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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) recently appeared on MSNBC’s “All In” to express her insane concerns about the lack of accountability and consequences for ethical breaches within the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS). She argued that the court’s current stance, particularly that of Justice Alito, is “laughable” and “completely unacceptable.”

Ocasio-Cortez emphasized the dangers of allowing any of the coequal branches of government to operate without accountability to the others. “It is paving the path to authoritarianism, tyranny, the abuse of power in the United States,” she warned.

The congresswoman criticized the notion that the Supreme Court should only be accountable to itself, likening it to a “scout’s promise” approach to ethics standards for one of the most consequential courts in the country. She stressed that such a system is “structurally, completely unsustainable.”

Ocasio-Cortez called for Congress to exercise its power and jurisdiction over the Supreme Court to address what she sees as a “fundamentally unaccountable and rogue court.” She questioned not whether Congress has the authority to do so, but rather what specific actions should be taken to rein in the court’s power.

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In a significant development, four Bridgeport, Connecticut residents have been charged with illegal possession of absentee ballots and other election-related crimes stemming from the 2019 mayoral primary. The charges, announced by Chief State’s Attorney Patrick J. Griffin, follow an extensive investigation into election misconduct.

The individuals charged are Alfredo Castillo, Wanda Geter-Pataky, Josephine Edmonds, and Nilsa Heredia, all associated with Democratic campaigns. Geter-Pataky is a prominent member of the city’s Democratic Town Committee, Castillo is a city councilman allied with Mayor Joe Ganim, and both Heredia and Edmonds worked on mayoral campaigns.

The Connecticut Division of Criminal Justice reported that the State Elections Enforcement Commission (SEEC) investigation uncovered serious violations. These include mishandling absentee ballots, failing to maintain proper records, and tampering with witnesses. The charges were filed after a nearly year-long criminal investigation.

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A U.S. Navy nuclear-powered fast attack submarine has arrived in Guantanamo Bay, near the American base in Cuba as part of what U.S. Southern Command says is a "routine visit", but coincides with a visit by four Russian naval vessels, including one of its nuclear-powered submarines, which Moscow says is intended to send a message to Washington, along with its recent joint nuclear exercises with Belarus. 

Tags: CUBA/CARIBBEAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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By Drago Bosnic

For decades, the political West was resting on its laurels after “winning” the (First) Cold War. It also expanded the tentacles of its malignant power projection to every corner of the world, including Russia itself, where liberal exponents of US/EU/NATO implanted themselves in the Kremlin, ensuring that Moscow’s economic might is ruined, so that the Eurasian giant can never recover, let alone return to superpower status. Keeping Russia down was one of the crucial aspects of the infamous Wolfowitz Doctrine and one of the first documents published by the abominable Clinton administration. This unequivocally imperialist strategy that even many Americans thought was too much ended up killing millions of people across the globe and perpetuated an unprecedented aggression against the world that lasts to this very day.

Keeping Moscow in a subservient state was imperative, a problem that the current Russian leadership had to contend with even after Vladimir Putin became president. It took him and his team at least 10-12 years to cure the Eurasian giant of the (neo)liberal disease in the Kremlin, while the remnants of its power were purged only in 2020, when invaluable constitutional reforms brought back Russia’s sovereignty in full.

Claire's Observations:  Can ANYONE out there, please tell me with a straight face why, with the full force of US and EU sanctions against it, Russia now has a flourishing economy during wartime?!?!?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, EUROPE, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito understands the legacy media's game.

For more than a year, media outlets — specifically, ProPublica — have worked to delegitimize the Supreme Court by suggesting that Alito and Justice Clarence Thomas are guilty of unethical behavior. The biased investigations have uncovered no actual evidence to prove the broadside attacks.

In a newly released audio recording, Alito revealed the reason why he believes media outlets are targeting him and his colleagues.

The recording was captured at a Supreme Court Historical Society event on June 3 at which progressive "advocacy journalist" Lauren Windsor secretly recorded Alito and his wife at the event by lying to them.

The newest recording was secretly captured by Windsor's colleague, Ally Sammarco.

In the recording, Sammarco tried to flatter Alito by calling him an "American hero," a compliment that he rebuffed. She then asked a leading question about why the Supreme Court "is being so attacked and being so targeted by the media these days."

"Well, I think it’s a simple reason: They don’t like our decisions," Alito responded.

