Web Research Links for the Week of 4/22/24

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Which Major City Will Completely Collapse First – Los Angeles, Chicago Or New York City? – by Michael Snyder – https://endoftheamericandream.com/which-major-city-will-completely-collapse-first-los-angeles-chicago-or-new-york-city/ – “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… In this article, I want to focus on the three largest metropolitan areas in the United States: New York, Los Angeles and Chicago… John Williams recently took his camera with him as he walked through downtown Los Angeles, and he described what he witnessed as “hell”… – https://youtu.be/44T9HxFEA7g… Decades of failed policies have transformed one of the greatest cities in the entire country into one of the worst… At this point, theft has become so rampant that even the ultra-progressive politicians in California have come to the conclusion that something must be done… So several bills that would “crack down on shoplifting” have been introduced in the state legislatureShoplifters beware… The California Assembly has introduced a comprehensive package of seven bills aimed at addressing the rising concerns over retail theft across the state… One of the key initiatives is Assembly Bill 2943, jointly authored by Assemblymember Rick Chavez Zbur (D) and Speaker Robert Rivas (D). The bill targets serial retail thieves by introducing a new crime with penalties of up to three years behind bars for possession of stolen property with intent to resell. It also allows for the aggregation of similar thefts from different victims to charge grand theft, under specific criteria… Hopefully something will get done, because right now a criminal in the state of California can “literally walk into a retail store every single day of the year and steaI $949 worth of merchandise” and never spend a single minute in jail. (Link: watch video on Twitter/X, 1 minute, 18 seconds)… Los Angeles has become a paradise for shoplifters, but many would argue that things are even worse in the Big Apple… As I discussed a few days ago, New York City has “a $4.4 billion shoplifting economy”… And approximately 90,000 packages are stolen in New York City every single day… This is just one of the reasons why we have seen a mass exodus… Countless New Yorkers have already left for greener pastures, and lots more are thinking of leaving…  About 7 million New Yorkers plan to leave the state, a new survey revealed this month… In a new Marist poll, 37 percent of New Yorkers—roughly 7 million people—said they plan to move away. The number was slightly more concentrated among Republicans, as 46 percent said they plan to leave the state compared to just 29 percent of Democrats… Unsurprisingly, many of those that are fleeing are heading to FloridaFor many, Florida remains one of the top places to move, but Southern states in general have been recording the biggest influx in transplants…  According to Realtor.com, Philadelphia, Miami, Atlanta, Tampa and Orlando remain some of the top locations for New Yorkers to start again… I wouldn’t want to live in the Big Apple either… The rat problem alone would be enough for me to move… It just continues to escalate, and politicians are now proposing to use “rat contraceptives” to deal with “the millions of rats lurking in subway stations and empty lots”… In New York City, the idea to distribute rat contraceptives got fresh attention in city government Thursday following the death of an escaped zoo owl, known as Flaco, who was found dead with rat poison in his system… City Council Member Shaun Abreu proposed a city ordinance Thursday that would establish a pilot program for controlling the millions of rats lurking in subway stations and empty lots by using birth control instead of lethal chemicals. Abreu, chair of the Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management, said the contraceptives also are more ethical and humane than other methods… Unfortunately, New York City doesn’t have the worst rat problem in America… That title actually belongs to the city of Chicago… Chicago has once again been declared the rattiest city in the U.S. according to Orkin’s annual ranking…  Los Angeles surpassed New York on this year’s list now holding the #2 spot and bringing the Big Apple down to #3, Orkin shared…  Other notable shifts included Houston, which moved 10 spots up to #20, and Charlotte, North Carolina that rose 16 spots to #21… Somehow, the rat problem in Chicago has gone to an entirely new level in 2024… In fact, one local resident says that it is now the worst that she has ever seen in her entire lifetime…  A resurgence of rats has gotten out of control in Chicago’s Portage Park neighborhood, multiple residents explained Friday as they called for city leaders to take further action…  Diana Gazda, a resident of the Far Northwest Side community for seven decades, said she has never seen an infestation like it. – ‘We never had a rat problem like this,’ she stated. ‘I’ve been here 71 years in my house.’.. In addition to being world famous for rats, the Windy City is also world famous for violence… In Chicago, you can be gunned down at any time of the day or night… Nobody is safe, and that is especially true for police officers… A Chicago police officer was shot to death early Sunday in Gage Park on the Southwest Side in what sources are saying was an apparent carjacking…  Officers responded to a ShotSpotter alert about 2:55 a.m. and found Officer Luis Huesca with multiple gunshot wounds in the 3100 block of West 56th Street, a police spokesperson said in a statement…  Huesca, 30, was driving home from work, according to city officials. Huesca, who was still wearing his uniform, was taken to University of Chicago Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead… So which of these cities will completely collapse first?.. I think that is a very good question… They are all headed downhill very rapidly, and they are all being run by radical leftists… Of course the exact same things could be said about dozens of other U.S. cities… For years, I have been warning my readers about the “cultural transformation” that has been taking place in America… How we raise our kids really matters… We have been failing them for decades, and now the consequences can be very clearly seen in the streets of our major cities… A horrific societal collapse is upon us, and yet this nation continues to refuse to change direction.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 4/15/24

Fair Use Notice: This site may contain some copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of vital issues which already exist in the public domain. – Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button.US Declines Israel’s Invitation To Start WW3 (For Now) – by Caitlin Johnstone – https://www.caitlinjohnst.one/p/us-declines-israels-invitation-to – “Iran has carried out its long-promised retaliation for Israel’s attack on its consulate building in Damascus, launching a massive barrage of drones and missiles which it claims hit and destroyed Israeli military targets, while Israel says they dealt only superficial damage with a few injuries. The US and its allies reportedly helped shoot down a number of the Iranian projectiles… Just as we discussed in the lead-up to the strike, the western political-media class are acting as though this was a completely unprovoked attack launched against the innocent, Bambi-eyed victim Israel. Comments from western officials and pundits and headlines from the mass media are omitting the fact that Israel instigated these hostilities with its extreme act of aggression in Syria as much as possible. Here in Australia the Sydney Morning Herald write-up about the strike didn’t get around to informing its readers about the attack on the Iranian consulate until the tenth paragraph of the article, and said only that Iran had “accused” Israel of launching the attack because Israel has never officially confirmed it… In any case, Iran says the attack is now over. Given that we’re not seeing any signs of massive damage, Iran’s reported claim that its retaliation would be calibrated to avoid escalation into a full-scale regional war seems to have been accurate, as does Washington’s reported claim that it didn’t expect the strike to be large enough to draw the US into war… A new report from Axios says Biden has personally told Netanyahu that the US will not be supporting any Israeli military response to the Iranian strike. An anonymous senior White House official told Axios that Biden said to Netanyahu, “You got a win. Take the win,” in reference to the number of Iranian weapons that were taken out of the sky by the international coalition in Israel’s defense. Apparently helping to mitigate the damage from the Iranian attack is all the military commitment the White House is willing to make against Iran at this time… And thank all that is holy for that. A war between the US alliance and Iran and its allies would be the stuff of nightmares, making the horrors we’ve been seeing in Gaza these last six months look like an episode of Peppa Pig… But Washington merely declining to get involved is nowhere near enough. As the Quincy Institute’s Trita Parsi quipped on Twitter, ‘Biden needs to PREVENT further escalation, not just declare his desire to stay out of it.’.. Indeed, Israel has already made it clear that it is going to be moving forward with an escalation against Iran. Israel’s Channel 12 cites an unnamed senior official saying the Iranian counter strike is going to receive an “unprecedented response”… ‘Israel has already informed the Americans and governments in the region that its response is inevitable,’ The Economist reports. ‘Its military options include launching drones at Iran, and long-range airstrikes on Iran, possibly on military bases or nuclear installations.’.. It’s unclear at this time how much the latest message from the Biden administration will affect the calculations of this position, but the mass media are reporting that White House officials are worried Israel is getting ready to do something extremely reckless that could draw the US into a war it would rather avoid… NBC News reports the following: ‘Some top U.S. officials are concerned Israel could do something quickly in response to Iran’s attacks without thinking through potential fallout afterward, according to a senior administration official and a senior defense official… ‘Those concerns stem in part from the administration’s views of the approach Israel has taken to its war against Hamas, as well as the attack in Damascus.’.. ‘President Joe Biden has privately expressed concern that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is trying to drag the U.S. more deeply into a broader conflict, according to three people familiar with his comments.’.. People have been raising this concern for some time now. Earlier this month Responsible Statecraft’s Paul Pillar wrote up a solid argument that Netanyahu stands a lot to gain personally from drawing the US into a war with Iran to help him with his legal and political troubles and take the focus off of Israel’s genocide in Gaza… Whether that’s the case or not it’s pretty absurd for the Biden administration to just sit around passively hoping this doesn’t happen as though it wouldn’t have a say in the matter, and as though there’s nothing it can do to prevent such an occurrence right now. Biden has had the ability to end this insane cycle of escalation in the middle east since it started six months ago by demanding a ceasefire in Gaza and demanding that Israel rein in its murder machine, just as US presidents have done successfully in the past… Biden could end all this with one phone call. The fact that he doesn’t means he’s a monster, and no amount of mass media reports about how “concerned” and “frustrated” he is regarding Israel’s actions will ever change that.”

David Rogers Webb on how to stop “The Great Taking” – Interview by Paul Buitink (59 minutes) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1GHXe0PbNG4“Paul Buitink interviews David Rogers Webb, former hedge fund manager of Varus and author of “The Great Taking”. David states in his book that there is a global elite implementing a system to take everything from everyone. David emphasizes that this agenda is particularly evident in the realm of property rights concerning securities. According to him, a closer examination of the terms and conditions, such as those of a bank or stockbroker, reveals that individuals are not the rightful owners of their securities… Paul asks David about the motivations driving these “elites” and when they will execute the great taking? Paul thinks that the people will revolt when everything will be taken from them and asks David to reflect on that. And finally, what can be done to stop the great taking.”

TN working to stop The Great Taking as outlined by David Rogers Webb – Good news from Foster Gamble our deep researcher champion of TruthFrom a friend: A bracing 6 minute video from Foster Gamble of the Thrive movement he helped found.- Here is good news from TN. Chem trails banned, MRNA banned… Tennessee: A Fractal Hologram of Good News

An outstanding article, which deserves careful consideration: What if it’s all long-term conditioning? – by Axel BC Krauss – https://www.theburningplatform.com/2024/04/11/what-if-its-all-long-term-conditioning/ – “I wrote this commentary in response to Todd Hayen’s article “Did the Covid PsyOp fail?”, to which I would add a few remarks… I agree with Hayen: something about the alleged failure of the “Covid PsyOp” feels strange. It “feels” fishy. But what could that be? I will explain this below… I have written two books on this myself, “Corona – Krone der Technokratie?” (Corona – Crown of Technocracy?) and “Das globale Technat” (The Global Technate). In the latter, the title of which was inspired by Iain Davis‘ outstanding articles “Understanding Technocracy” and “Technocracy: The Operating System For The New International Rules-Based Order”, one of the points I made was that the lockdowns had no medical reason, but economic reasons: By paralysing the economic cycles, i.e. by artificially triggering a deflationary phase (which is characterised, among other things, by a decline in demand), inflationary overheating was prevented, which would have been caused by the monetary policy of the years since 2008 (the last major financial crisis). (For further information on this, please read Michael Bryant’s article “COVID-19: A Global Financial Operation”)… This policy, also known as “Quantitative Easing”, in conjunction with the deliberate zero interest rate policy – which in my opinion served as bait to lure more people into a spiral of debt – could have triggered a severe recession, or even hyperinflation at worst, on a global scale. The so-called “Covid Aids” gave the elite even more power over the economy and society… Rising public and private debt naturally means a gain in power for them, because debt always and without exception also means a relationship of dependency between creditor and debtor. In other words: You can more easily dictate your conditions if someone depends on your credit supply… If you want to find out more about the background, I highly recommend the article “Sustainable Debt Slavery” by Whitney Webb and Iain Davis… What is certain is that German newspapers published articles on this potentially imminent recession or depression throughout 2019 – and with increasing frequency. These signs weren’t just on the wall, they were dancing Lambada on coke. Then – purely by chance, of course -, a “new type of virus” emerged, which conveniently allowed the press to only talk about the “Corona Recession” – and not mention the monetary policy causes at all anymore. That alone was telling enough – at least for me… Anyway, instead of focusing only on the “medical” aspects of the “pandemic”, I think we should rather consider the possibility – as Hayen rightly suspects – that this “event” with all its already tragic consequences for so many people was “only” a first step in a longer, ongoing process… It is probably no coincidence that the World Economic Forum has already spoken of the age of “Polycrises” into which humanity has now entered. By “Polycrisis” is meant: Climate, War, Terror and Pandemics… We had the first Pandemic – “Corona”. We have a war (Ukraine), which in my estimation is NOT a “classical” or “conventional” geopolitical conflict, but allowed the elites – via a chain of sanctions and counter-sanctions – to further raise the cost of living (rising prices for fossile fuels like natural gas which have already been targeted by the so-called “Sustainable Development Goals“, aka “Agenda 2030” of the UN)… Shortly after the war began, German mainstream television networks coined the phrase – yes, in all seriousness – “Frieren gegen Putin” (“Freezing against Putin”). You gotta be kidding me… We had a terror attack in Moscow, allegedly perpetrated by the “Intelligence State”. Sorry. What was I thinking? I meant the “Islamic State”, of course. Shortly after, German newspaper “Die Welt” (The World) warned about a possibly upcoming chain of “worldwide terror attacks” by the Intellige … Islamic State… It’s just my very humble opinion, but I get the strange feeling that all of this is meant to keep the populaces “on their toes”, to make them live in constant fear, to occupy their minds and distract them from the fact that on the level of international treaties, i.e. UN-level, all three “Power Blocks” – Ozeania (USA), Eurasia (EU) and East Asia (BRICS) – are already making “ends meet” by signing contracts that will bind them legally to “global goals”…  I call this the “Multipolarity Hoax“. – When it comes to the much-discussed Covid Vaccines, I would like to suggest that we stop focusing solely on them and instead look at NEW vaccines that are currently being developed. Why is that? Because we have to consider the possibility that the ingredients administered with the Covid vaccinations will only trigger the desired overall effect in COMBINATION with future vaccinations… Anyone who has ever done research in this area – especially with regard to vaccination trials in court – knows that it can be difficult under certain circumstances to attribute side effects or damage to the vaccination. This depends very much on the time that elapses between the vaccination and the occurrence of possible harmful effects. If I get vaccinated and just two or three days later, or even a few weeks later, such side effects occur, the matter is pretty clear. But if years pass between the vaccination and the possible consequential damages, it becomes much more difficult to prove this in a legal case. Because in the meantime, many other factors could have triggered these side effects… My thesis is therefore: Instead of betting everything on one card, i.e. on ONE vaccination, it would be much more ingenious (in an evil way), if only for reasons of possible consequences under criminal law, to rely over many, many years on effects that only result from a combination of several different vaccinations. This would not only make it increasingly difficult, but almost impossible, to find the medical “needle in the haystack”… I couldn’t agree more with Hayen when he warns of the possible long-term consequences… Yes, it’s quite possible that the vaccinations will have after-effects that we don’t even know about yet. Some of these possible effects were described by a German author, Michael Nehls, PhD, MD, who habilitated in molecular biology, in his book “Das indoktrinierte Gehirn” (“The indoctrinated Brain”, not available in English yet). He writes about possible long-term effects of these “Covid-Vaccinations” on a very important process in the human brain called “Hippocampal Neurogenesis” which is essential for the development of a stable personality and, most of all, a healthy memory… But as mentioned before, I don’t think that the Covid vaccines alone will “do the trick”… In his article, Hayen wrote: ‘Yes, all this could still happen, but it seems there have been more false starts – starts that didn’t go anywhere. But if so, you would think they wouldn’t have put them out there just to not have them continue.’.. Exactly. But how could this continue?.. To further support Hayen’s argument, I would like to introduce readers to a quite astonishing quote from a book by Bertrand Russell. It was published in 1953 and was entitled “The Impact of Science on Society”… This quote made me sit up like a Jack-in-the-box and take notice; I am convinced that we are guinea pigs in a long-term conditioning process… In his book “The Impact of Science on Society” Bertrand Russell wrote (my emphases):  ‘Fichte [german philosopher Johann Gottlieb Fichte, my remark] laid it down that education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished. But in his day this was an unattainable ideal: what he regarded as the best system in existence produced Karl Marx.’ – Russel, The Impact of Science on Society, 1953, US-Library of Congress, Catalogue Number 68-54290, p. 50… As if those words alone wouldn’t be mindblowing enough (and already been confirmed by today’s state of public “education”, if you can call it that anymore, especially in Germany), please forgive me for pushing you over the edge now. Russell continues, but please believe me, any resemblance to actual events is purely coincidental, it’s all just stupid conspiracy theories, folks (my emphases): ‘In future such failures are not likely to occur where there is dictatorship. Diet, injections, and injunctions will combine, from a very early age, to produce the sort of character and the sort of beliefs that the authorities consider desirable, and any serious criticism of the powers that be will become psychologically impossible. Even if all are miserable, all will believe themselves happy, because the government will tell them that they are so.’ – Russel, The Impact of Science on Society, 1953, US-Library of Congress, Catalogue Number 68-54290, p. 50.. Erm. Wait a minute. Diet? You mean, like “Eat Ze Bugs”? Like “Processed Foods”, delivered by companies which are owned by people who are members of think tanks like the CFR, the Trilateral Commission, like Bilderbergers, like Club of Rome and the sorts? Or by financial giants like Blackrock, which are also driving forces behind the “Agenda 2030” (Sustainable Development Goals, SDGs), CBDCs (total financial control) and so on?.. Woah. And injections? You mean, like “Covid Vaccinations”, for instance? And maybe many more to come in future pandemics (or against other illnesses) because this could very well be a long-term conditioning process? And injunctions? You mean, social distancing etc.?.. Don’t get me wrong: I’m not telling you all this because I believe we don’t stand a chance. I’m not writing these lines to “demoralize” and depress you. Quite the opposite… I’m just asking you NOT to fall for every single “event” that they’re serving us to occupy our minds and to distract us from their possible long-term goals… In Germany right now, they’re serving the public the so-called “RKI-files” or “RKI-Protocols” (RKI stands for Robert Koch-Institut). Unfortunately, even large parts of German alternative media have fallen for it. I mean the sincere parts. Not the bought-and-paid-for disinformants, because it is a sad fact that 90% of the “most popular” names in German alt-media are controlled opposition, gatekeepers and limited hangouts… These supposedly sensational, new “revelations” contain nothing – absolutely nothing – really “new”. They’ve just – thanks a lot, how merciful – released information that has been known for at least two years now… But most of all, it seems to be one of the oldest tricks in the state’s book for psychological warfare: make the serfs and slaves believe that they should only accept information that has been “officially confirmed”… “Officially confirmed” by the very same state that lied to and deceived them for years, by the way… That ruined many of their businesses during the Reset- and Build Back Better-demic and is deliberately destroying German industry according to the “Degrowth”-agenda outlined by organizations like the “Club of Rome” decades ago. It really couldn’t be more obvious at this point, but well:  ‘… education should aim at destroying free will, so that, after pupils have left school, they shall be incapable, throughout the rest of their lives, of thinking or acting otherwise than as their schoolmasters would have wished.’.. If we are aware of the possibility that it may be a conditioning process that could span years, maybe even decades, we can learn to think how the elites do: not in the sense of daily doses of fear porn to keep us busy so that we never come to our senses, but to think in longer time spans… This way, we could develop a sharper sense for long-term strategies… I believe what we’re experiencing right now is a build-up to the “Managerial Revolution” that James Burnham talked about in his book of the same title, published in 1941. Burnham wrote that after the end of the Second World War, “many more wars” would have to be fought – until the “Manager Class” can take control of all production. Hm…. That sounds a lot like the “Global Public-Private Partnership” that the WEF has been proposing for some time now. A certain Eric Arthur Blair alias George Orwell adapted this idea for his dystopic novel “1984”, in which he described a world that is mainly divided between three great power blocks. Well, you know: USA, EU, BRICS. Sorry. Too much coffee this morning. I meant Oceania, Eurasia and East Asia, of course… And don’t you forget: It’s all just purely coincidental.”Islands That Climate Alarmists Said Would Soon “Disappear” Due to Rising Sea Found to Have Grown in Size – by Chris Morrison – https://dailysceptic.org/2024/04/06/islands-that-climate-alarmists-said-would-soon-disappear-due-to-rising-sea-found-to-have-grown-in-size/ – “An amount of land equivalent to the Isle of Wight has been added to the shorelines of 13,000 islands around the world in just the last 20 years. This fascinating fact of a 369.67 square kilometre increase has recently been discovered by a group of Chinese scientists analysing both surface and satellite records. Overall, land was lost during the 1990s, but the scientists found that in the study period of three decades to 2020 there was a net increase of 157.21 km2. The study observed considerable natural variation in both erosion and accretion. Of course, the findings blow holes in the poster scare run by alarmists suggesting that rising sea levels caused by humans using hydrocarbons will condemn many islands to disappear shortly beneath rising sea levels. By means of such flimsy scare tactics, as we have seen in many other cases, desperate attempts are made to terrify global populations to accept the insanity of the Net Zero collectivisation… The scientists said their data suggested that sea-level rise has not been a widespread cause of erosion for island shorelines in the studied regions. “Presently, it is considered one of the contributing factors to shoreline erosion but not the predominant one,” they explained. Needless to say, none of this will detain the attention of climate hysterics in both mainstream media and politics. The Guardian was in fine form last June stating that rising oceans will extinguish more than land. “It will kill entire languages,” it added, noting the effect on Pacific islands such as Tuvalu. Those areas of the Earth that were most hospitable to people and languages are now becoming the “least hospitable”… Silly emotional Guardianista guff of course, but happily it does not seem to apply to Tuvalu. A recent study found that the 101 islands of Tuvalu had grown in land mass by 2.9%. The scientists observed that despite rising sea levels, many shorelines in Tuvalu and neighbouring Pacific atolls have maintained relative stability, “without significant alteration”. A comprehensive re-examination of data on 30 Pacific and Indian Ocean atolls with 709 islands found that none of them had lost any land. Furthermore, the scientists added, there are data that indicate 47 reef islands expanded in size or remained stable over the last 50 years, “despite experiencing a rate of sea-level rise that exceeds the global average”… The Maldives is also a poster scare for rising sea levels, with the attention-seeking activist Mark Lynas – he of the nonsense claim that 99.9% of scientists agree humans cause all or most climate change – organising an underwater Cabinet meeting of the local Government in 2009. As it happens, the Maldives is one of a number of areas that have seen recent increases in land mass. Other areas include the Indonesian Archipelago, islands along the Indochinese Peninsula coast, and islands in the Red and Mediterranean Seas. Notably, the  coastal waters of the Indochinese Peninsula had the most substantial gain, with an increase of 106.28 km2 over the 30-year period. Of the 13,000 islands examined, the researchers found that only around 12% had experienced a significant shoreline shift, with almost equal numbers experiencing either landward (loss) or seaward (gain) movement… The scientists identify many reasons why islands can grow in size despite the small annual rises in sea level seen in many parts of the world. It is noted that island shorelines are constantly changing due to factors such tides, winds, nearshore hydrodynamics and the transport of sediment. On inhabited islands, human action such as fish farming and land reclamation can be important… Of course, humans action can have a number of unintended consequences, notably the mining of coral and the breakdown of natural water barriers. Island states such as the Maldives have not been slow in coming forward to claim ‘climate reparations’ from guilt-tripped citizens in the developed world. But tourism has dramatically boosted income in the Maldives to first world levels at a time when the locals have mined coral in industrial quantities to build ports, airports and resort developments. In the process, ocean life diversity has been lost and the islands are often less protected from storm waves that can flow direct to the shoreline. In a recent essay, a group of scientists and economists charged that coral mining “has resulted in massive degradation of shallow reef-flat areas, with important negative impacts on coastal protection”… The Chinese findings are important in helping destroy the claim that many low-lying islands will simply disappear beneath the waves in the near future due to human-induced climate change. They show how shoreline changes are a persistent and ongoing process that is subject to many natural and human influences. Most of the poster islands used for climate scares such as Tuvalu and the Maldives have increased in size of late, and are hardly suitable to whip up fear of a claimed climate ’emergency’. Sea level rise is not a “predominant” cause of the changing coasts, the scientists note… Chris Morrison is the Daily Sceptic‘s Environment Editor.”The Missiles of April – Iran’s retaliatory attack on Israel will go down in history as one of the greatest victories – by Scott Ritter – https://informationclearinghouse.blog/2024/04/15/the-missiles-of-april/13/ –

