"Every record has been destroyed or falsified, every book rewritten, every picture has been repainted, every statue and street building has been renamed, every date has been altered. And the process is continuing day by day and minute by minute. History has stopped. Nothing exists except an endless present in which the Party is always right." -- George Orwell, 1984"

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Russia may take extra steps in the area of nuclear deterrence if the United States deploys intermediate and short-range missiles in Europe and Asia, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told the state RIA news agency in an interview.

RIA referred to U.S. plans, announced in April, to deploy missiles in the Indo-Pacific region in response to what Washington sees as growing Chinese militarisation.

Such deployments would have previously been outlawed under the landmark 1987 Intermediate-range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty with Russia which the United States formally withdrew from in 2019 after saying that Moscow was violating the accord, an accusation the Kremlin denied.

Moscow has long warned it would scrap a moratorium it proposed after the treaty lapsed on the deployment of short and medium range missiles if Washington went ahead with plans to deploy such missiles in Asia and Europe.

Lavrov told RIA that Russia might have to take other steps too.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The Biden administration made a sharp U-turn on sanctioning the International Criminal Court of Justice, amid warnings from lawmakers and human rights groups against the move.

“They (the Biden administration) realised that sanctions won’t change the outcome and it will begin to make the US look like a pariah state,” Adam Weinstein, deputy director of the Middle East programme at the Quincy Institute for Responsible Statecraft, told Middle East Eye.

“It is the kind of move you’d expect from an illiberal dictatorship,” he added. 

At a Senate hearing last week, Republican Senator Lindsey Graham told Secretary of State Antony Blinken that he wanted a bipartisan effort to sanction the ICC, in response to its prosecutor's call for arrest warrants for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Defence Minister Yoav Gallant.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Elon Musk criticized the verdict that made Donald Trump the first former American president to be criminally convicted Thursday, with the Tesla boss claiming that the trial had been politically motivated.

After Trump was found guilty on 34 felony counts of falsifying business records in relation to a scheme to silence a porn star and unlawfully influence the 2016 election, Musk moaned that the history-making outcome of the trial is bad news for all Americans. “Indeed, great damage was done today to the public’s faith in the American legal system,” he wrote in a post on X.

Webmaster addition: Okay, Elon. Let's see you clean up the liberal bias and bots on X!

Top 10 Companies That Step on First Amendment Freedoms
https://www.dailysignal.com/2024/05/24/legal-group-ranks-top-10-companies-that-step-first-amendment-freedoms/
And X is at the top of the list! 
 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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 by Dave DeCamp 

On Saturday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he accepted an invitation from congressional leaders to address a joint session of Congress in Washington.

Netanyahu wrote on X that he was “thrilled” to have the opportunity to address the House and the Senate and said he would present the “truth” about Israel’s onslaught in Gaza.

Claire's Observations:  Mr. Prime Minister, there is only one word for what your military is doing in Gaza;  it's called genocide, sir, and there is no weasel-wording around it.

And if, as your regime claims, you are want to "...destroy Hamas", why, please, are most of the victims of this carnage women and children?!?  I've seen - and linked to - the images, and they are pretty horrific.  

Oh, and there is also the issue of tearing up sewage systems, in refugee camps, so people are more vulnerable to opportunistic diseases (saves the IDF on bullets, doesn't it?!?)

Also, why  are  you destroying hospitals, and killing/torturing/maiming medical professionals attempting to care for the wounded?!?

And lastly, Mr. Prime Minister, I would like to politely remind you that collective punishment.... is a war crime, as is intentional starvation;and your regime has been miserably culpable in both areas.

The day you address Congress will most likely be the day when we will see many protests against this genocide, around the country.

I pray (literally) that they will be peaceful, and not subject to "outside agitators" trying to make the demonstrators appear to be violently nuts.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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If Democrats needed further confirmation that prosecuting Donald Trump on an obscure misdemeanor elevated to a felony just for him... (while the same DA reduced 60% of felonies to misdemeanors last year), the Trump campaign has raised over $200 million since Thursday's verdict in the former president's New York 'hush money' trial.

Of that, $70 million was from small donors, and 30% of the total were first-time donors to a political campaign, Eric Trump told Fox News' Maria Bartiromo on Sunday.

"I mean, these are Americans who are p*ssed off, said the younger Trump. "They're coming out of the woodwork and they want to support a guy that they just believe is getting bamboozled by a system.

"We saw it with Impeachment one, we saw it with Impeachment two, we see it where they weaponize every liberal DA and AG across the country with one intent: To take him down, to slander him, to ruin his reputation, to try and divide his family, to try and bankrupt him, to throw him in jail, to do whatever the hell they can do," he added.

"America sees through it. They know exactly what's going on."

