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From this standpoint, America’s National Debt challenge constitutes a political iron cage for Democrat and Republican legislators alike.

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I never imagined that we would ever see a time when it takes $177,798 for a family of four to live comfortably in the United States.  Unfortunately, that day has arrived.  Our leaders…

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION

Two Chicago men, Kawann Moore and Richard Pegue, face multiple charges after stealing chainsaws from a truck and leading police on a high-speed chase through the suburbs.

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Maybe we should rephrase the slogan to you’ll appear to own things you don’t actually control and be happy. Does that generate the…

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Under Biden, gun control has been an issue since before he was sworn into office in 2021.

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They knew what we are experiencing today was inevitable. That government naturally evolves to seek unbridled growth and total power over the people.

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We assume that, because we were allowed to vote for our leader, he must actually be our leader.

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Consumer sentiment, a gauge of Americans’ economic perceptions, is at a six-month low, according to a closely watched index by the University of Michigan.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY

Today, the world is dominated by ultra-powerful governments, ultra-powerful banks and ultra-powerful corporations.

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Remember all the collusion stories we wrote about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and its efforts to control free speech through social media infiltration?

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There’s no effort to track patterns. Even if there were, finding where a gun was originally purchased is only useful, at best, in a handful of cases.

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As the political climate heats up surrounding gun control and legislation, more Americans are buying firearms today than six years ago.

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The net result is America’s working class is up against the wall, maxed out: whatever lines of credit that were available have been tapped (credit cards, “buy now, pay later” credit, etc.)…

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Historic inflation is causing declining living standards and a cost-of-living crisis. Under Biden’s presidency, grocery prices have increased by nearly one-third and gas has risen by 50…

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Step into a captivating journey through the annals of history, where we explore the most unique and surprising stories left behind by time.

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This unusual-looking gun, now on display in the Museum of Mourning Arts at Arlington Cemetery, once kept body snatchers away from cemetery grounds and discouraged them from digging up bodies…

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In the post-World War II era, the automotive industry was a center of innovation and opportunity.

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Marine lovers and shark lovers, welcome to the captivating realm of these magnificent marine predators!

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Take off your shoes and step back to an era when resilience was forged in the furnace of hardship and character was defined by unwavering values.

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Perceptions of the collective group we know as 'Vikings' have changed significantly over the course of history, evolving from romantic figures of exploration and conquest in the 18th and…

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This captivating collection of color photographs provides a glimpse of daily life in Budapest between 1939 and 1944.
 

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If you listen carefully to the voice of history, echoes of despair echo from the abandoned corridors of abandoned institutions, where debt-laden souls were mercilessly put into cold prisons…

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The Environmental Partnership Association (EPA) is seeking votes from the public to help them select the winner of the European Tree of the Year competition 2019.

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In today's world, we are well aware of the dangers of radium and the deadly dangers of radiation. But there was a time when radium was revered as a wonder substance that was believed to have…

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Embark on a journey through the transformative landscape of World War II, where ingenuity and innovation reshaped the course of history.

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The Victorian era was a time of contradictory ideals: they covered themselves fully but considered the female figure attractive, they were obsessed with cleanliness but practically lived in…

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 The Imperial Shrine of Yasukuni in Chiyoda, Tokyo, is a beautiful spiritual place to remember those who died in the service of Japan. About 24 lakh men, women, children and even…

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The animal kingdom is a vast and diverse group of creatures, many of which we will never get a chance to see up close. Thankfully, we have plenty of photos of the world's strangest animals…

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One-time outlaw Francisco "Pancho" Villa became one of the most famous generals of the Mexican Revolution and earned a reputation as a champion of the underprivileged.
 

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Inventing has been a human practice from ancient civilizations to the modern era. While many things have become essential parts of everyday life and beyond, some inventions were too bizarre to make…
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We all know well that the Great Lakes are littered with shipwrecks; It's just a matter of finding them.
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Located in northeastern France, Alsace is a region filled with a rich and complex history, often serving as a cultural crossroads between France and Germany. This unique status is reflected in its…
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This unique photo collection includes a stunning array of vintage cameras, some of which were ingeniously hidden in everyday objects.
 

