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Corporate News vs The Truth
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 April 29 2024 at 02:10 pm
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Staying informed is crucial, yet it's becoming increasingly difficult in a world where trust in mainstream media is waning—a distrust well-earned not only by their pursuit of clicks and profit but also due to reporting biases, errors, and the presentation of conflicting information that often misleads rather than enlightens. As traditional news outlets struggle to stay relevant amidst a flood of independent voices online, many people are turning away from established anchors and towards those they view as peers. Individuals on platforms like YouTube and blogs are gaining trust by sharing news and opinions that often feel more genuine and less influenced by corporate agendas. This shift reflects a broader disillusionment with a media system more focused on maintaining influence than on providing truthful, unbiased information. Despite my reservations about corporate news, I recognize their significant impact on society. They shape the narratives that a large segment of the population absorbs and believes, which is why it's crucial for those striving to stay truly 'healthy and awake' to understand the media environment that surrounds us. This includes recognizing the narratives that permeate our society and understanding how they influence public discourse. I advocate for a healthy skepticism, particularly towards corporate media, which has repeatedly shown a disregard for the full truth in favor of sensationalism or skewed narratives. With this context, I'm curious about your approaches to staying informed: Where do you turn for reliable news? Who are the voices you trust? Are there any mainstream media outlets you believe still uphold journalistic integrity? If so, which ones and why? This conversation isn't about dictating right or wrong but about sharing strategies for navigating a media-saturated world with critical awareness. Healthy & Awake Podcast: Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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The Balance Sheet Of War
David Reavill
 April 21 2024 at 04:39 pm
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President John F. Kennedy America no longer declares war; instead, we “budget.” The last war that America declared was World War II. And yet, today, we are bogged down in endless conflict. The United States has been involved in no fewer than 13 conflicts in the 24 years of the 21st century. That’s a new war every two years. This week, the US Congress reduced the pursuit of war to a mere budget. Under the yet-to-be-designated bill, titled: Making emergency supplemental appropriations to respond to the situation in Ukraine and for related expenses for the fiscal year ending September 30, 2024, and for other purposes. The US House of Representatives rushed through a $95 Billion stop-gap appropriation principally to support the War In Ukraine but also funding the Israeli-Gaza Conflict and military aid to Taiwan. The 2024 STOU, VP Kamala Harris, President Joe Biden, Speaker Mike Johnson. It was a remarkable piece of legislative legerdemain, as Speaker of the House Mike Johnson completely switched from anti- to pro-Ukraine funding. Declaring himself a “wartime” speaker, Johnson said that we must spend $61 billion on Ukraine to be on the right side of history. “My philosophy is you do the right thing and you let the chips fall where they may…History judges us for what we do. This is a critical time right now — a critical time on the world stage..” While no one would argue that we’re living in a “critical time,” that tells us little about funding for Ukraine. It’s an assertion, not an argument. Johnson mumbles that he’s seen classified information that leads him to believe the financing of Ukraine is warranted, but he declines to reveal what those classified documents say. That’s how a “Wartime” Speaker prepares a “Wartime” supplemental appropriation, aka budget — a budget that drags the nation further into debt and further into commitment to Ukraine. Of course, Speaker Johnson is joining President Joe Biden, whom the Wall Street Journal noted six months ago: “…Looks Like A Wartime President.” It’s becoming increasingly apparent that Washington is gearing up for war. Duh! In the short three years of Biden’s Presidency, we’ve seen a disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, the Proxy War in Ukraine, the Proxy War in Gaza, an emerging conflict with Iran, and Operation Prosperity Guardian (the war with the Houthis). No matter how you look at it, it is a remarkable display of American military aggression. It’s a roll-up of the sleeves, bare knuckles, approach to foreign policy that we’ve never seen before. The foundation for this new American militarism is based on two concepts. First, that war is good for business, and second, that war is acceptable as long as no Americans are dying. War Is Good For Business This first foundational premise, that “war is good for business,” is remarkable in that it is the complete inversion of what the American people used to believe. In the 1960s, many of us argued that the very fact that nations might enter into war to make a profit was, in itself, immoral. It has been a Western tradition going back to Thomas Aquinas’ “Just War Theory,” in which he argues that war should only be fought to defend the homeland. He would certainly not justify war as a pursuit of profit. In his famous “Day of Infamy” speech, President Franklin Roosevelt reflects this tradition when he declares: As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.” It