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It’s no secret that the border crisis will fundamentally change the United States. Under President Biden, over six million illegal aliens have entered the country in just 3 years. Evidence has long suggested that illegal immigration hurts black and working Americans more than anyone else.

Despite all the warning signs, President Biden appears unwilling to use the authority he already has to shut down the border.

A bi-partisan study from Congress took a look at the toll this border crisis will have on the country. They looked at a variety of factors, including how it will affect many American families. And they made this sobering prediction.

From Breitbart:
President Joe Biden’s flood of migrants will force down Americans’ wages over the next 10 years, says a report by the Congress’ non-partisan team of economic experts.

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"As you know, initially, the president of Mexico, el-Sisi, did not want to open up the gate to allow humanitarian material to get in," Biden said during a press conference at the White House. "I talked to him. I convinced him to open the gate."

Special counsel Robert Hur's report said "[Biden] did not remember when he was vice president" and forgot "when his term began."

"He did not remember, even within several years, when his son Beau died."

Judging by Biden's comments above, he seems to have also forgot he's funding Israel's ethnic cleansing campaign and bypassed Congress to send Israel tons of bombs to drop on their civilian population.

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[This article was originally published in December 2023.]

As the Israeli attack on Gaza, Lebanon and Syria intensifies, the U.S. public watch on aghast. A new poll finds that Americans support a permanent ceasefire by a more than 2:1 ratio (including the vast majority of Democrats and a plurality of Republicans).

And yet, despite this, only 4% of elected members of the House support even a temporary ceasefire, and the United States continues to veto U.N. resolutions working towards ending the violence. Walter Hixson, a historian concentrating on U.S. foreign relations, told MintPress News:

Unfettered support for Israel and the lobby consistently puts the United States at odds with international human rights organizations and the vast majority of nations over Israel’s war crimes and blatant violations of international law. The current U.N. vote on a ceasefire in Gaza [which the U.S. vetoed] is just the latest example.”

Here, Hixson is referring to the pro-Israel lobby, a loose connection of influential groups that spend millions on pressure campaigns, outreach programs, and donations to American politicians, all with one goal in mind: making sure the United States supports the Israeli government’s policies full stop, including backing Israeli expansion, blocking Palestinian statehood and opposing a growing boycott divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) at home.

Internationally, Israel has lost virtually all its support. But it still has one major backer: the United States government. Part of this is undoubtedly down to the extraordinary lengths the lobby goes to secure backing, including showering U.S. politicians with millions of dollars in contributions. In this investigation, MintPress News breaks down the top ten currently serving politicians who have taken the most pro-Israel cash since 1990.

Claire's Observations:  When "Deep throat" told Woodward and Bernstein to "Follow the money" on the Watergate debacle, nothing could be  more true now, than  with the bought and paid for" Israel-Firsters" in our  government; why, in heaven's name, are they NOT required to register as "an agent of a foreign country"??!?!?!?

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, IRAN, ISRAEL, LEBANON, MIDDLE EAST, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Scientists have used artificial intelligence to decode text on papyrus that was rolled and charred 2,000 years ago. So AI now looks back as well as forward.

Three young scientists have won the grand prize in the Vesuvius Challenge for deciphering passages on a previously unreadable Herculaneum scroll.

More than a thousand scrolls were buried and covered in volcanic debris when Mount Vesuvius erupted about 2,000 years ago. They were in a library at a Roman villa in the ancient city of Herculaneum and discovered in the 1800s by a local farmer.

Many people have tried to read the ancient papyrus scrolls since then, but most attempts have destroyed the documents, which were left underground rolled, carbonized and fragile, for centuries.

The winners — Youssef Nader, Luke Farritor and Julian Schilliger — overcame this challenge by managing to read four passages without ever unrolling the scrolls.

 

Winning the Vesuvius Challenge

They used machine learning, a form of artificial intelligence, to read the ancient Greek text. Nadery, Farritor and Schillinger independently contributed to the Vesuvius scrolls community and now share the grand prize of $700,000 (€650,000).

The object was to decipher four passages of text, each of at least 140 characters, with at least 85% of characters "recoverable" — or readable.

