Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8.44

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Rev 3.9

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2.9

"But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come." Matthew 3:7

For you, brothers and sisters, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea, for you suffered the same things from your own compatriots as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets, and drove us out; they displease God and oppose everyone by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles so that they may be saved. Thus they have constantly been filling up the measure of their sins; but God’s wrath has overtaken them at last. - Thessalonians 2:14-16

GOD cursed the Satanic Jews out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus arrived and focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth... still is today.

The Nomadic Turks (ashkeNAZIS) have been behind all the Evil in the world since Cain's children... using their News Networks to create the News, and set the stage, to blame their opponents, for everything evil they do, across the globe.



Jewish Communist Dictum:- "Accuse the enemy of those crimes you are guilty of"

1.PROBLEM 2.REACTION 3.SOLUTION.

The Elite Jews create the illness, then sell the Cure. They create Chaos & Terrorism, then sell the solution... for more control and power.

Islam and Christianity have become servants of the Jews. Acting as physical and spiritual cattle for the Jews to harvest in building their Global Satanic Kingdom.

If I converted to Buddhism, does that make me Chinese? If I converted to Hinduism, does that make me Indian? When Khazarians (Turks) converted to Judaism in 740 BC and stole the true Semite Israelite Aegean identity, did that make the counterfeit Jews Hebrew? Well, the Jew World Order seems to think so. They crucified Jesus Christ for exposing them.

The invention of the Muslim Terrorist by our Jewish Governments... to keep us in fear, and to justify raping the World, and slaughtering billions of innocent families in every country for power and control...for their 2 horned God Lucifer... which the Jews named him "Morning Star."

Every Religion Church and Mosque has been infiltrated by the Jews. How do you know? ... if your Church has not discussed the below phrases by Christ... then it has been compromised.

Famous People talking about the Jews

Famous People talking about the Jews

Israel is a person not land

Israel is a person not land

Jacob was renamed Israel. The descendants of Jacob are known as Israelites. Israel is a person not a land.
The term Israelite is the English name for the descendants of the biblical patriarch Jacob in ancient times, which is derived from the Greek Ἰσραηλῖται,[34] which was used to translate the Biblical Hebrew term b’nei yisrael, יִשְׂרָאֵל as either “sons of Israel” or “children of Israel”.[35]
The name Israel first appears in the Hebrew Bible in Genesis 32:29. It refers to the renaming of Jacob, who, according to the Bible, wrestled with an angel, who gave him a blessing and renamed him Israel because he had “striven with God and with men, and have prevailed”.

GOD cursed the Satanic Edomites out of Jerusalem for life. Jesus focused on Jerusalem because it was the most unholy, evil, place on earth… still is today.

Marlon Brando a great and righteous actor made the statement. ” the only movie never made in Hollywood is the true story of the Jews” .

“For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, nor is circumcision that which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly; and circumcision is that which is of the heart, by the Spirit, not by the letter; and his praise is not from men, but from God.” – Romans 2:28-29

“I know thy works, and tribulation, and poverty, (but thou art rich) and I know the blasphemy of them which say they are Jews, and are not, but are the synagogue of Satan.” Rev. 2.9

“I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars—I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you.” Rev 3.9

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it. – John 8.44

https://jewishnews.timesofisrael.com/report-finds-ashkinazi-jews-descended-from-turks/

Extreme Fraud At NOAA And NASA

Detailing the mechanism US Government agencies use to convince the public that a cooling country is actually a warming country.

Australia Bankrolls $68M Fiji Airport, Amid Pacific Competition With Beijing

Australia will provide $68 million to Fiji to assist with airport upgrades amid a wider influence push into the South Pacific region against Beijing’s encroaching hegemony.

The government-backed Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP) will partner with ANZ Bank to support infrastructure upgrades to increase passenger capacity at Nadi International Airport to help the nation recover from COVID.

Zed Seselja, minister for the Pacific, said Australia was committed to supporting the South Pacific with “high-quality, affordable” infrastructure projects.

“This project is a great example of why Australia established the AIFFP,” Seselja said in a statement to The Epoch Times.

“Australia’s loan and guarantee package will enable Fiji Airports to continue development during COVID-19, preparing for the reopening of Fiji’s international border.”

ANZ Bank CEO Shayne Elliott said, “ANZ plays an important role connecting customers to the growing trade and investment opportunities across the region.”

“Investing in infrastructure that puts Fiji in a position to quickly scale up capacity once international travel resumes is critical to driving future growth,” he said in a statement (pdf).

The airport funding will be the fourth project supported by the AIFFP, which comes under the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. So far, the body has bankrolled five projects in the region, including a solar farm in Papua New Guinea, an undersea cable for Palau, and a hydro-power system in the Solomon Islands.

Announced and established in 2018 under Prime Minister Scott Morrison, the AIFFP is part of the wider Pacific Step-up, which was established amid concerns Beijing was building influence in the South Pacific region via low-cost lending to island nations.

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People gather at the airport three times a week to welcome and farewell passengers from Suva, Fiji, on August 15, 2018, in Funafuti, Tuvalu. (Fiona Goodall/Getty Images for Lumix)

The latest announcement comes following revelations in July that the government and telecommunications giant Telstra, were working together on a potential bid to buy the mobile networks of Digicel—a global telco with interests mainly in the Pacific and Caribbean region.

Experts told The Epoch Times that despite the deal not being commercially viable, the government was still keen to bankroll a potential acquisition of the company to ward off any potential bid from Beijing.

The South Pacific region has been the centre of a tug-o-war between democratic allies and Beijing. The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has used initiatives such as the Belt and Road Initiative, vaccine donations, and diplomatic influence to gain support from Pacific Island leaders.

The response from Pacific nations has varied, with some nations embracing ties with Beijing and others outright rejecting it.

Over the weekend, Samoa’s new Prime Minister Fiame Naomi Mata’afa stood by a pledge to scrap a US$100 million BRI port development near the nation’s capital.

Her stance was a major shift from Samoa’s incumbent leader Tuilaepa Sailele Malielegaoi, who, for most of his two-decade-long rule, has maintained close ties with the CCP.

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4 Killed in Helicopter Crash in Remote California Region

COLUSA, Calif.—Four people aboard a helicopter were killed when it crashed Sunday in a remote area of Northern California, the Colusa County Sheriff’s Department said.

The department confirmed the deaths to the KXTV station. The four people died at the scene, said the department, which did not release their identities.

The Robinson R66 crashed around 1:15 p.m. in Colusa County north of Sacramento, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement.

“Preliminary reports indicate four people were on board,” the statement said.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board will investigate.

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Obama throwing ‘big’ 60th birthday party at Martha’s Vineyard mansion as Biden rules out attending

Former US president Barack Obama is gearing up to celebrate his 60th birthday in style, with hundreds of guests reportedly invited to a mansion he owns on an island in Massachusetts, despite ongoing concerns over large events during the coronavirus pandemic.

Mr Obama has confirmed 475 guests, including friends, family, former aides and several celebrities, according to a source cited by news website Axios.

This does not include the 200-plus staff who will be working to manage the party on Martha’s Vineyard island, the source said.

Mr Obama purchased the 7,000-foot mansion set on nearly 30 acres for approximately $11.75 million in 2019.

Guests will have to be tested for Covid-19, although there were no specific details on how this would be carried out in US media reports.

“It’s going to be big,” one source told The Hill.

News of the party comes as there is rising concern – both nationally and locally – over the rising number of Delta variant coronavirus cases in the country.

The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised its mask-wearing guidelines and pointed to new data in an internal document last week that said the Delta variant spreads as quickly as chickenpox, even among those vaccinated.

Several breakthrough cases in Provincetown, Massachusetts – near Martha’s Vineyard – had been reported after the 4 July holidays, pointing to the risk of the virus spreading through vaccinated people.

“If you’re talking about a small party like I might have at my house for six or eight people who are all fully vaccinated, I do not believe, at this point, we need to put masks on to be next to each other,” Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN on Sunday.

“But if there were 100 people… and of course, how are you really going to be sure about people’s vaccination status?” he added.

Mr Obama is not a stranger to larger-than-life celebrations for landmark events, including birthdays. He invited rapper-tycoon Jay-Z, musician Stevie Wonder and veteran Hollywood actor Tom Hanks when he turned 50 at the White House in 2011.

Mr Obama will turn 60 on 4 August. Several A-listers will reportedly be attending his birthday celebration this time as well.

Guests including two-time Oscar winning actor George Clooney and celebrity talk show host Oprah Winfrey have received invites, according to several reports, while rock band Pearl Jam has reportedly been hired to perform at the event.

Current president Joe Biden will not be among those attending the celebration, however, a White House spokesperson told Axios. The spokesperson said he would otherwise catch up with the Obamas “soon”.

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Europe’s silence over Stanislav Tomas clouds Roma Holocaust Memorial Day 2021 | View

This year’s remembrance of the extermination of Roma in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1944 is given added poignancy by the recent death of Roma man Stanislav Tomas after an incident involving the Czech police.

Monday, August 2 is Roma Holocaust Memorial Day.

Stanislav was an EU and Czech citizen, former army soldier, worker and a family man whose life was mired in the humiliation and vices of poverty. The brutality of his death, and the state’s response, exemplifies the long-suffering of Europe’s Roma, which peaked in the WWII genocide and continues in various forms through to today.

The silence of our political leaders in Europe to his death stood in contrast to the vocal statements that surrounded the death of George Floyd, in Minneapolis, last year.

For example, Chancellor Angela Merkel, who was awarded the European Civil Rights Prize of the Sinti and Roma earlier this year, condemned the US police involved in the murder of George Floyd but remained silent on the death of one of Europe’s own minority citizens in the case of Tomas.

The same approach was taken by the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the EU’s foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell.

In reaction to Floyd death’s the European Parliament adopted a resolution. Yet, in the case of Tomas, no party group leader in the European Parliament has made a statement, let alone push for a resolution.

The Council of Europe’s Secretary-General, Marija Pejčinović Burić — who took a stand on Stanislav’s death — has been a noble and yet exceptional example among the European leadership.

What can explain this apparent silence?

An anonymous spokesperson of the European Commission gave a bureaucratic justification that they cannot comment on ongoing judicial procedures and investigations in EU member states. It is absurd that EU political leaders can take a stand about a US citizen while the justice process was still ongoing, and not make them about EU citizens they claim to represent.

So, what other reasons could be behind it?

Ignorance? Not quite. The international media covered this story surprisingly well. Compared to the death of Miroslav Demeter five years ago, which was largely invisible in the media, the story of Stanislav Tomas garnered widespread media coverage.

The Roma-organised protests in the Czech Republic and in front of the Czech embassies in Austria, Germany, Serbia, Romania, Hungary, North Macedonia, Kosovo and Albania also generated attention.

The European Parliament’s antiracism intergroup as well as the trans-European campaign Proud Roma, Free Europe addressed the EU leadership asking for their support in claims justice for Stanislav.

Perhaps this silence was born from a lack of geostrategic stakes? The EU had a clear geostrategic interest to speak up on George Floyd, in the context of the US elections. The last US presidential election provided an important stage to proclaim the EU values of equality and anti-racism. However, proclamations are one thing and deeds another. Russia despite their lack of regard for human rights- seized this opportunity and spoke out on the death, putting the EU, which had gained some upper hand vis-à-vis the US, in an embarrassing position of self-inflicted harm.

Could October’s parliamentary elections in the Czech Republic explain the silence? Two days after Stanislav’s death, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš gave his full backing to the police and stated they had acted entirely correctly. In a wider milieu, he also refused to join 18 other EU member states in disapproving Hungary’s anti-LGBT legislation as a sign of support to his anti-EU ally, Viktor Orban. Such signals might restrain the EU leaders worrying that a high-profile condemnation might provoke Babiš into an anti-EU attack a la Viktor Orban, especially as his EU funds corruption scandal seems to be a challenge he faces three months before the autumn elections.

Maybe all, one or none of these reasons can explain the silence, but its consequences are both dangerous for Roma and damaging for the EU. At home, it is hard to believe the EU’s anti-racism policies can ever make a difference if the EU leaders remain quiet even in such an extreme case like this one. This discourages pro-European forces and motivates the far-right and its deeper infiltration among the police forces. Whatever the rationale for their silence may be, Europe’s leaders are setting a dangerous precedent and undermining the EU’s credibility at home and abroad. In the EU foreign policy realm, this silence is a good example for Russia and any other EU’s challenger to showcase the EU’s duplicity.

In a bigger picture, at least on August 2, Roma genocide commemorations offer an opportunity to reflect beyond the daily calculus of politics and pose a question about what has enabled the genocide: resistance or silence? The EU leadership’s rightful standing up on George Floyd and wrongful standing down on Stanislav Tomas gives a demoralizingly ambivalent response.

For us, 12 million Roma in Europe — and more than 20 million across the globe — the remembrance of our ancestors killed in the gas chambers of Auschwitz-Birkenau. That obliges our struggle despite the silence of the EU leaders that reminds us of Dr Martin Luther King’s words: “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.”

Zeljko Jovanovic is the director of the Open Society Roma Initiatives Office.

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Today at the Olympics: Dutch runner falls and wins

World champion Sifan Hassan has made an incredible recovery from a fall at the final bell to win her 1,500-meter heat at the Olympics on Monday.

Hassan picked herself up after getting in a tangle with Kenyan runner Edinah Jebitok at the start of the last lap. She sped around the outside of the pack on the back straight and ended up crossing the line first in 4 minutes, 5.17 seconds to qualify for the semifinals.

It kept alive the Dutch runner’s bid for a rare distance-running treble at the Tokyo Games.

Hassan has qualified to run in the 5,000-meter final later Monday at the Olympic Stadium, when the energy she expended on that last-lap scramble in the 1,500 heats might catch up with her.

She’s expected to battle with two-time world champion Hellen Obiri of Kenya for the 5,000 gold.

Here is what else is happening today:

Greece’s big leap to Gold

Miltiadis Tentoglou of Greece has edged Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria for the men’s long jump gold medal with a winning jump on the last attempt.

Tentoglou’s 8.41 meters in the last round equalled Echevarria’s best mark but he won on a countback because he had the better of the next-best jumps.

Echevarria, jumping last, lost rhythm in his run-up and stopped before the board, kneeled on the ground and hit the runway with his hands.

Puerto Rico sets hurdles record

Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico has won gold in the women’s 100-meter hurdles, powering ahead of American Keni Harrison.

That kept the United States out of the win column at the Olympic track meet for yet another session.

Camacho-Quinn finished in 12.37 seconds for a .15 second win over the world-record holder, Harrison. Jamaica’s Megan Tapper finished third.

Puerto Rico, a US territory that competes under its own flag at the Olympics, has one more track gold medal than the deepest team at the Games, as the meet approaches its halfway point.

Women Beach Volleyball: US advance to quarterfinals

April Ross and Alix Klineman have advanced to the quarterfinals of the Olympic beach volleyball tournament.

The American “A-Team” beat Cuba 21-17, 21-15 on Monday. The win came a day after two other U.S. teams were ousted in the first knockout round.

After taking the first set, Ross and Klineman lost the first four points in the second. Cuba’s Lidy Echeverria and Leila Martinez led 9-7 when Echeverria was slow to get up after a collision at the net. The Americans took the point, and went on to win the second set as well.

Indonesia upsets China in badminton doubles

Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia have upset China’s Chen Qing Chen and Jia Yi Fan, 2-0, for gold in women’s doubles badminton.

The unseeded Indonesians won the first game 21-19 and the second 21-15 against an overwhelmingly favoured Chinese team.

Emotions ran high in the match, with both teams screaming after won points and several times disputing their opponent’s requests to change shuttles. At one point, Polii ran off the court after breaking her racket, got a new one, and joined the point in progress. Indonesia won the point.

The match extends Chinese struggles in women’s doubles, after years of domination. The Chinese team lost at the 2016 Rio Games to a Japanese pair. Before that, China had won a remarkable five straight golds.

Earlier Monday, Kim So-yeong and Kong Hee-yong won the bronze medal in women’s doubles, beating countrywomen Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan, 2-0.

