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Student Protests Among ‘Biggest Things’ in US in Decades – Scott Ritter (Sp.)
‘All Because Columbia Refuses to Divest’ (CD)
The US Student Intifada: Palestine’s New Soft Power Leverage (Cradle)
Google Workers Fired Over Israel Protests File Federal Labor Complaint
Weissmann: “One Vote Away from … the End of Democracy” (Turley)
The Death of Ireland and Replacement of the Irish People (Paul Craig Roberts)
The Ukraine Conflict Is Spinning Out of Control (Paul Craig Roberts)
Ukraine Must Defeat Russia To Join NATO – Zelensky (RT)
China Humiliated Blinken But Blinken Kept Begging (Chang)
Trump Campaign Slams Commission’s Refusal to Hold Earlier Debates (ET)
Appeals Court Denies Trump’s Bid to Have Judge Merchan Recused (ET)
BRIC-O-Rama: On The Road In Brazil, With An Eye On Russia-China (Pepe Escobar)

 

 

 

 

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Scott Ritter: “I think these student protests right now are some of the most important things to have happened in American society in many, many decades..”

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Student Protests Among ‘Biggest Things’ in US in Decades – Scott Ritter (Sp.)

Last week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a video address that the protests against his country on American universities that had then only recently sprung up were “antisemitic mobs” that had “taken over” college campuses. He called on US authorities to do more to stop them. The growing student protest movement against the continued bombardment of Gazans by the Israeli government is among one of the most important things to happen in the US in “many, many decades,” former UN inspector and military expert Scott Ritter told Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Tuesday. “If you were an American like myself, who is not inclined to go out and protest and hold signs and disrupt things, man, we have to wake up,” he explained. “I have to wake up. We have to join these students one way or another and join their cause in letting the government know that we will not stand silent in the face of police oppression of the right of American citizens to speak out, to assemble, to hold their government [to] account.”

“I think these student protests right now are some of the most important things to have happened in American society in many, many decades,” Ritter emphasized. Tuesday night, what appeared to be hundreds of officers with the New York Police Department entered Columbia University in riot gear and military-grade vehicles, arresting approximately 300 people, according to New York City Mayor Eric Adams. That raid came after similar raids across the country, including in Texas, where 79 people, including some faculty members who joined students, were arrested. Meanwhile, a 65-year-old professor, Steve Tamari, was hospitalized after an officer at Washington University in St. Louis slammed him to the ground, breaking multiple ribs and his hand, according to a statement he put out from the hospital. More than 100 people were arrested in that protest. Colleges being a place for the free exchange of ideals is a critical part of our society, Ritter argued, adding that he believes the crackdown is designed to end this.

“As somebody who has taken an oath to uphold and defend the Constitution of the United States… I respect not only [the] students’ constitutional rights to free speech and freedom of assembly, I also recognize that college is one of the great zones of developing good citizens,” Ritter said. Over the weekend, presidential candidate Jill Stein was arrested at a protest. Stein says she was told she was being charged with assaulting an officer, but clarified in a later interview with journalist Glenn Greenwald that was not on her paperwork. Part of the purpose of colleges is “to create an incubator for the development of good citizenship, not compliant zombies,” Ritter explained, arguing that the US needs, “citizens who think, who empower themselves with knowledge and information and express that individually and collectively.”

At University of California, Los Angeles, a group of pro-Israeli protesters reportedly fired pepper spray and fireworks at student protesters during clashes. Witnesses claim that while the police were standing by, they did not intervene for hours. Ritter noted the US government is doing “just about everything possible wrong,” underscoring that the US “needs these students to come out and they’ve picked an issue, Gaza, which is the manifestation of the totality of all we do wrong as a government.” “When you go to university, we need you to become radical. We need you to think. We need you to exercise your brain and your spirit and your conscience. And [the government is] trying to suppress them because apparently we don’t want good citizens anymore,” the analyst concluded.

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‘All Because Columbia Refuses to Divest’ (CD)

Hundreds of New York City police officers descended on Columbia University Tuesday night to arrest dozens of pro-Palestinian student protesters and dismantle a Gaza solidarity encampment that inspired campus protests across the United States, with demonstrators calling on their schools to divest from companies profiting off Israel’s devastating war. Police, some wearing riot gear, entered Columbia’s campus at the request of the university’s president, Minouche Shafik, who authorized the NYPD to “clear all individuals from Hamilton Hall and all campus encampments.” Video footage shows officers entering a campus building that students occupied hours earlier, renaming it “Hind’s Hall” after a 6-year-old girl who was killed by Israeli forces earlier this year. The Columbia Daily Spectator, the university’s student newspaper, reported that “as they entered the building, officers threw down the metal and wooden tables barricading the doors and shattered the glass on the leftmost doors of Hamilton to enter with shields in hand.”

“Several officers drew their guns, according to footage posted by NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry,” the newspaper added. “At around 9:37 pm, officers led dozens of protesters out the entrance of Hamilton. The protesters’ hands were zip-tied behind their backs. The arrested individuals chanted, ‘Free, free Palestine’ as they were led away from the building.” Other footage shows NYPD officers forcing their way through students who locked arms in front of the occupied campus building. One cop is seen kneeing a student on the ground. Students reported that police used tear gas, which is banned in war, on demonstrators. “Tonight, my university called in a militarized police force—armed in riot gear, with guns drawn, deploying weapons banned under international law—to attack teenagers,” Lea Salim, a student member of Jewish Voice for Peace-Columbia/Barnard, said in a statement. “All because Columbia refuses to divest from the Israeli military and its genocidal campaign on the people of Gaza.”

As police set up barricades around the perimeter of the campus, onlookers gathered and chanted, “Let the students go!” in solidarity with the arrested demonstrators. Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-N.Y.) said he was “outraged” by the police presence at both Columbia and the City College of New York, writing on social media that the “militarization of college campuses, extensive police presence, and arrest of hundreds of students are in direct opposition to the role of education as a cornerstone of our democracy.” “I call upon the Columbia administration to stop this dangerous escalation before it leads to further harm,” Bowman added, “and allow the faculty back onto campus so that all parties can collectively come to a solution that centers humanity over hate.”

In a letter to the New York City Police Department on Tuesday, Shafik—who is facing mounting calls to resign—requested that officers maintain a presence on Columbia’s campus “through at least May 17, 2024 to maintain order and ensure encampments are not reestablished.” The police crackdown on Columbia students is part of a broader wave of repression against campus protests that have emerged across the country in recent weeks as Israel’s assault on and forced starvation of Gaza civilians continues with no end in sight. Police actions, approved by the leaders of some universities and cheered on by right-wing government officials, have drawn international rebukes. In a statement Tuesday, United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said he is “concerned that some of law enforcement actions across a series of universities appear disproportionate in their impacts.”

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“..soft power can be more effective than hard power in achieving political outcomes, because it influences the preferences of others rather than forcing them to change through coercion.”

The US Student Intifada: Palestine’s New Soft Power Leverage (Cradle)

On 18 April, students at Columbia University in New York initiated a sit-in on the campus lawn, protesting the Ivy League institution’s ongoing financial links to companies connected to Israel’s occupation of Palestine and its brutal war on Gaza. The demonstrations quickly spread to other top US universities, including New York University, Yale, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the University of North Carolina, as demands intensified for an end to both the war and support for the occupation state. This growing wave of US and global student activism is of vital importance: it represents the soft power ripple effects of the resistance‘s Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, and as with other historic, mass US student movements against South African apartheid and the Vietnam war, will likely begin to fray at American support for Israeli aggressions. For decades, the US has portrayed Israel as a beacon of democracy in a region dominated by authoritarian regimes, often citing it as “the only democracy” in West Asia to justify its unwavering support.

However, recent shifts in public perception, particularly among western youth, now increasingly portray Israelis as “terrorists” and “colonizers.” This sea change in the discourse, driven by the global spread of information and activism, will have a significant impact on the Zionist entity. Israel’s global reputation had already been tarnished by the time South Africa filed genocide charges against the state in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) earlier this year, the first time Israel has faced such accusations at this level. In March, the ICJ demanded that Israel take immediate, effective measures to ensure the entry of essential food supplies to Gaza’s residents, emphasizing the severe famine conditions already present. “Soft power” is defined by Joseph Nye as “the ability to get what you want through attraction rather than coercion or pressure.”

Joshua Kurlantzick, senior fellow for Southeast Asia at the influential Council on Foreign Relations, argues that “soft power can be more effective than hard power in achieving political outcomes, because it influences the preferences of others rather than forcing them to change through coercion.” This form of influence arises through culture, values, and policies that are universally attractive and morally legitimate – and, therefore, harder to contain. Decades of Tel Aviv’s “nation branding” or soft power initiatives in the west, geared at deeply entrenching the notion of Israel as “the only democracy” in West Asia that shared the occident’s “Judeo-Christian values,” aimed to justify Washington’s unconditional support for the occupation state. It took a show of Palestinian hard power, however, to unlock that narrative stranglehold in the west. Within weeks of Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, western populations began for the first time to see the real face of Zionism – unleashed in an overwhelming military assault on Gaza’s hospitals, universities, infrastructure, and civilian populations.

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No Tech for Apartheid

Google Workers Fired Over Israel Protests File Federal Labor Complaint

Dozens of Google workers who were fired for protesting the tech giant’s cloud deal with the Israeli government filed a complaint on April 29 with the National Labor Relations Board over their termination. The complaint, obtained by The Washington Post, alleges that Google violated the workers’ rights by “terminating and/or placing them on administrative leave in response to their protected concerted activity, namely, participation (or perceived participation) in a peaceful, non-disruptive protest that was directly and explicitly connected to their terms and conditions of work.” The workers are seeking reinstatement of their jobs and back pay, alleging that Google “unlawfully retaliated” against them for engaging in “peaceful” protest, Jane Chung, a spokesperson for No Tech for Apartheid, was quoted as saying by the New York Post.

No Tech for Apartheid, the group organizing the protests, claimed that Google fired more than 20 workers on April 23, including bystanders who were not participating. This adds to the 30 workers fired last week for their involvement in sit-in protests at Google offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, bringing the total number of terminated workers to more than 50. Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The protests targeted a $1.2 billion deal known as Project Nimbus that provides artificial intelligence (AI) technology to the Israeli government. The fired workers contend that the system is being lethally deployed in the Gaza war. “Google’s aims are clear: the corporation is attempting to quash dissent, silence its workers, and reassert its power over them,” the group said in an April 23 statement. “In its attempts to do so, Google has decided to unceremoniously, and without due process, upend the livelihoods of over 50 of its own workers.” The activist group has vowed to continue organizing until Google meets their demands: that it “drop Project Nimbus and stop powering Israel’s genocide of Palestinians in Gaza now.”

Project Nimbus was signed in 2021. It involves joint cloud computing and AI services provided by Google and Amazon to the Israeli government. Google has said that the program is not being used for military or intelligence purposes. Google has said that it fired the workers after gathering details from coworkers who were “physically disrupted” and it identified employees who used masks and didn’t carry their staff badges to hide their identities. Google didn’t specify how many were fired. In a blog post on April 18, Google CEO Sundar Pichai hinted that workers will be on a short leash as the company intensifies its efforts to improve its AI technology at a pivotal moment in the industry and, potentially, history. He did not openly refer to a specific incident. “But ultimately we are a workplace and our policies and expectations are clear: this is a business, and not a place to act in a way that disrupts coworkers or makes them feel unsafe, to attempt to use the company as a personal platform, or to fight over disruptive issues or debate politics,” Mr. Pichai wrote. “We have a duty to be an objective and trusted provider of information that serves all of our users globally.”

