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03.12.2022 - 19:47 [ Robert Reich, Berkeley professor, former Secretary of Labor / Nitter ]

Railroads made $21 billion in profits in the first 9 months of 2022. Guaranteeing 7 paid sick days to rail workers would cost the industry $321 million/year. That’s just 1.5% of those profits. Congress just rejected sick leave for these workers. It’s profits over everything.

03.12.2022 - 19:15 [ Fox News ]

‚Political pawns‘: Livid railway workers warn Biden’s union agreement will ‚definitely‘ impact next election

„I work for a Class 1 railroad that implemented one of the most egregious attendance policies (Hi-Viz) that requires us to be available to work 92% of the time per month,“ he said. „If we take off one day for a sickness, we are required to [work] 14 days straight to gain points back. That is why we are fighting tooth and nail for sick days.“

03.12.2022 - 19:10 [ Denver7 – The Denver Channel / Youtube ]

President Biden signs bill that averts rail strike despite opposition from unions

Dec 2, 2022

President Joe Biden signed a bill on Friday that prevents 12 rail unions from going on strike next week. The president signed the bill to head off a potentially crippling supply chain disruption in the weeks leading up to Christmas.

03.12.2022 - 16:41 [ All That's Left: Anti-Occupation Collective / Nitter ]

NYC council members were in Jerusalem today on a @JCRCNY trip. Palestinian, Israeli and international activists invited them to Sheikh Jarrah to learn about and stand against the dispossession & racist violence Palestinians face daily. The councilors were defensive & dismissive.

03.12.2022 - 02:42 [ Knesset.gov.il ]

Declaration of Independence

(14TH MAY,1948)

THE STATE OF ISRAEL will be open for Jewish immigration and for the Ingathering of the Exiles; it will foster the development of the country for the benefit of all its inhabitants; it will be based on freedom, justice and peace as envisaged by the prophets of Israel; it will ensure complete equality of social and political rights to all its inhabitants irrespective of religion, race or sex; it will guarantee freedom of religion, conscience, language, education and culture; it will safeguard the Holy Places of all religions; and it will be faithful to the principles of the Charter of the United Nations.

01.12.2022 - 21:35 [ Alec Karakatsanis / Nitter ]

THREAD. A New York Times article on Eric Adams‘ fascist and illegal plan to arrest „homeless people“ who cops „deem“ to be „mentally ill“ is astonishing for what is missing

(…)

Nor does the article contain a single mention of universal access to preventative health care, of the massive divestment in our society from mental health care, or of the root causes of mental illness.

01.12.2022 - 21:27 [ Reuters ]

Amid homeless crisis, New York to step up forced hospitalization of mentally ill

(29.11.2022)

Adams, speaking from City Hall, said the city had a „moral obligation“ to help New Yorkers struggling to meet their own basic needs because of mental illness, even if those people resisted intervention.

The Democratic mayor has made addressing the city’s homelessness crisis a top goal of his administration since taking office in January.

01.12.2022 - 20:50 [ IndependentSocialistGroup.org ]

Protest Strikebreaker-In-Chief Biden in Boston!

Join Railroad Workers United (RWU), the Independent Socialist Group (ISG), and the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) at a protest outside of Biden’s upcoming appearance in Boston. If you are in an organization that would like to endorse this event and is interested in speaking in support of railroad workers, contact:

Nick Wurst, RWU & ISG: 508-335-8633

Paul Bamberger, DSA: 518-860-9378

Day & Time: Friday 12/2 Picket starting 11:30am, Rally starting 12pm. Estimated end time 1:30pm.

Location: Biden will be visiting JFK Library at University Dr N, Boston, MA 02125 for an event. The picket and rally will be held at the corner of University Drive North and Colombia Point, on the parking lot side.

01.12.2022 - 20:07 [ Jonah Furman / Nitter ]

People need to understand that we’ve reached this point in rail bargaining because of a failed union strategy to rely entirely on Democratic Party leadership to get a deal, and to avoid anything that could threaten that strategy, from progressive legislation to going on strike

01.12.2022 - 19:59 [ theHill.com ]

Schumer pledges to keep senators in Washington until rail deal is done

“The Senate cannot leave until we get the job done, and Democrats will keep working with Republicans to find a path forward that everyone can support,” he announced on the Senate floor.

The Democratic leader began the so-called Rule 14 process on Wednesday evening to put a House-passed bill to avert the rail strike on the Senate calendar.

01.12.2022 - 19:53 [ @railroadworkers / Nitter ]

This is a legacy defining moment for Joe Biden. He is going down as one of the biggest disappointments in labor history.

(29.11.2022)

01.12.2022 - 19:40 [ White House ]

Statement from President Joe Biden on House Action to Avert Rail Shutdown

(30.11.2022)

This overwhelming bipartisan vote in the House of Representatives makes clear that Democrats and Republicans agree that a rail shutdown would be devastating to our economy and families across the country. The Senate must now act urgently. Without the certainty of a final vote to avoid a shutdown this week, railroads will begin to halt the movement of critical materials like chemicals to clean our drinking water as soon as this weekend.

01.12.2022 - 19:34 [ Steve Morris / Nitter ]

Rail workers: A single day of sick leave please CNN’s coverage today:

(29.11.2022)

01.12.2022 - 19:27 [ Democracy Now ]

House Passes Bill to Block Rail Strike at Urging of President Biden

The House has passed legislation to block a nationwide rail strike by imposing a contract that has been rejected by unions representing the majority of freight rail workers.

28.11.2022 - 05:35 [ World Socialist Website ]

The disastrous implications of lifting Zero-COVID in China

(18.11.2022)

Despite the immense significance of China’s Zero-COVID policy, which for over two years has saved millions of lives and proven that elimination is possible, the nationalist basis of this policy has always rendered it unviable in the long term. Just as “socialism with Chinese characteristics” is a nationalist delusion, maintaining Zero-COVID in a single country is impossible. By lifting this policy, Chinese society now directly confronts “COVID with imperialist characteristics.”

For more than two years, US imperialism has exerted unrelenting pressure on China to lift its Zero-COVID policy, as part of its broader efforts to militarily encircle and subjugate the country. Countless columns have been published denouncing China’s public health policies for their impact on corporate profits, demanding they be scrapped no matter what the cost in human lives.

24.11.2022 - 11:50 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

22.11.2022 - 15:10 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

18.11.2022 - 12:02 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

18.11.2022 - 11:47 [ @CertsVA 7h / Nitter ]

all those endless wars for profit that she just sat back and abdicated power to the executive branch to run wild with.

pelosi even admitted on tv that she knew „WMDs in Iraq“ was a lie prior to the invasion and chose not to stop and impeach bush.

18.11.2022 - 11:09 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter ]

There’s now an entire new industry, aligned with Dems, to pressure Big Tech to censor. Think tanks and self-proclaimed „disinformation experts“ funded by Omidyar, Soros and the US/UK Security State use benign-sounding names to glorify ideological censorship as neutral expertise.

(06.09.2022)

18.11.2022 - 10:37 [ @vfxwrkr / Nitter ]

Why is America so much worse off than it was 25 years ago?

18.11.2022 - 10:26 [ Jimmy Dore / Nitter ]

She’s going down as someone who amassed over $100 million dollars while in office.

“Show me a man that gets rich by being a politician, and I’ll show you a crook” – Harry Truman

18.11.2022 - 10:01 [ theHill.com ]

End of an era: Pelosi steps down as House Democratic leader

After leading the Democrats for the last two decades, the House Speaker announced Thursday that she will step down next year from her spot at the top of the party, closing a momentous run for the most powerful woman in U.S. history while clearing the way for a younger generation of up-and-coming lawmakers to climb into the leadership ranks.

17.11.2022 - 10:14 [ Central Intelligence Agency / Archive.org ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active, however, addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with liaison and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to answer and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

14.11.2022 - 13:24 [ Nobelprize.org ]

Harold Pinter – Nobel Lecture: Art, Truth & Politics

(2005)

When we look into a mirror we think the image that confronts us is accurate. But move a millimetre and the image changes. We are actually looking at a never-ending range of reflections. But sometimes a writer has to smash the mirror – for it is on the other side of that mirror that the truth stares at us.

I believe that despite the enormous odds which exist, unflinching, unswerving, fierce intellectual determination, as citizens, to define the real truth of our lives and our societies is a crucial obligation which devolves upon us all. It is in fact mandatory.

If such a determination is not embodied in our political vision we have no hope of restoring what is so nearly lost to us – the dignity of man.

09.11.2022 - 07:58 [ Buck Sexton / Twitter ]

Gretchen Whitmer and Kathy Hochul- two low IQ lunatics who instituted the most authoritarian, vicious Covid policies in the nation, have been re-elected as governors Apparently a majority of residents in those states enjoyed school shutdowns, vaxx mandates, masks Truly insane

08.11.2022 - 03:49 [ theGuardian.com ]

Intercepting the Internet

(29.April 1999)

European commission documents obtained this week reveal plans to require manufacturers and operators to build in „interception interfaces“ to the Internet and all future digital communications systems. The plans, drafted by a US-led international organisation of police and security agencies, will be proposed to EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers at the end of May.

(…)

The plans require the installation of a network of tapping centres throughout Europe, operating almost instantly across all national boundaries, providing access to every kind of communications including the net and satellites. A German tapping centre could intercept Internet messages in Britain, or a British detective could listen to Dutch phone calls. There could even be several tapping centres listening in at once.

07.11.2022 - 06:07 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

07.11.2022 - 06:06 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011)

As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

07.11.2022 - 06:05 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(02.03.2011)

Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton called for an end to the violence in Libya.

She also added that the United States had reserved all its options as it considered additional steps that might be needed to stop Libyan forces from attacking civilians.

