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Judge fines Donald Trump more than $350 million, bars him from running businesses in N.Y. for three years

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© Seth Wenig/Pool/APFormer President Donald Trump, right, sits with his lawyer Chris Kise, left, in the courtroom at New York Supreme Court on Monday, October 2, 2023 in New York.
The state AG's office said that when factoring in pre-judgment interest, the amount exceeds $450 million. Trump said on Friday night that he would appeal.

The judge who presided over a civil business fraud trial against Donald Trump on Friday ordered the former president, his sons, business associates and company to pay more than $350 million in damages and temporarily limited their ability to do business in New York.

Judge Arthur Engoron ordered the former president and the Trump Organization to pay over $354 million in damages, and barred Trump "from serving as an officer or director of any New York corporation or other legal entity in New York for a period of three years," including his namesake company.

Comment: The direction is clear. The Deep State intends to cripple not just Trump's presidential campaign, but his ability to make a living at what he clearly does so well. There may be unintended consequences.

The New York Post reports:
Truckers supporting Donald Trump are warning that their refusal to deliver to the Big Apple could paralyze New York City — as more drivers vow to join the boycott following the bombshell ruling in the former president's civil fraud case.

"It could shut New York City down," said Jennifer Hernandez, a trucker who has joined in the protest against Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron's decision to fine Trump $355 million for inflating his net worth by billions to dupe banks and insurers.

"I'm not trying to hurt the people of New York, that's not what I'm trying to do," Hernandez insisted on NewsNation Monday morning.

"But if New York loses just 10% of the trucks that go in there, their prices are going to skyrocket on everything — from milk to eggs, to any type of goods that the consumer needs.

"When that happens, it's going to cost everyone more money," she warned.

Several other truckers have been posting on social media expressing their support.

One man even suggested the boycott could go on for three years.

"Keep on f — ing around, you're going to find out, New York," he said in a video posted to TikTok.

The boycott seemed to have been started by conservative social media influencer Chicago Ray, who posted a clip Friday saying he had spoken to some of his trucker colleagues who said they would stop making deliveries to the city starting Monday.


He claimed that 95% of truckers support the former president, and said the bosses of freight companies "ain't gonna care if we deny the loads — we'll just go somewhere else."

The truckers say they are protesting Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Arthur Engoron's decision to fine former President Donald Trump $355 million for inflating the values of his properties. AP

As the video spread on social media, it even gained the attention of the former president.

"Such an honor to have so many Great Patriots on the side of freedom," he posted on his Truth Social network on Sunday.

"Joe Biden's Unfair and Dangerous Weaponization of Law Enforcement is a serious threat to Democracy," Trump argued. "MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!"

The boycott seemed to have been started by conservative social media influencer Chicago Ray. Chicago1Ray/X

Chicago Ray later deleted the video from his X page after it went viral, though he said he still stands with the movement.

"I took that video down from Friday bc it went viral and my Grandson seen it on Tik Tok," he wrote on X.

"I stand with Trump 💯% Truckers for Trump," he added.

"Drivers can make their own decisions based on their families and their careers ... I ain't the leader of any movement," Chicago Ray claimed. "I'm my own man, period."
And the circus continues.


Satellite

Scott Ritter: Mike Turner's folly

Turner
© Tiana Williams/US Air ForceRep. Mike Williams
Rep. Mike Turner's release of raw intelligence about a Russian satellite system has compromised U.S. intelligence including likely its sources and methods.

Earlier this week U.S. Representative Mike Turner, a Republican from Ohio who serves as chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, took the unprecedented step of making available a raw intelligence report to all members of Congress.

Turner issued a public statement which stated that the intelligence
"contained information concerning a serious national security threat," and requesting that President Biden "declassify all information relating to this threat so that Congress, the administration, and our allies can openly discuss the actions necessary to respond to this threat."
A day after Turner released his statement, White House national security spokesman John Kirby took to the podium to confirm that U.S. intelligence officials have information that Russia has obtained a capability that would enable them to attack U.S. satellites, but that this capability was not yet operational.
"First this is not an active capability that's been deployed and though Russia's pursuit of this particular capability is troubling, there is no immediate threat to anyone's safety. We're not talking about a weapon that can be used to attack human beings or cause physical destruction here on Earth."
According to Kirby, the Russian anti-satellite capability is space based and, if deployed, would violate the 1967 international Outer Space Treaty, which both Russia and the United States, along with 128 other nations, are signatories to.