Their work has revealed what are believed to be unknown texts by Philodemus, the villa's so-called philosopher-in-residence.

In the text, Philodemus writes about living a good life through the pleasures of beauty, music and food. Researchers say this and future discoveries in the texts will give them a "unique window into the classical world."

The Herculaneum scrolls were charred and carbonized after a volcanic eruption in AD 79Image: Antonio Masiello/Getty Images

How scientists used AI to read a Herculaneum scroll

The scrolls were digitally "unwrapped" using computed tomography (CT) — or X-ray photos — and machine-learning technology.

First, in late 2023, the prize organizers had the scrolls imaged at the Diamond Light Source particle accelerator near Oxford in the UK. That produced high-resolution CT scans of scrolls.

The scans were then turned into a 3D volume of voxels. Voxels are 3D pixels, similar to the building blocks used in the video game Minecraft.

The second step is known as segmentation. They traced crumpled layers of the rolled papyrus in the 3D scan. That allowed them to unroll, or flatten, the images.

And the third step was detecting ink on papyrus. They used machine learning to identify regions of ink in the flattened segments of the papyrus.

But this is where it gets very clever. The machine-learning model was not trained to spot ancient Greek letters, optical character recognition (OCR), or any other language models.

Instead, it simply detected spots of ink in the CT scan and then combined and reconstructed each individual spot — and where letters appeared, that's where there was writing.

Claire's Observations;  that these young people used contemporary technology to help unravel the past, is a wonderful, and brilliant application of AI, which will ultimately have universal applications for a better understanding of human history;  well done, all, well done!!

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CURRENT EVENTS, HIDDEN HISTORY, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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MSNBC host Al Sharpton said Friday on “Deadline” that he believed Special Counsel Robert Hur’s “political report” on President Joe Biden’s mishandling of classified documents is meant to “impact an election.”

Host Alicia Menendez said, “I wanted to have you on with us because I want to know what you thought about what was in the report?”

Sharpton said, “I thought that when I read what Hur said, that Hur is being a 21st century, or 24, I should say, 2024 version of James Comey. He is clearly trying to effect an election, impact an election. Because you have to ask yourself, why would he even be questioning Joe Biden about when did his son die? If somebody is coming and questioning me, thank God none of my two children are dead, but why would they ask me when my mother died? Do I remember the date? So to even ask it is suspect. Then to put it in a report that has nothing to do with that and then to go through other things, it’s clearly a political report.”

He added, “The good news, though, is it’s done in February, not right before an election. I think that the American people are smarter than they think they are.”

Claire's Observations:  Reverend Sharpton, a word, please; you are right about the American people "being smarter than "THEY" (read:  the Dementocrats in charge of Biden's re-election bid) think they are.  And Reverend, let's get down to brass tacks here, shall we?!?  It wasn't just the report:  it was the Biden news conference which followed, in which the grumpy, combative, confused, and dementia-addled Biden appeared at his absolute worst. Are these the qualities we want in the so-called "Leader of the Free World"?!?  Sir, respectfully, I do not believe so.  

And the Dementocrats have a real problem this year; they can't keep Biden in the basement forever this time, as Trump is calling for a one-on-one debates with Biden soon, and this is something the American people want to - and deserve - to see. 

 And as the dementia progresses, (because it is not a disease which can actually be stopped, only arrested for a time with medication), all of this country will see the absolute truth about Biden's mental state.  And the question about the date of the son's death?!?  One might surely think that was a question about an horrific  "landmark moment" in Biden's life, as it would be in any parent's memory who lost a child,  something etched indelibly on their minds and souls; yet he could not remember it.

But Reverend, instead of attempting to "scorch the report", which Americans knew would be your best, and only card to play, I have another proposal; why don't you and your Party actually find a candidate all of American would like to see as President?!?  Because the smarter, thinking folks right now would rather elect an orangutan as President than re-elect Biden, after his handlers' string of disastrous domestic and foreign policies.  A national deficit which is blowing up on a daily basis; wars all over the place (with another about to start between Venezuela and Guyana over oil), and a non-existent Southern Border; are these the hallmarks of a successful  US administration?!?  Reverend, again, I think not!!!

