Visualizing The Assets & Liabilities Of US Banks

The U.S. banking sector has more than 4,000 FDIC-insured banks that play a crucial role in the country’s economy by securely storing deposits and providing credit in the form of loans.This infographic from Visual Capitalist’s Niccolo Conte and Christina Kostandi visualizes all of the deposits, loans, and other assets and liabilities that make up the collective balance sheet of U.S banks using data from the Federal Reserve.With the spotlight on the banking sector after the collapses of Signature Bank, Silicon Valley Bank, and First Republic bank, understanding the assets and liabilities that make up banks’ balance sheets can give insight in how they operate and why they sometimes fail.Assets: The Building Blocks of Banks’ BusinessAssets are the foundation of a bank’s operations, serving as a base to provide loans and credit while also generating income.A healthy asset portfolio with a mix of loans along with long-dated and short-dated securities is essential for a bank’s financial stability, especially since assets not marked to market may have a lower value than expected if liquidated early.ℹ️ Mark-to-market means current market prices are being used to value an asset or liability on a balance sheet. If securities are not marked to market, their value could be different once liquidated.As of Q4 2022, U.S. banks generated an average interest income of 4.54% on all assets.Loans and LeasesLoans and leases are the primary income-generating assets for banks, making up 53% of the assets held by U.S. banks.These include:Real estate loans for residential and commercial properties (45% of all loans and leases)Commercial and industrial loans for business operations (23% of all loans and leases)Consumer loans for personal needs like credit cards and auto loans (15% of all loans and leases)Various other kinds of credit (17% of all loans and leases)SecuritiesSecurities make up the next largest portion of U.S. banks’ assets (23%) at $5.2 trillion. Banks primarily invest in Treasury and agency securities, which are debt instruments issued by the U.S. government and its agencies.These securities can be categorized into three types:Held-to-maturity (HTM) securities, which are held until they mature and provide a stable income streamAvailable-for-sale (AFS) securities, which can be sold before maturityTrading securities, held for short-term trading to profit from price fluctuationsAlong with Treasury and agency securities which make up the significant majority (80%) of U.S. banks’ securities, banks also invest in other securities which are non-government-issued debt instruments like corporate bonds, mortgage-backed securities, and asset-backed securities.Cash AssetsCash assets are a small but essential part of U.S. banks’ balance sheets, making up $3.1 trillion or 13% of all assets. Having enough cash assets ensures adequate liquidity needed to meet short-term obligations and regulatory requirements.Cash assets include physical currency held in bank vaults, pending collections, and cash balances in accounts with other banks.Liabilities: Banks’ Financial ObligationsLiabilities represent the obligations banks must fulfill, including customer deposits and borrowings. Careful management of liabilities is essential to maintain liquidity, manage risk, and ensure a bank’s overall solvency.DepositsDeposits make up the largest portion of banks’ liabilities as they represent the money that customers entrust to these institutions. It’s important to note that the FDIC insures deposit accounts up to $250,000 per depositor, per insured bank, for each type of account (like single accounts, joint accounts, and retirement accounts).There are two primary types of deposits, large time deposits and other deposits. Large time deposits are defined by the FDIC as time deposits exceeding $100,000, while other deposits include checking accounts, savings accounts, and smaller time deposits.U.S. banks had $17.18 trillion in overall deposits as of April 12th 2023, with other deposits accounting for 74% of the overall liabilities while large time deposits made up 9%.BorrowingsAfter deposits, borrowings are the next largest liability on the balance sheet of U.S. banks, making up nearly 12% of all liabilities at $2.4 trillion.These include short-term borrowings from other banks or financial institutions such as Federal Funds and repurchase agreements, along with long-term borrowings like subordinated debt which ranks below other loans and securities in the event of a default.How Deposits, Rates, and Balance Sheets Affect Bank FailuresJust like any other business, banks have to balance their finances to remain solvent; however, successful banking also relies heavily on the trust of depositors.While in other businesses an erosion of trust with customers might lead to breakdowns in future business deals and revenues, only in banking can a dissolution in customer trust swiftly turn into the immediate removal of deposits that backstop all revenue-generating opportunities.Although recent bank collapses aren’t solely due to depositors withdrawing funds, bank runs have played a significant role. Most recently, in First Republic’s case, depositors pulled out more than $101 billion in Q1 of 2023, which would’ve been more than 50% of their total deposits, had some of America’s largest banks not injected $30 billion in deposits on March 16th.It’s important to remember that the rapidly spreading fires of bank runs are initially sparked by poor asset management, which can sometimes be detected on banks’ balance sheets.A combination of excessive investment in long-dated held-to-maturity securities, one of the fastest rate hiking cycles in recent history, and many depositors fearing for and moving their uninsured deposits of over $250,000 has resulted in the worst year ever for bank failures in terms of total assets.Loading… […]


