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"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36
"I am sure that in estimating every man's value either in private or public life, a pure integrity is the quality we take first into calculation, and that learning and talents are only the second."

Thomas Jefferson: A Chronology of His Thoughts - Thomas Jefferson, Jerry Holmes (2002)
Integrity. One of the three key guideposts along the road out of COVID-crisis hell; integrity, dignity, community.

Integrity is a curious word. Triple meanings which buttress one to the other.
  1. Steadfast adherence to a strict moral or ethical code.
  2. The state of being unimpaired; soundness.
  3. The quality or condition of being whole or undivided; completeness.
The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

Human beings can be characterized by exhibiting integrity or it's opposites, hypocrisy and deceit. Buildings can have structural integrity, or they can be unsound, a danger to inhabitants. Organizations can have integrity, or can be corrupt. And a Nation can have integrity, or be divided against itself.

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Italy urges EU to push back against US - media

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Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni has called for the European Union to become more economically independent in the wake of a new US law that puts the bloc's manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage, Bloomberg reported on Thursday.

Speaking at her year-end press briefing in Rome, Meloni urged the EU to build its own supply chains for key industries in response to the US Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), a $360 billion spending bill that President Joe Biden signed into law in August, according to the media outlet. The bloc also must revise its rules on state aid to manufacturers and strengthen oversight of supply chains for such industries as computer chips, carmakers and alternative energy, Meloni reportedly said.

The US legislation provided for a spending binge on alternative energy infrastructure, including tax breaks for manufacturers in the sector. It weighted subsidies for electric vehicles to domestically produced models and batteries. EU leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron, have criticized the law, warning that it may "fragment the West."


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NewsReal: What's Biden Been Hidin'? Classified Documents!

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We know, right - shocking, scandalous!

Except, it isn't. Which senior official in DC does not have classified documents in their home?!

And yet, the US govt and media last week made a big stink about it, to the point that AG Merrick Garland has announced a Special Counsel to 'investigate Biden's wrong-doing'. Clearly, this is a contrived message to pressure Biden, possibly to ward him off re-running in 2024.

In the meantime, MAGA Republicans are achieving with astonishing rapidity all they wished for (and more!) when bargaining with Kevin McCarthy for him to become Speaker of the House. It's all going so smoothly for the Republicans, one begins to wonder whether they're being set up for a fall...

Also on this NewsReal, Joe and Niall explain why an eerily familiar 'J6-style Insurrection' took place in Brazil last week, resulting in ex-president Jair Bolsonaro being globally condemned for 'inspiring', if not outright organizing, a 'failed fascist coup'.


Running Time: 01:51:41

Download: MP3 — 76.7 MB


Comment: UPDATE 18 January 2023

Three days later, YouTube removed the 'Biden classified documents' show, because:
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Content that advances false claims that widespread fraud, errors, or glitches changed the outcome of the U.S. 2020 presidential election is not allowed on YouTube.
The 2020 US election wasn't discussed on this show, the 2022 Brazilian election was.

Morons!


Light Saber

Elon Musk exposes Adam Schiff for mass scale collusion with Old Twitter™

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Adam Schiff and Elon Musk
On Friday, journalist Matt Taibbi dropped a Twitter Files supplemental to expose Democrat representative Adam Schiff once again for colluding with Twitter.

Since former President Donald Trump took office, Schiff has spent every day accusing the former president of colluding with Russia, however it now appears that the only person colluding all this time was Schiff himself.

In a previous Twitter Files drop, Schiff put pressure on Twitter to ban investigative journalist Paul Sperry. Twitter initially denied the request however later banned Sperry from the site.

Taibbi just followed up with a supplemental exposing Schiff of more wrongdoing.

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How did most celebrities turn into death stars? Take Mark Hamill (and Noam Chomsky, too)

Celebrity could be the death of us, AND our democracy (or what little there is left of it)
Put up by a real human being in New York City
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Hello Fellow Humans
Now, here (scroll down) is a very good example of the catastrophic monkey-see-monkey-do process whereby celebrities (through "our free press"/"social media") affirm the propaganda to the rest of us; although in this case it is NOT "vaccination" that the star is urging on the audience, but "liberal" hatred over "January 6."

This certainly is not to say that Hamill has been silent on the urgency of getting everybody "vaccinated":


Comment: Wait, what? Jan 6 committee has sealed all important VIDEOS and documents for 50 years

Again (MCM):
Now, here (scroll down) is a very good example of the catastrophic monkey-see-monkey-do process whereby celebrities (through "our free press"/"social media") affirm the propaganda to the rest of us; although in this case it is NOT "vaccination" that the star is urging on the audience, but "liberal" hatred over "January 6."
Note how easily some (forget celebrities and add in the population base) will move to conformity if looked at through the Asch study.