06.11.2022 - 12:28 [ theHill.com ]

Millionaires urge Democrats to include billionaire tax in spending bill

(01.11.2021)

A group of about 250 millionaires on Monday urged top Democrats to include a proposal to tax billionaires‘ investment gains annually in their social-spending package, after the proposal was left out of a framework the White House released last week.

05.11.2022 - 12:37 [ Cristian Terhes, Member of the European Parliament representing Romania and the Christian-Democratic National Peasants' Party (PNTCD) / Nitter ]

The lockdown abusers and their enablers now call for an AMNESTY, but without confessing the damage they’ve done and asking for forgiveness. I don’t want revenge, just justice at the fullest extent of the law! Do not vote into public offices any Freedom deniers and their parties!

05.11.2022 - 12:14 [ CrisisMagazine.com ]

Pandemic Amnesty? Not So Fast

It is simply wrong for people to publicly advocate for segregation and unemployment of a group of people because they don’t want a medicine that is fifteen minutes old.

It is simply wrong to whip your children up into a frenzy about something you have only heard about on the mainstream news to the point where they are yelling at strangers less than two meters away.

It is simply wrong to uninvite family members from Christmas because they didn’t take the same medicine you did.

It is simply wrong to close churches—you know, those places you go to when death is near—because you think death is near!

It is simply wrong to close the borders for years on end and completely ruin businesses that rely on tourism.

It is simply wrong to demonize every dissenting opinion in the pursuit of scientific and medical answers. Something about the scientific method requiring dissenting opinions and contrary evidence to buttress claims comes to mind…

I could go on and on.

05.11.2022 - 12:10 [ theAtlantic.com ]

Let’s Declare a Pandemic Amnesty

(31.10.2022)

We have to put these fights aside and declare a pandemic amnesty. We can leave out the willful purveyors of actual misinformation while forgiving the hard calls that people had no choice but to make with imperfect knowledge. Los Angeles County closed its beaches in summer 2020. Ex post facto, this makes no more sense than my family’s masked hiking trips. But we need to learn from our mistakes and then let them go. We need to forgive the attacks, too. Because I thought schools should reopen and argued that kids as a group were not at high risk, I was called a “teacher killer” and a “génocidaire.” It wasn’t pleasant, but feelings were high. And I certainly don’t need to dissect and rehash that time for the rest of my days.

Moving on is crucial now, because the pandemic created many problems that we still need to solve.

04.11.2022 - 09:56 [ Communist Party of Israel ]

MK Odeh: Our Public Will Stand Firm Against Fascism and Racism.

While the pro-Netanyahu bloc is slated to expand to 65 seats in the Knesset following yesterday’s election, Channel 12 reports that it only received 8,189 more votes than the anti-Netanyahu bloc. However, because Arab Balad party and possibly Zionist Meretz failed to cross the threshold, their votes were scattered to other parties rather than being redistributed to the anti-Netanyahu bloc, which is slated to end with just 55 seats in the Knesset. Both blocs won roughly 50% of the vote, though the final tallies are not yet available.

02.11.2022 - 10:01 [ James J. Marlow / Twitter ]

We are beginning to see a picture of results although there is still some distance to go. But at this stage, Meretz and Balad are OUT and Labor colleagues have turned against their leader, Merav Michaeli. #IsraelElections2022 #Israelex5

29.10.2022 - 19:37 [ theGuardian.com ]

Intercepting the Internet

(29.April 1999)

European commission documents obtained this week reveal plans to require manufacturers and operators to build in „interception interfaces“ to the Internet and all future digital communications systems. The plans, drafted by a US-led international organisation of police and security agencies, will be proposed to EU Justice and Home Affairs ministers at the end of May.

(…)

The plans require the installation of a network of tapping centres throughout Europe, operating almost instantly across all national boundaries, providing access to every kind of communications including the net and satellites. A German tapping centre could intercept Internet messages in Britain, or a British detective could listen to Dutch phone calls. There could even be several tapping centres listening in at once.

27.10.2022 - 02:35 [ MSN.com ]

This Election Poll Made the Israeli Left Panic, as It Should

In the early stages of the campaign, when parties could still merge with others, Lapid begged Merav Michaeli, the leader of Labor, to join forces with Meretz. Even the James Webb telescope would fail to find ideological differences between the two parties. Michaeli, whatever her reasons may have truly been, shot down the idea. Now she could enter history books as the first Labor leader to remain beneath the threshold, and outside the Knesset.

24.10.2022 - 19:42 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

(…)

The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

(…)

Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

20.10.2022 - 15:21 [ APnews.com ]

Ukraine accuses Iran of violating UN ban on drone transfers

A letter from Ukraine’s U.N. Ambassador Sergiy Kyslytsya to Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and members of the U.N. Security Council was obtained by The Associated Press ahead of a closed council meeting late Wednesday requested by Britain, France and the United States on Iran’s sale of hundreds of drones to Russia.

The three Western countries strongly back Ukraine’s contention that the drones were transferred to Russia and violate a 2015 U.N. Security Council resolution that endorsed the nuclear deal between Iran and six key nations — the U.S., Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany — aimed at curbing Tehran’s nuclear activities and preventing the country from developing a nuclear weapon.

14.10.2022 - 14:13 [ Damian from Brighton / Nitter ]

If Jeremy Corbyn was still Labour leader and ahead in the polls the media would not be attacking the Tories, they would be attacking Corbyn. We know that is true because that is exactly what they did. They feel safe to attack the Tories now Starmer The Stooge is leader

06.10.2022 - 15:42 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

04.10.2022 - 18:09 [ Haaretz ]

Obama Charges Netanyahu as a World Leader Who Fueled ‚Putinism‘, Report Reveals

„What I worry about most is, there is a war right now of ideas, more than any hot war, and it is between Putinism — which, by the way, is subscribed to, at some level, by [Turkish President Recep Tayyip] Erdogan or Netanyahu or [former Philippines President Rodrigo] Duterte and [former U.S. President Donald] Trump — and a vision of a liberal market-based democracy that has all kinds of flaws and is subject to all kinds of legitimate criticism, but on the other hand is sort of responsible for most of the human progress we’ve seen over the last 50, 75 years,“ he told reporters in off-the-record comments first published by Bloomberg.

26.09.2022 - 18:33 [ Rosa Luxemburg / Leipziger Volkszeitung / marxists.org ]

Peace Utopias

(May, 6/8 1911)

During these fifteen years we had this: in 1895 the war between Japan and China, which is the prelude to the East Asiatic period of imperialism; in 1898 the war between Spain and the United States; in 1899-1902 the British Boer War in South Africa; in 1900 the campaign of the European powers in China; in 1904 the Russo-Japanese War; in 1904-07 the German Herero War in Africa; and then there was also the military intervention of Russia in 1908 in Persia, at the present moment the military intervention of France in Morocco, without mentioning the incessant colonial skirmishes in Asia and in Africa. Hence the bare facts alone show that for fifteen years hardly a year has gone by without some war activity. (…)

Only were one suddenly to lose sight of all these happenings and manoeuvres, and to transfer oneself back to the blissful times of the European concert of powers, could one say, for instance, that for forty years we have had uninterrupted peace. This conception, which considers only events on the European continent, does not notice that the very reason why we have had no war in Europe for decades is the fact that international antagonisms have grown infinitely beyond the narrow confines of the European continent, and that European problems and interests are now fought out on the world seas and in the by-corners of Europe.

Hence the “United States of Europe” is an idea which runs directly counter both economically and politically to the course of development, and which takes absolutely no account of the events of the last quarter of a century.

That an idea so little in accord with the tendency of development can fundamentally offer no progressive solution in spite of all radical disguises is confirmed also by the fate of the slogan of the “United States of Europe.” Every time that bourgeois politicians have championed the idea of Europeanism, of the union of European States, it has been with an open or concealed point directed against the “yellow peril,” the “dark continent,” against the “inferior races,” in short, it has always been an imperialist abortion.

And now if we, as Social Democrats, were to try to fill this old skin with fresh and apparently revolutionary wine, then it must be said that the advantages would not be on our side but on that of the bourgeoisie. Things have their own objective logic. And the solution of the European union within the capitalist social order can objectively, in the economic sense, mean only a tariff war with America, and in the political sense only a colonial race war. The Chinese campaign of the united European regiments, with the World Field Marshal Waldersee at the head, and the gospel of the Hun as our standard – that is the actual and not the fantastic, the only possible expression of the “European State Federation” in the present social order.

26.09.2022 - 11:56 [ Ansa.it ]

Orban, Le Pen congratulate Meloni on election win

„Congratulations, a deserved victory,“ said Orbán on Facebook under a photo of the two leaders together.
National Rally leader Le Pen also hailed Meloni’s „historic“ victory at the head of a centre-right coalition featuring League leader Matteo Salvini and Forza Italia (FI) chief Silvio Berlusconi.

25.09.2022 - 15:12 [ theHill.com ]

The seven Democrats most likely to run for president — if Biden bows out

While Harris, 57, has seen her own approval ratings fall at times during an up-and-down tenure as vice president, she remains the top non-Biden possibility for 2024.

25.09.2022 - 14:59 [ CNN ]

Democrats are warming to a Biden 2024 campaign. They’re just not sure if he’ll run.

The mood has notably shifted among top Democrats in recent months. During the depths of Biden’s political struggles in March, some party leaders from all over the country huddled in the hallways of the Hilton a few blocks from the White House for the annual Democratic National Committee meeting, according to four people involved in the conversations. Over drinks, while looking around to make sure no one overheard, they winced and grimaced and whispered…

19.09.2022 - 15:21 [ theGuardian.com ]

US supreme court blocks Biden’s workplace vaccine-or-test rules

(13.01.2022)

The court’s conservative majority concluded the administration overstepped its authority by seeking to impose the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (Osha) vaccine-or-test rule on US businesses with at least 100 employees. More than 80 million people would have been affected.

