"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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by Tyler Durden
 

Bloomberg obtained a notice earlier this week from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) stating that some imports of Mexican avocados from the Michoacan region will be suspended after two agency workers were reportedly assaulted and detained by assailants.

USDA told Avocado Exporting Producers and Packers of Mexico (APEAM) of the decision to suspend new exports out of the Michoacan region last Friday. The notice didn't describe the security incident, though local media outlets say that two USDA inspectors were 'attacked amid a protest over police pay.' 

APEAM officials said the USDA inspectors were released and that the detention was unrelated to the avocado industry.

Sure... 

The nonprofit organization represents over 34,000 avocado farmers and more than 84 packing houses nationwide. 

"The interruption of avocado exports from Michoacan was due to an incident unrelated to the avocado industry, also affecting other agricultural exports in the state," the group told CNN. 

The incident has immediately impacted the ag market, with prices of a 20-pound box of avocados from the state of Michoacan skyrocketing by 58% this week, from about $29.50 to $46.15.

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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At today's Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing, Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) spoke about secret discussions about the origins of COVID-19 from Dr. Anthony Fauci's team.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WMD
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Russian intelligence agency SVR claimed that Western powers are prepared to sacrifice Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, asserting his position is dependent on Western support which may soon be withdrawn. Click for more details.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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French President Emmanuel Macron has joined several African leaders to kick off a planned $1.1bn project to accelerate vaccine production in Africa, after the COVID-19 pandemic exposed inequalities in access to inoculation.

The launch of the African Vaccine Manufacturing Accelerator at an event in Paris on Thursday will provide financial incentives to boost local vaccine manufacturing in the continent.

Webmaster addition: Remember the smallpox vaccines? Some of those were made in Africa under less-than-laboratory conditions. This is thought by many (including myself) to have been the accidental origin of HIV!

Tags: AFRICA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Authored by John R. Lott Jr. via RealClearPolitics,

President Biden is making gun control a central part of his reelection campaign. In a new ad, Biden says that Trump did “nothing” when children were “gunned down in classrooms,” innocent people “killed in church,” and others “massacred at a concert.”

The Biden campaign is referring to shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida; First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas; and an outdoor concert in Las Vegas. In four years, there were 18 mass shootings that occurred in public places and that did not transpire during another crime such as robbery or selling drugs. (A “mass killing” is defined by criminologists as involving four or more fatalities, not counting the shooter.)

But 23 mass public shootings have occurred so far under Biden – a 50% higher annual rate than under Trump. The deadliest shooting resulted in 21 victims at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas – four more than were killed in Parkland.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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Those parks belong to We The People!

The last official act of any government is to loot the nation!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Missouri Attorney General Andrew Baily on Thursday announced that he's suing the State of New York over what he called a "direct attack on our democratic process through unconstitutional lawfare against President Trump."

"We have to fight back against a rogue prosecutor who is trying to take a presidential candidate off the campaign trail," Baily posted on X, adding "Stay tuned."

While Baily didn't elaborate, last month he accused the Biden DOJ of colluding with prosecutors in various Trump cases, filing a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in connection with his investigation.

"The investigations and subsequent prosecutions of former President Donald J. Trump appear to have been conducted in coordination with the United States Department of Justice," Baily posted in a lengthy thread on X.

"This is demonstrated by the move of the third-highest ranking member of the Department of Justice, Matthew Colangelo, to the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in order to prosecute President Trump in December 2022," Baily continues.

What's more, Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg worked hand-in-hand with NY Attorney General Letitia James in pursuing civil litigation against Trump, which he used to campaign on

Claire's Observations:  Whoa!!  Say what you will about this man, but he sure as heck has "male attributes" which click when he walks. 

 I hope and pray that he has his Kevlar "undersuit" on at all times, and will be very interested to see how this unfolds.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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The Biden administration continues going 'all in' on support for Ukraine, despite clear and universal acknowledgement that its forces are being beaten back along front lines, and a manpower crisis which is worsening by the day.

A Thursday Biden administration statement has revealed a major decision which is to significantly impact Washington's allies: the United States is pausing all shipments of Patriot interceptor missiles to foreign countries and redirecting them to Ukraine.

Webmaster addition: Translation: The US is running out of weapons!

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The White House has been warning against escalation toward an all-out Israel and Hezbollah war, as the daily exchanges of rocket and drone barrages has ramped up for weeks.

However, on Thursday's Biden's special envoy for the region Amos Hochstein signaled to the Lebanese government that if diplomacy fails, the US is ready to stand behind Israel in a new anti-Hezbollah offensive.