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Weissmann ran the Mueller probe.

Weissmann: “One Vote Away from … the End of Democracy” (Turley)

When Robert Mueller appointed Andrew Weissmann as one of his top advisers, many of us warned that it was a poor choice. Weissmann seemed intent to prove those objections correct in increasingly unhinged and partisan statements. This week, he ratcheted up the rhetoric even further in claiming that the nation is “one vote away” from the end of democracy if the Supreme Court does not embrace the sweeping claims of Special Counsel Jack Smith. At the time of his appointment, many Republicans objected to Weissmann’s status as a democratic donor, including his reported attendance of the election night party for Hillary Clinton in 2016. My objection was not to his political affiliations but to his professional history, which included extreme interpretations that were ultimately rejected by courts. Weissmann was responsible for the overextension of an obstruction provision in a jury instruction that led the Supreme Court to reverse the conviction in the Arthur Andersen case in 2005.

Weissmann then became a MSNBC analyst and a professor at New York University. In his book, he attacked prosecutors for refusing to take on his extreme views. Weissmann called on prosecutors to refuse to assist John Durham in his investigation. Now he is predicting the end of democracy if the Court remand the immunity case for further proceedings. Weissmann told MSNBC anchor Jen Psaki on Sunday: “I think that it’s important to remember that at the outset, the court had already given Donald Trump the win that he was seeking, which is the delay of the DC trial.” So going into this, this was all upside for him. I mean, I think he had to be thinking, I’m making this really outlandish argument, with ramifications that couldn’t possibly be squared with the text and history. The text of the Constitution or the history of the presidency? So it’s all upside if the court would actually bite on this.

And so what was surprising is that there were justices who actually were taking this seriously. And it just was, frankly, shocking. Remember, going into this, the given was that private conduct was certainly not, immunized from criminal liability. What everyone’s talking about now is, hey, maybe they think that some of this is private and they can go forward, but that was what was given going into this. And the reason people are thinking that is because there seem to be four justices who were really taking Donald Trump’s claim of criminal immunity seriously. And we are. I mean, I know it sounds like hyperbole, but I think your opening is so correct that we are essentially, as Neil put it, one vote away from sort of the end of democracy as we know it with checks and balances. And to say it’s an imperial presidency that would be created is, it’s frankly saying it would be a king, he would be criminally immune. And that that is what is so shocking is how close we are.

And we are really on the razor’s edge of that kind of result. But for the chief justice. Just for the record, it sounds less “like hyperbole” than hysteria. The justices were exploring the implications of the sweeping arguments on both sides of the immunity question. What they were not willing to do (as does Weissmann) is simply dismiss any arguments of official status on the part of the accused. That would establish a dangerous ambiguity for the future as prosecutors claim that political statements are private matters for the purpose of prosecution. Ironically, Weissmann’s lack of concern for the implications of such an interpretation is reminiscent of his prior sweeping arguments as a prosecutor that led to the stinging defeat in the Anderson case.

Of course, there is another possibility is that the justices were not seeking the end of democracy. The Court was honestly trying to get this standard correct not just for this case but future cases. To do so, it will require a record on the underlying actions rather than the categorical threshold judgment made by the district court. The argument showed justices exploring how to avoid a parade of horribles on either extreme with a more moderate approach. As I previously noted, it has been almost 50 years since the high court ruled presidents have absolute immunity from civil lawsuits in Nixon v. Fitzgerald. That protection applied to acts taken “within the ‘outer perimeter’ of his official responsibility.”

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The Conquest of Ireland and the UK Nears Completion

The Death of Ireland and Replacement of the Irish People (Paul Craig Roberts)

Gaza is not the only genocide. Genocide is taking place all over Europe and in the US. All over Europe and the US governments prefer immigrant-invaders over their own citizens.“The migrants are eligible for free accommodation, free social welfare, free medical care, food, clothes, and various other perks. Whilst at the same time that the Irish government is facilitating mass immigration there are 14,000 Irish homeless people on the streets.” And many more homeless Irish citizens are on the way. Migrants are given free accommodation in hotels and country estates throughout the land, while the Irish people are seriously struggling to make ends meet in a rigged inflationary system, with a never-ending story of sky-high rents, high taxes, inflation, and an ongoing extremely serious accommodation crisis. Many young Irish citizens are left with little option but to live with their parents or emigrate to countries such as Australia as they cannot afford to live in their own country.

This is an extremely important article. It shows that the West is being intentionally destroyed by its own governments. The threat that all citizens in the West face comes not from Russia, China, Iran, but from their own government. Irish citizens who peacefully protest their replacement by immigrant-invaders are brutally beaten–even mothers and children–by police, which emphasizes the second class status of Irish ethnicity. “Many of the Irish police in balaclavas that are enforcing these tactics against the Irish people are not Irish at all, but are more akin to non-Irish hired mercenaries, or more like an EU army.” “The stark reality is the Irish government is not really the Irish government it is just a puppet of the EU bureaucracy. Ireland has been a fully controlled vassal state of the banker-controlled EU, in particular since the controversial (and rerun) Lisbon referendum 14 years ago, which hammered a nail in the coffin of Irish sovereignty.”

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“..they are walking into Armageddon by betting that Washington is rational..”

The Ukraine Conflict Is Spinning Out of Control (Paul Craig Roberts)

In my effort to awake humanity to its extinction in the nuclear war that is advancing upon us, I have pointed my finger at Putin and Xi’s mistaken belief that the way to avoid it is to ignore provocations and wait for Washington to come to its senses. This shows diplomacy at its highest level, but it is mistaken. The ignored provocations encourage more and worst provocations. The Asia Times, if the story can be believed, reports that NATO has begun deploying troops in Ukraine’s defense. “NATO is starting to deploy combat troops to Ukraine. Soldiers from Poland, France, the UK, Finland and other NATO members are arriving in larger numbers.“ Although Russia says there are over 3,100 mercenaries in Ukraine, these newly arriving troops are not mercenaries. They are in uniform, home country proclaimed via insignia.

They mostly are concentrated in the western part of the country, although in some cases they are close to the actual fighting in the east. “NATO is putting out the word these are not combat soldiers but are in Ukraine to operate sophisticated western hardware. But if they are firing at the Russians the only proper way to interpret their presence is that they are playing an active part in the shooting war.” It is the same plan as Washington’s intervention in Vietnam. What will the sequel be? Putin and XI are diplomats. But they have no comprehension of Washington. Their naiveness has blinded them to reality. Consequently, they are walking into Armageddon by betting that Washington is rational.

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Cut it out.

Ukraine Must Defeat Russia To Join NATO – Zelensky (RT)

Ukraine needs to defeat Russia on the battlefield in order to be admitted to NATO, President Vladimir Zelensky has said. The US-led alliance has made it clear earlier that Kiev cannot become a member while the fighting is ongoing. “I believe that we will be in NATO only if we win. I don’t think that we will be admitted to NATO during the war,” Zelensky said on Tuesday during a meeting with a group of military officers in Kiev. He explained that the admission of Ukraine would require unanimous approval by the alliance’s 32 members. Some members are reluctant to admit Ukraine in the midst of an ongoing armed conflict because “they feel the risks, while others are simply skeptical,” Zelensky argued. “Therefore, for Ukraine to be accepted into the alliance, we need victory.” He went on to add that eventual membership would secure Ukraine’s security and independence.

Ukraine formally applied to join NATO in September 2022. While NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and individual members agree that Ukraine should someday become part of NATO, Kiev has not been presented with a concrete timetable. It is widely understood that the country will not be admitted until the conflict with Russia is resolved.v Stoltenberg, who visited Kiev on Monday, admitted to Reuters that the delays in promised weapons deliveries had “put a dent into the trust” between Ukraine and its foreign backers.

While the EU is struggling to find enough arms and ammunition for Ukraine’s wartime needs, the newest aid package from the US had been stuck for months in Congress due to political wrangling. The delays sparked worries in Kiev, with Zelensky openly warning that Ukraine would lose if ammunition shortages are not remedied. Ukrainian officials have blamed the slowdown of deliveries for last year’s failed counteroffensive, as well as more recent losses of cities in the east to the Russian army. Russia, for its part, has cited NATO’s continuing expansion eastward and the bloc’s military cooperation with Ukraine as one of the root causes of the conflict. Moscow considers NATO a threat to its national security and insists that Ukraine must become a neutral country.

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“In substance, therefore, Blinken in Beijing continued talking about talking.”

China Humiliated Blinken But Blinken Kept Begging (Chang)

It is not clear whether a Chinese official was at the Beijing airport to bid farewell to Secretary of State Antony Blinken as he ended his three-day visit to China on Friday, but the send-off was in any event low-key and Chinese leader Xi Jinping slighted America’s top diplomat at the end of his troubled stay. Also, China, literally and figuratively, did not roll out the red carpet for his arrival in Shanghai on Wednesday. Only a low-level official was on hand to greet Blinken as he stepped off the plane. “The Chinese government flouted international protocols at the airport on the secretary of state’s arrival in Shanghai and departure from Beijing,” Charles Burton of the Prague-based Sinopsis think tank told Gatestone. “It was petty.” “This was more than a slight,” Burton, a former Canadian diplomat who served in Beijing, said. “Aside from a calculated insult to the dignity of the United States, the move indicates Xi Jinping is making clear that the accepted norms of diplomacy will not be respected by China anymore.”

Blinken was in China to discuss the growing list of disagreements between Washington and Beijing. Not surprisingly, he did not accomplish anything there other than register America’s complaints on matters such as Beijing’s support for the Russian war effort in Ukraine and unfair treatment of U.S. companies. On every major issue, the U.S. and China take different sides, and the Chinese have clearly dug in. Blinken was reduced to begging. As a result, America is resorting to the dialogue-is-progress narrative. “I think it’s important to underscore the value—in fact, the necessity—of direct engagement, of sustained engagement, of speaking to each other, laying out our differences which are real, seeking to work through them, as also looking for ways to build cooperation where we can,” Blinken said to Chen Jining, Communist Party secretary of Shanghai, ahead of his talks in the Chinese capital.

After the end of fruitless sessions in Beijing—Blinken met with, among others, President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi—all the secretary of state could do is highlight new dialogue issues. “I’m pleased to announce that earlier today, we agreed to hold the first U.S.-PRC talks on artificial intelligence to be held in the coming weeks,” he said at a press availability on April 26, as he wrapped up his trip to China. “We’ll share our respective views on the risks and safety concerns around advanced AI and how best to manage them.” Blinken’s comments repeated those of President Joe Biden after his November 15 meeting with Xi Jinping in Woodside, California. In substance, therefore, Blinken in Beijing continued talking about talking.

There is no question that AI is an important topic, especially when it comes to the control of nuclear weapons. Yet this does not mean the U.S. should seek an agreement with China on that topic. “The latest shambolic display by the Biden administration comes in the form of Secretary of State Antony Blinken groveling before China’s Ruler-for-Life Xi Jinping for a new set of protocols for governing the development of artificial intelligence between America and China, the two nations contributing the most to both the advancement of AI and its weaponization,” Brandon Weichert, a national security analyst at The National Interest, told Gatestone. “Although creating such protocols may sound like a good idea, it seems like a bad idea for Washington to unilaterally agree to limit its own activities.”

