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Massive haul: Trump campaign raises over $50M after NY criminal trial verdict

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday announced a sizeable fundraising haul in the wake of his guilty verdict in Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg's hush money case.

A New York jury on Thursday found Trump guilty on 34 counts of falsifying business records after a weeks-long trial. The verdict appears to have energized his supporters, however, as the campaign's donation page crashed, evidently due to the volume of traffic.

The campaign on Friday initially announced it had brought in $34.8 million in small dollar donations, marking a near-doubling of its single largest day total on WinRed. Later, it updated the total to $52.8 million raised in the 24 hours following the verdict.

"In the 24 hours since Crooked Joe Biden and his New York henchmen got their sham trial verdict, the Trump Campaign has raised $52.8 million through the online digital fundraising platform," the campaign said in a statement reported by the Daily Wire. "THAT'S MORE THAN $2 MILLION PER HOUR!"

The team further announced that over one third of donations came from new donors.

Comment: A mute point? Not really, it 'says' it all:




Bullseye

Red Sea tensions: Yemen's Houthis 'attack' US carrier after deadly strikes

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© Osamah Abdulrahman/APHouthi supporters mark the anniversary of Yemeni unity in Sanaa, Yemen • May 22, 2024
Rebel group claims assault after reporting 16 killed in US-UK attacks on the Hodeidah province.

Yemen's Houthis say they have launched a missile attack on a United States aircraft carrier in the Red Sea in response to deadly US and British strikes on Yemen.

Houthi military spokesperson Yahya Saree announced the attack on the Eisenhower carrier on Friday; the group earlier claimed that at least 16 people were killed in US and UK assaults on the Hodeidah province, the highest publicly acknowledged death toll from multiple rounds of strikes over the group's assault on shipping.

The fallout from Thursday's attacks was announced on Al Masirah television, a Houthi-controlled channel, which broadcast a video that appeared to depict wounded civilians being treated in Hodeidah. At least 42 people were reportedly injured.

"The American-British aggression will not prevent us from continuing our military operations in support of Palestine," Houthi official Mohammed al-Bukhaiti said on X, warning that the rebels would "meet escalation with escalation".

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NewsNation and X reportedly plan to host presidential town halls

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Robert F Kennedy Jr. • Former US President Donald Trump • Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk
Elon Musk's X and NewsNation reportedly plan to host presidential town halls with Donald Trump and Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Axios reports. The outlet said the Biden campaign has not agreed to participate.
Axios cited two sources familiar with the plans: The pair have agreed in principle to separate live interviews as part of a new video series, titled 'The People's Town Hall', per the sources, though the dates and locations have yet to be set.

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US to launch 2 unarmed Minuteman III ICBMs next week, claims it's 'unrelated to world events'

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The US Air Force Global Strike Command is preparing to conduct two separate tests of unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missiles from north Vandenberg Space Force Base in California next week.

"Consistent with previous test launches, this routine, unarmed ICBM test launch will validate and verify the effectiveness, readiness and accuracy of the weapon system," Vandenberg Space Force Base wrote in a statement.

Here are the tests:
  • The first test is scheduled for June 4 from 12:01 a.m. to June 4, 2024, 6:01 a.m., Pacific Time from north Vandenberg.
  • The second test is scheduled for June 6 from 12:01 a.m. to June 6, 6:01 a.m., Pacific Time from north Vandenberg.

Comment: Considering the recent performance of Western militaries, both during drills/tests and realworld, this has the potential to be interesting: Meanwhile Russia's doing some (successful) testing of its own: Russia begins 'non-strategic' nuclear weapons drills


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Ukraine's military lost more than 35,000 troops in ONE month - Russian MoD

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© Stanislav Krasilnikov/SputnikFILE: A Russian serviceman of the Central Military District fires a Kornet anti-tank guided missile from a launcher during a training in the Avdiivka sector of the front line amid Russia's military operation in Ukraine, Russia. Ukraine lost over 35,000 troops in May - Moscow Kiev has intensified attacks on Russian civilian infrastructure due to battlefield failures, Defense Minister Andrey Belousov has said.
Ukraine's military lost more than 35,000 troops and thousands of pieces of weaponry this month, Russian Defense Minister Andrey Belousov said on Friday.

