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The U.S. rushed warships into position to protect Israel and American forces in the region, hoping to head off a direct attack from Iran on Israel that could come as soon as this weekend.

The moves by the U.S. that are part of an effort to avoid a wider conflict in the Middle East came after a warning from a person familiar with the matter about the timing and location of the potential Iranian attack. A person briefed by the Iranian leadership, however, said that while plans to attack are being discussed, no final decision has been made.

Army Gen. Erik Kurilla, the head of U.S. Central Command, discussed a possible Iranian attack with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant in Israel on Friday. “We are prepared to defend ourselves on the ground and in the air, in close cooperation with our partners, and we will know how to respond,” Gallant said, according to Israel’s Defense Ministry.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Gina Carano lost her career when she refused to lie for Disney. She seems content with it.

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Authored by Jeffrey A. Tucker via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

It’s time to declare as regards the internet of old: Requiescat in Pace.

In this photo illustration an internet page is displayed on a computer screen in London, England, on April 13, 2006. (Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

It’s dead. We might as well face it.

Nearly every large application and website in existence, meaning most of what people use on what we call the internet, constituting an estimated 95 percent of the main portals of information, is now compromised by some power somewhere, making them no longer part of the free world and no longer part of the army of truth.

If that shocks you, you haven’t used Google or Facebook recently. They are both heavily rigged not to get you the information you want but rather to push out to you information that someone somewhere wants you to have. And the situation is getting worse, not better. This is despite impending court challenges that are hoping for a restoration of free speech. If there were a serious threat that this would happen, wouldn’t we see the censored venues improve and not worsen?

The situation is heartbreaking and gives rise to melancholic reflections on the promise and betrayal.

My fear is that hardly anyone remembers a time when the internet held out the highest hope in modern history for the emancipation of humanity from the control of the powerful. I had a model in my own head of a mass migration out of the controlled and regulated physical world and into a digital realm that was so large, so potentially infinite in scope, containing so many nodes and so many content providers, that states would be hopeless in the face of it.

Yes, I was the paradigmatic case of the techno-utopian who got bitten by the bug of progress in about 1996. I was sitting there at my desk, newly aware of these things called websites, and managing one myself. I put up a few old issues of a newsletter. A few days later, I needed to look at that newsletter. I saw it sitting across the room. At that moment, I suddenly realized that it would actually be easier just to look at it online.

Now, you might laugh when you hear that story. But keep in mind that at that point in history, most people had no idea of the extent of the power of this tool. I did not. I knew that I could post things and they would appear on a screen. But it wasn’t until that moment that it suddenly dawned on me. By posting anything online, I could liberate any bit of information from the physical world, in which only I could have access so long as I was sitting there, and give that same piece of information to millions and billions of people, possibly forever.

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Hundreds of human rights activists with the Freedom Flotilla Coalition, including CODEPINK’s Ann Wright and Medea Benjamin, are due to set sail on multiple vessels in mid-April to carry 5,500 tons of aid for Gaza.

Their mission, aside from delivering the much-needed humanitarian aid, is to challenge Israel’s illegal blockade of Gaza amid dire conditions, including widespread hunger and lack of medical attention intentionally caused by Israeli policies. Time is running out for many in Gaza as Israel threatens an all-out attack on Rafah and experts warn hunger and disease could soon surpass casualties from bombings.

“I have been walking the halls of Congress every day since October, going to rallies every weekend, writing letters of outrage to President Biden every night — and nothing has worked to stop Israel from murdering thousands upon thousands of innocent people,” said CODEPINK co-founder Benjamin. “What more can I do? I can go on this flotilla to try to break the criminal siege that Israel has imposed on Gaza.”

Webmaster addition: This is courage on display. Recall what happened to the Mavi Marmara? 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Authored by Jason Rantz via mynorthwest.com (emphasis ours),

Privileged progressives, donning their white knight armor, are in the next phase of a plan to end Seattle Public Schools’ gifted students program — known locally as its Highly Capable Cohort (HCC). They complained the HCC was too white.

(Photo courtesy of KIRO 7)

HCC separates academically gifted students from others via different classrooms or entirely different schools. But in 2020, white Seattle school board directors voted to terminate the HCC over the objections of parents. HCC will be completely phased out by the 2027-28 school year. 

Outraged more by the success of white and Asian students than by the untapped potential of black and Hispanic pupils, progressives would rather drag achievers down than elevate everyone. These self-proclaimed saviors boast on social media about tackling inequities, oblivious to the harm they inflict. Indeed, the program to replace the HCC, and be implemented in every classroom, ensures that gifted students will be unchallenged, struggling students will escape the attention they deserve and teachers will be overwhelmed. In other words, everyone will be equitably harmed.

