"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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In an alarming trend between 2020 and 2022, California witnessed a dramatic population decline, with a staggering 700,000 residents fleeing the state. This mass exodus, primarily to Texas, marks the largest state-to-state migration in U.S. history, as reported by U.S. Census data.
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Hamas is willing to commit to the 'full and complete ceasefire' touted by Biden - but Washington continues to throw its full support behind an intransigent Tel Aviv
 
 
 
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media in Dubai, on 1 December, 2023 (Saul Loeb/AFP)
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken speaks to the media in Dubai, on 1 December, 2023 (Saul Loeb/AFP)

It takes a lot to get the diplomats of the Middle East to agree on anything. The behaviour of one man over the last eight months of the war in Gaza has, however, forged a consensus rare among such a group: Antony Blinken cannot be trusted. 

The US secretary of state’s powers of turning reality on its head have raised the eyebrows of even practised cynics. It is a complaint that resounds from Doha to Amman, Cairo, Tel Aviv and Ankara. 

Blinken is currently engaged in what one of his predecessors, James Baker, called “dead cat diplomacy”. Baker’s pupil, Aaron David Miller, wrote on X (formerly Twitter): “The objective is not to reach a deal but to ensure if it fails, the dead cat is on other’s doorstep.”

The dead, or dying, cat of the moment is a ceasefire deal in Gaza that holds. 

Indisputably, Hamas is closer to accepting this deal than Israel is. The evidence for this is mounting. Hamas signed a ceasefire deal presented by Egypt and Qatar, under the gaze of CIA Director Bill Burns, which would have ensured a permanent halt to the war.

Claire's Observations:  Blinken is just another one of Israel's" bargaining chips" on the issue of a non-workable, non-viable cease-fire, which will, of course, be blamed on the Palestinians and Hamas.

Unfortunately for Israel however, it has been thoroughly incapable of "controlling the narrative", and too much has been seen by the West, which cannot be unseen, and those are images of Gazan genocide and carnage, courtesy  of some very ballsy reporters and camera operators, are, and will be, witness to one of the most horrific, senseless slaughters in the history of the 21st century.

Blinken can "shuck and jive" for the cameras all he wants, but the indisputable fact is that the government of Israel has perpetrated a genocide on the Palestinian people, and is about to do the same in Lebanon, to assure their control of the Litani River.

I don't know what the Vegas odds are on this, but were I a betting person, I would bet that we will see US troops on the ground in Israel  and Ukraine well before Christmas this year.

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Former President Donald Trump's trade war with China did not work out as planned, and one of his former advisors is finally admitting as much.

This week, Semafor's Morgan Chalfant wrote about the potential trade policies of a second Trump administration. Toward the end of his first term, Trump reached a $200 billion deal with China. For his possible second term, though, Trump has suggested a 10 percent tariff across the board on all imports, with additional tariffs as high as 60 percent on goods from China, the country's third-largest trading partner.

"I don't think we're going to see a deal like we saw in the first term," Robert O'Brien, Trump's fourth and final national security advisor, told Chalfant. "I think people were generally happy with [the previous deal], but as it turned out, the Chinese didn't honor it."

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Massachusetts faces the risk of losing nearly $1 billion in annual tax revenue by 2030 due to high taxes and housing costs driving wealthy residents to relocate. The pandemic accelerated migration out of Massachusetts to other U.S. states, facilitated by the rise of remote work, making it feasible for people to live farther from their offices.
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The United States Constitution vests all legislative powers in Congress. Yet, over the past century, we've witnessed a disturbing trend of legislators increasingly delegating much of the authority to set the laws that govern the land to the executive branch, which includes unelected officials at administrative agencies. This undermines democratic accountability, contributes to government bloat and abuse of powers, and disrupts the balance of power crafted so carefully by the Framers.

Reasserting congressional authority is essential for maintaining a balanced government and ensuring that policies reflect voters' wishes. It's also the best hope for promoting economic freedom and growth. Unfortunately, getting Congress to stop evading its authority is an uphill battle. After all, we're talking about an institution that systematically fails to do another of its primary jobs by passing legitimate budgets on a timely basis.

