Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), who passed away Friday at age 90, once assailed illegal immigration as a net drain on working and middle-class Americans.
In 1993, while giving a press conference in the Senate building, Feinstein spoke about the prospects of the North American Trade Agreement (NAFTA), which was set to go into effect the following year. As part of NAFTA, Feinstein said Mexico ought to be required to enforce its side of the United States-Mexico border to stop illegal immigration in its tracks.
“I think you’ve seen the figures [for] state and local governments of what the cost is. It’s over $2 billion in California alone…that’s why the issue is now joined with two million illegal immigrants,” Feinstein told reporters before explaining how illegal immigration crushes Americans:
It’s a competition for space, whether the space is a job, the space is a home, [or] a place in a classroom, it becomes a competition for space. This is a country that’s based on immigration…and yet at times, you become so overtaxed you have to concentrate on saying, the people who should be here are those who come legally at this time…And for the time being, we’ve got to enforce our borders. [Emphasis added]
The first article in this series related how her Senate bill, the Desert Wilderness Protection Act, transferred hundreds of billions of dollars of gold to Southern Pacific’s real estate subsidiary.
Senator Dianne Feinstein has received scrutiny due to her husband Richard Blum’s government contracts and extensive business dealings with China and her past votes on trade issues with that country. Perini Corporation is controlled by Blum. URS Corp, which Blum had a substantial stake in, bought EG&G, a leading provider of technical services and management to the U.S. military, from The Carlyle Group in 2002; EG&G subsequently won a $600 million defense contract. In 2009 it was reported that Blum’s wife Sen. Dianne Feinstein introduced legislation to provide $25 billion in taxpayer money to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp, a government agency that had recently awarded her husband’s real estate firm, CB Richard Ellis, what the Washington Times called “a lucrative contract to sell foreclosed properties at compensation rates higher than the industry norms.”
In 2009 the University of California Board of Regents, of which Blum is a member, voted to increase student registration fees (roughly the Univ. of California equivalent of tuition) by 32%. Shortly thereafter, Blum’s Capital Partners purchased additional stock in ITT Tech, a for-profit educational institution. These events suggest a conflict of interest on Blum’s part.”
She was for six years the top Democrat on the Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies (or “Milcon”) sub-committee, where she may have directed more than $1.5 billion to those two military contractors, URS Corporation and Perini Corporation controlled by her husband. She resigned from the Military Construction Appropriations subcommittee.
The Russian Ministry of Defenses has provided a detailed summary of Ukrainian losses during week seventeen of the so-called spring counteroffensive.
According to the ministry, the Russian military carried out nine group strikes with high-precision long-range missiles and drones between September 24 and 29. The strikes hit ammunition depots, military-technical hardware, saboteurs training sites and accommodation points for Ukrainian troops and foreign mercenaries.
As a result of the strikes, the control center of the so-called International Legion and two large arsenals with weapons and ammunition were destroyed.
“The supply of foreign-made weapons and logistical support for Ukrainian troops operating in Donetsk and Zaporozhye directions were disrupted,” the ministry said.
The ministry also provided details about the combat situation in different directions within the special military operation zone over the past week.
In the Donetsk direction, Kiev forces continued to attempt offensive actions close to Artemovsk, Avdeevka and Marinka over the past week. The Russian Yug Group of Forces repelled 31 attacks there.
Former vice president of France’s National Front and president of Les Patriotes, Florian Philippot, said in a social media post that it is necessary to “stop supporting the Nazi excesses of the Kiev regime” following the double scandals of Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s honouring of a Nazi and his backing of anti-India Sikh separatist forces, known as Khalistanis.
Philippot, in a post on X about Trudeau and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, wrote:
“These two recently honoured a former Waffen-SS soldier in the Canadian Parliament! An old Ukrainian Nazi. Now, they are trying to pretend they did not know about it. What an ‘unfortunate tribute’ is that? Let us no longer accept these lies: let us stop supporting the Nazi excesses of the Kiev regime! Let us stop financing this horror! Let us work for peace! Quickly!”
