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A Splintered Establishment & Tension Tightropes
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The News Cycle is almost impossible to track these days. At least, to do so fully.
That’s where we come in.
In the Badlands News Brief, the Badlands Media team hand picks news items of interest from the previous days to give you an overview of the biggest goings-on relevant to the Truth Community.
Items feature original commentary from members of our growing team of citizen journalists (but usually Ashe and BB,) whose stated opinions are their own. Feel free to follow the corresponding link to see their other work.
Now, onto the news from Tuesday, November 7 …
Joe Biden has a huge problem. Many problems actually, and two of them are Democrat Reps.
“Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people. The American people won’t forget. Biden, support a ceasefire now or don’t count on us in 2024.“
Play the video. It is well presented and shockingly candid.
In response to the Tweet Politico reports Pro-Israel Democratic group Releases Ad Criticizing Rashida Tlaib.
A pro-Israel Democratic group released an ad in Detroit on Thursday attacking Rep. Rashida Tlaib for her calls for a cease-fire in the Israel-Hamas war and her criticism of the Israeli government.
The six-figure TV ad bought by the Democratic Majority for Israel airs in Tlaib’s district in Michigan and points to her vote against a bill to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system in 2021 and against a resolution to stand with Israel amid the war last week. — MishTalk
Our Take: “As the lede states, Biden has a real problem. The regime Brownshirts — the rainbow cult and BLM factions — are firmly on the side of Palestine, while the Biden administration is trying to push support for Israel.
Whatever side you lean towards, the emerging fissures in traditional political coalitions in America are too great to ignore. Support for Israel is an issue for Biden, and his team’s history of pushing for — enabling — revolution in the Middle East are in focus.
As Trump said, ‘I want people to stop dying.’ Diplomacy is possible. But it’s not achievable with current American leadership. Peace or bust.” —
U.S. Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen is set to hold economic talks with her Chinese counterpart this week before a potential meeting between the top leaders of the world's two largest economies.
Ms. Yellen is scheduled to meet with Chinese Vice Premier He Lifeng on Nov. 9 and 10, the Treasury Department announced on Nov. 6. The meetings will take place before the start of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit in San Francisco, where Ms. Yellen will host the top finance officials and ministers from the 21 member states of APEC on Nov. 11.
The Yellen–He meeting was also confirmed by China's Foreign Ministry. Mr. He will visit the United States from Nov. 8 to Nov. 12, the ministry's spokesman, Wang Wenbin, said on Nov. 6.
The announcement came shortly after state media revealed that Mr. He became the head of two separate Chinese Communist Party (CCP) committees that Chinese leader Xi Jinping created in March, a move to bring the financial system under the Party's direct control. — The Epoch Times
Our Take: “The last time Yellen met with a Chinese Economic Czar, the media tells us she accidentally ingested psychoactive mushroom soup and tripped her balls off while representing the economic interests of the United States abroad.
Perhaps Exhibit A for the, 'Ghosts in the Machine' theories some of us advance regarding fake/planted stories that make the Establishment look almost cartoonishly inept, evil and/or foolish.
And yet, I feel that humiliation ritual being reversed on the Deep State controllers is secondary to the primary point of such Narratives, which is to force an otherwise-ignored, mundane political or economic story into the awareness of the Collective Mind by transforming it into a meme.
The most memetic political deployments tend to be a mix of strange, humorous and oddly threatening.
In the modern world, it's the only way to get the Normie Layers of the Collective Mind to engage with the truth of their would-be leaders.
Can they top Yellen's Mushroom Soup deployment?” —
69-Year-Old Jewish Man Dies After Being Struck By Megaphone By Pro-Palestinian Protester In California
A 69-year-old man demonstrating in support of Israel has died after sustaining a head injury during a fight with a pro-Palestinian protester during a rally on Nov. 5 in Thousand Oaks, about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
As Jill McLaughlin reports via The Epoch Times, the Ventura County medical examiner has ruled Paul Kessler’s death a homicide, and the county sheriff's office has not ruled out a hate crime. Mr. Kessler was Jewish, according to the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
Officials say Mr. Kessler was attending the rally Sunday afternoon when he became involved in an altercation with a counter-protester who was demonstrating nearby at a pro-Palestinian event.
The incident happened at the intersection of Westlake Boulevard and Thousand Oaks Boulevard in Ventura County.