Nevertheless, there is some light at the end of the tunnel, as the Supreme Court might soon stop being so deferential to executive branch agencies in interpreting the laws set by Congress.

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The backlash against diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) initiatives has indeed spread to more states. In at least 22 states, measures related to DEI at state university systems have been either banned or rolled back. For instance, in Utah, Republican state Rep. Katy Hall successfully sponsored a new law that prohibits the use of DEI statements in applications for medical, dental schools, and other graduate programs
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Remember when the federal government accused social media companies of spreading misinformation about COVID-19? Well, according to a recent bombshell report from Reuters, top U.S. policy makers should have pointed their fingers at a giant mirror.

That's because the U.S. military, under both former President Donald Trump and President Joe Biden, deliberately spread misinformation on social media about the COVID-19 vaccines, in hopes of encouraging Filipinos to distrust the Chinese government. The disinformation campaign—which involved hundreds of fake accounts on X—promoted the idea that Sinovac, the COVID-19 vaccine created in China, was dangerous.

Webmaster addition: So, X is indeed being targeted by organized government propaganda!

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U.S. interest payments on its debt are now set to exceed defense spending. This year, federal spending on interest payments is forecast to reach $870 billion, surpassing the $822 billion allocated for defense in 2024.
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Fox News contributor Joe Concha joined 'Fox & Friends First' to discuss President Biden's most recent 'awkward' moment at the White House and how his administration and the media continue to question the authenticity of the viral clips.

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by Tyler Durden
 

Iran-backed Houthi rebels have been intensifying missile and drone attacks, targeting commercial vessels in the southern Red Sea, critical Bab el-Mandeb chokepoint, and the Gulf of Aden. The rebels have even threatened to extend their reach to the Mediterranean Sea. The recent sinking of the Tutor dry-bulk carrier by a kamikaze drone boat marks a significant escalation. The ongoing turmoil has sent containerized freight costs soaring, along with insurance costs back on the rise.

Bloomberg spoke with two individuals familiar with the maritime insurance market. They said the price of covering a commercial vessel for transit has jumped from .3% to .4% of the ship's total value to .6%. In other words, a vessel worth $50 million must pay upwards of $300k of insurance for one sail.

"The rate is nevertheless slightly below a peak reached earlier this year when attacks ramped up," Bloomberg said. But if Houthi attacks persist through summer, the rate will likely increase further.

Claire's Observations:  The Iranian leadership sponsoring these attacks may be many things;  stupid is not one of them.

They have had their computers crunch the numbers, and know the absolute, devastating cost of these attacks on shipping, driving up the cost of doing business in this region into the stratosphere.  The Houthis are using very low cost, easily replaceable weapons against very sophisticated military and cargo vessels, unable to withstand these attacks without some, or significant, damage.

The Houthis have been very clear in their statement of objectives; the cessation of genocide against the Palestinian people, and the establishment of a viable truce in Gaza.  A Google search gives us the following information: https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-e&sca_esv=09901222a5757784&sca_upv=1&sxsrf=ADLYWIKv8fajowGokc3Iatn-Y8GWROqniw:1718965943912&q=Why+are+the+Houthis+attacking+ships%3F&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjf5N6Tv-yGAxUW38kDHfhXBawQzmd6BAgQEAY&biw=1147&bih=524&dpr=1.5

Of course, the US media-spinners and By-di-Bydenistas, in a most "Wag the Dog" manner, seem consistent in their wanting to obliterate this reality.  IF Israel would declare a truce, followed by a cessation of genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza and beyond, the Houthis would stop these attacks.  But to date, Israel's leadership refuses, therefore the Houthi attacks will continue.

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Multiple polls released this week show former President Donald Trump within single digits of President Joe Biden in the heavily Democratic state of New York.

Trump’s unexpectedly strong showing in the Empire State may be attributed to him polling at nearly five times the percentage of the black vote he received in the 2020 election.

