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1 dead, 8 injured after overnight explosions shake Iraqi military base

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© XTwo security sources from Iraq 's Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF) said the blast was a result of an airstrike, which happened around midnight Friday, April 19, 2024
Overnight explosions at an Iraqi military base not far from the capital Baghdad on Saturday left one person dead and at least eight others with degrees of injuries, officials said.

The explosions occurred around 1 a.m. local time Saturday, killing and injuring members of an Iranian-backed Iraqi militia, the Popular Mobilization Forces.

"An explosion and fire occurred inside (Camp Kalsu) north of Babil Governorate on the international line, which includes the headquarters of the army, police, and Popular Mobilization Forces," Iraq's Security Media Cell said on X.

"A specialized higher technical committee from civil defense and other relevant groups was formed to determine the causes of the explosion and fires at the site and surroundings of the accident area."

Comment: The Daily Mail adds:

A military official, who spoke on condition of anonymity due to the sensitivity of the subject, said: 'The explosion hit equipment, weapons and vehicles.

'The were explosions in the warehouses storing equipment.

'A fire is still raging and the search for the injured is continuing.'

There were conflicting reports as to who was responsible for the strike with some reports blaming Israel while others claimed it was a US attack.

The strike is believed to have been retaliation for a drone strike in Jordan in which three US service members were killed.

Hashed al-Shaabi, an alliance of mainly Shiite armed groups formed to fight the Islamic State group, is now a part of Iraq's security forces.

Factions within the group took part in months of rocket and drone attacks on U.S. forces in Iraq amid Israel's Gaza campaign but ceased to do so in February.

The attack on the pro-Iranian paramilitaries comes amid spiralling regional tensions over the war between Israel and Tehran-backed Palestinian militants Hamas.

On Friday, strikes blamed on Israel targeted a military base near Isfahan in Iran.
Iraq has been demanding the U.S. leave the country for over a decade. So much for respecting sovereignty:


Best of the Web: Brigittegate: A Primer

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The greatest political con act of all time?
Given the fact that Candace Owens has received much outrage at her suggestion (and lost her job over the kerfuffle that followed) that Brigitte Macron, the wife of President Emanuel Macron, is in fact a man who transitioned into a "woman," it might serve our readers to understand the data behind Ms. Owens' assertion. The facts of this case are rather startling, to say the least. The video Ms. Owens linked has also long been scrubbed. Why, if it is all fake news?

So, here is a primer of the main arguments.

The questioning of Brigitte Macron's real sex began back in 2021, when the journal, Faits & Documents, published by Xavier Poussard, began a five-part series, entitled, "Le Mystère Brigitte Macron" ["The Mystery of Brigitte Macron"]. The investigation, which had taken three years, was done by Natacha Rey and then furthered by Mr. Poussard. By the end of 2021, there was a great buzz about all this in France.

The main arguments presented in the journal, with much documentary proof, may be summarized as follows:

1. Brigitte Macron was born a man and transitioned into a woman. There is a mysterious video from 1977, which shows a man shadowed out, calling himself "Veronique," who had begun to live as a woman. Documented analysis shows that Veronique's voice is remarkably like that of Mrs. Emmanuel Macron (to avoid confusion hereon in, we shall only use this designation).

2. This initial hint led to a fuller investigation into the background of Mrs. Macron, whose given name is "Brigitte," and whose family name is Trogneux; the family hails from the city of Amiens. What investigators found next was rather unexpected. There were two Trogneux children, a brother named Jean-Michel (born in 1945) and a sister named Brigitte (born in 1953). But this sister (Brigitte) supposedly died in 1961. And the photos of the sister, the late Brigitte, look nothing like the present Mrs. Macron who actually is a dead-ringer for the brother, Jean-Michel. So, what exactly is going on here? A dead Brigitte, and a Mrs. Macron who looks like the brother?

Comment: On the matter of lawsuits, the media often cites a case that Brigitte Macron brought against the two authors of the book that forms the basis of this theory, but, curiously, that case wasn't for defamation but for 'misuse of private family photos'.

'Mrs' Macron won that case, but in fact, upon appeal, the fines issues to the authors were greatly reduced. The judge in that case also told the defendant that 'she' really ought to sue for outright defamation. But, as yet, 'she' has not...

