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A Pfizer-funded, peer-reviewed paper authored by Pfizer scientists reveals that the company's antiviral COVID medication Paxlovid completely sucks, confirming what everyone's known since it came out. In a randomized phase 2-3 trial of the drug conducted between Aug. 25, 2021 through July 25, 2022, 654 out of 1,296 patients were dosed with at least one 300mg dose of Paxlovid + 100mg of protease inhibitor ritonavir vs. a placebo group. The results showed that the median time until COVID-19 symptoms ended through day 28 was 12 days in the treatment group vs. 13 days in the placebo group. According to the authors, the result of the drug, which is also known as nirmatrelvir, "was not significant."
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Via The Cradle

The Danish government fired Chief of Defense Flemming Lentfer on Wednesday after it was revealed that the top military official failed to report flaws in the HDMS Iver Huitfeldt frigate's air defense and weapons systems that emerged during an attack last month by the Yemeni armed forces in the Red Sea.

"I have lost trust in the chief of defense," Troels Lund Poulsen, Denmark’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense, told reporters on Wednesday night. Poulsen reportedly learned about the failure from the Danish military outlet Olfi.

HDMS Iver Huitfeldt

"We are facing a historic and necessary strengthening of Denmark’s defense forces. This places great demands on our organization and on the military advice at a political level," the Danish official added.

On March 9, the Iver Huitfeldt's air defense systems failed for 30 minutes while engaging Yemeni attacks launched by Houthis in support of Gaza, according to a leaked document written by the ship’s commanding officer and reviewed by Olfi. The document also reported issues with the ship’s ammunition system, which caused half of its rounds to detonate before they hit their target.

"Our clear understanding is that the issue has been known for years without the necessary sense of urgency to resolve the problem," the frigate's commanding officer reported.

The Iver Huitfeldt eventually fended off the attack, shooting down four drones over the Red Sea in what – at the time – was presented as a success story.

Lentfer's firing is the latest in a string of recent public embarrassments from NATO member states, particularly in the Red Sea, where a months-long campaign of US and UK airstrikes inside Yemen has failed to deter attacks against Israeli-linked vessels.

Claire's Observations:  This is not only part of a " a string of recent public embarrassments from NATO member states; it is also a "string if recent public victories" for the Iranian backed Houthis.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EUROPE, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, NATO, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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America’s futile attempts to field a working hypersonic weapon demonstrate just how far behind in missile tech the rogue superpower has fallen. While it was busy with futile attempts to tarnish the reputation of Russian hypersonic missiles, the rest of the world kept doing its homework and the effort is finally paying off. Namely, on April 2, North Korea conducted the first test launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile (IRBM) with a hypersonic warhead. While it’s not entirely clear what sort of weapon is on top of the missile, it looks to be a glide vehicle (HGV). Dubbed the “Hwasong-16B” in most military sources, the missile is expected to complement the rapidly growing arsenal of other North Korean strategic weapons such as the “Hwasong-10” and “Hwasong-12” that entered service in previous years.

Along with the aforementioned missiles, the “Hwasong-16B” strengthens Pyongyang’s capability to not only deter possible aggression by the United States, but also strike strategically important American military facilities in the increasingly contested Asia-Pacific region. This also includes the infamous Andersen Air Force Base in Guam, where the Pentagon is expanding its long-range strike capabilities in an attempt to conduct yet another crawling aggression in other superpowers’ geopolitical backyard. Interestingly, just a few weeks ago, on March 19, the USAF conducted what it claims was the last test of the AGM-183A, an air-launched missile carrying an HGV. Dubbed the ARRW (Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon), the missile was supposed to be the US entry point into the highly exclusive “hypersonic club”.

Tags: KOREA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Former US congressional staffer and political commentator Rodney Martin says the powerful American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and other pro-Israel lobby groups in the United States have successfully put the US government in a chokehold.

Martin, who is based in Scottsdale, Arizona, the US, made the remarks in an exclusive interview with the Press TV website on Wednesday while commenting on Washington’s policy of providing weapons to Israel in its genocidal war in Gaza.

More than five months into the Israeli war on the besieged Gaza Strip, the death toll of Palestinians has just crossed 31,000, with thousands more still trapped under the rubble.

Almost 14,000 of those killed by the Israeli military, using sophisticated American weapons, are children and approximately 9,000 are women. More than 72,000 others are wounded.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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His latest fumbles came during a speech at the White House to mark Greek Independence Day. During the remarks, Biden looked dead ahead and commented sternly "Please move all that back by the way" while in the middle of a sentence. Writing about the incident on X, the Republican National Committee said: "A confused Biden orders the teleprompter operator to 'move all that back'." The President then spoke about his time in the Obama Administration bizarrely branding himself "O'Biden" in the process.
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After the umpteenth refusal of a peace negotiation by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and the bloody massacre of the attack in Moscow carried out by terrorists financed by Kiev and probably trained by Western intelligence, the patience of Russian President Vladimir Putin really seems to be over.