The New York Post reported Thursday that “[i]f the election were held today, Biden would receive 47% of the vote [in New York] to 39% for Trump,” according to a recent Siena College poll.

“The poll’s margin of error — 4.1% — means the race could be even closer,” the Post added.

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One week before the first 2024 presidential debate, CNN confirmed that President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump will face off head-to-head.

Independent candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. has not met the criteria to qualify for the June 27 debate in Atlanta, Georgia. 

CNN also noted that due to the results of a coin flip which Biden won, Trump will have the debate’s “last word.”

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Singapore, Switzerland and Denmark have been named the world’s most competitive economies in the 2024 World Competitiveness Ranking published by the International Institute for Management Development (IMD) on Tuesday. While Denmark dropped two spots after topping the list in 2022 and 2023, Singapore leapt from 4th place to number 1 thanks to very high scores in government and business efficiency.

 

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Behind the scenes, these same companies might be exploiting labor, underpaying workers, or betraying their own “values.” By pandering to woke culture, they hope to gain customer loyalty—while alienating millions. It seems a vitamin company didn’t get the memo when it announced this hilarious new idea.

From Daily Wire:
Ritual, a multivitamin company, jumped head-first into the gender madness this Pride Month. Now, the tolerant people who insist that you call them “them” can rest easy knowing that their vitamins will also call them “them.” …

“These are our Essential for You/Them stickers; made for folks who may not identify with the gendered label on our multivitamins. As someone who talks to you in the comments and DMs, our team wants to help you to celebrate and honor who you are with every order.”

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Interesting post from AOC about Jewish influence over Congress. Specifically the influence of Israeli lobbying group AIPAC.

An unspoken secret in Congress is that much of the reflexive, blind, unconditional vote support for nearly any Israeli gov action isn’t from actual agreement.

It’s from fear.

Reps are terrified of this ⬇️. Of AIPAC. So they don’t vote their conscience. They vote their fear. https://t.co/0MmZnUtBTH

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) June 19, 2024

 

AOC might be an ugly horse cunt but what she says here is obviously 100 percent true.

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The Russian Army inflicted heavy losses on the Ukrainian armed forces in the last 24 hours. According to the Russian Defence Ministry, nearly 2,000 of Kyiv's soldiers have been killed. Ukraine tried to push back the Russian Army on multiple fronts but 'failed terribly.' In the process, Kyiv’s army suffered a major loss of ammunition and manpower. This video has full details.

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Buzz around the 2024 election is heating up, and we’ve got some exciting news from the Trump camp. It looks like former First Lady Melania Trump will play a big role in this election. After all, it’s well-known how much Trump values his wife’s opinion.

Millions of Americans love Melania, and they’ve been eager to know her role in Trump’s latest campaign.

Now, it looks like the former first lady will definitely have a hand in the upcoming vice president scuttlebug. We know that Melania continues to support Trump, even as the election gets intense. A former aide is revealing how much influence Melania will have on this crucial decision.

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Disney has not come out as the winner, though, as Florida Republicans stood firm; Florida continues to win out over Disney. The liberal company tried to seek revenge against Florida by pulling lucrative projects, and one of those projects was a planned campus for its employees. But Disney left those workers high and dry and now, they’re fighting back.

From Breitbart:
The Walt Disney Company continues to pay a steep price for its political war with Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R).

Disney is now facing a class action lawsuit from some of its own employees who re-located from California to Florida for the planned Lake Nona campus in the Orlando area, only to find themselves with nowhere to go after Disney canceled the $1 billion project last year amid its beef with DeSantis over the state’s ban on gay and transgender indoctrination in schools.

Wow, this is bad. At the height of the battle between Florida and Disney, the company canceled a billion-dollar project. It had planned to build a campus on Lake Nona that would serve as home for 2,000 employees. The problem? Disney had forced employees to sell their homes in California and relocate to Florida, only for Disney to abandon them in their fight with Florida.

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From The Post Millennial:
Actor Morgan Freeman has reiterated his spite for Black History Month as he did in an old clip that has floated around the internet for years. “I detest it,” he told a reporter last week.

