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Rules for thee: Letter surfaces of Obama Foundation admitting in 2018 classified documents kept in unsecured storage at furniture warehouse

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The front entrance of the Plunkett Furniture building that temporarily houses the future documents for Barack Obama's online presidential library.
"Hoffman Estates" is a Chicago area location containing an abandoned furniture store and warehouse. The Obama Foundation leased, then re-upped the lease, to use the facility to store all the paper documents from the Obama administration.

The Obama administration told the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) they were going to upload the documents into a digital form for use in the Obama library. The paper documents were, still are, held at the Hoffman Estate warehouse while this digitization process took place. It should be noted, the Obama Foundation has never digitized the records, hence they renewed the warehouse lease.

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Inside Izyum - and the Russian command centre destroyed by Himars missiles

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Ukraine strikes the Russian army headquarters in Izyum
Glimpse inside the city gives a sense of how complete and rapid the enemy's defeat was with evidence of Russia's panicked retreat everywhere

The Russian army headquarters in Izyum looks like it was hit by a hurricane.

Shattered walls, furniture in splinters, entire corridors scattered with rubble.

Underfoot, a June edition of Red Star, the Russian army newspaper, bearing the headline: "With precise focus on guaranteed results."

The irony could not be more bitter.

This command centre was destroyed by satellite-guided rockets from American-built Himars missile launchers - the precision weapons that underwrote a lightning Ukrainian offensive that liberated this city in just a few days late last week.

Comment: Moon of Alabama dissects the propaganda:
Interestingly the British Telegraph is more skeptical than the 'British' news agency Reuters:

Inside Izyum - and the Russian command centre destroyed by Himars missiles
Anton Herashenko, an advisor to the Ukrainian interior ministry, told the BBC on Thursday that about 1,000 bodies had been found in Izyum and that more civilians had died there than in Bucha.

The Telegraph did not see any evidence of that scale of death during a visit on Thursday. Hrigory[, a 63-year-old civil engineer ,] denied knowledge of any war crimes.

"We didn't interact with them, and they didn't interact with us," he said of the Russians. "From what I know, there wasn't detentions, executions, torture."

"There were a lot of young men who would say 'we won't shoot any bullets,'" he added.


"Joe Biden's" last stand

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US President Joe Biden
That thing that many of you have worried about, and some of you have prepared for — well, it's here. We're in it now.

Historians of the future, grilling spatchcocked plovers over their campfires, will need not ponder for even a New York minute who started World War Three in the rockin' 2020s. They will point straight to the waxy, furtive, larval figure known as "Joe Biden," by then judged a moral weevil of such epic low degree that he became an embarrassment to all the other sewer-dwelling denizens of the dank DC underworld, including the roaches, the rats, the humble shipworms eating through sunk oaken foundations of buildings long forgotten, the writhing maggots rinsed from a thousand restaurant dumpsters, the slithering hellgrammites, millipedes, silverfish, pillbugs, termites, dung-beetles, woodlice, and, not least, the scaly lawyers spawned out of the infestation beneath K Street called Perkins Coie LLP. Even these would loathe and disdain the thing that came into this world as "Joe Biden."


Deafening Silences: Propaganda through censorship, smearing and coercion

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There is a case to be made that the most important part of any propaganda campaign is the drive to ensure that certain voices, claims and arguments either never see the light of day or otherwise remain contained within "fringe" or "alternative" circles.

Since the start of the COVID event, authorities around the world have sought to implement quite extraordinary policies including the so-called "locking down" of entire populations, compulsory masking and coercion through, for example, the mandating of multiple 'vaccine' injections. Many of these policies fly in the face of long-established and well-evidenced public health approaches to dealing with respiratory viruses whilst the scientific cogency of these measures - including lockdowns, community masking and "vaccine" injections - is coming under increased scrutiny.

At the same time, the catastrophic consequences, the so-called "collateral damage" (a military euphemism for wartime civilian casualties), of these extreme policies for populations around the world is becoming well-established. Randomised controlled trials of the injections to date have not shown net overall benefit, while accumulating evidence from passive reporting suggests they may be a cause of significant levels of harm. A central part of selling these extreme, and ultimately highly destructive, policies has involved the use of propaganda.


The Fed is finally seeing the magnitude of the mess it created

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Fed Chair Jerome Powell
When asked about price inflation in his Sunday interview with 60 Minutes, President Biden claimed that inflation "was up just an inch...hardly at all." Biden continued the dishonest tactic of focuses on month-to-month price inflation growth as a means of obscuring the 40-year highs in year-over-year inflation. This strategy may yet work to placate the most ignorant voters, but people who are paying attention know that price inflation continues to soar.

Thus, while Biden may be pretending that it's all no big deal, the Federal Reserve knows it better do something about price inflation which even the Fed now admits shows no signs of even moderating.

Comment: If it was competent, the Fed would apolitically control the money. Instead we have the idiot leading the blind.


