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Writing in The Atlantic ahead of the publication of her new book, “Autocracy, Inc.: The Dictators Who Want to Run the World,” Anne Applebaum argues that Russia, China, and “MAGA Republicans” are making “common cause” in an affront to freedom and “liberalism” (clearly used here in the European sense of freedom rather than in the American sense of leftism). 

Applebaum cites talk by Russian officials of alleged Western biolabs in Ukraine, subsequently picked up by American social media and the Chinese and Russian state press as evidence of a “joint propaganda effort” between all the above players – as though they deliberately coordinated – that “helped undermine the US-led effort to create solidarity with Ukraine and enforce sanctions against Russia.” According to a YouGov poll, a quarter of Americans believed the theory, she added. Maybe that’s because it seemed like a totally plausible theory given all the lies that the Western establishment has been firehosing onto the average person over the past couple of years about everything from the origin of Covid to the efficacy of authoritarian lockdowns, anti-Covid jabs and mandates? 

“They also heard false descriptions of Ukrainians as Nazis, along with claims that Ukraine is a puppet state run by the CIA, and that NATO started the war.” Canada’s Ottawa Citizen, outed NATO countries’ training of Ukrainian neo-Nazis to fight Russia long before the conflict went red-hot in 2022. NBC News wrote in March 2022 that “Ukraine has a Nazi problem.” Guess they work for Russia and China too now? But alright, if she doesn’t like the sound of “CIA puppet state” then she could always go with “State Department outpost.” The notion that NATO started the war by arming and training neo-Nazis on Russia’s border who shelled Russophones in the region for years is the argument that’s generally cited when accusing NATO being responsible for the current mess in the same way that a kid who constantly threatens to punch you in the face could arguably be blamed for setting off a fistfight. That’s not disinformation or fake news – it’s a point of view. Why does Applebaum have such a problem with others who don’t share her perspectives? Sounds kind of… authoritarian.

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All 27 EU member states have agreed on security commitments for Ukraine, the German weekly Welt am Sonntag is claiming. The alleged arrangements, which include long-term defense and financial aid for Kiev, are expected to be finalized by July.

The leaders of G7 countries – the US, the UK, Canada, France, Germany, Italy and Japan – signed a joint declaration, each vowing to provide Ukraine with “bilateral security commitments and arrangements,” last July in Lithuania on the sidelines of a NATO summit. 

In its article on Saturday, Welt am Sonntag cited a confidential document that has allegedly been approved by representatives of EU member states. Terms are currently being discussed by EU diplomats and the Ukrainian government, the report claims.

Webmaster addition: Start by drafting all those migrants who are wrecking Europe!

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With each passing year, the Ukrainian people increasingly realize that they were deceived, the leader of the Essence of Time movement, philosopher and political scientist Sergey Kurginyan said on April 27 on the program Right to Know on channel TVC.

According to the political scientist, the people of Ukraine will understand that they were deceived based on objective facts rather than Russia’s informational activities. The philosopher believes that the understanding that they were cheated is really painful for such a peculiar people as the Ukrainians.

And they have been totally cheated, because they were told, ‘We will fight for you, the Russians will never dare to make a move, we will load you with money, you will live in peace like in Europe, like in paradise. Everything will be wonderful!’ And now they are saying, ‘You must fight until the last Ukrainian. We are paying for your dead bodies (they already specify the exact amount for a dead body), and your leadership will be exterminating you in a merciless and permanent manner, because they are the ones who sell you,’” Sergey Kurginyan explained.

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The Ukrainian military has lost approximately 3,300 soldiers in fights with Russia’s western and central groupings of forces in the past week, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Friday.

Over the past seven days, the western grouping of forces took control of Kyselevka and Kotlyarovka settlements in the Khrakov region and repelled 14 Ukrainian counterattacks, according to the ministry. The Ukrainian forces lost up to 1,015 servicepeople in battles, the ministry added.

The central grouping of forces took control of the Novokalynovoe settlement in the Donetsk People’s Republic and repelled 48 Ukrainian attacks, according to the ministry.

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The UN agency for Palestinian refugees (UNRWA) said yesterday that Israeli settlers twice set fire to the perimeter of its headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem.

“This evening, Israeli residents set fire twice to the perimeter of the UNRWA Headquarters in occupied East Jerusalem. This took place while UNRWA and other UN Agencies’ staff were on the compound,” UNRWA Commissioner-General Philippe Lazzarini said on X.

While there were no casualties among the staff, the fire caused extensive damage to the outdoor areas, Lazzarini noted.