The Crime Of ‘Talking To Tucker Carlson’

Authored by Naomi Wolf via The Epoch Times (emphasis ours),The whole world is commenting on and speculating about the abrupt departure of former Fox commentator Tucker Carlson from that network.Dr. Naomi Wolf, author of “The Bodies of Others: The New Authoritarians, COVID-19 and the War Against the Human,” in New York on June 7, 2022. (The Epoch Times)Addressing the current moment is not my intent. I have no idea what the “inside story” is on the events related to Fox’s or Carlson’s decisions. Mr. Carlson is wisely being deliberative regarding his physical presence and his messaging, and by next week the news cycle will have no doubt shifted in relation to this sudden exile, or self-exile; so there is little point in adding my own theories to the events of the present. (Though I suspect that the stern, mafioso-like public warnings of Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and others to the Murdochs, that they were making a mistake in tolerating Carlson’s airing of the first set of previously unseen January 6 videos, and that those who passed on the footage were playing a “treacherous game,” was a factor in at least some upheaval on the part of Fox’s leadership. I recognize a political threat of retribution when I hear one):[embedded content]What I want to do now is note, for the record, almost elegiacally, how important Mr. Carlson’s voice has been, in the evaluation of at least this dyed-in-the-wool old-school capital “L” Liberal.Mr. Carlson and I spent most of our careers not in alignment on anything; for decades, our places were adversarial on the public chess board. He had assumed that I was the caricature of a shrieking, irrational left-wing feminist—a view for which he has had the good grace publicly to apologize—and I, for my part, was ready to accept that he must be the boorish, sexist, racist, homophobic frat boy that the progressive news outlets I read, relentlessly insisted that he was. I almost never watched his show, so my preconceptions could flourish uncorrected.That said, I did find it odd that everyone around me in the “liberal elite” media hated him so violently—the way they hated President Trump; but that when I pressed for concrete reasons why, they could not provide them. When my liberal friends and loved ones would roll their eyes and spit out “Tucker Carlson,” as if that name itself was epithet enough, I would often pester: “What? Why? What did he actually say?” I never got a good answer. So even in the depth of the Left’s vilification of him—even as I was still on the Left myself—I was keeping, faintly, an open mind.Maybe this is because, in a limited way, I recognize where he comes from. We both come from some similar places. We both were raised in California in the 1970s (though I am six years older), a California that was very diverse and yet largely peaceful and hopeful, compared to the present; with reasonable newspapers and decent public education. It was a state drenched with sunshine and optimism; bright with discussion and with sensible plans for the future. California was the most meritocratic state in the Union, at that time. In spite of specific upheavals—the LGBTQ movement gaining force in the Bay Area, the women’s movement was fighting for access to reproductive rights, immigrant workers agitating for better conditions—we had no reason to believe that people of different races or political viewpoints or genders could not get along, or at least discuss their differences; we certainly would have found it racist to assume that immigrants or people of color could not succeed entirely on their own merits.The University of California system, unbroken at that time, an excellent nearly-free education, was almost majority nonwhite—selective, prestigious public high schools like the one I attended were majority nonwhite—so it was ridiculous to presume that people of color or immigrants could not thrive in our existing, even if imperfect, meritocracies. They were succeeding all around us.We both were sent from this early relaxed, hopeful formative background to the hothouses of rigorous, rigid, East Coast privilege—he to a prep school and then to Trinity College, I to Yale (and then Oxford). Maybe we both brought our West Coast skepticism of East Coast (and European) global elites’ nonsense and pretentiousness along with us.I was also never completely persuaded of his being the purported embodiment of pure evil, because I still had an impressionistic memory of him being around in the D.C. of the 1990s, in a time before such extreme caricatures as today’s keep both “sides” at daggers drawn.In the late 1990s, we shared a social milieu; though we were not friends, we were out and about in parallel circles in Washington, at a time in which his stint at The Weekly Standard and other conservative publications mirrored, fairly peaceably, compared with the present, my then-husband’s and my alliances with The New Republic and other left-wing publications.Social life was a Venn diagram in D.C. at that time, for pundits of all ages on both the left and the right. We all, in certain circles, dropped in to the same cocktail parties in Georgetown, huddled in the same bars in Dupont Circle, and enjoyed late-night feasts at the same hole-in-the-wall Ethiopian restaurants in Adams Morgan. Transpartisanship added frisson to social encounters, and partisanship was not yet the deadly tribalism it would later become. Sally Quinn, wife of the former executive editor of the Washington Post, the hostess who in the 1990s reigned supreme, would titillate the Clinton