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A full 48% of Americans believe young adults aged 18 to 29 are influenced by popular culture to identify as LGBTQ+ even if it’s not their true identity, according to a Los Angeles Times poll released this week.

The survey, conducted for the Times by NORC at the University of Chicago, found that Americans are deeply divided on issues involving queer children, especially kids who identify as transgender or nonbinary:

  • 40% believe the increased “political and media attention” on transgender and nonbinary Americans has been a “bad thing for society,” compared to 16% who said it has had a positive impact on society.
  • 77% believed elected officials were “mostly using debates over transgender and nonbinary people to distract attention from more pressing priorities.”
  • 57% agreed social stigmas had prevented older generations to come out — with many opting to keep their LGBTQ+ identity secret instead.
  • 53% said transgender and nonbinary people are either “influenced by society” or it is a “lifestyle choice” — compared to 46% who said they are “born that way.”
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On April 7, 2022, the UN General Assembly voted to exclude Russia from the UN Human Rights Council. The resolution received the required two-thirds majority of those voting, minus abstentions, in the 193-member Assembly, with 93 nations voting in favor and 24 against.[1]  

The vote was highly politicized and reflected the success of the Western information war against Russia, which was falsely blamed for launching an unprovoked invasion of Ukraine, and for committing the overwhelming majority of atrocities in the war, including a massacre at Bucha, a suburb of Kyiv, which independent investigators concluded was actually carried out by Ukraine.

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Iran Rejects Allegations in Latest IAEA Resolution

Points to constant European violations of commitments under the nuclear deal by Jason Ditz June 6, 2024 at 5:48 pm ET Categories News

In a 20-2 vote with 12 abstentions, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) passed a new resolution demanding Iran resume total cooperation with the JCPOA nuclear deal of 2015, and to readmit inspectors.

The resolution was worded similarly to one pushed previously by the E3 (France, Germany, and Britain) and rests on the idea Iran poses a proliferation threat. China and Russia voted against the resolution.

The Biden Administration expressed concern about the resolution’s wording, commenting the US did not want to back an unenforceable resolution and warned it might prompt Iran to further escalate the situation. Despite this, the US voted in favor of the resolution.

The E3 followed up the vote with a letter demanding Iran “halt its nuclear escalation.” They also demanded that Iran never again attempt to produce uranium metal, trying to spin that as a step toward weaponization.

In reality, Iran’s highest enrichment is only up to 60%, far short of weapons-grade, and even that is in redress at never having gotten promised sanctions relief under the JCPOA.

Iranian Ambassador to the UN Amir Saeed Iravani said that such measures, which he referred to as “remedial measures,” are themselves in full compliance with the terms of the JCPOA.

The ambassador reiterated Iran’s commitment to a peaceful nuclear program and interest in following the terms of the JCPOA if the other parties do so.

From 2015-2018, the JCPOA’s promised sanctions relief never materialized, mostly the result of the US arguing that issues unrelated to Iran’s nuclear program, were themselves justification for maintaining sanctions.

In 2018, the Trump Administration withdrew from the JCPOA, which led to Iran openly enriching uranium beyond the levels intended under the deal. This action by Iran was an effort to bring the remaining parties of the deal to the table to negotiate how to handle the unilateral US pullout. The other nations, notably the E3, have spent the last six years railing against Iran for its violations, and no negotiations have taken place.

Claire's Observations:  This is nothing short of completely insane.  You don't demand that a country do something they believe runs entirely against their self interest, unless you have something with which to "sweeten the deal", through intelligent and moral negotiations.  Iran has seen none of this, and logically doesn't believe it has to comply with the treaty, broken by President Trump.  

So now, what?!?   Should the US march into Tehran, and take out the country's leadership?!?  Israel would certainly love to see that happen, but at what cost,  militarily and geopolitically?!? 

 Will Russia (which is turning US weaponry into mincemeat in Ukraine) decide this is their fight also, and get involved in behalf of Iran?!?  Then potentially, what will China do, as Russia's BFF?!?