“Osha has never before imposed such a mandate. Nor has Congress. Indeed, although Congress has enacted significant legislation addressing the Covid-19 pandemic, it has declined to enact any measure similar to what Osha has promulgated here,” the conservatives wrote in an unsigned opinion.

In dissent, the court’s three liberals argued that it was the court that was overreaching by substituting its judgment for that of health experts.

11.09.2022 - 19:40 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

28.08.2022 - 14:44 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

28.08.2022 - 14:39 [ Washington Post ]

Assad must go, Obama says

(18.8.2011)

As Obama issued his statement, the leaders of France, Germany and Britain joined him in calling on Assad “to face the reality of the complete rejection of his regime by the Syrian people and to step aside.”

Obama had spoken to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Cameron over the past two weeks to discuss calling for Assad’s resignation and to coordinate steps on sanctions.

28.08.2022 - 14:25 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Hillary Clinton: Muammar Gaddafi ‚must go now‘

(02.03.2011)

Testifying before the Senate’s Foreign Relations Committee, Clinton called for an end to the violence in Libya.

She also added that the United States had reserved all its options as it considered additional steps that might be needed to stop Libyan forces from attacking civilians.

22.08.2022 - 06:47 [ Politico.eu ]

Iran drops ‘red line’ IRGC demand for nuclear deal: Report

Tehran did not demand in its response to a proposed agreement drafted by the EU that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) be removed from a U.S. list of terrorist organizations, the news agency reported late Friday, citing a senior Biden administration official. Former President Donald Trump put the Guard on the list in 2019, after pulling out of the last nuclear accord — an action that imposed numerous sanctions on the military group.

20.08.2022 - 21:03 [ Reuters ]

At least 12 killed as Somalia hotel siege enters second day

(today)

At least 12 people were killed when al Qaeda-linked militants attacked a hotel in Somalia’s capital Mogadishu, seizing hostages who authorities were still battling to free 24 hours later, an intelligence officer said on Saturday.

20.08.2022 - 21:00 [ Fox News ]

Biden approves sending US Special Operations troops to Somalia

(May 18, 2022)

A senior U.S. defense official has confirmed to Fox News on Monday that President Joe Biden has authorized the deployment of hundreds of Special Operations troops inside Somalia.

The decision comes alongside approval of a Pentagon request for standing authority to target about a dozen suspected leaders of the al-Shabab terrorist group that operates inside the east African country’s borders, the official said.

18.08.2022 - 04:22 [ Tehran Times ]

Ball in U.S. court on nuclear deal

He also said that any agreement being achieved in Vienna should be passed by Parliament.

As things stand, Iran appears to have done its part and made every necessary decision needed to resuscitate the JCPOA. Therefore, it’s now the U.S.’s turn to do the same and facilitate the conclusion of the talks.

The U.S. confirmed that it has received the Iranian response via the EU and said that it will need “some time” to study it.

U.S. State Department spokesman Ned Price said on Tuesday, “We are still studying [the response].”

He added, “It will require some time to digest what has been provided to the EU and in turn what has been provided to us.”

18.08.2022 - 02:50 [ @PeoplesParty_US / Nitter ]

“The mask is completely lifting on the empire right now and more and more people are seeing it but they have nowhere to go in the two party system… The fear is that someone like you steps out and gives people hope.” – @MaxBlumenthal on #Dore24

14.08.2022 - 22:32 [ Max Blumenthal / Nitter ]

The organized US left in its current incarnation poses little threat to entrenched power, and often functions as its shield. This is a private source of humiliation to many activists, prompting them to overcompensate by ritually abusing heretics and performative radicalism.

There is also the professional left element which reacts with open glee as the security state runs wild on MAGA, the same way many of them celebrated deaths of unvaccinated right-wing septuagenarians with Covid. The culture wars define their shared identity & trump any principle.

14.08.2022 - 21:20 [ Fox News ]

Critics call for Biden to ‚immediately end‘ Iran nuclear talks following attempted murder of Salman Rushdie

The attempted murder of author Salman Rushdie prompted social media users, including several members of Congress, to voice criticism of the Biden administration’s pursuit of a nuclear deal with Iran in light of the country’s past support of a fatwa against Rushdie’s life.

11.08.2022 - 07:05 [ Haaretz ]

Pegasus Spyware Maker NSO Has 22 Clients in the European Union. And It’s Not Alone

European lawmaker Sophie in ‘t Veld, who is a member of the Pegasus inquiry committee, told Haaretz: “If just one company has 14 member states for customers, you can imagine how big the sector is overall. There seems to be a huge market for commercial spyware, and EU governments are very eager buyers. But they are very quiet about it, keeping it from the public eye.”

(…)

“We know spyware is being developed in several EU countries. Not least Italy, Germany and France,” in ‘t Veld said. “Even if they use it for legitimate purposes, they have no appetite for more transparency, oversight and safeguards. Secret services have got their own universe, where normal laws don’t apply. To an extent, that has always been the case, but in the digital era they have become all-powerful, and practically invisible and totally elusive.

07.08.2022 - 12:05 [ theHill.com ]

Five signs progressives are in danger of losing influence

Left-wing Democrats have suffered major losses at the ballot box, seen endorsements from their biggest stars lose their oomph and are still struggling to find a suitable successor to lead their movement in the future.

07.08.2022 - 11:01 [ theHill.com ]

Frustrated grassroots leaders say they need even more from White House

Leaders of Democratic grassroots groups say they’re frustrated with the pace of action from the White House and Congress and argue more needs to be done to make an impact with voters before the midterm elections in November.

07.08.2022 - 07:48 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter ]

Bernie doesn’t even pretend any more to have anything resembling a left-wing foreign policy or any minimal divergence from the neocon-driven Dem Party’s foreign policy dogma. Opposing NATO expansion was long a mainstream liberal view. Now only Hawley & Paul will get near it:

07.08.2022 - 07:24 [ GrandTheftWorld.com ]

Bernie Turns Pro-War & Votes To Expand NATO

The United States Senate has voted 95-1-1 to approve the entry of Sweden and Finland into NATO, further engorging the ever-growing “defensive” alliance – this despite the fact that NATO was formed as a pact among nations to protect one another from the Soviet Union, a country that hasn’t existed for more than 30 years. Even onetime peace activist Bernie Sanders voted in favor, showing that the Vermont Senator has essentially given up any semblance of independence and is a good Democrat who will never cross the party leadership on substantive matters.

07.08.2022 - 06:22 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

04.08.2022 - 20:14 [ Caitlin Johnstone ]

The US Military Was Just Used To Help A Dementia Patient Try To Start WW3

Here is a transcript of what Nancy Pelosi’s brain said:

“In our earliest days at our founding of our country, Benjamin Franklin, our presidency, said, freedom and democracy. Freedom and democracy, one thing, security here. If we don’t have- we can’t have either, if we don’t have both.”

Of course Benjamin Franklin was neither a president of the United States nor a “presidency”, and the quote Nancy’s floundering brain was reaching for was “Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.” These are not difficult things to remember or articulate for someone with functioning gray matter.

This is right up there with other famous neural malfunctions by the speaker, like her “Bernie loves hearing” gibberish from last year or her bizarre “Good morning, Sunday morning” restart in the middle of an interview a couple of years ago, and it calls to mind a DC pharmacist’s casual remark in 2017 that he had filled prescriptions to treat Alzheimer’s disease for some powerful decision makers on Capitol Hill.

27.07.2022 - 16:26 [ Jimmy Dore / Nitter ]

Joe Biden is the cure for Trump the same way sugar cures Diabetes. Democrat voters are straight up delusional Chumps of the highest order. They’re SURE the Washington Generals are gonna win next time for sure. Absolute Chumps on purpose who love their oppressors.

27.07.2022 - 16:10 [ Newsweek ]

Exclusive: Inside the Military’s Secret Undercover Army

(17. May 2021)

No one knows the program’s total size, and the explosion of signature reduction has never been examined for its impact on military policies and culture. Congress has never held a hearing on the subject. And yet the military developing this gigantic clandestine force challenges U.S. laws, the Geneva Conventions, the code of military conduct and basic accountability.

27.07.2022 - 16:00 [ theGuardian.com ]

Revealed: US spy operation that manipulates social media

(17 Mar 2011)

The discovery that the US military is developing false online personalities – known to users of social media as „sock puppets“ – could also encourage other governments, private companies and non-government organisations to do the same.

The Centcom contract stipulates that each fake online persona must have a convincing background, history and supporting details, and that up to 50 US-based controllers should be able to operate false identities from their workstations „without fear of being discovered by sophisticated adversaries“.

27.07.2022 - 15:36 [ @BethLynch2020 / Nitter ]

If you’re gonna spend a trillion dollars on the military, pursue GOP’s wet dreams in China, hand 10s of billions to cops and corps, keep Trump’s tax cuts, while also not delivering on debt relief, higher wages, HC, or protecting any of our rights, why does voting for you matter?

27.07.2022 - 15:06 [ theHill.com ]

Warren returns to campaign spotlight

The liberal lawmaker has kept a relatively low profile since suspending her presidential bid to endorse Joe Biden. Vowing to be a trusted ally to his administration, she’s quietly lent a hand on policy and personnel decisions and sponsored bills to advance progressives’ top concerns.

But increasingly, Warren is also resurfacing nationally, adopting a front-facing role as a campaign surrogate for progressive candidates in swing states.

27.07.2022 - 14:12 [ CNN ]

CNN Poll: 75% of Democratic voters want someone other than Biden in 2024

The poll comes as Biden’s approval ratings remain low and most Americans are discontented with the state of the country and the economy. Inflation remains high and a new report released Tuesday showed consumer confidence slipped for the third straight month.