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“..the first debate scheduled for Sept. 16 “will be the earliest televised general election debate ever held.”

Trump Campaign Slams Commission’s Refusal to Hold Earlier Debates (ET)

The Trump campaign on Tuesday issued a rebuke of the Commission on Presidential Debates (CPD) refusal to move up its debate schedule until after millions of Americans have already cast their ballots, calling it “unacceptable” and a “grave disservice” to the electorate. In a statement, former President Donald Trump’s campaign representatives Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles intensified criticism of the body that sponsors all general election presidential debates. Previously, they had requested debates to be held “much earlier” than the commission’s planned first debate in mid-September. The Trump campaign repeated its argument that voters deserve to hear from both candidates before they begin casting their votes.

“The Presidential Debate Commission’s schedule does not begin until after millions of Americans will have already cast their ballots. This is unacceptable, and by refusing to move up the debates, they are doing a grave disservice to the American public who deserve to hear from both candidates before voting begins,” the statement read. The statement comes after the nonprofit commission told Fox News that it would stick with its debate schedule, which was released last November. Four debates are planned: three presidential and one vice presidential.The first presidential debate takes place on Sept. 16 at Texas State University in San Marcos; the second takes place on Oct. 1 at Virginia State University in Petersburg; and the third takes place on Oct. 9 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

The commission said that it “is proceeding with production and broadcast plans at its four debate sites as also announced on November 20, 2023.” Responding to the criticism, the CPD issued a statement on Wednesday, clarifying its decision-making process regarding the schedule for the 2024 debates. The commission noted that the first debate scheduled for Sept. 16 “will be the earliest televised general election debate ever held.” The selection of debate dates aimed to ensure accessibility for the American public, taking into account factors such as religious and federal holidays, early voting, and state ballot closing dates, according to the CPD.

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“It’s a disgrace to our Country — They’ve taken away my Right to Free Speech.”

Appeals Court Denies Trump’s Bid to Have Judge Merchan Recused (ET)

A New York state appeals court denied a request from former President Donald Trump to have his so-called “hush-money” judge removed. Lawyers for the former president sought a stay in the proceedings and the recusal of Judge Juan Merchan, who is overseeing the trial that will likely last for at least another month. Both the application for his recusal and for a stay in the case were denied on Tuesday without explanation by the New York State Supreme Court’s Appellate Division for the First Department. His lawyers had argued that the trial judge should be removed because he had acted out of his jurisdiction by refusing to recuse himself and restricting the number of docket entries, among other matters. “Now, upon reading and filing the papers with respect to the motion, and due deliberation having been had thereon,” Tuesday’s court order stated. “It is ordered that the motion is denied.”

In April, before the jury selection process started, Judge Merchan himself denied a request from President Trump’s attorneys to step down. Several days before that, the former president’s lawyers said in a hearing that the trial should be delayed, which the court also denied. “The unconstitutional effects of Justice Merchan’s rulings are causing ongoing, irreparable constitutional harms to Petitioner and the voting public and, if not stopped, will prevent Petitioner from receiving a fair trial,” Trump attorney Todd Blanche wrote in an application to the court. A judge, Ellen Gesmer, denied the application. Also last month, the state appeals court rejected another bid to stay the trial while the defense tried to move the trial away from Manhattan, arguing that they were concerned that the jury pool would be tainted. The court also rejected an appeal to pause the trial while President Trump appealed a gag order that was handed down by Judge Merchan earlier this year.

On Tuesday morning, Judge Merchan fined President Trump $9,000 for nine separate posts he made online that he believes violated the gag order. He further warned President Trump that he could be incarcerated if he continues to make the posts. Previously, President Trump and his attorneys argued that the gag order, which prohibits the former president from commenting on most people connected to the case, is a violation of his First Amendment rights. In a social media statement after the fines were handed down, President Trump wrote: “This gag order is not only unique, it’s totally unconstitutional. I am the Republican Candidate for President of the United States.” “This is a total Witch Hunt. Hours of sitting down and listening to nothing except EXONERATION AND LIES,” he continued. “The Trial is going like a speeding bullet, because the Judge is working hard to make all of his friends happy. Merchan is Rigged, Crooked and above all, and without question, CONFLICTED. It’s a disgrace to our Country — They’ve taken away my Right to Free Speech.”

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Pepe left Asia.

BRIC-O-Rama: On The Road In Brazil, With An Eye On Russia-China (Pepe Escobar)

I have just been immersed in an extraordinary experience: a mini-tour of conferences in Brazil encompassing four key cities – Sao Paulo, Rio, Salvador, Belo Horizonte. Full houses, sharp questions, fabulously warm people, divine gastronomy – a deep dive into the 8th largest economy in the world and major BRICS+ node. As much as I was trying to impress the finer points of the long and winding road to multipolarity and the multiple instances of frontal clash between NATOstan and the Global Majority, I was learning non-stop from an array of generous Brazilians about the current inner contradictions of a society of astonishing complexity. It’s as if I was immersed in a psychedelic journey conducted by Os Mutantes, the iconic trio of the late 1960s Tropicalia movement: from the business front in Sao Paulo – with its world-class restaurants and frantic deal-making – to the blinding beauty of Rio; from Salvador – the capital of Brazilian Africa – to Belo Horizonte, the capital of the third-wealthiest state in the Federation, Minas Gerais, a powerhouse of iron ore, uranium and niobium exports.

I learned about how China chose the state of Bahia as arguably its key node in Brazil, where Chinese investment is everywhere – even if Brazil is not yet a formal member of the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI). In Rio, I was presented with an astonishing work on Stoics Zeno and Cleanthes by essayist Ciro Moroni – delving among other issues into the equivalences between Stoic theogony/theology and the Hindu Vedanta – the tradition of culture, religion and sacred rituals in India up to the Buddha era.

And in a sort of psychedelic synchronicity, I felt like Zeno in the Agora as we debated the NATO proxy war against Russia in Ukraine at a lovely round pavillion – a mini-Agora – in fabled Liberty Square in Belo Horizonte, across the street from a fabulous exhibition of Treasures of Peruvian Art. Much to my astonishment, a Peruvian, Carlos Ledesma, flew in from Lima especially for my conference and the exhibition; and then he told me about the Chancay port being built south of Lima, owned 70% by COSCO and the rest by private Peruvian capital; that will be a sister port of Shanghai.

Chancay-Shanghai: APEC in action across the Pacific. Next November, there will be three nearly simultaneous key events in South America: the G20 in Rio, the APEC summit in Lima, and the inauguration of Chancay. Chancay will be boosted by no less than five rail corridors that may eventually be built – certainly with Chinese investment – from the agribusiness Valhalla in the Brazilian Center-West all the way to Peru. Yes, China is all over the place in its largest trade partner in Latin America – much to the despair of a Hegemon sending lowly functionary Little Blinken to Beijing to hear the letter of the new law by Xi Jinping himself: it’s cooperation or confrontation, a “downward spiral”. Your downward spiral.

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    Edvard Munch Separation 1896   • Student Protests Among ‘Biggest Things’ in US in Decades – Scott Ritter (Sp.) • ‘All Because Columbia Refuses to
    [See the full post at: Debt Rattle May 2 2024]

    #158239
    Oroboros
    Participant

    China Humiliated Blinken

    Blinken is Hillary’s election manager, he’s not a diplomat

    He’s a buttboy, a hack, to compare him to someone like Lavrov or Wang Yi, True Diplomats, is a disgrace.

    A demented pedophile has a talent-less guitar playing weenie as chief negotiator.

    The Empire of Lies Head Liar Tony Baloney Blinken

    Pitiful Sad Sack-o-Cliches

    Be My Bend Over Pen Pal

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    #158240
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Pepe covers South America getting on with business and culture via China.

    The Empire of Lies & Thugs can’t chew gum and walk at the same time.

    Gangsterism masquerading as Sovereignty

    Duh’merica’s modus operandi

    An old steel one speed balloon tired bike in a carbon fiber-ed electric assisted world

    Smooth move

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    #158241
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Collective West Rocket Science

    The Enlightenment was worth it

    Slow to saddle, fast to ride

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    #158242
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Death of Reason

    Ta-Da….

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    #158243
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Climate TWAT alert:

    The End of History

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    #158244
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Shortages, ya gotta lov’em

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    #158245
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Collective West

    The Global Majority thinks you’re radioactively insane for a reason

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    #158246
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The West is the Best

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    #158247
    tboc
    Participant

    PCR – “In my effort to awake humanity to its extinction in the nuclear war that is advancing upon us, I have pointed my finger at Putin and Xi’s mistaken belief that the way to avoid it is to ignore provocations and wait for Washington to come to its senses.”

    or wait for the moment The Global Majority opens the Global Front.

    PCR – “Putin and XI are diplomats. But they have no comprehension of Washington. Their naiveness has blinded them to reality.”

    Quite a statement of myopic exceptionalism. Russia and China have no comprehension of western depravity, greed and megalomania. Someone surely is without a clue, my bet is they live in Alabama.

    #158248
    Dr. D
    Participant

    “MTG To Force Mike Johnson Ouster Vote Over Ukraine Money, But Top Dems Vow To Save Him
    “If she invokes the motion, it will not succeed…”

    That’s not the point. The point is to show that Johnson is the DEMOCRATIC Speaker of the House. He has the support of 100% of Democrats and only 2/3rds of Republicans. How can it be thought otherwise? He PROMISED basic things to his Party and double-crossed them all. How can it be thought otherwise?

    “Netanyahu said in a video address that the protests against his country on American universities that had then only recently sprung up were “antisemitic mobs” that had “taken over” college campuses.”

    They are doing everything they can to CAUSE antisemitic mobs and attacks on common, unrelated Jews. That’s how the guys at the top escape in the confusion. …for 1,000 years. Isn’t it time to get wise to this ridiculous con? How about we arrest the TOP people involved this time and leave my dentist and a bunch of antiwar comedians alone? Just for the lols, what do you say? I mean, we’ve done it the other way like morons for 1,000 years, why not something new?

    But second, it is well to be noted that they’re not students. So…who are they? Why are they there? Like any crime, the police don’t ask, don’t follow up, don’t care.

    Speaking of Ritter, Dr. Rich is still not on the speaking circuit, so I can’t listen to his opinions instead.

    “• ‘All Because Columbia Refuses to Divest’ (CD)

    Tim Pool has been hiding out on this issue. “Why are they even protesting? WHAT are their specific demands?”
    Um: this? And you, just this one time, didn’t bother to ask? Look: the students might request to stop funding f’ing Boeing and Weapons manufacturers on any Tuesday. That’s just the moral stance Colleges pretend to have (but always are lying). So? We hold them to it: you claim a moral stance — heck: da Climate! — then stop funding widespread murder and the largest oil user on the planet. NOPE. Not when it comes to murder, Columbia won’t. Have to put their foot down and BEAT STUDENTS to DEFEND WAR.

    …Of course that’s just one way to put it. But the other point here is Tim Pool already picked a side so he stopped being a reporter and asking.