Freeman, who has long been a critic of Black History Month, told Variety in an interview about the subject, “I detest it. The mere idea of it.”

“You are going to give me the shortest month in a year? And you are going to celebrate ‘my’ history? This whole idea makes my teeth itch. It’s not right,” he told the outlet.  “My history is American history. It’s the one thing in this world I am interested in, beyond making money, having a good time and getting enough sleep,” he added.

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Authored by Marina Zhang via The Epoch Times

According to a recent study, these people have faster and more subtle immune responses than those who develop symptomatic COVID-19.

“These findings shed new light on the crucial early events that either allow the virus to take hold or rapidly clear it before symptoms develop,” Dr. Marko Nikolić, senior author of the study and honorary consultant in respiratory medicine at the University College London, said in the press release.

The study, published in Nature on Wednesday, was a human challenge study conducted by researchers from the UK and the Netherlands. It is the first of its kind wherein participants were deliberately exposed to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

Researchers recruited 16 young, healthy participants under 30 for the study. None had comorbidities, and none had ever previously been infected with COVID-19 or vaccinated.

Before the study received peer review, a preprint of it was made available online in April 2023.

3 Different Immune Responses

The 16 individuals responded to the virus exposure differently and were grouped accordingly.

The first group contained six symptomatic people. The study authors categorized them as having sustained infections.

People in the second group were asymptomatic but still tested positive for COVID-19 with PCR tests. These participants were categorized as having transient infections.

The third type of people were asymptomatic and continuously received negative COVID-19 PCR test results. The authors confirmed that these participants were infected but cleared their infections so rapidly that the infections were dubbed “abortive.”

Claire's Observations:  Although the study is very small, it points to one thing the "Vaccinistas" loathed:  the concept of "natural immunity", or the ability of a healthy immune system to fight off infections.

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A woman in Florida may soon be fired from her job with the Broward County school district after she apparently allowed her son to play on the girls' volleyball team at his high school.

Last November, Jessica Norton was one of several members of the faculty and staff at Monarch High School near Fort Lauderdale to be reassigned to jobs at "non-school sites" after then-Superintendent Peter Licata discovered that a boy may have been playing on the school's girls' volleyball team, as Blaze News previously reported.

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A German doctor has been sentenced to two years and eight months in jail for issuing mask and COVID shot exemptions.

The 67-year-old Dr. Bianca Witzschel was also banned from working as a doctor for three years and fined around €47,000 ($ 50,472), which the court claims is equal to the amount that she reportedly made for issuing around 1,000 exemptions.

Apollo News reports that Witzschel is said to have issued “fake” certificates that exempted patients from wearing masks or receiving the experimental COVID jab in 1,003 cases across Germany between 2021 and 2022.

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Europe has no morals, no ethics no nothing. Europe, represented by Brussels, and in Brussels by the non-elected European Commission (EC), for all practical purposes is a mere nest of worms, or translated into humans, a nest of white-collar criminals, politicians, business people and largely a brainwashed populace of nearly 500 million. There are some exceptions within the population and fortunately their pool of ‘awakened’ is gently growing.

Even Switzerland, a neutral country according to her Constitution, not a member of the EU, but a staunch adherent to the (non-) European Union through more than 110 bi-and multilateral contracts, it was revealed yesterday, is assisting in Saudi Arabia converting the Swiss built (civilian) Pilatus helicopter into a ferocious war machine. Pilatus has always had that reputation of its controversial convertibility and was particularly known within Switzerland for that reason – but now, they surpass the limit of the tolerable, by helping the criminal and warmonger Saudis to mount a flying war machine in their, the Saudi’s, country – totally against Swiss law and against the Swiss Constitution, but fully tolerated by the Swiss Government.

Back to the real issue: It took the horrendous murder of a famous Saudi-critical and Saudi-national journalist, for the Europeans to react – and that, mind you, grudgingly. They’d rather follow Donald Trump’s line, why lose 110 billion dollars-worth of arms sales to the Saudis, for the murder of a journalist. – After all, business is business. Everything else is a farce.