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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You can get a really good idea how the U.S. economy is doing by watching restaurants in your area.  When the economy is booming, restaurant parking lots are full and chains are feverishly establishing new locations.  But when the economy is struggling, restaurants get a lot less traffic and poor performing locations get shut down.  Sadly, in 2024 it appears that a “restaurant apocalypse” has started to sweep across America.  Most people have very little discretionary income to spend as a result of our cost of living crisis, and that is particularly true for our young adultsAmericans under the age of 40 love to eat out, but these days most of them are experiencing financial stress, and this is having an enormous impact on the restaurant industry.

Tags: ECONOMY
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Vasos said self checkout will remain in a limited number of higher volume stores. He added that the shift away from self checkout will drive increased customer engagement and should position the company to begin reducing "shrink", aka theft, in the second half of 2024 with a material impact expected in 2025.

"Shrink continues to be the most significant headwind in our business," Vasos said, addressing soaring retail theft.

In addition to cutting self-checkouts, Vasos said the company’s supply chain teams are also addressing shrink on other fronts that include ensuring deliveries are on time and made in full. He said Dollar General is also focusing on delivering a more consistent front end staffing presence and removing high-shrink SKUs.

A focus on reducing store manager turnover is also part of Dollar General’s shrink reduction initiatives. Vasos said the company is seeing year over year reductions in turnover in all levels within its retail operations, including regional director, district manager, store managers, assistant store managers and sales associates.

Tags: ECONOMY
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India completed its seven-phase election process for the Lower House (Lok Sabha) of parliament on June 1, with results likely to be officially announced on June 4, but it appears likely is that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi is likely to win a third consecutive term in office, exit polls suggest.

Analysts warn the polls, released by various news agencies, have often been wrong in the past and are not impartial. However, they have placed Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) as the frontrunner in the general election.

The BJP, the main opposition Congress party and regional rivals battled it out in a fierce campaign over seven phases of polling.

A party or coalition needs 272 seats in parliament to form a government. The BJP led-coalition, the National Democratic Alliance (NDA), will cross this target - according to exit polls, which forecast it being close to taking about two-thirds of the seats.

In his first comments after voting ended, Modi claimed victory without referring to the exit polls.

Tags: PAKISTAN/ INDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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German government records have shown that the country naturalised over 200,000 immigrants in 2023 alone, which amounts to more than the entire population of more than half of its cities.

The statistics, released by the German Federal Statistical Office reveal that most of the immigrants came from Syria, with 75,485 receiving German citizenship in 2023.

Most of them arrived in the country in 2015 and 2016 when former Chancellor Angela Merkel opened the floodgates.

A further 10,735 German passports were handed to Turkish immigrants in 2023, with a further 10,710 Iraqi nationals becoming German citizens.

The overall number is the highest in a quarter of a century. There has been a more than 50 percent increase in Iraqis, Syrians, and Afghans becoming citizens compared to the previous year.

A statement from the right wing Alternative For Germany (AfD) Party noted that the amount of immigrants becoming citizens “is more people than the population of Potsdam, Saarbrücken or Leverkusen.”

“The number of naturalizations has thus reached a historic record level, while the traffic-light coalition and the CDU want to fool us into believing that migration is being limited,” the statement further urged.

The massive uptick in naturalised citizens is being put down to a change in the law which allows immigrants to much more easily and quickly obtain passports.

Tags: GERMANY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Young girls are starting their first periods earlier than they have in previous decades—a shift associated with adverse health outcomes later in life.

A new study published on May 29 in JAMA Network Open revealed that the median age at menarche has remained relatively stable at around 12 years, and the proportion of girls starting menstruation before age 11 has significantly increased over time.

Menarche, or the first menstrual period, marks the beginning of the monthly hormonal cycle and reproductive lifespan. Additionally, it signifies the end of female puberty.

Researchers with the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health’s Apple Women’s Health Study examined data from more than 71,000 U.S. women born between 1950 and 2005, encompassing various ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. They aimed to determine the age at which these women experienced their first menstrual cycle and how long it took for their cycle to become regular.

The study found that nearly 16 percent of women born between 2000 and 2005 started their menstrual cycles between ages 9 and 11, compared to almost 9 percent of those born between 1950 and 1969. Additionally, researchers observed an increase in the number of women experiencing irregular menstrual cycles for three years or more after menarche.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The US Secret Service on Friday said that Donald Trump's conviction in his 'hush money' trial will have "no bearing" on whether the agency will protect him.

According to the agency, "today’s outcome has no bearing on the manner in which the United States Secret Service carries out its protective mission," adding that "our security measures will proceed unchanged," the Epoch Times' Jack Phillips reports.