Berlin and Kiev’s plans for a joint venture on Ukrainian soil will unlikely be implemented in the foreseeable future, Alexei Leonkov, a military analyst and editor of the Arsenal Otechestva (Arsenal of the Fatherland) magazine, told Sputnik.
German arms manufacturer Rheinmetall has received the go-ahead from the country’s Federal Antimonopoly Office to set up a joint venture with the Ukrainian Defense Industry, previously known as Ukroboronprom.
According to Rheinmetall, "The JV [joint venture] is to be based in Kiev and engage in service and maintenance as well as the assembly, production and development of military vehicles."
The developments come as a US newspaper reported that Kiev is due to host Western officials and international arms manufacturers for a forum on Friday, touted as an opportunity to increase weapons production inside Ukraine. The newspaper cited Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba as saying that representatives of 165 military contractors from 26 nations are expected to take part in the forum.
Alexei Leonkov told Sputnik that Kiev and Berlin are currently writing up an agreement of intent, which is presented as if the decision on the JV has already been made.
Actually, however, there are several factors that make these plans by Berlin and Kiev doubtful, the Russian analyst pointed out.
Yale University researchers have developed a new airborne method for delivering mRNA right to your lungs. The team has also used the method to vaccinate mice intranasally,1 opening the door for human testing in the near future.
While scientists are hailing the creation as an easy way to vaccinate the masses, critics wonder if the development of an airborne vaccine could be used for nefarious purposes, including covert bioenhancements,2 which have already been recommended in academic literature.3
Webmaster addition: How do you manage the dosage with such a system?
James O’Keefe on Friday broke a major story revealing how one of the world’s largest investment firms is actively discriminating against white applicants.
This should not come as a surprise that this exclusive came from O’Keefe. He has broken several explosive stories in the past, including revealing that Hawaii Governor Josh Green had prohibited photography on public land near where the fires started (the burn zone).
O’Keefe explained how one of his researchers at his eponymous company, O’Keefe Media (OMG), obtained an email screenshot revealing Vanguard’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy (DEI). O’Keefe explains it is a “leadership program” specifically geared toward non-white applicants.
LOOK (note the words “geared toward people of color” can be found at the bottom of the page. This is the smoking gun.):
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of ‘Hamilton,’ wants taxpayers to bail out the struggling theater industry with a cash infusion of $2.5 billion dollars.
One of the reasons theater companies are struggling is because of closures during the pandemic, but the main reason is the industry’s embrace of wokeness over the last few years. The theater industry has always been liberal, but they have now completely embraced the radical left, alienating many of the people who might have supported them in the past.
Does Miranda not remember singling Mike Pence out at the end of a performance of Hamilton right after the 2016 election? Now he expects conservative taxpayers to bail out his failing industry? Really?
Now he’s saying that the Ukrainian counteroffensive has stalled because Russian defences were stronger than anticipated.
That’s a big turnaround in just four months. So either Radakin was arrogantly underestimating Russia’s military capacity when he said that it was all but exhausted. Or he was seriously misinformed. Either way, Radakin’s initial assessment has led to the deaths of tens of thousands of Ukrainians who were ordered to continue offensive operations.
That’s because advice from the likes of Admiral Sir Tony Radakin probably contributed to President Zelensky’s insistence that the Ukrainian counteroffensive continue. Thereby leading to the unnecessary slaughter of young Ukrainian conscripts.
While Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky has enjoyed great success in cajoling Western countries to contribute a vast amount of military hardware to support Kiev’s fight against Russia, there is one precious commodity he must provide for himself: manpower.
The NATO-bloc countries can send Ukraine all of the military equipment at its disposal, but if there are no qualified personnel to operate the sophisticated machinery the massive contributions will be of no avail. And make no mistake: Ukraine is bleeding troops faster than they can replace them.
Last month, Russia President Vladimir Putin said Ukraine’s counteroffensive against Russian forces had so far failed and the Ukrainian army had suffered heavy losses of 71,000 men in the three-month-long attacks. Even the Western media does not dispute that figure. That’s an astonishing death toll that does little to encourage Ukrainian patriots to rush to their local recruitment office to enlist on behalf of their beleaguered country. In fact, with Kiev unable to conceal news of the disastrous battlefield results, the only way to get fresh recruits has been to grab men off the street in broad daylight.
