"Here is the difference between religion and science.

Science is going outside your house at night and seeing here is one large moon orbiting the Earth. No matter where on Earth you are, you know there is one and only one large moon orbiting the Earth.

Religion is this tribe over here worshiping one god and this other tribe worshiping 3 gods and this other tribe way over there worshiping 17 gods." -- Michael Rivero

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There is something of a subculture on YouTube of armchair analysts and commentators, WDW Pro, Valliant Renegade, and ClownfishTV, to name just three (beyond traditional financial websites like CNBC and Seeking Alpha), who track every cultural, corporate, programming, and financial move of The Walt Disney Company, previously one of America’s most iconic and trusted companies. Note: I used the past tense in describing The Walt Disney Company. It is no longer one of America’s most trusted brands, and it’s about to lose its iconic status.

How did this happen?

On May 7, 2024, in the wake of its successful battle to keep activist investor Nelson Peltz off its Board of Directors back in April (after which Peltz liquidated his Disney holdings, walking away with more than $1 billion), Disney CEO Bob Iger held Disney’s quarterly earnings call, during which its stock tanked almost 10%, losing $20 billion in its market cap. While it has recovered a bit, to $105 a share, it’s well below its 52-week high, $123.72, and off its all-time highest closing price of $201.91 on March 8, 2021. Those investors who abandoned Peltz in his proxy battle for two seats on the Disney Board of Directors can now lick their financial wounds.

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“Show me the man and I will show you the crime,” so said Lavenitry Beria, the longtime head of Stalin’s secret police.

The Trump conviction shows that the same crooked principle of justice animates American courts today. Should we be surprised? The alliance between the United States and the USSR during the 1940s—the American taxpayer funded the Soviet takeover of half of Europe and Asia to the tune of 300 billion inflation-adjusted dollars—was the central event of the 20th century. 

FDR and his liberal New Deal allies saw the Soviet Union and global communism as the natural allies of liberalism. At Tehran, FDR suggested to Josef Stalin, in a private meeting, that India should be reformed along “Soviet lines.” It was Stalin who demurred on FDR’s desire for a communist revolution in Britain’s largest colony. 

The alliance between liberals and communists was not merely a prudential move to defend against fascism. FDR’s administration gave money, weapons, and training to both Ho Chi Minh and Mao Zedong, helping them rise to power in Vietnam and China, respectively. The post-war arrangements made at Yalta, Tehran, and Potsdam envisioned a planet governed jointly by the USSR and the United States. 

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A new poll shows that a sizable plurality of the American people believe that the New York trial of former President Donald Trump was a politically-motivated show trial.

As the Daily Caller reports, the ABC News/Ipsos poll shows that 47% of Americans believe the trial was indeed a political hit job, while 38% say that the trial was legitimate and fair. On the question of the “guilty” verdict, 50% of respondents believe the verdict was correct; by contrast, just 27% believe the verdict was wrong, while the remaining 23% said they “don’t know” what to believe with regards to the verdict.

Among those who claimed to have followed the case closely, 55% say the verdict was correct while 35% say it was incorrect; another 8% said they “don’t know.”

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A juror on a case of alleged COVID fraud in Minneapolis has been dismissed and all seven defendants arrested after a woman allegedly dropped off a bag full of cash in hopes of securing an acquittal.

Just before 9 p.m. on Sunday, a woman who appeared to be Somali, wearing a long dress and who spoke with an accent, rang the doorbell at the home of a 23-year-old woman impaneled on a jury for one of the largest COVID-funding fraud cases in the nation.

An inspection of the defendants' phones revealed that all 'have had access' to information that would have identified Juror 52.

The case involves seven defendants of East African descent accused of buying expensive property, jewelry, cars, and other luxury items with $41 million allocated to Feeding Our Future, an organization entrusted with providing food for underprivileged children. The case is part of a larger case involving 70 total defendants and $250 million in allegedly stolen funds. So far, 18 defendants have pled guilty, and $50 million has been recovered, the AP reported.