“Our director with the help of other staff had to put out the fire themselves as it took the Israeli fire extinguishers and police a while before they turned up,” he said.

“A crowd accompanied by armed men were witnessed outside the compound chanting ‘Burn down the United Nations.’

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by Rhoda Wilson

Recently, EcoHealth’s Peter Daszak testified before a committee of the US House of Representatives on the origins of covid.  After the hearing, the committee recommended that EcoHealth Alliance and Daszak should be criminally investigated and formally debarred.

Who is Peter Daszak?

Peter Daszak is the president of EcoHealth Alliance, a US-based global non-profit that a former vice president has described as “a CIA front organisation.”   

And, as Igor Chudov has recently discovered, he was a drunken student who stole a Madonna statue’s head before he went on to kill 6 million people with a deadly virus he designed.

For those who are not familiar with Daszak’s role in the making of the covid bioweapon, we recommend reading previous articles we have published including ‘EcoHealth documents show the development of the covid virus/vaccine bioweapon and the plan to infect populations’ and ‘Biolabs In Ukraine and Common Connections Between Metabiota and EcoHealth’.

On 1 May, Daszak gave testimony in a public hearing before the United States House of Representatives Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Pandemic. The hearing was focused on the origins of covid-19 and the potential link to a laboratory accident in Wuhan, China.

Daszak had already testified behind closed doors in November 2023 but House Republicans said his testimony contained many discrepancies.

The public hearing earlier this month examined EcoHealth’s use of US taxpayer dollars to fund dangerous gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology as well as hold Daszak publicly accountable for any and all discrepancies between his closed-door transcribed interview and available evidence.


On 3 May, the House Committee issued a statement saying that their interim report recommended a criminal investigation into EcoHealth and Daszak and the formal debarment of both, meaning they should be excluded from participating in federal programmes or receiving federal contracts.

Daszak should never again receive funding from the federal government, the statement said.  And, “the Select Subcommittee will take further steps to address Dr. Daszak’s contempt for the American people.”

Claire's Observations:  This couldn't possibly have happened to a more deserving person or group!!!!!

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A rampage led by illegal settlers against the village of Duma last month has left a “trail of wreckage,” including approximately $1.3 million in damages, epitomizing the dire situation for Palestinians within all the Israeli occupied territories during the Gaza war.

The leaders of the Duma community told the Associated Press that the Israeli army, Israel Defense Forces (IDF), arrived shortly after the three-hour attack erupted but hardly intervened to stop the mayhem apart from shooting at Palestinians attempting to repulse the settlers as homes and cars were set ablaze.

According to the UN, this pogrom was just one of nearly 800 settler attacks launched against Palestinians living in the occupied West Bank since Israel’s war on Gaza was launched last year. The head of the Duma village council told the AP that at least 15 homes were damaged by arsonists and six villagers were wounded by Israeli gunfire.

The trail of destruction left along Duma’s main road, “highlight the village’s limited resources to clean up and rebuild, let alone defend itself from future incursions, which seem inevitable.”

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“The Kyiv regime, in yet another attempt to drag the rest of Europe along with it in the war it is waging against Russia, continues its propaganda of terror” said the Greek media outlet ProNews, citing a tweet shared on the social network X [formerly Twitter] by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine.

The post suggests that Athens is identified as one of the potential targets of the Russian Kh-47M2 Kinzhal [Dagger] missile. The Ministry shared a photo collage indicating that this missile system could reach the Greek capital within 10 minutes if launched by Russia.

“Every country appreciates the value of protecting human life. However, Russian terror knows no bounds. The war may seem far from most European capitals, but it is no further than the range of Dagger missiles,” Zelenskiy’s foreign ministry said in its publication, alongside a map marking Athens among Dagger targets.

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The government media office in the Gaza Strip says another Palestinian journalist has been killed in an Israeli airstrike in the besieged coastal sliver, taking the death toll to 143 since the Tel Aviv regime unleashed its military raids, bombardments and missile attacks last October. 

Bahaa Okasha, a photojournalist for the Al-Aqsa media network, was killed alongside his wife and children in an Israeli bombing that targeted their house at the Jabalia refugee camp in northern Gaza on Saturday.

The development came less than a week after another Palestinian journalist was killed in an Israeli airstrike on the Gaza Strip.

Mustafa Ayad, a photojournalist, lost his life in an attack targeting his house in the Zeitoun neighborhood of Gaza City on May 6, the government media office said in a statement at the time.

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Hundreds of people have fled regions close to the Russian border in Ukraine’s Kharkiv region following the launch of Moscow’s ground operation to capture the region.

Kharkiv governor Oleg Synegubov announced on Saturday that there had been Russian artillery and mortar attacks on 30 settlements in the region over the past 24 hours.

“A total of 1,775 people have been evacuated,” Synegubov wrote on social media.

According to a high-ranking Ukrainian military official, Russian forces have made progress by one kilometer into Ukraine and are currently attempting to establish a “buffer zone” in the Kharkiv, Ukraine's second largest city, and nearby Sumy regions. This strategic move aims to safeguard Russian territory from potential attacks.

On Friday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky declared that a “fierce battle” was taking place in the region.

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Colombia’s president calls on the International Criminal Court to issue an arrest warrant for the Israeli prime minister over the genocide in the Gaza Strip.

Gustavo Petro said in a post on X on Friday that Benjamin Netanyahu will not stop the genocide and this implies the need for an arrest warrant.

The Colombian president also called on the UN Security Council to establish a peace-keeping force in the Gaza Strip.

Last week, Petro announced his country was severing diplomatic ties with Israel over the regime’s onslaught in Gaza.

The South American country has also expressed readiness to join South Africa’s genocide case against Israel, at the International Court of Justice.

Bolivia, Belize and South Africa have also severed or suspended ties with Israel.

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Iran has hit out at an "unwise" motion at the Canadian House which calls on the Ottawa government to designate Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) as a terrorist group. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Nasser Kan’ani on Saturday highlighted the role which the IRGC plays in countering threats against the country and terrorism in the region. 

"Along with other elements of the armed forces, the IRGC is responsible for guarding the national security and borders of the country, as well as contributing to lasting security and stability in the region by confronting the sinister phenomenon of terrorism," he said.

“The IRGC is a sovereign institution derived from the heart of the great and powerful nation of Iran and has an official and legal identity taken from the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Iran.”

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The United Nations Security Council has called for an immediate and independent investigation into reported mass graves containing hundreds of Palestinian dead bodies near hospitals in the Gaza Strip amid the Israeli regime’s months-long aggression on the besieged territory.

In a statement on Friday, the 15-member council expressed their “deep concern over reports of the discovery of mass graves in and around the Nasser and al-Shifa medical facilities in Gaza, where several hundred bodies, including women, children and older persons, were buried.”

The members underlined the need for “accountability” for any Israeli violations of international law and called for “unimpeded access to all locations of mass graves in Gaza to conduct immediate, independent, thorough, comprehensive, transparent and impartial investigations.”

The statement comes as some 400 bodies have been recovered at the Nasser Hospital in the southern city of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip while around 300 bodies have been discovered at al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City.

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Chinese Chairman Xi Jinping has concluded his European tour. While the Western press accuses him of seeking to drive a wedge within the EU, what were his primary objectives?

Chairman Xi Jinping visited France, Serbia, and Hungary during his five-day tour of Europe, with a focus on trade, investments, and promoting a new multipolar vision of global politics.

Xi's meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen coincided with a looming trade war between the EU and China, as well as the bloc's attempts to force Beijing to exert pressure on Russia over its special military operation in Ukraine.

The Chinese leader hasn't shifted his stance towards Moscow, whereas the EU has continued to accuse the People's Republic of what it calls "unfair trade practices". Nonetheless, China and France agreed to enhance cooperation in agri-food, finance, aviation, civil nuclear energy and other fields, as well as reiterate their commitment to a two-state solution for Israel and Palestine.

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French President Emmanuel Macron has said that while Paris seeks to avoid direct involvement in the Ukraine conflict an intervention may be necessary to deter Russia from advancing too far.

The European Union “would lose all credibility and security” if Russia were to prevail, Macron said in a video posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Saturday, responding to a question on whether France is “going to go to war.”

“Our own future and our security is at stake in Ukraine,” the French leader argued, stressing that in addition to delivering more military equipment to Kiev, EU nations must be “ready to act” if “the Russians are going too far.”

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Manhattan D.A. Alvin Bragg’s paralegal admitted in court on Friday that the office deleted some call records between witness Michael Cohen and Dylan Howard, the lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels (aka Stephanie Cliffords), raising questions of whether or not the prosecutors have misled the court.

Trump’s legal team was able to get witness Jaden Jarmel-Schneider to confirm that some calls were erased from an exhibit of calls. Trump’s lawyer Emil Bove said it was about three pages of records.