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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This week, 17 Senate Republicans joined Democrats to approve sending Ukraine another $60 billion. Twelve of those Republicans previously suggested they would not help send Ukraine any more American taxpayer money until the United States’s border was secure from illegal immigration.

On Thursday, Sens. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), Susan Collins (R-ME), John Cornyn (R-TX), Joni Ernst (R-IA), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), John Kennedy (R-LA), Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jerry Moran (R-KS), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Mitt Romney (R-UT), Mike Rounds (R-SD), Dan Sullivan (R-AK), John Thune (R-SD), Thom Tillis (R-NC), Roger Wicker (R-MS), and Todd Young (R-IN) joined every Senate Democrat excluding Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) to send billions more in taxpayer dollars to Ukraine.

The money, if approved by the House, will fund weapons and military training, among other things, for Ukraine in its war with Russia.

Claire's Observations:  I have to wonder how being so vilely traitorous to the real needs and concerns of one's constituents, has become so lucrative that these people signed off on these billions for Ukraine, and chose to completely ignore the state of this country's (non-existent) Southern border.  But hey, dirt cheap labor" uber alles"  must be firmly established to appease their Corporate donors,. right?!?  Of course, right!!!!!

 

 

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE, WMD
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Humiliation for progressive Oakland DA Pamela Price as California Gov. Gavin Newsom sends his state prosecutors in to help tackle soaring crime her woke policies are blamed for worsening

  • Pamela Price to receive three deputies to help with prosecuting soaring crimes in her area
  • Alameda County has one of the highest crime rates in America compared to all communities of all size, according to Neighborhood Scout
  • Price has argued for lower jail terms and greater use of probation as part of woke campaign promises

Claire's Obseervations:  When "Gruesome Newsom"  intervenes like this in one of the most highly Democrat-party run cities in America, you know it's bad!!!!

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Biden, 81, 'plans to make AG Merrick Garland fall-guy for bombshell special counsel report that branded him senile old man,' as aide releases panicked statement and insiders claim better MAKE-UP could help solve age issue

  • Department of Justice released its investigation into Joe Biden's mishandling of classified documents, delivering a damning assessment of his limited memory
  • But the president, 81, has informed his aides and advisers that Garland didn't do enough to rein in the report written by Special Counsel Robert Hur
  • Democrat insiders have also claimed more time working on Biden's makeup could help ease concerns about his age 

 

Claire's Observations:  Dear Lord, just make this stop!!  It's not the bloody makeup; it's the bloody dementia, and no amount of the world's best makeup can cover this up!!!

I am having a double face-palm moment, at velocity, upon reading this.  Are the Demonocrats in charge of his "re-election campaign" so blindly stupid, that they don't understand that thinking voters would rather vote for an orangutan, than trust him with another 4 years of utterly botched, flamingly failed foreign and domestic policies?!?  Absolutely unflipping believable!!!!!!

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Facing impeachment, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas is refusing to hand over to Congress a full accounting of every illegal alien that has been released into the United States since President Joe Biden took office in late January 2021.

Last month, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Immigration Integrity, Security, and Enforcement Subcommittee Chairman Tom McClintock (R-CA) sent a letter to Mayorkas asking for a “numerical breakdown of all illegal alien releases at the southwest border since January 20, 2021.”

McClintock’s office confirmed to Breitbart News that as of February 9, Mayorkas has not responded to the request despite the congressmen asking for the data by February 5.

Jordan and McClintock also asked Mayorkas for “all data relating to and supporting your assertion that DHS has released into the interior over 85 percent of illegal aliens encountered at the southwest border,” as well as:

all documents and communications between or among DHS or its components for the period January 20, 2021, to the present referring or relating to the above-referenced over-85 percent release rate for illegal aliens. [Emphasis added]

According to Border Patrol agents as of last month, Mayorkas told them that more than 85 percent of illegal aliens arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border are being released into American communities.

Claire's Observations:  Mayorkas cannot produce the documentation, because most likely, he doesn't have it!!  That alone should earn him an impeachment!!