This scenario of US invading Iran, has utterly zero good long-term options;  one has to pray that the "hopium/Changium" elites in DC, don't get their "sticky fingers" on this issue;   that will be a complete catastrophe for the US, and potentially, the world.

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The Palestinian health ministry confirmed that a large number of dead and wounded Palestinian had arrived at Al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital. It said that most of them were children and women.

"The occupation has annihilated the Nuseirat refugee camp. Innocent and unarmed civilian were bombed in their homes. I've never seen anything like this. It's a catastrophe," local Nidal Abdo told Middle East Eye. 

"I came from the camp to here in the hospital on foot. I can't describe how we fled. I saw dead children and body parts strewn all over as we fled. No one was able to assist them. I saw an elderly man killed on a animal-drawn cart.

"Nuseirat was being annihilated. It was hell."

Claire's Observations;  I am very glad that those 4 captives got returned to their families; at the same time, one has to wonder at the huge number of casualties, and wounded Palestinians this cost, in an act of massive retribution and revenge, courtesy of Israel's killing machine, FKA the IDF.

Were the Palestinian kids, women, and elderly who were maimed or assassinated here all complicit in hiding these hostages?!? Could the location of these hostages be known by that many people, and their location remain "a  secret?"   

 Please remember; in the Israeli concept of "justice", as it pertains to Palestinians, there is no judge; no jury; and no conviction of wrong-doing here; just instant assassination, or - if one survives - maiming for life.

And as for that claim that there were "no US boots on the ground" in this operation, I doubt that statement completely.  The regime in Tel Aviv and IDF leadership are very eager to have US "troops on the ground" in Israel, in preparation for the larger regional war they want to see happen happen.

I would strongly caution the leadership of both Israeli entities to be extraordinarily cautious as to what they would wish for, as the outcome of such a war;  karma has a way "biting back" in ways you never anticipated or  expected.

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by Tyler Durden
Saturday, Jun 08, 2024 - 03:55 PM

Reflecting plummeting patience with overstepping federal overlords, the Texas Republican Party has adopted two platform planks that call for legislators to assert state sovereignty, and to schedule a secession referendum in the next general election after November's. 

"This historic vote at the 2024 Republican Party of Texas Convention represents a substantial shift towards enhancing state sovereignty and exploring the potential for Texas to operate as an independent nation," said the Texas Nationalist Movement (TNM) in a statement. "It reflects the growing sentiment among Texans for greater autonomy and the protection of our rights against federal overreach." 

Backers of the "TEXIT" movement make their stance known at the Texas Republican Convention in San Antonio (via Texas Nationalist Movement)

Fittingly, that historic vote took place in San Antonio -- home of the Alamo, aka "the cradle of Texas liberty." Though it represented a setback, the 1836 Battle of the Alamo was a key chapter in the fight for independence that culminated in Texas becoming a self-governing republic. 

The first plank asserts that the US government is infringing on powers reserved to Texas and all other states, and calls for unwarranted federal laws to be thwarted by Texas government. It also affirms the right of Texas to secede: 

“Pursuant to Article 1, Section 1, of the Texas Constitution, the federal government has impaired our right of local self-government. Therefore, federally mandated legislation that infringes upon the 10th Amendment rights of Texas shall be ignored, opposed, refused, and nullified.

Texas retains the right to secede from the United States, and the Texas Legislature should be called upon to pass a referendum consistent thereto and pass the Texas Sovereignty Act as filed in the 88th Legislative Regular Session as HB 384.”

The second plank is a pointed directive to put the question of secession to the people of Texas in the next general election: 

“The Texas Legislature should pass a bill in its next session requiring a referendum in the next General Election for the people of Texas to determine whether or not the State of Texas should reassert its status as an independent nation. This referendum should be a legislative priority.”

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By Elwin de Groot, Stefan Koopman, and Maartje Wijffelaars of Rabobank (pdf link)


  • The European Parliament elections will serve as a pivotal test of the far right’s influence on the European political landscape.
  • It appears another centrist coalition can be formed, but the far right may still shape the dynamics of parliamentary operations and the allocation of EU top jobs.
  • The European People’s Party will have a key position. This will necessitate trade-offs and, if unattainable, poses the risk of policy stasis on matters where the council is eager to advocate for radical changes.
  • The new parliament will learn there’s a thin line between increasing an economy’s resilience and adopting an unbalanced package of measures.

