“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.  …  Propaganda must always be essentially simple and repetitious. The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly… it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over.”– Joseph Goebbels, German Nazi “Minister of Propaganda and Public Enlightenment”

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by Tyler Durden
Friday, Jul 12, 2024 - 01:45 AM

In 2019, the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which prohibited land-based missile systems with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles. Already Washington has briefly deployed such systems to southeast Asia (Typhon launchers in the Philippines for temporary exercises), which has riled China, but now for the first time nuke-capable missiles will be deployed to Germany.

The US announced Wednesday in relation to the ongoing NATO summit in Washington: "The United States will begin episodic deployments of the long-range fires capabilities of its Multi-Domain Task Force in Germany in 2026, as part of planning for enduring stationing of these capabilities in the future."

US Navy's truck-mounted SM-6 missile launcher

"When fully developed, these conventional long-range fires units will include SM-6, Tomahawk, and developmental hypersonic weapons, which have significantly longer range than current land-based fires in Europe," the statement posted to the White House website adds.

As expected, Russia has reacted with fury to the new missile plan for Germany, with Russian Ambassador to the US Anatoly Antonov stating on Telegram Thursday that the move is a "serious mistake" as "such extremely destabilizing steps are a direct threat to international security and strategic stability."

He further warned that this brings European states like Germany in the crosshairs and that Moscow's patience is limited. The ambassador posed: "Doesn’t Germany understand that the emergence of American missile assets on German soil will lead to these facilities ending up in Russian crosshairs? This is not saber-rattling, it is the simple logic of a normal person."

Claire's Observations:  Ambassador Antonov, a word please.

"Simple logic" is not coming out of the bowels of power in DC anytime soon, unfortunately, and as a 75 year old American citizen who cares about this country's future (we have 4 wonderful kids we treasure in this family; that's why this country's future is important to us.),  I regret having to say what I am about to say.

All individuals have a life cycle;  birth; exploration; maturity; and ultimately, death.

So do countries have a life cycle; and right now, mine (the USA) appears to be in its death throes, but the current gang of thugs in power just will just not let go, so that the problems can be corrected (if they CAN be corrected), and this country, as we both have known it, may just balkanize due to unpayable debt.

As a student of history, you keenly understand the economic considerations which drove the US to participating n World War 1 and World War II; and largely because of the economic mess into which several current administrations have plunged this country, those in "Leadership" (and I use that term very loosely after the Biden/Obama debate) Think it's SWELL time to kick off wars with Russia; China; and the Middle East.

To me, sir, war represents a catastrophic failure of imagination; and unfortunately, President Biden's dementia appears to have become contagious among his "Advisors"; I know this analogy cannot be scientifically true, and yet I look at what this country is doing internationally, and shake my head, and have to wonder if this is not a big part of the problem.

Too many people in the bowels of power in DC are suffering from the delusions of "Hopium/Changium", otherwise called "magical thinking".  It has no relationship with realities on the ground, like weaponry; economy; troop strength; and the moral rightness of a cause.  

This is just how the US government has gotten itself out of a "bind" economically twice before, and the "groupthink" in DC somehow magically believes that war (against anyone they label as "the geopolitical bad guys") is a great way to get out of its current fiscal predicament.

And the deep dilemma for people like me (A Christian pacifist activist, who never advocates violence), is that if the only two candidates from whom you can chose for President on election night are both totally subsumed  by the US  military/industrial complex, what choice to Americans have in terms of a candidate wanting peace and prosperity?!?  Ambassador Antonov, the reality is we have no choice other than to elect a "pro-war President".  The people allegedly representing us, do not represent us at all; they represent only the interests of the monied and wealthy, many of whom are very heavily invested in the US military/industrial complex, and make great profits from  death and destruction globally.

And those, Ambassador Antonov, are our difficulties in this dying republic.  

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, GERMANY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Times square is one of the most visited places in the world, yet a series of recent events has people wondering if its still worth visiting...
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The Middle East Institute is a 78-year-old, nonpartisan Washington think tank with a mission of increasing American understanding of the region. Since its founding in 1946, the organization has been a part of the capital’s foreign affairs firmament, led by distinguished former ambassadors and funded by publicly traded companies, A-list law firms and oil-rich governments. Its current chair is retired four-star Gen. John Abizaid.

That’s why last month’s legal settlement between the organization and the Department of Justice looks at first blush like a cut-and-dried bookkeeping matter rather than an example of 21st century political warfare infecting the formerly staid world of Beltway policy shops.

