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A New York appeals court upheld a prior ruling that struck down a New York City law giving local voting rights to nearly a million foreign nationals.

As Breitbart News chronicled, Democrats on the 51-member New York City Council approved a plan in January 2022 that gave more than 800,000 foreign nationals with green cards, visas, and work permits the opportunity to vote in citywide elections so long as they have resided in the city for at least 30 consecutive days.

Black New Yorkers, along with naturalized American citizens, the New York State Republican Party, the Republican National Committee (RNC), and Democrat officials like Councilman Robert Holden subsequently sued Mayor Eric Adams (D) and the city’s Board of Elections.

In June 2022, the New York Supreme Court ruled that giving local voting rights to foreign nationals violated the state’s constitution, which explicitly reserves voting for American “citizens.”

On Wednesday, the New York Appellate Division upheld that decision:

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Some mornings the economic news sets something of its own agenda and today has been an example of that since this was released earlier.

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Over recent months, the former Pink Floyd member has been in the news for his comments on the conflict in Palestine and accusations of anti-Semitism and rightly repeatedly denied all accusations of anti-Semitism and explained that his disdain is towards Israel, not Judaism. He also accused Israel of “abusing the term anti-Semitism to intimidate people like me into silence”.

“My mother told me, when faced with difficult problems, the first thing to do is to read—read, read, read. Then, the next part is easy: do the right thing,” he told the outlet, referring to his own family background that saw his father killed in the Second World War.

“Anybody who knows Bono should go and pick him up by his ankles and shake him… until he stops being an enormous shit.” 

“We have to start saying to these people, your opinion is so disgusting and so degrading… sticking up for the Zionist entity,” he added. “What he did a couple of weeks ago in the Sphere in Las Vegas, singing about the Stars of David, was one of the most disgusting things I’ve ever seen in my life.”

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The Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget and the latest Congressional Budget Office outlook conclude IRA Energy Provisions Cost Could Double With New Emissions Rule

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A confidentiality agreement shows potential coronavirus vaccine candidates were transferred from Moderna to the University of North Carolina in 2019, nineteen days before the emergence of the alleged COVID-19-causing virus in Wuhan, China. 

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A potential war tactic has just been launched by Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) when it fired two "Fateh class" ballistic missiles from launchers that were disguised as regular shipping containers hosted aboard its sea base-like vessel. According to experts, this new "strategy" has not been seen to date but it greatly expands the reach with which those weapons could be used to strike potential targets by surprise because shipping containers can be embarked on any vessel that has the space to accommodate them.

Local and IRCG-linked news outlet Tasnim reported that the ballistic missiles that were recently launched were from Shahid Mahdavi. The Iranian Navy took delivery of the ship in March 2023 after it was converted from a state-owned and operated container ship known as the Sarvin. Video footage showing the firing of the missile seemed to be taken from cameras around the ship and a drone that captured the launch from above. It also showed the supposed resulting impact on a target of one of the missiles, causing a large explosion. At least one of the missiles went on to successfully hit its target in the central desert of Iran.

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Trust the Evidence has started a list of people and institutions who pushed the harmful and destructive idea that you could “suppress” or “eradicate” SARS-CoV-2 using social measures, for example, “lockdowns.”

“Those listed below showed crass ignorance of respiratory viral epidemiology, and they are likely to approach other topics with the same facile attitude in the future,” Dr. Tom Jefferson and Professor Carl Heneghan said.

“Some of them have since apologised, but most of them are carrying on, pretending nothing happened.”

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Google’s highly-touted AI chatbot Gemini is getting destroyed by social media users, including Elon Musk, after its image generator spat out a series of “diverse” yet inaccurate pictures of America’s Founding Fathers, popes, and more.

The New York Post reported the bizarre results came after simple prompts by users, including from the paper itself.

As NBC News notes, Google announced its “next-generation” AI model, Gemini 1.5, last week, claiming was its most capable yet. Unless they were talking about peak wokeness, this was a clear misjudgment.

In addition to the Founding Fathers, the images include female and black popes, black Vikings, Nazis of different races, and Asian female hockey players.

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Again we are reminded that wealth comes before health, this time due to a pesticide called Chlormequat chloride, which is approved and being used in food crops in the UK, EU, and Canada and its use is now on the rise in the U.S. This is despite the findings in animal studies that the chemical lowers fertility and testosterone, disrupts the reproductive process and can even harm the developing fetus!

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Former Air Force Major Thomas Haviland surveyed embalmers in 2022 about unusual clots being found in the bodies of vaccinated deceased.  Haviland did a second survey for 2023.