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These are the words of Serbia’s President Aleksander Vucic. He ought to know. He is in the middle of it. He thinks Europe will be at war with Russia in “not more than three or four months,” if that long.

President Vucic says “no one is attempting to stop the war. Nobody is speaking about peace. Peace is almost a forbidden word.” Scroll down for text and 5 minute video

  The Ever Widening War

Hungarian leader Viktor Orban has a similar view as does Slovakian president Robert Fico, who survived a recent assassination attempt.

In Western Europe, UK, and Washington everyone is talking about wider war with long range missiles used for attacks deep into Russia. Such attacks cannot revive the defeated Ukrainian military. Their purpose seems to be to provoke Russia into a retaliation that Washington can use to widen the war.

President Vucic is correct. The West is making no effort–indeed, is avoiding all effort–to defuse the dangerous situation. Instead, the West is throwing oil on fire with long range missile attacks and French troops sent into Ukraine.

It has been completely clear from day one that Putin’s limited drawn-out war enabled the West to get more and more involved into the conflict to the point that the conflict now is really between the West and Russia. As President Vucic says, the West’s prestige is now involved and the West cannot permit Russia to prevail.

It seems that Putin might have finally realized that the war is no longer limited to Donbas and has become a wider threat that is not subject to negotiation on terms that Russia can accept.

Now that Putin is backed into a corner with the prospect of NATO missiles striking deep into Russia, President Vucic’s expectation that war is close at hand is understandable. The way matters are shaping up, the avoidance of war depends on how many provocations the Kremlin will accept and for how long. Putin needs to quickly knock Ukraine out of the war before Ukraine fills up with NATO military personnel.

Zelensky’s term has expired, making him illegitimate. Russian forces should quickly take Kiev, install a new government agreeable to Ukraine as a neutral country and to the reunification of Donbas with Russia.

I don’t know if Putin still has time to avoid a larger war by quickly winning the current conflict or whether Putin has been fighting on the cheap and lacks the force size to take Kiev and control the country.

If Putin has been too limited in his goal and too parsimonious with his means, he has bought himself a wider war.

Claire's Observations:  I am praying (literally) that this guy is dead wrong, but looking at all the signs and signals, it appears that nations are choosing up sides for the next World War.  You see a ratcheting up of tensions to a huge degree; more armaments getting made and deployed; limits being "relaxed" as to what Ukraine can do with US-made weaponry; and a flight from the US dollar, courtesy of the BRICS nations, which are conducting their business in local national currencies.

I know I sound like a chipped CD on this, but PLEASE:  additional medications for yourself and those you love (including household pets); potable water; storable food, both canned and freeze-dried; batteries; and if possible, a generator.

I know that there are those among us who are in absolute denial, that such a war would ever hit Homeland America; I beg you to please think again.  As we are not in a major metropolitan area, I think we are a little more safe than those who are.

But to those who are in a major metropolitan area, please think about having a "bugout kit" that can go from home to car in a heartbeat, and have a plan about how you are going to get to where you need to go safely.

 

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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An Indiana cop has resigned after it was revealed that he frequently used Clearview AI facial recognition technology to track down social media users not linked to any crimes.

According to a press release from the Evansville Police Department, this was a clear "misuse" of Clearview AI's controversial face scan tech, which some US cities have banned over concerns that it gives law enforcement unlimited power to track people in their daily lives.

To help identify suspects, police can scan what Clearview AI describes on its website as "the world's largest facial recognition network." The database pools more than 40 billion images collected from news media, mugshot websites, public social media, and other open sources.

But these scans must always be linked to an investigation, and Evansville police chief Philip Smith said that instead, the disgraced cop repeatedly disguised his personal searches by deceptively "utilizing an actual case number associated with an actual incident" to evade detection.

Smith's department discovered the officer's unauthorized use after performing an audit before renewing their Clearview AI subscription in March. That audit showed "an anomaly of very high usage of the software by an officer whose work output was not indicative of the number of inquiry searches that they had."

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Russian warships are conducting missile drills in the waters off the Coast of Florida near Cuba. New hypersonic missiles on board and ready for launch!!

.The nuclear-powered Kazan submarine and Admiral Gorshkov frigate, which carries hypersonic Zircon missiles, staged the computer drills with high-precision weapons against “naval groups of a mock enemy” over a distance of 600 kilometers (373 miles), the Defense Ministry in Moscow said in a surprise statement Tuesday.