While martial law prohibits men aged between 18 and 60 from leaving Ukraine, many have chosen to hide at home to avoid the dreaded military summons, or, when that fails, pay hefty bribes from $2,000 to $10,000 per person to avoid conscription. Meanwhile, an estimated 6 million Ukrainian refugees have escaped to the European Union since the opening of hostilities in February 2022. Zelensky has appealed to European countries to return the Ukrainian draft dodgers with limited success. Thus far only Poland has agreed to return their Ukrainian males seeking shelter.
Sweden’s prime minister summoned the head of the armed forces and the police commissioner in a bid to stem gang violence, he said on Thursday, following a wave of violence that has taken at least 11 lives in September alone.
Two people were killed in separate shootings in Stockholm on Wednesday, and a woman in her 20s, thought to be an innocent bystander, was killed when a bomb tore up a house in Uppsala in the early hours of Thursday.
“This is a difficult time for Sweden. A 25-year-old woman went to bed last night on a completely ordinary evening but never got to wake up,” Prime Minister Ulf Kristersson said during a rare televised address to the nation.
“We will hunt the gangs, we will defeat the gangs,” he said.
Kristersson formed a centre-right minority government after last year’s election with support of the populist and anti-immigrant Sweden Democrats, ending eight years of Social Democrat-led governments in Sweden.
Anderson Cooper is the quintessential elitist propaganda pusher posing as a journalist, which is why he had nothing to say when confronted with the truth recently about a long-standing CIA program.
The video clip below tells you everything you need to know about Cooper and his colleagues in the mainstream corporate media. While they may support or not support various politicians, they can always be counted on to work as “partners” with the unelected powers who make up the administrative state.
So, yes, Operation Mockingbird is a real thing. It was revealed during hearings held by U.S. Senator Frank Church more than 45 years ago.
The Church Committee was a U.S. Senate select committee in 1975 that investigated abuses by the three-letter agencies, the CIA, NSA, FBI and IRS. These agencies, along with a lot of others that didn’t even exist in 1975, have since then only grown in their size, scope and power over our lives.
House Republicans have approved an amendment to slash U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin’s annual salary to no more than $1. The move comes as Congress remains in a gridlock over the budget, which could lead to a government shutdown.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Wednesday introduced the measure, which was approved in a voice vote as part of the 2024 fiscal year appropriations bill for the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD). (pdf)
"I'm proud to let you know my amendment to FIRE Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin just passed on the House floor," Ms. Greene wrote on X following the amendment's passage.
“Under his failed leadership, our military is being destroyed, and he doesn’t deserve to serve any longer. This is the first time in the 118th Congress the Holman rule has been used to hold a Biden official accountable. It’s time for more," she continued.
The Holman Rule is a provision that allows members of Congress to reduce the salary, fire federal employees, or cut specific programs during the appropriations process. The provision was first adopted in 1876. It has been dropped and reinstated at various times since its inception. Earlier this year, the GOP-led House revived the measure for the 118th Congress. The order was not adopted for the 116th and 117th Congresses. (pdf)
"Secretary Austin has not fulfilled his job duties," Ms. Greene said on the House floor. "As a matter of fact, he's destroying our military. During Secretary Austin's tenure, military recruitment has reached crisis levels of low recruitment."
The European Union’s thought and speech police have issued a stern warning to Elon Musk that his social media platform X, formerly known as Twitter, must comply with the EU’s Digital Services Act. The law will force social media companies to remove so-called hate speech and disinformation from their platforms.
The plan is to take the EU law global and force companies in America and other nations to shut down voices that the thought and free speech Nazi police deem to be offensive.
The EU is using Russian news as the poster child for the drive to restrict free speech. EU thought police claim that Russian propaganda is confusing the public about the Ukraine Russia war.
Google, Microsoft, Tik Tok, Facebook, and LinkedIn have already signed in to enforce the new EU anti-free speech law. Elon Musk is the only major hold out who has not caved in and promised to deplatform people the EU Nazis don’t like.
