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"When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is more tyranny. Apologies to Thomas Jefferson!" -- Michael Rivero
"A rocket will never be able to leave Earth's atmosphere." -- New York Times, 1936
Update (1537ET): Politico reports that based on the search warrant, the FBI is investigating former President Trump for "removal or destruction of records, obstruction of an investigation, and violating the Espionage Act," while Breitbart has the actual statutes from the warrant.
NEW via Breitbart: Trump under investigation per search warrant for:
18 USC 2071 — Concealment, removal or mutilation
18 USC 793 — Gathering, transmitting or losing defence information
18 USC 1519 — Destruction, alteration or falsification of records in Federal investigations
Webmaster addition: Looks nice, but I think the days of human-piloted fighter aircraft are coming to an end.
All it takes to obtain enough radioactive material to build a dirty bomb is a fake company and forged licenses, according to a new government watchdog report.
The deputy chairman of Russia’s Security Council, Dmitry Medvedev, has accused the Ukrainian authorities and the West of an attempt to stage a Chernobyl-like disaster at the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant. With a capacity of around 6,000 megawatts, the Zaporozhye NPP generated a fourth of Ukraine’s electricity. Since 1996, it has been part of Ukraine’s Energoatom generating company. In March 2022, Russian forces established control of the facility. Now, the NPP is operating at 70% of its capacity due to the oversupply of electricity on the liberated territories of the Zaporozhye region.
"The scumbags in Kiev and their Western backers seem to be ready to stage another Chernobyl. Rockets and shells are falling ever closer to the Zaporozhye nuclear power plant’s reactors and radioactive isotope storage facilities," Medvedev wrote on his Telegram channel on Friday. He dismissed the allegations Russia was behind these attacks as "one-hundred-percent nonsense."
"Even the UN does not believe this," Medvedev stressed.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has no choice other than to face a tribunal or play secondary roles in comedy shows, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev said in an interview with journalist Nadan Fridrikhson, which was posted on his Telegram channel on Friday.
Medvedev’s secretariat has confirmed to TASS the authenticity of the interview.
Thus, when asked what he thinks about Zelensky’s future, Medvedev said, "Either a tribunal or secondary roles in comedy shows again."
He said he had visited Lugansk on Thursday to discuss what can be done more to defend people living in the Lugansk and Donetsk People’s Republics, and on other liberated territories.
According to Medvedev, he was not afraid to visit the zone of combat operations. "It is they who should be afraid of us," he stressed.
A former British Prime Minister has called for the nationalization of energy utilities that cannot offer their customers lower electricity prices.
In an op-ed for The Guardian, Gordon Brown wrote that the energy cap on electricity bills needs to be removed before it is updated later this month, and energy firms’ “windfall profits and bonuses have to be properly taxed now before the money flees the country.”
The “government should pause any further increase in the cap; assess the actual costs of the energy supplies being sold to consumers by the major companies; and, after reviewing the profit margins, and examining how to make standing charges and social tariffs more progressive, negotiate separate company agreements to keep prices down,” Brown argued.
If any energy companies failed to comply with these requirements, he continued, they had to be nationalized, as a last resort, “until the crisis is over”.
Democrats are defending the unprecedented raid on Trump’s home. They claim President Trump “violated” the law by taking documents with him from the White House.
Can Democrats explain why they didn’t do this to Obama—even though he took millions of documents with him?
Will they break into Obama’s “mansion” in Martha’s Vineyard?”
When Barack Obama left office, he took 30 million pages of documents with him.
The New York Post’s James Bovard recently chronicled the numerous flagrant violations of the Public Records Act by the Obama administration, including now-president Joe Biden himself.
On Friday, the authorities released the search warrant filed to search former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence. That warrant was filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida and was issued last week.
The regular Military Industrial Banking (MIB) lies of gold have become even more ridiculous than usual, especially those forwarded by the mass media. BTC maximalists have always deemed gold “worthless” , and thus BTC maximalists have always failed to understand the central role of sovereign gold reserves in all economic and military wars, In any war provoked and started by the MIB complex, they have always looted gold, when substantial amounts existed to be looted, because of their vulnerable state as a consequence of war. No one knows exactly what happened to Saddam’s alleged substantial amounts of gold beyond the credible assumption that US military forces loaded it onto a cargo plane for a final destination of US Central Bank vaults.
Perhaps the Germans received illegally looted Iraqi gold when they requested repatriation of their gold because US Central Bankers certainly did not return the original gold Germans vaulted with them after World War II (you may read more about this case here if you would like). During the NATO operation to assassinate Muammar Gaddafi, Western military forces also were the main culprit in the theft of Libya’s very substantial 144 tonnes of disappeared gold, and after NATO forces disposed of yet another democratically elected leader in Ukraine, the Wester MIB complex looted almost all of Ukraine’s 42.3 tonnes of gold reserves once again.
