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When I was a kid, “Weekend at Bernie’s” was one of my all-time favorite movies.  In that film, two guys worked really hard to convince everyone that their boss was still alive so that they wouldn’t get into trouble.  I remember laughing throughout that entire movie.  Today, the Biden administration is working really hard to convince all of us that the U.S. economy is still alive, and that isn’t funny at all.  A horrific cost of living crisis is absolutely crushing millions of U.S. households, large companies are conducting mass layoffs all over the nation, and the real estate industry is in a gigantic mess.  But Joe Biden and his minions would have us believe that everything is just fine.

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The cuts come after Tesla, led by CEO Elon Musk, reported the first fall in global vehicle deliveries for the first time in four years. Since the beginning of the year, Tesla's stock price on the NASDAQ has fallen by nearly 41%, and at time of publication is at $147.05 per share. 

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The US is considering increasing its small military presence in Ukraine by sending up to 60 additional military advisers, POLITICO reported on Saturday, the same day the House approved $61 billion in spending for the proxy war.

Four unnamed US officials told POLITICO that the additional troops would “support logistics and oversight efforts for the weapons the US is sending Ukraine.”

Pentagon spokesman Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said the potential deployment would augment US personnel based at the US Embassy in Kyiv. “Throughout this conflict, the DOD has reviewed and adjusted our presence in-country as security conditions have evolved. Currently, we are considering sending several additional advisers to augment the Office of Defense Cooperation (ODC) at the Embassy,” Ryder said.

Webmaster addition: Vietnam all over.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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 The rapist, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was caged for his crimes and had been due to be deported ten years ago in 2014. 

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The Russian Ministry of Defense has received a new batch of Su-35S fighter jets from manufacturer United Aircraft Corporation (UAC).

The first delivery of 2024 followed ground and flight tests in various operating modes, a press release from parent company Rostec said without specifying the number of jets delivered.

The previous delivery took place in October, which marked the fourth batch of the 4++ generation fighter jet delivered in 2023.

The Su-35S were built at the Komsomolsk-on-Amur Aviation Plant in the Russian Far East, where the fifth-generation Su-57 is also manufactured.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Biden administration’s overhaul of Title IX met with pushback today from lawmakers in favor of preserving female-only spaces.

Among the dissenters was Rep. Virginia Foxx (R-N.C.), who serves as the Education and the Workforce Committee Chair. Ms. Foxx asserted that the Department of Education’s final Title IX rule puts a radical agenda of left-wing ideologues over the safety of women and girls.

“The Department of Education has placed Title IX, and the decades of advancement and protections for women and girls that it has yielded, squarely on the chopping block,” Ms. Foxx said in a press release from the committee.

On April 19, the rule overhauling Title IX was finalized by the Biden administration. As a result, universities and colleges nationwide have only a few months to revise their policies regarding the handling of sex discrimination complaints in light of the expanded definition of sex.

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The Equal Protection Project (EPP) (EqualProtect.org) of the Legal Insurrection Foundation has challenged numerous racially discriminatory programs done in the name of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion. This discrimination comes in various ways, but the overarching theme is to exclude or diminish some people and promote others, based on race, color, or ethnicity. We have filed over two dozen complaints and legal actions in the year since launch in February 2023, with at least 10 schools withdrawing or modifying the discriminatory programs.

Almost all of our actions have addressed discrimination in higher education. In our latest action, however, we have filed a Civil Rights Complaint (full embed at bottom of post) with the Office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education the Illinois Mathematics and ScienceAcademy regarding a program that discriminates in favor of blacks and Latinos (“Latinx”), and against all others.

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I did not think we would be seeing or covering something like this, but in time all things are possible.

Former Stormy Daniels attorney Michael Avenatti is reportedly in talks with President Trump’s defense team and is allegedly willing to testify on the former President’s behalf.

The convicted lawyer talked to media sources from prison where he is serving a 19-year sentence for the attempted extortion of corporate giant Nike.

Avenatti has stated that he is “More than happy to testify” for President Trump and recently came out to call the entire Stormy Daniels so-called ‘hush money’ case a scam.

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A topic that I’ve been extensively covering like no other for over ten years now is how politicians in our puppet governments around the globe, particularly in the West, are groomed, bribed, blackmailed and extorted into doing the dirty bidding of their elite puppet master controllers, often with their private army of global intelligence services. Deep State mafia henchmen entice, coerce, strongarm and threaten compliance from politicians as globalist order-followers. In all the most infamous pedophilia scandals that I expose in my 5-book volume series Pedophilia & Empire: Satan, Sodomy and the Deep State, the primary coordinators of all these scandals are invariably the intelligence services that answer to their masters – the controlling elites.

