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WILKERSON: Joe Biden's remarks appalled me. I mean, what planet is Biden living on? And yet when I ask that question, I understand the phenomenon, because I've had to live with it myself, especially and vividly the last twenty years. He said, and I wrote this down, we cannot and must not go down this road in America. we cannot and must not go down this road in America, referring to violence, political violence, or otherwise. What planet is he living on? There are 494 million guns in this country. We killed 43 million people with those guns last year, probably equal to that this year. We have a shooting almost daily in America. We have a mass shooting almost weekly, certainly monthly. We have more political violencee oveseas that we are instrumental in, if not cause of—Ukraine and Gaza standing out most violently, brually, and cruelly. We're perpetraing those conflicts—Oh, those are brown people. Oh, those are Ukrainians; that doesn't count: I guess, that's what they say to themselves, and when I say 'they', I mean, Blinken and Sullivan and Biden and Austin and the  Congress of the United States, almost to a man, to a woman. We live in one of the most politiclly violent countries ever in the history of the world and, certainly, in the modern age
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ChatGPT | Three days after attempted assassination, Trump shooter remains an elusive enigma [sic] , 17 July
Even after the FBI cracked into Thomas Matthew Crooks' cellphone, scoured his computer, home and car, and interviewed more than 100 people, the mystery of why he opened fire aimed an automatic rifle to shoot Trump during Trump's rally Saturday, wounding the GOP nominee, remained as elusive [sic] as the moment it happened.
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So far, there has been no public disclosure the shooter left any writings, suicide note, social media screed or any other indicator explaining his reasons for targeting aiming an automatic rifle to shoot Trump. A law enforcement official briefed on the ongoing investigation told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity that Crooks' phone had not immediately yielded any < wipes tears > meaningful clues related to motive [strategic? planed? premeditated?] murder or whether he acted alone or with others.
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Re: New Narrative Everyone Hates Iran
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Vote Trump-Vance!

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ChatGPT | US officials have gathered increasing amount of intel about Iran plotting to assassinate Trump, 17 July
...Two senior U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence said the Biden administration has gathered information from various sources, including human sources, on threats from Tehran that are linked to physical acts of violence—acts that could kill Trump, they said, without providing further details....
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motive, n. a reason for doing something

usage: Means, motive, and opportunity are elements of a rubric to detect and validate or invalidate personal responsibility for an actual event, or fact.

(Not to be confuse with motif, or pattern; irrational-Eng. an emotion, or affect; pecuniary-Eng. (dis)incentive, or (punitive)award; stimulant; inducement; or "strategic strategy" unburdened by what has been crack-cocaine brand management: INFINITE CONTEXT WINDOW)

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In story: July 2024

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In story: White House Conspiracy Iran Targets Trump

Biden in Warsaw: 'Putin Got to Go'
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US President Joe Biden has said that Russia's leader Vladimir Putin "cannot remain in power" in a fiery speech pushing the world's democracies to unite to support Ukraine, though the White House later said Biden was not calling for regime change in Moscow.

A Wise God Is Not Listening to Joe

"For God's sake, this man cannot remain in power,"Biden said at the very end of a speech in Poland's capital on Saturday that served as the capstone on a four-day trip to Europe.

The Kremlin dismissed the remarks, saying the US had no authority in the matter.

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Continuation US Foreign Policy ...
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Outcry after US senator Lindsey Graham suggests Putin's assassination | The Guardian - 4 March 2022 |

The Republican senator doubled down on his Thursday comments as lawmakers on the right and left react with dismay and outrage

Victory for Ukraine, Defeat for Russia: 6 Steps to Holding Putin Accountable | Lindsey Graham |

For this war to end in a way that would deter future wars, Putin must be stopped and a democratic Ukraine must still remain standing.

This is a historic moment in which we can reinforce all the values freedom-loving people hold near and dear. The best way to honor those killed in Ukraine who have fought valiantly for their freedom, who died at the hands of war criminals, is for Ukraine to be successful.