    He has good social intelligence, so it’s important to see which issues he won’t touch. The election is another obvious one. He’s like “There was no fraud (we know by not looking) it was all just ballet harvesting, which is legal.” Legal like the harvesting the PA Supreme Court said was entirely illegal? That kind of Legal? –Crickets– C’mon man. Sure, as you’re trying to be base, establishment news you can’t follow every rabbit hole, accusation, or even bad optics like boarding up every counting window. But this? A STATE SUPREME COURT OFFICIALLY RULED. Nothing? Really? So that’s where the heat is, that’s the edge where you get banned, he says. Says with his weird, illogical actions. I appreciate him at least GOING to the edge, effectively POINTING at it. But…That’s not the job.

    Maybe he should swap hats. That’s the Publisher’s job, the owner’s. And he is one of those too; but that makes him not the editor or reporter now.

    “officers led dozens of protesters out the entrance of Hamilton. The protesters’ hands were zip-tied behind their backs.”

    The normal number of these were Jews. Jill Stein is one and there are many others. Everyone is a first time offender who will of course be released. I’ve been holding this quote for the days knowing the painted goggles Aspnaz and others wear to derail every conversation and let the bad guys get away:
    “Bernie Sanders To Lead Progressive Fight Against Israel Aid In Senate With New Amendment
    The amendment seeks to cut billions in offensive military funding to Israel from the proposed national security supplemental package…”

    Like I said, we’re all completely innocent. Nothing happens except the Jews. No action on earth is taken. I myself have never taken an action. No one else has any free agency. We all don’t exist! Nope: just them. Hey what’s this? THESE Jews are against the actions in a big way yet nobody listens to them? Huh. How can that be? Everybody knows, if these people even THINK a thing, we all must obey. Yet these anti-war guys do a throwdown, just like the rest of us, and Poof! No one obeys.

    It’s almost like there’s a pro-war death cult at the bottom of it that’s unrelated to the Jews. Nah, it’s crazy to think people are NOT slavish, perfect cutouts of their racial and ethnic stereotypes! That’s what Critical Theory says, what the KKK says, what the SS says…and what people right here say.

    Yup, Israel’s best friend, as they fall for the same scam run on us for 1,000 years. Really? Slow learner, much?

    Let me put it this way: as a Christian, we don’t hate men – all men are sinners — We reject the SIN. That is, their ACTIONS are the problem, not their-being-born. Like here: Your daddy is a thief and stole my chainsaw, so I had all his kids arrested. Logic. Right? Dey wuz born Bad!

    “• The US Student Intifada: Palestine’s New Soft Power Leverage (Cradle)

    You mean the one where it isn’t students protesting but outside agents? Paid, perhaps?

    Who’s doing the paying? Like 2020, Who has that money? My dentist? So the Jews are paying to protest…themselves? That doesn’t make any sense unless it’s a SUBSET of those people, not Italians, but the Italian MAFIA, who SACRIFICES Italians to escape the robbery. If so, and they’re not the Overgroup, who is the Subgroup?

    “the nation is “one vote away” from the end of democracy”

    He’s totally right. But of course being a deranged lunatic of the weirdo death cult, he means the #Opposite, As they always do. If the USSC rules in favor of Jack, Democracy will be ended. One vote away. The permanent bureaucracy will be in total control and can refuse or arrest any elected official, making the Student Council exercise of “elections” irrelevant, as no elected official will have any power to change.

    …But that won’t be the end of Democracy. We would just have to take the fight down to a more fundamental level, because CHOICE is a base element of BEING HUMAN. Humans are CHOOSING beings. This is the Christian sense that men must CHOOSE between Good and Evil each day with each action. And sort of we alone do this, which mostly appears to be true. What Duran said with Jay vs the Alien Overlords this week was, they talk about “Democracy” “Liberalism” “Human Rights” while when you get down to it, all the UN/WEF/WHO/Environmental/Oligarchic actions are that YOU HAVE NO CHOICE. Choice is erased in any Technocratic world. Now DO WHAT YOU’RE TOLD. And I tell you to go kill yourself widely. This is just one of their fundamental contradictions, and just one way where if their logic is fundamentally contradicting, they’re essentially insane.

    Weissman’s “PLAN” here, is “We will erase all human choice here forever, and everyone will do what I say. That is the path to perfect peace.” Uh, no. No dips—t, NOBODY’S GOING TO DO WHAT YOU SAY. Not now, not EVER. It’s not “The Constitution’s” Fault. It’s not “Religion’s” fault. It’s not Bible-clutching gun-owner’s fault. So long as ANY human exists in ANY capacity, they will CHOOSE. And that means they might and will choose NOT to obey. You think you are GODS, and this is God’s very problem. Why is there evil in the world? Why does God allow it? Because otherwise there would BE no world: only God. God just came from there, before he created the world, and it was BORING.

    BUT, the problem with there being…things…is that those things are NOT-YOU. They have their own ways and their own CHOICES. This is built into the universe at large but especially into humans as a part of our essential nature. No free choice = those things are no longer “Human”. …Which is why they want “Trans-Human” by the way. WE are not Alien Ants obeying the Queen Bee with unthinking perfection or whatever. Therefore we must be MADE to be alien hive-ants and no longer Human at all. Only then can there be peace. (That is, they will continue to war on us so long as we are in any capacity “Human”)

    This ring any bells? Satan’s fall, all that? Hate all humans and Must destroy them? Yeah, it’s not a New World Order, a Progressive, techo-sphere, it’s the OLD Order, the hyper-REGRESSIVE order, the ANTI-Technosphere. #OppositeLand, as usual, which you knew when they opened their mouths.

    Weissman wants to end Democracy and choice forever. Go ahead and try it: You and all your children, all your kind, will be shot up shortly in the live war that would ensue. I’m kinda sad that DOESN’T happen just to see you go. But it saves me having to run over your bodyguard with a truck, steal his gun, and shoot you with it. You can’t hide. We know where you are. You see: they think they’re untouchable in a world where everyone’s name, address, and google layout of their house is online. Sleep tight, buttercup. Think about doing the right thing. CHOOSE it. It’s not too late.

    “• The Ukraine Conflict Is Spinning Out of Control (Paul Craig Roberts)

    Is it? Doesn’t seem like. US and everyone sent NO weapons. Nothing changed on the field. UK built ZERO of those 2,000 amphibious landing ships they need. Europe and US are feverishly buying high-priced Russian oil. Trade is moving to local currencies. BRIICS are increasing by the dozens each year. Sounds like it’s de-escalating because we’re losing so bad.

    “The ignored provocations encourage more and worst provocations.”

    Huh. Funny. That’s just what WE say when WE are trying to start a war. Like Bell yesterday. But now you’re saying it’s the path to the Opposite? Palestine is earth’s great example: the tit for tat can never end. An eye for an eye makes the whole world blind. So…since all those paths are mapped, guess you would have to take a different one instead? Like Putin and Xi have been taking?

    Like Bell thinks we should NATO attack all Russia, Immediately. PCR thinks RUSSIA should attack all NATO immediately. …How about nobody attack anybody immediately? Cool your jets. Which two people win when you attack immediately? Ask Nutsy. He got in a jam and to save his skin he attacked. So the attacking is saving the skin of evil villains. This is the action PCR recommends. How about No? How about Peace, like my Boss says?

    “• Ukraine Must Defeat Russia To Join NATO – Zelensky (RT)

    In this he’s correct. Also, like Bell, he might notice he needs 2,000 ships and 10 million men to do it. However, what he misses (cue Ukrainian jokes) is that IF NATO is giddy with joy at killing 1M Ukrainians, THEY’RE NOT YOUR FRIEND. Dips—t. What does that mean, they hate your guts so much they go on international TV every week and proudly say they want you all to die? IT MEANS YOU’RE NEVER JOINING NATO. Dips—t. NATO is for the “Garden People”. They don’t take Slavs.

    Every part of your premise is lunacy.

    Let’s put it this way: Finland just joined and NATO said “Thanks, now we want 100% of your free GDP now.” Finland: Der….whut? We were going to steal all our free military security FROM YOU.

    Nope, NATO is going to steal it FROM FINLAND. You think you’re the first guy who ever thought of stealing from others????? Hahahaahaaha! Yer dum. NATO got there first and has a bigger hammer.

    “I think it’s important to underscore the value—in fact, the necessity—of direct engagement, of sustained engagement, of speaking to each other, laying out our differences which are real, seeking to work through them, as also looking for ways to build cooperation where we can,” Blinken said”

    Kind of. But China countered with “We have established that good dialogue cannot happen when participants keep LYING to each other.” I forget the exact context, but it was like: They write that down too? And have to? OF COURSE. Of course ground rules between these mass-murdering psychopaths must specifically list that lying is a bad thing that will be frowned upon.

    So China photocopied that first 5 rules of dialogue and handed it to him. 1) No lying. 2) No threats.

    Now here’s the reality and problem: WE’RE BROKE. We can’t PAY China. We are going to DEFAULT on them. …Which is why we need a war, even or especially one we lose. Blinken is CREATING that war, out of literally nothing. …Oh and that means Blinken is arranging to have 100 Million of your friends killed. Like your kids, your Mom… So what are they up to here, SPECIFICALLY, since unlike Blinken-from-Yale, China is not a glue-sniffing deranged moron?

    They NEED to cut off and STEAL all Chinese banks. Unless they can get a bigger thing going, only that will forestall the Western collapse for another week or two. However, Russia and China need it to be YOUR fault. Blinken’s fault. Dimon’s fault. LeGuard’s fault. So unlike PCR, they are waiting.

    Blinken went to ORDER China to divest completely from Russia and OBEY the U.S. Ridiculous! Yeah, well HE KNOWS THAT. That’s not the point. The POINT is, then they will then “Sanction” (I.e “Steal”) Chinese business and assets in banking. It’s an “Excuse”. An amazing stupid and transparent one, but they have to fabricate something. Diverting that income from China to the West will keep the collapse off for a week or two. That’s it. That’s where they’re at.

    So the POINT is for China to say “no.” To MAKE them say “no.” To FORCE them to say “No.” Then we can steal, you see??

    Uh, yeah, I don’t see this ending well. However, when you’re in a hole, stop digging. Rumor has it one of our base problems is we have no industrial capacity and can’t make shells, closed the last Steel Mill. Maybe work on that instead? What good is buying time if you don’t do that? …But that would be Trump winning. That would be people employed. Loves would be saved. Fentanyl deaths decline. NEVER!! You’re asking a Death Cult to choose life. You’re asking crazy people to be sane. They can’t, duh.

    Amazing good looking horses. And horses like to be together, not one by one as humans make them.

    AspNaz: Were the Romans and several kingdoms before them “Ruthless Utilitarians”? I Rest my case. Did Christianity slowly appear to stop the horrors of the Iron Age and bring us slowly, badly, into an age of Humanism? Using precisely these Christian arguments and contradictions? I rest my case.

    Can you know what Europe would have done or been like had there been no Christianity affecting it for the last 2,000 years? I rest my case.

    Good discussion, thanks. Glad to be here.

    #158249
    tboc
    Participant

    “……None of them along the line
    Know what any of it is worth” Dylan 1967

    Beggars mounted ride their horse to death

    To equate Christianity with The Vatican is the most sophormoric of analysis. What would Europe have been were they not a horde of bloodthirsty savages. What would Europe have been should the entire coastline of the Carribean and Gulf of Mexico been protected by artillery? The socio-economic-political city state, The Vatican, has as much to do with Christianity as Zionism has to do with post Moses Judaism under the Law. Human beings to a very large degree are the perfection of J.R. Biden Jr. Never underestimate a human beings ability to fuck things up.

