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"Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective." -- Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction
Officials in San Antonio, Texas found 46 bodies in and around an 18-wheeler tractor-trailer, and 16 others were taken to local hospitals in what is presumed to be human trafficking gone wrong.
Shortly before 6pm on Monday a city worker on a remote road heard a cry for help, according to Police Chief Willian McManus. When officers arrived on scene, they found one body on the ground outside the trailer, which was partially open, according to the Associated Press.
🚨#BREAKING: 42+ people found dead inside truck in San Antonio, Texas— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) June 28, 2022
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According to emergency personnel, Reportedly an 18 wheeler packed with illegal aliens was found abandoned in the city’s southwestern edge resulting with 42+ dead inside the truck pic.twitter.com/h1PyF6Ud39
As the Federal Reserve attempts to crush aggregate demand through the most aggressive monetary tightening policies in decades to cool red-hot inflation, California Governor Gavin Newsom has come up with the brilliant idea to stoke even more demand through a new round of stimulus checks.
"Millions of Californians will be receiving up to $1,050 as part of a NEW middle-class tax rebate.
"That's more money in your pocket to help you fill your gas tank and put food on the table," Newsom tweeted Sunday night.
The leaders of the G7 nations pledged open-ended support for Ukraine after the second day of a three-day summit in Germany.
In a statement, the leaders of the US, Britain, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, and Canada said they would provide Ukraine with military, economic, and humanitarian assistance “for as long as it takes.”
“We will continue to provide financial, humanitarian, military and diplomatic support and stand with Ukraine for as long as it takes,” the statement said. The G7 leaders said they are “committed to sustaining and intensifying international economic and political pressure” on Russia and Belarus through economic sanctions.
The White House released a fact sheet announcing a plan to implement new sanctions on Russia in coordination with G7 nations. Under the plan, the US will implement higher tariffs on more than 570 groups of Russian products, a move that comes as Americans are facing soaring inflation and gas prices.
President Biden’s visit to Israel and Saudi Arabia, scheduled for mid-July, is one of those things officials think must go right. The visits emphasize both nations’ respective regional power and influence, and Biden’s support for various positions of both.
It was agreed among officials from Israel, Saudi Arabia, and several affiliated Arab states to make a show of “tight cooperation” for the next couple of weeks, to avoid any dispute that might mar Biden’s visit.
That’s important for the US, which has invested heavily in Israel having a rapprochement with a handful of carefully selected Sunni Arab states. For Biden, the visit is at least in part a victory lap for that.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said Monday that he expects President Biden will speak with Chinese President Xi Jinping in the coming weeks as tensions are soaring between the two powers.
Sullivan said one of the reasons for the talks is the growing “convergence” among the US and its allies on the view of China. “We do think that there is increasing convergence, both at the G7 and at NATO, around the challenge China poses,” Sullivan said.
Earlier this month, Sullivan met with China’s top diplomat, Yang Jiechi, in Luxembourg. The meeting lasted four and a half hours, and the two officials discussed the war in Ukraine, Taiwan, and China’s vetoing of a UN Security Council measure that would have increased sanctions on North Korea.
US officials said Monday that the Biden administration is preparing to purchase a Norwegian Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile System (NASAMS) for Ukraine as part of a new weapons package that will likely be announced this week.
The NASAMS is an advanced air defense system with a range of over 100 miles and is used to protect airspace around the White House and the Capitol Building in Washington. The NASAMS is a joint project between the Norway-based Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace and Raytheon, the US arms maker that previously employed Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin as a board member.
National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan told reporters that the administration plans to finalize a package this week that will give Ukraine “advanced” air defense capabilities and other weapons without specifying the type of system.
“We do intend to finalize a package that includes advanced medium and long-range air defense capabilities for the Ukrainians, along with some other items that are of urgent need, including ammunition for artillery and counterbattery radar systems,” Sullivan said.
The Central Intelligence Agency is operating in Kyiv and has been for some time, according to new reporting by the New York Times. So, while Biden has insisted on “no U.S. boots on the ground” in Ukraine, there are soft-soled operatives, otherwise known as American spies, providing intelligence and other tactical assistance to Ukraine in its war with Russia.
Sounds like Americans are in this war, like it or not.