The Somali woman who arrived at the juror's home spoke with the juror's father-in-law and allegedly handed him a decorative bag filled with rolled up bills totaling $120,000. The woman even allegedly referred to the juror by her first name.

"This is for Juror 52," a note accompanying the bag allegedly said. "Tell her there will be another bag for her if she votes to acquit."

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Sometimes referred to as “the next big thing in agriculture,” the gene editing of meat animals extends from research labs, livestock farms, and even the federal government’s right to our dinner plates. 

Last month, the Food and Drug Administration announced it would lead the regulatory process to bring gene-edited meat to market.

Tracey Forfa, director of the FDA’s Center for Veterinary Science, tied this agency role with its need “to keep our regulatory approach current with the evolution of science.”

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Democrats eager for a guilty ruling that would allow them to call Donald Trump a “convicted felon” for the remainder of the 2024 campaign got their wish Thursday in a New York court. Mr. Trump became the first former president convicted of a crime.

They should enjoy it while they can. Hunter Biden’s trial on federal gun charges began on Monday in Delaware. It will feature evidence drawn from his infamous laptop, which even his father’s Justice Department now recognizes as authentic. If convicted, Hunter would make history too: He’d be the first child of a sitting president found guilty of a felony.

The two cases have one crucial fact in common. The law and the truth are incidental. They are important only for the Biden family story lines each case represents.

For Mr. Trump, this story line is that the former president is unfit to serve. This was the reason for the mad race among state and federal prosecutors to indict him. For Hunter Biden, the story line is that the laptop stocked with damning evidence of his overseas business dealings and drug use is really a product of Moscow.

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Next month will mark 80 years since the US dollar was formally anointed as the world’s reserve currency. It was July 1944. And with the war in Europe near its denouement, governments were already trying to plan what the postwar world would look like. Most urgently, they needed to figure out how to rebuild their devastated economies. Just think about the mess they were in: nearly every industrialized country in Europe had been destroyed by war. Manufacturing and farming were both in the dumps, and they had very little savings to invest in economic revival.
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The Washington Post’s pompously pretentious masthead daily proclaims: “Democracy Dies in Darkness,” as if its stellar journalism will protect us all from those who cover up the truth. But as we have seen from the recent Trump verdict, the Post’s Watergate-style journalism is being used to promote falsehood and degrade those who would help our country.

The trial just concluded of a former President featured the admission of irrelevant, highly prejudicial and deceptive hearsay, such as Michael Cohen’s sham guilty plea to election crimes, while highly pertinent expert testimony, rejecting any campaign violation, was prohibited. The slanted jury instructions virtually directed the jury to find guilt. Yet mainstream media gave little clue of any of the foregoing.

What does Watergate journalism have to do with this? Fifty years after Nixon resigned in disgrace, the Washington Post is still dining out on causing a theretofore popular President’s downfall. As it did with Nixon, the paper has been telling the world for the past nine years that Trump should be the next to be impeached or voted down, because he is a threat to democracy, as evidenced by his claimed lies. With Trump’s recent conviction, the Post is putting these attacks on steroids, pretending he received a fair trial. He did not.

Examination of its Watergate reporting proves that the paper has been for over five decades perpetrating lies, first falsely accusing the likes of Nixon, and now Trump, among others. These two, with their easily villainized personas, have proven easiest to convict in the court of public opinion. One seemed characteristically sneaky, complete with a five o’clock shadow, while the other bloviates and blusters, caricatured with an orange, gravity-defying combover. Anyone who watches television knows that these are two bad guys who should be exposed within forty-four minutes, an irrational, sophomoric impression promoted by this self-proclaimed intellectual powerhouse paper.

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Former White House medical advisor Anthony Fauci changed his view of COVID vaccines from 2021 to 2024, clips show.

Fauci, the former director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), was influential in the U.S. response to COVID-19 in the Trump administration and under President Joe Biden. Fauci testified about his role in the U.S. response to the pandemic in front of the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic on Monday.