While Jarmel-Schneider objected to Bove characterizing the call deletions as “significant,” he did acknowledge some calls were removed.

In an attempt to challenge some of the evidence presented in President Trump’s business records falsification trial in Manhattan, Trump attorney Emil Bove questioned paralegal Jaden Jarmel-Schneider in court on May 10 about approximately three pages of records that the attorney claimed Mr. Bragg’s office deleted.

Webmaster addition: The case has imploded and now they are looking for a scapegoat to blame it all on.

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By Andrew Korybko

He knows that any first strike against Russia would spark World War III, but his hot air serves the purpose of boosting Western morale and falsely justifying NATO’s naval buildup in the Baltic Sea, which enriches the military-industrial complex.

Former NATO Supreme Commander Admiral James Stavridis wrote in his latest op-ed for Bloomberg that “Kaliningrad will need to be neutralized” in the event of war with Russia in order to prevent an attack against the Suwalki Corridor.

This is nothing but a bunch of hot air and chest-thumping aimed at boosting Western morale ahead of Russia’s expected military breakthrough across the Donbass front lines. He knows very well that any first strike against Kaliningrad would instantly lead to World War III.

Ukraine: An “Afghanistan” in the Heart of Europe

It’s become fashionable since the start of the special operation for Western commentators to fearmonger about a Russian invasion of NATO, which is meant to manipulate the public into accepting the bloc’s provocative military buildup along its neighbor’s borders on that false pretext. Finland and Sweden’s formal membership in NATO, which followed decades of closely coordinating all aspects of their policies with it as informal members, created fresh narrative opportunities in this respect.

After all, Stavridis’ lede is that the Baltic Sea has since transformed into a “NATO lake”, which he claims is tempting President Putin to meddle in member states’ affairs via cyber and electronic warfare like never before in response to their unprecedentedly large-scale drills there. This scenario closely resembles the one that Bild reported on in January citing allegedly leaked German Defense Ministry documents, which detailed the aggressive steps that Russia will allegedly take against the Baltics from then till May 2025.

Some of them concern ramped-up meddling of the sort that Stavridis regards as inevitable, but the reality is that this report from four months back simply served to precondition the public into accepting this speculation as fact in order to more easily manipulate them for the previously mentioned reasons. His piece in particular aims to generate widespread support for militarizing the Baltic even more than it already is, which is overkill considering the naval mismatch between NATO and Russia there.

It’s precisely because of this grossly lopsided balance of forces that Russia would only resort to nuclear weapons in self-defense as a last resort if Kaliningrad were to become the victim of unprovoked aggression by NATO via a first strike or some other means for strategically “neutralizing” it. This exclave’s primary purpose for Russia is to host its Baltic Fleet, but it’s also intended to deter NATO aggression by functioning as a launchpad for nuclear second strikes deep into Europe in the worst-case scenario.

Considering this, Stavridis’ piece is exposed as a morale-boosting information warfare product, not a practical policy recommendation. Its only importance rests in potentially manipulating more of the Western public into supporting NATO’s provocative military buildup along its neighbor’s borders on the false pretext that Russia is plotting to invade the bloc. Given the “mutually assured destruction” between Russia and the US, this isn’t for strategic purposes, but solely to enrich the military-industrial complex.

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US is planning its upcoming Gaza “port” to fail to deliver substantial aid. This is by design. 

  • The US will say, “we withheld bombs” while the biggest killer is starvation
  • The US will say, “we sent aid including food in a big maritime operation” but they plan the operation to fail. 

But once one million Palestinians starve to the point of becoming desperate to leave Gaza for a slice of bread THEN the US port will suddenly become effective to help rid Israel of the Palestinian population. 

More than a million Gazans are experiencing famine-like conditions, according to a United Nations-backed system.

But even as the pier is on the cusp of operation, U.S. officials said key details, including how the aid will be distributed once it reaches the shore, have yet to be sorted out.

The US Defense Department says it will coordinate logistics between the US and Israeli militaries and USAID with the help of the Israeli military in Cyprus—where the aid arrives and is inspected.

Aiding Those We Kill: US Humanitarianism in Gaza

The Israeli military said it is working closely with its US counterparts and is preparing a 67-acre zone in Gaza to receive the humanitarian aid, but declined to comment on who would be responsible for distributing it in Gaza.

The US hasn’t specified a plan for how the aid will be stored, secured and distributed once it reaches land.

UN officials say that the plan is still being figured out and they haven’t been privy to discussions on how the maritime corridor will function.