Pegasus and other spyware threatens UN human rights work, Guterres warns

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres • 77th session of the UN General Assembly
September 2022
Antonio Guterres, the United Nations secretary-general, has warned of the serious threat spyware programmes like Pegasus pose to the UN's work on human rights in a damning report set to be debated next week.

Expanding digital surveillance by states and non-state actors has impacted the ability of civil society actors to submit information to the UN and has made them more vulnerable to intimidation and reprisal, Guterres cautions.
"United Nations actors have pointed to growing and concerning evidence of online surveillance, privacy intrusion, and cyberattacks by state and non-state actors of victims and civil society communications and activities.

"The lack of trust in the digital sphere among those sharing information and testimony with the United Nations on sensitive issues can discourage future cooperation."
His findings are part of an annual report that monitors the challenges faced by those seeking to cooperate with the organisation and focuses on April 2021 to May 2022. During this period, much of the UN's work was conducted digitally in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, making threats of surveillance and spyware especially concerning.

In particular, he singles out the potential repercussions that Pegasus, the military-grade spyware made by the Israel-based NSO Group, has had for Palestinian, Bahraini, and Moroccan organisations and human rights defenders who have cooperated with the UN.

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Heart - Black

How liberal elites detest middle America

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Trump supporter and flag
The name of the game now is an old one: divide et impera, divide and conquer. Biden hopes to split "mainstream Republicans" off from "MAGA Republicans" ... Indeed, the catalogue of sins and crimes Biden attributes to MAGA Republicans — extremism, violence, mendacity, authoritarianism — not only raises a question as to the state of the soul of the nation; it raises a question of its continuance as a democratic republic.
Speaking at a San Francisco fundraiser in 2008, Barack Obama sought to explain the reluctance of working-class Pennsylvanians to rally to his cause:
"You go into these small towns in Pennsylvania and ... the jobs have been gone now for 25 years, and nothing's replaced them. And it's not surprising, then, they get bitter, they cling to guns or religion or antipathy to people who aren't like them or anti-immigrant sentiment ... as a way to explain their frustrations."
Translation: The world has left Middle America behind, and Middle America has reacted by clinging to its bibles, bigotries and guns.

Comment: A simple plan: Biden speaks and the 'Red Sea' parts.


NY AG lawsuit against Trump should be dismissed as politically punitive and an unethical abuse of power

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NY AG Letitia James
The splashy lawsuit filed Wednesday by New York Attorney General Letitia James against Donald Trump and his children is not just frivolous, it is politically punitive and grossly unethical.

What the case lacks in merit it tries to compensate with sheer volume. But the 220-page civil complaint is, from beginning to end, not worth the ink and paper on which it is printed. Naturally, that did not stop two inveterate Trump-haters from prophesizing the demise of the former President.

New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman called it a "sweeping condemnation" and predicted it is "going to sting" more than any other Trump investigations. Not to be outdone, CNN host John King accepted without question James' accusations by declaring that "the Trump Organization is a sham built on lies." Yet, neither journalist is a lawyer. They are incompetent to assess whether the lawsuit is sturdy as steel or weak as a dry sandcastle. It is the latter.


'Hell on earth': UN warns world is facing 'perfect storm' of food shortages

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An image of the 'Brave Commander' ship carrying grain from Ukraine is displayed on screens as Secretary-General António Guterres addresses the 77th session of the General Assembly at United Nations headquarters Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022.
The U.N. food chief warned Thursday that the world is facing "a perfect storm on top of a perfect storm" and urged donors, particularly Gulf nations and billionaires, to give a few days of profits to tackle a crisis with the fertilizer supply right now and prevent widespread food shortages next year.

Comment: Developing nations are already suffering food shortages, its probably the developed world he has in mind.

"Otherwise, there's gonna be chaos all over the world," World Food Program Executive Director David Beasley said in an Associated Press interview.

Beasley said that when he took the helm of WFP 5 1/2 years ago, only 80 million people around the world were headed toward starvation. "And I'm thinking, 'Well, I can put the World Food Program out of business,'" he said.

But climate problems increased that number to 135 million. The COVID-19 pandemic, which began in early 2020, doubled it to 276 million people not knowing where their next meal was coming from. Finally, Russia invaded Ukraine on Feb. 24, sparking a war and a food, fertilizer and energy crisis that has pushed the number to 345 million.

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Ivan Timofeev: The EU's von der Leyen is completely wrong about anti-Russia sanctions, and here's why

Ursula von der Leyen
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Ursula von der Leyen
The bloc's joint figurehead claims Moscow is presiding over an economy in 'tatters,' but we have heard that before.

European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has, as could be expected, called for new sanctions against Russia in connection with the forthcoming referendums in Donbass and two regions of Ukraine. These concern the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics - which have been de-facto self-governing since 2014 - and the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions.

In her opinion, the penalties already imposed on Russia are having an impact. "The sanctions have been very successful. If you look at the Russian economy, its industry is in tatters," the politician asserted.

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