"A strong body makes the mind strong. As to the species of exercises, I advise the gun. While this gives moderate exercise to the body, it gives boldness, enterprise and independence to the mind. Games played with the ball, and others of that nature, are too violent for the body and stamp no character on the mind. Let your gun therefore be your constant companion of your walks." -- Thomas Jefferson

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The Trouble With World Government

Authored by Jeffrey Tucker via The Epoch Times,

Well, at least that’s one setback for world government.

A court in Australia has told the government’s own eSafety Commission that Elon Musk is correct: One country cannot impose censorship on the world. The company X, formerly known as Twitter, must obey national law but not global law.

Mr. Musk seems to have won a very similar fight in Brazil, where a judge demanded not just a national but global takedown. X refused and won. For now.

This really does raise a serious issue: How big of a threat are these global government institutions?

Dreamy, dopey, and often scary intellectuals have dreamed of global government for centuries. If you are rich enough and smart enough, the idea seems to be the perennial temptation. The list of advocates includes people who otherwise have made notable contributions: Albert Einstein, Isaac Asimov, Walter Cronkite, Buckminster Fuller, and many others.

Often the dream comes alive following huge upheavals such as war and depression. Or a pandemic period such as the one we’ve just gone through. The use of “disinformation” as a cross-border test case of global government power is designed to deploy a new strategy of governance in general, one that disregards national control in favor of global control.

That has always been the dream. In history, for example, following the Great War, we saw the creation of the League of Nations, which was a forerunner to the United Nations, at the urging of President Woodrow Wilson. Both were seen by the intellectual class as necessary building blocks for what they really wanted, which was a binding world state.

This is not a conspiracy theory. It’s what they said and what they wanted.

In 1919, H.G. Wells, inspired by the League, became so excited about the idea that he wrote a sweeping reinterpretation of world history that extended from the ninth century B.C. until that present moment. It was called “The Outline of History.”

The goal of the book was to turn on its head the popular Whig theory from the previous century, which saw history as the story of ever more freedom for individuals and away from powerful states. Wells told a story of tribes turning to nations and then to regions, with ever less power to the people and ever more to dictators and planners. His purpose was to chronicle and defend exactly this.

It was a huge bestseller at a time when the appetite for books was voracious because they were becoming affordable and there was a burning passion in the population for universal education. The thesis of his book, however valuable in some historical respects, was genuinely bizarre. He imagined a future world state ruled by a tiny elite of the smartest people who would plan all economies, information flows, migration patterns, and governance systems while crushing national ambitions, free enterprise, traditions, and constitutions.

It was crazy stuff and didn’t really happen. But the efforts never stopped among a certain class of intellectuals. Following World War II, we saw similar efforts, the U.N. being only one. In the agreement hammered out at Bretton Woods in 1944, we had forged the World Bank and International Monetary Fund (IMF), which were seen as the basis of a global planning apparatus, together with a new world monetary system.

None of this worked out either. The IMF and World Bank ended up being well-funded sinecures for elite academics but not really the financial basis of a world state. The U.N. turned into a disappointment for many. The efforts at global management of trade finally came to fruition with the World Trade Organization, but that machinery has proven mostly toothless and unable to stop the sweeping turning back on free trade that has taken place over the past five years. Today, no nation really fears that entity.

The drive to unite Europe was advertised as a liberal move to inspire cooperation on trade and travel and to make economic cooperation possible. But that was just the pitch. The reality of the European Union was the creation of a mean bureaucracy in Brussels that would override the sovereignty of nations and force deference to a new central state in Europe that actually had no historical precedent. It was an experiment in region-wide government planning.

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At the start of the year, after Hertz announced it was selling off its fleet of Teslas — backtracking on a plan to buy up 100,000 of the electric vehicles — the news sounded good for Bijay Pandey, a 34-year-old self-employed data worker in Irving, Texas. “I have another vehicle, and I was trying to add one for my wife because gas prices were too high,” he said. When he found out that it came with a $4,000 tax credit — even better. “That’s what attracted me,” he added. So, the day after Valentine’s Day, he bought a red 2022 Long Range Model 3 with 70,000 miles on it. It ended up costing just about $25,000, not a bad deal for a car that can sell for about $47,000 new.

But almost immediately, there were problems. After getting a temporary title, he found the car wasn’t reading voltage correctly. Soon, a body shop found a quarter-size hole in the undercarriage he hadn’t seen before, which led to revelations of deeper issues inside. “The high-voltage battery pack is damaged and could cause extreme safety concerns,” a Tesla technician texted him. Because the hole was “exterior damage,” it wasn’t covered by the warranty, which meant a $13,078.58 repair bill. Hertz said that it would swap the car for Pandey, but for about two months he waited — making $500 payments on his auto loan — before getting a replacement. “I realized why they were trying to get rid of those Teslas,” he said. “If anything happens to a Tesla, then the bill is too high.”

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White House deputies are quietly gutting a little-known regulation that protects American graduates from the fly-in migrants who use temporary visas to take and keep U.S. jobs, say advocates for U.S. employees.

“It’s going to wreak havoc on American professionals,” said Kevin Lynn, founder of U.S. Tech Workers.

The suggested changes to the “Schedule A” regulation will not increase the annual number of legal migrants, he told Breitbart News. But they will help companies employ foreign graduates long after their temporary visas have expired, ensuring the displacement of more American graduates, Lynn said.

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The “floating pier” built by the U.S. Navy off the coast of Gaza was completed on Thursday, and connected to the shore by Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops.

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 Taxpayers forked out almost £70million in the last financial year and the probe is not expected to report its findings until the end of 2026, so the final cost is likely be around £200million. 