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Resisting Nuclear Weapons in a Climate Crisis

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Author filing an appeal to his criminal conviction at the court in Cochem, Germany. Photo by Christiane Danowski

On July 21, I was walking in the forests surrounding the German Air Force Base at Büchel in the Eifel Mountains with three Catholic Worker friends, Susan van der Hijden of Amsterdam, Netherlands, Susan Crane of Redwood City, California, and Christiane Danowski of Dortmund, Germany. We were there at the end of an “International Week” of protests against the approximately 20 US nuclear gravity bombs known as B61s kept at the base in a “nuclear sharing” agreement with the United States.

In previous days we had visited the entrance gates to the base with our signs and banners and two days before we participated in a “Digging for Life” action outside the fences, near the other end of the runway, where the German pilots liftoff and land their Italian made PA200 Tornado jet fighters, daily training to drop US nuclear bombs on Russia when the order is given. This day we hiked to the other, less accessible, end of the runway, through a forest of dead and dying trees decimated by recent years of drought, unprecedented heat and a massive bark beetle infestation affected by climate change.

In the clearing near where the runway begins, we noticed a couple of “spotters,” hobbyists who got there before us looking to get dramatic photos of the jets taking off. In their company, while we were scouting and imagining potential future protests at the site, we also knew that some action was imminent.

Beyond the fence that marked the boundary of the base from the forest, there was a high berm of earth that shielded the nearby Tornados warming up their engines for takeoff from our view. We could not see, but we heard the purr of their engines turn to a roar and we felt the earth shake and we saw and then smelled a wall- acrid and black, a stinking miasma of burnt and unburned jet fuel- rising above the berm and over our heads before the jets screamed off away from us to take to the air to rehearse for the end of everything.

Not far from where these Tornado jets were spewing out more than 13 tons of CO2 per flight hour into the atmosphere, cities and towns in the river valleys were cleaning up from recent rains and floods that left more than 177 dead and hundreds more still missing at the time- in some places the rivers rose to the highest in over 100 years, possibly higher than any seen in the last 1,000 years.

Participation in the annual “International Week” in the COVID pandemic was already hampered by the fact that it was held just days after Germany opened its borders to vaccinated visitors from places like the US, and by July 15, the day after my own arrival by air, many railroads and highways were closed by rising water. We heard harrowing travel stories from those few who were able to join us from various points in Germany. Our numbers were much less than expected and the catastrophe of the floods called us to reassess our plans for the week.

We had planned to have enough people to nonviolently blockade the various gates of the base on Friday July 16th, marking the 76th anniversary of the first atomic bomb detonation at Alamogordo, New Mexico in 1945, and the 42nd anniversary of the 1979 uranium mine waste spill at Church Rock, New Mexico — the largest accidental release of radioactive materials in US history. We recognized that even with our reduced numbers, such an act of civil resistance would distract police from search and rescue work that many of them were doing in flooded places in the region. Members of our group met with local police and the commander of the base to inform them that instead of a blockade there would be a simple quiet vigil with signs and prayers outside the main gate on July 16, the planned “Digging for Life” action scheduled for three days later would go on.

The original concept of the event was to be a symbolic piece of theater around the base’s new highly armed security fence with surveillance cameras, motion sensors and a deep concrete foundation. The plan that some of us would dig with pink shovels with the impossible aim of making a tunnel under the fortification and get onto and close the runway while others would cheer them on from a picnic in the adjoining meadow, had to be adapted to our reduced numbers and in recognition of the devastation that had been unfolding around us in the preceding days.

The vibrant pink shovels were muted with black paint or tied with black ribbons. Banners with more light hearted messages written in pastels were left behind and new ones made more in keeping with the moment, in German, white on black, “STOP THE NEXT CATASTROPHE BEFORE IT BEGINS- ABOLISH NUCLEAR WEAPONS!”

As the event unfolded, 14 activists from Germany, the US and the Netherlands were met at the fence by several times that number of civilian and military police, who after an hour arrested four of the most persistent diggers who were soon released without any charges. While especially in light of the $14 million plus spent on the new fence meant to keep people like us out, the civilian police had better things to do and could easily have ignored our clearly symbolic effort, some in the local press and more in social media blamed us for distracting the police and military from dealing with the aftermath of the floods.

In the midst of their national disaster, only about 1,000 of the 150,000 soldiers in the German military were employed in flood relief and on the day we were digging for life at Büchel, Tornado jets were crisscrossing over our heads, causing police, protesters, soldiers and members of the press alike to cover our ears from their deafening roar, illustrating what is often ignored and never mentioned in climate negotiations, the huge part that the militaries of the world play in the climate crisis, the US and its allies more than the rest.

Before the digging began at the fence and under the screaming jets, a police detective called my name and with some ceremony served me with papers from the court informing me that I had been accused, convicted and sentenced to a 900 euro fine or 30 days in prison in response to my actions on my last visit to Germany and to Büchel, two years ago, along with two others, Susan from California and Susan from Amsterdam. It was decided by the court that “through the same act and acting collectively” and “within the scope of the annual meeting and demonstration against nuclear weapons at the airbase of fighter-bomber squadron 33,” I had “gained unlawful access to the military area and its security sector” by cutting holes in the fence. I remember that the military police sergeant who apprehended us was unreasonably upset about the hole we had made, not so much concerned about the weapons of mass destruction that he was guarding nor the violations of the German Constitution and the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty that they pose. Before leaving Germany, I filed an appeal of my conviction and sentence in the court at Cochem and I hope for the opportunity to argue against the assumed legality of nuclear weapons in a German court.

The United States is preparing to upgrade its current B61nuclear bombs with the new B61-12, reportedly costing over $20 million each and the German government is looking to soon replace its fleet of Tornados with more sophisticated fighter bombers, both governments spending billions on systems that will significantly lower the threshold of nuclear war and contribute to global warming. There is no solution to the climate crisis and no hope for human life on this planet that does not include disarmament and an end to war.

Brian Terrell is a long time peace activist based in Maloy, Iowa

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Persepolis defender Kanaanizadegan joins Qatar’s Al Ahli

TEHRAN – Iran and Persepolis defender Hossein Kanaanizadegan joined Qatari top flight football club Al Ahali.

The 27-year-old player has joined Al Ahli on a two-year deal for an undisclosed fee.

He joined Persepolis in 2019 and won Iran Professional League two times with the Iranian giants.

Kanaanizadegan is a member of Iran national football team since 2015.

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Capitalism and Alienation

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Capitalism is deeply unjust. It is a system under which labour power has itself become a commodity and is bought and sold on the market like any other object of exchange. A condition of neo-slavery like this has been historically presupposed by the concentration of ownership of means of production in the hands of a minority class and the consequent emergence of a propertyless class for whom the sale of their power has been their only source of livelihood.

The fundamentally anti-human character of capitalism has distorted our existence. Our choices and actions have become externalized in forms where they have become counterfinalities. “The consequences of our acts always end up escaping us,” Jean Paul Sartre writes, “since every concerted enterprise, as soon as it is realized, enters into relations with the entire universe, and since the infinite multitude of relations goes beyond our intention.” Thus, human intentions create realities which turn back upon freedom.

Sartre claims that the “act in being realized, undergoes the pressures of the world’s real forces which deform it and render it unrecognizable to its very author.” An oppressive politico-economic structure forms the inorganic totality which corrodes human metabolism. Under capitalism, workers produce in such a way that their products are at once an expression of labor power and at the same time not a true expression of their potentialities; the laborers’ products become hostile to them, and even negate and dehumanize them.

In “Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy”, Karl Marx writes:

“The social character of activity, as well as the social form of the product, and the share of individuals in production…appear as something alien and objective, confronting the individuals, not as their relation to one another, but as their subordination to relations which subsist independently of them and which arise out of collisions between mutually indifferent individuals. The general exchange of activities and products, which has become a vital condition for each individual – their mutual interconnection – here appears as something alien to them, autonomous, as a thing. In exchange value, the social connection between persons is transformed into a social relation between things; personal capacity into objective wealth.”

The basis for the compartmentalization of human individuality into a collection of discrete things is provided by the existence of private property and uncontrolled profit impulses. In “Comments on James Mill’s Elements of Political Economy”, Marx states:

“My work would be a free manifestation of life, hence an enjoyment of life. Presupposing private property, my work is an alienation of life, for I work in order to live, in order to obtain for myself the means of life. My work is not my life…the specific nature of my individuality, therefore, would be affirmed in my labour, since the latter would be an affirmation of my individual life. Labour therefore would be true, active property. Presupposing private property, my individuality is alienated to such a degree that this activity is instead hateful to me, a torment, and rather the semblance of an activity. Hence, too, it is only a forced activity and one imposed on me only through an external fortuitous need, not through an inner, essential one.”

The alienation inherent in capitalism’s operations misshapes objectification – the process through which we alter the world after our own image. The primary difference between capitalist and communist objectification lies in the fact that the latter allows us to discover ourselves in our own products, and this knowledge expands our self-consciousness. Since individuals are no longer forced to sell their labor to the capitalist in exchange for a wage, and because their basic needs are met, they are left with ample time, energy and resources to pursue the activities of their choice.

When the rusted shackles of capitalism are thrown off, humans gain the ability to develop freely. Productive activity becomes creative activity; an individual’s product would spring from inner resources, talents and inclinations, not from the dictates of the market. Therefore, the product becomes a powerful expression of a human being’s personality. As Sean M. O’Brien says, “it is a far richer objectification than the automobile or the box of Oreos fresh off the assembly line.”

The abolition of generalized commodity production brings about an emancipated place where the alienated labour imposed by the coercive mechanisms of capital gives way to conscious, creative activity. The yoke of necessity – expressed through the brutal anarchy of the laws of commodities and money – is eliminated in order to prioritize the collective rationality of social interaction and establish planned cooperation. In short, freedom for capital is replaced by genuine human freedom.

Yanis Iqbal is an independent researcher and freelance writer based in Aligarh, India and can be contacted at yanisiqbal@gmail.com.

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Xi Jinping Visited Tibet Autonomous Region

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The trip made by the PRC’s leader Xi Jinping to the country’s Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR) on July 21-23 turned out to be among those particularly significant events that were covered and commented upon by the world media with particular attention, and which occurred in the world political arena during a specific period of time.

Among other things, this once again illustrates the ever-increasing conventionality inherent in national borders separating individual aspects of human life (political, economic, cultural, and religious). In this sense, the only area that can compete with everything that is occurring in the TAR is another autonomous region in China, and specifically the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region (XUAR).

The situation in the TAR and XUAR has recently haunted the United States, meaning the PRC’s main geopolitical opponent. And this is despite the fact that the domestic American situation, it would seem, provides ample opportunities to release any political energy that has accumulated.

However, it is common knowledge that removing splinters from someone else’s eye is much more pleasant than removing the beam from one’s own. And this is particularly prominent with the American legislative branch. Members of both chambers in the US Congress do not continuously take concern for the Tibetans (and the neighboring Uighurs), but keep putting a legislative process on the conveyor belt that is geared toward protecting their own interests.

It is clear that these “concerns” include the PRC. The main message directed outside the country that the Chinese leader sends on every suitable occasion, and in particular during the trip under discussion, looks like this: “We cannot forbid you from taking an interest in our domestic problems, but we will resolve them as we see fit”.

It is worth mentioning that the modern period in this region’s history, which began in October 1950 when Tibet became part of the newly formed People’s Republic of China, is reflected in a very patchwork picture. The 1959 uprising occupies a place in this picture, which ended with several tens of thousands of Tibetans led by the XIV Dalai Lama (who back then combined the functions of both the spiritual leader of Tibetan Buddhism and the head of the local administration) fleeing to neighboring India, religious pogroms during the “Cultural Revolution”, and, finally, the central government devoting more attention to the socioeconomic development of the Tibet Autonomous Region (along with four other similar administrative units within the PRC).

We should pay attention to two factors in modern-day Tibet’s latest segment of history. First, the targeted, widescale activities performed by Beijing caused a sharp acceleration in the TAR’s economic growth rate, outstripping the (already very high) national average. Secondly, religious life in Tibet has almost completely been restored. Today, being a Buddhist monk is not only not dangerous, but, to use modern slang, is “awesome” in all respects. Although the path home to the Potala Palace (which is in the capital of the TAR, Lhasa), for the main one, meaning that same Dalai Lama XIV, is naturally closed – and Beijing does not conduct any business with him (at least publicly).

So the monks who gathered on the square in front of the aforementioned palace were hardly being especially hypocritical when they displayed the joy on their faces before a dear guest arrived from the capital of their common, expansive country (now the second most significant one in the world). Many are envious of how their life is flowing. Although some of the monks sometimes do reminisce about how it is “not by bread alone”, and arrange (less and less frequently) public protests. That immediately becomes a reason for various guardians of “human rights” to express their indignation, which for some reason is chiefly concentrated on countries that are not too friendly towards the PRC.

In terms of the first factor mentioned above, the fact that the PRC’s leader did not arrive directly at the TAR’s capital, Lhasa, but at the Nyingchi metropolitan area, which is located about five hundred kilometers south of the city, turned out to be noteworthy. The thing is that by the time the PRC’s centenary celebration rolled around in China, it was there, in that administrative unit, that construction was completed on the first section (about 500 kilometers long) of the Lhasa-Chengdu high-speed railway (the capital of neighboring Sichuan Province), which has a total design-basis length of over 1,600 kilometers.

We suggest that the reader try to use his/her imagination about the following phrases: “an almost desert mountainous area (the TAR covers an area of more than one million square kilometers, and has about 3.5 million people), located at an average altitude of 3 km”, and “a high-speed railway built on it with a length of 500 kilometers, with one half that passes through tunnels, while the other mainly runs along bridges and overpasses”. We concur that the head of state implementing these kinds of projects has a reason to launch an important political event by visiting one of them.

At the heart of defining the objectives for this project is pure commerce. High-speed trains should satisfy the growing demand on the part of the tourism industry for fast, comfortable delivery services for those wishing to take the plunge into the distinctly exotic TAR. Tourism in general is becoming one of the main areas of focus for the region’s economic development, which already employs, according to some estimates, up to 15% of the working-age population.

As far as freight transportation between TAR and other regions of the country is concerned, that is accomplished using the Qinghai-Tibet railway (about 2000 kilometers long); this runs farther north, and construction work on that was completed in 2006. This is the highest mountain road in the world, one whose highest point is located at 5 kilometers above sea level. The specially manufactured railcars are fitted out with individual self-contained breathing apparatuses. In 2014, an extension of this road was built that runs up to the border with Nepal, and provides the PRC with an important advantage in its struggle with India for far-reaching influence over this mountainous country.

And now we arrive at the strategic component (in the broadest interpretation of this category) in both all the transportation- and infrastructure-related construction done by the PRC in Tibet and the trip mentioned that the Chinese leader made to the TAR. Although Beijing’s main geopolitical opponent is Washington, China is experiencing various difficulties in its relations with India in the region where the Chinese leader was at the end of July. However, behind those the presence of the USA is becoming more and more noticeable.

Among the other sources of these “difficulties,” we will point out two. First, there are both latent and overt territorial issues, whose total scale is estimated to encompass approximately 130,000 square kilometers. Out of these, two-thirds are claims laid by the PRC to the present-day Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. Incidentally, the above-mentioned Nyingchi metropolitan area and the high-speed railway runs up to it from the capital of the TAR are located in the immediate vicinity.

It is worth mentioning right away that these claims did not arise out of the blue, and are at least worthy of attention. The fact is that this Indian state (called “Southern Tibet” in the PRC) is today separated from the Chinese TAR by the so-called “McMahon Line”. That was drawn over one hundred years ago by an official in the administration of what was formerly called “British India” during trilateral negotiations, with participation of representatives from Tibet (which at that time was quasi-independent) and the then Chinese government. The country was in a state of chaos due to the outbreak of the Xinhai Revolution, but Chinese representatives still did not sign the document proposed by the British.

In this regard, it is worth reiterating the good reasons for the current Chinese leadership to talk about a “hundred-year period of humiliation” for their country, in which many of those that carry the “white man’s burden” took part. Therefore, when today some unpopular decisions are made in the area of territorial issues, then most often they are nothing more than acts that try to remedy the “slip-ups” made by their ancestors back in the day. It is not good to become involved in public political speculation on this kind of painful, complex topic.

