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"I never vote. It only seems to encourage the bastards!" -- Michael Rivero
A Ukrainian official this week was pushing for a stronger commitment from NATO during the annual GLOBSEC forum in Bratislava, Slovakia. Olha Stefanishyna, Ukraine’s deputy prime minister for European integration, wants NATO to give Kyiv a road map toward membership at the upcoming summit in Vilnius, Lithuania, this July.
“Vilnius should give a clear signal that politically, Ukraine is invited to join NATO,” Stefanishyna told POLITICO on the sidelines of the conference. “We need a unified commitment of all member states.”
Ukraine was first promised it would eventually become a NATO member in 2008 despite warnings from the US ambassador to Russia at the time that Ukrainian entry into the alliance was the “brightest of all red lines” for Moscow. But Kyiv has never been given a timeline on when it can actually join the alliance.
As a condition for ending the war, an aide to President Volodymyr Zelensky has demanded Russia remove its military forces along its border with Ukraine. Kiev hopes the area within Moscow’s borders will be manned by international forces.
Presidential adviser Mykhailo Podolyak called for a 100-120 kilometer demilitarized zone within Russia. “It will be necessary to introduce a demilitarization zone of 100-120 km on the territory of Belgorod, Bryansk, Kursk, and Rostov republics. Probably with a mandatory international control contingent at the first stage,” he tweeted on Monday.
Kiev is seeking to take control over Moscow’s nuclear and missile programs as well. “Reduction of offensive weapons (missiles with extended range). International conference to organize control over the nuclear arsenal of the [Russian Federation],” Podolyak said in a separate tweet.
Taiwanese media has reported that Taiwan received delivery of Raytheon-made Stinger anti-aircraft missiles from the US as part of a $500 million package of free military aid that Washington has been preparing for Taipei.
According to Taipei Times, the Stingers arrived in a Boeing 747 on Thursday night. So far, the US and Taiwanese governments have not confirmed the delivery, but both sides said recently that the $500 million in weapons would be sent soon.
The $500 million in free weapons is being pulled from US military stockpiles using the Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA), the primary way the Biden administration has been arming Ukraine. The 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) includes $1 billion in PDA for Taiwan.
The military aid for Taiwan is unprecedented as the US has sold weapons to the island since severing relations with Taipei in 1979 to open up with China but hasn’t provided arms free of charge.
The US ambassador to Kosovo, Jeffrey Hovenier, announced Tuesday that Washington was kicking Pristina out of the US-led Defender Europe military exercises over its treatment of the ethnic Serb population of northern Kosovo.
The move was a punishment for Kosovo trying to forcibly install ethnic Albanian mayors in three Serb-majority towns. The mayors won office in elections that were boycotted by the Serbs, who have never accepted Kosovo’s independence from Serbia, which was formally declared in 2008.
When Kosovo police used force against Serb protesters on May 26, Secretary of State Antony Blinken slammed the move and blamed Pristina for the tensions, a rare rebuke from the US, one of the staunchest supporters of Kosovo’s independence. Blinken said Kosovo’s actions “will have consequences for our bilateral relations with Kosovo.”
Hovenier said suspending Kosovo from the Defender Europe exercises was one consequence and signaled other action might be taken. “For Kosovo, those exercises are over,” he said.
The US flew two B1-B bombers over Bosnia and Herzegovina on Tuesday in a show of force meant as a warning to Milorad Dodik, the leader of the semi-autonomous Serb republic within Bosnia, known as Republika Srpska.
Dodik has been threatening to declare independence due to a dispute over a property law. US Ambassador to Bosnia Michael Murphy said the bomber flights were a demonstration of a “rock-solid commitment to the sovereignty and territorial integrity” of Bosnia-Herzegovina.
In the very early days of the war in Ukraine, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky was open to negotiating a peace. A proposed peace could have ended the war before tens of thousands of Ukrainians died and Ukraine’s infrastructure was devastated, on terms that satisfied Kiev’s goals. But the United States pressured Ukraine to go on fighting in pursuit, not of Ukraine’s goals, but of larger American ones.
Putting an end to Ukraine’s negotiations with Russia, State Department spokesperson Ned Price remarkably said, “This is a war that is in many ways bigger than Russia, it’s bigger than Ukraine,” and insisted that Ukrainians go on fighting and dying for “core principles.”