While reviewing and commenting on the latest survey results, A Midwestern Doctor gives possible mechanisms for how these clots are forming and discusses why corporate media and “the science” remain silent.

“Given how many people are seeing these clots and how much concern still exists about them, it is remarkable that our entire scientific apparatus has blacklisted any research being conducted on it,” A Midwestern Doctor writes.

And much like corporate media, “the scientific press … will never cover stories which threaten the pharmaceutical sponsors who fund the medical journals.”

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Information about children referred to the UK’s Prevent counter-terrorism programme could be held on databases for decades and potentially for the rest of their lives, digital rights campaigners have warned.

In a report published on Thursday, Open Rights Group warned that thousands of children referred to Prevent over the past decade are at risk of being “marked for life” even in the vast majority of cases in which no action or intervention is deemed necessary.

Sophia Akram, programme manager at ORG, told Middle East Eye: “The prospect that people’s data could be held from when they were a child for the duration of their lifetime is disproportionate considering no offence would have been committed and the behaviour in question is often so negligible that it might not even warrant an intervention.

“The implication is that we could hold a generation of children in permanent suspicion with no means of redress. Worse than criminalisation, all of these children could be impacted through potentially various facets of their lives because of one ill-thought through Prevent referral."

The report highlighted concerns about opaque data management processes in which details about Prevent referrals were being recorded not only in a national Prevent database but also in other police databases and others managed by local authorities and public bodies.

Claire's Observations:  These intel reports on children are SO "Code Napoleon" (Suspect is guilty until proven  innocent), that I really have to wonder why UK law enforcement has "gone there".   I smell a lot of panic in the UK on this, but  panic will not help the situation, and leave a lot of very innocent kids marked for the rest of their lives with this "shadow" of unsubstantiated potential violence, hanging over their heads.

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The Met Office is refusing to retract a claim made by a senior meteorologist on BBC radio that storms are becoming "more intense" due to climate change, despite admitting that it has no evidence to back up the claim.

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A group of 73 major companies from 17 sectors including chemicals, pharmaceuticals and engineering have warned the EU that the continent faces industrial wipeout from Net Zero.

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The moment part of a decommissioned power station building was demolished has been captured on camera.

A pre-planned demolition of Cottam power station's boiler house took place earlier, with people on social media saying they could feel and hear the demolition over a wide area.

Dee Dickens, who filmed it from near Rampton in Nottinghamshire, said: "As I have lived in Treswell all my life, it's been a large part of my life. My mam has seen it built and now demolished."

The EDF-owned coal-fired power station had been operating for more than 50 years before it was decommissioned in 2019. 

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Still today, the U.S. CDC recommends that children as young as two wear a face mask to protect against Covid. When will public health officials accept the evidence that they don't work, ask Carl Heneghan and Tom Jefferson.

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Efeso Collins, a member of the New Zealand House of Representatives for the Green Party and a vocal proponent of COVID-19 mass vaccination efforts, tragically passed away on Wednesday morning.

Collins, 49, was participating in a charity run to support ChildFund’s initiative to provide safe drinking water to communities in the Pacific when he collapsed unexpectedly.

Despite the immediate medical attention provided by emergency services at the event, which took place at Auckland’s Britomart, efforts to resuscitate the MP were unsuccessful.

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian troops will go much further into Ukraine, taking the southern city of Odesa and may even one day push on to the capital Kyiv, a senior ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Thursday.

Putin said on Tuesday Russian troops would push further into Ukraine to build on their success on the battlefield after the weekend fall of the town of Avdiivka where he said Ukrainian troops had been forced to flee in chaos.

"Where should we stop? I don't know," former President Dmitry Medvedev, now deputy chairman of Russia's Security Council, said in an interview with Russian media. "We will have to work very hard and very seriously."

"Will it be Kyiv? Yes, it probably should be Kyiv. If not now, then after some time, maybe in some other phase of the development of this conflict.

Claire's Observations:  It is obvious, from Medvedev's comments, that Russia has planned on a "long game" to get what it wants from Ukraine.  The US government is still supporting Ukraine in a no-win situation, and is even contemplating sending longer-range missiles than they have before, signaling a potential direct US conflict with Russia.

Zelinsky is rigidly refusing any moves which would appear conciliatory to Russia at this time, even though the war is going miserably for Ukraine, and   all the firepower and intel they have received from the US and other sources, has seemed not to have made one bit of difference for the Ukrainian military. 

 It is rather amazing to me, in light of the reality that Zelinsky has become the "gold standard for US foreign military intervention failure", that he has not been replaced by this point in the game. So one has to wonder; just what does Zelinsky have on the highest echelon of the US government, and how awful  are these revelations, that he is able to cling to power so successfully?!?   I cannot speculate as to what precisely this might be, but it must be pretty damning.

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Payment services used by Russians to transfer money overseas were knocked offline on Wednesday after the central bank revoked digital bank Qiwi's licence, sending its Moscow-listed shares plummeting almost 50% to a record low.

The central bank, which has taken regulatory action against Qiwi five times in the last year, said Qiwi Bank had engaged in high-risk operations, systematically violating requirements on anti-money laundering and terrorism financing legislation.

Nasdaq-listed Qiwi, on of Russia's largest payment services provider, said it was aware of the revocation and that temporary administrators were currently working at the bank. It said it was looking into the matter and that Qiwi Group's business, which is not related to Qiwi Bank, was operating as usual.

Qiwi, a Russian analogue to PayPal, had 29 million users at the end of 2022 and 13.8 million active wallets. Users were unable to withdraw funds from wallets and Qiwi's Contact payment system, used by many to transfer funds overseas, stopped working.

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Change Healthcare, a prominent healthcare technology company based in the United States has fallen victim to a cyberattack, leading to widespread outages and delays in prescription processing at pharmacies nationwide.

Owned by UnitedHealth Group, Change Healthcare is critical in the healthcare infrastructure, facilitating the processing of orders and payments for patients across the country.

The cyberattack, which was first detected on the company’s East Coast network early Wednesday morning, has caused enterprise-wide connectivity issues, severely disrupting the usual operations of local pharmacies. These delays in prescription processing are not just inconveniences; they represent a direct impact on patient care and access to necessary medications.

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At this point in history the most effective way for westerners to fight the empire and build support for revolutionary change is to undermine public support for western status quo systems and institutions. One does this by using every means at their disposal to help people see that the power structures which rule over us don’t serve our interests, and that they are in fact profoundly evil and destructive.

It takes a flash of insight for a westerner to be able to really see the perniciousness of the US-centralized empire in all its blood-soaked glory. This is because westerners spend their entire lives marinating in empire propaganda from childhood, which has normalized and manufactured their consent for the murderous, exploitative and oppressive power structure we live under. The current status quo is all they’ve ever known, and the idea that something better might be possible is alien to them.

Teachers of spiritual enlightenment point students to the truth of their being in as many ways as possible in an effort to facilitate a flash of insight into reality. The reason they do that rather than saying the same words over and over again from day to day is because everyone’s mind is unique and ever-changing, and what knocks things home for one student one day will just be useless noise to another student who will later pop open at something completely different. The receptivity to insight varies from person to person.

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Room 641A is a telecommunication interception facility operated by AT&T for the U.S. National Security Agency, as part of its warrantless surveillance program as authorized by the Patriot Act. The facility commenced operations in 2003 and its purpose was publicly revealed in 2006.[1][2]

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Elyria Township Fire Department is urging the local community to make unusual preparations for the upcoming Total Solar Eclipse scheduled for April 8.

The statement released by the officials highlighted the importance of being well-prepared weeks in advance of the eclipse. It recommended that residents stock up on food, ensure they have a sufficient supply of their prescriptions picked up the week before, keep cell phone batteries charged, and schedule any necessary appointments for before or after the eclipse weekend.

The message was clear: PLAN TO STAY HOME IF POSSIBLE!

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A Washington DC mom has shared how she splurged most of a $10,000 taxpayer-funded lump sum intended for impoverished mothers on a luxury holiday to Miami. 

Canethia Miller, 27, was accepted onto a DC government pilot last year as she and he three children were struggling to make ends meet. The Strong Futures program is one of many across the US - but the only one to offer the cash as a $10,800 lump sum, rather than in 12 smaller monthly installments.

Miller opted for the former - and confessed to the Washington Post that she splurged more than $6,000 of the windfall on a five night trip to Miami for herself and her three sons.

'I wanted to blow it. I wanted to have fun,' she said. The spending spree included 15 brand new outfits for her kids - one for each child for each day of the vacation - and a $180 haircut to make her not 'look like a working, stressed mom.'

Joined by her children's father, they splashed out on luxury amenities including steak dinners, new gadgets and toys for her kids, brand new outfits, and a boat tour past Miami's most expensive mansions. 

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