According to a June 18 announcement from the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the nonprofit agreed to pay $718,558 to settle allegations that it had improperly received hundreds of thousands of dollars in Paycheck Protection Program loans during the pandemic. The organization said the mistakes were inadvertent. “Following the civil settlement, MEI aims to move past this and continue to focus on its work of promoting greater knowledge of the Middle East in the US,” a spokesperson said by email. Nothing to see here.

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A House Judiciary Committee has released a report showing that a cartel of woke advertisers and brands have worked together to demonetize content disfavored by the Global Alliance for Responsible Media (GARM).

Rep. Jim Jordan’s (R-OH) committee has published an interim staff report titled, “”GARM’s Harm: How the World’s Biggest Brands Seek to Control Online Speech.”

Formed by the World Federation of Advertisers (WFA) in 2019, GARM was ostensibly created to help its members achieve what it calls “brand safety.”

But the House Judiciary Committee has found that members of the alliance participated in boycotts and other coordinated action to demonetize specific platforms, podcasts, news outlets and other content that GARM disfavored.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer is privately signaling to donors that he's open to a Democratic presidential ticket that isn't led by President Biden, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: In public, Schumer has been insistent that he is "for Joe." In private, he's singing a different tune.

  • Over the last 12 days, Schumer has been listening to donors' ideas and suggestions about the best way forward for the party, according to three people familiar with the matter.
  • The majority leader is one of several Democrats, including former President Obama and former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who has the political and personal standing to convince Biden to step aside. Even so, Biden can still dig in and the delegates are pledged to him.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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It has been two weeks since palpably senile President Joe Biden delivered the single worst performance ever given in a presidential debate, and the fallout continues to tear the Democratic Party asunder.

For two weeks, most of the left-wing corporate media, joined by a small but growing number of elected Democratic officials, have desperately been trying to convince Uncle Joe and Jill “Lady Macbeth” Biden to stand down. They have done so to no avail. Although some senior Democrats, such as former House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) have wobbled, and a number of party backbenchers have publicly called for Biden to bow out of the race, most of the Democratic Party establishment remains behind their octogenarian presumptive nominee. Perhaps that is why Biden himself, in a Monday letter to Capitol Hill Democrats, forcefully declared his intention to stay in.

With each new headline about the dam breaking, including Hollywood star George Clooney’s blistering New York Times op-ed this week calling for Biden to drop out, the president’s stubborn inner circle only further digs in its heels. As each additional day passes, it seems clearer that Biden will indeed be the Democrats’ standard-bearer this November.

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Robots and other smart machinery will comprise up to one-third of the U.S. military in the next 10-15 years, retired Army Gen. Mark Milley, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said at an Axios event today.

Why it matters: Such widespread adoption of unmanned and artificial intelligence-fueled tools of war would be a major reshaping of the force — one that would also raise serious ethical questions.

What they're saying: "It'll be a fundamental change, and I would argue that other nations' militaries are going to be similarly designed," Milley said at Axios' Future of Defense event.

  • The number of human troops, he added, "will probably be reduced as you move toward robotic systems."
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Pro-Israel lobbyists have donated to 13 out of Labour’s 25 cabinet members since they were first elected to parliament, Declassified can reveal.

The list of recipients includes prime minister Keir Starmer, his deputy Angela Rayner,  chancellor Rachel Reeves, foreign secretary David Lammy and home secretary Yvette Cooper.

Jonathan Reynolds, who will oversee arms exports to Israel as UK trade secretary, is another beneficiary, alongside Labour’s election mastermind Pat McFadden, whose responsibilities now include national security.  

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Webmaster addition: America lacks STEM graduates. But at least they know all the correct gender pronouns!

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Does China sense weakness in the White House?  In recent days Chinese troops have been sent to Belarus for military exercises, dozens of Chinese military aircraft have been threatening Taiwan, and four Chinese military vessels were even detected off the coast of Alaska.  So why has China decided to become so aggressive all of a sudden?  Right now, Joe Biden is facing endless questions about his competency, and those around him are focused on fighting for his political survival.  So could foreign adversaries such as China use this window of opportunity to do things that they may not normally attempt to do?
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Max Blumenthal investigates the complex and controversial topic of Israelis killing their own, exploring the implications of the Hannibal Directive. In this thought-provoking discussion, Blumenthal examines the internal conflicts within Israeli society and the military policy's role in shaping the narrative broadcast on main steam media. Blumenthal and The Gray were one of the first to bring to light the order from the Israeli Government to issue the Hannibal Directive to the IDF. Gain insights into the societal tensions, political dynamics, and human rights considerations at play in Israel today.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Joe Biden's senior officials struggled to keep their composure when the president mistook Donald Trump for Kamala Harris last night - as dozens of Democrat lawmakers prepared to turn against him. 