The worst, most notorious pedophiles in the two most pedo-infested nations – the United Kingdom (2 books out of 5 on MI6 operations alone) – Jimmy Savile, and in America – the Jeffrey Epstein-Guislaine Maxwell operation, were operatives working jointly for the CIA, MI6 and Mossad, the three biggest pedo-intel agencies in the world. And it’s no wonder that Savile was King Charles’ best buddy and Epstein was Prince Andrew’s best buddy, not to mention all the presidents and prime ministers they ran cozily with and controlled.

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It’s a picture-perfect Autumn Sunday Morning, the kind that makes Rio de Janeiro one of the most celebrated cities in the world, the ‘Cidade Maravilhosa’ (City of Wonders).

On a day like that, it’s no wonder that people would flock to the beach.

But today, many people are not going to the famed Copacabana to be lazing on a Sunday morning; instead, they are gathering in yet another MASS demonstration against the socialist tyranny, in defense of democracy and in support of former Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.

This comes right after the whole country became aware of the controversy pitting tech billionaire Elon Musk against the local Censorship Industrial Complex, led by a rogue Supreme Court and its self-appointed dictator, justice Alexandre de Moraes.

In the last few months, Brazilians watched as Bolsonaro, the greatest political leader, has been harassed, had his house raided, his passport taken, and his political rights suspended.

Meanwhile, the illegitimate President Lula da Silva leads a failing government rapidly destroying whatever economic stability we achieved under Bolsonaro’s no-nonsense administration.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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Cut! Let's stop the paranoid imaginings there. But the above scenario is hardly more far-fetched than Civil War, a new film set in the near future, about a catastrophic U.S. revolution. British writer-director Alex Garland has conjured up a plot in which the 'Western Forces' — a somewhat improbable alliance between Texas and California — battles against a delusional dictator-president of the USA.

The story follows four annoyingly earnest journalists as they journey through the carnage of conflict into the heart of darkness, Washington DC.

It's mostly high-octane nonsense: Apocalypse Now for angsty millennials. We're never told what the war is about.

Inevitably, Garland has drawn criticism from progressive reviewers who accuse him of being 'evasively apolitical' — i.e., he hasn't made the baddie a blatant representation of Donald Trump, while the goodies are not obvious Democrats on a mission to save LGBTQ rights for humanity.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu reportedly tried to brush off the German minister's assertions that Gaza was in famine

The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbrock reportedly had a spat after the premier rebutted her concern for the humanitarian situation in Gaza and controversially quipped, "We're not like the Nazis".

Baerbock was on a trip to Israel this week to meet with Netanyahu to discuss the ongoing Gaza war and Iran's drone and missile attack on Israel.

An argument between the two erupted when Baerbock told Netanyahu that Israel was "driving Gaza towards famine".

According to media reports, Baerbock was shown footage by Netanyahu of markets with supplies of food in the war-ravaged Strip, as well as images of beaches where Palestinians were sunbathing and swimming.

Baerbock responded by saying that the images did not reflect the true humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza, which reportedly sparked a retort from Netanyahu, who said that Israel was "not like the Nazis," who "manufactured reality"

Claire's Observations:  Wow, when the Israeli Prime Minister drops a load of absolute codswallop, that load is ginormous!!   I am reasonably sure that the images of stocked food sellers' stalls were neatly staged; Mossad is quite adept at this.

Just please look at the following, to see what the reality in Gaza is right now: https://www.reuters.com/default/gaza-starving-children-fill-hospital-wards-famine-looms-2024-03-19/

These images are not photoshopped; these are kids on the brink of utter starvation and system shut-downs, courtesy of the Israeli Government. Netanyahu denies such conditions exist, but please look with your own eyes, and tell me these kids are not dying of malnutrition: I dare you!!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Biden continues paying off successful young voters: Sorry, I mean “forgiving student debt.” Biden this week paid off another $7.4 billion in student loans, making his total student loan cancellation something like $153 billion. 

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Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would fight planned US sanctions on an IDF unit accused of grave human rights violations in the West Bank with 'all [his] strength.'

Reports on Saturday claimed that the Biden administration was planning on imposing sanctions on Israel's Netzah Yehuda battalion, which has largely operated in the occupied West Bank and was accused in 2022 of allowing an elderly Palestinian-American man to die after he suffered 'extreme violence' at the soldiers' hands. 

The reports came a day after the US announced a series of sanctions linked to Israeli settlers in the West Bank, in the latest sign of growing frustration with Netanyahu and his cabinet, which relies on settler parties to stay in power. 

'If anyone thinks they can impose sanctions on a unit of the IDF - I will fight it with all my strength,' Netanyahu said in a statement.

