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'I am supposed to be dead' - Trump

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The former US president has said he wants to unite the country after surviving an assassination attempt

Donald Trump has said he is lucky to be alive after being targeted by a shooter during a campaign rally in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

The suspected assailant, 20-year-old local Thomas Matthew Crooks, fired at least five rounds from an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle in the direction of the former US president, with one bullet grazing his right ear. A Trump supporter was killed and two others severely wounded in the attack, and Crooks was shot dead on site by Secret Service officers.

"I am not supposed to be here, I am supposed to be dead," Trump said in an interview with the New York Post on Sunday. The 78-year-old spoke to reporters on board his private jet, heading to Milwaukee for the Republican National Convention, where he is expected to be selected as the party's presidential nominee for November 5 election.

Comment: It is interesting to look at the ancient concept of the Mandate of Heaven in connection with the possible divine intervention which happened less than two days ago. From this article from 10 years ago:
In times of relative calm, it is easier for rulers to have the trust and a mandate from the people, but when things get tough with economic downturns, increased natural disasters and wars, the people become increasingly stressed and look to their rulers to fix things. They are, after all, the ones with the mandate to rule, which was originally a 'divine' mandate to rule and intercede with 'the gods' on behalf of humanity.

If the people were to realize that their vaunted leaders are not really in control of anything, revolts would break out and the ruling elite would be deposed. This is why we see such desperate efforts right now by that elite to cling to power. This civilization is going down the tubes real fast and it is becoming increasingly obvious that not only are the elite powerless, they are also deliberately hoarding wealth for themselves at the expense of those they were entrusted to protect and look after.
If Trump had died, then this week Nicky Haley would have been nominated to be the official candidate and would likely have gone ahead to win the November election with the blessings of the Deep State and the Military Industrial Complex. It could explain why Haley stayed in the primary campaign long after everybody else had bowed out and with her having zero chance as Trump was winning hands down everywhere, even in her own home state.

A look at that other timeline which could have been and which we narrowly escaped: Not only did Donald Trump dodge a bullet, we all collectively did, though the future is still very much uncertain.


Stormtrooper

Germany bans yet another symbol: 'Silent fox' gesture used in classrooms linked to 'far-right'

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Teachers in Germany and other countries have long considered the "silent fox" gesture, which involves posing the hand to resemble an animal with elevated ears (the little and forefinger) and a closed mouth (the middle fingers placed against the thumb), to be a good teaching tool. It signals youngsters to stop chatting and pay attention to their teacher.

The gesture, however, is "in danger of being mistaken" for the same but indistinguishable "wolf salute" used by right-wing extremists, according to Bremen officials.

When Turkish national football player Merih Demiral used the salute to celebrate scoring a goal in Turkey's round of 16 match against Austria earlier this month, it became the centre of a diplomatic and sports controversy.

Comment: This follows Germany's ban of the red inverted triangle due to its links with Hamas, and an earlier policy whereby new citizens must pledge their belief that 'Israel has a right to exist'.

It's rather telling that the German state suddenly feels compelled - and at liberty - to ban symbols whose 'controversial' nature is still up for discussion. Particularly a nation with a history such as Germany's.

And this isn't the only sign that it is readily sliding (back) into totalitarianism: Belgian police raid offices of top AfD candidates over 'Russia meddling' allegations ahead of EU-wide elections


Pistol

Local cop confronted would-be Trump assassin Thomas Matthew Crooks on roof moments before he opened fire, but failed to stop him

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© Obtained by NY PostThomas Matthew Crooks was reportedly stopped by a local cop prior to the shooting.
A local cop spotted attempted-assassin Thomas Crooks just moments before he tried to kill former president Donald Trump — but failed to stop the gunman despite the clear threat, according to a report.

After rallygoers spotted Crooks on the roof of a manufacturing plant just 130 yards from the stage where Trump was speaking just after 6 p.m. Tuesday, police were notified and one officer climbed a ladder to investigate, law enforcement officials told The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity.

The officer - whose department had been enlisted by the Secret Service to help with security — encountered Crooks, who pointed his AR-style rifle at them.