was clear to Roosevelt that America was entering the war with Japan, and later Italy and Germany, not to make money but to defend the United States, which was at that point under attack. Within that context, millions of Americans volunteered to serve in defense of our country. The lines at the local draft boards stretched around the street. Future soldiers, sailors, marines, and airmen were willing to risk their lives to protect this country. Regrettably, that’s no longer the case. Draft boards nationwide are empty, recruitment goals for all the major services are unmet, and the American military is progressively understaffed. It seems that men and women are not willing to die for the profitability of our Defense Contractors. And yet, that’s just how this latest supplemental appropriation was pushed through Congress: “It’s good for business.” “It will mean more jobs.” As Lindsay Graham, Senator from South Carolina, likes to say: “It’s the best money we’ve ever spent.” Profits, jobs, and a roaring economy for America. No American Lives Lost However, there is another side to this War-Business-Bonanza, a side that includes misery and death, not American deaths, but other’s deaths nonetheless. You see, while the US turns out the most advanced military equipment, bombs, guns, and missiles, those weapons are being used to maim and kill. It is generally accepted that there are over half a million Ukrainian casualties in the war with Russia, with more added each day. It is a demographic catastrophe for a country that, at the beginning of the conflict, only had a population of about 25 million. Ukraine is losing an entire generation of child-bearing age people. The War in Gaza. Likewise, the conflict in Gaza has seen over 33,000 Palestinians killed; almost all of these deaths were the result of US-supplied arms. In no small way, the American Defense industry has become the silent partner in Israel’s push throughout Palestine. And that’s how America has reduced war to a balance sheet — a profit and loss statement of “what’s good for American business is good for the World.” Today, the White House released a document extolling the benefits of promoting war (passing aid to Ukraine). It included a list of all the states that will have more jobs because America is making arms for the world. It hasn’t always been like this. There was a time when a US President talked of making peace, not war. In the Commencement Address at American University on June 10, 1963, President John F. Kennedy said: I have, therefore, chosen this time and this place to discuss a topic on which ignorance too often abounds, and the truth is too rarely perceived — yet it is the most important topic on earth: world peace. What kind of peace do I mean? What kind of peace do we seek? Not a Pax Americana enforced on the world by American weapons of war. Not the peace of the grave or the security of the slave. I am talking about genuine peace, the kind of peace that makes life on earth worth living, the kind that enables men and nations to grow and to hope and to build a better life for their children — not merely peace for Americans but peace for all men and women — not merely peace in our time but peace for all time. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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The Repo Act: Why America Can No Longer Be...
David Reavill
 April 26 2024 at 02:26 pm
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President Biden signing legislation. On Wednesday, US President Joe Biden signed a massive aid package aimed at helping Ukraine, Israel, and Taiwan strengthen their respective military. But it was also an omnibus bill that included much more than a mere aid package. Buried within its provisions were potential sanctions against the social media site TikTok and an extension of the regrettable Patriot Act. However, a third provision within the Bill may prove to be the most costly for you and me, the American Citizens. Initially presented as the “Repo Bill,” this piece of legislation proved to be so unpopular that it could not stand on its own. So, in the usual machinations of our Congress, the Repo Bill was attached to the massive aid package in the hope that few would notice. Now passed and signed into law by the President, the Repo “Act” is nothing less than an attack on Private Property and the latest blow against global trade and finance. With extreme irony, this part of the Act was labeled the “Repo” Act. As those familiar with finance know, a Repo is a shorthand for a Repurchase Agreement. In this sophisticated method, governments and other large institutions lend (sell) a security (generally a sovereign debt instrument) to another institution, with the provision that they will buy back (repurchase) that security at a future date. Central to the Repo transaction is trust — the trust that both parties will fulfill their side of the contract. This trust is so fundamental to this kind of financial transaction that it is rarely stated. It is just assumed. After all, those involved in Repo transactions, and in fact in any transactions of this size and scope, are presumed to be “good actors.” These are many of the world’s most significant governments, institutions, and endowments. The US Treasury is among them. On this Wednesday, the United States declared it had gone rogue. You see, part of the legislation passed by the US House and Senate and signed into law by President Biden incorporated the Repo Act, a provision that the United States could confiscate Russian assets held on deposit in US Banks. It wasn’t even a debatable case. There was no doubt that these were Russian assets. Institutions