intelligence community but nonetheless a top priority for privacy advocates in Congress.”

The new measure “would severely limit the number of FBI personnel who can query the database, forcing more oversight from some 550 supervisors or lawyers before agents can tap into the database to gain information on Americans.” The bill aims to “protect members of Congress or other high-profile officials” by requiring consent before a “defensive briefing.”

The FBI will be required to “notify a member of Congress, with some limitation, if they have been queried in the 702 database.” As members of Congress and the public may have noticed, the FBI, tasked with counterintelligence, has become a law unto itself.

Claire's Observations:  As a Christian Pacifist Activist, who believes war is the result of a catastrophic failure of imagination; who doesn't even have an overdue library book, and has never advocated for violence, I am most probably on this list, somewhere.

I am no terrorist of any stripe; but because I believe in logical questions being asked and answered, particularly in the realm of geopolitics, I must be considered a major irritant!! :-)

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) has subpoenaed Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra for records on Unaccompanied Alien Children (UACs), released into the United States, who are behind some of the most “heinous criminal acts against Americans.”

On Tuesday, as Fox News Digital’s Adam Shaw first reported, Jordan sent a subpoena to Becerra requesting all information related to various cases of UACs who ultimately victimized American citizens after their being resettled with adult sponsors by HHS.

“The Committee on the Judiciary is conducting oversight of the Department of Health and Human Services’ mismanagement of the placement of UACs,” Jordan writes:

This mismanagement has resulted in unvetted UACs, who have been released by HHS to sponsors in the United States, committing heinous criminal acts against Americans. To that end, we have requested the case files for several UACs who have been charged with committing crimes while in the United States after being released by HHS. Your response without compulsory process has been woefully inadequate. [Emphasis added]

Since June 2023, the Committee has requested several HHS case files for criminal aliens charged with serious and violent crimes, including theft, brutal assault, and murder. The Committee has followed up on its requests on numerous occasions. Following months of nonresponsiveness, on September 28, 2023, HHS finally provided a response that included a variety of baseless excuses to justify withholding the requested criminal alien case files. Among other excuses, HHS noted its concern for the privacy interests of criminal aliens and asserted that the Committee lacked a legitimate oversight purpose to obtain the case files. [Emphasis added]

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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On the same day in 2023, two Waymo driverless taxis hit the same truck but we’re just now hearing about this. The company has just issued a recall for its controversial robotaxis, even though it insists the odd incident last year was a “rare scenario.”

Angry mob torches robotaxi.

Of course, Waymo is trying to spin this incident as positively as possible. The company made a big deal in a blog post announcing the recall about how it was doing so voluntarily. If you know how these sorts of things work, that’s how many vehicle recalls happen, so the hoopla is just a show.

According to Waymo, this incident in question happened back on December 11, 2023 in Phoenix, Arizona. The company is quick to point out the two crashes resulted in zero injuries and “minor vehicle damage.” We wonder just how minor the owner of the truck thought it was at the time.

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German paleobiologists have called for an overhaul of the system used in naming dinosaurs, arguing the current nomenclature contains nearly 100 “potentially offensive” names, Nature magazine reported on Tuesday, citing the team’s still-unpublished paper. 

Webmaster addition:  This silliness has to stop.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Report Highlights

  • Gun ownership in America increased 28% from 1994 to 2023
  • It is estimated that there are 393 million civilian-owned firearms in the U.S.
  • There are 6.06 million registered civilian firearms in America
  • Estimates show that 82,880,000 people own at least one firearm in 2023
  • Women's firearm ownership increased by 177.8% in the past years
  • Gun ownership increased more among Hispanics than any other demographic between 2017-2023 (33%)
  • Gun ownership declined by 22% in the 18-29 age group over the past six years
  • One out of every 20 adults in the U.S. purchased a firearm for the first time during the pandemic
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The government has been taken to task over its secretive censorship units.

The issue of how freedom of expression is protected in the UK, as the country’s government works to combat what it considered to be “disinformation,” was somewhat examined during a recent parliamentary debate.

One of the players brought up is the Counter Disinformation Unit – now renamed as the National Security Online Information Team (NSOIT) – which news reports say has ties to UK’s intelligence agencies. (Not what the government representatives are spelling out, however.)

The unit notably “combated disinformation” in the past by spying on government critics – despite their speech being lawful.

Speaking in the British Parliament this week, Lord Strasburger had this question for the government: What steps are they taking to protect freedom of expression in the course of their work on combating so-called “disinformation?”