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Another assault on privacy: Federal appeals court rules cops can physically make you unlock your phone

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The 9th Circuit determined that forcibly mashing a suspect's thumb into his phone to unlock it was akin to fingerprinting him at the police station.

As we keep more and more personal data on our phones, iPhone and Android devices now have some of the most advanced encryption technology in existence to keep that information safe from prying eyes. The easiest way around that, of course, is for someone to gain access to your phone.

This week, a federal court decided that police officers can make you unlock your phone, even by physically forcing you to press your thumb against it.

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Flashback Best of the Web: France's First Lady Brigitte Macron LOSES 'transgender lawsuit'

Comment: This is the 'elephant in the room' in the 'conspiracy theory' that France's 'first lady' is, in fact, a man: there has, as yet, 3 years into everyone in France reading about the theory online here, been no defamation case to prove otherwise!

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Brigitte Macron, the First Lady of France, filed a complaint last year against two women who uploaded a YouTube video titled "Brigitte Macron is a man." The video alleged that Brigitte had a gender reassignment at 18.

On Wednesday, the French newspaper Le Point reported that Brigitte's complaint against the two women was "voided" by a Paris Judge.
In its decision, consulted by AFP, the court declared void the summons issued by Brigitte Macron for invasion of privacy and image rights, considering that the facts she denounced should have been qualified of public defamation.

Brigitte Macron, her brother, and the three children of the First Lady had assigned two women on February 15, 2022, one presenting herself as a "medium," the other as an "independent journalist."

They asked the court to condemn these two women to pay them damages for having broadcast on the YouTube channel of the "medium", on December 10, 2021, "a perfectly eccentric thesis" according to which Brigitte Macron, born Trogneux, does not would never have existed, but that his brother would have taken on this identity after changing sex.

Comment: See also: Macron emails lead to allegations of homosexual adventurism, drug use and Rothschild money

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The Great Dispossession Parts 3 & 4

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In Part 1: I explained that the next financial crisis will be bailed out not with central bank money creation but with our stocks, bonds and bank balances.

In Part 2: I explained the multi-year quiet regulatory changes that dispossessed us of our property.

In Part 3: I explain David Rogers Webb's conclusion that a massive financial crisis is pending in which our financial assets are the collateral underwriting the derivative and financial bubble and will result in the loss of our assets but leave us with our debts as happened to those whose banks failed in the 1930s.

Webb begins with the economic formula that the velocity of circulation of money times the money supply equals nominal Gross Domestic Product. V x MS = GDP.

The velocity of circulation is a measure of how many times a dollar is spent during a given period of time, e.g., quarterly, annually. A high velocity means people quickly spend the money that comes into their hands. A low velocity means people tend to hold on to money.

Comment: See also: The Great Dispossession: Part 1 and 2


Blinken: Even if Israel evacuates Rafah, a significant civilian population will remain and be exposed to harm

© Fatima Shbair/APPalestinians line up for a meal in Rafah, Gaza Strip • December 21, 2023
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken reiterates that the Biden administration "cannot support a major military operation in Rafah."

Blinken, at a press conference in Italy, said:
"First, there are currently somewhere around 1.4 million people in Rafah — many of them displaced from other parts of Gaza. It's imperative that people are able to get out of the way of any conflict, and doing so is a monumental task for which we have yet to see a plan. Not only getting them out of harm's way, but making sure that they can be supported with humanitarian assistance.

"Second, even if people are largely out of harm's way, inevitably there's going to remain a pretty significant civilian population in Rafah, and we believe that a major military operation with a large presence of the civilian population would have terrible consequences for that population.

"We are committed, as Israel is, to ensuring that Gaza cannot be controlled by Hamas... But in terms of major military operations in Rafah, that's something that we don't support, and we believe that the objective can be achieved by other means.

"We've been engaged in conversations at senior levels with Israel over the past couple of weeks on this, including as recently as this week."

Comment: Though White House claims it did not give Israel a green light for Rafah op, it's meddling has expanded to Iran:
The U.S. earlier on Wednesday announced new sanctions against Iran in an evident gesture seeking to end the potential escalation in the Middle East after Israel's retaliation believed to take place after the Passover.