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Venezuela is sending troops to its border with neighboring Guyana as tensions continue to escalate over a territorial dispute, raising the risk of a military conflict between the two South American nations. 

According to a report from The Wall Street Journal citing satellite images and videos made public by the country's military, Venezuelan forces have stationed troops, tanks, missile-equipped patrol boats, and an armored carrier at its border with Guyana. 

The dispute comes as Venezuela attempts to annex the region of Essequibo, where the country's socialist dictator Nicolas Maduro has said he plans to “grant operating licenses for the exploration and exploitation of oil, gas, and mines.”

Meanwhile, the Biden administration has reiterated its support for Guyana, with presidential senior adviser Juan Gonzalez telling reporters on Monday that they would help the country continue to "strengthen its defensive capability." 

"Supporting Guyana to strengthen its defensive capability as it continues to bring enormous oil windfall on the market is something we have a direct interest in," he said. “We certainly don’t want to escalate tensions, but we have our own strategic relationship with Guyana.”

Claire's Observations;  Great, just what this country needs; another war front, while the US-enabled Israeli genocide of Palestinians continues;  the entire Middle East is a powder keg, waiting to explode; the situation in Ukraine is a war of attrition, which Russia will inevitably win; and now we have a potential war against Venezuela?!?  And folks, don't fool yourselves; this is all about controlling the oil here.  Nothing more; nothing less.

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A Joe Biden administration official told a group of Muslim American leaders that Israel is unwilling to take steps towards Palestinian statehood.

A top US official admitted that the White House had made some missteps in how it has handled the Israeli slaughter in Gaza. President Biden has shipped 25,000 tonnes of weapons to Israel per Euro-Med Human Rights Monitor, and refused to place any conditions on the aid the US provides to Israel. The unfettered support has allowed Israel to conduct a genocidal military campaign that has killed tens of thousands of Palestinian civilians and pushed hundreds of thousands into famine.

Claire's Observations: So now, enabling Israeli genocide of Palestinians, is a "mis-step" by Bye-di-Bye's administration?!?  Unflipping believable!!!!!

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Results which have continued to come in through late Friday, some 12 hours after polling for national and provincial assemblies ended Thursday, show PTI-affiliated candidates doing better than previously expected in a national 'shocker'. Ex-PM Imran Khan's party is indeed raising eyebrows and is 'overperforming' - as one Washington Post headline has put it.

This despite Khan's PTI having been forced by a prior legal ruling to run candidates on independent platforms in what his supporters say is a move by the military and its political allies to ensure Khan, who is in prison on dozens of corruption charges, can never rise to power again. The PTI has surged ahead for seats in parliament against recent Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's Muslim League

Clare's Observations:  This is a stunner, and potentially a game changer for Pakistani politics; we will need to see what evolves from here.

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DNC Files FEC Complaint Against RFK Jr. Alleging Illegal Super PAC Coordination

Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s campaign is accused of receiving an illegal contribution from the super PAC working to get him elected president, according to a Federal Election Commission complaint filed by the Democratic National Committee.

Mr. Kennedy’s campaign is “in the process of accepting a $15 million unlawful in-kind contribution by coordinating their efforts to get him on the ballot,” DNC legal counsel Bob Lenhard said in a Feb. 9 call detailing the FEC complaint.

Mr. Kennedy’s campaign “has acknowledged that it is time-consuming and expensive for a first-time candidate to get on the presidential ballot in all 50 states. Rather than doing that hard work itself, using money raised in compliance with the candidate contribution limits, the campaign is taking a shortcut outsourcing what is otherwise a core campaign function to a super PAC,” Mr. Lenhard added.

American Values 2024 is ignoring federal law, according to the complaint, Mr. Lenhard noted.

The law does allow the super PAC to raise unlimited amounts of money from wealthy individuals, corporations, and unions for independent expenditures. But it remains illegal for a super PAC to provide goods and services directly to a campaign,” Mr. Lenhard said.

Claire's Observations:  Rather than come up with a candidate behind whom the American people can  actually rally, the Dementocrats' attitude this election cycle appears to be one of  throwing huge fistfuls of lawfare at those who might have a chance of  moving this country away from the self-destructive policies of the current administration.  And anyone still suffering under the the delusion that By-di Bye is actually in charge, needs to take a good hard look at his press conference last Thursday, coupled with the Special Counsel Report on his handling of classified materials, and why there were no charges brought forth against Biden.  

 

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I am thinking of a certain industry. See if you can guess what it is...

This industry is huge, constituting a large portion of the nation’s GDP. Millions of people earn their living through it, directly or indirectly. The people at the top of this industry (who operate mostly behind the scenes, of course) are among the super-rich. This industry’s corporations lobby the nation’s government relentlessly, to the tune of billions of dollars per year, both to secure lucrative contracts and to influence national policy in their favor. This investment pays off richly, sometimes reaching trillions of dollars.

The corporations supplying this industry with its materiel conduct advanced, highly technical research that is far beyond the understanding of the average citizen. The citizens fund this research, however, through tax dollars. Unbeknownst to them, many of the profits gained from the products developed using tax dollars are kept by the corporations’ executives and investors.

This industry addresses fundamental, life-or-death issues facing the nation. As such, it relentlessly promotes itself as a global force for good, claiming to protect and save countless lives. However, it kills a lot of people too, and the balance is not always a favorable one.

The operational side of this industry is emphatically top-down in its structure and function. Those who work at the ground level must undergo rigorous training that standardizes their attitudes and behavior. They must follow strict codes of practice, and they are subject to harsh professional discipline if they deviate from accepted policies and procedures, or even if they publicly question them.

Finally, these ground-level personnel are handled in a peculiar manner. Publicly, they are frequently lauded as heroes, particularly under declared periods of crisis. Privately, they are kept completely in the dark regarding high-level industry decisions, and they are often lied to outright by those at higher levels of command. The “grunts” even significantly forfeit some fundamental civil liberties for the privilege of working in the industry.

What industry am I describing?

If you answered, “the military,” of course you would be correct.

However, if you answered “the medical industry,” you would be every bit as right.

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A new report from the right-leaning think-tank The Buckeye Institute sounded the alarm on the Biden administration’s net-zero climate-control policies and that agenda items threaten U.S. food production.

A group of friends eat pan-fried bugs as part of the Hot One's challenge, in Hyattsville, Maryland, on June 04, 2021. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

The report, released on Feb.7, found that the climate policies and mandates guided by the environmental, social, and governance (ESG) agenda that is being pushed by the Biden administration carries a hefty price tag for American farmers and consumers.

“To better appreciate the true costs that American farms and households will likely pay for the Biden administration’s net-zero policies and objectives, The Buckeye Institute’s Economic Research Center developed a model corn farm that must play by the government’s new carbon emission rules,” wrote report authors Trevor W. Lewis and M. Ankith Reddy, who are both economic research analysts at the think-tank.

The farm’s operational costs, as expected, all rose significantly,” they added.

Crunching the numbers, the researchers found that U.S. farmers will see their operational costs rise by an estimated 34 percent as a result of the Biden administration’s net-zero emissions policies.

Not only did the model predict that the government’s carbon pricing policies would raise farm operating costs, consumers also face a hit to their wallets.

Carbon pricing will increase the average U.S. grocery bill by $110 per month, $1,330 annually, or 15 percent,” the researchers estimated.

Claire's Observations:  I do not need our grocery prices to rise one cent, for this little family of two, thank you very much!!  And trust me, this household has been very inventive about what we have been eating, to include more protein from wherever we can find it.  There are certain pastas available with enriched protein coming from vegetable sources, if you know where to look.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY
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A Rushed EV Approach Will Undermine Our National Security

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by Tyler Durden

Friday, Feb 09, 2024 - 09:20 PM

Authored by James Marks via RealClear Wire,

Normally a new year brings a renewed focus on getting things done in Washington. But with Congress accomplishing little in 2023 and attentions now shifting to the November elections, it is more prudent than ever that the policy agenda of our nation’s leaders reflect what’s best for our collective future, not politics.

