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TikTok is gearing up for a long legal battle to fight legislation in the US that threatens to ban the app in its largest market if its Chinese owner, ByteDance, refuses to sell the viral video platform.

The US House of Representatives on Saturday passed a package of national security bills that included legislation that would result in TikTok being banned in the country if Chinese parent company ByteDance does not divest the app.

Michael Beckerman, TikTok’s public policy head in the US, told staff in response that if the bill became law, the company would “move to the courts for a legal challenge.”

“This legislation is a clear violation of the First Amendment rights of TikTok’s 170 million American users,” he said in a memo to staff, according to people who viewed it. “We’ll continue to fight.”

The bill was packaged together with funding for Ukraine and Israel and sent to the US Senate, which is expected to pass the measure this week before it is signed by President Joe Biden.

Webmaster addition: The regime won't stop with TikTok!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP
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Highly respected international geopolitical analyst Pepe Escobar made a startling revelation today via his Telegram account which sent shockwaves throughout the Global Intelligence Community.

But let’s first acknowledge that nothing about the recent alleged counter-attack by Israel against Iran’s Isfahan Air Base makes any sense whatsoever.  In point of fact, everything about all the mainstream media report smacks of a highly coordinated cover-up by all sides.  The stories not only keep changing, but they simply don’t add up, except as a very sloppy whitewash of something a much more destructive operation.

Well, now it appears that there’s a very good reason why all the involved parties would want to keep such a daffy attempted EMP attack by Israel concealed.  There’s no question that Netanyahu’s war cabinet was set on delivering a serious blow to Iran since their penchant for revenge always demands ten times the damage they receive from any enemy.  Hence, the following account of the actual thwarted Israeli “EMP operation” does make a lot of sense.

Webmaster addition: At this time, this story is unconfirmed. But Pepe Escobar does have a sterling reputation and so I am posting this. However, I have one issue with this claim of a mutual cover-up. Israel, having been thwarted in using a nuclear weapon on Iran, will inevitably try again unless some steps are taken to prevent it. Will Russia threaten to nuke Israel if it nukes Iran, and will the US nuke Russia for nuking Israel?

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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John Legend goes scorched earth on Trump and reveals why he thinks the former president is a 'tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool racist'

  • Legend and his wife, model and author Chrissy Teigen , have long professed their disdain for Trump 
  • The 'All of You' singer continued his claims that Trump holds racial prejudices 
  • 'I don't want to hear what he says to say about what he's done for black people,' Legend said. 'He is truly, truly a racist' 

By Stephen M. Lepore For Dailymail.Com

 

 

 

Singer and activist John Legend continued his long-running feud with former President Donald Trump, calling him a 'tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool racist' in an interview Sunday.

Legend, 45 and his wife, model and author Chrissy Teigen, have long professed their disdain for Trump, with the ex-Commander-in-Chief even sniping back once.

Speaking with former White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, the 'All of You' singer continued his oft-repeated claims that Trump holds racial prejudices when asked about Trump's complaints about the US justice system.

'He's made it clear throughout his life that Black people are inferior, he believes that to his core, in his bones... but also when you hear some of the stray comments he makes, he clearly believes in a genetic hierarchy of humanity and is racially determined, so he is a tried and true, dyed-in-the-wool racist,' Legend said. 

Legend believes this cancels out any benefit the black community may have had under Trump's rule

Claire's Observations: Mr, Legend, a word please.

First, as a Dean's Scholar Graduate of my college, with a dual degree in Music and Theatre, I consider you one of the finest musicians of your generation.  I have also watched you improve the performances of contestants on the TV show "The Voice" giving them self-confidence  through astute encouragement, and inspiring them to do things differently, to create a better performance.

That being said, sir, a google search revealed the following statement by your wife, in 2022:

"Everything Chrissy Teigen Has Said About Her Sobriety Journey: 'I Feel Clearheaded' Putting in the work. Chrissy Teigen has been vocal about her ups and downs while dealing with her sobriety, beginning in 2017 when she first cut out alcohol — and again in 2020 when she recommitted to being sober.......