Claire's Observations:  To those with kids in public school here, particularly if they are gifted or challenged, if you can, pull them out at the end of this semester, and tell school officials that they will not be coming back, because they will not be served by the Seattle Public School System, start home schooling them.

Here are the laws concerning home schooling in the state of Washington:

https://www.time4learning.com/homeschooling/washington/laws-requirements.html

This is going to be a lot easier than you might think,   To me, the basic premise of learning should be to create a sense of delight in learning,  and an appreciation of all the wonderful contributions humankind has made to our understanding of each other; the world around us; the good, the bad, and the ugly in human history; and the wonders of the arts;  mathematics and science. 

 Had I been a mom, I would have  also taught the science of sound nutrition to my kids, because there are so many foods now adulterated with "forever chemicals" out there on your grocer's shelf, which should not be touched with a 900 ft. pole!!

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
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Former Secretary of State and former First Lady Hillary Clinton was met with student protests when she paid a visit to her alma mater, Wellesley College, on Saturday.

Clinton returned to the campus for a women-led democracy summit and to acknowledge the honor of a building being named after her as the Hillary Rodham Clinton Center for Citizenship, Leadership, and Democracy.

According to local news outlets, angry pro-Palestine students not only voiced their displeasure with Clinton alongside other attendees but also circulated pamphlets around campus slamming her.

In the pamphlets, which highlighted the argument that Clinton has “blood on her hands,” she was referred to as Wellesley’s “most beloved war criminal.”

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From July 1, authorities in Iowa will be able to arrest and deport illegal immigrants who have been deported in the past or denied entry into the United States. The bill that would make this possible was signed by Republican Gov. Kim Reynolds on Wednesday.

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Rowling also posted an essay to her website in June 2020, saying in part, “I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.”

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President Joe Biden recently unveiled plans to use a modified version of the Higher Education Act of 1965 to try and cancel student loans, focusing on “racial equity.”

In June 2023, the White House released a statement in which Biden said that the “Department of Education began pursuing an alternative path to debt relief through negotiated rulemaking under the Higher Education Act. Today’s announcement lays out the plans the Biden-Harris Administration is pursuing through that effort.”

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Shortly before the House held the vote, Trump took to Truth Social, where he urged lawmakers to oppose the expansion of section 702.

“KILL FISA, IT WAS ILLEGALLY USED AGAINST ME, AND MANY OTHERS. THEY SPIED ON MY CAMPAIGN!!! DJT” the former president wrote on the platform.

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For the past six months, Israel has put a lot of effort into covering up its genocidal crimes in Gaza. One of the most brutal ways it does this is by routinely threatening, targeting and assassinating Palestinian journalists.

The US-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has reported that at least 90 Palestinian journalists have been killed since October 7 alongside two Israelis and three Lebanese. This is the highest death toll of journalists in any modern conflict that CPJ has monitored. Another 25 Palestinian journalists have been detained by Israeli forces, and four are missing.

Israel also bans foreign media outlets from entering Gaza, forcing them to report from Tel Aviv, Jerusalem or southern Israel. On Israeli territory, they must comply with the rules and censorship of the Israeli Military Censor, which is part of the Israeli army and requires media materials be submitted for its review prior to publication or broadcasting. On Monday, the Israeli Knesset also passed a law allowing its government to shut down news networks. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed to use the legislation to ban Al Jazeera.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The man then dragged Jenneiahn to the living room and handcuffed her to a wooden chair. He demanded that she tell him where her valuables were located and grew angry when she said she didn't have much. She said that he put his gun to her head at that point.

She told him that there were two safes downstairs, and Condon left her handcuffed to rummage around for the safes. That's when he discovered that her disabled son was also in the home, and he grew angry that she hadn't told him about the son.

When he left her again, Jenneiahn was able to drag her chair over to her pillow and retrieve a .357 Magnum revolver. She hid the gun and waited to see what Condon would do next.

Jolley said that Condon threatened to kill her while burglarizing the home, so, Jenneiahn decided to take a chance, and she shot at the man.

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Brazil is reinstating its visa requirement for US tourists, previously lifted in 2019. Although e-visas were briefly available, the system was abolished. The processing time for visas averages five working days, but officials advise applying two months in advance.

Starting April 10, 2025, travelers from the US, Canada, and Australia must obtain a visa to visit Brazil, a requirement that includes submitting financial proofs like bank statements or pay stubs, the NY Post wrote this week.

Those earning under $2,000 will need a sponsor to visit, the report says, per the Brazilian government.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Apr 12, 2024 - 09:00 PM

Google has temporarily blocked access to California-based news outlets for some state residents, as the search giant escalates its battle with the state over a landmark bill which would force tech giants to pay online publishers for their content.

