France: Right-wing presidential candidate Marine Le Pen, who is anti-immigration, won 22% of the vote, while progressive candidate Emmanuel Macron received 24%, The runoff election will be held May 7. Le Pen warned voters that France’s survival is at stake. This could completely re-structure the political system, because neither of the old-line parties made it to the second round, including the current ruling socialist party. [Bear in mind, however that, in terms of principles, there is little difference between progressive and socialist.] –GEG
In the first round of voting in the 2017 French presidential election, En Marche! progressive candidate Emmanuel Macron came away with 24 percent, and the Front National’s “far right” Marine Le Pen grabbed 22 percent, with 50 percent reporting. The numbers guarantee them both a spot in the runoff.
In a speech following the results, a confident Le Pen told her supporters that France’s “survival” is at stake.
It’s time, she said, to get rid of the “arrogant” people in the government who want to dictate to the people and usher in a new era.
“I am the candidate for the people,” she said.
Many pundits have made parallels between Le Pen and candidate Donald Trump’s campaigns. Both candidates’ supporters garnered a severe distaste for both the political elite and the media in their respective races. Like Trump, Le Pen has also been attacked as “racist” for her right of center views.
For the first time in modern French history, no mainstream party candidate is advancing, upending the country’s political system.
Senator Rand Paul was criticized for questioning Health and Human Services nominee Dr. Rachel Levine, a male-to-female transgender person and pediatrician. Paul said that Levine has supported surgical destruction of minors’ genitalia and giving them hormone blockers to prevent puberty.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, a former Socialist Party prime minister in Portugal, called for a global coordinated action against the “grave danger” caused by “White supremacy” and “neo-Nazi” movements.
Attorney Reiner Fuellmich presented video from a whistleblowers who says that 31 residents suffering from dementia in a care facility in Germany were injected the Pfizer Covid-19 RNA vaccine that left eight dead, and 11 more with serious side effects. Some of the residents were vaccinated by force.
On January 6th, 2021, Ashli Babbitt was shot to death on January 6, 2021 in the Capitol building by a Capitol police officer. 50 days later, the officer was finally identified in photos before and during the shooting, but his name is being withheld from Ashli Babbit’s attorneys.
Sara Stickles, a 28-year old mother and healthcare worker at Swedish American Hospital, reportedly suffered a brain aneurysm and is now brain dead 5 days after receiving the second COVID injection from Pfizer.
Buffalo’s schools have high rates of failure. In fifth grade, only 18% of students are proficient in math and only 20% proficient in English. One-third fail to graduate from high school. In response, school administrators have not tried to improve academic achievement, but have launched an ant-racist training program.
Lawrence Paul Anderson was released early from prison in a so-called Criminal Justice Reform program. He is accused of killing his 67-year old uncle, stabbing his aunt in the eye and killing their 4-year old granddaughter. He is also accused of killing neighbor Andrea Blankenship and cutting out her heart.
If you believe in taking from the rich to give to the poor, then you have just bought into the prime slogan of Socialism and Communism. It’s a bad idea even if it is against someone you dislike. Why? Because there are hundreds of millions of people in the world who consider YOU to be rich. – and you will be next.
Merrick Garland said that his personal definition of domestic terrorism is the use of violence or threats of violence to interrupt the democratic process, therefore, attacks on buildings at night don’t count.
Tennessee lawmakers proposed legislation would keep stores, restaurants, movie theaters, gyms, and any other form of business from requiring the wearing of masks or requiring proof of vaccination in order to obtain services.
No one has been charged with possessing or using a gun inside the Capitol. Furthermore, the violence was perpetrated, not by genuine Trump supporters, but by Antifa types who were bused to the event and who were seen putting on MAGA hats and T-shirts in the parking lot.
Justice Thomas wrote: “The decision to leave election law hidden beneath a shroud of doubt is baffling. By doing nothing, we invite further confusion and erosion of voter confidence. Our fellow citizens deserve better and expect more of us. I respectfully dissent.” Justices Kavanaugh and Coney-Barret voted with liberals.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis announced a new election-integrity reform package to safeguard his state’s elections. The set of reforms would do away with unsolicited mail-in voting, crack down on insecure ballot drop boxes, and ban ballot harvesting in Florida.
The pattern of calling the Capitol incident an armed insurrection is a gross mischaracterization of what actually happened. False narratives are being used to militarize Washington, DC. Both parties are still exploiting it for a new domestic War on Terror. And the FBI is on the prowl for so-called dissidents.
People will have to carry a certificate of vaccination, known as a ‘green badge.’ Masks are still in place for everyone. Yuli Edelstein, the health minister, says: “Getting vaccinated is a moral duty. It is part of our mutual responsibility.” His mantra is: “Whoever does not get vaccinated will be left behind.”
50 people have died in Texas due to a cold snap that caused loss of electricity after wind turbines locked up, pipes froze in natural gas plants, and a nuclear reactor went dark when a five-foot section of uninsulated pipe seized up. In short, Texas power producers failed to adequately winter-proof their systems.
While Australia considers a law requiring tech companies to pay for news content, Facebook responded by blocking users from reading or sharing news about Australia. A critic pointed out that the blackout is a stark reminder of the power the tech giants have over what people see.
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The Netherlands has banned rallies by Turks living there who are conducting political campaigns for an election in Turkey. There are 5.5-million Turks living in Europe, and many of them are allowed to vote in their homeland elections. Consequently, Turkish President Erdogan has been sending his agents abroad to garner those votes – but the Dutch want no part of it. Leaders in The Netherlands are worried that Turkish voters in their country, who are divided on support for Erdogan, will clash with each other and cast an unfavorable light on immigration. In response to the ban on Turkish political rallies in Holland, the Turkish government has threatened the Dutch government with sanctions and has theorized that The Netherlands army of 48,000 soldiers could not prevail against 400,000 Turkish immigrants.
Former head of US Intelligence James Clapper just admitted that the United States “tried to manipulate or influence elections or even overturned governments,” because the US was looking out for the “best interests” of the citizens of those countries. This statement is directly at odds with the moral high ground claimed by President Obama and other US officials on the topic of Russian election meddling. US leaders have a history of destroying and pillaging, and then leaving the mess behind in their wake.
Former CIA Director James Woolsey admitted that the US meddles in the elections of other people and then said, “Well, hmmm…. only for a very good cause…in the interests of democracy.” It is ironic that he claims to be protecting democracy, yet CIA interference in elections is the opposite of democracy.