20.07.2022 - 15:42 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

19.07.2022 - 09:50 [ Tehran Times ]

That Iran is on nuclear threshold is not secret, says top Iranian politician

He added “Iran has the capability to build nuclear bomb but it has no decision” to do so.

Enriching uranium to 20 percent was “more difficult” but increasing it to 60 percent was done in 2-3 days.

Therefore, he said, it will not be difficult to enrich uranium to purity of 90 percent.

“We’re a screwdriver’s turn away from reaching the 90% purity,” Kharrazi remarked.

Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Khamenei has banned production of nuclear arms.

The former foreign minister reiterated Iran’s long-held policy, saying nuclear weapon “contravenes” Iran’s religious “beliefs” and its „security exigencies“.

However, he added, mastering the nuclear technology and having the capability to build nuclear arms is “deterrent”.

15.07.2022 - 18:31 [ Matthew Hoh for Senate, US Senate candidate to represent the people of North Carolina. Green Party. Disabled Marine combat veteran ]

We’re fighting back against the corrupt Democratic Party establishment’s coordinated campaign to deny our rightfully earned place on the ballot. If you want to stand with us and fight for real democracy, here’s how you can help!

15.07.2022 - 18:25 [ Matthew Hoh for Senate ]

We’re under attack – help us fight back!

The Matthew Hoh for Senate campaign and the North Carolina Green Party are facing a massive coordinated attack from the Democratic Party establishment, from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee and the Elias Law Group to the Democratic Party supermajority controlling the NC State Board of Elections.

After the DSCC launched a massive, deceptive, and well-funded voter intimidation campaign attempting to harass petition signers into requesting their names be removed, the State Board of Elections voted to deny certification of our petitions despite the fact that we had over 2,000 verified signatures more than needed – and all 3 Democrats on the board voted to deny us our rightfully-earned ballot line.

This is an outrageous attack on democracy, and we need your help to stand up and fight back.

Here’s how to help:

15.07.2022 - 17:39 [ Nina Turner, Former Ohio State Senator, Professor / Nitter ]

The House just voted to approve an $840 billion military spending bill. Not one person asked how we’d pay for it.

15.07.2022 - 17:25 [ Buzzfeed ]

“After My Bills Are Paid, I Have Nothing Else”: People Are Sharing How Much Their Monthly Rent Has Gone Up This Year, And I Can’t Believe This Is Legal

Recently, we asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to share how rising rents are affecting them and how they’re coping. Here’s what they had to say:

15.07.2022 - 17:17 [ CNN ]

Average rent in Manhattan jumps to a record $5,000 a month

The median rent — which is the mid-point of all rents — just rose above $4,000 a month for the first time in May.

The average monthly rent — which is the sum of all rents divided by the number of rents included in the data — was even higher at $5,058 in June. That’s up nearly 30% from a year ago and marked the first time the average has gone above $5,000 a month.

15.07.2022 - 15:22 [ Independent,co.uk ]

Nearly 60 per cent of US voters would back independent candidate over Biden or Trump, poll finds

(Tuesday 26 April 2022)

According to a newly-released survey of 1,966 registered voters conducted by Harvard University’s Centre for American Political Studies and Harris Poll, 58 per cent of respondents — including 47 per cent of Republicans, 60 per cent of Democrats, and 71 per cent of registered independents — said they would consider a “moderate independent candidate” in the 2024 election if faced with a repeat of the choice they were presented with in November 2020.

15.07.2022 - 15:02 [ Forbes ]

Trump Leads Biden By 5 Points In Hypothetical 2024 Presidential Poll

(01.07.2022)

An Emerson College poll released Friday found President Joe Biden is down 44% to 39% to former President Donald Trump in a hypothetical 2024 rematch, as Biden’s approval rating continues to plummet.

15.07.2022 - 13:36 [ New York Times ]

Most Democrats Don’t Want Biden in 2024, New Poll Shows

President Biden is facing an alarming level of doubt from inside his own party, with 64 percent of Democratic voters saying they would prefer a new standard-bearer in the 2024 presidential campaign, according to a New York Times/Siena College poll, as voters nationwide have soured on his leadership, giving him a meager 33 percent job-approval rating.

15.07.2022 - 13:19 [ Wendell Husebø / Nitter ]

‚They [Democrats] want me to run“ in 2024, Joe Biden claims. ‚Look at the polls.‘ Only 26% of Democrat voters support Biden’s 2024 run. – NYT poll 7/11/22

15.07.2022 - 13:16 [ theHill.com ]

71 percent don’t want Biden to run for reelection: poll

(01.07.2022)

Seven in 10 Americans say they do not want President Biden to run for a second term, according to a new poll that comes as Biden’s approval numbers remain low and his party braces for losses this November.

15.07.2022 - 12:43 [ William Sharp / Nitter ]

So apparently #Biden’s betrayal of progressives extends to foreign policy. Look at this love fest with #Netanyahu. PRIMARY CHALLENGER!!!

15.07.2022 - 12:33 [ Likud-Herut UK / Twitter ]

While Israeli Prime Minister Lapid got a fist-bump from @POTUS @JoeBiden on the red carpet upon his arrival, Biden gave former @netanyahu a firm handshake. #Biden told #Netanyahu – „you know I love you“

26.06.2022 - 09:51 [ Consortium News ]

Corbyn on the Establishment’s Campaign Against Him

– UK MILITARY: ‘They sent me a warning’
– MI5 and MI6: ‘Deliberately undermined me’
– MIKE POMPEO’S THREAT: ‘A quite deliberate message’
– THE GUARDIAN: ‘A tool of the British establishment’
– UK PRESS: ‘We have a supine media in this country’
– KEIR STARMER: ‘I should have been more aware of his past’
– ARMS TO SAUDI ARABIA: ‘Extraordinary levels of lobbying from Labour MPs’

26.06.2022 - 09:05 [ theGrayzone.com ]

British security state collaborator Paul Mason’s war on ‘rogue academics’ exposed

(21.06.2022)

Amidst his campaign to neutralize the UK antiwar left, Paul Mason declared in an email to several academics willing to inform on and undermine their own colleagues: “the far left rogue academics is who I’m after… The important task is to quarantine their ‘soft’ influencers and expose/stigmatise the hard ideologists.”

Mason’s fishing expedition was conducted in apparent coordination with Andy Pryce, a senior British intelligence official involved in a series of malign information warfare and censorship initiatives.

26.06.2022 - 08:58 [ theGrayzone.com ]

Paul Mason’s covert intelligence-linked plot to destroy The Grayzone exposed

(07.06.2022)

Leaked emails reveal British journalist Paul Mason plotting with an intel contractor to destroy The Grayzone through “relentless deplatforming” and a “full nuclear legal” attack. The scheme is part of a wider planned assault on the UK left.

25.06.2022 - 09:13 [ theRegister.com ]

NSO claims ‚more than 5‘ EU states use Pegasus spyware

NSO Group told European lawmakers this week that „under 50“ customers use its notorious Pegasus spyware, though these customers include „more than five“ European Union member states.

The surveillance-ware maker’s General Counsel Chaim Gelfand refused to answer specific questions about the company’s customers during a European Parliament committee meeting on Thursday.

25.06.2022 - 08:59 [ theRegister.com ]

Google: How we tackled this iPhone, Android spyware

We’re told it is potentially capable of spying on the victims‘ chat apps, camera and microphone, contacts book and calendars, browser, and clipboard, and beam that info back to base. It’s said that Italian authorities have used this tool in tackling corruption cases, and the Kazakh government has had its hands on it, too.

On Thursday this week, TAG revealed its analysis of the software, and how it helped dismantle the infection.

25.06.2022 - 08:08 [ Google Threat Analysis Group ]

Spyware vendor targets users in Italy and Kazakhstan

(23.06.2022)

Seven of the nine zero-day vulnerabilities our Threat Analysis Group discovered in 2021 fall into this category: developed by commercial providers and sold to and used by government-backed actors. TAG is actively tracking more than 30 vendors with varying levels of sophistication and public exposure selling exploits or surveillance capabilities to government-backed actors.

(..)

In some cases, we believe the actors worked with the target’s ISP to disable the target’s mobile data connectivity. Once disabled, the attacker would send a malicious link via SMS asking the target to install an application to recover their data connectivity. We believe this is the reason why most of the applications masqueraded as mobile carrier applications. When ISP involvement is not possible, applications are masqueraded as messaging applications. (…)

We assess, based on the extensive body of research and analysis by TAG and Project Zero, that the commercial spyware industry is thriving and growing at a significant rate. This trend should be concerning to all Internet users.

These vendors are enabling the proliferation of dangerous hacking tools and arming governments that would not be able to develop these capabilities in-house. While use of surveillance technologies may be legal under national or international laws, they are often found to be used by governments for purposes antithetical to democratic values: targeting dissidents, journalists, human rights workers and opposition party politicians.

17.06.2022 - 21:35 [ Justin Amash, libertarian, member of Congress, 2011-2021 / Nitter.net ]

Pres. Biden has deployed troops to Yemen under the guise of fighting al-Qaeda and ISIS. He falsely claims authority under the 2001 AUMF. There is no such authority. The 2001 AUMF is an authorization against the 9/11 perpetrators, not anyone considered a terrorist in perpetuity.

13.06.2022 - 02:23 [ Euractiv.com ]

French EU minister: Mélenchon’s real objective is ‘to crush the left’

Beaune believes that Mélenchon’s real intention is not to become a prime minister – as he has declared – in the next legislative election but to “crush the left and kill the Socialist Party and the Greens for the benefit of Jean-Luc Mélenchon alone”.

