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Do not forget that ‘there are no NATO troops on Ukrainian battlefields’. While thousands of ‘volunteers’, ‘humanitarian workers’, ‘military advisers’ etc, are dying on Ukrainian frontlines, NATO member states are trying to hide the losses. While the Alliance ‘does not intend to engage in the direct war against Russia,’ some of its members are sending more and more ‘military advisers’ to Kiev.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg declared that, following the United States, several NATO members decided to increase the number of military advisers in Ukraine, while ‘the Alliance has no plans to deploy its troops in the war-torn country’. According to Stoltenberg, the advisers will coordinate the actions of the Ukrainian army with advises, but they will not participate in the fighting.

‘There are no plans for a NATO presence in a combat role, but of course some NATO allies there have men and women in uniform in embassies who give advice and so on,’ — the Secretary General said, but did not go into details.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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The EU and NATO appear to be preparing for war, Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said on Monday, referring to the posture of the two blocs on the Ukraine conflict.

Much of the meeting of EU foreign and defense ministers in Luxembourg was devoted to sending more ammunition and weapons to Ukraine, Szijjarto noted.

“Brussels is reacting to the increasingly deteriorating situation for Ukraine at the front by preparing for a world war,” he told Hungarian TV at a press conference afterward.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The US-led collective West could cause a potentially catastrophic war between global nuclear powers due to its openly hostile stance toward Russia and efforts to undermine existing arms control agreements, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

Addressing the Moscow Nonproliferation Conference organized by the Centre for Energy and Security Studies, Lavrov noted that the globe is in a state of crisis with regard to mechanisms for arms control, disarmament, and nonproliferation and that this jeopardizes international security. He placed the blame for this on Washington, which, according to the diplomat, has been “cynically combining the deliberate destruction of balanced and equal [arms control] agreements” with “blatantly dishonest schemes” that are advantageous solely to the US.

Tags: NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Ukrainian troops are trying to flee the settlement of Ocheretino in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in small groups along the road shelled by Russian artillery, adviser to the DPR head Igor Kimakovsky told TASS on Monday.

"One of the most numerous brigades of Ukrainian armed formations has been finally routed in the community of Ocheretino. The remaining forces are trying to leave the settlement. There are also few routes left for them. There is one more or less suitable road but it is also being shelled," the adviser said.

"The Ukrainian troops are attempting to leave Ocheretino in small groups," he added.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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There are ample signs that suggest the 2024 Election won’t be anything like the 2020 Election. While Joe Biden and Donald Trump will be on the ballots again, Biden can’t count on the same factors to sweep him into the White House.

Biden will have four years of problems weighing him down. He continues to lose support among trusted Democratic voting blocs, including black and Hispanic voters.

Despite all the lawsuits and trials thrown at him, Donald Trump looks to be in a good position as we near November. Most Americans seem to doubt the legitimacy of these criminal trials. And now, a new report is revealing Biden is losing a must-win demographic.

From The Post Millennial:
Recent polling showed that former President Trump has continued to gain the support of young voters.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Most Americans agree that America’s fate is tied to the upcoming election. Not only will the White House be decided, but the make-up of the Senate and the House of Representatives.

But, on top of that, many state governments and local cities will be impacted by the election.

Whether or not Republicans get involved in the process could be a deciding factor in many states. Donald Trump is not leaving anything to chance. And he is urging every last Republican to not waste any time in making sure their votes are counted.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Israel bombed "mostly children" in Rafah on Saturday night just hours after the US House approved the largest aid package ever for the Jewish State, the AP reports. 

From the AP, "Israeli strikes on southern Gaza city of Rafah kill 22, mostly children, as US advances aid package":
 

Israeli strikes on the southern Gaza city of Rafah overnight killed 22 people, including 18 children, health officials said Sunday, as the United States was on track to approve billions of dollars of additional military aid to Israel, its close ally.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A mistrial was declared on Monday in the case of George Alan Kelly, an Arizona rancher who was accused of fatally shooting a Mexican national who trespassed on his border property in January last year, after one juror out of eight refused to acquit him of second-degree murder.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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In Gaza, you can pay with your life for a bag of flour.