Strengthened by the grandiose reconfirmation in the recent elections, the Tsar of Moscow has raised the level of attacks by launching a storm of hypersonic Zircon and Kinzhal missiles, impossible to intercept, both on the most dangerous military positions of the Kiev army and on the country’s energy infrastructures (report by Russia Ministry of Defense below).

On the other hand, Zelensky, like a spoiled child whose toys of death have been taken away, continues to ask NATO countries for weapons for a war he cannot win, as tycoons David Sach and Elon Musk have explicitly declared in recent days.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Russian aerospace engineering needs no introduction. Whether it was the Russian Empire, the Soviet Union or modern-day Russia, Moscow was one of the pioneers of aviation and its prowess in relevant technologies stands to this very day and includes a number of world records when it comes to a variety of aircraft developed since the early 1900s. One of the fields in which Russia has been dominating in the last 60 years is developing superfast, high-flying interceptors.

While the Soviet Union already had top-of-the-line interceptors in the late 1940s/early 1950s, with the then virtually unrivaled MiG-15 dominating the skies over Korea, it was during the 1960s that Russia made a tremendous leap forward, eclipsing anything its adversaries have been able to field ever since. Namely, in the early 1960s, Moscow developed the now legendary MiG-25 (NATO reporting name “Foxbat”), boasting a maximum speed of over Mach 3.2 (nearly 4000 km/h), making it the fastest armed military aircraft in history, matched only by the unarmed American SR-71 ISR aircraft.

The venerable MiG-25 set a number of world records, including in sustained supersonic speed over a long distance when the MiG OKB Chief Test Pilot Aleksandr Fedotov reached an average speed of more than 2,319 km/h over a 1,000 km circuit in 1965. Just two years later, his colleague Mikhail Komarov averaged over 2,981 km/h in a closed 500 km circuit, while Fedotov reached an altitude of 30 km with a 1000 kg payload, becoming the first aircraft to do so. Both records were established on the same day.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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There has been no public announcement of why the huge and fully loaded cargo ship Dali lost power in the early morning hours of March 26, 2024, before drifting into a support pylon of Baltimore’s Frances Scott Key Bridge and causing it to collapse into the Patapsco River in the economically worst US infrastructure disaster of the 21st century.

But an early report from the Vessel Tracker website declared: “…enquiries into the cause of the ship’s failure to navigate safely have commenced. The accident site was being treated as a crime scene.” (emphasis added)

So far, no public authority has made any statements on possible criminal aspects of the incident. The “crime scene” declaration may simply reflect the fact that when an accident involves loss of life, possible criminal charges must be addressed. In the Dali disaster, six workmen engaged in highway repairs on the bridge’s roadway are missing and presumed dead. Who is ultimately responsible?

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You’d think Western leaders dealing with foreign affairs would make sure they had a working knowledge of international law and respect its importance. It’s based on common sense and is easy enough for politicians of average intelligence to understand. But they don’t seem to.

So it was refreshing to hear Vasily Nebenzya, Russia’s representative at the United Nations, ticking off the US and Israel for trying to duck their legal responsibilities after the Security Council adopted Resolution 2728. This deals with Israel’s attempt to destroy Gaza and its people and “demands an immediate ceasefire for the month of Ramadan respected by all parties leading to a lasting sustainable ceasefire, and also demands the immediate and unconditional release of all hostages, as well as ensuring humanitarian access to address their medical and other humanitarian needs, and further demands that the parties comply with their obligations under international law in relation to all persons they detain”.

It also “emphasizes the urgent need to expand the flow of humanitarian assistance to and reinforce the protection of civilians in the entire Gaza Strip and reiterates its demand for the lifting of all barriers to the provision of humanitarian assistance at scale, in line with international humanitarian law as well as resolutions 2712 (2023) and 2720 (2023)”.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Military aid to Ukraine remains extremely unpopular among Americans. Citizens and politicians fear that the country will be harmed economically given its billion-dollar support for the war against Russia. This has led more and more legislators to criticize the government’s attitudes and demand a change of stance on the conflict.

In a recent speech, Republican Congressman Eli Crane stated that the US should immediately stop its financial support for Ukraine. According to him, Washington should strive to make Kiev resolve the conflict as quickly as possible through diplomatic means, thus avoiding the prolongation of hostilities – and consequently preventing the US from spending even more money on weapons to support the neo-Nazi regime.

