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The Arctic and northern Pacific have emerged as pivotal areas in the ongoing power struggle among global giants—China, Russia, and the United States. Along with the South China Sea, they are a freezing-cold hotspot in the global geopolitics.

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Chinese researchers have allegedly developed a new technique for tracking ships at sea using low-resolution, open-source, “free” satellite images. By searching for tell-tale ship wake patterns, the team’s new algorithm can rapidly find ships that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.

The satellite images used have resolutions of tens, even hundreds of meters. This means even a large object like a warship could occupy a single pixel.

Yet despite this, the team, led by Hong Jun of the Dalian Naval Academy, said it had discovered a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, and an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer from these images.

Their method focuses on analyzing the waves behind the ships (wakes), a simple technique that could be used by almost any country or organization. Different ships create distinct wave patterns on the sea surface, similar to fingerprints.

Webmaster addition: When I was working at JPL, there was a mission called Seasat which was one of the very first synthetic aperture radars in space. It's mission was oceanographic research, but the images showed ships and their wakes, including wakes for which there were no ship, meaning Seasat was seeing the turbulence created by submerged submarines. At that point, the mission was handed over to the military and all data was classified!

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A wave of IT outages swept across the globe Friday morning, sending airports, airlines, banks and other institutions into a screeching halt as some Microsoft-based computers ceased to work. CrowdStrike -- an American cybersecurity technology firm that provides cloud workload protection, threat intelligence and cyberattack response services -- said the outage, which sparked chaos for many, was not a cyberattack. Instead, there was an issue with software and a fix had been deployed.
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Discount stores like target are engaged in a race to the bottom, lowering prices to convince customers to stop shopping on amazon. But while their new plans might work in some parts of america, in NYC there are reason they wont work at all, leading to more store closures...
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In the aftermath of the attempted assassination of President Trump, federal law enforcement can’t figure out a motive for the shooter, and they can’t get into all the details of his phone, but they’re 100% sure that he acted alone.

What does not make sense is how a 20-year-old nursing home food attendant managed to find one spot with a direct line of sight to President Trump and how Thomas Crooks managed to know of all the ongoing security lapses and failures that day, including the reassignment of the Secret Service to Jill Biden, who had a function in Pittsburgh the same day.

Thomas Crooks, accused by the FBI of being the Trump sniper

Another part of the story that makes no sense is that 20-year-old Thomas Crooks, who lived an hour away before he went to the rally, knew that he would need a ladder in order to scale the walls and take a shot at President Trump. According to federal authorities, Crooks stopped at Home Depot on his way to the rally in his hometown of Bethel Park and bought a 5-foot ladder.

 

Initially, the pictures leaking out from the rally’s aftermath showed a ladder that was in place near where Crooks’ body was found, on top of the American Glass Research manufacturing company warehouse near the Butler Farm Show Airport.

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But pictured above is a ten-foot ladder, and one that large would not fit in Crooks’ car, so there would be no way for him to get it from Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, to Butler, Pennsylvania.

It also makes no sense how Crooks would have been able to do enough advance research and investigation beforehand to know the security protocols of the Trump rally, and know the details of which building to get on top of, to take sniper shots at Trump.

Here’s the exact quote from USA Today on this point: “Hours before the shooting, Crooks stopped at a Home Depot in his hometown of Bethel Park and purchased a ladder, CNN and NBC reported, citing unnamed law enforcement officials.”

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A Politico report documented people close to former President Donald Trump who said that the assassination attempt had made him more humble, but some liberals were outraged at the suggestion.

The article by Natalie Allison cited numerous sources close to Trump who said the shooting had made him more "serene," even more "spiritual."

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MSNBC host Joy Reid posted a video of herself working through a bizarre conspiracy theory suggesting that the Secret Service helped former President Donald Trump to create the historic and defiant photo image from the shooting.

Reid posted the video on a social media account.

She noted that the Biden campaign released a lot of detailed medical information about his condition within minutes of the announcement that he had contracted COVID-19 again.

"But when it comes to what happened on Saturday, with former President Donald Trump, this assassination attempt, we know almost nothing about his medical condition," said Reid.

Webmaster addition: So Biden's Secret Service helped stage a hoax to benefit Trump? Really Joy?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Lawsuit Background: In 2010, the Farm-to-Consumer Legal Defense Fund sued the FDA, claiming that laws regulating raw milk violated the U.S. Constitution. The lawsuit was ultimately dismissed. FDA’s Response: The FDA argued that there is no fundamental right to obtain any food one wishes, and there is no deeply rooted historical tradition of unfettered access to all types of food.
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In the face of a potentially industry-ending slew of patent cliffs, Big Pharma has begun acquiring biotechnology companies to stave off collapse. To get these drugs to market, the industry is pursuing the only solution left for their dying model: a full takeover of the WHO to capture the global regulatory system.

