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It’s clear that the Biden campaign is grasping at straws. Joe is suffering from terrible approval numbers. Swing states are turning on him, based on recent polls. Most Americans are blaming Biden for a lousy economy and many other problems.

For a while, Democrats tried to make abortion their main focus. But that hasn’t seemed to work.

Now, Biden is going back to an old standby: race-baiting. The man who once insulted black people by saying they “ain’t black” if they vote for Trump is now trying to manipulate black voters. Trying to cover for bad policies that have hurt black workers, he made this promise about the Supreme Court.

From Fox News:
President Biden on Wednesday promised to nominate progressives to the Supreme Court if he wins a second term in the White House…

“The next president, they’re going to be able to appoint a couple justices, and I’ll be damned — if in fact we’re able to change some of the justices when they retire and put in really progressive judges like we’ve always had, tell me that won’t change your life,” Biden told his audience…

First lady Jill Biden said Wednesday there would be disastrous results and a loss of human rights if Trump is re-elected in November.

“We will lose all of our rights,” she said on “The View.”

Whoever is writing Joe Biden’s speeches needs to be fired. While speaking at a “Black Voters for Biden-Harris” rally, Biden claimed he would appoint progressive justices to the Supreme Court. He claimed he would put “really progressive” judges, stating “we’ve always had” justices like that.

This comes off as yet another desperate grab by the failing president. Joe promised to “build back better” in 2020. Today, black Americans (along with many others) are seeing their jobs evaporate and their wages slashed. Biden’s 8 million illegal aliens are trying away jobs and forcing Americans to compete for housing, medical care, and basic resources.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The jury in corrupt Judge Juan Merchan’s kangaroo court found President Trump guilty of 34 felonies on Thursday afternoon. Each felony conviction could land President Trump in prison for four years.

Judge Merchan told jurors they did not have to agree on a crime. This is unheard of in US history. The jury only had to agree something bad happened. This, of course, is completely unconstitutional.

This was clearly the greatest travesty of justice in American history.

So now we have a convicted US President with 34 felony counts and NO ONE knows what crime President Trump committed!

The jury never explained what crime Trump committed and was not required to explain what crime Trump committed.

Jonathan Turley spoke about this on Thursday following the verdicts.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Physics is in a crisis. Over the past year, a series of research papers claimed to find evidence for high-temperature superconductors – materials that conduct electricity without losses, which could revolutionise global energy use. These were retracted after all efforts to reproduce them failed, and in some cases original data was shown to have been falsified. Now, physicists are sounding the alarm about a wider reproducibility crisis in their field.

Webmaster addition: "Trust the science!"

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The jury returned a verdict in Alvin Bragg’s lawfare ‘hush money’ trial on Thursday: Guilty on all 34 counts!

Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg indicted Trump in April 2023 on 34 felony counts related to ‘hush payments’ he made to Stormy Daniels.

Trump was accused of paying porn star Stormy Daniels, AKA, Stephanie Clifford, ‘hush payments’ through his then-attorney Michael Cohen in a scheme to silence her and stop the story about their alleged affair from being published in the National Enquirer.

The jury deliberations began on Wednesday after Judge Merchan instructed them to choose among the three predicate crimes Trump supposedly committed.

After deliberating for several hours on Thursday, the jury returned a guilty verdict after the judge rigged the trial by allowing jurors to choose which crime they believed Trump committed.

Trump is facing four years in prison for every count.

The sentencing was set for July 11 – Three days before the Republican convention!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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The US Department of State lied to Congress when it said Israel was not restricting the flow of aid into Gaza, a former official has claimed after resigning in protest.

Stacy Gilbert served in the State Department’s Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration for 20 years. She left her job as a senior adviser on Tuesday, citing objections in relation to a 46-page memo titled NSM-20, which was provided to US lawmakers on May 10, she told Reuters and The Guardian.

In the memo, the State Department said Israel had not breached a US law that prohibits the provision of arms to nations that restrict American humanitarian aid.

Gilbert was one of the experts consulted for the report and says the conclusion did not correspond to reality.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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In a bold move, Dmitry Suslov, a top figure at the Moscow-based Council for Foreign and Defence Policy, has floated the idea of Russia carrying out a "demonstrative" nuclear detonation.

This alarming suggestion arises as tensions with the West intensify due to Ukraine's use of Western-supplied weaponry against Russian forces.

Suslov, whose think tank occasionally sways Kremlin policy, made this proposal shortly after President Vladimir Putin delivered a stark warning to NATO countries.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Yemen’s Houthis claim to have launched an attack on a US air carrier in response to earlier British and American strikes on its military bases.