My friend’s brother paid that price. He was killed when Israel attacked a crowd waiting for aid.

Bread is necessary for our survival. It is baked in a clay oven using flour, yeast, a little water and cooking oil.

Before 7 October, we could buy bread in our neighborhood bakeries. Most of those bakeries have now been destroyed.

Women in Gaza are now baking their own bread with whatever ingredients they can find.

Israel repeatedly attacked people queuing for bread when bakeries were still open.

Even if people were not attacked, they faced a horrible situation. Often they would have to wait for eight hours, without any guarantee they would get bread.

They braved death to try and bring back some food for their families.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Via The Cradle

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the Foreign Minister of the south Caucasus republic Abkhazia during an interview published on 21 April that Damascus holds dialogue with Washington "from time to time." In response to a question from Abkhazian Foreign Minister Inal Ardzinba on whether there has been an opportunity for Syria to "restore dialogue with the collective west," Assad said: "America is currently illegally occupying part of our land, financing terrorism, and supporting Israel, which also occupies our land."

"But we meet with them from time to time, although these meetings do not lead us to anything," the Syrian president said, adding, however, that "everything will change."

Syrian Presidency Telegram/AP

As part of regime change efforts against Damascus in 2011, Washington, along with Turkey, Gulf states, and several other countries, sponsored extremist groups with the aim of overthrowing the Syrian government. 

With the help of Russia, Iran, and Lebanon’s Hezbollah, Damascus has regained control over large swathes of Syria, which were under the control of ISIS and other US-backed groups. 

Under the pretext of fighting ISIS, the US army occupied Syrian oilfields in the north of the country in 2015 in coordination with its Kurdish proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) – one year after the launching of an international military coalition in Iraq and Syria. 

In May 2023, a senior diplomatic official in the Arab League revealed exclusively to The Cradle that Washington and Damascus were holding secret, direct negotiations in the Omani capital of Muscat. 

During the talks, Syrian officials mainly pressed for the complete withdrawal of US occupation troops from the country.

The diplomat added that "secret talks took place in previous years between Damascus and Washington, but most of them were through mediators, such as the former director general of the Lebanese General Security, Abbas Ibrahim. Direct meetings also took place between the two countries, one of which was in the Syrian capital, Damascus." However, the number of direct meetings remained limited.

The secret talks in Muscat also touched on Austin Tice, a US citizen who entered Syria illegally via the Turkish border in 2012. Not long after, Tice disappeared in the territory of armed opposition groups that were fighting the Syrian government.

"There is always hope: even when we know there will be no results we must try," he said when asked about the possibility of mending ties with the West. — Times of Israel

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, CURRENT EVENTS, ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, SYRIA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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In 2024, virtually all major U.S. cities have certain things in common.  First of all, if you visit the downtown area of one of our major cities you are likely to see garbage, human excrement and graffiti all over the place.  As you will see below, some of our core urban areas literally look like they belong in a third world country.  Most of our politicians don’t seem too concerned about doing anything to clean up all the filth, and so it shouldn’t be a surprise that rat populations are absolutely exploding all over the country.  In some of our largest cities, the total rat population is numbered in the millions.  Meanwhile, rampant theft, out of control violence, endless migration, predatory gangs and the worst drug crisis in the entire history of our nation have combined to create a “perfect storm” of social decay that is unlike anything that any of us have ever seen before.  Millions of law-abiding citizens and countless businesses have been fleeing America’s largest cities, and property values in our core urban areas have been absolutely crashing.  We really are in the early stages of a full-blown societal “collapse”, and things just keep getting worse with each passing day.