The second (and scarcely any less significant) source of the above-mentioned “difficulties” in Sino-Indian relations is the fact that the same Dalai Lama XIV, as well as the “Tibetan parliament and government in exile”, stayed in Indian territory (in the village of Dharamsala in the state of Himachal Pradesh, which borders the TAR). The growing importance of the factor inherent in the current Dalai Lama’s presence in India is also facilitated by one unavoidable circumstance: his advanced age. On July 6 he turned 86 years old, and the long-discussed issue of launching a specific procedure for electing a new supreme Buddhist monk is taking on more and more urgency. This is generating new political intergovernmental difficulties. Along with that, from the standpoint of Hindutva, which reigns supreme in India, Buddhism is considered heresy.

So the current leader in the PRC had good reasons for the first “audit” in the past 30 years, personally conducted by him, of the state of affairs in an extremely important region of the country.

And finally, let us again pay attention to the potential that Russia has to positively influence the state of affairs in that tandem formed by two Asian giants, with each of which Moscow maintains relations that are entirely friendly.

Vladimir Terekhov, expert on the issues of the Asia-Pacific region, exclusively for the online magazine “New Eastern Outlook”.

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Reject The Government’s Declaration Of ‘Muslim Women’s Rights Day’

 

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There has been a nationwide outpouring of condemnation, following the announcement yesterday by Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, Minister of Minority Affairs, declaring Aug 1 as ‘Muslim Women’s Rights Day’ to mark the anniversary of the Triple Talaq law.

Over 650 citizens – Muslim and non-Muslim women, men and trans persons, women rights activists, human rights activists, academics, students and hundreds of citizens across from across India have issued a strong statement today.

The statement condemns and rejects this cynical optics of using Muslim women’s rights, in the face of an unprecedented onslaught against the rights of the Muslims in recent years under the present government. It voices strong opposition to declaring 1 August as Muslim Women’s Rights Day, calling it the celebration of a law that is fundamentally anti-minority, anti-women, anti-constitutional, and seeks only to disparage the Muslim community.

The text of the full statement and signatories is given below.

Citizens’ Statement: August 1, 2021

 

Mr. MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI – WE REJECT THE GOVERNMENT’S CYNICAL OPTICS

WE REJECT ‘YOUR’ MUSLIM WOMEN’S RIGHTS DAY

 

And we say, respectfully, “How dare you!”

This government that has worked to ceaselessly one by one, decimate the constitutional rights of Muslims in India, now has the temerity to declare Muslim Women’s Rights Day on August 1. This, to celebrate its passage of its purportedly Anti-Triple Talaq law (Muslim Women (Protection of Rights on Marriage) Act, 2019), that claimed to protect Muslim women’s rights, but in reality, had a more sinister purpose – to show Muslim men their place in a new India. To tell them that they can be criminalized even in civil matters. The Triple Talaq law was an abomination. It was then, and still is, nothing but a charade. Because no such law was needed to “protect Muslim women, or secure their rights” since the Supreme Court had already struck the Triple Talaq down. So, we voiced our opposition when the law was passed in Parliament in 2019, stating that – “You cannot pretend to save Muslim women while seeking to bring the Muslim community to its knees.” The sentiment is as true today as it was then.

This government has diluted Muslims’ rights to citizenship by enacting the discriminatory Citizenship Amendment Act, 2019 (CAA). The very Muslim women, in whose name you have declared August 1 as a day of “their rights” invited their government, even begged their government, to talk to them when they were out on the streets, protesting the CAA-NPR-NRC, in a desperate bid to save their future, their children’s future, their family’s future, in their own country. You responded to those Muslim women with the utter contempt of silence. Without even the pretence of democratic dialogue.

This government instead mercilessly arrested those who protested the CAA-NRC-NPR under anti-terror laws like UAPA. It jailed Muslim women who dared to take to their streets to protect their rights to citizenship. It has deprived Muslim women of their youthful children, who languish today in jails. It has deprived Muslim women of husbands, who are incarcerated. It has placed in detention centres Muslim women, men, children and transpersons who could not produce “citizenship papers” in Assam.

This government has remained silent as Muslims have been lynched, and its leaders have garlanded the lynchers. The BJP both at the centre and through its state governments, has determinedly “gone after” Muslims under myriad laws, both old, new and proposed – beef bans, anti-conversion, including the recent Uttar Pradesh Prohibition of Unlawful Religious Conversion Ordinance, 2020, and its proposed U.P. Population Control Bill. It has systematically tried to rob Muslims of their right to livelihood, and Muslim women of their agency.

This government has remained silent as men exhorted mobs to rape Muslim women (most recently in Pataudi). It has remained silent, without a single comment, tweet or tear, as Muslim women’s bodies have become the object of “Sulli Deals” by right wing online mobs.

Such a government has no moral right to declare any national day in the name of Muslim women.

We collectively, as citizens of India – Muslim and non-Muslim women, men and trans persons across castes and regions – reject the cynical optics of a “Muslim Women’s Rights Day” by a government intent on reducing all Muslims to second-class citizens.

What we demand is the release of Gulfisha Fatima and Ishrat Jahan, both Muslim women, from unjust incarceration. On behalf of Sabiha Ilyas, a Muslim woman, we demand the release of her son, Umar Khalid from unjust incarceration. On behalf of Nargis Saifi, a Muslim woman, we demand the release of her husband Khalid Saifi from unjust incarceration. On behalf of Afshan Rahim, a Muslim woman, we demand the release of her son, Sharjeel Imam from unjust incarceration. On behalf of Fatima Nafees, a Muslim woman, we ask you to find her son, Najeeb. On behalf of Raihanath Kappan, a Muslim woman, we ask you to release her husband, Siddique Kappan from incarceration. On behalf of Ayesha Sultana, a Muslim woman, charged with sedition for stating that officials must follow Covid protocols in Lakshadweep, we ask you to unconditionally drop all charges. On behalf of Safoora Zargar, a Muslim woman, we ask that she, like all other Muslim activists, lawyers, journalists, students, be freed of the false and malicious cases filed against them by this government. There is a long such list, Mr. Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi.

After you have done that, please then sit with us. With all of us, Muslim and Non-Muslim women, men and transpersons, who believe in our democracy and its promise of equality. And then we can discuss that appropriate day of ‘declaration’ in the future, when Muslim women feel their rights are secure, and they want the whole nation to celebrate their rightful and visible place in this democracy.

We are,

Farah Naqvi Delhi Writer & Activist  
Syeda Hameed Delhi Muslim Women’s Forum  
Aruna Roy Devdoongri, Rajasthan MKSS  
Ayesha Kidwai Delhi Professor, JNU  
Mohini Giri New Delhi Guild of service  
Poonam Kaushik Delhi General Secretary Pragatisheel Mahila Sangathan Delhi  
Hasina Khan Mumbai Bebaak Collective  
Teesta Setalvad Mumbai Independent  
Kavita Krishnan Delhi AIPWA  
Annie Raja Kerala National Federation of Indian Women  
Subhashini Ali Kanpur AIDWA VICE PRESIDENT  
Kavita Srivastva Jaipur PUCL  
Rushda Siddiqui New Delhi NFIW  
Smita Gupta New Delhi Economist and Activist  
Chayanika Shah Mumbai Forum Against Oppression of Women  
Meera Sanghamitra Hyderabad National Alliance of People’s Movements (NAPM)  
Jayati Ghosh Northampton University of Massachusetts at Amherst USA  
A.Suneetha Hyderabad Women and Transgender Joint Action  
Shabnam Hashmi Delhi ANHAD  
Abha Bhaiyya Himachal Jagori Grameen  
Meena Saraswathi Seshu Sangli Vidhrohi Mahila Manch  
Sehba Farooqui Delhi AIDWA Delhi  
SAHELI Women’s Resource Centre New Delhi NCR Feminist activists  
Sharifa Siddiqui Secunderabad Hyderabad Muslim Women’s Forum  
Lara Jesani Mumbai People’s Union for Civil Liberties  
Arundhati Dhuru Lucknow NAPM  
Aparna Delhi President, National Committee, IFTU  
Apeksha Priyadarshini NEW DELHI Bhagat Singh Ambedkar Students Organization, JNU  
Nivedita Menon Delhi JNU  
Zoya Hasan Delhi Professor Emerita, Jawaharlal Nehru University  
Khalida Parveen Hyderabad Amoomat Society  
Tara Rai Mumbai The Feminist Collective  
Admiral L Ramdas Alibag Former Chief of Naval Staff  
Nikhat Fatima Hyderabad Journalist, civil rights activist  
Navsharan Singh Noida Writer and activist  
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Professional Musician Describes Shen Yun Orchestra as ‘Phenomenal’

GREELEY, Colo.—Shen Yun Performing Arts is always a great treat for families. On the occasion of Shen Yun’s performance in Greeley, Colorado, on Sunday evening, Gina Johnson,  a symphony oboist attended with her family.

Johnson—who has played in both the Cheyenne and Fort Collins Symphony Orchestras—described Shen Yun’s orchestra as “phenomenal.”

“I thought it was extremely well balanced. Some instruments were very familiar, and it was neat to hear the Chinese instruments that were featured,” she said.

Shen Yun’s unique orchestra blends the best of two worlds—the sounds of classical western instruments as the base accentuating the distinctive sounds of traditional Chinese instruments such as the erhu or pipa.

“They were all excellent. [The erhu] was perfectly in tune all the time, which is not easy to do on string instruments. She played beautifully,” Johnson said.

The 4,000-year-old erhu is a Chinese violin that is said to mimic the sound of human voices.

“I thought it was a very even combination of eastern and western [instrumental sounds]. Both sides of the world were represented well in the orchestra. [It was] very professional all the way around, and magical,” she said.

Johnson was also impressed by Shen Yun’s dancers who depict stories that carry messages from China’s past civilizations as well as cultural dances from its many ethnic groups.

The versatility of the dancers was impressive, she said.

“I think for me it was getting to see that you can dance with anything. You can dance with brooms; you can dance with napkins. It was really … well done. I loved the balance, learning about the culture, the balance between fast and slow, [it] was really educational,” Johnson said.

She summed up her evening as a “beautiful cultural experience.”

“The stories are very well told …[one needs to] step into somebody else’s culture to understand the values that go along with that culture,” she said.

Dot Diemer, a speech and language pathologist, and Bryce Cox, a software engineer, accompanied Johnson and her family to see Shen Yun. They purchased tickets last year before the pandemic forced the closure of most theatres in the U.S.

“It was absolutely worth [the wait],” said Diemer. “I think everybody should see it. It was beautiful.”

Gina Johnson, her family and friends, Bryce Cox and Dot Diemer enjoyed Shen Yun
Gina Johnson, her family and friends, Bryce Cox and Dot Diemer enjoyed a Shen Yun performance at Monfort Concert Hall in Greeley, Colorado on Aug. 1, 2021. (Michelle Yang/The Epoch Times)

Cox said that the performance was extremely well done. “The costumes, the music, the dance, everything was outstanding,” he said.

“Just perfect,” Cox said, adding that he enjoyed the story and its sense of spirituality on “the divinity of human nature.”

“[That] message was important to me,” he said.

Shen Yun showcases 5,000 years of Chinese traditions through classical and folk dance. Chinese culture is based on spirituality that has largely been lost since the beginning of the rule of the Chinese Communist Party over 70 years ago.

Reporting by NTD Television

The Epoch Times considers Shen Yun Performing Arts the significant cultural event of our time and has covered audience reactions since the company’s inception in 2006.

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Australian Oil and Gas Giants to Merge Amid Climate Change Pressure

Australian fossil fuel giants Oil Search and Santos are close to a merger that will create a $21 billion entity and a new entrant to the top 20 largest oil and gas companies globally.

The merger talks come as the resource industry undergoes a major shift amid mounting pressure from the climate change movement.

Santos, Australia’s second-largest independent gas producer, is offering Oil Search a six percent premium on its share price, with Oil Search shareholders owning a 38.5 percent stake in the merged entity, while Santos will own 61.5 percent.

Oil Search, which runs oil and gas production operations in Papua New Guinea, will recommend its shareholders accept the offer.

Santos CEO Kevin Gallagher said, “It represents a compelling combination of two industry leaders to create an unrivalled regional champion of size and scale with a unique diversified portfolio of long-life, low-cost oil and gas assets.”

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A general view of Santos tower in the Brisbane CBD, Australia, on December 19, 2019. (AAP Image/David Clark)

“The merged company would have strong cash generation from a diverse range of assets which provides a strong platform for sustainable growth and continued shareholder returns,” he said in an investor announcement.

“The merger also builds on our industry-leading approach to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) through the combination of Santos’ net-zero 2040 pathway.”

Rob Nicholls, associate professor of regulation and governance at the University of New South Wales, called the merger “logical” and said climate change action would remain top of mind throughout the life of the new entity.

“For Santos, it’s another in a series of logical acquisitions; for Oil Search, it’s a good exit price,” he told The Epoch Times. “The fossil fuel sector is increasingly difficult to bank. Increasingly, institutional investors are unwilling to commit significant funds unless there is a planned move to carbon neutrality.”

Financial companies, including banks, insurers, and retirement funds, have been shifting their investment or services away from businesses deemed to be major emitters.

The moves come in response to global trends and climate change activism in the boardroom.

The Insurance Council of Australia noted in a recent submission (pdf) to the Parliamentary Joint Standing Committee on Trade and Investment Growth that in 2006, 62 investment companies (controlling over US$6.5 trillion in assets) signed on to the United Nations-backed Principles for Responsible Investment.

The pledge saw corporations move to incorporate ESG issues into their decision-making—including climate change action to reduce global emissions.

By April 2018, the number of companies signed on increased to 1,715 companies (controlling US$81.7 trillion), including Australia’s “Big Four” insurers— Allianz, IAG, QBE and Suncorp—who control 70 percent of the country’s insurance market.

This has led local mining industry players in Australia to complain of the difficulties in getting major projects off the ground. In contrast, global resource firm BHP has begun looking at opportunities to sell off its petroleum business.

The issue is currently the focus of an Australian parliamentary inquiry.

Regarding Santos and Oil Search, Nicholls added that only a small number of businesses could continue to operate free from climate change pressure.

“The merged entity will need to be able to demonstrate a path to carbon neutrality over time in order to continue access to capital markets,” he said. “The challenge is that although burning natural gas creates less CO2 per unit of energy generated than coal, it remains a fossil fuel with no renewable component.”

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Our Dark Wicked Side

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We have a dark wicked side. It controls many of our thoughts and actions. It ensnares the smart and the dumb, the privileged and the non privileged, the healthy and the sick. In today’s world it undermines many of our economic, social, political, philosophical and religious structures. It may be about to end our life on this Planet. This Essay defines it and tells us how we can remove ourselves from its power.

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The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. Who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:9

The International Bible Encyclopedia (ISBE) gives this definition of wicked according to the Bible:

“The state of being wicked; a mental disregard for justice, righteousness, truth, honor, virtue; evil in thought and life; depravity; sinfulness; criminality.”

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Our species may be at its planetary end. A weakness in our brain cage is the cause. It can be defined as “our dark wicked side”.

It was the reason that In 1972 when a World Bank report referred to our dependence on fossil fuels leading to a repeat of an extinction event like that of the Permian Triassic, there was only limited world reaction. That report was updated in 2017 by 15,000 scientists when they expressed great concern. Again, limited world reaction. The late renowned physicist Stephen Hawking in that same year predicted that the planet will turn into, as he described it; “a sizzling fireball”. Again, limited world reaction.

Gaia scientist James Lovelock on February 8, 2019 said in a BBC interview:

” There is a real danger of losing our tenure on the planet altogether…. We’ve got to care about this matter of global warming because if we don’t do anything about it, there won’t be anybody here…. It’s about time we went back to taking an interest in the environment…. What happens to the planet when more CO2 is put into the air? The earth will get hotter. It will heat up to a point where no life on it of our kind will be possible.”

Lovelock’s global warming is not our only problem. Our economic system is grinding away at precious planetary resources. We continue to dump into the biosphere hundreds of millions of tons of highly toxic non-biodegradable waste. Nations with enormous military power including atomic defiantly stare down at each other. Kleptocracy in world government is the norm. Over seven billion humans crowd the earthscape. Population continues to expand. Cities towns are filled with violence.

Yet, the general public remains quiescent; expressing little or no concern. People only focus on the immediacy of their existence. Each day is a new day.

Why is this so ? Is it that we as a species are inherently neurotically ethologically incapable of comprehending our future reality?

In an attempt to answer this question we need to explore why over these last several thousand years beginning with the Egyptian and Levant periods we have responded to the world around us and to each other the way we have. With that move there was a coming together of the “primitive” and the modern human. With it came the foundation for the value system that rules us today, a value system that now controls the way we think and act. Some of that thinking is constructive, some destructive; identified in this essay by the expression the “dark  wicked side”.  It controls many of our our thoughts and actions.

So here are the questions we should be asking: What are the underlying faults within our post Egyptian/Levant value system? Can new values be introduced that counter these faults? How deeply embedded are these faults in our DNA? (Science has in recent years added greatly to our cranial bio physical understanding of this)

We need to start with an understanding of a system of belief that has been a global driver of thought from the beginning of the early period. It is Abrahamic religious belief. It has influenced the formation of many of our economic, social and political institutions.

Here we will first center our discussion on the meaning of this belief system as regards its belief in an Apocalypse. The reason is that it underlies the resistance to ecological thought of large numbers of the world population; in America most notably Christian Evangelicals and internationally 1.5 billion Muslims with their concept of aher al-zaman, the Arabic expression for apocalypse translated literally as the end of time.

The original purpose in ancient times was an after Apocalypse human renewal/rebirth that would leave the dark wicked side behind.

How did it all come about; a God who would destroy humanity in order to bring about rebirth?

In Egypt and the Levant four five six thousand years before the Common Era there appeared what can be called a “Rorschach test god,” that is an anthropomorphic god-personification of the human mind; a metaphorical reflection of the best and the worst in each of us. And that God was not here on Planet Earth. HE was up in the Heavens. As the Nation of Israel moved forward in time, the definition did not change. Their GOD remained anthropomorphic. HE expelled Adam and Eve from the Garden of Eden. Then, in anger HE brought on a great flood showing humanity that HE would punish those who disappointed Him. Years later with the advent of Christianity, HE would sacrifice His own son as expiation for the sin of man. Some years after that, HE would in the Book of Revelation outline in gruesome detail how HE will destroy all of humanity, allowing only a select few to join Him in eternity. Then in the seventh century with the advent of Islam, HE continued to be the same fearful, loving, controlling, punishing, judgmental god hidden far off in the heavens.

This understanding of God said that salvation will come only to a select few at the end of time (Apocalypse) when HE will bring a fiery end to this planet. So, today those who believe further reason; if my God will destroy our planet, why should I be concerned about nature and the environment, why should I even listen to the dire predictions of the scientists? Who cares? It is all in GOD’s hands anyway.

As for those ancient biblical texts, they said a plentiful Earth was given by GOD for man’s use and stewardship. And the word “stewardship” as translated left a lot of wiggle room.

Many today are calling all religions leaders from these traditions to move away from apocalyptic belief and alienation from Nature and toward “Renewal;” so defined as a new form of thought that recognizes each human life at one with a transcendental intelligence underlying the integration of all life and nonlife on our planet. This calls for our civilization in its entirety to live in a symbiotic relationship in harmony with Nature that allows both our species and all other organic and inorganic matter to recycle and renew.

This discussion would not be complete without reference to the strengths as well as weaknesses that came about during the European Enlightenment and then Post Enlightenment Periods. Many turned away from the Biblical texts and thought they had solved the problem. One of the new beliefs was that “Rational Thought” would to do away with the dark wicked side of the human brain cage. The new thought that emerged eliminated GOD. It gave up on any form of “GOD” direction. It viewed the cosmos as devoid of subjectivity and meaning. What is just is; no more than matter and energy. The individual became the center of all meaning with intellectual freedom the controller.

This “freedom” became an overarching political/economic ideology; what we now call “Liberal Democracy.” Today it rules most of the world East and West. With it came what is called “alt-right” economics, a form of economic behavior with no regard for the debasement of human and other life on the planet. It now rules markets East and West. It refused to recognize the dark wicked side of the human brain cage. A new god with the name “Rational Thought” took over.

During the European Enlightenment and then Post Enlightenment Periods many Jews and Christians accepted Liberal Democracy and alt-right economics but did not give up their religions. Scripture took on metaphorical interpretation. Some form of GOD control encompassing higher complexity remained. Some Jews and Christians however remained Orthodox. Islam did not partake in the thought change. In 1299 its past considerable intellectualism was encapsulated under the Ottoman Empire and hidden from the European changes taking place. Eastern religious thought was left out of the equation. Those in the East however gladly joined the free market alt-right movement.

That alternate Abrahamic GOD form of thought just referenced stayed with the idea of a GOD direction and transcendental GOD complexity, but not as originally understood. It held to the belief that our species is under the influence of a synchronous power and that the purpose of our lives is to be integral to its implicit planetary/cosmic purpose. Today those with this form of thought see themselves as the responsible party to pursue that higher purpose. Also they see our species as failing in this regard.

It has allowed them to continue to believe that this god power has an awareness of their own actions and inactions. They do not agree with Albert Einstein as quoted below.

“I believe in Spinoza’s God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings.”

Albert Einstein

As interesting as this Spinoza/Einstein argument is, it avoids the pressing question of whether there is:

A GOD WHO CONCERNS HIMSELF WITH THE FATES AND ACTIONS OF HUMAN BEINGS BUT HUMAN BEINGS HAVE NOT YET DISCOVERED HIM.

The Enlightenment challenges were thought to be beneficial. Human freedom away from Abrahamic religion was one of the benefits. Democratic government away from ecclesiastical and autocratic control another. Even “alt-right” economics seemed to make sense.

Now this Enlightenment freedom is threatening human existence.

All of human civilization is being forced to face the reality of an ecologically disintegrating planet with solutions not restricted to its formerly religious or later nonreligious philosophical past, but a reality built on new ideas within a thought process reaching beyond; measuring human value against a new form of thought that encompasses the mystery of all matter and non-matter in the context of human/planetary consonance – and Homo sapiens survival.

And there is the realization that the “freedom” challenge entails facing the dark wicked side of the human brain cage, so identified early on by Jeremiah and dismissed with the new age Enlightenment religious/philosophical breakaway.

As we face the possibility of Homo sapiens extinction, it is becoming the more clear that these last eight thousand years of so-called intellectual progress is failing us. The religious and philosophical thought pieced together after our movement out of Africa is failing us. The European Enlightenment and Post Enlightenment with all its emphasis on rationalism, utilitarianism, individual autonomy, freedom of thought and expression is failing us. Philosophers Hume/Kant/Mill and the others who built their reputations on new age constructs are failing us.

It should be noted that much of modern new age thought did reveal the inner depth and brilliance of the human mind. However, it did not adequately examine its dark wicked side. Understanding and controlling its dark wicked side was left out of the equation. In its place human rationality was given near godly status.

Once again the Rorschach god was able to raise his ugly head. The result: It left us all living in a frightening 21st century societal conundrum, one devoid of any understanding of our dark wicked side and how we can overcome it and construct a new value system able to preserve our life on this planet.

Why are we not able to recognize this? Why the insouciance? The answer lay in the culture that has grown out of our past religious and philosophical and economic thought. (both East and West) We are in a sense each of us entrapped complacently in our world culture. And here we are talking about national and regional culture. Also on a broad scale by way of international organizations global culture. Our culture is a powerful impediment working against acceptance of new forms of thought. This is the reason for our inability to recognize the dilemma in which we find ourselves. The Canadian futurologist Ruben Nelson writes:

All cultures, including our own in the 21st Century, take for granted that their construction of the world is the real world. The culture that forms us is not only comfortable, it appears as being natural. It is the real way the real world is. Life as we know it is comfortable because our concave fits the convex of our culture.”

Most citizens of the world today accede to the existing foundational concave/convex cultural mold that encases them. This encasement begins some months after birth and then is reinforced with maturity by what is called social polarization. Metaphorically speaking; they reach adult hood in the confines of a prison cell with no windows  and no escape. This includes those living in the mold who think of themselves as not being in the mold. It also includes those who think they have moved away from the mold. For example; “Liberal” Pope Francis in his 2015 Laudio Si’ stayed in the mold when he spoke about environmental degradation. He left out reference to one of the most deadly planetary present and future dangers; namely exponential population growth. This can also be said about the conclusions of the members at the 2015 COP21 meetings in Paris. There was heightened awareness of ecological problems, but no urgent call for radical change in the political/social/economic systems in their home countries. (The same can be said for subsequent meetings)

Nevertheless, and on a note of optimism, there have been in history examples of a “breaking out” from the mold. See John Scales Avery’s book LINK below where he writes about a number of individuals who broke out from the mold.

In the 1st century with the presence of Jesus of Nazareth and his opposition to Temple orthodoxy and Roman hegemony there was a break out from the societal mold by way of a redefinition of the Abrahamic GOD. But then as years passed the original Jesus message became ensnared in creeds and sacraments and rituals and legalistic political structures, leaving only vestiges of the original thought. This is typical of all such break outs. The purity of the original thought becomes conscripted by adherents who then use that thought for their own political and secular advantage. Again we come back to the power of the dark wicked side of the human mind.

The first signs of an East/West world-wide cognitive breakthrough are now appearing on the horizon. They are being defined by many individuals as an emerging cosmic consciousness revealing an underlying “Implicate Order” to the Cosmos. With recent advancements in the physical sciences, and particularly in the areas of quantum physics and cosmology, many scientists and nonscientists alike are beginning to recognize that there is such a thing as planetary/cosmic order. They are making strides in attempting to further define it. David Bohm, the great theoretical physicist and colleague of Albert Einstein, spoke of it in terms of everything animate and inanimate having as he described it; “an inseparable quantum interconnectedness” in a continuing process of cosmic “enfoldment” and “unfoldment.” Breakthroughs in thought such as these are marking the beginning of a transition from our present state of planetary ecological ignorance to an understanding of how we humans can live in a state of planetary ecological accommodation.

This can even be described as the beginning of a Revelation, one where Homo sapiens is about to step out of its earthly secular shoes and into its cosmic non secular ones. Such a transition implies the need for detachment from the secular by way of a restructuring of world political, social, economic and religious thought. For our species to move toward Bohm’s “enfoldment” and “unfoldment” calls for a change in human behavior to be inculcated into all of world society’s institutions

Can it be achieved? Humanity will have to view the planet and the continuance of all forms of life on it in an entirely different way from the way it has in the past. And this does not just begin with our recent evolutionary past; Egyptian/Levant and then Modern Age. It goes back one million years or more as our brain cage was being formed. And as for the Egyptian/Levant and then Modern it will have to abandon much of belief as to a large extent that has been the glue pressing our species onto its concave/convex asymmetric perception of ultimate reality, an asymmetric perception now become contradictory to our continuance on Planet Earth.

Such a movement toward an understanding of this can be observed in some of the writings of the Post Enlightenment philosophers. A breakthrough came with American “in-depth-psychologists” such as F.W.H. Meyers and William James. Their challenge to the European school of reductionist behavioristic psychology soon gained momentum and led to the work of Carl Jung in Switzerland and others around the world in the form of a post-empirical behaviorist movement opening the field of transpersonal depth psychology.

The idea that there is a better world where everyone is offered a good life goes far back in time. It was expressed as a materially sufficient life built on inner communion and other dimensionality. It has played an important role in many forms of religious thought. We saw it in the life of Jesus. We see it today in monastic Christianity. Many Eastern religious beliefs emphasize it. In recent history we have seen reflections of it in the work of Leo Tolstoy, Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King. The lesson here is that humans can find a full and complete life and happiness without the secular emphasis we see in today’s world. We don’t need jet planes, cruise ships, gas guzzling cars, million dollar condos to be happy.

The important observation is this: Many all over the globe are joining in with the understanding that there is an all-inclusive material/non-material cosmic inner/outer dimensionality to this planet and within an enfolding/unfolding order. Many are also concluding that our civilization in its present secular form is not meeting the test of being integral to this order. Many are coming to the conclusion that Planet earth can sustain no more that 1 to 2 billion humans (or less) living within that enfolding/unfolding order. These many are identifying unrestrained materialism as a major part of the problem.

How do we all become at one with enfolding/unfolding order? How do we all become a part of cosmic inner/outer dimensionality? How do we all develop that consciousness?

Observations on the work of the modern intellectual Richard Tarnas speak to this. He uses the word “participation” in the context of the “need” to partake in a unity waiting to be realized. He calls for this through contact with the creative process within “Nature.” He writes in his book The Passion of the Western Mind:

From within its own depths the imagination directly contacts the creative process within nature, realizes that process within itself, and brings nature’s reality to conscious expression.”

An acceptance of this planetary understanding can make the difference between an ecologically disintegrating planet and one that can continue to sustain human life. Unfortunately most of the world is living and thinking well out of the Tarnas mind-frame.

Only such a mind-change of shattering magnitude can save our species from extinction. Post Modern intellectual Friedrich Nietzsche warned us about the dangers of our present insouciance. He wrote in The Gay Science:

The madman when he went into the marketplace to tell everyone the news of God’s death; those going about their business missed the significance. Nor did they recognize the extent to which they themselves were implicated.”

We need to understand that we are those there in that marketplace. We are the implicated.

Matthew Fox, Roman Catholic scholar, speaks to this same theme in his book A Way To God Thomas Merton’s Spiritual Journey when he quotes Thomas Berry discussing the ideas of Thomas Merton.

There is a certain futility in the efforts being made, truly sincere, dedicated, and intelligent efforts to remedy our environmental devastation simply by achieving renewable sources of energy and by reducing the deleterious impact of the industrial world. The difficulty is that the natural world is seen primarily for human use, not as a mode of sacred presence primarily to be communed with in wonder and beauty and intimacy. In our present attitude, the natural world remains a commodity to be bought and sold, not a sacred reality to be venerated….”

Can humanity change? Can it understand that this planet is a sacred reality to be venerated? There are signs that it can. In recent years implosion of the biosphere adverse to human survival has become more visible. World thought is becoming more and more aware of this. The internet is accelerating this realization. Larger and larger numbers are demanding that something be done. Many are coming to the realization that the natural world is not a commodity to be bought and sold; it is a sacred ultimate reality to be venerated. And among these many is the growing realization that our economic, social, political, philosophical and religious institutions do not recognize this sacredness.

Yet, as repeated again and again in this essay there is a dark wicked side to the human mind with no interest in this sacred ultimate reality. It has no interest in our planetary survival. It is locked into a concave/convex mind-set that ensnares; rich and poor; privileged and non privileged. It dominates our economic, social, political, philosophical and religious institutions.

Just a glance at any newspaper or other communication will confirm it. The American political/economic scene today with its anti-climate turmoil and secular emphasis is a perfect example.

This brings us to the most urgent questions now facing our species. Will we be able to escape from our dark wicked side? If so, how?

We all must come to the realization that:

The cosmos is conscious. Lift up a stone, you will find it there. Gaze into the night sky, you will find it there. Split an atom; you will find it there. See a butterfly, you will find it there. Watch a spider, you will find it there. Look at the person next to you, you will find it there. Look at yourself, you will find it there.

You and everything in and around you, living and non-living, exists within cosmic consciousness.

There is an implicate order to this cosmic consciousness. Within this implicate order is intelligence. Within that intelligence is endless and timeless creativity.

The sole purpose of your life from birth to death is to become part of that endless and timeless creativity.

How you ask? First, you must rid yourself of your cultural constrains. You must look for reality beyond your societal concave/convex perception.

Then and only then will you be able to realize who you are and who you can become; not here one moment and gone the next, but part of endless and timeless cosmic creativity.