According to Crane, the systematic sending of money to war could ruin the future of Americans, destabilizing the country economically and harming future generations. He believes that if American aid does not cease as quickly as possible, the Ukrainian conflict will become a kind of “forever war”, draining American resources for a long time.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Denmark's armed forces said the technical problem arose on a Harpoon missile on the frigate HDMS Niels Juel during testing at anchor in the Korsoer naval base, west of the capital Copenhagen. 'The launch vehicle, the booster, is activated, and currently cannot be disabled,' the military said in a statement. The military said the missile is live, but only the booster is activated and there is no danger of the missile exploding or reaching farther than the booster rocket can lift it. However, an unintentional launch could send fragments falling into Danish waters, posing a dangerous risk to other vehicles in the region.
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The Bide administration has finalized energy efficiency regulations for distribution transformers, a key component of managing the flow of electricity between power stations and consumers.

In a Thursday morning announcement, the Department of Energy said that the regulations would help accelerate the green agenda as part of the administration's "commitment to tackling the climate crisis" (and causing more inflation).

The agency suggested that the move would save utilities and businesses over $824 million per year in electricity costs (once they come out of pocket for the 'necessary' upgrades).

"These standards are going to make America's power grid more resilient," said DOE Secretary Jennifer Granholm, adding "They'll support good-paying, high-quality manufacturing jobs, and they'll help us deploy more affordable and reliable and clean electricity more quickly across the country."

"It's going to provide critical, long-term certainty for domestic manufacturing and production investments – it's going to strengthen energy and economic supply chain security," she continued, adding "And it'll position American producers and workers to capture an evolving and growing market."

Granholm also emphasized that the energy efficiency standards will slash nearly 85 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the equivalent of the combined annual emissions of 11 million U.S. homes.

Under DOE's regulations, energy efficiency gains will be achieved with 75% of the transformers on the market being manufactured with grain-oriented electrical steel (GOES) and another 25% being manufactured with amorphous alloy, a lesser-used electric steel core material. Manufacturers will be given five years to ensure total compliance with the regulations. -Fox News

The new standards are a scaled-down version of regulations first proposed by the DOE in January 2023, under which 95% of distribution transformers would have been required to be made with amorphous alloy, and manufacturers would have three years to comply. 

The original proposal has been widely criticized by power providers and utility companies which said it's unrealistic, leading to bipartisan legislation introduced by Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) which would require the DOE to preserve market opportunities for transformer manufacturers

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Individual subscriptions are set to increase by $1 to $11.99 while duo and family plans will rise by $2 to $16.99 and $18.99 respectively.
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 Apr 05, 2024 - 05:30 AM

Authored by Ken Silva via Money Metals,

Weeks after Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell evaded a sitting congressman’s questions about the central bank’s foreign gold holdings, the Fed has also declined to comply with a Freedom of Information Act request for records about such holdings.

The Federal Reserve’s lack of transparency comes amidst reports that countries are removing their gold and other assets from the U.S. in the wake of the unprecedented Western sanctions imposed on Russia over its invasion of Ukraine. According to a 2023 Invesco survey, a “substantial percentage” of central banks expressed concern about how the U.S. and its allies froze nearly half of Russia’s $650 billion gold and forex reserves.

Rep. Alex Mooney, R-W.Va., asked Powell about the matter in a December letter, only to have the Fed chair respond last month with evasive non-answers, telling him that the Federal Reserve does not own gold but holds it as a custodian for other entities—a fact that the congressman presumably already knew.

Following Powell’s evasive response, Headline USA filed a FOIA request with the Fed for records reflecting how much gold the Federal Reserve Bank of New York currently holds in its vault, as well as records reflecting the ownership stake that each of FRBNY’s central bank/government clients have in that gold. The FOIA request also sought records about the Fed’s gold holdings prior to Russia’s February 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

However, the Federal Reserve denied the FOIA request on Wednesday.

“Board staff consulted with staff at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York (‘Reserve Bank’) and have been advised that such records, if they exist, would be Reserve Bank records, and consequently, not subject to the Board’s Rules Regarding Availability of Information,” the Fed said.