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Authored by Monica O'Shea via The Epoch Times,

Elon Musk’s X is facing strong criticism from both the centre-left Labor Party and the centre-right Liberal-National Coalition in Australia amid a legal challenge against the country’s online content tsar.

Mr. Musk labelled Australia’s eSafety Commissioner Julie Inman Grant (a former Twitter employee), the “Australian censorship commissar,” after she issued an order to X to take down videos related to the alleged stabbing of a Christian bishop.

X says it had removed all posts domestically, but the commissioner’s order calls for the removal of content around the world.

X is planning to challenge this in court, and said the posts did not violate its rules on “violent speech” - content that incites or glorifies violence.

Shadow Minister Says Musk Being ‘Irresponsible’

However, the Liberal Party’s Shadow Foreign Minister Simon Birmingham called X’s contention a “completely ridiculous and preposterous argument.”

“The type of standards that we expect in everyday life that we expect in other forms of media should be able to be applied to the online world as well,” Mr. Birmingham said on ABC News Breakfast on April 22.

“The idea that it is censorship to say that imagery of a terrorist attack, of a stabbing incident should not be able to be broadcast in an unfiltered way for all to see—children to access and otherwise—is an insulting and offensive argument.”

The senator also argued Mr. Musk’s argument was “irresponsible” given the impact of the social media posts on potential terrorists.

Tags: AUSTRALIA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP
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Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times 

The U.S. Supreme Court has declined to hear a legal challenge to a Texas law that requires voters under the age of 65 to provide justification to vote by mail, meaning that the Democrat-aligned attempt to sharply expand “no-excuse” mail-in ballots in the Lone Star state has failed, with implications for other states.

Empty envelopes of opened vote-by-mail ballots for the presidential primary are stacked on a table at King County Elections in Renton, Washington, on March 10, 2020. (Jason Redmond/AFP)

According to an April 22 order list, the high court denied petition for a writ of cetriorari in a case that stems from a federal lawsuit filed in 2020 on behalf of the Texas Democratic Party and several voters who requested that Texas lift its age-based limitations on no-excuse mail-in voting.

Texas law only allows individuals to vote by mail without a qualifying excuse, like sickness, if they are 65 years or older. In their original complaint, which made its way through a number of lower courts before ending up before the Supreme Court, the petitioners alleged that the Texas voting law violates the 26th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits denying the right to vote due to age.

The Supreme Court’s refusal to hear the appeal means that the Texas law stays in place, delivering a win to election integrity advocates who argue that no-excuse mail-in voting is prone to fraud and makes elections less secure.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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by Tyler Durden

Tensions are soaring in waters off China as the US and its close regional ally the Philippines launched expansive joint war drills Monday, not far from hotly disputed maritime areas.

At over 16,000 troops, the exercises called the "Balikatan" drills (or "shoulder to shoulder") mark the largest ever conducted between the two allies. "The 2024 iteration is not only the largest but the most complex," Newsweek confirmed of the annual exercise.

US Marine Corps image

The joint exercises will focus on "seizing maritime terrain, HIMARS infiltrations, and coastal defense and maritime strike operations among others" — and are taking place around the the Philippine provinces of Palawan and Batanes, geographically near disputed China Sea areas as well as Taiwan.

A US Marine Corps statement described Balikatan as a "cornerstone event between the US and the Philippines, directly supporting the refinement and understanding of our shared Mutual Defense Treaty obligations."

To be expected, Beijing has blasted the war games as a provocation, with Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Lin Jian warning against the placement and deployment of US weapons systems "at China's doorstep." He further put the Philippines on notice, saying there will be "serious consequences of pandering to the United States."

He further said Manilla "should understand that drawing in countries outside the South China Sea to flex their muscles and stoke confrontation in the region will only intensify tensions and undermine regional stability."

Claire's Observations:  This appears to have been engineered to stoke tensions with China further, rather than reduce them.