The militant group claimed to have attacked the USS Dwight D Eisenhower ship in the Red Sea following strikes by London and Washington on targets in Yemen.

In a televised address Yahya Saree, the Houthis military spokesman, also claimed that six US and British strikes have killed 16 people and wounded 41, including civilians

On Thursday, British and American forces struck Houthi targets in Yemen as part of an ongoing operation against the group’s targeting of commercial ships in the Red Sea and Gulf of Aden.

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Forget the dead for a moment and think about the living. We’re talking about a minuscule, 25-mile strip of land on which, before recent events began, an estimated 2.4 million people lived, went to school, worshiped, farmed, did whatever. When Israel responded to Hamas’s nightmarish October 7th attack by bombing northern Gaza into rubble and sending in its military, Defense Minister Yoav Gallant vowed a “complete siege” of the region with “no electricity, no food, no fuel” for what he called “human animals.” The Israeli military did indeed promptly proceed to destroy most of the homes, schools, and hospitals, you name it in northern Gaza, while encouraging hundreds of thousands of its inhabitants to flee south, many of whom finally ended up in the city of Rafah, where an estimated nearly 1.4 million refugees were lodged, often in crude tent encampments.

Now, jump seven months or so and the Israeli military is, step by step, moving into and destroying parts of Rafah, while once again encouraging its population to flee. In the first weeks after they began doing so, it was estimated that at least one million (yes, 1,000,000!) Gazans did indeed flee that city. As Philippe Lazzarini, head of the chief U.N. agency that aids Palestinians, described it, “Every time they are forced to leave behind the few belongings they have: mattresses, tents, cooking utensils, and basic supplies that they cannot carry or pay to transport.”

And it’s not just the Muslim Gazans who are suffering. The small Christian community there has been brutalized and largely destroyed, too. Talk about a hell on earth! Worse yet, as of now, there’s no end in sight and – imagine this – the Biden administration nonetheless continues to plan to send vast quantities of new weaponry to Israel.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, RELIGION/ATHEISM, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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CNN chief international security correspondent Nick Paton Walsh talks to Ukrainians on the frontlines of the war against Russia, whose use of US-supplied Abrams tanks isn’t going to plan. 

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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US news publication The Atlantic has received heavy criticism in recent days over the publication of an article earlier this month that seemed to argue for the legality of killing Palestinian children during wartime.

The article, written by The Atlantic's staff writer and Yale University lecturer Graeme Wood, was published on May 17 and tried to cast doubt on the UN's recent statistics on the Gaza war.

In his criticism of the casualty figures reported by the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the writer was accused of trying to play down Gaza's devastating humanitarian crisis and potentially justifying violence against civilians, particularly children.

Wood's article has since resurfaced online this week which has further elicited backlash by critics.

Here is The New Arab's breakdown of the controversial piece and why some have criticised Wood.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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UK denies medical treatment to critically injured children from Gaza

 

By Dania Akkad

“We have not asked the UK to take all of them or the majority of them, but just to play its part as a wealthy nation with incredible medical expertise,” said Krish Kandiah, founder of the UK-based Sanctuary Foundation, which supports Ukrainian and Afghan refugees, among others. 

“We just want to play our part.”

British doctors and organisations, including Kandiah’s, who are part of an initiative called Project Pure Hope, told Middle East Eye that they began efforts in January to bring four siblings and their cousin from Gaza as a "test case" to see what would happen.

One of the siblings, whose parents were killed, had suffered traumatic amputations and required further medical treatment, which pediatric hospitals across Britain were prepared to provide. 

Over £500,000 ($636,000) was raised, enough to cover their treatment, and arrangements were made for the children’s aunt and grandmother to accompany them, according to those involved.

The issue was visas.

“We made many, many attempts to try to get a visa for these children and, sadly, despite many good-hearted civil servants, when it got to the highest level, we just heard nothing back,” Kandiah told MEE.

Five months later, with British hospitals and medical professionals still at the ready, Kandiah and others say they are unaware of any legal pathways available to bring these children to the UK, nor have they heard of any Palestinian children seeking medical treatment being admitted.

Claire's Observations:  It is obvious that the UK has received it's "marching orders" from Tel Aviv; "These children must die where they are, to prevent the world from seeing the real, horrific extent of our genocide in Gaza, particularly in the case of Palestinian children."

I remember that during World War II, Hitler was great about showing films in Germany which demonstrated, in his mind "American decadence."  But the one film he would NOT allow seen by his people was "Gone with the Wind", because it demonstrated the cruel and horrific outcomes of the civil war, when infected  and broken bones were sawed off patients with no anaesthesia.  In the film, you saw the saws, and heard the screams.