Claire's Observations:  watch Viscount Camrose, answering such questions, "duck and weave" , in the best traditions of  the CIA's Former Head,  Gina Haspel!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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The radicals that run most of our major cities thought that going soft on crime was the way to go.  So they reduced police budgets, they legalized a lot of things that used to be serious crimes, they decided to stop prosecuting numerous low level offenses, and many hardcore criminals found themselves getting sent back into the streets time after time after getting arrested by the police.  For example, even though the city of Chicago is experiencing a massive crime wave, the jail population in Cook County is “at the lowest level in 40 years” thanks to policies that are extremely soft on crime…

One thing Chicagoans can’t help but notice when scrolling through news feeds: the number of violent crimes committed by defendants while they were out either on parole, probation or awaiting trial.

That’s not surprising given the long-term decarceration trend in Cook County that’s left the county’s jail population at the lowest level in 40 years. Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans started a no bail/low cash bail policy in 2017, resulting in a growing number of pretrial defendants out on bond who are then charged with new crimes, as we reported here. The state’s new SAFE-T Act has taken that policy even further. In September 2023, Illinois became the first state in the country to eliminate cash bail altogether, while the law also reduced the types of crimes for which defendants could be detained before their trial.

So how is that working out?

Has putting violent criminals back into the streets made things safer?

Of course not.

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As I write these words, the death toll in the Gaza massacre (not “war”) has surpassed 28,000, of whom some 70% are women and children. As I write these words, nothing has evidently changed in Jewish attitudes, of which roughly 80% of American Jews and 95% of Israeli Jews are satisfied with the brutal assault.[1] As I write these words, nothing has deterred the pro-Israel, pro-Jewish attitude of the Biden administration or of the so-called leaders in Europe—Ursula von der Leyen, Roberta Metsola, Jens Stoltenberg, Olaf Scholz—as they offer all possible aid and assistance to the criminal Jewish state. These facts are extremely telling, but are unsurprising for those who have long studied the Jewish Question.

Confronted with the stark reality of Gaza, we must be clear and explicit. We must state the obvious: Israel’s actions are crimes against humanity, out of any proportion to the Hamas attack that nominally instigated it. As a resistance movement to a 75-year-long occupying power, Hamas is legitimate in its use of force against Israelis. All those around the world who aid and comfort the Israeli government are themselves criminals and must be held accountable; this includes Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, and virtually every national leader in Europe. Those who refuse to speak up and condemn Israeli atrocities are moral cowards, concerned more about their personal status and personal well-being than mass human suffering. Such people, especially those in positions of influence, should be identified, labeled, shunned, and punished by the appropriate court of law.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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“Israel”—an 8,500 square mile insane asylum, populated by the sorriest collection of pathologically-lying uber-racist child-murder-loving lunatics ever to disgrace the human species—continues its ongoing slaughter in Gaza. The World Court provisionally agrees with South Africa that the Zionists are committing genocide. Almost every nation on Earth condemns that genocide and supports an immediate ceasefire. There is only one significant exception: The USA, that self-styled global hegemon.

This morning the US once again vetoed a UN Security Council resolution demanding an immediate ceasefire in Gaza. It was the third time Washington had vetoed a Gaza ceasefire resolution.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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“In a compelling piece of live television, British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was recently confronted by a COVID-19 vaccine injury victim during an unscripted question and answer session. Describing the pain and trauma he suffered, audience member John Watt told the Prime Minister how he had been left with no help at all after the vaccine caused him to develop a heart condition. Already under pressure over his links to a hedge fund that has seen massive returns from an investment in COVID-19 vaccine maker Moderna, Sunak was like a rabbit caught in the headlights.” https://www.globalresearch.ca/british-prime-minister-confronted-over-covid-19-vaccine-injuries-live-television/5849760

Read the story. It reveals that people have finally realized that it was the Covid mRNA “vaccine” that did the harm. It also offers a possible, perhaps even likely, explanation as to why political leaders in the West all served as advocates for the death jab. Were they alerted to the money-making opportunity in advance in order to be properly invested for the orchestrated “pandemic”? There are suspicions that Britain’s First Indian Prime Minister was.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Israel intensified airstrikes in Rafah on Wednesday as Israeli officials are threatening to invade the city, which is packed with an estimated 1.5 million Palestinians.

Reuters reported that the Israeli bombardment in Rafah killed over a dozen members of the al-Noor family, including a one-and-a-half-year-old girl. At the site of the bombed house, Palestinians criticized the US for vetoing a ceasefire resolution at the UN Security Council and for its support of the Israeli onslaught.

“Since October 7 and until this moment, the US has been supporting Israel with rockets, aircraft and tanks. All of these massacres are because of America,” said  Youssef Sheikh Al-Eid, whose brother was inside the targeted house, according to Reuters.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Ukraine’s president on Wednesday invited Polish leaders to meet him at their shared border to resolve a blockade by Polish farmers protesting Ukrainian food imports, saying it’s hampering the shipment of weapons to Ukrainian soldiers.

Meanwhile, Polish authorities voiced concern after slogans appeared at the protests praising Russian President Vladimir Putin and his war against Ukraine.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said on social media he hoped the proposed border meeting for him, Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and a European Union representative could happen before the two-year anniversary of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine on Saturday.