The news, based on sourcing from current and former U.S. government officials, is part of a broader report about a “stealthy network” of U.S. and European commandos and spies in “cells” run by the Pentagon’s European Command “to speed allied assistance to Ukrainian troops.” Much of this is operating from military bases in France and Germany and elsewhere. But as the NYT points out, there are European commandos and CIA agents working on the inside.
The commandos are not on the front lines with Ukrainian troops and instead advise from headquarters in other parts of the country or remotely by encrypted communications, according to American and other Western officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss operational matters. But the signs of their stealthy logistics, training and intelligence support are tangible on the battlefield.
Several lower-level Ukrainian commanders recently expressed appreciation to the United States for intelligence gleaned from satellite imagery, which they can call up on tablet computers provided by the allies. The tablets run a battlefield mapping app that the Ukrainians use to target and attack Russian troops.
As usual it appears that the administration wants to have it both ways: assure the American people that it is being “restrained” and that we are not “at war” with the Russians, but doing everything but planting a U.S. soldier and a flag inside Ukraine. The CIA, as you will recall, has increasingly had an operational combat focus since 9/11, running elaborate secret prisons overseas, engaging in enhanced interrogations (torture) and manhunting with armed drones and commando teams over the last 20 years. There may be a sliver of daylight between the CIA operatives there today and the U.S. special forces that left Ukraine after Russia invaded, but given the circumstances, is it a meaningful one? Is it all about who is pulling the trigger?
One of the most significant policy shifts over the last 5-10 years of conservatism has more than likely been the embrace of the anti-interventionist mindset.
Republicans in the House and Senate, such as Rand Paul, Thomas Massie, Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Lauren Boebert, Paul Gosar and others have aggressively stood against the promotion of endless war in the halls of Congress. This includes advocating for the withdrawal of troops overseas and in Middle East countries such as Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as voting to repeal the 2002 Authorization of Use of Military Force.
This did not just start within the last 3 or 4 years.
Starting in 2012, during former Congressman Ron Paul’s presidential campaign, he talked on and on about the dangers of an interventionist foreign policy abroad fiscally, morally and pragmatically. Paul argued that the United States should not act as the world police or burn taxpayer money feeding the military-industrial complex for the sake of establishing an international stranglehold on reputation abroad.
Most Republicans at that time looked at the position as heresy, seeing as the GOP continuously defended former President George W. Bush’s Iraq War efforts for nearly a decade.
However, the tide indeed turned when former President Donald Trump started to advocate for similar positions on the Iraq War and endless war in general during the 2016 Republican presidential primary debates. Trump aimed at the brother of former President Bush, Jeb, and took stake as the anti-interventionist foreign policy advocate of the entire slate of Republican candidates.
As NATO holds its Summit in Madrid on June 28-30, the war in Ukraine is taking center stage. During a pre-Summit June 22 talk with Politico, NATO’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg bragged about how well-prepared NATO was for this fight because, he said: "This was an invasion that was predicted, foreseen by our intelligence services." Stoltenberg was talking about Western intelligence predictions in the months leading up to the February 24 invasion, when Russia insisted it was not going to attack. Stoltenberg, however, could well have been talking about predictions that went back not just months before the invasion, but decades.
Stoltenberg could have looked all the way back to when the U.S.S.R. was dissolving, and highlighted a 1990 State Department memo warning that creating an "anti-Soviet coalition" of NATO countries along the U.S.S.R’s border "would be perceived very negatively by the Soviets."
Stoltenberg could have reflected on the consequences of all the broken promises by Western officials that NATO would not expand eastward. Secretary of State James Baker’s famous assurance to Soviet President Gorbachev was just one example. Declassified U.S., Soviet, German, British and French documents posted by the National Security Archive reveal multiple assurances by Western leaders to Gorbachev and other Soviet officials throughout the process of German unification in 1990 and 1991.
The NATO Secretary General could have recalled the 1997 letter by 50 prominent foreign policy experts, calling President Clinton’s plans to enlarge NATO a policy error of "historic proportions" that would "unsettle European stability." But Clinton had already made a commitment to invite Poland into the club, reportedly out of concern that saying "no" to Poland would lose him critical Polish-American votes in the Midwest in the 1996 election.
Stoltenberg could have remembered the prediction made by George Kennan, the intellectual father of US containment policy during the Cold War, when NATO moved ahead and incorporated Poland, the Czech Republic and Hungary in 1998. In a New York Times interview, Kennan called NATO expansion a "tragic mistake" that marked the beginning of a new Cold War, and warned that the Russians would "gradually react quite adversely."
