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The People's News for the People's Coin 10/4-10/10
This week’s digest covers the Israel/Hamas conflict, Biden’s new border wall, the selection of the next house speaker, and the US’s police state.
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Overwhelmingly, the dominant topic of the last week was Hamas’s attack on Israel, which quickly became known as “Israel’s 9/11.”
Saturday morning, people in the US woke up to news that the terrorist Hamas fighters had slipped past Israel’s borders, and killed or abducted hundreds of Israelis. The attack happened on the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War between Israel and several Arab states.
Israel quicklymounted a military response to Hamas, first by launching airstrikes against the Gaza Strip. then by preparing a ground invasion.
The discussion on 𝕏 has been complex and intense. Over the past days, a cluster themes have emerged about what just happened, and what the future might bring.
1- People are questioning how Israeli intelligence could fail to anticipate the attack
Glenn Greenwald shared an Israeli Times article reporting that Israel ignored a warning from Egypt that a major attack was coming from Gaza
Tucker Carlson hosted Vivek Ramaswamy on his show, who called for an investigation into the intelligence failure before the US commits to a military response
On the PBD podcast, Roseanne Barr said the attack doesn’t add up and asked who benefits from it
How did Israeli defense miss the biggest operation in Hamas’ history?
Why did Isreal’s drone defense system fail?
Andrew Tate expressed suspicious at Israel’s intelligence failure
Biden walks away from intelligence failure question
2- US politicians across the political spectrum asserted that Israel has a “right to defend itself”
3- A popular stance among far-left groups is to offer support for Hamas and Palestine, frequently in the language of the “decolonization” movement
4- Opposing perspectives clashed over whether and to what extent the geopolitical history between Israel and Palestine justifies either’s actions
5- Libertarians and non-interventionists urged American restraint and non-involvement in another foreign entanglement
Dave Smith offers the Libertarian perspective
Historical footage of Ron Paul calling for stopping US aid to both Israel and Palestine
Documentary: All Wars Are Banker Wars
Will Hamas sleeper cells in the US retaliate if it gets involved?
6- Several criticized actions of the Biden/Obama Administrations that led to this point, including Biden unfreezing $6B Iranian money, Obama giving $221M to Iran before leaving office, the Iran deal, Biden holding a BBQ on Sunday
Mike Benz: Biden Administration and foreign policy establishment has financial incentive for leadership change in Iran
RFK Jr: Biden Administration has aggravated conflict by giving $6B to Iran
Michael Flynn: an Iranian spy ring was discovered in the Pentagon
7- Trump supporters argued that the conflict would not be happening under a Trump Presidency
8- A few accounts offered geopolitical analysis pointing out that this attack happened when it did to further weaken the US empire and put it in the bind of deciding whether to engage in another unpopular war
Kim Dotcom on possibility of US fighting three wars puts it in a “coordinated geostrategic checkmate”
Unconfirmed reports claimed that Saudi Arabia would end diplomatic negotiations with Israel
Wall Street Journal reports that Iran funded Hamas’s attack
The US moved an aircraft carrier closer to Israel admits reports that it will begin to support Israel’s military effort
9- Speculations about false flags, psyops, and intelligence agency involvement
Mike Benz: Hamas got arms from Ukraine
Jack Posobiec: Israel attack allows neoconservatives to cut losses in Ukraine and switch focus to new war in Middle East
Speculation that Hamas got arms left by US in Afghanistan
Zach Vorhies pointed to a Wikileaks cable from the American embassy in Israel proposing that Israel covertly supports Hamas as a form of controlled opposition to further Israel state policy
10- Calls for peace
11- Appreciation for the complex and uncensored discussion on 𝕏
The conflict between Israel and Hamas feels of world-historical importance. Like most people, I am not an expert in the background that led to recent events. In general, I’m suspicious of anyone advocating for escalation of military conflict, and think most average citizens—Israelis, Palestinians, Egyptians, Iranians, Americans, Russians, Ukrainians, etc etc—want to live their lives in peace.
I am grateful for the multifaceted conversation on 𝕏, and hopeful sides can reach a peace agreement and end the cycle of retribution.
Which perspectives resonate with you? What do you want to learn more about?
The US Border
Immediately before Israel-Hamas took over the narrative, a breakthrough occurred on the public discussion of the US border.
Last Wednesday, under mounting negative coverage, the Biden Administration reversed its policy of three years and ordered the beginning of construction for a wall on the US-Mexico border, saying there was an “immediate need” to address the migrant crisis.
The administration’s justification for starting construction was that congress had appropriated money for a wall in 2019, and it was required by law to use it to build a wall.
However, the timing of the reversal, amidst a flurry of negative coverage and public outcry over illegal immigration, led many to question the administrations’ explanation.
