I am a bit burned out and I need time to recuperate. Also, I have some other things I need to work on, including developing some other revenue…
"For any government to prevail in war,the young men and women on the front lines must know the nation they fight for is worth the risk to life and limb. Our present generation knows the opposite." -- Michael Rivero
While its necessity has not been demonstrated, the societal risks presented by the prospective creation of a CBDC are numerous. In a worst case scenario, centralised digital currencies open the door to new kinds of authoritarianism never seen before in the UK.
A centralised digital pound would place the state at the heart of all financial transactions as an all seeing eye. Every piece of spending would be recordable and anyone with access to the core “ledger” could see these transactions. Meanwhile, if Britcoin kills cash, it kills the most privacy-preserving form of currency available. In an age where privacy is routinely sacrificed on the altar of “safety” and “security”, the risk is that a CBDC becomes another tool in an ever more encroaching surveillance state.
Short of monitoring a person’s physical whereabouts, there could be no better way to follow their day-to-day activities than how they spend their money. Indeed the Treasury have made the surveillance benefits of a CBDC explicit in their policy document, setting out that “competent authorities” may need access to digital pound transactions to gather intelligence.
With this week marking 10 years since whistleblower Edward Snowden disclosed information to journalists about widespread government spying by United States and British agencies, the former National Security Agency contractor on Thursday joined other advocates in warning that the fight for privacy rights, while making several inroads in the past decade, has grown harder due to major changes in technology.
"If we think about what we saw in 2013 and the capabilities of governments today," Snowden told The Guardian, "2013 seems like child's play."
Snowden said that the advent of commercially available surveillance products such as Ring cameras, Pegasus spyware, and facial recognition technology has posed new dangers.
As Common Dreams has reported, the home security company Ring has faced legal challenges due to security concerns and its products' vulnerability to hacking, and has faced criticism from rights groups for partnering with more than 1,000 police departments—including some with histories of police violence—and leaving community members vulnerable to harassment or wrongful arrests.
Law enforcement agencies have also begun using facial recognition technology to identify crime suspects despite the fact that the software is known to frequently misidentify people of color—leading to the wrongful arrest and detention earlier this year of Randal Reid in Georgia, among other cases.
The institutional Left senses that its dominance over our societal mores faces a sudden and unexpected challenge. It is responding with predictable derangement.
A woman protests outside of a Target store in Miami on June 1, 2023. The protesters were objecting to “Pride Month” merchandise at Target. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Human Rights Campaign, a powerful and well-funded left-wing advocacy group, declared a “national emergency” for “LGBTQ+” people on Tuesday.
“LGBTQ+ Americans are living in a state of emergency. The multiplying threats facing millions in our community are not just perceived—they are real, tangible, and dangerous,” HRC’s president, Kelley Robinson, said in a press release.
“In many cases, they are resulting in violence against LGBTQ+ people, forcing families to uproot their lives and flee their homes in search of safer states, and triggering a tidal wave of increased homophobia and transphobia that puts the safety of each and every one of us at risk.”
Just over two months ago, a person who was “identified” as transgender engaged in a mass shooting at a Christian school in Nashville, Tennessee. The Human Rights Campaign had nothing to say about the targeting and killing of Christians in that case, despite a clear increase in attacks on churches in the past few years. Most of the media pivoted to explaining how a terrorist attack on Christians is really a threat to the LGBTQ+ community.
Special Counsel John Durham may have issued his final report last month, but the Russiagate scandal is far from over. This is not because there is no more to learn about the years-long effort by the Democratic Party, the FBI, CIA, and major news outlets to advance the conspiracy theory that Donald Trump teamed with Vladimir Putin to steal the 2016 election.
Rather it’s because Russiagate never ended. Unlike political scandals of the past – from the XYZ Affair to Watergate and Iran-Contra – it is not a discrete set of events with a beginning, middle, and end. Instead, it has become a form of governing in which the entrenched forces of the Washington bureaucracy punish their enemies, protect their friends and interfere in elections with impunity.