Daily Wire host Michael Knowles documented how Fauci’s views on the COVID vaccine changed from 2021 to 2024. In a pair of videos posted to X, Knowles documented Fauci’s public remarks in 2021 compared to the former NIAID head’s Monday testimony.

In the first clip, Fauci testifies to the subcommittee that “I don’t believe any vaccine is 100% effective.”

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NATO is drawing up plans to send American troops to the frontlines of Europe in the event of an all-out conflict with Russia, it has been revealed.

New 'land corridors' are being carved out to quickly funnel soldiers through central Europe without local bureaucratic impediments, allowing NATO forces to pounce in an instant should Putin's devastating war in Ukraine move further west.

The plans are said to include contingencies in case of Russian bombardment, letting troops sweep into the Balkans via corridors in Italy, Greece and Turkey, or towards Russia's northern border via Scandinavia, officials told The Telegraph.

Tensions have ratcheted up in recent weeks, with Russian President Vladimir Putin openly acknowledging the 'possibility' of 'a full-scale Third World War' as he threatens 'fatal consequences' for western allies allowing Ukraine use of their weapons on Russian soil.

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California Democrat Maxine Waters raised eyebrows on Sunday with claims about supporters of former President Donald Trump after he was found guilty by a New York jury in his 'hush money' trial.

Waters appeared on MSNBC with host Jonathan Capehart warning that the former president and supporters pose a dangerous threat to the country.

'I'm worried that he's so divisive and that he's talking about retribution, and they're talking about revenge and I think that that's dangerous. He's even mentioned civil war at one point, talked about there would be bloodshed,' Waters said.

She said she would raise her concerns with federal law enforcement, in order to be prepared for the violence unleashed by Trump and his supporters if he did not win the election in November.  

'I am going to spend some time with the criminal justice system, with the justice system, asking them, tell us what's going on with the domestic terrorists,' she said. 'Are they preparing a civil war against us? Should we be concerned about our safety?'

Claire's Observations:  Representative Waters; a word, please.

I am the polar opposite of the way in which you have characterised  both me, and many of my brother and sister Americans, with that description.  And frankly, you owe us an apology

Let me introduce myself; I am Claire Rivero, Christian Pacifist Activist, and an Independent, who thinks neither party actually serves the needs of its constituents, but loves to create situations in which money  just gushes its way to them.  Of course, you are all privy to the inside information of what companies will be offering IPOs, enabling that flow.

I am a graduate of Cal State Dominguez Hills  (You DO remember where Dominguez Hills is, don't you, Representative Waters?!?), with a BA in music and theatre; I use the skills I learned there every day, as I am a published composer, who is still actively working as one.

I abhor the concept of war, and  believe it to be a catastrophic failure of imagination; I continually caution against it, and I would hope that you do also.  Does that make me a "domestic terrorist", Representative Waters?!?

Now, let me take a look at the "performance" of the Biden Administration to date.

First, let's look at Biden's declining mental and physical health, as attested by his numerous foul-ups, bleeps, and blunders.  As a volunteer for my church, I visit a locked ward in an assisted living facility which houses dementia patients.  The signs and symptoms are absolutely there with Biden, and we don't need someone in the White House suffering from this horrific disease; the 25th Amendment should have been invoked long ago, as this disease very much impacts the quality of decision-making a person can do, when they are suffering from this.

Does my noticing this (as well as most people in the Free World and beyond) make me a "Domestic Terrorist", because the signs of cognitive and physical decline are so present, that I cannot unsee them, Representative Waters?!?

We have a non-existent Southern Border, and a massive flow of illegal immigrants this country will need to feed, clothe, educate, and house.  With a 34 trillion dollar Federal Deficit (that we know about, that is), where is this money coming from?!?  American taxpayers are totally "tapped out", and many are living from hand to mouth, dealing with a monetary inflation which just will not quit.

