"Once a government is committed to the principle of silencing the voice of opposition, it has only one way to go, and that is down the path of increasingly repressive measures, until it becomes a source of terror to all its citizens and creates a country where everyone lives in fear.” -- President Harry S. Truman

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On May 26, The New York Times Magazine ran a feature story by Matthieu Aikins entitled “America’s Monster: Uncovering the Brutal Career of Abdul Raziq—And the Hidden Truths of the War in Afghanistan.”

The story detailed the U.S. military and CIA’s support for Abdul Raziq, a police commander in Spin Boldak on the border of Pakistan in the late 2000s who, thanks to American patronage, was promoted to police chief in Kandahar and rose to the rank of three-star General.

In the years prior to his death at the hands of the Taliban in 2018, Raziq’s photo proliferated on taxis and at checkpoints across Afghanistan as a hero in spearheading the fight against terrorism.

However, Raziq’s men carried out Afghanistan’s largest campaign of forced disappearances since the pro-communist coup of 1978, torturing captives and burying many of them in the Afghan desert.

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Russian President Vladimir Putin announced plans for the further development of the Russian nuclear triad to guarantee strategic deterrence and ensure the balance of power in the world at a June 21 meeting with graduates of higher military educational institutions.

Earlier, at a press conference in Vietnam, the Russian president noted that Moscow is considering possible changes to its national nuclear doctrine due to the West's attempts to lower the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons. Putin particularly referred to Western military experts discussing the idea of a limited use of low-yield nuclear arms.

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The past few years have seen the US repeatedly deploy its B-52 nuclear-capable bombers to Guam for the so-called "Bomber Task Force" missions.

A United States Air Force (USAF) B-1B Lancer bomber has arrived in Guam "to support routine missions," the US Pacific Command wrote on X.

The island of Guam in the western Pacific Ocean is an unincorporated organized territory of the US.

The B-1B arrival comes after Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov expressed concern that Washington’s decision to deploy intermediate-range missiles in the Asia-Pacific region "within the framework of the concept of dual deterrence is irreversible."

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Privately-run Chinese fusion company, Energy Singularity, has built the world’s first fully high-temperature superconducting tokamak, and used it to produce plasma, state media outlets have reported, citing the firm.

The creation of the device, dubbed HH70 and located in Shanghai, is seen as a major step in the development of fusion technology to potentially generate clean energy.

A tokamak is a doughnut-shaped confinement device able to contain the plasma so its temperature can be raised to replicate conditions similar to those on the Sun. Its goal is to create a safe and almost limitless supply of electricity. The devices are often referred to as “artificial suns.”

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After Seoul said that the new comprehensive strategic partnership agreement between Russia and North Korea poses a threat to South Korea's security and said it would reconsider its policy of limiting support to Ukraine to only non-lethal aid, Russian President Vladimir Putin responded by saying that South Korea would be making "a big mistake" if it arms Ukraine. 

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Tel Aviv plans to ramp up its efforts to assassinate Hamas leaders in order to force the group toward accepting a ceasefire deal, a senior Israeli official told The Times. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government has ruled out a ceasefire or a hostage deal to end the war, which would collapse his fragile far-right ruling coalition, instead seeking to annihilate Hamas and ethnically cleanse the Gaza Strip.

Speaking with the outlet on the condition of anonymity, the official said “following the refusal of the leadership of Hamas to accept the deal, Israel has international legitimacy to continue carrying out operations to assassinate senior Hamas members and release hostages.”

Though the stated goal of Netanyahu’s onslaught in Gaza is the eradication of Hamas, US intelligence, Israeli intelligence, and now the Israeli military believe that goal is unachievable. Regardless, Tel Aviv has assassinated some Hamas figures, including at least two senior members. In January, Saleh al-Arouri, an operations chief, was killed in an Israeli drone strike on Beirut. Marwan Issa, chief of staff of the al-Aqsa Brigades, was killed as well in March during a bombing of central Gaza’s Nuseirat refugee camp

Claire's Observations:  Folks, the Big Lie here, is that Hamas refused a deal. Please read the following, before you accept the alternate reality, about what the truth  is here: https://www.newarab.com/news/us-lying-about-hamas-blocking-israel-peace-deal-gaza

As a Christian Pacifist Activist, my heart breaks for everyone involved here; The Palestinians; the Jews; the Christians; the Druze, and any other person liable to be hurt in this ongoing genocide and war.

But so help me, we need some "adults in the room" in the bowels of power in Tel Aviv; the US; Saudi Arabia; Iran; Yemen; and the entire Middle East, to come up with logical, moral, and long-visioned truce that will lead to a lasting peace.