Even if seen with their very own eyes that it is a lie, some people will rally around a lie if they believe or fear it might be true and others conform with them.

The propogandists take it to the bank:


The Crowd

The Truth Perspective: Herd Behavior: What Gustav Le Bon's Classic Book Can Teach Us About 'The Crowd'

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Japanese PM betrayed memory of victims of Hiroshima and Nagasaki with shameful subservience to US at recent meeting with Biden - Medvedev

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Russian Presidential First Deputy in Military-Industrial Commission and Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev
Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida acted as a US' attendant and betrayed the memory of hundreds of thousands of victims of the nuclear bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev said Saturday.

Medvedev called the joint statement made by Kishida and US President Joe Biden that any potential use of nuclear weapons by Russia in Ukraine will be an irredeemable hostile act against humanity a "horrible shame." Medvedev underscored that he will not "even comment on the paranoia regarding our state's nuclear plans."

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Last warning? 'We repeat: Western weapons & foreign military personnel servicing them are legitimate targets for Russia' - Zakharova

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HIMARS fires at Russian targets in Zaporizhzhia Oblast
The Russian Foreign Ministry's spokeswoman Maria Zakharova described on Thursday the new weapons Ukraine received from the West as a legitimate target for her country's troops.

"If the West pretends not to know about this, this is their problem," she told reporters at a press conference. Zakharova also once again criticized Kiev's decision to strip several priests seen as pro-Russian of their Ukrainian citizenships, saying that "human rights continue to be grossly violated."

Previously, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) it is "playing with fire" by sending weapons to Ukraine. Meanwhile, the Kremlin noted such moves do not contribute to Moscow and Kiev's attempts to start negotiating.

Comment: The Russian Embassy tweeted Zakharova's comments in more detail:

Is this perhaps a last warning to the West? Because Russia's recent win in Soledar, its wave of strikes on Ukraine's energy infrastructure that has much of the country suffering enforced blackouts, NATO's meeting in Ramstein, in addition to tens of thousands of Russia's troops now being ready to be deployed, all bode that a significant move by Russia is on the cards.


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US may lose control of world finance due to conflict in Ukraine — French expert

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Emmanuel Todd is certain that the United States is in a phase of long-term decline and, against the backdrop of its waning influence in the world, it has decided to press for greater influence in its "original protectorates," acquired after World War II...

The Ukrainian conflict is existential for the United States, which, in the event that friendly European economies become exhausted, will run the risk of losing its grip on world finance, French historian and anthropologist Emmanuel Todd said in an interview with Le Figaro.

In his commentary, he recalls a piece of analysis offered by Professor John Mearsheimer, of the University of Chicago, who argued that whereas for Russia this conflict was "existential," for the United States it was just another game among other countries, and that victory or defeat in it would be of little importance to the US.
"But this analysis is insufficient. [U.S. President Joe] Biden now has to hurry. America is fragile and the Russian economy's resistance is pushing the US imperial system towards the abyss. Nobody had expected the Russian economy would be able to withstand the 'economic power' of NATO."
He is certain that the United States is in a phase of long-term decline.

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Chip Roy introduces bill to keep China from snapping up US farmland

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Texas Representative Chip Roy
With lawmakers of both major parties in agreement that the United States must push back against China's increasing influence in the U.S. economy, a House Republican is putting forward legislation to crack down on Chinese purchases of U.S. farmland.

Texas Rep. Chip Roy introduced the "Securing America's Land from Foreign Interference Act" on Thursday, a bill that would prohibit any member of the Chinese Communist Party or an entity linked to the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) from purchasing private or public real estate in the U.S.

The bill directs the president of the United States to "take such actions as may be necessary" to prohibit entities that are "under the ownership, control, or influence" of the CCP from purchasing U.S. farmland.


Comment: See also: So just how much of the U.S. does China own?


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Jonathan Turley drops Karine Jean-Pierre for false claims about classified documents scandal

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White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre
Karine Jean-Pierre struggles with her job during the best of times, and this has not been the best of times, to say the least. Faced with the biggest scandal to hit the Biden administration since its inception, the press secretary has continually shown she's just not built to operate in an environment that doesn't include fawning praise.

When she took the job, she was the first "black, lesbian, immigrant" to hold the position, and that offered her a fair bit of protection from tough questions. That's all faded though, as the press is demanding answers about why Joe Biden illegally possessed multiple troves of classified documents following his vice presidency.

Jean-Pierre's go-to response has been to claim that they are being completely transparent, historically transparent even. That's not true at all, and Jonathan Turley laid out on Friday why their excuses don't add up.

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