The Ventura County Sheriff’s Office responded to the altercation after several citizens called 9-1-1 to report a battery at about 3:20 p.m.
Deputies arrived to find Mr. Kessler suffering from a head injury. Witnesses told police he fell backwards during the fight and struck his head on the ground. He was taken to an area hospital for treatment but succumbed to his injuries Monday, the sheriff’s office reported.
The Ventura County Medical Examiner’s Office determined Mr. Kessler died from blunt-force head injury, according to the sheriff’s office.” — ZeroHedge
Our Take: “Paul Kessler’s death is a tragedy. Americans have a right to protest, and the fact that protests continue to turn violent in America is a red flag — and a sign of things to come.
Worse, the media handling of this case is an abomination. The idea that this man just accidentally hit his head is narrative shaping. The reality is that violence in America is, again, on the rise, and people are dying as a result.
Mr. Kessler’s death is a tragedy, so don’t let the government gaslight you that this was an accident. It was the goal. Stay frosty, everyone.” —
Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky will reportedly not come to Israel on Nov. 7 as initially planned due to the news leak of his arrival, the Times of Israel wrote, citing undisclosed Israeli diplomatic sources.
Zelensky is still expected to make the trip, but there are no set dates at the moment, the sources told the news outlet.
"If President Zelensky comes, he will be welcomed with open arms," an Israeli official reportedly said.
Reports emerged on Nov. 4 that the president's plans to visit Israel this week, currently embroiled in a war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip, are in an advanced stage.
The Times of Israel wrote soon after that, according to an unnamed Ukrainian diplomat sources, the plans were put in doubt because of the leak.
"(President Zelensky) wanted the trip to be public when he stepped on Israeli soil," the diplomat said. "He's very disappointed."
This is not the first instance of the president's visit to Israel being supposedly delayed. — Yahoo News
Our Take: “My friendand I have discussed the idea that the new and improved Covid-23 Scariant was effectively blunted due to the mass counter-narrative deployments of the decentralized collective known as the Truth Community and the alternative media.
If the Hegelian Deployments of the Deep State are preceded, they can be cut off at the knees before they can gain a foothold in the trauma-induced reactivity centers of the Collective Mind.
It appears we’re also being given a crash course on how that same process can be used to help stop the funding of one Proxy War as the Globalists attempt to spin another one up in its place.
Zelensky isn’t cancelling his trip because his plans ‘leaked;’ he’s cancelling his trip because of the Narrative Whiplash his leaked plans caused within the rapidly-awakening American population.” —
A new watchdog report reveals that the country of Afghanistan has received a staggering $11 billion in foreign aid from the United States since the country’s collapse in August of 2021.
As Breitbart reports, the Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction (SIGAR), John Sopko, issued his report on Monday.
Sopko says that the U.S. and its allies have been sending “cash shipments” of about $80 million to Afghanistan “every 10-14 days” since the Taliban took over the country shortly before the withdrawal of all American forces.
Sopko said that the United Nations has assured him that all of the money has been “placed in designated U.N. accounts in a private bank,” and is not being “deposited in the central bank or provided to the Taliban.”
The U.N. Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) similarly claimed that all of the cash shipments are being “carefully monitored, audited, inspected, and vetted in accordance with U.N. financial rules and processes.”
Despite these claims, Sopko’s report noted that the Taliban has stolen foreign aid before, and has also been able to prevent the poorest elements of a foreign population from receiving aid that has been designated for them; some of the Taliban’s methods for stealing foreign aid include “siphoning cash from U.N. shipments, or collecting royalties, or charging fees on cash shipments.” — American Greatness
Our Take: “The reason I started following our ownin August of 2021 wasn’t just due to his calm, reasoned takes on the Kabul Withdrawal and the ensuing disaster both Actually (for troops on the ground,) and Narratively (for the Biden Admin,) but rather because of the way he connected the chaos to the Doha Agreement signed by President Donald Trump, which promised cooperation with the Taliban in order to create a de facto Region of Responsibility that would allow for U.S. troops to be pulled out of the Forever Warzone crafted by the Bush Admin and perfected under the Obama Admin.
When billions of dollars of US MIL equipment was left in Kabul, the Establishment took the Narrative heat, while the Taliban proceeded to use said equipment in order to hunt down and eradicate most of what remained of the extremist terrorist scourge known as ISIS … in keeping with the original structure of a deal that was supposedly voided during the Kabul withdrawal.