within Russia had placed these deposits with American financial institutions to provide collateral for trade and finance between the two countries. Remember, as late as last November, the United States was still purchasing Russian oil and gas. No doubt, some of these assets were a result of these trades. As one more step in Washington’s widening war with Russia over Ukraine, our nation is taking the step to confiscate approximately $6 billion (US) held in this country. This move is unprecedented. Never in our long history has the US Government so blatantly and publicly pilfered international funds held on deposit. It is just the sort of action that Fiduciary Laws across the country are designed to prohibit. Regrettably, this is just the latest step by the Biden Administration to disregard convention and strike a blow against Global Finance. America has promoted an all-out economic war in retaliation to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine — from multiple sanctions to removing Russia from the SWIFT System of trade reconciliation; Washington has been determined to diminish Russia’s ability to trade. While I can understand that many in this country wish to support Ukraine, the debate needs to include how Washington is destroying our resources and abilities in trade and finance. There isn’t a day that I have yet to read about the decline of the US dollar’s status as the reserve currency. Those who write about the dollar’s decline are spot on. The decline in the Petro-Dollar is especially significant, as we’ve seen Saudi Arabia express its desire to join BRICS, the emerging competitor to US Dollar hegemony. The Eurodollar is also under pressure, as Europe’s energy purchases will increasingly be made in Russian Rubles or perhaps Indian Rupees. Historically, both the Petro-Dollar and the Eurodollar came about with the need to hold on deposit American currency to expedite global trade — the very thing that President Biden and Congress now attack. From my perspective, far more than the billions spent on Ukraine, the damage done by the incorporated Repo Act will leave a lasting legacy on America. Imagine a country, the United States, that is reliant upon foreign trade to provide many of the products we consume, that is reliant upon foreign investors to purchase nearly a third of our sovereign debt, and that encourages offshore customers to purchase our natural resources, automobiles, and high-tech products that make up our exports. We are a country built over the past half-century by international trade and finance. And yet here is a president and Congress who have thrown a “monkey wrench” into the most basic of all attributes: trust. After April 25, 2024, the world can no longer trust the United States to be a fair and impartial custodian of assets. The world leader in trade and finance no longer meets the standards of a simple fiduciary. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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To My Fellow Boomers, It's Time To Take A...
David Reavill
 May 04 2024 at 06:12 pm
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Boomers will remember the moment when 4 Student Demonstrators were killed by the Ohio National Guard at Kent State University on May 4, 1970. ** I think it’s time to jettison the “Baby” part, don’t you? As we’re preparing to shuffle off this mortal coil, it’s no time to keep saying “baby boomers.” I never like that term, so instead, I address you as just my fellow “boomers.” Perhaps not the greatest generation, an application that Tom Brokaw gave to our parents, we are still one of the most influential groups of all time. We lived through extraordinary events: the first American in space, commercial jet airliners, transistors, computers, and all the electronic gadgets that fill our homes today. But perhaps the most welcome was the diminutive television. Often tucked in the corner of our living rooms or bedrooms (or both), TV has welcomed us for most of our lives — a constant companion we have come to know and trust. When talking to my fellow boomers about current affairs, I often get a TV scripted “sound bite.” It’s a headline that fits in nicely just before an expected 30-second commercial. Our friend, the TV is especially welcome now that our eyesight isn’t what it used to be, and reading can be progressively more difficult. I used to laugh as I walked through my mother’s apartment complex; from each doorway, the television blared, often all tuned to the same channel! I’m not laughing so much now; I like to tune up the volume (LOL). But something happening with our young people may take us back to our youth and the promise we knew then. Students around the country are beginning to stand up for the same old values of truth and justice that we once knew. It’s an especially difficult time of the year for students. Final exams lie directly ahead, and after an especially cold winter, at least here in the Northeast, Spring fever is in full swing. Most students would instead grab their textbooks and head out to the nearest lawn to kick back and put in a few sunny hours of study. But not the students I’m talking about. The students I’m talking about have put all that aside. They’ve even risked losing their cherished degree, as that’s the threat College Administrators have put on them. As you’ve guessed, the students I’m talking about are the ones who are demonstrating against the events unfolding in Gaza. What they see happening there has transfixed them and united them in a noble cause. But before we go there, I implore you to be open to the possibility that these students may comprehend the world from a very different perspective than the TV-tainted