We are enmeshed in two horrific, and seemingly intractible wars, one for Israel in Gaza, and the other hopeless mess, being our proxy war against Russia in Ukraine, which Ukraine is losing miserably, because they do not have the troop strength to support it, nor will they, without active NATO assistance translating into "Boots on the Ground"; do you support such a move by the US and NATO?!?!   And what about US  boots on the ground in Israel?!?  As you know, we have two bases there; one which is constructed, and the other, under construction.

 And is there anyone in your family of military age?  Because with US troop strength so low, conscription is almost inevitable.  Does NOT wanting to see that happen, make me a "Domestic Terrorist", Representative Waters?!?

Finally, I am not here to hurt, or advocate any hurt against anyone who disagrees with me politically.  I simply want to get the facts out, as I see them, even when they do not represent the current regime's viewpoint (and I am an "equal opportunity smiter", when it comes to giving what-for to both parties, if what they are advocating doesn't seem to be advancing the needs of the American People.).  That is simply who I am.

So does peacefully  disagreeing with a political agenda which has not brought about safety, security, and economic prosperity to this country, mean I am a "domestic terrorist"?

Representative Waters, I hate having to "vote for the lesser of two evils"; but in looking at what Biden has done, and not done, in his very  driven "policy directives", I must support President Trump, even i f I have to hold my nose to say it.

Is Trump "The Anointed One", in terms of bringing domestic and international issues into some semblance of sanity?!?  Hell, no!  And DAMN, I wish our choices were a lot better.

But Representative Waters, in looking at Biden's "performance" as President, I must observe that he has missed the mark at every critical point in decision making, and now we, the American people, are having to live with the consequences of those choices, and  those consequences are, and will be,  really awful, including a potential nuclear war with Russia.

And finally, Representative Waters;  you owe me an apology for having characterized me as "A Domestic Terrorist" for thinking Trump is a better option in November than is Biden.

And if you ever find  yourself in Southern Indiana, please drop by and say hello; let's break bread, and talk!!  :-)

 

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Back in 2023, Socialist Paul Krugman declared that “the war on inflation is over!!! “We” won, at very little cost.” I love when elitists claim “We won!” since clearly 99% of Americans lost since food, housing and car prices up are double digits under Biden.
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Hunter Biden's criminal trial on gun charges will begin in earnest Tuesday with opening statements and potentially lurid testimony about drug use from his autobiography and phone messages that prosecutors say incriminates the president's son.

Hunter Biden, 54, is accused of failing to disclose his use of illegal drugs when he bought a Colt Cobra .38-caliber revolver and of illegally possessing the weapon for 11 days in October 2018.

He has pleaded not guilty to the three felony charges. Hunter Biden is the first child of a sitting president to be criminally tried.

The proceeding at the federal courthouse in the Bidens' hometown of Wilmington, Delaware, comes just days after Republican Donald Trump, the rival to Democrat President Joe Biden for the Nov. 5 U.S. election, became the first former president found guilty of a crime.

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Regardless of one’s view of Donald Trump, it is a disturbing development in our society when justice is treated more like a football game where you root for your “team” rather than a way of preserving our freedom and liberty in an equal way for all.
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A lot of mainstream-adjacent progressives act like Gaza is some radical deviation from normal US behavior, which is infantile nonsense.

The US inflicts similar horrors on the world all the time; the only major difference is

(A) this one’s being live-streamed and

(B) there was a pro-Palestine movement in place before it began.

With regard to (B), Gaza is really illustrating how much the US empire benefits from moving through its foreign military violence relatively quickly.

When it can move from propagandizing the population about Evil Dictatorship X to destroying the country in question to moving on to its next war in the span of a few short years, there’s not enough time for public awareness to grow of exactly how evil the empire is being. It was years before a mainstream consensus developed that the invasion of Iraq was wrong, and it will probably be decades before there’s mainstream consensus about the evil shit the empire did in Syria from 2011 onwards.

With Gaza, people saw this one coming and were calling it what it is from the moment it began, because there was already a widespread political understanding — at least on the left — that Israel is a murderous settler-colonialist project and that the Palestinians are a colonized people. This widespread understanding occurred because the Israel-Palestine debate has been raging for generations, so the collective has had enough time to really examine the facts and circulate its arguments through public consciousness. Those facts and arguments were there ready to be picked up and understood and used — even by young people who are new to the situation — after October 7.

