“Every government is run by liars and nothing they say should be believed.” -- I.F. Stone

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The UK government has quietly admitted that the majority of COVID deaths are from people who received three or more mRNA vaccines for the virus.

The UK government recently released the official figures for Covid deaths in 2022.

The data shows that the vaccinated population accounted for a whopping 92% of Covid-19 deaths throughout the entirety of 2022.

The figures also show that 9 in every 10 Covid deaths in England over the past two years had received three or more of the deadly vaccine.

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Police have fired tear gas at thousands of Indian farmers who resumed their protest march to the capital, New Delhi, after talks with the government failed to end an impasse over their demands for guaranteed crop prices.

The protests come at a crucial time for India, where national elections are due in the coming months and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s party is widely expected to secure a third successive term in office.

The farmers began their protest last week but were stopped some 200km (125 miles) from the capital. The authorities are determined to contain the protests, which have renewed the movement from more than two years ago when tens of thousands of farmers had camped out on the outskirts of the city for more than a year.

At the time, the farmers pitched tents, bought food supplies and held out in the sit-in until they forced Modi to repeal new agriculture laws in a major reversal for his government.

This time around, the authorities have barricaded the highways into New Delhi with cement blocks, metal containers, barbed wire and iron spikes to prevent the farmers from entering.

On Wednesday, the farmers arrived at the barricades with bulldozers and excavators to try and push through

Claire's Observations:  I would politely suggest to the Modi government that this is infinitely less viable than is intelligent, hard-won negotiations with the farmers. And please remember: no farmers = no food.

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Republicans are monitoring the possibility of flipping the Senate majority in their favor during the upcoming election, a goal which is becoming more feasible as states claim GOP leadership.

Recent victories in the states of Montana, Maryland, and West Virginia have boosted the hopes of conservative leaders striving to gain control over the federal legislative chambers. Currently, Democrats dominate the Senate 51-49. They are faced with keeping 23 seats during the ongoing cycle, including protecting their claims in red states like Ohio, Montana, and West Virginia.

But key GOP victories in such states have led to increased hope for the Senate to be flipped following the November 2024 election.

One important win for Senate Republicans is the campaign of Larry Hogan, who was the widely liked governor of Maryland (a blue state) from 2015 through 2023. Hogan announced his run for Senate on February 9 via X, formerly Twitter, noting a desire to “fix the broken politics in Washington.”

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It is no secret that the left has been targeting children for years to advance their agenda. One Rhode Island educator witnessed firsthand the extent of how far they will go to ensure they eliminate the possibility of having students able to think for themselves.

Ramona Bessinger, a high school teacher in Providence, wrote a report detailing the “media literacy” program, which received over $700,000 from the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). According to DHS, the program, Courageous RI, was designed to combat disinformation. Bessinger, however, stated that the program’s objective was to “indoctrinate children.”

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A recent article in New Scientist, published in mid-February, has sparked controversy by advocating for a more permissive stance on cannibalism.

The publication defines cannibalism as the act of consuming other individuals and surprisingly suggests that ethically, "cannibalism poses fewer issues than you might imagine."

The article goes on to attribute our aversion to cannibalism to "Western religious traditions," which view the human body as sacred. It questions whether historical colonialism, which propagated racist stereotypes of cannibals to justify domination, has influenced our current perceptions.

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A Taliban official said journalists were committing "a major sin" by taking pictures, Afghan media reported on Wednesday.

Television and pictures of living things were banned under the previous Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001, but a similar edict has so far not been imposed since authorities took back power in Afghanistan in 2021.

"Taking pictures is a major sin," Mohammad Hashem Shaheed Wror, a senior official in the justice ministry, told a seminar for department staff in the capital Kabul on Tuesday, according to footage broadcast by several media.

Claire's Observations:  Where, in the name of heaven, does the Taliban come up with these people?!?  Apparently, images which were taken by the press, were not to his liking, as the Taliban narrative, and what the images showed, must have been in an absolute collision. 

 Would those in the Taliban who really want to take the country back to the 18th century (including the weaponry) just please cordon off a bit of the country, and just put a wall around it, and not let anyone out or in?!?  That really would resolve their problems.  

I cannot imagine that intelligent Afghanis believe this for a second.

