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Nancy Pelosi is once again setting up the Trump 'incitement' narrative ahead of his expected arrest

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Former US President Donald Trump
MAGA supporters tempted to protest an expected Trump arrest should be wary, especially in a major city. They might be walking into another "insurrection" trap.

Donald Trump, 45th President of the United States, is about to be arrested.

The expected Trump indictment hinges on his former lawyer Michael Cohen sending $130,000 to pornstar Stormy Daniels to prevent her from disclosing a purported 2006 affair with Trump, who has denied the allegation. Trump allegedly reimbursed Cohen with campaign funds, allegedly claiming them as "legal expenses."

Alvin Bragg responded on Saturday night to pushback ahead of the expected Trump arrest, as reported by Breanna Morello.

In part, Bragg told the members of his office:
"Please know that your safety is our top priority. We have full confidence in our outstanding security staff and investigators, along with our great OCA and NYPD colleagues, and will continue to coordinate with all of them. We do not tolerate attempts to intimidate our office or threaten the rule of law in New York."
Nancy Pelosi may no longer hold the Speaker's gavel, but she is already hammering home the point that Donald Trump is 'inciting' his supporters ahead of his expected arrest next week.


How Covid lockdowns primed the current financial crisis

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The lockdowns and the stimulus required to keep the economy alive helped drive inflation. Then the Fed jacked up interest rates. And all hell broke loose.

On Friday March 10th, 2023, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) died of Covid. Alright, it's a little more complicated than that, but Covid lockdowns followed by massive government stimulus were a critical - and massively under-acknowledged - factor in propelling the bank's demise.

At the heart of the crisis is the gigantic pile of low-interest debt that was issued during the height of the pandemic. While private-sector pandemic-era debt like corporate bonds also soared, US government debt like Treasury bonds piled up.

In a nutshell, during the pandemic the government issued enormous amounts of extremely low interest government debt — about $4.2 trillion of it. But now interest rates, including on government debt, are higher than they have been in 15 years and investors are dumping their old low-interest debt. As they dump, the resale price of the old debt goes down. The more it declines, the more investors want to dump. And thus, a panic is born.

To understand the problem fully, the question of US government debt has to be put into its larger context, which is: the pandemic response as a whole.

Comment: COVID and US/Global economies were purposely tied together...a planned double whammy evidenced in the defaulting bank disaster today. The dominoes have been set and the tipping process has commenced.


Moscow opens criminal case over Putin warrant

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The International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands
Russia's investigative committee says the ICC's top prosecutor and its judges acted "illegally"...

The International Criminal Court's (ICC) principal prosecutor and the judges who issued an arrest warrant for Russian President Vladimir Putin have become the targets of a criminal case, Russia's Investigative Committee announced on Monday.

In a Telegram post, the committee said that it had opened cases against ICC prosecutor Karim Ahmad Khan, as well as judges Tomoko Akane, Rosario Salvatore Aitala and Sergio Gerardo Ugalde Godinez.

Khan sent a petition on February 22 to the ICC Pre-Trial Chamber to obtain warrants for the arrest of Putin and Russia's commissioner for children's rights, Maria Lvova-Belova, whom he accused of being responsible for the "illegal deportation of children from Ukraine." His petition was approved by the aforementioned judges. Moscow regards the evacuation as providing the safety of civilians from territories at risk of attacks by Ukrainian troops.

Comment: The ICC is ineffective and full of deficiencies, unable to investigate or enforce its rulings:
The biggest demonstration of the ICC's impotence was its failed attempt to investigate war crimes committed by US troops in Afghanistan and Iraq, Medvedev stated.

Washington derailed the court's probe. John Bolton, the national security adviser under then-President Donald Trump, mused at the time that "for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead," so Washington will allow it to "die on its own."

Last week's decision by the ICC's Pre-Trial Chamber to go after the leader of another nuclear power that likewise refused to recognize its jurisdiction is obviously just for show, Medvedev said, adding that this will only serve to eradicate whatever trust in international institutions remains.