06.06.2022 - 17:59 [ theHill.com ]

Biden approval rating rises 6 points from record low: poll

(02.06.2022)

President Biden’s approval rating among Americans has risen 6 percentage points this week, after recording his lowest approval rating in his presidency a week prior, according to a new Reuters-Ipsos opinion poll.

02.06.2022 - 14:27 [ Newsmax.com ]

Report: Biden White House Flailing Amid Low Poll Numbers, Crises

(31 May 2022)

Newsweek reported Tuesday that Biden’s approval rating in a new FiveThirtyEight poll is still near a record low of 40.7% compared to a 54.1% disapproval by voters as they continue to deal with record inflation, supply-chain issues, and a shortage of baby formula.

„He’s now lower than Trump, and he’s really twisted about it,“ another person close to the White House told NBC News.

02.06.2022 - 14:25 [ New York Magazine ]

The Democratic Party Is Extremely Unpopular Right Now

(May 16, 2022)

An NBC survey released on Monday found the Democratic Party with a favorability rating of -19. That was lower than any other person or entity surveyed, including the Republican Party (-11), Vice-President Kamala Harris (-17), and Donald Trump (-16). (Rats and roaches were not included in the poll, so it’s impossible to say if they’re more popular than Democrats.)

25.05.2022 - 11:59 [ WashingtonExaminer.com ]

Arizona Democrat drops f-bombs on ‚baby killer‘ Ted Cruz for dismissing gun control

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-AZ), a potential challenger to centrist Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, criticized Cruz as a hypocrite for identifying himself as an anti-abortion lawmaker and pushing for the reversal of Roe v. Wade, which legalized abortions nationwide, but not taking more steps to fight mass shootings.

25.05.2022 - 11:50 [ Fox News ]

Democrats blaming voters for being ’stupid‘ rather than acknowledge failed ideology, policies: Glenn Greenwald

(24.05.2022)

„The Democrats simply replaced Trump with the same ideology they governed with for 8 years under Obama that caused people to run away from them as fast as they could,“ he said. „And now that people are doing that again, instead of asking ‘why is that happening’ they’re getting poised to blame the electorate for being stupid — for thinking the economy’s bad when it’s actually good.“

„And ultimately they’ll just say there were ‘too racist’ to vote for Democrats.“

25.05.2022 - 11:41 [ Wall Street Journal ]

How Badly Will the Democrats Lose the Midterm Elections?

(April 27, 2022)

Even Democratic strategists now admit the midterms will be disastrous for their party. “It’s going to be a terrible cycle for Democrats,” Doug Sosnik, one of the party’s best grand strategists, recently told the New York Times . The question is how big the calamity will be. A freeway pileup? Category 5 hurricane? Or Krakatoa with all the attendant consequences?

18.05.2022 - 07:08 [ PeoplesParty.org ]

People’s Party Blocks Liberal Takeover Attempt

(23.02.2022)

Other members of the board and I were told that any attempt to intervene in the hijacking of the party’s message and purpose, including holding a party-wide vote on vaccine mandates, would be construed as “retaliation” against the accuser, in further acts of collusion between her and those on the board.

When the hostile members of the board and contractors realized that the investigation was not going their way, they encouraged the accuser to escalate her claims. The accuser’s original complaint had not even used the words “sexual harassment,” but they told her to allege rape. This shocked the investigative committee, and one of the members later told me, “Every time I spoke with her, I got a different story. Every time I spoke with you, I heard the same thing.” Another member of the investigative committee put together a list of dozens of inconsistencies between her own accounts.

The original investigation was supposed to last about a week, but because it had not arrived at the predetermined conclusion sought by the hostile board members, they prolonged it week after week for two months, pressuring committee members to alter their conclusions, attempting to censor and expel committee members who objected to the political motives behind the allegations, fabricating new charges of “retaliation” for supporting a party-wide vote on vaccine mandates, and most seriously, engaging in a sustained campaign to replace the legal board of the organization with a partial one that subtracted Rodrigo and me, an attempt that our General Council affirmed was illegal.

Had there been any actual evidence, the investigation would have concluded quickly. Because there was none, they resorted to manufacturing the new charges, further revealing their political motives. But the more her allegations fell apart, the more brazen the hostile faction on the board became. They abandoned their responsibilities in other areas of the party, including organizing, tech, and finance, and focused obsessively on attempting to remove me.

Meanwhile, they were also trying to enact their liberal agenda on the National Organizing Committee. They inserted a provision into the draft charter of the People’s National Committee which would have allowed registered Democrats to control every seat on about forty People’s Party state committees and a supermajority on our national committee, effectively inviting Democratic Party infiltrators. When populist delegates overwhelmingly struck down their provision, they were furious.

18.05.2022 - 06:48 [ Glenn Greenwald / Nitter.net ]

Ever since Dems became the majority party in DC — controlling the WH, Exec branch agencies and both houses of Congress — they’re repeatedly abused that power to summon tech CEOs and threaten them with punishment if they don’t censor more as Dems want:

18.05.2022 - 06:40 [ Matt Gaetz / Nitter,net ]

Biden just sent hundreds of troops to Somalia in a conflict Congress hasn’t authorized. We just broke the record for border crossings. Democrats’ focus? Cable news programming. They’re more interested in silencing their opponents than doing their jobs.

18.05.2022 - 06:33 [ Congressman Matt Gaetz / Facebook ]

Progressives Silent on American Hostility in Somalia

BREAKING: Gaetz calls out „progressives“ for not opposing American hostility in Somalia

16.05.2022 - 19:38 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

16.05.2022 - 18:26 [ Haaretz ]

The Truth About Israel, Iran and 1980s U.S. Arms Deals

(Nov. 26, 2010)

In the aforesaid period Netanyahu served as deputy to Moshe Arens, when he was Israel’s ambassador to Washington, D.C. (1982-83 ).

(…)

The recently revealed documents deal with an operation dubbed „Tipped Kettle,“ involving weapons the Israel Defense Forces looted from the Palestine Liberation Organization during Operation Peace for Galilee in Lebanon, and their transfer to the Contras – opponents of the socialistic Sandinista regime in Nicaragua.

(…)

Part II was patently illegal – a blatant effort by the White House to violate a Congressional order and to cook up a strange deal involving the sale of American weapons (originally supplied to the IDF ) to anti-American Iran, for use in its war with Iraq; the release of Western hostages being held in Lebanon by Iranian-controlled Hezbollah; and the financing of Contras‘ activities thanks to the difference between the sum paid by the Iranians and the true value of the weapons – minus a profit for those engaged in the deal.

(…)

The CIA had direct intelligence connections with the Mossad, but in the affair of the captured weapons the American agency preferred to hide behind the Pentagon.

16.05.2022 - 18:10 [ Wikipedia ]

Allegations of CIA drug trafficking

Several conspiracy theories assert that the CIA used Mena Intermountain Municipal Airport to smuggle weapons and ammunition to the Contras in Nicaragua, and drugs back into the United States.[19][20] Some theories even invoke the involvement of political figures, including Oliver North and former presidents George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton.[20][21]

The CIA’s self-investigation, overseen by the CIA’s inspector general, stated that the CIA had no involvement in or knowledge of any illegal activities that may have occurred in Mena.

23.04.2022 - 13:27 [ Glenn Greenwald / Rumble ]

The WashPost’s Doxxing of @LibsOfTikTok Reveals Who Corporate Journalists See as Their Targets

(video)

23.04.2022 - 13:24 [ thePostMillennial.com ]

German government funds ‚research‘ project that doxxed Libs of Tik Tok

(19.04.2022)

Brown is working on an ongoing project with support from Prototype Fund, an organization that provides financial support to Brown’s so-called „Hatespeech-Tracker.“ Protoype Fund is a project of the Open Knowledge Foundation Germany, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).

Travis Robert Brown’s Hassreden-Tracker is composed of his existing tools, such as cancel-culture, which Travis uses to track, stalk, dox, and harass those he has a personal vendetta against. You can see the hundreds of lists he’s created here.

14.04.2022 - 06:12 [ CNN ]

The 10 Senate seats most likely to flip in 2022

(March 27, 2022)

Democrats point to the pandemic and stuck supply chains for the current inflation woes, blaming corporations for pocketing profits while Americans pay the price at the pump.

14.04.2022 - 06:03 [ theHill.com ]

Will vaccine passports be biggest campaign issue of 2022?

(April 2, 2021)

A growing number of the Republican Party’s most conservative members have seized on the passport proposals and expected guidance from the White House, blasting them as an example of government overreach that would isolate Americans who choose not to get vaccinated and violate the privacy of those who do.

11.04.2022 - 11:03 [ Nicolas J.S. Davies / Mintpress.com ]

Libya, Syria, Somalia and Yemen: Calculating the Millions-High Death Toll of America’s Post-9/11 Wars

(26.4.2018)

As Barbara Lee presciently warned her colleagues before she cast her lone dissenting vote in 2001, we have “become the evil we deplore.” But these wars have not been accompanied by fearsome military parades (not yet) or speeches about conquering the world. Instead they have been politically justified by “information warfare” to demonize enemies and fabricate crises, and then waged in a “disguised, quiet, media free” way, to hide their cost in human blood from the American public and the world.

After 16 years of war, about 6 million violent deaths, 6 countries utterly destroyed and many more destabilized, it is urgent that the American public come to terms with the true human cost of our country’s wars and how we have been manipulated and misled into turning a blind eye to them – before they go on even longer, destroy more countries, further undermine the rule of international law and kill millions more of our fellow human beings.

