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Firefighters say the car’s owners were having trouble with the battery and couldn’t get a replacement, so they removed it and brought it inside to try to charge it. The owners did not follow manufacturers’ instructions, and the lithium-ion battery exploded.
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Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) on Wednesday appeared to threaten to pursue the impeachment of President Biden if he started a war with Iran.

Massie posted a video from 2007 on X of then-Senator Biden threatening President George W. Bush with impeachment if he went to war with Iran without congressional approval.

“I made it clear to the president that if he takes this nation to war in Iran without congressional approval, I will make it my business to impeach him,” Biden said in the video.

In his post, Massie wrote: “In 2007, Sen. Biden put the President on notice that he would impeach him for going to war with Iran without Congressional approval. Consider this your notice [President Biden].”

Tags: IMPEACHMENT, IRAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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I was asked for my thoughts on what most concerned me about the expected US attacks on Iran following the death of three American soldiers over the weekend in Jordan. Some of those thoughts made it into Newsweek

Below, I’ve provided an extended set of thoughts on what we could expect from US attacks against Iran. It’s divided into best and worst-case scenarios. Not surprisingly, the worst-case scenario is longer:

Most concerning would be an attack on Iran itself that would put the same types of domestic political pressure on Iran to respond that President Biden is facing. It’s hard to see the Iranians, or any nation, being overtly attacked by a foreign country and not responding in some equivalent manner. I think limited attacks on targets in Iran would see commensurate Iranian reprisals. So attacks on Iranian Republican Guard facilities or air and naval bases would see return attacks on US bases in Iraq and Syria.

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The European Union will fall far short of its target of sending one million artillery shells to Ukraine by March, it said on Wednesday, adding that just over half that number would be delivered by the deadline.

Speaking after an EU defence ministers' meeting in Brussels, the bloc's top diplomat, Josep Borrell, said around 52% of the promised rounds would be delivered by March, with the original target to be reached by the end of the year.

The target was set in response to Ukraine's need for 155-mm artillery shells, which have become a key element in its fight against Russia's 2022 invasion as the conflict descends into an intense war of attrition.

"There was some initial inertia, but then once things get set in motion, they can speed up," Borrell said by way of explanation as to why the EU will not meet its own deadline.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The stark failure of Ukraine’s 2023 counteroffensive, which Kyiv billed as the one-two punch that can knock Russia out of the war, has led proponents of maximalist war aims in Ukraine to revise their timetable for victory.

The Armed Forces of Ukraine (AFU), according to this emerging consensus, can fend off ongoing Russian attacks and replenish their capacity for renewed offensives in 2025 with sustained Western support. Key to these plans is a two-fold assessment of both sides’ strike capabilities.

This view argues that Ukraine, if supplied with enough “game-changing” medium and long-range missiles, can successfully degrade Russian logistics and command and control (C2) nodes and make large swathes of occupied territories — including Crimea — untenable for Russian forces. Such perspectives are complemented and often accompanied by the parallel observation that Russian forces are running critically low on key munitions and thus lack the ability to apply sustained long-term pressure on Ukrainian infrastructure.

Both approaches, which invite Western policymakers to double down on Ukraine’s maximalist war aims in hopes that something approximating a total victory can yet be secured with enough funding and persistence, are deeply flawed and risk putting Kyiv and its Western partners in an even more precarious military position over the coming year.

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The Pentagon is poised to begin equipping Ukraine with a long-range precision bomb that's so new it hasn't even hit the American arsenal yet, Politico reports. The first shipment could arrive as early as Wednesday. 

The precision-guided Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB), a joint project of Boeing and Saab, comprises a 250-pound explosive that's attached to a rocket motor and fired from ground launchers. From a range of about 90 miles, it's supposedly accurate within a meter. The US military has an air-launched version, but not this new ground-launched one, six of which were fired in a final, pre-ship test conducted at Florida's Eglin Air Force Base on Jan. 16, according to a Reuters source.  

The weapon has one feature that's particularly attractive: since it's already "paid for," the Pentagon can ship it to Ukraine without waiting for additional Ukraine war-funding legislation that's been held up in Congress for months. That's especially important at a time when Ukraine's stockpile of 100-mile Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS) is running low. The US has put off requests to supply ATACMS to Ukraine -- partly out of concern that doing so would be seen as a Western escalation -- only to later supply them anyway, with the missiles making their debut in October.  

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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March 2000 witnessed a similar saga with Cisco, and as history beckons, we ponder the unheeded warnings of the past. The charts, valuations, and a sense of unstoppable growth—all echo a familiar tune. Is this a prelude to another tech bubble burst?
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The southern border has been invaded, and the Take Our Border Back trucker convoy is heading there to peacefully protest the lack of security at the border.

