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Democrats are staying coy on how long they've known President Biden's cognitive decline left him unsuited to lead the top of their ticket, though they had glowing praise for his decision to step aside. 

Rep. Pete Aguilar, chair of the Democratic Caucus, thanked Biden for his 'patriotism in the most challenging of circumstances.'

'His decision highlights the reality that everything is on the line this election because of the threat of Donald Trump,' the California lawmaker told reporters Tuesday. 

Rep. Ted Lieu, Calif., vice chair of the Democratic Caucus, added: 'His selfless act this weekend reminds me of what George Washington did when he voluntarily gave up reelection and put country first.'

But the Democrats were largely silent when asked about how long they've known of the president's decline. 

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Google has killed plans that would have stopped advertisers from tracking its three billion Chrome users.

The tech giant made the announcement Monday, saying it will no longer cancel and replace third-party cookies - small pieces of online data used by advertisers to serve people targeted ads on the web.

The proposal, known as Privacy Sandbox, had instilled fears in the online advertising industry that any replacement technology would leave even less room for online ad rivals. 

Google has been promising it would deprecate cookies from Chrome since 2020 and the decision has left the public outraged who believe they have been misled.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CORPORATE MEDIA
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A recent study suggests that a majority of U.S. adults believe it is impossible to achieve a comfortable lifestyle.

An exclusive poll from Newsweek, 44 percent of Americans said they think it's getting harder to achieve a middle class socioeconomic status.

Across generations, there were variations in the percentage reaching specific milestones, such as buying a house or achieving a steady and livable income.

Millennials (born 1981-1996) saw the highest rate of people who think the middle class is unachievable at 57 percent, followed by Gen Xers (1965-1980) at 59 percent. Gen Z (1997-2012) came in at 48 percent, and Baby Boomers (1946-1964) reached 51 percent.

Webmaster addition: All dictatorships seek to remove the middle class because it is from the middle class that opposition will arise.

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY
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by Tyler Durden
 

As of 2024, 60 countries and territories around the world had set targets, signed pledges or announced plans to phase out gasoline and diesel cars by a concrete date - a move that climate scientists call absolutely necessary and that is seen as vital for countries to achieve net zero carbon emissions.

Infographic: Combustion Going Bust: Global Phase-outs of Gasoline Cars | Statista

Claire's Observations:  Mike and I are driving a 10 year old Hyundai which we love, and plan to keep it running as long as is humanly possible.

Rather than buying an EV, at least for the moment, we are planning on "adopting" a Cuban mechanic; those people have learned how to make older cars run nearly FOREVER!!! :-)

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, ENERGY, GULF/OTHER OIL
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Authored by Nick Corbishley via NakedCapitalism.com,

The mainstream media has, until now, played a key role in advancing the Global War on Cash - a war that began with no official declaration but in which propaganda, as with all wars, is a vital weapon.

Last week’s global IT outage appears to have shaken some British media outlets’ confidence in the idea of a fully cashless society. When a content update by the cyber-security giant CrowdStrike caused millions of Microsoft systems around the world to crash on Friday morning, bringing the operating systems of banks, payment card firms, airlines, hospitals, NHS clinics, retailers and hospitality businesses to a standstill, businesses were faced with a stark choice: go cash-only, or close until the systems came back online. From WIRED magazine:

This quickly caused chaos in Australia, whose government has explicitly encouraged businesses to go cashless. Pictures posted on social media showed card-only self-checkout registers at the grocery chain Coles displaying Blue Screens of Death (BSODs). Queues for human-run registers at Australian groceries stretched to the back of the store, according to local media. Some Australian marts simply locked their doors

Starbucks—whose then-CEO said in 2020 was shifting “toward more cashless experiences”—appeared to have been particularly hard hit. One Kansas-based Starbucks worker posted a TikTok showing that the mobile order system was “completely down.” The machine that the store uses to print labels for cups was also not working. “It just comes out blank every time,” she said, gesturing to the label printer. She tells WIRED that some customers were “upset and very rude” when she tried to explain. A different Starbucks worker said on TikTok that she had to write down every order on sticky notes.

Richard Forno, a cybersecurity lecturer at the University of Maryland, tells WIRED that Friday’s outage demonstrates the vulnerability of our current cloud and internet infrastructure. “Software supply chains have long been a serious cybersecurity concern and potential single point of failure,” Forno says.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
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The rival Hamas and Fatah, as well as other 12 Palestinian groups, have signed an agreement on "ending division and strengthening Palestinian unity" in Beijing, Chinese media reported on July 23.

