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Watchdog says federal government gave $5.4 billion in Covid aid to small businesses with 'questionable' Social Security numbers

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The US Treasury building in Washington, D.C., US, on Sunday, May 22, 2022.
The federal government gave $5.4 billion in Covid-19 aid to small businesses with "questionable" Social Security numbers, according to a report released by a watchdog overseeing pandemic aid.

The Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC) issued a fraud alert Monday identifying nearly 70,000 questionable Social Security numbers used to obtain pandemic aid from two programs started under then-President Donald Trump and run by the Small Business Administration, the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and the Covid-19 Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL).

PRAC's fraud alert comes as the House Oversight Committee, now led by Republican Rep. James Comer, is set to hold its first public hearing on Covid fraud on Wednesday. PRAC chair Michael Horowitz is expected to testify.

PRAC's fraud alert was first reported by The Washington Post.

Comment: The numbers and claims in the above article have to be checked carefully. In 2020 there was a campaign against Donald Trump blaming his administration for a poor Pandemic response, this from pure political reasons, from the Democrats of course.

Then, when they roll out the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), to help small businesses survive the lockdowns, a lot of money ended up in the pockets of big corporations instead of small businesses that were struggling to survive.

Who, and why was this, allowed that to happen. It must be investigated. Probably some "big elite" players wanting to mess their fingers in all this so they can destroy as many small businesses as possible, and make a serious blow to the already declining economy.

A perfect situation for the PTB to gain even more control.

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Megaphone

UK's largest mass strike in a decade: 500,000 teachers, transport staff, and civil servants walk out over pay & working conditions

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Members of the National Education Union protest over pay and working conditions during a march to the seat of parliament in Westminster, London on February 1, 2023.
Up to half a million British teachers, civil servants, and train drivers walked out over pay in the largest coordinated strike action for a decade on Wednesday, with unions threatening more disruption as the government digs its heels in over pay demands.

The mass walkouts across the country shut schools, halted most rail services, and forced the military to be put on standby to help with border checks on a day dubbed "Walkout Wednesday".

According to unions, as many as 300,000 teachers took part, the biggest group involved, as part of wider action by 500,000 people, the highest number since 2011, when civil servants walked out en masse.


Comment: Note the events of 2011 were a consequence of the financial collapse of 2008 which led to the government slashing budgets to public services and the economy as a whole began to plummet.


Comment: There has been a surge in protests and mass strikes across Europe in just the last month; France has recorded 2 days where over 1 million people have taken to the streets. However this upheaval is likely only just the beginning: France rocked by protests as 2 MILLION march against government reforms in 2nd wave of mass strikes to hit this month


For more on the dire situation over in the UK, check out The Duran's latest podcast:





Bomb

Ukrainian army maimed own civilians with banned mines - NGO

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Landmine warning sign in Russian and Ukrainian • Izium, Ukraine
The Ukrainian military injured scores of civilians when it fired thousands of illegal mines across the city of Izium last year, Human Rights Watch (HRW) has alleged. The mines, similar to those allegedly used by Ukraine against civilians in Donetsk, were found near schools and kindergartens.

The mines were fired into the city by rocket while it was occupied by Russian forces between April and September of last year, the NGO said in a report published on Tuesday. Dispersed hundreds at a time, the Soviet-era PFM mines are distinctively butterfly- or petal-shaped devices and are designed to maim rather than kill those unfortunate enough to step on them or pick them up.

The HRW team entered the city following Russia's withdrawal in mid-September and found the mines in nine locations, including a school, and kindergarten, and a hospital.

Healthcare workers said that more than 50 civilians, including at least five children, were wounded by the mines. Around half of the injuries led to amputations of the foot or lower leg. At least one death was recorded, that of an elderly man who picked up one of the devices in his yard. However, investigators could not rule out other factors in the man's death.

Comment: Indiscriminate human sacrifice, the mark of true leadership.


Stop

DeSantis' bid to root out sexually explicit content in schools attacked as book-banning scheme

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Florida Governor Ron DeSantis
Florida public schools have begun to implement a new state law to weed out sexually explicit content and other inappropriate material from classroom bookshelves, triggering accusations from the left that Gov. Ron DeSantis is banning books and threatening to jail teachers for stocking their bookshelves.

Mr. DeSantis, a Republican eyed as a potential 2024 presidential candidate, signed legislation that required schools to give parents access to an inventory of books made available in public schools. The schools are now beginning to implement the law.

Specially trained school officials must review every book they make available to students to ensure none of the material is considered pornography or is deemed otherwise inappropriate under state education laws. School districts must annually report to the state any books that parents have challenged as inappropriate.

The law responds to demands from parents for greater transparency about the kinds of books their children can access in school and follows complaints from parents' rights groups that learned some of the books available in Florida's public schools were sexually explicit and, they believe, inappropriate.

