"'Congress shall make no law respecting an institution of religion.' -- The First Amendment to the Constitution

A Nativity scene (or a Menorah for that matter) is not a law, it is a decoration. And on that basis, even though I myself am an atheist, I do not have a problem with Nativity scenes on government property, other than they are a reminder that those are the people we are bombing to steal their oil.

I do draw the line at the Ten Commandments being on display on government buildings with its prohibitions against lying, theft, and killing, as that hostile work environment!" -- Michael Rivero

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As early as January 2022, National Institutes of Health (NIH) researchers were aware of at least 850 peer-reviewed case reports and/or research articles about COVID-19 vaccine reactions, according to emails obtained by Children’s Health Defense (CHD).

In one email (name and agency redacted), NIH researchers were told the federal government was “saddled” with the “mess” of dealing with those injured by the COVID-19 vaccines, due to the liability shield enjoyed by vaccine manufacturers.

CHD requested the documents via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the NIH in November 2022. When the NIH hadn’t responded by April 2023, CHD sued the agency.

In an October 2023 settlement, the NIH agreed to produce up to 7,500 pages of documents at a rate of 300 pages per month.

The batch of documents released in June — which include emails to Peter Marks, M.D., Ph.D., director of the FDA’s Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research — revealed that by fall 2021, key NIH researchers were aware of scientific studies on serious adverse events, including persistent neurological symptoms, following COVID-19 vaccines.

On Jan. 10, 2022, NIH researcher Dr. Avindra Nath was forwarded an email from someone whose name is redacted, with the subject line: “Followup [sic] Jan 4th Meeting” (pages 281-289).

The original email, dated Jan. 9, 2022, was sent to FDA officials including Marks and Dr. Janet Woodcock, principal deputy commissioner of food and drugs, who apparently participated in a meeting on this topic on Jan. 4, 2022.

The Jan. 9, 2022 email included a list of “persistent symptoms following the Covid vaccines” and the names of researchers who were studying these conditions, which included dysautonomia, neuropathy, tinnitus, multisystem inflammatory syndrome (MIS), myocarditis, blood clots and parasthesias.

The email was accompanied by a spreadsheet listing approximately 850 “peer-reviewed case reports/research articles about Covid vaccine reactions.”

Claire's Observations:  The establishment scientific community knew, early on, about the damage these jabs could cause, yet continued to promote them as "safe" and "necessary".  

Victims of these intense side-effects had no real place to go, for treatment, or understanding of the issues with which they were dealing.  They were, in some cases, labeled "delusional", and sent home perhaps with some psychotropic prescription to "calm them."

Now that the reality of how bad these shots were, for so many people, has been made public, there is outrage that the medical community allowed this to happen to them.  

And what has happened to the trust Americans used to have in their doctors, and the  entire medical/industrial complex?!? It's gone, baby, gone!!!! 

Even the old, and relatively safe, inoculations against preventable diseases, has plummeted because of this insanity, and THAT is a bad and scary thing.


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A widespread IT outage linked to a software update from cybersecurity company CrowdStrike has caused significant disruptions to businesses and services worldwide using Microsoft software, affecting banks, airports, TV stations, hotels, and many other industries.

Wired reports that in the early hours of Friday, companies running Microsoft’s Windows operating system began experiencing widespread technical issues, with devices displaying Blue Screens of Death (BSODs). The problem quickly spread globally, impacting organizations in Australia, the UK, India, Germany, the Netherlands, and the United States.

The outage has had far-reaching consequences across various sectors. In the aviation industry, major U.S. airlines including United, Delta, and American Airlines issued a “global ground stop” on all flights. Media outlets were also affected, with Sky News going offline. The healthcare sector saw disruptions as well, with NHS England confirming that GP appointment and patient record systems were impacted.

Cybersecurity officials have stated that the issues are not believed to be the result of a malicious cyberattack. Instead, the problems stem from a misconfigured or corrupted update pushed out by cybersecurity giant CrowdStrike to its customers. The incident appears to only be affecting devices running the Windows operating system.

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In recent years, the restaurant industry has faced challenges that have caused significant turmoil. 2020 hit the restaurant industry like a wrecking ball, closing doors and dimming neon signs worldwide. However, amidst this upheaval, the industry has shown remarkable resilience. When the world came to a halt, so did the heartbeat of countless eateries, leaving restaurants struggling with empty tables and silent kitchens. Rising prices are just the beginning. Supply chain disruptions made it difficult to source ingredients, causing prices to rise. Buying meat, vegetables, and even basic cooking oil became a daily battle against inflated costs and scarce availability.
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The Democratic National Committee plans to move forward with its virtual roll call to nominate Joe Biden — but will delay setting the date and rules for the vote until next week.