Speaking at the defense ministers' meeting of the Collective Security Treaty Organization (CSTO) in Kazakhstan, Belousov stated that the Russian military continues to "systematically reduce the combat potential of the Armed Forces of Ukraine."

The minister claimed that apart from losing a significant number of troops, this month, Kiev has also lost more than 2,700 pieces of heavy weaponry, including 290 tanks and armored combat vehicles. These include four US-made Abrams tanks, seven Leopards, and 12 Bradleys. Additionally, Ukraine lost 11 airplanes, four helicopters, and around 730 field artillery guns and multiple launch rocket systems, he said.

Comment: And, in turn, the West-Ukraine are becoming increasingly desperate: Ukraine's strike on Russia's strategic early warning radar site is a big deal


Quenelle - Golden

Best of the Web: Citing Gaza genocide, Maldives bans entry of Israeli passport holders


Comment: This is ballsy, especially considering that the US government is about to pounce hard on the small island nation...


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The Maldives, a strong supporter of Palestine, has decided to bar entry to Israeli passport holders amid growing public outrage in the island nation against the genocidal war the Jewish state is waging in the occupied Palestinian territories, particularly Gaza since October.

President Mohamed Muizzu at a cabinet meeting decided to amend the country's laws to ban individuals with Israeli passports from entering the country, Minister of Homeland Security and Technology Ali Ihsaan announced at a news conference held at the President's Office on Sunday afternoon.

"The decision marks a proactive stance by Maldives, reflecting its condemnation of extremist human rights violations by Israel against the Palestinian population," state media PSM reported.

Comment: Israeli passport holders are already banned from a number of countries, including Afghanistan, Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei, Iran, Iraq, Kuwait, and Lebanon. However, as demonstrated with the recent exodus from the country, a great many Israelis are dual-nationals so they can get around these bans by using their other passports. Even so, the diplomatic and symbolic gesture is worthwhile.

Palestinians, being indigenous to the occupied land of Palestine, don't have this luxury.


2 + 2 = 4

Ukraine will return to neutrality or face partition or annihilation - Zelensky's cockamamie peace conference

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China's Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning has agreed to attend next month's Ukrainian peace conference in Switzerland with one proviso, that Russia be invited. Mao said that Beijing supports the "timely convening of an international peace conference that is recognized by both the Russian and Ukrainian sides."

That sounds reasonable, after all, one would expect that peace negotiations would include the representatives of the warring parties. But that is not the case here. And while more than 90 countries have confirmed that they will attend the upcoming meetings, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky has excluded the one nation whose presence might make a difference. Russia.

Naturally, many analysts are puzzled by Zelensky's omission which precludes any possible settlement or end to the hostilities. Simply put, the fighting will continue until Russia and Ukraine conduct bilateral negotiations and reach an agreement.

So, what is going on here?

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EU could regulate Telegram - Bloomberg

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Brussels is reportedly considering whether to subject the Russian-made platform to its 'disinformation' laws

EU officials are considering listing Telegram as a "very large online platform," a move that would open the privacy-focused messaging app up to stringent censorship rules, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday.

Bloomberg's report cited anonymous sources who claimed that Brussels has reached out to Telegram in a bid to establish how many people regularly use the platform. Telegram claims that it has around 41 million monthly active users, a figure that places it below the EU's 45-million-user threshold for strict regulation under its Digital Services Act (DSA).

The European Commission currently counts 19 "very large online platforms" and search engines, including Amazon, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok.

Comment: See also EU doesn't tolerate freedom of speech - Moscow
A number of Telegram channels are already blocked in the EU. If you try anyway, a message like this may come up:
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An article in Reuters from early February 2022, read:
More than 60 Telegram channels blocked in Germany - newspaper
BERLIN, Feb 11 (Reuters) - Messenger service Telegram, which has proved popular with far-right groups and people opposed to COVID-related restrictions, has blocked 64 of its channels in Germany, Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported on Friday, without giving a source for the information.

The move came after Germany's Federal Criminal Police Office sent shutdown requests to the messenger service, the paper said.

Telegram has been blamed in Germany for fuelling an increasingly virulent subculture of anti-vaccine conspiracy theorists who exchange news about supposed dangers and arrange protests that have spilled over into violence.