For three and half years, the Saudi’s have waged a horrendous war on Yemen. They have slaughtered tens of thousands of Yemenis – according to the UN Human Rights Commission more than 50,000 children died by Saudi air raids with UK supplied bombs, and US supplied war planes – through lack of sanitation and drinking water induced diseases, like cholera – and an even worse crime, through extreme famine, the worst famine in recent history – as per UNICEF / WHO – imposed by force, as the Saudi’s with the consent of the European allies closed down all ports of entry, including the moist important Red Sea Port of Hodeida.

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A Call to Action

A new revolution in military spending is underway. It’s a radical change in the way nations procure and integrate military capabilities. The innovation and changes in Ukraine have been described by Gen. Mark Milley as “the most significant fundamental change in the character of war ever recorded in history.” Consequently, this isn’t a military issue alone; it is a societal one. In democracies such as the United States, “We the People” are responsible for our common defense. We cannot afford to ignore this unsustainable cost mismatch. Every defense dollar matters when there are competing demands for resources to address aging populations, health care, migration challenges, and myriad other social services.

Traditional procurement models in the West, to include the United States and NATO, are no longer fit for purpose. They are failing. Decades-long development cycles are obsolete in a world of rapidly evolving threats and disruptive technological change. Let’s say an adversarial nation has a four-year cycle to produce a capability and, in the West, it takes 10 years. In this scenario, in 20 years’ time, the adversary-to-West ratio for innovation and capability development is 5 to 2. This all but guarantees that our adversaries will field a greater range of innovative capabilities, potentially leading to overmatch.

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Causes of death:

  • 18 cardiac arrests
  • 12 died from cancer
  • 7 died from infection
  • 3 died from aneurysm
  • 3 died from blood clots
  • 2 died from seizures
  • 2 had transplant complications
  • 2 died in their sleep
  • 1 died from dissection

Activities when sudden death occurred

  • 8 died at home
  • 3 died playing basketball
  • 2 died playing soccer
  • 2 died running
  • 2 died in their sleep
  • 1 died in fishing competition
  • 1 died doing MMA
  • 1 died at school
  • 1 died playing tennis
  • 1 died swimming
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Early Saturday October 7, 2023, Hamas launched “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm.” On that same day, Netanyahu confirmed a so-called “State of Readiness For War.” A complete blockade on the Gaza Strip was initiated on October 9, 2023 consisting in blocking and obstructing the importation of food, water, fuel, and essential commodities to 2.3 million Palestinians. It’s an outright crime against humanity. It’s genocide. 

Was “Operation Al-Aqsa Storm” a “surprise attack”?

Was it a “False Flag” Attack by a faction within Hamas (supported by Mossad and US intelligence) which was intent upon justifying Netanyahu’s all out war against Palestine? That Hamas faction was co-opted and bribed by Mossad.

In the words of Netanyahu: 

“Anyone who wants to thwart the establishment of a Palestinian state has to support bolstering Hamas and transferring money to Hamas, …this is part of our strategy – to isolate the Palestinians in Gaza from the Palestinians in the West Bank.”

(Benjamin Netanyahu, statement to his Likud party’s Knesset members in March 2019. “quoted by Haaretz, October 9, 2023, emphasis added)

At this stage we have scanty evidence regarding who was behind the Hamas attack. False flag agendas are carefully planned intelligence operations. 

The following article, which is of relevance to the Hamas Al Aqsa Storm attack, examines the logic of a “false flag agenda” formulated in 1962 by the US Joint Chiefs of Staff as a means to justify an invasion and all-out war against Cuba. 

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The situation at the Zaporozhye Nuclear Power Plant (ZNPP) remains stable after the Ukrainian army’s strike at a substation in Energodar, local administration head Eduard Senovoz told TASS on Thursday.

"The situation at the ZNPP is stable, all required work is carried out on a constant basis and the station operates in normal mode. Attacks do not affect its operation. All the consequences of the strikes that were carried out are removed promptly. The station’s maximum safety is ensured," the Energodar head said.

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At today's Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) questioned Dr. Steven Quay about the origins of COVID-19.

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