Nations ignore rulings that they perceive as inherently unjust and prefer to make direct agreements between each other, while "stupid decisions of the UN and other structures come apart at the seams."

Medvedev added that one could "imagine a situation" in which the building of the ICC in The Hague could be struck by a Russian hypersonic missile. "This court is just a puny international organization, not a NATO nation's people. They would not dare to start a war over it. No one would even be sorry about it."
Russia is 'unfazed' by Putin's arrest warrant:
The Russian leadership has taken note of the arrest warrant for President Vladimir Putin announced by the International Criminal Court (ICC) last week but is not worried by it, Kremlin press secretary Dmitry Peskov has said. It is just one of many attacks on Russia and its leader, he explained.
"We take notice [of such things], but if we were to take to heart every hostile action, certainly nothing good would come out of it. We are unfazed and will keep working."
The court acts on the authority of the Rome Statute, an international treaty that Russia never ratified and from which it fully withdrew in 2016. Several other major world powers, including the US, China, and India, do not recognize the ICC either. Washington infamously derailed the court's attempt to investigate war crimes allegedly committed in Iraq and Afghanistan by US troops and their allies under President Donald Trump.

The Russian government dismissed the arrest warrant as irrelevant. Former President Dmitry Medvedev, who currently serves as deputy chair of the National Security Council, called the court earlier on Monday a "puny international organization."


Japanese officials urge government to tell the truth about 210,000 excess deaths following vaccine mandates - highest number since WWII

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The Government of Japan is urged to tell the truth about the huge number of vaccine injuries and excess deaths during a hearing.

Japanese lawmaker Mr. Yanagase Hirofumi, a Japanese politician who is a member of the House of Councillors of Japan, accused the Japanese government of covering up COVID-19 mRNA vaccine injuries and deaths.

Below is the transcript of Mr. Hirofumi's speech:
"The number of deaths in Japan has been on the rise continuously. As you can see from this panel, the dramatic increase in the number of deaths is quite obvious. Last year, the number of deaths in 2022, exceeded 1.58 million, the highest number since World War II.
Compared to 2021, the number of deaths has increased by more than 140,000.

Compared to 2020, the number of deaths has increased by a staggering number of 210,000.
Covid didn't cause so many more deaths. There must be factors (like vaccines). I wonder how the government is analyzing this problem?


Trump indictment delayed, "surprise witness" to testify on Monday

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Former US President Donald Trump addresses the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC).
According to Business Insider sources, a possible Trump indictment is on hold until a final "surprise witness" can testify before the Grand Jury on Monday.

Here's the report from Business Insider:
Not so fast. A New York grand jury will hear a final surprise witness on Monday and won't vote on Trump indictment until it's over.

"There is one more witness," a source with knowledge of the investigation told Insider on Saturday night. The source spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to divulge details of the grand jury proceedings.

The source declined to identify the witness, whose testimony will cap a two-month grand jury presentation by prosecutors under District Attorney Alvin Bragg.

A separate source, who also spoke on condition of anonymity, told Insider that the witness is not Allen Weisselberg, Trump's former CFO, who is serving a five-month sentence for admittedly masterminding a payroll tax-dodge scheme at the Trump Organization.

Comment: 'This is a flawed case': Legal expert pours cold water on NY DA's rumored plan to indict Trump as he explains why prosecution would likely fail


Saudi king invites Iranian president to Riyadh - official

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King Salman of Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia's King Salman has invited Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi to a meeting in Riyadh, Raisi's deputy chief of staff said on Sunday. Planning is also underway for a meeting between the two countries' foreign ministers, after a Chinese-mediated deal restored diplomatic relations following a seven-year rift.

Salman extended the invitation in a letter to Raisi, Deputy Chief of Staff Mohammad Jamshidi wrote on Twitter on Sunday. "Welcoming this invitation, the president emphasized Iran's readiness to strengthen cooperation," Jamshidi added. In a follow-up tweet in English, Jamshidi stated that Salman referred to Saudi Arabia and Iran as "brotherly countries" in his letter.