Comment: The story is conveniently told by anonymous sources. In reality it is very unlikely to have happened. A pistol is contrary to a riffel great at close ranges and on the roof, the alleged police officer would have had less than five meters to the shooter, who would first have to turn the riffel around to threaten the officer by which time the officer would have shot him.

If on the other hand he did climb down as the story goes, then why not fire his pistol to alert others of a live shooter. Such warning shots would have alerted the Secret Services and they would immediately have taken Trump away to safety.


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Attention

EU offered X secret censorship deal - Musk

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Brussels has gone after the platform over alleged "deceptive practices"

X (formerly Twitter) is facing persecution by the European Union because it rejected Brussels' demand to secretly censor opinions on the platform, its owner Elon Musk has revealed.

The EU announced on Friday that it considered X in violation of its Digital Services Act (DSA) and intended to levy massive fines against the company unless it changed its practices.

"The European Commission offered X an illegal secret deal: if we quietly censored speech without telling anyone, they would not fine us," Musk wrote in response. "The other platforms accepted that deal. X did not."

Comment: Will X exit the EU or be sold off to someone who wishes to comply?

Here are some headlines from the days when all was well from the EU perspective?
Twitter admits shadowban on Federalist co-founder's Lisa Page tweet with lame excuse: "To keep people safe"
Censoring conservatives: Rep. Gaetz files FEC complaint against Twitter over shadow bans
Gaetz's decision comes after several weeks of conservative users proving that they've been subject to "Quality Filter Discrimination" (QFD) shadowbans, as well as a "glitch" reported by VICE that excluded user's names from auto-populating search results.

During an appearance with Fox's Tucker Carlson, Gaetz announced that he had filed the FEC complaint, which "gives his political rivals an unfair advantage," reports Cassandra Fairbanks of the Gateway Pundit.
Hungary to oppose 'shadowbanning' of 'Christian, conservative, and right-wing' voices online
"Tech companies thus violate all those fundamental democratic legal norms that form the basis of Western-type culture," she accused, adding that "we could... only learn about the system-wide practice of shadow banning from a now-leaked voice recording of the Twitter CEO [Jack Dorsey].
Kim Dotcom accuses Twitter of 'shadowbanning' pro-Assange tweets: 'Deep state controls social media to control you'
"Twitter just shadowbanned my Julian Assange tweets, again. You should know that Twitter is not on your side," Dotcom tweeted, railing against the platform's murky censorship practices.

"If you want to read my free speech and that of many other censored voices you have to visit our Twitter profiles. The deep state controls social media to control you."
Twitter tells Trump that it does not 'shadowban,' then admits that it does
In response to growing outrage over the practice of "shadow banning" conservatives, as confirmed last week by the liberal publication VICE and promptly tweeted about by President Trump, Twitter issued a strange explanation to "set the record straight," where they explicitly state that they do not engage in the practice - except then they describe how they do exactly that.
"People are asking us if we shadow ban. We do not. But let's start with, "what is shadow banning?"

The best definition we found is this: deliberately making someone's content undiscoverable to everyone except the person who posted it, unbeknownst to the original poster." -Twitter
Then, Twitter reiterates they don't shadow ban - with the caveat in parentheses that you may need to go directly to the timeline of some users in order to see their tweets. (tee hee!)
What the EU would like might be something more substantial than mere shadow banning.
Von der Leyen proposes 'vaccines' for minds and a 'shield' for democracy
Italy's Meloni slams 'surreal' backroom deals for EU jobs

Considering what happened to Donald Trump, the Slovakian Robert PM Fico, and the threat against the Georgian PM, there is no telling what will happen next. Given the complacency of the majority of the EU population, the EU might well get away with restricting X, in one way or another. In other words, the window of opportunity offered to EU citizens by Elon Musk taking over Twitter may be closing. Why not make some use of it while it is still there?


Ambulance

Names of surviving victims of Trump rally shooting released

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© WPXIHelicopter airlifts shooting victims from the Trump rally in Butler, PA to a Pittsburgh hospital, July 13, 2024
Pennsylvania State Police have released information about the men who are recovering in a hospital after they were shot at the Donald Trump rally in Butler County on Saturday.