Fourteen Palestinian organizations have signed the Beijing Declaration on forming a unity government in the Gaza Strip and West Bank in the aftermath of the China-brokered talks, which took place on July 21-23.

"The last round of a negotiation between Fatah and Hamas to reconcile their differences and to go for a full internal reconciliation in Beijing is important," Ayman Yousef, a professor in political sciences and international relations at the Arab-American University in Palestine, told Sputnik.

Tags: CHINA/TAIWAN, PALESTINE
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Turkiye’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has signaled his country’s readiness to build a naval base in the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus (TRNC), accusing rival Greece of seeking to create a similar base of its own on the island.

Erdogan told reporters that "if necessary," Ankara "can construct a naval base and naval structures in the north" of Cyprus, in a nod to the territory of the TRNC, a breakaway state proclaimed by Turkish Cypriots in 1983 and only recognized by Turkiye.

Ankara currently maintains its Gecitkale Air Base (Lefkoniko Airport) in northern Cyprus, amid reports about Turkiye’s new strategy, which "involves transforming the Lefkoniko into a significant military base, alongside planned bases in Bogazi and Karpasia, all falling under the Turkish Naval Forces."

Tags: TURKEY, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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Latvia has sent its first batch of over 500 drones to Ukraine, Latvian Defense Minister Andris Spruds said.

"Packages with over 500 drones are starting their journey to Ukraine," Spruds said on X on Monday.

In April, Latvian Prime Minister Evika Silina said that the country plans to send the first batch of domestic drones worth 1 million euros to Ukraine in the near future.

Russian officials repeatedly warned that military supplies to Kiev regime only fuel the conflict with zero chance to affect the ultimate course of special military operation.

Earlier Russian experts warned that after the conflict end the rogue Ukrainian drone operators with real combat experience would be a threat to global security, joining the ranks of criminal networks and terrorist organizations.

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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The United Kingdom, Italy and Japan jointly presented a concept model of a next-generation fighter jet, which is planned to be put into service in 2035, Italian aerospace and defense company Leonardo said.

"The three nations of the Global Combat Air Programme (GCAP) – UK, Italy, and Japan – have unveiled a new concept model of their next generation combat aircraft at Farnborough International Airshow," the company said in a statement on Monday.

The statement added the new model differs from previous concepts in its increased wingspan to improve the aerodynamics of the aircraft.

"The combat aircraft, set to be in service in 2035, will be one of the world’s most advanced, interoperable, adaptable and connected fighter jets in service, boasting an intelligent weapons system, a software-driven interactive cockpit, integrated sensors and a powerful next generation radar capable of providing 10,000 times more data than current systems, giving it a battle-winning advantage," the statement read.

Tags: EUROPE, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, JAPAN, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
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According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, around half of Earth's oxygen comes from the ocean. The production can typically be linked to oceanic plankton, drifting plants, algae and certain bacteria, with all four are capable of photosynthesis.

Scientists are searching for the explanation behind a rather strange phenomenon: at the bottom of the Pacific Ocean there are large amounts of oxygen being produced by an unknown source. The finding is odd, to say the least, considering that photosynthesis is impossible in such deep, dark depths.

“We have another source of oxygen on the planet, other than photosynthesis,” said Andrew Sweetman, a study co-author, and a sea-floor ecologist at the Scottish Association for Marine Science in Oban, UK.

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Political analyst Charles Ortel said Republican leaders in both chambers of Congress were already discussing invoking the 25th Amendment and pressing for Biden to stand down completely and immediately from the Oval Office given the logic that if he is not able to campaign due to cognitive and physical deficiencies, he is also not able to perform his duties as president.