Tags: ASIA, CHINA/TAIWAN, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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by Tyler Durden
Tuesday, Apr 23, 2024 - 01:00 AM

Authored by Ramzy Baroud via Counterpunch.org,

The western discourse on the circumstances behind the creation of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), 75 years ago, is hardly convincing.

Yet, that over-simplified discourse must be examined in order for the current decline of the organization to be appreciated beyond the self-serving politics of NATO’s members.

The history records page of the US State Department speaks of the invention of NATO in a language suitable for a US high school history book.

“After the destruction of the Second World War, the nations of Europe struggled to rebuild their economies and ensure their security,” it reads, which compelled the US to take action: “(integrating) Europe as vital to the prevention of communist expansion across the continent.”

This is the typical logic of NATO’s early doctrine. It can be gleaned from most of the statements made by Western countries that established and continue to dominate the organization.

The language oscillates between a friendly discourse – for example, Harry Truman’s reference to NATO as a ‘neighborly act’ – and a threatening one, also Truman’s tough language against “those who might foster the criminal idea of having recourse to war.”

The reality, however, remains vastly different.

Indeed, the US did emerge much stronger, militarily and economically after WWII. That was reflected in the Marshall Plan, an ‘Economic Recovery Plan’, which was a strategic, not a charitable act. It engineered the economic recovery of selected countries who would become the US’ global allies for decades to come.

Upon its establishment, then Canadian Secretary of State Lester Pearson referred to the NATO ‘community’ as part of the ‘world community’, linking the strength of the former to “preserving the peace” for the latter.

As innocuous as such language may seem, it introduced a paternal relationship between the US-dominated NATO and the rest of the world. Thus, it allowed the powerful members of the organization to define, on behalf of the rest of the world – and often outside the umbrella of the United Nations – such notions as ‘peace’, ‘security’, ‘threat’, and, ultimately, ‘terrorism’.

A case in point is that the first major conflict instigated by NATO did not target external threats to Europe or US territories, but took place thousands of miles away, on the Korean Peninsula

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, HIDDEN HISTORY, NATO, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
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by Tyler Durden

From coast to coast, radical prosecutors and progressive politicians have been pushing illogical criminal justice policies that not only have backfired but transformed many once-safe Democrat-controlled cities into crime-ridden hellholes.

Go down the list of cities. Whether it's New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, DC, Chicago, or San Francisco, and the list goes on and on - these metros are plagued with violent crime, out-of-control youth, carjackings, murders, drug crises, the homelessness crisis, theft waves, and unvetted migrants.

The latest sign some of the bluest American cities continue their transformation into 'war zone'-like conditions while progressive lawmakers ignore law and order is an illegal "teen takeover" event in Democratic-controlled Memphis, Tennessee. 

On Saturday evening, Memphis police initially reported 16 people were shot during a block party in the 2400 block of Carnes Avenue in the Orange Mound neighborhood. It was later reported that five victims had gunshot wounds - two males were pronounced dead at the scene, and three others were taken to the hospital in critical condition. 

X video shows the moment when a Chevrolet Corvette was burning out in the middle of the street. Gunfire erupted, and everyone ducked for cover. 

Claire's Observations:  When it's teens doing the shooting, the question I have to ask is, where the hell are their parents?!?  Are these the "values" their parents instilled in them, or were their parents "absentee" parents, who never took the time to attend a parent/teacher conference at school, or show up at some extracurricular activity in which their child excelled, like art, music, or sports?!?  Because something is seriously wrong with both the kids and the parents, if this kind of behaviour seems to be "OK" for kids to do, and parents ignore it.

In many of our inner cities, like Baltimore, kids can graduate, having cut class innumerable times, and still get their sheepskins. (or whatever the ecologically friendly substitute is given now), despite the fact that they have "graduated"  illiterate; innumerate; and illogical.

 How in the name of heaven are they going to get a legitimate job?!? The short answer is,  with great difficulty, and most likely, on the lowest rung of the work ladder, soon to be replaced by AI in the not too distant future.