The "blunt" warning was delivered as Hochstein is meeting with officials on both sides of the border, and as Israel's top generals have lately approved war plans for an offensive into southern Lebanon. He was previously in Israel at the start of this week and is now in Beirut.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Senior judges in Florida approached Trump-appointed Judge Aileen Cannon last year to ask her to step back from his Mar-a-Lago classified documents case – but she steadfastly refused, according to a shocking new report.

Cannon has been the source of fury and puzzlement among Trump critics after she issued rulings in the case that got overturned and failed to get it on track for trial before the November elections.

Trump was indicted in June 2023 and charged with illegally retaining national security documents at his Florida club.

Not long after the fact, two senior federal judges asked Cannon, who had been assigned the case, to step back, the New York Times reported Thursday, citing her limited trial experience and rulings that helped the defense.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Military personnel could find laboratory grown meat in their ration packs as Pentagon bosses scratch around for ways to reduce their impact on climate change.

Bioengineering company BioMADE came up with the idea after receiving $500 million in Defense department funding to reduce its carbon footprint.

But their plan to roll out 'cell based meat' has left a nasty taste in the mouth of veterans who have accused Pentagon bosses of treating front line soldiers like 'lab rats'.

'The military's job is forward defense, alliance, solidarity and deterrence, and that's it,' said former US Navy Seal Rob O'Neill.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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It is happening all around us.  Our nation is being radically transformed by people with extreme ideologies, and that should deeply alarm all of us.  According to Google, an extremist is “a person who holds extreme or fanatical political or religious views, especially one who resorts to or advocates extreme action”.  Sadly, that definition accurately describes many that hold prominent positions of power in our society today.  In so many cases, individuals that have political beliefs that most ordinary Americans would consider to be very radical are going to extraordinary lengths to impose their views on all of the rest of us. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Authored by Rex Widerstrom via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Staff from the Australian prime minister’s office barred Chinese-born Australian journalist Cheng Lei from reporting on Opposition Leader Peter Dutton’s meeting with Chinese Communist Party (CCP) Premier Li Qiang.

Australian journalist Cheng Lei observes a signing ceremony by China's Premier Li Qiang and Australia's Prime Minister Anthony Albanese at the Australian Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, on June 17, 2024. (Lukas Coch/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

The revelations come after Chinese Embassy staff were seen trying to block Ms. Cheng from being filmed by local media at an earlier press event at Parliament, which was attended by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and CCP Premier Li Qiang.

Ms. Cheng, a former anchor of the Chinese state-run channel CGTN, was detained in China for three years for breaking the embargo on a government press release by a few minutes.

Critics, however, argued that it was an instance of Beijing’s hostage diplomacy during a period of deteriorating relations between Beijing and Canberra.

The journalist was released and returned to Australia in 2023 and is now working for Sky News Australia.

Claire's Observations:  I had the opportunity to visit Australia while Mike was working there in 2000, and found Sidney, and its people, absolutely lovely.  I felt safe walking in its streets, and they had a public transport system that actually worked well.

But what has happened since, in terms of its government having morphed into a "soft dictatorship" would make me hesitant to go back, even for a vacation.  And I am reminded of that line spoken by the character Princess Amidala  in the Star Wars Franchise; "So this is how liberty dies:  to thunderous applause!!"

Tags: AUSTRALIA, CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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"The US has committed a substantial military force at great financial cost to protecting the Red Sea. Our protective effort is failing and flailing," David Asher, a senior fellow at Hudson Institute, wrote in a statement, referring to the escalating attacks on commercial vessels by Iran-backed Houthis across the southern Red Sea, critical Bab el-Mandeb maritime chokepoint and the Gulf of Aden. 

Our biggest takeaway this week after speaking with several commodity research firms and risk analysts about the evolving situation in the Red Sea is attacks are only increasing from here as there's no immediate end to the Israeli-Hamas war this summer. 

Webmaster addition: If the US cannot beat the Houthis, they sure can't beat the Russians and Chinese!

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Furious political leaders in South Korea have threatened to send weapons to Ukraine in response to Vladimir Putin's latest manoeuvres.

They hit out after the Russian leader signed a defence pact with North Korean despot Kim Jong-un during a two-day visit to the pariah state.

Military analysts fear the move is the first step towards troops from Pyongyang flooding into Ukraine to ramp up Putin's bloody campaign.

The text of the deal states that each country would provide immediate military help if the other one was invaded.

Tags: KOREA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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President Joe Biden heads to the reclusive mountain resort of Camp David on Thursday night to lock himself up with advisers to prepare for next week's debate with Donald Trump.

With the showdown one week away, Biden, who prefers briefing binders and practice sessions, will be focused on holding Trump accountable on his record and coming up with punchy one-liners to throw off the former president. 

Trump, meanwhile, has been trying out new catch phrases and bits of rhetoric, ready to pound his rival with his words. 

Webmaster addition: Biden taking that long to prepare for the debate means one of two things.