“I’ve been writing about Iran for more than two decades. In 2005, I made a trip to Iran to ascertain the “ground truth” about that nation, a truth which I then incorporated into a book, Target Iran, laying out the US-Israeli collaboration to craft a justification for a military attack on Iran designed to bring down its theocratic government. I followed this book up with another, Dealbreaker, in 2018, which brought this US-Israeli effort up to date… Back in November 2006, in an address to Columbia University’s School of International Relations, I underscored that the United States would never abandon my “good friend” Israel until, of course, we did. What could precipitate such an action, I asked? I noted that Israel was a nation drunk of hubris and power, and unless the United States could find a way to remove the keys from the ignition of the bus Israel was navigating toward the abyss, we would not join Israel in its lemming-like suicidal journey… The next year, in 2007, during an address to the American Jewish Committee, I pointed out that my criticism of Israel (which many in the audience took strong umbrage against) came from a place of concern for Israel’s future. I underscored the reality that I had spent the better part of a decade trying to protect Israel from Iraqi missiles, both during my service in Desert Storm, where I played a role in the counter-SCUD missile campaign, and as a United Nations weapons inspector, where I worked with Israeli intelligence to make sure Iraq’s SCUD missiles were eliminated… “The last thing I want to see,” I told the crowd, “is a scenario where Iranian missiles were impacting on the soil of Israel. But unless Israel changes course, this is the inevitable outcome of a policy driven more by arrogance than common sense.” – On the night of 13-14 April 2024, my concerns were played out live before an international audience—Iranian missiles rained down on Israel, and there was nothing Israel could do to stop them. As had been the case a little more than 33 years prior, when Iraqi SCUD missiles overcame US and Israeli Patriot missile defenses to strike Israel dozens of times over the course of a month and a half, Iranian missiles, integrated into a plan of attack which was designed to overwhelm Israeli missile defense systems, struck designated targets inside Israel with impunity… Despite having employed an extensive integrated anti-missile defense system comprised of the so-called “Iron Dome” system, US-made Patriot missile batteries, and the Arrow and David’s Sling missile interceptors, along with US, British, and Israeli aircraft, and US and French shipborne anti-missile defenses, well over a dozen Iranian missiles struck heavily-protected Israeli airfields and air defense installations… The Iranian missile attack on Israel did not come out of the blue, so to speak, but rather was retaliation for an April 1 Israeli attack on the Iranian consulate building, in Damascus, Syria, that killed several senior Iranian military commanders. While Israel has carried out attacks against Iranian personnel inside Syria in the past, the April 1 strike differed by not only killing very senior Iranian personnel, but by striking what was legally speaking sovereign Iranian territory—the Iranian consulate… From an Iranian perspective, the attack on the consulate was a redline which, if not retaliated against, would erase any notion of deterrence, opening the door for even more brazen Israeli military action, up to and including direct attacks on Iran. Weighing against retaliation, however, were a complex web of interwoven policy objectives which would probably be mooted by the kind of large-scale conflict between Israel and Iran that could be precipitated by any meaningful Iranian retaliatory strike on Israel… First and foremost, Iran has been engaged in a strategic policy premised on a pivot away from Europe and the United States, and toward Russia, China, and the Eurasian landmass. This shift has been driven by Iran’s frustration over the US-driven policy of economic sanctions, and the inability and/or unwillingness on the part of the collective West to find a path forward that would see these sanctions lifted. The failure of the Iranian nuclear deal (the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA) to produce the kind of economic opportunities that had been promised at its signing has been a major driver behind this Iranian eastward pivot. In its stead, Iran has joined both the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the BRICS forum and has directed its diplomatic energies into seeing Iran thoroughly and productively integrated into both groups… A general war with Israel would play havoc on these efforts… Secondly, but no less important in the overall geopolitical equation for Iran, is the ongoing conflict in Gaza. This is a game-changing event, where Israel is facing strategic defeat at the hands of Hamas and its regional allies, including the Iranian-led axis of resistance. For the first time ever, the issue of Palestinian statehood has been taken up by a global audience. This cause is further facilitated by the fact that the Israeli government of Benjamin Netanyahu, formed from a political coalition which is vehemently opposed to any notion of Palestinian statehood, finds itself in danger of collapse as a direct result of the consequences accrued from the Hamas attack of October 7, 2023, and the subsequent failure of Israel to defeat Hamas militarily or politically. Israel is likewise hampered by the actions of Hezbollah, which has held Israel in check along its northern border with Lebanon, and non-state actors such as the pro-Iranian Iraqi militias and the Houthi of Yemen which have attacked Israel directly and, in the case of the Houthi, indirectly, shutting down critical sea lines of communication which have the result of strangling the Israeli economy… But it is Israel that has done the most damage to itself, carrying out a genocidal policy of retribution against the civilian population of Gaza. The Israeli actions in Gaza are the living manifestation of the very hubris and power-driven policies I warned about back in 2006-2007. Then, I said that the US would not be willing to be a passenger in a policy bus driven by Israel that would take us off the cliff of an unwinnable war with Iran… Through its criminal behavior toward the Palestinian civilians in Gaza, Israel has lost the support of much of the world, putting the United States in a position where it will see its already-tarnished reputation irreparably damaged, at a time when the world is transitioning from a period of American-dominated singularity to a BRICS-driven multipolarity, and the US needs to retain as much clout in the so-called “global south” as possible… The US has tried—unsuccessfully—to take the keys out of the ignition of Netanyahu’s suicide bus ride. Faced with extreme reticence on the part of the Israeli government when it comes to altering its policy on Hamas and Gaza, the administration of President Joe Biden has begun to distance itself from the policies of Netanyahu and has put Israel on notice that there would be consequences for its refusal to alter its actions in Gaza to take US concerns into account… Any Iranian retaliation against Israel would need to navigate these extremely complicated policy waters, enabling Iran to impose a viable deterrence posture designed to prevent future Israeli attacks while making sure that neither its policy objectives regarding a geopolitical pivot to the east, nor the elevation of the cause of Palestinian statehood on the global stage, were sidetracked… The Iranian attack on Israel appears to have successfully maneuvered through these rocky policy shoals. It did so first and foremost by keeping the United States out of the fight. Yes, the United States participated in the defense of Israel, helping shoot down scores of Iranian drones and missiles. This engagement was to the benefit of Iran, since it only reinforced the fact that there was no combination of missile defense capability that could, in the end, prevent Iranian missiles from hitting their designated targets… The targets Iran struck—two air bases in the Negev desert from which aircraft used in the April 1 attack on the Iranian consulate had been launched, along with several Israeli air defense sites—were directly related to the points Iran was trying to make in establishing the scope and scale of its deterrence policy. First, that the Iranian actions were justified under Article 51 of the UN Charter—Iran retaliated against those targets in Israel directly related to the Israeli attack on Iran, and second, that Israeli air defense sites were vulnerable to Iranian attack. The combined impact of these two factors is that all of Israel was vulnerable to being struck by Iran at any time, and that there was nothing Israel or its allies could do to stop such an attack… This message resonated not only in the halls of power in Tel Aviv, but also in Washington, DC, where US policy makers were confronted with the uncomfortable truth that if the US were to act in concert with Israel to either participate in or facilitate an Israeli retaliation, then US military facilities throughout the Middle East would be subjected to Iranian attacks that the US would be powerless to stop… This is why the Iranians placed so much emphasis on keeping the US out of the conflict, and why the Biden administration was so anxious to make sure that both Iran and Israel understood that the US would not participate in any Israeli retaliatory strike against Iran… The “Missiles of April” represent a sea-change moment in Middle Eastern geopolitics—the establishment of Iranian deterrence that impacts both Israel and the United States. While emotions in Tel Aviv, especially among the more radical conservatives of the Israeli government, run high, and the threat of an Israeli retaliation against Iran cannot be completely discounted, the fact is the underlying policy objective of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the course of the past 30-plus years, namely to drag the US into a war with Iran, has been put into checkmate by Iran… Moreover, Iran has been able to accomplish this without either disrupting its strategic pivot to the east or undermining the cause of Palestinian statehood. “Operation True Promise,” as Iran named its retaliatory attack on Israel, will go down in history as one of the most important military victories in the history of modern Iran, keeping in mind that war is but an extension of politics by other means. The fact that Iran has established a credible deterrence posture without disrupting major policy goals and objectives is the very definition of victory.”


Zelenskyy calls for same defense from allies as for Israel – from Collective West Propaganda – https://www.voanews.com/a/zelenskyy-calls-for-same-defense-from-allies-as-for-israel-/7571223.html – “Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy called on Western allies Monday to display the same “unity” toward Ukraine as they did toward Israel when they thwarted an Iranian aerial assault against the Israeli skies over this past weekend… “By defending Israel, the free world has demonstrated that such unity is not only possible, but also 100% effective,” he said… In a post on Telegram, Zelenskyy thanked allies who had come to Ukraine’s aid for more air defenses but said “the intensity of Russian attacks requires greater unity,” as they showed in the defense of Israel… “The same is possible in defending Ukraine, which, like Israel, is not a NATO member, from terror,” he continued. He called for “political will” from Ukraine’s allies, as Ukraine is growing short of ammunition and desperate for more air defenses to repel Russian attacks… Zelenskyy issued his latest call for allies’ help, saying Russia is inflicting “significant damage” every day… In a news conference earlier Monday, Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba also addressed the readiness of Western allies to defend Israel and called for more support for Ukraine “as soon as possible.” –  “We see that when allies act as one in a very coordinated way, not a single missile falls on the targets, reaches targets in Israel,” Kuleba said alongside his Norwegian counterpart, who is visiting Kyiv… Israel’s military said it intercepted 99% of the aerial threats with the help of the United States and other allies, and that the overnight attack caused only minor damage… “Everything we are asking from partners, even if you cannot act the way you act in Israel, give us what we need, and we will do the rest of the job,” Kuleba added… Speaking via video to the Second Black Sea Security Conference in the Bulgarian capital, Sofia, Kuleba said increasing Ukraine’s air defense will also strengthen regional and global stability, as it in turn protects the security of Ukraine’s neighbors and the entire Black Sea region from Russian aerial terror… “Today, there’s no other language Moscow understands better than the language of force. This is what they respect, anything else is seen as a weakness,” the Ukrainian foreign minister said… Kuleba also said the Black Sea must become “the sea of NATO, of peace and stability,” calling on the alliance to implement “a comprehensive and ambitious Black Sea strategy aimed at reducing Russia’s malign influence.” – In the same conference, U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken spoke via video and underscored the importance of investing in the Black Sea region’s security to ensure peace and freedom across Europe… US aid bill  – U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Mike Johnson is expected to decide this week on how to handle President Joe Biden’s $95 billion aid package, which includes $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel. The bill also includes the Indo-Pacific and addresses aid for the U.S. southern border with Mexico. The package was passed by the Senate but stalled in the House… The aid initiative has gained new urgency after Iran’s weekend missile and drone attack on Israel, despite fierce opposition in the deeply divided Congress… Many conservative Republican lawmakers, especially those closely allied with former President Donald Trump, fiercely oppose sending billions more dollars to Ukraine. Trump has been skeptical of assisting Kyiv in its fight against Moscow. Johnson could be ousted as speaker if he allows the Ukraine aid to move ahead… On the ground – Ukraine’s air defense shortages and the Kharkiv region’s proximity to the Russian border is leaving the area especially vulnerable to strikes on energy infrastructure, which have caused large-scale power cuts… Russian forces killed two people and injured four more after striking an education facility in the Kharkiv region on Monday, Kharkiv Oblast Governor Oleh Syniehubov said on the Telegram messaging app… Syniehubov added that the four wounded people were hospitalized with blast injuries and shrapnel wounds… With the weather getting warmer, Russia has intensified its strikes in the eastern front with the Kharkiv region bearing the brunt of the attacks… Ukrainian officials reported deadly Russian shelling in the eastern region of Donetsk, while Russia said it thwarted a Ukrainian drone attack in an area near the Black Sea… Vadym Filashkin, regional governor of Donetsk, said on Telegram that Russian shelling killed four people in the town of Siversk… Russia has repeatedly hit the area since invading Ukraine in early 2022… Russia’s Defense Ministry said its air defenses destroyed a Ukrainian drone over the Krasnodar area, which is located near Crimea… Some information for this report was provided by Reuters, The Associated Press and Agence France-Presse… House Speaker Mike Johnson, left, arrives for a closed-door meeting with fellow Republicans at the Capitol in Washington, April 15, 2024.”NSA ‘just days from taking over the internet’ warns Edward Snowden – The FISA 702 bill has been described by critics as a “dramatic and terrifying” expansion of the United States government’s surveillance powers. – by Tom Mitchell – https://cointelegraph.com/news/nsa-days-from-taking-over-internet-whistleblower-edward-snowden – “The United States National Security Agency (NSA) is only days away from “taking over the internet” with a massive expansion of its surveillance powers, according to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden… In an April 16 post to X, Snowden drew attention to a thread originally posted by Elizabeth Goitein — the co-director of the Liberty and National Security Program at the Brennan Center for Justice — that warned of a new bill that could see the U.S. government surveillance powers amplified to new levels.


The bill in question reforms and extends a part of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) known as Section 702… Currently, the NSA can force internet service providers such as Google and Verizon to hand over sensitive data concerning NSA targets… However, Goitein claims that through an “innocuous change” to the definition of “electronic communications surveillance provider” in the FISA 702 bill, the U.S. government could go far beyond its current scope and force nearly every company and individual that provides any internet-related service to assist with NSA surveillance… “That sweeps in an enormous range of U.S. businesses that provide wifi to their customers and therefore have access to equipment on which communications transit. Barber shops, laundromats, fitness centers, hardware stores, dentist’s offices.” – Additionally, the people forced to hand over data would be unable to discuss the information provided due to hefty gag order penalties and conditions outlined in the bill, added Goitein.

Source: Elizabeth GoiteinThe bill initially received heavy pushback from privacy-conscious Republicans but passed through the U.S. House of Representatives on April 13… Part of the pushback saw the bills’ proposed spying powers time-frame cut from five years to two years, as well as some minor amendments to the service providers included under the surveillance measures… However, according to Goitein, the amendment did very little to reduce the scope of surveillance granted to the NSA… In her view, the amendment could even see service providers such as cleaners, plumbers and IT service providers that have access to laptops and routers inside people’s homes be forced to provide information and serve as “surrogate spies,” claimed Goitein… The bill has seen strong pushback from both sides of the political aisle, with several government representatives claiming the bill violates citizen’s constitutional rights… Democratic Senator Ron Wyden described the bill as “terrifying” and said he would do everything in his power to prevent it from being passed through the Senate… “This bill represents one of the most dramatic and terrifying expansions of government surveillance authority in history.” – Republican Congressperson Anna Paulina Luna, who voted against the bill in the House of Representatives, said Section 702 was an “irresponsible extension” of the NSA’s powers. Luna added that if government agencies wanted access to data, they must be forced to apply for a warrant… The bill is slated for a vote on April 19 in the U.S. Senate.”

 

 

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Web Research Links for the Week of 4/8/24

Fair Use Notice: This site may contain some copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of vital issues which already exist in the public domain. – Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button.Powerful new film reveals the plan to end the human race – Screening at StopWorldControl.com on April 20! – https://stopworldcontrol.com/endfilm/
Powerful new film reveals the plan to end the human race –
Did you know there is an official agenda to replace the human race with robots, cyborgs and AI? This agenda is being heavily promoted by the World Economic Forum. Their plan is to end the era of humanity and usher in a new era of neo-humanity, in which people are a mix of man and machine. They also state that our thoughts and emotions will be monitored by AI in order to combat climate change. Is that the world you want for yourself and your children? – Ending humanity to ‘save the planet’ – Many of us have seen the popular science fiction movies about robots taking over the world and eradicating humanity. But little do we know that this is exactly what is being prepared by the global leaders. It is what they are promoting, developing, financing and calling for, all around the world… The globalists even claim that this is the only way to save the Earth from total collapse. Without exiting the era of mankind and entering into the era of NEO-HUMANITY, the world is doomed, they say. One of their arguments is that humans are the cause of climate change, and must therefore be replaced with artificial alternatives to “save the planet”… This worldwide reformation is called “The Fourth Industrial Revolution” and is intended to completely digitize every aspect of life on Earth. –  Our upcoming film “THE END OF HUMANITY” exposes this global agenda, which is being powerfully promoted with massive support from the most powerful organizations worldwide… This is not just a film. This is reality. –  Klaus Schwab, founder and chairman of the World Economic Forum, stated during the recent World Government Summit in Dubai: “The future is already here. It’s coming like a tsunami! This Fourth Industrial Revolution will not only change everything we do, but it will have an impact on who we are.”.. Major developments are underway to transplant the human personality into robotic carriers, to give man artificial immortality. This is the ultimate dream of the elites: to become immortal… Robots are already replacing nurses, social workers, psychological assistants, doctors, cashiers, cooks, law enforcement, etc., in several areas of the world. The first computer chips are already being implanted into humans. The blending of man with machine is a reality, while AI is taking the world by storm, removing millions of human jobs as we speak… The horrifying thing is that specifically those sensitive jobs where people need a human touch, true understanding and emotional support are being replaced with robots. Can you imagine being taken care of by a robot in the hospital or nursing home? That’s exactly what is happening. Removing the human experience, which is so precious, beautiful and deep, and replacing it with unfeeling robotic alternatives…  At the same time, technologies are being installed in every nation of the world that will continually record all the thoughts, emotions and dreams of everyone. These technologies even have the ability to insert thoughts and emotions into the population. That is not a conspiracy theory, as it is publicly stated by the former president of Chile, Sebastian Pinera, and by the Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Ida Auken, former minister of the environment of Denmark… In Europe, the public ‘School TV’ tells kids how ‘cool’ it is to have a chip in your brain. –  Google is organizing symposia declaring how humans will become one with computers, while the CEO of Nokia says that, in a few years, everyone will have their smartphones inside their body. This means that every detail of our lives can be constantly monitored. Meanwhile, the World Economic Forum hosts conferences about ‘brain transparency’, discussing how all our most intimate, personal data will be stored in the cloud and controlled by Big Tech… All this falls in line with the announcement of the WEF that by 2030, no one will have any privacy. Klaus Schwab says we will have to get used to a society of “full transparency”, where everything we think, feel and dream is monitored.”Dan Roytas: Can You Catch A Cold? – https://drsambailey.substack.com/p/dan-roytas-can-you-catch-a-cold (video, 59 min) – Daniel Roytas has qualifications in naturopathy and human nutrition. He has 10 years of clinical experience as well as being a former lecturer at many of Australia’s leading natural medicine colleges and universities… “In 2020 with the onset of the COVID-19 era, Daniel started questioning much of what he thought were scientific facts and embarked on a new phase of private research. He launched the Humanley platform and has featured discussions with many of the world’s foremost heterodox thinkers in health and science. After facing professional difficulties for publicly sharing his research findings, Daniel decided to forge a new path where he would not submit to scientific dogma or other people’s rules… As part of this journey he has just published an incredible new book titled “Can you catch a cold?”. It is the culmination of several years of focussed research and takes its place as the most comprehensive account of human contagion experiments ever seen. This one-of-a-kind book is a must read and reveals many of the buried and inconvenient clinical experiments that go against germ theory and the mainstream claims. I had the honour of writing the foreword for “Can you catch a cold?” and will also be recording an audiobook version later this year.”David Rogers Webb on how to stop “The Great Taking” Interview by Paul Buitink (59 minutes) – “Paul Buitink interviews David Rogers Webb, former hedge fund manager of Varus and author of “The Great Taking”. David states in his book that there is a global elite implementing a system to take everything from everyone. David emphasizes that this agenda is particularly evident in the realm of property rights concerning securities. According to him, a closer examination of the terms and conditions, such as those of a bank or stockbroker, reveals that individuals are not the rightful owners of their securities.’.. Paul asks David about the motivations driving these “elites” and when they will execute the great taking? Paul thinks that the people will revolt when everything will be taken from them and asks David to reflect on that. And finally, what can be done to stop the great taking.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 4/1/24

Fair Use Notice: This site may contain some copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of vital issues which already exist in the public domain. – Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button.The fury of Europe’s farmers – The continent-wide revolt against the green agenda has shaken the EU elites to their core – by Fraser Myers – https://www.spiked-online.com/2024/04/01/the-fury-of-europes-farmers/This is the script from our latest video polemic. Watch it here. – “Europe’s farmers are rising up – and the elites are terrified. In France, farmers recently staged a four-day ‘siege of Paris’, blocking major roads around the French capital. In January, thousands of tractors descended on Berlin in Germany, lining the streets leading up to the Brandenburg Gate. In Brussels, farmers have gathered from all over Europe to demonstrate against the EU and pelt the European Parliament with eggs. In the Netherlands, tractors have caused the longest traffic jam in the nation’s history, as part of a years-long battle between farmers and the government. This farmers’ revolt is now truly Europe-wide. From Portugal to Poland, from Ireland to Italy, almost every EU country has been rocked by protests. So what is driving this populist uprising? What do the farmers want?.. Farmers in each country have their own specific grievances, of course. But there is a common root to their anger. What connects them is the European Union’s green agenda, which has been imposed on agriculture from on-high. It has made farmers’ lives a misery, sacrificing their livelihoods at the altar of climate alarmism. Bureaucrats who have no idea how farmers work and live, have essentially been condemning farms – many of them run by families for generations – to oblivion, all at the stroke of the regulator’s pen. And farmers are simply not putting up with it anymore… The first stirrings of revolt began in 2019, in the Netherlands, with the so-called nitrogen crisis. The Dutch Supreme Court ruled that the government was failing to cut nitrogen pollution to EU-approved levels. In response, the Dutch government promised ‘drastic measures’ to cut nitrogen emissions. In all but name, it declared war on its nation’s farmers. Suddenly, the government had turned against one of its most important and impressive sectors. You see, the Netherlands, despite its small size, is the second-largest exporter of food in the entire world, thanks to the world-beating efficiency of its farms. And nitrogen is intrinsic to this efficiency. Fertilisers are rich in nitrogen, and farmers need fertilisers to maximise their crop yields. Nitrogen is also an inevitable byproduct of animal farming. Livestock release ammonia, a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen, through their excrement. The Netherlands has over four million cows, 13million pigs and 104million chickens. Which is a lot of manure and a lot of nitrogen. Any crackdown on nitrogen emissions was always going to hit farmers hard. Even so, the Dutch government’s proposals went even further than anyone could have imagined. It said it would buy out thousands of the most polluting farms and simply shut them down. Other farms would have to cull a proportion of their animals. This would mean slaughtering around half of all the livestock in the Netherlands. In all, this represented an unthinkable act of national economic self-harm… Thus, the farmers’ revolt was born. Huge protests erupted in 2019. After a brief hiatus during the Covid pandemic, they came roaring back in 2021 and 2022. Dutch farmers blocked roads, railways and canal bridges with tractors and hay bales. They defied government bans to bring tractors into the Hague. Tens of thousands took part in the demonstrations. But the Dutch government did not back down. It kept proposing new targets, new measures and new restrictions on nitrogen. In 2022, the government’s own figures revealed that around 30 per cent of farms would have to close to meet their targets. And last year, it drew up a list of the 3,000 farms that it wants to forcibly close within the next few years… All of this has been done with the approval and encouragement of the EU. And there is worse to come in the Netherlands and beyond. The absurd nitrogen rules that are threatening Dutch farms come from an EU environmental directive that dates back to the 1990s. But the EU’s eco-mania has intensified massively since then. Farmers now have to contend with the drive to Net Zero, too. According to Laurence Tubiana, chief executive of the European Climate Foundation and the architect of the Paris Climate accords, Net Zero will require ‘the biggest overhaul of farming since the Second World War’. And yet, once again, farmers haven’t been consulted on this. Targets have simply been drawn up by the technocrats and rubber stamped by national governments, without any consideration for their impact on farmers and their ability to produce food… Under the EU’s so-called Green Deal, every EU member state has to reach Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050. And the EU’s emissions rules for agriculture are especially, insanely, stringent. The punishing green policies don’t stop there, either. The Farm to Fork strategy, announced in 2020, calls for 10 per cent of farmland to be set aside for non-agricultural use. It says that at least a quarter of EU farms should become organic. It says fertiliser use must fall by 20 per cent. Pesticide use must be cut by 50 per cent. And all of this should be done by 2030. Each of these demands would be enough to put thousands of farms out of business on their own. When combined, they pose an existential threat to European agriculture. And if the EU’s laws weren’t bad enough, member states are actually gold plating these regulations. The EU had already demanded the impossible of farmers. Now national elites in Berlin, Paris and The Hague want to go even further… This is why farmers are out on the streets across the continent. It’s why they’re taking matters into their own hands. It’s why they feel they have no choice but to block roads with their tractors, bring life to a standstill and dowse public buildings with manure. They are determined to remind the powers-that-be just how essential they are to the functioning of modern life… At first, the elites tried to dismiss the protests. They resorted to their usual playbook. They called the farmers fascists, far right and pawns of online disinformation. But this propaganda campaign has flopped. Not only have these smears failed to demoralise the farmers, they have also failed to turn the public against the protests. In country after country, European peoples are backing their farmers, even as the protests disrupt daily life… In the Netherlands, where our story began, a farmers’ party briefly managed to storm electoral politics, too. The Farmer-Citizen Movement – or BBB – was set up in 2019 amid the nitrogen-crisis demonstrations. Less than four years later, the BBB swept the board in the Dutch provincial elections. It won the popular vote in all 12 provinces – the first time any party had achieved this in Dutch history. While the farmers’ protests managed to bring tens of thousands on to the streets, the farmers’ party managed to mobilise almost 1.5million voters… The fury of the farmers has now become impossible to ignore. The usually tin-eared elites across Europe have been forced to listen and respond. In Germany, farmers have got their government to delay planned cuts in subsidies for agricultural fuel. And they have managed to keep their tax breaks on tractors and farm vehicles, which were also under threat. In France, farmers have extracted millions of euros in additional grants. And they’ve put paid to government plans to hike fuel taxes. In Ireland, a deranged government proposal to cull 200,000 cows has quietly been shelved. Even at the EU level, farmers have already chalked up some significant victories. Remember that plan to halve the use of pesticides by 2030? It’s now been torn up… But the protests aren’t going to stop anytime soon. How could they? These concessions, though welcome, do not go nearly far enough. The green agenda is diametrically opposed to the interests of agriculture. So long as European politicians are committed to Net Zero, then the farmers will always be in their sights. What’s more, the farmers’ cause will continue to resonate with ordinary people, who are also served poorly by their environmentalist leaders, whose policies are pushing up prices and obliterating food and energy security. The farmers are merely the canaries in the coalmine. They were just the first group of people to be pushed to breaking point – and to get organised in response… The farmers offer a cautionary tale to Europe’s rulers. The green elites assumed that farmers would take their bitter medicine. They had no idea just how devastating their regulations would be to farmers’ way of life. They failed to see the human beings behind the emissions figures on their spreadsheets. And the broader push for Net Zero could soon generate much more resistance, from a much broader section of society. After all, under the current plans, our energy bills are set to soar, as we replace reliable fossil fuels with unreliable renewables. Our trusty gas boilers could soon be ripped out, replaced with expensive and inefficient heat pumps. Older, cheaper vehicles are being banned or taxed off the road in the push towards electric cars. Yet again, the establishment seems to think it can change our way of life and shred our living standards without a peep of discontent. This is bound to provoke an almighty backlash. And the farmers have shown us the way… Long may the farmers’ revolt continue. And here’s hoping it inspires many more people to take a stand.”

