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 is going to take you through a few news items of interest from the previous day in an attempt to give you an overview of the biggest goings-on relevant to the Truth Community while introducing you to some brief, original commentary from our growing team of citizen journalists.
(Feel free to follow the corresponding link attached to each Badlands contributor’s name to check them out on other platforms.)
Now, onto the news from Tuesday, March 14 …
Credit Suisse Finds 'Material Weakness' In Financial Reporting
Credit Suisse Group AG said it had identified “material weaknesses” in its reporting procedures for the financial years 2022 and 2021 and is adopting a remediation plan.
For the two years “the group’s internal control over financial reporting was not effective,” Credit Suisse said in its annual report released Tuesday. “Management has also accordingly concluded that our disclosure controls and procedures were not effective.”
The bank was forced to delay the release of its annual report from last week after US regulators raised last-minute queries. Credit Suisse didn’t specify whether those had been resolved.
The material weaknesses identified relate to the failure to design and maintain effective risk assessments in its financial statements, the bank said. — Bloomberg
Credit Suisse Default Swamps Hit Record as SVB Failure Hits Banks
The cost of insuring the bonds of Credit Suisse Group AG against default climbed to the highest on record as the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank sparked concern about broader contagion in the banking industry. — Bloomberg
Our Take: “As the International Swamp's favorite bank, Credit Suisse has been in scandals for years now, leading to multiple investigations with some still ongoing.
This week, shares hit an ALL TIME LOW, down to just $2.44, which is crazy when you consider that as of 2022 their Assets Under Management weighed in at $1.29 TRILLION.
If Credit Suisse falls, as many are fearing it will, it will be catastrophic to [their] systems.” — Just Human
Kremlin Blames US For Crashed Drone: 'Flying With Transponders Off Towards Russian Border'
After nearly two hours since the story first broke in international press, the Kremlin has issued its version of events concerning the US drone crash in the Black Sea Tuesday. The Russian Defense Ministry said nothing about the Pentagon's allegations that a Russian Su-27 aircraft dumped fuel on the MQ-9 drone, but instead blamed the pair of Russian jets' erratic maneuvering for the collision.
"US drone MQ-9 fell into the Black Sea on Tuesday morning due to its own sharp maneuvering, Russian fighters did not come into contact with it and did not use weapons, the Russian Defense Ministry said," according to Russian media. The statement is as follows [emphasis ours]:
“As a result of sharp maneuvering around 09:30 Moscow time [06:30 GMT], unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 went into an uncontrolled flight with a loss of altitude and collided with the water surface. The Russian fighters did not use airborne weapons, did not come into contact with the unmanned aerial vehicle and returned safely to their home airfield" the ministry said.
The Russian fighters had been scrambled in response to the drone being picked up on radar: "The ministry clarified that on the morning of March 14, the airspace control of the Russian Aerospace Forces had recorded the flight of US unmanned aerial vehicle MQ-9 over the Black Sea in the region of the Crimean peninsula in the direction of the Russian state border." However, the ministry further noted that the UAV had been flying with its transponders turned off while headed towards Russia's border.
Interestingly, the Kremlin is accusing the Pentagon of ignoring military-to-military protocols related to the war in Ukraine, established in order to avoid inadvertent NATO-Russia clashes. — ZeroHedge
Our Take: “I’m more sympathetic to Russian media than many in the United States, but that doesn’t mean I’ll blindly accept whatever story spins out of that media apparatus as readily as I will any other.
It’s difficult or impossible for us to know what actually caused a US drone to run afoul of a Russian fighter jet on Tuesday, but whatever happened resulted in a very small-scale kinetic event.
Still, the fact that ANY kinetic events could be occurring between US forces (even tech) and Russian is beginning to seed the possibility of escalation in the Collective Mind of American Society.
Despite how many Ukraine flags we all saw adorning the profile pics of ‘progressive’ Westerners over the course of the last year and change … few of them are interested in the prospect of a ‘hot’ version of WW3.
We’ll see what happens.” — Burning Bright
President Trump Promises to “Totally Obliterate the Deep State” – Says “2024 Is the Final Battle” in Iowa Speech
Our Take: “The inflated opinion that Ron DeSantis will be the winner of the Republican primary is haunting social media and comment sections across the internet. Despite this, he is losing in all of the polls that I've seen.
The same anonymous accounts spamming these sentiments claim that Trump "allowed many members of the Deep State into his WH. And he's STILL conspiring with them" claiming that his helping Ronna McDaniel and Kevin McCarthy get elected is supposedly supporting evidence of the claim.
They say Trump and company walked away when it got hardest. Is that what really happened? If so, why would he be running again?
Also, if he just drained the swamp out the gate it would need to be filled in with patriots who were not ready and did not know what was happening.
Steady boys, steady.
As far I can see we are still on track to taking back this country, maybe I'm blinded by bias, but I feel it in my gut and in my heart. The speech Monday night was infused with confidence and almost an excitement despite the fact that the nation's infrastructure and the economy are crumbling all around us.
There's a lot we don't know, and Trump seems confident.” — Ryan DeLarme
Trump vows to break up Department of Education, redistribute its functions to states
Former President Donald Trump spoke in Davenport, Iowa, on Monday to deliver his platform on education issues as his 2024 presidential campaign kicks into high gear.