Comment: As self-inflicted US runs aground and out of options, the reverse is increasing for Russia.


Arrow Up

BRICS to see 85% surge in millionaires - report

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© icestylecg/Getty Images
The number of new millionaires in the BRICS countries will see a surge by 2034, contributing to the biggest increase in wealth across any group of nations, according to a recent report by Henley & Partners.

The BRICS group of emerging economies, which previously comprised Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, underwent a major expansion after Iran, Ethiopia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates joined in January of this year. Saudi Arabia, which has also been officially invited, is also set to become a member.

According to the report, the total investable wealth currently held by individuals in the BRICS countries amounts to $45 trillion, while the number of millionaires is expected to surge by 85% over the next decade. There are currently 1.6 million individuals with investable assets of over $1 million in the group, including 4,716 with more than $100 million and 549 billionaires.

In comparison, the figure for investable assets in the G7, comprising Canada, France, Japan, Italy, the US, UK, and EU, was $110 trillion as of December 2023, according to data provided to CNBC by Andrew Amolis, an analyst at New World Wealth. The number of millionaires is expected to increase by 45% over the next decade.

Comment: Where money is made isn't always where it is spent.


Robot

Big Tech promises to prevent AI election-meddling

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© AFPDeep Fakes Putin Video from 2019 manipulated with AI to deceive viewers
Industry leaders pledged to combat uses of artificial intelligence that could "deceive voters"

Twenty major technology companies have vowed to stop misleading AI-generated content from disrupting elections around the globe, with the likes of Amazon, Microsoft, Meta and Google saying they would work to detect and counter 'deepfakes.'

In a press release published on Friday, Microsoft unveiled the new initiative, stating that 20 Big Tech firms would "help prevent deceptive AI content from interfering with this year's global elections," which will involve some 4 billion people across 40 nations.
"The 'Tech Accord to Combat Deceptive Use of AI in 2024 Elections' is a set of commitments to deploy technology countering harmful AI-generated content meant to deceive voters. Signatories pledge to work collaboratively on tools to detect and address online distribution of such AI content, drive educational campaigns, and provide transparency, among other concrete steps."
In addition to Microsoft, the accord also includes social media giants such as X, TikTok and Meta - which owns Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp - as well as industry leaders such as Adobe, Amazon, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, McAfee and OpenAI, the creator of ChatGPT.

Comment: Tech are all on board - suspiciously too convenient?


Alarm Clock

Optimism on Ukraine conflict was 'premature' or 'delusional' - NYT

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Zelensky posted a photo in front of the entrance to Avdeevka just a few weeks ago, though many questioned if it wasn't just stagemanaged in a studio. A few weeks later and Avdeevka fell.
Western speculation that Kiev was on the verge of victory has reportedly given way to "despair and hedging."

The mood among Ukraine's Western backers has reportedly turned from sanguine and hopeful to "anxious and unmoored" in the past year, as Russian forces make gains on the battlefield and doubts rise over continued US aid to Kiev.

The turnabout in disposition was apparent as leaders from Ukraine and its benefactors gathered at the Munich Security Conference over the weekend, the New York Times reported on Monday. The attendees assessed "confrontations they had not anticipated" when they held the same event in February 2023.

"The dourness of the mood contrasted sharply with just a year ago, when many of the same participants - intelligence chiefs and diplomats, oligarchs and analysts - thought Russia might be on the verge of strategic defeat in Ukraine," the newspaper said. "There was talk of how many months it might take to drive the Russians back to the borders that existed before their invasion on Feb. 24, 2022."


Comment: The trouble of group think where sceptical voices are ignored or drowned out. Many analysts in touch with reality said a year ago, that Ukraine was losing but there was no way in which believing their own lies could grasp that. Many still don't as to admit to having been wrong is just a place they can't go. The price of this delusional thinking will be more hundred of thousands of dead Ukrainians.