    I have sisters and brothers who know The Good Shepherd and The Good Shepherd knows them. I do not believe this I Know This. Baconian Empericism be damned, what is real can be known.

    Placing profit before life is not a sign of intelligence. Placing profit ahead of life delivers a dead horse.

    #158250
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Duh’merica’s Chief Executive

    Steering the Ship of State through Dangerous Waters

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    #158251
    Dr D Rich
    Participant

    There.
    He.
    Is.
    Top of List the inimitable, inimical, Dr D, oops, no it’s TAE’s Pedo-Phile CAPT Bruce Meneley….
    Nope not Bruce. He’s dead and not speaking like Pedo-Phile “circuit speaker” Marine One, Israel’s Personal Savior, the Self-Ascribed One Scotty Ritter.

    Hey Doct er D, with regard to Scott Ritter vis a vis Bruce Meneley *dec*, just who in the fuck do you surmise was protege of whom….
    Scott to Bruce or Meneley to Ritter?

    You know how Flags, Admirals had to sign off on Bruce’s Bronze Star and 2 Legions of Merit?.
    That list includes but is not limited to:
    Adam Robinson
    Chris Hunter
    Wild Bill Robert’s
    Rich Dick Nelson
    Dave A. Tam
    Not quite a few Navy Nurse Corps types, you know, the kind to publicly fraternize with er enlisted Man

    There seems to be an affinity for The Ritter type on this board, I mean, given Scott’s obvious prominence. Or is it a matter of being a fellow traveler….that’s at you, Doc Ter D?

    Scott Ritter: “I think these student protests right now are some of the most important things to have happened in American society in many, many decades..”

    Scott knows kids.

    Speaking of Ritter, Dr. Rich is still not on the speaking circuit, so I can’t listen to his opinions instead.
    Down buoy!

    In case you missed it late last night.
    Master Spellbinders Scott and Bruce:

    On Bruce Meneley from Stars n Stripes

    -prior enlisted….prior enlisted


      The sailor According to Meneley’s personnel file obtained from the Navy Personnel Command, he enlisted in the Navy and served nearly seven years at the Navy Reserve Center in Reno, Nev. In 1982, he was assigned to the Naval Reserve Service until 1986, during which time he received a medical degree from the University of Nevada, Reno

    The Navy found Bruce’s 7 fucking years as an enlisted Navy reservist more compelling for Commanding Officer/Executive Officer Screening than 8 years besting the very best at a service academy and the nation’s military medical school.
    I mean, that’s a thing alright…distinctive as they say.

    And the Navy found a fucking pedophile.

    one of patients offered his take on Seattle PD’s assassination of Bruce Meneley.
    And I quote him: “That was a sting operation on a known entity and that entity had contacts throughout the NAVY, NAVAL HOSPITAL BREMERTON, NAVAL MEDICAL CENTER SAN DIEGO, BUPERS (bureau of navy personnel), BUMED (bureau of Navy medicine), DoD Medicine, NCA (national command authority, PCO School, PXO School, FBI, California Medical Board who licensed him and still holds an active restrictive license to practice medicine and Bruce’s background was scrutinized for every license, each hospital credentials committee and dozens of times by the FBI. HOSPITAL CREDENTIALS are formally reviewed every two years. Licensure recurs every 2 years. Multiple personal references are required for every iteration. Admiral/Flag endorsements were required for every promotion above LCDR and screening for XO/CO. Many many august medical and military heavyweights affirmed Bruce The Pedophile’s bonafides AND THEY ALL BENEFIT FROM SEATTLE PD’s summary execution of the one man, the one witness who knew it all.”

    #158252
    Oroboros
    Participant

    Justice is Blind, I guess

    Pennsylvania man jailed three times become state’s youngest judge at 27

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    #158253
    zerosum
    Participant

    Fighting for peace is against the law.

    (CONTROLLERS
    A long time ago, WE knew that you would demonstrate for peace and WE made up/created/passed some laws to control/stop you.
    e.g. opposition is a hate crime, obey or else – sanctions*).

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    Tuesday night, what appeared to be hundreds of officers with the New York Police Department entered Columbia University in riot gear and military-grade vehicles, arresting approximately 300 people, according to New York City Mayor Eric Adams. That raid came after similar raids across the country, including in Texas, where 79 people, including some faculty members who joined students, were arrested. Meanwhile, a 65-year-old professor, Steve Tamari, was hospitalized after an officer at Washington University in St. Louis slammed him to the ground, breaking multiple ribs and his hand, according to a statement he put out from the hospital. More than 100 people were arrested in that protest. Colleges being a place for the free exchange of ideals is a critical part of our society, Ritter argued, adding that he believes the crackdown is designed to end this.
    ———-
    STUDENT REQUEST TO UNIVERSITIES/
    divest from companies invested in murder/killing/war/misery/against peace/for war

    Gov use sanctions

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    PEOPLE POWER
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    * SANCTIONS
    Copilot Using the web
    The term “sanctions” can refer to various measures taken by governments or international bodies to influence certain behaviors internationally. Here are some recent news and details related to sanctions:

    1. Donald Trump’s Hush Money Trial: Donald Trump could face more sanctions over potential gag order violations in his hush money trial12.
    2. U.S. Sanctions on Russia: The United States is sanctioning nearly 300 targets in Russia, accusing the Kremlin of using chemicals “as a method of warfare” against Ukrainian troops3.
    3. Canadian Sanctions: Canada has sanctions and related measures in place against a number of countries, as well as sanctions against specific individuals and entities identified as being responsible for or complicit in extrajudicial killings, torture, or other gross violations of internationally recognized human rights; responsible for or complicit in ordering, controlling, or otherwise directing significant acts of corruption; or associated with terrorist activities4.
    4. In general, sanctions refer to federal government actions restricting economic activity between the US and foreign entities, including people and other nations. These restrictions, including blocking off assets and trade, are made for reasons other than business, such as foreign policy or national security5.

    Please note that the term “sanction” can also mean an official order, such as the stopping of trade, that is taken against a country in order to make it obey international law6. It can also mean a strong action taken in order to make people obey a law or rule, or a punishment given when they do not obey6.
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    #158254
    jb-hb
    Participant

    2nd Boeing-Linked Whistleblower Dies
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/it-was-brutal-2nd-boeing-linked-whistleblower-dies

    They just do it right in front of us now all casual?

    What’s going on inside Spirit AeroSystems anyw— wait, wtf?

    https://assets.zerohedge.com/s3fs-public/inline-images/447AREYHDBPABAJMVKDEOFROR4_80ab.jpg?itok=QqGGx49d

    https://i.insider.com/5dbb038e695b5821c8436708?width=1000&format=jpeg&auto=webp

    #158255
    zerosum
    Participant

    100% Zero Emissions Car Sales by 2035


    100% Zero Emissions Car Sales by 2035

    Almost a quarter of our emissions come from the transportation sector, and half of these emissions come from the cars and trucks that get Canadians around everyday. We know action is needed to reduce pollution from transportation. That’s why we launched the iZEV program in 2019 to provide purchase rebates of up to $5,000 to Canadians who want to get behind the wheel of an electric vehicle and helped build enough charging stations that you can drive from St. John’s to Victoria in an electric vehicle. And this June we set a mandatory target that all new light-duty cars and passenger trucks sales be zero-emissions by 2035, accelerating Canada’s target by 5 years.

    To help us shift to zero emissions vehicles faster, a re-elected Liberal government will:

    (Reduce the population to only those having an electric vehicle or no vehicles.)
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    #158256
    John Day
    Participant

    O’Keefe again: CIA SPIED ON PRESIDENT TRUMP AND WITHHELD INFORMATION FROM HIM
    EXPOSING THE CIA: “So the agencies kind of, like, all got together and said, we’re not gonna tell Trump…Director of the CIA would keep [information from Trump]…” A project manager working in Cyber Operations for the @CIA and an @NSAGov contractor with top-secret clearance working for @Deloitte, Amjad Fseisi, is caught on undercover cameras implicating the highest levels of the intelligence agencies, including “The executive staff. We’re talking about the director and his subordinates,” former CIA Directors “Gina Haspel….And I believe Mike Pompeo did the same thing too,” “kept information from him [Trump] because we knew he’d fucking disclose it.” Amjad reasons “There are certain people that would…give him a high-level overview but never give him any details. You know why? Because he’ll leak those details…He’s a Russian asset. He’s owned by the fucking Russians.”
    @mikepompeo

    Amjad reveals to OMG’s Undercover American Swiper that intel agencies not only kept intelligence information from a sitting United States President and Commander-In-Chief, they also used FISA to spy on @realDonaldTrump and his team and are still monitoring President Trump according to Amjad who says, “We monitor everything.” Amjad adds “we also have people that monitor his ex-wife. He likes to use burner phones” – information only an insider with access to highly sensitive information would state.

    BREAKING: James O’Keefe’s OMG Reports that CIA Spied on President Trump and Withheld Information from Him

    #158257
    John Day
    Participant

    ‘Unity’: Pro-Israel And Pro-Palestine Supporters Chant “F**k Joe Biden” In Solidarity As Democrats In ‘Panic Mode’
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/fk-joe-biden-anti-israel-counter-protesters-university-chant-solidarity-democrats-panic

    Joe Biden Says There Are Very Fine People On Both Sides Of The Oct. 7 Debate
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/joe-biden-says-there-are-very-fine-people-both-sides-oct-7-debate

    #158258
    Oroboros
    Participant

    The Empire of Lies extends into every facet of life.

    Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies Lies

    Once in a while, a little bit of Truth

    OMG!

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    #158263
    Oroboros
    Participant

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    #158264
    jb-hb
    Participant

    So the CIA doesn’t obey nor inform nor trust the people’s choice, the elected leader, based on their own unelected unaccountable decision

    because they heard Russian Collusion on NPR every morning for the past 6 months on their radio alarm, every day when they woke up – it’s in the news, we know it

    because that’s what THEY TOLD NPR to say exactly that for the past 6 months

    dude, I’ve been hearing what I told NPR to tell me for 6 months straight, what else could it be?

    For 6 months straight, NPR told ME on MY clock radio, every morning, that 17 intelligence agencies had Trump dead to rites, got it all, all the evidence, red handed.

    Had to turn it off no matter what I believed. Just couldn’t take any more. Get back to me when you run with the comprehensive evidence — 2 nothingburger impeachment exonerations later, nothing.

    And then 92,743 very silly charges obviously reaching so hard and nothing to do with security issues, going against legality, common sense, logic. This should totally reassure me that all the previous 7-8 years of accusations must have been well-founded. And then those uh, “well-founded” accusations make me feel really confident about the stuff going on now.

    Almost like there’s something more important than law enforcement.

    New Atheist Sam Harris saying he is enthusiastically for lying, cheating, fraud, murder, etc so long as his chosen political side wins. Not concerned with truth anymore, Sam? (“anymore”) How did you not just utterly trash your entire career, your entire reason for existing in the public space with that?

    Something else was always more important.