What Israel is offering the Palestinians now, is either death, or forcible expulsion.  But Tel Aviv has done such an incredible job of ticking off its neighbors (Particularly Egypt, not at all a good thing).  that many of these countries are so chock full of Palestinian refugees, that it is impossible for them to absorb more, like Jordan.

IF, to Tel Aviv, the only answer is this on-going genocide, the world is not going to applaud it, but condemn it, as it should be condemned for this. 

The statement that "...Israel has international legitimacy to continue carrying out operations to assassinate senior Hamas members ." sounds reasonable enough, if in fact those Hamas members are terrorists, advocating for the destruction of Israel, and the killing of Israelis

 But if this statement is factually true, why are the overwhelming majority of victims women and children?!?  Folks, this just doesn't compute, sorry.  

In closing this post, I would ask, and pray, that the Regime in Tel Aviv is very careful about what it wishes for, as the outcome of this genocide.  Karma can be a bear at times, and those who do not understand history.... are doomed to repeat it.


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These are the 17 signs that most Americans will be wiped out should another incoming financial collapse happen again in the near future.

The vast majority of Americans are going to be absolutely blindsided by what is coming.

They don’t understand how our financial system works, they don’t understand how vulnerable it is, and most of them blindly trust that our leaders know exactly what they are doing and that they will be able to fix our problems.

As a result, most Americans are simply not prepared for the massive storm that is heading our way.

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A recent media report reveals that nearly 194,000 migrants have crossed the U.S. southwest border undetected this fiscal year. Known as “got-aways,” these individuals entered the country without screening or identification, posing significant challenges to border security.

According to CBP data reviewed by Fox News’ Bill Melugin and Breitbart Texas, these got-aways were recorded over the first eight and a half months of Fiscal Year 2024, averaging 500 per day in the past week. High-level sources within CBP have confirmed these figures.

The El Paso Sector reported the highest number of got-aways, with approximately 62,000 migrants evading capture, particularly in the Santa Teresa, New Mexico area. The Tucson Sector follows closely with over 54,000 got-aways. These numbers are in addition to the 180,723 apprehensions in El Paso and 373,220 in Tucson, highlighting the scale of the issue.

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In a poll of 600 likely voters in Arizona, run by North Star Opinion Research, Trump leads by double digits, up 10 points in a multi-candidate field. The top three candidates are Trump at 42%, Biden at 32%, and Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. at 13%.

Trump also leads a two-man race by 6-point margin, 48-42%, with 11% undecided.

Compared to a March survey by the same firm, Trump’s lead has expanded:

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Per the decision, China will freeze movable, immovable, and other kinds of property of Lockheed Martin's senior executives, including its chairman James Donald Taiclet, and will bar them from entering the country..
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A mistrial is a trial that is not successfully completed due to a significant error or problem that prevents a fair and impartial verdict. This can occur for various reasons, such as procedural errors, misconduct by a party involved in the trial, a hung jury (when the jury cannot reach a unanimous decision), or prejudicial statements made in court. When a mistrial is declared, the trial is typically invalidated, and it may be retried with a new jury.
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US existing home sales fell for the third straight month in May (-0.7% MoM vs -1.0% exp). This left home sales down 2.8% YoY (YoY sales have not increased since July 2021)…
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Jim Rostek, the elected Mayor of Madeira Beach, Florida in 2023, abruptly resigned, citing rampant corruption within the town’s government as his reason.

His resignation was accompanied by a scathing email sent to residents on June 14, accusing City Manager Robin Ignacio Gomez of corrupt practices, the Catalyst reported.

Rostek, who took office in April 2023, expressed deep regret and visible emotion about his decision to step down.

“It brings tears to my eyes that I had to step away, but it just is what it is,” Rostek wrote in the email, adding, “My hope is that someone at the state level sees this and asks me for an interview because what is going on here is not right.”

The former mayor’s allegations against the city administration range from discriminatory code enforcement to financial improprieties.

Webmaster addition: The problem with political power is that it attracts the very sort of people who should never be allowed to have it!

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Over 15,000 auto dealerships nationwide face major disruptions due to an ongoing cyberattack for the third day, shutting down their backend management systems. This has halted sales for some dealers and forced others to complete transactions the old-fashioned way: by hand. 

CDK Global, the leading provider of dealership management systems and digital retailing solutions, said cybersecurity breaches began on Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon, CDK's core systems were restored, only to be shuttered on Thursday after a second hack attack. This has made it nearly impossible for thousands of dealers to buy and sell vehicles this week.

