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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. Feel free to follow the corresponding link to see their other work.
Now, onto the news from the Weekend that Was …
Amid the continuing controversy over Elon Musk having previously made the decision to block Kiev from utilizing Starlink satellites to attack Crimea, Zelensky's office has lashed out in what we might call a "bite the hand that feeds you" moment.
Musk "committed" and "enabled evil" by denying the ability of Kiev to launch massive drone attacks on Crimea last year, Mikhail Podoliak, a senior aide to President Zelensky said Friday. Somewhat ironically, he wrote this charge on the Musk-owned platform X. Here's what he said, framing the most hard-hitting lines suggesting Musk is doing "evil"... awkwardly in the form of a question (likely fearing Musk could at any time switch off Ukraine's Starlink comms altogether):
"Sometimes a mistake is much more than just a mistake," Podoliak wrote. "By not allowing Ukrainian drones to destroy part of the Russian military (!) fleet via Starlink interference, Elon Musk allowed this fleet to fire Kalibr missiles at Ukrainian cities."
"As a result, civilians, children are being killed. This is the price of a cocktail of ignorance and big ego. However, the question still remains: why do some people so desperately want to defend war criminals and their desire to commit murder? And do they now realize that they are committing evil and encouraging evil?"
o recount, Musk has pointed out amid an avalanche of mainstream media "outrage" that—
"The obvious intent being to sink most of the Russian fleet at anchor," he wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.
"If I had agreed to their request, then SpaceX would be explicitly complicit in a major act of war and conflict escalation."
But to Zelensky and his aides, this is "evil" apparently. We wonder what's next in this saga. Some online are going so far as to call for the US government to "nationalize" SpaceX's systems which pertain to Ukraine... — ZeroHedge
Our Take: “The Media Deployments surrounding Elon Musk, Starlink and Ukraine are so on-the-nose from a warmonger/Hegelian perspective that it's difficult to come up with anything more illuminating regarding the Globalist Deep State than their own headlines.
We're at the stage of the game where Normies are being directly told that refusing to escalate in a direct, kinetic manner toward WW3 is what will ensure that we are greeted with true evil in the form of peace.
Peace is what the enemy fears most.” —
New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham on Friday issued an emergency order suspending the right to carry firearms in public across Albuquerque and the surrounding county for at least 30 days in response to a spate of gun violence.
The Democratic governor said she expects legal challenges but was compelled to act because of recent shootings, including the death of an 11-year-old boy outside a minor league baseball stadium this week.
Lujan Grisham said state police would be responsible for enforcing what amount to civil violations. Albuquerque police Chief Harold Medina said he won’t enforce it, and Bernalillo County Sheriff John Allen said he’s uneasy about it because it raises too many questions about constitutional rights. — AP News
Our Take: “All laws which are repugnant to the Constitution are null and void. This is a fundamental principle of the United States Constitution, confirmed by the US Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison (1803). The NM governor cannot suspend the second amendment as states do not have the right to separate you from your constitutional rights.
This is why we saw prominent leftists such as Ted Lieu and David Hogg affirming that states do not have the right to strike down the 2A — but it’s not because they love the constitution or want to protect state’s rights. These commies hate state’s rights. They want this change made at the federal level via a constitutional amendment. Consider the establishment’s response to Roe v. Wade being returned to the states. According to the regime’s puppets, the people do not have the right to decide and we need federal legislation for everything.
Despite their ulterior motives, the puppets are right. States don’t have the right to infringe upon the 2A. And neither do the Feds. Our rights are inalienable and the right to defend yourself against tyranny is a line that these commies better not cross. Shall not be infringed.” —
"Who Is Biden Working For?" Admin Under Fire For 'Illegal, Reckless' Cancellation Of Alaska Oil Leases
Did someone pay Bidens to weaken the United States?
After canceling the Keystone XL pipeline project, draining the Strategic Petroleum Reserve to dangerously low levels (some of which was sold to a Hunter Biden-linked Chinese energy giant), and vowing "no more oil drilling" on US soil while America's geopolitical adversaries - two of whom paid his family handsomely - beef up their own energy independence, the Biden administration has done it again.