    In recent years, I’ve learned to test this with Democrats – I mention I am an atheist or make some joke about Christianity at its expense – they respond with massive approval and a sneer – I say yeah, and also Islam – same tone of voice, same derision, same humor, etc – the joviality, comradeship disappears instantaneously.

    Cmon bro, let’s sneer at ignorant savages together. THAT’S what you like, right? Next we’ll do Jews, then Buddhists and Taoists, amiright? Just say anything is about “balance” and those superstitious fools buy it, right? Psychoactive drugs for you, your kids, even your pets, yogurt, special bottled water, the end of industrial civilization and worldwide holodomor, just tell them it’s for balance and they’ll buy literally anything. Cretinous deplorables, amirite? Any common sense university educated new york times reading person sees right through— hey, where’d you go? Was…. was it always about something else?

    #158265
    zerosum
    Participant

    Pro-Palestinian demonstrators attacked/arrested by law enforcers for peaceful demonstrating.
    Pro-Israeli supporters calling for war/genocide protected by law enforcers
    Biden supports peaceful protests that agree with him.
    If you don’t agree, you are terrorist.

    Antisemitism redefined
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/house-votes-expand-definition-antisemitism-anti-israel-demonstrations-across-us
    House votes to expand definition of antisemitism amid anti-Israel demonstrations across US
    Critics have attacked the bill as government overreach and said it would negatively impact free speech on campus
    By Elizabeth Elkind Fox News
    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/matt-gaetz-blasts-house-antisemitism-legislation-ridiculous-hate-speech-bill
    The Antisemitism Awareness Act aims to crack down on antisemitism on college campuses and would expand the legal definition of antisemitism used to enforce anti-discrimination laws. The bill comes at a time when anti-Israel protests are raging at college campuses across the country.

    It was passed overwhelmingly by a 320-91 vote in the House, but that’s not before critics like Gaetz came out against its passage, saying on social media that some excerpts of the Bible would meet this bill’s definition of antisemitism.

    https://www.congress.gov/bill/118th-congress/house-bill/6090/text
    H. R. 6090
    AN ACT
    To provide for the consideration of a definition of antisemitism set forth by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance for the enforcement of Federal antidiscrimination laws concerning education programs or activities, and for other purposes.
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    #158266
    zerosum
    Participant

    You
    could a EMP from the sun be interpreted and mistaken for EMP attack/bomb.
    Copilot
    Using
    the web
    An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) can be generated in two primary ways: naturally, such as from a solar flare or Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), or artificially, such as from a nuclear explosion or a specialized EMP device12345678.

    A solar EMP, also known as a Coronal Mass Ejection (CME), is a burst of plasma and accompanying magnetic field, ejected from the sun’s corona and released into the solar wind49. This type of EMP is normally less damaging to electronics but more damaging to the power grid3.

    On the other hand, a man-made EMP is generally created through nuclear explosions or specialized devices5678. These weapons emit a pulse that damages or destroys the electronic systems in an object due to damaging current and voltage surges25678.

    While both types of EMPs can cause significant disruption to electrical and electronic systems, there are differences in their characteristics and impacts. For instance, a man-made EMP typically has a more localized effect, while a solar EMP can have a global impact12345678.

    In terms of detection and differentiation, sophisticated monitoring systems and scientific analysis should be able to distinguish between a solar EMP and a man-made EMP based on their unique signatures and the context of their occurrence. However, the initial effects might be similar and could potentially cause confusion until a detailed analysis is performed.

    It’s important to note that both types of EMPs pose significant risks to modern societies due to our heavy reliance on electronic systems and power grids. As such, various measures are being taken to guard against and mitigate the effects of EMP events510.

    Learn more

    1 livescience.com
    2 usni.org
    3 commonsensehome.com
    4 en.wikipedia.org
    5 livescience.com
    6 mitre.org
    7 science.howstuffworks.com
    8 interestingengineering.com
    9 swpc.noaa.gov
    10 dhs.gov
    ———
    An Electromagnetic Pulse (EMP) event, whether natural or man-made, can have severe consequences for civilizations that are not adequately protected. Here’s what could happen:

    Power Grid Failure: An EMP can cause a widespread power grid failure, leading to blackouts that could last from weeks to years12. This could disrupt all services that rely on electricity, including water supply, sanitation,
    Learn more

    1 carnegiecouncil.org
    2 mitre.org

    #158267
    John Day
    Participant

    @jb-hb: I think it is safe to dis Scientology, too, Bro.

    #158268
    zerosum
    Participant

    You
    Fentanyl deaths by country
    Copilot
    Using
    the web
    Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, has been linked to a significant number of overdose deaths worldwide. Here is some information I found:

    United States: Overdoses involving fentanyl and other synthetic opioids are now the leading cause of death for American adults aged eighteen to forty-five1. The overall death toll surged to 80,411 in 20212. Most of the illegal fentanyl found in the US is trafficked from Mexico using chemicals sourced from China3.
    Germany: During 2022, Germany was responsible for 19 percent of the world’s total fentanyl consumption4.
    Spain: Spain accounted for 12.9% of the global fentanyl consumption in 20224.
    France: France accounted for 6.4% of the global fentanyl consumption in 20224.
    Italy: Italy accounted for 4.6% of the global fentanyl consumption in 20224.
    Netherlands: Netherlands accounted for 4.2% of the global fentanyl consumption in 20224.
    Belgium: Belgium accounted for 3.4% of the global fentanyl consumption in 20224.
    United Kingdom: United Kingdom accounted for 3.3% of the global fentanyl consumption in 20224.
    Canada: Canada accounted for 2.9% of the global fentanyl consumption in 20224.

    Please note that these statistics are based on fentanyl consumption, not necessarily deaths. The actual number of deaths can be influenced by many factors, including the prevalence of fentanyl use, the potency of the drug, and the availability of medical treatment for overdoses. It’s also important to note that many users take the drug unknowingly1.

    Learn more

    1 cfr.org
    2 cfr.org
    3 bbc.com
    4 statista.com

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    Here is the information I found about fentanyl-related deaths in China, Russia, and Iran:

    China:
    While specific statistics on fentanyl-related deaths in China are not readily available, it’s important to note that China is a major source of the precursor chemicals used to produce fentanyl1. These chemicals are often shipped to Mexico, where they are used to produce fentanyl that is then trafficked into the United States1. Despite this, China has recently agreed to restart cooperation with U.S. authorities to counter the flow of fentanyl and other synthetic opioids into the United States2.
    Russia: Drug overdose deaths in Russia have nearly doubled in two years amid the coronavirus pandemic3. According to data from Russia’s Federal Statistics Service (Rosstat), over 10,000 Russians died from drug use in 2021. That’s 37 percent more than in 2020 — and twice as many as in 20194. However, it’s unclear how many of these deaths are specifically related to fentanyl.
    Iran: I’m sorry, but I couldn’t find specific information on fentanyl-related deaths in Iran.
    Please note that the actual number of deaths can be influenced by many factors, including the prevalence of fentanyl use, the potency of the drug, and the availability of medical treatment for overdoses. It’s also important to note that many users take the drug unknowingly1.

    Learn more
    1 cbsnews.com
    2 brookings.edu
    3 themoscowtimes.com
    4 meduza.io
    6 indianexpress.com
    8 frontiersin.org
    9 cfr.org

    #158269
    zerosum
    Participant

    Don’t need NATO
    Ukraine has already concluded nine bilateral security agreements: with Great Britain, Germany, France, Denmark, Canada, Italy, the Netherlands, Finland, and Latvia.
    Ukraine is preparing seven more new agreements on security guarantees. One of these agreements will be signed with the United States of America, reported Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy.

    #158270
    zerosum
    Participant

    Mucormycosis
    https://www.theepochtimes.com/health/covid-19-linked-to-alarming-rise-of-rare-and-highly-lethal-fungal-infection-5634627?utm_source=partner&utm_campaign=ZeroHedge&src_src=partner&src_cmp=ZeroHedge

    SARS-CoV-2 and the overuse of certain treatments may be contributing to a surge in secondary mucormycosis infections when underlying health conditions exist.
    By Megan Redshaw, J.D.
    4/29/2024
    Updated:
    5/1/2024
    Mucormycosis, also known as black fungus, is an opportunistic fungal infection that typically affects the sinuses, lungs, and brain. It is caused by a group of molds commonly found in the environment. Before COVID-19, these fungi rarely caused infection because of low virulence, but the second wave of COVID-19 brought tens of thousands of reported cases. Even the Omicron variant, which was generally attributed to mild COVID-19, has been linked to lethal mucormycosis infections in the United States and Asia.
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    #158271
    citizenx
    Participant

    Shit for brains Karine Jean-Pierre approaches her anniversary as White House Press Secretary on May 13, she carries the weight of being a trailblazer—the first Black woman and first LGBTQ+ person to hold the position. Being a first in many different ways, I’m an immigrant, I’m a queer Black woman, a person of color, and it is incredibly a heavy weight. She also pointed out the broader implications of Biden’s support, crediting him with paving the way for what she described as “the most pro-LGBTQ+ administration” in history.

    Her high-profile role, Jean-Pierre believes, serves not only as a beacon of progress but also as an inspiration for future generations grappling with their identities in challenging times.

    JFC – Grappling with their mental illness or identities?
    https://www.yahoo.com/news/karine-jean-pierre-being-black-110008879.html

    Black
    Immigrant
    Women/ Feminist (define a woman)
    Mentally ill Karen Lesbian
    Liberal Democrat

    Biden- “You’re hired” / Trump- “You’re fired”

    KJP-

    Look, that is something that I cannot speak to at this time. I assume everyone knows that I will lick any asshole and suck any cock to get ahead. Just ask Kamala.

    Well hold my beer and Gag on that you identifying Liberal retards.

    Not out of the Woods yet-

    Imagine what we could do for people truly in need instead of paying (student) loans off for ungrateful nincompoops who majored in Marxist intersectional weiner whacking…

    Sure, sure. Like JewLensky and JewBibi ?
    Imagine what the Jew leaders of Israel and Ukraine are doing with their cut of the 95 Billion ?
    Murdering, lying, and destroying ?
    Killing in the name of Jews and confused identities.

    #158272
    zerosum
    Participant

    disinvest and sanctions are the same thing.