But one has to ask;  where was she in in her sobriety journey in 2019, when she tweeted responding to a statement made by President Trump  about her husband "not having  been helpful" following legislation being passed,  referring to him as a  a p**** a** b****' ??!?!?

Yes, this is ultimately a "free speech" issue, as scatological  as the language may be. But hatred always hurts the hater more than it ever hurts the accused.  Hatred is a poison which can destroy and kill, and is a "turbo-cancer of the mind."  I am (literally) praying that her sobriety will prevent her from doing things like this in the future.

And Mr. Legend, lastly,  "thinking" something and "knowing" something are entirely two different things.  As a Christian married to Born-Again atheist for over the last 30 years, I have learned this;  the need for bullet- proof evidence when an accusation is made.

Do you have a compendium of these moments?!?  How and when, please, were they recorded, if stated either in video or audio format?!?  I would like please, to see them, or hear them, as should the rest of America, before we vote in November.

Mr. Legend, please,  I implore you: if you are making these accusations, show us the proof; because NO THINKING AMERICAN in their right mind would want to vote for a downright racist!!!

 

Tags: ENTERTAINMENT, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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  • Commercial Real Estate Collateralized Loan Obligations (CRE CLO) issuance surged from $19 billion in 2019 to $45 billion in 2021.
  • 72% of collateral is linked to multifamily properties.
  • Delinquent loans or those in special servicing rose to 8.6% in January but decreased to 7.4% in February.
Tags: ECONOMY
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Democrat California Gov. Gavin Newsom released an ad over the weekend showing young women attempting to escape Alabama for an abortion.

The video shows two young women attempting to flee Alabama before being stopped by a police officer who asks them to take a pregnancy test.

“We’re almost there. We’re gonna make it,” the woman’s friend says when a police vehicle suddenly pulls them over.

“Trump Republicans want to criminalize young Alabama women who travel for reproductive care,” the narrator says. “Stop them by taking action.”

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Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Fallen cryptocurrency wunderkind Sam Bankman-Fried, who is currently serving a 25-year prison sentence following a sweeping fraud case, has agreed to cooperate in a class-action lawsuit against celebrities who promoted his crypto exchange.  

By agreeing to cooperate with the investors, the victims will now drop their civil liability claims against the felon founder.

The celebrities include some big name sports stars including Tom Brady, Shaquille O'Neal, Stephen Curry and Shohei Ohtani.

Brady's ex-wife Gisele Bundchen and actor Larry David are also among the names accused of promoting unregistered securities for FTX and enticing investors into a Ponzi scheme.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Speaker Mike Johnson finds himself entangled in controversy once more, as past incidents involving his ‘adopted’ son resurface amidst legislative tumult.

Last week, the House of Representatives, under Johnson’s leadership and his comrades, passed two “America last” legislations.

Firstly, the House approved an extension of Section 702 of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), a measure initially enacted following the September 11, 2001, attacks, in a 273 to 147 vote. This provision allows for the warrantless surveillance of American citizens, a move that has raised concerns about privacy and civil liberties.

An amendment proposed by Rep. Andy Biggs, which sought to impose a requirement for the FBI to obtain a warrant before conducting surveillance on Americans under FISA, ended in a 212-212 tie vote, leading to Speaker Mike Johnson casting the tie-breaking vote against the amendment.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Tags: ASSASSINATION, ISRAEL
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Investor euphoria persists despite recent market drops, raising concerns about the absence of hard lessons since 2009. Glenn Kelman’s insights resonate deeply with real estate professionals, highlighting a housing recession amid a booming economy. As monetary policy falters and debt cycles override business cycles, the strain on households becomes palpable, reflected in record-high credit card debt and stagnant income growth for most Americans.

Tags: ECONOMY
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Beware: private equity firms buying homes could spell America’s perpetual financial downfall. The looming specter of insurmountable debt threatens the dream of homeownership for countless young Americans, ushering in a bleak future. As distressing foreclosure sales like the one in Washington DC illustrate, the erosion of property rights and the unchecked power of corporations loom ominously over the housing market.

Tags: ECONOMY
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