"We cannot process paperwork. Everything is frozen, everything is tied up — we cannot move money back and forth to pay off cars, to finance our customers' transactions," Tom Maioli, who owns Celebrity Motor Car Company with dealerships across  York and New Jersey, told CBS MoneyWatch. He said his business is "completely shut down."

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Johnson’s successor has doubled down on his inflexible approach. On the same day Putin ordered a ‘partial mobilisation’ to increase Russian troop deployments, Liz Truss pledged to “sustain or increase our military support to Ukraine, for as long as it takes” – adding to the £2.3bn already spent on lethal aid while advocating new rounds of punitive sanctions. Her explicit aim is now “to push Russia out of the whole of Ukraine”, including Crimea and the Donbas, and delay peace talks until Putin has been forced into this humiliating retreat. This echoes the maximalist position of the White House, which asserts that if Zelensky is to enter negotiations he must do so in a position of strength, having already trounced his opponents on the battlefield.
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CBS News was forced to remove a video from social media platform X on Wednesday after arguing it was an example of a “cheap fake” of President Joe Biden apparently wandering off during the G7 Summit in Italy last week.

The White House has accused Republicans of creating cheap fake videos of Biden, taken out of context, to build on the narrative that he has cognitive problems.

CBS News chief White House correspondent Nancy Cordes claimed such was the case with the G7 footage of Biden and other world leaders watching a skydiving demonstration.

“Outlets claimed that he was sort of just aimlessly wandering away. The clip amassed millions of views …, when actually if you widen out, you can see that he was talking to one of the members of the military that was participating in that demonstration,” she said.

The problem is the so-called “digitally altered video” CBS aired next to the actual one is exactly the same. In both, you can see that Biden is trying to talk to a paratrooper.

But he did wander off, while the other G7 leaders stuck together. Then Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni went to Biden to wrangle him up.

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US taxpayers hand over nearly a trillion dollars to the Department of Defense every year.

In March the Defense Department laid out details of its $849.8 billion budget request, which is expected to fund operations during fiscal year 2025.

In November 2023 the Department of Defense announced the completion of a department-wide financial statement. Michael McCord, the DoD Under Secretary of Defense and Chief Financial Officer, announced at the time, “Auditing the Department’s $3.8 trillion in assets and $4.0 trillion in liabilities is a massive undertaking. But the improvements and changes we are making every day as a result of these audits positively affect every soldier, sailor, airman, marine, guardian, and DoD civilian.”

On Thursday The Department of Defense announced that they were having trouble finding out the exact extent of taxpayer dollars that are going to Chinese research laboratories – “The full extent of DoD funds provided to Chinese research laboratories for research related to enhancement of pathogens of pandemic potential is unknown.”

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A government watchdog, observing what could be a step in the transition of West Point to "Wokey" Point, has sued the Department of Defense over the decision to kill the "Duty, Honor, Country" slogan at the military academy.

"Given the woke virus infecting West Point, deleting the words 'Duty, Honor, Country' from its mission statement has sparked justified concern about what the Army's rising leadership is being taught at the United States Military Academy," explained Judicial Watch chief Tom Fitton.

"And the unlawful stonewalling of the release of records about the issue makes matters worse."

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"The British government has become an obstacle to peace in Ukraine," said the Stop the War Coalition. "The conflict there is developing into a proxy war between Russia and NATO and it is the Ukrainian people who will suffer the consequences."
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Allstate Corp. on Thursday reported May pretax catastrophe losses of about $1.4 billion.

The Northbrook, Illinois-based insurer said 14 events contributed to nearly $1.5 billion in catastrophe losses for May, with 70% attributable to five wind and hail events mostly in the states of Texas, Colorado, and Illinois.

A year ago Allstate recorded pretax catastrophe losses for May of about $885 million.

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Four major U.S. banks—Bank of America, Citibank, Goldman Sachs, and JPMorgan Chase—are under scrutiny by the FDIC and Federal Reserve for serious flaws in their "living wills," plans meant to prevent a financial meltdown. These banks must fix these issues by July 1, 2025, raising fears of a potential financial crisis similar to 2008.
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Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) has sent a letter to the legal counsel for YouTube’s parent company Alphabet, demanding answers as to whether changes to YouTube’s moderation policies over firearms-related content were made due to pressure from government officials.

Jordan is Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee and the Select Subcommittee of Weaponization of the Federal Government.

The letter seeks information as to why the Google-owned platform began age-restricting content showing the assembly of homemade firearms, including 3D printed parts, automatic firearms and some accessories that can simulate automatic fire. The new policy also restricts content showing how to remove fixed magazine devices.

Jordan is looking for answers as to whether that decision to further restrict content was do to influence by government officials.

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