Then and only then will you begin to understand that you are singularly endowed with the ultimate privilege to be more than just another biological form of life on the planet.

Then and only then will you find that you are not inconsequential.

Then and only then will you find a life purpose separate from the distractions that now surround you.

Then and only then will you be able to connect with intelligence both within and beyond your consciousness.

Then and only then can your thoughts, your actions, your very being become the creative force they were meant to be.

Then and only then will you find your path where your life’s possibilities are without limit.

Then and only then will you find meaning.

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David Anderson brings together a wide range of interests in his writings, namely; evolutionary anthropology, philosophy, geopolitics, economics, theology and history. He has written four books. The fourth is about the necessary geo political, social, religious, economic paradigm shift for human survival.

See: http://www.inquiryabraham.com/new-book.html

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LIVES IN THE PEACE MOVEMENT John Scales Avery June 15, 2019

“Today, human greed and folly are destroying the global environment. As if this were not enough, there is a great threat to civilization and the biosphere from an all-destroying thermonuclear war. Both of these severe existential threats are due to faults in our inherited emotional nature.”

http://www.fredsakademiet.dk/library/lives.pdf

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Beyond climate tipping points: Greenhouse gas levels exceed the stability threshold of the ice sheets in Climate Change — by Dr Andrew Glikson, June 21, 2019

“As the world keeps increasing its carbon emissions and exports, rising in 2018 to a record 33.1 billion ton per year, the atmospheric greenhouse gas level has now exceeded 560 ppm CO2–equivalent when methane and nitrous oxide are included, intersecting the stability threshold of the Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets. The term ‘climate change’ is no longer appropriate since, what is happening in the atmosphere-ocean system, accelerating over the last 70 years or so, is an abrupt calamity on a geological dimension, threatening nature and human civilization. Ignoring what the science says, the powers to be are presiding over the sixth mass extinction of species, including humans.”

https://countercurrents.org/2019/06/beyond-climate-tipping-points-greenhouse-gas-levels-exceed-the-stability-threshold-of-the-ice-sheets

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METHANE VIDEO

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2bRrg96UtMc

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At 100, Gaia Faces its Biggest Challenges in Climate Change — by Robert Hunziker — June 28, 2019 (Source: Independent, August 8, 2018)

“Humans’ time may have run out and artificial intelligence could be about to take our place on Earth. In that interview, he also proclaimed: ‘The Earth is in dire trouble and could soon experience intense climate-related disasters.’ ”

https://countercurrents.org/2019/06/at-100-gaia-faces-its-biggest-challenges

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Iran-Oman online exhibit to be held in late August

Iran-Oman online exhibit to be held in late August – Tehran%20Times

TEHRAN- Iran-Oman Joint Chamber of Commerce will hold the first online exhibit of the two countries on August 29, Iran Chamber of Commerce, Industries, Mines, and Agriculture (ICCIMA) published on its website.

As reported, the traders and businessmen of the two sides will discuss possible fields of cooperation in the B2B meetings which will be held on the sidelines of the exhibit.

Expansion of trade with the neighboring countries, especially increasing non-oil exports to them, is one of the major plans that the Iranian government is now pursuing, and among the neighbors, Oman is one that the Islamic Republic has attached priority in this due, as the two neighbors enjoy an old history of good political and economic relations as well as many religious and cultural commonalities.

In a meeting with Iran’s new ambassador to Muscat in last November, Sultan of Oman Haitham bin Tariq Al Said expressed his country’s determination to enhance relations with Iran.

The Sultan said his country is resolved to promote and strengthen relations with the Islamic Republic.

As stated, several times by the officials of the two countries, the ground is completely prepared for the expansion of trade relations between Iran and Oman.

Emphasizing that the basic infrastructure is prepared for the development of trade relations between Iran and Oman, Mohsen Zarrabi, the head of Iran-Oman Joint Chamber of Commerce, has said that with the beginning of sanctions and the severance of some countries’ relations with Iran, the government of Oman not only did not cut its trade relations with Iran, but also they are trying to increase economic relations with the Islamic Republic in the framework of international relations and with a win-win approach.

“This approach of Oman was maintained even during the outbreak of the coronavirus, and we saw an increase in the shipping lines of this country to Iran in the first month of the current [Iranian calendar] year (March 21-April 21) and the following months”, he stated.

Oman not only did not close its borders during the pandemic, when most countries closed their borders to Iranian goods, but also increased shipping lines to Iran, Zarrabi further emphasized.

According to the official, currently, port relations between the two countries are relatively good and Iranian ships are moving between the ports of Iran and Oman.

He also mentioned Oman as a base for re-exporting Iranian goods noting that the sultanate has free trade agreement with 16 Arab-African countries, the United States, Singapore and four European countries, and noted that Iran should take advantage of this golden opportunity.

Agricultural products, construction materials, building stones, minerals, metals, bitumen, and cement are the major products Iran exports to Oman.

Given the favorable conditions for increasing the diversity of Iranian exports and the existing infrastructure for re-export in Oman, there is a capacity to increase the value of trade between the two sides to $5 billion.

Iran has currently an increasing trend in re-exporting its goods from Oman. In fact, Oman is the only Arab country in the Persian Gulf that accepts Iranian companies through which Iran can reach the markets of other countries.

It is worth mentioning that in January 2020, Iran’s Trade Promotion Organization (TPO) held the first meeting of its Commodity-Country Desk on trade with Oman presided by Farzad Piltan, the director-general of TPO’s Office of Arabian and African Countries.

Despite the U.S. re-imposition of sanctions against Iran, Oman is getting closer to the Islamic Republic both politically and economically. There is also the same approach adopted by Iran, as Iranian companies now prefer to conduct trade with Oman rather than the United Arab Emirates, given that the UAE is highly complying with the sanctions.

Iran is somehow replacing some of its previous strategic trade partners such as UAE with Oman, considering the Sultanate as an economic-trade hub.

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Team USA’s Raven Saunders raises arms in ‘X’ in protest during Olympics medal ceremony

American shot-putter Raven Saunders not only won a silver medal on Sunday, she lodged a very public protest: raising her arms in a striking “X” shape on the winner’s podium.

Asked afterward what the gesture meant, the 25-year-old explained, it was meant to represent “the intersection of where all people who are oppressed meet.”

The Olympics bans political statements during competition or on the winners podium, setting up a potential clash between the athlete and sporting authorities. Ms Saunders is known for being a colorful personality.

During the Games and the Olympic trials, she often sported a multi-colored shaved head and face masks with different comic book characters like The Hulk and The Joker.

After winning on Sunday, she did a joyful miniature dance routine.

On a more serious note, she has also been outspoken about her struggles with depression and suicidal thoughts, and the need for LGBTQ+ individuals like herself to embrace talking about mental health.

Not long after Ms Saunders made the X symbol, another American athlete, made a similar gesture on the podium.

When US fencer Race Imboden took the podium at a different venue to collect his bronze medal, he had a X with a circle around it drawn on his hand, which wasn’t present during the competition. It’s unclear what fate awaits these outspoken athletes. The IOC, which organises the games, doesn’t allow protests during the competition, though the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee has recently changed its own policies on the matter, declining to punish competitors for exercising their speech rights unless they’re being hateful.

Ms Saunders and Mr Imboden could have their medals stripped or be barred from competition.So far, more so than the competition itself, the main story of this games has been athletes being candid and personal.

Superstar gymnast Simone Biles rocked the sporting world when she pulled out of the women’s gymnastics team final on Tuesday, citing concerns about her mental and physical health. “For anyone saying I quit, I didn’t quit, my body and head are simply not in sync,” she wrote on social media at the time. I don’t think you realise how dangerous this is on a hard competition surface.

Before the Games even began, there was another major story about athletics and mental health: US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was banned from competition, after using marijuana during the Olympic trials following the news that her biological mother had just died.

Numerous Americans and high-profile figures, including President Biden, rallied in her defence, applauding her for speaking out.

Commentators lauded Ms Biles, Richardson, as well as tennis star Naomi Osaka, for encouraging women of colour to be open about their struggles with mental health, marking a major culture shift from when athletes, especially people of colour, in past generations were told to “stick to sports.”US runners Tommie Smith and John Carlos, both of whom are Black, were famously expelled from the Games in 1968 after they raised a Black Power fist during a medal ceremony.

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The Manchurian Americans

COVID Mask

If one reads Richard Condon’s 1958 novel The Manchurian Candidate or sees the original film (1962) or  its remake (2004) one would realize my comparison to today’s events. In the novel ( and films ) we see a patrol of US soldiers being captured and then brainwashed by the enemy. The ones who survive this terrible experience are returned home, not realizing that they have been behavior modified.

Since Trump took office we have seen millions of our fellow citizens, many good and decent folks, appearing to be brainwashed by the right wing. Before Trump, and perhaps helping to clear the field for this type of demagogue, we had the infamous Tea Party movement. Those poor slobs got suckered into thinking that they were true patriots fighting the diabolical Deep State. Little did they know that the movers and shakers of their movement were actually members of that Deep State. Yes, there is what many of us on the true Left call the Deep State, and it has really two heads to this monster, a Republican head and a Democratic head. Factions of this Super Rich system do fight with each other, but the lasting results are for the Super Rich to stay on top of the water… as we all drown.

With the MAGA run government under Trump all hell broke loose. Instead of ‘ draining the swamp’ they filled it up with more of the same. To keep the natives active in their vitriol, the Trump crew played upon the white supremacist anger towards people of color, especially the undocumented. Building a wall to protect them from the continuous scourge was one of the bones Trump threw to the ravaging crowds of MAGA. Ending of entitlements ( which would actually AID many of those MAGAs) was another juicy red meat bone. Government spending was seen as the dreaded Socialism and Communism , unless of course it was for our military spending, which is still going through the roof ( mattering not who actually occupies the White House and Congress). Tax cuts, which even a high school civics student would realize, was always to fatten the portfolios of the less than 1% of us.

Then came the pandemic, which of course the Trump crew downplayed originally as A HOAX.  It soon  became the ‘ China Flu’ or ‘ Kung Flu’ once Trump and crew realized it was actually REAL and very dangerous. The MAGA crowd, along with many of my fellow Lefties, kept denying the existence of this virus, calling it just another Flu. When the figures went too high to discount them as being ‘ Phony statistics’, Trump and crew pushed for a vaccine… and quickly! Well, that happened and by 2021 many, even some MAGA adherents, got the shots and breathed better. Yet, during all of this, and contradicting their belief in the vaccine, many still would not favor the wearing of masks. We began getting a slew of websites (some that this writer once wrote for and read daily) stating so called ‘ Facts’ by various so called doctors and scientists. They droned on and on that wearing masks was foolish, futile, even dangerous. I asked fellow Lefty friends of mine, Hoaxers and Anti Vaxers, this ‘ What if’ question: What if we had no pandemic and there was a cold virus going around. If you worked in an office and a co worker came in coughing and sneezing, would you rather see them wearing a mask and keeping their distance from you, and you yourself wearing one to protect you a bit from their spreading germs? No one actually would answer me.

We still have about half of those eligible to get the vaccine refusing it. We have my Florida governor and a fellow horse’s rear from Texas with edicts to deny mandates on wearing face masks. The schools will soon be opened and it will be up to the parents to mandate their kid wearing one. Between the MAGA parents and those who will see how embarrassed their child may become if showing up in a mask, there will be CHAOS! How many more tragic results of this new Delta Variant before these Manchurian Americans are deprogrammed by TRUTH?

Philip A Farruggio is regular columnist on It’s the Empire… stupid website. He is also frequently posted on Nation of Change, and Countercurrents.org,. He is the son and grandson of Brooklyn NYC longshoremen and a graduate of Brooklyn College, class of 1974. Since the 2000 election debacle Philip has written over 400 columns on the Military Industrial Empire and other facets of life in an upside down America. He is also host of the ‘ It’s the Empire… Stupid ‘ radio show, co produced by Chuck Gregory. Philip can be reached at paf1222@bellsouth.net.

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Reports from mRNA “Vaccine” Takers on Killing of “God Gene,” Separation from God

Some recipients of the mRNA injections have, in Facebook pages devoted to victims of the so-called “vaccines,” reported feeling a spiritual emptiness reminiscent of fears that they may tamper with the “God gene.”

Examples are on the 63,000 member private Facebook group Covid19 Vaccine Victims & Families

Below Posted from Facebook Group Covid19 Vaccine Victims & Families

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The God Gene hypothesis was proposed by geneticist Dean Hamer who posited that there was a gene, VMAT2, from which people derived a sense of spirituality and connection to God.

Dr. Carrie Madej, an early critic of the roll-out of experimental mRNA injections has spoken on this.

Austrian philosopher Rudolf_Steiner once wrote:

′′ In the future, the soul will be eliminated by medicine. On the pretense of health, there will be a vaccine whereby the human organism will be treated as soon as possible, possibly directly at birth, so that the human being cannot develop the awareness of the soul and the Spirit.

Materialistic doctors will be entrusted with the task of removing the soul from humanity. Like today, people are vaccinated against specific diseases, so in the future, children will be vaccinated with a substance that will immunize against the ′′ madness ′′ of spiritual life. The vaccinated person could be very clever, but would not develop a conscience, and that’s the real goal of some materialistic circles.”

Below: “Vaccine After-Effects Horror Stories

Further Testimony on COVID “Vaccine” Injury and Death:

Pfizer and Moderna Warn That “Many” People “Should NOT Get” the Shots, Under Any Circumstances

Horrific Injuries Described by Pfizer/Moderna Trials Volunteers

Inventor of mrna Tech Says FDA Was Aware of Spike Protein Dangers Before Granting “Emergency Use

A federal investigation into a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this month in a Massachusetts county that’s home to Cape Cod found that 74% of the 469 infections were among vaccinated people, a finding that raises questions about the prevalence of breakthrough infections.

The research, published Friday afternoon by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, is the latest sign that people who are fully vaccinated may need to return to mask wearing,…MORE

(Essentially another “case-demic,” which can be dialed up or down depending on the tests. Australia has 38 deaths per million compared 1,889 US, 1900 UK, according to Worldometers. Soldiers will be going house to house to ensure people are staying home. – Editor Corona News)

SYDNEY, July 30 (Reuters) – Australian soldiers will help to enforce coronavirus isolation orders in the hard-hit city of Sydney, police said on Friday, as resentment seethed in some communities over new curbs to stem the highly contagious Delta variant.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison held out hope of better times with a four-stage plan back to freedom but said 80% of adults would have to be vaccinated before the border can begin to open.

Sydney’s five million people are under a strict stay-at-home order because of a worrying surge of nearly 3,000 infections since the middle of June…MORE

Below: screenshot from Worldometers, Australia is number 167 out of 200 countries in total COVID deaths per capita

Renown Immunologist Explains Why Delta Variant is Nothing to Worry About, The mRNA “Vaccines” Are

Dr. Sucharit Bhakdi is Professor emeritus of the University of Mainz, where he served as the chair of the department of medical microbiology and hygiene from 1991 to 2012.  From 1990 to 2012, he served as Editor in Chief of Medical Microbiology and Immunology. In 2001 he was awarded the Aronson Prize for achievements in microbiology and immunology.  Dr. Bhakdi is the co-author of “Corona, False Alarm? Facts and Figures,” an Amazon bestseller since its publication in October 2020. In this presentation Dr. Bhakdi explains the biology of the terrifying possible dangers of the Pfizer/Moderna mRNA vaccines, and how their risk is unnecessary. – Editor Corona News

Pfizer and Moderna Warn That “Many” People “Should NOT Get” the Shots, Under Any Circumstances

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The Criminal Case Against Fauci, Indian Court Could Sentence WHO Chief Scientist to Death for Ivermectin Lies

The Coming Genocide of Adverse COVID Vax Reactions, and Who to Blame for It

Latest Data Shows No Excess Deaths From All Causes Globally in 2020, Pandemic Mostly in US and Small Number of Countries

Why Did Fauci Give Funds to the People’s Liberation Army?

States Which Have Banned Vaccine Passports (USNews.com)

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Essential Workforce Hit by Rental Affordability Crisis

Essential care and service workers are facing a rental crisis in Australia as an analysis found that rent has risen to over one-third of workers’ weekly income in a majority of the country’s geographical regions.

