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Marjorie Taylor Greene divorce papers reveal string of affairs including...

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-11260893/Marjorie-Taylor-Greenes-husband-files-DIVORCE-just-years-met-gym-manager-lover.html

Marjorie Taylor Greene divorce papers reveal string of affairs including ones with a gym manager and "tantric sex guru".

Another moral degenerate, just like Trump pretending to be a good "conservative Christian" these people are literally just actors seriously and people gobble it up.

Hilarious NAFO video...

https://twitter.com/SlavicSquatPup/status/1568943934629617668

Massive leak of right-wing membership to radical right groups leaked! Law enforcement and military..

Massive leak of right wing membership to radical right groups leaked! Law enforcement and military included!

https://www.yahoo.com/news/elected-officials-police-chiefs-leaked-041134211.html

The names of hundreds of U.S. law enforcement officers, elected officials and military members appear on the leaked membership rolls of a far-right extremist group that's accused of playing a key role in the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, according to a report released Wednesday.

The Anti-Defamation League Center on Extremism pored over more than 38,000 names on leaked Oats Keepers membership lists and identified more than 370 people it believes currently work in law enforcement agencies — including as police chiefs and sheriffs — and more than 100 people who are currently members of the military.


Data:

https://www.adl.org/resources/report/oath-keepers-data-leak-unmasking-extremism-public-life

Russian woman posing as Anna de Rothschild infiltrated Mar-A-Lago multiple times...

https://twitter.com/FrankFigliuzzi1/status/1563187597031051267

Just 3 cops beating the hell out of some dude.

Arkansas: Two Crawford County Deputies and a Mulberry Police Officer.

No further information.

https://imgur.com/a/g0Ih7Fx#fy5Drxx

Thank you, Joe! (Op-Ed from Spiegel Magazine)

https://www.spiegel.de/wirtschaft/unternehmen/russland-ukraine-krieg-ohne-die-massive-praesenz-der-usa-stuende-laengst-ganz-europa-in-flammen-danke-joe-kolumne-a-4625c23f-2ca6-4a98-8552-664fa1a73ccc

Translated from German:

War in Ukraine

Thank you, Joe!

A column by Henrik Müller

Without the massive presence of the USA, the whole of Europe would have been on fire long ago. This is shameful. We urgently need to learn lessons from this disaster: Either the EU comes together - or we go under.

Let's start with thanks: without continued U.S. help, Russia would have overrun Ukraine long ago. This is not an overly pessimistic scenario. Washington has resolutely helped Kiev build a powerful military since the Crimea annexation and the start of the Donbass war in 2014, while the Europeans - well, what...?

Even now, the U.S. contributes by far the largest share of Ukraine aid: America gives much more than all European states combined, as the Kiel Institute for the World Economy has determined. The three largest EU countries, Germany, France and Italy, are holding back.

All this is shameful. The EU urgently needs to learn lessons from this - when, if not now!

We have every reason to be grateful to America. Only the determined assistance of the U.S. government under President Joe Biden has so far prevented Vladimir Putin's sputtering offensive machine from encroaching on NATO territory. We Europeans have little to offer the aggressor. Not because we are actually too weak - Europe is economically strong, prosperous and attractive - but because we are fragmented. We are weakening ourselves.

The results are grotesque, not only in military terms, by the way. But in this field, the discrepancy is particularly tragic.

The bad pretense

Compared to the EU, Russia is a dwarf, albeit one with plenty of nuclear weapons. Europe's economic power is eight times greater. Last year, the EU recorded a gross domestic product (GDP) of 14.5 trillion euros, of which Germany accounted for 3.5 trillion. Russia came in at 1.78 trillion - half as much as Germany.

The EU is also ahead in terms of military spending. The six largest member states - Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland and the Netherlands - spent a combined $192 billion on the military last year, according to figures from the Stockholm-based peace research institute Sipri. Adding Britain's budget, Europe's spending totaled $260 billion.

Russia, by contrast, spent a nominal $65 billion before the outbreak of war. Even if one takes into account that the purchasing power of a dollar is higher in poorer Russia than in the EU and therefore the real value of Moscow's defense budget is much higher - estimates arrive at purchasing power-adjusted sums of between $150 billion and $200 billion - there remains a clear Western lead. (The U.S. military budget, by the way, is an elusive $800 billion, but that's just by the way).

It is a bizarre disparity that we should not shrug off: An economy the size of a medium-sized EU country with a handsome but by no means exuberant defense budget spreads feelings of impotence among us. And indeed, the ruthless dictator in the Kremlin can only be contained with the help of U.S. deterrence and military support. How can that actually be?

State villains and other absurdities

As I said, we are not weak, but fragmented. It is quite clear that the EU can exert its considerable weight internationally only in those fields where it has unified its policies. This applies to competition and trade policy and, with some restrictions, to monetary and climate policy - areas that border on the single European market, the heart of the EU.

All other policy areas are faring much worse. In foreign policy, the unanimity principle still applies. And even if there is no threat of a veto, Europe's negotiating position is only partially convincing, because mere talk without a powerful military force in the background is not very convincing to rogues like Putin. Anyone who always calculates that the use of force is the last resort will not find a counterpart who has condemned himself to non-violence overly impressive.