Comment: In 2007, President Putin made a speech at the Munich security conference where he warned the West of not responding to reality. That was not what the West wanted to hear and Putin was from then on clearly seen as an adversary. They never invited him back and continued to seriously underestimate him.

Here is the speech:




Biohazard

Russia says Ukraine is using US-made chemical weapons

Igor Kiríllov
Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov, head of the Nuclear, Chemical, and Biological Protection Troops of the Russian Armed Forces
Moscow claims that Washington and Kiev have violated the articles of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons

Washington and Kiev have violated articles of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) as Ukrainian forces have used illegal munitions on the battlefield, Russian Lieutenant General Igor Kirillov has claimed.

The head of Russia's Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Protection Forces provided several examples of Kiev's alleged use of banned chemical weapons and non-lethal chemical agents that he said were obtained from the US.

Kirillov claimed that Ukraine used drones to drop US-made gas grenades on December 28, 2023 containing "CS" compound - a chemical classified as a riot-control tool that irritates the eyes and upper respiratory tract, and can cause skin burns, respiratory paralysis and cardiac arrest when used in high concentrations.

Comment: Russia already noted this in November 2023:


Putin

Ukraine a 'matter of life and death' - Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin
© SputnikFILE: Russian President Vladimir Putin. The head of state noted Russia was fundamentally evolving from within, becoming more self-sufficient, autonomous, and self-assured
The conflict is a "tactical" issue for the West, but an existential one for Moscow, the Russian president has argued.

The Ukraine crisis is of existential importance for Russia, President Vladimir Putin told reporter Pavel Zarubin on Sunday, while it is only a tactical issue for NATO.

He explained that the main goal of his deep dive into the country's history during an interview earlier this month with American journalist Tucker Carlson was to give the Western audience a chance to understand Moscow's mindset on the issue.

Comment: See also:


Cruise Missle

Disguised NATO personnel fighting in Ukraine - Russian general

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© Getty Images / Axel Heimken/picture alliance via Getty ImagesPatriot air defense system.
Western specialists operate Kiev's air defenses and rocket systems, Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy claims.

NATO soldiers are fighting against the Russian Army in the Ukraine conflict disguised as mercenaries, a senior Russian defense official has claimed, days after Moscow dealt a major blow to Kiev with the capture of the key Donbass city of city Avdeevka.

Ukraine's shelling of Russian civilians - a significant part of which was carried out from Avdeevka in the years prior - is happening at Kiev's behest and with the tacit consent of Western states, the deputy head of the Russian General Staff, Colonel General Sergey Rudskoy, told Krasnaya Zvezda newspaper on Monday.

The US and its allies pump Ukraine full of weapons and provide it with communications services and intelligence information, but some of the equipment requires qualified Western personnel on the ground, the official said.

Comment: See also:


Russian Flag

'Polite' Carlson, 'our guy' Blinken, backing Biden: Putin weighs in on US politics

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaks with journalist Pavel Zarubin.
© Kremlin press serviceRussian President Vladimir Putin speaks with journalist Pavel Zarubin.
The Russian president has made his first public comments on his sit-down with American journalist Tucker Carlson

Russian President Vladimir Putin has made his first public comments on his headline-grabbing recent interview with US journalist Tucker Carlson. Putin said the event had fallen short of his expectations, while suggesting Carlson may end up being punished for traveling to Russia.

He shared his thoughts in an interview with Russian reporter Pavel Zarubin that was published on Wednesday. The Russian leader also touched on US politics, including the presidential race shaping up between Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

Below is a summary of Putin's key comments.

Comment: See also:

Exclusive: Tucker Carlson Interviews Vladimir Putin


On the Kremlin website, there is transcript in English, Interview to Tucker Carlson,

Immediate reports about the interview:
Ukraine conflict, fallout of NATO expansion, relations with US: Key takeaways from Putin's interview with Tucker Carlson
Putin clarifies 'denazification' to Tucker Carlson

Comments from Tucker Carlson about the interview with Vladimir Putin
Tucker Carlson on US-Russia After Putin Interview | Ukraine War | World Government Summit (Link to YouTube)
Putin wants to end Ukraine conflict - Tucker Carlson