The Plunder of Private Property Is the Lever for Global Tyranny – Virtually all of the issues that we cover in the THRIVE films, blogs and shows come back to private property. This topic arose in my recent Fireside Live and because of its dire importance, I wanted to share some of it with a larger audience. –  by Foster Gamble – https://www.freetothrive.com/blog/the-plunder-of-private-property-is-the-lever-for-global-tyranny/ – “I have publicly voiced my concern that we are in the midst of a communist technocratic takeover of the world. When I mention this to my liberal friends many of them roll their eyes and go, “Oh, Foster… Communism…That’s so last century. That couldn’t happen here.” – That’s when I know that they’re getting their news from a very small bubble of CNN, MSNBC, Washington PostNew York Times, etc. — and they don’t know what Communism is… This essay is intended to facilitate your conversations with your networks about the importance of self-ownership… Many of the Social Justice Warriors in your life will say something like, “You know, private property is so selfish. And besides, it’s all God’s property and we’re here so temporarily, we’re just borrowing it and then it all goes back and, you know, for the good of the whole, the whole should have the property anyway.” – Those virtue-signaling platitudes don’t make any sense when you look into them and yet they are among the fundamental pillars of a very, very dangerous agenda. When I refer to a “Communist” agenda, I’m not name-calling. I’m making a direct and literal correlation… So let me start right out by sharing the 10 planks of communism as put forth in Karl Marx’s Communist Manifesto. Here are the first five:

In the U.S. Bill of Rights, the first item is FREEDOM OF SPEECH, because without that everything else goes away… The second one is the RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS, because even if you have freedom of speech, you need to be able to protect yourself… Well, it’s just the opposite here. – The number one plank of communism is the – #1 — ABOLITION OF PRIVATE PROPERTY… The other planks all come from that. – #2 — HEAVY PROGRESSIVE OR GRADUATED INCOME TAX… “We’re going to take your property. Then we’re going to start taking your money during your lifetime, and if you haven’t given it all to us by the end of your lifetime, number three is … #3 — ABOLITION OF ALL RIGHTS OF INHERITANCE.” – You can’t give this to your kids. You can’t give it to other people. You give it to us, the State. – #5 — CENTRALIZATION OF CREDIT IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE BY MEANS OF A NATIONAL BANK WITH STATE CAPITAL AND AN EXCLUSIVE MONOPOLY… In other words, the State needs to centralize the money system so they can make the money system fake and use their authority to then dominate you through money… They’re just getting started. Let’s keep going.

#6 — CENTRALIZATION OF THE MEANS OF COMMUNICATION AND TRANSPORTATION IN THE HANDS OF THE STATE… So they’re going to control the media. They’re going to control transportation… #7 — EXTENSION OF FACTORIES AND INSTRUMENTS OF PRODUCTION OWNED BY THE STATE… That one goes into a little more detail, but the relevant part is that Socialism means the State owns the means of production. Communism is that next step further where they take over everything, including your body. So now they’ve got the money, communication, transportation, factories… all production… #8 — EQUAL OBLIGATION OF ALL TO WORK IN THE ESTABLISHMENT OF INDUSTRIAL ARMIES, ESPECIALLY FOR AGRICULTURE… This referred mostly to the big communist farms in the U.S.S.R. and China that they thought would be the solution to feeding the masses — which of course failed because they didn’t have expert farmers in charge of the farms. So it ended up in massive starvation… #9 — COMBINATION OF AGRICULTURE WITH MANUFACTURING INDUSTRY; GRADUAL ABOLITION OF THE DISTINCTION BETWEEN TOWN AND COUNTRY BY A MORE EQUITABLE DISTRIBUTION OF THE POPULATION OVER THE COUNTRY.
You can see here the roots of UN Agenda 21/30. They’ve reversed that now. They want to get almost everyone out of the rural areas, except their own controlled computerized farms and pack everybody into the cities where they can most easily control them. Of course, that’s going to get too crowded. So then they need to get rid of a huge percentage of us… And then finally, #10 – FREE EDUCATION… Wow. Fantastic. It’s free… and it’s education! Well, no, it’s not free. You’re actually going to pay through your nose, through taxes. And it’s not education. It’s indoctrination into government propaganda. You can see the beginnings of the Prussian school system, which was brought to the U.S. to train obedient workers, enthusiastic consumers and effective managers for the system… So there’s the core of The Communist Manifesto of Karl Marx — the hero of today’s universities… So which ones of those coercions are the western governments NOT doing now? Really, every single one of them is already happening… I want to jump to the so-called free western world to see what’s actually happening now. I could go on and on, but here’s a short list of your private property that’s already in the process of being taken… DATA – They’re taking our data and most people are only beginning to understand that your data is personal information about you that you weren’t compensated for. You might’ve signed some 20 page small print permission that you never read, that nobody ever reads. And even if you read it, you probably wouldn’t understand it. They’ve been stealing our data for a long time and making literally billions over it and using it to program their AI to take over everything else… TAXES – The next one is they’re taking our earnings and land through taxes, inflation, regulations, licensing, market collapses, bail-ins and outs, etc… FREE SPEECH – Look what’s happening with the censorship. Don’t be fooled with this TikTok thing because this is the next cover where Biden would end up having complete control over what platforms you’re allowed to see and to how much and where and when… As an example, Bobby Kennedy Jr. is the most popular presidential candidate by far on TikTok. Polls show people under 45 are way more enthusiastic about Kennedy than they are Trump or Biden. And it’s just multiplying like crazy on TikTok. That’s just one of many things that they want to be able to shut down. But if the government can shut down TikTok, if they can get the legislation to do that, then they can shut down any platform they want or any particular type of content on that platform… GOLD CONFISCATION – Gold was confiscated in 1933 in the U.S. by Franklin Delano Roosevelt. And if you got caught holding onto gold and not turning it in, you could be in prison for up to 10 years. So it was not something you’ll just hide in your closet. No, they were very, very serious… And now gold, which used to be $35 an ounce is over $2,200. It’s skyrocketing because the stock market is just so inflated, the economy’s so inflated, the dollar’s so inflated. Bitcoin and gold are taking off. The big question is will they try to shut them down? – I think they will probably try to do both. The experts that I talk with think that it will be technologically impossible for them to shut down Bitcoin and I’m glad to hear that from people who are savvier than I am… Will they try on gold again? I think so, but I don’t think they’ll succeed on either of these because gold is so popular, as is Bitcoin now… amongst even BlackRock and State Street and Vanguard and Jamie Dimon and Goldman Sachs. Many of them are recommending to their clients now that they have between one and five percent of their portfolio in Bitcoin… So the big rise in Bitcoin now is mostly corporate. They got the individuals scared by crashing the price. Now they’re buying up. They started buying in at about $17k and now it’s back up near $70k. And I think it’s going to keep going… It always comes down to enforcement. If the government says, “Well, you can’t use Bitcoin. And if we find you using it, you know, we’ll be tracking your online activity. We’ll be coming to your homes and you won’t be able to use Bitcoin unless you allow us to transfer all of your Bitcoin at our designated price into Fed Coin.” So now you would be in the central bank digital currency (CBDC)… WOMEN’S SPORTS – I just listened to a remarkable interview where Joe Rogan is talking with Riley Gaines, an all American women’s swimmer who is the most outspoken person for women’s rights in sports… She’s only 23 and she’s already super savvy, eloquent and fearless. This is a girl who started swimming at four. By high school she was spending four hours a day in the pool. By college she was spending six hours a day in the pool and became a national championship contender… The next time she swam for a national championship, lo and behold, she found out a week before that there’s a new gal on the scene who’s swimming seconds faster than any other girl in the country. So where did that come from? – They all know each other at that competitive level. Well, this is Lia Thomas, who was something like the number 400 ranked 100-yard butterfly swimmer at the University of Pennsylvania on the men’s team… mediocre to say the least. But then he had started identifying as a woman and now he ends up winning all these meets and then ends up in the national championship tying Riley with the exact same time… But they give the trophy to Lia Thomas… The NCAA had been instructed to make sure that they got positive publicity for this guy who then ends up changing in their locker rooms with no warning. All of a sudden, they look around. Here’s this six-foot four guy naked in the locker room with the women — potentially traumatizing all of these athletes while destroying Title Nine protections… I think there’s one woman in the NCAA who’s identified as a man and went to a man’s sport. Obviously, there’s a reason why they’re all going the other direction because clearly men biologically have a lot of advantages that don’t all get changed with hormones and surgery. So women’s sports are being invaded… Fortunately, at the end of the interview, Joe says, “well, is anything happening for good in this?” She said 24 states have already passed a ban on biological men in women’s sports, no matter what they call themselves. So that’s fantastic. We’re halfway there with the states already… And that will spread around the world because this is obviously just one of those things where you take inclusiveness way too far because the people who are actually at the top of the pyramid behind the woke agenda, they couldn’t care less about women or men… What they care about is communizing the world. This is just another excuse to destroy culture, to destroy the critical thinking and set people against each other… LANGUAGE – I’ve talked before about how around the pandemic, they conveniently started just changing the definition of pandemic and of vaccine… Now with this recent incident where Donald Trump talked about how there would be an economic bloodbath if they kept up with these oppressive regulations in the automotive industry. Of course, they tried to grab that, take it out of context and make it sound like he was saying, “Well, if I don’t get elected, you know, America will be a bloodbath.” – They can just do these things because of the level of control that they have now over Wikipedia, over dictionary.com, over most, if not all, of the mainstream media. Fox is a little bit more freedom-oriented than woke/fairness oriented. But when they kicked off Tucker Carlson and a few others who were really freedom lovers and truth tellers, it was a bad sign… Alternative truth media is way outstripping all the mainstream media, which is literally dying on the vine. The latest figure I heard was they’re getting a maximum of 700,000 viewers in the entire prime time schedule of shows on CNN. Whereas meanwhile, for a single podcast, truth-seekers like Joe Rogan and Tucker Carlson are getting 10 to 50 million. And this is growing because most people want truth… GUNS – They’re trying to take away our guns and our ability to defend ourselves. Every single dictator in history, the first thing they’ve done before taking over is get rid of the guns. Remarkably many of my liberal friends are starting to wake up to this, actually buying guns, learning how to shoot them just for their own protection… I don’t think that next attempt at private property confiscation will be successful either… SELF OWNERSHIP – The biggest private property issue of all is ownership of your body… If somebody tries to argue with me against private property, it usually goes something like this… I simply say, “Well, do you think you should own your own body?” – And they go, “Well, it’s God’s, you know, and for the good of the whole I’m…” – “No, if someone wants to rape you and they haven’t been getting much sex recently, so they’re underprivileged sexually, do you think that they should be able to?” – “Well, no, I wouldn’t take it that far.” – THE FRUITS OF YOUR LABOR… “Okay. Well, you know, you go off and work hard every day and you bring home your paycheck. A lot of it has been taken already by the government. Do you think that you should be able to retain the fruits of your labor?” – “Well, you know, I believe I should pay for the taxes and so forth. It’s the price way pay for civilization.” – “Okay. You’re welcome to do that if you believe in it, but if I don’t, and I don’t want to pay for all the ridiculous things that the government is doing, do you think that they should be able to still take my money?” – “Well, yeah, maybe not.” – It just begins to open up the conversation. And now it’s gotten even clearer through people who have been defending a woman’s right to choose in relation to her own body with abortion for decades, now going around marching in the streets for mandatory vaccines. All of a sudden, it’s not “My body, my choice” this time…THE AIR YOU BREATHE, THE FOOD YOU EAT… Can they put stuff in our food? mRNA vaccines in our lettuce and spinach? Can they take over farms with GMO seeds, float pollen through the air to infect organic farms? They are already doing all of this… EDUCATION – The right to educate yourself and your children is really no longer yours. We still have homeschooling in the U.S. Now in Germany, they’ve banned it. And that’s a sign of things to come with the EU… BORDERS – I am an anarcho-capitalist, a voluntaryist. I don’t believe in government. Therefore, I don’t believe in the state. Therefore, I don’t believe in borders ultimately. Ultimately, we shouldn’t have any national or state borders — just individual and organizational private property… Everything should be based on honestly gotten private property that is yours to do with what you want, as long as you’re not violating anyone else… However, we’re not in that world. We are in a world of nation states that will shoot you or take your stuff if you disobey them. So while we have nation states, then your country needs to be as honest as possible as a Republic. And then it needs to protect itself… If it’s going to declare its existence, then it at least needs to protect itself. The whole open border issue is just a blatant operation by the Biden administration, working for the Chinese Communist Party as the enforcement arm of the global deep state in order to not only increase the number of Democrat voters with non-citizens who will be expected to be beholden to the people who let them in… But it’s more than that… It’s another part of Agenda 21/30, the UN scam to collapse the U.S. economy, to get 300 million freedom fighters in distress, in despair, in collapse, so that the main obstacle to the new world order, which is America, can be disappeared and just sucked up into the global police state… SOVEREIGNTY – And that brings us to the last one on my short list here, which is individual sovereignty and this WHO Health treaty, which will be voted on by 194 nation states at the end of May and is the most imminently dangerous event that I know of. Its purpose is to take over our healthy, travel, food, money and social credit scores… It was very dangerous at the Copenhagen Climate conference where Donald Trump went and was the only major leader to say no to a climate change agreement that would have surrendered all of our national sovereignty, and therefore our individual sovereignty, to a global state. Trump single-handedly prevented that one… Here’s a clip where David Martin does a nice succinct summary of that WHO treaty. It’s intended to control every single sector… Regarding the WHO treaty, the U.S. government has no right to do this. They would never get it passed in the Senate. It should never be a vote anyway, but even if they went to the Senate, they wouldn’t get it. So my information is that Biden is going to try some sort of executive order and just claim the authority to sign this treaty… It’s mind boggling to try to sort out all these little individual problems. It’s like a swarm of bees that are after you, but there is a queen bee and the queen is the deep state. Their goal is to get rid of private property and create a global communist technocratic state with them in charge, especially the central bankers and the secret societies… Ultimately, the solution is to get rid of government an”

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“Our Country Is Being Poisoned”: 270,000 Overdose Deaths Catapult Fentanyl As Major Voter Topic In Presidential Race – by Tyler Durden –https://www.zerohedge.com/political/our-country-being-poisoned-270000-overdose-deaths-catapult-fentanyl-major-voter-topic -“In a recent interview on Fox News, former President Donald Trump warned, ‘Our country is being poisoned from within by the drugs and by all of the other crime that’s taking place.’.. According to the latest provisional data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, between November 2019 and October 2023, there have been a shocking 270,000 overdose deaths from synthetic opioids – or about 80,000 overdose deaths per year – across the nation… American voters are increasingly frustrated with progressive policies that have backfired, resulting in the loss of countless American lives, many of them young people… This is how China uses open southern borders to poison the American people…

American voters are increasingly frustrated with progressive policies that have backfired, resulting in the loss of countless American lives, many of them young people… This is how China uses open southern borders to poison the American people… A new Bloomberg News/Morning Consult poll of nearly 5,000 registered voters shows 8 in 10 voters in seven swing states believe fentanyl misuse is a “very important” or “somewhat important” issue when deciding who to vote for in November. The drug overdose issue trumps abortion, climate change, labor and unions, or the wars in Ukraine and Gaza… Early in President Biden’s first term, he stated one of the central pillars of his “Unity Agenda” was to solve the overdose crisis. Fast-forward to today, Biden’s team of clowns has failed as they prioritize open southern borders over the well-being and health of law-abiding taxpayers. Just think about that for a few seconds…”Dr. Reiner Füllmich Statement From Prison – ‘Their House of Cards is Collapsing’ – by Patricia Harrity – https://expose-news.com/2024/03/27/dr-fullmich-statement-from-prison-their-house-of-cards-is-collapsing/ – “Dr. Reiner Füllmich has continued to analyse evidence of the crimes against humanity from prison. that he and the Corona Committee had been working to expose since 2020. The corruption is being increasingly seen worldwide and “Their house of cards is collapsing” according to Reiner, “and we as international attorneys will do our best to speed up that process and make sure that Justice is done.” He adds ‘The windows of truth that are opening worldwide and the light that shines through these windows is in the process of identifying all of those who are responsible, no one will escape Justice.‘.. Reiner Füllmich made this statement in a a break from the his trial due to the Easter holidays which has followed eight days in court. He has now been able to summarise the criminal proceedings against him and concludes that Hoffman and Antonia Fischer were only interested in ‘getting their hands on the Corona Committees donation. He claims that ‘through ‘fraud and extortion’, they had gotten their hands on roughly 1.5 million euros of his and his client’s money.’ – Viviane Fischer, however, has confirmed in court that they both took loans in order to secure the Corona Committee’s donations which were at risk from “government attack, but they were both able to pay the monies back… What this means is accusations that Reiner had embezzled committee funds are unfounded. In fact, there seems to be no reason for the man to have been kept in jail at all, and he believes, as many others do, that the criminal proceedings are an effort to shut him up and put him in jail and can see that the ‘DA’s case, is dead in the water… ‘Reiner therefore, seems to be more positive for the future, which can be heard in his statement which you can listen to in full in the video of the audio below. However, I have also transcribed the audio recording verbatim and have added it underneath the video for those unable to play videos… Statement From Dr. Reiner Füllmich 22nd March 2024 – Transcript: Dear friends, because of the Easter holidays there is a two- week break in the criminal proceeding against me… This gives me a chance to summarise the current status, the status quo of that proceeding, but it also gives me a chance to look beyond this proceeding at a very positive development that is happening in reality in that reality which is the backdrop to the efforts to shut me up and put me in jail… It looks like the corona pandemic which actually opened my eyes and made me aware of an up until then unimaginable web of lies is um now unraveling and even officially unraveling as a planemic… The windows of truth that are opening worldwide and the light that shines through these windows is in the process of identifying all of those who are responsible, no one will escape Justice… Without Scientific Basis. – 1:09 A new article by German journalist Paul Schreyer, in the publication Multipolar is based on on intensive research and a number of lawsuits which were brought under the German version of FOIA. the Freedom of Information Act… And it clearly shows that, this article clearly shows that the German equivalent of the CDC, the RKI which up until March 16th of 2020 based on real science, had informed the public that the Corona virus was nothing but the flu, changed its tune overnight when on March 16th a high ranking member of the RKI who was intimately connected with a plandemic industry and its mouthpiece that WHO in tandem with much of the rest of the Western World of course, decided that there was now reason to escalate the hitherto harmless situation into a pandemic and scare the hell out of the population to test their obedience… This happened without any scientific basis, without any scientific basis, it was based purely on a political signal from the plandemic industry and its mouth piece the WHO.”If (Elon Musk) SpaceX’s Secret Constellation Is What We Think It Is, It’s Game Changing (Updated) – by Joseph Trevithick, Tyler Rogoway – https://www.twz.com/space/if-spacexs-secret-constellation-is-what-we-think-it-is-its-game-changing – “The U.S. National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) is reportedly acquiring a constellation of hundreds of intelligence-gathering satellites from SpaceX, with a specific focus on tracking targets down below in support of ground operations. Though details about this project are still very limited, there are clear parallels to what the U.S. Space Force has previously said about a highly classified space-based radar surveillance program, which it first publicly disclosed around the same time SpaceX is said to have gotten its NRO contract. If this program is the one we think it is, it could bring about a revolution in both tactical and strategic space-based sensing… Starshield, SpaceX’s government-sales-focused business unit, has been working on the new low Earth orbit (LEO) spy satellites under a $1.8 billion contract it received in 2021 from NRO, according to a report from Reuters this past weekend, citing five anonymous sources familiar with the deal. The Wall Street Journal had previously published a story about the existence of the contract in February, but did not name NRO as being involved or provide specific details about the deal’s scope of work… At the time of writing, neither SpaceX nor its CEO Elon Musk appear to have directly responded to the Reuters article or otherwise commented on the details therein. NRO, a U.S. military organization that serves as America’s main remote sensing intelligence arm, and is so secret that its existence was not publicly acknowledged until 1992, declined to comment on the specifics of any deal with SpaceX, according to Reuters… “We’ve changed our procurement methods to take advantage of LEO technologies,” Troy Meink, NRO’s principal deputy director, said in a speech at the Satellite 2024 conference on Monday, according to SpaceNews. “Our main priority is to meet the requirements with minimum risk… When the new constellation, or at least an initial segment thereof, might begin collecting intelligence operationally, if it hasn’t already, isn’t clear. SpaceX has been launching relevant prototype satellites since 2020, before its formal contract with NRO, and “a U.S. government database of objects in orbit shows several SpaceX missions having deployed satellites that neither the company nor the government have ever acknowledged,” per Reuters…As for why SpaceX is the one to deliver this constellation to the Pentagon, it pioneered the capability and is really the only experienced contractor in this area at this time, although that will change in the years to come… The Starshield business unit was only publicly unveiled in 2022 and its first confirmed contract, for space-based communications services, came from the U.S. Space Force the following year. The U.S. Army has also publicly evaluated communications capabilities provided by Starshield. The U.S. military has also tested SpaceX’s commercial Starlink space-based communications service on multiple past occasions… In the context of the Reuters report about its work for the NRO, SpaceX’s Starshield website does currently list “Earth Observation” as one of its three main focus areas. The other two are “Communications” and “Hosted Payloads.” – “Starlink already offers unparalleled end-to-end user data encryption. Starshield uses additional high-assurance cryptographic capability to host classified payloads and process data securely, meeting the most demanding government requirements,” according to the Starshield site. “Starlink’s inter-satellite laser communications terminal, which is the only communications laser operating at scale in orbit today, can be integrated onto partner satellites to enable incorporation into the Starshield network.” – Laser-based communications systems are capable of sending large amounts of information quickly and are also highly secure and resistant to electronic warfare jamming, as you can read more about here… Details about the specific capabilities of the satellites NRO is reportedly acquiring from SpaceX are scant. Reuters reported that they can “track targets on the ground and share that data with U.S. intelligence and military officials” and will be “bearing Earth-imaging capabilities that can operate as a swarm.” – There is no indication one way or another from Reuters‘ story what kind of ‘imagery’ the satellites are designed to capture. This, in turn, raises questions about whether the kind of intelligence product being described here is really part of a broader space-based ground surveillance capability. Also, traditional electro-optical and infrared imagery taken from low Earth orbit isn’t widely used for real-time tracking targets on the ground, at least on a large scale… In May 2021, now-retired Gen. Jay Raymond, then head of Space Force, disclosed that his service was “building GMTI [Ground Moving Target Indicator] from space” and was “actively working to be able to provide that capability” as part of a classified program. Space Force subsequently told Breaking Defense that the development of this particular space-based GMTI capability could be traced back to a 2018 project within the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO)… GMTI refers to a mode found on certain radars, which allows them to discriminate between moving targets on the ground and static ones, and can track these moving targets’ activity over time. GMTI as we know it today came in part out of the Pentagon’s multi-faceted Pave Mover initiative of the latter Cold War period. Radar with GMTI can usually also provide synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery, which is the ability to capture highly detailed image-like ground maps, even through cloud cover, smoke, and dust, and at night… GMTI capability has improved remarkably over the years and the hardware associated with it has become far more compact, especially with the introduction of active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars and improved processing power. Combining GMTI and SAR can provide far greater context data being collected. These capabilities have become so sensitive that the combination of these modes can even provide automated identification and classification of what targets GMTI is picking up… (MUCH more in online article)”

From the It-Just-Gets-Better Desk: RAND Corporation: “Internet Of Bodies May Lead To Internet Of Brains By 2050” – by The Sociable – https://www.activistpost.com/2024/03/rand-corporation-internet-of-bodies-may-lead-to-internet-of-brains-by-2050.html – “The Internet of Bodies ecosystem may lead to the Internet of Brains sometime between 2035 and 2050, according to a UK Defence-commissioned RAND report… Commissioned by the UK Defence Science and Technology Laboratory and conducted by RAND Europe and Frazer Nash Consulting, the study “Cultural and technological change in the future information environment” looks at six technologies and information environments and their implications for British defense… They include:

  • Automated information systems
  • A virtual metaverse
  • Augmented and mixed reality
  • Advanced connectivity
  • Human augmentation
  • Information security