In a letter signed by the Democratic National Convention Rules Committee co-chairs Leah Daughtry and Tim Walz, the Minnesota governor, the committee says it will “propose a framework for how best to proceed” at a meeting on Friday, but members will not be adopting any rules until next week.

The letter, obtained first by POLITICO, was sent to other members of the rules committee on Wednesday morning. It also says that any voting on the nomination wouldn’t begin until at least Aug. 1, a few days later than published reports had suggested voting could begin.

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With more than a thousand flights cancelled globally, passengers were seen sleeping in passageways at Los Angeles International Airport, huge queues formed at terminals across Spain, and in Delhi staff set up a makeshift whiteboard to record departures.

Shops in Australia shut down or went cashless after digital checkouts stopped working, while in the US emergency services lines went down in Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Minnesota, New Hampshire and Ohio.

Cyber security company CrowdStrike has admitted to being responsible for the error that hit Microsoft 365 apps and operating systems and said a ‘fix has been deployed’. The American firm said it was caused by a ‘defect found in a single content update’ and insisted the issue ‘was not a security incident or cyberattack’.

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The United States Secret Service said Trump rally shooter, Thomas Matthew Crooks, hid the weapon in advance. Agents say by the time they spotted him on the roof, 20-year-old Crooks was already holding the weapon. A Secret Service source told Fox News, "We went from golf range finder to AR-15, and now we have to fill in the gap."

Authorities says when they observed Crooks carrying a golf range finder he was marked as a 'person of interest' but not a 'threat.' Crooks struck at least four people with AR-15 fire from the rooftop, which led to the death of a 50-year-old father of two named Corey Comperatore. The shooting seriously wounded David Dutch and James Copenhaver.

Webmaster addition: More CYA propaganda to explain why nobody saw the shooter carrying a gun until he was on the roof. But what about that ladder? Crooks only bought the ladder the morning of the shooting?

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US Secret Service whistleblowers have approached the House Judiciary Committee, claiming that there were limited resources to cover former President Donald Trump last weekend due to the North Atlantic Treato Organization (NATO) summit in Washington DC, as well as first lady Jill Biden's campaign rally in Pittsburgh, PA.

Webmaster addition: Trying to explain away the assassination attempt as incompetence. But remember that massive short sell of Trump stocks just the day before? That too is being dismissed as a "clerical error". But the list of excuses you have to believe to accept the crazed lone nut theory is getting pretty long!

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by Ramzy Baroud 

Much has been written about the political earthquakes in Britain and France, the first resulting in the crushing defeat of the Conservative Party and the latter in the overpowering of the far right, by a largely leftist coalition.

The Israeli war of ‘extermination’ in Gaza, per the words of International Criminal Court Prosecutor Karim Khan, has made the cause of Palestinian freedom a global one. No amount of media disinformation, or lobby money can help Israel redeem its tarnished image. Many Israelis, too, have reached that realization.

The horrific war, the steadfastness of the Palestinian people and the global solidarity efforts have all served as a boost for many governments around the world to adopt stronger stances in support of Palestine. The recent volley of recognitions of a Palestinian state attests to this claim.

Though the war played a big part in this, the shift is expected to grow in the coming years because European voters are clearly fed up with their governments’ blind support of Israel.

They are using their democratic systems to effect real changes in government, thus policies with the aim of ending the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

Responsible governments, like Spain, Norway and Ireland, are responding to the wishes of their people accordingly. Others, including the US, should follow suit.

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The problem with heat pumps is they're fundamentally uneconomic, and no amount of shifting the costs around can hide that, says Andrew Montford. So beware the Government's latest bait-and-switch ruse to get you to buy one.
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One of the tactics of the open-borders advocates is to have an endless series of appeals for illegal aliens, even after they are deported, in the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR), the administrative immigration-appeals system, and in the Article III Federal court system.

Michelle Malkin said it plainly decades ago: “It Ain't Over ‘Til the Alien Wins” [June 12, 2007] and that is part of the perfidious plan by the Treason Bar and kritarchs in Federal courts. Just keep cases open until the government surrenders and gives an illegal alien a green card.

It never ends, in fact it expands. Senator Christopher Murphy has proposed legislation to further clog the Federal courts by ending the most sensible restriction on one avenue of appeals, false claims of ineffectiveness of counsel. The fun fact is that attorneys who are unlicensed by the State Bar organizations are allowed to practice before the EOIR and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Consequently there are many incompetent lawyers practicing immigration law, but that should not give illegal aliens the right to endless appeals.