Biden also mistook Ukraine's President Zelensky for his arch-enemy Vladimir Putin in a disastrous press conference as fellow Dems launched a coordinated effort to go public with demands he withdraw from the race for The White House.

The president was warned he now faces a 'brutal' 48 hours. 

Former president Barack Obama held emergency talks with Nancy Pelosi who had been urging Biden's critics to stay silent ahead of last night's make or break NATO press conference.

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A Daily Show correspondent was in for a shock when he gathered a focus group of black voters and half of them revealed they were set to cast a ballot for Donald Trump.

The segment was filmed following the release of an Ipsos poll that showed Biden's support among African Americans had dropped 20 points from 2020 after his disastrous Atlanta debate with Trump.

The liberal comedy show's segment appeared to emulate this poll, as correspondent Josh Johnson gathered a half dozen black voters to talk about their reaction to the debate.

Johnson started off the segment, titled 'Do We F*** With Trump?' by asking the six people - three men and three women - who they'd vote for.

Three of them said Trump, albeit one with some reservations, leaving Johnson in shock.

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This is what a 'big boy' press conference looks like: Two teleprompt screens, a list of vetted journalists and press aides with microphones, ready to silence tricky questions.

The White House had leaned into the term, first used by a reporter, to signify that President Joe Biden would offer a no-holds-barred demonstration of his ability to parry tough questions.

Yet even with the guard rails of screens, fussing aides and an opening statement, Biden struggled at times with a raspy throat, botched lines and meandering answers.

He was asked whether Kamala Harris could beat Donald Trump if she was top of the ticket, and answered in excruciating fashion. 

'Look, I wouldn't have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if I didn't think she was not qualified to be vice president,' he said, triggering a Republican meme avalanche, with mashups of Harris and Trump appearing rapidly online.

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Donald Trump and Joe Biden traded barbs on social media after the current president's embarrassing gaffe where he confused the name of his predecessor and Vice President Kamala Harris

Biden was asked whether Harris could beat Donald Trump if she was top of the ticket at the start of a Q&A with the press to end the NATO Conference, and answered in excruciating fashion. 

'Look, I wouldn't have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president if I didn't think she was not qualified to be vice president,' he said, triggering a Republican meme avalanche, with mashups of Harris and Trump appearing rapidly online.

Trump took to his Truth Social page and immediately after and savaged the miscue: 'Crooked Joe begins his 'Big Boy' Press Conference with, 'I wouldn't have picked Vice President Trump to be vice president, though I think she was not qualified to be president.' Great job, Joe!' 

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Barack Obama has gone to bat for his former vice president. Democrats mull dumping Biden for another candidate. But Obama has come out to support Joe, even though all signs point to Biden suffering cognitive decline. Even Democrat doctors are suggesting Biden is suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

What will Obama do to save his protégé? Barry is demanding the party fall in line with Biden, even though the ailing Democrat could doom their November ticket.

But, Obama might not be as loyal to Joe as some think. Think week, the liberal apple cart was rattled by an op-ed from George Clooney. The big Democrat donor wants Biden to step down. And, as it turns out, Obama might have been involved in that article. Which raises the question, what is old Barry up to?

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The walls are finally closing in on the corrupt Joe Biden administration.

For years, members of the Biden administration have been working overtime to hide his cognitive decline from the American people. They’ve colluded with both the mainstream media and Democrats in an attempt to ensure that Americans would not be able to see just how dire Biden’s mental state has become.

Unfortunately for them, however, they couldn’t protect Biden on the debate stage last month. There, it became painfully obvious that Biden’s staffers have gone to great lengths to hide the fact that the president of the United States’ cognitive abilities are simply not up to par.

Now, some of these Biden staffers may finally be held accountable for what they’ve done.

From Daily Wire:
House Republicans are cranking up the pressure on the White House over suspicions that staffers are trying to cover up potentially damning information about President Joe Biden after his poor debate performance as the 81-year-old runs for a second term.

Oversight Chairman James Comer (R-KY) announced on Wednesday he subpoenaed three of Biden’s aides whom, according to Axios, are believed to have put together a “cocoon” over the president amid concerns about him experiencing a decline in cognitive health.

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President Biden and his allies have been fighting a mutiny. More and more Democrats are calling for him to step down. They believe that he is too cognitively impaired to lead the country. For now, the president has been able to stave off a coup. Although, anything can happen in the coming days.