Affordable housing campaign group, Everybody’s Home, cross-referenced SQM Research rent data with the basic hourly wage of workers in disability care, aged care, childcare, hospitality, and supermarkets.

The research (pdf) marked the start of the group’s national Homelessness Week campaign.

The figures reveal that the rent of an apartment in nine regions throughout New South Wales, Queensland and the ACT cost more than two-thirds of a working week’s income.

A further 78 regions around Australia had rents that cost over one-third of an essential worker’s weekly wage.

Everybody’s Home national spokesperson Kate Colvin said Australia’s critically important carers and service workers were being let down by the housing system and priced out of the communities they served.

“While eye-watering rents are worst in our major cities, essential workers are increasingly priced out of coastal and bush communities too,” Colvin said. “People with big city incomes are moving to the regions and totally warping the rental markets.”

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A worker seen inside the Hardi Aged Care Nursing Home Facility at Summer Hill in Sydney, Australia, on Aug. 2, 2021. (AAP Image/Joel Carrett)

She called for an expansion in social and affordable housing to help give low and modest-income Australians more options.

“Expecting an exhausted aged care or supermarket worker to commute 90 minutes to and from work just to afford the rent is totally unfair and unsustainable,” Colvin said. “Australia can do better.”

The analysis lines up with an earlier report by the Australian Housing and Urban Research Institute (AHURI) that found many key workers in capital cities, especially in Sydney and Melbourne, would struggle to buy or rent a home on their level of incomes.

AHURI also suggested that the government should increase the supply of affordable housing for both rental and ownership tenures to support this sector of workers.

Property researcher CoreLogic found that rent experienced its highest annual growth rate in more than a decade over the June 2021 quarter, up 6.6 percent over June 2020.

Reflecting Colvin’s concern, CoreLogic found that regional rents (2.7 percent) outpaced city rents (1.9 percent) in growth across the quarter.

However, COVID-19 restrictions also negatively impacted the rents in Australia’s biggest cities due to their traditional reliance on international migrants. The rent of dwellings in the CBDs of Sydney declined by 1.1 percent, while Melbourne’s dropped 6.4 percent.

“It is interesting to note that, as with house prices, rent prices are seeing a deceleration in growth at the national level and across each of the capital cities,” CoreLogic Head of Research Australia Eliza Owen said on July 19. “This may reflect affordability constraints, but there could also be higher levels of rental supply as investor activity in the market increases.”

The rise in rent follows behind the housing market’s extraordinary growth in house values, which has seen median house prices skyrocket to over $1.4 million in Sydney and $1 million in Melbourne and Canberra.

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Trump’s kingmaker status faces test in Ohio special election

As soon as it became clear last week that a Texas congressional candidate backed by Donald Trump would be defeated in a special election, the former president’s allies quickly shifted their attention to Ohio to ward off another embarrassing loss.

Make America Great Again, a super PAC chaired by Trump’s former campaign manager, quietly purchased $300,000 in Ohio television advertising. The buy was intended to provide a late-stage boost to another Trump-backed candidate facing a crowded field of Republicans in a special election on Tuesday.

The midsummer race for Ohio’s traditionally Republican 15th Congressional District wouldn’t typically get much national attention. But it’s suddenly becoming a high-stakes test of Trump’s endorsement power, which he has wielded as a cudgel to silence opposition in the GOP.

Low-turnout special elections aren’t perfect measures of Trump’s strength and he remains a powerhouse in GOP politics, revealing over the weekend that his political action committees are sitting on a massive $100 million pile of cash. But a second loss in two weeks could chip away at Trump’s self-proclaimed kingmaker status heading into next year’s midterm elections.

“If it happens a couple times, candidates and political professionals — they’re not stupid — they’re going to say you can win this race even if you’re not endorsed by Trump,” said Ohio Republican consultant Ryan Stubenrauch.

In other cases, Trump’s decision to throw his weight behind candidates with baggage, including several running against GOP incumbents who crossed him by voting in favor of his second impeachment, has put him at odds with other party leaders. Some Republicans fear his moves could complicate efforts to win back majorities in the House and Senate next year.

In Ohio, Trump has endorsed Mike Carey, a coal lobbyist who is among 10 Republicans jockeying to replace former GOP Rep. Steve Stivers, who retired from Congress earlier this year. He faces a formidable lineup, including three current state lawmakers: state Sens. Bob Peterson and Stephanie Kunze and state Rep. Jeff LaRe. Former state Rep. Ron Hood is also a contender.

LaRe is backed by Stivers, who held the seat for a decade. Hood, meanwhile, has generous support from U.S. Sen. Rand Paul’s political action committee, along with religious conservative Ruth Edmonds, a minister and former Columbus NAACP president.

In an interview, Carey described the pitch he made to Trump when the two met for what he thought would be a photo-op earlier this year.

“I said, ‘Listen, Mr. President, you’ve been somebody that supported a lot of political candidates over the course of your lifetime, and many of them let you down.’ I said, ‘I’m kind of in the same boat — I mean, on a much smaller scale,’” Carey recalled. “After about an hour and 20 minutes, he said, ‘I’m all in. I’m going to endorse you and do whatever it takes to get you over the finish line.’”

Trump, who headlined a rally with Carey in June, reupped his endorsement last week, decrying candidates who have used his likeness or cited him in ads to try to woo voters. “I don’t know them, and don’t even know who they are. But I do know who Mike Carey is — I know a lot about him, and it is all good,” Trump said in a statement. “Let there be no further doubt who I have Endorsed!”

About 560,000 voters are registered to vote in Ohio’s 15th Congressional District, which leans Republican. Half of its voters live in parts of Franklin and Fairfield counties, primarily suburban Columbus communities that Republicans for generations could count on, but where Trump lost support in 2020. In the sparsely populated remainder of the district, Trump improved over his 2016 performance, as he did throughout rural Ohio.

It can be tough to draw firm conclusions from a pair of low-turnout special elections, especially in Ohio, where the large field of candidates could split the vote in unexpected ways.

But Trump has put great personal stock in his endorsements and frequently touts his record of wins. His formal backing remains highly coveted, with candidates making pilgrimages to Trump’s homes in Florida and New Jersey to win his favor.

Some advisers have urged Trump to be more judicious in his choices and avoid wading into races where there is no clear front-runner to preserve his reputation. And many expect that Trump will be less apt to weigh in on crowded primaries going forward.

In Texas, Trump had backed Susan Wright, the widow of Republican Rep. Ron Wright, who died in February after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Trump released multiple statements touting his “Complete and Total Endorsement,” recorded a robocall late in the runoff and the Make America Great Again super PAC made a $100,000 ad buy.

Nonetheless, she lost to fellow Republican Jake Ellzey, who sought to overcome Trump’s snub by raising more money and highlighting his other supporters, including Rick Perry, a former Texas governor who was also Trump’s energy secretary.

Trump has since insisted the loss was really a win, telling Axios: “The big thing is, we had two very good people running that were both Republicans. That was the win.”

In other cases, some in the party fear Trump could do damage by backing candidates who may do well in Republican primaries, where Trump supporters dominate, but then have trouble winning general elections.

Trump, for instance, has urged football great Herschel Walker to run for the Senate in Georgia, despite significant baggage. A recent Associated Press review of hundreds of pages of public records tied to Walker’s business ventures and his divorce found accusations that Walker repeatedly threatened his ex-wife’s life, exaggerated claims of financial success and alarmed business associates with unpredictable behavior.

Max Miller, a former Trump White House and campaign aide who is challenging Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, an Ohio Republican who voted for Trump’s impeachment, has also come under scrutiny. Gonzalez has significantly outraised Miller, and a recent Politico investigation found Miller has a record of speeding, underage drinking and disorderly conduct.

Trump has also met with candidates looking to oust Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who has emerged as a top Trump critic. The former president backed Kelly Tshibaka in her bid to unseat Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski, a Republican who voted to convict Trump at his impeachment trial and who is facing reelection next year.

It’s unclear whether the loyalty many Republican voters feel toward Trump personally will transfer to candidates he backs. At a meeting last week of the Grove City Patriots, a new Republican club in the Columbus suburbs that heard from three of the candidates on the ballot Tuesday, nearly everyone was a Trump supporter. Few, however, said they cared about his endorsement.

Tim Ruzicka said that he and his wife, Julie, who co-founded the group, are “totally Trump people,” but that his backing wouldn’t influence their pick. “For this, no. Everybody stand on your own merit. May the best candidate win,” he said.

Julie Ruzicka echoed her husband’s sentiments, saying she planned to study up on the candidates all weekend before casting her vote.

“I’m totally Trump all the way, but that’s not necessarily who I’m going to choose,” she said. “You know, Trump’s chosen bad people in the past — not his fault, but they flip once they get in there — so I’ve got to look deeper.”

Mike Murray, an 80-year-old retiree, agreed that Trump’s endorsement doesn’t mean as much to him as maybe the former president would hope.

“I mean, I like him, but I don’t go by other people’s endorsements all the time,” he said. “I kind of pick out my own – because most of them are, oh, ‘I’m going to fight for you,’ but what does that mean? I like Trump, but I have my own mind.”

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Beaumont reported from Des Moines, Iowa. Colvin reported from Washington.

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Four dead in helicopter crash in Northern Carolina

At least four people on board a helicopter were killed on Sunday after it crashed in a remote area of northern California.

The Colusa County Sheriff’s Department, which confirmed the deaths to the KXTV station, did not release their identities. “Preliminary reports indicate four people were on board,” said the sheriff’s statement.

The four who died were inside a Robinson R66 helicopter, which crashed at around 1.15pm near a highway in Colusa County, about 110 kilometres north of Sacramento.

The FAA and the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will investigate the crash. The NTSB tweeted that it is “investigating the 1 August, 2021, crash of a Robinson R66 near Colusa, California”.

The R66 is a turbine helicopter that has five seats and is powered by a Rolls-Royce turboshaft engine, according to the Robinson Helicopter Company’s official website.

The crash reportedly occurred on private property, reported ABC news. Authorities are yet to establish the reason for the helicopter crash and the exact cause of the deaths.

Additional reporting by agencies

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Dan Andrews Accused of Misusing Tax-Payer Funds After Allegations Staffers Spied On Focus Groups

Victorian Liberal MP Tim Wilson has accused State Premier Daniel Andrews of misusing public money after reports have emerged in the Herald Sun and The Australian that staffers from Andrews’ private office were given login details, to allegedly allow them to secretly spy on tax-payer funded focus groups that were run by a former Labor pollster,  reported.

“Staffers from Daniel Andrews’ office were given logins allowing them to spy on taxpayer-funded focus groups. There is no place Andrews won’t go,” Wilson said in a statement he posted to Twitter on Aug. 1.

“His misuse of public money to advantage his Labor machine stinks. This polling should’ve been paid for by Labor, not the taxpayer.”

The accusations from Wilson come after the Herald Sun, and The Australian ran reports on alleging that during the height of Victoria’s 112-day lockdown in 2020, former Labor pollster and political consultant, John Armitage of QDOS ­Research, produced fortnightly surveys on how the Victorian public rated the Andrews government’s handling of the pandemic, including how the public felt about Daniel Andrews.

The Australian alleged that Armitage’s research played a crucial role in shaping the premier’s strategy, tone and language during the 2020 lockdown, including his appearances at over 100 press conferences.

QDOS works with the government “on behaviour change campaigns,” according to the company’s website.

Since 2016, Armitage has been paid $2 million in taxpayer funds to conduct a five-year deal to monitor the public opinion of Victorians.

According to the Victorian parliament’s public accounts and estimates committee, nearly $800,000 over five years has been spent on the premier’s Facebook advertising, reported the Herald Sun.

Heavily redacted emails between GDOS and the premier’s office, obtained and published by The Australian, also allegedly show that the Premier’s Private Office (PPO) had involvement in drafting and approving questions for the surveys.

The surveys also included scoring the government’s leadership out of 10.

Members of the PPO, including the Premier’s chief-of-staff Lissie Ratcliff, were also invited to watch live streams of the QDOS conducted focus groups.

“Hi (redacted) and Lissie, here’s the Zoom link for ­tonight’s group (females living in South Yarra),” QDOS research director Sue Loukomitis wrote on May 25, 2020.

DPOS and Victoria’s Department of Premier and Cabinet have been contacted by The Epoch Times for comment.

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A Closer Look at Voter Fraud, San Francisco Style!

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Voter fraud is the cancer that is eroding the very heart and soul of the American democratic system. It is one of the most serious problems facing America today.

I am sure that there are those who choose to believe that it does not exist in our country, and they are certainly entitled to their beliefs. I am also sure that there are many others, on both sides of the issue, who know exactly what I am writing about. There might be some people who don’t even know what voter fraud is. However, no one has the right to engage in any type of voter fraud as it is a serious and destructive crime that ultimately deprives all law-abiding citizens of their freedom of expression.

To illustrate my point, I will share with you my own experience with voter fraud.

Contested Election for District 7 Supervisor

In the election for San Francisco Supervisor of District 7 in 2000, I was in involved in what many consider one of the closest and most contentious races in this city’s modern history.

After the poll votes were counted by the San Francisco Department of Elections (DOE) in the run-off election of December 2000, I was declared the winner of that seat by a margin of some 1,250 to 1,300 votes over the sitting member of the Board of Supervisors, Mabel Teng.

Needless to say, my campaign workers and I were elated with the outcome and looked forward to the opportunity of engaging in the city’s business. Within a week, we were informed that my election was to be the subject of a recount. My opponent, who was very popular with the “establishment lobbyists and special interests,” had secured financing for an election recount to the tune of some $86,000 from a Mr. Warren Hellman, a well-known Wall Street investor and philanthropist.

In the ensuing weeks, my election was the target of not just one, or two, but three public recounts of all the votes cast. This included all of the Election Day walk-in polling place votes, the absentee votes, and the provisional votes. Provisional ballots are those ballots that are not clearly marked, or where the voter had changed his or her mind and had altered the face of the ballot, and thus are subject to review and determination by an employee in the DOE.

With some 20,000-plus votes to be reexamined in three recount processes, it was indeed a very daunting and revealing undertaking. I was represented by only one very knowledgeable attorney, Mr. Peter Bagatelos, who was assisted by a loyal friend and campaign volunteer, Mr. Mike Kopec. The two labored daily to counter the challenges of my opponent’s legal staff of six attorneys.

During a challenged public recount process, each individual ballot is publicly displayed for only seconds before a final determination is declared by the DOE after each side voices their opinion. Needless to say, an alert mind and fresh eyes are invaluable as potential protests must be momentarily lodged on a ballot-by-ballot basis. Bear in mind that before any public recount is conducted, the DOE has already counted each vote behind closed doors and has also made their own determination regarding any questionable absentee and provisional ballots, and that’s what my original total margin of victory was based on.

As the recount weeks drew on, we held our lead in the Election Day poll votes cast, even though the DOE could not explain the disappearance of seven precincts that were not accounted for in the initial tally. San Franciscans will long remember the famous “Ballot Boxes in the Bay Scandal” that thoroughly embarrassed the city in the following months! Conveniently, the precincts that were missing in my election were the ones closest to my residential neighborhood. It appeared that the outfit contracted by the city controller to deliver the ballots from the precincts to the DOE staging area somehow lost their way, and the ballots and boxes of those missing precincts all wound up floating in the bay! (See reference articles one, two, and three.)

The director of the DOE, and the controller of the city and county were both mayoral appointees and high-ranking civil servants at that time. In reality, both of these department heads were nothing more than political hacks and operatives for the Democratic Party “establishment” that had been controlling City Hall for 40 years. The controller pulled rank and inserted himself as the director of the entire recount process. (The controller’s responsibility has to do with oversight of the city’s financial systems, not the DOE).