As a budget showdown looms in Congress, MAGA Republicans are alone in challenging the vast quantities of American weapons and cash being funneled to Kiev, with Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene warning The Grayzone that increasing escalation could turn the proxy war into a “potential nuclear conflict.” When approached for comment, progressive members of the ‘Squad’ dodged our questions.
When the US House of Representatives passed a stopgap funding measure Tuesday evening, the lone Republican no-vote against it was cast by Georgia Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.
The rules package brought four appropriations bills to the floor, two of which would provide additional funding for the Ukrainian government.
Green and fellow Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz succeeded in convincing House GOP Speaker Kevin McCarthy to separate Ukraine funding from the Department of Defense Appropriations bill. The Ukraine funding bill passed by a healthy majority, with 117 GOP representatives and zero Democrats voting against the bill.
The group of African men had waited all night in suspense for the gate for the Turkish Airlines flight from Istanbul to Bogota to be announced.
Ten of the thousands who each month embark on the trek were camped out on the floor using their tiny rucksacks as makeshift pillows while the airport’s bright blue departure screens flickered with fresh updates.
‘Where is it going from?’ asked Latif Abubaker, a 26-year-old Ghanaian national, just after 6 a.m. Wednesday. Flight TK800 will not take off for another four hours.
‘D13, I told you.’ his friend and compatriot Morgan Obu, 29, replied, his voice shaking with excitement: ‘We need to get there early.’
The pair, who declined to have their pictures taken, had traveled via Marrakesh, Morocco, from their home in Accra to get to Turkey’s largest city.
Some of the West’s modern heavy weapons are not suitable for the Ukraine conflict because their design has been shaped by decades of fighting involving much weaker opponents, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
“A lot of Western armor doesn’t work here because it had been created not for an all-out war but for conflicts of low or medium intensity,” a Ukrainian promoter of drone warfare named Taras Chmut told the outlet. “If you throw it into a mass offensive, it just doesn’t perform.”
His opinion was one of several cited by the WSJ, as it argued that the prevalence of cheap drones in Ukraine has affected the fighting so much that NATO-promoted approaches simply cannot work there.
The US and its allies have trained tens of thousands of Ukrainian troops over the years. This summer, they expected the Ukrainians to put their skills and Western weapons to use and breach Russian defensive lines in the south of the front line, according to media reports.
After the breakout of the First World War, the Second International and the numerous socialist organizations affiliated with it across Western Europe threw their weight behind their governments’ new military adventurism and became completely oblivious to the suffering of their fellow man at the hands of their countries’ economic and political elites.
More than a century later, many of their modern-day counterparts have joined the chorus of Western governments, and their respective military-industrial complexes, in their proxy war hymn against Russia. And some of them have gone as far as giving a standing ovation to a literal member of the Waffen-SS, Yaroslav Hunka, when he was presented as a “veteran who fought for Ukrainian independence against Russia during WWII” in the Canadian parliament. It seems that even praising Nazis has become an acceptable part of the Western progressives’ discourse against all things Russian.
Robert F Kennedy Jr, who launched his campaign for the Democrat presidential nomination in April, reportedly has plans to announce a run as an independent candidate.
According to Mediaite, Kennedy plans to make the announcement on October 9 in Philadelphia, with a text message viewed by the outlet stating that his campaign is planning "attack ads" against the Democrat National Committee to "pave the way" for his announcement.
"Bobby feels that the DNC is changing the rules to exclude his candidacy so an independent run is the only way to go," a Kennedy campaign insider told the outlet.
On Saturday, the New York Times published a piece stating that Kennedy met with Libertarian Party chair Angela McArdle in July, at a Memphis conference.
"He emphasized that he was committed to running as a Democrat but said that he considered himself very libertarian," McArdle said, adding that "We’re aligned on a lot of issues," including the threat of the "deep state."
A new technique based on advanced camera technology demonstrates a rapid and efficient way to reconstruct the full quantum state of entangled particles.