Trump was convicted on 34 felony counts for falsifying business records in connection with a 2016 payment to porn star Stormy Daniels. He will face sentencing on July 11, during which Judge Juan Merchan could toss the former president in jail. Prosecutors have not indicated whether they will push for this, while Manhattan DA Alvin Bragg (who downgraded 60% of felonies in his district to misdemeanors, while elevating a an obscure, rarely prosecuted crime to a felony in Trump's case).

As the Epoch Times notes, several weeks ago, the Secret Service issued a similar statement to The Epoch Times regarding how it would handle the former president’s security if he were jailed, coming after Judge Merchan warned him that he would be prepared to send him to jail over comments that he said violated his earlier gag order.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Boeing is literally facing a Foreigner style “Final Countdown” like no one has ever witnessed before in the history of Fortune 100 companies.

The only people facing a worse Foreigner style countdown are the Jews.

Sorry, that song is by Europe. I think it should have been by Foreigner, but that isn’t really my choice I guess. I mean, Europeans are foreigners to me. Right?

Anyway, Boeing can do all of the damage control they want, they can kill whistleblowers and whatever, but in the end: the planes are still in the air, and none of them are safe, and a massive disaster is bound to happen eventually.

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Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS
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Star Rookie of Whiteness Caitlin Clark has been getting knocked around by cheap shots in her first weeks in the black lesbian-dominated WNBA. The press is trying hard not to point out the obvious racism, much less the heterophobia, of the violence.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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“For two years Biden was absolutely adamant that no US weapons could be used to strike Russia. Now he reverses the policy — aka, he lied. So where’s the pushback? Congress, media? What could be of greater consequence than lying the country into war with a nuclear superpower?” — Michael Tracey

Are the peoples of the Western world so completely insouciant that they do not notice that their politicians are pushing them into direct conflict with Russia? It seems Hungarians are the only European people who have any sense.
https://www.rt.com/news/598644-budapest-peace-march-nato/

The Kremlin could not issue any warnings more dire, and in response moronic Western politicians provoke harder. Are they unable to comprehend that they are provoking a nuclear war, or is it their intention to provoke a nuclear war?

Biden, Blinken, and NATO have made another U-turn. The long range missiles that Ukraine could not use for attacks on Russian territory can now be used that way, but, for now, only on military targets. But the distinction between military and non-military targets is a distinction without meaning or substance. All modern wars are attacks on civilians and infrastructure.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Joe Biden is trying to end the war in Gaza. He’s not trying that hard. But he’s trying.

Biden knows that the Democratic base is on fire. He knows that for a certain bloc of voters in American society – Genocide is not acceptable. Sadly, most people will go along fine with a genocide. That’s what history tells us and what the U.S. establishment is demonstrating right now. Samantha Power wrote a whole book about the Sarajevo genocide and launched a great career but now she’s a top Biden aide and just keeps her head down. It’s not fair to single her out — because all the editorial writers and politicians have a similar stance. It’s a terrible thing that so many civilians and babies are being killed by American weaponry in Gaza, but hey, look what Hamas did on October 7. That’s the ultimate in whatabboutery. What about Hamas? While we are burning up civilians.

Something else they do, on the cables and PBS, is to publicize the poll showing that only 8 percent of the U.S. population thinks that the Gaza war is an issue for the U.S. So it hardly matters in the presidential race, after inflation, immigration, guns, climate change, abortion, crime and racial equality. (But that poll is obviously biased. It’s by my old friend Mark Penn, a longtime supporter of right-wing Israeli politicians).

They can say that all they want. Let’s say only one in 12 care about genocide– for or against it. 8 percent is an important bloc in a presidential race that is sure to be decided by a single digit. And the Democratic base is on fire. Many Democrats don’t want to vote for a president who has approved genocide.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Israel’s Smotrich Threatens To Turn West Bank Into ‘Ruins’ Like Gaza

Smotrich holds a minister position in the Defense Ministry that gives him power to expand settlements in the West Bank by Dave DeCamp June 2, 2024 at 2:24 pm ET Categories NewsTags Israel, Palestine

Israeli Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich has threatened Palestinians in the West Bank that Israel could turn their cities “into ruins like the Gaza Strip.”

Smotrich’s threat comes as violence from Israeli soldiers and settlers in the West Bank against Palestinians continues to escalate. Since October 7, over 500 Palestinians have been killed in the territory.

In a video posted on May 30, Smotrich addressed his “neighbors beyond the fence” in the West Bank cities of Tulkarem, Nur al-Shams, Shuweika, and Qalqilya.

“We will turn you into ruins like in the Gaza Strip if the terror you are inflicting on the settlements continues. Terrorism against the citizens of Israel must stop,” Smotrich said, according to HuffPost.

Smotrich, leader of the Religious Zionism party, is a settler himself and holds another minister position in the Defense Ministry that gives him the power to expand settlements in the West Bank, essentially making him the occupation governor of the territory.

