"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world." -- Thomas Jefferson

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Today, the world is dominated by ultra-powerful governments, ultra-powerful banks and ultra-powerful corporations.

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I never imagined that we would ever see a time when it takes $177,798 for a family of four to live comfortably in the United States.  Unfortunately, that day has arrived.  Our leaders…

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The net result is America’s working class is up against the wall, maxed out: whatever lines of credit that were available have been tapped (credit cards, “buy now, pay later” credit, etc.)…

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Many outside the creator world also wonder if this is just the beginning of a bigger crackdown on gun content on the video-sharing platform.
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The ninnies of Bidenworld seem to not understand that by subjecting Mr. Trump to a kangaroo court they’ve made him the kind of outlaw that Americans revere above every other archetypal hero.
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Two Chicago men, Kawann Moore and Richard Pegue, face multiple charges after stealing chainsaws from a truck and leading police on a high-speed chase through the suburbs.

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As the political climate heats up surrounding gun control and legislation, more Americans are buying firearms today than six years ago.

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They knew what we are experiencing today was inevitable. That government naturally evolves to seek unbridled growth and total power over the people.

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Maybe we should rephrase the slogan to you’ll appear to own things you don’t actually control and be happy. Does that generate the…

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I have a great idea.  Let’s wildly print money, let’s systematically destroy the reserve currency of the globe, let’s add a trillion dollars to the national debt every 100 days, let’s…

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This is a very bad time for those that work in the real estate industry.  Thanks to the Federal Reserve, mortgage rates are much higher than they were a couple of years ago, and this has…

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This incident highlights the importance of responsible firearm ownership and the role it can play in personal and community safety.

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Humanity’s best bet for success is liberty with responsibility, free markets and meritocracy. All things we are trying to preserve, and all things that leftists want to blow up.

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Is the U.S. economy really turning around? If you ask a small business owner, the answer is still no. One in four female small business owners has taken a pay cut in the past year, a new survey…

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Regardless of one’s view of Donald Trump, it is a disturbing development in our society when justice is treated more like a football game where you root for your “team” rather than a way of…
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These freaks are playing chicken with armageddon weapons, and nobody’s got a foot anywhere near the brake pedal. They’re not even looking at it. They’re not even thinking about it.
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Corporate journalists have developed a specific set of rules that are used only when they write about guns or gun rights.
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According to FBI records from the National Instant Background Check System (NICS), April 2024 was the fifth highest on record for gun sales and background checks for that month.

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From this standpoint, America’s National Debt challenge constitutes a political iron cage for Democrat and Republican legislators alike.

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Remember all the collusion stories we wrote about the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and its efforts to control free speech through social media infiltration?

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One very important argument Gun Owners for Trump cannot over-emphasize is that the president makes federal court nominations, including the Supreme Court, where vacancies are almost certain to…

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When I was a kid, my father insisted I follow the Four Rules with even toy guns.

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Even though economic conditions are still at least somewhat relatively stable, chaos is already erupting all around us. -- I can’t even imagine what things will be like once tens of millions of…
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Thankfully, in Florida the Second Amendment isn’t treated as a second-class right or a privilege to be doled out by the State...
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To those at the bottom of America’s economic pyramid, it feels like the economy has already collapsed. When you can’t afford to put a roof over your head and you barely have enough food to eat,…
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Historic inflation is causing declining living standards and a cost-of-living crisis. Under Biden’s presidency, grocery prices have increased by nearly one-third and gas has risen by 50…

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Under Biden, gun control has been an issue since before he was sworn into office in 2021.

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There’s no effort to track patterns. Even if there were, finding where a gun was originally purchased is only useful, at best, in a handful of cases.

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Analysis and breakdown of the themes and ideas that make Falling Down such a fascinating movie, and even more relevant today than it was in 1993. Analysis by…

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President Joe Biden has done everything he can to foist gun control on the American public, whether anyone wanted it or not.

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YouTube's excuse for behaving this way is that it simply wants to help it users "learn about the issues shaping the debate." In order to do that, one component of the effort involves "dealing with…

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We assume that, because we were allowed to vote for our leader, he must actually be our leader.

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Consumer sentiment, a gauge of Americans’ economic perceptions, is at a six-month low, according to a closely watched index by the University of Michigan.