1. The debate questions have been leaked to him (as was the case with Hillary in 2016).

2. Biden's handlers want to evaluate his "performance" and if it is bad, figure out some "emergency" whereby Biden can cancel.

 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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SUMMARY: Any and all elected representatives who encourage and/or harbor illegal immigrants are violating United States Code and should be removed from office (with no benefits) and jailed, as per the law.

Especially ANY politician who supports sanctuary cities, counties or states should be in jail:

According to the US DOJ website and our laws:

"1907. TITLE 8, U.S.C. 1324(A) OFFENSES

"Harboring -- Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iii) makes it an offense for any person who -- knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation.

"Encouraging/Inducing -- Subsection 1324(a)(1)(A)(iv) makes it an offense for any person who -- encourages or induces an alien to come to, enter, or reside in the United States, knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that such coming to, entry, or residence is or will be in violation of law.

Webmaster addition: Joe Biden and everyone else supporting illegal immigration are breaking the law!

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Soaring numbers of migrants from a known hotbed of ISIS have crossed the southern border since Joe Biden became president.  

Over 1,500 migrants from Tajikistan are reported to have crossed the border from October 2020 until May 2024, according to data seen by The New York Post

This year alone around 500 of Tajiks have been caught by immigration officers, with only 26 crossing the border in the 14 years prior to 2020. 

It is unknown how many Tajik migrants have been released into the US, although the majority of migrants claim asylum and are allowed to stay pending a court hearing.

Others may also have made the crossing without being intercepted. The numbers recorded only take into account migrants apprehended by Customs and Border Patrol. 

Webmaster addition: Biden's open borders are a clear and present danger!

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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by Tyler Durden
 

Russian President Vladimir Putin is in Vietnam, where he signed at least a dozen energy and trade deals with the country's President To Lam, on his tour to shore up ties in Asia in an effort to offset the West's drive to isolate Moscow.

On his last day in the country he made some wide-ranging remarks to the press, and among the most interesting was a statement on the future of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky. 

Putin predicted at a moment things are going very badly for Ukrainian forces, and at a rare time Western media seems to be turning on Zelensky, that the Ukrainian leader will soon be replaced over his poor and unpopular decision-making. Putin suggested Washington is essentially going to make him a scapegoat. 

"In the West, they simply do not want to replace him [Zelenskyy], the time is not right. I think it's obvious to anyone. They will blame all unpopular decisions on him, including lowering the [military] draft age, and that's it," Putin asserted, according to Russian media translation.

That's when he followed with: "And then they'll replace him. I think it will happen sometime in the first half of next year."

Claire's Observations:  I think Putin's analysis here is very conservative; they have GOT to get rid of this guy ASAP.  In fact, I am somewhat gobsmacked that he is still the "front man" for this country. 

 And I really have to speculate; what in the name-of-heaven kind of intel does he have on the leadership of the US and Europe, which has kept him in power for so long?!?  Whatever it is, it must be damning beyond belief, possibly courtesy of Mossad or the IDF.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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A catastrophic injury lawyer has warned consumers against using three cancer-causing products that are commonly found in homes.

Tom Bosworth, a lawyer specializing in wrongful death cases, revealed that carcinogens silently reside in air fresheners, cleaning products and carpet shampoos.

Federal law requires companies to disclose all ingredients on food, cosmetics and drug labels but cleaning products are exempt, leaving consumers in the dark about what toxins they might be breathing in.

When breathed in, these chemicals can damage the liver and nervous system and can cause skin and lung cancer.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The thing that struck me about the surveillance video from before the attack on 3 year old Julian Wood and his mother is that no one seemed alarmed at all by a black woman walking around a store with a large knife in her hand. That would require noticing some obvious things: 

  1. It's not normal for anyone to walk around a public place holding a large knife like that. 
  2. Given per capita crime stats, a black person holding a knife is more likely to use it in a crime than a non-black person. 
  3. Given interracial crime stats, a black person holding a knife is more likely to use it against a white person than the reverse. 

If someone noticed all that, Julian Wood might still be alive today. If Judge Brian Hagan had been aware of those stats, he might not have released the murderer after she was arrested for violating parole. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Authored by John & Nisha Whitehead via The Rutherford Institute,

“In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one can argue, to whom one can present grievances, on whom the pressures of power can be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act; for the rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are equally powerless, we have a tyranny without a tyrant.”

- Hannah Arendt, On Violence

Like the proverbial boiling frogs, the government has been gradually acclimating us to the specter of a police state for years now: Militarized police. Riot squads. Camouflage gear. Black uniforms. Armored vehicles. Mass arrests. Pepper spray. Tear gas. Batons. Strip searches. Surveillance cameras. Kevlar vests. Drones. Lethal weapons. Less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force. Rubber bullets. Water cannons. Stun grenades. Arrests of journalists. Crowd control tactics. Intimidation tactics. Brutality.