world of us in the boomer generation. I don’t mean to be overly personal, but the Lester, Norah, or David that we watch each evening is not telling it straight. Yes, it’s a beautifully packaged, wonderfully presented compact view of the world, but it’s often false. And it’s especially false today. Let’s begin by agreeing to some basic facts about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. The first fact is this: the dispute did NOT start on October 7, 2023. There has been an active struggle between these two for as long as most boomers have lived, at least as far back as 1948 and, by most accounts, even before that. For decades now, the Palestinians have been restricted to a small strip of land bounded on one side by the Mediterranean Sea and on the other by what was considered the most technologically advanced containment system in the world. The Israelis assumed that Hamas could not breach its barrier. But in a daring raid on October 7 of last year, Hamas rebels did just that. Attacking a concert in progress, they killed 1,400 innocent people. This attack by Hamas rebels killed 1,400 civilians and Israeli Defense Force Soldiers in what is considered the most significant setback for Israel’s military since the 1973 War. There is no getting around the fact that this was reprehensible. It’s the part that everyone agrees upon. Even our friend the TV has portrayed this in its proper light. From this point on, my fellow boomers and the college students part ways. The sources of information most used by the American population, including boomers, have not shown the devastation that has been meted out in return to the Gazans, either by omission or commission. It is now clear that the IDF has made no distinction between the innocent Palestinian residents of Gaza and the Hamas Rebels. While it’s true that it would be difficult to distinguish between residents and rebels, Western moral tradition and International Law require that the IDF make every effort. Target identification is critical in any urban warfare, and it’s becoming increasingly apparent that the IDF isn’t even trying. I wrote a column immediately following the October 7th massacre in which I admonished the Israelis not to overreact. Appealing to their Torah tradition, I cited Exodus 21:23–25. It is the famous eye-for-eye reference for all Jews and Christians alike. But if there is serious injury, you are to take life for life, (24) eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, (25) burn for burn, wound for wound, bruise for bruise. This commandment was so important that it became foundational for all of Western Civilization. In the ancient world, it was not unusual for a tribe that had a member murdered, for instance, to seek revenge upon the entire family or even the entire community of the offender. Clan revenge could waste whole generations. It is a time-honored tenet in the Western legal system that only the murderer shall face the ultimate punishment — not their family, relatives, or fellow tribespeople; only one eye for one eye. Today, the most accepted number of Palestinians dead is 34,000. Central American news outlets like the Wall Street Journal, National Public Radio, and Forbes will attest to this number. But it’s worse than that, much worse. On January 26, 2024, the International Court of Justice, the only international Court that hears disputes among nations and an affiliate of the United Nations, ruled that there was probable cause to support the allegation that Israel is performing Genocide against the Palestinian people. The Court ordered that Israel must provide “immediate and effective” measures to protect the Palestinians living in the Gaza Strip. You see, Israel has the power to control life and death in Gaza. The Palestinian people, mainly Muslims along with some Christians and other ethnic groups, are but a few generations removed from the Bedouin sheepherders who used to occupy this area. Poor people have, with the help of outside agencies and charities, built Mosques, Churches, Hospitals, and Universities. Unfortunately, most of these buildings have now been destroyed in this current IDF campaign. Most of the Palestinians receive aid from international charities and NGOs (non-governmental organizations). No nation provides unlimited support for Gaza, and what aid Gaza does receive must be inspected and transported through Israeli oversight. Israel, on the other hand, enjoys the complete support of the United States. For years, the US has supplied the most advanced military arms and equipment as well as financial support to Israel. Regrettably, many of America’s most advanced armaments, such as the F16 Fighter Jet, as well as advanced artillery and personal arms, are now being used against the Gazans. When all these facts were presented to the ICJ, the Court ruled 16 to 0, with one abstention, that the case against Israel could proceed. In the meantime, the Court ordered Israel to make every effort not to harm the Palestinians, something that Israel has steadfastly refused to do. Shortly, the case against Israel will make its way to the United Nations General Assembly, where an up or down vote will decide if, indeed, Israel is committing Genocide. It is within the UN’s power to send “peacekeeping forces” to Gaza to enforce any UN-mandated ceasefire. Most countries within the UN have indicated that they would vote for such a resolution. Unfortunately, the United States stands in the way and would likely veto such a resolution. This discussion is a brief and bare recitation of what’s happening in Gaza. I hope my fellow boomers will take a few moments to become more acquainted with this earth-shattering conflict. We are entering a