The vessels are due to arrive in Cuba on Wednesday, Russia’s state-run RIA Novosti news service reported, citing Russian Navy chief Alexander Moiseyev.

None of the Russian vessels is (reportedly" carrying nuclear weapons and they (allegedly) pose no threat to the region, the Cuban Foreign Ministry said on its website.

Tags: CUBA/CARIBBEAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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This British lawyer wrote a tweet in which he compared Nazism to the Zionist crime in Gaza. A complaint as being (“anti-Semitism”)  was filed against him with the Lawyers’ Union. So he took a leave of absence to research the legal definition of anti-Semitism, only to discover, after asking the most senior specialists in Britain, that the definition was illegal and not only violated British law, but it also violated European Union law, so he submitted his answer in 3,000 pages... and won.

 

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Families who have turned their backs on the struggle to own their own homes in the overheated property market say they have few regrets – even if it means being priced out forever.

The proportion of single-family homes being built for rent has doubled in two years as corporates eye up those who have had enough of paying a mortgage.

Analysts warn that the trend will only drive prices higher for those determined to buy, but the temptation to halve their housing costs and ditch the worries of ownership is proving hard to resist, with a third of all rentals now single-family homes.

Chelsey and Spencer Marks had just spent thousands of dollars on repairing the air-conditioning at their California home when they realized they would have to buy new windows and a replacement pump for the pool.

'I was like, I can't do this anymore,' Chelsey, 41, told the LA Times. 'One day I came home and I was like, 'We're selling the house'.'

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Former President Trump and Virginia Gov. Glenn Youngkin met at Trump National Golf Club in Loudon County, Virginia, on Wednesday.

It was the first time the two leaders have met and comes as speculation continues to swirl around who Trump will select as his running mate.

DailyMail.com was told by a source familiar that they did not discuss Trump’s open vice presidential position, but rather about how to win Virginia in 2024.

The leaders specifically talked about strategy to win voters over including about honing in on the economy, inflation and the border crisis.

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Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis said Thursday in an appearance at a church that she has been 'attacked and over-sexualized' - blasting the media amid her election fraud case against former President Donald Trump going off the rails. 

Willis spoke to the congregation at Turner Chapel AME Church in Marietta, Georgia, with her ex-lover, former special prosecutor Nathan Wade, in the audience, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution

That relationship has caused Trump's Georgia election interference case to be put on hold, a Georgia appeals court ruled last week, to allow for a challenge based on Willis' affair with Wade. 

'That same media will jump at the morsel of a chance to tear a sister down,' Willis told churchgoers. 

Webmaster addition: Let's all feel sorry for poor Fani Willis! Boo hoo hoo!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Republicans tore into President Biden's 'insane' and 'politically suicidal' opposition to giving junior enlisted members a nearly 20 percent pay boost amid recruitment issues. 

In a Tuesday statement about opposition to the House's version of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), the White House Budget Office said a plan to give low-ranking troops a 19.5% boost in basic pay next year would be too expensive. 

'Joe Biden managed to become a multi-millionaire on a public servant salary,' Rep. Derrick Van Orden, R-Wis., told DailyMail.com. 'And he is snatching food out of our junior enlisted people's mouths.'

Van Orden said that while he was an active duty Navy Seal, his wife had to use WIC coupons to keep their children fed. 

'It's disgusting and reprehensible. I can't feel more strongly about it. That is bulls**t.' 

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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I was the first journalist to authenticate Hunter Biden's laptop using top cyber forensics experts back in early 2021. I've followed his story ever since then.

Now that he has been convicted of three felonies, the most important thing to know is this: Hunter Biden doesn't matter.

He's not a public servant. He's not running for office. 

But he and his infamous laptop do provide a window into the inner circle of our nation's President. And that is extremely important.

So when I peered through that window, what did I see?

Evidence that Joe Biden was involved in his son's shady foreign dealings, and has been lying about it ever since.

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Russian warships reached Cuba this week ahead of planned military exercises in echos of the cold-war missile crisis.

The fleet, made up of a frigate, a nuclear-powered submarine, an oil tanker and a rescue tug, crossed into Havana Bay after drills in the Atlantic Ocean.

US officials expect the ships to remain in the region through the summer and possibly also stop in Venezuela.

Russia is a longtime ally of Venezuela and Cuba, and its warships and aircraft have periodically made forays into the Caribbean.

But this mission comes less than two weeks after President Joe Biden authorised Ukraine to use US-provided weapons to strike inside Russia to protect Kharkiv.

Tags: CUBA/CARIBBEAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Group of Seven leaders agreed at a summit in Italy on Thursday to give Ukraine $50 billion using frozen Russian Central Bank assets, a step that marks a significant escalation in the economic war against Russia.

The plan is to provide the $50 billion to Ukraine by the end of the year in the form of a loan, which will be paid back using profits from the approximately $280 billion in frozen Russian assets held by the US and its allies.

The idea is seen as a compromise between the US and Europe, as President Biden wanted to steal all of the frozen Russian funds to give to Ukraine. But the vast majority of the money is held in Europe, and EU leaders were hesitant to do that.

Instead, the EU devised a separate plan to provide Ukraine with about $3 billion per year using the interest made by the Russian assets. Ukraine said that amount wasn’t enough, and the US proposed the $50 billion loan.

Claire's Observations;  Have you noticed whenever US/NATO largesse is given to Ukraine, it's leadership whines that it is "never enough"?!?  And what in the name of heaven, has Zelinsky done with the billions already spent?!?  Is there any "paper trail" here, to make this spending at least somewhat accountable to the American people?!?

There is a phrase among boat enthusiasts;  A boat.... is ".... a hole into which you pour money".  Much the same could be said about the US government's iron clad capability to to keep churning out money, like an infinite ATM to Ukraine.  

How and why is this happening, I cannot tell you, particularly when Ukraine is losing to Russia so badly.  There is only one logical thing I advocate:  that Ukraine sue for peace, and attempt to get the most favorable terms it possibly can after a viable cease-fire.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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US Signs $23 Billion F-16 Deal with Turkey

by | Jun 13, 2024

 

 

 

The US has inked a $23 billion deal with Turkey for 40 F-16 warplanes. Washington promised to sell dozens of the advanced fighter jets to Ankara and upgrade scores of Turkish F-16s in exchange for Turkey approving Sweden’s NATO membership. 

The AFP reported the deal was signed on Thursday. “The contract was signed and delegations from both sides are negotiating the details,” Turkish defense ministry sources told the outlet. The State Department said last week that it had taken significant steps towards finalizing the deal, which was proof of the deep military relationship between Washington and Ankara. 

In January, President Biden sent a letter to Congress pushing Capitol Hill to approve the sale of F-16s to Turkey. Washington had conditioned the deal on Ankara lifting its months-long obstruction of Stockholm joining NATO.

Claire's Observations:  This deal.... must have been the "quid pro quo", for Turkey's "signing off" on Sweden joining NATO.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, EUROPE, NATO, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TURKEY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Authored by Doug Casey via InternationalMan.com,

International Man: The carbon hysteria extends far beyond oil and gas companies.

One overlooked area is household appliances.

Politicians are implementing increasingly stringent regulations for dishwashers, washing machines, and other appliances. There have even been reports of a desire to phase out gas stoves.

What’s your take on all of this?

Doug Casey: As Der Schwabenklaus of the World Economic Forum boldly said some years ago, “You’ll own nothing and be happy.”

The fact that a prominent figure could actually say that, promote the idea, and not be pilloried gives you an idea of the spirit of the current century. The lack of outrage from the average man is even more sick than the idea itself.

Not owning appliances is a practical application of the meme, but just one tentacle of the global warming octopus. Appliances are constructed from resources that have to be mined and run with electricity; that makes them evil. It’s much more important in these people’s views to “save the planet”—a ridiculous concept—than to continue raising the standard of living.

The fact is that the self-righteous authoritarians who want to limit the use of appliances basically just hate people—especially middle-class people. They’d really like to revert to pre-capitalist times, when only the upper classes, the feudal aristocrats, could benefit from conveniences.

Ecowarriors, the Greens, are cut from the same cloth as socialists, communists, and fascists. Their totem fruit is the watermelon, green on the outside and red on the inside.

International Man: Many people have noticed that modern appliances are not the same quality as the ones produced decades ago. For one thing, modern appliances tend to require much more time to do the same thing an older model could do faster.

For example, today, it’s common to see a standard dish-washing cycle to take more than two hours.

Modern appliances also don’t perform as well and break down more frequently. Climate regulations are largely to blame for this regression.

What is really going on here?

Doug Casey: I don’t have a lot of personal experience with how appliances work, but I’ve certainly heard that modern appliances are designed to sacrifice convenience and time in order to possibly use less water or electricity.

One thing that I do recall is that several decades ago, the US government decided to regulate the amount of water that could be used to flush toilets. The devices are now less sanitary and often have to be flushed twice. The idea that politicians should mandate plumbing designs is absurd. But they do this with all products—cars, planes, houses, you name it. They destroy capital and slow technological progress, even while annoying and frustrating engineers.

But perhaps the average person doesn’t think about these things or care. The standard of living has gone up for so long that we tend to think it’s automatic and divinely ordained. I’m not so sure about that. Everything tends to wind down unless there is enough outside force to counteract it.

For instance, we live in a throwaway society. If you need something repaired, it’s generally more economic to throw the whole thing away than to hire a skilled craftsman to fix it, even though they barely exist anymore, and they’re very expensive. It’s often cheaper to replace things that break.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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By Irina Slav of OilPrice.com

Maritime traffic diversion from the Red Sea and the Suez Canal has caused congestion at the port of Singapore, one of the busiest in the world. The congestion is expected to spread to final destinations, too, according to a Bloomberg report.

The report details that as the Yemeni Houthis continue to target Western ships in the Red Sea, shipping operators have moved much of their traffic around the Cape of Good Hope. One consequence of this is that these ships can no longer call at a Middle Eastern port along their way between Asia and Europe to unload part of their cargo and refuel. Now, all the unloading at refueling is done in Singapore.

Last month, Bloomberg wrote, that Singapore’s port utilization rate rose to 90% in evidence of the worsening situation—the optimal utilization rate for a port stands at 70%. As the utilization rate rises, so do waiting times for ships at the port. Earlier this month the Maritime Executive reported that these waiting times have growth from about half a day for a container ship to as long as seven days

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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Some might see US Attorney General Merrick Garland getting quite involved in campaigning ahead of the November election – albeit indirectly so, as a public servant whose primary concern is supposedly how to keep Department of Justice (DoJ) staff “safe.”

And, in the process, he brings up “conspiracy theorists” branding them as undermining the judicial process in the US – because they dare question the validity of a particular judicial process that aimed at former President Trump.

In an opinion piece published by the Washington Post, Garland used one instance that saw a man convicted for threatening a local FBI office to draw blanket and dramatic conclusions that DoJ staff have never operated in a more dangerous environment, where “threats of violence have become routine.”

It all circles back to the election, and Garland makes little effort to present himself as neutral. Other than “conspiracy theories,” his definition of a threat are calls to defund the department that was responsible for going after the former president.

Ironically, while the tone of his op-ed and the topics and examples he chooses to demonstrate his own bias, Garland goes after those who claim that DoJ is politicized with the goal of influencing the election.

The attorney general goes on to quote “media reports” – he doesn’t say which, but one can assume those following the same political line – which are essentially (not his words) hyping up their audiences to expect more “threats.”

“Media reports indicate there is an ongoing effort to ramp up these attacks against the Justice Department, its work and its employees,” is how Garland put it.

And he pledged that, “we will not be intimidated” by these by-and-large nebulous “threats,” with the rhetoric at that point in the article ramped up to refer to this as, “attacks.”

Garland’s opinion piece is not the only attempt by the DoJ to absolve itself of accusations of acting in a partisan way, instead of serving the interests of the public as a whole.

Thus, Assistant Attorney General Carlos Uriarte wrote to House Republicans, specifically House Judiciary Chairman Jim Jordan, to accuse him of making “completely baseless” accusations against DoJ for orchestrating the New York trial of Donald Trump.

While, as it were, protesting too much, (CNBC called it “the fiery reply”) – Uriarte also went for the “conspiracy theory conspiracy theory”:

“The conspiracy theory that the recent jury verdict in New York state court was somehow controlled by the Department is not only false, it is irresponsible,” he wrote

Claire's Observations:  So funny to see Uriarte.... morph into Sherlock Holmes' "Moriarty" on this issue of conspiracy theory; I would very much like to caution him that many times, conspiracy theories in the US become irrefutable conspiracy fact 

 And to both Attorney General Garland, and Assistant Attorney General Uriarte; this was lawfare, pure and simple,  intended to bring Donald Trump to  his political knees, and get him off the ballot.  

However, the verdict seems to have provoked the converse effect among Trump supporters, and his campaign has garnered millions of dollars since the verdict was read.

Right now, I am praying (literally) that Trump stays safe; I do fear for his life right now, because if the Dementocrats cannot destroy him geopolitically with these lawsuits,  or ballot harvesting during the election, what will be their next option?

I am very much reminded of a line, from the former TV show "Elementary", when the Holmes character, speaking about his Father, Morland Holmes, to Watson, makes the statement:  "He has assassins on speed-dial!!"

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
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According to the commission’s interim president Jessika Padilla Rivera, Puerto Rico’s elections commission began evaluating its Dominion Voting Systems contract after software glitches miscalculated vote totals in the June 2 primaries.

After US Now Dominion Voting Systems Sparks Election Scandal In Puerto Rico 1

 

Following the contentious primaries on the island, hundreds of anomalies were found, prompting Puerto Rico’s elections commission to announce on Tuesday that it is evaluating its contract with a US electronic voting company.

The Dominion Voting Systems-supplied machines were miscalculating vote totals due to a software glitch, according to the commission’s interim president, Jessika Padilla Rivera.

While the June 2 primary results that accurately identify the winners are uncontested, in several situations, the machine-reported vote totals were less than the paper ones, and in other cases, the machine-reported totals reversed or indicated zero votes for certain candidates.

“The concern is that we obviously have elections in November, and we must provide the (island) not only with the assurance that the machine produces a correct result but also that the result it produces is the same one that is reported,” Padilla said.

In Puerto Rico’s primaries, over 6,000 Dominion voting devices were utilized. According to the business, software problems were caused by the digital files that were used to export the machines’ results.

The elections commission and Dominion have a contract that expires on June 30.

The vice president of the House of Representatives for Puerto Rico, José Varela, requested that Padilla attend a public meeting on Thursday to discuss the problems.

“We cannot allow the public’s confidence in the voting process to continue to be undermined as we approach the general elections,” he said.

The issues brought up memories of the island’s disastrous 2020 primary, where the government was forced to delay voting in a first for the U.S. territory due to a shortage of ballots in some places

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CUBA/CARIBBEAN, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, VOTE FRAUD
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Source: cryptogon

 

 

Old habits die hard:

Founded in 1899 in Boston, United Fruit quickly grew to be the dominant force in the region. In addition to the banana plantations and railway, it also ran the post office and the telegram service. By the 1930s, with a dictator in power, United Fruit had amassed hundreds of thousands of acres of Guatemalan land. It was the country’s single largest landowner. Its reach was so ubiquitous that people called the company El Pulpo — the octopus.

The company Chiquita was formed out of a defunct United Fruit in the 1980s. It’s no longer a US company. It’s now based in Switzerland and owned by Brazilian firms. But, it is still a huge banana producer. And the brand is still everywhere in the United States.

Via: BBC:

A court in the United States has found multinational fruit company Chiquita Brands International liable for financing a Colombian paramilitary group.

The group, the United Self-Defence Forces of Colombia (AUC), was designated by the US as a terrorist organisation at the time.

Following a civil case brought by eight Colombian families whose relatives were killed by the AUC, Chiquita has been ordered to pay $38.3m (£30m) in damages to the families.

Chiquita said in a statement that it intended to appeal against the jury’s verdict, arguing that there was “no legal basis for the claims”.

The jury in the case, which was heard in a federal court in South Florida, found Chiquita responsible for the wrongful deaths of eight men killed by the AUC.

The AUC engaged in widespread human rights abuses in Colombia, including murdering people it suspected of links with left-wing rebels.

 

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
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by Tyler Durden
 

Israeli soldiers have been filmed firing a trebuchet across the Lebanese border. A trebuchet was common in medieval and ancient times as a siege engine utilizing a long arm and leverage to launch projectiles. Though the footage of Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops firing a flaming projectile over a large border wall at first appeared either a joke or PR stunt, the Israeli army on Thursday actually confirmed it was genuine.

The IDF explained in a statement that the weapon is for localized use and is intended to start fires which can flush out Hezbollah fighters hiding in thick brush just near the border. "This is a local initiative and not a tool that has come into widespread use," the IDF statement said. "The area on the Lebanese border is characterized by boulders, thickets, and dense thorn vegetation, which poses a challenge to the IDF forces deployed in defense."

The Telegraph has noted further that "In this case, the device may have been used to clear dense vegetation in the border area which could help the army prevent terrorists infiltrating Israel, suggested Emanuel Fabian, the Times of Israel military correspondent, who initially posted the video." Throughout the more than eight-month long conflict, fires have erupted on both sides of the border, but especially in the north of Israel - with hundreds of acres having been burned, the result of hundreds of projectiles fired by Hezhollah. In south Lebanon, the IDF has at various times reportedly used incendiary drones, Molotov cocktails, and white phosphorous to set fires aimed at Hezbollah positions. Watch the IDF's strange historical throw-back weapon in action...