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Former National Enquirer publisher David Pecker will be the first witness during the trial of former President Donald Trump in New York which resumes on Monday, according to the New York Times.

Pecker is a central figure in the case after he alerted Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen about Stormy Daniels and her plan to reveal her claims of an alleged affair with Trump in 2006. 

Pecker alerted Trump in October 2016 of Daniel's affair but she ultimately settled a $130,000 non-disclosure deal with Trump's lawyer Michael Cohen.  

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Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israeli military sites on April 13-14 signals a tectonic shift in the regional balance of power. While the media remains preoccupied with the number of outdated Iranian drones that were shot down during the onslaught, military analysts are far more focused on the way that Iran’s ballistic missiles cut through Israel’s vaunted air defense systems striking sites at the Nevatim and Negev Air Bases.

What the operation proved is that Israel’s “deterrents supremacy” is largely a fiction based on overly optimistic assumptions about the performance of their air defense capability. When put to the test, these systems failed to stop many of the larger and more destructive ballistic missiles from hitting their targets. This, in turn, revealed that Israel’s most heavily-defended and critically-important military sites remain overly-exposed to enemy attack.

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Israel, with the backing of the US, obviously does not care much about adhering to international law when targeting other countries. But when it has to face the consequences for its unjust deeds, it suddenly talks of abiding by international law.

In the recent case, when IRGC Navy troops stormed and seized control of MSC Aries, an Israeli-operated container ship in the Persian Gulf on Saturday, April 13, Israeli Foreign Minister Israel Katz accused Iran of “violating the international law”. Did Israel follow the UN charter when striking against the Iranian Consulate? Did it not bomb schools, medical facilities, refugee shelters and kill tens of thousands of civilians in Gaza over the past six months in violation of all principles of international law?

Iran’s drone and missile strikes in Israel are justified, proportionate and measured. The Permanent Mission of Iran to the UN was right in saying that had the UN condemned Israel’s aggression and brought its perpetrators to justice, the need to punish the criminal regime might not have been necessary.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Akdeniz ship anchored in Istanbul's Tuzla, on Friday, 19 April 2024 (MEE/Yusuf Selman Inanc)
The Akdeniz ship anchored in Istanbul's Tuzla, on Friday, 19 April 2024 (MEE/Yusuf Selman Inanc)
By Yusuf Selman Inanc in Istanbul

A group of human rights organisations is set to send a flotilla of four ships to Gaza from Istanbul next week, in a challenge to Israel’s blockade on the Palestinian enclave, activists announced on Friday.

Members of the Freedom Flotilla Coalition (FFC) spoke from a dockyard in Istanbul’s Tuzla, on board the Akdeniz ship, one of the four vessels that will embark on the journey. They expressed determination to reach Gaza despite Israel’s threats.

The press conference was attended by activists from various civil society organisations, including Ann Wright and Huwaida Arraf from the US Boat to Gaza, Wendy Goldsmith from the Canada Boat to Gaza, Torstein Dahle from FFC Norway, Zaher Birawi from International Committee for Breaking the Siege on Gaza, Zohar Chamberlain Regev from FFC, Carlos Trotta from Doctors Without Borders, Fauziah Mohd Hasan from Malaysia My Care, Medea Benjamin from the US group Code Pink, and Suzanne Adely from the US National Lawyers Guild.

This initiative evokes memories of the Mavi Marmara incident in 2010 when an attempt to break the Israeli siege on Gaza resulted in the deaths of ten people after the Israeli army raided the ship in international waters. The incident strained Turkish-Israeli diplomatic relations significantly.

This time, the Humanitarian Relief Foundation (IHH), the primary organiser of the coalition, has undertaken extensive preparations, including the acquisition of three ships

Claire's Observations;  One wonders just who the IDF and MOSSAD will mark for summary execution this time; remember, no judge, no jury; just assassination.  AND THIS WILL BE ACCOMPLISHED, COURTESY OF " THE ONLY DEMOCRACY IN THE MIDDLE EAST?!?  Forgive me while I vomit!!!!!!!

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The White House has joined a chorus of people across the political spectrum in slamming pro-Palestine protesters at Columbia University over anti-Semitic rhetoric at demonstrations on campus. 

The statement comes hours after a rabbi at Columbia University has cautioned Jewish students against returning to campus due to 'extreme antisemitism' amid a days-long protest in support of Palestine.

Now, the White House has had to issue a statement blasting the far-left demonstrators in the latest example of what critics believe is a virus of anti-Semitism on Ivy League campuses. 

'While every American has the right to peaceful protest, calls for violence and physical intimidation targeting Jewish students and the Jewish community are blatantly anti-Semitic, unconscionable, and dangerous – they have absolutely no place on any college campus, or anywhere in the United States of America,' said White House Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates. 