A continuous thread connects the schemes to deny the results of the 2016 election, to cover up the Biden family’s influence-peddling schemes during the 2020 election, and the ongoing effort to tar President Biden’s opponents as extremists or racists.
Ironically, all of this is especially dangerous because it is out in the open. The profound misdeeds are not hidden in the dark web; they are part of the public record. And yet, none of the major malefactors – including Joe Biden, former President Obama, Hillary Clinton, former FBI Director James B. Comey, and former CIA Director John Brennan, among others – have been held to account. Rather, they are lionized, and in some cases employed, by leading media organizations.
The breadth of these machinations is so extensive that I would need a book, rather than a column, to detail it. But here is a brief recap that can serve as a reminder of key events of this dark period of our history.
The men at Omaha did not believe America had to be perfect to be good - just far better than the alternative...
Seventy-nine years ago this week, the Allies assaulted the Normandy beaches on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Their invasion marked the largest amphibious landing since the Persians under Xerxes invaded the Greek mainland in 480 B.C.
Nearly 160,000 American, British, and Canadian soldiers stormed five beaches of Nazi-occupied France. The plan was to liberate Western Europe after four years of occupation, push into Germany, and end the Nazi regime.
Less than a year later, the Allies from the West, and the Soviet Russians from the East, did just that, utterly destroying Hitler’s Third Reich.
The Punisher character (Frank Castle), originally created by writer Gerry Conway in 1974 with artists Ross Andru and John Romita, was a product of a chaotic era; a reaction to the rise of war, stagflation, instability and exploding crime rates in the US. The Punisher's story is a tragedy of a returning military veteran whose family is killed during what seems to be a gangland hit. With federal agencies doing little to arrest the perpetrators, Castle takes matters into his own hands and begins systematically assassinating the criminals.
The concept of citizen crime stopping and vigilantism was becoming popular in the cultural zeitgeist in the 70s, with many people living in metropolitan areas dealing with increasing criminal violence and unreliable government protection. City governments in places like New York were actively restricting gun rights for law abiding people, which only made things easier for criminals.
The same exact conditions are returning to the US today, and debate is boiling once again on vigilantes (just look at the media fury over Kyle Rittenhouse or Daniel Penny). The mainstream left is adamantly opposed to any form of civilian intervention (unless it's Antifa or BLM), while also being adamantly opposed to any intervention by police. In other words, they want to let criminals run wild and then threaten to prosecute anyone who dares to do anything about it.
The Punisher as an icon has been highly popular among conservatives, military veterans and law enforcement officers in recent years. The trademark skull symbol can be found everywhere, with patches, gear and flags sporting the image, often as a representation of citizens taking matters into their own hands. The symbol was also seen at the January 6th protests.
This has made leftists at Marvel Comics livid. They first attempted to make fundamental changes to the character, including a redesign of his popular skull symbol, as well as taking away his guns and giving him swords in 2021. Instead of fighting against criminal organizations, Frank Castle joins with one, violating his fundamental code of ethics.
Using the fake “COVID virus” narrative as cover, the privileged, power-mad parasites who pilfer the world’s wealth have sharply accelerated their longstanding plan to create a single global empire that is completely under their command.
This single global empire will ultimately employ the services of all the transnational institutions on the planet in order to regulate and control every aspect of human life.
It is a global empire run by an exclusive club, perhaps 8,000 to 10,000 strong, whose members do not pledge allegiance to any national flag, who snobbishly view themselves as superior to their countrymen, and who are indifferent to political ideology so long as they can control the political structure from within. They aim to erase all national borders and are well on their way to shredding the constitutions of every nation-state.
It is a global empire that, unlike days of yore, needs no standing army to wage war on a battlefield against an opposing empire. For, in this era of the single global empire, the enemy being subdued is each and every one of us.
That mission is being accomplished through a sophisticated information warfare campaign, which is designed to monitor and manipulate our every thought, word, and deed.
Author and TV producer David Whelan has unearthed official records showing for the first time that two different types of bullets were removed from the music legend's body following his fatal shooting on December 8, 1980.