Troopers say David Dutch, 57, of New Kensington was shot at the rally. He was taken to a hospital in critical condition but has since been listed in stable condition.

James Copenhaver, 74, from Moon Township was also shot. At this time, he is listed in stable condition after he was taken to a hospital in critical condition.

Comment: The New York Post reports that a relative of Donald Trump's White House physician, Texas Rep. Ronny Jackson, was also injured in the shooting
Rep. Ronny Jackson (R-Texas) revealed that his nephew was one of the rallygoers nicked by a would-be assassin's bullet during a campaign event for former President Donald Trump in Pennsylvania on Saturday.

Jackson, who previously served as Trump's physician and chief White House medical adviser during his administration, said he and family were gathered at the Butler Farm Show grounds to hear the former president speak — before shots began to ring out.

"They heard the shots, and everybody dropped to the ground," he told Fox News' Sean Hannity later that evening.

They heard the shots," Jackson said of his nephew and sister-in-law who attended the rally in Butler, Pennsylvania. "He was grazed in the neck, a bullet crossed his neck, cut his neck and he was bleeding,".Jackson added, pointing out that the friends and family pen where they were staged was "in the line of fire."

The 45th president was nearly shot dead himself but revealed in a Truth Social post after visiting a Pittsburgh-area hospital that he "felt the bullet ripping through [his] skin," and that it "pierced the upper part of my right ear."

Another attendee was killed and two were critically injured in the shooting, US Secret Service later confirmed.

Jackson's nephew was also attended to in a triage tent after the incident.



Bad Guys

America Teeters on the Abyss

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© Doug MillsA remarkable photo captured by my former White House Press Corps colleague Doug Mills. Zoom in right above President Trump’s shoulder and you’ll see a bullet flying in the air to the right of President Trump’s head following an attempted assassination.
Well, the nightmare scenario we've predicted for a long time is slowly unraveling.

Trump was just shot at his rally in Butler, PA by a rooftop sniper, who is claimed to be an Antifa terrorist, though I haven't seen full corroboration of that yet.

The second victim now announced as deceased was a man somewhere in the stands behind Trump. An off-duty surgeon confirmed a victim in the stands was hit in the head and had 'brain matter' scattered, which points to a high powered caliber.

The shooter was seen being subsequently pulled from the roof of this building adjacent to the rally:

Comment: More fuel that was poured on the fire




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Witness spotted man with rifle 'bear crawling' on roof ahead of Trump assassination attempt

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© ABC News AustraliaSuspect identified as Thomas Matthew Crooks, 20, of Bethal Park.  FBI state Crooks "fired several shots in the former US President's direction from a rooftop" July 13, 2024
A Trump supporter saw a man with a rifle crawling on top of the roof of a building behind the campaign rally stage in Butler, Pennsylvania, where former President Donald Trump was hit by a bullet in an assassination attempt on Saturday.

According to an eyewitness, as reported to the BBC, rally-goers outside the event spotted a man "bear crawling" across the roof, carrying a rifle.

The witnesses frantically alerted law enforcement and were surprised when Mr. Trump was not immediately ushered from the stage.

"We're pointing at the guy, crawling up the roof," the witness said. "He had a rifle, you could clearly see he had a rifle. I'm thinking to myself, why is Trump still speaking? Why have they not pulled him off the stage?"

Comment: The Daily Caller adds:
Law enforcement and Secret Service were apparently on the opposite side of the roof to where the shooter was crawling, which was pitched away from their line of sight, the man said. BBC News asked what happened to the shooter, and if the man saw anything.

"Oh yeah, they blew his head off," the man replied. Following the death of the alleged shooter, Secret Service "crawled up on the roof, they had their guns pointed at him" to make sure he was dead, "and that was it, it was over."

His campaign confirmed Trump was "fine" following the incident. As he was whisked off stage by Secret Service, Trump could be seen shouting "FIGHT!" to his supporters.


Some collected interviews (00:37 to 1:58)




Cell Phone

Apple issues yet another 'spyware' iPhone warning to users in nearly 100 countries

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iPhone users last received a spyware notification just this past April. Just 3 months later, Apple sent another one.

