"Political parties exist to secure responsible government and to execute the will of the people. From these great staffs, both of the old parties have ganged aside. Instead of instruments to promote the general welfare they have become the tools of corrupt interests which use them in martialling [sic] to serve their selfish purposes. Behind the ostensible government sits enthroned an invisible government owing no allegiance and acknowledging no responsibility to the people." -- Theodore Roosevelt

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With an eye on the Ukraine war, Dmitry Medvedev, the Deputy Chairman of the Russian Federation’s Security Council, held a meeting at the Federal Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems in the “Rudnevo” industrial park to discuss the increase in production of drones that could be used in the so-called ‘special military operation zone.’

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 08:25

The high priests of academic and “official” history love a good villain for two reasons:  First, because good official villains make the struggles and accomplishments of good official heroes even more awe-inspiring.  And, second, because nothing teaches (or propagandizes) the masses more thoroughly than the social or political lessons inherent in the documented rise and fall of the world’s most despicable inhabitants.

We get shivers of fear and excitement when we discuss the evils and the follies of ancient monsters like Nero, Attila the Hun, Caligula, etc, or more modern monsters, like Mussolini, Stalin, Hitler, Goebbels, Mao, Pol Pot, Idi Amin, and so on.  We take solace in the idea that “we are nothing like them”, and our nation has “moved beyond” such animalistic behavior.

But even more fascinating popcorn-style history is found not in the destruction of tyrants, but the destruction of empires.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 25 08:20

Former harbormaster of Oakland Brock De Lappe doesn't like to use the word "piracy" to describe waterborne crime on the Oakland/Alameda Estuary.

"People have this romantic view of pirates—Johnny Depp; Pirates of the Caribbean—argh! Avast ye, matey!" said Mr. De Lappe, a marine consultant who was also Alameda's harbormaster before his retirement.

The reality is anything but romantic. The so-called pirates are nothing like the "Real Oakland Raiders," as one newspaper headline put it.

"These people are just common criminals," living on illegal "anchor-off" vessels committing robberies within the San Francisco Bay, he said. Anchor-offs, or anchor outs, are boats that are illegally anchored without a permit.

This past summer, a spree of robberies plagued the 800-foot-wide estuary involving stolen motor boats that were used to prey on larger vessels and marinas.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 25 08:20

"We’re here to stab white people," attackers who killed a 16 year-old boy at a village party in France last weekend were heard to say. Why did international media fail to report on the racist terror incident?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EUROPE
Posted on: Nov 25 08:16

All 44,000 hours of footage from January 6th has been publicly released by House Speaker Mike Johnson.

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Posted on: Nov 25 08:08

In the raw data, regular mask-wearers had a 74-75% higher risk of testing positive for Covid.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 25 08:02

While White Americans are only 54% of their nation’s population, Whites constitute 80% (nces.ed.gov/programs/coe/indicator/clr/public-school-teachers) of all qualified teachers.

Hundreds of thousands of American teachers have resigned since 2020.
As of 2023 44% of American school districts lack sufficient numbers of teachers (www.lawdistrict.com/articles/teacher-resignation-crisis), and this trend only continues to worsen.

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Posted on: Nov 25 07:58

The video below shows the how’s and why’s San Francisco is the way it is now. I know it’s a little long but well worth the watch.

It’s shows the high rent prices and the exodus of the tech field. There’s also the homeless aspect and drug use. It touches on China and cartels slinging Fentanyl.

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Posted on: Nov 25 07:56

Turkish forces conducted on Friday evening airstrikes against 17 targets of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) in a cross-border operation in northern Iraq, said the Defense Ministry.

In a statement, the ministry said the operation was carried out in the Metina, Hakurk, Gara, and Qandil regions, hitting 19 caves, caches and shelters believed to house senior PKK members.

It added that "many terrorists were neutralized," without giving the exact number.

Turkish authorities often use the term "neutralize" in their statements to imply that the alleged "terrorists" have either surrendered, been killed, or been captured.

Tags: IRAQ, TURKEY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:55

In the latest issue to fracture the party, Democrats are feuding with each other over whether conditions should be placed on Israel when President Joe Biden's $14.3 billion aid request comes before lawmakers in the coming weeks.

Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a progressive independent who caucuses with Democrats, has been active over the past week spouting demands to be placed on Israel in order to approve the aid package. Sanders wrote of six demands by which Israel must abide in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday, including a "significant pause" in military action.

"The United States must make clear that while we are friends of Israel, there are conditions to that friendship and that we cannot be complicit in actions that violate international law and our own sense of decency," Sanders wrote.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 25 07:54

The Nantucket Christmas tree lighting that President Joe Biden was attending Friday evening with his family was interrupted by 'Free Palestine' protesters.