The European Parliament elections, scheduled for June 6-9, 2024, are expected to carry significant implications for the future of the European Union. This significance primarily arises from the increasing prominence of right-wing parties across Europe, as evidenced by their recent electoral victories and influence in national politics. This election’s outcome does not necessarily preclude the implementation of ambitious plans to overhaul the EU, but it does highlight the risk of either policy stasis or unbalanced decisions.

What’s at stake?

The European Parliament is one of the three key legislative bodies of the European Union (EU), alongside the European Commission and the Council of the European Union

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Authored by Casey Carlisle via AntiWar.com,

Before we get into this, let’s discuss what most would label “a hypothetical.” Tonight, I’m going to break into your home, point a gun at you, and rob you – all the while claiming that I’m not your enemy. Your enemy, I’ll say, is elsewhere, and I don’t mean across the street but in a different country. What will you do? By a show of hands, will you fight back and protect those in your home by evicting me or even by killing me? By a show of hands, who will thank me and travel to said country in search of the enemy, leaving those in your home vulnerable to me? Anyone? Nobody? It sounds absurd, but for reasons that I’ll soon explain, you’ll understand that it’s more real than hypothetical.

Hello, I’m Casey Carlisle. I’m a West Point graduate, and I spent five years in the Army, including 11 months in Afghanistan. Some of you are thinking about serving your country, and most of you are asking yourselves, “Why am I listening to this guy?” I’m glad that both of these groups are here, and I promise that my remarks will cause both groups to think differently about military service.

I was a high-school senior on September 11th, 2001, sitting in class and stunned after hearing the principal announce that our country had just been attacked. Why would someone want to do this to the greatest country on Earth? I was also livid, and I wanted revenge. I wanted to kill the people responsible for this atrocity, and my dilemma then was between enlisting in the military to exact revenge now or first spending years at a military academy before helping to rid the world of terrorists. I chose the latter, so I didn’t deploy to Afghanistan until 2009. My time there radically changed my views, which was uncomfortable, but, as with failure, discomfort breeds learning.

I learned that not only were we not keeping our fellow Americans safe or protecting their liberty, we were further impoverishing one of the poorest countries in the world. I watched in disgust my alleged allies – the Afghan police – rob their neighbors while on patrol and in broad daylight via traffic stops. Imagine getting pulled over, not for speeding, but because the cop hopes to rob you. My enemy – the Taliban – didn’t do such things, which is why I ended up having more respect for them than for my mission or for those who were allegedly helping us accomplish it. “Oh, but they’re horrible in other ways,” you might argue, and I’d agree; however, it’s much harder to kill an idea than it is to kill a person. Killing someone who holds an idea that you find distasteful only helps that person’s loved ones accept that idea. It turns out that killing someone for their ideas is a great way to spread those ideas.

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Instead of dismissing me as an anti-American lunatic, consider the following. In the year 2000, the Taliban controlled most of Afghanistan, and today, they control all of it. This is just one of the reasons why I feel contempt for those who thank me for my alleged service. Our ‘service’ was worse than worthless, and the people thanking me were forced to pay for it. All of those who died there did so for nothing. And the innocent Afghans who were displaced, injured, or killed during our attempt to bring democracy to a country that didn’t want it were far better off in 2000 than they are now

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Later this month, people in Berlin will be able to book an hour with an AI sex doll as the world’s first cyber brothel rolls out the service following a test phase.

Customers will be able to interact verbally with the AI dolls as well as physically.

“Many people feel more comfortable sharing private matters with a machine because it doesn’t judge,” says Philipp Fussenegger, founder and owner of Cybrothel.

“Previously, there was significant interest in a doll with a voice actress, where users could only hear the voice and interact with the doll. Now, there is an even greater demand for interacting with artificial intelligence.”

It's just one of many ways that generative AI is being used by the adult entertainment business.

Analysis by SplitMetrics revealed that AI companion apps reached 225 million downloads in the Google Play Store.

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