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The BDS movement, which is a non-violent Palestinian-led campaign that promotes boycotts, divestments, and sanctions against Israel to pressure the nation to meet its obligations under international law, is having an undeniable effect nine months into the catastrophe in Gaza. The effect is significant enough to compel propagandists on the Israeli English network ILTV to characterize the BDS movement as a definite “Trend,” as even state media is struggling to obscure the bleak and deteriorating economic reality of Israel’s wartime economy.

Amir Yaron, chief of the Bank of Israel, said in May that the wars in the north and south would cost $67 billion from 2023 to 2025. That in itself is not a damning figure, but taken in conjunction with other economic realities, such as the closure of over 40,000 small businesses in Israel, the decline in tourism, and the lack of young tech workers, a complete recovery looks implausible.

Hence, the mainstream media’s two news cycles this week focused on Google’s potential acquisition of Wiz, an Israeli cyber tech company. The move has been lauded as a vote of confidence in the strength and resilience of the Israeli tech economy. It is not. It is simply a matter of having the right product at the right time and a once-in-a-lifetime $23 billion acquisition that will not even close this year and will not lessen the geopolitical backlash from the Gaza War.

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There have been many revolutions in the technology and the geography of global cargo transportation. The Portuguese design of caravels to cross the Atlantic and Indian Oceans from the 15th century; the replacement of wind with coal-fired steam in the shipping of the British empire which followed; and the invention of the petroleum engine for automobiles and aircraft to replace horse and bullock-drawn road carts – these are well known.

The time taken for each revolution from invention to full-capacity operation was not less than one generation.

The geographic switch of Russia’s export and import trade from west to east, and also from north to south – this too is a revolution in cargo logistics; its scale, speed, and money cost have not been rivaled before. In Russian terms, it is faster than Joseph Stalin’s Five-Year schemes of industrialization from 1928 to 1942, and has not required force for implementation nor inflicted Stalin’s human casualties. For speed over time, the current Russian logistics revolution will take five years.

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In a bizarre statement, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre basically told a reporter that doing something about the border crisis wasn’t Joe Biden’s job.

Pierre offered the shocking defense of President Biden’s refusal to use his executive powers over the past years to tackle the border crisis — after a reporter asked, “Why isn’t he doing anything?”

“Why should he have to do it unilaterally?” Jean-Pierre replied — justifying Biden’s three-plus years of inaction as he now finally has considered using his presidential powers to limit the number of asylum applicants allowed into the US after entering the country illegally.

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The Israeli minister said he prayed that Netanyahu would not agree to a hostage and ceasefire deal with Hamas by Dave DeCamp July 18, 2024 at 4:09 pm ET Categories NewsTags Israel, Palestine

Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben Gvir made a provocative visit to the al-Aqsa mosque compound in Israeli-occupied East Jerusalem on Thursday as part of his effort to thwart a hostage deal with Hamas.

Ben Gvir, leader of the Jewish Power party, said in a video he recorded in front of the Dome of the Rock that Netanyahu shouldn’t make a deal with Hamas despite the increasing domestic pressure.

“I am praying and am also working hard so that the prime minister will have the strength not to fold and to go on to victory: to add military pressure, to stop their fuel [from entering Gaza] — to win,” he said.

Under the status quo at al-Aqsa, known as the Temple Mount to the Israelis, non-Muslims can visit the site but cannot pray. Ben Gvir and other extremist settlers frequently defy the ban, raising fears among Palestinians that Israel might try to take over the mosque, the third holiest site in Islam.

Claire's Observations:  Remember what I said, in a previous post, about Netanyahu believing that with the American body politic being such a mess, that he might believe that NOW was a real "window" for him to destroy Al-Aqsa and build the Third Temple?!?

In his appearance at the mosque, and what he said there, Ben-Gvir just telegraphed that intention, big-time!!!

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Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addresses lawmakers in the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, in Jerusalem, Wednesday, July 17, 2024. (AP Photo/Ohad Zwigenberg)

More than 200 anonymous staff members across 122 Democratic and Republican congressional offices signed a letter this week calling for Congress to protest or boycott Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech next week on Capitol Hill, citing concerns about the ongoing war in Gaza.

The letter, organized by the Congressional Progressive Staff Association and signed by 230 House and Senate staffers, said speaking out against Netanyahu’s July 24 joint address to Congress was an “issue of morality” and not politics.

Claire's Observations:  This need for anonymity, speaks volumes about fears of professional reprisals, and career assassinations, should they reveal their identities. They all have a very clear understanding of "what happens" when one openly criticizes Israel's policies.