Mr Whelan believes a 'second shooter' could have been involved in the murder of Lennon and has now uncovered dramatic new evidence supporting his case.
MailOnline reported in April how Mr Whelan already discovered a trove of fascinating documents relating to the killing which took place as Lennon and his wife Yoko Ono returned to their home in the Dakota Building overlooking New York's Central Park.
Mr Whelan's three-year investigation into the murder has highlighted a series of extraordinary inconsistencies - including the suggestion that detectives may have fundamentally misunderstood how the shooting happened.
Colorado has become the first state in the nation to ban court-ordered camps where children are 'reunified' with a parent who has been accused of abusing them.
These reunification camps are used by family court judges to settle private custody disputes or divorces involving minors. As part of the order, camp workers are sometimes given temporary custody of the children so they can legally take them from their homes. While at the camp, children are forced into what some have described as a "brainwashing technique" that the camps call "reunification therapy."
According to Tina Swithin, Founder of One Mom’s Battle, forcing children back into a relationship with an abusive parent is essentially "court-ordered child trafficking," the Epoch Times reports.
Webmaster addition: There has been a war going on in virtual space for decades. I greatly fear (in light of all these attacks on pro-lifers and Trump supporters) that the war is breaking into the real world!
I apologize in advance for resorting to vulgarity as, to be clear, such an approach is uncharacteristic of me but I must make an exception in this case.
The indictments issued today by Special Council Jack Smith against President Trump are another orgasm for the Trump Haters. While Smith has now hopefully shot his wad, the present regime continues to roil in the filth of a growing scandal that includes likely evidence of bribery, money-laundering, tax-evasion, racketeering and kickbacks. Biden and his crime family continue to snugly rest under the besotted blanket of corruption that is generously provided by the whores in the deep state and their media prostitutes and pimps.
Meanwhile, the rest of us are all getting fucked!
Perversion emanates from situations by which people are expected to deny morality and reality itself and those situations are set up by those who control the means of communication. Indeed, the very reason why the founders of our Republic established a constitutional system that was based on the principle of a balance of power, a system of checks and balances, was to prevent too much power from falling into the hands of any one clique.
And how has our Republic fallen!
Jesse Waters interviews Congressman James Comer and Senator Chuck Grassley about their efforts with the Biden probe.
Raskin, the committee's top Democrat, claimed the Justice Department had investigated the allegations in 2020 but decided not to move further because then-U.S. Attorney Scott Brady "found no evidence to corroborate" them.
What did Barr say?
As TheBlaze reported, Barr has already disputed Raskin's recollection of what happened.
But in a new interview with Fox News, Barr described Raskin as "confused" and explained what happened with the contents of that now-infamous FD-1023 form.
Barr said he assigned Brady the task of vetting the document to determine its credibility. He established this "intake process," he explained, because there were a number of ongoing investigations related to the Biden family and he wanted to avoid "proliferating investigations around the country going in to the election year, all related to the Bidens."
California lawmakers have revised a bill to treat parents' refusal to "affirm" their child's gender identity as violating health, safety, and welfare in custody disputes.
The bill, known as A.B. 957, has already passed the State Assembly and would require judges adjudicating such disputes over transgender-identifying children to favor the parent who "affirms" the child's preferred identity. The bill's latest version explicitly defines "the health, safety, and welfare" of a child to include "a parent's affirmation of the child's gender identity."
This change has raised concerns among opponents who worry that non-affirmation could be treated as abuse. Erin Friday, a San Francisco attorney and co-lead of the parent coalition Our Duty, said, "When you say that gender affirmation is in the child's best interest for health, safety, and welfare, it takes nothing to say [non-affirmation] is now abuse—because you're not taking care of the health, safety, and welfare if you're not affirming them."
This morning I appeared on Varney & Co. on Fox Business, with guest host David Asman, to talk about the civil rights case the Equal Protection Project filed against Missouri State University.
You may recall that we recently wrote how We are continuing to pursue Missouri State U discrimination: “It’s not enough, when caught, to say ‘oops, sorry.’”:
As previously covered here, the Equal Protection Project (EqualProtect.org) of Legal Insurrection Foundation asked the Missouri Attorney General to investigate a business boot camp at Missouri State University that discriminated against white males, and only white males.