According to the source, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have launched airstrikes at the south Gaza areas adjacent to the Egyptian border, with some believed to be used for Hamas arms trafficking.

Cairo is said to be actively seeking to prevent or at least postpone the operation. Earlier on Wednesday, the Egyptian Ministry of Information issued a warning saying the Rafah operation could endanger Israel-Egypt peace.

A ground invasion of the city that shelters Gazans displaced during the past six months is feared to cause further deterioration of the humanitarian crisis in the Strip.

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Israel's limited attack on Iran appears aimed at de-escalating conflict

© Mohammad Reza Sharif/Courtesy Images/APThe Iranian Army's tactical air base in Isfahan
Israel had vowed to make Iran pay for Tehran's unprecedented drone and missile attack on April 13.

But Israel's suspected military response early on April 19 appeared to be limited in scale and scope and aimed at de-escalating tensions with Iran.

Tehran said it shot down three quadcopter drones outside the central city of Isfahan, which is home to key military and nuclear facilities. Unnamed U.S. officials said Israel used missiles in the attack.

Experts said the use of small quadcopter drones, which are unable to travel long distances, suggests the attack was carried out from inside Iranian territory.

Israel has not claimed the attack in Isfahan. But experts said the suspected Israeli response sent a clear message to Tehran.


West fears Ukrainian front line could collapse soon - Bloomberg

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© SputnikRussians fire a 2S3 Akatsiya self-propelled howitzer towards Ukrainian positions.
Kiev's forces are struggling to hold back the Russians due to delays in foreign aid and personnel shortages. The US and the EU are concerned that Russian forces may punch through Ukrainian defensive lines in the coming weeks, people familiar with the matter have told Bloomberg. Russian troops are continuing to advance thanks to an advantage in ammunition, the agency acknowledged in an article on Thursday.

At the same time, Ukrainian forces "struggle because of delays in US and European military aid and personnel shortages." Ukraine also faces daily Russian missile, drone and bomb attacks that are knocking out key energy infrastructure and striking military positions, due to its lack of air defenses, according to Bloomberg.

Because of this, "concerns are mounting that Russia may make major gains in the coming weeks by punching through overstretched Ukrainian lines," sources in the US and Europe told the agency.

Russian forces have now reached the outskirts of Chasov Yar in the Donetsk People's Republic, a crucial town for Ukraine's defenses in the area due to its elevated position, the article continued.

Comment: Perception wont change reality. Ukraine lost this war long ago.

Bad Guys

Democrats seek to strip Secret Service protection from Trump if he's convicted

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© Alex Edelman-Pool/Getty ImagesThen President Trump enters a waiting SUV on May 16, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland. Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., has introduced a bill that would strip Secret Service protection from former President Donald Trump.
The so-called 'DISGRACE' Act directly targets Trump who is facing 91 felony charges in federal and state courts

House Democrats have introduced a bill that would strip Secret Service protection from convicted felons sentenced to prison, a move directly targeting former President Trump who is currently on criminal trial in New York City for alleged hush money payments made during the 2016 election campaign and faces several other cases which could land him behind bars.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the former chair of the now disbanded Jan. 6 congressional committee, introduced legislation that would automatically nix Secret Service protection for those who have been convicted of a federal or state felony that carries a minimum one-year prison term.

Comment: They really want Trump dead, don't they? And it looks like the Dems want to leave RFK exposed too.

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Israel: The road to Masada

Masada as seen from a drone.
© JP Worthington/VimeoMasada as seen from a drone.
The Iran attack story continues to unfold. Everybody has an opinion - but we still don't actually know what really happened. As a result, some think the attack was a victory for Iran. Others, even those on the Left, think not. Finian Cunningham calls it "lame retaliation".

The Iranians say they gave the American 72 hours' notice.

Pepe Escobar says that the Iranians and Americans met in Oman and the Iranians told the Americans their attack would be on military bases only. And...

So this is how it happened.

Burns met an Iranian delegation in Oman.

He was told the Israeli punishment was inevitable - and if the US got involved then all US bases will be attacked, and the Strait of Hormuz would be blocked.

Burns said we do nothing if no civilians are harmed. The Iranians said it will be a military base or an embassy.

The CIA said go ahead and do it.
The Americans of course deny this.

So, somebody's lying.