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In story: White House Conspiracy Iran Targets Trump

Re: On Political Instability in America 2024
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In story: July 2024

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On Political Instability in America 2024
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The US vs. Itself -- and Other Top Global Risks in 2024 | Ian Bremmer - TED Talk |

While America's military and economy remain exceptionally strong, its political system is more dysfunctional than that of any other advanced industrial democracy ... and in 2024 faces further weakening. The US presidential election will worsen the country's political division, testing American democracy to a degree the nation hasn't experienced in 150 years and undermining US credibility on the global stage.



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Iran's Plot to Kill Trump Shows Truth About 'Moderate' New Leader | Opinion, 17 July

file in The situation here is still pretty psychotic/Mental disorder is a communicable disease/It's not me

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Biden Staring Ukraine Failure In the Face
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Does the US have a plan for Ukraine other than stalemate? | Al Jazeera Interview Ian Bremmer |

US political analyst Ian Bremmer says there is no scenario for Ukraine that doesn't involve partitioning the country.

Russia and the West have been locked in a battle of wills for more than two years over Ukraine, fighting and waiting to see who will back down first.

But regardless of how long the war lasts, Ukraine will be partitioned in the end, argues Ian Bremmer, founder of Eurasia Group, a global political risk consultancy.

Bremmer tells host Steve Clemons that "the willingness of the US and Europe to take economic pain to hurt the Russians is minimal" and the sanctions against Moscow are not stopping it from exporting oil and gas.

See my earlier diary ...

Biden's Political Exit On Foreign Policy

"I do welcome some great persons writing articles with quite similar opinions as my own posting over many years."

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NATO's Delivery F-16s to Ukraine an Escalation
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Europe Needs Peacemakers, Not More War
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In story: July 2024

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Re: Europe ELECTION 2024 crisis revealed:
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low-rent VDL legitimacy

188 EPP
136 S&D
= 304 (57 short of simple majority MEP endorsement)
+ 077 RENEW (obviates mime troupe)

low-rent EP sideshow

euronews | European Parliament inaugural plenary, 15 July

How many of her own European People's Party will abstain in the vote? Can she rely on support from allies in Socialists and the Liberals? Will the Greens' 53 MEPs decide she is the best chance they have to further their agenda?
Von der Leyen's speech: 18 July, 15 July
The incumbent president will need a simple majority (361 votes out of 720) and currently relies on the votes of the pro-EU coalition consisting of the centre-right European People's Party (EPP), EU socialists (S&D) and liberal Renew, while the Greens have also expressed their will to join on conditions. If the members of these political groups vote for her, von der Leyen will have a safe majority, but as the vote is secret, defections cannot be ruled out.
The case for a feminist EU Commission: von der Leyen's test
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Although the founders of the EU may not have envisioned it as a feminist initiative, they effectively created one by promoting collaboration over competition, sharing power and fostering a regional order that transcends rivalry among shifting continental powers by addressing inequalities between countries and within countries.
archive Global Gateway UPDATE!
And if those principles have worked for us—why not take them further? Why not extend those principles also to our dealings with others? Quite apart from the fact that it is high time to move beyond our (neo)colonialist, exploitative traditions and tendencies, maybe the president-nominee should also bear in mind the well-known African proverb: if you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together.
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Germany talks up West African ties following EU's Sahel exit
German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock talked up the prospect of closer political ties with Senegal and the Ivory Coast, in the latest attempt by a senior EU politician to rebuild the bloc's political influence in West Africa.
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The EU has marked out both countries as potential partners on migration and defence and security after being kicked out by the Sahelian juntas, with European Council president Charles Michel visiting both states in April.
lesahel.org | Diplomacy: Russia welcomes the creation of the "Confederation of the States of the Sahel, 16 July

The Europan Commission, meanwhile, is providing Ivory Coast with funding to help its cocoa sector, which supplies around 40 percent of the world's cocoa beans, most of which goes to the EU, adjust to the bloc's new laws on anti-deforestation.

archive "speed dating for diplomats", Anne Lauvergeon in Niger, Joe wants VDL, Shifting Sands in Munich Security Conference, Baerbock Brings Feminists Foreign Policy to Europe, what does that mean? following post-heroic* Großer Zapfenstreich

