"There will be, in the next generation or so, a pharmacological method of making people love their servitude, and producing dictatorship without tears, so to speak, producing a kind of painless concentration camp for entire societies, so that people will in fact have their liberties taken away from them, but will rather enjoy it, because they will be distracted from any desire to rebel by propaganda or brainwashing, or brainwashing enhanced by pharmacological methods. And this seems to be the final revolution" -- Aldous Huxley

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Good news! Enough is enough and no more more pinching the cops.
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Tech giants and beyond are set to spend over $1tn on AI capex in coming years, with so far little to show for it. So, will this large spend ever pay off? MIT’s Daron Acemoglu and GS’ Jim Covello are skeptical, with Acemoglu seeing only limited US economic upside from AI over the next decade and Covello arguing that the technology isn’t designed to solve the complex problems that would justify the costs, which may not decline as many expect.
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Population Growth and Aging: On January 1, 2023, the European Union (EU) had 448.8 million people living within its borders. The most populous EU country was Germany (84.4 million), followed by France (68.2 million), Italy (59.0 million), Spain (48.1 million), and Poland (36.8 million). Over the 20-year period from 2003 to 2023, the EU population increased by 4% . The share of persons aged 65 and over grew from 16% in 2003 to 21% in 2023 .
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The last many weeks (or even months) of Ukraine coverage by mainstream media has seen a major shift. One might observe that Western reporters are actually starting to do their jobs for a change, and digging into to 'inconvenient' truths and stories which a year ago no outlet would have touched amid the general pro-Kyiv euphoria.

A military correspondent with The New York Times has issued the newest bombshell report this weekend which shines a spotlight on not just Ukrainian troops but American and foreign fighters who've volunteered with pro-Kyiv forces and have committed potential war crimes. The report, titled Killings of Surrendering Russians Divide an American-Led Unit, reveals how US troops are participating in units which conduct extra-judicial killings of Russians who have legitimately surrendered.

Much of the eyewitness accounts come from a German volunteer identified as Caspar Grosse, a medic in an all-foreign unit led by an American who says he witnessed clear war crimes and that his conscience has forced him to speak out.

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In 2023, Belarus had a population of 9.5 million and a GDP of 71.8 billion in current U.S. dollars, according to estimates by the U.S. Census Bureau and the International Monetary Fund.

As Statista's Florian Zandt shows in the chart below, based on data from the aforementioned sources, Eurostat and the World Bank shows, its accession to the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) led by China and Russia might help the organization close its ranks in a geopolitical sense. Its monetary contribution, however, is rather minimal in comparison.

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NATO will unveil a plan to help prepare Ukraine to assume the responsibilities of membership in the alliance during its annual summit in Washington, next week.

The deliverable is not a plan for membership outright, but will consist of “standing up an entire command” to ensure Ukraine can fully contribute to NATO in the event it does join, a senior Biden administration official told reporters on July 5.

Allies will reaffirm that Ukraine’s future is in NATO [and] will make significant new announcements about how we’re increasing NATO’s military, political, and financial support for Ukraine,” the official said.

The effort is part of a larger “bridge to membership” which is designed to help Ukraine assume military responsibilities within NATO “on day one” of its membership.

Though Ukraine has sought membership in the defensive alliance for some time, it is unlikely to be approved anytime soon, as membership is contingent upon a unanimous vote of all member states and requires new member states to meet certain standards of governance and territorial integrity.

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On Friday, President Joe Biden committed to a second debate with Donald Trump “I hope he’ll debate me. I wouldn’t be surprised if he doesn’t,” Biden said
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However, if there was one moment that crystallized just how non-reassuring the results of Friday evening should be for team Biden, perhaps they ought to look later in the debate, when Stephanopoulos asked Biden to look toward the future and make the case for him for being the candidate for another four more years, and he responded in part by saying he “put together NATO” — an institution founded in 1949.

“You talked a lot about your successes in — at the beginning of this interview. And– and I don’t want to dispute that, I don’t want to debate that,” Stephanopoulos said at the outset of the question. (Because of course he didn’t, which is why he was chosen for this interview. But I digress.)

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The global financial system appears to be in peril, which is prompting more and more countries to recall their gold reserves from countries like the United States and the United Kingdom.

The latest nation to claw back its gold from the West is Nigeria, which is reportedly repatriating 21 tons of gold amid ongoing economic concerns like runaway inflation and escalating geopolitical tensions.

In order to minimize the risk of major losses, Nigeria has decided that its gold is best stored domestically rather than in volatile places like the U.S. and the U.K. that appear to be getting dethroned by an emerging new world order.

“Economic indicators such as rising inflation, escalating debt levels, and geopolitical tensions have raised apprehensions among Nigerian policymakers about the stability of the U.S. financial system,” reported The Star, quoting Nigerian officials.

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As part of the ongoing special military operation, Russia’s Armed Forces carry out precision air strikes against Ukrainian military equipment and infrastructure that threaten its security.

The Russian Ministry of Defense (MoD) has released footage showing the country’s troops hit Ukrainian S-300 long-range surface-to-air missile (SAM) systems located in the Poltava region.

“The Iskander-M tactical missile complex launched a missile attack on the position of Ukraine’s S-300PS air defense system, located in the Koptevo area of ​​the Poltava region,” the MoD specified.

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Units of Russia’s Yug Battlegroup destroyed a US Bradley infantry fighting vehicle with its crew, using drones and captured an electronic warfare system from it, the commander of the assault group with the call sign Kucher told Sputnik.

Soldiers from Russia's 200th Separate Guards Motor Rifle Brigade of the Leningrad Military District are carrying out combat missions as part of the Yug Battlegroup in the special military operation zone.

"Recently, during active offensive actions, our UAV crew hit a Bradley... When the opportunity arose, we inspected the vehicle for dead or wounded enemies and found and captured a much-needed and important electronic warfare system. We took it directly from the turret and took it with us," Kucher told the news agency.

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Democrats in Congress are signaling that a growing number of their colleagues will publicly call on President Joe Biden to drop out of the 2024 race after his first TV interview following a poor debate performance failed to reassure them.
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First lady Jill Biden is unleashing fury at those who are trying to force President Joe Biden to quit his re-election campaign following his disastrous debate performance last week against former President Donald Trump.
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Two radio stations confirmed on Saturday that they were given questions by Biden officials ahead of their interviews with President Joe Biden this week as the administration fights for its survival following Biden’s disastrous debate performance last week against former President Donald Trump.
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President Joe Biden‘s doctor met with a neurologist who is reportedly a Parkinson’s disease expert at the White House earlier this year, visitor logs show.
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President Joe Biden‘s doctor met with a neurologist who is reportedly a Parkinson’s disease expert at the White House earlier this year, visitor logs show.
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President Joe Biden, facing a make or break moment, partially blamed his disastrous debate performance last week on former President Donald Trump by falsely claiming that Trump repeatedly interrupted him during the debate.
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President Joe Biden claimed on Friday that he was being honest with himself about his ability to beat former President Donald Trump this fall despite polling that shows him falling further behind.
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President Joe Biden claimed during an interview on Friday that he is capable of serving as President of the United States for another four years even though 80% of Americans believe that he is too old to be president.
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President Joe Biden repeatedly refused to commit to having an independent medical evaluation of his neurological and cognitive functions as he tries to stave off an effort from inside his party to remove him from the top of the ticket.
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President Joe Biden, facing a make or break moment, partially blamed his disastrous debate performance last week on former President Donald Trump by falsely claiming that Trump repeatedly interrupted him during the debate.
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