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Not at all suspicious: Thousands of priceless historical documents have disappeared from Israeli state archive

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© Ron Frenkel / Israeli Government Press Office
Prime minister Golda Meir and defense minister Moshe Dayan meeting with troops on the Golan Heights, on November 21, 1973.
The missing files are thought to go back to at least 1933, 15 years before the state of Israel was established, and to include information on everything from assassinations and military operations to investigations into alleged corruption by senior politicians.

Some 9,689 files, many on sensitive historical subjects, have vanished from the Israel State Archives, and authorities aren't sure where they've gone, Israeli investigative journalism collective The Seventh Eye has reported, citing a freedom of information request filed by Hatzlacha, a local non-profit, for the list of missing documents.

The files in question go back at least to 1933 and the killing of Zionist leader Haim Arlosoroff in what was then the British Mandate for Palestine. Arlosoroff was assassinated in Tel Aviv on 16 June 1933, just 48 hours after returning from Nazi Germany, where he negotiated the Ha'avara Agreement, which allowed tens of thousands of German Jews to escape Hitler's Germany and resettle in Palestine, and take roughly $100 million in assets with them. Arlosoroff's death remains a mystery to this day, with a fascist activist group, Nazi and Soviet intelligence services, and others blamed for the murder.

Mr. Potato

Facepalm: Biden claims that 'unlike' the Black community, 'the Latino community ... is incredibly diverse'

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© Reuters / Jonathan Ernst
Joe Biden
Former Vice President Joe Biden said that the Latino community is typically far more diverse than the black community during an interview that aired Thursday.

The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee spoke at the 2020 National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) and National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) Joint Virtual Convention. The virtual convention saw four different reporters ask Biden questions, many of which were focused around black and Latino communities.

Lulu Garcia-Navarro, co-host of NPR's Weekend Edition, asked Biden midway through the interview about re-engaging with Cuba. Biden replied that he would absolutely engage before saying that the Latino community is "incredibly diverse" - unlike, according to him, much of the black community.

Comment: Biden's team, in another scramble to cover their puppet's latest gaffe, issued a statement purporting to be by Biden himself. It's too coherent to be from him:


Social media was all over it:


Others tried to reinterpret the statement, but still ended up with a racist generalization


which didn't go so well


Twitter user Fool Nelson served up a reminder of Biden's premier foot-in-mouth moment:




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Listen up, Pentagon! Russia warns it will see ANY incoming missile as nuclear - and respond accordingly

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Russia will perceive any ballistic missile launched at its territory as a nuclear attack that warrants a nuclear retaliation, the military warned in an article published Friday.

The harsh warning in the official military newspaper Krasnaya Zvezda (Red Star) is directed at the United States, which has worked to develop long-range non-nuclear weapons.

The article follows the publication in June of Russia's nuclear deterrent policy that envisages the use of atomic weapons in response to what could be a conventional strike targeting the nation's critical government and military infrastructure.

In the Krasnaya Zvezda article, senior officers of the Russian military's General Staff, Maj.-Gen. Andrei Sterlin and Col. Alexander Khryapin, noted that there will be no way to determine if an incoming ballistic missile is fitted with a nuclear or a conventional warhead, and so the military will see it as a nuclear attack.

Comment: The Russian government and military are deadly serious about responding to attack from Washington, but would like to prevent such an eventuality from occurring to begin with. Will the crazies in the sub-basements of the Pentagon and NATO offices around the world actually listen?

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Pills

President Trump says rich and powerful enemies are after him, 'This may be the last time you'll see me for a while'

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President Donald Trump gave a dire warning during a speech about an executive order on prescription drugs that has many scratching their heads.

The president signed the order on Thursday which directed some federal agencies to prioritize purchasing some drugs and medical supplies that are made in the United States, CNN reported.

But it was a comment that president made about having rich and powerful enemies and saying he might disappear "for a while" that got the attention of many.

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Info

Trump defends wishing Ghislaine Maxwell "good luck" in prison

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President Trump referred repeatedly during an "Axios on HBO" interview to Jeffrey Epstein's death in prison custody, citing it when asked about his prior comments wishing Ghislaine Maxwell good luck in the criminal justice system.

Why it matters: Maxwell has been charged with multiple counts of allegedly helping Epstein sexually abuse minor girls. She was arrested in New Hampshire in early July.

Info

Trump promises to 'act under my authority' if congress won't pass economic stimulus bill

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© REUTERS / Joshua Roberts
US President Donald Trump has vowed to use his executive powers to get an economic stimulus bill into legislation if congressional Democrats and Republicans fail to reach an agreement in the near future.

Speaking from Bedminster, New Jersey, on Friday, Trump remarked that Democrats in Congress are holding up federal economic relief with "radical left-wing" demands.

"If Democrats continue to hold this critical relief hostage, I will act under my authority as president to get Americans the relief they need," he said.

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Trump: John Durham has uncovered 'breathtaking' evidence of spying

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U.S. Attorney John Durham has uncovered "breathtaking" evidence about "corrupt" origins of the Russia investigation, according to President Trump.