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In story: July 2024

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not that bis, the other one | ANTI-BOYCOTT ADVISORY ON TÜRKIYE (14.05.24)
The Turkish government has recently announced that it will suspend all exports and imports to and from Israel until the Israeli government allows an uninterrupted and sufficient flow of humanitarian aid into Gaza. [...] U.S. companies operating in Türkiye, in particular, are cautioned to be alert to their receipt of any requests to refrain from importing or exporting goods to or from Israel or to provide certification that the goods are not of Israeli origin or do not contain Israeli-origin components or materials. Illustrative examples of recent boycott requests reported to the Office of Antiboycott Compliance (OAC) can be found here.
Jeff Flake to step down as Turkish US ambassador in Turkiye on Sept. 1 , 16 July
"It has been an honor and a privilege to represent the United States of America in this pivotal country, and to strengthen our relationship with this indispensable ally," Flake wrote to The Hill. "The significant progress made in our bilateral relationship over the past few years owes much to bipartisan support from my former colleagues in the U.S. Congress."
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In story: IDF Ordered to Murder Their Own

Re: Netanyahu, Gantz, and Gallant war cabinet
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American Israeli family of Hamas hostage to address RNC urging unity to secure release, 16 July beggaring belief in Knesset democracy
"We're dual citizens of the United States in Israel. We have a large family in Israel. Both of our fathers are Holocaust survivors. So Omer grew up on those stories, and the narrative of a strong Israel [?] that needs to exist in order for the Jewish people to have a home," Orna said.



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In story: Call to Arms by Democrats - Revolt 2024

New Narrative Everyone Hates Iran
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The White House in a move of desperation launched another conspiracy theory ... Iran Did It!

To satisfy right-wing Republicans, Evangelists and the Israel lobby.

Exclusive: Secret Service ramped up security after receiving intel of Iranian plot to assassinate Trump; no known connection to shooting

US authorities obtained intelligence from a human source in recent weeks on a plot by Iran to try to assassinate Donald Trump, a development that led to the Secret Service increasing security around the former president, multiple people briefed on the matter told CNN.

The existence of the intelligence threat from a hostile foreign intelligence agency -- and the enhanced security for Trump -- raises new questions about the security lapses at the Saturday rally in Butler, Pennsylvania, and how a 20-year-old man managed to access a nearby rooftop to fire shots that injured the former president.

A US national security official said the Secret Service and Trump campaign were made aware of the threat before Saturday's rally.

Well done U.S. Secretary Service ... Butler, Pennsylvania was fully secure. 😂

No link as this is an obvious piece of disinformation from the intelligence community.

This has always been the endgame for solving Israel's Middle East crisis ... attack the Ayatollahs of the Islamic Republic of Iran ... wagging the dog 😡

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In story: Biden's Political Exit On Foreign Policy

New Poll has Trump Leading Biden in Virginia
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New poll has Trump leading Biden in Virginia

Presidential election intentions

When respondents were asked whom they would vote for if the election for president were held today and they had to decide now, former President Trump, the Republican, slightly leads, with 39% saying they would vote for him, compared with 36% who would vote for President Biden, the Democrat. The difference between the two is less than the margin of error for this poll but sees a shift towards President Trump compared to VCU Wilder School's December Commonwealth poll which had President Biden leading President Trump (43% - 40%).

For the remaining candidates, 9% of Virginians in the new poll say they would vote for Robert Kennedy Jr., 2% for Jill Stein and 1% for Cornel West. Three-quarters of Democrats say they would vote for President Biden, while 82% of Republicans would vote for former President Trump. Six percent of both Democrats and Republicans indicate they would vote for Robert Kennedy Jr. Also, Independents are most likely to vote for Robert Kennedy Jr., with 27% supporting him. Black Virginians are more likely to vote for President Biden (46%), but this number has dropped by 20 points since the winter poll, when 67% supported him.



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Incitement Biden's Bullseye Remark
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Biden's ME Policy Contra American Interests
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National Security Memorandum nr. 20 - 10 May 2024
Statement on Biden Administration's NSM-20 Finding on Israel

Former US Diplomat: Washington losing standing after Gaza War | Al Jazeera - 14 July 2024 |

US's `immoral and inhumane' policy on Gaza convinced veteran US diplomat Hala Rharrit to leave the State Department.