The United States got its way. Now a year later, with the war not going well for Ukraine and the country getting more and more desperate, Ukraine is forced to retreat to pursuing its own goals. Ironically, that is increasingly taking the form of escalating the war in a way that now endangers American goals.
Ukraine is now pursing its own security interests in a way that is extraordinarily dangerous to U.S. security interests. And they seem to be disregarding U.S. restrictions in pursuing them. Months of American permissiveness and failure to say no to Ukraine at each crossing of a red line has seemingly emboldened Ukraine to ignore U.S. limits and conditions on the use of American-supplied weapons.
Target's share prices continued to plummet for an eighth-straight day on Tuesday as the retailer faces its biggest losing streak in five years.
Shares fell 3.66 percent on Tuesday, resulting in the once-popular retail store losing a whopping $2.4billion in market capitalization amid widespread backlash to its Pride display, which included 'tuck-friendly' women's swimwear.
Tuesday's losses put the stock on its longest losing streak since November 2018, according to FOX Business, with shares at a 52-week low of $133.88 — down nearly 15 percent over the month.
In total, Target's market value fell over $12billion to $61.77billion as of Tuesday's closing. That is a stark difference from earlier in the month, when its market value was over $74billion.
Joe Biden accuser Tara Reade is seeking to defect to Russia – saying on a Kremlin-backed program that she has fears for her own safety in the U.S.
Reade made a series of stunning assertions while appearing on Russian state TV with Maria Butina, who was convicted of acting as an unregistered foreign agent inside the U.S. while cultivating relationships with a series of U.S. political figures. Reade called Butina 'my friend.'
Butina, who was elected to the state Duma in Russia and subjected to U.S. sanctions after Russia's Ukraine invasion, said Reade made her decision on a visit to Moscow.
'I'm still kind of in a daze a bit but I feel very good,' Reade said in an appearance aired on Sputnik. 'I feel very surrounded by protection and safety. And I just really so appreciate Maria [Butina] and everyone who's been giving me that at a time when it's been very difficult to know if I'm safe or not.'
Israeli media reported on 29 May that the country’s military is using advanced balloons to spy on its regional neighbors and surveil any aircraft passing its borders.
According to Ammon News, the surveillance balloon is the largest ever created, with a length of 17m, weighing several tons, and equipped with sophisticated cameras, computers, and radars Jordan News reports.
According to Ynet News, the transfers and launch of the balloon were difficult and one of the most complex logistical operations known to the Israeli air force. US crews who landed in Israel to monitor the balloon’s activities disassembled, assembled, and inflated it to oversee its operation.
The balloon operates parallel to the border triangle with Syria and Jordan and can monitor the area for hundreds of kilometers.
One of the most egregious lies spread by mainstream media hosts and health authorities like Dr. Anthony Fauci and Dr. Rochelle Walensky was that the COVID “vaccine” would stop the spread of infection, thereby ending the pandemic. It was a provable lie, because none of the COVID shots had ever been tested to see if they could prevent the spread of infection
As hospitals filled up with “vaccinated” individuals who were supposed to be immune, the PR slogan “Pandemic of the unvaccinated” was endlessly circulated — until the reality of the situation finally became too obvious to ignore. Then, suddenly, hospitals and health authorities simply quit keeping track of COVID hospitalizations
The list of COVID measures that were arbitrary, unscientific and plain stupid is a long one. For example, in Michigan, hardware stores that were allowed to remain open were not allowed to sell carpet, flooring, furniture, garden supplies or paint. Businesses were also prohibited from advertising any product other than “groceries, medical supplies, or items that are necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and basic operation of residences”
Victoria Nuland, head of US State Department, has officially stated in a video conference with Kyiv that WWIII will effectively begin on July 11th stating that the US and its partners will fight as long as it takes – 16 years or more… The scheduled date was chosen to coincide with the NATO Summit, a one day meeting in Lithuania. I wonder how much this WAR will affect climate change… And what happened to the deadline 2030 for all things Great RESET?
Two months away, and NATO has yet to determine the topic for the Summit. But I imagine it will involve WWIII and how to protect Europe from the inevitable backlash. How many F-16’s will make it to Ukraine without crashing or being ‘exploded’ midair might be on the table for discussion as well.
It would appear that giving up Ukraine simply isn’t on the dining table at the haute enclave residence of Soros. The sheer size of his destroyed investments throughout Ukraine are in the hundreds of billions. He is being repaid by US tax dollars – but not without an open debt ceiling… And Zelenskyy has apparently expanded his real estate holdings to now include a villa in Italy from which he runs the war. Or runs ‘away’ whichever the case may be.
