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A major cellphone outage affected users across the US early Thursday — even stopping some police departments from being able to receive 911 calls.

AT&T seemed to have experienced the largest number of issues, with nearly 32,000 reports at around 4:30 a.m., according to data from DownDetector, which tracks outages by collating status reports from sources including user-submitted errors on its platform.

More than 800 service outages were also reported on T-Mobile and Verizon, although a spokesperson for the latter put it down to users reporting problems trying to call people with other services.

Others reported issues on smaller carriers including Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular and Straight Talk Wireless.

Webmaster addition:  Already it's being claimed that this is an EMP attack by either Russia or China (depending on who is making the report) but a quick look at the outage maps shows very localized disruptions which does not fit the pattern of an EMP attack. In all probability AT&T has suffered a network breakdown somewhere in Texas or Oklahoma and since many of the smaller carriers contract with AT7T for use of excess bandwidth, inevitably they would be affected as well.

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The Republican National Committee’s director of security said that the explanation of the purported January 6 pipe bomb plot, and the response by authorities, “make no sense whatsoever.”

Kenneth Capolino, a former Capitol Police officer who went on to work as the RNC’s director of security, was the man who personally alerted Capitol Police to the bomb near the RNC and managed the emergency response.

Capolino told The Daily Wire, in his first public remarks on the incident, that it looked like a stereotypical IED, or improvised explosive device, that is used by law enforcement in training sessions. “Any of the IED awareness training I’ve been to with law enforcement, that’s like the quintessential training device,” he told The Daily Wire. “That’s exactly what it looks like.”

His firsthand account adds to questions about the purported pipe bombs, which went undetected for a long period of time outside both the RNC and its Democrat counterpart, the Democratic National Committee. The bomb plot is by far the most dramatic part of January 6, but the FBI has made no progress in determining who planted them — and Democrats investigating the plot appear to have gone out of their way to avoid mentioning their existence since.

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Last week, New York Judge Engoron issued a verdict in the Trump civil case. Shocking many Americans, the judge ruled Trump guilty—despite what appeared to be exonerating evidence.

The judge issued a $355 million penalty. And he barred Trump from doing business in New York.

The ruling, it seems, is aimed at trying to cripple Trump financially. To ban him from doing business for three years, New York Democrats may be trying to rob Trump of his ability to make money. But experts pointed out a detail the judge overlooked. And it involves Melania and Ivanka.

From Newsweek:
Trump’s businesses could be saved by his other family members, however, such as his wife Melania Trump, or eldest daughter Ivanka, who left the family company in 2017 to serve in Trump’s White House. Legal experts previously assessed that the former president would be able to hold on to his properties even if barred from conducting business by transferring his company to his family members not included in James’ case.

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There is excellent news for the American industry, economy, and international trade sectors. The discovery of colossal rare earth deposits in Wyoming could essentially restructure the global supply chain of these crucial elements in the near future.

A discovery of 2.34 billion metric tons of rare earth elements (REEs) in a mine outside of Sheridan, Wyoming, has generated great excitement across industries stateside. For one, the reserves are estimated to be bigger than China’s current reserves, implying that this single find could end America’s reliance on Chinese exports if exploited judiciously.

According to available data, the U.S. uses about 8,300 metric tons of these vital elements annually. The Brook Mine in Wyoming is believed to have reserves totaling 1.2 million metric tons, making America the world’s largest processor of some of the most in-demand REEs.

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But well before, in 1940, the Franklin D. Roosevelt administration began to use Lend-Lease to supply military assistance to the Western Allies, acquisitions that they were allowed to purchase on credit.

To this day, however, few are aware of how much by way of armaments was also provided to the Soviet Union via Lend-Lease. This included tanks, artillery, and whole factories to help build the Soviet war machine. It also included equipment needed to eventually build atomic weapons.

All of these transfers to the Soviets were concealed from Congress and the public but originated with actions by actors/agents within the Roosevelt government. U.S./Soviet collaboration was also concealed from Hitler, who said he would not have invaded the Soviet Union had he known of its vast hidden stores of war materiel. This was part of the U.S./British plan to trap Hitler into action that would complete the destruction of Germany begun during World War I.