Researchers from the University of Ottawa, working together with Danilo Zia and Fabio Sciarrino from the Sapienza University of Rome, have recently demonstrated a novel technique that enables the visualization of the wave function of two entangled photons, the elementary particles that constitute light, in real-time.
Using the analogy of a pair of shoes, the concept of entanglement can be likened to selecting a shoe at random. The moment you identify one shoe, the nature of the other (whether it is the left or right shoe) is instantly discerned, regardless of its location in the universe. However, the intriguing factor is the inherent uncertainty associated with the identification process until the exact moment of observation.
The wave function, a central tenet in quantum mechanics, provides a comprehensive understanding of a particle’s quantum state. For instance, in the shoe example, the “wave function” of the shoe could carry information such as left or right, the size, the color, and so on. More precisely, the wave function enables quantum scientists to predict the probable outcomes of various measurements on a quantum entity, e.g. position, velocity, etc.
The killing last weekend of a Kosovo police officer by a group of 30 or more heavily armed Serbian nationalist militants marks the most significant security incident in that country, and the western Balkans region, in more than a decade. The US ambassador to Pristina, Jeffrey M Hovenier, described the attack subsequently: “We know it was coordinated and sophisticated … The quantity of weapons suggests this was serious, with a plan to destabilise security in the region.”
Kosovo’s authorities concur and are even more explicit in who they blame. Namely, Serbia’s government, and its strongman president, Aleksandar Vučić.
In the hours after the day-long skirmishes between the militants and police, in which three attackers were reported to have been killed, the office of Kosovo’s prime minister, Albin Kurti, posted photographs of the large cache of seized weapons and munitions. “The perpetrators acted not alone,” he wrote, “but [with] state backing. Serbia must be held fully accountable for sponsoring terrorist violence on [Kosovo’s] territory.”
Serbia, of course, denies these accusations, and responded with allegations directed at Kurti and his government for their purported persecution of Kosovo’s Serbs. Yet the Vučić government also promptly declared a day of national mourning, and regime media have glorified the dead attackers as martyrs for the Serb nationalist cause.
The United States called on Belgrade to pull its forces back from the border with Kosovo on Friday, September 29, after detecting what it called an unprecedented Serbian military build-up. Serbia had deployed sophisticated tanks and artillery on the frontier after deadly clashes erupted at a monastery in northern Kosovo last week, the White House warned. The violence in which a Kosovo policeman and three Serb gunmen were killed marked one of the gravest escalations for years in Kosovo, a former Serbian breakaway province.
"We are monitoring a large Serbian military deployment along the border with Kosovo," White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby told reporters. "That includes an unprecedented staging of advanced Serbian artillery, tanks, mechanized infantry units. We believe that this is a very destabilizing development." He added: "We are calling on Serbia to withdraw those forces from the border."
The coordinator for strategic communications at the US National Security Council, John Kirby, expressed Washington's concern about, as he said, the "large deployment" of Serbian troops along the border with Kosovo.
"We will monitor the large Serbian deployment along the border with Kosovo. We call on Serbia to withdraw its forces from the border and continue to reduce tensions," Kirby said during a conversation with reporters on September 29.
Kirby was asked if this buildup of military troops near the border is a signal that Serbia is preparing for a military invasion.
"We are looking at it, we are observing it. But the purpose [of the gathering of Serbian military troops], I cannot say now," he said.
However, Kirby said the "enormity" of the massed bodies is destabilizing.
A member of a major Kosovo Serb political party has admitted to leading a group of gunmen that clashed with Kosovo police earlier this week, his lawyer said Friday.
The killing of a Kosovo police officer and the ensuing gun battle at a monastery in a village close to the Serbian border marked one of the gravest escalations in the former breakaway province in years.
Three Serb gunmen were killed in an hours-long firefight with Kosovo police, after they ambushed a patrol near the village of Banjska and later barricaded themselves at an Orthodox monastery.
Milan Radoicic -- the long serving vice president of the Srpska Lista party -- said he led the group of heavily armed gunmen into the area in northern Kosovo in response to alleged repression against Serbs by the Pristina government.