The president, first lady Jill Biden and their children and grandchildren were gathered alongside the tree in Nantucket's town square as the town crier led the countdown to get the tree illuminated. 

But after that went off without a hitch - after technical difficulties last year - fewer than 10 protesters at the front of the crowd unveiled 'free Palestine' and 'end apartheid' signs, directly in the president's line of sight.

'Biden, Biden you can't hide. We charge you with genocide,' they chanted. 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 25 07:52

Police raids targeting reporters working for Indian news portal NewsClick resulted in the seizure of around 250 electronic devices — including phones, hard disks and laptops — and even the passports of over 90 journalists whose homes were searched during the October operation.

None of the journalists whose devices were seized by the New Delhi police were given their devices' hash values, the digital equivalent of a fingerprint that changes if a device's contents have been tampered with, as required.

Some reporters said that no paperwork documenting the seizures was provided.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, DICTATORSHIP, PAKISTAN/ INDIA
Posted on: Nov 25 07:51

Total domestic US banks saw inflows last week on a SA and NSA basis...

Source: Bloomberg

But, while large banks saw $16.5BN (SA) in deposit inflow, small banks suffered another weekly deposit outflow (of $3.3BN SA) last week...

Source: Bloomberg

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 25 07:51

Three debates for next year’s presidential general election are set to be held in college towns in Texas, Virginia and Utah between Sept. 16 and Oct. 9 — though it remains to be seen whether either party’s candidate will actually participate.

The nonpartisan Commission on Presidential Debates announced Monday that presidential candidates will first be scheduled to meet Sept. 16 at Texas State University in San Marcos, south of Austin. The vice presidential debate is scheduled nine days later at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Presidential debates planned for Virginia State University in Petersburg on Oct. 1, and the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Oct. 9, round out the schedule, less than a month before Election Day on Nov. 5.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 25 07:50

It turns out that the world's richest 1 percent emit about the same amount of carbon as the world's poorest two-thirds, according to an analysis from the nonprofit Oxfam International.

This means that a small sliver of global elites, or 77 million people, have produced as much carbon as the 5 billion people that make up the bottom 66 percent by wealth, per the study.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE
Posted on: Nov 25 07:48

On 22 November, 11 Members of the Estonian Parliament wrote a letter to the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) to reject the proposed international agreement on pandemic prevention preparedness and response – also known as the “Pandemic Treaty” or “Pandemic Accord”.

Tags: EUROPE
Posted on: Nov 25 07:45

The driver of a Bentley that exploded on Rainbow Bridge earlier this week was 'alert and not impaired' as he desperately slammed on the brakes, according to an expert.

Vincent A. Ettari, a civil engineer, told The New York Times that he believes Kurt Villani was frantically slamming the brakes of his 2022 Flying Spur as it exploded on Wednesday.

Villani and his wife Monica, both 53, had been on their way to a KISS concert when the horror crash took place on Wednesday.

Vittari, who serves as an expert witness on road design in court cases, said that a dark vapor behind the car seen in surveillance footage suggests Villani was not impaired at the time and was aware of what was going on. 

Webmaster addition: This story keeps changing!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:45

Seven banks filed to close 42 branches last week, leaving a growing number of Americans with limited access to basic financial services.

PNC Bank led the pack with 19 filings to the regulator between November 12 and November 18.

Of those closures, five are set to impact Pennsylvania. Four were registered in Illinois and three were in Texas, according to records published by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC).

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 25 07:44

During a SMER party conference, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico declared that his government will not sign the World Health Organisation’s Pandemic Treaty and SMER Members of Parliament will not ratify in parliament the Pandemic Treaty with the WHO because it is a project of greedy pharmaceutical companies.

Tags: EUROPE
Posted on: Nov 25 07:43

Hazem al-Asad, a member of the Houthis’ political bureau, posted an image of an Israeli-owned ship alight on Saturday.

The ship, owned by an Israeli billionaire,  was targeted by a triangle-shaped, bomb-carrying Shahed-136 drone while in international waters in the Indian Ocean. 

A US Defence official said earlier today that it was attacked by an Iranian drone on Friday. 

Tags: JAPAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:43

On the morning of the second day of the temporary truce between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Israeli forces continued their weeks-long campaign of arresting Palestinians in the occupied West Bank.