Glenn Beck’s head writer and chief researcher, Jason Buttrill, is joining the truckers in order to get the truth out to Americans.

“He is there as somebody to do reporting on it. The one thing we learned about January 6 is you don’t have cameras there, they can tell all kinds of stories,” Glenn cautions.

The convoy is currently making its way from Louisiana to Texas.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The following article provides readers with what is essentially disinformation dressed up as “news”.

It doesn’t lie outright. That would be too obvious. Instead, it makes a crucial omission that alters the entire thrust of the story.

The Telegraph fails to mention that the Houthi are only targeting shipping to and from Israel’s Red Sea port of Eilat. In other words the UK and US are effectively going to war on Israel’s behalf.

Although you might not realise it from the following, Israel is the only nation that will benefit from this deployment. No one else. Not Britain or the U.S., and nor most certainly will any Palestinians benefit. Only the state of Israel will gain, which makes one wonder: why Britain and the U.S. are putting their ships and sailors lives on the line?

Does the Zionist state have that much control over both countries’ political ‘leaders’ and their media?

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen just admitted what the rest of Americans already knew: high prices are here to stay. Example? Food prices (CPI) are up over 20% under Inflation Joe while gasoline prices are up 38% under Clueless Joe.
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NOAA’s climate monitoring stations found that the Earth’s average land and ocean surface temperature in 2023 was 1.35 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial average.

Not only was 2023 the warmest year in NOAA’s 174-year climate record—it was the warmest by far,” said Sarah Kapnick, NOAA’s chief scientist.

“A warming planet means we need to be prepared for the impacts of climate change that are happening here and now, like extreme weather events that become both more frequent and severe.”

But a growing chorus of climate scientists are saying the temperature readings are faulty and that the trillions of dollars pouring in are based on a problem that doesn’t exist.

More than 90 percent of NOAA’s temperature monitoring stations have a heat bias, according to Anthony Watts, a meteorologist, senior fellow for environment and climate at The Heartland Institute, author of climate website Watts Up With That, and director of a study that examined NOAA’s climate stations.

“And with that large of a number, over 90 percent, the methods that NOAA employs to try to reduce this don’t work because the bias is so overwhelming,” Mr. Watts told The Epoch Times.

Webmaster addition: See CLIMATEGATE: A CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Last Thursday, Bloomberg reported that federal regulators are preparing a proposal to force US banks to utilize the Federal Reserve’s discount window in preparation for future bank crises. The aim, notes Katanga Johnson, is to remove the stigma around tapping into this financial lifeline, part of the continuing fallout from the failures of several significant regional banks last year.

This new policy is reminiscent of the Fed’s actions during the 2007 financial crisis, where financial authorities encouraged large banks to tap into the discount window, taking loans directly from the Federal Reserve, to make it easier for distressed banks to do the same. The hesitancy from financial institutions to tap into this source of liquidity is justified. If the public believes a bank needs support from the Fed, it is rational for depositors to flee the bank. The Fed’s explicit aim is to provide cover from at-risk banks, trying to hold off bank runs that are an inherent risk in our modern fractional reserve banking system.

By strong-arming healthy banks to comply, the Fed is escalating moral hazard and leaving customers more vulnerable. They are deliberately trying to remove a signal of institutional risk.

The regulator’s concerns about bank fragility are justified. The Fed’s low-interest rate environment meant financial institutions seeking low-risk assets bought up US treasuries with very low yields. As inflationary pressures forced rates upward, the market value of these bonds decreased in favor of new, higher-yield bonds. It was this pressure that sparked the failure of Silicon Valley Bank last year.

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After years of insisting otherwise, the White House now calls the situation at the southern border “a crisis.” The administration had often rejected that phrase, preferring instead to describe the historic influx of migrants crossing illegally as “a challenge.”

But as Philip Wegmann writes via RealClear Wire, that nomenclature is no more. In a notable shift, when asked about border crossings, White House spokesman John Kirby told RealClearPolitics Monday, “The president himself has talked about the fact that there is a crisis going on at the border.”

This was a reference to a statement President Biden made Friday when he said that his administration had been “negotiating” with Congress for “two months” to “finally address the border crisis.” A change in policy as well as rhetoric, the president promised the next day that, if given new powers by Congress, he would “shut down the border right now.”

House Speaker Mike Johnson was quick to spot the change in language. “Finally. It took three years for President Biden to admit there is a crisis at the southern border,” he told RealClearPolitics in a statement, before adding, “It’s not just a crisis, it’s a catastrophe.”