It appears to me, that both the educational system, and parents, are failing these kids, big-time. And how are these kids most likely going to wind up as adults?  Most probably, stealing; lying; and selling drugs for a living.  That should be every decent parent's worst nightmare; unfortunately, however, with far too many parents, it really isn't.

 

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
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by Brett Murphy April 21, 3:55 p.m. EDT 

Israel’s leaders are fiercely pushing back against U.S. plans to withhold American assistance from an Israeli unit accused of human rights abuses.

Axios and Israeli news outlets reported over the weekend that Secretary of State Antony Blinken intends to ban U.S. support to Israel’s Netzah Yehuda unit, the country’s all-male, ultra-Orthodox battalion at the center of several controversies in the West Bank that go back years. Netzah Yehuda has been repeatedly accused of shooting and assaulting civilians, including in a 2022 case in which several commanders handcuffed, gagged and left for dead an elderly Palestinian-American man in Israel’s West Bank.

Sanctions must not be imposed on the Israel Defense Forces!” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posted on X, formerly known as Twitter. “The intention to impose a sanction on a unit in the IDF is the height of absurdity and a moral low.” Blinken told reporters traveling with him in Europe on Saturday that he’ll make an official announcement about his decision in the coming days.

The public dispute between Israel and the United States follows a ProPublica article Wednesday that revealed Blinken has failed to act for months after a special State Department panel recommended that he disqualify multiple Israeli military and police units from receiving U.S. assistance after reviewing allegations that they had committed flagrant violations, including extrajudicial killings and rape

Claire's Observations:  THIS from the allegedly "most moral army in the world?!?  Mr. Prime Minister,  you might want to re-think that bit, and rather quickly!!!

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Israel’s leaders are fiercely pushing back against U.S. plans to withhold American assistance from an Israeli unit accused of human rights abuses.

Axios and Israeli news outlets reported over the weekend that Secretary of State Antony Blinken intends to ban U.S. support to Israel’s Netzah Yehuda unit, the country’s all-male, ultra-Orthodox battalion at the center of several controversies in the West Bank that go back years. Netzah Yehuda has been repeatedly accused of shooting and assaulting civilians, including in a 2022 case in which several commanders handcuffed, gagged and left for dead an elderly Palestinian-American man in Israel’s West Bank.

The public dispute between Israel and the United States follows a ProPublica article Wednesday that revealed Blinken has failed to act for months after a special State Department panel recommended that he disqualify multiple Israeli military and police units from receiving U.S. assistance after reviewing allegations that they had committed flagrant violations, including extrajudicial killings and rape.

Claire's Observations:  Mr. Prime Minister, there are one of two possibilities here; either this unit DID commit the atrocities of which they are accused, or they did not; there is no "middle ground" here.

But extrajudicial killings and rape, Mr. Prime Minister, from the allegedly "most moral military in the world"?!?  Sir, forgive me, but I would suggest that you may want to re-think that, and very quickly.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, 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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Poland has upped the nuclear rhetoric with Russia, on Monday suggesting NATO nuclear warheads could soon be positioned on its territory. It comes amid general NATO euphoria in the wake of the US House finally passing Biden's giant aid package for Ukraine, despite widespread acknowledgement that Ukrainian forces are being beaten by Russia.

Polish President Andrzej Duda declared in a fresh and hugely provocative statement that Poland is "ready" to host nuclear weapons should NATO decide to do so as reinforcement of its eastern flank. The words were issued in an interview published Monday by Polish outlet Fakt.

President Andrzej Duda, file image

"Russia is increasingly militarizing the Königsberg oblast (Kaliningrad). Recently, it has been relocating its nuclear weapons to Belarus,” Duda continued, apparently wanting to match and mirror Russian moves.

"If our allies decide to deploy nuclear weapons as part of nuclear sharing on our territory as well, in order to strengthen the security of NATO's eastern flank, we are ready for it," he added.