"[US House Speaker] Mike Johnson, Senator Josh Hawley and others quickly noted that Biden should resign the presidency or face removal under the 25th Amendment as he clearly is unfit to carry out his full set of duties," Ortel said.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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Biden should resign immediately. Every day he stays in office, Kamala and her West Wing co-conspirators are still complicit. -- Who do they think they’re fooling? -- By dropping out of the 2024 race, Biden has finally admitted that his age and his apparent decline prohibit him from fulfilling the job of president one day longer. -- He wasn’t even able to face the cameras to declare his withdrawal on Sunday, instead sending in his notice via a letter posted in a Tweet.
Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
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She favored gun control in pretty much every political campaign she’s run. Now that she’s the presumptive nominee, more or less, there was never any doubt that she’d go in that direction with this one. -- It seems that we didn’t have to wait too long at all, either...
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, RIGHT TO BEAR ARMS
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It is not an accident that this has happened. -- For more than a decade, people like me have been relentlessly warning that the decisions that our leaders were making would have disastrous consequences, and that is exactly what has happened. -- And if we stay on the path that we are on, it won’t be too long before we witness a meltdown of absolutely epic proportions.
Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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A journalistic report on how New York City's restaurants are in danger. Robbers have been setting themselves on unsuspecting dinners, stealing wallets and watches worth tens of thousands of dollars.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
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Who Pays for the CrowdStrike catastrophe? If you believe their Terms of Service, not CrowdStrike. But that's not how the law of Gross Negligence works.
Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET/AI, CURRENT EVENTS
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Inventory jumped 23.4% from a year ago to 1.32 million units at the end of June, coming off record lows but still just a 4.1-month supply. A 6-month supply is considered balanced between buyer and seller. These inventory levels are the highest supply since May 2020, boosted by homes sitting on the market longer.
Tags: ECONOMY
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Amidst escalating economic turmoil, the financial strain on American households is palpable. Recent data from the U.S. Census Bureau shows that a daunting 39% of Americans are increasingly worried about their ability to pay bills. This figure reflects a persistent struggle as 36% of households report difficulty managing routine expenses, a situation exacerbated by soaring inflation rates and fluctuating job markets.
Tags: ECONOMY
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A British farmer has said that the government has offered a scheme to pay farmers not to supply food for three years. This scheme is part of a larger trend where farmers are being financially incentivised by the state to reduce food production. Why would they do that?
Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CURRENT EVENTS, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
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The concept of “global warming,” later changed to “climate change,” is used as an excuse for a wide range of controlling mechanisms. The world we know is about to come to an end but ninety-nine people in a hundred have no idea just how bad things are going to become. Without fossil fuels, we will be dragged back into the 19th century. Solar panels and wind turbines will not stop this from happening.
Tags: CLIMATEGATE
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Yellowstone National Park announced on X that a "hydrothermal explosion" occurred earlier today near Sapphire Pool in Biscuit Basin, just north of Old Faithful.
Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
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Russia's military has released new video as part of ongoing warnings to the West as it pours weapons and ammo into Ukraine. Moscow also continues to warn against the West introducing F-16s into the conflict, which is imminent. The Russian Defense Ministry on Tuesday published footage purporting to show the destruction of a large warehouse filled with US-supplied weapons, specifically including a HIMARS multiple rocket launcher system. The depot was destroyed by a Russian ballistic missile, with the video showing an extensive building engulfed in huge flames.
Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
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A new Reuters/Ipsos poll has found that Harris leads Trump 44% to 42% in the national poll (with a 3% margin of error). Yet, there's a catch. As we noted in the 2016 and 2020 elections, pollsters had their thumb on the scale by oversampling Democrats. Well, they've done it again - sampling 426 Democrat voters vs. 376 Republicans and 341 Independents. Meanwhile, other polls have Trump smoking Harris.
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
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JPMorgan’s second-quarter profit declined 9% year-over-year to $13.1 billion. That figure excludes one-time items, including a $7.9 billion gain on an exchange of the bank’s shares of Visa. Credit-card loans rose faster than spending at all three banks, a sign that more borrowers carried over balances month to month.
Tags: ECONOMY
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I’ve long been sounding the alarm on the private debt crisis sweeping the Build Back Better nations. US government debt equaled 122.3% of the nation’s GDP in 2023, a cost that will be passed on to the taxpayers. As of Q1 2024, US household debt stood at $1.77 trillion; $12.44 trillion held in mortgage debt, $1.62 trillion in autos, $1.12 trillion in credit card debt, and $543 billion in other forms. The average household debt was around $147,500 at the end of 2024. Mortgage prices are, therefore, debts have been on the rise, similar to autos, and more consumers are placing basic necessities on credit. Major banks across the US are now reporting that Americans are failing to pay off this debt.
Tags: ECONOMY
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