The Federal Reserve said that this publication could take its request to the New York Fed. However, that institution isn’t subject to FOIA

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The report cited six Israeli intelligence officers, who admitted to using an AI called 'Lavender' to classify as many as 37,000 Palestinians as suspected militants — marking these people and their homes as acceptable targets for air strikes. Israel has vehemently denied the AI's role with an army spokesperson describing the system as 'auxiliary tools that assist officers in the process of incrimination.' Lavender was trained on data from Israeli intelligence's decades-long surveillance of Palestinian populations, using the digital footprints of known militants as a model for what signal to look for in the noise, according to the report.
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NASA's proved in 2022 that humans could redirect 'city killer' asteroids away from Earth - but with unintended consequences that could put our planet in danger. A pair of Italian astronomers found that when the Double Asteroid Redirection Test (DART) craft rammed the 560-foot-wide asteroid Dimorphos off its course, the collision created a cloud of 37 new space boulders that is shooting toward Mars. If one of these boulders hit the red planet, it could create a crater between 200 and 300 meters across - 656 to nearly 1,000 feet.
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Carry traders move to Swiss Franc to fund their trades [Video]

ANALYSIS | 04/05/2024 08:03:47 GMT 

Risk appetite got a hit yesterday as an army of Federal Reserve (Fed) speakers sounded cautious about the timing of the first rate cut and as the barrel of Brent spiked past the $90pb level on rising tensions between Iran and Israel after Israel bombed the Iranian embassy in Damascus earlier this week.

The latest spike in oil prices will be reflected in the upcoming inflation reads and may derail the Fed from its ‘three rate cuts’ plan for this year.

Today, all eyes are on the US jobs data, that should distinguish between those expecting that the Fed will cut interest rates three times this year and those who bet that the Fed will barely cut the rates with strong growth and rising inflation. Another higher-than-expected NFP and hotter-than-expected wages growth could lead to a further pullback in dovish Fed expectations, weigh on stock and bond valuations and boost the US dollar.

Elsewhere, the European Central Bank (ECB) minutes hint at upcoming rate cut, while falling Swiss inflation backs further Swiss National Bank (SNB) easing, convincing carry traders to move from the yen to Swiss francs for funding their trades.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, EUROPE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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ANALYSIS | 04/05/2024 08:03:47 GMT 

Risk appetite got a hit yesterday as an army of Federal Reserve (Fed) speakers sounded cautious about the timing of the first rate cut and as the barrel of Brent spiked past the $90pb level on rising tensions between Iran and Israel after Israel bombed the Iranian embassy in Damascus earlier this week.

The latest spike in oil prices will be reflected in the upcoming inflation reads and may derail the Fed from its ‘three rate cuts’ plan for this year.

Today, all eyes are on the US jobs data, that should distinguish between those expecting that the Fed will cut interest rates three times this year and those who bet that the Fed will barely cut the rates with strong growth and rising inflation. Another higher-than-expected NFP and hotter-than-expected wages growth could lead to a further pullback in dovish Fed expectations, weigh on stock and bond valuations and boost the US dollar.

Elsewhere, the European Central Bank (ECB) minutes hint at upcoming rate cut, while falling Swiss inflation backs further Swiss National Bank (SNB) easing, convincing carry traders to move from the yen to Swiss francs for funding their trades.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Update(1831ET): With Israel's embassies around the world on a heightened state of alert, and extra IDF reservists called up, and home and weekend leave for all combat troops having been abruptly canceled Thursday, the Israeli population is anxiously awaiting a response - with some reports saying residents are already seeking the safety of bomb shelters.

Tehran has vowed that vengeance is coming soon for the Monday Israeli airstrike on its embassy in Damascus. Most pundits believe this will take the form of ballistic missiles raining down on Israeli cities. But Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu is reportedly vowing that if the Islamic Republic launches missiles from its soil it will ensure "a strong response" from Israel.

Israeli officials have told Axios late in the day that such an act would "take the current conflict to another level" — which most certainly would involve a direct Israel-Iran war and thus the eruption of a broader regional conflict. Axios adds the following observations:

  • Iranian proxies in Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and Gaza have attacked Israel but there hasn't been an attack from Iranian soil.
  • A direct Iranian strike on Israel would be unprecedented and could lead to a regional war in the Middle East.

Netanyahu informed his security cabinet Thursday that Israel's forces have already been engaged with Iran "both directly and via its proxies, and therefore Israel is operating against Iran and its proxies, both defensively and offensively."

A statement issued by the prime minister's office laid out: "We will know how to defend ourselves and will operate according to the basic principle of whoever is harming or planning to harm us — we will harm him." The White House has meanwhile issued a statement shortly after Biden and Netanyahu discussed the Gaza crisis, saying "President Biden made clear that the United States strongly supports Israel in the face of those [Iranian] threats."

There have meanwhile been unverified reports to emerge saying that the CIA has warned Israel to expect an attack from Iran within the next 48 hours, which has also been picked up in Israeli press.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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