After the illegal 2014 US government led coup that overthrew democratically elected Ukraine President Victor Yanukovych and replaced him with a US hand-picked puppet, Yatsenyuk, to turn Ukraine from a pro-Russia to an anti-Russia state, the head of Ukraine's National Bank, Valeria Hontareva, stated in an interview with Ukraine's Kharkiv TV, “Official statistics of the National Bank show that the amount of gold in the vaults drastically fell, and it is unclear where it went. At the beginning of this month, the volume of gold was about $1 billion, or 8 percent of the total gold reserves…in the vaults of the central bank there is almost no gold left. There is a small amount of gold bullion left, but it's just 1% of reserves." And this event marked the real beginning of the NATO Russia ware being waged in Ukraine, as even confirmed by US Undersecretary of State Victoria Nuland’s admission that the US government has spent billions of dollars in Ukraine to change the “hearts and minds” of Ukrainians.
Was President Joe Biden’s administration overselling the position of IRS agent — or is something more sinister brewing in Washington, D.C.?
Those who've seen or spoken to Donald Trump this week say he's more energised and confident about a political comeback than at any time since he reluctantly left the White House in January 2021, falsely claiming to have won the presidential election.
Far from being cowed by Monday's FBI raid on his Florida home, he's buoyed up by the Republican party rallying behind him with one voice, boasting that even long-standing critics in his own party have publicly condemned the FBI and backed him.
The gerontocracy that controls the Democrats was hoping the FBI raid would discredit Trump and deter him from another bid for the presidency. They couldn't have been more wrong.
It is increasingly clear that Gaza paid the price for an Israeli military campaign in the West Bank that has little to do with it.
In an orgy of violence, Israel reversed a strategy - which it has been pursuing for decades - of dividing the Palestinians into different camps. It is now forcing them to reunite.
Israel reversed its strategy of dividing the Palestinians into different camps. It is now forcing them to reunite
Israel clearly intended to provoke a wave of missile strikes with the arrest of Bassam al-Saadi, a senior member of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group (PIJ). For three days, the PIJ did not react. Saadi had been arrested seven times before and even leaked footage of him being dragged by soldiers did not ignite passions. There were no protests in the West Bank.
Social media giant Meta has been censoring posts referencing the recent killing of a prominent Palestinian resistance fighter, mainly targeting journalists based in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem, activists claim.
Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, a senior commander of Fatah's al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, was killed on 9 August by Israeli forces during an army raid in the occupied West Bank city of Nablus and subsequent exchanges of fire, along with Islam Sobhi and Hussain Jamal Taha.
Images of Nabulsi went viral following the news of his death. Yet, a number of Palestinian journalists and activists who shared photos and videos of Nabulsi said their posts were banned on Meta-affiliated social media platforms.
They said Instagram and Facebook began deleting and censoring photos of the "martyrs" and their families following the killings. Posts that mentioned Nabulsi, Sobhi and Taha were blocked, as well as any content that mourned their death.
Puberty blocker manufacturers are behind much of the push to normalize child sex-change attempts, funding doctors at pediatric transgender clinics, activist groups, and medical organizations that promote the practice.
One of the many ways that puberty blocker manufacturers seem to be working to normalize child transgenderism is through the financial compensation of doctors who aid the sex change attempts of children
Breitbart News has revealed that multiple directors of transgender clinics have received compensation from companies that produce puberty blockers. Even more revealing, however, is that these doctors are frequently paid for “consulting” services that are specifically tied to the puberty blocking drugs.
ProPublica found that doctors prescribe a drug more often when they have received payments from pharmaceutical companies, especially payments pertaining to that specific drug. Should this trend hold true, this would mean these doctors are more likely to prescribe these puberty blocking drugs to children who want to change their sex.
The Democrats’ “Inflation Reduction Act” is set to squeeze $20 billion from working and middle class Americans with new funding for increased Internal Revenue Service (IRS) audits, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) estimates.
On Friday, House Democrats passed the Inflation Reduction Act after Senate Democrats passed the bill earlier this week.
Hours before its passage in the House, lawmakers received the bill’s CBO score — revealing that billions will be taken from working and middle class Americans as a result of billions in new funding for IRS audits.
Specifically, the CBO estimates that the Democrats’ $80 billion for new IRS audits will take at least $20 billion from working and middle class Americans earning less than $400,000 a year. These billions are in addition to the billions already taken from this income group via IRS audits.
Webmaster addition: So Biden is spending $80 billion to get a $20 billion return?
Elected representatives in the Netherlands have grilled the country’s government over exactly how many farms will be forced to close to satisfy the European Union’s Great Reset green agenda.
As farmers in the Netherlands continue protesting the EU’s Great Reset measures, which could see as much as 30 per cent of livestock farms in the country forced to close, stunned elected representatives have been grilling the Dutch government as to the exact nature of the planned closures.
Described as being part and parcel of an “unavoidable transition“, the Dutch government has seemingly committed itself to killing off many farming businesses in its own country for the sake of appeasing green agenda nitrogen reduction targets set by Eurocrats in Brussels.
However, while those in the government’s cabinet seem steadfast in doing the work ordered by the European Union, other politicians — including some of those within the parties of the country’s ruling coalition — have challenged the move.