administration guests, at her gatherings in an antiques-filled, low-lit front room in Georgetown, with selective helpings of saucy Republican luminaries also present. The tension between commentators or apparatchiks from different “teams” made the conversation sparkle, and, to the high-spirited interlocutors of the two different parties, it made that third glass of Pinot Grigio pleasurably dangerous. It was a time when left and right could fence over Ms. Quinn’s old-school appetizers (never fish, not even cheese, and always candles, for the perfect party, as she later explained. “[Quinn] was giving a short history of the decline of Washington Establishment socializing, which she has long blamed for much of the entrenched partisan hostility that now dominates American politics. … Back then, she said, there was an easy, bipartisan commingling of ‘permanent Washington’ and elected officeholders.”).These adversaries by day would also inform one another by evening, while sparring at her events; they would make surprising, off-the-record alliances, and engage in productive off-the-record horse-trading. This behind-the-scenes, informal back and forth, was good for the country, and that was one reason that patriotic hostesses such as Ms. Quinn, I believe, facilitated it.Even brash newer hostesses—and at that time, the buzzy Arianna Huffington, equally glamorous, but arriving, with a flourish, from elsewhere, was one—had studied this art. She thus also assembled around herself, in her own salons, glittering representatives of both parties, so that nothing would be, darling, as she would say, boring.The show “Crossfire,” with its two civilized antagonists, was the allegory of the time. James Carville and Mary Matalin, with their sexy oppositional-ness, were the iconic couple of the moment. Point and counterpoint were still avidly followed then; direct, civil, well-informed debate was still considered valuable, illuminating, and a fascinating sport.I remember of D.C. in the 1990s as being what Mr. Carlson probably also remembers: a time and place for a young, ambitious intellectual, or a young, brash, public figure (as we both then were), in which a sincerity of inquiry, a seriousness of interrogation, and a regard for the verifiable truth, were all taken for granted as being what journalists and commentators were supposed to pursue.Whatever “side” we were on, we journalists and commentators all took pride in that mission. Truth existed. We would hunt it down, by God, and make our case for it.Journalists were supposed to challenge the State, and not take press releases from Presidents or White House spokespeople—or corporations for that matter—as Diktats. Arguments had to marshal evidence and to play fair.We assumed that this need that our profession was supposed to fulfill—for serious public inquiry, intense public debate—was the great indispensable thing in a Republic; we assumed that this basic underpinning of our roles as journalists would be seen by our society, our nation, as being valuable, forever; that the ethics of journalists and commentators in America would last forever; that these ethics would outlive us, as they had outlived President Jefferson.So I was not hugely surprised that in about March and April of 2021, when I was a Fellow at AIER in Great Barrington (home of the Great Barrington Declaration), and as I had started to raise questions about side effects women were experiencing with the mRNA vaccine—as well as raising questions about why our First and Fourth Amendment rights were being upended, why we were all being held under emergency law, why kids were being masked with little scientific evidence to support this abusive practice, and why pregnant women were being told the injections were safe when there was no data to back that claim up that I could find—that Mr. Carlson’s booker reached out to me.I appeared a few times on his show, to air my concerns.Right away the left-wing “watchdog” Media Matters—run by someone who had been a former acquaintance, even a friend, of ours in D.C., the former conservative who had turned Democrat, David Brock—went after me aggressively, with a systematic character assassination on Twitter and on the Media Matters website, engineered by CNN reporter Matt Gertz—a “journalist” who was actually funded to track and attack guests on Fox News: “Fox Keeps Hosting Pandemic Conspiracy Theorist Naomi Wolf.”In his hit piece, Mr. Gertz singled out the fact that I was warning about women who had received the mRNA vaccine having menstrual problems, and the fact that even women near vaccinated women were having menstrual problems. (This “shedding” via inhalation is confirmed in the Pfizer documents.)Gertz described multiple independent reports of menstrual problems from women as “purported reports”—a misogynist thing to do, mocking women’s eyewitness descriptions of their own symptoms, and one with a long history in medicine’s and Pharma’s crimes against women—and he shamefully singled out the (accurate) tweet of mine, that we now know via a lawsuit, the White House, the CDC, DHS, Twitter, and Facebook had illegally colluded to target and smear.So given the specificity of this one (accurate, important) tweet among thousands of mine, Matt Gertz may well have been acting as a henchman for these unlawfully colluding interests, to the eternal damage of what should have been his ethics as a journalist:(Screenshot/Twitter)This hit piece, calling me a “conspiracy theorist,” did a great deal to set the stage and provide the talking points for my later deplatforming at the hands of the White House working with Twitter and the CDC, and the subsequent reputational attack that spanned the globe and led to my wholesale ouster from legacy media and my former community on the Left.