Big Pharma must soon confront an industry-wide hazard that reaches magnitudes far greater than the typical concerns of corporate profit margins and business politics. Through years of industry consolidation, it has essentially made itself “too big to fail.” Only now, the model which it once could never fail within — that is, the practice of obtaining patent exclusivity over drugs that are approved through clinical trials and regulations — has become obsolete, even impossible, under the current conditions of the industry. 

In this new climate, the trials and regulations Big Pharma once successfully navigated may very well lead to its total demise. However, the pharmaceutical sector has set its eyes on the only solution that can keep its money and power intact; the full takeover of the public sector, specifically the World Health Organization (WHO), and the regulatory system that now holds the entire market hostage. 

The problem begins with the looming financial threat that the top 20 Big Pharma companies face: from now until 2030, $180 billion in sales will be at risk. This threat, called a patent cliff, is a regularly occurring problem for the pharmaceutical industry. Big Pharma has long made its money by attaining patent exclusivity of certain drugs, thereby monopolizing all potential profits made off of them for a finite amount of time. When that patent exclusivity ends, the drug rolls head first off of a “patent cliff,” and tens of billions of dollars in revenue are put at risk.

Claire's Observations: I understand the profit motive, which is true for all corporations. But what about people who need, and would benefit from the consumption of new drugs, but cannot obtain them because those drugs have been "priced out of the market", so that only the wealthy can purchase them?!?

For example, the following two drugs have just been approved by the FDA for use in treatment of dementia:

"Both Kisunla and the Japanese drug, Leqembi, are laboratory-made antibodies, administered by IV, that target one contributor to Alzheimer’s — sticky amyloid plaque buildup in the brain. Questions remain about which patients should get the drugs and how long they might benefit.

The new drug’s approval was expected after an outside panel of FDA advisors unanimously voted in favor of its benefits at a public meeting last month. That endorsement came despite several questions from FDA reviewers about how Lilly studied the drug, including allowing patients to discontinue treatment after their plaque reached very low levels.

Costs will vary by patient, based on how long they take the drug, Lilly said. The company also said a year’s worth of therapy would cost $32,000 — higher than the $26,500 price of a year’s worth of Leqembi."

Forgive me, but what retired person do you know, who has been diagnosed with dementia in this country, has an extra twenty-six to thirty-two thousand dollars a year to pay for this treatment?!?  Short answer; not many.

I am hoping and praying that some of these drug developers are in initial dialogue with CEOs of the insurance companies covering health, to make these treatments affordable.  Because if not, it will be almost as though these drugs never existed in the first place, for people who have this diagnosis.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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When you look at Joe Biden, you are also getting a visual picture of what is happening to our economy as a whole.  Both have been getting artificially propped up for a long time, both are now sick once again, and both are starting to decline very rapidly at this point.  There is lots of speculation that Joe Biden is not going to be able to make it much longer, and of course the exact same thing could be said about the U.S. economy.  Sadly, the truth is that the clock won’t stop ticking and time is not on the side of either one of them.
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Land movement in Rancho Palos Verdes has been accelerating, causing significant damage to roads and homes. Experts have noted that the land is moving at a rate of about 12 inches per week in some areas. This movement has resulted in large cracks in roads and homes sinking. Additionally, the shifting land has created a new stretch of coastline.
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At the Republican Jewish Coalition's "Salute to Pro-Israel Elected Officials" on the sidelines of the GOP convention, the only thing more palpable than leading officials' support for Israel is their resentment toward Joe Biden and the Democratic Party.

The event, attended by hundreds and including addresses from among the most senior Republican officials in America, was the convention's clearest and firmest argument from the GOP that it is "the only-pro Israel party" amid the Democratic Party's leftward shift amid the Gaza war.

"We have been demonstrating that over and over and over," House Speaker Mike Johnson said, noting the Republican efforts to attack the Biden administration over the delay of a shipment of 2,000 pound heavy-payload weapons.

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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At the height of the "QAnon" fervor in 2021 - roughly 23% of Republicans said they believed the theory that Donald Trump is fighting a cabal of satanic, sex-trafficking pedophiles.

On Monday, a Morning Consult poll found that 34% of Democrats think Trump faked his own assassination attempt last Saturday. Such left-wing conspiracy theorists have been referred to as "BlueAnon," and as the Washington Free Beacon reports, this particular notion - that Trump faked the assassination attempt - originated with Democratic powerbroker Dmitri Mehlhorn, who has made at least 10 visits to the Biden White House.

Hours after the shooting on Saturday, Mehlhorn - and adviser to LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman (who joked about assassinating Trump the week before the attempt) - sent a memo to reports suggesting they portray the shooting as a false-flag operation directly from Vladimir Putin's playbook, designed to give Trump an iconic photo-op.

Webmaster addition: Just down the page is an article debunking the claim that the shooting was staged. And I don't think those 1/3 Democrats actually believe this nonsense, but they know what a powerful boost this has given Trump are are desperate to negate it!