It wasn’t until after World War II had ended when, under President Harry Truman, the U.S. broke away from its Soviet wartime ally, which now became our enemy when the “Cold War” was engineered into existence.

Few are aware that the impetus for U.S. policy during and after WWII came from the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). Always the most prominent American “think tank” since its inception at the end of WWI, the CFR was/is a U.S.-situated creation of the London/New York-based “Money Power.” The leading U.S. figure in the CFR’s scheming is believed to have been Bernard Baruch. Members of the Rockefeller family and their associates have also been heavily involved in the CFR and have provided funding for much of its program.

Before the CFR came into existence, the U.S. branch of the Money Power had been headed by J.P. Morgan and was concentrated then, as now, in New York City. Allied with Morgan was the newly-minted fortune of John D. Rockefeller. Under the stage-managing of the European Rothschilds, both Morgan and Rockefeller connived in setting up the Federal Reserve in 1913. Col. House was tasked with getting U.S. President Woodrow Wilson to go along and sign the legislation.

The immediate purpose of the Federal Reserve was to provide Great Britain and France with the money to fight Germany in WWI. But France was, and remains, secondary. The Federal Reserve was, above all, central to an Anglo-American objective to take over the world.

U.S. Routinely Violates International Law, with Impunity — And Seeks to Replace U.N.

The purpose of this takeover was to expand the grip over the world economy of the empire of usury. It was through usury, which had been prohibited in Europe during the Middle Ages and by the Islamic religion since its founding, that the world’s bankers have confiscated the wealth of every nation in which they have been allowed to dominate. Usury requires the constant generation of surplus profits to feed the bankers’ greed. Military force is the means by which the proceeds of usury are secured.

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The UK government has quietly admitted that the majority of COVID deaths are from people who received three or more mRNA vaccines for the virus.

The UK government recently released the official figures for Covid deaths in 2022.

The data shows that the vaccinated population accounted for a whopping 92% of Covid-19 deaths throughout the entirety of 2022.

The figures also show that 9 in every 10 Covid deaths in England over the past two years had received three or more of the deadly vaccine.

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Police have fired tear gas at thousands of Indian farmers who resumed their protest march to the capital, New Delhi, after talks with the government failed to end an impasse over their demands for guaranteed crop prices.

The protests come at a crucial time for India, where national elections are due in the coming months and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party is widely expected to secure a third successive term in office.

The farmers began their protest last week but were stopped some 200km (125 miles) from the capital. The authorities are determined to contain the protests, which have renewed the movement from more than two years ago when tens of thousands of farmers had camped out on the outskirts of the city for more than a year.

At the time, the farmers pitched tents, bought food supplies and held out in the sit-in until they forced Modi to repeal new agriculture laws in a major reversal for his government.

This time around, the authorities have barricaded the highways into New Delhi with cement blocks, metal containers, barbed wire and iron spikes to prevent the farmers from entering.

On Wednesday, the farmers arrived at the barricades with bulldozers and excavators to try and push through

Claire's Observations:  I would politely suggest to the Modi government that this is infinitely less viable than is intelligent, hard-won negotiations with the farmers. And please remember: no farmers = no food.

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Republicans are monitoring the possibility of flipping the Senate majority in their favor during the upcoming election, a goal which is becoming more feasible as states claim GOP leadership.

Recent victories in the states of Montana, Maryland, and West Virginia have boosted the hopes of conservative leaders striving to gain control over the federal legislative chambers. Currently, Democrats dominate the Senate 51-49. They are faced with keeping 23 seats during the ongoing cycle, including protecting their claims in red states like Ohio, Montana, and West Virginia.

But key GOP victories in such states have led to increased hope for the Senate to be flipped following the November 2024 election.

One important win for Senate Republicans is the campaign of Larry Hogan, who was the widely liked governor of Maryland (a blue state) from 2015 through 2023. Hogan announced his run for Senate on February 9 via X, formerly Twitter, noting a desire to “fix the broken politics in Washington.”

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It is no secret that the left has been targeting children for years to advance their agenda. One Rhode Island educator witnessed firsthand the extent of how far they will go to ensure they eliminate the possibility of having students able to think for themselves.