    #158273
    John Day
    Participant

    Bill Advances Calling For California To Issue Formal Apology For Slavery (California was a “free” state,)
    https://www.zerohedge.com/political/bill-advances-calling-california-issue-formal-apology-slavery

    #158274
    John Day
    Participant

    Legally, it can be used on domestic university students, but not combatants in a war. Ukraine was using it, and maybe mustard gas, too, already…
    US Says Russia Using “Chemical Weapons” In Ukraine…Except It’s Tear Gas
    https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/us-says-russia-using-chemical-weapons-ukraine-its-tear-gas

    #158282
    John Day
    Participant

    Into Focus https://drjohnsblog.substack.com/p/into-focus

    Jonathan Cook, The Israel-US game plan for Gaza is staring us in the face , The western media is pretending the West’s efforts to secure a ceasefire are serious. But a different script has clearly been written in advance [“Good-cop”, “Bad-cop”] https://www.jonathan-cook.net/blog/2024-04-30/israel-us-plan-gaza/

    Congress threatens ICC over Israeli arrest warrants:
    The International Criminal Court is being warned by members of Congress in both parties that arrest warrants for senior Israeli officials will be met with U.S. retaliation — and legislation to that effect is already in the works, Axios has learned.
    Why it matters: Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has gone so far as to urge President Biden to intervene to help prevent the warrants, Axios’ Barak Ravid reported.
    The ICC has been investigating allegations of war crimes against both the Israeli military and Palestinian militia groups dating back to 2014.
    The White House declined to comment on Netanyahu’s call with Biden but said “the ICC has no jurisdiction in this situation and we do not support its investigation.”
    Driving the news: House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) issued a statement on Monday calling the reported warrants “disgraceful” and “lawless.” https://www.axios.com/2024/04/29/icc-congress-netanyahu-israel-gaza

    ‘ Israel’ warns US it will punish PA if ICC issues arrest warrants , Two US officials reveal that the Biden administration told ICC officials privately that it would be a mistake to arrest Israeli leaders. https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/-israel–warns-us-it-will-punish-pa-if-icc-issues-arrest-war

    With Walls Closing In Around Him, Netanyahu May Start ‘Even Larger Regional War’ (Is the US “threat” to Netanyahu real, or just theater?)
    “A deal with Hamas would mean Israel’s defeat in the war with Hamas, and the cancellation of the operation in Raffah, and an uprising of the right-wing camp against Netanyahu, the exit of right-wing politicians and ministers from the government, its collapse, and new elections. Such a chain reaction, such a domino effect would transpire if he makes a deal with Hamas,” Tsipis told Sputnik.
    If Netanyahu doesn’t make a deal, Washington will move forward with the sanctioning of the IDF unit, the ICC will go ahead with its arrest warrants, the military operation will likely begin in Raffah, and Israel will face internal uprisings from the political left flank, including “more violent demonstrations, and demands for Netanyahu to resign,” the observer said.
    That puts Netanyahu in a “very difficult, one might say hopeless situation,” Tsipis stressed, warning that “whatever he does, it will mean a big crisis inside Israel and abroad.”
    “In this context, the situation becomes even more dangerous, since his only chance to survive politically in this fight and under this pressure is to unleash an even larger regional war. This cannot be ruled out, since Israeli provocations toward Iran under Netanyahu’s leadership are continuing. It’s quite possible that a third outcome in this situation may occur: provocations against Iran and the beginning of a large-scale regional war with Iran. This is the only thing that can save Netanyahu, allow him to remain in power, escape responsibility and prevent the collapse of the government.” https://sputnikglobe.com/20240430/with-walls-closing-in-around-him-netanyahu-may-start-even-larger-regional-war-1118197325.html

    #158283
    John Day
    Participant

    Zionist Mob Attacks Pro-Palestine Protesters at UCLA While Screaming ‘Second Nakba’
    I like the smiling guy in the picture, who stood his ground until a dozen Zionists jumped him, the first video. Lots of documentary evidence in short clips, but I had to stop looking.
    https://www.informationliberation.com/?id=64427

    https://www.informationliberation.com/files/second-nakba-ucla.jpg

    Israeli pro boxer identified as assailant intimidating UCLA protestors in video
    David Kaminsky, an Israeli boxer who goes by the moniker “The Lion of Zion” was seen hurling racial slurs and spitting at pro-Palestine demonstrators during a UCLA protest on Sunday. https://www.sportspolitika.news/p/israeli-pro-boxer-assailant-ucla-gaza-news

    “Antisemitism” is not defined in the act. House Approves ‘Antisemitism Awareness Act’ Aimed At Cracking Down On Campus Protests https://www.zerohedge.com/political/house-approves-antisemitism-bill-aimed-cracking-down-campus-protests

    Iran Checkmates US Warmongers, Offers Scholarships for Students Expelled for Protesting Gaza War https://sputnikglobe.com/20240501/iran-checkmates-us-warmongers-offers-scholarships-for-students-expelled-for-protesting-gaza-war-1118214511.html

    #158284
    John Day
    Participant

    Professor remains hospitalized after being beaten by police during pro-Palestinian protest at US campus
    Steve Tamari, professor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, brutally beaten by police at Gaza encampment, his wife says
    “This professor is in the hospital due to his injuries. The only violence that happened on Saturday was by police at the behest of Washington University administration,” Megan Green, president of the St. Louis Board of Aldermen, said. https://www.yenisafak.com/en/world/professor-remains-hospitalized-after-being-beaten-by-police-during-pro-palestinian-protest-at-us-campus-3682452

    Scott Ritter: Student Protests Among ‘Most Important Things’ to Happen in US in Decades
    The growing student protest movement against the continued bombardment of Gazans by the Israeli government is among one of the most important things to happen in the US in “many, many decades,” former UN inspector and military expert Scott Ritter told Sputnik’s The Critical Hour on Tuesday.
    “If you were an American like myself, who is not inclined to go out and protest and hold signs and disrupt things, man, we have to wake up,” he explained. “I have to wake up. We have to join these students one way or another and join their cause in letting the government know that we will not stand silent in the face of police oppression of the right of American citizens to speak out, to assemble, to hold their government account.” https://sputnikglobe.com/20240502/scott-ritter-student-protests-among-most-important-things-to-happen-in-us-in-decades-1118216879.htm

    Google Workers Sacked Over Israel Protests File Federal Labor Complaint
    The workers are seeking reinstatement of their jobs and back pay, alleging that Google had “unlawfully retaliated” against them for engaging in “peaceful” protest, Jane Chung, a spokesperson for No Tech for Apartheid, was quoted as saying by the New York Post.
    No Tech for Apartheid, the group organizing the protests, claimed that Google fired over 20 workers on April 23, including non-participating bystanders.
    This adds to the 30 workers fired last week for their involvement in sit-in protests at Google offices in New York and Sunnyvale, California, bringing the total number of terminated workers to over 50 people.
    Google did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
    The protests targeted a $1.2 billion deal known as Project Nimbus that provides artificial intelligence technology to the Israeli government. https://www.zerohedge.com/technology/google-workers-sacked-over-israel-protests-file-federal-labor-complaint

    How Israel violates International Law in Gaza: expert report
    In a sober but scathing 76-page report, publicly released on April 24, the Independent Task Force on the Application of National Security Memorandum-20 (NSM-20), details “multiple credible incidents constituting violations of international humanitarian law, military best practices, and [improper] restrictions on humanitarian assistance.”
    The volunteer and unaffiliated task force of prominent experts — including two recently departed senior State Department officials, legal scholar Noura Erekat, and a former senior “joint terminal attack controller,” Wes Bryant — was rapidly formed after President Biden signed NSM-20 on February 8, 2024…
    ..The panel reported that its “aggregate analysis of credible reports involving U.S-provided weapons by Israeli forces indicates a context of systematic disregard for fundamental principles of international law, including recurrent attacks launched despite foreseeably disproportionate harm to civilians and civilian objects, wide area attacks without prior warnings in some of the most densely populated residential neighborhoods in the world, direct attacks on civilians…and attacks against civilian objects, including those indispensable for the survival of the civilian population.”
    The experts further reported: “Israeli intelligence sources cited by credible media reports indicate that these patterns of unlawful attacks reflect reliance on an unyielding and unconditioned supply of U.S. weapons, relaxed rules of engagement, application of collective punishment, and the use of artificial intelligence technology to generate thousands of targets (including civilian police and civil defense personnel), at maximum speed and with minimal human oversight.”
    The findings are illustrated by 17 specific, horrific “incidents” and 18 pages of additional incidents. https://mondoweiss.net/2024/04/how-israel-violates-international-law-in-gaza-expert-report/

    Israel’s Far-right Minister Smotrich Calls for ‘No Half Measures’ in the ‘Total Annihilation’ of Gaza
    Speaking at an end of Passover event, Israel’s finance minister Bezalel Smotrich also said the current talks with Hamas are ‘with someone who long ago should have ceased to exist’ https://archive.ph/ZMCrN#selection-541.0-544.0

    #158285
    John Day
    Participant

    Israel hampers Gaza field hospitals by providing insufficient sites
    Designated plots are either too small or are inhabited by displaced Palestinians encouraged to settle there by Israeli authorities, say regional sources https://www.middleeasteye.net/news/israel-obstructs-establishing-gaza-field-hospitals-providing-insufficient-areas

    Israeli settler gang in attack on Jordanian aid convoy for Gaza
    “Two Jordanian aid convoys carrying food, flour and other humanitarian aid to the Gaza Strip were attacked by settlers,” the ministry said
    Both convoys continued on their way and managed to reach their destination in Israeli-besieged Gaza. https://www.arabnews.com/node/2502651/middle-east

    Colombian Government Severs Relations With Israel On Wednesday Colombian President Gustavo Petro announced that his country will cut relations with Israel over what he called its “genocidal” war against Palestinians. He said this will be formally initiated starting Thursday. https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/colombia-cut-diplomatic-ties-israel-over-gaza-war

    Turkiye to join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel at World Court, minister says https://www.arabnews.com/node/2502736/middle-east

    Turkey Halts All Trade With Israel As Relations At Breaking Point https://www.zerohedge.com/geopolitical/turkey-halts-all-trade-israel-relations-breaking-point

    #158286
    John Day
    Participant

    1,000 Palestinian workers from Gaza missing: NGOs
    In a joint statement released on Wednesday, the Commission for Detainee’s Affairs, the Palestinian Prisoners’ Society, and the Ramallah-based Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association (Addameer) disclosed that around 10,300 Palestinian workers from Gaza were present in the occupied Palestinian territories before October 7.
    The statement added that “3,200 of them [workers] were released at the Kerem Shalom [Karem Abu Salem] crossing at the beginning of November 2023 from the detention centers where they were being held, some still wearing zip ties on their wrists bearing numbers.”
    “Approximately 6,441 workers were deported to the West Bank, and approximately 1,000 workers remain missing in light of the ongoing crime of forced disappearance against Gaza detainees,” it stressed. https://english.almayadeen.net/news/politics/1-000-palestinian-workers-from-gaza-missing–ngos