“If we’re going to be expected to receive and unload ships with a bulk of humanitarian assistance, which would of course be welcome, we just want to know how we’re expected to do that,” said a senior UN official. 

With the pier just days away from operation, the lack of concrete plans for securing and distributing the aid has raised concerns among some in the US government.

The potential risks associated with the pier are enormous. Some 200 aid workers have died in Gaza since the war began in October, including seven with World Central Kitchen—an aid group founded by celebrity chef José Andrés.

No clear authority exists on the ground to secure the distribution of the aid, which poses other problems. In February, more than 100 people were killed in an incident when Israeli forces opened fire during a stampede of people rushing to get aid from a convoy.

Only about 8,000 pallets worth of aid is in Cyprus, according to current and former US officials familiar with the plan, which is only a few days worth of supplies for the 2.2 million people in Gaza. US officials said it wasn’t clear to planners how to provide additional aid to sustain deliveries

Even if that problem is addressed, the pier has a more limited capacity compared with land crossings, which are a cheaper and more efficient way to provide humanitarian assistance. The pier would at first enable about 90 trucks of humanitarian aid a day to enter Gaza and then expand soon after to 150 trucks a day, officials say. Before the war about 500 trucks entered Gaza daily.

Nancy A. Youssef and Jared Malsin, WSJ, May 10, 2024

Everything is done by the US to make the Gaza pier for aid a theatrical act for the global Public – and secure that the Gazans keep starving until they bend and leave.

It’s all about the US helping Israel to carry out genocide while looking as if trying to avoid it.

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Authored by Jeffrey A. Tucker via the Brownstone Institute,

It’s not been a good week for the Censorship Industrial Complex. 

The machine has been built and put into action over nearly a decade but largely in secret. Its way of doing business has been via surreptitious contacts with media and tech companies, intelligence carve-outs in “fact-checking” organizations, payoffs, and various other clever strategies, all directed toward boosting some sources of information and suppressing others. The goal has always been to advance regime narratives and curate the public mind. 

And yet, based on its operations and insofar as we can tell, it had every intention of remaining secret. This is for a reason. A systematic effort by government to bully private sector companies into a particular narrative while suppressing dissent contradicts American law and tradition. It also violates human rights as understood since the Enlightenment. It was a consensus, until very recently, that free speech was essential to the functioning of the good society. 

Four years ago, many of us suspected censorship was going on, that the throttling and banning was not merely a mistake or the result of zealous employees stepping out of line. Three years ago, the proof started to arrive. Two years ago, it became a flood. With the Twitter files from a year ago, we had all the proof we needed that the censorship was systematic, directed, and highly effective. But even then, we only knew a fraction of it. 

Thanks to discovery from court cases, FOIA requests, whistleblowers, Congressional inquiries thanks to the very narrow Republican control, and some industrial upheavals such as what happened at Twitter, we are overwhelmed with tens of thousands of pages all pointing to the same reality. 

The censors developed a belief at the highest levels of control in government that it was their job to govern what information the American people would and would not see, regardless of the truth. The actions became truly tribal: our side favors banning gatherings, closing schools, says the Hunter Biden laptop is a fake, favors masking, mass vaccination, and mail-in voting, and denies the import of voter fraud and vaccine injury, whereas their side takes the opposite approach. 

It was a war over information, undertaken in total disregard for the First Amendment, as if it doesn’t even exist. Moreover, the operation was not only political. It clearly involved intelligence agencies that were already hip deep in the “all-of-society” pandemic response. 

“All of Society” means all, including the information you receive and are allowed to distribute. 

A vast swath of unelected bureaucrats took it upon themselves to manage all knowledge flows in the age of the Internet, with the ambition to turn the main source of news and sharing into a giant American version of Pravda. All of this occurred right under our noses – and is still going on today. 

Indeed, censorship is a full-on industry now, with hundreds and thousands of cut-outs, universities, media companies, government agencies, and even young people in school studying to be disinformation specialists, and bragging about it on social media. We are just one step away from a New York Times article – as follow-ups to their recent praise of the Deep State and also government surveillance – with a headline like “The Good Society Needs Censors.”

Incredibly, the censorship is so pervasive now that it is not even reported. All these revelations should have been front page news. But so captured is the news media today that there are very few outlets that even bother to report the fullness of the problem. 

Not receiving nearly enough attention is the new report from the Committee on the Judiciary and the Select Subcommittee on the Weaponization of the Federal Government of the US House of Representatives. 