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Since Washington imposed sanctions on NATO member Turkey's defense sector in 2020 due to its purchase of Russian S-400 missile defense systems and excluded Ankara from the F-35 'friends circle,' the country that bridges Europe and Asia has been accelerating the development of its own fifth-generation fighter jet. 

Turkey launched its TF-X project to produce a national combat aircraft in 2016. By 2017, Turkish Aerospace Industries (TUSAS) signed a deal with Britain's BAE Systems, worth up to $125 million, to develop the next-generation fighter known as "KAAN." 

According to state broadcaster TRT, KAAN took off from an airstrip in Ankara, the capital, on Wednesday. The maiden flight lasted about ten minutes.  

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Google issued what Fox Business described as an "apology" on Wednesday for manually programming their "AI" Gemini to erase white people.

From Fox Business, "Google apologizes after new Gemini AI refuses to show pictures, achievements of White people":

The latest version of Google's Gemini artificial intelligence (AI) will frequently produce images of Black, Native American and Asian people when prompted – but refuses to do the same for White people.

In a statement to Fox News Digital, Gemini Experiences Senior Director of Product Management Jack Krawczyk addressed the responses from the AI that had led social media users to voice concern.

"We're working to improve these kinds of depictions immediately," Krawczyk said. "Gemini's AI image generation does generate a wide range of people. And that's generally a good thing because people around the world use it. But it's missing the mark here."

That's the full extent of their "apology." 

Webmaster addition: The real question is why this bias was programmed into the code in the first place. Is Zuckerberg okay with this?

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As the presidential election approaches, the Biden administration is expanding its controversial initiative to control information and censor Americans by funding a new project that tracks the spread of “mis-, dis-, and mal-information (MDM)” by internet users. A public university in South Carolina is getting nearly $1 million from the government to map the spread of MDM in real time and create an online dashboard with an MDM tracker. The Department of Justice’s (DOJ) National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is doling out the funds to researchers at Clemson University to meet its reported mission of “improving knowledge and understanding of crime and justice issues through science.” The NIJ claims it provides objective and independent knowledge and tools to inform the decision-making of the criminal and juvenile justice communities to reduce crime and advance justice.

It is difficult to see how this project meets the agency’s mission, however. The government is giving Clemson researchers a bunch of taxpayer dollars to identify information and opinions it does not like by conducting the “first real-time mapping of the spread of MDM campaigns around contentious public events,” according to the grant announcement. The venture has been named “Networks and Pathways of Violent Extremism: Effectiveness of Mis/Disinformation Campaigns” and researchers assure their work will not be biased even though a leftist administration is funding the work, and most academics are themselves on the left politically. The research is essential, the Biden administration laughably asserts, to avert “violent extremism.” This is the explanation offered in the DOJ’s grant document: “Nationally publicized political events often become focal points of MDM, which are exploited by various individuals and groups to launch disinformation campaigns and trigger spontaneous or crowd-sourced diffusion of disinformation and violent extremism.”

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The US State Department has approved Italy’s requests for air-to-air missiles and small bombs worth $214 million.

In a recent announcement, the state department said Rome had requested 12 AIM-120C-8 Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missiles (AMRAAM) for $69.3 million.

The RTX-manufactured weapon is expected to improve the aerial combat capabilities of the Italian Armed Forces amid heightened regional tensions.

It is compatible with Italy’s American-made F-35 and F-16 fighter jets.

The contract also covers the provision of AMRAAM containers and support equipment, spare parts, and engineering, technical, and logistics support.

Claire's Observations:  For what, in the name of heaven, does Italy need these bombs and missiles?!?   Does it NOT trust the "NATO Umbrella" of defense, and is this why the clamor for more weapons?!?  I am sure the weapons manufacturers from whom the Italians are buying these systems, are ecstatic.  But seriously, one has to wonder just against whom these weapons are meant to be used?!?!?

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Today’s news is so flooded with stories that show the trends I’ve teen warning about that I can’t even begin to cover them all in the time I have to read through the news, organize it and then write an editorial. So, I’m going to go through them in a rather staccato style to give the thrust of each story. Maybe I’ll have more time to come back to some of the detail in next weekend’s Deeper Dive.

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