In reaction to substantial media coverage, MSU quickly told the media that it was changing the terms for future programs, and that future business boot camps would be open to everyone. We took that as a VICTORY – Missouri State U To Stop Discriminating Against White Males For ‘Business Boot Camp” After Equal Protection Project Complaint.
But in those public statements, MSU was not contrite and accepted no responsibility. To the contrary, MSU President Clif Smart was quoted as saying:
“Frankly, I still don’t think we did anything wrong … given that we have multiple cohorts of this going on and this was just one cohort that was limited. We won’t do that. We’ll do a better job on the marketing and information (and) dissemination side and review the process to make sure that everyone has a chance to participate, but we’re not going to exclude people.”
It should be obvious by now that the Democrats will DO ANYTHING to indict President Trump and prevent him from winning another election including perverting the law in their favor.
Soros-backed New York City DA Alvin Bragg indicted President Trump in April but could not even explain what laws were broken. The case involved Stormy Daniels’ non-disclosure agreement. The porn star was later forced to pay President Trump’s team hundreds of thousands in court costs after she broke the agreement.
As Joe Hoft at The Gateway Pundit explained in April, Alvin Bragg claimed in his charges against Trump that the president made the accounting entries himself related the Daniels’ payments. No CEO in the world presiding over a billion-dollar company makes entries in General Ledger or is cutting checks. This is total nonsense. Most notable is that the transactions Bragg lists in his indictment are from 2017. This was when President Trump was in office and his sons were running his company. President Trump had nothing to do with these transactions.
On January 19, 2021, one day before he left office, President Trump signed a letter declassifying documents related to Crossfire Hurricane. The documents indicted Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, the FBI, DOJ, and State Department in running a coup against Trump based on Trump-Russia collusion lies.
Webmaster addition: Here is the full ruling.
And here is the relevant section!
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Park Hotels and Resorts CEO, Thomas Baltimore Jr., announced on Monday that the company has ceased making mortgage payments on its $725 million loan due in November for two San Francisco locations.
The company stated on its website that it intends to work with loan servicers to determine the most effective path forward, which is expected to result in the ultimate removal of these hotels from its portfolio.
Baltimore Jr. explained that the decision was made after much thought and consideration, believing that it is in the best interest of Park's stockholders to reduce their current exposure to the San Francisco market. He cited several challenges that the city is facing, including record high office vacancy, concerns over street conditions, and lower return to office than peer cities. Additionally, a weaker-than-expected citywide convention calendar through 2027 will negatively impact business and leisure demand and will likely significantly reduce compression in the city for the foreseeable future.
The Biden administration has unveiled a new set of measures to safeguard the rights and safety of LGBTQI+ communities across the United States.
The measures include the creation of a new position within the Department of Education that will oversee "book bans." The White House has vowed to crack down on "efforts that disproportionately strip books about LGBTQI+ communities, communities of color, and other communities off of library and classroom shelves."
The coordinator is expected to "work to provide new trainings for schools nationwide on how book bans that target specific communities and create a hostile school environment may violate federal civil rights laws."
TUSK, the conservative tech firm that brought forth a unique web browser and search platform as an alternative to mainstream search providers such as Google and DuckDuckGo, is facing a significant setback.
Its subsidiary project GIPPR AI, an offshoot of OpenAI's ChatGPT programmed to mitigate the latter's perceived left-leaning bias, has been abruptly shut down. The chatbot was named in tribute to Ronald Reagan, the Republican President known as "The Gipper."
The decision, announced on TUSK's website, came after OpenAI cited policy violations, particularly concerning "deceptive activity and coordinated inauthentic behavior." The tech giant's rationale has been framed around maintaining safety, a reason often given by Silicon Valley when justifying similar actions.
In a statement, Tusk responded: "We regret to inform our users that our chatbot provider, ChatGPT by OpenAI, is curtailing our free speech and forcing us to conform to their requirements for what can or cannot be said. They claim our GIPPR AI is not in compliance with their policies. Nothing could be further from the truth!"
In an unsettling incident on May 26 in Baltimore, Maryland, two elderly men participating in a pro-life demonstration were allegedly assaulted.
The authorities have made public photographs of the individual believed to be responsible for the physical attack, according to WMAR2 News.
Video footage of the confrontation, obtained by the Baltimore City Police, features the suspected assailant — a bearded Caucasian man with brown hair. During the incident, the suspect is seen wearing a grey t-shirt, blue jeans, and brown shoes. Metro Crime Stoppers has announced a reward of $2,000 for information that could lead to the suspect's arrest.
The victims of the assault, as identified by local pro-life advocate John Roswell in an email to LifeSiteNews, were Dick Schafer, 73, and Mark Crosby, 80. The duo was attacked outside the North Baltimore Planned Parenthood located on N. Howard Street. The attack led to severe injuries to both men; photographs acquired by the pro-life outlet highlight the facial trauma.
Robert Brame is a forensic arborist who has analyzed 38 California fires and has come up with hundreds of photographic evidence of IMPOSSIBLE normal fire behavior. Let's use this information to help us look for CLUES in the CANADIAN fires to see if the same anamolies exist.
The Office of Equity director in Washington state, Karen Johnson, has been fired following allegations of running a hostile work environment and racism.
Johnson, the first person to hold this position, was terminated after an investigation into her conduct revealed several complaints. The study by MFR Law Group PLLC found that several current and former employees had complained about Johnson's "biased and insensitive conduct." One employee claimed that Johnson had a "perceived to be evidence of bias against Mexicans."
According to a report by Jason Rantz of KTTH, one staffer claimed that Johnson told a "self-identified" Mexican that she had a "distrust" of "Mexican people." Johnson allegedly said, "This may take some time for me because I generally distrust Mexican people. Mexican people have the option of being White when it is convenient for them." Another employee, who identified themselves as Hispanic, said Johnson had an "us vs. them" mentality when it came to Hispanic co-workers, often singling them out for not having "lived experiences" of racism.
Former President Donald Trump has called his federal indictment "election interference at the highest level" and has accused the Biden administration of being "the most corrupt" in history.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital, Trump stated that the charges against him are "the greatest witch hunt of all time" and that he is "totally innocent." Trump, the current front-runner in the 2024 Republican presidential primary, was indicted on federal charges on Thursday evening. The charges stem from Special Counsel Jack Smith's months-long investigation into the former President's alleged improper retention of classified records at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida.
The indictment, which has not been unsealed, lists Trump as a criminal defendant charged with at least seven counts involving obstruction of justice, conspiracy, and illegal retention of classified government material. He has been ordered to appear in federal court in Miami on Tuesday. Trump told Fox News Digital that he would "of course" plead not guilty to the charges.
Trump accused the Biden administration of trying to deflect from their dishonesty by bringing this "ridiculous boxes hoax case." He added, "They're not going to get away with it." Trump cited the Presidential Records Act and said it "makes me totally innocent."
In a contentious exchange with NBC News reporter Jacob Soboroff, California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) has hinted at the possibility of pursuing kidnapping charges against Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.
The situation arose after Florida dispatched several planes carrying migrants to California, a self-declared sanctuary state.
However, Newsom's claims of kidnapping have come under scrutiny due to a conspicuous lack of evidence. Video footage shows migrants signing consent forms, agreeing to relocate to California. California officials have not yet furnished any evidence to substantiate their accusations of "state-sanctioned kidnapping" against DeSantis.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis took to Twitter on Thursday evening to express his concerns about the “weaponization of federal law enforcement,” which he believes poses a grave threat to a free society.
DeSantis pointed out the uneven application of the law based on political affiliation, questioning why the Department of Justice (DOJ) was so zealous in pursuing former President Donald Trump yet passive about Hillary Clinton or Hunter Biden.
DeSantis then shifted his focus to his campaign, promising that his administration would bring accountability to the DOJ, eliminate political bias, and end the weaponization of federal law enforcement.
One of the most disturbing trends in the era of Trump has been the flock of billionaires that have come rushing into the Democratic Party to pose as leaders of an opposition movement to the “fascist” predations of the real estate mogul. These billionaires, which include capitalists such as George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer are the architects of a “Big Tent” strategy first outlined by Black Agenda Report Editor Glen Ford. This strategy was devised by the Hillary Clinton Presidential campaign of 2016. The strategy has two components. The first component is the promotion of “diversity” to distract from the fact that the Democratic Party can no longer appeal to the interests of the poor or working-class, especially Black people who have been held in electoral captivity for a generation. Second, “Big Tent” Democrats actively seek an alliance of Wall Street, the military and intelligence apparatus, and Republicans to provide the financial and political strength behind the strategy.
The “Big Tent” strategy is called the “Resistance.” One of the chief billionaire-backers of the “Resistance” is Pierre Omidyar. Omidyar is the founder of the eBay corporation. His surplus profits have been used over the years to exert “soft power” influence over the U.S. state. Omidyar has given hundreds of thousands of dollars’ worth of cash to Democratic Party candidates since 1999.
Omidyar was one of the principle donors to the NeverTrump Political Action Committee (PAC) that formed during the 2016 election. The NeverTrump PAC brought together neoliberal and neoconservative Democrats into an alliance against Trump. William Kristol, editor in chief at the Weekly Standard and longtime Republican, has been one of the most vocal supporters of the NeverTrump movement. Kristol is an expert in the think-tank business and understands the importance of “soft power.” He helped found the Project for the New American Century that peddled neocon wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an escalation of the U.S.’ military presence around the world, including on Russia’s doorstep. Kristol has become a favorite of the corporate media since Trump was elected in 2016. He is a regular on MSNBC and is viewed by corporate Democrats as the “sane” wing of the Republican Party.
The same Donald Trump-appointed federal judge who went out of her way to slow down the federal investigation into the former president’s mishandling of classified records has been selected to initially oversee the criminal case filed against him this week, according to a source briefed on the situation.
The summons sent to Trump’s lawyers on Thursday night indicated that U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon has been assigned to the case, this person told The Daily Beast. That places her in a unique position to deal with an indictment that charges Trump with seven counts related to the way he hoarded national defense information at his Florida oceanside estate of Mar-a-Lago and then repeatedly refused to return them to the National Archives when requested.
A seasoned stock analyst colleague texted me a link today, and when I clicked it open, I could hardly believe what I was reading. What a headline. “Indiana life insurance CEO says deaths are up 40% among people ages 18-64”. This headline is a nuclear truth bomb masquerading as an insurance agent’s dry manila envelope full of actuarial tables.
People frequently write to Jill and myself. People we have never met. They call, they arrive at the farm by appointment or unannounced, they fill our email in boxes with their inquiries. They all want something; time, attention, an interview. Many want to tell us about their fear, illness, nightmares, or (what often seems like) outright paranoid conspiracies. And then, over time, these fears and “conspiracies” keep getting confirmed. As Jan Jekielek (a senior editor with The Epoch Times) recently said to me, it is getting harder and harder to tell which ones are mere conspiracy theories and which are true reality.
One farm visitor told me of his foreshadowing massive numbers of deaths within three years consequent to the genetic vaccines, and that this was all about the “Great Reset” and the depopulation agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF). I tried to reassure him that, in my opinion, this was highly unlikely- while privately thinking about how easily people fall into this type of conspiracy ideation, and how I need to be careful to avoid going there when confronting so many public health decisions that appear either incompetent or nefarious. At the time, I only knew of the WEF as the host of a big annual party in Davos Switzerland where the uber rich and the hoi oligoi of the Western nations went to watch Ted talks, drink the best wine, see and be seen. Silly me. What a long, strange trip this has been. I doubt that even Hunter S. Thompson could have imagined it in his most drug and booze addled state. Suffice to say, I nominate Ralph Steadman as official illustrator of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Or a resurrected Hieronymus Bosch.
But I am wandering from a point that I am afraid to clearly state.