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Rafah Invasion: Everything that’s happened so far

Israel began its invasion of Rafah, ordering the evacuation of hundreds of…
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Caroline Haskins

Last modified on Fri 17 May 2024 18.26 EDT

On 7 and 8 May in Washington DC, the city’s biggest convention hall welcomed America’s military-industrial complex, its top technology companies and its most outspoken justifiers of war crimes. Of course, that’s not how they would describe it.

It was the inaugural “AI Expo for National Competitiveness”, hosted by the Special Competitive Studies Project – better known as the “techno-economic” thinktank created by the former Google CEO and current billionaire Eric Schmidt. The conference’s lead sponsor was Palantir, a software company co-founded by Peter Thiel that’s best known for inspiring 2019 protests against its work with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) at the height of Trump’s family separation policy. Currently, Palantir is supplying some of its AI products to the Israel Defense Forces.

The conference hall was also filled with booths representing the US military and dozens of its contractors, ranging from Booz Allen Hamilton to a random company that was described to me as Uber for airplane software.

At industry conferences like these, powerful people tend to be more unfiltered – they assume they’re in a safe space, among friends and peers. I was curious, what would they say about the AI-powered violence in Gaza, or what they think is the future of war?

Attendees were told the conference highlight would be a series of panels in a large room toward the back of the hall. In reality, that room hosted just one of note. Featuring Schmidt and the Palantir CEO, Alex Karp, the fire-breathing panel would set the tone for the rest of the conference. More specifically, it divided attendees into two groups: those who see war as a matter of money and strategy, and those who see it as a matter of death. The vast majority of people there fell into group one.

five men seated on stage under screen that says ‘the future of geopolitics and the role of innovation and technology’
Eric Schmidt, David Cohen, Gen Mark Milley, Alex Karp, and Andrew Ross Sorkin gather for a panel. Photograph: Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images for Palantir

I’ve written about relationships between tech companies and the military before, so I shouldn’t have been surprised by anything I saw or heard at this conference. But when it ended, and I departed DC for home, it felt like my life force had been completely sucked out of my body.

‘The peace activists are war activists’

Swarms of people migrated across the hall to see the main panel, where Karp and Schmidt spoke alongside the CIA deputy director, David Cohen, and Mark Milley, who retired in September as chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, where he advised Joe Biden and other top officials on war matters. When Schmidt tried to introduce himself, his microphone didn’t work, so Cohen lent him his own. “It’s always great when the CIA helps you out,” Schmidt joked. This was about as light as things got for the next 90 minutes.

As the moderator asked general questions about the panelists’ views on the future of war, Schmidt and Cohen answered cautiously. But Karp, who’s known as a provocateur, aggressively condoned violence, often peering into the audience with hungry eyes, palpably desperate for claps, boos or shock.

He began by saying that the US has to “scare our adversaries to death” in war. Referring to Hamas’s 7 October attack on Israel, he said: “If what happened to them happened to us, there’d be a hole in the ground somewhere.” Members of the audience laughed when he mocked fresh graduates of Columbia University, which had some of the earliest encampment protests in the country. He said they’d have a hard time on the job market and described their views as a “pagan religion infecting our universities” and “an infection inside of our society”. (He’s made these comments before.)

“The peace activists are war activists,” Karp insisted. “We are the peace activists.”

A huge aspect of war in a democracy, Karp went on to argue, is leaders successfully selling that war domestically. “If we lose the intellectual debate, you will not be able to deploy any armies in the west ever,” Karp said

Claire's Observations:  Thank you very much, but I don't want to be sold ANY war, ever again;  war to me, bespeaks a catastrophic failure of imagination, and the US and West have "indulged" in this failure for far too long.

I'm paraphrasing a statement from a  a recent article by Anne Wright the other day, but it makes sense here; you cannot create a military solution to what is essentially a diplomatic issue.

The wars against Iraq and Afghanistan?  Abject failures.  The war against Russia, using Ukraine as a US/Western proxy?!? About to become another abject failure. 

And to those Bidenistas, cheering a pathetically dementia-addled  By-di-Bye on to a second term, a thought; those who do not understand history, are doomed to repeat it.  Please do chew on that one for a while.