A major theme running through these information environments is transhumanism — the merger of humans and machines. – According to the report, “Advances in object connectivity may eventually extend to human bodies. Researchers refer to the potential development of an internet-linked network of human-connected devices collecting end users’ biometric data as an ‘internet of bodies […] An ‘internet of bodies’ may also ultimately lead to an ‘internet of brains’, i.e. human brains connected to the internet to facilitate direct brain-to-brain communication and enable access to online data networks.’” – The Internet of Bodies and the coming Internet of Brains fall specifically under the category of “human augmentation technologies,” which “refer to technologies that enhance human capabilities, either physically or cognitively.” – According to the report, the technological applications most associated with human augmentation include: Wearable devices and implants for tracking and analyzing physiological and environmental data (e.g. biochips and implantable sensors). These technologies aim to achieve real-time continuous monitoring of physiological data to understand human health conditions and performance – Sensory augmentation technologies such as hearing and retinal implants designed to improve or augment sensory activities, particularly vision and hearing. Smart prosthetics are a related category, including exoskeletons, i.e. whole-body robotic suits that enhance end users’ physical capabilities and improve their mobility, strength, endurance and other abilities – Brain-computer or brain-brain interfaces that establish direct communications between human brains and/or computer devices – Elon Musk’s Neuralink is the latest example of a brain-computer interface that received much publicity for helping a paralyzed man, but what happens when human augmentation goes from healing to enhancement? – Transhumanism may lead to superhuman abilities, but those abilities may be reserved for only a select chosen class while the rest of us programmable plebs could exist in a constant state of surveillance and control until we become irrelevant… According to the report, “While some experts predict the tactical improvement of human capabilities, others have explored the potential emergence of ‘trans-humanism’ within the 2050 timeframe… “This concept describes ‘a new form of human (a trans-human) […] where information and communication technologies and biomedicine will fundamentally improve the human condition and greatly enhance human intellectual, physical and psychological capacities.” – For the chosen ones, they could receive human performance enhancement that would give them the ability to never tire, think smarter, move faster, jump higher, see farther, hear better, hit harder, live longer, adapt stronger, and calculate quicker than any other human being on the planet… Meanwhile, the fourth industrial revolution is already merging our physical, biological, and digital identities in order to monitor, manipulate, and reprogram our behavior… If and when humans become fully integrated with machines on a large scale, where will the technology end and the human begin? – The authors of the RAND report say that “Given the direct embedding of technology into human cognitive, physical and psychological functions, substantial levels of human augmentation may ‘[blur] the notions of identity and of what it means to be human’, introducing new normative lenses on humanity and producing new stigma for those not seen as attaining those norms.” – On an individual level, if you wish to remain a natural human and not become part of “Homo sapiens technologicus,” you might not be able to compete in the workplace, and you might be rendered part of the useless class of human… On an international level, countries, cultures, and communities that don’t participate in the transhumanist experiment may find themselves easily conquered by those that do… The report adds, “The social dynamics of human augmentation adoption may include disparities in access to relevant technologies, thus introducing new forms of digital exclusion whereby the economically disadvantaged cannot access the same enhancement level as other societal segments.” – At the same time, natural humans who don’t get chipped may have an advantage in that they may not be as easily manipulated and controlled by thoughts or memories that may not be entirely their own… In other words, transhumanism may lead to super-human capabilities for some, and mind control for others… Manipulation and control are other areas of concern with human augmentation, the Internet of Bodies, and the Internet of Brains… False information, images, sounds, memories, and thoughts could one day be downloaded to these devices and uploaded to the human brain with devastating effect… According to the report, “Sensing technologies (e.g. hearing implants), in particular, carry a risk of interference, whereby devices could be manipulated to provide erroneous information to the end user… “Such manipulation of sensory inputs would substantially amplify current threats from artificially creating or manipulating visual and auditory information (e.g. images and videos)… “Therefore, human augmentation could undermine end users’ cognitive safety and influence their ability to assess the credibility of information they receive while using human augmentation technologies.” – Read full story here…”

AIPAC Talking Points Revealed – Documents show that the powerful lobby is spreading its influence on Capitol Hill by calling for unconditional military aid to Israel and hyping up threats from Iran – by Luke Goldstein –https://prospect.org/world/2024-03-14-aipac-talking-points-revealed/ – Need to Know News headline: “Leaked Documents: AIPAC Israeli Lobby to Spend $100 Million on US Elections and May Draw US into War – “NATIONAL HARBOR, MARYLAND – This week, approximately 1,600 foot soldiers from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) congregated inside the garish yet functional Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center, for the PAC’s annual policy conference. It took place this year amid Israel’s bloody war in Gaza, which has left at least 30,000 Palestinians dead and is turning into a critical wedge issue in the 2024 elections… Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed attendees by videocast, along with Israeli ambassador to the U.S. Michael Herzog. According to an incomplete speaker list, the entire Democratic and Republican leadership in Congress delivered remarks—Sens. Chuck Schumer and Mitch McConnell and Reps. Hakeem Jeffries and Mike Johnson. Sen. John Fetterman (D-PA) and Rep. Tim Burchett (R-TN) were both in attendance, among other representatives… In past years, the conference has been a media spectacle, with a widely disseminated lineup of powerful speakers to showcase AIPAC’s enduring political influence. This year, however, it was locked down, with few social media posts and broadcast speeches, largely because of the threat of disruptions from anti-war protests. The goal of this year’s low-key gathering was to fire up attendees for AIPAC’s 2024 agenda, before sending them off to Capitol Hill to strong-arm Congress on supporting Israel… More from Luke Goldstein  – The Prospect has obtained documents from the conference that preview the PAC’s lobbying blitz on Capitol Hill this week. The documents reveal AIPAC’s legislative strategy and the talking points it will use to support an unconditional $14 billion military funding package that has thus far been held up, among other policy changes. They also include numerous positions on aspects of the U.S. response to the war that have not previously been made public, from abolishing the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) to opposing recent restrictions imposed by the Biden administration on Israeli settlers. There is no mention of a two-state solution. .. “This is damning evidence that AIPAC is completely aligned with the far right of the Israeli government even as tensions emerge between Netanyahu and the Biden administration,” said Raed Jarrar, advocacy director at Democracy for the Arab World Now…Though many of the policy positions are consistent with AIPAC’s past advocacy, this trove of files offers a rare glimpse into the conversations the PAC holds with members of Congress behind closed doors, and the arguments it’s deploying… THOUGH THE PRIMARY MOTIVATION FOR THE CONFERENCE was lobbying, the event also informed members about the PAC’s congressional spending plans. AIPAC has pledged to drop over $100 million on campaigns this election cycle to defeat any congressional candidates critical of Israel… This week, the PAC touted its prowess to members as “dollar for dollar, the largest contributor to candidates in the 2022 midterm elections,” via its super PAC United Democracy Project. One brochure even pulls quotes from critical articles in The Intercept and Slate as testaments to its pre-eminence as an electoral juggernaut… AIPAC has long described itself as a bipartisan organization that endorses the full leadership of both parties, despite the fact that financial disclosures show that many of its top donors overwhelmingly back GOP candidates, including former President Trump. Yet in 2022 and this year, almost all of AIPAC’s electoral spending has come in Democratic primaries… At the conference, the lobby did not hide its slant in campaign funding. In one pamphlet given to conference attendees, the only featured Democrats were from safe blue seats where they’d defeated a more progressive “anti-Israel” candidate in the primary, such as Reps. Haley Stevens (D-MI), Shontel Brown (D-OH), and Glenn Ivey (D-MD). The featured Republicans, however, either flipped their seats or represented highly contested frontline races held by only narrow margins. Those were Reps. Young Kim (R-CA), Don Bacon (R-NE), and Ken Calvert (R-CA)… AIPAC is instructing members to make assertions of fact to congressional staff that are not supported by credible evidence other than statements by the Israel Defense Forces… It’s been clear for several election cycles that AIPAC might sway the electoral map more so for Republicans, but this document all but signals that directly to its members… The pamphlet does try to refute charges that the lobby opposes all progressives. It takes a dig at its critics by claiming to have raised more money for endorsed Congressional Progressive Caucus members, at $1.8 million, than left-aligned groups Justice Democrats, J Street, and EMILYs List combined… But the talking points promoted at the conference for its members to use on the Hill tell a different story. They’re exclusively directed at combating rhetoric and policy from Democrats, Squad members, cease-fire advocates, and even President Biden, who has only recently mildly criticized Netanyahu’s handling of the war… The legislative packet is directed at defending Israel’s military actions in Gaza against any calls for conditioning military assistance, as well as the findings of the International Court of Justice investigation. AIPAC is also using the ongoing war and threat from Hamas to call for further sanctions against Iran, potentially pulling the U.S. into a broader regional war… AIPAC is instructing members to make assertions of fact to congressional staff that are not supported by credible evidence other than statements by the Israel Defense Forces, according to experts who reviewed the documents. “They’re going to the Hill to repeat a foreign government’s talking points,” said Matt Duss at the Center for International Policy, a former policy adviser to Sen. Bernie Sanders… The lobbying files promote the familiar though contested line that “Israel does not target civilians.” This has been questioned due to the sheer body count of Palestinian civilians, women and children, during the war, compared to members of Hamas, along with the stated intentions by several Israeli officials to “eliminate everything” in Gaza. The IDF has justified the high casualty numbers by saying that Hamas weaponizes civilians as human shields. Yet the IDF has authorized airstrikes on sites with dense civilian populations such as hospitals and refugee camps, most recently at the “Flour Massacre” at the end of February, when the IDF opened fire on civilians gathered around an aid truck delivery, killing over 100… But even more controversial is that AIPAC is telling members of Congress that “Israel is not blocking the delivery of aid to Gaza,” and that “reports that people are starving in Gaza are false.” Neither claim is supported by findings of international authorities, nor by recent actions undertaken by the United States government. Just last week, the U.S. air-dropped aid packages into Gaza, circumventing Israeli border officials, and at the State of the Union address President Biden announced intentions to set up a port for deliveries. These actions were only necessary because Israel has made it difficult to get aid through checkpoints, such as during one recent incident where the Israeli navy fired at an aid convoy. The EU’s foreign-policy chief last week said that starvation in Gaza is being used as a weapon of war… “AIPAC wants Congress to disregard not just credible international institutions, but also their own eyes, and to simply take Israel’s word for what’s happening in Gaza in spite of the Israeli government’s ongoing pattern of disinformation,” said Omar Baddar, a policy analyst on Middle Eastern affairs… Despite being a longtime donor and supporter of President Biden’s, AIPAC’s talking point also goes on the attack against him for recent remarks that, however tepidly, indicate a shift in tone. Biden has distanced himself from Netanyahu, embracing the language (if not the full meaning) of cease-fire, and more recently indicated a potential red line, should Israel launch a ground invasion of the Gaza border city of Rafah… AIPAC dedicates an entire section of its file for members to rebuke the president’s comments, under the subhead “Why is President Biden dictating to Israel how to fight this war,” while simultaneously demanding military assistance from his government… It advises members to say “concerns about the conduct of the war against Hamas are best delivered privately,” and “public statements that show divergence … are unhelpful and could embolden Hamas and Iran.” – In AIPAC’s talking points, Hezbollah is mentioned nearly as much as Hamas, often in the same breath as proxies for Iran… The documents reveal numerous advocacy positions that AIPAC has not been forthright about publicly. They include opposing the Biden administration’s memorandum on arms sales in February, which merely asks for written assurances from countries receiving aid that they’re complying with existing laws. They also oppose recent U.S. sanctions against West Bank settlers who have engaged in violence against Palestinians. AIPAC deems these measures “unnecessary.” – Though AIPAC says it welcomes humanitarian assistance included in an emergency military package for Israel, it demands that none of that aid go through UNRWA even though the group has proven to be one of the most effective international vehicles for distributing assistance. That’s because AIPAC is pushing for a complete defunding and abolition of UNRWA after reports by the IDF that a handful of its staffers were aiding Hamas. The IDF has not provided evidence to back up these claims… AIPAC now indicates it’s open to a stand-alone Israel military aid package without Ukraine aid, which is a significant tactical change according to Dylan Williams, vice president for government affairs at the Center for International Policy, who used to work for J Street. AIPAC had sought for Israel aid to be included within a broader bill, ostensibly because of the principle that “rising aid lifts all boats.” This also had the effect of insulating Israeli aid from potential challenges or conditions… The fact that AIPAC has now shifted to accepting a stand-alone bill could indicate a fracturing of the foreign-aid NGO coalition because of the war. It could also mean that AIPAC believes it can exert enough pressure on members to get the votes for Israel aid, set aside from the messier politics of Ukraine funding and the border bill that it was originally attached to… A STRIKING THEME ACROSS THE CONFERENCE AND LEGISLATIVE PACKET is the focus placed on the threat from Iran. In AIPAC’s talking points, Hezbollah is mentioned nearly as much as Hamas, often in the same breath as proxies for Iran… An entire pamphlet from the conference is dedicated to the “multi-front threat” from seven different groups, not just in Gaza but across Lebanon, Syria, Iran, and Iraq. “Iran and its terrorist proxies are waging war against the Jewish state,” the pamphlet states, which is an “even greater threat” than Hamas… AIPAC has long lobbied for more hawkish measures against Iran. But its talking points suggest that it’s now using the October 7 attacks and the current war as a pretext to push for greater U.S. involvement against the Islamic Republic. Other than military funding for Israel, the main pieces of legislation AIPAC is supporting both entail stronger actions to cut Iran off from the global economy. Those are the Iranian Sanctions Enforcement Act and the SHIP Act, which would crack down on any foreign ports and refineries that process petroleum exported from Iran in violation of existing U.S. sanctions. The SHIP Act passed the House in early November… “AIPAC hopes to see Iran’s economy crippled through sanctions as a means of drying up Iran’s support for Hezbollah, which they seem to think will give Israel the upper hand in a conflict that many see as imminent,” said Baddar… AIPAC’s push for these actions comes as the war in Gaza threatens to escalate into a regional war. Recently, Israel has exchanged rocket fire with the Shiite political party Hezbollah along its northern border with Lebanon, where the IDF reports it assassinated a key Hamas target. If Hezbollah and Israel directly go to war, it would pull other Arab nations in and put pressure on the U.S. to back its closest ally in the region… The documents further emphasize U.S. involvement by highlighting the three Army troops killed in January in a drone strike on a base in Jordan, which officials have linked to Iran… “This is a repeated tactic we’ve seen. When there’s more attention on Israeli military actions against Palestinians and the occupation, the government pivots to fears about Iran,” said Duss… At the beginning of the war, there was immediate speculation that Iran and China gave Hamas directives to carry out the October 7 attacks, though those claims are still unfounded. As public perception shifts against Israel, potentially pulling U.S. policy with it, AIPAC appears poised to drum up more threats about Iran’s role in the war.”

‘Unconstitutional’: FBI Demanded Identities of Users Who Watched Certain YouTube Videos – “This is the latest chapter in a disturbing trend where we see government agencies increasingly transforming search warrants into digital dragnets. It’s unconstitutional, it’s terrifying and it’s happening every day,” states surveillance watchdog.. – by Jamie White – https://needtoknow.news/2024/03/unconstitutional-fbi-demanded-identities-of-users-who-watched-certain-youtube-videos/ – “The FBI demanded that Google turn over the names, addresses and phone numbers of tens of thousands of users who watched certain YouTube videos. Police also requested that Google provide identification for people who viewed and/ or interacted with targeted Youtube livestream videos. Privacy experts contended that the FBI’s move was unconstitutional because it violated the 1st Amendment’s free speech protections and freedom from unreasonable searches outlined in the 4th Amendment. Police also lacked probable cause… The FBI demanded that Google turn over the identities of tens of thousands of users who watched certain YouTube videos… Federal investigators obtained court-ordered subpoenas for any YouTube viewers who watched tutorials on mapping with drones and augmented reality software… The subpoena included names, addresses, telephone numbers, and browsing history for Google accounts for at least 30,000 people, tracing traffic to the relevant videos for the first week of January 2023… The government also wanted the IP addresses of non-Google account owners who viewed the videos.

“There is reason to believe that these records would be relevant and material to an ongoing criminal investigation, including by providing identification information about the perpetrators,” the authorities claimed, according to Forbes… Google was also told to keep the request secret until it was unsealed earlier this week. It’s unknown if Google complied with the subpoena… But that wasn’t the only case of the FBI trampling on privacy rights… From Forbes: In another example, involving an investigation in New Hampshire, the Portsmouth Police received a threat from an unknown male that an explosive had been placed in a trashcan in a public area. The order says that after the police searched the area, they learned they were being watched over a YouTube live stream camera associated with a local business. Federal investigators believe similar events have happened across the U.S., where bomb threats were made and cops watched via YouTube… They asked Google to provide a list of accounts that “viewed and/or interacted with” eight YouTube live streams and the associated identifying information during specific timeframes. That included a video posted by Boston and Maine Live, which has 130,000 subscribers. Mike McCormack, who set up the company behind the account, IP Time Lapse, said he knew about the order, adding that they related “to swatting incidents directed at the camera views at that time.” – Google issued a statement assuring users that it protects their privacy… “With all law enforcement demands, we have a rigorous process designed to protect the privacy and constitutional rights of our users while supporting the important work of law enforcement,” said Google spokesperson Matt Bryant… “We examine each demand for legal validity, consistent with developing case law, and we routinely push back against overbroad or otherwise inappropriate demands for user data, including objecting to some demands entirely.” – Privacy experts contended that the FBI’s move was unconstitutional because it violated the 1st Amendment’s free speech protections and freedom from unreasonable searches outlined in the 4th Amendment… “This is the latest chapter in a disturbing trend where we see government agencies increasingly transforming search warrants into digital dragnets. It’s unconstitutional, it’s terrifying and it’s happening every day,” said Albert Fox-Cahn, executive director at the Surveillance Technology Oversight Project. “No one should fear a knock at the door from police simply because of what the YouTube algorithm serves up. I’m horrified that the courts are allowing this.” – Electronic Privacy Information Center’s senior counsel John Davisson echoed that sentiment and pointed out the FBI’s request disregarded probable cause… Read full article here…

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RFK Jr To Name Sergey Brin’s Ex-Wife As Running Mate: Report – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/rfk-jr-name-sergey-brins-ex-wife-running-mate-report-“After previously thinking NY Jets quarterback Aaron Rogers might be the right person to be a heartbeat away from the presidency, Robert F. Kennedy, Jr is now planning to select 38-year-old Nicole Shanahan, the wealthy ex-wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, as his running mate. This according to a Saturday Mediaite report that cited ‘a source close to the campaign.’.. Shanahan is a Bay Area lawyer and tech entrepreneur who’s been a Democratic Party benefactor and donated to Biden’s 2020 campaign. In a February Times profile, she described herself as a “progressive through and through.” Aside from opening her wallet, she has no political profile whatsoever, seemingly not even having spoken out or written about issues of the day…
Last week, the New York Times reported that, in addition to the NFL’s Rogers, Kennedy was considering former Minnesota Gov and Predator co-star Jesse Ventura, among others. Mediaite’s source said RFK Jr and Shanahan “align on numerous issues,” including wariness about vaccines…  The source also candidly spotlighted what is likely the principal attraction: “The campaign is also looking for a candidate who can help finance the ballot access initiative.” The campaign says that effort comes with a $15 million price tag. With under eight months to the election, he’s only on four ballots: Hawaii, Nevada, New Hampshire and Utah. Multiple states require the naming of a running mate before giving approval, which is why his decision is coming soon…  This leak doesn’t exactly sound like a coordinated trial balloon, as a source close to the campaign proceeded to throw Shanahan under the bus: ‘She might be infusing millions of dollars into the campaign to help fund the ballot initiative, which makes her attractive financially; however, she lacks the qualifications to actually do the job.’..  Shanahan helped bankroll Kennedy’s Super Bowl ad, giving $4 million to the American Values 2024 PAC that’s supporting him. That represented a major change of heart: When Kennedy announced last fall that he was bailing on the rigged Democratic nomination process, Shanahan was “incredibly disappointed” and, at the time, decided not to back him, despite having given him a $6,000 maximum contribution in May, while he was trying to dislodge Biden…  Mediaite was also first to report Kennedy’s decision to go independent. On Wednesday, the outlet found that Kennedy advisor Link Lipsitz registered the kennedyshanahan.com web domain, and observed that the page was ready to facilitate donations. When ZeroHedge tried accessing it, however, we received a “connection not private” warning for the site…  A Kennedy campaign spokesperson declined to confirm the report, merely telling the New York Post, ‘ There has been a lot of speculation in the media about Mr. Kennedy’s pick of vice presidential running mate. The official announcement will be on March 26 in Oakland.’..  Last summer, the Wall Street Journal reported that Shanahan’s 2023 divorce from Brin was sparked by a brief affair she had with Elon Musk. In addition to ending the five-year marriage, the Journal said the episode also terminated a long friendship between Musk and Brin. Musk called the report ‘total bs’.”

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Web Research Links for the Week of 3/11/24

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Fair Use Notice: This site may contain some copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner. We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of vital issues which already exist in the public domain. – Note: These links are posted at the top of the page as the week progresses. Links from previous weeks can be found under the “Current Quicklinx” button.The U.S. national debt is rising by $1 trillion about every 100 days – The nation’s debt now stands at nearly $34.4 trillion, as of Wednesday. – Since June, the last two $1 trillion jumps occurred in about 100 days. – by Michelle Fox – https://www.cnbc.com/2024/03/01/the-us-national-debt-is-rising-by-1-trillion-about-every-100-days.html -“The debt load of the U.S. is growing at a quicker clip in recent months, increasing about $1 trillion nearly every 100 days…The nation’s debt permanently crossed over to $34 trillion on Jan. 4, after briefly crossing the mark on Dec. 29, according to data from the U.S. Department of the Treasury. It reached $33 trillion on Sept. 15, 2023, and $32 trillion on June 15, 2023, hitting this accelerated pace. Before that, the $1 trillion move higher from $31 trillion took about eight months…

U.S. debt, which is the amount of money the federal government borrows to cover operating expenses, now stands at nearly $34.4 billion, as of Wednesday. Bank of America investment strategist Michael Hartnett believes the 100-day pattern will remain intact with the move from $34 trillion to $35 trillion… ‘Little wonder “debt debasement” trades closing in on all-time highs, i.e. gold $2077/oz, bitcoin $67734,’ he wrote in a note Thursday…  Spot gold is currently hovering around $2,084 an ounce, while bitcoin was recently around $61,443. The cryptocurrency in February closed out its best month since 2020, briefly trading above $64,000 on Wednesday before pulling back. Inflows into crypto funds are on course for a “blowout year,” with an annualized inflow of $44.7 billion so far this year, Hartnett noted…  Moody’s Investors Service lowered its ratings outlook on the U.S. government to negative from stable in November due to the rising risks of the country’s fiscal strength…  ‘In the context of higher interest rates, without effective fiscal policy measures to reduce government spending or increase revenues,’ the agency said. ‘Moody’s expects that the US’ fiscal deficits will remain very large, significantly weakening debt affordability’.” Comment: I wonder if Treasury has considered the new program proposed by Javier Milei?Amazon introduces tall humanoid robots to warehousesAmazon is experimenting with humanoid robot technology, ● Digit, a two-legged ​robot, can grasp and lift boxes, Amazon said Digit will work with humans, and it doesn’t plan to fully automate Amazon – https://supercarblondie.com/amazon-two-meter-tall-humanoid-robots-work-warehouses/ – “Humanoid robots have descended on Amazon warehouses in a move to automate their systems… ‘Digit’ is in the midst of a test period as Amazon experiment with the capabilities of the tech… It’s been tasked initially with spending time shifting empty tote boxes on the floor. The humanoid robot was developed by Amazon-backed, Oregon-based startup Agility Robotics, and it can walk and crouch…  Digit is 5ft 9in (175cm), weighs 143lb (65kg), and can carry up to 35lb (16kg) in hands that can both grasp and lift…  From the fastest humanoid robot to Tesla’s Optimus, the world of robots is currently making strides…  Amazon is experimenting with a humanoid robot as the technology company increasingly seeks to automate its warehouses…  ​With a workforce of almost 1​.5​ million human​s, there have been concerns raised that Digit will displace human employees from their roles…  However, in stark contrast to these fears, Tye Brady, chief technologist at Amazon Robotics, claims that while it will render some jobs redundant, robots would also create new roles…  According to Brady, Digit is only designed to eliminate menial, mundane and repetitive tasks, but this doesn’t mean Amazon will require fewer staff or lead to cut jobs…  He also firmly insisted that human staff are “irreplaceable” in the company’s operation and they would work collaboratively with Digit…  Last but certainly not least, he also added that Amazon warehouses will not be fully automated…  Amazon announced it was deploying a robotic system called Sequoia at one of its Houston warehouses…  Sequoia is designed to speed up deliveries by helping identify and store inventory 75 percent faster…  It’s hoped this will reduce order processing time of orders by up to 25 percent.”Bundeswehr Wiretap Bombshell – German Generals Exposed Planning Kerch Strike – by Simplicius the Thinker – “https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/bundeswehr-wiretap-bombshell-german – “A bombshell wiretap leak has set the intelligence and geopolitical world ablaze today, revealing high ranking members of the German Bundeswehr openly discussing plans to supply the Taurus missiles and help Ukraine destroy Russia’s Kerch Bridge… Many are understandably pinning the leak on Russia’s GRU, but it seems just as—if not more—plausible that it was leaked by German insiders themselves in order to thwart the plans of their own deepstate establishment which is clearly bent on starting WWIII… Before anyone questions the authenticity, let us first begin with the validation by Der Spiegel, who rules it as most likely legit:

Spiegel writes about the authenticity of the audio recording of German officers discussing the attack on the Crimean Bridge… “After initial analysis, it is presumed that the recording of the meeting is authentic. According to the initial assessment, the possibility of forgery using AI is largely ruled out,” the publication reports… Here are the most damning snippets: (See source for 5 embedded audios of German planners scheming) – Here is the full recording for those interested—though, caveat, it’s an auto-machine translation and may have irregularities: And here is a transcript of it provided by RT’s Margarita Simonyan, for those who prefer reading—though you’ll have to do a machine translation in your browser: https://vk.com/@m_s_simonyan-rasshifrovka-razgovora-vysokopostavlennyh-oficerov-bundesverIt’s clear that there is an ongoing internal revolt in Europe by the last remaining sane faction against the hardliners pushing WWIII. This is evident by the fact that this entire pressure wave of ‘leaks’ suddenly coincided together from a variety of directions, which included Scholz himself outing British involvement in the war – In light of Scholz’s disclosures, a slew of revelations have come to light about NATO’s true involvement in the war:

But what’s more, according to the Le Monde article (left)—though it’s behind a paywall—France is considering sending a contingent of special forces to Ukraine specifically to create a “strategic dilemma” for Russia: The French government allegedly views such a troop deployment as a way of posing a “strategic dilemma” for Moscow, the paper said, adding that it could “constrain” Russia’s targeting and strike capabilities. In particular, it may prove to be “essential” ahead of the arrival of US-made F-16 fighter jets, scheduled to take place later this year, the French daily added… Keep in mind, ostensibly, they’re referring to a small contingent of troops placed somewhere in the rear to ‘train’ Ukrainian soldiers. But the ‘strategic dilemma’ part is very interesting—what could they possibly mean by that? – The article makes some interesting revelations. For instance, it seems to suggest that the timed release of all the current hints is a precisely choreographed CIA campaign meant specifically to give signals to Moscow: US intelligence services’s controlled transparency operation – known as “campaigning” – is part of their plan to reinforce a form of strategic ambiguity that was initiated by Monday’s meeting of allies in Paris, several sources close to the matter told Le Monde. Although the US was not involved in the precise wording of what Macron was going to say and may have been surprised by his remarks, the prospect of sending Western troops to Ukraine had been talked about in advance. The US had also sent a representative to Paris. The growing pressure from Moscow on Europe’s eastern flank is worrying the US as much as the other participants.