Commentary on the Tucker Carlson interview:
Tucker Carlson committed 'treason' to interview Russian President Vladimir Putin... and the World loved it!
On President Putin's Interview With Tucker Carlson...- Cynthia Chung
Tucker, Putin, and the Apocalypse- Dr. Alexander Dugin
What NO ONE is saying about Tucker Carlson's Putin interview
If anyone wishes to see the places that Vladimir Putin talked about in the Tucker Carlson interview, try this video:
I Filmed What Putin TOLD About in Carlson Interview: RURIK, Novgorod, Princess Olga, Prince Vladimir
NewsReal: Western Obsession With Russia: Carlson's Putin Interview, Navalny's Death and the Ukraine War Racket (The beginning of the show discusses Russia, Ukraine, Tucker Carlson interview very short).
See also:
Anti-Putin Russian outlet fact-checks Putin's claim that Lenin conspired with the US to break up Russia into smaller countries... and finds it to be true!
The passing of Navalny has come in handy considering the publicity that the Tucker Carlson interview received:
Navalny death planned and coordinated by the West
Death of Aleksei Navalny: The Brits did it!
From Russian far-right nationalist agitator to darling of Western liberals: Who was Alexey Navalny?

Western elites expressed their displeasure at the release of the interview. One example:
Ex-UK PM Boris Johnson slams Tucker Carlson as 'traitor' for Putin interview
Still it did not deter other journalists for signing up:
Western media send dozens of Putin interview requests following Tucker Carlson broadcast — Kremlin

Regarding the recent comment by Vladimir Putin about Annalena Baerbock, it followed earlier reports that:
German foreign minister's grandfather was 'ardent Nazi' - Bild


Hourglass

Arab regimes collude with Israel's genocide and ethnic cleansing of Gaza

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© Saleh Salem/ReutersA tent camp for displaced Palestinians in Rafah.
As Israel's fascist government prepares to launch a massive ground invasion to take over Rafah city, discussions are now under way about setting up 15 campsites — each with around 25,000 tents — across the southwestern part of the Gaza Strip, to house the million-plus Palestinians that have taken refuge in the city.

These tent cities are to be funded by the United States and Arab despots and operated by the butcher of Cairo, Egypt's Abdel Fattah el-Sisi. Egypt and other Arab regimes are in effect providing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu with the ability to claim he has assured the "safe passage" he said he would provide so that the planned ground invasion could take place. As Netanyahu again declared as Israel mounted a massive aerial bombardment of the city, his real goal is "total victory" — which means killing as many Palestinians as possible and driving the rest into the desert.

Comment: And thus are 'popular uprisings' leveraged.

More on the proposed new prison for Gaza Palestinians:
Egypt is building an 8-square-mile walled enclosure in the Sinai Desert near Gaza to prepare for an influx of Palestinian refugees as Israel is vowing to launch an assault on Rafah, which borders Egypt and is packed with about 1.5 million Palestinians.

The revelation of Egypt's construction, which was reported by The Wall Street Journal and an Egyptian rights group, signals Cairo is caving to Israeli pressure to allow Palestinians to enter its territory.

Egyptian officials told the Journal that more than 100,000 people would be able to fit into the camps they are constructing. If a mass exodus of Palestinians from Gaza does happen, the Egyptian officials said they want to limit the number of refugees they allow in to between 50,000 and 60,000.

The Sinai Foundation for Human Rights first reported on the construction on Wednesday and said the project is expected to be completed within 10 days. Egyptian officials told the Journal they expect a broad Israeli offensive on Rafah could start "within weeks." Israel must be aware of the construction and will likely try to push as many Palestinians into the camp as it can.

Israeli government officials have not been shy about their desire to cleanse the Gaza Strip of its Palestinian population and re-establish Jewish settlements. A document prepared by Israel's Intelligence Ministry that was leaked back in October said the best-case scenario for Israel would be to send all 2.3 million Palestinians living in Gaza into Egypt.

But Cairo's opposition to the plan caused Israeli officials to look elsewhere and suggest Western countries take in Palestinian refugees. According to Israeli media, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu previously said he was looking for countries to "absorb" Palestinians, but he's cooled the rhetoric since the Biden administration criticized other Israeli ministers for making similar comments.