For 18 years, Hala Rharritworked as a political officer in the US Department of State, and eventually as spokesperson for the government. After realising that United States policy on Israel's war on Gaza was making it "impossible" to promote the US, "it came to a point where I realised I could no longer be part of the [Biden] administration", she says.

Rharrit tells host Steve Clemons that US talking points are "dehumanising to the Palestinians" neglect their plight. and follow the lead of Israeli talking points. US policy is destabilising the region and not making Israel any safer, Rharrit argues.



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In story: NATO Stoltenberg/Rutte Gun-ho to Fight Russia

History Revisionism Rutte, Putin and MH17
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The more than impressive docuseries The Echo of MH17 hits on all fronts. For the first time, people from behind the scenes are also telling their stories. "If your child lies lifeless in a sweltering Ukrainian field for days, prey to animals and rebels, you can only hope for a man like forensic expert Fred de Wit," writes Angela de Jong.
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'Get it done. This is sacred', Mark Rutte snapped at Putin over the phone
 
Nonsense ... written in the war narrative as dictated by Washington DC, the Pentagon and NATO... the young and ambitious PM Mark Rutte of the Netherlands.

Covered in all details as the days progressed ... investigators from Malaysia coordinated with rebels controlling the area ... the Dutch moved through Kyiv - Washington DC - NATO Gen. Breedlove - Rasmussen - UK PM Cameron - for a delay of 14 days. When confronted with the facts on the ground, Rutte even apologized as the rescuers worked intensely from zero hours after the crash.

Dutch PM Rutte Abruptly Calls-off MH-17 Recovery Mission | 6 Aug 2014 |

Malaysian flight  MH-17 crash site human remains and passenger belongings recovered on Day One village of Hrabove, Donetsk region, eastern Ukraine.

The black boxes were recovered and through Malaysian mediation with the "rebels" handed over to proper authorities.

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Crooks Sitting On Top of HQ Armed Local Police
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New video shows Trump shooter climbing onto the roof at rally | ABC News |

Heavily armed local police were stationed inside the building and missed Thomas Crooks climbing outside to the roof.

Witnesses said they frantically tried to warn Secret Service agents about a suspicious man on the roof of the manufacturing plant moments before he unleashed his deadly onslaught.

"He was up there for a couple of minutes, absolutely at least three, four minutes. We were pointing at him for the Secret Service, who were looking at us from the top of the barn. They were looking at us the whole time," Greg Smith told the BBC.



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Survey the Rise of Political Violence in U.S.
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The Rise of Political Violence in the United States | Journal of Democracy - October 2021 |

According to the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START), which maintains the Global Terrorism Database, most political violence in the United States is committed by people who do not belong to any formal organization.

Instead, ideas that were once confined to fringe groups now appear in the mainstream media. White-supremacist ideas, militia fashion, and conspiracy theories spread via gaming websites, YouTube channels, and blogs, while a slippery language of memes, slang, and jokes blurs the line between posturing and provoking violence, normalizing radical ideologies and activities.

These shifts have created a new reality: millions of Americans willing to undertake, support, or excuse political violence, defined here (following the violence-prevention organization Over Zero) as physical harm or intimidation that affects who benefits from or can participate fully in political, economic, or sociocultural life.

Political Violence in the United States Historically

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What is occurring today does not resemble this recent past. Although incidents from the left are on the rise, political violence still comes overwhelmingly from the right, whether one looks at the Global Terrorism Database, FBI statistics, or other government or independent counts.3 Yet people committing far-right violence--particularly planned violence rather than spontaneous hate crimes--are older and more established than typical terrorists and violent criminals. They often hold jobs, are married, and have children. Those who attend church or belong to community groups are more likely to hold violent, conspiratorial beliefs. These are not isolated "lone wolves"; they are part of a broad community that echoes their ideas.

Two subgroups appear most prone to violence. The January 2021 American Perspectives Survey found that white Christian evangelical Republicans were outsized supporters of both political violence and the Q-Anon conspiracy which claims that Democratic politicians and Hollywood elites are pedophiles who (aided by mask mandates that hinder identification) traffic children and harvest their blood; separate polls by evangelical political scientists found that in October 2020 approximately 47 percent of white evangelical Christians believed in the tenets of Q-Anon, as did 59 percent of Republicans.



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