(It also consigned millions of women to damaged menses and infertility, by helping to silence this emerging discussion. Maternal deaths are up 40 percent now, due to compromises of women’s fertility post-mRNA injection. A million babies are missing in Europe. Great work, Mr. Gertz, Mr. Brock. You will take those harms, that you inflicted upon women and babies, to your graves.)But having appeared on Mr. Carlson’s show, to raise these and other real concerns, I also was peppered ceaselessly with nasty comments from my own “side.” Why? Because I had talked to Tucker Carlson. That was literally how they phrased my “crime.”This was the first real confrontation I had with the unreason and the cultlike thinking that were engulfing my “team.” I kept receiving messages, emails, DMs, and direct confrontations by phone, with friends and loved ones and even family members.How can you talk to Tucker Carlson??I noted with concern that they did not say that I was wrong, or that my assertions were baseless, or even that his assertions were baseless.They did not address the crimes against women and babies I was uncovering, and sharing with the assistance of Mr. Carlson’s platform—crimes about which all the men and women on the Left, who were supposed to be such feminists and advocates for women’s rights, were silent.My soon-to-be-former friends and colleagues simply reiterated again and again, as if it were self-evident, that I had discredited myself in some nameless but completely understood and permanent and unforgivable way, by talking to Tucker Carlson.(The only other major platform that was open to hearing what I was finding, was, of course, Steve Bannon’s WarRoom. I started to appear also on WarRoom, leading to another wave of appalled DMs and emails from my friends and loved ones, who by now were actively and rapidly distancing themselves from me. “How can you talk to Steve Bannon?”)So I had to face the alarming evidence that the Left now saw anyone “talking to” the opposition, as being magically, publicly, permanently contaminated and contaminating, in some weird anthropological way, and as now being utterly invalidated, and that they believed all of this in some pre-rational, Stone Age sort of belief matrix.They were treating me as though by my talking to Mr. Carlson and Mr. Bannon, no matter about what—no matter that the issues and evidence that I brought to these platforms and to these interlocutors were both true and important—I was burning my I-am-a-good-person membership club card, in some kind of public ritual of immolation, and that thus I would have to be exiled far from the progressive community and shamed away entirely from the warming of progressive campfires. “Unclean! Unclean!”Here is Mr. Ben Dixon, from the left, asserting that I must be not a feminist because I am “talking to Tucker Carlson” who “100 per cent is an anti-feminist.” He assails “this BS from Naomi Wolf and Tucker Carlson”—“BS”—in which I warned that we were heading into an un-American two-tier discrimination society based on vaccination status.Did that actually happen, as I warned? It did:[embedded content]We were attacked—I was attacked—for discussing things that came true.Did this happen, below? Was this true? We predicted in 2021 that authoritarian leaders would not relinquish emergency powers. It is now 2023, so: Yes.Should the Left have supported instead of mocked such a discussion? Even most of them must realize by now that the answer is: Yes.The reaction, though, of horror, from everyone I knew, at my crime of “talking to Tucker Carlson,” horrified me (as I often say, I will talk to anyone about the Constitution). The dismay of the Left in reaction to my “talking to Tucker Carlson” horrified me because talking to people with whom I don’t agree, is one of the main ways I have ever learned anything, or, I believe, that anyone has ever learned anything. And it horrified me also because I would have gladly brought my urgently important, indeed lifesaving information, to CNN and MSNBC, as usual—to all these self-proclaimed “feminists”—but they were having none of it.Above all it horrified me because the Left thus had departed from the post-Enlightenment metric of “is it true?” to return to a pre-rational metric of “is this within our tribe and according to our rituals and our cult?”And that I knew from my study of history how disastrously that kind of thinking ends.Well, by this time my husband was watching Mr. Carlson’s show. I observed myself experiencing waves of prejudice and of squirming anxiety as I also began to watch his show. To my distress, I found that many of his monologues made sense to me.They were not unreasonable, by and large, and they were not hate-filled; to the contrary.I had been told that he was racist. And indeed I recoiled at his signature giggle as he mocked the epithet: “Racist!” But as I actually forced myself to listen, sitting in my discomfort and programmed aversion, observing the reactions in myself (as the Buddhists urge one to do), I realized—he was not in fact a racist.Mr. Carlson was usually calling attention to the way identity politics was destroying our former ideal—shared by most of us California kids and teenagers in the 1970s—that we all were Americans first of all, deserving of equality of opportunity, not equality of outcome. I realized as I listened that his stories about immigration were not anti-immigrant, as I had been told; but