Ramona Bessinger, a high school teacher in Providence, wrote a report detailing the “media literacy” program, which received over $700,000 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to DHS, the program, Courageous RI, was designed to combat disinformation. Bessinger, however, stated that the program’s objective was to “indoctrinate children.”

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A recent article in New Scientist, published in mid-February, has sparked controversy by advocating for a more permissive stance on cannibalism.

The publication defines cannibalism as the act of consuming other individuals and surprisingly suggests that ethically, "cannibalism poses fewer issues than you might imagine."

The article goes on to attribute our aversion to cannibalism to "Western religious traditions," which view the human body as sacred. It questions whether historical colonialism, which propagated racist stereotypes of cannibals to justify domination, has influenced our current perceptions.

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A Taliban official said journalists were committing "a major sin" by taking pictures, Afghan media reported on Wednesday.

Television and pictures of living things were banned under the previous Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, but a similar edict has so far not been imposed since authorities took back power in Afghanistan in 2021.

"Taking pictures is a major sin," Mohammad Hashem Shaheed Wror, a senior official in the justice ministry, told a seminar for department staff in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, according to footage broadcast by several media.

Claire's Observations:  Where, in the name of heaven, does the Taliban come up with these people?!?  Apparently, images which were taken by the press, were not to his liking, as the Taliban narrative, and what the images showed, must have been in an absolute collision. 

 Would those in the Taliban who really want to take the country back to the 18th century (including the weaponry) just please cordon off a bit of the country, and just put a wall around it, and not let anyone out or in?!?  That really would resolve their problems.  

I cannot imagine that intelligent Afghanis believe this for a second.

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Since Washington imposed sanctions on NATO member Turkey's defense sector in 2020 due to its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems and excluded Ankara from the F-35 'friends circle,' the country that bridges Europe and Asia has been accelerating the development of its own fifth-generation fighter jet. 

Turkey launched its TF-X project to produce a national combat aircraft in 2016. By 2017, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) signed a deal with Britain's BAE Systems, worth up to $125 million, to develop the next-generation fighter known as "KAAN." 

According to state broadcaster TRT, KAAN took off from an airstrip in Ankara, the capital, on Wednesday. The maiden flight lasted about ten minutes.  

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Google issued what Fox Business described as an "apology" on Wednesday for manually programming their "AI" Gemini to erase white people.

From Fox Business, "Google apologizes after new Gemini AI refuses to show pictures, achievements of White people":

The latest version of Google's Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) will frequently produce images of Black, Native American and Asian people when prompted – but refuses to do the same for White people.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Gemini Experiences Senior Director of Product Management Jack Krawczyk addressed the responses from the AI that had led social media users to voice concern.

"We're working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately," Krawczyk said. "Gemini's AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that's generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it's missing the mark here."

That's the full extent of their "apology." 

Webmaster addition: The real question is why this bias was programmed into the code in the first place. Is Zuckerberg okay with this?

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As the presidential election approaches, the Biden administration is expanding its controversial initiative to control information and censor Americans by funding a new project that tracks the spread of “mis-, dis-, and mal-information (MDM)” by internet users. A public university in South Carolina is getting nearly $1 million from the government to map the spread of MDM in real time and create an online dashboard with an MDM tracker. The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is doling out the funds to researchers at Clemson University to meet its reported mission of “improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.” The NIJ claims it provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal and juvenile justice communities to reduce crime and advance justice.

It is difficult to see how this project meets the agency’s mission, however. The government is giving Clemson researchers a bunch of taxpayer dollars to identify information and opinions it does not like by conducting the “first real-time mapping of the spread of MDM campaigns around contentious public events,” according to the grant announcement. The venture has been named “Networks and Pathways of Violent Extremism: Effectiveness of Mis/Disinformation Campaigns” and researchers assure their work will not be biased even though a leftist administration is funding the work, and most academics are themselves on the left politically. The research is essential, the Biden administration laughably asserts, to avert “violent extremism.” This is the explanation offered in the DOJ’s grant document: “Nationally publicized political events often become focal points of MDM, which are exploited by various individuals and groups to launch disinformation campaigns and trigger spontaneous or crowd-sourced diffusion of disinformation and violent extremism.”

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