Duda additionally said while discussing the topic of NATO's nuclear sharing program in the interview that Warsaw and Washington have been in talks "for some time."

"I've already talked about it several times. I must admit that when asked about it, I declared our readiness," he emphasized

Claire's Observations:  Why in the name of heaven, would the Polish President speak in these terms, and why now?!?  This rhetoric will do absolutely nothing to calm the situation down, between Russia and Ukraine, which is what is desperately needed here.  

IF By-di-Bye's handlers had a shred of sense between them, they would sit Zelinsky down, and tell him that the time has come to negotiate a truce, and a viable peace.. But instead of that, they have just engineered a multi-billion dollar aid package, most of which ( that  doesn't get siphoned off by Zelinsky and his thugs)  will have come way too little and too late, to turn the tide.

We are watching big political theatre, writ large here; the problem is, real people are getting killed, and maimed for life in this madness, and any thought of "more US/NATO boots on the ground" in Ukraine is utterly inconceivable.

But there is one, very cynical, and very real reason for the timing of this aid package; traditionally and historically, the US voting public has never switched support from a current administration to its challenger during wartime; and that, folks, is a reality upon which the By-di-Bidenistas are counting. Desperately.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, NATO, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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By Tsvetana Paraskova of OilPrice.com

The next round of EU sanctions against Russia over the invasion of Ukraine should include measures to address the shadow fleet of tankers helping Russia move its oil and a ban on EU imports of Russian LNG, Sweden’s foreign minister said on Monday.  

“Adopting the 14th sanctions package is one of the most important things,” Swedish Foreign Minister Tobias Billstrom said arriving at an EU foreign ministers’ meeting in Luxembourg, as carried by Reuters.

“We will see to it that we both include an import ban on liquefied natural gas as well as measures to curb the Russian shadow fleet,” the Swedish minister added.

The EU has just started discussions on the 14th package of sanctions and it is not expected to adopt the measure anytime soon.

EU member states are divided on a ban on LNG imports. Sweden and the Baltic countries press for a ban, but other member states and the EU energy regulator say Europe is now much more dependent on LNG to afford an immediate ban on imports of LNG from Russia.

The European Union should be careful in its efforts to ditch Russian LNG as it should protect its security of gas supply, the European Union Agency for the Cooperation of Energy Regulators, ACER, said in a report last week.

As the EU aims to completely end its reliance on Russian fossil fuels by 2027, “the reduction of Russian LNG imports should be considered in gradual steps starting with spot Russian LNG imports,” ACER said in its report.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ENERGY, EUROPE, GULF/OTHER OIL, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Via The Publica Team,

A popular US convenience store chain has been hit with a civil rights lawsuit accusing it of discriminating against minority job seekers because it requires applicants to have no criminal record.

On April 18, the US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) announced that it had filed a lawsuit against Sheetz Inc., accusing the 24/7 convenience store chain of having discriminatory hiring practices that targeted minority applicants.

According to the lawsuit, Sheetz has maintained a longstanding practice of screening all job applicants for records of criminal conviction and then denying them employment based on those records.

As a result, the EEOC is accusing Sheetz of “disproportionately screening out Black, Native American/Alaska Native and multiracial applicants.”

This is despite the fact that the lawsuit does not allege that Sheetz’s hiring practices were motivated by race.

According to the EEOC press release, Sheetz’s hiring practices violate Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits workplace discrimination on the basis of race, sex, religion and national origin. The EEOC filed suit in U.S. District Court for the District of Maryland, Northern Division, after first attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

“Federal law mandates that employment practices causing a disparate impact because of race or other protected classifications must be shown by the employer to be necessary to ensure the safe and efficient performance of the particular jobs at issue,” said EEOC Regional Attorney Debra M. Lawrence.

“Even when such necessity is proven, the practice remains unlawful if there is an alternative practice available that is comparably effective in achieving the employer’s goals but causes less discriminatory effect.”

