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Russia's diplomacy with the West is in crisis management mode and is focused on trying to ensure that tensions do not spill over into a large-scale conflict, a top diplomat said this morning. 

Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov warned in an interview with the TASS news agency that security guarantees which Russia had sought and discussed with the West in 2021 were no longer relevant and that Moscow had no trust in the NATO military alliance.

'(NATO) continues the manic advance of the alliance towards new frontiers... they are literally ready to balance on the brink of a direct armed conflict with us,' he said.

'We warn that they are playing with fire. (The US) have long been in a state of proxy war with the Russian Federation. 

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Fast-moving thunderstorms pummeled Texas and Louisiana late Thursday and early Friday, killing several people, flooding roads and leaving nearly 1 million homes and businesses without power, according to poweroutage.us.

At least seven people died as destructive winds and torrential rain blasted through Houston, ABC local affiliate KTRK reported, adding that officials are still determining the numbers. Fallen trees appear to have caused two of the deaths, and a toppled crane caused another, Houston Fire Department Chief Samuel Peña said in a press conference Thursday night.

“We are going to have to talk about this disaster in weeks, not days,” Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo said during a press conference on Friday morning, warning that some areas could be without power for weeks.

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White Sands National Park has some of the most archaeologically rich sand in North America, and it is within this New Mexico landscape that the oldest footprints ever found on the continent were discovered. Recent research now dates those footprints to roughly 23,000 years old—about 10,000 years before it was previously believed humans existed in North America.

“The site in New Mexico has rewritten history books as we’ve discovered wonderful examples of human activity, the way that humans interacted with one another, with the landscape, and with the animal life there,” Sally Reynolds, principal academic in paleoecology at Bournemouth University, said in a statement. “These footprints provide a valuable window into the lives our ancestors lived and how much they were like us.”

Previously believed to be about 13,000 years old, a study in 2021 by U.S. Geological Survey researchers instead dated the footprints to about 23,000 years ago using radiocarbon dating methods. The team wanted to confirm those findings, though, and published another study in the journal Science in late 2023 that confirmed the newly “calibrated” aging of the footprints with the dating of fossilized pine pollen.

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A secret report has emerged from the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that exposes the shocking impact of Covid mRNA injections on American children and young adults.

The bombshell report shows that a staggering half a million American children and young adults have been killed by Covid shots.

The CDC report has revealed that almost 500,000 Americans aged between 0 and 44 years old died from the dangerous side effects of the Covid mRNA injections.

The recorded deaths occurred between the start of the public rollout of the shots in early 2021 and October 9, 2022.

However, due to the timeline of the data, the already shocking figures do not include deaths recorded over the past year and a half.

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A coalition of House Republicans, led by Rep. Thomas Massie of Kentucky, has introduced a bold measure aimed at dismantling the Federal Reserve System, signaling a renewed push to overhaul the nation’s monetary policy.

The legislation, dubbed the “Federal Reserve Board Abolition Act,” proposes the elimination of both the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and all Federal reserve banks, while also repealing the Federal Reserve Act.

Massie, in a press release, attributed the move to what he sees as the Federal Reserve’s role in exacerbating inflation and economic instability. He criticized the central bank’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, accusing it of flooding the economy with excess liquidity, thereby devaluing the dollar and fueling inflation.

“Americans are suffering under crippling inflation, and the Federal Reserve is to blame,” Massie asserted. “If we really want to reduce inflation, the most effective policy is to end the Federal Reserve.”

Webmaster addition: People who threaten the Federal Reserve have a sad habit of dying under suspicious circumstances.

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Keeping up with credit card debt is getting more difficult.

Americans now owe $1.12 trillion on their credit cards, the Federal Reserve Bank of New York reported Tuesday.

The average balance per consumer stands at $6,218, up 8.5% year over year, according to a separate quarterly credit industry insights report from TransUnion.

“Consumers continue to use credit, and in particular credit cards, as they navigate the world we face right now,” said Charlie Wise, TransUnion’s senior vice president of global research and consulting. 

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The New York Federal Reserve believes that several regional banks throughout the country are at risk of failure due to their overexposure to commercial loans. The Fed cited an analysis by the Klaros Group, which studied 4,000 American banks and found 282 could go under if their commercial loan portfolios were to fail. The good news for American consumers is that most of those banks are smaller and hold less than $10 billion in assets.

Although, it's never good news to hear that nearly 300 American banks are in danger of going out of business, the larger take-away is that the commercial loan crisis may not spell the kind of major risk to America's economy that existed in 2008. The current commercial loan crisis is being driven by several factors. However, the main culprit is historically high vacancy rates in America's office space.

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Interest payments on the nation’s ballooning debt just eclipsed spending on defense and Medicare, worrying policy experts who have warned this threatens to undermine U.S. economic stability.

In the first seven months of fiscal year 2024, which began in October, spending on net interest surged to $514 billion, surpassing spending on both national defense ($498 billion) and Medicare ($465 billion). In fact, interest costs have topped spending on veterans, education and transportation combined.

"Rising debt will continue to put upward pressure on interest rates," the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), a nonpartisan group that advocates for lowering the national deficit, said in a statement. "Without reforms to reduce the debt and interest, interest costs will keep rising, crowd out spending on other priorities and burden future generations."

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Poland is investing about $2.5 billion to step up security and deterrence on its border with Russia and its ally Belarus, the prime minister said Saturday.

Donald Tusk said work on the Shield-East project which includes building proper military fortifications has already begun. Poland is on the eastern flank of NATO and of the European Union and Tusk stressed it bears additional responsibility for Europe’s security.

“We have taken the decision to invest into our safety and first of all, into a safe eastern border, some 10 billion zlotys ($2.5 billion),” Tusk said.

“We are opening a great project of the construction of a safe border, including a system of fortifications and of the shaping of terrain, (of) environmental decisions that will make this border impenetrable by a potential enemy,” Tusk said.

“We have begun these works, to make Poland’s border a safe one in times of peace, and impenetrable for an enemy in times of war,” he added.

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