In doing so, the company has revived a political tactic used repeatedly by the tech industry to try and derail similar legislation in places like Canada and Australia which require online platforms to pay outlets for articles featured on their websites, Politico reports.

"We have long said that this is the wrong approach to supporting journalism," said Google's VP for global news partnership, Jaffer Zaidi, in a Friday blog post. According to Zaidi, the bill could "result in significant changes to the services we can offer Californians and the traffic we can provide to California publishers."

Sacramento is hosting the latest round of a global fight over the journalism industry’s future in the digital age, and California’s battle has taken on additional resonance because the state is home to tech titans. Advocates for such legislation argue companies like Google and Meta have helped decimate already flagging newsroom revenues through their control over digital advertising, and outlets deserve compensation for content that users may see on their platforms for free.

The companies counter that these laws could stifle vital sources of information — and they’ve fought back by attempting to preview what they say that would look like. -Politico

In Canada, Google similarly threatened to block content before reaching a deal with the government last November, three weeks before the 'Online News Act' came into effect. The company agreed to make annual payments to news outlets in the range of $100 million.

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The Democratic National Committee (DNC) paid President Joe Biden’s legal bills of $1.5 million for the classified documents scandal, financial filings show.

The payments come in spite of the DNC’s repeated attacks against former President Donald Trump for using campaign funds to cover legal fees.

Special counsel Robert Hur launched a probe into Biden in January 2023 for mishandling classified documents. Despite Biden’s millionaire status as a lifelong politician, the DNC picked up the legal tap, Axios reported:

  • From July 2023 to February 2024, the DNC paid $1.05 million to Bob Bauer PLLC — the professional limited liability company for Biden’s lead attorney, Bob Bauer.
  • Those payments were largely for handling the special counsel probe, including bringing on veteran lawyer David Laufman. He’s a former Justice Department official who previously oversaw the politically fraught probes into Hillary Clinton’s email server and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
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Representative Anna Paulina Luna has called for a rare procedural move to delay the Senate’s consideration of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Section 702 extension, pushing for a new vote in the House of Representatives.

This move comes in the wake of the House’s approval of a bill that further empowers the ‘Deep State’ by allowing it to surveil Americans without a warrant.

On Friday, the House cast a vote of 273 to 147 in favor of extending Section 702 of FISA, a provision originally enacted in the aftermath of September 11, 2001.

This legislation permits U.S. agencies to monitor foreign targets abroad but has come under scrutiny for its implications and past misuse in surveilling American citizens. The vote displayed a uniparty alliance, with 147 Democrats and 126 Republicans supporting the bill, while 88 Republicans and 59 Democrats opposed it.

Webmaster addition: "A law repugnant to the Constitution is void.  An act of Congress repugnant to the Constitution cannot become a law.  The Constitution supersedes all other laws and the individual's rights shall be liberally enforced in favor of him, the clearly intended and expressly designated beneficiary." -- Marbury v. Madison, 5 U.S. 137 (1803)

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by Tyler Durden

Friday, Apr 12, 2024 - 09:40 PM

Harvard is joining the ranks of other universities in recognizing the obvious: SATs are a great way to measure aptitude. And now that Harvard is busy grappling with other issues like plagiarism among its top ranks, it has decided to quietly shuffle SAT requirements back to where they were pre-Covid. 

Harvard will reintroduce standardized testing requirements for admissions starting with the Class of 2029, deviating from its prior commitment to remain test-optional through the Class of 2030.

This change, prompted by criticism as peers like Yale, Dartmouth, and Brown resumed mandatory testing, will affect applicants for fall and winter 2024, who must submit SAT or ACT scores unless exceptions apply. In specific cases where students can't access these tests, Harvard will accept scores from Advanced Placement or International Baccalaureate exams instead, according to the Harvard Crimson.

A small  note of sanity coming from the voice of academia?!?  This is indeed a Hallelujah  moment, not only for Harvard, but also the rest of its peers!!

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As The Gateway Pundit previously reported, former Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser were both warned about the security situation prior to January 6th and both of them turned down National Guard troops at the US Capitol that day.

Pelosi and Mayor Muriel Bowser turned down thousands of National Guard troops at the Capitol on January 6 for political reasons.

Chris Wray’s FBI also refused to notify the Trump administration and his cabinet secretaries that they believed there could be violence like the mass protests at the Capitol that took place that day.

Nancy Pelosi also refused the National Guard at the US Capitol due to politics.

Capitol Police Chief Steve Sund said he asked House and Senate security officials for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be placed on standby in case he needed quick backup. But they both turned him down.

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Google announced Friday it would remove links to California news sites from its search results for some users as it continues to push back against a pending state bill that would require the company to pay publishers.

In a blog post published Friday, the search giant said the bill, officially known as the California Journalism Preservation Act, would change the company’s business model.