In several areas of the West Bank, including Qalqilya, Hebron, and near Jenin, Israel arrested several Palestinians, according to the Palestinian news agency Wafa.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:42

With the latest escalation of the Palestinian-Israeli conflict showing no signs of abating, Tel Aviv has reportedly deployed an air defense laser weapon system to counter missile threats.

Israeli forces have successfully used a laser weapon system called the Iron Beam to intercept a rocket that was fired at Israel amid the ongoing fighting in the Gaza Strip sector, if the media reports that emerged this week are to be believed.

Made by Israeli defense contractor Rafael Advanced Defense Systems, the Iron Beam is a high-power laser designed to intercept airborne targets at close range, with some outlets pointing out that the weapon was actually expected to be rolled out in 2025.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:41

Israel has expressed anger with remarks by the prime ministers of Spain and Belgium, who demanded the regime stop its massacre of civilians holed up in the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Friday, Pedro Sanchez and his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo held a joint press conference at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. The two condemned the “indiscriminate” Israeli strikes on the Palestinians.

Sanchez said the situation in Gaza was “the worst humanitarian disaster in modern times.”

“What is happening is a disaster, and we have dealt with it effectively, managing to stop the firing, leading to the arrival of aid.”

Tags: EUROPE, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:40

Thousands of people rallied across the world on Friday to voice their unfaltering support for Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, on the first day of a truce after some 50 days of brutal Israeli war on the besieged territory.

The Yemeni people thronged the streets in the capital Sana’a to express their solidarity with Gazans as they waved Palestinian flags and shouted pro-Palestine slogans.

“Our first and central cause is Palestine, and we will not give up standing for this cause,” protester Muhammad al-Theali said, AFP reported. 

“We are ready to offer financial, moral and psychological support - support with our funds, souls, sons, weapons to confront the enemy's arrogance, the American and Israeli arrogance against Muslim people."

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:39

A spokesman for the military wing of the Islamic Jihad has underscored the Palestinian resistance movement’s commitment to the latest ceasefire deal in the besieged Gaza Strip but warned that the Israeli regime will face an "appropriate response" in case the agreement is violated.

Abu Hamza, a spokesman for the al-Quds Brigades, made the remarks in a video statement broadcast by Qatar-based Arabic-language Al Jazeera television news network on Friday, hours after a provisional truce put a halt on nearly 50 days of Israeli aggression on Gaza.

“The Brigades will be committed to stopping military and missile operations as long as the Israeli occupation is committed to,” Abu Hamza said, stressing, “Any violation will be met with an appropriate response.”

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:39

Like all wars, the one pitting the State of Israel against the Palestinian population is the subject of a media battle. The Palestinian Resistance doesn’t need to tell the story of the injustice it is fighting against: you only need to look to see. Rather, it aims to magnify one or other of its components. Israel, on the other hand, has to convince people of its good faith, which after three quarters of a century of violating international law is no mean feat.

Before the attack

Since the attack of the Palestinian Resistance on October 7, 2023, Israel has been deploying all its resources to make us believe that the attack was carried out by Hamas jihadists ; and that it knew nothing about its preparation.

The role of Hamas

However, this attack was carried out by all Palestinian factions, with the exception of Fatah [1]. Until recently, Hamas defined itself as the "Palestinian branch of the Muslim Brotherhood", as stated on all its documents. As such, it fought against the secularists of Yasser Arafat’s Fatah and George Habash’s PFLP, then against those of President Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian Arab Republic. In his eyes, they were all "enemies of God". Hamas was financed by Israel and, in Syria, its fighters were supervised by Mossad and NATO officers. However, after the Brotherhood’s failure in Egypt and their defeat in Syria, Hamas split between a section loyal to the Muslim Brotherhood, led by Khaled Mechaal and still pursuing the establishment of a worldwide Caliphate, and another that refocused on the liberation of Palestine. The latter, led by Iran, renewed its ties with Syria until its leader, Khalil Hayya, was received in Damascus by President Bashar al-Assad. It also renewed its ties with the Lebanese Hezbollah, taking part in meetings in Beirut with the latter and other components of the Palestinian Resistance.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 25 07:38

In The Bill Gates Problem: Reckoning With The Myth Of The Good Billionaires, author Tim Schwab argues that the billionaire's supposed transformation from a rapacious and arrogant technology mogul into a benign do-gooder doesn't stand up to scrutiny.

In fact, says Schwab, a Washington DC journalist whose articles on Gates have been nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he's the same man who once ruthlessly elbowed out business rivals and colleagues alike while driving Microsoft to tech-world dominance.

Only this time Gates' power trip is focused on bending the world of international aid and development to his will and to his often deeply misguided thinking.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Nov 25 07:34