So what’s really hurting the empire’s information interests today is the fact that there was widespread social consciousness about Palestine already in place before the Gaza assault began, combined with the consciousness-expanding effects of social media and the ease with which ordinary people can now circulate raw video footage. Which really goes to illustrate the fact that consciousness and dysfunction cannot coexist, whether you’re talking about humans as individuals or as a collective. If we can really see something and deeply understand it, it’s much harder for depravity to function.

The light of awareness makes it very difficult for an empire which is fueled by human blood to operate, which is why so much effort has been going into shutting off the lights. Shutting off the lights here looks like circulating lies and propaganda, killing Palestinian journalists in record numbers, blocking western journalists from entering Gaza, banning TikTok, stomping out student protests, and smearing everyone who tries to spread awareness of Gaza as an anti-semite.

In that sense we actually kind of are seeing a struggle between the forces of light and the forces of darkness here — not in the sense the Zionist ideologues mean it, but in the sense that there are people who are trying to spread the light of awareness coming into direct conflict with people who are trying to shut that light down.

And that’s how humanity will eventually move into health: by the light of awareness spreading throughout our collective consciousness to all the various ways our species is still dysfunctional. This spreading of awareness happens in ways that are as diverse as investigative journalism, teaching, research, tweeting, making videos, writing blogs, informing others in interpersonal conversations, and expanding your own personal consciousness with inner disciplines like meditation and self-inquiry.

We can each participate in this unfolding of human consciousness in our own way throughout our lives, and every contribution we make toward that end makes a difference. Anything you do to make the unseen seen and cast the light of awareness on areas of dysfunction helps move humanity into a higher level of functionality, whether you’re spreading awareness of dysfunction out there in the world, or in yourself by bringing more consciousness to your own inner processes.

We can each do many things every single day to help move humanity into the light, so that we may one day become a fully conscious species. We can each cultivate a practice of constantly looking for opportunities to expand consciousness in this way from moment to moment.

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Remember, if you don’t prosecute a crime, then there’s no record of it, and therefore, no crime – makes Democrats look really good, and when things get really bad, then voters will vote in Republicans who, hopefully, will prosecute crime, and the crime under Republicans will skyrocket allowing Democrats to make Republicans look bad and weak! Funny how that works!

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By Dr. Paul Craig Roberts

 

“For two years Biden was absolutely adamant that no US weapons could be used to strike Russia. Now he reverses the policy — aka, he lied. 

So where’s the pushback? Congress, media? What could be of greater consequence than lying the country into war with a nuclear superpower?” — Michael Tracey

Are the peoples of the Western world so completely insouciant that they do not notice that their politicians are pushing them into direct conflict with Russia? It seems Hungarians are the only European people who have any sense. See this.

The Kremlin could not issue any warnings more dire, and in response moronic Western politicians provoke harder.

Are they unable to comprehend that they are provoking a nuclear war, or is it their intention to provoke a nuclear war?

Biden, Blinken, and NATO have made another U-turn. The long range missiles that Ukraine could not use for attacks on Russian territory can now be used that way, but, for now, only on military targets. But the distinction between military and non-military targets is a distinction without meaning or substance. All modern wars are attacks on civilians and infrastructure.

The argument that resulted in removing restrictions on long range missiles is that in order to defend itself Ukraine needs to be able to use the weapons Washington provides to attack the military infrastructure that Russia uses to attack Ukraine.

Russia will simply attack the sites from which it is being attacked, so the long range missiles will contribute nothing to Ukraine’s defense.

Even worse: as the Kremlin knows the missiles have to be programmed with targeting information by US and NATO personnel,

Russia regards the countries responsible for the targeting as combatants and targets. We are on the verge of the final widening of the war.