The House of Representatives on Friday passed the $740 billion Bidenflation scam bill which will raise taxes on the middle class and make inflation worse.
In the past week, various news organizations have run articles stating that Democrats suddenly have hope for November. In the words of one Democratic strategist, “The vibe has shifted.”
Sources say the FBI agents and officials who were involved in the raid on former President Trump’s home work in the same CounterIntelligence Division of the FBI that investigated Trump in the Russiagate hoax and are actively under criminal investigation by Special Counsel John Durham for potentially abusing their power investigating Trump in the Russian fraud and therefore have a potential conflict of interest and should have been RECUSED from participating in this supposed “espionage” investigation at Mar-a-Lago.
In just the last few months, the Internal Revenue Service has bought almost 5,000,000 rounds of small arms ammunition — spending almost $700,000 in the process.
The obvious question is why would a bunch of bean counters who spend their days staring at computer screens need to stock up on millions of rounds of ammo?
Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz, one of the leading Second Amendment fighters in Congress, discussed this in a recent media interview saying:
“This is so bizarre to me, but yeah, just between March and June 1st, they spent about $700,000 purchasing ammunition at the IRS. The IRS should be people in cubicles with green shades and calculators. They shouldn’t be people with guns and ammo.”
Every gun owner in America remembers how impossible it was to find ammo in 2021. And while it’s a little more available these days, it’s sporadic at best, and still very expensive.
And with just one branch of the federal government buying 5 million rounds of ammo over the course of a few months, it seems clear that the government is trying to make it impossible for gun owners like you and me to be able to buy any for ourselves!
On Friday’s broadcast of the Fox News Channel’s “Fox & Friends First,” Rep. Nancy Mace (R-SC) said that it would be good if the “four infantry divisions of IRS agents” that the Inflation Reduction Act hires were primarily used to get people their refunds faster, that would be beneficial, but instead, “they’re going to be going after hardworking Americans.”
Mace stated, [relevant remarks begin around 2:20] “The 3rd Infantry Division is about 21,000 soldiers. So, we’re talking about four infantry divisions of IRS agents that are armed, that are spying on your Venmo, your bank account. They say they’re not going to go after those making less than 400,000 a year. We’ve been told a lot by the Biden administration that just hasn’t been true over the years. And people are really angry about this. If they were hiring them to get their refunds faster, I think we’d all be cheering for joy. Because there’s a huge backlog at the IRS. I get calls every single day about it. But, instead, they’re going to be going after hardworking Americans.
Latvia on Thursday became among the first European countries to designate Russia as a "state sponsor of terrorism" after nearby Lithuania was the first to do so back in May. Latvia’s Parliament made the declaration while alleging that Russian forces are targeting civilians in the ongoing Ukraine invasion, and urged other countries to implement their own formal designations.
Out of the 100-seat assembly, 67 lawmakers voted yes, with 16 abstaining. The formal designation charged Russia forces with enacting "Suffering and intimidation as tools in its attempts to demoralize the Ukrainian people and armed forces and paralyze the functioning of the state."
Latvia’s Parliament now "recognizes Russia’s violence against civilians in pursuit of political aims as terrorism, recognizes Russia as a state sponsor of terrorism and calls on other like-minded countries to express the same view."
The Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted on Thursday to allow Google to go ahead with a pilot program that would allow campaign emails to bypass spam filters. That plan was developed in response to heavy criticism of Gmail, which a study demonstrated filtered more conservative emails out as spam when compared to their leftist opponents.
The Hill reports that the Federal Election Commission (FEC) voted on Thursday to allow Google to push forward a pilot program for its email product Gmail that would allow campaign emails to bypass spam filters, a move that comes following accusations from Republicans that Gmail’s spam filters were biased against their campaign emails.
Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) is again requesting President Joe Biden deploy the National Guard to help deal with the illegal immigration “crisis,” as Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) continues busing migrants to the sanctuary city.
This week, Bowser again requested Biden’s Department of Defense to deploy the National Guard after her last request was rejected by the administration. Bowser posted the letter she sent the Pentagon to her Twitter account:
Shakespeare’s Globe theatre in London has announced that it will portray famed French woman warrior and Catholic saint, Joan of Arc, as a gender-neutral character with “they/them” pronouns in an upcoming play.
Joan of Arc, a 15th-century peasant girl who became one of the most famous women in history after leading a French army to victory as a teenager over the English at the besieged city of Orléans in 1429, claiming to have been divinely inspired after seeing a vision of the Archangel Michael, will now be cast as a non-binary character in the Globe Theatre’s new play, I, Joan.
The woke theatre, which stands upon the grounds where William Shakespeare’s original theatre once was, said that the production will see Joan of Arc use the “they/them pronouns” which have become fashionable amid the transgender mania sweeping the Western world.
While the Globe admitted that the play is not intended to be historically accurate, a press release tried to justify the use of the pronouns by claiming that the use of “they” to refer to a single person had been in use in the English language prior to the birth of Joan of Arc.