When Ursula von der Leyen took office, she spoke of wanting to lead a "geopolitical commission. That sounds like a global will to shape things, a powerful, values-based policy. But even in the event of a war in Europe, the contradiction between Brussels' aspirations and reality is once again so great that chaos would break out without American leadership. Thank you, Joe!

The fact that defense policy has so little firepower despite considerable overall spending is also due to the completely inefficient structures. Each of the 27 member states has its own army, navy and air force, its own procurement, testing and approval procedures, its own weapons systems, built and developed by its own defense companies, each of which is sponsored by its own politicians. All of this is completely absurd - especially when you actually have the same interests and have to fend off a common enemy.

What EU citizens want - and what they don't want

As Europeans, we should not accept our self-made weakness. It is high time that the EU grows together into a real federation. In fact, this is the only sensible option. In an era of competing great powers, Europe must strengthen its own resilience, militarily but also economically - if possible as a partner of the U.S., but also on its own if necessary, should Washington once again drift into national populism à la Trump. In an increasingly insecure, disorderless world, only a stronger EU can preserve a measure of security.

For all the national bluster that has seeped into the political mainstream over the past decade and a half, the vast majority of citizens yearn for more Europe. Populations have long been willing to cede more core areas of state sovereignty to the EU level, as the Eurobarometer survey commissioned by the Commission shows (the survey took place shortly before the invasion began):

Common Foreign Policy? 71 percent of respondents in the 27 countries are in favor, only 20 percent against.

Common defense? 77 percent in favor, 17 percent opposed.

Common energy policy? 78 percent in favor, 15 percent against.

Of course, we Europeans still have closer feelings of belonging to our respective nation states. But still, 58 percent of those surveyed said they felt connected to the EU. In countries with strident nationalists in government, such as Poland and Hungary, three-quarters of citizens profess an emotional closeness to the EU.

Let's not have a new round of enlargement!

The citizens, it seems, want a deepening of the EU in core areas, but they do not want complete unification. And that is a good thing. It will be a matter of lifting core elements of statehood to the EU level in order to ensure security and prosperity, in particular a fully integrated internal market including the supply of energy and raw materials, a permanently stable currency, effective climate protection, joint armed forces (including nuclear deterrence, for example through an EU-financed expansion of the French Force de Frappe). Elements of a central welfare state will also be necessary to ensure a basic level of support in crisis situations everywhere.

However, it is also clear what citizens do not want: even more member states. A majority of EU citizens are against the admission of more countries. They seem to understand perfectly well that deepening and enlargement are hardly possible at the same time. The issue now is consolidation, not expansion.

Angela Merkel missed the opportunity for a European departure during the euro crisis. Later, when the extent of the Corona crisis became clear, she at least agreed to launch the jointly financed 750-billion-euro fund ('Next Generation EU'). And now?

Vive l'Europe

Now is the chance to take a big step forward. While the external threat appears greater than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962, the political constellation in the two largest member states is more favorable than it has been for a long time.

In France, Emmanuel Macron has just been re-elected - with a program that outlines bold visions for Europe's future. In Germany, a coalition is in power that, unlike Merkel after his first election victory five years ago, can at least be expected not to give him the runaround. Chancellor Olaf Scholz and Co. should take up the thread and continue to spin it.

Macron has five years. It is his last term in office. What and who comes after that is uncertain. Perhaps this is Europe's last chance.

'Troll factory' spreading Russian pro-war lies online, says UK

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/01/troll-factory-spreading-russian-pro-war-lies-online-says-uk

Russian internet trolls based in an old arms factory in St Petersburg are targeting world leaders online and spreading support for Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine, the British government has said, citing research.

Online operatives were found to be ordering followers to target western media outlets and politicians, according to research funded by the UK government, which plans to share it with major online platforms and other governments.

The troll factory is suspected to be linked to Yevgeny Prigozhin, the founder of the Internet Research Agency accused of meddling in the 2016 election that saw Donald Trump win the presidency. The headquarters is allegedly located in rented space in St Petersburg’s Arsenal Machine-building Factory, a company that manufactures military equipment and technology.

The study details how the Russian president’s regime is trying to manipulate public opinion on social media, as well as in the comments sections of major media outlets.

Researchers say the group seems to have learned from the tactics used by QAnon conspiracy theorists and from the Islamic State terror group.

The troll farm is said to recruit and hire salaried workers openly, justifying the work as "patriotic activity" in support of the "special military operation" in Ukraine.

Putin Preparing Russians for War With NATO

https://www.newsweek.com/putin-preparing-russians-nato-war-1702308

Recent threats made by Russian officials about retaliation against countries interfering in Ukraine may serve a dual purpose of warning off Western powers while also building favor among Russian citizens should a full conflict with NATO break out, according to experts.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said during a Wednesday address that any countries who "create a strategic threat to Russia" during its war in Ukraine can expect "retaliatory strikes" that would be "lightning-fast."

Zhukov said if Western countries do brush off Putin's threats, the Russian leader may feel pressured into taking more decisive action.

"There is a general impression in Europe and the U.S. that Russia's threats of retaliation are hollow," he said. "I do think it's more than likely that Russia will eventually feel compelled to conduct some kinetic action against NATO countries, if only to make its threats of retaliation appear more credible."

Cartoon from 1982-remarkably prescient.

Vladimir Putin is a master strategist.

https://twitter.com/DarthPutinKGB/status/1518493514333569024
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