Orbán Continues Ukraine ‘Peace Mission’ With Trump Meeting: “He Is The Man Of Peace”

WW3 is coming, as predicted (see information down below).

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Orbán Continues Ukraine ‘Peace Mission’ With Trump Meeting: “He Is The Man Of Peace”:

Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto said in a Reuters interview this week that Hungary believes a second Trump presidency will boost the chances for achieving peace in Ukraine.

Currently, the country’s prime minister Viktor Orban is on a global peace mission, also in the capacity of Hungary currently holding the presidency of the EU council. Within the past two weeks he met with Presidents Putin and Xi Jinping, and before that with Zelensky in Kiev.

On Thursday he was in Mar-a-Lago in Florida, where he met with Donald Trump, in the next iteration of the ‘peace mission’. Hungary’s NATO allies have not been happy, especially over the meeting with Putin, and have declared that Orban is not representing the EU on this mission. The Hungarian leader was already in the US this week attending the annual NATO summit in Washington hosted by Biden.

Orban announced on X of the meeting with Trump: “It was an honor to visit President [Donald Trump] at Mar-a-Lago today. We discussed ways to make peace. The good news of the day: he’s going to solve it!”

He referenced the Florida visit as “Peace mission 5.0” – but this too resulted in consternation from EU leadership. For example, Germany’s foreign ministry responded by saying, “We have to see how the Hungarian council presidency continues. We are now on day 12 and it has already caused a lot of damage.”

But Trump agreed with Orban that it was a worthy and fruitful visit, and issued the following message:

“Thank you Viktor. There must be PEACE, and quickly. Too many people have died in a war that should have never started!” Trump wrote on social media.

Orban’s spokesperson later confirmed of the Mar-a-Lago visit, “The discussion was about the possibilities of peace.”

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“The First Amendment Is Out Of Control”: Academic And Media Figures Rally Against Free Speech

“The First Amendment Is Out Of Control”: Academic And Media Figures Rally Against Free Speech:

“The First Amendment Is Out of Control.” That headline in a recent column in the New York Times warned Americans of a menace lurking around them and threatening their livelihoods and very lives. That menace is free speech and the media and academia are ramping up attacks on a right that once defined us as a people.

In my new book “The Indispensable Right: Free Speech in an Age of Rage,” I discuss how we are living in the most dangerous anti-free speech period in our history. An alliance of the government, corporations, academia, and media have assembled to create an unprecedented system of censorship, blacklisting, and speech regulation. This movement is expanding and accelerating in its effort to curtail the right that Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis once called “indispensable” to our constitutional system.

It is, of course, no easy task to convince a free people to give up a core part of identity and liberty. You have to make them afraid. Very afraid.

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US Producer Prices Surge At Fastest Pace In 15 Months As Services Costs Soar

US Producer Prices Surge At Fastest Pace In 15 Months As Services Costs Soar:

After yesterday’s soft CPI, this morning’s PPI seems somewhat ‘less than’ but as we noted earlier, in fact it is key to the ongoing disinflationary trend (and in fact suggests all may not be trending smoothly).

After May’s MoM deflationary impulse (thanks to a plunge in energy costs), June was expected to see a modest 0.1% rise (and we have seen energy prices starting to rise again). Sure enough, headline PPI printed HOT at +0.2% MoM (and May was revised higher), pushing the YoY print up to 2.6% (well above the 2.3% expected)…

That is the highest PPI since March 2023.

Core PPI rose by 0.4% MoM (double the 0.2% exp), sending the YoY price rise up by 3.0% (also the hottest since March 2023)…

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AT&T Reveals Hackers Stole “Nearly All” Records Of Customer Calls, Texts

AT&T Reveals Hackers Stole “Nearly All” Records Of Customer Calls, Texts:

Surprise. Surprise. AT&T has revealed a massive hack of customer data for the second time this year. This latest batch of customer data includes “records of customer call and text interactions” that occurred “between approximately May 1 and October 31, 2022, as well as on January 2, 2023,” the company wrote in a regulatory filing Friday.