If signed into law by Gov. Gavin Newsom, the bill would require tech companies like Google to pay news outlets a “journalism usage fee” when they sell advertising alongside news content.

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Israel's Iron Dome is being "overwhelmed" by Hezbollah rockets, according to reports, as officials have warned an attack by Iran is imminent.

A second round of Hezbollah missiles hit the dome on Friday, sources said.

Videos show multiple rockets from the Iran-backed group soaring across northern Israel and hitting the dome as sirens blare in the background.

Observers said the rockets appeared to have "overwhelmed" the Iron Dome, due to the sheer scale of the attack, though no casualties have been confirmed yet.

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A federal judge has refused to throw out a federal gun case against Hunter Biden, rejecting the president's son's claim that he is being prosecuted for political purposes as well as other arguments.

District Judge Maryellen Noreika's ruling increases the prospect that Biden could face trial in the case as early as June, during his father's reelection campaign. 

His efforts to scuttle the other criminal case he faces in California involving tax allegations have also failed.

Norieka denied several defense requests to dismiss the case charging Biden with lying about his drug use in October 2018 on a form to buy a gun that he kept for about 11 days.

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Joe Biden’s cognitive decline is no longer just a talking point for Republicans and Trump supporters. It’s so glaringly obvious now that the whole world can see how bad the president’s mental health really is.

Biden’s mental acuity was put on display during a briefing in a White House garden on Wednesday.

Not only did Biden arrive late for a presser with the Japanese Prime Minister Kishida Fumio, but he was also seen clutching his handler’s list of pre-written answers to questions from pre-approved reporters.

Biden’s handlers can’t be too careful!

“Who do I call on next? Hang on a second. I got my list here…” Biden began.

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Royal Marines are poised to lead a 'Dunkirk-style' evacuation of thousands of UK nationals from the Middle East should Iran launch a missile strike on Israel.

Commandos have already conducted reconnaissance along the Lebanese coastline ahead of a potential maritime rescue mission.

Tonight, speaking exclusively to the Mail, Defence Secretary Grant Shapps confirmed he 'stands ready' to assist any Britons trapped in the region. 

The Foreign Office has already advised all UK citizens to leave Lebanon.

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Midnight: Moscow launches an intercontinental ballistic missile bearing a nuclear warhead at the UK. Twenty minutes to impact.

12.05am: Nato becomes aware of the threat and alerts national governments.

12.10am: News channels and radio stations start broadcasting an emergency warning to the public to seek shelter.

12.13am: Britain's Ministry of Defence restricts citizens' access to 'base transceiver stations', stopping phones from sending messages. This affords the Government, via a secure network, a clear line of communication to every UK-registered device.

12.15am: The Home Office sends a signal to every British mobile phone, warning of the threat.

12.18am: Perhaps half the UK population knows what is coming. The time it takes to boil a kettle, if that, is all most of us have to prepare for a nuclear bomb.

Webmaster addition: Prudent advice, or fear-mongering?

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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By Tyler Durden

According to an opinion poll carried out in March in all of India's 543 constituencies by India TV and CNX, Narendra Modi's BJP and its allies are projected to win almost three quarters or 399 seats in India's lower house Lok Sabha in this year's national election which starts on April 19. Right now, the party's National Democratic Alliance has 346 seats in the assembly, or 64 percent.

As Statista's Katharina Buchholz reports, a landslide victory of the BJP had been predicted previously.

However, due to the loss of strategic allies and the party's general weakness in the region, Modi's results look less than perfect in India's South, where constituents continue to vote for opposition parties like the Indian National Congress and its allies of the I.N.D.I.A. coalition. 

Infographic: BJP Dominates Election Polls But Loses Southern India | Statista

You will find more infographics at Statista

Bloomberg Opinion points out that while the rejection of Modi in the South won't matter this time around as the current prime minister has captured much of the populous North and Center, many of India's progressive cities and regions are in this part of the country. Southern constituents are important for the country as a whole due to the region's strong industries and flourishing economy but currently lack a sufficient voice in national politics, which has already led to friction with India's leaders.

In Tamil Nadu, popular voting choices include Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK), the socialist leading party expected to win 18 seats (46 percent). Congress itself is projected to take another eight seats (21 percent) in the state, while unaffiliated All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (AIADMK), which disassociated from the BJP last year, could win four (10 percent). In neighboring Kerala, the mostly-Congress aligned United Democratic Front (UDF) is expected to take 10 seats (50 percent) while another seven (35 percent) could fall to the communist-dominated Left Democratic Front (LDF), which has ruled the state legislature since 2016. In Telangana, Congress' voting intentions would amount up to nine seats (53 percent)

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, PAKISTAN/ INDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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