time like you and I faced in the 1960s and 70s during the Vietnam War. On the one side stands the collective resources, power, and influence of two of the most powerful governments on earth: Israel and the United States. On the other hand stands a ragtag group of college students with absolutely nothing to gain and everything to lose. Daily, they must confront a college administration that often berates them, risking all the time and effort they’ve expended in pursuit of their degree, only to be called a radical, no-good, anti-American, anti-Semite. Students are often set up, shown in the worst light, in a “gotcha moment.” These students may not give the best answer to an unsuspecting question or may even be caught in the wrong place. Don’t be surprised to find a TV soundbite showing students in their worst light. And what’s worse, we may find out that bad actors have infiltrated this demonstration. I remember this nation being torn apart by the anti-war demonstrations of the past. It is my sincere prayer that we can avoid that this time. To my fellow boomers and the rest of America, please listen to these student demonstrators. They have a lot to say. ** Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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GDP Part II, This Changes Everything
David Reavill
 April 25 2024 at 01:24 pm
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President Biden's weekly economic briefing.** As we noted yesterday, today’s GDP Report is critically essential. It presages the Federal Reserve’s future actions and has tremendous political implications for the upcoming Presidential Campaign. Briefly stated, the report shows that the economy grew at a paltry 1.6% for Q1 2024, far below even the most bearish Wall Street estimate and less than one-half the growth rate of the quarter before. It’s hard to overstate just how dismal this report is. For many, the report may have come as a complete surprise following the supposed positive New Durable Goods Orders reported yesterday. While the financial press basked in the reported 2.6% gain in New Orders for March, they failed to see that this gain was in the context of a very tepid 0.3% rise for the year — a rise that was most likely due to inflation pressure rather than any real gain in the overall economy. Overall, the latest GDP numbers reveal that we’re coming to the end of the stimulative effect of Biden’s increase in Government Spending (Build Back Better). While the spending numbers remain astronomical, spending from Washington is no longer accelerating. Government spending has topped out, and the classic Keynesian stimulus is diminishing. The implications of all this are profound. The Federal Reserve will be the first to feel the heat. Its high-interest rate policy now comes into question. How long will the Fed be able to defend higher interest rates in the face of a slowing economy? And make no mistake — a GDP reading of just 1.6% is just one revision above stall speed. We’re not far from recession territory. But it will be the Biden Campaign for Reelection that will really feel the heat. One of the cornerstones of Biden’s bid for reelection has been the claim that the economy is strong. That claim just went out the window. It is now clear that this isn’t a strong economy. It’s an extremely fragile economy that relies upon increased fiscal stimulus, that is, government spending. Here, we see that as government spending has plateaued, economic growth has slowed dramatically. Biden’s last remaining claim of economic growth is the Stock Market. But even here, there are signs of danger ahead. The tepid performance of the Mag 7, those largest capitalized stocks, reveals that even the vaunted Stock Market may experience difficulty in the days ahead. When you add all this together, it’s becoming increasingly challenging for the President to defend his economic record. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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This Isn't Your Grandfather's Nuclear...
David Reavill
 May 02 2024 at 02:57 pm
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Iranian Missiles over the Knesset. ** The Second World War came to an abrupt and decisive end when the United States detonated twin nuclear bombs over the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. Thus, the world’s most costly conflict ended, while at the same time, the “Nuclear era” began. For the next 79 years, the world had existed in an uneasy truce. It was a time when the two principal nuclear superpowers, the United States and, initially, the Soviet Union, now the Russian Federation, faced each other with the weapons of global annihilation. In the past two years, that face-off has become even more belligerent, as the war in Ukraine has brought these two super-powers to the brink of direct, and likely nuclear, confrontation. While each country possesses tremendous inventories of these deadly weapons and therefore represents roughly equivalent adversaries, the way they’ve reached this position of military dominance is very different. This has led each country’s leaders to adopt very different strategies and defenses, strategies and defenses that are liable to make profound differences in the survival of their respective countries and populations. For the first two centuries of its existence, “Fortress America,” as it became known, enjoyed the defense of its two oceans, the Atlantic and Pacific. It was not feasible for a significant power to attack the United States across these great seas. The lone exception might be the attack on September 11, 2001, on the twin towers in New York City. But, by God’s Grace, this nation has never had a