As every previous no-no became a yes-yes, the Kremlin has to assume that the no-no prohibition on sending NATO troops will soon become a yes-yes. If realism prevails in the Kremlin, this forces Putin to abandon his limited military operation and to knock out Ukraine before it fills up with NATO soldiers.

From the beginning it was obvious to me that the limited military operation was a strategic blunder that would allow the West to become involved, with the consequence being the widening of the war. That is precisely what has happened. We have reached the point where Putin is telling the West to back off or out come the nukes.

But no one in the West hears.

Washington cares no more for Ukrainians than it cares for Palestinians.

The Ukraine conflict is a way for Washington to force Russia into a response that can be used to justify a US/NATO attack on Russia. What is to be served by this? It is a form of suicide for the West.

Where is a responsible Western leader to diffuse this dangerous situation? Why are there none?

Keeping Russian Donbas in Ukraine, where it should never have been put, is not worth the war that is being fomented.

 

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A top scientist who advises the Canadian Government said he was blocked from studying a freak outbreak of a mysterious and deadly brain illness in young adults and teenagers. 

More than 200 New Brunswick residents have bizarrely developed a dementia-like disorder that causes vivid hallucinations, an inability to talk and write, memory lapses and even physical paralysis.

While the disease has baffled doctors, local health officials put the outbreak down to misdiagnosis, concluding that most patients in fact suffered common illnesses like dementia and cancer

Now, damning evidence has come to light that suggests health chiefs may have purposefully blocked investigations into other potential causes — namely, exposure to toxic pesticides. 

In leaked emails sent between Dr Michael Coulthart, a microbiologist, and members of Canada's public health agency (PHAC), Dr Coulthart said he was 'essentially cut off' from being involved in the research.

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The federal government has sued Hyundai after a 13-year old girl was found working on an assembly line. 

The  Department of Labor on Thursday sued the South Korean auto giant, an auto parts plant and a labor recruiter over illegal use of child labor in Alabama.

The complaint follows an investigation by the department’s Wage and Hour Division that found a 13-year-old worked between 50 and 60 hours a week operating machines on an assembly line that formed sheet metal into auto body parts. 

The filing also seeks an order requiring the companies to relinquish any profits related to the use of child labor.

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The Netherlands intends allow the Ukrainian air force to use its 24 F-16 fighter jets to carry out strikes in Russia, shortly after President Biden gave Ukraine the green light to hit some of Putin's targets with US weapons. 

This was confirmed by Dutch Defense Minister Kajsa Ollongren who, in an interview with Politico this weekend, said there was not a 'Belgian-style restriction', referring to Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo's warning that Kyiv will not fly the F-16 jets that come from Belgium into Russian airspace. 

Also, Dutch Foreign Minister Hanke Bruins Slot said this decision does not require permission from the US, even though it produces F-16s. 

The use of the planes is also not limited to the border region near Kharkiv, as is the case for US weapons.  

Ollengren was among the senior officials who met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky during the Shangri-la Dialogue in Singapore, an independent think tank, which is attended by defense ministers, permanent heads of ministries and military chiefs. 

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Mexico's newly elected and first female president Claudia Sheinbaum faced a market meltdown hours after being elected as stocks and the value of the peso dropped.

Stocks fell nearly 6 percent and the peso lost as much as 4 percent in the hours after Sheinbaum won a landslide victory in Sunday's presidential election.

The scale of the gains for the Morena party and its allies took markets by surprise, with some fearing the results would pave the way for the ruling coalition to pass constitutional reforms without opposition support. 

The Mexican peso earlier hit a fresh seven-week low of 17.7207 to the dollar, more than a 4.1 percent drop, LSEG data showed. By 1:30 p.m. EDT, the peso was trading at 17.64 to the dollar, down 3.7 percent.

'The question is whether the Morena party has done so well that it could command a super-majority and try to pursue market non-friendly policies of constitutional reform,' said Chris Turner, global head of markets at ING.

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A Georgia appeals court has set an October date for hearing the sensational appeal of a ruling that let Fulton County DA stay on the Donald Trump case, essentially guaranteeing Trump won't be tried there before the election.