He told Fox Business host Lou Dobbs on Tuesday that he believes that the federal prosecutor is conducting a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation that will show members of the Obama administration maliciously targeted him and his campaign.

"We caught them spying. Now it's up to our attorney general. As you know, I wanted them to do it. I didn't want to get overly involved. Maybe I should, maybe I shouldn't, but I do hear it's breathtaking what they've found," Trump said. "That's all I can say, breathtaking."

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Vader

Irish govt announces 'first of many' regional lockdowns as 'dozens' of Covid-19 cases reported


Comment: And yes, by 'lockdown', they mean house imprisonment every bit as stringent as what the whole country went through from March to May. Which means many more unnecessary deaths to come...


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Irish police issue govt orders at checkpoints: 'Stay home, stop living, watch TV'.
More lockdowns of counties will be rolled out across the country in a bid to stamp out clusters of Covid-19 at their source.

Gardaí [police] are to mount checkpoints in Kildare, Offaly and Laois for the next two weeks in an attempt to keep 385,000 residents in effective lockdown.

Non-essential travel to and from the counties is now banned, while restaurants, pubs and other industries have been told they must close their doors.

The move was met with a backlash from some business representatives, who described it as a "knee-jerk reaction" that would cost jobs.

Comment: All this for a grand total of "1,768 Covid19-related deaths in Ireland."

Over 6 months.

It looks like the One World Govt - especially in the anglosphere - isn't relinquishing its deathly grip on western populations any time soon. 'Liberal' fascism is here to stay.


Bomb

'Possibility of external interference': Lebanon's president expands blast probe, Hezbollah denies presence of weapons depot

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© AFP
Lebanon's President Michel Aoun (C) wears a protective face mask as he visits the site of a massive explosion the previous day in the heart of the Lebanese Beirut on August 5, 2020.
Lebanon's president said on Friday an investigation into the biggest blast in Beirut's history would examine whether "external interference" had a role, as residents tried to rebuild their shattered lives and homes after the explosion.

The search for those missing intensified, as rescuers sifted rubble in a race to find anyone still alive after Tuesday's explosion that killed 154, smashed up a swathe of the city and sent shockwaves around the region.

"The cause has not been determined yet. There is a possibility of external interference through a rocket or bomb or other act," President Michel Aoun said in comments carried by local media and confirmed by his office.

He said it would also consider whether it was a result of negligence or an accident. He previously blamed negligence in the storage of highly explosive material for years at the port.

The United States has previously said it has not ruled out an attack. Israel, which has fought several wars with Lebanon, has also previously denied it had any role.

Comment: Hezbollah leader Nasrallah has denied accusations that the port was being used to store Hezbollah arms:
"I absolutely deny that we have any weapons warehouse [at the port]," he said, adding that broader claims that Hezbollah runs Beirut's ports "are lies."

"We have nothing in the port: not an arms depot, nor a missile depot nor missiles nor rifles nor bombs nor bullets nor ammonium nitrate," he said, adding that any investigation will confirm this.

Nasrallah pointed out that Hezbollah members were among those killed and injured in the blast, and stressed that only an impartial investigation will reveal the truth about what happened. He emphasized that the investigation must be transparent and thorough, that "nobody should be protected," and that those responsible must be held to account.

Nasrallah suggested that the military, as an institution trusted by all sectors of society, should be allowed to conduct the investigation into the blast if the country's political forces agree. Alternatively, he said, a mixed committee including the army and other forces can be formed.
Another video of the explosions has come to our attention. It shows both the fire, then the first explosion, followed about 20 seconds later by the major blast. Curiously, you hear the sound of what seem to be jet engines just before the first explosion.


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2 + 2 = 4

Sally Yates: DOJ watchdog findings would have stopped me from signing Carter Page FISA warrants

James Clapper and Sally Yates
© AP Photo/ Pablo Martinez Monsivais
A former top Justice Department official admitted she would not have signed off on two Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act applications targeting Trump campaign associate Carter Page if she knew then what she knows now.

Sally Yates, the deputy attorney general under President Barack Obama who briefly served as acting attorney general during the first 10 days of Trump's presidency, appeared before the Senate Judiciary Committee via video link on Wednesday as part of its investigation into the origins of the FBI's counterintelligence inquiry into the Trump campaign's ties to Russia.

Yates said that DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz unearthed a host of glaring problems with the process of obtaining warrants to wiretap Page and said that she would not have approved the first application in October 2016 or the first renewal in January 2017 if these issues had been disclosed at the time.

"I wouldn't sign anything that I knew to contain errors or omissions," she told Chairman Lindsey Graham during his line of questioning.

Comment: With Russiagate all but blown wide open as the hoax it really was, there's nothing left but to plead ignorance - all just a big mistake, you see!

Yates also slammed Comey, saying the interview with General Flynn was conducted without her authorization - she conceded that he had indeed "gone rogue". She was also allegedly angry that the FBI agents hadn't informed Flynn that they were in possession of his conversations with then-Ambassador Kislyak.