Claire's Observations:  One has to wonder why the IDF hasn't used a toxic defoliant like "Agent Orange" to get rid of the brush; the only logical conclusion here, is that Israelis don't want to poison the Lebanon/Israeli border area, because they are looking at annexing it.  Remember:  the Litani River,  firmly on the Lebanese side of the border, is only 5 kilometers (3.5 miles) from the Israeli border, and having water from that river would greatly improve Israel's water situation.

Tags: 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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Authored by Jonathan Turley,

Across the media, journalists have recognized that the Hunter Biden laptop is authentic and, as established early by American intelligence agencies, not “Russian disinformation.” With the authentication of the laptop in the Delaware trial as “real” and untampered, most media has chosen to walk away with a slightly embarrassed shrug. Not the Washington Post. Its columnist, Philip Bump, was one of the most prominent purveyors of what the U.S. government now calls a “conspiracy theory.” This week, Bump ran another column to assure liberals that they were right all along about the laptop story.

In 2021, when media organizations were finally admitting that the laptop was authentic, Bump was still declaring that it was a “conspiracy theory.” Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, Bump continued to suggest that “the laptop was seeded by Russian intelligence.”

After Bump had a meltdown in an interview when confronted over past false claims, I wrote a column about the litany of such false claims, including the laptop conspiracy theory.

The Post surprised many of us by issuing a statement that they stood by all of Bump’s reporting, including the laptop conspiracy theory. That was in August 2023.

Well, Bump is back.

In his column, Bump takes after various people calling the media to account for burying this story before and after the election, including myself.

In hitting Sean Hannity for a recent segment, Bump makes a common evasion among laptop deniers:

“One is that he is conflating the laptop presented as evidence at the trial, the one obtained by the FBI in 2019, with the ‘laptop’ that was the source of the New York Post story.”

For those of us who have covered the laptop since the story ran at the New York Post, it is as maddening as it is mendacious.

At the time of the story, some of us noted that the contents of the laptop could be confirmed since these emails and messages involved third parties. Some quickly confirmed the contents as authentic. The Bidens had long been accused of influence peddling and special dealing off of Joe Biden’s positions as senator, vice president, and president.

Moreover, as the media was referencing the debunked letter of former intelligence officials on this possible likely Russian disinformation, American intelligence quickly confirmed that there was no such evidence to support that claim.

The media ignored the actual intelligence agencies in favor of former intelligence officials who were organized by Biden campaign operatives to release the letter. Biden then cited the letter to refuse to answer questions about his son’s influence peddling and unlawful conduct.

Claire's Observations:  One of the primary psychological components essential for a Dementocratic operative, is having had their conscience surgically removed; in this, Bump absolutely radiates having had that done, by spewing old, dead, false information as though it has some possible relationship to the truth, which is yet another lie.

Bravo, Bump; just keep throwing whatever shred of credibility you might have had at one point, right on to the ground, and grinding it into the dust.  But sir, there will be a point, in your process..... when the cognitive dissonance becomes way too much to bear; and frankly, that is a mental burden I would not want to inflict on anyone.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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by Tyler Durden
 

Individuals in the top 11 most expensive states in the U.S. need an annual income exceeding $100,000 to live comfortably.

This map, via Visual Capitalist's Bruno Venditti, shows how much income single adults need to live comfortably in each U.S. state. SmartAsset calculated the income needed using the cost of necessities sourced from the MIT Living Wage Calculator, last updated on Feb. 14, 2024.

In this case, “comfortable” was defined as the annual income required to cover a 50/30/20 budget, allocating 50% of earnings to necessities such as housing and utility costs, 30% to discretionary spending, and 20% to savings or investments.

 

Claire's Observations:  These numbers are more than a little terrifying, are they not?!?

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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Authored by Andrew Thornebrooke via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Prince, a member of the hacking group Red Hacker Alliance who refused to give his real name, uses a website that monitors global cyberattacks on his computer at their office in Dongguan, Guangdong Province, China, on Aug. 4, 2020. (Nicolas Asfouri/AFP via Getty Images)

A China-linked cyber campaign that infiltrated a Dutch defense network last year is much larger than previously thought and has infiltrated tens of thousands of government and defense systems in Western nations, according to the Dutch government.

