"The executive power in our government is not the only, perhaps not even the principal, object of my solicitude. The tyranny of the legislature is really the danger most to be feared, and will continue to be so for many years to come. The tyranny of the executive power will come in its turn, but at a more distant period." -- Thomas Jefferson, Democracy in America

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The current economy is putting many businesses on the brink, and Costco is no exception. Execs seem deeply worried about the company's performance in recent months because sales have been weakening all across the board. Even though buying in bulk can save consumers’ money down the line, for many, shopping in big quantities isn't making financial sense anymore. Faced with higher bills in other categories, such as energy and housing, Americans are foregoing large purchases and preferring to take advantage of sales at traditional retail stores to manage their escalating monthly expenses. Rivals like Walmart, Amazon, Target, and Aldi are all offering discounts on thousands of products to improve their sales this summer. On the other hand, Costco never offers promotions to its customers, and people must pay membership fees to shop at its stores.
Tags: ECONOMY
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Nvda market cap of $3.2T 2008 crash led to losses of $2T.
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The clock is ticking on America’s most crucial safety nets. New projections reveal that the Social Security trust fund is now expected to become insolvent by 2035, just a year later than previously estimated. This brief reprieve hardly offers comfort when the stakes are so high. After 2035, retirees will face a stark reality: receiving only 83% of their full benefits unless Congress intervenes to address the shortfall.
Tags: ECONOMY
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Remember that time Joe Brandon said that you would need nuclear weapons to win a fight against the US government? It’s not a statement that was true at the time, and it has not aged well. The US government offered an unconditional surrender to the Taliban, men in flip-flops with AK-47s riding around in Toyota Hiluxes. Now, they’re in a basically unwinnable war with another group of men in flip-flops. You could just carpet bomb Yemen, widely, and that would not stop men in tunnels from releasing drones against you. This is a new era.
Tags: MIDDLE EAST
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The study found 5,137 cases reported in the three years the Covid mRNA injections have been available. However, in the entire 34 years of data, there have only been 52 reports of cerebral thromboembolism associated with influenza vaccines. According to this data, there is an 1120 times increase in cerebral thromboembolism for Covid injections compared to flu shots per time. This makes for a whopping 111,795% increase.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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If you thought mRNA was the first vaccine to cause cancer in humans, think again. Take a close look at what Dr. Salk really did when he developed his so-called "vaccine." Instead of using human tissues to grow the polio virus, he used rhesus macaque monkey kidneys. Then Salk used formaldehyde to deaden or "deactivate" it. After field trials where half-a-dozen kids were left with paralyzed arms from the vaccine, he declared it "safe and effective." Sound familiar?
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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U.S. and Israeli officials reportedly met on Thursday to discuss a new intelligence discovery involving the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear capabilities that one expert warns could “upend” the U.S.’ assessment about what Iran is up to.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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U.S. and Israeli officials reportedly met on Thursday to discuss a new intelligence discovery involving the Islamic Republic of Iran’s nuclear capabilities that one expert warns could “upend” the U.S.’ assessment about what Iran is up to.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Blockade begins July 20 on national security grounds as antivirus slinger vows to fight back
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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Meta has identified another reason AI might produce rubbish output: Hardware faults that corrupt data. As noted in a paper emitted last week and a June 19 write-up, hardware faults can corrupt data. No prizes for Meta there – phenomena such as "bit flips" that see data values changed from zero to one are well known and have even been attributed to cosmic rays hitting memory or hard disks. Meta labels such "undetected" hardware faults – we'll assume they mean errors that aren't caught and dealt with on the fly – as "silent data corruptions" (SDCs). Its researchers suggest that when these kinds of faults occur in AI systems, they create "parameter corruption, where AI model parameters are corrupted and their original values are altered." That could result in inaccurate, weird, or just generally bad output.
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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The State Department said on Tuesday that it has green-lit a $360 million arms sale to Taipei, including hundreds of armed drones, missile equipment, and other support material. China views Taiwan as part of its territory, and while it prefers to reclaim the de facto independent island peacefully, it has not ruled out using force if its “red lines” are crossed.

The latest sale comprises 291 Altius-600M systems, which are drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), armed with warheads. The State Department release notes 720 Switchblade drones, described as “extended-range loitering munitions,” are also included with the package.

The statement went on to claim that the sale “serves U.S. national, economic, and security interests by supporting the recipient’s continuing efforts to modernize its armed forces and to maintain a credible defensive capability.” Taiwanese President Lai Ching-te thanked Washington for the new hardware, insisting they will increase regional stability. “In the future, we will continue to strengthen Taiwan’s national defense strength, whether through … military purchases or our own efforts,” he said.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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House Republicans this week demanded documents from YouTube as part of an investigation into who pressured it to change its policies to prohibit certain videos involving guns.
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Whoopi Goldberg lashed out on Thursday at Louisiana’s new law mandating that all public school classrooms — from kindergarten to state-funded universities — display the Ten Commandments.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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A recently patched high-severity flaw impacting SolarWinds Serv-U file transfer software is being actively exploited by malicious actors in the wild.
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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The UK government implemented various lockdowns and restrictions in response to the covid “pandemic.” To visualise these responses, the Institute for Government – which “helps those working in government to improve it, and those outside government to understand and engage with it” – published an infographic in December 2022. “I was hoping to see their follow-up, showing what a splendid job they had done in terms of actual mortality reduction,” Joel Smalley writes. However, it appears this is not the case. So, Smalley did his own.
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The two chairmen leading Joe Biden's impeachment inquiry are zeroing in on a simple question that could transform their case: With so many red flags surrounding Hunter Biden, did U.S intelligence or the FBI give then-Vice President Joe Biden or his boss, President Barack Obama, briefings about the risks of the Biden family business?

House Oversight Committee Chairman James Comer told Just the News this week he believes he may soon prove that happened.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Doctors for Patients UK submitted testimonies to the People’s Vaccine Inquiry from several doctors. One of them was Dr. Scott Mitchell, an emergency department doctor until he resigned in September 2021. All doctors take an oath, he said. “First, do no harm.” When he raised his concerns about giving children covid “vaccines,” instead of his concerns being addressed he was put under investigation. “To this day, I’ve not had any response to the concerns I raised. It seemed more a strategy to silence me,” he said. The excess deaths have proved his concerns to be valid. Guernsey experienced the highest excess deaths for two consecutive years in 2022 and 2023.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Earlier this month, former FAA test pilot Brett Vance host of Jet Jockeys and retired chiropractor and airline captain Kevin Stillwagon discussed diversity, equity, and inclusion (“DEI”) in commercial aviation. “I’m convinced that … in the aviation industry there’s a good chance that if you follow DEI principles exclusively, we could cause some fatalities,” Vance said. Dr. Stillwagon agreed. “We’re already seeing some signs of this,” he said
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Sales of electric vehicles plunged 12.5% across Europe last month, fuelled by a sharp drop-off of 30% in Germany and 12.5% in the Netherlands.
Tags: EUROPE
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The BBC has been pushing a story about a summer heatwave in the U.S. – blamed on climate change, of course – but the spectacular 'Junaury' winter storm in Montana got barely a mention.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE
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The future of Britain’s oil and gas industry has been thrown into doubt after a landmark decision by the Supreme Court that found emissions from burning fossil fuels must be considered when approving new drilling sites.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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The future of Britain’s oil and gas industry has been thrown into doubt after a landmark decision by the Supreme Court that found emissions from burning fossil fuels must be considered when approving new drilling sites.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, DICTATORSHIP, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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