Reports indicate that morale is low among Biden staffers. His team has tried to rally the troops. But things are looking worse than the Clinton campaign on Election Night, 2016.

But if Biden wants to stay in this thing, he has to make some smart choices. That, he is clearly not doing. Reports indicate that he has been walled off from many of his staff. And, to the shock of many, he has a new “chief of staff” making key decisions for his administration. And it’s the very worst people imaginable.

From Breitbart:
Convicted felon Hunter Biden is reportedly the “acting chief of staff” to President Joe Biden, usurping Jeff Zients in that designated role.

The Biden family, which made millions from foreign business deals while Joe Biden was in and out of office, is helping to keep Biden in the race, a source told the Daily Beast on Wednesday…

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Cable news often gets called out for having a liberal bias. I don’t have to tell you how many Americans are sick of the obvious trend. Conservatives are maligned and dismissed. Meanwhile, Democrats are portrayed as heroes. Even as viewers complain, outlets double down on this scheme.

Big surprise to learn that trust in the mainstream media is at an all-time low. And traditional news outlets are watching their audiences shrivel up.

Perhaps the biggest loser has been CNN. They’ve seen their reputation collapse in recent years. Not only are viewers sick of the bias, but they were shocked to learn about the corruption among the network’s top brass. The previous leaders were canned and their new chief executive has been forced to salvage what is left. Now, he is announcing major overhauls.

From CNN:
Mark Thompson, the CNN chief executive appointed last year to modernize the news network, unveiled a set of sweeping changes to the iconic outlet Wednesday, announcing plans to build a billion-dollar digital business, experiment with artificial intelligence and overhaul key newsroom structures.

The far-reaching measures, which Thompson described to staffers in a memo as a “key milestone in the transformation of CNN,” will result in about 100 employees, or about three percent of the workforce, being laid off. Those employees, Thompson said, will be eligible for severance packages.

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Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA) has long been one of the biggest embarrassments in Congress.

For years, the 85-year-old has repeatedly made a fool of herself. Whether she’s ranting nonsensically against Republicans or speaking unintelligibly about who knows what, Waters continues to show the world that literally anybody can be in Congress, regardless of how ignorant they are.

During an interview with CNN earlier this week, Waters humiliated herself once again when she had a hair malfunction on live TV. As she was asked about President Joe Biden’s mental capabilities, Waters could be seen constantly adjusting her hair.

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President Biden has, so far, refused to drop out of the race. His surrogates are playing a nationwide game of gaslighting as if over 50 million Americans didn’t see Biden crash and burn during the debate. Even Democrat doctors are saying he has Parkinson’s disease. Yet neither the White House nor Joe’s campaign is copping to reality.

This week, Biden tried to corral congressional Democrats. It does not seem as if that meeting went over well.

The campaign is trying to salvage Biden’s failing prospects. But even Hollywood liberals see the writing on the wall. Time is running out for the party. And now, Biden’s campaign has been hit by a major loss. The thing he needs the most right now is drying up fast.

From The Blaze:
An NBC News report cited several sources close to the Biden re-election campaign saying that campaign donations had imploded since the disastrous presidential debate.

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Since the start of the year, Biden has seen his reelection chances dwindle. Long before his terrible debate performance, he had seen key demographics turn on him. Biden is losing support from groups Democrats have long dominated. The reasons are obvious, Biden’s failures as a president have been outraging many groups.

But nobody expected this to happen, even with Biden’s many failures. This news could turn the entire election on its head.

A new survey is gauging how one key demographic is leaning. This group has been hurt by Biden’s economic policies, even though the media rarely reported on it. Biden tried to buy their votes, but it hasn’t been enough to win them back. Many of these Americans are feeling the brunt of Biden’s radical policies. And it seems, they are doing something never before seen.

From Newsweek:
Young people appear to be flocking to the Republican Party, according to the figures in a new poll from the Pew Research Center that surveyed Americans’ party affiliation.

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former President Barack Obama held emergency talks on what to do about Joe Biden at the top of the Democratic ticket - and did not come to a consensus. 

Neither is sure what to do - but they agree it has become much harder for Democrats to win in November since Biden's disastrous debate performance, according to CNN

Democrats are 'begging' either Obama or Pelosi to help quell the infighting. The pair of political powerhouses have Biden's ear, moreso than Senate Democrat Leader Chuck Schumer or House Democratic Leader Hakeem Jeffries. 

Three more House Democrats have come out and called on Biden to drop out of the running since his post-NATO news conference Thursday night - including top Intelligence Committee Democrat Jim Himes, Conn. That brings the total number of House Democrats up to 17. 

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