The defacto US and EU trying to pretend they are not involved has fallen. The pretenses are mute and the reality has been openly spilled by Nuland. The event where Nuland spoke was co-chaired by the US Atlantic Council whose representative declared, “transatlantic unity and robust support can help Ukraine defeat Russia and renew European security.”
Many white South Africans will be forced to leave the country under the current regime’s latest apartheid legislation.
Now new government rules will make it nearly impossible for business owners to hire whites or Indians in the country. Controversial affirmative action policies mean blacks take precedence over whites in the job market.
This is the racist reality of South Africa today. This doesn’t make many headlines.
The able-bodied 17-year-old West African immigrant who tried to claim a pregnant white woman stole his bike admitted in an interview with a sympathetic news outlet that he was gaming NYC's City Bike system in order to ride the bike for hours for free.
The teen, who is only being identified as "Michael," told Newsone he had already ridden the bike for 45 minutes -- which is the limit for SNAP welfare recipients to ride the bike for free at which point additional fees of $0.17/minute or $0.23/minute for an ebike kick in -- but by redocking the bike and waiting around he could reset the counter and take it out again for free.
The community of West Oakland in the San Francisco Bay area is facing a new environmental threat in the form of toxic waste lurking beneath the soil with residents calling for 'climate justice' in the form of reparations.
The threat is in addition to existing pollution residents must deal with in what are predominantly communities of color.
The stability of contaminants buried underground are a reminder of Oakland's industrial history, but the health and safety of those living nearby very much depends on it remaining in the soil.
But as the waters of the San Francisco Bay rise and reach beneath these pockets of pollution, a portion of the waste will be displaced and spread with more than 130 sites at risk.
More than half a million teachers are keen to be armed in class to stop a school attacker in their tracks, according to a survey on mass shooting bloodbaths at the nation's schools.
The Rand Corporation study found that a fifth of respondents said arming teachers would make classrooms safer, while more than half said they would become more dangerous.
That would amount to 550,000 of the country's 3 million K-12 teachers packing heat in class, if they were allowed, researchers said.
The View's notoriously woke host Sunny Hostin claimed on Tuesday that white women who continue to support Donald Trump for the presidency want to 'protect the patriarchy.'
She even seemed to compare them to those who stood by their husbands who owned slaves during a discussion of a recent Washington Post article about female voters in Pennsylvania who said they will still vote for the former president even after he was found liable of battery and defamation.
'I think that women, white women in particular, want to protect this patriarchy here because it's to their benefit,' the controversial co-host said.
'They want to make sure their husbands do well. They want to make sure their sons do well. They want to make sure their children do well. They want to make sure they do well,' Hostin explained.
The media is not your friend.
That may sound like an overly simplistic statement, and yet look how many Americans marched in lockstep to the advice of the media over the last two-plus years when it came to taking a deadly toxic, spike-protein laced injection. I personally know many who wish they had not succumbed and taken those shots. Some will admit it openly. Others not so much. But you can see the distress in their eyes whenever the topic comes up.
The corporate media has become so corrupt and its messaging so indistinguishable from the government in Washington that they will literally say anything, read any script, write any fake story, that their mockingbird handlers order them to relay to the public. To do otherwise means instant termination and isolation. The pattern is now there for all to see. We have a plethora of national journalists who have either quit or been fired by their corporate-media bosses because they asked too many questions, or insisted on reporting on forbidden topics. Sharyl Attkisson, Lara Logan, Tucker Carlson, just to name a few. Others like Gary Webb and Michael Hastings died under mysterious circumstances.
Critics are crying foul over the decision by Washington, D.C. prosecutors to drop nearly all of the charges originally faced by the man who allegedly rammed into White House security barriers earlier this week.
As previously reported, on Monday evening a man in a U-Haul replete with a Nazi flag crashed into a White House barricade. This man was later identified as Sai Varshith Kandula, a nonwhite, noncitizen 19-year-old from Chesterfield, Missouri.
Following the altercation, he was arrested and “charged with threatening to kill, kidnap or inflict harm on a president, vice president or family member, as well as assault with a dangerous weapon, reckless operation of a motor vehicle, trespassing and destruction of federal property,” according to the New York Post.
But then something extraordinary happened — prosecutors dropped every single charge, leaving Kandula with nothing but “a single count of depredation of property of the United States in excess of $1,000,” the Post notes.