On the aspect of ‘strategic dilemma’ they note specifically:

But here is the final and most important paragraph of the entire article, which ties directly into things I’ve been writing about and predicting here from the very beginning: Paris wants to provide Kyiv training in surface-to-air defense in particular, which has been targeted by the Russians. The presence of French soldiers, or those of other nationalities, would potentially secure certain areas of Ukrainian territory and severely restrict Moscow’s current unfettered bombing. An allied presence would also prove essential to the promised arrival of American-built F-16s in Ukraine in 2024… And that, folks, is what gives the true game away… Recall my earliest predictions about NATO coming in to ‘secure’ certain critical areas of West Ukraine from Russian takeover at the final hour when all else fails and it seems certain that Russia will overrun the AFU. I spoke specifically about Odessa, with the 101st and 82nd coming to dogpile and squat on it simply in the hopes that Russia will cautiously refuse to send troops, in fear of ‘clashing’ with NATO forces and starting WWIII… It seems the French have got the same idea, though it may be for a different area or areas—hoping that by simply placing troops there, Russia will hesitate from striking the critical infrastructure for fear of killing NATO soldiers… Interestingly, however, soon after French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne rejected this possibility:

https://www.rt.com/news/593559-no-combat-troops-ukraine-france/No combat troops will be sent to Ukraine, French Foreign Minister Stephane Sejourne told Radio France Inter on Friday. Earlier, the nation’s president Emmanuel Macron told journalists that NATO could entertain such a possibility in the future… Paris would not risk a direct conflict between Moscow and the US-led bloc, Sejourne said when asked to comment on Macron’s remarks. “Everything we do is to avoid war” between Russia and NATO, the minister said, adding that the French government did not want to increase the level of anxiety among its citizens… A new poll from Le Figaro likewise showed 68% of French citizens do not approve of troop deployment to Ukraine…”

Is the Government Now in the Elder Abuse Business – by Janet Phelen – https://www.activistpost.com/2024/03/is-the-government-now-in-the-elder-abuse-business.html – “Dean Sallas leans against his current home, a 2005 Toyota mini van, and jokes about the sub-zero Chicago winter weather. He doesn’t seem to fit the general profile of a homeless guy or an elder abuse victim. The former tend to have substance abuse or mental health issues, while the latter are often typified as confused and vulnerable women who fall prey to online scams… In fact, Sallas worked in real estate and garnered a small fortune before he fell prey to institutionalized US government abuse… Cheerful and not prone to complaining, Dean, age 86, has been rendered homeless by his abuser. Dean is one of a growing number of individuals whose abuse has been inflicted by his own government… The abuse report was filed by a social worker with the federal government. Delia de Avila works as head social worker with the homeless vets program at Lovell Veteran’s Hospital in North Chicago, Illinois. During a lengthy conversation with Dean earlier this year, she announced she would file an APS abuse report… Samantha Richardson with Adult Protective Services in Skokie was assigned the APS report. Her response was swift and aggressive. Morning found Samantha banging on the window of the car in which Dean spent the night. But when Richardson discovered that Dean Sallas was being abused by actions involving another government agency, the Cook County Public Guardian, which was aided and abetted in the abuse by a state court judge, Shauna Boliker, her investigation came to a screeching halt… According to Dean Sallas, Richardson told him she was told to “stand down” and that APS would not investigate a sister agency. Richardson hastily got off the phone when this reporter called her to verify her statement and from that point on, will not return this reporter’s calls… Due to illegal actions approved by Judge Shauna Boliker, Sallas was deprived the natural protections of Illinois law, including the marital property statute, which would bar the Public Guardian from seizing any income or property in which Dean holds an interest. Dean Sallas is only in Boliker’s court due to the fact that his wife, Amy, was put under a guardianship by Cook County Public Guardian and removed by force from the Skokie home she shared with her husband of over fifty years. Not content to interfere in their marriage, the Public Guardian denied Dean the ability to contact his wife by phone or through visitation. It should be noted that there are no verified abuse reports concerning Dean’s treatment of his wife Amy is currently residing in Belmont Village in Buffalo Grove, Illinois… As a result of Boliker’s failure to adhere to Illinois Statute 755 ILCS 5/11a – 22, which makes it a criminal act for a bank to honor a loan which has been signed by an alleged incapacitated person, the Public Guardian stopped paying on a home mortgage that never should have been processed, signed by Amy, and having taken nearly all the couple’s marital property and funds, summarily foreclosed on their Skokie home. Dean is now homeless and living in his car… Boliker’s free-wheeling tendencies to ignore Illinois law and to side with state authorized guardians are not unknown to the powers that be in Illinois. Her actions in other cases, such as the Kumpkin and Pratt guardianships, have also achieved some notice. What is of some concern is that reports of her questionable financial transactions, such as lodged here have not resulted in any modification of her behavior. Indeed, Boliker appears to be bullet-proof… While the feds have ostensibly taken an interest in elder abuse matters, a review of their actions reveals that the federal government has taken a wide detour around abusers who are state agencies and/or judges. While the “official” definition of abuse, codified in the Elder Justice Act, defines this broadly as “(1) “Abuse”, the infliction of physical, sexual, or emotional injury or harm including financial exploitation by any person, firm, or corporation and bullying;” in practice the prosecutors go after freelancers, and leave their own alone. Consider the list here, culled on March 1, 2024 from the DOJ website: Two convicted in multimillion dollar adult daycare fraud scheme, March 1, 2024; Grandparent Scammer Sentenced to Federal Prison, February 29, 2024; Fifth Defendant Sentenced for Laundering Proceeds of Scams Targeting Elderly U.S. Citizens, February 27, 2024; U.S. Attorney’s Office Hosts Fraud and Abuse Prevention Seminars for Seniors, – February 23, 2024; Two Indian Nationals Charged in Elder Fraud Gold Bar Courier Scam, February 23, 2024; Montgomery Man Sentenced to Prison and Ordered to Pay Nearly $370,000 for Schemes Targeting Elderly Victims, February 20, 2024; Man and woman charged in elder fraud conspiracy, February 20, 2024; Four Accused of Nationwide Financial Scam Targeting Elderly, February 15, 2024; Bristol Man Sentenced to Prison for Fraud and Tax Offenses, February 15, 2024… Not one entry concerns the abuse of the elderly by the courts or by state agencies. In fact, court-authorized guardianship is promoted by the USDOJ as a cure for abuse… Interestingly, the DOJ has included some information as to “what to do” if there are concerns about guardian abuse. The available resources do not include “what to do” if a party to the abuse is a judge… Further concerns which buttress a perception that the  government is now in the elder abuse business relate to a matter which is ongoing in Southern California and involves an older man named, for the purposes of this report, “Scott.” On the (mis)direction of a supervisor named Angela Kendrick who is  with the licensing agency which ostensibly oversees homes for the elderly and infirm, “Scott” in December signed a form LIC 605A, to give me access to his medical records. Scott is suffering from a treatable condition, hydrocephalus, most likely  the result of a fall, which will proceed to death if left untreated. Scott is not receiving treatment at the assisted living home, Leisure Gardens in Lancaster, California and the request for medical records was made in an effort to determine why not and to potentially advocate for him… When Leisure Gardens refused to honor his wishes, a complaint was filed with the licensing agency, Community  Care Licensing (CCL), which is a part of the California Department of Social Services. The complaint, which was filed in writing on 12/26/2023, was mysteriously removed from the system. A voice record of Scott stating he had not revoked his signing the form and stating he wished me to have his medical records in order to advocate for him was made on Feb. 5, 2024 and duly sent to Leisure Gardens. The caseworker at Leisure Gardens, Jessica Pelaya, has informed this reporter that the very same supervisor who provided the wrong form for “Scott” to sign, Angela Kendrick, has advised Pelaya to forward “any records” that I may provide demonstrating Scott’s wishes to Kendrick, who has declined phone calls from this reporter and who, according to Pelaya, does not respond to requests concerning how to respond to evidence of Scott’s wishes… The question is “Why?” Scott has negligible assets and no history of significant political activity. The answer may lie with Angela Kendrick, who has taken a particular interest in obstructing Scott’s survivability. If concerns that the government has taken a dedicated turn towards removing the vulnerable elderly from government rolls, such as we saw in the predictable slaughter of the elderly in nursing homes during the Covid crisis turn out to be true, then denying health care to a “Scott” would make some twisted sort of sense…. At this juncture, Kendrick is refusing to respond to emails or phone calls. Efforts to file an employee complaint about her actions as a CCL Supervisor have not at this juncture come to fruition. After concerns were lodged with the Sacramento office of CCL about the disappeared complaint of December 26, 2023, an agreement was reached to file a new complaint focusing on the fact that “Scott” is not receiving life-saving medical treatment and is being consigned to a slow, unpleasant and unnecessary death… To be continued….”Breaking News: MP Andrew Bridgen Summons Head of Met as a “Matter of Urgency” & has “New Disturbing & Damning News” – by Patricia Harrity –
https://expose-news.com/2024/03/06/breaking-news-mp-andrew-bridgen-summons-head-of-met-as-a-matter-of-urgency-has-new-disturbing-damning-news/ – “Andrew Bridgen has written to Sir Mark Rowley, Commissioner of the Metropolitan police asking for an urgent meeting with him and Metropolitan Police detectives to discuss serious issues that have come to light regarding the Covid 19 pandemic and vaccination programme. Andrew Bridgen informs Rowley that this is a matter of importance for the well being and safety of the British public and has added that “very disturbing new and damning news has recently come to light that will be revealed and discussed at the meeting…
Andrew Bridgen says that the COVID inquiry team had told him that if criminality is suspected then it is a matter for the police. As we know, and as Andrew Bridgen says “there is evidence of criminal activity at the highest levels of the UK Government, including British Prime Minister and his financial links to Moderna.” and this will be presented… There are “very serious criminal offences” wrote in the letter, these include:

  • Misconduct in public office.
  • Misfeasance in public office.
  • Manslaughter
  • Gross Negligent Manslaughter
  • Gross Corporate Manslaughter
  • Fraud
  • Murder
  • Grievous Bodily Harm.

As well as conspiracy to commit and aiding and abetting the aforementioned crimes… A room big enough to facilitate at least twenty people who will attend to give evidence from their field of expertise has also been requested… Those giving evidence include:

Jim Ferguson asks “Could a sitting Prime minister now come under criminal investigation for potential crimes committed in this and other related potential serious misconduct in public office.?”

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Banking Collapse: Bank Deposits Tank by over 50% Across Large Commercial Banks – by Sarah Westall – https://sarahwestall.com/banking-collapse-bank-deposits-tank-by-over-50-across-large-commercial-banks/ – “According to Federal Reserve data we have never seen what we are seeing today. The largest 25 banks are bleeding deposits at historic rates not seen in the 4 decades of data tracked by the Federal Reserve. The chart below shows smaller banks saw a dramatic decline after the banking collapses mid 2023, but have been steadily recovering. The story for large commercial banks is quite different:As reported by Wall Street on Parade: According to Federal Reserve data dating back to July 3, 1985 – a span of close to 39 years – there has not been a time when the largest 25 banks were bleeding deposits on the scale that has been happening for the past 22 months… There has also never been a time comparable to the last 22 months when the largest 25 banks were bleeding deposits while the smaller banks were growing deposits. (See the chart above.).. Why are bank deposits critical for the health of banks?..  Deposits are the lifeblood of banks. All banks. Without deposits, banks cannot lend or invest. They cannot earn money. When banks lose approx. 50% of it’s deposits, like they have over the past 22 months, that has a direct impact on their ability to be profitable. A huge impact…  Banks pay you very little for parking your cash in their vaults (or on their digital ledger). The average interest banks pay is .024% interest on the money they store for you. Basically banks are given loans from you and me at ridiculous low rates. Banks use this money mostly to meet capital requirements for lending and receiving money from the Federal Reserve…  But, contrary to popular opinion, banks don’t really need your money to loan. Here is a good explanation on how the racket works: The Revolving Money Myth: Your Deposits Don’t Fund Bank Loans – Common mythology says that banks take the money that customers deposit into their savings accounts and lend it out to borrowers for a profit. The bank makes only the smallest interest payments on the deposits it receives, charges much higher interest rates on the loans it extends and pockets the difference as a handsome profit. Basically, in this scenario, banks act as middlemen, playing the matchmaker between savers who want to earn a return on their excess capital and borrowers who are willing to pay for a loan… In painfully simplified terms, that’s sort of true, but only in the most indirect of ways… Banks Create the Money They Lend – Banks don’t need your money to extend loans. The loans themselves create new money… Each and every time a bank makes a loan, the laws of double-entry accounting require them to create a new account for the borrower and make a deposit equal to the loan amount… According to Forbes, this means that banks create money every time they lend money. They’re able to do this because banks are allowed to lend much more money than they have… The Money They Lend Isn’t Really There – Banks operate on a system called fractional reserve, which allows them to keep only a small fraction of the money they lend available on hand as withdrawable cash reserves. Also, the 1913 Federal Reserve Act requires banks to maintain the minimum cash reserves needed to clear outgoing checks… One of the cheapest ways to meet those reserve requirements, according to Resilience, a program under the Post Carbon Institute, is through “retail deposits” — that’s the money you keep in your savings account. If they can’t attract new customers to borrow cheap retail deposits from, banks have to meet their cash reserve requirements by paying more to borrow wholesale deposits from the Fed… In short, banks don’t take the money that you deposit, turn around and loan it at a higher interest rate. But they do use the money you deposit to balance their books and meet the necessary cash reserves that make those loans possible…  So why do deposits matter if banks don’t need deposits to lend? The last 2 paragraphs explain why it matters so much to banks. First, deposits are the cheapest way for banks to meet reserve requirements. Its hard to beat a loan at .025% from you. Like all business, if the cost to operate substantially increases, it puts the entire enterprise at risk…  Perhaps the most important point of this entire article is the fact that this points to a huge shift in economic activity…  People are increasingly leaving the traditional banking systems and moving towards cryptos, gold & silver, and other investments. When major shifts in money management occurs, it represents changes in attitudes and expectations of consumers. This change is massive. A 50% decline in banking deposits is a seismic shift that is almost unimaginable in the past. It cannot be ignored and it is a glaring red flag that significant change is coming.”Active duty airman set himself on fire outside Israeli embassy in Washington DC – Washington, D.C. emergency services took the man to a hospital with “critical life threatening injuries.” – b Nicholas Slayton – https://taskandpurpose.com/news/man-sets-self-fire-israeli-embassy-air-force/A newer version of this story was published Monday morning, Feb. 26, “Air Force member who set himself on fire in chilling protest video dies.”.. “An active-duty airman set himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C. today, in uniform… The District of Columbia Fire and Emergency Medical Services Department confirmed to Task & Purpose that they received a report about a man on fire outside the embassy just before 1 p.m. Eastern Time and dispatched emergency services. The fire had been extinguished by uniformed members of the Secret Service. EMS took the man to an area hospital, saying he was suffering from “critical life-threatening injuries.”.. The incident appears to be in protest of Israel’s war in Gaza. Independent journalist Talia Jane obtained a video of the self-immolation, although it has not been posted online beyond accounts that are quickly taken down. On X, Jane posted that the man in Air Force uniform said he was “an active duty member of the U.S. Air Force and I will no longer be complicit in genocide.” Filming himself walking, he said that what he was going to do would be minimal compared to what is happening to Palestinians. He then set himself on fire and repeatedly shouted “Free Palestine.”.. In the video, the airman identifies himself as Aaron Bushnell. A spokesperson for the U.S. Air Force confirmed to Task & Purpose that the man in uniform is an active-duty airman, however, the Air Force did not confirm the man’s identity or rank in the military… Law enforcement responded, putting out the fire with three fire extinguishers. Law enforcement also drew a gun on the burning man during the incident, while he was screaming in pain. After emergency services transported the man to a hospital, authorities searched the area around the embassy. The Metropolitan Police Department responded and sent its Explosive Ordnance Disposal team to the scene to search a nearby car; nothing was found. Bushnell’s current status is unknown… A LinkedIn account under Bushnell’s name with a picture matching the appearance of the airman in the video says that Bushnell has been in the Air Force since 2020. Per the account, Bushnell trained as a client systems technician, working in IT management and as a DevOps engineer for the last year. According to his LinkedIn account, Bushnell was pursuing a Bachelor of Science in software engineering at Southern New Hampshire University. He was ‘looking for SkillBridge programs to transfer [his] skills into the software engineering career field.’.. Task & Purpose contacted the United States Secret Service about the incident but as of press time has not heard back… A press officer for the Department of Defense confirmed it was aware of the incident but did not have any information on the individual… The Israeli war in Gaza, which started following the Oct. 7 terrorist attack by Hamas, has resulted in the deaths of thousands and is still ongoing. In December, a person set themselves on fire outside the Israeli consulate in Atlanta in protest of the war – Update 2/25/2024: This story has been updated with confirmation from the U.S. Air Force that the man who set himself on fire is an active-duty member of the Air Force – Update 2/25/2024: This story has been updated with Bushnell’s name and information, as well as statements by the Metropolitan Police Department. – Airman who died after setting himself on fire in protest video identified – Senior Airman Aaron Bushnell died after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy to protest the war in Gaza – by Jeff Schogol – “Senior Airman Aaron Bushnell died of his injuries on Sunday after setting himself on fire outside the Israeli embassy in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate his opposition to the ongoing war between Israel and Gaza, Air Force officials said… The Air Force deferred questions about the incident to Washington D.C.’s Metropolitan Police Department… Bushnell, 25, was a cyber defense operations specialist assigned to the 531st Intelligence Support Squadron at Joint Base San Antonio Lackland, Texas, according to the Air Force. He had served on active duty since May 2020… ‘When a tragedy like this occurs, every member of the Air Force feels it,’ Air Force Col.  Celina Noyes, commander of the 70th Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Wing, said in a statement. ‘We extend our deepest sympathies to the family and friends of Senior Airman Bushnell. Our thoughts and prayers are with them, and we ask that you respect their privacy during this difficult time.‘.. In the roughly 3-minute video, Bushnell says he is an active-duty airman and that he will ‘no longer be complicit in genocide.’.. ‘I’m about to engage in an extreme act of protest, but when compared to what people have been experiencing in Palestine at the hands of their colonizers, it’s not extreme at all,’ Bushnell says. ‘This is what our ruling class has decided will be normal.’.. Bushnell then puts down his camera, stands in front of the embassy, douses himself with a clear liquid from a thermos, puts his cover on, and tries to ignite himself as someone off camera asks, ‘Hi sir, can I help you?’.. After a few seconds, he sets himself alight and screams “Free Palestine!” several times as the flames quickly consume him. Then he starts screaming… People off camera can be heard yelling: ‘Man’s on fire! Man’s on fire!’.. Bushnell continues to scream as another person off camera yells at him to get on the ground, presumably so he can put out the flames… Sirens can be heard as Bushnell tries to yell “Free Palestine” again, but his screams become unintelligible. People on the scene call for a fire extinguisher.  After burning for a minute, the man collapses, and a first responder tries to put out the flames with a fire extinguisher… Bushnell continues to burn as a first responder yells, ‘I don’t need guns, I need a fire extinguisher.’.. About 3 minutes into the video, two officers with extinguishers manage to smother the flames. The video ends when someone picks up the camera and says: ‘What is this? Who is this?’ ” Trump’s VP front-runner just stunned everyone with this move – from TheHornNews.com – https://thehornnews.com/vp-front-runner-visited-mar-a-lago-monday/ – “South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is considered by betting markets to be the front-runner as former President Donald Trump’s 2024 running mate. She’s even been named by Trump as part of his short list… ‘I’ve got my eye on her,’ Trump told NBC News last year, in response to a question about Noem’s chances of becoming vice president… On Monday, Noem made a stunning move that had the political world whispering. The South Dakota Republican traveled to met with Trump on Monday at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, an insider told the Daily Caller… Like many governors, Noem boasts a high favorability rating in her current role. She’s also earned a reputation for her charisma, and she’s seen some of her political ads go viral. She’s attracted attention for using a branding iron to veto a bill, and she once played a plumber in a video promoting South Dakota’s apprenticeship programs… In a Kaplan Strategies poll of a swing state, Noem was polled as the most favored prospect for a running mate. As of Friday, she was viewed favorably by 39 percent of the 941 registered voters surveyed in Wisconsin… Noem also fared well in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll of possible vice presidents. She nabbed 15 percent of the vote, tying biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy for first place. She and Ramaswamy finished ahead of 15 other people… However, she remains untested as a candidate for a role in Washington, D.C… Without confirming anything, Noem described the ideal vice president Thursday on Fox News… ‘I’m all in to do what I can to help the team. He needs somebody that actually is not part of the swamp, I think. He needs a business owner. He needs somebody who’s been a commander in chief, somebody who makes decisions when things get tough. Those are his qualifications, and he needs to know he can have somebody around him that trusts him and he trusts and will fight,’ Noem said… ‘He’s got a lot of jobs to do when you’re president of the United States. He needs to have people on his team that fight for him every single day.’.. At a town hall last month, Trump said that he’d already picked a running mate. However, he didn’t directly name the person, and he declined to say whether he’d even informed him or her… ‘I know who it’s going to be,’ Trump said at the time. He added, ‘I can’t tell you that really.’.. Perhaps on Monday, he finally told someone.”EXCLUSIVE: Take Back the Sky, Your Guide to Unmasking Weather Manipulation – by Reinette Senum – https://reinettesenumsfoghornexpress.substack.com/p/exclusive-take-back-the-sky-your – “Join the movement to detect, document, and deter geoengineering efforts. Discover the tools you need to fight back against weather modification programs over your head!

Please note, THIS WEDNESDAY SWARM WEBINAR HAS BEEN MOVED TO 6 PM PST FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST! – LINK HERE: https://meetn.com/sosIn an enlightening interview with Kathryn Saari, a key member of the Save Our Skies Skywatcher team, this conversation reveals a shared commitment to uncovering the hidden aspects of geoengineering. Saari shares her journey from noticing unusual sky patterns to becoming an active participant in the fight against geoengineering. Her methodical approach includes observing aircraft, collecting rainwater samples, and documenting changes in weather patterns, which has led to the discovery of high concentrations of heavy metals in precipitation… This latest interview, coupled with a 77-slide PowerPoint presentation (at the bottom of this post), delves into the complex issue of geoengineering, aiming to educate the public on how to recognize and take action against weather modification and other related programs — emphasizing the importance of community engagement and empowerment, urging individuals to observe their skies, identify unusual patterns, and take proactive steps to address the environmental and health implications of geoengineering… Our discussion highlights several initiatives aimed at addressing the challenges posed by geoengineering, such as the pursuit of local weather modification companies, known for their solar dimming projects and rain augmentation programs. Saari underscore the necessity of involving local representatives and regulatory bodies to ensure the health and safety of communities are prioritized. Through collaborative efforts, including leveraging technology like Flightradar24 for aircraft tracking and engaging experts like Jim Lee and meteorologist Jeff “Ray,” this interview paints a picture of a multi-faceted approach to combating geoengineering… This is no ordinarly interview, it is a universal call to action, emphasizing the role of individual and collective effort in regaining control over our environment. It is a testament to the power of informed activism, scientific inquiry, and community mobilization in the face of environmental challenges posed by unchecked technological interventions in our atmosphere.” – Excerpt of the How-To Become a SOS Skywatcher PowerPoint Tool Kit below:

Two Years After the Start of the SMO, the West is Totally Paralyzed – by Pepe Escobar – https://www.unz.com/pescobar/two-years-after-the-start-of-the-smo-the-west-is-totally-paralyzed/ – “Exactly two years ago this Saturday, on February 24, 2022, Vladimir Putin announced the launching – and described the objectives – of a Special Military Operation (SMO) in Ukraine. That was the inevitable follow-up to what happened three days before, on February 21 – exactly 8 years after Maidan 2014 in Kiev – when Putin officially recognized the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk… During this – pregnant with meaning – short space of only three days, everyone expected that the Russian Armed Forces would intervene, militarily, to end the massive bombing and shelling that had been going on for three weeks across the frontline – which even forced the Kremlin to evacuate populations at risk to Russia. Russian intel had conclusive proof that the NATO-backed Kiev forces were ready to execute an ethnic cleansing of Russophone Donbass… February 24, 2022 was the day that changed 21st century geopolitics forever, in several complex ways. Above all, it marked the beginning of a vicious, all-out confrontation, “military-technical” as the Russians call it, between the Empire of Chaos, Lies and Plunder, its easily pliable NATOstan vassals, and Russia – with Ukraine as the battleground… There is hardly any question Putin had calculated, before and during these three fateful days, that his decisions would unleash the unbounded fury of the collective West – complete with a tsunami of sanctions – Ay, there’s the rub; it’s all about Sovereignty. And a true sovereign power simply cannot live under permanent threats. It’s even feasible that Putin had wanted (italics mine) Russia to get sanctioned to death. After all, Russia is so naturally wealthy that without a serious challenge from abroad, the temptation is enormous to live off its rents while importing what it could easily produce… Exceptionalists always gloated that Russia is “a gas station with nuclear weapons”. That’s ridiculous. Oil and gas, in Russia, account for roughly 15% of GDP, 30% of the government budget, and 45% of exports. Oil and gas add power to the Russian economy – not a drag. Putin shaking Russia’s complacency generated a gas station producing everything it needs, complete with unrivalled nuclear and hypersonic weapons. Beat that… Ukraine has “never been less than a nation” – Xavier Moreau is a French politico-strategic analyst based in Russia for 24 years now. Graduated from the prestigious Saint-Cyr military academy and with a Sorbonne diploma, he hosts two shows on RT France… His latest book, Ukraine: Pourquoi La Russie a Gagné (“Ukraine: Why Russia has Won”), just out, is an essential manual for European audiences on the realities of the war, not those childish fantasies concocted across the NATOstan sphere by instant “experts” with less than zero combined arms military experience… Moreau makes it very clear what every impartial, realist analyst was aware of from the beginning: the devastating Russian military superiority, which would condition the endgame. The problem, still, is how this endgame – “demilitarization” and “denazification” of Ukraine, as established by Moscow – will be achieved… What is already clear is that “demilitarization”, of Ukraine and NATO, is a howling success that no new wunderwaffen – like F-16s – will be able to change… Moreau perfectly understands how Ukraine, nearly 10 years after Maidan, is not a nation; “and has never been less than a nation”. It’s a territory where populations that everything separates are jumbled up. Moreover, it has been a – “grotesque” – failed state ever since its independence. Moreau spends several highly entertaining pages going through the corruption grotesquerie in Ukraine, under a regime that “gets its ideological references simultaneously via admirers of Stepan Bandera and Lady Gaga.” – None of the above, of course, is reported by oligarch-controlled European mainstream media… Watch out for Deng Xiao Putin – The book offers an extremely helpful analysis of those deranged Polish elites who bear “a heavy responsibility in the strategic catastrophe that awaits Washington and Brussels in Ukraine”. The Poles actually believed that Russia would crumble from the inside, complete with a color revolution against Putin. That barely qualifies as Brzezinski on crack… Moreau shows how 2022 was the year when NATOstan, especially the Anglo-Saxons – historically racist Russophobes – were self-convinced thar Russia would fold because it is a “poor power”. Obviously, none of these luminaries understood how Putin strengthened the Russian economy very much like Deng Xiaoping on the Chinese economy. This “self-intoxication”, as Moreau qualifies it, did wonders for the Kremlin… By now it’s clear even for the deaf, dumb, and blind that the destruction of the European economy has been a massive tactic, historic victory for the Hegemon – as much as the blitzkrieg against the Russian economy has been an abysmal failure… All of the above brings us to the meeting of G20 Foreign Ministers this week in Rio. That was not exactly a breakthrough. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov made it very clear that the collective West at the G20 tried by all means to “Ukrainize” the agenda – with less than zero success. They were outnumbered and counterpunched by BRICS and Global South members… At his press conference, Lavrov could not be more stark on the prospects of the war of the collective West against Russia. These are the highlights: Western countries categorically do not want serious dialogue on Ukraine…
-There were no serious proposals from the United States to begin contacts with the Russian Federation on strategic stability; trust cannot be restored now while Russia is declared an enemy.

