"In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one can argue, to whom one can present grievances, on whom the pressures of power can be exerted. Bureaucracy is the form of government in which everybody is deprived of political freedom, of the power to act; for the rule by Nobody is not no-rule, and where all are equally powerless, we have a tyranny without a tyrant." -- Hannah Arendt, On Violence

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Alina Habba, one of the attorneys for former President Donald Trump, has issued an ultimatum to the judge who ruled in the fraud case in New York brought by Attorney General Letitia James.

She has called on Judge Engoron to recuse himself from the case immediately, telling Fox News that they can no longer wait for the Office of Attorney Ethics to take action.

The former president’s attorneys have said that he needs to be off the case because of an alleged “appearance of impropriety” after he received advice on the case from New York real estate attorney Adam Leitman Bailey as the trial was going on.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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The second day of pre-trial hearings in former President Trump's classified docs case begins Monday.

Each side argued about the legality of Special Counsel Jack Smith's appointment in the case on Friday.

Both sides are expected to debate the matter again on Monday.

Conservative attorneys have argued that Smith is not able to bring forth criminal charges against a former president as a private citizen, given that he wasn't confirmed by the Senate.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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 Former President Donald Trump boasted Friday that Teamsters General President Sean O’Brien has accepted his invitation to speak at next month’s Republican National Convention in Milwaukee.

It’s a big get for Trump, who is edging ahead of President Biden in polling with groups that have traditionally backed Democrats for decades, including union members.

One survey this year found Biden and Trump tied at 47% among union members in the six closest swing states Biden won in 2020, Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Under the Biden administration the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has a pattern of releasing suspected terrorists at the southwest border resulting in national security risks that include threats to U.S. military installations and critical infrastructure, a congressional committee affirms. Federal lawmakers reveal that since Biden took office the U.S. Border Patrol has encountered at least 351 illegal aliens on the Terrorist Screening Data Set coming into the country between ports of entry. Among them are two Jordanian nationals who recently attempted to breach a military base not far from the nation’s capital. The men drove a truck to the main gate of Marine Corps Base Quantico earlier this month and ignored guards’ orders to stop when they could not provide credentials required to gain access to the facility. The Virginia base is about 35 miles south of Washington D.C.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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Did someone say “cheap fake”?

The desperate Biden Campaign posted a side-by-side photo of President Trump’s Philly rally and doped up Joe Biden ‘speaking at the same venue.’

President Trump brought down the house in deep blue Philly this weekend.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Former President Trump’s legal team is back in court on Monday after a Friday hearing in which both sides argued the legality of Special Counsel Jack Smith's appointment in the classified document case against the former president.

The hearing continues Monday when the two sides again discuss matters related to Smith’s appointment as well as a limited gag order that prosecutors have requested to bar Trump from comments they fear could endanger the safety of FBI agents and other law enforcement officials involved in the case.

Trump’s lawyers have said any speech restrictions would infringe on his free speech rights. Cannon initially rejected the prosecution’s request on technical grounds, saying Smith’s team had not sufficiently conferred with defense lawyers before seeking the restrictions. Prosecutors subsequently renewed the request.

U.S. District Judge Aileen Cannon heard hours of arguments Friday from lawyers for both sides, with Trump attorney Emil Bove asserting that the Justice Department risked creating a "shadow government" through the appointment of special counsels to prosecute select criminal cases.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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OpenAl's Mira Murati says "If you look at the trajectory of improvement, systems like GPT-3 were maybe toddler-level intelligence," Murati says. "And then systems like GPT-4 are more like smart high-schooler intelligence. And then, in the next couple of years, we're looking at Ph.D. intelligence for specific tasks.
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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According to a recent Wall Street Journal/NORC poll, a majority of Americans believe that their children’s lives may be worse than their own. In the survey, 78% of respondents expressed that they “do not feel confident” their children will be better off.
Tags: ECONOMY
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Reform UK leader Nigel Farage has accused a prominent legacy media outlet of printing falsehoods and “collaborating” with the Kremlin to smear him to protect the “dying Conservative Party”.