No Entry

US farmers sound alarm on single-most catastrophic thing headed for corn crops

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Corn farmers visit DC warning they could go out of business over Mexico's genetically modified corn ban...

A regulatory move within Mexico's agricultural sector has U.S. farmers concerned it will "corn-er" their corn crop production.

"Most farmers, my generation and younger, have never even used conventional corn. We're not set up to do it. We don't have the equipment to do it," Hinkel Farms' Elizabeth Hinkel told FOX Business' Madison Alworth on "Mornings with Maria" Tuesday. "So it would be a huge investment if we had to go back to growing conventional. And on top of that, our yields would be decreased."

American farmers are headed to Capitol Hill to voice concerns about Mexico's proposed ban on U.S. imports of genetically modified corn, reportedly warning the move could become the most catastrophic thing to happen to corn farmers.


Comment: Reasons abound to refuse GMO corn:


Eggs Fried

US egg shortage: Chicken keepers reporting their hens have stopped laying eggs, and the feed might be the reason

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What exactly is causing the egg shortage? Many people are reporting that there are issues with the commercial chicken feed, speculating that it has even prevented their hens from laying eggs.

The rising egg prices in America have affected millions of homes. The cost of eggs in California has risen 550% in the last month, going from roughly $1.34 a dozen to $7.37. The state blamed it on an outbreak of bird flu, but others are not so convinced. In fact, several people have come out to say that their chickens did not produce eggs for months - until they changed their feed.

One man (@urbanchickenfarmer) uploaded a video on TikTok and theorized that something must be wrong with the feed. "Something is wrong with the chicken food we're buying, seriously," he said. "My chickens have not laid an egg since July, and nothing's changed. Then I was thinking, maybe it's because my chickens getting older, or maybe it's a bad winter. But, according to a lot of people on TikTok, they're having the same exact problem. And people are saying once they switched the food, their chickens are starting to lay again."

Rainbow

Anarchy, American-Style

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The Left runs Oceania, and we work for their various bureaus.

The 1960s revolution was both anarchic and nihilist. But it was waged against — not from — the establishment. Hippies and the Left either attacked institutions or, in Timothy Leary fashion, chose to "turn on, tune in, drop out" from them.


Comment: The establishment was actually quite involved in the "1960's revolution" as well.


The current revolution is much different — and far more dangerous — for at least three reasons.

The Establishment Is the Revolution

The current Left has no intention of "dropping out." Why would it?

It now controls the very institutions of America that it once mocked and attacked — corporate boardrooms, Wall Street, state and local prosecuting attorneys, most big-city governments, the media, the Pentagon, network and most of cable news, professional sports, Hollywood, music, television, K-12 education, and academia.

In other words, the greatest levers of influence and power — money, education, entertainment, government, the news, and popular culture — are in the hands of the Left. They have transformed legitimate debate over gay marriage into a hate crime. Transgenderism went from a modern manifestation of ancient transvestism or gender dysphoria to a veritable litmus test of whether one was good or evil.

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News outlets announce they're abandoning "objectivity" because it's racist

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A relic of "white newsrooms".

Top news outlets have openly announced that they're abandoning "objectivity" because it's a racist relic of "white newsrooms".

No, this isn't a Babylon Bee story.

The decision arose from a series of interviews conducted by former executive editor for The Washington Post Leonard Downie Jr. and former CBS News President Andrew Heyward.

Comment: The world continues to get more and more Orwellian by the day.

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Pills

Representative Carter introduces bill to classify those who died of fentanyl poisoning as crime victims

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Representative Buddy Carter, a Republican from Georgia, introduced legislation that would classify Americans who died from fentanyl poisoning as crime victims, the Daily Caller first reported.

The legislation, titled the "Recognizing Victims of Illicit Fentanyl Poisoning Act," would add Americans who die from fentanyl poisoning to the list of recognized victims, which is kept by the Department of Justice's (DOJ) Office for Victims of Crime (OVC).

The bill would "amend the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 to authorize compensation for victims of illicit fentanyl poisoning, and for other purposes."

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Eye 1

Trudeau govt-funded groups demand venue shut down Jordan Peterson event

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Several groups who have received direct funding from the Canadian government under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau are demanding an Ottawa venue cancel an event featuring psychologist Dr Jordan Peterson.

A total of 36 organisations have demanded the Canadian Tire Centre in Ottawa cancel an upcoming event in which Dr Peterson is to speak as part of his North American tour to promote his latest book Beyond Order: 12 More Rules for Life.

Jaime Sadgrove, manager of communications and advocacy for the Canadian Centre for Gender and Sexual Diversity (CCGSD), told the National Post newspaper, "As we approach the one-year anniversary of the so-called 'Freedom Convoy,' the last thing we need is a spokesperson of the far-right taking centre stage in our city."

Comment: Colour us unsurprised.

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