direct attack by a major military power upon its shores. American leaders have relied upon this physical isolation as a key element in our national defense. Combined with America’s technological prowess, a complete picture emerges of the US Strategy for World War III. However, the Russian experience in the war was the polar opposite of the American experience. While American losses during WWII were substantial, 418,500 soldiers were killed, and few, if any, civilian casualties were reported, as all of the fighting took place far from US shores. Russia, on the other hand, suffered devastating death and destruction. Major battles took place on Russian soil, with an estimated 8.6 million soldiers killed, but another 7 million civilians died. The trauma to the Russian psyche was profound and lasting. These differences between the two strategic foes can be readily seen in the two countries' National Defense Strategies. On October 12, 2022, President Biden sent his most recent National Security Strategy to Congress. While much of the document was classified and unavailable to the public, a basic fact sheet was distributed via the Internet. Combined with the previously released National Defense and Military Strategies, it presents an excellent overall review of our country’s policies on Defense. If these policy statements could be summed up in one word, it would be: “Deterrence.” America promises to oppose all future conflicts, by deterring any potential opponent. This deterrence will consist of the following: Investing in the sources of our “national strength.” Mobilization the “broadest coalitions of nations.” Shaping the “rules of the road in the 21st Century.” https://apps.dtic.mil/sti/trecms/pdf/AD1183514.pdf Generally, America will pursue these goals and objectives by adhering to the latest Start Treaty. In the most recent report (the Treaty requires a biannual update on the number of nuclear weapons), the United States reported slightly more than 2,800 weapons in inventory, while Russia reported a similar number of weapons in its stockpile. For America, the workhorse of their deterrence has been the Minute Man series of Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles (ICBM). Developed in the 1950s and first used in 1962, the Minute Men have seen substantial upgrades in fuel and longevity. The newer versions of solid-fuel-powered Minute Men can stand ready to fire for much longer periods than the old liquid-fuel rockets. However, reading between the lines, it becomes apparent that these weapons are not America’s primary future deterrence. By inclination and technology, America has put most of its development toward missile defense. The Patriot Anti Air Systems being the top-off-the-line US deterrent. A careful review of America’s recent military operations shows a preference for these Anti-Missile Systems over confrontation. Russia, on the other hand, also presents some very capable Anti-Missile systems, with its top-of-the-line S-400 standing as a defender of its most vulnerable assets. Unlike the United States, Russia has focused most of its offensive missile technology development efforts. Russia has achieved a real breakthrough in its development and production of hypersonic Missiles, Missiles that can travel faster than Mach 5 (5 times the speed of sound). It has been reported that Russia’s premier hypersonic missile, the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal, can reach a speed of Mach 10, which is by far the fastest missile in the world. And an extremely difficult target for any Anti-Missile System to intercept. All of this was put on display just a couple of weeks ago when, on April 13th, Iran launched a massive attack aimed at Israel. It is estimated that nearly three hundred drones and various missiles were fired. Of these many were decoys, slow moving drones which took hours to reach Israeli territory. Israel activated its Iron Dome air defense in response, while the US, Britain, France, and Jordan also activated anti-air systems. At the height of this battle, reports indicate that the US had 152 aircraft in the air. The American Press reports that this phalanx of defenders shot down nearly all of the Iranian targets. That’s no doubt true, as many of those slower drones were likely decoys. However, days after the battle was complete, there are recurring estimates that 8 to 14 of these more sophisticated high-speed Iranian missiles did get through the shield, perhaps an indication of the lethality of these new-generation missile systems. In the end, what we were looking at in Iran’s assault on Israel was the first real-world test of the two different approaches to strategic defense in this modern nuclear age. Although the language may sound the same, nuclear confrontation and strategic deterrence, today’s technology is radically different. Attacks that took hours and minutes to unfold in the past now occur in seconds. Entire battles will likely be completed within an hour. Cities, towns, and nations can be obliterated in the blink of an eye. The illusion of “Fortress America” is just that, an illusion. Today, no nation is safe from the ravishing effects of war. Civilian populations, no less than military, are at risk. Russia’s history of nearly the same number of civilian and military casualties will be the case in any future nuclear war. In 1959, candidate for President John F. Kennedy warned of a “missile gap” between the United States and the Soviet Union. Back then, with technology roughly equal between the two global powers, Kennedy asserted that the USSR had more missiles than the US. Today, there is a very real possibility that the two technologies are NOT equal. This new hypersonic missile technology, exhibited both by Iran and Russian forces fighting in Ukraine, is a real game changer. This is no time for an American president to push for heightened hostilities between our two countries constantly. It is, however, an ideal time to negotiate and seek common ground. 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Don't Trust Known Liars
Healthy & Awake Podcast
 May 18 2024 at 03:29 pm
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The NIH recently admitted to Congress that US taxpayers did indeed fund gain-of-function research at the Wuhan Institute of Virology. This is particularly interesting because this was vehemently denied from the beginning, to the point of ridiculing and marginalizing those who suggested it could be true. There were strong efforts to discredit and silence people who brought up the possibility that this might have happened. What makes this even more suspicious is the lack of coverage by major media outlets, the same ones that attacked people for raising this subject in the first place. It should be obvious to any critical thinker that something isn't right here, and it's worth serious scrutiny because the implications are huge. Many people roll their eyes when this topic comes up, preferring not to talk about it or to maintain that they were right from the beginning. However, this recent admission proves they were wrong about many things. The real question is, will anyone ever face accountability for this? What do we, as individuals, do about it, considering that those responsible seem to face no repercussions for their actions? This situation has caused a lot of damage in many different ways, and the institutions responsible for holding people accountable don't seem to be taking any action. Knowing the truth is a start, but it's not enough. More people should be outraged, especially those who were misled. Many who were fooled might feel embarrassed that they defended liars, and prefer to ignore the issue, but we must overcome that embarrassment or denial to hold those responsible accountable. For the sake of humanity, we need to address this issue openly. How do we approach this problem? What actions can we take as individuals, and what can we do collectively to ensure this never happens again? Full website - 🔗 mikevera.com Healthy & Awake Podcast: 🔗 Apple: https://bit.ly/44pEBV6 🔗 Spotify: https://bit.ly/47KVbBM 🔗 Rumble: https://bit.ly/3HPzG6V 🔗 YouTube: https://bit.ly/3SKeZjn 🔗 Substack: https://bit.ly/3TI9Jgw 🔗 X: https://bit.ly/43sR7oa Mike Vera isn't your average Board Certified Health Coach (NBC-HWC). Armed with an MS in Exercise and Health Promotion and extensive experience as a seasoned personal trainer, he's the strategic mind behind Red Pill Health & Wellness and the engaging voice of the Healthy & Awake Podcast. With a strong foundation in cognitive psychology, Mike is adept at unveiling the hidden influences that impact our health.
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This Week's Historic Agreement Between China...
David Reavill
 May 18 2024 at 02:54 pm
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Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin of Russia Russian President Vladimir Putin flew to Beijing this week to meet with Chinese Leader Xi Jinping in what was expected to be a perfunctory meeting between the two leaders of the Global South. Most analysts did not expect this meeting to be much more than part of the newly re-elected Putin's world tour, a perfunctory greeting to Russia's most important ally. We were wrong. This meeting proved to be one of historic consequence—one that will change the world as we know it. It cemented the relationship between the two largest countries worldwide, establishing close diplomatic, trade, and military relationships between these two superpowers. From the Chinese perspective, these newly fashioned Agreements will rank in significance with the American-Chinese pact from the 1970s. In that Agreement, US President Richard Nixon and Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai established the relationship that would be the foundation of the world's most significant trade pact. It established China as the world's manufacturing hub and set the United States economy upon a half-century of inexpensive goods and declining inflation. That relationship, if not entirely over, is undoubtedly threatened, as China now has secured Russia, and likely the rest of the BRICS Nations, as new customers for its massive commercial production (US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen's plaintiff cry to China not to "overproduce" notwithstanding). However, this Agreement between China and Russia was NOT fundamentally economic. Instead, it was a geopolitical agreement that would shake the very foundation of the "collective West," and the "Rules Based Order" put in place near the end of World War II The Old Global Order Is Superseded During the first months of 1945, the current order of nations was established. First, the founding Agreement of the United Nations was agreed to and signed by 50 of the 51 national delegations on June 26. Then, on August 1, the three principal allies in World War II, Great Britain, the USSR, and America, signed the Potsdam Agreement (more specifically, the Protocol of the Proceedings), which dealt with the post-war management of Germany. This Agreement superseded several other interim agreements and formally established a “Rules Based World Order.” The Global Order has functioned ever since upon those agreements, which were made nearly 80 years ago. Pay particular attention to the fact that the two signatories to this week's Agreement were not present back then. China