The news, which comes days after a Manhattan jury convicted Trump on 34 counts in his Stormy Daniels trial, is just the latest break for Trump in his three other trials.

Three judges who will decide the matter have set a tentative date of Oct. 4 for Oral arguments.

Even if they decide to reaffirm Judge Scott McAfee's decision to allow Willis to continue to prosecute the case, it might not come until several months after the election.

Based on a state constitutional time limit, they would need to rule before mid-March 2025, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported, or about four months after the election. 

The hearing comes after Trump and co-defendants sued following McAfee's decision, which allowed Willis to stay on the case she oversaw despite having an acknowledged affair with former special prosecutor Nathan Wade.

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Tasneem Elholy The Electronic Intifada 

Tents and other temporary structures are cramped close together

Overcrowded and unsanitory conditions for the 1.7 million people in Gaza who have been forcibly displaced have led to a spike in infectious diseases. Here a shelter in Nuseirat on 14 May. 

Omar Ashtawy APA images

Death by bombing is not the only thing that destroys the lives of Palestinians in Gaza.

The spread of infectious diseases, high temperatures, water and air pollution, as well as hunger, and displacement, with 1.7 million people forced into overcrowded, unsanitary shelters, have also taken a severe toll.

All of these conditions hit the young, old and those suffering other health conditions disproportionately.

In early January, Ahmed al-Weidy, a lively 17-year-old, contracted hepatitis and “suffered from general weakness, loss of appetite, yellow eye color, and diarrhea,” his mother, Samia, said.

“Since birth, he had suffered from an inability to absorb enough oxygen and couldn’t move his neck well. His fingers were cramped, and he couldn’t move them as well. He underwent more than one physical therapy session, but to no avail, and his condition did not improve.”

Adding to Ahmed’s physical problems came those tied to trying to avoid Israeli bombardments, being surrounded by devastation and destruction and having trouble sleeping at night.

Last October, Ahmed and his family, like hundreds of thousands of others, were displaced from Gaza City and forced to move to a shelter in a United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Refugees, UNRWA, center in the city of Deir al-Balah in the central Gaza Strip.

Overcrowded, suffering from the total absence of any functioning municipal services, and devoid of the most basic necessities of life, polluted water and waste accumulate near such shelters in which hundreds share toilets.

Infectious and skin diseases spread rampantly in such conditions.

Hospital treatment

Ruba Hijeh, a doctor the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Hospital, said the destruction of vital infrastructure and the impossibility of providing municipal services have played a key role in the spread of diseases.

“Solid waste is collected in random dumps next to the tents of displaced people, and this waste and wastewater accumulation cause the spread of harmful insects that transmit diseases.”

The doctor said the young are particularly vulnerable and that there had been a large number of children arriving at the hospital with hepatitis A, gastroenteritis, and diarrhea.

The UN has reported that children under 5 make up a disproportionate number of those affected by the spread of infectious diseases, affecting anywhere between a quarter and one-third of reported cases.

Claire's Observations:  "Hey, it saves us bombs and bullets when Palestinian kids die of opportunistic infections!!!" -0fficial Israeli Souse

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Damian Williams, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York (SDNY) on Monday announced the unsealing of an indictment charging Weidong Guan, a/k/a “Bill Guan,” the Chief Financial Officer of conservative media company The Epoch Times with participating in a $67 million transnational money laundering scheme.

Bill Guan, 61, of Secaucus, New Jersey, is facing up to 80 years in prison.

He was charged with one count of conspiring to commit money laundering, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, and two counts of bank fraud, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.

Bill Guan was arrested on Sunday morning and appeared before a magistrate judge on Monday afternoon.

“As alleged, Bill Guan, the Chief Financial Officer of a global newspaper and media company, conspired with others to benefit himself, the media company, and its affiliates by laundering tens of millions of dollars in fraudulently obtained unemployment insurance benefits and other crime proceeds. When banks raised questions about the funds, Guan allegedly lied repeatedly and falsely claimed that the funds came from legitimate donations to the media company.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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