The newspaper said the channels affected included that of Attila Hildmann, a vegan celebrity chef who spreads conspiracy theories about the coronavirus to more than 100,000 followers on the messaging service.

Germany's Interior Ministry, which said last week it had held constructive talks with Telegram representatives, was not immediately available for comment on the report. Telegram did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Telegram app has become increasingly popular with activists and protesters, especially as platforms such as Facebook become more responsive to government pressure to crack down on those spreading lies, threats or conspiracy theories.

Interior Minister Nancy Faeser had said in remarks published last month that Germany could shut down Telegram and that it was discussing with its partners in the European Union how to regulate the messenger service.
The EU did not shut down Telegram in 2022, but the number of blocked channel has in all probably increased since then.


Bad Guys

Best of the Web: Robert Fico's failed assassination raises specter of Western plotting

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Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico
Slovak PM Robert Fico's independent stance earned him the wrath of NATO and the EU. Did a Western-directed plot to remove his troublesome government from office trigger his assassination attempt?

On May 15, Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was almost murdered in broad daylight. While shaking hands with supporters during a public appearance, a gunman shot him twice in the abdomen and once in the shoulder. The attack left him fighting for his life while authorities raced for clues, and many observers at home and abroad puzzled about the would-be assassin's motives and whether foreign actors were in some way responsible for the attack. And despite the shooter's instantaneous arrest, those questions still linger weeks later.

Fico, a veteran Slovak political figure, was re-elected in September 2023 amid a wave of public resentment over the proxy war in Ukraine, pledging to end arms supplies to Kiev and anti-Russian sanctions. On the campaign trail, Western leaders, journalists and pundits aggressively stoked fears of the "pro-Putin," "populist" candidate returning to office. Ukraine's Western-backed "Center for Countering Disinformation" publicly accused him of spreading "infoterror" back in April 2022.

Attention

Who is My Enemy?

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© Illustration in Le Chevalier errant, by Thomas III, Marquis of SaluzzoThe Mouth of Hell (BnF, Français 12559, p. 192, ca. 1403-1404).
Is this the last summer of relative peace?

The satanic cabal known as "politicians" that roost over the populations of the West have discovered the joys of war-talk, and they can't start World War Three fast enough. But why this sudden push? Even leaders of countries that are mere specks of dirt on the map (Estonia, for instance) squeak about "bringing Russia to its knees." Sure, Western politicians are lapdogs of Washington, but why this naïve war-talk? Is it just deep duncery (usual for the Western politician), or is something more sinister afoot?

We use the term "satanic" purposefully. We have long known that the Western powermongers are neo-Malthusians — that is, they all believe that the planet has too many people and we need to do something to bring the population down. The less people living on the planet is better. This is the guiding principle behind every aspect of modern life, so that every political, social, and even cultural decision is guided by this principle. Culling humanity is the grand, moral goal — the postmodern utopia, where we only have as many people as we need. The "we," by the way, are the powermongers. What's the point of having millions of useless eaters, they reason? Culling the herd is good management of nature (the planet): Woke husbandry pushed to its ultimate limit. Such overarching evil can only be satanic.

And then along comes this war in Ukraine. Here is a country that is not part of the EU, nor a member of NATO, but all the Western politicians latched on to it, because it was "existential" somehow for each of them. For places like Canada, the UK, New Zealand to be truly safe, Ukraine must win. If it loses, well, it's slavery and the dull road to the Gulag, for the whole world. It's absurd really that we are ruled by such morons who spew endless lies which are sadly believed, and therefore the general populace keeps electing them dutifully (but let's not digress).

The entire war in Ukraine, for the West, was a round-robin of wonder weapons that were going to "bring Russia to its knees" — so many that it's now hard to keep track... there were HIMARS, Leopards, Abrams, Patriots, Bradleys, and let's not forget the much-bruited 61 billion that was going to be the bee's knees of military might which was going to undo Russia lickety-split; and of course the much-awaited F-16s. To be charitable, let's not forget the various armchair journo-strategists who have been meaningfully employed for the past two years; anyone that can put two (or less) words together has advice to offer on to conduct the war. It's tiresome to even parse the endless strategies spun out. Are these people being paid by the word, one might begin to wonder? (By the way, you can easily spot these experts — they love to use the term, "geopolitics").