Tags: ECONOMY, EUROPE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Tennessee Representative Andy Ogles appears to have kept money raised through a charitable GoFundMe event, making him the second freshman Republican member of Congress in hot water over dubious fundraising efforts.

An investigation by NewsChannel5 found that Ogles set up a GoFundMe in 2014 after his son was stillborn. Ogles said he wanted to build a garden where families could bury their stillborn children and sit on benches by the gravestones. The GoFundMe raised almost $25,000, but the garden was never built.

GoFundMe confirmed that Ogles received the money. He declined to answer any of NewsChannel5’s questions about what happened to the funds:

“Congressman, this doesn’t have to be a story if you just offer some evidence it went for a good cause,” we told him, as he got into a truck and slammed the door.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Rep. Andy Ogles (R-TN) was confronted by peace activists in Washington on Tuesday about the Israeli slaughter in Gaza and sparked an outcry for saying “kill ’em all” when asked about Palestinian children being killed with US support.

“I’ve seen the footage of shredded children’s bodies. That’s my taxpayer dollars that are going to bomb those kids,” an activist said to Ogles.

“I think we should kill ’em all, if that makes you feel better,” Ogles replied. “Everybody in Hamas.”

The comments sparked an outcry and backlash, including from within Ogles’ state of Tennessee. In response, Ogles’ office insisted he was specifically talking about Hamas, but the congressman said “kill ’em all” after the activist referenced children being killed by Israel with US support.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Source: dossier.today

 

Setting the record straight on money allocated "for Ukraine."

The United States Congress has already allocated hundreds of billions of dollars to the losing war effort in Ukraine, and the vast majority of the money (other than the dollars that serve to bribe Ukrainian officials and keep them onside with the West) is spent in the United States.

At first glance, it seems like a good thing. And it might even be preferable to sending that military “foreign aid” money overseas to some sketchy Ukrainian tank commander with, uh, historically controversial tattoos, named Anatoliy.

American officials and members of Congress who support the Current Conflict Thing continue to drive home the idea that this way of doing “foreign aid” is as American as apple pie. Surely, in the aftermath of the multi-trillion dollar boondoggles in Iraq and Afghanistan, they hope the marketing sticks.

On Tuesday, President Biden declared that “it spends the money right here in the United States of America,” adding that “history is watching".

Claire's Observations:  To By-di-Bye and his enablers;  Yes, history is watching; unfortunately it is watching one of the most heinous scams against American taxpayers ever about to be perpetrated, should Congress pass this Frankenstinian excuse of a financial  aid bill.

I am praying that Congress (which allegedly represents the interests of the US citizen and taxpayer) will call this one DOA, and not give it the light of day.  We already have zero accountability for money or weapons received by the Ukrainian government.  With the deficits the Feds are expanding by the second, we cannot, and should not move forward with one more cent, or bullet, until those already exhausted in a no-win situation with Ukraine and Russia, are accounted for.  The American people deserve no less, period, end of discussion.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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NYC is America’s hardest city to live in, and the housing prices are so high pretty soon nobody will be able to afford the crazy rents, unless the state acts to get affordable houses built… fast.

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We already know that the Biden administration and the BLS are ignoring the massive layoffs happening across corporate America in favor of pushing some asinine narrative that 'Bidenomics', whatever that even means, is somehow creating jobs other than 2nd and 3rd jobs for senior citizens driving Uber when they should be retired. 

Now, it's becoming clear that 2024 could be the year when corporations continue 'cost cutting', which could mean a number of strategies, almost all of which result in less employees and less pay instead of more. 

Executives from various industries, including toy, cosmetics, and technology sectors, are cutting costs and jobs, even in profitable companies such as Mattel, PayPal, Cisco, Nike, Estée Lauder, and Levi Strauss, CNBC wrote this week.

Macy's plans to shut five stores and cut over 2,300 jobs, while airlines like JetBlue and Spirit offer buyouts, and United reduces in-flight services. This trend is driven by consumer caution and investor pressure for companies to adapt to changing demand and higher expenses, the report says.

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But any decrease in carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions won’t have an effect for hundreds to thousands of years—even under the most restrictive circumstances, according to some experts.

If emissions of CO2 stopped altogether, it would take many thousands of years for atmospheric CO2 to return to ‘pre-industrial’ levels,” the Royal Society states in a report on its website. The organization describes itself as a “fellowship of many of the world’s most eminent scientists.”

“Surface temperatures would stay elevated for at least a thousand years, implying a long-term commitment to a warmer planet due to past and current emissions,” the report states. “The current CO2-induced warming of Earth is therefore essentially irreversible on human timescales.”

A frequently asked questions page on NASA’s website holds the same position.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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