Smotrich and other members of the Netanyahu government are not shy about their desire to annex the West Bank and push Palestinians out. When the government was first formed in December 2022, the coalition released a statement that said it would prioritize the expansion of West Bank settlements, with annexation being the ultimate goal

Claire's Observations  Minister Smotrich, we do, very completely, understand your quasi-religious zeal about getting Palestinians "out of the West Bank and Gaza."  and this scares the stuffing out of thinking people, including many of your brother and sister Israelis. 

But short of assassinating them all,  the mandate for which we understand is being feverishly implemented courtesy of the Assassination Nation's Murder Machine,  (the ANMM, FKA the IDF),  to where, please, are they supposed to migrate, when neighboring countries cannot take them in, like Egypt, which is struggling with a baby boom in the poorest of its communities, and can barely handle that right now?!?  Jordan is up to its ears in Palestinian migrants, and cannot accept any more.  

Your regime consistently talks about "voluntary migration", but to where?!?

Before the genocide in Gaza, you could have potentially had a conversation with the leadership of the House of Saud, or the leadership in the Emirates; unfortunately, right now, the collective response is going to be  one big, fat "Fugettaboutit"! 

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EGYPT, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The armed forces of North Korea, the Korean People’s Army, on May 30 launched a large salvo using over a dozen new KN-25 600mm rocket artillery systems, deploying both wheeled and tracked variants of the system in a significant show of force. State media outlets highlighted that the demonstration showed that the country was ready to carry out pre-emptive strikes on its adversaries, with 18 long range rockets fired. The KN-25 is by far the worlds longest ranged rocket artillery system in service anywhere in the world outside China, and has an engagement range of approximately 400km - longer than those of many ballistic missile types. Introduced from 2019, there have been multiple indications that the system has been produced on a very large scale, and has been deployed in both nuclear armed and conventionally armed variants. There has also been considerable speculation along Western sources that some variants could carry chemical weapons. The U.S. Congressional Research Service has reported that the system  “blurs the line between rocket and missile,” sporting “advanced avionics, inertial and satellite guidance systems, and aerodynamic structures.” 

Tags: KOREA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Mexico has elected Claudia Sheinbaum, a former mayor of the capital, as the country’s first female president after a heated election on Sunday, with the nation’s top election authority projecting a comfortable win for the 61-year-old physicist-turned-politician.

Sheinbaum, a protege of Mexico’s outgoing President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, is expected to win more than 58 percent of the national vote, the National Electoral Institute of Mexico (INE) said, in what is known as a “quick count” of the vote.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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  • More than one million people forcefully displaced from Rafah, as Israeli forces kill 40 people in last 24 hours in attacks across Gaza.
  • Doubts grow over the latest truce proposal after Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant, who are facing potential arrest warrants from the ICC, cast doubt on the US-backed proposal.
  • Hamas spokesman Osama Hamdan has welcomed the truce plan but told Al Jazeera on Sunday that the group is yet to receive any written documents.
  • Jabalia and Beit Hanoon have been declared “disaster areas” shortly after an Israeli military operation in the northern Gaza cities.
Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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It was a case where the president’s words — and his administration’s actions — did not seem to match.

On Tuesday, the International Court of Justice announced that Mexico had requested to join South Africa’s case accusing the Israeli government of committing genocide against the Palestinian people in Gaza.

But the very next day, Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, known as AMLO, refused to define Israel’s actions as genocide.

“We don’t want to put ourselves into a definition of this type that, instead of resolving a conflict, aggravates it,” he said in his morning news conference.

It was the latest evidence of Lopez Obrador’s ambiguous, somewhat contradictory stance towards Israel and its war in Gaza, which is nearing its eighth month.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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When a book titled Terrorism: A Very Short Introduction, written by the British professor and historian Charles Townshend, was found by police near the pro-Palestine student encampment at Columbia University, it was held up by New York Police Department (NYPD) Deputy Commissioner Kaz Daughtry as evidence of some kind of foreign, radicalising influence on student activism.

Apparently, for Daughtry, reading a book on terrorism is evidence of radicalisation. Knowing about terrorism makes you at risk of committing terrorism. Finding a book near a student encampment confirms that pro-Palestine solidarity is linked to terrorism.

What Daughtry was arguably trying to do was darken Palestine activism on college campuses across the United States with the association of terrorism.

But doing so did not require much ideological work. After all, Daughtry had the media establishment on his side, an industry that had been furiously working well before October 7 to ensure that Palestinian resistance was entrenched in the public imaginary as a “conflict” between so-called moderates and extremists and to set Palestinian violence as “terrorism” in opposition to Israeli violence as “self-defence”.

However, the cracks emerging in the dominant narrative – exemplified by the student-led sit-in at Columbia University – required Daughtry to pose with a college textbook in a cringe-inducing photo spectacle.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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