Saudi Arabia and Iran announced last week that they would restore diplomatic ties and commit to "non-interference" in each other's internal affairs, in a landmark deal brokered by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Preparations have been underway to reopen embassies in Riyadh and Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian told Tehran's state media on Sunday.


Operation Babylift and the hypocrisy of the International Criminal Court

Compare Putin's supposed abduction of Ukrainian children to an organized mass kidnapping of Vietnamese children.
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In the "collective West," hypocrisy rules the narrative, most recently in regard to the ICC and the "kidnapped" children of Ukraine.

In America, the scurrilous neocon and warmonger propagandist Max Boot weighed in on the meaningless and unenforcible decision to arrest President Putin. Boot's argument is delusional, but then neocons thrive on lies and delusions.

Propaganda, pure and simple. Boot is an accessory to mass murder, having advocated the invasion of Iraq, the slaughter of over a million Iraqis, and the engineered destruction of their country.


Ellen Brown: The Looming Quadrillion Dollar Derivatives Tsunami

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On Friday, March 10, Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) collapsed and was taken over by federal regulators. SVB was the 16th largest bank in the country and its bankruptcy was the second largest in U.S. history, following Washington Mutual in 2008. Despite its size, SVB was not a "systemically important financial institution" (SIFI) as defined in the Dodd-Frank Act, which requires insolvent SIFIs to "bail in" the money of their creditors to recapitalize themselves.

Technically, the cutoff for SIFIs is $250 billion in assets. However, the reason they are called "systemically important" is not their asset size but the fact that their failure could bring down the whole financial system. That designation comes chiefly from their exposure to derivatives, the global casino that is so highly interconnected that it is a "house of cards." Pull out one card and the whole house collapses. SVB held $27.7 billion in derivatives, no small sum, but it is only .05% of the $55,387 billion ($55.387 trillion) held by JPMorgan, the largest U.S. derivatives bank.

SVB could be the canary in the coal mine foreshadowing the fate of other over-extended banks, but its collapse is not the sort of "systemic risk" predicted to trigger "contagion." As reported by CNN:


Hunter Biden files countersuit against laptop repairman John Paul Mac Isaac, alleging privacy violations

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John Paul Mac Isaac, owner of the Delaware computer repair shop Hunter Biden abandoned his laptop at in 2019.
The president's son claims that repair shop owner John Paul Mac Issac illicitly distributed his personal data.

Hunter Biden has filed a countersuit against John Paul Mac Isaac, the computer repair shop owner who turned a laptop belonging to the president's son over to authorities and members of the press.

The lawsuit claims that Isaac illicitly distributed Hunter Biden's personal data and accuses him of six counts of invasion of privacy.

Comment: See also:


China, Russia 'deploying space weapons to attack US satellites', Space Force chief claims following $3.7 billion budget increase

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U.S. Space Force Gen. B. Chance Saltzman, Chief of Space Operations, speaks during a hearing of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces to examine United States Space Force programs in review of the Fiscal Year 2024 Defense Authorization Request, Tuesday, March 14, 2023, in Washington.
China's military has deployed 347 satellites, including 35 launched in the past six months, to target U.S. forces in a future conflict, the commander of the Space Force told a Senate hearing on Tuesday.

Space Force Gen. B. Chance Saltzman said Russia is also testing and deploying orbital anti-satellite weapons, extensive cyber capabilities and land-based anti-satellite missiles, electronic jammers and lasers.

China's more advanced space warfare weapons pose "the most immediate threat" to attacks in space, while less-capable Russian space assets also pose "an acute threat" of attacks or disruptions on U.S. satellites.

Comment: Is this rhetoric part of the pivot from the West's war against Russia in Ukraine, to the obvious new front against China?

Comment: OK, so the chief's performance was, at least in part, to justify draining the taxpayer of even more US funny money?

Much of the above probably reveals more about what the US is up to - as well as its pathological paranoia - but it's also reasonable to suppose that Russia and China have been working diligently to counter any possible US offensive; that's in addition, and probably secondary, to them becoming world leaders in space innovation and exploration: See also: Watch Russian military put another top secret "inspection" satellite into orbit