Now, we’re learning that US funds are still flooding into Afghanistan … and MIGHT be making their way into the coffers of its new custodians … also known as the Taliban?
Methinks we have both a Devolution Proof and a Sovereign Alliance-Regions of Responsibility Proof rolled into one.” —
Israel's Defense Minister Yoav Gallant issued a Tuesday battlefield update announcing that for the first time Israeli troops are "in the heart" of Gaza City. He then said, that "Gaza is the largest terrorist base ever built" and further, "We are going to destroy Hamas."
The defense chief also appeared to reject US pressure to implement a humanitarian "pause". Gallant emphasized, "there will be no humanitarian truce without the return of the hostages." He further said the IDF now has Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar surrounded in a bunker. He noted that fighting is happening in residential areas.
A new speech by Prime Minister Netanyahu affirmed the same, and again put Hezbollah in Lebanon on notice:
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says the IDF has been reaching deeper into Gaza than Hamas ever imagined, warning Lebanon’s Hezbollah that it would be making the “greatest mistake of its life” if it opens a new full-on war front.
Speaking from the Kirya military headquarters in Tel Aviv, Netanyahu says he is addressing the nation in order to update them on the war.
“In the south, the war is moving forward with force that Hamas has never seen,” he says. “Gaza City is surrounded. We are operating within it, we are deepening the pressure on Hamas every hour, every day.”
"There will be no entry of fuel into Gaza or a ceasefire without the return of the kidnapped people," he also said. — ZeroHedge
Russian foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova on Tuesday said that recent remarks by Israeli Minister of Heritage Amihai Eliyahu, in which he said dropping a nuclear bomb in the Gaza Strip is "a possibility," raised a multitude of questions.
"It raised a great number of questions. Question number one: Does this mean we are hearing an official statement acknowledging [Israel’s] possession of nuclear weapons? Accordingly, the next set of questions that everyone has is: Where are the international organizations, including the IAEA [International Atomic Energy Agency]; where are the inspectors?" Zakharova said during a televised interview.
Estimates of Israel's nuclear stockpile range between 80 and 400 warheads, which can be delivered via aircraft, submarine-launched cruise missiles, and the Jericho series of intermediate to intercontinental-range ballistic missiles.
Its first deliverable nuclear weapon is thought to have been completed in late 1966 or early 1967, making it the sixth country in the world to have developed them.
Israel has never openly tested its nuclear weapons nor signed the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), making it the world’s only unacknowledged atomic power. The country has also never been subjected to an inspection from the UN nuclear watchdog.
Asked in an interview with Radio Kol Berama last week whether an atomic bomb should be dropped on Gaza, Israeli minister Eliyahu answered: "This is one of the possibilities." — The Cradle
Republicans who control the U.S. House of Representatives showed no sign on Tuesday of coalescing around a government funding plan to keep federal agencies open, just 10 days before Congress faces its next shutdown deadline.
Republican lawmakers, who hold a slim 221-212 House majority, met behind closed doors to debate options on how to structure a stopgap measure known as a continuing resolution, or "CR," that would temporarily fund the government after current funding expires on Nov. 17.
"Everybody's got a little bit different position, different opinions," Representative Brian Babin told reporters afterward. "Right now, we're cogitating about it."
House Speaker Mike Johnson, the top Republican in Congress, described the closed-door debate as "positive."
"We certainly want to avoid a government shutdown. It's a dangerous time around the world right now. We recognize that," Johnson said at a news conference. "We'll be revealing what our plan is in short order."
Republican lawmakers, who say they fear being forced to back a rival funding measure from the Democratic-led Senate, told reporters they expect Johnson to unveil a stopgap measure within the next few days, ensuring a House vote early next week.
"He is going to make a play call, and I would expect that the overwhelming majority of the conference would back his play," Representative Dusty Johnson said.
Congress must pass 12 appropriation bills to fund the government through its fiscal year. — Reuters
We hope you enjoyed this brief look back at the major news items you might have missed in this ever-escalating and ever-accelerating news cycle as the Information War continues to rage on around us.
The Badlands Media team will continue to combine our cognitive powers in order to slow things down and find the signal amidst the noise as this series expands.
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