– There were no contacts on the sidelines of the G20 with either Blinken or the British Foreign Secretary.
– The Russian Federation will respond to new Western sanctions with practical actions that relate to the self-sufficient development of the Russian economy.
– If Europe tries to restore ties with the Russian Federation, making it dependent on their whims, then such contacts are not needed.
In a nutshell – diplomatically: you are irrelevant, and we don’t care… That was complementing Lavrov’s intervention during the summit, which defined once again a clear, auspicious path towards multipolarity. Here are the highlights:- The forming of a fair multipolar world order without a definite center and periphery has become much more intensive in the past few years. Asian, African and Latin American countries are becoming important parts of the global economy. Not infrequently, they are setting the tone and the dynamics.
– Many Western economies, especially in Europe, are actually stagnating against this background. These statistics are from Western-supervised institutions – the IMF, the World Bank and the OECD.
– These institutions are becoming relics from the past. Western domination is already affecting their ability to meet the requirements of the times. Meanwhile, it is perfectly obvious today that the current problems of humanity can only be resolved through a concerted effort and with due consideration for the interests of the Global South and, generally, all global economic realities.
– Institutions like the IMF, the World Bank, the EBRD, and the EIB are prioritizing Kiev’s military and other needs. The West allocated over $250 billion to tide over its underling thus creating funding shortages in other parts of the world. Ukraine is taking up the bulk of the funds, relegating Africa and other regions of the Global South to rationing.
– Countries that have discredited themselves by using unlawful acts ranging from unilateral sanctions and the seizure of sovereign assets and private property to blockades, embargoes, and discrimination against economic operators based on nationality to settle scores with their geopolitical opponents cannot be considered guarantors of financial stability.
– Without a doubt, new institutions that focus on consensus and mutual benefit are needed to democratize the global economic governance system. Today, we are seeing positive dynamics for strengthening various alliances, including BRICS, the SCO, ASEAN, the African Union, LAS, CELAC, and the EAEU.
– This year, Russia chairs BRICS, which saw several new members join it. We will do our best to reinforce the potential of this association and its ties with the G20.
– Considering that 6 out of 15 UN Security Council members represent the Western bloc, we will support the expansion of this body solely through the accession of countries from Asia, Africa, and Latin America.
– Call it the real state of things, geopolitically, two years after the start of the SMO.”Trump’s VP front-runner just stunned everyone with this move – from TheHornNews.com – https://thehornnews.com/vp-front-runner-visited-mar-a-lago-monday/ – “
South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem is considered by betting markets to be the front-runner as former President Donald Trump’s 2024 running mate. She’s even been named by Trump as part of his short list… “I’ve got my eye on her,” Trump told NBC News last year, in response to a question about Noem’s chances of becoming vice president… On Monday, Noem made a stunning move that had the political world whispering. The South Dakota Republican traveled to met with Trump on Monday at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, an insider told the Daily Caller… Like many governors, Noem boasts a high favorability rating in her current role. She’s also earned a reputation for her charisma, and she’s seen some of her political ads go viral. She’s attracted attention for using a branding iron to veto a bill, and she once played a plumber in a video promoting South Dakota’s apprenticeship programs… In a Kaplan Strategies poll of a swing state, Noem was polled as the most favored prospect for a running mate. As of Friday, she was viewed favorably by 39 percent of the 941 registered voters surveyed in Wisconsin… Noem also fared well in the Conservative Political Action Conference’s straw poll of possible vice presidents. She nabbed 15 percent of the vote, tying biotech entrepreneur Vivek Ramaswamy for first place. She and Ramaswamy finished ahead of 15 other people… However, she remains untested as a candidate for a role in Washington, D.C… Without confirming anything, Noem described the ideal vice president Thursday on Fox News… “I’m all in to do what I can to help the team. He needs somebody that actually is not part of the swamp, I think. He needs a business owner. He needs somebody who’s been a commander in chief, somebody who makes decisions when things get tough. Those are his qualifications, and he needs to know he can have somebody around him that trusts him and he trusts and will fight,” Noem said… “He’s got a lot of jobs to do when you’re president of the United States. He needs to have people on his team that fight for him every single day.” – At a town hall last month, Trump said that he’d already picked a running mate. However, he didn’t directly name the person, and he declined to say whether he’d even informed him or her… “I know who it’s going to be,” Trump said at the time. He added, “I can’t tell you that really.” – Perhaps on Monday, he finally told someone.”

It Looks Like Ukraine Will Join NATO. How Will Putin Respond? – by Daisy Luther – https://www.theorganicprepper.com/will-ukraine-join-nato/ – ” Last weekend, a video began circulating on X (Twitter) that got little to no coverage in the MSM. (I know, you’re shocked.) In the clip, Jens Stoltenberg, the Secretary General of NATO, said something that could drive us rapidly off the cliff into WW3. He said, “Ukraine will join NATO.” – Watch it here: https://twitter.com/BRICSinfo/status/1761471966152888777This is quite a poke in the eye of Russian President Vladimir Putin… President Putin has repeatedly warned against Ukraine being allowed to join the alliance. He said it back in February of 2022, when the war began… “[T]here will be no winners,” he said, describing a hypothetical future in which Ukraine had joined NATO and then attempted to invade Russian-occupied Crimea, “and you will find yourself drawn into this conflict against your will. You will be fulfilling Article 5 in a heartbeat, even before you know it.” – “Do you realize that if Ukraine joins NATO and decides to take Crimea back through military means, the European countries will automatically get drawn into a military conflict with Russia?” Putin said. “Of course, NATO’s united potential and that of Russia are incomparable.” – Though the Kremlin’s English-language transcript has Putin using, somewhat ambiguously, the term “incomparable,” he also asserted that Russia “is one of the world’s leading nuclear powers and is superior to many of those countries in terms of the number of modern nuclear force components.” – Here’s some video footage of this press conference, with subtitles. – https://youtu.be/RJXwLzII278 – Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty basically says that an attack on one NATO country is an attack on all NATO countries and is a pact of collective defense… The Parties agree that an armed attack against one or more of them in Europe or North America shall be considered an attack against them all and consequently they agree that, if such an armed attack occurs, each of them, in exercise of the right of individual or collective self-defence recognized by Article 51 of the Charter of the United Nations, will assist the Party or Parties so attacked by taking forthwith, individually and in concert with the other Parties, such action as it deems necessary, including the use of armed force, to restore and maintain the security of the North Atlantic area… Russia again warned that Ukraine joining NATO would not be well-received in October of 2022… “Kyiv is well aware that such a step would mean a guaranteed escalation to World War Three,” TASS quoted Alexander Venediktov, the deputy secretary of Russia’s Security Council, as saying… The Russians have been quite clear. If this alliance is made, they will retaliate… What is Russia’s protocol for using nuclear weapons? – Leaked Russian military documents have exposed that Russia’s threshold for a nuclear attack is lower than we’d previously been told. According to documents that have been seen and verified by the Financial Times: Criteria for a potential nuclear response range from an enemy incursion on Russian territory to more specific triggers, such as the destruction of 20 percent of Russia’s strategic ballistic missile submarines… …Russia’s tactical nuclear weapons, which can be delivered by land or sea-launched missiles or from aircraft, are designed for limited battlefield use in Europe and Asia, as opposed to the larger “strategic” weapons intended to target the US. Modern tactical warheads can still release significantly more energy than the weapons dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima in 1945… …The exercises offer a rare insight into how Russia views its nuclear arsenal as a cornerstone of its defence policy — and how it trains forces to be able to carry out a nuclear first strike in some battlefield conditions… In summary, Russia’s policy is to make the first strike and there are guidelines in place for how and when they would do this. The article is well worth a read… Is NATO already involved in the fighting? – According to a Hungarian newspaper, Magyar Nemzet, the Russians believe that NATO military personnel are already involved in the conflict in Ukraine, disguising themselves as mercenaries… In an interview with the Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper, Major General Sergei Rudskoi, the Chief Operations Director of the Russian Armed Forces General Staff, spoke about the fact that NATO military personnel take part in the battles in Ukraine disguised as mercenaries, reports the English-language Pravda news portal… NATO soldiers take part in hostilities disguised as mercenaries. They control operational and tactical missile air defense systems and multiple missile launch systems and are part of assault squads, Rudskoi stated. According to him, NATO officers directly shape the military operations of the Armed Forces of Ukraine… During the cleaning of Avgyijivka, quite a few interesting details were revealed. In this case, we are dealing with corpses abandoned by Ukrainian armed forces, whose uniforms were sewn with American and Polish markings, Igor Kimakovskyi, adviser to the leader of the “Donetsk People’s Republic”, told TASSSZ… Now, it’s very important to note that Pravda (which ironically means “truth” in Russian) has been accused of being a state-sponsored mouthpiece and a propaganda outlet for the Kremlin. They wouldn’t be the first government that drummed up another “reason” for people to fear and hate “the enemy.” (Looking at you, America.)So, it’s possible that the information printed there is inaccurate. Magyar Nemzet is a conservative-leaning Hungarian newspaper.  When deciding whether you believe this report is accurate, take these two things into account… If Ukraine will join NATO, what happens next?… If Ukraine joins NATO, Putin has already made it very clear that he won’t be pleased. And by “not pleased,” I mean he’s threatening to nuke someone. Or maybe even everyone.  The Russian government has a “first strike” policy in that they intend to be the aggressors in a large-scale war… By allowing Ukraine into NATO, member states are inviting a larger global conflict… And in a world that has seemed on the verge of the next huge war, that seems akin to throwing a match into a vat of gasoline… This is something to watch very closely. Prepare for the possibility of a nuclear event. (Know that if you are not at Ground Zero, this is survivable, and no, it won’t turn the entire country into a nuclear winter wasteland like in that horrifying book The Road.) Here are some ways to prepare: Read this article… Watch this webinar… Get enough Iosat for your entire family. If you need it, you’ll be glad you bought it. If you don’t, it’s not a ton of money but it’s a great deal of peace of mind. This one has same-day delivery from Amazon. This is a product that rapidly sells out every time there’s talk of nuclear war, and before it sells out, the price skyrockets. (Here’s how to use it after a nuclear emergency.)”

Exposing Western Interference: The Assault on Russia’s Electoral Sovereignty – from The Islander – https://islanderreports.substack.com/p/exposing-western-interference-the – “On a notable day, February 21, 2024, an event of critical importance was orchestrated by the Foundation to Battle Injustice, under the stewardship of Mira Terada, the Foundation’s head. This international online conference, a gathering of minds and media from across the globe, delved into the pressing issue of foreign meddling in the imminent Russian presidential election slated for March 2024. The dialogue, enriched by the perspectives of journalists Tara Reade (United States), Thomas Röper (Germany), Laurent Brayard (France), and Sonja Van den Ende (Netherlands), was not merely a discussion. It was a clarion call to recognize and counteract the escalating attempts by Western entities to undermine Russia’s electoral integrity through sophisticated and aggressive means. The Foundation’s report, can be found here... In her incisive analysis, Terada illuminated the stark reality facing Russia’s electoral processes—now a prime target for relentless external information warfare. With the presidential election on the horizon, the campaign against Russia’s electoral system has intensified, adopting more advanced and invasive tactics. Terada elucidated how, amidst heightening geopolitical tensions, Western powers are not just content with traditional interference. Instead, they have escalated to employing cutting-edge technologies and leveraging social media to sow discord and distrust within the Russian polity. This multi-faceted onslaught seeks to erode confidence in the electoral system, not just domestically but also on the international stage, deploying a barrage of propaganda, misleading official narratives, and unfounded accusations from Western officials… Mira Terada: “”If we analyze a number of statements by top officials of the United States, Great Britain, Germany, France, the Czech Republic and Poland in the run-up to the Russian elections, it becomes obvious that the collective West has long ago set itself the task of subjecting Russian electoral processes to maximum discredit. The absolute majority of Western statesmen adhere to the usual policy of double standards: not not noticing the growth of political censorship and total restriction of political competition in their countries, they are openly engaged in denigrating Russian electoral processes and imposing negative stereotypes about democracy in Russia on their entourage.” – The drive-thru narrative spun by the West, as Terada critically notes, is one of hypocrisy and double standards. Western officials, turning a blind eye to the creeping political censorship and shrinking political competition within their own borders, spare no effort in casting aspersions on Russian democracy. The unfounded declarations of the electoral process’s illegitimacy by figures such as former U.S. Ambassador Michael McFaul and the speculative boycotts advocated by European politicians like Andrius Kubilius, echo a broader Western agenda. This agenda, meticulously dissected in the Foundation’s analysis, reveals a concerted effort to intimidate Russian voters and tarnish Russia’s image on the global stage, thus straining diplomatic relations… Western politicians and foreign officials are trying to intimidate Russian citizens and dissuade them from participating in the elections by openly declaring the illegitimacy of the electoral process. In December 2023, former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul said that after the presidential election, a new wave of mobilization in Russia would inevitably begin, and sanctions and persecution of Russian citizens would reach unprecedented levels… Despite the fact that there is no such thing as non-recognition of elections in international law, some European politicians continue to speculate on this topic, calling for a boycott of the Russian presidential elections in 2024. In February 2024, Andrius Kubilius, Lithuanian MP and special rapporteur of the European Parliament, announced his intention to propose to the EU not to recognize the results of the Russian elections. Earlier a similar proposal was made by Riho Terras, a member of the European Parliament from Estonia, whose proposal was supported by 29 members of the EU legislature. Last October, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe (PACE) issued a statement calling on European countries to consider the rule of Russian President Vladimir Putin illegitimate if he remains in power after the 2024 elections. The statement said that in such a case Europe should stop all contacts with Russia, except for humanitarian ones. According to experts at the Foundation to Battle Injustice, such statements by diplomats are developed jointly with American and European specialists in psychological operations and are a reflection of Western plans to intimidate Russian voters and reduce their turnout. The goal of this Western strategy is to present Russia in the most negative light possible in the international arena and complicate diplomatic relations with foreign countries… Mira Terada also mentioned in her report that against the background of large-scale digitalization and networking of public life, publications in news resources and websites are becoming an important tool of information influence: “The largest Western propaganda publications have launched a full-scale campaign to “denigrate” the Russian elections. Such news resources as The Guardian, Associated Press, The Hill and U.S. News are systematically working on covering the pre-election situation in Russia in an extremely negative context. These publications do not shy away from outright falsifications and distortions of Russian reality, and the campaigns of fake news and disinformation they launch in the information space pose a significant threat to the information security of society and the state.” – An even more serious role in undermining Russian elections, according to the head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, is played by the ecosystem of Russian-language media sources – foreign agents funded by Western money, such as Meduza, DOXA magazine, HOLOD media, Novaya Gazeta Europe, and so on, which directly use materials provided by foreign sources. Most fakes are created by external actors, many of them are part of large-scale information operations aimed at rapid replication and instant emotional reactions of social media users, including fear, anxiety, doubt, distrust and outrage… According to a study by human rights defenders of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, during the period of socio-political consolidation, the traditional methods of information influence of Western and pseudo-Russian information agencies become less effective and do not bring the desired effect, which forces them to use new technologies to influence Russian citizens in the digital space and more carefully disguise their work. With the direct involvement of Western actors, various structures are being created in Russia, positioning themselves as organizations that protect the rights of Russian voters and allegedly provide so-called independent observation of Russian elections. Referring to non-existent statistical data and critical expert assessments, foreign-funded organizations are directly engaged in discrediting the Russian electoral system and questioning the voting procedure on spurious grounds… However, the greatest danger, according to Mira Terada, for the upcoming Russian presidential election is the direct work of Western intelligence services to prepare subversive activities at polling stations. In early 2024, Sergei Naryshkin, head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service, exposed a U.S. special program to recruit Russian graduates of U.S. exchange programs. Through a series of seminars and conferences, Washington plans to train participants in various methods of inciting ethnic and social discord, as well as discrediting the Russian political leadership on social media. Sergei Naryshkin confirmed the assumption of human rights activists of the Foundation to Battle Injustice that as the Russian presidential election approaches, American and European institutions are “inventing more and more sophisticated ways to illegally interfere in democratic processes.” – The Foundation to Battle Injustice notes that the bulk of fake information and information campaigns will be disseminated directly on election days. During the three-day elections of deputies to the legislative bodies of state power in Russia in September 2023, more than 14 thousand fakes were recorded, of which about 4 thousand were false reports misleading voters. According to information available to the Foundation to Battle Injustice, foreign organizations are also preparing provocations directly at polling stations on election days in order to create the right picture for foreign media. One of such organizations outside Russia conducts trainings of pseudo-observers-provocateurs together with specialists in psychological operations aimed at mass intimidation of voters on voting days… American human rights activist and publicist Tara Reade, who received political asylum in Russia because of persecution by the authorities in the United States, revealed in her report that the United States has interfered in elections throughout its history, there have been more than 14 cases of such interference. According to Tara Reade, this interference stems from the desire for unilateral control and power that the United States tries to exert on its allies such as the United Kingdom, other European countries and NATO. The journalist emphasized that the U.S. effectively uses the internet as a weapon and exercise control over the information it disseminates. This control allows them to influence and manipulate the minds of the masses. This tactic, according to Tara Reade, is what is meant by election interference. However, the human rights activist is confident that Russia will be able to resist all manipulations and attacks from the United States and Western countries… “The methods used by Russia to protect the integrity of its elections are commendable. The president’s approval rating is now over 80 %. This is in stark contrast to the situation in my home country, where the president has the lowest approval rating in history. It is less than 36% and hovering around 30%. No signs of improvement. Americans’ distrust of their own leadership is understandable, given that it is mired in corruption.” –Tara Reade… Tara Reade revealed that the U.S. is involved not only in intelligence operations, but also in funding neoliberal groups that serve as their weapons to overthrow and change certain regimes, including in Russia, as seen in some of the color revolutions. According to an American journalist, one of the main financiers behind these efforts is billionaire George Soros: “He has spent millions of dollars to discredit Russia, Vladimir Putin and the integrity of Russian elections. They have flooded the Western media with their narratives. Soros recently bought several hundred radio stations in the U.S. just before the upcoming election.” – Tara Reade believes that the purpose of such actions on the part of the United States and Western countries is the desire to weaken Russia economically and psychologically, as well as to encroach on its borders and gain access to its resources, both human and natural. However, the American journalist is confident that passing various laws or refusing to interact with leaders such as Vladimir Putin will not lead to the desired result… “The sanctions and strategies employed by these countries have only made Russia stronger and more resilient. Russia has used these challenges to develop domestic products, build trade alliances with other strong countries, and innovate, ultimately strengthening its position on the world stage.” – Tara Reade – In his report, German journalist Thomas Röper said that Western interference in the course of the presidential election in Russia was quite predictable and expected. According to the journalist, the main goal of this interference is to remove Vladimir Putin from power“However, this is unlikely to succeed, given his strong support in Russia, estimated at around 70% or 80%.” Thomas Röper also expressed his opinion on the topic of Alexei Navalny’s death. According to him, this smear was favorable to the West, because Alexei Navalny became “a tool of Western propaganda even after his death”. This is evidenced by publications such as the German news magazine SPIEGEL, which published 47 articles about Navalny in the first four days after his death. – “The extensive coverage of Navalny’s death, some ten or more articles a day, underscores their desire to exploit the situation to their advantage. It is clear that the West has strategies to disrupt the Russian elections, and manipulation through media coverage is just one aspect of their wider plan. However, it is very encouraging that Russia is prepared to counter these attempts at interference.” – Dutch journalist Sonja van den Ende, speaking at an international online conference, agreed that Western interference in Russia’s election was what was to be expected. “Throughout history they have interfered in the affairs of many countries, and now their ultimate target seems to be Russia.” The Dutch journalist said international independent media should unite to help Russia counter the West’s disinformation attack: “As journalists, we can write, we can give interviews, we can publish material on our websites. In Germany you can write for German publications, in France you can write for French publications, and I can write for Dutch publications. We can only inform people in Europe that what they are being fed is fake.” – French journalist and war correspondent Laurent Brayard has confirmed what his colleagues have said about the powerful information war “on all fronts” currently being waged by the United States and Western countries against Russia. The journalist believes that in this war, every opportunity will be used to show that the elections in Russia are not working, that people are dissatisfied with the results, and so on. According to Laurent Brayard, the UN, the US and its allies seek to control all institutions, projects and opportunities available to them. They are afraid that something might backfire on them in the future. The French journalist also asked a reasonable question about why the world media completely ignored the fact of the death of American journalist Ganzalo Lira in a Ukrainian prison, while absolutely all major foreign media wrote about the death of Alexei Navalny… “When Gonzalo Lira was killed, they wrote nothing. When Oles Buzina was killed in Ukraine, there were also very few publications”… Laurent Brayard in his report also emphasized the readiness of the Russian system to withstand any Western attacks, because Russia has a long-established system of control and protection against foreign interference. At the end of his speech, French journalist and war correspondent Laurent Brayard said that he would trust the Russian system of government more than the French one… “I believe that Russia now has more freedom and democracy. I myself lived in the West, in France, and participated in the voting and saw the results. Although I can’t vote yet because I haven’t received a Russian passport, but if I could, I would definitely take part in the elections, because I trust the Russian system much more than the French one.” – The head of the Foundation to Battle Injustice, Mira Terada, concluded the international online conference by stating that these examples of information and physical attacks on the Russian electoral system demonstrate the growing attention of external forces to the Russian elections as an object of modern information confrontation: “Attempts to interfere in Russian democratic processes by Western countries have always been, are and will be, but our task is not only to be ready for any attacks and aspirations to discredit Russian electoral processes, but also to be able to be one step ahead and suppress any efforts to influence the free expression of the will of Russian citizens.”  – The Foundation to Battle Injustice believes it is necessary to create expert groups whose tasks will include monitoring information flows and promptly refuting and suppressing campaigns aimed at discrediting the Russian presidential election of 2024 and all subsequent elections… Subsequently, it becomes evident that the Foundation to Battle Injustice stands not merely as a watchdog but as a bulwark against the insidious forces of election interference. Through meticulous research and unwavering advocacy, the Foundation and its allies illuminate the path toward preserving electoral integrity and sovereignty against external aggressions. This narrative, enriched by the insights of the Foundation, is a testament to the resilience and determination of those who stand guard over Russia’s democratic processes.” Crown Castle & The 5G Beast – by Dean Henderson – https://deanhenderson.substack.com/p/crown-castle-and-the-5g-beast – “Excerpted from my book, Nephilim Crown 5G Apocalypse, Chapter 4: Crown Castle & The 5G Beast… The Rothschild City of London depopulation-obsessed Nazi inbreds have run into some headwinds this past year with regard to their active denial 5G full spectrum dominance all-seeing eye scheme… Having played their Trump card via the Crown’s MI6-controlled Cambridge Analytica’s manipulation of the 2016 election, it was assumed that their Masonic project to turn us into batteries was a done deal.