Washington’s cowardly proxy war against Russia reached a new level of absurdity over the weekend.
To wit, the G-7 knuckleheads declared an embargo on imports of Russia-sourced gold and forced Russia into technical default on its foreign debts by forbidding US companies from collecting the payments which Russian debtors had deposited in their accounts at non-sanctioned Russia banks.
In a word, ordinary commerce has become so weaponized by Washington that the world’s oldest money can no longer be freely exchanged on international markets. At the same time, interest payments made in good faith by Russian borrowers have been effectively seized and frozen in place by the US government.
And yet, where are the free enterprise Republicans?
Back in February, the Trudeau regime arrested two of the leaders of the Freedom Trucker convoy protest in Ottawa.
Tamara Lich and Chris Barber were both arrested in Ottawa and charged with counseling to commit mischief.
The Canadian trucker convoy was organized as a direct result of Trudeau’s unconstitutional COVID vaccine mandates.
We now know today that the experimental COVID vaccines were inadequate and ineeffective in treating the disease.
The Israeli government’s decision to start the process of registering the ownership of land adjacent to al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem risks enabling a takeover that has “severe far-reaching implications”, rights groups warned on Monday.
The justice ministry last week initiated the “settlement of land title procedure” in Abu Thor area as well as the Umayyad Palaces site adjacent to the southern wall of al-Aqsa Mosque.
However, the fund has been largely utilised to register land for illegal settlements and will ultimately lead to further Palestinian dispossession, according to a joint statement by Israeli rights groups Ir Amim and Bimkom seen by Middle East Eye.
The Jerusalem-based NGO said there is speculation that the Israeli government may be attempting to register the area south of al-Aqsa Mosque as state land.
A fight over whether women should be required to register for a potential draft has been revived in Congress.
Last year, Congress appeared on the precipice of making women register with what's formally called the Selective Service System, but the idea was dropped from the defense policy bill signed into law after closed-door House-Senate negotiations despite having bipartisan support.
Now, the proposal is back in the version of the National Defense Authorization Act, or NDAA, making its way through the Senate, and conservatives are again vowing a fierce fight against what they refer to as "drafting our daughters."
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., asserted on Sunday the Supreme Court has “lost legitimacy” with its Friday ruling overturning almost a 50-year-old federal abortion right — and claimed the high court requires more justices.
In an interview on ABC News’ “This Week,” the progressive Democrat ticked off several choices by the high court that reflected its more conservative direction.
“This court has lost legitimacy,” she announced. “They have burned whatever legitimacy they may still have had after their gun decision, after their voting decision, after their union decision. They just took the last of it and set a torch to it with the Roe v. Wade opinion. I believe we need to get some confidence back in our court, and that means we need more justices on the United States Supreme Court.”
Chalk this up as the sickest, most twisted perversion of decency there is. Grown men, riding bicycles while completely naked in front of kids, during the Pride Parade in Seattle. Was anyone arrested? no. Was anyone called out for it? no. How many pedophiles participated and got off by the voyeuristic display? There most certainly were several.
The streets of Seattle were taken over by the city's first Gay Pride parade in three years on Sunday, with many parade participants completely nude in front of children as young as 5.
The parade kicked off around 11 AM with members of the Boys and Girls Scouts of America, who paraded in uniformed fashion while proudly holding both American and Pride flags.
While the Girl Scouts have stayed a group for girls, the Boy Scouts changed their name in 2019 to "Scouts BSA," and permitted girls to enter their program, according to NPR.
Following soon behind the Scouts, a big group of naked cyclists circled in front of the crowd and showed their genitalia to children who came for the "family-friendly" event. Some were partly covered in body paint, while others chose to leave nothing to the eye unseen.
It is well known that the Democrats have a problem, a schism between moderates and far-left nutjobs known as progressives. But it just got a little more contentious after it was confirmed that President Joe Biden does not back the Progressive push to expand (AKA Pack) the Supreme Court. The AOCs are pissed.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed the President's stance, one he has held for decades, on the matter during an Air Force Once presser. Some Democrats have supported 'court-packing' in recent years, but those calls were increased following SCOTUS' judgment to overrule key abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey on Friday. It is noteworthy that in the two decades since the Clinton era when some democrats first brought up adding SCOTUS members, not one call to change the make-up of the court came from Republicans, even as left-leaning justices held the majority of the legal body.