28.03.2022 - 08:08 [ Central Intelligence Agency / JFKlancer.com ]

CIA Document 1035-960 – Concerning Criticism of the Warren Report

(01. April 1967)

1. Our Concern. From the day of President Kennedy’s assassination on, there has been speculation about the responsibility for his murder. Although this was stemmed for a time by the Warren Commission report, (which appeared at the end of September 1964), various writers have now had time to scan the Commission’s published report and documents for new pretexts for questioning, and there has been a new wave of books and articles criticizing the Commission’s findings. In most cases the critics have speculated as to the existence of some kind of conspiracy, and often they have implied that the Commission itself was involved. Presumably as a result of the increasing challenge to the Warren Commission’s report, a public opinion poll recently indicated that 46% of the American public did not think that Oswald acted alone, while more than half of those polled thought that the Commission had left some questions unresolved. Doubtless polls abroad would show similar, or possibly more adverse results.

(…)

Innuendo of such seriousness affects not only the individual concerned, but also the whole reputation of the American government. Our organization itself is directly involved: among other facts, we contributed information to the investigation. Conspiracy theories have frequently thrown suspicion on our organization, for example by falsely alleging that Lee Harvey Oswald worked for us. The aim of this dispatch is to provide material countering and discrediting the claims of the conspiracy theorists, so as to inhibit the circulation of such claims in other countries. Background information is supplied in a classified section and in a number of unclassified attachments.

3. Action. We do not recommend that discussion of the assassination question be initiated where it is not already taking place. Where discussion is active [business] addresses are requested:

a. To discuss the publicity problem with [?] and friendly elite contacts (especially politicians and editors), pointing out that the Warren Commission made as thorough an investigation as humanly possible, that the charges of the critics are without serious foundation, and that further speculative discussion only plays into the hands of the opposition. Point out also that parts of the conspiracy talk appear to be deliberately generated by Communist propagandists. Urge them to use their influence to discourage unfounded and irresponsible speculation.

b. To employ propaganda assets to [negate] and refute the attacks of the critics. Book reviews and feature articles are particularly appropriate for this purpose. The unclassified attachments to this guidance should provide useful background material for passing to assets. Our ploy should point out, as applicable, that the critics are (I) wedded to theories adopted before the evidence was in, (I) politically interested, (III) financially interested, (IV) hasty and inaccurate in their research, or (V) infatuated with their own theories.

(…)

4. In private to media discussions not directed at any particular writer, or in attacking publications which may be yet forthcoming, the following arguments should be useful:

a. No significant new evidence has emerged which the Commission did not consider. The assassination is sometimes compared (e.g., by Joachim Joesten and Bertrand Russell) with the Dreyfus case; however, unlike that case, the attack on the Warren Commission have produced no new evidence, no new culprits have been convincingly identified, and there is no agreement among the critics. (A better parallel, though an imperfect one, might be with the Reichstag fire of 1933, which some competent historians (Fritz Tobias, AJ.P. Taylor, D.C. Watt) now believe was set by Vander Lubbe on his own initiative, without acting for either Nazis or Communists; the Nazis tried to pin the blame on the Communists, but the latter have been more successful in convincing the world that the Nazis were to blame.)

23.02.2022 - 10:20 [ Naomi Wolf ]

Thinking Like a Tyrant

Something that is slowing down many people from fully grasping what is upon us, is that they are making mistakes in their reasoning about events, because they are engaged, naturally enough, in what intelligence analysts call “mirror imaging.” That is, because most of us are decent people with basic compassion at our cores, and are not sociopaths or psychopaths, we tend to “mirror image” in assuming that others are also driven by basic human motivations such as empathy, altruism, and kindness — or even just by the basic notion that other human beings are also deserving of life, self-determination and dignity. How can such brutality be imposed on us? How could others be at the helm of such vicious policies?

But this assumption, that those currently influencing events and making certain key decisions, are “like us” — is a fatal error.

23.02.2022 - 08:58 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

The Neoliberal War on Dissent in the West

That the use of these repressive tactics render these countries and their populations subject to autocratic regimes is considered undebatable.

But when these weapons are wielded by Western governments, the precise opposite framework is imposed: describing them as despotic is no longer obligatory but virtually prohibited. That tyranny exists only in Western adversaries but never in the West itself is treated as a permanent axiom of international affairs, as if Western democracies are divinely shielded from the temptations of genuine repression. Indeed, to suggest that a Western democracy has descended to the same level of authoritarian repression as the West’s official enemies is to assert a proposition deemed intrinsically absurd or even vaguely treasonous.

15.02.2022 - 16:37 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Women say they are having heavier and more painful PERIODS since getting their COVID-19 vaccines – as several claim it has also messed up their monthly cycle

(7 April 2021)

In February, officials looked at nearly 7,000 reactions reported to the agency’s Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS).

They found that nearly 80 percent of the reactions were reported by women, making them four times more likely to report a side effect than men.

This held true whether they were receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine or the Moderna vaccine, and is despite the fact that women are less likely to fall severely ill from COVID-19 than men are.

14.02.2022 - 05:31 [ Naomi Wolf / Substack ]

Is it Time for Intellectuals to Talk about God?

I have seen bad politics all of my life and this drama unfolding around us goes beyond bad politics, which is silly and manageable and not that scary. This — this is scary, metaphysically scary. In contrast to hapless human mismanagement, this darkness has the tinge of the pure, elemental evil that underlay and gave such hideous beauty to the theatrics of Nazism; it is the same nasty glamour that surrounds Leni Riefenstahl films.

In short, I don’t think humans are smart or powerful enough to have come up with this horror all alone.

07.02.2022 - 16:13 [ RebelNews.com ]

BREAKING: Man charged in Winnipeg car attack on convoy protest is radical far-left anarchist

However, Zegarac — a 43-year-old musician from Winnipeg who describes himself as Indigenous, Serbian and Irish — is the frontman of Canadian punk bands The Brat Attack, Dead Peasants Revolt, The Black Mass Brigade, and Class War Kids.

Zegarac’s Wikipedia page is now deleted, but an archived version is still available which links back to several web pages detailing Zegarac’s politics.

25.01.2022 - 23:40 [ New York Times ]

A New York judge rules that the state’s mask mandate is unconstitutional and can’t be enforced.

Gov. Kathy Hochul had renewed a rule requiring masks or proof of vaccination at all indoor public places throughout the state in December, amid a winter virus surge, and said it would last a month. The state Health Department then extended the mandate an additional two weeks, to expire on Feb. 1.

In his six-page decision, State Supreme Court Justice Thomas Rademaker wrote that Ms. Hochul and state health officials lacked the authority to enact the mask mandate without the approval of state lawmakers, and that it violated the state constitution. Regardless of the “well aimed” intentions of state officials, such authority is “entrusted solely to the State Legislature,” Justice Rademaker wrote.

25.01.2022 - 23:40 [ Newsmax / Twitter ]

NEW: A New York state Supreme Court judge has ruled that Governor Kathy Hochul’s statewide indoor mask mandate is unconstitutional.

24.01.2022 - 14:40 [ Haaretz ]

Olmert: I Called the Netanyahus Mentally Ill After Consulting With Experts

(Jan. 10, 2022)

At the start of the hearing, Tel Aviv Magistrate’s Court Judge Amit Yariv asked Olmert what he based his claim on when he said “what can’t be fixed is the mental illness of the prime minister and his wife and son. That’s not fixable.”

Olmert responded that “I followed their actions, I listened to recordings of the family members, I consulted with experts and with people close to them who know them well. They described to me behavior that … is known as abnormal behavior, crazy behavior.”

14.01.2022 - 22:19 [ Glenn Greenwald / Twitter ]

Democrats control both the House and Senate, along with the entire Executive Branch, and they *still* insist that it’s radically unfair — even fascist! — to make them approve laws through Congress before they get to impose them. „Democracy“ means: we rule by executive decree

14.01.2022 - 22:01 [ Fox News ]

MSNBC’s Joy Reid rants against Supreme Court for striking down Biden vaccine mandate: ‚Right-wing ideologues‘

MSNBC host Joy Reid was infuriated Thursday over the Supreme Court’s decision to block President Biden’s coronavirus vaccine mandate, launching a rant against what she called „right-wing ideologues“ occupying six of the court’s nine seats.

During a segment of her show „The ReidOut,“ Reid declared she no longer had faith in the court, calling it a „Christian nationalist version“ of what it used to be, and suggested the justices should each have their own „right-wing talk radio shows.“

14.01.2022 - 21:41 [ Washington Post ]

The frightening philosophy driving the Supreme Court’s new vaccine mandate rulings

At current pace, sometime in late April we will pass a grim milestone: 1 million Americans dead from covid-19. If we get lucky and the omicron wave abates, that millionth death may not come until later in the spring, or the summer. But it will come, and soon.

Keep that in mind as you consider the latest news from the Supreme Court. On Thursday, by a 6-to-3 vote along party lines (and no, I won’t pretend the justices have no relevant party affiliations), they struck down the Biden administration’s mandate that large employers were supposed to require that their employees either be vaccinated or receive regular tests for covid-19.

14.01.2022 - 21:34 [ New York Times ]

Blocking a Mandate, the Supreme Court ‘Sided With Covid-19’

To be clear, the legal resistance on display at the Supreme Court is not about vaccine efficacy or the idiosyncratic nuances of administrative law. It is to support Republican efforts everywhere to damage President Biden politically at the cost of suffering and death for millions of Americans.

Shame, shame on the Supreme Court.

09.01.2022 - 12:00 [ New York Times ]

Supreme Court’s Conservative Majority Appears Skeptical of Biden’s Virus Plan

WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court’s conservative majority seemed to be leaning on Friday toward blocking one of the White House’s main pandemic-fighting strategies, expressing skepticism that the Biden administration has the legal power to mandate that large employers require workers to be vaccinated or to undergo frequent testing.