It was during the third public recount of the provisional ballots, and especially the absentee ballots, where we started to lose substantial numerical ground. My 1250-vote lead had dwindled to less than 100 votes in my favor, and I could see the writing on the wall. We were going to lose this election unless something drastic changed the course of this charade. The majority of absentee ballots that were now being presented as votes to be recounted greatly favored my opponent by about 80 percent and were all included in the process at the last minute. When we questioned the legitimacy and number of absentee ballots, we were told that we would have to pay for the man-hours that the DOE would have to undertake to verify the votes and cross reference them to the voter rolls. The cost for the DOE to perform such a procedure was estimated at about $80,000, an amount that neither I nor my campaign supporters could hardly afford. It was a grueling campaign, and we spent every penny we could raise to try and unseat an entrenched incumbent who had absolutely no problem raising money from special interests. As it was, her campaign had already outspent us by about ten to one when all of the “hard” and “soft” (legitimate donations vs. independent expenditures) were factored in. The DOE also stated that the reason for this late infusion of absentee ballots was that they did not receive all of them by the closing of the polls on Election Night!

The handling of the provisional ballots was also questioned by us as there was a definite increase in the number of ballots that had been physically altered by markings, etc.

It is extremely important to realize that at this point, we had no recourse to address the obvious shortcomings in the electoral process as it became blatantly clear that the cheaters were in charge of the cheating!

There was no way we could verify if all of the ballots we were now seeing in the recount were actually legitimate votes cast by registered voters! We didn’t have the money or resources at hand to pay for any type of a review. The best we could hope for was to somehow win the recounts.

Insider Exposes Vote Count Discrepancies

It was during the third recount that fate interjected. A “friendly” DOE employee handed me a slip of paper that clearly indicated that the end-of-day official recount tallies as prepared by the DOE did not coincide with the count that the city controller was recording. The controller’s figures were being presented as the official tallies being released to the public and the press, and they were off in favor of my opponent.

Armed with this physical evidence of insider cheating, I immediately marched up to Mayor Willie Brown’s office and rather aggressively suggested that he might want to intervene before I went to the press. I instinctively knew that once I blew the whistle, I would not be declared the winner as the city attorney, another political hack, was standing by ready to litigate the situation into forever-land. Appearing astonished, Mayor Willie Brown denied any knowledge of DOE or controller irregularities or wrongdoing. Within an hour of my return to the DOE office downstairs, I was informed that I won the election by 40 votes and that there was only one vote left to count. As the last questionable provisional vote was held up in the air, I proclaimed that it be given to Mabel Teng because she certainly paid for it! I was declared the winner of the election by 39 votes. My victory must have really upset the controller, as some five years later at the behest of Mayor Newsom, his office was responsible for distributing anonymous letters to the S.F. Chronicle newspaper falsely alleging that my budget as director of Treasure Island was being mishandled, even though he himself was in charge of the budget! This was just another chapter in “San Francisco politics.”

I relate this particular story to you as just one of the many first-hand examples of voter fraud that I have personally witnessed. This took place 21 years ago, and the cheating was quite obvious if you were involved. In today’s world, technology has really changed the game. Counting systems, voting machines, and campaign tactics are ever-evolving due to technology, and as such continually present new ways and methods that voter fraud and vote manipulation is used to thwart the will of the voters. But the practice of manipulating, falsifying, and using the absentee and provisional ballot processes to sway election outcomes continues to this day.

Again, the reality is that there is no recourse when challenging an election. Who do you turn to, when the people doing the cheating are very active members of the political party in charge of the process? In my case, as an Independent and not a party affiliate, I had even less recourse, as the mayor, city attorney, controller, DOE director, Ethics Commission, and any other agency I could turn to were all members of the same party machine. Going to the state was even more futile with the former speaker of the California Assembly now the mayor of San Francisco!

Is it illegal? Not always, according to legal analysts, as it is very hard to prove specific intent by those manipulating votes. Is it unethical? Yes, always, and we should demand several “easy to improve” protections to eliminate obvious cheating opportunities by either individuals or political parties.

In the vote fraud world, there are basically two types of ballots that are utilized by cheaters. Those that are completely fake, such as ballots not connected at all to a live, registered, or legitimate voter, but somehow are counted in the final election tally. Then there are those ballots that are also counted, but not cast by the registered legitimate voter as listed in the voter rolls.

I offer the following suggestions for those of you who are concerned enough to want to do something about this problem that is increasingly eroding your freedom.

(1) Voter Registration: As you may have witnessed in the last federal and state election, many people are registered to vote right on the street by campaign workers seeking to identify potential voters. The information is then delivered to the department of elections with no accompanying identification or proof of citizenship required of the person who is being registered and placed in the system. One can also register online. If they request an absentee ballot, chances are that their ballot will not be scrutinized by any election authority. There exists very little, if any at all, cross referencing for verification of signature, residence, citizenship, or other voter requirements because of the lack of manpower, or so we are told. It is very hard to believe that technology cannot fix that problem today!

Solution: Create and maintain voter lists and voter rolls of qualified registered voters in the jurisdiction where they live.

(2) Voter Verification or Authentication: With no ID required to vote at the polls on Election Day, anybody can vote as someone else without too much of a problem unless someone at the precinct recognizes them. During my election in 2000, there were several groups of individuals from the rival campaign observed roving from polling place to polling place just before closing time and casting votes under other people’s names. For whatever reason, poll workers would regularly post the names of people who have voted throughout the day on a list visible to the public at the polling place. These enterprising frauds would check the names listed late in the day and decipher who had not voted yet and would be unlikely to do so by closing time. A call to the residence of that potential voter as listed on their campaign lists would reveal if that person was even home. If no answer, bingo, into the poll they would waltz at the last moment to cast a vote under that person’s name.

Also, there is no process in place to address signature verification. Falsifying a signature is a crime, but who is checking?

As any campaign manager readily knows, campaign voter lists with names, addresses, phone numbers, and even party affiliation are readily available for purchase from most election offices. It is inconceivable that in today’s world that such lists cannot be expanded to somehow include voter verification. Is it technology or just politics?

Solution: Require and review voter verification and authentication by cross referencing ballots to voter rolls to assure that the ballots being cast are from legitimate, registered voters.

(3) Purging of Voter Rolls: Voter rolls maintained by any department of elections containing the lists of voters in that county are almost never purged, or certainly not on a regular basis. They include as active voters people who have either died, moved out of the county, or have not voted in decades. With absentee voting now compromising 85–90 percent of the total votes cast, the department of elections automatically mails out absentee ballots to those who have requested such. The pressure is on now to expand absentee voting to all voters. Herein lies the problem. If the status of these tens of thousands of departed and inactive voters is not duly and properly purged in a timely fashion, then there exists a tremendous opportunity for fraudulent ballots to be cast by those who engage in voter fraud. Why are the rolls not continually purged? There is an estimated 8–15 percent advantage should the votes of those nonexistent voters be counted in favor of one candidate. In San Francisco alone, I have met many political “consultants” who are paid a handsome sum because of their ability to control a significant portion of the absentee ballots in circulation. The insiders call it the “ACE” factor, and it has been instrumental in affecting the outcomes of several mayoral races, most notably in the Newsom-Gonzalez cliffhanger of 2003. In that race, despite a historically high election day turnout, an estimated 25,000 to 35,000 absentee ballots were mysteriously cast at the last moment in Newsom’s favor.

Solution: Purge all voter rolls annually.

(4) Voter Identification:

In California, if people choose to vote at the polling place on Election Day, they are not even required to show ID to vote. If they choose to give their ballot to a vote harvester (one who collects batches of votes and who in many cases actually fills out the ballot for the voter), who is going to stop them? Do you see the opportunity for fraud here?

In my opinion, there is absolutely no argument that holds up against the requirement that all voters should show some form of identification. Voting is one of the privileges that come with citizenship as guaranteed by our constitution. The hue and cry that the requirement of ID in order to vote will discriminate against those who do not possess identification is pure bunk, and the exploiters of the “no-ID” position know it better than everyone else. They are laughing at how easy it is for them to keep their “license to steal” by claiming racism and discrimination to the latte set. Virtually anyone who desires a form of ID can easily get one in today’s society, especially those who are receiving any form of assistance.

The sad reality here is that the less fortunate people of all colors are the very ones who are most victimized by a no-ID requirement, because the weight and influence of their own vote is diminished in proportion to the number of false votes cast. When voter fraud exists, they become even more marginalized and exploited by those who are manipulating the system, resulting in a situation where the most powerless become even more so. Most countries in the world require some form of voter ID.

Solution: Require voter ID before someone is allowed to vote at a polling station.

(5) Vote-by-Mail or Absentee Balloting: It is in the practice of using absentee ballots or voting by mail where the largest degree of fraud takes place. As mentioned above, there is almost no effort made by most election departments to cross check or match voter signatures with that on the voter rolls, so the likelihood of a fraudulently cast mail-in vote being discovered is quite rare.

Solution: We must develop and require a new additional method or form of proof that authenticates that the actual ballot being mailed in is from that particular registered voter, if we are to tackle this problem. (I don’t know what that additional method or form of proof could be at this time). Signatures must be required, and they should be on the actual ballot itself as opposed to accompanying paperwork. Signatures proving to be false must carry severe penalties for the perpetrators.

(6) Ballot Harvesting: Ballot harvesting is the practice of allowing political operatives and others to collect voters’ ballots and turn them in en masse to polling stations.

Solution: Ballot harvesting should be disallowed except in those rare cases where it is a hardship for the voter to lodge his or her ballot. In those cases, the third-party collector or harvester should be registered as such with the department of elections and all of those ballots delivered should be cross referenced with the rolls before being counted.

In closing, may I say thank you for taking the time to read this because it is important. There are many more ways to cheat if people are intent on doing so, and the above are just a few examples that I’ve had experience with. I know many of the solutions that I am proposing can be complicated and maybe even costly to implement, but the end result is well worth it. We must constantly fight back against the erosion of one of our most precious privileges as a citizen. The stark reality is that unless we address the existence of voter fraud, all of us, regardless of race, color, creed, or social status, will lose our freedom and become losers to those who are exploiting us.

For those of you who are interested, here is a good article (link) on ballot harvesting and absentee ballots.

Tony Hall is a former supervisor in the city and county of San Francisco.

Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.

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Mercer Street: UK and US blame Iran for ship attack as Tehran denies

The United Kingdom and the United States accused Iran on Sunday of being behind a fatal drone strike on an oil tanker off the coast of Oman in the Arabian Sea.

The statements came after Israel blamed Iran for the attack, putting further pressure on Tehran as it denied being involved in the assault.

Calling it a “unlawful and callous attack,” British Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said his country and its allies planned a coordinated response over the strike Thursday night on the oil tanker Mercer Street.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken soon followed, saying there was “no justification for this attack, which follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behaviour.”

The strike on the Mercer Street marked the first-known fatal attack after years of assaults on commercial shipping in the region linked to tensions with Iran over its tattered nuclear deal.

While no one has claimed responsibility for the attack, Iran and its militia allies have used so-called “suicide” drones in attacks previously, which crash into targets and detonate their explosive payloads. However, Israel, the UK and the responding US Navy have yet to show physical evidence from the strike or offer intelligence information on why they blame Tehran.

London denounces ‘violation of international law’

Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett went further than Blinken and Raab in his remarks on Sunday at a Cabinet meeting, making a point to stare directly into the camera and slowly warn: “We know, at any rate, know how to convey the message to Iran in our own way.”

The drone attack blasted a hole through the top of the oil tanker’s bridge, where the captain and crew command the vessel, a US official said. The official spoke on condition of anonymity as an investigation into the attack still was ongoing. The blast killed two crew members from the United Kingdom and Romania.

The Navy said the American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier USS Ronald Reagan and the guided missile destroyer USS Mitscher had escorted the Mercer Street as it headed to a safe port. On Sunday, satellite-tracking information from MarineTraffic.com showed the tanker stopped off the coast of Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

In his statement, Raab said it was “highly likely” Iran attacked the tanker with one or more drones.

“We believe this attack was deliberate, targeted and a clear violation of international law by Iran,” he said. “Iran must end such attacks, and vessels must be allowed to navigate freely in accordance with international law.”

Blinken similarly described the US as “confident” Iran carried out the attack, using multiple drones.

“These actions threaten freedom of navigation through this crucial waterway, international shipping and commerce, and the lives of those on the vessels involved,” he said in a statement.

Iran slams ‘baseless’ accusations

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh described the allegation Iran carried out the attack as “baseless.”

“It’s not the first time that the Zionist regime occupying Jerusalem has made such empty accusations against the Islamic Republic of Iran,” Khatibzadeh said. “Wherever this regime has gone, it has taken instability, terror and violence with it.”

He added: “Whoever sows the wind shall reap the whirlwind.”

Khatibzadeh spoke around an hour after Iran’s outgoing president acknowledged that his government at times “did not tell part of the truth” to the public during his term.

From Jerusalem, Bennett offered condolences to both the United Kingdom and Romania for the killing of their citizens. He said Israeli intelligence had evidence linking Iran to the attack, but did not offer it.

“Iran is the one who carried out the attack against the ship,” he said. “Iran’s aggressive behaviour is dangerous not only for Israel, but harms global interests in the freedom of navigation and international trade.”

Other Israel-linked ships have been targeted in recent months as well amid a shadow war between the two nations, with Israeli officials blaming the Islamic Republic for the assaults. Shipping in the region began being targeted in the summer of 2019, about a year after then-President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew America from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

Israel meanwhile has been suspected of conducting a series of major attacks in Iran and on Iranian shipping. Also, Iran saw its largest warship recently sink under mysterious circumstances in the nearby Gulf of Oman.

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Texas audit proposed by GOP would miss minor but real errors

A group of Texas Republicans wants to audit the 2020 election results in just the large, mostly Democratic counties across the state. If they get their way, they’ll miss many of the real — but minor — errors in the state’s vote count.

That’s according to a team of researchers that conducted a statewide analysis of the results across both Democratic and Republican counties. The group found a series of errors that would not come close to changing Republican Donald Trump s victory in the state or any other statewide race. But the errors stretch across both Republican and Democratic counties.

The research adds to a pile of evidence that contradicts the belief, widespread among Republicans, that elections in Democratic areas are rife with errors, irregularities and mismanagement. While errors in the tally do occur, research shows they tend to be random and small scale and do not benefit one party or the other.

In Texas, the mistakes, detected by election researchers from the University of Florida, were scattered across 37 of Texas’ 254 counties. They added or subtracted a handful of votes from various candidates with no skew toward one party or the other. Trump apparently received 223 more votes than the 5,890,347 that the Texas secretary of state lists as the Republican’s total. Democrat Joe Biden appears to have received 155 more votes than his listed 5,259,126, according to the research.

Minor mistakes like the Texas ones are relatively common, say election experts. In Texas, the errors are likely due to the state’s use of an older computer system that requires counties to enter their tallies by hand, increasing the risk of errors when the wrong digit is typed.

But they take on greater significance at a time when Trump supporters are calling for increased scrutiny of Democratic election offices, such as in Texas, where Attorney General Ken Paxton is among the Republicans supporting legislation that would audit the state’s largest counties — most of which were carried by Biden last year.

“If Texas is going to focus on the blue counties, that’s probably the wrong thing to do,” said Michael McDonald, the political scientist who led the team that found the Texas discrepancies. He also operates the U.S. Elections Project, which has tallies of all national elections since the nation’s founding. “They should look at all the counties because there’s something broken with this system.”

Texas’ elections director, Keith Ingram, said the state is working to upgrade its computer system to one that will automatically transmit counties’ final tally to the state, eliminating the need for local election directors to type it in. But that may not be ready for testing until next year’s primary.

“It’s not a huge number,” Ingram said of the discrepancies, which he had not heard of until contacted by The Associated Press. “Obviously, we want everything to be precisely spot on, and we’re going to give counties the ability to do that.”

Election experts say the Texas example shows the need for regular oversight of the system — as opposed to the so-called forensic audits that Trump supporters have backed that don’t follow established procedures and chase wild theories of voting fraud. An audit authorized by the Republican-controlled state Senate in Arizona’s largest county, for example, conducted a search for bamboo fibers on the ballots after a conspiracy theory circulated that fraudulent ballots for Biden were shipped in from Asia.