rather that he was calling attention to the security and social welfare threats to the nation posed by massive, unrestricted, unlawful immigration over an open Southern border, a view shared by many legal immigrants.I learned that he was not actually transphobic, as I had been told; but rather that he shone a light on the way that minors were being targeted by schools and the pharmaceutical industry, to undergo radical gender surgery before they were of age to make adult decisions.While I often still disagreed with him, I found that his reasoning was transparent—a rare thing these days—and that always he returned to that old-fashioned, common-sense basis for his conclusions: “this is simply true.” More often than not, he had a point.I was also noticing that as I scanned Twitter for what I saw as more and more evidence of flaws in the “narrative” about COVID and “lockdowns” that we were all being fed in the first half of 2021, and as I forwarded or posted these links showing primary-source evidence of fraud in the PCR tests, a lack of transparent datasets in the COVID dashboards, testimony from an OSHA expert about harms to children from masks, problems with The New York Times’ assertions about restaurant- and school-based infections and “asymptomatic spread,” and so on—evidence that I would later publish in my 2021 book “The Bodies of Others: COVID-19, The New Authoritarians and the War Against the Human”—that there was absolute silence now from my entire formerly robust and responsive network of legacy/progressive-media producers, editors, journalists, and bookers.Silence from the U.S. TV networks. Silence from The Washington Post. From The Guardian. Silence from NPR. Silence from the BBC, the Sunday Times of London, The Telegraph, The Daily Mail, my reliable former outlets. Even silence from other overseas news outlets. All of these had, until 2020, been happy to respond to what I sent, to commission my writing, or to book me to appear to speak about the links I had forwarded or posted to their producers or editors.But Eldad Yaron, Mr. Carlson’s excellent producer, pretty much alone of the major outlets’ producers, did respond to the links I sent, even inviting more.So I was in the head-spinning position of realizing that these two men, Carlson and Bannon, both unwavering conservatives, both of whom I had been told represented Evil Incarnate, were the possessors of the only major platforms interested in the hard and fast evidence of the greatest crime in history and of the direct threat to our Republic, of which I was warning; and that every other news outlet, all on the liberal side, indeed around the world, was rushing headlong into the sea of lies, and gladly sailing upon it under a wind of falsehood and prevarication. So only they, along with a smattering of other smaller independent media, were able to bring their audiences a true picture of the appalling threats faced by their viewers and our Republic.Back to Mr. Carlson in the present, and why I appreciate him and hope his voice reappears on the national and global stage more assertively than before.I don’t know him personally—we have only met once, as far as I know—when my husband Brian O’Shea and I visited Carlson’s homey, Americana-crowded studio in a tiny town in rural Maine.But underneath all of what may be our policy differences, this is in my view why so many people have seen his reporting during the last three years as absolutely critical to our survival—and why so many Democrats and independents, including myself, whether secretly or not, watch and appreciate him as well:Carlson queries current madness from the same old-fashioned, deeply American premises that shaped me, and that shaped the last three remaining true Liberals, as well.He seems to be refusing to let go of an America that actually holds journalists to the practice of journalism. I share that outrage and that nostalgia. Many do. He seems to insist on not forgetting the America that saw everyone as equal based on “the content of their character.” I, many, share this pained memory of national unity around race even as we acknowledge that our nation’s racial history has had plenty of tragedy. He won’t let go of the memory of an America in which children were safe at school and parents decided what happened to their children. I, many, share this baseline value and are terrified that it is under attack. And he insists on patriotism, in a time of relentless propaganda and the bribery of elites that urges us all to drop national identities, cultures, borders, and even allegiances.This last quality especially makes him dangerous, as our nation is led entirely now by elite-captured traitors to our country.All of these resonances are deeply nostalgic—but they are also what must be saved and protected as memories and as part of our core belief system, if we are ever to regain our Republic—and our decency—in the future.So—Mr. Carlson—thank you for caring about women and babies, in your being among the first, along with Mr. Bannon, to give me a platform to raise a lifesaving alarm about threats to both. Thank you for your dogged nostalgia about a nation that is racially optimistic. Thanks for being willing to talk to those with whom you do not agree. Thanks for not giving up on religious liberty or the First Amendment. Thank you for insisting that truth matters.And thank you for not giving up on the best core ideals of this nation.We did not used to call the aggregate of all of those ideals, “conspiracy theories.”We used to call them, America.Originally published on the author’s SubstackLoading… […]