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The U.S. debt-to-GDP ratio is indeed approaching levels seen during World War II. The highest debt-to-GDP ratio in U.S. history was around 120% at the end of World War II. As of recent data, the debt-to-GDP ratio for the U.S. is approximately 115.7%, which is very close to that historical peak.
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In the tech sector, it’s called “vaporware” something that is touted as something huge and monumental – but amounts to nothing. And it seems like Biden’s job growth numbers are as long on promise and as short on delivery as the infamous Apple Television Interface.

For months now the Biden administration has been trumpeting its “phenomenal” numbers on job growth, however, those numbers seem to be part of a disappearing act that would make David Blaine proud! Newly released data shows that those numbers were by almost 800,000 in 2023. According to the Washington Times that translates to about 1 in 4 jobs that were supposedly added last year never actually existed.


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You must give Democrats credit for peddling the most absurd hyper-hyperbolic campaign narratives as a means of gaslighting the American people with spin and fearmongering.  They follow the Joseph Goebbels school of propaganda.  The bigger the lie, the more it will be believed – especially if you repeat it over and over.

That strategy is seen with the bogus claims that the riot on Capitol Hill was an insurrection … an attempted coup … a planned overthrow of the government.  They take their hyperbole into hyperspace with claims that the election of President Trump will literally end the American Democracy.  And lately, they claim that the election of Trump will destroy the world.

They have taken the fact the earth is warming (and yes, it is) – and that is the fault of human activity – as some Draconian situation that will literally wipe humans off the face of the earth.  This despite the fact that their short-term ominous predictions have not come to pass.    They use weather cycles – such as this year’s high temperatures – as evidence.  (Incidentally, the Global Historical Climatology Network’s list of the top ten hottest Junes does not even include 2024.  The hottest was 1933. If you are interested, the other nine in order of severity are 1934,1911, 2021, 1951, 2021, 1931, 2016, 1918 and 1936.)

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Folks, I have been shouting this message for over a year now: GET YOUR MONEY OUT OF THE BANKS!

Of course I can’t provide personalized financial advice to anyone, that’s not my job.  I’m just a reporter.  So that’s what I’m doing.  Reporting on what I’m seeing and what I continue to see time and time again is banks crashing, banks going under, and serious cracks forming in our economy.

Here’s the latest…

40 Chinese Banks have VANISHED in one week.

Yes, that’s a strange word to use, isn’t it?  Vanished?  And yet, that’s exactly what happened.

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An enhanced variant of the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine was confirmed on July 16 to have successfully completed the preliminary design review, placing it on schedule to be integrated on to future variants of the F-35 fifth generation fighter before 2030. Developed under the Engine Core Upgrade program, the powerplant was developed as an alternative to work on the Adaptive Engine Transition Program which had been intended to provide a clean sheet new powerplant for the F-35 with revolutionary new capabilities. The much more conservative Engine Core Upgrade program will provide far less ambitious specifications, lacking key features such as a “third stream” of bypass air system for greater efficiency and cooling and an adaptive cycle intended to significantly increase thrust and endurance. Benefits of the Engine Core Upgrade, however, include a much lower development cost than developing and entirely new engine, as well as commonality of maintenance with the several hundred baseline F135s already built. Where the Adaptive Engine Transition Program was expected to only be compatible with the Air Force and Navy’s F-35A and F-35C models, the enhanced F135 developed under the Engine Core Upgrade program will also be compatible with the Marine Corps’ F-35B. 

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The Yemeni Ansurullah Coalition on July 19 launched a successful drone strike on the centre of Tel Aviv, a city internationally recognised as the Israeli capital. The attack is one of the latest by Yemeni forces against Israeli targets since the outbreak of hostilities between Israel and Palestinian militia groups in the Gaza Strip in October 2023. The strike caused several Israeli casualties, including a single death, according to local sources, and impacted near the American consulate in the city. The United States moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in 2018, although the vast majority of countries maintain their embassies in the city. Ansurualh Coalition forces reported having “carried out a specific military operation, which consisted of targeting one of the important targets in the occupied Jaffa region, what is now called Israeli Tel Aviv.” Ansurullah notably does not recognise the state of Israel, and thus refers to it as occupied Palestinian territory inhabited by settler colonists predominantly of European origin, with this reflected in the Yemeni group’s rhetoric.

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The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spent $15 million to help secure George Latimer’s victory over Jamaal Bowman in New York and now they have their sights set on Missouri’s 1st district, where Rep. Cori Bush is facing a primary challenge from prosecutor Wesley Bell.

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