This is how you prepare a populace to accept a police state willingly, even gratefully.

You don’t scare them by making dramatic changes. Rather, you acclimate them slowly to their prison walls. Persuade the citizenry that their prison walls are merely intended to keep them safe and danger out. Desensitize them to violence, acclimate them to a military presence in their communities, and persuade them that only a militarized government can alter the seemingly hopeless trajectory of the nation.

It’s happening already.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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A new independent report presented to the United Nations’ Human Rights Council on Wednesday concluded that Israeli forces have been carrying out several crimes against humanity on the civilian population in Gaza, including a campaign of “extermination” that has ramped up since the current military offensive began more than eight months ago.

The report was conducted by the Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, and Israel. The independent commission, which initially published the report on June 12, was formed to investigate human rights abuses committed by Israeli forces and Palestinian militants.

The commission presented its report before the U.N. Human Rights Council, which began its 56th session in Geneva on Wednesday. The report focuses mostly on possible international violations of humanitarian and human rights laws from Oct. 7 to Dec. 31.

The commission’s report also found that militants belonging to Hamas and six other Palestinian armed groups engaged in the war crimes of murder, intentionally directing attacks on civilians, torture, inhuman or cruel treatment, destroying or seizing an adversary’s property, outrages upon personal dignity and taking hostages, including children, on Oct. 7.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Families that lost loved ones in two Boeing 737 Max crashes said on Wednesday that the company committed the “deadliest corporate crime in US history” and asked the Justice Department to fine the company the maximum $24 billion it could face in a criminal trial.

The families wrote to the Department of Justice asking for the fine as the US government considers criminal prosecution of Boeing. The Justice Department said last month that Boeing’s recent string of safety lapses and mishaps constituted a violation of its 2021 agreement that allowed the company to avoid charges for 737 Max crashes in Indonesia in October 2018 and in Ethiopia in March 2019 that killed 346 people.

The “appropriate action now is an aggressive criminal prosecution” against Boeing including a quick jury trial and “criminal prosecutions of the responsible corporate officials,” including former CEO Dennis Muilenburg, the families’ attorney wrote.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS
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Authored by Grzegorz Adamczyk via ReMix News,

Recent European Parliament election results and reactions to them have sparked discussions about the true meaning of European autonomy, a term frequently touted by French President Emmanuel Macron that now seems to lack real substance beyond pompous declarations from Paris.

These elections have exposed its actual and concrete implications.

In France, political upheaval is evident. President Macron has announced forthcoming elections in response to new fractures in foundational EU politics. In contrast, Germany may face significant issues in the autumn when state elections are held there. Poland appears to some as a haven of peace, but this may be just a temporary illusion.

Despite these cracks, the European Union structure still stands seemingly unshaken. Dominant beliefs within suggest that nothing significant has occurred: The center holds strong, the two main parties of the Brussels establishment have retained their majority, and while populists have gained more votes, they can still be contained.

This perspective, however, is seen as a recipe for disaster.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, EUROPE
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Former President Donald Trump suffered another legal setback when the New York State Supreme Court declined to hear the former president’s appeal on the gag order in his hush money case. Judge Juan Merchan, the judge who presided over the trial, issued the gag order last March that prohibited Mr. Trump from making public comments about the case. The gag order did not apply to anybody else who was involved in the case. Mr. Trump also asked Judge Merchan to terminate the gag order prior to Mr. Trump’s sentencing scheduled for July 11. The president’s lawyers said there is no legitimate reason to keep the gag order in place because the trial has ended. The former president was convicted of 34 counts of business fraud and is facing up to 138 years in prison. What will happen on July 11? And what will happen on July 12 if Mr. Trump is locked up for life?

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The Western media is a lie machine. Western governments live in a make-believe world of their own impunity. Consequently, the Western peoples lack awareness of the dangerous situation that Washington has created with Russia.

The so-called “peace conference” in Switzerland was a fraud. Russia was not included, so how was it a peace conference? It was a propaganda event to rally support around Washington’s puppet, Zelensky, whose term has expired and who is ruling illegitimately as a dictator. Many of the attendees refused to sign the statement.

Here is a true description of the situation. The West is acting in behalf of the war continuing and expanding. The puppet’s term has expired and Zelensky continues in office despite not being reelected. The Western trained and equipped Ukrainian military has been defeated. At any time Russia can increase the offensive and clear Ukrainian forces from the Russian populated areas that have been reincorporated into Russia. The West’s response to its lost war consists of two reckless and irresponsible actions. One is to send NATO troops, with the French being the opening wedge, to replace the depleted Ukrainian troops. The other is to further provoke the Kremlin by firing longer range missiles into Russia.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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