Watch: 14 Leftist Activists Arrested after Protest Inside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ Office

Police in Tallahassee, Florida, arrested 14 left-wing protesters who stormed the state capitol building Wednesday.

Occupying Ron DeSantis office with @ResistanceRev This Joy pic.twitter.com/mMkOWqrR5J

— Nelini Stamp (@NelStamp) May 3, 2023

Dozens are camped outside of Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office singing and chanting in opposition to the bills being passed this session. pic.twitter.com/Fa9MawEErx
— Alicia Devine, Photojournalist (@alicia_c_devine) May 3, 2023

Footage shows activists from the leftist group Dream Defenders staging a sit-in inside Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis’ office refusing to leave until he met with them.

14 protestors were arrested after storming Ron DeSantis’ office to confront the Florida governor.
The incident took place on Wednesday afternoon when a group of demonstrators, the Dream Defenders, occupied DeSantis’ Tallahassee office inside the Florida State Capitol building. pic.twitter.com/v6Mzz5KPvD
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More on the incident from Fox News:

Protesters flooded the office of Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis at the state Capitol on Wednesday after the Republican legislature passed sweeping education bills that Democrats have decried as racist and transphobic.
Police made at least a dozen arrests as the protesters planted themselves inside DeSantis’ office. DeSantis was not at the Capitol at the time, though bemused staffers could be seen behind a walled desk. Dozens of protesters locked arms, sat on the carpet, and refused to comply with police officers’ warnings that they must vacate the area within 20 minutes.

Police issued the warning at roughly 7 p.m., and began making arrests around 7:30.

“Their goal was to meet with the governor to discuss a legislative session that they say is attacking minority and LGBTQ-plus communities,” reports WTXL.
The protests came as legislators passed two bills, one prohibiting the requirement for students and teachers to use pronouns that do not align with a person’s biological sex, and one that forbids diversity programs in colleges across the state.
Fox News reported a DeSantis staffer ate chocolate cake amid the sit-in protest, a spectacle also noted by protester and DNC member Thomas Kennedy.

DeSantis’ staff was literally eating cake while dozens of constituents were in their office protesting hateful legislation and corrupt pay to play politics. This is their attitude while Floridians struggle to pay rent and put food on the table. Disgusting. pic.twitter.com/jf6OZ9YKB2
— Thomas Kennedy (@tomaskenn) May 4, 2023

The 14 activists who refused to leave were arrested and charged with misdemeanor trespass.

