"The committee believes, on the basis of evidence presented to it, that President John F. Kennedy was probably assassinated as the result of a conspiracy. The committee is unable to identify the other gunmen or the extent of the conspiracy" -- House Select Committee on JFK's assassination after determining that a shot had come from the Grassy Knoll (1976)

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As fighting rages across Ukraine, two versions of reality that underlie the conflict stare across a deep divide, neither conceding any truth to the other. The more widespread and familiar view in the West, particularly in the United States, is that Russia is and has always been an expansionist state, and its current president, Vladimir Putin, is the embodiment of that essential Russian ambition: to build a new Russian empire. “This was … always about naked aggression, about Putin’s desire for empire by any means necessary,” President Joe Biden said on Feb. 24, 2022. The opposing view argues that Russia’s security concerns are in fact genuine, and that NATO expansion eastward is seen by Russians as directed against their country. Putin has been clear for many years that if continued, the expansion would likely be met with serious resistance by the Russians, even with military action.
Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Crimea voted to secede from Ukraine in a referendum that most of the world has condemned as illegal. Early results – when 50% of the votes were counted – showed that 95.5% of ballots were in favour of joining Russia. Russia's lower house of parliament will pass legislation allowing Ukraine's southern Crimea region to join Russia "in the very near future", news agency Interfax cited its deputy speaker as saying on Monday morning. "Results of the referendum in Crimea clearly showed that residents of Crimea see their future only as part of Russia," Sergei Neverov was quoted as saying. [The corporate media are pumping out propaganda to try and discredit Farage. One of their claims is Russia illegally annexed Crimea]
Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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In Japan, “Johatsu” refers to people who disappear due to pressures like failed marriages, debt, and job loss. They abandon their lives and live anonymously off the grid. Specialized companies, called “night movers,” assist them in vanishing completely
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Homebuyer Conditions Index: The homebuyer conditions index has declined to an all-time low in June 2024, reaching 27 points. This index reflects consumer sentiment regarding homebuying conditions. Only 14% of consumers currently believe it’s a good time to buy a home, down from 20% last month1. Affordability concerns are a major factor contributing to this decline.
Tags: ECONOMY
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Dozens of countries have sided with Britain against Russia after Moscow was accused of using a military-grade nerve agent to poison former Russian spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia in England last month. Boris Johnson, Britain's foreign secretary, now stands accused of publicly misrepresenting the evidence in the case. Britain's top military laboratory said Tuesday that it cannot verify the nerve agent in the March 4 poisoning came from Russia. [See following article about Farage interview]
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LPR Head Ivan Filiponenko condemned that the Ukrainian Army systematically opened fire on the territory of his country to provoke the People’s Militia to respond to the fire and create a pretext for the start of Ukrainian aggression in Donbass. Moscow accuses the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation (NATO) of supplying arms to Ukraine and stoking tensions about the Donbass region control in favor of their geopolitical interests. So far, Ukraine has attacked 47 points along the conflict zone including a kindergarten in the Stanytsia Luganska City, where two civilians were injured. The car of the head of the RPD People’s Militia Denis Lugansk also exploded in Donetsk City, but the officer was not injured.
Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Unguided Grad rockets launched apparently by Ukrainian government forces and pro-government militias have killed at least 16 civilians and wounded many more in insurgent-controlled areas of Donetsk and its suburbs in at least four attacks between July 12 and 21, 2014, Human Rights Watch said today. The use of indiscriminate rockets in populated areas violates international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, and may amount to war crimes.
Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The interest on the U.S. national debt has surpassed the significant milestone of $1 trillion annually. This cost has nearly doubled over the past three years. It’s a substantial figure, reflecting the financial strain on the government due to rising debt and interest payments.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Wales is taking a bold step in addressing the issue of politicians who lie. A proposal in the Welsh Senedd (parliament) seeks to introduce legislation that would criminalize politicians intentionally spreading falsehoods.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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I was recently watching a video by some of my favorite movie commentators in which they were lamenting the apparent death of the movie theater business. They cited a long list of recent blockbuster bombs with some confusion as to why so many films were failing. In particular, they had predicted the film ‘Furiosa’ (a feminist bait and switch movie designed to replace the more popular male Mad Max character) would do relatively well. Yet, the movie bit the dust in epic fashion. They were bewildered as to why this occurred.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Niger has withdrawn the operating permit of the French state-owned company Orano for the Imouraren uranium mine, one of the largest in the world for the mineral used to make fuel for nuclear power plants, in a context of strong tensions between Paris and this African country.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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The South Fork and nearby Salt wildfires have scorched more than a combined 23,000 acres of tribal and government lands surrounding the village of Ruidoso and the Mescalero Apache Reserve, and both remain at 0% containment. Some 1,400 structures have been burned, and several more remain threatened, officials said.
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Are you ready for our daughters to go to war?  Democrats in Congress want to make it mandatory for young women to register with the Selective Service System when they turn 18 just like young men do.  Of course if a major war erupts and our politicians reinstitute a military draft, the draftees would come from those that have registered with the Selective Service System.  So if the Democrats get their way, we will be just one step away from young American women being forced to go to war.  But proponents of such a move argue that we need to do something because military recruitment has fallen to depressingly low levels, and they insist that there are many jobs that women could do away from the front lines during a major war.  So what do you think?  Do you believe that women should be drafted for the military?
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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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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