Last week the regime confirmed that it will cancel seven controversial oil and gas leases in an area of Alaska known as the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (ANWR), which were legally awarded from a 2021 sale.
"On day one of this administration, President Biden directed us to look at the oil and gas leases sold in the refuge by the previous administration," said Interior Secretary Deb Haaland in a Wednesday call with reporters. "What we have found in our analysis is that the lease sale itself was seriously flawed and based on a number of fundamental legal deficiencies."
Biden, in a written statement, said that the move will "help preserve our Arctic lands and wildlife, while honoring the culture, history, and enduring wisdom of Alaska Natives who have lived on these lands since time immemorial."
"As the climate crisis warms the Arctic more than twice as fast as the rest of the world, we have a responsibility to protect this treasured region for all ages," the statement continues, adding "My administration will continue to take bold action to meet the urgency of the climate crisis and to protect our lands and waters for generations to come."
The administration also proposed a rule on Wednesday that would protect 13 million acres in a different part of Alaska.
In short, NIMBYism (or something more nefarious) meets National Security...
"Who is Biden working for?" asked one X user in response to Kudlow's segment. — ZeroHedge
Our Take: “The headline of this piece struck me not because I believe it’s directly referencing Devolution and Continuity of Government, but rather because it’s not.
ZeroHedge is part of the alternative media, is a great news aggregator with forward-thinking commentary … BUT, there is a doomer’s tinge to most of their coverage, and they subscribe to the belief that the Biden Admin is so openly corrupt, it MUST be controlled by the Deep State.
The thing is, all of these events can ALSO be read with the framing that Biden is being used to execute a controlled demolition of the US Deep State in the public mind, and it’s also important to recognize that we need to see how these Narratives (or rather, IF these Narratives) collapse into the Actual.” —
The European Commission praised Ukraine’s Prosecutor-General Viktor Shokin for his efforts to fight corruption in a December 2015 progress report published nine days after then-VP Joe Biden demanded his ouster.
The report flies in the face of Biden’s claims that the European Union joined his demands that Shokin be removed for being corrupt and obstructing anti-corruption reforms.
In fact, the Dec. 18, 2015, progress report, obtained by the New York Post, says that the European Union was satisfied that Ukraine had achieved “noteworthy” progress, including in “preventing and fighting corruption,” and thus was eligible for visa-free travel in Europe.
The European Commission noted that Shokin had just appointed the head of a specialized anti-corruption prosecution office, which it described as “an indispensable component of an effective and independent institutional framework for combating high-level corruption.”
The new office would help the newly established National Anti-Corruption Bureau combat corruption, the report noted, and urged Ukrainian leadership to ensure that both bodies were “fully operational” by the first quarter of 2016. — The NY Post
Our Take: “Well, son of a bitch. Now we have even more evidence that Biden withheld foreign aid from Ukraine during the Obama administration until they fired the prosecutor investigating his son’s foreign business associates. Of course, we knew this. But as the reruns awaken more Americans, it’s important to revisit what we’ve long known.
Last month, Devon Archer confirmed that Burisma was pressuring the Bidens to fire Viktor Shokin, the prosecutor investigating Burisma. Prior to Archer’s testimony, Biden and his many surrogates fiercely claimed this was a strategic US foreign policy decision that had nothing to do with his son’s overseas business dealings. As a reminder, the Ukrainian gas company was paying Hunter Biden $83,000 per month for ‘the brand.’ More directly, they were paying Hunter to obtain the influence of his Vice President father to affect favorable foreign policy decisions. Like getting the prosecutor investigating them fired. In any other reality, the Bidens would be arrested.
Last month, it was reported that Victoria Nuland, the State Department point person for Ukraine during the Obama administration, praised Shokin and was on the record saying his efforts justified a third aid payment. Now we learn that the EU was also happy with Shokin.
In other words, Biden’s claims that withholding aid was an official US foreign policy position — rather than smoking gun evidence of his family’s expansive corruption schemes — were falsehoods. I know we’re not shocked by breaking news of Biden lying.
That said, I am a little shocked that he’s still allowed to pretend being President in light of the mountain of evidence against him and his family. You can’t impeach an illegitimate president, but you certainly can prosecute one. Let’s get on with it.” —
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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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