Chicago officials announced they had lined up extra security for the Pride Fest Parade this past weekend.
But it wasn’t enough.
Three people were shot and three more were stabbed on Saturday at the Gay Pride Parade and festivities in Chicago.
A 16-year-old boy died after being shot and left to bleed by Israeli forces on Friday.
Israeli occupation forces were deployed near Route 60, south of the occupied West Bank village of Silwad, when Muhammad Abdullah Salah Suleiman was shot.
Route 60 is a highway used by Israeli settlers.
Muhammad was shot “from a distance of 50 meter,” from a military watchtower, “where no events took place,” according to an investigation by the Palestinian Center for Human Rights (PCHR).
An Israeli ambulance transported Muhammad to the Shaare Zedek medical center in Jerusalem after he bled for 45 minutes, according to a field investigation by Defense for Children International - Palestine (DCIP).
PCHR’s investigation says he was left to bleed for two hours.
San Francisco's last good public high school voted to end their merit-based admission system in 2021 as part of the Great Awokening.
Lowell High School, which was previously overwhelmingly Asian and White, elected to switch to a lottery-based admissions system and became around 45% Hispanic and Black. The previously top-performing school saw grades swiftly collapse with 25% of freshmen students receiving either a D or an F in the fall 2021 semester, Legal Insurrection reported.
"This ultimately led to the ouster of three school board members," Legal Insurrection said. "The Asian community played a major role in the campaign."
San Francisco Unified School District's board of education last week voted to return the school to their previous merit-based system, KTVU reports:
The 4 to 3 vote will reinstate merit-based admissions for incoming freshmen at the esteemed academy in fall of 2023. The failure of the school district superintendent’s resolution to extend the lottery system means a return to applicants meeting a designated grade point average and standardized test score criteria for admission.
We previously reported, the district stopped the merit-based admissions for 9th graders during the COVID pandemic claiming there wasn’t adequate criteria to judge students because of distance learning.
The Grand Mufti of Jerusalem and the Palestinian territories, Mohammad Hussein, warned on Monday that the ongoing excavations carried out by the Israeli Antiquities Authority (IAA) and Elad settlement group near and under the foundations of Al-Aqsa Mosque could lead to its collapse, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.
The Mufti said the IAA and Elad, working together in the same area, were removing soil, opening holes adjacent to the southern wall of the Mosque, and clearing the paths under it, which would lead to the weakening of the foundations of Al-Aqsa Mosque and eventually its collapse.
The G7 countries will impose sanctions against those involved in the export of grain from the territory of Ukraine, the White House announced in a note on further measures of the Joe Biden administration in relation to Russia.
"G7 Leaders will decide to impose sanctions on those responsible for human rights abuses - including war crimes, exercising illegitimate authority in Ukraine, and involved in Russia’s tactics to steal Ukrainian grain," the document says.
The announced measures were timed to coincide to the G7 summit which is under way in Germany.
Russian President Vladimir Putin pointed out earlier that Moscow was ready to provide an unhindered passage to ships carrying Ukrainian grain provided Kiev cleared its ports of mines, and also could ensure exports through ports controlled by Russia, namely Berdyansk and Mariupol. He said that Ukraine can also export grain by land, and the most logical route is via Belarus. But to ensure this the West should lift sanctions from Belarus. He also noted that problems on the global food market had begun back in February 2020. Putin dismissed statements that Russia was allegedly blocking grain in Ukrainian ports as mere bluffing.
NATO plans to enhance its battlegroups in its eastern parts and to look at issues of military supplies, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday.
"At the Summit, we will strengthen our forward defenses. We will enhance our battlegroups in the eastern part of the Alliance up to brigade-levels. We will transform the NATO Response Force. And increase the number of our high readiness forces. To well over 300,000," he said at a news conference ahead of the alliance’s summit in Madrid.
"We will also boost our ability to reinforce in crisis and conflict, including with: more pre-positioned equipment, and stockpiles of military supplies; more forward-deployed capabilities, like air defense; strengthened command and control; and upgraded defense plans, with forces pre-assigned to defend specific Allies," he announced.
NATO is the biggest threat to global peace since it is pushing the European Union toward confrontation with Russia and China and is seeking to destroy the "buffer zone" by forcing neutral states to take sides in this confrontation, a French member of the European Parliament told TASS on Monday.