The Mail on Sunday, the sister paper of the Daily Mail, may be facing a lawsuit from Nigel Farage over its headline over the weekend which read: “Zelensky: Farage Is Infected with ‘Virus of Putin’,” after the Brexit leader stated the West played a role in provoking the Russian invasion with EU and NATO expansionism.

Mr Farage said that the headline was “totally untrue” and said he instructed the Carter-Ruck law firm to “deal with it”.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Alan Dershowitz, Harvard law professor emeritus, wrote that a continued gag order on Republican presumptive nominee Donald Trump infringes on voters’ rights to hear his criticisms of his recent felony conviction, which is likely to come up at this week’s presidential debate.

In a guest column for The Wall Street Journal published Friday, Dershowitz reacted to Manhattan prosecutors urging Judge Juan Merchan, who presided over Trump’s business records trial, to keep in place a gag order that prevents the former president from criticizing jurors or members of the prosecution who convicted him.

Dershowitz wrote that in addition to violating Trump’s First Amendment rights, “it violates your First Amendment rights and mine as well.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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A former Interior Department communications director in the Biden administration has been hired in a new role and will be working on communications inside the Biden White House, despite sparking controversy last year over social media posts attacking police, criticizing Republicans and supporting the anti-Israel movement.

"After more than three years at Interior working for Secretary Deb Haaland, Cherry started last week as an associate communications director at the White House," Politico reported this week.

Tyler Cherry sparked controversy last year after social media posts surfaced in which he blasted law enforcement and promoted "Russiagate."

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
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Secretary of State Antony Blinken recently testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee where he tried, and failed, to sell the Biden administration’s spin that it is delivering for the American people by being tough on China.

The reality is that the Biden administration’s China policy is a disaster for U.S. security and prosperity. President Biden seems content to sacrifice peaceful relations and the benefits of trade with China for short-term political advantages that come with insisting that China be an enemy of the United States. Unfortunately, Secretary Blinken’s testimony left little hope that change is coming anytime soon.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
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Unemployment Rate Increase: The unemployment rate in the United States has risen from 3.4% in April 2023 to 4.0%. This increase is significant, especially considering the relatively low rates observed in recent years. 36-Month Moving Average: The fact that the unemployment rate has crossed above its 36-month moving average is noteworthy. Historically, such occurrences have often preceded rapid spikes in the jobless rate.
Tags: ECONOMY
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China indeed has ambitious plans for nuclear power expansion. According to a report by the Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF), China intends to construct 150 new nuclear reactors between 2020 and 2035.
Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN
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FINALLY....Someone tells the TRUTH
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Over 150,000 Israelis hit streets in Tel Aviv last night against the far-right government led by Benjamin Netanyahu and called for the PM's ouster and snap elections as anger mounts over Bibi's handling of hostage situation in Gaza and overall war there with Hamas that began in October last year.

Tags: ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The researchers compared the rates of various new medical conditions in Covid mRNA-vaccinated versus unvaccinated groups over three months.

The study revealed that those who had received mRNA injections experienced the following:

• A 68% rise in depression

• A 44% surge in anxiety and related disorders

• A 93.4% increase in sleep disorders

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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The United Kingdom Maritime Trade Operations (UKMTO) reported two maritime incidents involving merchant vessels on Sunday. The first occurred in the Red Sea, where a suicide drone struck a vessel. The second incident took place in the Gulf of Aden.

A new update from UKMTO said a merchant ship 96 nautical miles southeast of Nishtun, Yemen, "reported severe flooding that cannot be contained, forcing the master and crew to abandon the ship."

UKMTO said the crew had been rescued by an "assisting ship," and the abandoned ship "remains adrift at position 14°31'N 053°08'E." 

Tags: MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Effective September 29, the US Commerce Department has banned American sales of, and software update downloads for, Kaspersky Lab’s globally popular cybersecurity/anti-virus software … “because Russia.”

The order “will prohibit Kaspersky Lab and all of its affiliates, subsidiaries and parent company from providing cyber security and anti-virus software anywhere in the United States,” Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo said in a press briefing. “Russia has shown it has the capacity and even more than that, the intent, to exploit Russian companies like Kaspersky to collect and weaponize the personal information of Americans.”

