“When the taste for physical gratifications among them has grown more rapidly than their education . . . the time will come when men are carried away and lose all self-restraint . . . . It is not necessary to do violence to such a people in order to strip them of the rights they enjoy; they themselves willingly loosen their hold. . . . they neglect their chief business which is to remain their own masters.” -- Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America: Volume 2

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The Israelis attacked yet another school in Gaza yesterday, killing 16 and “breaking all norms of international humanitarian law.”

But the U.S. blindness to Palestinian humanity is in full swing again. There are far more important things to worry about in the U.S. than the murders of Palestinian children with American-supplied arms.

Let’s talk about the Biden problem. Let’s count the days (17) until Netanyahu addresses a joint session of Congress, with the Democrats almost completely on board.

So genocide is being normalized.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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“When the students at our school made posters to raise funds for Gaza, we mentioned [in] a small paragraph stating that there is a very apparent genocide happening in Palestine. However, the day after, we were censored. Our principal… requested that we take down all posters.”

NYC High School Student

Since long before “Israel’s” October 2023 escalation of the genocide against Palestinians, the New York City Public Schools (NYCPS) has both systemically erased and marginalized Palestinian narratives. This suppression comes from the top, most recently with NYCPS Chancellor David Banks’ Zionist internal communications and decision-making. Since October, Banks has taken every opportunity to reaffirm his commitment to continue his anti-intellectual conflation of Zionism and Judaism. He held press conferences and expressed support for unharmed and unvictimized Zionist students and staff who breached contracts and engaged in disruptive political actions on and off school grounds. He met and collaborated with Zionist organizations to perpetuate foreign state propaganda in curricula. He allowed Zionist hate groups to target NYCPS community members and schools with violent death threats and doxing. At the May 8th, 2024 congressional hearing assessing the response to antisemitism of three United States school districts, Banks condemned Palestinian calls for self-determination as “disgusting” and “antisemitic.” Banks’ asymmetrical response to allegations of antisemitism and to that of other forms of bigotry is tantamount to viewpoint discrimination and institutional bias. 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, EDUCATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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RAISE THE ISSUE of Palestine, and six syllables—anti-Semitism—are never far away. Yet like so much of the terminology entwined in the subject, these six overworked 19th-century syllables silently perform pro-Israel propaganda independent of the serious concept they allegedly represent. It is of course hardly in silence that Israel uses rumblings of “anti-Semitism” to smear Palestinian aspirations for liberation, cranking up the volume whenever control of the “narrative” risks slipping from the state’s grip. Since October 7, as Israel commits genocide in Gaza in full view of the world, the word “anti-Semitism” has been in unprecedented demand. Politicians betray their country and repress their public in fear of the word, as the presidents of the   most esteemed universities are hauled to Congress to cower before it and its associated messianic psycho-babble. It is wielded so farcically that even London is now said to be unsafe for Jews as a result of the “pro-Palestinian” crowd.

At the core of this weaponization of anti-Semitism is the racist lie that the struggle for Palestinian liberation is somehow tainted with (or indeed has anything whatsoever to do with) hatred of Jews—a lie itself dependent on the equally racist invention at the heart of the entire Zionist enterprise: that Zionism and Israel have, intrinsically, something to do with Jews as Jews. 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The leaks are flying out the White House as staffers who want Old Joe to step aside seek to spread the word about his declining health.

According to a report from Axios, Biden staffers are preparing large documents with instructions for his every move, including something as simple and obvious as walking up to the podium.

The report explains:

 

Before a presidential event, the White House sends event staffers a document to emulate when preparing their own materials for the president.

One template — a copy of which was obtained by Axios — is short and simple, with one large picture of the event space on each page, accompanied with big text such as: “View from podium,” and “View from audience.” In the five-page document, two pages are separate pictures of, “Walk to podium.”

The staffer who helped with the fundraiser told Axios: “It surprised me that a seasoned political pro like the president would need detailed verbal and visual instructions on how to enter and exit a room.”

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Authored by Mike Shedlock via MIshTalk.com,

The Biden campaign learned nothing from the debate about coverups.

This is not confidence inspiring.CBS News reports Biden campaign provided a list of approved questions for 2 radio interviews

President Biden’s campaign provided lists of approved questions to two radio hosts who did the first interviews with him after his faltering debate performance, both hosts said on Saturday.