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Kirsten Lijeskic, 38, says she got the £56,000 wheels in September 2022 and had been paying £130 a month insurance for her and her husband with Acorn. But now Kirsten, who lives in Winchmore Hill, north London , says Acorn will not renew their insurance with them and the car's own manufacturer also allegedly told her it 'cannot provide a quote'. She says the cheapest quote they can find is for £890 a month with Go Girl which they cannot afford and is 'ludicrous'.
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Full disclaimer: I still haven't buckled under the pressure from my energy supplier to have a smart meter fitted, nor am I likely to, despite constant hounding through phone calls and text messages. There are a few reasons, the main one being: I don't believe it'll benefit us as a household.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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As support for NATO’s proxy war against Russia in Ukraine shows signs of collapsing, hysterical anti-Russian rhetoric is accelerating to the point of countdowns towards all-out war.

The year 2024, barely emerging from the cradle, is already forced to deal with reckless predictions of an imminent clash between NATO and Russia in what would be nothing less than the outbreak of World War III.

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Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Drivers are finding parking apps more irksome than helpful, new research suggests. More than four in five say they prefer using cash or contactless cards to pay for parking rather than having to use their smartphone, an Autocar survey revealed. The dislike of having to download so many different parking apps, the confusion over which one to use and when, and concerns about fraud were among the key reasons for the 83 per cent anti-app verdict.
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A former partner of President Joe Biden’s son has told members of Congress that members of the Biden family were not paid by China until after the Obama administration ended.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 10: Hunter Biden (C), son of U.S. President Joe Biden, and his lawyer Abbe Lowell (R) depart a House Oversight Committee meeting at Capitol Hill on January 10, 2024 in Washington, DC. The committee is meeting today as it considers citing him for Contempt of Congress. (Photo by Kent Nishimura/Getty Images)

Hunter Biden and associates started working with CEFC, a Chinese firm linked to the ruling communist party, in 2015.

But payments for the work did not start flowing until after President Biden in January 2017 departed as vice president, Rob Walker, the former partner of Hunter Biden, was said to have told members.

“Today’s interview confirmed Hunter Biden and his associates’ work with the Chinese government-linked energy company began over a year before Joe Biden left the vice presidency, but the Bidens and their associates held off being paid by the Chinese while Joe Biden was in office,” Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.), chairman of the U.S. House of Representatives Oversight Committee, said in a Jan. 26 statement.

President Biden was vice president from 2009 to 2017.

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President Joe Biden will visit East Palestine, Ohio, to mark the one-year anniversary of the devastating train derailment, the White House announced Wednesday.

Biden will see his way clear to meet with residents impacted by the derailment and the hazardous chemicals that were subsequently spilled into the community, Bloomberg News reports.

The White House said Biden will address his administration’s progress in working with state and local leaders to protect the community and hold Norfolk Southern accountable for their actions.

Biden was heavily criticized at the time of the incident for never visiting in the weeks and months that followed the February 3, 2023, disaster.

Webmaster addition: Election year theatrics.

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Short clips of newsreaders, athletes and public figures dropping on camera after having the covid vaccine.

763 prominent Covid vaccine deaths and hundreds of prominent vaccine victims – a huge vaccine crime comes to light with powerful evidence! Kla.TV has compiled 17 hours of footage documenting horrifying consequences and a worldwide death toll following the Corona vaccine.

If so many died among celebrities alone, what will it be like for the anonymous and unknown who are not published in the media?

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Hannah Ritchie, a data scientist at the University of Oxford, claims that doomsday warnings of floods, widespread famine and deaths from disasters are overshadowing the progress that has been quietly made in recent years. She pointed out how emissions per person peaked in 2012 and remained the same since, along with the notion that organic food is not more climate-friendly and that the dreaded 2.7F of warming is not a tipping point into oblivion Ritchie, who published the book 'Not the End of the World,' recently shared the seven key points that led her to change her position on the climate crisis.
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The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is 'in the beginning stages of integrating automated facial recognition capability' to current systems that scan flyers' credentials but won't be fully operational until 2030 or 2040. The upgrade, which claims to capture 'minimum data' will match the traveler's face to their identification document, flight status and vetting status - and the facial recognition system is already used at 25 airports. While TSA touts the program as a way to 'improve security effectiveness and efficiency,' US government officials have called it 'a precursor to a full-blown national surveillance state.'
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A judge dismissed a lawsuit by Disney filed against Republican Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

The ruling came down on Wednesday, as the lawsuit alleged the governor of the Sunshine State retaliated against Disney for speaking out against a state law that bars classroom instruction on gender identity and sexual orientation.

The judge, Allen Winsor, ruled that Disney did not have a legal standing to sue DeSantis and the secretary of Florida’s Commerce Department on a claim of violating its First Amendment rights.

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