"Thanks to widespread NATO propaganda, it is becoming clear that the organization, which was once described by [French President] Emmanuel Macron as brain dead, is morphing from a trans-Atlantic alliance into a global structure," Herve Juvin, a member of the European Parliament’s Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE), said ahead of a NATO summit due to be held in Madrid on June 28-30.
According to Juvin, NATO considers the European Union as "a registration office of its members" and, being guided by this logic, is mounting pressure on such countries as Georgia, Armenia, and Ukraine, "which have never been part of Europe either geographically, or politically, or in humanitarian terms," as well as on Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, North Macedonia, and Kosovo with an eye of admitting them to the US-led military bloc.
"This is a dangerous step because it eliminates the entire security space, the buffer zone the great powers have given each other as a price for their security. NATO is the number one threat to peace in the entire world because it is encircling Russia and is getting prepared to encircle China. And the European Union’s kowtowing to NATO, which, as a matter of fact, is serving Anglo-American interests, radically alien to Europe. This is the result of the shocking ignorance of European governments and those who were installed there by them at the helm of European institutions," he stated.
For a full two weeks, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) knowingly allowed the general public to get injected with Janssen’s (Johnson & Johnson) “vaccine” for the Wuhan coronavirus (Covid-19) without telling them that the experimental jab causes deadly blood clots.
In late 2021, the CDC finally confirmed that a person had died from blood clotting following the injection, determining that the shot does, in fact, coagulate the blood and possibly lead to death. The private corporation posing as a federal agency, however, took its sweet time letting the public know about it.
Dr. Tom Shimabukuro, a CDC official, told both his colleagues and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Dec. 2, 2021, that “We have confirmed a 9th TTS death following Janssen vaccination.” This email was obtained via a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.
TTS, by the way, refers to thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome, a condition marked by low platelet levels and blood clots.
Earlier that year in April, government officials had recommended hitting the pause button on that particular brand of Fauci Flu shot after six women developed TTS following the injection. Three of these women later died.
The pause was lifted not long after, however, with government officials declaring that despite the deaths, the shot from Janssen is perfectly “safe and effective” and nobody should worry.
The prices of chickens and eggs are rapidly increasing because the US government is using PCR tests to justify the killing of tens of millions of chickens, geese, turkeys and ducks. The US government and the men who act as if it they owned it prepared the way for today’s misery starting back in 2009 when Dr Yoshihiro Kawaoka at the University of Wisconsin crossed bird flu with Spanish flu.
Dr Kawaoka then crossed his bird flu-Spanish flu mix with 3 of the most contagious human flus available. He successfully allowed bird flu to go from centering in the bird’s beak to its lungs. Today human beings in the US and China have caught bird flu. He was not arrested for waging germ warfare. He was given more than $20 million as a reward from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Dr Kawaoka is also an expert in Ebola.
Before February 24, 2022, the US had 26 biolabs in the Ukraine near the Russian border. The US had developed a drone which could spread bird flu to migrating birds and to domestic poultry.
Bill Gates is also heavily invested in African Swine flu research. Never know. There might be an outbreak in the US.
Prices are being pushed higher either by design or incompetence at the FDA. The FDA shut down baby formula production because they found bacteria inside the plant that was not in the formula. So today we import baby formula from Europe and Mexico.
There have been more than 95 highly suspicious fires at major food processing centers. This has hurt the supply chain, increased scarcity and raised prices.
The Biden administration has removed millions of acres of oil lease lands from potential production in order to raise the price of oil, diesel and natural gas. They are in the process of making it even harder for oil companies to build new refineries.
The “Sky Cruise” would feature a variety of comforts such as shopping malls, swimming pools and restaurants, with the concept’s creator also suggesting that the craft “could be the future of transport”.
The concept of a massive airborne hotel that would be capable of cruising above the clouds without landing while accommodating up to 5,000 guests has recently been unveiled in a YouTube video.
This so-called “Sky Cruise” would essentially be a humongous, AI-controlled airliner outfitted with 20 nuclear-powered engines and capable of remaining in the air almost indefinitely, with passengers and supplies being ferried to it by conventional aircraft and all repairs being performed in-flight.
Kooky Senator Elizabeth Warren has suggested that the Biden administration put abortion tents on federal land in banned states.
Warren told Washington Post reporter Caroline Kitchener about her bizarre idea.