Running nearly 1,000 pages including documentation (however many pages are purposely blank), we have here an overwhelming amount of evidence of a systematic, aggressive, and deeply entrenched effort on the part of the federal government, including the Biden White House and many agencies including the World Health Organization, to tear out the guts of the Internet and social media culture and replace them with propaganda

Claire's Observations:  This "propaganda" caused many people to sicken and die, in this country.  It was,  ultimately, "all about the Benjamins" and "following the money". until unequivocal, hard evidence came out, about what  horrific negative consequences of the MRNA shot could create, including the now infamous "turbo-cancers" 

And do you think it is just a coincidence, that Pfizer is now focusing on anti-cancer treatments and drugs?!?   It is very simple problem/solution thinking.  Create a problem, like massive upticks in cancer, and "miraculously" come up with treatments and drugs which "buy patients time".  "

"Cures" are generally suppressed  sometimes through drug development buyouts to insure they don't get to the public, because they don't fit a pharmaceutical company's financial needs anywhere near as well as  do "treatments"  

After all, no  less that Celebrity Pharma figure Peter Bourlas, made the observation last week tha "...since the COVID-19 pandemic is over and global demand for its vaccines and coronavirus drugs is falling, Pfizer has its eyes set on the cancer treatment market."

How convenient.  And of course, courtesy of "Bush Deux" We the people are no longer able to sue Big Pharma for horrific harm any vaccine or other treatment, has caused us, courtesy of the Homeland Security Act.  

However, certain states are starting to challenge that, because of the negative outcomes of the MRNA vaccine. As of 30 November last year, we saw the following  headline:   https://www.google.com/search?client=firefox-b-1-e&q=texas+attorney+general+sues+pfizer


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by Tyler Durden

Saturday, May 11, 2024 - 07:30 PM

One of Chevy's longest running vehicle models has now fallen at the hands of the company's transition to EVs. The Chevy Malibu will be no longer, according to a new report from Car and Driver

The Chevy Malibu, one of the longest-running and most successful vehicles in history, is being discontinued again. Chevrolet informed Car and Driver that production will end in November 2024 as the automaker invests $390 million in its Fairfax Assembly Plant in Kansas.

Car and Driver reports that GM will also pause production of the Cadillac XT4 in January to retool for the Ultium-based Bolt EV. Production will resume in late 2025, with the XT4 and Bolt EV sharing an assembly line.

Despite Chevy's shift towards crossovers and SUVs, the Malibu remained a steady presence, with over 10 million units sold across nine generations. However, its discontinuation comes as a surprise given GM's recent EV challenges, including missing the goal of selling 400,000 EVs by mid-2024 and reintroducing plug-in hybrids to North America.

"We've been somewhat lukewarm toward the Malibu in recent years, but we'll certainly lament the passing of such a longstanding nameplate. Who knows? Maybe GM will revive it as an EV in another 15 years," Car and Driver wrote

Meanwhile just days ago we published an article highlighting how Ford's $120,000 loss per vehicle makes it fairly clear that California (and the nation's) EVs goals are unreachable. 

On April 24, Ford reported it lost $132,000 for each of its 10,000 electric vehicles sold in the first quarter of 2024, according to CNN. The sales were down 20 percent from the first quarter of 2023 and would “drag down earnings for the company overall.”

The Epoch Times notes that the losses include “hundreds of millions being spent on research and development of the next generation of EVs for Ford. Those investments are years away from paying off.” Ford is the only major carmaker breaking out EV numbers by themselves. But other marques likely suffer similar losses.

Californians bought 1.78 million new vehicles in 2023, reported the California New Car Dealers Association. Multiply that number by $132,000 and you get $235 billion. That would bankrupt every car manufacturer, meaning they just would pull out of selling anything in the state.

The California government would have to set up socialist, government-owned companies to make the cars, like the infamous Yugo. Dubbed “the worst car in history,” it was sold in America in the 1980s and was made by the communist Yugoslav government just before the country itself broke up in 1991.

And compared to that...the not-especially-wonderful-looking Malibu wouldn't look that bad...

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by Tyler Durden

When people gripe about paying taxes and the government being a poor the absolute worst possible capital allocation, this is what they are talking about: $7.5 billion in investments for electric vehicles hasin two years - produced just 7 charging stations across four states. 

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, signed by Biden in November 2021, allocated $7.5 billion for EV charging, the Washington Post writes. Of this amount, $5 billion went to states as "formula funding" for the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure program to establish a network of fast chargers along major highways.

Today, there's seven chargers with a total of just 38 parking spots. And, come on: when the Post is calling it out, you know the results have been horrible. 