The House Rules Committee voted 7-6 on Tuesday night to advance a bill dealing with the federal debt ceiling to the full House, with two Republicans joining Democrats to oppose.
The full House is expected to vote on Wednesday.
The committee vote came as House Speaker Kevin McCarthy worked furiously to sell fellow Republicans on the debt ceiling and budget deal he negotiated with President Joe Biden and win approval in time to avert a potentially disastrous U.S. default.
Under fire from conservatives, House Speaker Kevin McCarthy worked furiously Tuesday to sell fellow Republicans on the debt ceiling and budget deal he negotiated with President Joe Biden and win approval in time to avert a potentially disastrous U.S. default.
Leaders of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus lambasted the compromise as falling well short of the spending cuts they demand, and they vowed to try to halt passage by Congress.
A suspected Ukrainian drone sparked a fire at an oil refinery in southern Russia today and shelling hit a town in the border region of Belgorod for the third time in a week, Russian officials said.
A day after Russia accused Kyiv of sending kamikaze drones to attack Moscow, a suspected Ukrainian drone struck the Afipsky oil refinery in the early hours of this morning.
The 'thunderous' 3am strike saw the refinery erupt into flames, with a plume of dark smoke rising into the sky. Nobody was wounded in the attack and the fire was extinguished.
The Afipsky refinery is not far from the Black Sea port of Novorossiysk, near another refinery that has been attacked several times this month.
Tutankhamun stares at us through the millennia after scientists rebuilt his face, revealing a pharaoh that looks like more like a 'young student' than a king.
His features were brought to life by an international team of academics from Brazil, Australia and Italy using a digital model of his mummified skull.
The reconstruction reveals the youthful and 'delicate' visage of a king who was still a teenager when he died more than three thousand years ago.
Brazilian graphics expert Cicero Moraes, who co-authored the new study, said: 'To me he looks like a young man with a delicate face.
'Looking at him, we see more of a young student than a politician full of responsibilities, which makes the historical figure even more interesting.'
Even for well-reported 20th century wars, decades later, historians are still seeking to improve our understanding of them. With the Ukraine conflict, we’re in the midst of the unprecedented experience of being able to discern a remarkably high proportion of what is afoot, albeit with a great deal of noise in the signal between aggressive propagandizing and issues of sourcing with various purported close-to-the-action accounts.
But the war has gone at a seemingly slow pace, due to Russia shifting strategy to attrition (rather than trying to force negotiations), the time required to break extremely well-fortified lines (without incurring huge and unnecessary human costs), and Russia choosing to grind down other elements of Ukraine’s military, notably its air defenses. That’s lead commentators to focus on battles and even hot spots on the line of contact, in part because that’s where the action has been, in part because close observers hope they’ll be able to find clues of when and where the fighting might shift into bigger, more decisive-looking campaigns.
However, the ongoing focus on comparatively local contests, and even the watch for the start of the Great Overanticipated Ukraine Counteroffensive appears to have distracted commentators from what will drive the broad timing of the resolution of the conflict, absent a nuclear escalation.
It’s the stuff, as in how much, or more accurately, how little Ukraine has. A tacit assumption has been, since attritional wars (per John Mearsheimer in his latest talk) are artillery wars, that artillery will serve as the limiting reagent. From LibreTexts:
When there is not enough of one reactant in a chemical reaction, the reaction stops abruptly. To figure out the amount of product produced, it must be determined which reactant will limit the chemical reaction (the limiting reagent).
LifeSiteNews first reported on the incident Saturday. Local pro-lifer John Roswell told the outlet via email that Dick Schafer and Mark Crosby are the men who were allegedly attacked and seriously injured.
The pro-life outlet obtained photographs of what appear to be facial injuries. Roswell said that Schafer is “recovering at home” and Crosby was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment.
“Detailing the extent of the injuries, Roswell wrote that Crosby’s ‘plate bone in his upper right cheek is completely fractured,’ and that he ‘is bleeding from some unidentified area behind his eye and the bone eye orbit is completely shattered and will have to be replaced with metal,”‘ according to the report.
Black actors and screenwriters have accused the showrunners of hit TV show Lost of creating a 'toxic' and 'racist' work environment.
The series, that followed the lives of survivors of a plane crash as they struggled to exist on a mysterious island, became an instant hit when it aired in 2004.
At its peak the show brought in an average of 16 million viewers per episode, running for six series before wrapping in 2010.