Responding to the order, Kaspersky denied that the ban would actually affect its ability to operate in the US and claimed the decision was based on “geopolitical climate and theoretical concerns” rather than any actually established risks.

In tandem with the Commerce Department ban, the US Treasury announced sanctions on 12 of the company’s executives.

Webmaster addition: I trust Kaspersky more than any security software produced in the US!

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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New research warns that eating ultra-processed or fast food during pregnancy puts the fetus at a greater health risk. The risk specifically stems from chemicals known as phthalates that often find their way into burgers and fries after being shed by fast food wrappers or workers’ plastic gloves.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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"Denmark, renowned for being polite and progressive, is profoundly skeptical of asylum seekers. Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen, of the center-left Social Democrats, has set a target of “zero” people arriving in Denmark outside the U.N. resettlement system."
Tags: EUROPE
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“That’s sweet. They’re illegal aliens,” Roberts said.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A Korean Air Lines flight heading from Incheon to Taiwan was diverted due to a defect in the aircraft. 
  
The KE189 flight, which was bound for Taichung International Airport in Taiwan, departed Incheon Airport with 125 passengers on board at around 4:45 p.m. on Saturday. 
  
About 50 minutes after departure, a warning appeared about a fault in the pressurization system of the Boeing 737-8 aircraft. An aircraft pressurization system regulates the pressure level inside the aircraft.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS
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For reasons that weren’t immediately clear, Snopes randomly decided to set the record straight a week before the first presidential debate in 2024, and it has Democrats fuming.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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I have stated from the beginning that this open border was to change the politics of the United States. The migrants will be allowed to vote, and Biden will most likely grant them citizenship because he will step down and be replaced in August. The migrants will then vote, and Biden will never have to stand for any crimes whatsoever. He will go down in history as the man who not just allowed the Neocons to take the White House but also flooded the country to change the politics.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD, WHITE HOUSE
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A senior Archbishop is going to make an unprecedented appearance in a British court to be cross-examined over a £350m London property fraud case that saw Pope Francis authorise wire-tapping.

In previous British legal proceedings the Vatican has claimed diplomatic immunity and refused to allow officials to appear as witnesses.

But now Archbishop Edgar Peña Parra, a close aide to the Pope, will make an appearance in the Vatican's 'trial of the century'.

At the heart of the trial is the 350-million-euro purchase of a luxury property in London which used to be a car showroom and garage for Harrod's.

Tags: RELIGION/ATHEISM
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An Israeli minister announced preparations for "mass burial" plans in northern Israel ahead of a possible assault on Lebanon.

Speaking to Channel 14, the minister of religious affairs, Michael Malchieli, said his ministry has been "busy" with many issues relating to the conflict with Gaza, including preparing burials.

"We are busy with many things related to the war, in preparation, unfortunately, also for whatever - may it not happen - in the north," he said.

When pressed by the host on whether they were anticipating "mass burial" scenarios, he confirmed that they were expecting further deaths from the conflict with Lebanon.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The world is on the brink of a catastrophe, UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said on Friday, pointing to the risks of a potential devastating conflict between Israel and Hezbollah.

The head of the Shia militia, Hassan Nasrallah, warned on Wednesday that Hezbollah is prepared for a full-scale conflict with Israel and could invade the Jewish state’s northern territories in case of further escalation.

The statement came after one of the group’s senior commanders, Hajj Sami Taleb Abdullah, was killed in an Israeli strike on southern Lebanon last week.

Tags: ISRAEL, LEBANON, UN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The Israel Defense Forces on Friday yet again shelled tents of displaced Palestinians near the city of Rafah in the Gaza Strip, killing at least 25 and wounding another 50, local health and emergency officials said.

“According to Ahmed Radwan, a spokesperson for Civil Defense first responders in Rafah, witnesses told rescue workers about the shelling at two locations in a coastal area that has become filled with tents,” The Associated Pressreported.

“The locations of the attacks provided by the Civil Defense appear to be just outside an Israeli-designated safe zone,” the news agency noted. “The Israeli military said the episode was under review but that ‘there is no indication that a strike was carried out by the IDF’ inside the safe zone, using an acronym for the Israeli forces. It did not offer details on the episode or say what the intended targets might have been.”

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