Apple is sending out another round of spyware warnings to targeted users in 98 countries this week.

On Wednesday, numerous iPhone users reported receiving these messages and posted their experiences along with screenshots.

"Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID," reads Apple's notification, addressed to targets from a threats-notification@apple.com contact. "This attack is likely targeting you specifically because of who you are or what you do. Although it's never possible to achieve absolute certainty when detecting such attacks, Apple has high confidence in this warning — please take it seriously."

Comment: Buuut, Apple itself is not exactly squeaky-clean in these matters:


Taser

Report says explosive devices found in Trump shooter Thomas Matthew Crooks' car after failed assassination attempt at rally

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© Business TodayThe assailant has been reportedly identified as 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania.
Explosive devices were found inside the car of the gunman who attempted to assassinate former President Donald Trump during his Saturday rally in Pennsylvania, according to a report.

The car, driven by 20-year-old Thomas Matthew Crooks, was found not far from the Trump rally in Butler, Pa., sources close to the investigation into the shooting told The Wall Street Journal.

Explosive devices were reportedly found in Thomas Matthew Crooks' car after his attempt to assassinate former President Donald Trump.

Comment: Fox News adds:
There were explosives, including an IED, found inside a car driven by Thomas Matthew Crooks found parked near the scene of the Trump rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, sources confirmed to Fox News. The sources could not say how many explosives or what kind, but emphasized that more than one was found.

In Crooks' house, law enforcement found bomb-making materials, the sources told Fox News.
The sources could not immediately say whether the materials found at the home rose to the level of explosive devices, as well, at this stage of the investigation.

The Wall Street Journal first reported, citing people briefed on the investigation, that law enforcement discovered the car, driven by Crooks, parked near the rally. The Journal said authorities dispatched bomb technicians after police received multiple reports of suspicious packages near where the shooter was located.

The newspaper's sources added that investigators remained at the scene well into the night to make sure it was clear and also conducted a search of Crooks' home and spoke with his family.

Law enforcement officials told the Associated Press that bomb-making materials were found inside Crooks' vehicle and bomb-making materials were also found at his home. The two officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

Investigators believe the firearm Crooks used had been purchased by Crooks' father at least six months ago, two law enforcement officials told the AP. Federal agents were still working to understand when and how his son obtained the gun, and to gather additional information about Crooks, according to the officials.

The FBI early Sunday identified Crooks, 20, of Bethel Park, Pennsylvania, "as the subject involved in the assassination attempt of former President Donald Trump on July 13, in Butler, Pennsylvania."


The bureau said the investigation remains active and ongoing and encourages anyone with information to submit photos or videos online at fbi.gov/butler or call 1-800-CALL-FBI.

Crooks reportedly shot at Trump from a rooftop perch some 130 yards away during a rally in the small town, striking the upper part of Trump's right ear while the former president was speaking to rallygoers. It happened ahead of the Republican National Convention, which is scheduled to kick off on Monday in Milwaukee.



MIB

Another US egg-laying facility goes up in flames, 150,000 hens killed

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More than 150,000 chickens were killed when a large fire broke out at an egg-laying facility in Merced County on Sunday, according to Merced County Cal Fire officials.

At about 7:39 p.m.
Sunday, Merced County Cal Fire firefighters responded to a structure fire at the J.S. West Milling Company located in the area of Bell Drive and Dwight Way just south of the City of Livingston, according to Merced County Cal Fire Apparatus Engineer Robert Wynne.

Fire officials said the first firefighters arrived on scene to find heavy smoke and fire rapidly spreading through a roughly 50,000 square foot structure occupied by hens.

The fire rapidly developed within the structure and killing the hens, according to fire officials. Fire crews focused efforts on preventing the fire from spreading to adjacent structures. "Fire department personnel were able to protect four other structures that were exposed to the blaze," said Wynne.

Comment: The cause of the fire remains to be seen, but, whether its an industrial accident or sabotage, this unusual spike in food plant fires, alongside bird flu culls, and farms being forced out of business due to 'green' regulations, exorbitant price hikes and shortages are all but inevitable.

Tellingly, it's not just the US that is suffering these issues: