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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’.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI
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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?

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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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!

Tags: ASSASSINATION, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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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.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MEDITERRANEAN, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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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.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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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.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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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.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Tags: WHITE HOUSE
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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.

Tags: ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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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.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
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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!!!

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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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.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, TORTURE/ WAR CRIMES, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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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.
Tags: ECONOMY
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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.

POOF!

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ECONOMY, WHITE HOUSE
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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.)

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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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.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, ECONOMY
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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. 

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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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.

Tags: ISRAEL, MIDDLE EAST, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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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.

Tags: ISRAEL, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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Netanyahu Blocks Order To Build Field Hospital for Gaza Children

Tens of thousands of children have been wounded in Gaza and newborn babies are dying because they cannot get proper nutrients by Dave DeCamp July 18, 2024 at 2:24 pm ET Categories NewsTags Gaza, Israel

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant announced Wednesday that the Israeli military was setting up a field hospital inside Israel to treat Palestinian children from Gaza, but Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vetoed the plan.

Netanyahu’s office said that it informed Gallant in writing that the prime minister does not approve of establishing a “temporary hospital” for Gaza’s children, and therefore, it would “not be established.”

Claire's Observations:  Of course not; Netanyahu, Thug in Chief of the Middle East's" Assassination Nation", which is what Israel has become, wants these kids to die, and as miserably as possible, as helpless parents, who had NO role in the horrific Hamas attack against Israelis, can only watch and wait for their deaths.

Netanyahu will be addressing a joint session of  the US Congress on the 24th  of July in DC, and I can tell you precisely of what his "shopping list"  for the US  Congress will consist:  he will DEMAND more bombs with which to kill and maim for Palestinians;  massive US "boots on the ground" with which to "conquer" Iran; and more "US boots on the ground" to kill more Palestinians. 

Of course, the US Congress is so compromised, courtesy of AIPAC, Shin Bet, the IDF, and the current regime, they will knuckle under, and give the guy everything he wants.

I find the symbolic meaning of the date in the Jewish religious calendar very interesting:  https://www.chabad.org/calendar/view/day.asp?tdate=7/24  "Laws and Customs

""The Three Weeks"

During the Three Weeks, from 17th of Tamuz to the 9th of Av, we commemorate the conquest of Jerusalem, the destruction of the Holy Temple and the dispersion of the Jewish people."  

So is Netanyahu's next move back home to destroy the Al-Aqsa mosque, and replace it with a Third  Temple?!?  Were I a betting woman, right now, I would not bet against this.  

With things so disjunct in the American body politic, between the election; the assassination attempt on Trump; and the potential withdrawal of Biden from the Democratic ticket, perhaps Netanyahu sees a "window" where he can do this, and "get away with it." He may also see that same "window" as a terrific time to invade Lebanon, and snip off the area surrounding the Litani river.

I am hoping and praying that some "voice of sanity" in his little "Junta" will have this war criminal's ear (in a gentle, conversational way) and tell him "Enough is enough!!!".  Unfortunately, looking at this guy's "track record" as Prime Minister, I doubt like hell that this will happen.

 

Tags: ASSASSINATION, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, PALESTINE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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The Arctic and northern Pacific have emerged as pivotal areas in the ongoing power struggle among global giants—China, Russia, and the United States. Along with the South China Sea, they are a freezing-cold hotspot in the global geopolitics.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, NATO, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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Chinese researchers have allegedly developed a new technique for tracking ships at sea using low-resolution, open-source, “free” satellite images. By searching for tell-tale ship wake patterns, the team’s new algorithm can rapidly find ships that are otherwise invisible to the naked eye.

The satellite images used have resolutions of tens, even hundreds of meters. This means even a large object like a warship could occupy a single pixel.

Yet despite this, the team, led by Hong Jun of the Dalian Naval Academy, said it had discovered a U.S. Nimitz-class aircraft carrier, a Ticonderoga-class cruiser, and an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer from these images.

Their method focuses on analyzing the waves behind the ships (wakes), a simple technique that could be used by almost any country or organization. Different ships create distinct wave patterns on the sea surface, similar to fingerprints.

Webmaster addition: When I was working at JPL, there was a mission called Seasat which was one of the very first synthetic aperture radars in space. It's mission was oceanographic research, but the images showed ships and their wakes, including wakes for which there were no ship, meaning Seasat was seeing the turbulence created by submerged submarines. At that point, the mission was handed over to the military and all data was classified!

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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A wave of IT outages swept across the globe Friday morning, sending airports, airlines, banks and other institutions into a screeching halt as some Microsoft-based computers ceased to work. CrowdStrike -- an American cybersecurity technology firm that provides cloud workload protection, threat intelligence and cyberattack response services -- said the outage, which sparked chaos for many, was not a cyberattack. Instead, there was an issue with software and a fix had been deployed.
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Discount stores like target are engaged in a race to the bottom, lowering prices to convince customers to stop shopping on amazon. But while their new plans might work in some parts of america, in NYC there are reason they wont work at all, leading to more store closures...
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