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The speaker of Russia's lower house of parliament today warned that Ukraine was 'dragging the United States and Europe' into a major global war, urging Western leaders to act responsibly to avoid a catastrophe.

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The European Commission has warned that the Netherlands 'cannot opt out of EU legislation' and bring in its 'strictest-ever' asylum policy, despite the new government pledging to do so.

The newly agreed Dutch coalition government wants a new immigration policy that  will see people removed from the European country 'by force' - setting up a clash with leaders in Brussels even before it has taken office.

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The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have just suffered their biggest 'friendly fire' disaster to date during military operations in northern Gaza. In a Wednesday incident, a pair of Israeli tanks targeted a building which was serving as a forward operating HQ for their own troops.

Five Israeli soldiers were confirmed killed in the incident which happened in Jabalia. An additional seven troops were wounded, with three listed in serious condition. 

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Another week, another mid-air mishap for a Boeing plane. This time, a 747-400 carrying 468 passengers from Indonesia to Saudi Arabia had to make an emergency landing immediately after takeoff when one of the plane's four engines erupted in a fireball.

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Powerful storms tore through eastern Texas on Thursday evening, decimating transmission towers and plunging over a million residents into darkness. 

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For much of the past decade, gold bugs religiously tracked the physical gold inventory located in the various gold vaults that make up the Comex system, eagerly awaiting the day when there would be more deliverables (via paper shorting of gold) than physical in storage, sparking a historic, Volkswagen-like short squeeze. Well, the day of a historic Comex short squeeze finally arrived... only it wasn't in gold but in the far less precious metal that is copper.

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The Human Medicines Regulations state that celebrity endorsement of drugs is not allowed. So why are TV doctors in the pay of AstraZeneca promoting vaccines in the media, ask Tom Jefferson and Carl Heneghan.

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A series of FOIs proves that the NHS really was just making it up as it went along on face masks. Not a single scientific assessment of risk and benefit could be produced.

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The WHO is pressing ahead with its amendments to the International Health Regulations despite missing the deadline for finalising them by several months, in brazen contempt of the rule of law.

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Comedy environmentalist Jim Dale and Dale Vince have both suggested that climate 'denial' should be a criminal offence. Is this desperation because it's becoming so obvious the evidence is against them?

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Renewables are not cheap and are never going to be, says David Turver. With over £12 billion being paid in subsidies to or because of renewables each year, the claim that renewable will save us money is a myth.

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Last week, the Aligned Council of Australia held an international press conference to discuss the World Health Organisation’s proposed pandemic instruments that are due to be voted on at the 77th World Health Assembly being held at the end of this month.

Briefing the press and the public were four panellists: Dr. David Bell, Professor Ramesh Thakur, Professor Augusto Zimmerman and Professor Ian Brighthope.

Prof. Thakur has two major concerns about WHO’s pandemic plans: they are a major power grab and national sovereignty is at risk.

Dr. Bell said WHO’s two proposed pandemic documents are clearly unready and unfit for purpose.  The rational approach would be for countries to not adopt either and push for a deferment.

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On Monday, a press conference was held to launch a Japanese national movement against WHO’s pandemic plans.  Organisers also announced a protest against WHO’s plans to take place on 31 May, the second last day of the World Health Assembly meeting to adopt the amendments to the International Health Regulations (2005) and the Pandemic Treaty.

“For Japan, for the world, please lend us your support,” Chikatsu Hayashi said.

As Japan mobilises for what promises to be a historic gathering, the message is clear – this is not just Japan’s fight.

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The Ukrainian government is warning its population that full mobilization is a possibility as their war efforts continue to fall short.

A spokesman for the Ukrainian defense ministry, Dmitry Lazutkin, said that all of Ukrainian society must prepare to make sacrifices and give up peaceful life as they scramble to deal with a slew of setbacks in their conflict with Russia. 

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New research is shaking up the medical establishment with data showing that an astounding 90 percent of the United States population now suffers from a heart condition that in many ways looks like spike protein organ damage from Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) "vaccines."

Last October, the American Heart Association (AHA) published a report about the changing nature of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which overlaps with kidney disease, Type 2 diabetes and obesity. For the first time, the AHA has defined the overlap of these conditions as cardiovascular-kidney-metabolic (CKM) syndrome.

One in three adults living in the United States has at least three, and oftentimes more, risk factors that contribute to CKM. Every major organ in the body is affected by it, including the heart, brain, kidney and liver, with the worst damage occurring in blood vessels, heart muscle and the cardiovascular system.

Whatever contributes to CKM syndrome, whether it be spike proteins or other toxic exposures, speeds up the rate of fatty buildup in arteries, which can lead to clots.

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Researchers have discovered a new security vulnerability stemming from a design flaw in the IEEE 802.11 Wi-Fi standard that tricks victims into connecting to a less secure wireless network and eavesdrop on their network traffic.

The SSID Confusion attack, tracked as CVE-2023-52424, impacts all operating systems and Wi-Fi clients, including home and mesh networks that are based on WEP, WPA3, 802.11X/EAP, and AMPE protocols.

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The North Korean hacker group Kimsuki has been using a new Linux malware called Gomir that is a version of the GoBear backdoor delivered via trojanized software installers.

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​Microsoft has acknowledged a new known issue causing this month's KB5037765 security update for Windows Server 2019 to fail to install with 0x800f0982 errors.

"Windows servers attempting to install the May 2024 security update (KB5037765), released May 14, 2024, might face issues during the installation process," Microsoft explains on the Windows health dashboard.

"The installation might fail with an error code 0x800f0982. This issue is more likely to affect devices that do not have en_us language pack support."

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