21.12.2021 - 14:50 [ PharmacyTimes.com ]

FDA Grants Emergency Use Authorization for Single Test to Differentiate Between COVID-19, Flu, RSV

(October 8, 2021)

Officials with the FDA have issued an emergency use authorization for PerkinElmer’s PKamp Respiratory SARS-CoV-2 RT-PCR Panel 1 assay, a single test that can detect and differentiate between SARS-CoV-2, influenza A, influenza B, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV).

21.12.2021 - 14:18 [ theNewAmerican.com ]

Could Contaminated COVID-19 Tests Help Spread the Virus?

(06.04.2020)

Imagine that you are not carrying the virus, but you go in for testing and leave carrying the virus.

The Telegraph report stated that it is “not clear” how the tests were contaminated.

21.12.2021 - 14:09 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Coronavirus testing effort hampered by kits contaminated with Covid-19: Traces of the virus were detected in parts due for delivery from overseas in the coming day

(30.04.2020)

One of the suppliers – the Luxembourg-based firm Eurofins – sent an email on Monday morning to government laboratories in the UK warning that a delivery of key components called “probes and primers” had been contaminated with coronavirus and would be delayed.

The firm admitted there had been “an issue” and insisted other private providers had suffered the same problem.

21.12.2021 - 14:06 [ Axios ]

Scoop: Lab for coronavirus test kits may have been contaminated

(01.03.2020)

A senior administration official added that the government also moved the manufacturing of the coronavirus tests out of the Atlanta laboratory of CDC.

The official said that the CDC engaged with a third party contractor on Feb. 20 to help manufacture the testing kits. The official added that the FDA regulator, Stenzel, visited the Atlanta laboratory on Feb. 22.

21.12.2021 - 13:49 [ New York Times ]

C.D.C. Virus Tests Were Contaminated and Poorly Designed, Agency Says

(15.12.2021)

In January 2020, the C.D.C. developed a polymerase chain reaction, or P.C.R., test for the virus. (…)

Problems emerged soon after the C.D.C. had begun shipping its test kits out to public health laboratories in early February. (…)

In mid-February, the agency acknowledged that the kits were flawed, and in April, officials at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration said that poor manufacturing practices had resulted in contamination of the test kits.

The new paper
presents the results of the C.D.C.’s own internal investigation into the problems with the tests.

(…)

The investigation also confirmed that the test kits had been contaminated with synthetic fragments of the virus’s genetic material.

21.12.2021 - 13:19 [ Veterans Today ]

US CDC Retires PCR Test due to It may not be able to Distinguish Covid from Influenza Viruses

(16.12.2021)

«After December 31, 2021, CDC will withdraw the request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the CDC 2019-Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) Real-Time RT-PCR Diagnostic Panel, the assay first introduced in February 2020 for detection of SARS-CoV-2 only. CDC is providing this advance notice for clinical laboratories to have adequate time to select and implement one of the many FDA-authorized alternatives»

21.12.2021 - 13:17 [ needtoknow.news ]

CDC to Withdraw PCR Test Because it Cannot Distinguish Between Covid and Flu

(July 25, 2021)

The CDC quietly announced last week that it was withdrawing its request to the FDA for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) of the 2019-Novel Coronavirus PCR Diagnostic Panel for detection of SARS-CoV-2 (the name for the COVID-19 virus). It now recommends laboratories adopt a method that can detect and differentiate SARS-CoV-2 from influenza viruses. The US has used the PCR test to report more than 34.4-million cases of the COVID-19 since the pandemic began and more than 610,000 deaths.

19.12.2021 - 15:40 [ Glenn Greenwald ]

Led by Jeremy Corbyn, the British Left Opposes Vaccine Mandates as Anti-Worker and Repressive

Unfortunately for the liberal-left which has constructed this manipulative and coercive framework, this now requires that the term “anti-vax” be applied to one of the international left’s most beloved political figures: former Labour Leader Jeremy Corbyn. They must also now apply this term of shame to the most admired left-wing members of the British Parliament along with leading trade unions in the UK. That is because the British Left — not just Corbyn and leftist MPs but also leading labor unions — have united to emphatically oppose vaccine mandates and vaccines passports on the ground that 1) it is immoral and profoundly anti-worker to fire health care front-line workers and other workers for refusing a vaccine they have not been convinced is safe and effective, and 2) persuasion is a far more effective and ethical means of administering public health policy than coercion, dictate and punishment.

14.12.2021 - 23:00 [ Forbes.com ]

Appeals Court Refuses To Put Biden’s Vaccine Mandate For Healthcare Workers Back Into Effect

A federal appeals court upheld Monday a district court order that blocked the White House’s Covid-19 vaccine mandate for healthcare workers—which paused the order in only 10 states and not nationwide—the latest in a string of recent setbacks President Joe Biden’s vaccine orders have faced in court.

14.12.2021 - 22:56 [ .marketwatch.com ]

Most employers say they won’t require vaccines if courts block Biden’s mandate

President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for businesses with 100 or more employees is in limbo since a federal appeals court halted it last month.

14.12.2021 - 22:47 [ DailyMail.co.uk ]

Boris is hit with HUGE revolt and warned a leadership challenge is ‚on the cards‘ as 99 Tory MPs – nearly half his backbenchers – vote against Covid passes slating his ‚hysterical‘ Omicron projections and leaving him relying on Labour support

– Boris Johnson hit with biggest revolt as PM, with 99 Tories opposing Plan B move to bring in Covid passes
– PM only managed to get his key restrictions through with Labour support despite pleas over Omicron threat
– Some MPs condemned the proposals as ‚Nazi-style‘ while others feared ’softening up‘ for more curbs to come
– Claims that bars could see numbers limited or even shut for New Year to halt the spread of the Covid variant
– Whitehall officials have drawn up proposals to limit numbers in pubs and restaurants or close them down

14.12.2021 - 22:40 [ ORF.at ]

Britisches Parlament stimmt unter Protest Verschärfungen zu

Die größte Oppositionspartei Labour hatte bereits im Voraus ihre Zustimmung zu den Maßnahmen angekündigt, weshalb die Mehrheit als sicher galt

14.12.2021 - 22:34 [ Telegraph.co.uk ]

Boris Johnson suffers huge rebellion as 99 Tory MPs vote against Covid passports

The new measures passed the Commons thanks to the support of Labour, but the PM’s attempts to quell a rebellion on his own backbenches failed as a large number of his MPs defied the whip to vote against him on the issue of the passes.

08.12.2021 - 19:03 [ Newsweek ]

NYC Vaccine Mandate Blocked by Judge in Blow to Bill de Blasio

Patricia Finn, an attorney who describes herself on Twitter as „The Good Health Lawyer New Yotk (sic),“ launched the legal challenge against the mayor’s mandate. She regularly espouses anti-vaccination views on her social media accounts.

In one Facebook post, Finn wrote: „Please DO NOT support lockdowns for the unvaccinated. It garners support for lockdowns and punishment for whoever these bureaucrats deem ‚dangerous‘.“

02.12.2021 - 07:44 [ Consortium News ]

Biden Continues Trump-Era Ploy to Privatize Medicare

On Tuesday, a group of physicians from around the nation traveled to Washington, D.C., intending to demand that the Health and Human Services Department immediately stop the Medicare experiment, which is known as direct contracting.

The doctors were denied the right to present HHS with a petition signed by more than 1,500 physicians who believe the direct contracting pilot threatens “the future of Medicare as we know it.”

Advocates have been publicly sounding the alarm about the program for months, warning that it could fully hand traditional Medicare over to Wall Street investors and other profit-seekers, resulting in higher costs for patients and lower-quality care.

01.12.2021 - 12:52 [ Yahoo.com ]

Germany’s Incoming Vice-Chancellor Calls for ‘Lockdown of the Unvaccinated’

(30.11.2021)

Ahead of talks between German federal and regional officials on Tuesday, Robert Habeck, a co-leader of the Greens, said only people who are inoculated or recovered should be allowed into non-essential stores and “public settings” across the country, rather than just in virus hotspots.

28.11.2021 - 19:07 [ Haaretz ]

Shin Bet Security Agency Proposes New Civil Body to Digitally Track Omicron Patients in Israel

The Shin Bet security service told the coronavirus cabinet On Saturday that Israel should establish a civilian body to track coronavirus patients through their cellphones, rather than asking the agency to do it.

The cabinet was discussing reinstituting Shin Bet tracking for people infected with the new omicron variant, and ultimately decided to do so despite the agency’s objections.

19.11.2021 - 06:56 [ CNBC ]

Biden administration suspends enforcement of business vaccine mandate to comply with court order

The White House previously told businesses to proceed with the implementation of the requirements.

15.11.2021 - 18:27 [ Yahoo.com ]

Noam Chomsky: Unvaccinated should ‚remove themselves from the community,‘ access to food ‚their problem‘

(Oct 26.10.2021)

Philosopher Noam Chomsky argued that those who remain unvaccinated should be segregated, saying that obtaining food after they had „the decency to remove themselves from the community“ was „their problem.“

15.11.2021 - 18:20 [ Independent.co.uk ]

Noam Chomsky calls for unvaccinated to be ‘isolated’ from society in resurfaced clip

(November 2021)

In an interview recorded earlier this year, which went viral last month, the 92-year-old philosopher offered his views on mandating vaccines and while disagreeing with the policy, suggested those who refuse jabs „should“ isolate to avoid becoming “a danger to the community“.

10.11.2021 - 15:57 [ theHill.com ]

Business groups sue to block Biden vaccine-or-test mandate

The American Trucking Associations, National Association of Convenience Stores, National Association of Wholesaler-Distributors and National Federation of Independent Business also joined the lawsuit, among other groups.

Many of the high-profile lawsuits up until this point had come from GOP-led states and conservative groups.