Mr. Biden’s Thursday appearances on Black radio shows in the critical states of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania were his first chances to show he could answer questions and discuss his record after a debate in which the 81-year-old repeatedly struggled to complete sentences and press his case against former President Donald Trump.

Radio host Earl Ingram said Saturday that Mr. Biden’s aides reached out to him directly for his interview that aired Thursday and sent him a list of four questions in advance, about which there was no negotiation.

They gave me the exact questions to ask,” Ingram, whose “The Earl Ingram Show” is broadcast statewide across 20 Wisconsin outlets, told The Associated Press. “There was no back and forth.

Claire's Observations:  I hope Ingram has the "male attributes" to veer to at LEAST one question which is NOT on the approved list, to see how By-di-Bye does with it; the continued US governmental support of Palestinian genocide in Gaza and the West Bank, might be a good one with which to start.!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, NATO, PALESTINE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SAUDI ARABIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The Boeing Company has agreed to plead guilty to charges of criminal fraud conspiracy related to the catastrophic 737 MAX crashes of 2018 and 2019, which tragically claimed the lives of 346 people.

This plea deal allows Boeing to sidestep a potentially explosive criminal trial while agreeing to a fine of only $243.6 million, bringing the total penalty to $487.2 million.

The Gateway Pundit previously reported that the Biden Gestapo Department of Justice (DOJ) is reportedly considering letting Boeing off the hook for its alleged criminal violations related to the fatal crashes in 2018 and 2019. This comes despite U.S. prosecutors’ recommendations that criminal charges be brought against the planemaker for violating a settlement agreement.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Republican Rep. Byron Donalds was on “Fox News Sunday” on Sunday with Shannon Bream to discuss the Presidential campaign. Among the topics discussed was Biden’s inability to serve out his term, and Kamala Harris’ radical agenda, along with a lack of substance in her job as Vice President.

“Do you think the President is well enough to continue on? Would you support a move on the 25th amendment?” Bream asked.

“I do not believe that Joe Biden has the capabilities of serving out the rest of his term, let alone running for President. The Democrats are the ones who have the serious issue here, not Republican members on Capitol Hill,” Donalds said.

“What we are seeing is that they have decided to cover up for Joe Biden to protect their radical agenda as opposed to doing what is in the best interest of the American people,” Rep Donalds continued.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY) and three other senior House Democrats are calling for Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race.

According to Politico, Representatives Jerry Nadler (D-N.Y.), Mark Takano (D-Calif.), Joe Morelle (D-N.Y.), and Adam Smith (D-Wash.) have all called for Joe Biden to withdraw from the 2024 presidential race.

The senior representatives called for Biden to step aside during a two-hour phone call with House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries.

According to the New York Post, the four senior House Democrats were initially meant to address the Democratic Party’s concerns about Biden’s electability during the phone call.

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An insurgent force has entered British politics. The Muslim Vote had no rosette and advanced no meaningful manifesto beyond a set of deeply sectarian principles. It stood candidates tactically, and owed their allegiances purely to religious and ethnic interests. 

It had a single set of demands, all related to Gaza. This was a non-party. Yet in numbers, its victory was equal to Reform.

On the day of the election, Jeremy Corbyn proclaimed: “Today, Palestine is on the ballot.” If victorious in Islington North, he added, he would “stand up for the people of Gaza” and campaign tirelessly for “an end to the occupation of Palestine”.

This was the kind of single-issue politics we have come to expect from the former Labour leader. But he is now a prophet of the new sectarianism in our politics.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RELIGION/ATHEISM
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According to the latest U.S. Treasury Department report, these programs are underfunded by a staggering $175 trillion. To put this into perspective, that amounts to approximately $1.4 million per household, far surpassing the median household net worth in the U.S. This financial gap poses a serious challenge, and without substantial changes, it could jeopardize the sustainability of these programs for future generations.
Tags: ECONOMY
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The French election results showed that the “alliance of dishonour” between President Emmanuel Macron and the far left effectively blocked the populist National Rally from gaining a majority despite the Le Pen party having won the most votes.

According to the French Interior Ministry, Marine Le Pen’s National Rally (RN) won the most votes of any party during Sunday’s second round of the snap legislative elections at over 8.7 million, good for 32.05 per cent of the vote.