During the speech, Trump stated that his administration had extensively studied the possibility of breaking up the Department of Education altogether and reallocating its functions to the states, earning raucous applause.
"We studied it very closely and I was getting ready to do it, pull the trigger," he said. "The long-term goal, but now it's a short-term goal, of breaking up the federal Department of Education and redistributing its functions to the states." — Just the News
Our Take: “Our institutions have been hijacked. While it can be argued that some do good, many of them are so totally beyond repair they need to be dissolved entirely.
The Department of Education is an example of an institution that was, from its inception, designed to indoctrinate; it was designed to undermine a truly free society of sovereign individuals. Education is different from learning. Education is about training—learning how to do a limited number of things without deep understanding, within certain limits or acceptable performance. You teach just enough to get the job done and hold back everything else. This way, you avoid the challenge of an intelligent population that can learn how to regain its freedoms.
For education, a strict and controlled training environment is required, employing trainers, quality assessments, and compliance with training programs. The rigid conditioning aspects of education means that deviation from the program hinders the end results. To combat this, punishments and rewards are required, along with social reinforcement mechanisms. Extrinsic motivations have to replace intrinsic motivations—so we learn for rewards, not for the joy of learning itself.
Education produces reliable and consistent behavior outcomes—conformity to a pre-prescribed behavior set to produce an output. The output might be a musical performance, correctly spelling a word, production of integrated circuits, or any of the things we associate with working a job in the modern age. Again, exploration, deviation, innovation are all undesirable due to the fact it reduces the consistency and quality from the final product of education.
If you need factory workers to produce a sprocket within certain specifications, the last thing you want are workers spontaneously improvising new ways of building the sprocket. Learning is on the other end of the pole. Learning is dynamic, playful, spontaneous, and progressively expansive and conceptually inclusive.
The systems of education employed by the Department of Education are more for training workers than for improving general intelligence and skill within an individual. The goal is not only to train workers but to train compliant citizens, who largely avoid deviation from the mainstream.
Trump's dismantling of the education system might be the most important blow to the modern-day slave plantation. But it's just the start. In the void left by its destruction far better and more enriching systems of learning must be implemented and advanced. There are superior systems available; and some of the best are so foreign to the mainstream model, it will likely require decades to unroot the confidence we've placed in them as a society.
This is in part due to the fact we've associated learning with the Prussian education system for so long, parents will need to re-educate themselves with these better systems. If not, then within a few decades of time, a slow regression back to the indoctrination systems we use today will happen.
Sacred cows must be slaughtered.” — Justin Deschamps
U.S. Treasury to Release Biden Family’s Suspicious Bank Reports to House Oversight Committee
The Treasury Department will comply and release suspicious activity reports (SARs) generated by the Biden family and their associates’ business transactions to the House Oversight Committee, Breitbart News has learned.
The Treasury’s compliance to disclose the SARs is a massive development in the House Oversight Committee’s investigation into the Biden family business to determine if President Joe Biden is compromised by communist China. The committee is investigating the Biden family business for nine violations, including wire fraud and money laundering.
U.S. banks have flagged over 150 SARs from Hunter and James Biden that included “large” amounts of money tagged for further review by the Treasury. SARs “often contain evidence of potential criminal activities, such as money laundering and fraud,” according to a 2020 Senate report.
The suspicious records will provide details about how the family business operates and desired transparency on Hunter, James, and Frank’s foreign business transactions, along with knowledge of whether Joe Biden remains compromised by foreign governments through his family’s business. — Breitbart
Our Take: “I would be very, very suspicious of what Biden's Treasury Department provides. It's not outside the realm of possibility that documents will be missing, altered or incomplete. It's hard for the American people to trust any federal agency at this point. THE DOJ, FBI, MSM look at Trump under an ELECTRON MICROSCOPE, and the fact that Biden doesn't get the same treatment should be a red flag for even the most fluoridated of normies.
Even if every bit of incriminating evidence was released, can we trust the DOJ to do anything about it? Best case scenario here is a token indictment, and I wouldn't even hold my breath for that.” — Ryan DeLarme
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.
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Our oldest daughter (of 11 children), born in 1982, was primarily homeschooled - as were all of her siblings. I say primarily because as our children got older, certain courses at private, public, and charter schools provided the level of learning my wife and I could not. We do have two PhD's in the tribe and 9 other very intelligent and well-learned mothers, fathers, and citizens. Our goal throughout was to honor God by enabling active, thinking members of society. All of this was and still can be done without a Department of Indoctrination pushing lies from the Deep State. By the way - there was a cost involved in our decision, but it was a part of the calculus associated with marriage and parenting!
I will continue to express my gratitude to BB and all who provide the invaluable information within these Briefs. I may not always engage but i read each and every one as the benefit is exponential and sometimes unrealized in the moment. Today, it was a realized moment for me. Brilliant take by JD regarding education and glad i clicked your name and found your substack - i am catching on...
I am also grateful for all those that engage so patiently within the comments. There is so much to said for this interaction and i often wait a couple days and come back to learn more.
Many blessing to each and every one of you💞