In particular, the migrant crises in New York City, Chicago, and other sanctuary cities has forced local left-leaning politicians to call on the Biden administration to begin enforcing immigration laws.
What do you think: is it racist to build a border wall?
Speaker of the House
The border wasn’t the only issue where public pressure forced a change in DC consensus.
House Speaker Kevin McCarthy was removed last week over an alleged backroom deal with the Biden Administration to continue funding Ukraine’s war effort.
McCarthy became an avatar of Congress’s enthusiasm for sending money to protect Ukraine’s border and simultaneous apathy for America’s own.
Almost immediately, rumblings began about making Trump the Speaker of the House.
Trump went gone back and forth on the idea, posting a meme of himself as speaker before throwing his support behind Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan.
Still, he provoked more questions by posting a cryptic photo of himself playing tennis on Sunday afternoon, leading to speculation that he was perhaps “ready to serve.”
On Monday, Kevin McCarthy floated the idea that he might run again, after signaling he could resign from Congress altogether over the weekend.
Last night, the GOP held a candidate forum with Jim Jordan and Steve Scalise, the two leading candidates for speaker, vying for support among the party.
When asked about who should be the next GOP speaker, Joe Biden said the issue was above his pay grade.
What do you think: will Jordan be elected as the next Speaker, will McCarthy make a comeback, or does Trump have something up his sleeve?
Ahead of the 2024 election, the FBI has created a special category for “MAGA extremists,” according to a report from Newsweek
The move to classify voters of the leading presidential candidate as domestic terrorists is likely to draw more cries of foul play from Trump supporters.
The idea that federal government intelligence agencies are carrying out a vendetta against Trump has become self-evident for many if not most 𝕏 users, based on the timing of multiple indictments against him.
News of “MAGA extremism” coincides with the coming release of a new documentary by Dinesh D’Souza called The Police State about the excesses of intelligence agencies.
On Thursday, Hillary Clinton poured more fuel on the fire by suggesting that Trump supporters were in a “cult” and needed “formal deprogramming” by the state."
The comments were widely derided and memed.
What do you think: should federal government agencies take an active position against the voters of a particular political party?
Dogey Treats: News Bites
The EU threatened legal action against Elon Musk for allowing “illegal content and disinformation” to spread on 𝕏. Elon questioned the official fact checkers’ claims about what constitutes disinformation.
Elon said, “If successful, 𝕏 will evolve to be the collective consciousness of humanity or, more accurately, the human-machine collective.”
Trump acknowledged he has been asked about becoming Speaker of the house and said he would do it: “All I can say is we'll do whatever's best for the country and for the Republican Party.”
Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan said he would run for Speaker.
Former ESPN anchor Sage Steele said interviewing President Biden was ‘the saddest thing’ as he ‘couldn’t finish his sentences.'
Biden was accused of mistreating his dogs.
Hillary Clinton suggested that Trump supporters are a cult and said, “At some point maybe there needs to be a formal deprogramming of the cult members.” Elon cringed.
Matt Gaetz proposed a congressional reform plan, using ideas from Democratic House member Ro Khanna. Elon said it was a “Pretty good plan.” Gaetz introduced legislation called the “Security Clearance Revolving Door Act.”
Elon said NY AG Letitia James “blatantly lies” by denying she has a vendetta against Donald Trump.
Trump is suing British Intel operative Christopher Steele over the debunked Steele Dossier. Elon predicted, “Discovery on this will be spicy.”
Elon and Jordan Peterson had an intriguing exchange about the most important priority for humanity.
Tucker Carlson did an episode on the financial incentives involved in transgender ideology. A study found transgender people prescribed gender-affirming hormones had elevated risk of several deadly conditions.
Rand Paul claimed to have emails showing that Anthony Fauci covered up evidence that Covid was created in a lab.
Aaron Rodgers challenged Travis Kelce to a vaccine debate.
An analysis of multiple countries found that covid vaccines did not save any lives.
Former FTX employee Gary Wang testified against founder and Democratic mega donor Sam Bankman-Fried. Former CEO Caroline Ellison said SBF directed her to commit fraud.
Ryan Cohen posted a photo of an elderly version of his face, perhaps merged with Carl Icahn’s face
GameStop’s official account posted a Butterfly emoji, taken by meme stockers as confirmation that DK-Butterfly-1 holding company is involved in a meme stock play to acquire BBBY and other shorted corporations.
AMC had its highest-ever single day of ticket revenue thanks to the cinematic version of Taylor Swift’s ERAs tour.
Mike Solana wrote a fascinating essay on moral inversion in the West as it relates to Israel-Palestine.
Elon said economic data showed we are in “Wild times.”
What is Taylor Swift amnesia?
Ye West filed 26 trademark for the term “YEWS”
Memes of the Week
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