AT&T said the data does not include “content of calls or texts, personal information such as Social Security numbers, dates of birth, or other personally identifiable information,” but noted the data does include “periods of time, records of calls and texts of nearly all of AT&T’s wireless customers and customers of mobile virtual network operators (“MVNO”) using AT&T’s wireless network.”

The filing explained that hackers “unlawfully accessed an AT&T workspace on a third-party cloud platform and, between April 14 and April 25, 2024.” As of the date of this filing, AT&T said, “At least one person has been apprehended.”

According to a Bloomberg report, the third-party cloud platform that the hackers accessed to steal the data is Snowflake.

In markets, AT&T shares fell 3%, while Snowflake shares dropped 5%.

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LinkedIn, Google Openly Censor Conservatives (Again) After SCOTUS Murthy Decision

LinkedIn, Google Openly Censor Conservatives (Again) After SCOTUS Murthy Decision:

Tech companies are once again colluding with Democrats to push disinformation and censor legitimate conservative opinions, this time with the imprimatur of legitimacy conferred by the U.S. Supreme Court that allows them to do so more shamelessly and aggressively than ever.

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Germany ‘In Crosshairs’ As US Plans Deployment Of Long-Range Missiles, Russia Warns

Germany ‘In Crosshairs’ As US Plans Deployment Of Long-Range Missiles, Russia Warns:

In 2019, the US withdrew from the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty, which prohibited land-based missile systems with a range of 310 to 3,400 miles. Already Washington has briefly deployed such systems to southeast Asia (Typhon launchers in the Philippines for temporary exercises), which has riled China, but now for the first time nuke-capable missiles will be deployed to Germany.

The US announced Wednesday in relation to the ongoing NATO summit in Washington: “The United States will begin episodic deployments of the long-range fires capabilities of its Multi-Domain Task Force in Germany in 2026, as part of planning for enduring stationing of these capabilities in the future.”

“When fully developed, these conventional long-range fires units will include SM-6, Tomahawk, and developmental hypersonic weapons, which have significantly longer range than current land-based fires in Europe,” the statement posted to the White House website adds.

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People Are Now Setting Up Trusts To Last Hundreds Of Years So They Can Cryogenically Freeze Themselves

People Are Now Setting Up Trusts To Last Hundreds Of Years So They Can Cryogenically Freeze Themselves:

It may be soon that the expression “you can’t take your money with you when you die” doesn’t ring as true as it used to.

That’s because the wealthy are now employing estate attorneys who are helping them set up trusts they can tap into “hundreds of years” later for people who are considering attempting to cryogenically preserve themselves, a new Bloomberg article revealed this week.

Mark House, an estate lawyer, told Bloomberg: “The idea of cryopreservation has gone from crackpot to merely eccentric. Now that it’s eccentric, it’s kind of in vogue to be interested in it.”

An estimated 5,500 people plan for cryogenic preservation, with House having worked with about 100 of them.

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Colorado Governor Declares Disaster Emergency Over Bird Flu Outbreak

Here we go again…

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Colorado Governor Declares Disaster Emergency Over Bird Flu Outbreak:

Authored by Jack Phillips via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued an emergency disaster declaration in his state over an outbreak of highly pathogenic bird flu in northeastern Weld County as officials recently reported that 1.8 million chickens were impacted by the virus.

The governor “verbally” declared a disaster after “an avian flu outbreak in a commercial poultry facility in Weld County,” according to a statement from his office issued on July 8. Mr. Polis’s office did not name the facility that was impacted by the outbreak.

The declaration means that Colorado can use its emergency powers to “take all necessary and appropriate state actions to assist with response, recovery, and mitigation efforts.”

In an update issued on July 8, the Colorado Department of Agriculture confirmed that 1.78 million chickens were impacted by highly pathogenic avian influenza.

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Microplastics In Bloodstream Increase Stroke Risk 4.5-Fold: Study

If true, this is “peanuts” compared to the #KillShot.

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Microplastics In Bloodstream Increase Stroke Risk 4.5-Fold: Study:

Authord by JoJo Novaes and Ben Lam via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

The issue of microplastic pollution in the environment is gaining increasing societal attention. Research indicates that once microplastics enter the human body, they can increase the risk of heart attacks, strokes, or even death. What kind of everyday behaviors raise the risk of ingesting microplastics?

Lin Xiaoxu, a U.S. virology expert with a doctorate in microbiology, explained what microplastics and nanoplastics are on New Tang Dynasty TV’s “Health 1+1” program and how to reduce exposure to them.

Plastic is a crucial product in industrial production and is deeply intertwined with daily life. When plastic products break down, they become microplastics or even smaller nanoplastics. Microplastics are plastic pieces smaller than 5 millimeters, while nanoplastics measure below 1 micron (1,000 nanometers).

Sources of MicroplasticsMr. Lin explained that everyday plastic products release microplastics. Synthetic textiles shed fiber fragments, and worn-out tires produce plastic-containing dust. Even seemingly smooth plastic water bottles can shed microplastics during washing.

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Biden Resumes Transfer Of 500-Pound Bombs To Israel As Fight Returns To Gaza City

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Biden Resumes Transfer Of 500-Pound Bombs To Israel As Fight Returns To Gaza City:

The Biden administration’s punitive ‘pause’ of arms transfers for certain types of munitions to Israel, namely 500-pound and 2,000-pound bombs, didn’t last very long. As many predicted from the start, it was a mere slap of the wrist ploy for PR purposes to take some pressure off from both European allies abroad and Progressive Democrats at home in the US.

“The U.S. will soon begin shipping to Israel the 500-pound bombs that the Biden administration had previously suspended, ending a two-month pause it had imposed in a bid to reduce civilian casualties in Gaza, U.S. officials said,” according to fresh Wall Street Journal reporting.

The bombs are expected to arrive in Israel in a matter of weeks, and “are in the process of being shipped,” the report adds. The 2,000-pound bombs Israel also previously had access to are reportedly still on hold, however, and will not be transferred by Washington.

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FBI Identified ‘Person Of Interest’ In Capitol Pipe Bomb Case By Jan. 10, 2021

FBI Identified ‘Person Of Interest’ In Capitol Pipe Bomb Case By Jan. 10, 2021:

The FBI released a new batch of records about its Capitol Hill uprising investigation on Monday, revealing that investigators identified a “person of interest” in its Jan. 5/6 pipe bombs investigation within days of the incident.

The record about the FBI’s person of interest is a Jan. 10, 2021, report that summarized the bureau’s J6 investigation up to that point. The extremely faded report is difficult to read, but it appears to state: “FBI WF and USCP have identified a person of interest who may be a match to the description of the individual placing the bombs, and continue efforts to identify through surveillance footage.”

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China Has Been Practicing For Strikes On US Jets & Warships In Remote Desert Region

Shocking, I know.

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China Has Been Practicing For Strikes On US Jets & Warships In Remote Desert Region:

Recently emerged satellite images reveal that the Chinese military has been practicing for attacks on US fighter jets and aircraft carriers in the remote deserts of Xinjiang in northwest China.

South China Morning Post (SCMP) in a fresh report analyzing the photographs identifies that the images were taken by Google Earth on May 29 and show mock-ups of jets resembling advanced US stealth fighters.

SCMP highlights a post by the Turkey-based Clash Report which was the first to highlight the photos with a caption: “Chinese PLA Air Force pilots are learning to practice air strikes on American F-35 and F-22 mock-ups.”

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Top New York City Law Firm To Deny Employment Over Pro-Palestine Protests

Top New York City Law Firm To Deny Employment Over Pro-Palestine Protests

Participation in Gaza solidarity protests and student groups could become a disqualifying factor for applicants at a prominent Wall Street law firm, The New York Times reported on Tuesday.

The 145-year-old law firm, Sullivan & Cromwell, which employs close to 900 lawyers and has had Amazon and Goldman Sachs among its clients, has hired the background check company HireRight to assess an applicant’s participation record in pro-Palestinian protests and student groups.

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US Spent A Record $140 Billion On Debt Interest In June, 30% Of All Tax Revenues

Winter is coming!…

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US Spent A Record $140 Billion On Debt Interest In June, 30% Of All Tax Revenues:

And putting it in context, the $140 billion in gross interest spending was just over 30% of all US receipts (mostly taxes) in June..

… a staggering number fast approaching the threshold where everyone will be forced to admit the US has crossed into a Minsky moment.

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Okay, So Who Had “Bubonic Plague” On Their 2024 Disaster Bingo Card?

Okay, So Who Had “Bubonic Plague” On Their 2024 Disaster Bingo Card?:

This has been quite a decade for global pestilences.  The first one to hit was COVID, and that created a wave of panic that literally paralyzed the entire globe.  The next one to hit was the bird flu.  More than 100 million birds are dead, and now mammals all over the planet are getting infected.  There is a lot of concern that humans could be next, and we will be watching future developments very closely.  Two years ago, Mpox exploded on to the scene, and it rapidly circulated around the world.  Now a much deadlier new version has emerged in Africa, and global  health authorities are quite alarmed about this.  On top of everything else, this year we are dealing with the worst outbreak of dengue fever that we have ever witnessed.

Millions have already been infected, and there have even been hundreds of cases here in the United States.

With everything else that has been going on, I didn’t expect to be talking about bubonic plague.

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Costco Is Raising Membership Fees On 52 Million Members, Wall Street Views As ‘Positive Catalyst’

Costco Is Raising Membership Fees On 52 Million Members, Wall Street Views As ‘Positive Catalyst’ :

Shares of Costco Wholesale Corp. are higher in premarket trading in New York after the warehouse-club chain announced annual price hikes across its members for the first time in years.

Starting September 1, Costco Gold Star, Business, and Business add-on members across North America will see an increase of $5 to their annual membership costs, bumping up from $60 to $65. Executive members must pay $130, a $10 price hike. Membership price hikes will impact all 52 million members.

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Pepsi Warns US Snack Demand “Subdued” As Consumer Slowdown Worsens

Pepsi Warns US Snack Demand “Subdued” As Consumer Slowdown Worsens:

PepsiCo reported weaker-than-expected revenue growth in the second quarter on Thursday as consumers dialed back snack spending. The junk food giant tempered its full-year outlook on a more challenged consumer. This reflects a broader consumer slowdown trend, particularly impacting working-poor households amid elevated inflation and high interest rates.

CEO Ramon Laguarta wrote in a filing that the company’s North American snack demand was “subdued” during the second quarter and noted sales volumes declined.

On a call with investors, Laguarta said customers across all income brackets are reducing snack spend and trading down to store brands.

“In the US, there is clearly a consumer that is that is more challenged,” the CEO said. This suggests the cumulative impact of several years of price hike has pushed consumers over the edge.

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Idaho Issues Executive Order Blocking Noncitizens From Voting

Idaho Issues Executive Order Blocking Noncitizens From Voting:

Authored by Tom Ozimek via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),

In a landmark move amid national debates over voter eligibility, Idaho took executive action to ensure that its voter rolls remain free of noncitizens.

Idaho Gov. Brad Little signed an executive order on July 9 that directs a series of actions that he hopes will bolster voter confidence and enhance election integrity.

The order, called the Only Citizens Will Vote Act, directs the Idaho secretary of state to work with local county clerks to scrub the state’s voter rolls of noncitizens.

“Idaho already has the most secure elections in the nation, and we’re going to keep it that way,” the governor said in a statement, adding that the step is particularly important as more and more people pour across the southern border illegally.

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