Tags: EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Given the hawkish and neoconservative ideological bent of ISW’s leadership, one would not expect their stance on the war in Ukraine to change even in the light of new developments. Yet, its recent report “Denying Russia’s Only Strategy for Success” is a remarkable double down. Not only does it present the recent deterioration of Ukraine’s military prospects as a Kremlin disinformation campaign, it is also a manifesto for military escalation.

Instead of examining where the Western alliance has come up short, or any concession of Russia’s resilience and adaptation to the challenge of war, the ISW report is squarely focused on the apparent superpowers the Kremlin enjoys in the domain of “perception manipulation.” It claims the Kremlin “floods Western discourse with false and irrelevant narratives” to condition Western publics to “freely reason to a conclusion that Russia’s prevailing in Ukraine is inevitable.”

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Russian state media outlets have revealed that the production of gas turbine engines for the T-80 main battle tank has been resumed at the engineering plant Kaluzhsky Engine - known colloquially as Kaluga. The GTD-1250 multi-fuel gas turbine engine was confirmed to be in full scale production, with this representing the most advanced engine in the GTD-1000 family designed to power the latest T-80 variant the T-80BVM. The engine can run on diesel fuel, kerosene, gasoline, and various blends, which is a prized capability due to the risks of supplies of one or more fuel types becoming unavailable on the frontlines in wartime. The revelation closely coincided with Defence Minister Sergey Shoigu’s visit to the Omsktransmash Tank Plant, which produced T-80 tanks until the mid-1990s and is currently responsible for their refurbishment and modernisation. The facility has refurbished hundreds of T-80s from storage since the outbreak of full scale hostilities between Russian and Ukrainian forces in February 2022, with relatively few Soviet built T-80s having been in service at the time due to the class’ high operational costs compared to the cheaper T-72 and T-90. 

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The exercise marked “the first AI vs human within-visual-range engagement (a.k.a. ‘dogfight’), conducted with actual manned F-16 aircraft,” the DOD said in the program update.

At publication, the department had not provided information to DefenseScoop about whether the machine learning agents controlling the X-62A beat the human pilot in that encounter.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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by Jon Hoffman 

Once again, the Middle East is on the brink of full-scale war. The tit-for-tat exchanges between Israel and Iran are increasing the risk that the United States will get sucked into another Middle East war. As such, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s longstanding efforts to get Washington to attack Tehran—combined with new incentives amid Israel’s war in Gaza—are cause for major concern.

This past weekend, Iran launched more than 300 drones and missiles at Israel in its first direct military assault against the country. This retaliatory attack by Iran was in direct response to Israel’s strike on an Iranian consulate building adjacent to Tehran’s embassy in Syria earlier this month. The strike killed Brigadier General Mohammad Reza Zahedi, one of the highest-ranking commanders of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC). This represents the highest level targeted assassination of an Iranian official since the drone strike that killed Major General Qassem Soleimani in 2020.

The attack marks a new precedent in the decades-long “shadow war” between Iran and Israel.

Israel has reportedly informed the United States and other states in the region that a response from Tel Aviv is inevitable. President Biden supposedly advised Netanyahu to “slow things down” after Iran’s recent attack. However, the administration’s passivity was summarized by the words of White House National Security Communications Spokesperson John Kirby: “I think we have to wait and see what the Israelis decide to do.”

A war between Israel and Iran—which would undoubtedly come with direct American involvement—would be catastrophic for U.S. interests and the Middle East. Washington needs to make clear that America’s chief interest is to avoid being dragged into another ruinous military campaign in the region.

Claire's Observations:  Netanyahu, due to his ever-impending, and ever-postponed corruption trial, is a primary "pusher" of  a regional war with US "boots on the ground": to prolong the process as indefinitely as is humanly possible.  He is not beyond fabricating a "false flag" to be blamed on Iran, and off we go.  

Today, as it is the first day of Passover, I would seriously doubt we will see such an event today; however, I do not at all think that the remainder of this religious observance is truly safe from such an event happening during this time.

Geopolitically, Netanyahu is a like a wounded animal, with so much domestic upset against him; and animals are most dangerous and unpredictable, when they are wounded.  He wants this war, and as immediately as he can create the conditions through which it can be realized.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Personally I think the answer is obvious: bribery.

Americans have to face the ugly truth that bribery is playing a bigger role in US politics than ever – at least since the Railroad boom in the Gilded Age created famous opportunities for graft.

But back then businessmen were buying commercial privileges. Now we have billionaires buying foreign policy. (And immigration policy too, driven I believe in most cases by ethnic predilections rather than economics.)

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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