The Arizona audit has become a rallying cry for Trump backers who are convinced the election was stolen, although repeated professional audits and recounts have shown no mass voter fraud. They are pushing for new audits in Pennsylvania and Michigan. In Wisconsin, the Republican head of the assembly’s elections committee has promised an audit. In Texas, nearly three dozen Republicans signed onto a bill that would audit 13 counties with populations of more than 415,000 people. The bill has been in limbo, along with other GOP priorities, since Democrats bolted to Washington to block new voting laws.

The Republican lawmaker who proposed the Texas audit, state Rep. Steve Toth, expressed bafflement to The Washington Post about expanding it to smaller counties. “What’s the point?” Toth said. “I mean, all the small counties are red.”

Toth’s office did not respond to emails seeking comment from The Associated Press.

The Texas discrepancies are “why having real election audits and reconciliation audits is important — to make sure any transcription error like that is caught,” said Tammy Patrick, a former Maricopa County election official who works with The Democracy Fund and is a critic of the partisan audits. “It’s important that we don’t look at those kind of errors as cavalier or that they don’t matter, because they do, but they’re not indicative necessarily of fraud.”

The mistakes range from Travis County, which includes Austin reporting 100 too-few votes for a state Supreme Court candidate to small, conservative counties like Gillespie in Texas’ Hill Country, where the totals were a single vote off in a handful of races.

“If it’s different, then that’s going to be an input error, and it’s probably on the secretary of state,” said Terry Hamilton, a clerk in the Gillespie County elections office.

The discrepancies don’t all stem from transcription errors. In Kleberg County, near the southern Texas coast — a 30,000-population county won by Trump — Election Director Stephanie Garza had long-delayed knee replacement surgery three days after the election.

That meant she wasn’t able to personally ensure that ballots judged to be legal days after the election — known as provisional ballots and, in Texas, also limited ballots — were included in the final numbers sent to the secretary of state.

Because they were omitted, Trump’s winning total was understated by 71 votes, and Biden’s total was missing 67.

Garza said she was mortified to find out about the omission, even though it represents only a minuscule fraction of ballots cast in the presidential race.

“As an election director, you don’t want to be off whatsoever,” Garza said.

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The return of Sarah Palin? Former Alaska governor hints at possible run for US Senate

Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin has hinted that she may run for a US Senate seat.

“If God wants me to do it, I will,” Ms Palin said at a Christian conservative conference hosted by Che Ahn, leader of the New Apostolic Reformation movement.

Ms Palin was governor of Alaska from 2006 to 2009, when she resigned. The potential comeback she hinted at would be to run for senator of that state, which would mean campaigning against a longtime incumbent, Senator Lisa Murkowski.

Ms Murkowski, a moderate Republican, represents the opposite wing of the GOP from Ms Palin, who has closely associated herself with the arch-conservative Tea Party movement and, more recently, with Donald Trump.

Ms Palin rose to national fame in 2008, when John McCain chose her as his running mate in the US presidential election. But Ms Palin soon wilted under the scrutiny of that campaign, during which she was widely mocked as ignorant and unprepared. In November, she and Mr McCain were badly beaten by Barack Obama and Joe Biden.

For Ms Palin, the memory of that experience clearly still stings.

“If I were to announce, I’d say, you know what? You guys better be there for me this time, because a lot of people were not there for me last time,” she told Mr Ahn.

If Ms Palin does run, she will face a formidable opponent in Ms Murkowski, who has prevailed over primary challengers before. In 2010, a Tea Party candidate beat her in the Republican primary, but Ms Murkowski went on to beat him as a write-in candidate in the general election.

However, the political landscape is very different now than it was when Ms Palin last ran for national office. In the shadow of Mr Trump, who Ms Palin heartily supports, a loose grasp of facts and fringe right-wing positions are not necessarily disqualifying. Among pro-Trump Republicans, they may even help.

Nevertheless, Ms Palin showed some reluctance about running.

“You see where I live, you see what I get to wake up to every day,” she told the crowd, describing the beautiful scenery of her current home in Alaska, as compared to what she called the “bubble” of Washington, DC. “You know, it would be a sacrifice.”

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It’s in – and big: Senators produce $1T infrastructure bill

After much delay, senators unveiled a nearly $1 trillion bipartisan infrastructure package, wrapping up days of painstaking work on the inches-thick bill and launching what is certain to be a lengthy debate over President Joe Biden’s big priority.

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act clocked in at some 2,700 pages, and senators could begin amending it soon. Despite the hurry-up-and-wait during a rare weekend session, emotions bubbled over once the bill was produced Sunday night. The final product was not intended to stray from the broad outline senators had negotiated for weeks with the White House

“We haven’t done a large, bipartisan bill of this nature in a long time,” said Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer D-N.Y. He said a final vote could be held “in a matter of days.”

A key part of Biden’s agenda, the bipartisan bill is the first phase of the president’s infrastructure plan. It calls for $550 billion in new spending over five years above projected federal levels, what could be one of the more substantial expenditures on the nation’s roads, bridges, waterworks, broadband and the electric grid in years.

Senators and staff labored behind the scenes for days to write the massive bill. It was supposed to be ready Friday, but by Sunday even more glitches were caught and changes made. To prod the work, Schumer kept senators in session over the weekend, encouraging the authors to finish up work.

Late Sunday night, most of the 10 senators involved in the bipartisan effort rose on the Senate floor to mark the moment.

“We know that this has been a long and sometimes difficult process, but we are proud this evening to announce this legislation,” said Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Ariz., a lead negotiator. The bill showed “we can put aside our own political differences for the good of the country,” she said.

Republican negotiator Sen. Rob Portman of Ohio said the final product will be “great for the American people.”

Over the long weekend of starts and stops, Schumer repeatedly warned that he was prepared to keep lawmakers in Washington for as long as it took to complete votes on both the bipartisan infrastructure plan as well as a budget blueprint that would allow the Senate to begin work later this year on a massive, $3.5 trillion social, health and environmental bill.

Sen. John Cornyn R-Texas, predicted: “It’s going to be a grind.”

Among the major new investments, the bipartisan package is expected to provide $110 billion for roads and bridges, $39 billion for public transit and $66 billion for rail. There’s also set to be $55 billion for water and wastewater infrastructure as well as billions for airports, ports, broadband internet and electric vehicle charging stations.

The spending is broadly popular among lawmakers, bringing long-delayed capital for big-ticket items that cites and states can rarely afford on their own.

Paying for the package has been a challenge after senators rejected ideas to raise revenue from a new gas tax or other streams. Instead, it is being financed from funding sources that might not pass muster with deficit hawks, including repurposing some $205 billion in untapped COVID-19 relief aid, as well as unemployment assistance that was turned back by some states and relying on projected future economic growth.

“I’ve got real concerns with this bill,” said Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Bipartisan support from Republican and Democratic senators pushed the process along, and Schumer wanted the voting to be wrapped up before senators left for the August recess.

Last week week, 17 GOP senators joined all Democrats in voting to start work on the bipartisan bill. That support largely held, with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., voting yes in another procedural vote to nudge the process along in the 50-50 Senate, where 60 votes are needed to overcome a filibuster an advance legislation.

Whether the number of Republican senators willing to pass the bill grows or shrinks in the days ahead will determine if the president’s signature issue can make it across the finish line.

Cornyn said he expects Schumer to allow all senators to have a chance to shape the bipartisan bill and allow for amendments from members of both parties.

“I hope we can now pump the brakes a little bit and take the time and care to evaluate the benefits and the cost of this legislation,” Cornyn said.

The bipartisan bill still faces a rough road in the House, where progressive lawmakers want a more robust package but may have to settle for this one to keep Biden’s infrastructure plans on track.

The outcome with the bipartisan effort will set the stage for the next debate over Biden’s much more ambitious $3.5 trillion package, a strictly partisan pursuit of far-reaching programs and services including child care, tax breaks and health care that touch almost every corner of American life. Republicans strongly oppose that bill, which would require a simple majority for passage. Final votes on that measure are not expected until fall.

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Associated Press writers Mary Clare Jalonick and Brian Slodysko contributed to this report.

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Pelosi, Democrats call on Biden to extend eviction ban

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House Democratic leaders called on the Biden administration to immediately extend the nation’s eviction moratorium, calling it a “moral imperative” to prevent Americans from being put out of their homes during a COVID-19 surge.

An estimated 3.6 million Americans are at risk of eviction, some as soon as Monday.

Congress was unable to pass legislation swiftly to extend the ban, which expired at midnight Saturday, and the Democratic leaders said in a statement that it was now up to President Joe Biden s administration to act. They called on the administration to extend the moratorium through Oct. 18.

“Action is needed, and it must come from the Administration,” Pelosi said Sunday night in the statement signed by Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Whip James E. Clyburn and Assistant Speaker Katherine Clark. “Science and reason demand that they must also extend the moratorium in light of the delta variant. Doing so is a moral imperative.”

The White House which has urged localities and states to tap aid already approved by Congress, had no direct response to the Democrats call for action.

Some Democratic lawmakers said they were caught by surprise last Thursday when Biden announced that he would not extend the moratorium again in the wake of a Supreme Court ruling that suggested congressional action was necessary for another extension. Lawmakers were left with only days to act before the ban expired, creating frustration and anger and exposing a rare rift with the administration.

On Sunday, hours after the expiration, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., said that Democrats had to “call a spade a spade” and pointed to her own party.

“We cannot in good faith blame the Republican Party when House Democrats have a majority,” the progressive congresswoman said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

Ocasio-Cortez and other Democrats joined Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., who camped outside the Capitol over the weekend in protest.

On Saturday, with no legislative action pending, Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., the chair of the Financial Services Committee, told CNN, “We thought that the White House was in charge.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention put the ban in place as part of the COVID-19 response when jobs shifted and many workers lost income. The ban was intended to hold back the spread of the virus among people put out on the streets and into shelters.

Another source of frustration for lawmakers is the slow pace of pandemic relief already approved by Congress — nearly $47 billion in federal housing aid to the states — getting to renters and landlords owed payments. Biden has called on local governments to “take all possible steps” to disburse the funds immediately.

“There can be no excuse for any state or locality not accelerating funds to landlords and tenants that have been hurt during this pandemic,” Biden said in a statement Friday.

Brian Deese, director of the White House National Economic Council, appeared on “Fox News Sunday” to echo that sentiment. “No landlord should evict without seeking that rental assistance, and states and localities need to get that money out urgently, and they can do that,” Deese said.

Landlords also have argued for speeding up the distribution of rental assistance and opposed another extension of the moratorium.

As the deadline approached Saturday night, Pelosi urged House Democrats to check into how the money already allocated had been distributed so far in their own states and localities. She said the Treasury Department, which transferred the funds earlier in the year, offered to brief lawmakers during the coming week.

When the Supreme Court voted 5-4 in late June to allow the broad eviction ban to continue through the end of July, one of those in the majority, Justice Brett Kavanaugh, made clear he would block any additional extensions unless there was “clear and specific congressional authorization.”

The White House has maintained that Biden wanted to extend the moratorium but that concerns remained over challenging the court. Doing so could lead to a ruling restricting the administration’s ability to respond to future public health crises.

While racing to respond to Biden’s announcement Thursday that congressional action was needed, Democrats strained to draft a bill and rally the votes. Waters produced a draft of a bill that would require the CDC to continue the ban through Dec. 31. At a hastily arranged hearing Friday morning to consider the bill, she urged her colleagues to act.

In the end, Democratic lawmakers had questions and concerns and could not muster support to extend the ban.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers of Washington the top Republican on another panel handling the issue, said the Democrats’ bill was rushed and that “this is not the way to legislate.”

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Associated Press writer Alexandra Jaffe contributed to this report.

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Local government in Philippines declares that unvaccinated people are barred from purchasing FOOD

Local government in Philippines declares that unvaccinated people are barred from purchasing FOOD
Local government in Philippines declares that unvaccinated people are barred from purchasing FOOD

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Local government in Philippines declares that unvaccinated people are barred from purchasing FOOD Basket-Grocery-Shop-Isolated-Supermarket-Red-Food
(Natural News) Human rights abuses are accelerating worldwide, as governments claim dominion over people’s bodies and minds. In the Philippine city of Lapu-Lapu, Mayor Junard “Ahong” Chan signed a terror-inspired executive order that bans the “unvaccinated” from department stores, convenience stores, supermarkets and grocery stores. Individuals who do not submit their body to the experimental covid-19 protocol will be excommunicated from society, starved out, segregated into perpetuity. This divide-and-conquer strategy uses terror and humiliation to achieve absolute compliance. Food and basic resources are now being used as weapons against humanity.
A new wave of Nuremberg trials are warranted, as governments repeatedly violate and mock informed consent and basic medical ethics.

Terror, humiliation, starvation being used to force vaccine compliance

Mayor Chan’s executive order (No. 2021-040) lists numerous restrictions on the population until August 25. After that date, the general restrictions end for those who submitted to the initial vaccine requirements. The abuse will continue against the unvaccinated and will increase against the vaccinated, who will soon be required to obey again by getting booster shots. Anyone who doesn’t comply with the government’s vaccine threats will be segregated, socially ostracized, starved, restricted from living their lives. This abuse could go on into the foreseeable future because too many people are complying and too few are standing up to these tyrants.
Section 4 of Mayor Chan’s executive order states: “Effective August 25, 2021, only vaccinated persons, upon presentation of their vaccination cards, shall be allowed to enter public and private markets including department stores, supermarkets, grocery stores and convenience stores.”
Who needs gas chambers when governments can belligerently starve people and threaten their life at every turn? Mayor Chan said the city’s half million population is not vaccinating fast enough to reach the 70 percent vaccination threshold that governments are enforcing worldwide.
After making the executive order, Mayor Chan went on Facebook to brag about the sudden uptake in vaccinations, which went from the daily average of 2,000 shots in arms to 5,600 vaccinations per day. It turns out that terror and intimidation are the new standard for medical ethics, as governments threaten citizens with heinous crimes to claim ownership over their body and beliefs.
Mayor Chan was blasted online by citizens who literally have nothing left to lose. In response, Chan wrote that Section 4 might eventually be removed from the Executive Order, as long as enough people submitted to the injections. At this point, he is literally mocking anyone who challenges his authority. “God bless us and I love you all,” he wrote in salutation.

Individuals should be able to exercise free power of choice, without any intervention of force or duress

As more people are intimidated to comply, the number of adverse events and deaths post vaccination rise. Even though natural immunity is proving to be comprehensive and durable, public health authorities are censoring the strategies and treatments that can help people recover from the infection. In the push for vaccine compliance, public health authorities around the world holding back information on nutrition and the immune-modulating protocols that impart robust natural immunity.
By threatening to starve people, public health authorities prove that they don’t care about anyone’s health, and only seek to dominate and destroy people’s lives through pharmaceutical brainwashing and abuse. These crimes against humanity have never been so pervasive in world history, and are setting fire to the 1947 Nuremberg Code and its principles. But voluntary informed consent of the human subject is absolutely essential and must be enforced.
An individual should be able to exercise free power of choice, without the intervention of any element of force, fraud, deceit, duress, overreaching, or other ulterior form of constraint or coercion; and should have sufficient knowledge and comprehension of the elements of the subject matter involved as to enable him to make an understanding and enlightened decision.
In America, we need aggressive impeachment trials IMMEDIATELY for every politician who is still violating the Nuremberg Code. This should be promptly followed up with criminal trials, as the conspiracy to deprive individuals of their basic human rights continues to be laid bare for all the world to see.
The Nuremberg Code also needs to be enforced at the employer level and school level, to stop the terror and abuse, the divide-and-conquer targeting of people based on their medical choices. Human rights supersede these illegal, discriminatory, segregation-based employer policies that are being rolled out across various industries.
Stop giving away your body autonomy and stand for medical ethics and informed consent. If you’ve made a decision for you and your family, don’t roll over to coercion, intimidation and abuse, lest you become a slave. Once the evil is held to account in this country, we as free Americans must reassemble medical ethics and enforce the Nuremberg Code around the world. (Related: NUREMBERG 2.0: Biden’s corrupt DOJ just declared experimental vaccine mandates LEGAL… forced experimental injections will now commence.)
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Local government in Philippines declares that unvaccinated people are barred from purchasing FOOD

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