I would suggest that thinking Israelis either find a TV station which might run this, subtitled in Hebrew, or buy a copy; this is what children in Gaza are experiencing right now, when they have to have broken or infected bones cut off, because there is no anaesthesia for them anymore, courtesy of the Israeli blockade of medical supplies.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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White House national security spokesman John Kirby defended Israel airstriking displaced Palestinians in a tent city in Rafah by throwing the US military under the bus and stating that "we" Americans "did the same thing."

From Common Dreams:
 

Asked by a reporter [on Tuesday] what the consequences would be "if there were an American strike on a legitimate terrorist target that ended resulting with 45 civilian deaths and some 200 others injured," Kirby replied, "I can't answer a hypothetical like that."

"But we have conducted airstrikes in places like Iraq and Afghanistan, where tragically we caused civilian casualties," he continued. "We did the same thing. We owned up to it. We investigated it. And we tried to make changes... We tried to learn from it to make changes so that those set of mistakes wouldn't happen again."

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We saw two big symbols of American decline this week, first the U.S. military's $320 million floating pier break apart off the coast of Gaza, 

And then, of course, Trump's conviction on 34 felony counts for... recording payments made to his attorney as legal expenses? Even left-leaning legal analysts, such as Richard Hasen, thought this prosecution was a stretch, to put it mildly. 

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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The corrupt U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), has started the process to approve fraudulent U Non-Immigrant Visas (NIV) for the illegal aliens who got a free trip to Martha’s Vineyard, but were summarily deported from the ritzy resort town to a Massachusetts National Guard base on the Massachusetts mainland. This expands the Biden Regime Administrative Amnesty into an open Visa Fraud Amnesty.

At the same time, other illegal aliens, instead of lying about being the victim of a crime, are creating fake crimes in order to get the same U NIVs. U NIVs are visas that give work permits, and eventual Lawful Permanent Residence (LPR) green cards, to aliens who claim to be the victims of crime who claim to also be victims of mental and physical abuse, as well as are actively cooperating with a law enforcement agency and prosecutorial agency actively pursuing an investigation and prosecution.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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Yeah, I mean, seriously.

I mean, bro.

Isn’t threatening the family of ICC officials like, way more serious than the original war crimes? Legally?

I mean, dude. Yeah, I get it, murdering tens of thousands of kids is a bigger moral problem than threatening to kill the families of the authorities investigating your mass murders.

But, bro, I’m saying: legally.

Isn’t threatening the courts like, one of the most serious things you can do?

Tags: ASSASSINATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Jury Finds Trump Guilty on All 34 Felony Charges in New York Trial

Keep in mind that these are 34 made-up felonies based on how an expense was recorded by accountants and attorneys. Trump did not record the expense.The expense was recorded according to accounting standards.

Keep in mind that this is a civil case somehow turned into a felony case. Keep in mind that it is a civil case without complainants, without harmed parties !!

It is a case brought by a prosecutor who can show no party harmed.

What is frightening is that legally this is a case for which there are no legal grounds for bringing it. Yet, the bar associations, the law schools, the media said nothing. Getting Trump was so important that law was sacrificed for the purpose.

This means the future of America is tyranny.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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While visiting Israel this week, Nikki Haley crouched down with a purple pen in her hand and wrote “Finish Them!” on an artillery shell.

While we cannot get into her head, we’re sure by “them,” she meant Hamas, which is understandable given that group’s terrorist attack on Israel on October 7. She said as much during a subsequent interview: “We know as long as Hamas exists, it can happen again, and that’s why I’ve said from the very beginning, you need to finish them — once and for all,” she said.

But Israel’s weapons (most of the them supplied by the United States) used against “them” have also killed thousands of innocent civilians, indiscriminately, in the Gaza Strip. Uncounted more are still under the rubble, caused by nearly constant airstrikes and drone attacks throughout the 141 square mile territory, over the span of six months. Some 62 percent of homes have been completely destroyed and 84 percent of hospitals and health facilities, as of early April. Haley’s dark autograph came just days after Israel was roundly condemned internationally for striking a tent camp for displaced Palestinians, killing 45 people and wounding 249.

Amnesty International posted on X in response to Haley, “Conflict is no place for stunts. Conflict has rules. Civilians must be protected.”

 

Tags: JAPAN, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Mayor Eric Adams was right.

Mayor Eric Adams appeared on MSNBC’s Morning Joe show in 2022 and told the host that he felt the current bail system was a catch-and-release failure.

He stated, ” This catch, repeat, release system is just destroying the foundation of our country.” he then goes even deeper to say that the current system is why Democrats are losing black and brown voters in mass.

We cannot talk our way out of this. We have to be real about what people are facing in the streets.”