was not present at Potsdam, and the Russian Federation was subsumed under the old USSR and would not become an independent nation for the next 47 years. This week was the formal announcement of Russia, China, and, by extension, the Global South that the old framework is over. The world in which the United States performed the role of "indispensable nation" (to use Madeleine Albright's term) has fractured. The United States will no longer set the global direction. It is inconceivable, for instance, that the United States could once again unite an "Assembly of the Willing" as George HW Bush brought 42 nations together in the 1990-91 invasion of Iraq in "Operation Desert Storm." The American Hegemony is over. In his opening statement, President Xi presented the five pillars of the new China-Russia relationship, noting that these could become the foundation of a new multilateral world. "China and Russia have served as role models by showing others ways of building state-to-state ties of a new kind and working together as two major neighboring powers." http://en.kremlin.ru/events/president/news/by-date/16.05.2024 President Xi then outlined his five principles of building state-to-state ties. The First Principle is mutual respect and support on matters of "core interests" for both sides. The second principle promotes a "win-win" approach to establishing mutually beneficial cooperation. Xi is speaking here chiefly about trade relationships. We can see that these principles have already been implemented between these two countries. In closing remarks, President Putin noted that 90% of the trade between Russia and China is in local currency. In other words, the old SWIFT Transaction System (which utilized the US Dollar as currency) has already been supplanted. The third principle deals with maintaining our centuries-old friendly ties and passing on this friendship from generation to generation. China and Russia will extend their mutual humanitarian and cultural pack until 2030 to bring the Chinese and Russian people closer together. The fourth point is that we must act in the spirit of strategic cooperation to set various visions of global governance on the right track. Xi speaks of utilizing the existing framework of Global Governance, especially the United Nations, but setting it on "the right track." We expect an expanded role for some prominent BRICS countries, such as India and perhaps Iran, in the United Nations. Xi is looking to blunt the dominant position of the World War II allies of the United States and Britain. The fifth principle involves promoting a political settlement for hotspots in the interest of truth and justice. Today's world is still plagued by the Cold War mentality. Aspirations to secure unilateral hegemony, bloc-based confrontation, and power politics directly threaten peace and security for all countries around the world. The Fifth Principle is aimed directly at the United States. The reference to the "Cold War" is particularly telling. It can only be the US that Xi is addressing as the other Cold War opponent, the USSR, no longer exists. It is Xi's appeal for diplomatic rather than military resolution to state-on-state conflicts. At a time when America finds itself embroiled in not one but two proxy wars, Ukraine and Gaza, this Agreement between Russia and China ought to be seen as a new path to a peaceful multi-polar world. For the first time in over thirty years, the United States has found itself with peer-level challengers—challengers who, at this point, are offering peace, not war. It would be in our best interest, as well as the world's, to accept their invitation to diplomatic engagement. The initiative is firmly with America. Their only requirement is that we accept these nations as equals. Follow me here on ThinkSpot for more stories from the ValueSide.
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Cassandra Prophesy
DarrylN
 May 19 2024 at 04:00 am
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https://www.dailywire.com/news/the-butchers-and-liars-were-murderously-wrong-suicide-risk-skyrockets-following-gender-affirmation-surgery-new-study-shows?topStoryPosition=1It is a measure of a society that so barbaric an evil, gets so little response, in particular, from people who pride themselves with hearts. Liberal response is with the mutilators, for the most part. The grimness of the whole history of this scatological travesty of a science will be wilfully ignored. Wilfull ignorance is the opposite of bliss, nevertheless. Just like all the feminists in major educational institutions across America express no feeling for women raped to death Oct 7. Liberals, who pride themselves on even thinking with their big hearts, register no discernible emotion for this story. Even in Europe, it is like a tax reset to 0, with no reckoning of the damage done. As if it was not celebrated ever inch of the way against the bigots in the other side. It is like the heart of people are farcical. It is not like we are not called to care about the latest little girl in the well in a million different ways, but does anyone actually feel anything? I think that the trajectory of gender apocalypse in American paediatric medicine will be longer than Mengeles. But no one will be called to account for this fraud. That is how feminism has changed gender law. It is messier than any birthing room at this point, a shit show from all orifices.This will be mostly unheard, mostly unlistened to. This mutilation of murderous dimensions will never be punished, never hold any butcher to account. Those with the biggest hearts will feel nothing at all.Thus sayeth Cassandra.

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