    Simplicius, SITREP 5/1/24: The Russian Steamroller Rolls On
    Some contractors do not want to enter into long-term contracts with the US Department of Defense with fixed prices to replenish weapons supplied from the Pentagon stockpile to Ukraine, according to a report by the GAO Congressional Accountability Office…
    ..NATO never perceived this war as something in which it was absolutely necessary to invest all its resources, and its industry still follows a cost-minimizing path that does not involve actively improving the transferred equipment, much less rapidly improving it. Pan-European bureaucratic processes, which have turned almost any Western military project into an endless bagpipe of papers and meetings, only exacerbate the problem…
    ..On the other hand, Russian supplies, strikes, and groupings continue to increase…
    ..In fact, the U.S. is reportedly running out of Ukrainian men to train… Rezident UA reports that up to 35% of AFU servicemen went AWOL during European training and were never found—a number that increases each year…
    ..A brief mention about the Kerch Bridge. There continue to be ‘reports’ that Ukraine is gearing up to strike the bridge as early as May 7-9 in time for Putin’s inauguration, in order to mar it… A strike on the Kerch is not out of the question as the above rumor mill indicates. But it’s unlikely to succeed as the accuracy of the missiles is not high enough to do concentrated damage. Furthermore, reports continue to stream out about just how badly Western tech has been degraded by Russia’s progressively improving EW capabilities. Last time we wrote about the GLSDB debacle, now the vaunted Excalibur GPS-guided 155mm artillery round has been exposed as well… The effectiveness of Ukraine’s Excalibur GPS-guided rounds decreased from 70% to 6% within six weeks as Russia adapted and employed various EW assets…
    ..A source in the Ukrainian Armed Forces told Bild that he fears an attack on Kharkov involving 20-40 thousand Russian soldiers. “Then we will have to decide whether we want to defend the north or the east. It is impossible to do both,” he said… This isn’t enough to capture the entire region or Kharkov city itself, however that may not be the point. As the implication goes, the force may merely be to divert Ukrainian troops from the deteriorating Donbass line in order to create much bigger breakthroughs…..“The Russians will take over Donbass by October, then the conflict will freeze and we will have to negotiate with Putin,” the publication (Blick Zeitung) quotes the words of an officer of the 5th assault brigade of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, which holds the defense in Chasovy Yar…
    ..Russian Iskanders reportedly destroyed a huge Novaya Pochta mail warehouse in Odessa that, according to some sources, was housing one of the large new weapons shipments—particularly 155mm ammo—from NATO… Detonations are still ongoing. $61 billion well-spent…
    ..Mobilization commissars complain that no one at all wants to join the army…
    ..Russian engineers continue being the world’s fastest at updating equipment on the fly as per requirements fed directly from soldiers on the ground. The new T-90M iterations being sent to the troops now come factory-stock with a completely redesigned anti-drone grill that even has its own entry ports on top. After finicking with it over the course of the SMO, it can be said Russia now has by far the most sophisticated and battle-proven anti-drone defensive attachments and alterations for armor of any country in the world. All it takes is one look at other country’s sophomore efforts to note how far behind in the adaptive chain they are. https://simplicius76.substack.com/p/sitrep-5124-the-russian-steamroller

    Around 30 Ukrainian men have died while trying to illegally cross the border in order to avoid military service since the outbreak of the conflict with Russia in 2022, Andrey Demchenko, a spokesman for Ukraine’s border service, told Ukrinform news agency… People who attempt to illegally leave the country rarely do so on their own, and often use the services of criminal organizations that offer help in crossing the border. However, most of these groups do not provide real assistance, he said, leaving the draft dodgers at the mercy of nature and wild animals.
    “They receive some instructions, transfer funds somewhere… and when they reach the border, they find that they would have to cross a mountain river… Many lose their lives when trying to cross rivers or scale ridges. In total, since the beginning of the [war], about 30 people have died trying to cross the border illegally,” the spokesman stated. https://www.rt.com/russia/596806-ukraine-draft-dodgers-died/

    “Rotsa Ruck, Joe!” US Imposes Sanctions On Chinese Companies Vital To Russia’s Defense Industry
    “The almost 300 targets being sanctioned by both Treasury and the Department of State include sanctions on dozens of actors that have enabled Russia to acquire desperately needed technology and equipment from abroad,” the Treasury Department said in a press release. https://www.zerohedge.com/markets/us-imposes-sanctions-chinese-companies-vital-russias-defense-industry

    India has saved billions of dollars on oil imports in the past two years by purchasing discounted crude from Russia, the Times of India reported on Tuesday, citing data compiled by ICRA Research ratings agency. The country saved an estimated $5.1 billion on oil imports in the 2022-23 financial year, and a further $7.9 billion in the first 11 months of 2023-24, according to the report. Analysts explained that the savings were due to increased purchases of Russian oil. https://www.rt.com/india/596836-russian-oil-india-save-billions/

    #158287
    John Day
    Participant

    “It Was Brutal”: 2nd Boeing-Linked Whistleblower Dies: [How would a young, healthy person catch something like that?]
    A whistleblower at Boeing supplier Spirit AeroSystems died Tuesday morning following a struggle with a ‘sudden, fast-spreading infection,’ the Seattle Times reports…
    ..He had been in good health, and ‘was noted for having a healthy lifestyle,’ according to the report.
    He had been in critical condition for two weeks, according to his aunt Carol Parsons, who said he became ill and went to the hospital due to breathing difficulties. He was intubated, after which he developed pneumonia and then MRSA, a serious bacterial infection.
    His condition deteriorated rapidly, and he was airlifted from Wichita to a hospital in Oklahoma City, Parsons said. There he was put on an ECMO machine, which circulates and oxygenates a patient’s blood outside the body, taking over heart and lung function when a patient’s organs don’t work on their own. -Seattle Times
    Doctors had considered amputating both hands and both feet. “It was brutal what he went through,” said Parsons. “Heartbreaking.” https://www.zerohedge.com/political/it-was-brutal-2nd-boeing-linked-whistleblower-dies

    “Divide and Rule”, same as the British Empire always did… Irish Villagers Attacked and Pepper Sprayed by Police. Conflict Over Hundreds of ‘Unvetted Migrant’ Centres Being Planted Throughout Ireland and the UK https://www.globalresearch.ca/conflict-migrant-centres-ireland-uk/5856071

    Professor Anthony Hall, Reiner Fuellmich Emerging from German Jail to Take Back Leadership of International Prosecutions of the Covidian Cabal
    The famed German-American jurist, Reiner Fuellmich, has headed up the Corona Investigative Committee and its outgrowths. Just as the Gaza Debacle got started, Fuellmich was arrested in Mexico and whisked to Germany to face trumped-up criminal charges concerning financial matters.
    Fuellmich outlines below the circumstances he is facing while still in jail. In his statement below the lawyer outlines his vision of the much-needed criminal proceedings for the many Covidian violations in the international power grab…
    ..”Well, last week, the intelligence services approached the presiding judge and his number two judge on the panel, in my case, and put them under pressure to, or at least he manipulated or they manipulated them. As a result of this presiding judge just informed us that despite all the evidence to the contrary, he will definitely find me guilty of whatever crimes.
    If any further proof was required to show that this is a fake trial that undeniably started with my kidnapping in Mexico, here it is: My attorney, Dr. Miseré, who defends me in this trial alongside my colleague Katja Woermer, just received a text with the warning ‘he should take care of his daughter,’ clearly a threat that something will happen to her if he continues to defend me. I will publish the details of all of this still unfolding crime story in my next statement.
    For now, let me conclude not with another list of my favorite songs, but by telling you that my favorite book is Harper Lee’s novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. And my favorite movie is the movie by the same name, starring Gregory Peck. There will be justice. And if the system is too corrupt to deliver it, it’ll come another way. Call it karma or poetic justice, but it will come. See you soon… https://anthonyjhall.substack.com/p/fuellmich-emerging-from-german-jail

    #158288
    John Day
    Participant

    In an interview with The Defender, Jessica Sutta, a former member of the multi-platinum girl group The Pussycat Dolls, shared her life-altering journey of pain, confusion and advocacy after being injured by Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine.
    In August 2021, Sutta decided to get the COVID-19 shot, believing it was the right thing to do for her community. “I was very much focused on mainstream media, believing everything they were telling us, believing all the propaganda,” she said.
    Three days after her first shot, Sutta woke up with a muscle spasm in her back, breathing difficulty and brain fog that left her feeling dizzy and unable to think coherently. She spent a day in the hospital, but the medical staff was unable to make a definitive diagnosis.
    Despite mentioning the vaccine to her doctors, they didn’t believe it was the cause of her symptoms. “So they sent me home with antibiotics,” she said. “I didn’t know it was a vaccine injury for at least a month,” she said. “I thought it was MS” — multiple sclerosis.
    Despite her initial symptoms, Sutta received her second dose of the vaccine three weeks later. “And that’s what completely did me in,” she said.
    The second shot marked the beginning of a cascade of symptoms, including double vision, burning in her rib cage, muscle fatigue, skin sensitivity and joint pain. “It was just a living nightmare,” she recalled.
    Sutta’s journey through the medical system was a frustrating and disheartening experience. She struggled to find answers for her worsening condition, and doctors were quick to dismiss her concerns.
    Sutta went to the hospital again in May 2022 due to the unbearable burning sensations. “It was ripping and coursing through my ribcage up and down my spine,” she said. “I couldn’t sleep. I felt like I was dying.” Despite her pleas for help, the medical staff treated her with skepticism and dismissal. “They ran all these tests, catching nothing, and kept telling me I’m healthy, I’m crazy,” Sutta recounted. “I’m like, ‘Please make the pain stop!’” The medical staff answered, “What pain? We don’t see it.”
    Sutta eventually connected with a neurologist who, upon hearing her symptoms, asked if she had been vaccinated.
    “I asked him, ‘Are there a lot of us?’” she recalled. “Well, there are about 50 of you,” he answered.
    However, when she later consulted him, he clammed up and wouldn’t discuss it — “as if he were being recorded,” she said.
    The hospital medical staff not only dismissed Sutta’s physical symptoms but also began to question her mental health.
    “They put me on a lot of psychiatric meds as well, because they said I was making it up,” she recalled. The medications only exacerbated her already debilitating symptoms.
    Eventually, Sutta was diagnosed with small fiber neuropathy and fibromyalgia.
    The hospital experience was a turning point for Sutta, as she realized the medical professionals’ lack of awareness and compassion. “That’s when I knew,” she recalled. “I looked at my husband and I said, ‘We’re at war. These people cannot see what’s going on in my body and everybody is gaslighting.’”…
    ..“It feels so isolated, and especially out here,” she said, referring to her community in Los Angeles. “They don’t want anything to do with you if you’re not going with the narrative.” “In my personal life, I’ve lost a lot of friends,” she said.
    Gradually, Sutta began sharing her story with close friends, one of whom asked her to watch a video of vaccine injury testimonies. “It was like a thousand women saying, ‘Dear Pfizer,’ and listing their adverse reactions that were very similar to mine,” she said. She was so upset by the video, she couldn’t even finish watching it…
    ..With the support of React19 and a newfound network of doctors and researchers, Sutta began to explore various treatments and therapies to address her ongoing symptoms. However, the road to healing was not without its challenges.
    “I found a doctor that did all the treatments — vitamin drips, glutathione, peptides, methylene blue, ozone — but my body rejected everything,” she said.
    Sutta said that time and a good diet have helped her condition significantly, “but connection to God is the most important because everything else hasn’t worked.”…
    ..Sutta highlighted the trend of people taking their own lives and medically assisted suicides that are “promoted in many places.” “I understand why people want to die,” she said. “That’s a big reason you can’t let them win.”
    She also emphasized the importance of having a strong support system, particularly her husband. “His having my back throughout this has been the most important piece,” she said. “I’m very lucky to have someone who’s so awake.” https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/jessica-sutta-pussycat-dolls-covid-vaccine-injury/

    ​ New Study Links Pfizer RSV Vaccine for Pregnant Women to Preterm Births​ [I have reason to believe this is more common than it is thought to be.]
    The first post-authorization safety analysis of Pfizer’s Abrysvo RSV vaccine found the average time between vaccination and preterm birth was three days. Two-thirds of reported cases occurred within a week.​ https://childrenshealthdefense.org/defender/pfizer-rsv-vaccine-pregnant-women-preterm-birth/

    ​ Steve Kirsch, The CDC lied; people died The CDC *knew* the COVID vaccines were killing people. But despite that, they outright lied to the public and said they had “no evidence” that the COVID vaccines killed people. https://kirschsubstack.com/p/the-cdc-lied-people-died

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