When we look at the state of New York just a little over two years later, nothing has changed, and I would confidently say that things have gotten worse.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Magdy al-Zaanen is often woken up at night by the cries of his two children.

Sleeping in a makeshift tent on the pavement of Gaza’s Deir al-Balah, they regularly get bitten by mosquitoes, leaving them in great pain. 

“My wife and I pretend to put medicine on the bites to trick them to go back to sleep,” says al-Zaanen. 

Mosquito bites are just one symptom of the growing environmental and health crisis that he and nearly two million internally displaced Palestinians in Gaza are facing since Israel began its war on the strip in October.  

Nearly eight months of relentless Israeli bombardment and siege has all but destroyed infrastructure, waste management facilities, and the Palestinian civil defence.

Claire's Observations;  you have to understand; the spread of opportunistic diseases, particularly among kids, is precisely the outcome Israel wishes to see here, as their destruction of both Gazan medical facilities and waste management facilities attests.

After all, you don't have to murder a kid with a bullet or bomb, if an opportunistic disease will do it for you!!!

And BTW, folks, this relentless bombing in Gaza, with US weapons,  is your tax dollars at work; doesn't it make you feel proud to be an American, right now?!?

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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A NYC court found former president Donald Trump guilty of 34 criminal counts and the Republicans immediately urged an appeal and donations to the campaign ramp up.

Many of Trump’s Republican allies responded to the guilty verdict with a resounding need for an appeal as fast as possible. Remarks from lawmakers included words like “travesty” and “injustice” to describe the sham trial in NYC.

House Speaker Mike Johnson called the verdict today a “shameful day in American history.” Meanwhile, “Democrats cheered as they convicted the leader of the opposing party on ridiculous charges. This was a purely political exercise, not a legal one.”

The House Majority Leader Steve Scalise issued a statement calling the decision in NYC a “banana republic” and Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee Jim Jordan characterized the entire trial as a “kangaroo court,” claiming “the verdict is a travesty of justice.”

According to a former GOP presidential primary opponent, Vivek Ramaswamy, the guilty verdict in NYC “will backfire” on the Democrats and only further expose the ill intent to use lawfare as a way of winning elections.

However, many other Trump supporters viewed the verdict as a win.  Podcaster Jack Posobiec stated “Trump just won the election.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Alexander Smith was given the choice to resign or be dismissed

A contractor for the US Agency for International Development (USAID) was forced out of his job over a disagreement on a presentation he prepared on maternal and child mortality among Palestinians in Gaza and the West Bank, The Guardian reported on Thursday.

Alexander Smith worked for USAID as a senior advisor on gender, maternal health, child health, and nutrition. He was scheduled to present the paper on mortality at an internal USAID conference, and it was initially cleared. But it caught the attention of officials in the USAID’s Middle East department, who asked for redactions to be made.

Smith told The Guardian that the edits they requested involved removing a slide describing the applicable international law and removing any language that implied the recognition of a Palestinian state, including names of UN agencies that include the word “Palestine.”

USAID leadership ended up canceling the presentation altogether and claims it was outside of Smith’s area of responsibility, but he said his expertise on maternal and child health is relevant to all humanitarian crises. Two days after his presentation was canceled, Smith was told by his direct employer, the Highbury Defense Group, which has government contracts with USAID, that his contract would be terminated early.

Highbury said that Smith’s contract would be terminated over “personality differences” and that USAID was unhappy with him despite his years of performance on the job and years of positive reviews of his work. Smith was given the option to resign and wrote a scathing resignation letter.

“USAID has always prided itself on our programs supporting democracy, human rights, and rule of law. In Ukraine, we call for legal redress when people are victimized and name perpetrators of violence … We boldly state ‘Slava Ukraini’ in peppy promotional videos,” he wrote.

“When it comes to the Palestinians, however, we avoid saying anything about their right to statehood, the abuses they’re currently suffering, or which powers have been violating their basic rights to freedom, self-determination, livelihoods, and clean water,” he added.

The news of Smith’s resignation makes him the ninth US official to publicly step down over President Biden’s full-throated support for Israel’s slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza. Josh Paul, who resigned from the State Department in October, said dozens more have stepped down quietly and that he expects more resignations to come.

Claire's Observations:  The By-di-Byedenista's "Our way or the Highway" on Gaza, seems to be working remarkably well, in terms of throwing out, or causing to resign,  anyone in this Admin who has the least bit of difference of opinion with that of this administration on this issue.  

So, Congrats, folks, well done;  now that some of the best and brightest have been resigned, or forced out, the rest will probably be most compliant, post a mass-conscience-ectomy, courtesy of this Regime. 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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