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Was this staged? No

  1. Trump was shot in the ear- mere centimeters away from his head. Anyone who thinks this was staged needs to realize that life is not a f%cking video game. Do you know how hard it is to shoot someone in the head from far away? Do you think Trump would pay a guy to shoot him in the ear and trust that this guy was going to hit his ear and not anything else?
  2. The shooter was SEEN by HUNDREDS of witnesses. They saw him set up, crawl across the roof, and begin to open fire. All of the accounts align, there is no indication of falsehood or manipulation.
  3. Yes, Trump did tell his Secret Service to wait so he could hold up his fist. However, the shooter was down and this was reported to Trump already. He knew the threat had likely ceased and chose to show strength.
  4. A bystander was also killed in the shooting. The shooter fired 5 times, hitting Trump and one other person in the crowd who died. Hard to stage a shooting with bullet wounds and a dead victim.

Put simply there is no evidence whatsoever that this was staged. It’s frankly one of the dumbest things I’ve heard in a while and that says something. People are just claiming this as a knee-jerk reaction. Just anger and nonsense.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The world is currently facing one of its biggest IT meltdowns ever with millions of devices hit by mass outages. The gremlins, which have been caused by an update from cyber security firm CrowdStrike, have sent Windows PCs into meltdown with many now hit by the dreaded Blue Screen Of Death (BSOD). That dreaded error has left users unable to log in and has also forced some PCs into an unstoppable crash loop.

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Mark Halperin is now reporting that Joe Biden is going to drop out of the 2024 presidential race as early as Sunday.

Powerful Democrats such as Barack Obama, Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries are all doubting Biden’s viability.

Chuck Schumer and Hakeem Jeffries are now working behind the scenes to sabotage Joe Biden.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries quietly convinced the DNC to delay its presidential nomination vote.

Webmaster addition: So the Democratic party just told their primary voters to go to hell. That's not going to help in the general election!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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These are some of the many reactions to New York Magazine’s new cover of Donald Trump and Joe Biden, both standing on weighing scales in nothing but white underwear.
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Donald Trump's former White House press secretary Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders has words of advice for President Biden's top spokesperson as Democrats enter 'total meltdown' mode.

It's been a hectic three weeks since Biden and Trump's first debate, during which the 81-year-old president had a self-proclaimed 'bad night' filled with gaffes and stumbles.

Over 20 elected Democrats have since turned on Joe, publicly urging him to exit the 2024 race and allow a fresh candidate at the top of the ticket. Even former President Barack Obama reportedly told allies Biden should 'seriously consider' whether he should stay in the race, raising speculation he could drop out in a matter of days.

Meanwhile, a defiant Biden has insisted publicly that he will be the Democratic nominee and only God or a 'medical condition' would push him to pull out. He tested positive for COVID on Thursday and had to cancel a campaign event.

Webmaster addition: Descending into utter chaos!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced Wednesday that the Israeli military was setting up a field hospital inside Israel to treat Palestinian children from Gaza, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vetoed the plan.

Netanyahu’s office said that it informed Gallant in writing that the prime minister does approve establishing a “temporary hospital” for Gaza’s children, and therefore, it would “not be established.”

An official in the Israeli Defense Ministry told The Times of Israel that Netanyahu blocked the hospital for “political reasons.”

Netanyahu could come under criticism from extremist members of his coalition government for enabling the treatment of Palestinian children, which includes not only kids wounded by Israeli airstrikes but also newborn babies who are dying due to a lack of nutrition since their malnourished mothers cannot breastfeed.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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On Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a surprise trip to visit Israeli troops in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah and said Israel must maintain control of the Gaza-Egypt border, known as the Philadelphi Corridor.

Netanyahu has previously said that any deal with Hamas must allow Israel to maintain control of the border, including the Rafah crossing, which has been cut off to aid deliveries since Israel took control of it on May 7. The prime minister’s demand has complicated talks not only with Hamas but also with Egypt, which opposes indefinite Israeli control of the border.

According to Netanyahu’s office, he said in Rafah that the Israeli troops there understand “that our holding the Philadelphi Corridor and the Rafah Crossing are vital for the future.”

Tags: EGYPT, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Much has been written about the political earthquakes in Britain and France, the first resulting in the crushing defeat of the Conservative Party and the latter in the overpowering of the far right, by a largely leftist coalition.

But these were not the only important outcomes of the July 4 and July 7 general elections in two of Europe’s most influential countries.

One other important, if not unprecedented outcome, was the centrality of the Palestinian cause to the political discourses in London and Paris which, in truth, are only reflections of greater changes underway on the entire European continent and body politic.

For a long time, we have been told that outward advocacy of Palestinian rights is a lost political cause in Europe, where Israel holds a special status due to the West’s historical role in creating, sustaining and defending Israel.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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