When combined with their electoral alliance partners from disputed Les Républicains president Eric Ciotti, who earned nearly 1.4 million, good for 5 per cent of the vote, that would take the right wing to over 10 million and 37.05 per cent of the vote.

In comparison, the far-left New Popular Front alliance of communists, socialists, and environmentalists led by radical leftist Jean-Luc Mélenchon only received around seven million votes or around 25.7 per cent and Emmanuel Macron’s neo-liberal centrist coalition received 6.3 million votes or 23.15 per cent of the vote.

However, despite receiving 1.7 million fewer votes than RN, the New Popular Front was awarded the most seats of any party, currently projected by Le Monde at 182. Macron’s coalition won an estimated 168 seats, and despite coming in first in terms of vote share, the RN and its partners were awarded the third most seats at a projected 143.

Webmaster addition: Talk about a rigged system!

Tags: FRANCE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Not a single German national appears to be fully satisfied with their government, the latest ARD-DeutschlandTREND survey has revealed.

The country is currently governed by the so-called traffic light coalition, which consists of Chancellor Olaf Scholz’s center-left Social Democrats (SPD), the Free Democrats (FDP), and the Greens.

According to the survey, conducted on July 1-3, zero percent of Germans said they were “fully satisfied” with the ruling coalition’s work, with just 19% saying they were somewhat “satisfied.”

The overall dissatisfaction rate with the government’s policies rose to 81%, with 38% saying they were “not satisfied at all.”

Tags: GERMANY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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British Prime Minister Keir Starmer has stunned both his critics and supporters by appointing a leading Jewish lawyer, Richard Hermer, as the new Attorney General of the country. This also meant that Starmer had dumped Emily Thornberry, who was tipped to be appointed in this role.

Rifat Jawaid explains how Hermer has been a leading Jewish voice against Israel in the past. He also explains why Hermer may be a far better appointment than Thornberry or Suella Braverman, who occupied this role in the Conservative government in the past.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The United States has long supported Israel: we have sent over $320 billion in financial aid to a country that has a higher per capita income than France and Germany; we have given Israel most of our lethal weapons; we have shared intelligence and supplied Israel with political support at the UN and at the UN Security Council with dozens of vetoes to shield Israel from its crimes and to protect it from increasing global recrimination and isolation; we have issued massive media support including through print, airwaves, internet and the entertainment industry in order to silence anti-Israeli voices.

The public justification for this overwhelming support has been that Israel is the Middle East’s only democracy and is indispensable for our national security. These justifications are so ridiculous that they deserve only a brief debunking. Many global observers classify Israel as an apartheid state with different laws depending on status—Israeli Jews, Israeli Arabs and non-Israeli Arabs with the latter having few rights and being persecuted at will. Inside Israel today, free speech is limited and those who speak out in defense of Palestinian rights are openly punished. Israel can hardly be classified as a stalwart ally—it attacked an American ship (SS Liberty) in 1967 killing 34 U.S. sailors and wounding another 171, refused to support us at the UN Security Council after Russia invaded Ukraine and ignores our pleadings during the Gaza War to change course. Our inseparable bond to Israel, no matter its actions, not only does not enhance our national security but endangers it. Our support is condemned by much of the world, especially by the Global South who see Israel as a rogue colonial settler country. The only credible reason for our support for Israel is the power of the Israeli lobby in the United States.

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Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The ministry noted that the training, which is in accordance with this year's plan and a mutual agreement between the two countries, will focus on counter-terrorism operations, Xinhua reported.

Through mixed-team training exercises, soldiers from both sides will jointly carry out hostage rescue operations and counter-terrorism missions.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Keir Starmer's Labour party has swept to a landslide victory in the UK's general election, though it appears to have haemorrhaged votes to pro-Palestinian candidates, several of whom picked up shock wins.

Starmer was formally appointed prime minister by King Charles in a meeting at Buckingham Palace on Friday after his party won 412 out of 650 parliamentary seats in Thursday's general election.

The outgoing Conservatives, led by Rishi Sunak, plummeted to just 121 MPs, while the centrist Liberal Democrats secured 71 MPs.

Though the exit poll predicted Nigel Farage’s anti-immigration party Reform UK to perform better than expected, in the end its four MPs were outnumbered by independents running on platforms explicitly denouncing Israel’s war on Gaza.

Tags: GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Saudi Arabia's king and crown prince congratulated Masoud Pezeshkian on his election as Iran's president, state news agency SPA reported on Saturday.