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As the United States expanded westward in the early 1800s, the trade in American bison fur, skin, and meat began to flourish across the Great Plains. By the 1860s, these iconic animals had roamed…
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The beginning of the 19th century was marked by the consequences of the French Revolution and the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. This period saw a departure from the elaborate styles of the late 18th…
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This incredible facial hair not only won people's hearts but also secured his place in history as he held the record for the longest beard ever grown in France.

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Join us as we embark on a journey through the world of amazing weather phenomena. From the awe-inspiring dance of the Northern Lights to the dramatic wrath of tornadoes, the wonders of nature never…
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There is a creature hidden in the heart of the Gobi Desert which is as mysterious as it is scary, which the locals know as the Mongolian Death Worm.
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Welcome to the mysterious realm of the Bohemian Grove, where ancient redwoods tell tales of mysteries, myths, and conspiracy theories. Nestled amidst the tranquil forests of California, this secluded…
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Welcome to the fascinating world of the Amish community, where traditions and beliefs that have been passed down for centuries often surprise, confuse, and sometimes even shock outsiders.…

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 Step into the musical time machine and embark on a whimsical adventure through the fantastical world of one-hit wonders of the 1960s and 1970s.

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 Few things are as gratifying as a trip down memory lane – and it's even better when you find something you hadn't noticed before. Because as Ferris Bueller said – life moves too fast…

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 English inventor Sir Henry Bessemer, famous for his groundbreaking steelmaking process, which still bears his name, once lamented, "Few men suffer more seriously from seasickness than…

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More than a century ago, in the middle of bustling Hollywood Boulevard, a man with a dream and a passion for shoes opened a small, unassuming shop. Salvatore Ferragamo's journey began here, but his…
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There are over 100 million buildings in the world, a number that is absolutely staggering when you try to wrap your head around it.
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Embark on a journey into the lesser-known areas of cinema, where hidden treasures await discovery. The vast archives of great filmmakers contain forgotten masterpieces that deserve a revisit.
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Taliban signs economic pact with Iran

A delegation of high-ranking Taliban officials has visited Iran to sign a deal to invest in the Chabahar port in the country’s south, local media reported. 

The move surprised many, considering strained political ties between Tehran and Kabul since 2023, which have involved deadly border clashes and disputes over water distribution from the Hirmand River. 

On Monday, the Shargh daily reported that despite these tensions, the Taliban wants to invest $35m in commercial, residential, and governmental projects in the Chabahar port and the Chabahar Free Economic Zone.

According to the report, the Taliban's investment will be used in the Fakher construction project, a 25-story high-rise.

Claire's Observations:  So where does the money come from?!?  The following VOA article, posted on 2/06/24 explains this:

Afghan Oil Production Jumps With $49 Million Chinese Investment

 

FILE - An oil installation in an area near Herat, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2009. A Chinese company has invested in oil production in Afghanistan's Amu Darya basin.

FILE - An oil installation in an area near Herat, Afghanistan, Dec. 17, 2009. A Chinese company has invested in oil production in Afghanistan's Amu Darya basin.

A Chinese energy company’s investment of $49 million in Afghanistan’s oil production has helped boost the country's daily crude oil output to more than 1,100 metric tons, but the funding is just one-third of what Beijing originally pledged.

One year ago, China’s Xinjiang Central Asia Petroleum and Gas Co, or CAPEIC, signed a major oil extraction contract with Taliban authorities in Afghanistan. That 25-year contract requires CAPEIC to invest $150 million by the first year and a total of $540 million by 2026.

According to a top Taliban official who spoke to VOA on condition of anonymity, the company fell short of its investment target due to inaccurate estimates of material and labor costs, as well as a three-month delay in the approval of its financial plan by Afghan authorities.

“The investments will add up as the contract stipulates,” the official said, adding that the Taliban’s treasury earned about $26 million from the project last year.

The Amu Darya basin, spanning Afghanistan and Tajikistan, is estimated to contain 962 million barrels of crude oil and 52,025 billion cubic feet of natural gas, according to a 2011 assessment by the U.S. Geological Survey.

To tap into this potential, the Chinese company plans to dig 22 additional wells this year, aiming to increase daily production to more than 2,000 tons, or about 15,000 barrels. One metric ton of crude oil is equal to 7.46 barrels."

So, after all the time in Afghanistan, the US never really understood about the vast oil wealth this country had?!? I am having a double face-plant, at velocity, upon reading this.

The US makes war; China makes deals.  What's wrong with this picture?!?  DAMNED NEAR EVERYTHING!!!!!

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