10.11.2021 - 15:55 [ BusinessInsider.com ]

More than half of US states are suing to stop Biden’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate

(05.11.2021)

Twenty-six states cosigned four petitions, amounting to perhaps the most sweeping legal challenge to pandemic-era safety requirements since Biden took office. Three Democrat-led states are among the 26.

10.11.2021 - 06:53 [ BGR.com ]

Biden official tells businesses to ignore court order on vaccine mandate

Former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb shared some thoughts via his Twitter account over the weekend about a federal court temporarily pausing the implementation of the Biden vaccine mandate.

09.11.2021 - 17:03 [ New York Times ]

U.S. Urges Court Not to Block Vaccine Mandate on Employers

The Fifth Circuit panel will now decide whether to lift its decision to block the mandate or make it permanent. But it is unlikely to have the final word.

Some other legal challengers to the mandate are in different appeals court circuits, and the many pending challenges are expected to be consolidated before a randomly assigned appeals court later this month. The issue is very likely to end up before the Supreme Court.

09.11.2021 - 16:57 [ NPR.org ]

Blocked for now, Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule for workers faces uncertain future

It took just a day-and-a-half for President Biden’s vaccine-or-test rule covering 84 million workers to be blocked by a federal appeals court.

Now, the Biden administration is gearing up for a fight

07.11.2021 - 09:32 [ Attorney General Ken Paxton / Twitter ]

Yesterday, I sued the Biden Admin over its unlawful OSHA vax mandate. WE WON. Just this morning, citing “grave statutory and constitutional issues,” the 5th Circuit stayed the mandate. The fight is not over and I will never stop resisting this Admin’s unconstitutional overreach!

07.11.2021 - 09:24 [ FoxBusiness.com ]

Federal court of appeals issues temporary halt to Biden vaccine mandate

A federal court issued Texas a temporary victory in its lawsuit against the Biden administration’s coronavirus vaccine mandate issuing a stay on the controversial federal government regulation in Texas.

05.11.2021 - 10:00 [ Fox News ]

Republican Jack Ciattarelli refuses to concede New Jersey gubernatorial race

„The governor’s victory speech last night was premature,“ Ciattarelli said in a video message on Twitter Thursday. „No one should be declaring victory or conceding the election until every legal vote is counted.“

Murphy’s declaration of victory comes as less than one percentage point separates the two candidates in a nail-biter race, a result many analysts did not expect in what is typically a reliably blue state.

05.11.2021 - 09:36 [ Fox19.com ]

Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee sue Biden over COVID vaccine mandate

Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron announced the lawsuit shortly after the Biden administration said Thursday morning that its vaccine rules applying to private businesses with 100 or more employees, certain health care workers and federal contractors will take effect Jan. 4.

05.11.2021 - 09:27 [ Fox News ]

Sen. Mike Lee: Biden is extorting the American people

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05.11.2021 - 09:21 [ ABC4.com ]

Sen. Mike Lee says vaccine mandates are ‘sweeping’ and ‘unconstitutional’

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4)- Senator Mike Lee continued to oppose President Biden’s vaccine mandate on the Senate floor. For the 13th straight day, Lee spoke out against any measure that provided funding for the vaccine mandate.

05.11.2021 - 09:18 [ QuorumCall / Twitter ]

Biden vaccine mandate an ‚act of barbarism,” Utah Sen. Mike Lee says

– Deseret News quorumcall.org

05.11.2021 - 09:07 [ NJ.com ]

What the hell just happened in New Jersey? How the 2021 election redefined crazy.

The governor’s race showed Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy and Republican challenger Jack Ciattarelli separated by a razor-thin margin in spite of all those polls that projected a Murphy victory. (The Associated Press declared Murphy the winner Wednesday by a less-than-1-percentage-point margin, nearly 24 hours after the polls closed.)

Republicans were also poised to flip a few seats in the Democratic-controlled state Legislature, and in a shocker, they’re on the verge of booting out state Senate President Stephen Sweeney with a candidate with no political experience. But numerous races remain too close to call.

03.11.2021 - 10:38 [ The Independent / Youtube ]

Live: Republican Glenn Youngkin holds election night party in Virginia governor race

With roughly 60 per cent of the votes tallied, elections analysts are predicting the republican winning the race, a serious blow for the Democratic administration of Joe Biden.

03.11.2021 - 09:36 [ Fox News ]

Youngkin defeats McAuliffe in race for Virginia governor

McAuliffe also nationalized the race, campaigning with President Biden, Vice President Harris, former President Obama, and other top Democrats in an unsuccessful attempt to boost his fortunes.

„Alrighty Virginia, we won this thing,“ Youngkin told supporters in his victory speech a little after 1 AM Wednesday.

03.11.2021 - 09:16 [ NBD News ]

Biden’s job rating sinks to 42 percent in NBC News poll a year from midterms

(Oct. 31, 2021)

Just nine months into his presidency, 71 percent of Americans say the country is headed in the wrong direction, the poll shows.

03.11.2021 - 09:11 [ AtlantaBusinessJournal.com ]

Shockingly, CDC Now Lists Vaccinated Deaths as Unvaccinated

(15.09.2021)

For example, the CDC has quietly changed the definition of “vaccine,” apparently in an attempt to validate calling the COVID mRNA gene therapies vaccines. In an August 26, 2021, archived version7 of vaccine, the CDC defines it as a “product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.”

But a few days later, a new definition appeared on the CDC’s website,8 which now says a vaccine is a “preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.” The differences in the definitions are subtle but distinct: The first one defined a vaccine as something that will “produce immunity.”

03.11.2021 - 09:03 [ NPR.org ]

CDC recommends Pfizer’s COVID vaccine for children ages 5 through 11

CDC director Rochelle Walensky issued the recommendation Tuesday, just hours after a unanimous vote by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices supporting the use of the vaccine for children in this age group.

Walensky’s decision means that approximately 28 million children ages 5 through 11 will be eligible for the shots.

02.11.2021 - 10:02 [ theHill.com ]

Millionaires urge Democrats to include billionaire tax in spending bill

A group of about 250 millionaires on Monday urged top Democrats to include a proposal to tax billionaires‘ investment gains annually in their social-spending package, after the proposal was left out of a framework the White House released last week.

01.11.2021 - 10:15 [ NBC New York ]

FDNY: 2,000 Firefighters on Medical Leave in Apparent Protest of Vaccine Mandate

The FDNY said its vaccination rate for firefighters has climbed to 75% as of around 5 p.m. on Sunday. The overall vaccination rate for the department is 80%.

More than 1,000 FDNY members have applied for religious exemptions and will be able to continue on the job with weekly COVID testing in place as their respective Equal Employment Opportunity offices review the claims, a spokesperson told News 4 Friday.

30.10.2021 - 10:35 [ CNN ]

One number that should worry every Democrat in Virginia

Overall, 46% of likely voters approve of the job Joe Biden is doing as President, while 53% disapprove. Which isn’t terrible — although both Biden and McAuliffe would prefer if those numbers were reversed.

The problem becomes more apparent when you look at those who „strongly“ approve of Biden’s performance in office and, conversely, those who „strongly“ disapprove of how he’s done.

Biden’s strong approval number is 21%. His strong disapproval number? 44%.

30.10.2021 - 10:17 [ Google News USA ]

firefighters, shortage, US, mandate

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30.10.2021 - 09:59 [ Foxla.com ]

LAFD’s staff shortage during fire season causing firefighters to worry

The Los Angeles City Council voted to enact a city-wide vaccination mandate, requiring all city workers to be vaccinated or file medical or religious exemptions by December 18. The deadline was extended to December 18 after a plan was approved by City Council Tuesday.

According to Escobar, 74% of LAFD members are vaccinated, including him, but if it does not change to 100% by the December 18 deadline, the department could lose 800 to 900 firefighters. He said though he is vaccinated, he believes it is morally and ethically wrong to base employment on vaccinations.

30.10.2021 - 09:06 [ One Voice With Common Sense / Youtube ]

Union Members Booed Mayor Lori Lightfoot at an annual fundraiser.

(27.10.2021)

he entire crowd booed Mayor Lori Lightfoot at an annual fundraiser.

30.10.2021 - 09:01 [ Fox News ]

Chicago Mayor Lightfoot drowned out by boos at union fundraise

(27.10.2021)

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot was drowned out by boos during a union fundraiser over the weekend.

The Democratic mayor got an unwelcome reception at an annual fundraiser Sunday for Plumbers Union Local 130, the first union that endorsed her 2019 runoff election, the Chicago Sun-Times reported.

30.10.2021 - 08:42 [ CBS Chicago ]

Chicago Firefighters’ Union Says City’s COVID Vaccine Mandate Has 28 Firefighters, Paramedics Sitting Out, And It Could Mean Staffing Shortages And Safety Concerns

As CBS 2’s Marie Saavedra reported, there has been a lot of attention on the fight by the Chicago Fraternal Order of Police over the city’s vaccine mandate. But the city is facing another lawsuit – brought by firefighters and workers with the Chicago Department of Water Management.

30.10.2021 - 07:56 [ Yahoo News ]

As vaccination mandate looms, New York prepares for shortage of firefighters, police

Leaders of unions representing firefighters and police officers have said the city could put more than one-third of their members on unpaid leave when enforcement of the vaccine mandate takes effect on Monday.

24.10.2021 - 05:44 [ DailyPress.com ]

Dominion Energy donated $200K to an anti-Youngkin group. Now, CEO says company wants the money back.

(Oct 19, 2021)

Youngkin’s campaign issued a statement Saturday attacking Democratic nominee Terry McAuliffe and Dominion.

McAuliffe’s campaign declined to answer questions, including whether McAuliffe was aware of the PAC’s involvement.