"I affirm my keenness on developing and deepening the relations between our countries and people and serve our mutual interests," SPA quoted Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as saying.

Webmaster addition: Looks like the US/Israel plan to isolate Iran has failed!

Tags: IRAN, SAUDI ARABIA
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Saudi Arabia’s crude oil exports have plummeted to years-long lows, potentially denting the upside the kingdom will see from a recent rally in energy prices.

According to data from Bloomberg, Saudi Arabia exported about 5.6 million barrels a day in June, a level that brings it to just 250,000 barrels more than it was exporting during the start of the Covid-19 pandemic when global travel and oil demand crashed.

Saudi Arabia has been the main force behind a push within an alliance of the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (Opec) and Russia, called Opec+, to cut oil production to support prices.

The kingdom has backed up its lobbying with actions by taking the lead in slashing production, analysts previously told Middle East Eye. Russia and the UAE have benefited from Saudi Arabia's heavy lifting. 

Tags: ECONOMY, ENERGY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, SAUDI ARABIA
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A pair of well-connected Democrats have issued a bombshell memo detailing their wild plan to replace President Joe Biden on their 2024 ticket.

It would require Biden to step down as the head of the ticket by mid-July to pave the way for other Democrats to throw their hats in the ring for a 'blitz primary' that would feature celebrities such as Taylor Swift and Oprah, according to Semafor.

The six candidates with the most votes from delegates would also have to vow to run a positive-only campaign.

The plan is the brainchild of Rosa Brooks, a Georgetown law professor who served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations and as a volunteer policy adviser to the 2020 Biden campaign, as well as Ted Dintersmith, a venture capitalist and education philanthropist who has donated to a number of Democratic campaigns.

They have already circulated the plan to Democrat donors, as well as officials within the Biden campaign and administration - and say they have widespread support.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Finnish President Alexander Stubb said China holds the key to ending the war in Ukraine, urging Beijing to use its sway over Moscow while also calling on the U.S. to lower growing tensions with China.

Stubb’s appeal, in an interview with The Wall Street Journal, came as European governments brace for a second Donald Trump administration and are increasingly concerned that Washington may abandon commitments to European security to focus on deterring China.

Many European states, alarmed about the potential spillover of the war in Ukraine to other nations on Russia’s borders, are eager for China to play a bigger role in finding a diplomatic solution. Finland, which joined the North Atlantic Treaty Organization last year, shares the alliance’s longest frontier with Russia.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
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As tit-for-tat tensions continue to heat up on the Korean peninsula, Beijing is facing a complex dilemma in its dealings with both Pyongyang and Seoul amid risks of a looming nuclear crisis.

Observers warn there is “a significant possibility” of further provocations by Pyongyang ahead of the US election in November and called on China to step up efforts to help rein in North Korea before any escalation.

Compounding matters, Beijing is also wary of Pyongyang’s deepening military pact with Moscow – which analysts say may be detrimental to China’s interests – following Russian President Vladimir Putin’s high-profile visit to North Korea last month.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, KOREA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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Traffic Fatality Rate: Worst in the U.S.: According to an NBC 5 Investigates analysis of federal highway traffic safety data, Dallas had the worst traffic fatality rate among the ten largest U.S. cities from 2017 to 2021. On average, there were about 15 traffic deaths per 100,000 people during this period. Compared to Other Cities: Dallas’ traffic death rate is 27% higher than Houston’s, 22% higher than Fort Worth’s, and a whopping 51% higher than Los Angeles’ rate. Reasons: Speeding remains a significant factor, and efforts are ongoing to address this issue.
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Anyone who watched that George Stephanopolous interview with Joe Biden and thought Biden seemed okay is fooling themselves.
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Chinese President Xi Jinping promised on Friday to defend the "territorial integrity" of Tajikistan as he announced a boost to diplomatic relations with the neighbouring country on a rare visit.

Xi arrived in the Tajik capital Dushanbe, Thursday night from Kazakhstan following a gathering of leaders of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO), during which he held talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin and urged the bloc to "resist external interference".

Central Asia is a vital link in China's flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), a massive infrastructure project that Beijing has used to expand its clout overseas, but which critics say has left developing countries saddled with onerous loans.

Tags: ASIA, CHINA/TAIWAN
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