The Post added that with the Biden administration's new emissions rules requiring more electric and hybrid vehicles, the slow pace of charging infrastructure development could hinder the transition to electric cars. Twelve additional states have awarded contracts for charging station construction, while 17 states have yet to issue proposals.

Alexander Laska, deputy director for transportation and innovation at the center-left think tank Third Way, told The Post: “I think a lot of people who are watching this are getting concerned about the timeline.”

The slow rollout of new EV chargers is partly due to higher standards compared to previous fast chargers. The U.S. has nearly 10,000 fast charging stations, including over 2,000 reliable Tesla Superchargers, but non-Tesla chargers often suffer from poor performance.

New Biden administration rules require chargers to be 97% operational, offer 150kW power, and be within one mile of highways. These standards are crucial but slow down progress due to complex rules, permitting challenges, and power demands. The NEVI program aims to boost fast charging capacity by 50% to reduce "range anxiety," but states must first build the chargers.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.), Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Morgan Griffith (R-Va.) wrote to the Biden Administration last month: “We have significant concerns that under your efforts American taxpayer dollars are being woefully mismanaged.”

“State transportation agencies are the recipients of the money. Nearly all of them had no experience deploying electric vehicle charging stations before this law was enacted,” Nick Nigro, founder of Atlas Public Policy added.

The Federal Highway Administration responded: “We are building a national EV charging network from scratch, and we want to get it right. After developing program guidance and partnering with states to guide implementation plans, we are hitting our stride as states move quickly to bring NEVI stations online.”

“More Americans are buying EVs every day — with EV sales rising faster than traditional gas-powered cars — as the President’s Investing in America agenda makes EVs more affordable, helps Americans save money when driving, and makes EV charging accessible and convenient," a White House spokesperson added

Claire's Observations: On that last statement, the White House Spokesperson, is deliberately, insanely wrong, and EV manufacturers in the US are taking a bath in  "not driver ready" scenarios with these vehicles.  Batteries explode, and are hellishly expensive to replace; the self-driving mechanisms are causing accident after accident; and the range of travel on EVs is still severely limited, compared to that of gas powered vehicles. 

So US  EV manufacturers, get the technology on board to fix the bugs; offer these vehicles at a reasonable price (as the Chinese are doing on price-point, (which has caused them to be sanctioned by the US government) and get a product out there which is affordable, de-bugged; and which Americans are going to WANT to drive.  

And states, get those EV charging stations of excellent quality established.  

There are numerous private companies already designing, and building EV charging stations  well; let them assist and guide you in this process. And the monies spent on these stations should be a transparent portion of your budgets.

A quick Google search reminds us of the following:

"Why did people buy the Ford Model T?

The Model T changed the way Americans lived, worked and traveled. Henry Ford's revolutionary advancements in assembly-line automobile manufacturing made the Model T the first car to be affordable for a majority of Americans. In 1908, the Model T sold for $850 while competing cars often cost $2000-$3000."

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By Ted Dabrowski and John Klingner of Wirepoints

Chicago Mayor Brandon Johnson recently traveled to Springfield with a big wish list of stuff he wants from state lawmakers. Among them, $1 billion in extra funding for Chicago Public Schools.

We have a host of reasons why his demand should be categorically rejected. Among them, CPS already spends $29,000 per student, Chicago teachers are already among the nation’s highest paid in big cities and the Chicago Teachers Union refuses to close the many empty, failing schools across the district. Not to mention that both CPS and CTU refuse to hold themselves accountable to students. Just 20% of minority CPS children can read at grade level and in math it’s even worse.

Now add to that the growing rate of teachers simply not showing up to school. The U.S. Department of Education’s definition of chronic teacher absenteeism is 10 or more absences in a school year.

In CPS, the share of teachers who are chronically absent has jumped to 43% from 28% just seven years ago. The jump can’t be blamed on the pandemic, as the rate of absenteeism was rising (from 28% to 36%) even before covid hit.

Teacher attendance has a heavy impact on student outcomes. From the Illinois State Board of Education’s Report Card:

“Teacher attendance is a “leading indicator” of student achievement, according to the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers with regular attendance provide continuity of instruction and attention to individual students. The National Bureau of Economic Research has shown that when teachers are absent for 10 days or more, student outcomes decrease significantly.”

Instead of asking for more money, Mayor Johnson should make sure his CTU brethren are actually in the classroom. He should then set dramatically higher reading and math proficiency targets that both he and teachers are held accountable for

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By Andrew Korybko of the Korybko substack

The five objectives that are enumerated in this piece encapsulate what Russia nowadays aims to achieve after over two years of intense proxy warfare with NATO.