The EEOC began its probe into Sheetz after two job applicants filed civil rights complaints alleging employment discrimination.

The agency then found that Black job applicants were deemed to have failed the company’s criminal history screening and were denied employment at a rate of 14.5%, while multiracial job seekers were turned away 13.5% of the time and Native Americans were denied at a rate of 13%.

By contrast, fewer than 8% of white applicants were refused employment because of a failed criminal background check, the EEOC’s lawsuit states.

Sheetz is a chain of gas stations and convenience stores primarily located in the Mid-Atlantic region of the United States, particularly in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Ohio, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina.

 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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X has depended on Community Notes, a crowdsourced fact-checking feature, to address the rampant spread of misinformation. It's a much better alternative than leftist fact-checking websites that push routine misinformation and disinformation for their corporate sponsors. 

Elon Musk has called Community Notes "the best source of truth on the internet" and "is by far the best fact-checking system on the internet." 

Community Notes has smoothed out the playing field, as most fact-checking websites have a leftist lean. So when radicals in the White House, such as space cadet Vice President Kamala Harris and or her social media team, post on X, they will be met with the same rigorous fact-checking as conservatives. 

On Saturday, VP Harris wrote, "Nobody should have to go to jail for smoking weed." 

X user End Wokeness showed that Community Notes debunked VP Harris' post, saying, "As district attorney, Kamala Harris oversaw 1,900 convictions for marijuana offenses, some of which resulted in jail time." 

Claire's Observations:  I'd laugh at the irony here, but the CONSISTENT problem,  with the Bidenistas, is STOPPING!!!

 

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS
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When Bank of America (BofA) arbitrarily and quietly closed the accounts of Indigenous Advance Ministries and one of its church supporters, it afterward claimed that it no longer wanted to serve their “business type.” When BofA closed the account of Timothy Two Project International, it informed the ministry it was because it was “operating a business type we have chosen not to service.”

Another “type” of business that BofA doesn’t want to service is that of “conservative” Christian author, preacher, and podcaster Lance Wallnau. He explained what happened in an Instagram post (which was subsequently deleted):

You won’t believe what just happened to me! My own bank account got frozen by Bank of America for no reason other than being a conservative podcaster.

In order to “unfreeze” his accounts Wallnau was subjected to a series of highly invasive questions about his ministry. He said, “I had to go through a complete marketing audit explaining every dollar of our ministry’s budget,” adding that “It’s not even legal. I did it because I felt like freeing up the money and documenting how screwed up the Bank of America is.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RELIGION/ATHEISM
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Unredacted documents released by Judge Aileen Cannon in former President Donald Trump’s “classified documents” case reveal the extent of collusion between the Biden administration, the DOJ, and special counsel Jack Smith to “concoct” the case.

The records also appear to confirm, contrary to media reporting, that Trump was telling the truth when he said his team was still negotiating chain of custody with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) when they suddenly lodged a criminal referral in Feb. 2022.

“Thanks to order by Judge Cannon, key evidence related to classified docs case is now unredacted,” reporter Julie Kelly posted on X Monday.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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I just left the U.S. Supreme Court, where I’ve asked the Court to restore the ability of local communities to clear homeless encampments from our public spaces. Based on this morning’s oral argument, the Court appears poised to do just that. (See my reaction outside the courthouse.)

There are 9 times more unsheltered homeless in California than any other state. Newsom, of course, is largely responsible. But another major factor is irrational court decisions that created a right to set up tent encampments anywhere and stopped cities from doing anything about it. 

This has caused encampments to multiply unchecked, resulting in crime, waste, fires, disease, business closures, and the deterioration of many parks and downtowns. It has also meant a lack of compassion for homeless individuals, who don’t get the help they need.

Based on what I witnessed today at the Supreme Court, I believe at least 6 Justices are prepared to rein in the 9th Circuit’s nonsensical rules in a meaningful way and restore significant power to local communities. That will be transformative for many communities in our state.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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