As part of a new book by Maureen Ryan, some who worked on the show, either as writers, actors or in other behind-the-scenes roles, have revealed their shocking claims of racism and abuses of power on the show.
The claims against showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse include firing an actor after he raised concerns involving race, and making overtly racist comments that contributed towards a toxic work environment. Both deny the allegations.
Webmaster addition: I was the Visual Effects Producer on LOST and I never saw anything that I considered racist happening. The crew was very happy to be working on a hit show. There was a lot of mutual respect. Everyone wanted the show to be the best it could be and went out of their way to help each other as far as union rules would allow. This story appears to be a grab for attention and sympathy by the "perpetual victims" at the expense of everyone else who worked on the program! Not to mention selling a book.
The Durham Report fails to identify the ringleader of the Russiagate fiasco, John Brennan. It was Brennan who first reported “contacts… between Russian officials and persons in the Trump campaign”. It was also Brennan who initially referred the case to the FBI. It was also Brennan who “hand-picked” the analysts who cobbled together the Intelligence Community Assessment (ICA) which said that Putin was trying to swing the election in Trump’s favor. And, it was also Brennan who hijacked the “Trump-Russia-meme” from the Hillary campaign in order to prosecute his war on Trump. At every turn, Brennan was there, massaging the intelligence, pulling the strings, and micromanaging the entire operation from behind the scenes. So, while it might seem like the FBI was ‘leading the Russiagate charge’, it was actually Brennan who was calling the shots. This is from an article by Aaron Mate:
“…it is clear that Brennan’s role in propagating the collusion narrative went far beyond his work on the ICA. (Intelligence Community Assessment) A close review of facts that have slowly come to light reveals that he was a central architect and promoter of the conspiracy theory from its inception... Brennan stands apart for the outsized role he played in generating and spreading the (collusion) false narrative.” The Brennan Dossier: All About a Prime Mover of Russiagate, Aaron Mate, Real Clear Investigations
The nation’s biggest tech conglomerates continued hiring foreign workers through the H-1B visa program, even as they carried out mass layoffs of American employees, investigative reporter Lee Fang details.
Since the start of the year, hundreds of thousands of Americans in tech jobs have been laid off, with about 12,000 cut at Google, 10,000 out at Microsoft, close to 20,000 laid off at Amazon, and 10,000 cut from Meta Platforms which owns Facebook and Instagram.
Just weeks after announcing such layoffs, though, the same tech corporations continued hiring foreign workers on the H-1B visa program — known as the “outsourcing visa” to many Americans.
CNN spoke with four women who “married themselves” — a self-marriage officially referred to as “sologamy.”
The left-leaning news outlet painted “sologamy” as pertaining more to mental health and “self-love.” rather than an extension of living an “auto-sexual” lifestyle — being sexually attracted to oneself — which has been addressed in other news articles on the topic.
“The concept of self-marriage, or sologamy, has been around for years…No data exists on how many people celebrate sologamy with ceremonies, but the practice has been explored in a handful of recent news articles,” CNN reported.
The women interviewed “described the act as a symbolic expression of self-love and an affirmation of a deep meaningful relationship with one’s self.”
Los Angeles County is finalizing plans for a pilot project in congestion pricing that could see drivers charged an additional fee to use certain high-frequency routes on freeways, in a bid to reduce traffic in the congested city.
The May 24th bulletin, reported by Just the News on Tuesday, states:
In the coming months, factors that could mobilize individuals to commit violence include their perceptions of the 2024 general election cycle and legislative or judicial decisions pertaining to sociopolitical issues. Likely targets of potential violence include US critical infrastructure, faith-based institutions, individuals or events associated with the LGBTQIA+ community, schools, racial and ethnic minorities, and government facilities and personnel, including law enforcement.
Although many assume that the existence of sizable disparities in average IQ among the races simply must be “pseudoscience,” that different ethnicities average different levels of mental ability is one of the most overwhelmingly well-established findings of the social sciences.
Exactly why ancestral groups have varying IQs remains controversial, but the fact that they do is not disputed among the well-informed. A general rule of thumb among researchers has long been that whites and blacks differ in average IQ by about one standard deviation.
“Racial intelligence differences are real, large, crucial for understanding American society, and not going away anytime soon.”
For example, the 2001 meta-analysis by Roth et al. of 105 cognitive test studies with a sample size totaling over 6 million found an average gap of 16.5 IQ points, or 1.1 standard deviations.