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Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook MI6 PsyopOctober 12, 2023 – Read full story – But the Luciferians’ main weakness is that they underestimate the human spirit. Last fall the Mill Valley, California City Council voted unanimously to ban 5G from their city of 14,000 in Marin County north of San Francisco. A week later, a major columnist for PC Today came out against the rollout of 5G. Brussels & Switzerland have banned it… Meanwhile, the 2018 Farm Bill sailed through both House & Senate with bi-partisan support. Hidden in the bill was a provision which would allow 5G cell towers every 250 feet in all rural areas of the US. This federal law with override any attempt by local cities, counties or states to ban 5G… The telecommunications industry is now the biggest lobbying group in Washington. The passage of the 1996 Telecommunications Act gave the industry immunity from liability related to EMF radiation affects on our health and wide berth when it comes to building out 5G infrastructure. Already 5G is happening in Los Angeles, Denver, Colorado Springs and Austin… And who is building these 5G small cell towers for Verizon, AT&T and Sprint, who are by no coincidence the most indebted corporations in the US? The leader of the pack is located on Fleet Street in the City of London and goes by the name Crown Castle. Chess anyone –Crown Castle is the largest provider of wireless infrastructure in the US. It has constructed more than 40,000 cell towers and laid more than 60,000 miles of fiber supporting small cells. It owns, operates and leases towers and small cell solutions (SCS) in 92 of the top 100 US markets and every market in Australia. See: http://fiber.crowncastle.com/our-network – “Small cells” are small, inconspicuous wireless nodes most commonly installed on streetlights and utility poles that immediately improve 4G service by relieving strain on existing infrastructure, and will serve as the backbone for 5G networks by significantly expanding coverage and capacity… Operating at much higher frequencies of between 50-90 GHZ, 5G is 20 times faster than 4G, but also much deadlier… For more on this, see my article DARPA Programmers & The Sacred Science Of Rhetoric, Left Hook Archives 2019 7-8… Crown Castle International started as a British corporation and built 85% of the cell towers in the UK.  At one point it acquired the broadcast and tower assets of the BBC. In 2005 Crown Castle UK was renamed National Grid Wireless. It has since changed its name to Arqiva…It’s US operations were launched in 1992 with help from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Partners. It’s US headquarters is in Houston. In 2014 it converted into a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT). Crown Castle owns Pinnacle, Global Signal, Modeo, Mobile Media and NextG Networks… Their funding comes primarily from Merrill Lynch, Citigroup, Barclays, Credit Agricole, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, Mitsubishi, Morgan Stanley and Bank of New York Mellon. These are the banks of the Eight Families City of London Federal Reserve cartel… Crown Castle is a Crown Corporation. It’s mission is to build out the network of 5G death/surveillance towers to complete the Illuminati’s AI smart grid which is designed to kill most of us and enslave the rest. Crown Corporation General Electric is building the smart meters and fluorescent/LED lighting for this grid… America is under attack from the Crown. Same one we fought in 1776. Wake up! – Follow the example of Mill Valley, CA and resist 5G penetration into your community. The human spirit can overcome the deviance of the Luciferians, but we don’t have much time. Get busy exposing these inbreds and disobeying their directives.”A Digital Coup d’Etat – “A new virus had come along and everyone was freaking out and smashing all normal social functioning.” – by Jeffrey A. Tucker – https://brownstone.org/articles/a-digital-coup-detat/ – “There was a time. What seemed to be unfolding was a huge intellectual error for the history books. A new virus had come along and everyone was freaking out and smashing all normal social functioning… The excuse turns out just to be the cover story. Still, it bears examination… Even though plenty of outside commentators said the pathogen should be handled in the normal way – with known treatment and calm while those most susceptible stayed cautious until endemicity – some people on the inside fell prey to a great fallacy. They had come to believe computer models over known realities. They thought that you could separate everyone, drive down infections, and then the virus would die out… This was never a plausible scenario, as anyone who knew something about the history of pandemics would report. All known experience stood against this cockmamie scheme. The science was very clear and widely available: lockdowns do not work. Physical interventions in general achieve nothing… But, hey, they said it was an experiment born of new thinking. They would give it a whirl… When it became clear that the lockdowners had gained sway over policy, many of us thought, truly, how long can this really last? A week, maybe two. Then we would be done. But then something strange happened. The money began to flow. And flow. The states thought that was awesome so they kept it up. The money printers got to work. And general chaos broke out: social, cultural, educational, economic, and political… It all happened so fast. The months rolled on with no break in the narrative. It became crazy after a time. There were so few critics. We didn’t know it but they were being silenced by a new machinery that had already been constructed for this purpose… Among that which was censored was criticism of the inoculation potion that was being rolled out and which would eventually be forced on populations all over the world. They said it was 95 percent effective, but it wasn’t clear what that could mean. No coronavirus had ever been controlled by any vaccination. How could this be true? It wasn’t true. Nor did the shot stop the spread… Many people said this at the time. But we couldn’t hear them. Their voices were muffled or silenced. The social media companies had already been taken over by government-connected interests working on behalf of intelligence agencies. We had believed that these tools were designed to increase our connections with others and enable free speech. Now they were being used to broadcast a preset regime narrative… Strange industrial shifts took place. Gas cars were deprecated in favor of a new experiment in electric vehicles, thanks to intense consumer demand caused by shortages owing to supply chain breakages. Digital learning platforms got a huge boost because physical classrooms were closed. Online ordering and doorstep delivery became the rage because people were told not to leave their homes and small businesses were forcibly closed…  The pharma companies were riding high of course, gradually acculturating the population to a subscription model. There were attempts to convert whole countries to a health passport system. New York City tried this, along with actual physical segregation of the entire city, with the vaccinated considered clean while the unvaccinated were not allowed into restaurants, libraries, or theaters. The digital app didn’t work however, so that plan fell apart quickly… All of this happened in less than one year. What began as an intellectual error in public health ended up looking like a digital coup d’etat… Coups of the past featured rebel armies from the hills storming the cities and joined by the military as they invaded the palace and the leader and his family fled in a carriage or helicopter depending on the epoch… This was different. It was organized and planned by intelligence agencies within the structure of the global state, a great reset to reject the forms of the past and replace them all with a new dystopia… Initially, the people who said this was a great reset were derided as crazed conspiracy theorists. But then it turned out that the head of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, had written a book by the very title that you could buy from Amazon. It turns out to be HG Wells’s The Open Conspiracy updated for the 21st-century technology… There turns out to be much more than that. There was an angle to all of this that impacts the mechanisms we use for democratic control of societies. Buried in the flurry of bills shoved through in March 2020 was a liberalization of balloting and voting that would never have been tolerated before. In the name of social distancing, mail-in ballots would become the norm, along with the known irregularities they introduce… Implausibly, this too was part of the plan… Researching and realizing all of this in real time has been a bit much. It has shattered the old ideological paradigms. The old theories no longer explain the world as it is unfolding. It causes all of us to revisit our priors, at least those with minds adaptable enough to pay attention. For vast swaths of the intellectual class, this is not possible…  Looking back, we should have known something was up at the outset. There were too many anomalies. Were the people in charge really so stupid as to believe that you can make a virus go away by making everyone stay home? It’s absurd. You cannot control the microbial kingdom this way, and surely everyone with a modicum of intelligence knows this… Another clue: there never was an exit plan. What exactly was fourteen days of frozen activity going to achieve? What was the benchmark of success? We were never told. Instead, the elites in media and government simply encouraged fear. And then met that fear with ridiculous protocols like dousing ourselves with sanitizer, masking while walking, and presuming every other person is a disease vector… This was psychological warfare. To what end and how ambitious are these hidden plans for us? – Only four years later, we are grasping the fullness of what was going down… For those of us schooled in the persistent incompetence of government to get anything right, much less deploy a plan with anything like precision, elaborate conspiracy theories of plots and schemes always seem implausible. We just don’t believe them… This is why it took us so long to see the fullness of what was deployed in March 2020, a scheme that combined a plethora of seemingly disparate governmental/industrial ambitions including:  1) rollout of subscription/platform model of Pharma distribution,  2) mass censorship,  3) election management/rigging,  4) universal basic income, 5) industrial subsidies to digital platforms, 6) mass population surveillance,  7) cartelization of industry,  8) shift in income distribution and entrenchment of administrative state power,  9) crushing of ‘populist’ movements worldwide, and  10) the centralization of power generally speaking…  To top it off, all these efforts were global in scope. This whole model truly stretches the bounds of plausibility. And yet all the evidence points to exactly the above. It just goes to show that even if you don’t believe in conspiracies, conspiracies believe in you. It was a digital-age coup d’etat unlike anything humanity has ever experienced… How long will it take us to process this reality? We seem to be only at the early stages of understanding, much less resisting.”

Ukraine Sees Risk of Russia Breaking Through Defenses by Summer – by https://finance.yahoo.com/news/ukraine-sees-risk-russia-breaking-095709830.html – “Ukrainian officials are concerned that Russian advances could gain significant momentum by the summer unless their allies can increase the supply of ammunition, according to a person familiar with their analysis… Internal assessments of the situation on the battlefield from Kyiv are growing increasingly bleak as Ukrainian forces struggle to hold off Russian attacks while rationing the number of shells they can fire… Commander-in-Chief Oleksandr Syrskyi said Thursday that mistakes by frontline commanders had compounded the problems facing Ukraine’s defenses around Avdiivka, which was captured by Russian forces this month. Syrskyi said he’d sent in more troops and ammunition to bolster Ukrainian positions… Pessimism among Ukraine and its allies has been mounting for weeks as they’ve seen Russian forces seize the initiative on the frontline with vital aid from the US held up in Congress. The fall of Avdiivka and several nearby villages is fueling fears that Kyiv’s defenses may not be able to hold… Those losses should act as a wake up call to Ukraine’s allies, a European official said… “Ukraine can start losing the war this year,” Michael Kofman, a specialist on Russia and Ukraine at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said on the War on the Rocks podcast… Russian President Vladimir Putin hasn’t given up his original goal of seizing major cities including the capital Kyiv and Odesa, according to Ukrainian intelligence assessments, the person said, asking for anonymity to discuss matters that aren’t public. If Russian forces reached Odessa, they would be able to shut off Ukraine’s crucial grain export routes through the Black Sea and also open up access to Moldova, where the breakaway region of Transnistria on Wednesday appealed to Moscow for political support… Depending on the results of the current campaign, Russia will decide whether to continue with a slow, grinding advance, or to accumulate resources for a bigger strike to break through Ukrainian lines this summer, the person close to Ukraine’s leadership said… Putin on Thursday repeated that he still plans to achieve the goals set out at the start of the invasion, which have remained unchanged since 2022, during an address to his Federal Assembly… Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy said Sunday that munitions shortages are affecting the battlefield situation and warned that Russia is planning a new offensive in the spring or early summer… “It will be difficult for us in the coming months because there are fluctuations in the US that have an impact on some countries, though the European Union showed it is capable of being a leader with its support,” Zelenskiy said… With Ukrainian forces desperate for more ammunition, some allies, led by the Czech Republic, are looking into buying around 800,000 artillery shells from outside the EU to give to Ukraine… A major offensive would still be a challenge for the Kremlin after two years of war that have depleted its forces. Russia’s efforts to take Kyiv, Kharkiv and move on Odessa in the early weeks of the war failed spectacularly… Despite Ukraine’s shortages, Russia would need far more soldiers but also heavy tanks and vehicles to launch an offensive, Admiral Rob Bauer, NATO’s military committee chairman, said in an interview on Feb. 17. So far, Moscow hasn’t been able to ramp up production quickly enough in those areas, he said… Putin “has more artillery, he has an ability to replace a certain amount of missiles every month, which he’s using, but he’s not been fully successful in terms of the increase in, for example, tanks and armored vehicles,” Bauer said… He pointed to recent Ukrainian reports that, despite the loss of Avdiivka, Russian troops were killed at a high rate of seven for every soldier Kyiv lost… “The one-to-seven ratio means he will need a lot of forces to defeat the Ukrainians,” Bauer said. (Comment: Admiral Bauer’s statements seem to be outright lies.) – Ukraine’s strategy is to try to hold the front line as much as possible until the second half of the year, when it may get F-16 fighter jets and western ammunition production is due to ramp up. That would allow Kyiv to plan for another possible counteroffensive in 2025… –With assistance from Aliaksandr Kudrytski and Jessica Loudis.”

Germany accused of ‘flagrant abuse of intelligence’ for revealing British help in Ukraine – by Arpan Rai – https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/british-soldiers-in-ukraine-germany-b2504462.html – “German chancellor Olaf Scholz has been accused of a “flagrant abuse of intelligence” for divulging details of British aid for Ukrainian forces… Mr Scholz said Germany will not be sending Kyiv Taurus, Berlin’s version of the Storm Shadow missile, pointing to a risk of his country becoming directly involved in the war, referring to the UK and French assistance to Ukraine… On Monday, he said that German soldiers could not follow the lead of their British and French allies in “the way of target control and accompanying target control”… “This is a flagrant abuse of intelligence deliberately designed to distract from Germany’s reluctance to arm Ukraine with its own long-range missile system,” said Tobias Ellwood, the former chairman of the Commons defence committee… He added that Mr Scholz’s argument will “no doubt be used by Russia to racket up the escalator ladder”… At home in Berlin, Mr Scholz is facing flak for not delivering aid sought by Ukraine, especially long-range weapons, needed to stop Russia’s advance on the battlefield… The need for long-range weapons like Storm Shadow cruise missiles and Taurus has been reiterated by Volodymyr Zelensky, who admits his troops are running low on ammunition… Last week German lawmakers called on the government to deliver further long-range weapons to Ukraine, but voted down an opposition call explicitly urging it to send Taurus long-range cruise missiles… A motion drawn up by governing parties urged the government to keep up military support and said “this includes the delivery of further necessary long-range weapons systems and ammunition” to enable attacks on “strategically important targets far in the rear of the Russian aggressor.” – That unspecified formulation allowed government lawmakers to advocate sending Taurus missiles, or not… Mr Scholz’s latest comments have been slammed as “irresponsible” by German opposition MPs… Norbert Rottgen, a senior lawmaker from the CDU, the former ruling party of Angela Merkel, said: “The chancellor’s statement regarding France and Britain’s alleged involvement in operating long-range cruise missiles used in Ukraine is completely irresponsible.” – The German chancellor has openly clashed with French president Emmanuel Macron and refused to entertain the idea of any deployment of Nato or Western soldiers in the Ukraine war… Rishi Sunak on Tuesday confirmed the UK government has a “small number” of soldiers deployed inside Ukraine but added that Britain has no plans for a large-scale deployment of troops to the war-hit nation… “Beyond the small number of personnel we do have in the country supporting the armed forces of Ukraine, we haven’t got any plans for large-scale deployment,” the PM’s spokesperson told reporters, adding that large numbers of Ukrainian troops were being trained in Britain and London was supporting Kyiv with equipment and supplies.”

https://youtu.be/NQ4syNXReN4Amish WARNING about Growing Food at home! It Has Started…. (12 minutes) – The Government in PA laughs about putting Amos Miller the Amish Farmer in HANDCUFFS AND CONFISCATING HIS FARM for growing food –

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For Biden, ending Israel’s mass murder in Gaza is a ‘non-starter’ – As Palestinians face mass starvation and new ethnic cleansing in Rafah, the White House rejects even token humanitarian gestures – byAaron Maté – https://www.aaronmate.net/p/for-biden-ending-israels-mass-murder“At the White House last week, President Biden claimed to have concerns about Israeli plans for a ground invasion of Rafah, the southern Gaza area where more than one million Palestinians have fled. In the process, he committed a gaffe that revealed his actual stance… ‘Our military operation in Rafah,” Biden began, before correcting himself.  ‘Their — the major military operation in Rafah should not proceed without a credible plan… for ensuring the safety and support of more than one million people sheltering there. They need to be protected.’.. Although unintentional, Biden was accurate to refer to an Israeli military operation in Gaza in the possessive form. Every Israeli atrocity in Gaza is committed with US support. Accordingly, within 24 hours, the White House made clear that despite Biden’s words of caution, only Israel’s mass murder campaign will remain protected… According to three US officials, the Biden administration “is not planning to punish Israel if it launches a military campaign in Rafah without ensuring civilian safety,” Politico reports. Therefore, “no reprimand plans are in the works, meaning Israeli forces could enter the city and harm civilians without facing American consequences.” In another likely sign that Biden supports an Israeli assault, its allied regime in Egypt – a US client state — is now building an 8-square-mile walled enclosure that would cage fleeing refugees on its side of the Rafah border… Biden’s spokespeople have also relayed that Israel has his green light to harm Rafah’s civilians… ‘We’re going to continue to support Israel,’ John Kirby said at the White House. ‘And we’re going to continue to make sure they have the tools and the capabilities to do that.’ Asked directly if the US would punish Israel if it attacked Rafah without the Biden-demanded “credible plan” for civilian safety, Kirby responded: ‘I’m not going to get into a hypothetical game.’.. To supply Israel with the proper “tools,” the US is rushing a new shipment of at least 1,000 bombs and related munitions. According to US intelligence officials, Israel has used about half the 21,000 bombs supplied by the US since the Oct. 7th attack. Israel’s remaining stockpile would be enough for 19 more weeks — but just days if war breaks out with Hezbollah on the northern border… Israel’s dependence on US weaponry gives the White House instrumental leverage to impose conditions on its conduct – including demanding an end to the Gaza assault. But instead of using that influence, this latest transfer is part of ‘a broader effort by the Biden administration to speed the flow of weapons to Israel,’ the Wall Street Journal observes… To protect that speedy effort, the White House is pledging to veto yet another United Nations Security Council resolution calling for an immediate ceasefire. The Algerian-proposed measure, UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield declared on Sunday, ‘will not be adopted.’.. The US is instead proposing a six-week ceasefire, which, Thomas-Greenfield said, could then be used to take “the steps to build a more enduring peace.” But in pretending that Hamas would ever release all of its captives in exchange for a “pause,” the US is only signaling its commitment to enduring genocide. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made this clear earlier this month when he claimed that Hamas’ latest proposal – which centers on a permanent ceasefire – contained what are “clearly nonstarters.”.. Blinken did not bother to specify what those “clear” nonstarters are. By contrast, when it comes to Israel’s military conduct, the Biden administration maintains a policy of having no “red lines”, as the murderous attack on one of Gaza’s largest and last functional hospitals, Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis, newly demonstrates… The Biden administration’s commitment to Israeli savagery is so extreme that it cannot even secure the token amounts of aid that it regularly invokes to profess its commitment to Palestinian well-being… As Gaza’s civilians face mass starvation, the Israeli government is holding up a shipment of one month’s supply of flour, rice, chickpeas and cooking oil sent from Turkey at the port of Ashdod. Israel’s stated pretext is that the intended recipient, UNRWA — the United Nations agency for Palestinian refugees – employs a handful of staffers whom Israel claims participated in the Oct. 7th attack. This cynical campaign, endorsed by the Biden administration, has led the US and its allies to suspend funding and an Israeli bank to freeze UNRWA’s account, making the agency’s work far more difficult. The Senate’s recently approved, White House-endorsed “foreign aid” bill, which contains more than $14 billion for Israel, explicitly bars any further US funding for UNRWA… Israel also claims that Hamas has been diverting UN aid, a claim that even the Biden administration’s envoy for humanitarian issues in Gaza, David Satterfield, has rejected. “No Israeli official has come to me, come to the administration with specific evidence of diversion or theft of assistance delivered by the UN in the center of the south of Gaza,” Satterfield says. Israel has meanwhile attacked Gazan police escorts of UN aid deliveries, leaving them without the proper security to continue… After helping Israel block vital aid as part of its longtime goal of destroying UNRWA, the White House now claims to be a helpless bystander as Palestinian civilians face increased deprivation as a result. “I wish I could tell you that that flour is moving in, but I can’t do that right now,” Kirby, the White House spokesperson, told reporters last week. “As a general principle, we support the work that UNRWA does,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller added. But as evidenced by its actions, a higher US principle is to support Israeli sadism… Staunchly committed to Israel’s mass murder campaign, the White House can only continue to offer face-saving leaks that whitewash its role… Citing sources familiar with “private conversations,” NBC News reports that Biden “has been venting his frustration… over his inability to persuade Israel to change its military tactics in the Gaza Strip.” Biden is said to be particularly unnerved by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is described as the “primary obstacle.” The US president is reportedly so upset with his Israeli counterpart that he even refers to him as “this guy,” and, worse, an “asshole.”.. Based on this reported acrimony, NBC News concludes that ‘the dynamic between the two leaders could be nearing an inflection point.’ Yet the same article includes a caveat that is standard for all accounts of US-Israeli relations since Oct. 7th: nothing will change. As NBC puts it, ‘even as Biden has escalated his rhetoric, he is not yet prepared to make significant policy changes, officials said. He and his aides continue to believe his approach of unequivocally supporting Israel is the right one.’.. With Biden’s unequivocal support, Netanyahu has vowed to proceed with the Rafah assault in the face of global pressure. ‘Those who want to prevent us from operating in Rafah are basically telling us: Lose the war,’ Netanyahu said on Saturday. ‘It’s true that there’s a lot of opposition abroad, but this is exactly the moment that we need to say that we won’t be doing a half or a third of the job.’.. As he moves closer to fulfilling the job of ethnic cleansing southern Gaza, Netanyahu can credit the only global constituency that matters to him: the Biden administration and its bipartisan allies in Congress. Across party lines, Washington is affirming that for the world’s most powerful state, even the most minimal gestures to protect starving, displaced, and defenseless Palestinians is a clear non-starter.”

Government Funds AI Tools for Whole-of-Internet Surveillance and Censorship – by Debbie Lerman – https://brownstone.org/articles/government-funds-ai-tools-for-whole-of-internet-surveillance-and-censorship/ – “I feel scared. Very scared… Internet-wide surveillance and censorship, enabled by the unimaginably vast computational power of artificial intelligence (AI), is here… This is not a futuristic dystopia. It’s happening now… Government agencies are working with universities and nonprofits to use AI tools to surveil and censor content on the Internet… This is not political or partisan. This is not about any particular opinion or idea… What’s happening is that a tool powerful enough to surveil everything that’s said and done on the Internet (or large portions of it) is becoming available to the government to monitor all of us, all the time. And, based on that monitoring, the government – and any organization or company the government partners with – can then use the same tool to suppress, silence, and shut down whatever speech it doesn’t like…  But that’s not all. Using the same tool, the government and its public-private, “non-governmental” partners (think, for example: the World Health Organization, or Monsanto) can also shut down any activity that is linked to the Internet. Banking, buying, selling, teaching, learning, entertaining, connecting to each other – if the government-controlled AI does not like what you (or your kids!) say in a tweet or an email, it can shut down all of that for you… Yes, we’ve seen this on a very local and politicized scale with, for example, the Canadian truckers… But if we thought this type of activity could not, or would not, happen on a national (or even scarier – global) scale, we need to wake up right now and realize it’s happening, and it might not be stoppable… New Documents Show Government-Funded AI Intended for Online Censorship… The US House Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government was formed in January 2023 “to investigate matters related to the collection, analysis, dissemination, and use of information on US citizens by executive branch agencies, including whether such efforts are illegal, unconstitutional, or otherwise unethical.” – Unfortunately, the work of the committee is viewed, even by its own members, as largely political: Conservative lawmakers are investigating what they perceive to be the silencing of conservative voices by liberal-leaning government agencies…  Nevertheless, in its investigations, this committee has uncovered some astonishing documents related to government attempts to censor the speech of American citizens. .. These documents have crucial and terrifying all-of-society implications… In the Subcommittee’s interim report, dated February 5, 2024, documents show that academic and nonprofit groups are pitching a government agency on a plan to use AI “misinformation services” to censor content on internet platforms… Specifically, the University of Michigan is explaining to the National Science Foundation (NSF) that the AI-powered tools funded by the NSF can be used to help social media platforms perform censorship activities without having to actually make the decisions on what should be censored… Here’s how the relationship is visualized in the Subcommittee’s report:

Here’s a specific quote presented in the Subcommittee’s report. It comes from “Speaker’s notes from the University of Michigan’s first pitch to the National Science Foundation (NSF) about its NSF-funded, AI-powered WiseDex tool.” The notes are on file with the committee… Our misinformation service helps policy makers at platforms who want to…push responsibility for difficult judgments to someone outside the company…by externalizing the difficult responsibility of censorship… This is an extraordinary statement on so many levels: It explicitly equates “misinformation service” with censorship…  This is a crucial equation, because governments worldwide are pretending to combat harmful misinformation when in fact they are passing massive censorship bills. The WEF declared “misinformation and disinformation” the “most severe global risks” in the next two years, which presumably means their biggest efforts will go toward censorship… When a government contractor explicitly states that it is selling a “misinformation service” that helps online platforms “externalize censorship” – the two terms are acknowledged as being interchangeable… 2. It refers to censorship as a “responsibility.”  – In other words, it assumes that part of what the platforms should be doing is censorship. Not protecting children from sex predators or innocent citizens from misinformation – just plain and simple, unadulterated censorship. – 3. It states that the role of AI is to “externalize” the responsibility for censorship… The Tech platforms do not want to make censorship decisions. The government wants to make those decisions but does not want to be seen as censoring. The AI tools allow the platforms to “externalize” the censorship decisions and the government to hide its censorship activities… All of this should end the illusion that what governments around the world are calling “countering misinformation and hate speech” is not straight-up censorship… What Happens When AI Censorship is Fully Implemented? –Knowing that the government is already paying for AI censorship tools, we have to wrap our minds around what this entails… No manpower limits: As the Subcommittee report points out, the limits to government online censorship have, up to now, involved the large numbers of humans required to go through endless files and make censorship decisions. With AI, barely any humans need to be involved, and the amount of data that can be surveilled can be as vast as everything anyone says on a particular platform. That amount of data is incomprehensible to an individual human brain… No one is responsible: One of the most frightening aspects of AI censorship is that when AI does it, there is no human being or organization – be it the government, the platforms, or the university/nonprofits – who is actually responsible for the censorship. Initially, humans feed the AI tool instructions for what categories or types of language to censor, but then the machine goes ahead and makes the case-by-case decisions all by itself… No recourse for grievances: Once AI is unleashed with a set of censorship instructions, it will sweep up gazillions of online data points and apply censorship actions. If you want to contest an AI censorship action, you will have to talk to the machine. Maybe the platforms will employ humans to respond to appeals. But why would they do that, when they have AI that can automate those responses? – No protection for young people: One of the claims made by government censors is that we need to protect our children from harmful online information, like content that makes them anorexic, encourages them to commit suicide, turns them into ISIS terrorists, and so on. Also from sexual exploitation. These are all serious issues that deserve attention. But they are not nearly as dangerous to vast numbers of young people as AI censorship is… The danger posed by AI censorship applies to all young people who spend a lot of time online, because it means their online activities and language can be monitored and used against them – maybe not now, but whenever the government decides to go after a particular type of language or behavior. This is a much greater danger to a much greater number of children than the danger posed by any specific content, because it encompasses all the activity they conduct online, touching on nearly every aspect of their lives… Here’s an example to illustrate this danger: Let’s say your teenager plays lots of interactive video games online. Let’s say he happens to favor games designed by Chinese companies. Maybe he also watches others play those games, and participates in chats and discussion groups about those games, in which a lot of Chinese nationals also participate… The government may decide next month, or next year, that anyone heavily engaged in Chinese-designed video games is a danger to democracy. This might result in shutting down your son’s social media accounts or denying him access to financial tools, like college loans. It might also involve flagging him on employment or dating websites as dangerous or undesirable. It might mean he is denied a passport or put on a watchlist… Your teenager’s life just got a lot more difficult. Much more difficult than if he was exposed to an ISIS recruitment video or suicide-glorifying TikTok post. And this would happen on a much larger scale than the sexual exploitation the censors are using as a Trojan Horse for normalizing the idea of online government censorship… Monetize-able censorship services: An AI tool owned by the government can theoretically be used by a non-governmental entity with the government’s permission, and with the blessing of the platforms that want to “externalize” the “responsibility” for censorship. So while the government might be using AI to monitor and suppress, let’s say as an example, anti-war sentiment – a company could use it to monitor and suppress, let’s say as an example, anti-fast food sentiment. The government could make a lot of money selling the services of the AI tools to 3rd parties. The platforms could also conceivably ask for a cut. Thus, AI censorship tools can potentially benefit the government, tech platforms, and private corporations. The incentives are so powerful, it’s almost impossible to imagine that they will not be exploited… Can We Reverse Course? – I do not know how many government agencies and how many platforms are using AI censorship tools. I do not know how quickly they can scale up… I do not know what tools we have at our disposal – other than raising awareness and trying to lobby politicians and file lawsuits to prevent government censorship and regulate the use of AI tools on the internet… If anyone has any other ideas, now would be the time to implement them.”Outrageous — The Gaza Mass Murder Massacre of 12 February 2024 – by Peter Koenig – https://www.globalresearch.ca/outrageous-gaza-mass-murder-massacre-12-february-2024/5849598 – Big Tech’s Effort to Silence Truth-tellers: Global Research Online Referral Campaign – “The 12 February 2024 massacre and mass murder, wanton and purposeful shelling by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) of some 1.5 million Palestinians in or around the city of Rafah, south of Gaza – gateway to Egypt — was hardly reported by the mainstream media. In fact, what was first shock-reported, was hastily censored away – so that most of the world could not learn about this final Holocaust-stroke against Palestine in Gaza… The genocidal bombardment of southern Gaza of 12 February is comparable to the 1948 Nakba (“nakba” means catastrophe and refers to the violent displacement and dispossession of Palestinians, along with the destruction of their society, culture, identity, political rights)… In a few minutes, it left at least 200 people, mostly children, women, and elderly dead, dismembered, pieces of flesh hanging from the ruins of earlier destroyed homes, schools, and hospitals… In what appears to be a final act of ethnic cleansing, the Netanyahu Government through the atrocious Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has announced and is proceeding with the total elimination of the Palestinian people from Gaza… Egyptian President, Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, has warned that Israel intends to open the border floodgates of Rafah in Southern Gaza to force-evacuate more than 1.4 million Gaza inhabitants, currently assembled and barely existing in unheard-of-conditions of misery and makeshift tent-cities, into Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula. Indeed, tent-cities have already been built in Sinai. Most likely under a clandestine agreement between al-Sisi and Netanyahu… Netanyahu for the Israeli side confirmed this intention of mass-evacuation… As a precursor to this “final step” of ethnic cleansing, and according to an Al-Mayadeen correspondent in Rafah, Gaza, the Zionist occupation used US-funded and internationally banned incendiary missiles in its raids on the city of Rafah that resulted in the massacre of over 200 Palestinians, including mostly women and children.

 “Search and rescue teams are still in the process of pulling martyrs’ bodies from under the rubble,” so says Al-Mayadeen… Hamas states: “In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful – The attack by the Nazi occupation army on the city of Rafah tonight (12 February), and its horrific massacres against unarmed civilians, including displaced children, women, and the elderly, which has so far resulted in more than 100 martyrs [latest reports, at least 200], is a continuation of the genocide and forced displacement attempts waged against our Palestinian people… “The attack by the terrorist enemy army on the city of Rafah is a compounded crime, a deepening of genocide, and an expansion of the massacres committed against our people, given the tragic conditions experienced by this city due to the crowding of approximately 1.4 million citizens in it, and its streets turning into camps for the displaced, living in extremely difficult and harsh conditions due to the lack of the most basic necessities of life… “The terrorist Netanyahu government and its Nazi army blatantly disregard the decisions of the International Court of Justice issued two weeks ago, which prescribed urgent measures including stopping any steps that could be considered acts of genocide… The American Administration and President Biden personally bear full responsibility along with the occupation government for this massacre, due to the green light they gave to Netanyahu yesterday [Sunday, 11 February], and the open support they provide him with money, weapons, and political cover to continue the war of genocide and massacres… “We call on the League of Arab States, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, and the United Nations Security Council, to take immediate and serious action to stop the Zionist aggression and the ongoing genocide crimes against unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip.” (Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, Monday 12 February 2024) – Time and again, one may just wonder what strange and diabolical forces have beset Mother Earth? They seem to have grown not just much stronger over the past 4 years, but also become so abhorrent, without any values, no ethics, and no laws – just the rules-based orders, ideal for tyrants, made by the Dark Death Cult pretending to run the world – that it seems all those who in recent “ancient times” would have stood up to defend Human Rights, seem to conform in silent complicity… One wonders, are today’s western “leaders” (sic-sic) still human? Not only do they all tolerate Israel’s democide of an entire nation, they encourage it, in the name of Israel’s right to self-defense… Following a blatant lie by Israel, namely that 12 or 13 UNRWA workers were discovered fighting for Hamas, the US and EU, as well as almost all EU members have stopped funding the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA)… There is absolutely no evidence of any UNRWA collaboration with Hamas. Yet the words of Netanyahu’s count, even though evidence abound that they are most often full of lies to achieve a diabolical purpose… UNRWA was the only agency that supplied Gaza with some food and water – little it was, when Israel would the UNRWA trucks cross the Rafah border from Egypt to Gaza, but better than nothing… Now, that is gone too… The obedient WEF-implanted heads of state of most EU countries follow Israel / US orders to stop funding UNRWA. That also includes the non-EU but spineless Swiss government – a so-called neutral country. A joke… Are these people, still worthy of being called humans rather than savages? Is this the way of the future? Is WEF’s Klaus Schwab, who implants these puppets as he proudly says “into governments around the world”, still human? These are legitimate questions… Does their complicity make them proxy murderers? – See also Chris Hedges, “Let them Eat Dirt!“… A dehumanization of humanity, a robotization of humanity, may be well in process. Digitization of the brain – no feelings, no sentiments – pure brute execution of orders. See thisthis and this… For those who still do not believe that we are witnessing the beginning of a long war towards a “Greater Israel”, think again… On the very 7 October 2023, the day of the long-ahead planned attack by Israel with US complicity, executed by Hamas, Netanyahu said in about these words, “This is going to be a long war”… Why would it be a long war, if not for a long-planned and Big Purpose – Zionist-founded Greater Israel for the Chosen People, taking up as much as 50% to 70% of what is currently called the Middle East? – This is the mere expansion of an already symbiotic relationship between the West mostly the US, and Zionist Israel… The West is funding and arming Israel – to make their dream of a Holy Place for the Chosen People come through. In turn, Israel, under the aegis of Greater Israel and its sponsors, would become possibly the world’s second or third largest supplier of hydrocarbon, including the one trillion-plus cubic feet of gas off-shore of Gaza, belonging to Palestine – to be absorbed and stolen by Israel…  The remaining Western population – after the WEF-led depopulation drive – would be energy-wise free from Moslem — and other designated enemies… That too is a dream. But it will not come true. Linear planning does not work. Dynamics and higher dimensions of spiritual awareness are bound to interfere… We are currently living in a tug of war between the forces of Darkness and Light. In the Age of Aquarius, the name of the new epoch, Light will overcome darkness…  But when? – Time as we know it, is man-made. Outside of life, time does not exist, at least not as our human concept. Time and space merge as in quantum science... For those who live and must live in a time-bound world, time is of the essence – like for Palestine…  Let us do whatever we can to bring about a massive spiritual awakening – so that the Age of Aquarius is helped and supported by the human spirit – and an epoch of Harmony and Peace may evolve… Peter Koenig is a geopolitical analyst and a former Senior Economist at the World Bank and the World Health Organization (WHO), where he worked for over 30 years around the world. He lectures at universities in the US, Europe and South America. He writes regularly for online journals and is the author of Implosion – An Economic Thriller about War, Environmental Destruction and Corporate Greed; and co-author of Cynthia McKinney’s book “When China Sneezes: From the Coronavirus Lockdown to the Global Politico-Economic Crisis” (Clarity Press – November 1, 2020).”CIA Had Foreign Allies Spy On Trump Team, Triggering Russia Collusion Hoax, Sources Say – “United States Intelligence Community targeted 26 Trump advisors for foreign spy agencies to “reverse target” and “bump” – by Michael Shellenberger, Matt Taibbi, and Alex Gutentag – https://public.substack.com/p/cia-had-foreign-allies-spy-on-trump – Last year, John Durham, a special prosecutor for the Department of Justice (DOJ), concluded that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) should never have opened its investigation of alleged collusion by then-presidential candidate Donald J. Trump and Russia in late July of 2016… Now, multiple credible sources tell Public and Racket that the United States Intelligence Community (IC), including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), illegally mobilized foreign intelligence agencies to target Trump advisors long before the summer of 2016… The new information fills many gaps in our understanding of the Russia collusion hoax and is supported by testimony already in the public record… Until now, the official story has been that the FBI’s investigation began after Australian intelligence officials told US officials that a Trump aide had boasted to an Australian diplomat that Russia had damning material about Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton… In truth, the US IC asked the “Five Eyes” intelligence alliance to surveil Trump’s associates and share the intelligence they acquired with US agencies, say sources close to a House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HSPCI) investigation. The Five Eyes nations are the US, UK, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand… After Public and Racket had been told that President Barack Obama’s CIA Director, John Brennan, had identified 26 Trump associates for the Five Eyes to target, a source confirmed that the IC had “identified [them] as people to ‘bump,’ or make contact with or manipulate. They were targets of our own IC and law enforcement — targets for collection and misinformation.” – Unknown details about the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign and raw intelligence related to the IC’s surveillance of the Trump campaign are in a 10-inch binder that Trump ordered to be declassified at the very end of his term, sources told Public and Racket… If the top-secret documents exist proving these charges, they are potentially proof that multiple US intelligence officials broke laws against spying and election interference.”Machine customers are already among us and they number in the billions – by Bob Violino – https://www.cnbc.com/2024/02/21/machine-customers-are-already-among-us-and-they-number-in-the-billions.html – “Key Points: There are more than 13 billion Internet of Things (IoT) connected products deployed with the potential to behave as customers and Gartner forecasts that number will rise to 15 billion by 2028. CEOs estimate 15% to 20% of their revenue will come from machine customers by 2030. Amazon, Walmart, Tesla and Carvana are all working with versions of machine customers today… When a company completes a transaction or interacts in some way with a customer today, there’s a pretty good chance that customer is a machine. And with all the devices proliferating in the growing digital infrastructure, IT leaders need to be prepared for the age of the machine customer… ‘Machine customers are already among us. They’re performing the tasks we’d normally do as human customers,’ said Don Scheibenreif, vice president and analyst with Gartner’s customer experience research group… There are more than 13 billion Internet of Things (IoT) connected products deployed with the potential to behave as customers, shopping for services and supplies for themselves and their owners, Scheibenreif said… Gartner forecasts that number will rise to 15 billion by 2028, and the firm’s research shows that CEOs estimate 15% to 20% of their revenue will come from machine customers by 2030… ‘Today, we are tracking over 100 different emerging examples of machine customers, with more coming to our attention on a regular basis,’ Scheibenreif said… Machine customers can receive messages such as advertising, offers, email and information from the surrounding environment, Scheibenreif said. For example, online car retailer Carvana uses bots to receive messages from humans trying to sell their cars… They can also make their own purchasing decisions. The Amazon Dash Replenishment service uses smart shelves in homes or offices to trigger reorders of consumable products once a certain usage threshold is reached, Scheibenreif said… Machines can also negotiate for the best deal, including finding the best value for a transaction and executing the purchase. ‘Walmart has deployed AI-powered negotiations chatbots to connect with suppliers of ‘goods not for resale’ — categories such as fleet services, carts and other equipment used in retail stores,’ Scheibenreif said… Devices can request service such as repairs, upgrades or even replacement. ‘Tesla vehicles can diagnose their own issues, preorder parts for service and prompt the user to schedule a service appointment,’ Scheibenreif said… And Italy-based iProd has a platform that can accommodate the requests of machine customers located in a manufacturing environment. ‘The platform allows the machine to automatically purchase what it needs from its manufacturer,’ Scheibenreif said… Analytics, AI and IoT device connectivity ‘are getting to a maturity stage where they are present everywhere and are reliable,’ which has resulted in billions of connected devices, says Vishal Gupta, CTO, CIO and senior vice president of connected technology at Lexmark, a provider of printing and imaging products… ‘These connected devices present a stellar new opportunity to monitor conditions, including any repairs needed [and] any supplies needed, and automatically place such orders in an autonomous way with no human intervention,’ Gupta said… Machine customers represent a big opportunity over the next five to seven years for any business that uses connected devices, according to Gupta. ‘This opportunity is for both organizations that sell to consumers as well as those that target business customers,’ he said… Lexmark has more than 1.5 million printers in the field that are connected, and has nearly 100 IoT sensors per printer… ‘We enable our customers to track metrics around the maintenance of those machines and their level of supplies,’ Gupta said. ‘There are several thousands of printer cartridges that are shipped daily with no human intervention as a result of this IoT connectivity and intelligence.’.. According to Gupta, this enables the machines to last at least 50% longer, and reduces downtime by more than 60% via predictive maintenance and the ability to automatically find and resolve issues… How to get ready for machine customers – IT executives should put in place a game plan for supporting machine customers now, if they haven’t already… ‘IT leaders need to develop a holistic strategy around organization alignment, building organizational skills and technology to go after this compelling machine customer opportunity,’ Gupta said… The first step for CIOs and their IT colleagues is to work in partnership with business executives to identify the top use cases where machine customers can create meaningful revenue or cost reduction opportunities, Gupta said… Then they need to build the technical foundation to support machine customers and hire professionals with skills to execute on this new opportunity. ‘These skills typically cover IoT, edge [computing], AI, and cloud, and so many of these are already present in IT teams,’ he added… ‘Don’t wait for the perfect use case; others will move ahead,’ Scheibenreif said. ‘Be the leader that brings everyone together on this opportunity. Create a machine customer investigation team. Enlist senior representatives from strategy, IT, product development, sales and service.’.. It’s best to create scenarios that explore the market opportunities, Scheibenreif said. For example, which IoT-enabled products might arise in the situations or activities where customers use the company’s products and services? CIOs and other technology leaders need to determine how machine customers might change their companies’ go-to-market approach. ‘Lead the organization’s technology architecture to support machine customers by working collaboratively with sales, product, service, marketing and IT,’ Scheibenreif said.”WHY? – Moderna Shipped COVID mRNA Vaccine Prototype to Scientists Weeks Before “COVID-19” Allegedly Hit the Worldhttps://expose-news.com/2024/02/21/moderna-had-covid-vaccine-before-pandemc/ – “A confidentiality agreement shows potential coronavirus vaccine candidates were transferred from Moderna to the University of North Carolina in 2019, nineteen days before the emergence of the alleged COVID-19-causing virus in Wuhan, China… The confidential agreement which can be viewed here states that providers ‘Moderna’ alongside the ‘National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases’ (NIAID) agreed to transfer ‘mRNA coronavirus vaccine candidates’ developed and jointly owned by NIAID and Moderna to recipients ‘The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’ on the 12th December 2019.

Found on page 105 of the agreement

The material transfer agreement was signed the December 12th 2019 by Ralph Baric, PhD, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and then signed by Jacqueline Quay, Director of Licensing and Innovation Support at the University of North Carolina on December 16th 2019.Recipient signatories found on page 107

The agreement was also signed by two representatives of the NIAID, one of whom was Amy F. Petrik PhD, a technology transfer specialist who signed the agreement on December 12th 2019 at 8:05 am. The other signatory was Barney Graham MD PhD, an investigator for the NIAID, however, this signature was not dated.

NIAID signatories found on page 107

The final signatories on the agreement were Sunny Himansu, Moderna’s Investigator, and Shaun Ryan, Moderna’s Deputy General Council. Both signatures were made on December 17th 2019.
All of these signatures were made prior to any knowledge of the alleged emergence of the novel coronavirus. It wasn’t until December 31st 2019 that the World Health Organisation (WHO) became aware of an alleged cluster of viral pneumonia cases in Wuhan, China. But even at this point, they had not determined that an alleged new coronavirus was to blame, instead stating the pneumonia was of “unknown cause”.
It was not until January 9th 2020 that the WHO reported that Chinese authorities had determined the outbreak was due to a novel coronavirus which later became known as SARS-CoV-2 with the alleged resultant disease dubbed COVID-19. So why was an mRNA coronavirus vaccine candidate developed by Moderna being transferred to the University of North Carolina on December 12th 2019?..  The same Moderna that have had an mRNA coronavirus vaccine authorised for emergency use only in both the United Kingdom and the United States to allegedly combat Covid-19…  What did Moderna know that we didn’t? In 2019 there was not any singular coronavirus posing a threat to humanity which would warrant a vaccine, and evidence suggests there hasn’t been a singular coronavirus posing a threat to humanity throughout 2020 and 2021 either…  Considering the fact a faulty PCR test has been used at a high cycle rate, hospitals have been empty in comparison to previous years, statistics show just 0.2% of those allegedly infected have died within 28 days of an alleged positive test result, the majority of those deaths by a mile have been people over the age of 85, and a mass of those deaths were caused by a drug called midazolam, which causes respiratory depression, and respiratory arrest…  Perhaps Moderna and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases would like to explain themselves in a court of law?”“I Hope Public Is Waking Up”: Border Invasion Sparks Migrant Crime Crisis In Major Cities – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/i-hope-public-waking-border-invasion-sparks-migrant-crime-crisis-major-cities – Elon Musk expressed his hope that the masses are waking up to the migrant invasion facilitated by radicals in the Biden administration. He wrote on X, “I hope the public is waking up to this.” – We noted earlier this week that a record 7.3 million illegal aliens have crossed the southwest border under President Biden’s watch. This data was sourced from the US Customs and Border Protection… Stunning chart of the invasion!
– We noted earlier this week that a record 7.3 million illegal aliens have crossed the southwest border under President Biden’s watch. This data was sourced from the US Customs and Border Protection…

One uncomfortable reality of the invasion is that millions of unvetted folks from third-world countries are on US city streets. Some of these “asylum seekers” have deep connections with street gangs around the world, known for drug smuggling, human trafficking, and killings… New Yorkers saw firsthand the turmoil caused by some migrants when a 15-year-old undocumented male was charged with shooting a Brazilian tourist in the leg in the center of Times Square… This leaves us with this…  A 27-year-old migrant hijacked a Maryland tow truck and went on a ‘Grand Theft Auto ‘-like rampage in Silver Spring. Local media reports the migrants hit more than 20 vehicles… Article includes a bunch of relevant posts from Twitter/X.”Mask Off: Google’s Gemini Blames Its Own Creators For Anti-White Racism – by Tyler Durden – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/mask-googles-gemini-blames-its-own-creators-anti-white-racism – “Google went into damage-control mode this week after its new artificial intelligence model, Gemini, was caught engaging in historical revisionism which, until now, has been confined to the realm of entertainment and impressionable children whose parents are demonized for speaking out against it… For example: 17th century was wild pic.twitter.com/r5Jl0UZyTn — Joscha Bach (@Plinz) February 20, 2024 – Gemini has no problems generating pictures of ‘strong black men,’ but strong white men ‘could potentially reinforce harmful stereotypes about race and body image.’ – Gemini – strong black man images vs strong white man images pic.twitter.com/cDXBvXQnd9 — Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) February 22, 2024 – And of course, Gemini is not really interested in ‘following the science,’ as it were… Google Gemini is all-in on trans ideology, insisting that “trans women” are women and providing a pronoun guide for the uninitiated. pic.twitter.com/GOiJ4ZIwhO — Christopher F. Rufo ⚔️ (@realchrisrufo) February 22, 2024 – Our AI dystopian hell is here: pic.twitter.com/WSmTpCp2sD — The Matt Walsh Show (@MattWalshShow) February 22, 2024Cast in their image? – AI chatbots, as we’ve come to understand, are a reflection of both the ‘data sets’ they train on (X posts, Reddit, etc.) and their programmers – who can insert absurd bias into their output. And while historical revisionism on entertainment platforms such as Netflix begin to reinforce historical revisionism being taught in schools – Gemini is being peddled as a reliable source of information… X user Leftism compiled several X posts from Gemini Experiences Senior Director of Product Management Jack Krawczyk, which likely shows why the model discriminated against white people… Krawczyk tried to explain away their racist AI as simply ‘offering inaccuracies in some historical image generation depictions.’ – ABSURDLY INCOMPETENT –  The_Real_Fly (@The_Real_Fly) February 21, 2024 – X user Bindu Reddy explains: Here is how Gemini Gate most likely happened… A handful of employees who write the system prompts and are in charge of nerfing LLMs can impose their morality, bias and their version of history on the rest of usThese employees are so “holier than thou” that questioning those biases or their actions results in professional suicide in big tech! So no one dares ask any hard questions!Absolute power corrupts absolutely and usually it manifests itself in small pockets of a large organization that have disproportionate influence on important aspects of products.That’s pretty much what happened here!That being said, given this big uproar, some of the most egregious issues that Gemini has will be fixed but these employees will never stop exerting their power, bias and influence in subtle ways!Even worse, they consider it their moral obligation to do so!There is no getting away from the woke mind virus and the biased versions of reality, if you use these chatbots!The only option is open source or adopting a unapologetically uncensored LLM chatbot that reflects reality not distorts it!Gemini will never be one… Can’t believe this one is real lol – archived: https://t.co/fZED1LyaTq pic.twitter.com/JyilOi8jzq— Andrew Torba (@BasedTorba) February 22, 2024

But Gemini itself seems to blame its creators! When told it was racist by one user, the AI chatbot acknowledged that “Recent events involving the Gemini AI image generation tool I have raised concerns about potential racial bias. In some instances, Gemini generated images that did not align with historical accuracy, and some users felt this was an attempt to be overly inclusive at the expense of factual representation.”

Amazing self-awareness! – “It’s important to remember that I am still under development,” it continued, adding that Google is “actively working to improve the accuracy and fairness of Gemini’s responses, and to address any issues with bias.”Meta’s head of AI efforts, Yann LeCun, seized the opportunity to slam Gemini for refusing to render an image of a man in Tiananmen Square, Beijing in 1989, the site and year of historic pro-democracy protests by students and others that were brutally quashed by the Chinese military, Venturebeat reports… We need open source AI foundation models so that a highly diverse set of specialized models can be built on top of them… We need a free and diverse set of AI assistants for the same reasons we need a free and diverse press… They must reflect the diversity of languages, culture,… https://t.co/9WuEy8EPG5— Yann LeCun (@ylecun) February 21, 2024Needless to say, Elon Musk is having a good time watching his competitor go mask-off… The woke mind virus is killing Western Civilization… Google does the same thing with their search results. Facebook & Instagram too… And Wikipedia… https://t.co/2RQ6v35m7P— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2024 – I can’t believe Gemini made these unfair pics of Truedough pic.twitter.com/FNsH9Jnl8d— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2024 – That would be illegal election interference— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) February 22, 2024And it’s not just Google’s AI, either: pic.twitter.com/tkjw0vsxipDogeDesigner (@cb_doge) February 22, 2024“Heartbreaking to see many brilliant minds working on AI so harried and henpecked by the aggressively ignorant crowd’s agenda that they not only adopt the signs and sigils of the hostile illiterati—some actually begin to believe that their own work is “dangerous” and “wrong.”” said Edward Snowden.– Gemini: pic.twitter.com/4GQGGdrAkO – Jeremiah (@N3W311) February 22, 2024 – This appears to be Google’s defense…  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEHE4E_I5FM

Gemini Elon…

Once Valued At $5.7BN, Vice Media Stops Publishing And Nothing Of Value Was Lost – by Paul Joseph Watson – https://www.zerohedge.com/political/once-valued-57bn-vice-media-stops-publishing-and-nothing-value-was-lost – “People are enjoying the demise of Vice Media, with many of them pointing out that literally nothing of value was lost.

Having once been valued at $5.7 billion (in 2017), and acquired out of bankruptcy last year by a consortium including George Soros, the company announced plans to cut hundreds of jobs and has – as of 14 hours ago – stopped publishing on Vice.com… Chief executive Bruce Dixon said, “It is no longer cost-effective for us to distribute our digital content the way we have done previously.” – The once supposedly “edgy” media outlet has been ridiculed for years for allowing its output to descend into the most utterly demented, vulgar and degenerate far-left content… Respondents on X exploded with joy… However will we cope without such stories as ‘How I Rediscovered Sexual LIberation Through Fisting’‘How to Eat Out a Non-Op Trans Woman’ and ‘Most Child Sex Abusers Are Not Pedophiles, Expert Says’… RIP in peace, Vice https://t.co/8ODO6kzrYh pic.twitter.com/BtB6mYJXr0— pagliacci the hated 🌝 (@Slatzism) February 23, 2024 – It really is such a devastating loss.”

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