Zelensky claimed on Friday that Russia’s long-awaited offensive had finally begun following its fresh push into Kharkov Region from which it tactically pulled back in September 2022. This precedes him likely clinging to power on legally dubious pretexts once his term expires on 21 May and aligns with the Ukrainian Intelligence Committee’s prediction of political-military troubles heading into his summer.

Here are the five objectives that Russia arguably aims to achieve in view of the conflict’s larger context:

1. Create The Conditions For Russia To Control The Entirety Of Its New Regions

Russia’s increasingly frequent gains in Donbass over the past month speak to how serious Ukraine’s conscription and logistical crises have become, thus enabling Moscow to push them to the breaking point by opening up a new front at this precise moment in time. This is meant to facilitate a military breakthrough for expelling Ukrainian forces from the entirety of Russia’s new regions, with any collapse of the front lines consequently paving the way for achieving additional military-political goals.

2. Coerce Ukraine Into Demilitarizing All Of Its Rump Regions East Of The Dnieper

Russia is unlikely to make territorial claims to Ukraine’s rump regions east of the Dnieper due to the high cost of sustainably securing, rebuilding, and integrating them, which is why it’ll probably instead demand their demilitarization as a buffer zone in exchange for letting Kiev retain political control. Any areas that it captures throughout the course of this reportedly launched campaign could be handed back upon that happening in a variation of the alleged compromises contained in spring 2022’s draft treaty.  

3. Deter NATO From Crossing The Dnieper If Member States’ Forces Conventionally Intervene

Russia doesn’t want NATO conventionally intervening in this conflict, but if member states like France and/or Poland unilaterally do so in the event that the front lines collapse, then Moscow hopes that its newly announced tactical nuclear weapons exercises will deter them from crossing the Dnieper. In connection with that, India and/or the Vatican could convey Russia’s red line to NATO, while Russia could restrain itself from chasing fleeing troops to and over the river so as to not worsen the security dilemma.

4. Influence Ukraine’s Possibly Impending US-Backed Regime Change Process

The Kremlin won’t negotiate with Zelensky, Poroshenko, or any of the other Ukrainian figures that were just placed on its Interior Ministry’s wanted list since it regards them as illegitimate so the US couldn’t freeze the conflict without someone else in power. Russia’s foreign intelligence service recently reported that the US is already exploring possible replacements to Zelensky, and Moscow naturally wants to influence this process in order to filter out figures who it knows wouldn’t abide by any peace agreement.

5. End The Conflict In A Way That Ensures Russia’s Core Security Interests In The New Reality

Russia’s maximalist goals of demilitarizing Ukraine, denazifying it, and restoring that country’s constitutional neutrality are unlikely to be achieved in full given the new reality of NATO preparing for a conventional intervention up to the Dnieper in order to avoid a strategic defeat in this proxy war. Considering that, Russia must resort to creative military-diplomatic means for ensuring its core security interests, though that requires an information campaign for tempering its supporters’ expectations.  

Claire's Observations:  IF, as the article states, Russia is planning for this to happen "before the end of the year", if NATO fails in its attempted "conventional intervention up to the Dnieper in order to avoid a strategic defeat", that will be right before the 2024 elections in this country, if in fact elections are held.

And that ..... will chalk up yet  another stunning and humiliating  defeat for By-di_Bye and his minions.  And please understand, they will do anything - and I mean, at this point, ANYTHING to prevent that from happening to keep themselves in power for 4 more years and beyond, if possible.

Folks, between a really horrifically, not-thought through  NATO intervention with Russia in Ukraine, and the Israeli genocide in Gaza, World War III has already started; it's just a case of how long this slow and deadly simmer will continue, until it boils over into a truly world war. 

 I would suggest that we will see some intense escalations on both fronts, and soon, probably right after the start of summer.

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Personal and household debt at all-time highs,far fewer loan transactions, Low interest. All bad signs for banks. Not to mention their exposure to airlines, hotels, tourists, and other industries. I’ll be surprised if any can pass the stress test. They cant play fast and lose with bank members’ cash. Banking shares still down about 30% on the year to date, even as a handful of technology companies have helped major US stock indexes trade near record territory. Bank stocks are just like Airline stocks. They won’t make a profit(if anyone cares) for a couple of years, as loan defaults increase, and Powell put the nail in the coffin with the rate staying as is for a few years.

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