The campaign, dubbed COATHANGER, has been linked to communist China and it exploited a zero-day vulnerability in the FortiGate firewall system used by the Netherlands and other nations on many government networks. Zero-day vulnerabilities exist when a software update is first deployed.

Dutch intelligence’s original report, released in February, said that damage from the breach was limited because of “network segmentation,” which separates an affected system from the nation’s wider defense network.

The Netherlands’ National Cyber Security Center (NCSC) announced on June 10, however, that the Chinese cyber campaign is far larger than previously thought.

NCSC said that COATHANGER compromised 20,000 systems across dozens of Western governments, international organizations, and a large number of companies within the defense industry.

Moreover, the statement said, the attackers used the intrusion to install malware on some of those compromised targets to guarantee continued access to those systems. The malware still has not been cut off.

“This gave the state actor permanent access to the systems,” the statement reads. “Even if a victim installs FortiGate security updates, the state actor continues to have this access.”

“It is not known how many victims are actually malware installed. The Dutch intelligence services and the NCSC consider it likely that the state-owned actor could potentially expand its access to hundreds of victims worldwide and has been able to carry out additional actions such as stealing data.”

Likewise, the Dutch statement said that “it is likely that the state actor still has access to systems of a significant number of victims at the moment” and that organizations should take measures to mitigate the possible fallout from that access

Claire's Observations:  The question is not why China may be doing this; the question is, why is Western  software so damned vulnerable to it, and what is really being done to make these software systems as "bullet -proof as possible?!?

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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GOP Lawmakers Seek To Block US Funding For Rebuilding Gaza

by Tyler Durden
Thursday, Jun 13, 2024 - 10:20 PM

Several initiatives were introduced for a vote in Congress on Wednesday meant to block the Biden administration from using taxpayer dollars for future Gaza reconstruction.

One key provision was introduced as an amendment to the 2025 National Defense Authorization Act. It was led by Republican Reps Brian Mast, Claudia Tenney, and Eli Crane - and was subsequently passed by a simple voice vote, though Democrats opposed the amendment. 

Via The Hill

Mast is a well-known pro-Israel hawk who at one point prior to entering Congress even volunteered to serve in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), though not in a combat capacity.

"They are absolutely at war with one of our major and best allies anywhere across the globe," said Mast of Palestinians on the House floor before the vote. He asserted that it is "nonsensical" to suggest rebuilding the place that's been largely destroyed by Israeli and American bombs for much of the past year.

"Any group that takes control of the Gaza Strip following this war will have ties to terrorism and be opposed to the existence of our ally — Israel," said Congressman Mast further. 

"Given this reality, even one penny of American tax dollars used to build or rebuild infrastructure in Gaza will just be going to subsidize the next attack on Israel. Our tax dollars should be going to support our allies, not terrorist entities holding American citizens hostage," he added.

Currently there are still 5 American citizens (who hold dual Israeli citizenship) still in Hamas captivity in the Strip (though some may be deceased).

These same Republicans have long complained that Biden's $300 million humanitarian pier project is also a waste. Due to inclement weather it has actually been out of commission longer than it's been in operation.

Claire's Observations:  The only way Mast, et al will see their way clear to supporting a renewal of American taxpayer reconstruction in Gaza, is to ethnically cleanse it of Palestinians, so that Israel can start rebuilding an "Israeli-only" Gaza. 

But if other close-by Muslim countries refuse to take them in, because they are mired in their own economic messes, what then?!? As complete a genocide against all Palestinian Muslims as can be accomplished by the IDF?!?  

Folks, this is what Mast and his minions, would love to see happen; that we are witness to the US government's complicity in this slaughter, is utterly abominable to me, and yet I hear so very few, particularly those in the bowels of DC, speaking out against it.

As an American who loves her country, this breaks my heart.  Are we not supposed to be for freedom; peaceful self-determination; the rule of law; and fiscal and moral responsibility on the part of world leadership?!?

Where did "... except in the case of Israel and the Palestinians" creep murderously  into that credo, please?!?  Was it actually 7 October, or way before this incident (which we now understand the IDF and Mossad allowed to happen) took place?!?

And to the regime in Tel Aviv; gentlemen, when you began conflating "self defense" with genocide, you lost me, and a lot of other people who had previously been absolutely steadfast in their support of Israel, no matter what it had done to the Palestinians.

Tags: 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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