Take this administration’s campaign to spread electric-vehicle (EV) technologies. There is no doubt that EVs will be part of America’s future. But decisions made by President Biden and his allies to incentivize and rush the adoption of EVs into the American transportation sector will have unintended consequences. Most unrecognized being the implications on our national security priorities.

Back in April, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) introduced a rule that would regulate the tailpipe emissions of light-, medium- and heavy-duty vehicles. The rule aims to have roughly two-thirds of automobiles sold in 2032 to be electric. However, proponents of these types of heavy-handed government policies fail to account for the realities of the global EV market and importantly the dominance held by the Chinese.

For the last 15 years, China has solidified various investments within the EV value chain, fortifying its position of power in this rapidly expanding market. China dominates the market for rare earths reserves, mineral extraction, and battery production, all of which are integral to the production of EVs. And while the U.S. Geological Survey estimates China only has about 36% of the globe’s rare earths reserves, it has come to control 70% of the world’s extraction capability and nearly 77% of the world’s battery manufacturing capacity.

It’s this condition that makes a concerted push toward EVs risky because clearly to get more electric vehicles, Americans will increase our reliance on China.

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A border deal proposed in the U.S. Senate has quickly fallen through, dragging into jeopardy a new funding plan for Ukraine wartime aid that had been tied to it as well as more funds for Israel, Gaza, Asian allies and more.

President Joe Biden, a Democrat, had worked with Republican Senate leaders on the plan, but it was still voted down Wednesday in the chamber despite Republicans having demanded that the situation at the Southern border be addressed at the same time as aid to foreign allies.

Republicans are right to worry, as Statista's Katharina Buchholz details below, fiscal years 2023 and 2024 have seen new record numbers of migrant encounters at the U.S.-Mexico border, counting both migrants apprehended and those asking to enter legally but deemed inadmissible. Their numbers rose to almost 2.5 million in FY 2023 and stood at 785,000 three months into the new fiscal year, which would constitute another record if extrapolated

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM
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Many writers decry the American political scene as “too divisive.” But I don’t think this goes to the root of our political problems. A much more serious concern is that a very powerful minority of Americans reject the core principles upon which our Constitution and our society rest: principles of Western Civilization, republican government, and the Judeo-Christian heritage.

In the view of this minority, the American Founding was a crime, people should be judged largely on race and gender, elections should be manipulated (to protect “our democracy”), the traditional family structure should be abandoned, sexual mores should be perverted, and government should be nearly omnipotent.

These ideas resemble a variant of fascism in which everyone serves the state and individual rights—economic and political—are exercised only by the elite’s permission. This minority not only believe these things themselves, but they want to force you to accept them also. They’re authoritarian, even totalitarian.

When the rest of us push back against their agenda, it isn’t “divisiveness.” It’s self-defense.

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A New York Fed survey published earlier this week indicated that, in the fourth quarter of 2023, auto loan delinquencies reached levels not seen since right after the Great Recession more than a decade ago. 

As a refresher, the data from Tuesday by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York showed (read: ZH report here) the rate at which car owners are behind on their payments hit an annualized rate of 7.7%, the highest level since 2010. 

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One month ago we asked a simple question: at a time when the Biden admin is breathlessly taking credit for a quote-unquote "strong" job market, how is it not the biggest political talking point right now that since October 2019, native-born US workers have lost 1.4 million jobs; while over the same period foreign-born workers have gained 3 million jobs.

 

 

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The Federal Reserve recently disclosed its preliminary income and expenses for 2023, revealing an unprecedented $114.3 billion in operational losses. Somewhat surprisingly, Fed officials seem unconcerned about this financial performance. Their lack of concern may be even more worrisome than the losses themselves. Like any financial institution, the Fed receives revenue from the financial assets it holds and it must pay interest on its financial liabilities. Arguably, the last round of QE played a role in setting up current Fed losses

One key aspect of the Federal Reserve Act is its obligation to remit its profits to the US Treasury. When the Fed experiences losses, however, it doesn’t lead to the Treasury cutting a check. Instead, the Fed issues an IOU known as “deferred assets,” essentially monetizing its own deficits. Moving forward, the Fed will use future profits to offset these deferred assets before resuming regular remittances to the Treasury.

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