Activists protesting Gov. Ron DeSantis and his policies, who were holding a sit-in at his office, are being arrested. pic.twitter.com/7VVFehp2qQ
— Douglas Soule (@DouglasSoule) May 3, 2023

Video of protesters being removed from Capitol a short while ago.Among those being removed from Governor’s office in early evening was DNC member ⁦@tomaskenn⁩ Assume they will be charged pic.twitter.com/e6EPYNR60C
— Gary Fineout (@fineout) May 3, 2023

The group posted an updated to Twitter Thursday morning after arrested members were released.

Update: All #Florida14 out of jail. They’ve all been trespassed from the Capitol and won’t be allowed on the premises for one year. pic.twitter.com/n7sConwiRy
— Dream Defenders (@Dreamdefenders) May 4, 2023

The activists are part of the same group that staged a sit-in protest inside the Florida Capitol in 2013 in the wake of the Trayvon Martin shooting.
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Lincoln Project Founder Calls For Alex Jones, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon & Donald Trump To Be Arrested While Celebrating Conviction Of ‘Scummy Proud Boys’

Rick Wilson, the RINO co-founder of the never-Trump political action committee “The Lincoln Project,” posted a brief video Thursday celebrating the conviction of four Proud Boys in relation to Jan. 6th and calling for more Americans to be hauled in by the federal government.
Sitting in his car, Wilson said he is “thrilled by” the Proud Boys being convicted of seditious conspiracy, calling them “scummy little weirdos” and “edge case incel assholes.”

It’s a bad day for the bad guys and @TheRickWilson couldn’t be happier… but wait, there’s more! There’s a layer of people, from Roger Stone to Alex Jones to Steve Bannon, who were giving these street thugs their orders. Next up, Donald J. Trump. pic.twitter.com/NbUxLKZwHW
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) May 4, 2023

The Lincoln Project co-founder continued, saying, “As happy as I am about these guys going to jail, and they richly deserve it… they were all involved in it, they were in the center of being part of this plot, but it’s a conspiracy that runs up not down.”
He explained, “Yes, they’ve arrested a bunch of these lower-tier J6 assholes who also deserve to be charged, deserve to be punished, and these guys deserve to be punished too. They’re only a little higher up the food chain though. And the important thing here is the food chain doesn’t just go from the J6 guys to the Proud Boys, it goes up from there. There is a layer of people like Roger Stone and Alex Jones and Steve Bannon who were all involved in this.”
“These guys are too dumb to understand how to do things without getting orders. They are street thugs, they are chaos agents. They were ordered and requested to do this and they agreed. It was a conspiracy to do so. That conspiracy needs to go up not down and the top of that conspiracy is Donald Trump,” Wilson said, concluding his rant.Maintain peak vigilance by taking advantage of our latest sale now!
Unhinged remarks like this are nothing new from the political action committee co-founder.
Before Donald Trump was ever elected president, Wilson infamously said, “the donor class can’t just sit back on the sidelines and say, ‘oh well, don’t worry, this will all work itself out.’ They’re still going to have to go out and put a bullet in Donald Trump. And that’s a fact.”

The man is clearly suffering from an ongoing severe case of Trump Derangement Syndrome.
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BBC Misses with Stew Peters Hit Piece, Shills for Bioweapon

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) took a big swing and a miss at nationally-syndicated TV news host Stew Peters and his mega-viral Died Suddenly film. The film has blown the lid off of the COVID bioweapon that’s been pushed and mandated under the false guise of being a “vaccine” – a bioweapon that the BBC is still publicly backing and spreading government-funded propaganda on behalf of.
The BBC, which is classified as a government-funded media operation, followed in the footsteps of its American corporate media counterparts in attacking Stew Peters and the massively successful Died Suddenly film (which has over 18 million views on Rumble alone), crafting a failed hit piece that reads like a heaping bowl of word soup from a COVID jab salesman.

Throughout the hit piece, the BBC ignored the massive COVID jab carnage that’s swept the globe, making it the deadliest “vaccine” in human history, and resorted to playing word games when Peters refused to grovel to the British government-funded news outlet’s line of questioning.
Instead of making an actual argument in favor of COVID jabs and using scientific evidence to refute the claims of Peters and his film, the BBC hit piece insists over and over again that what people all over the world have seen with their own eyes – COVID jab recipients dying suddenly at a record pace – isn’t actually happening.

“The vaccines have saved millions of lives,” claims the BBC, citing “vast amounts” of unspecified “data”.
The botched hit piece also called for Big Tech censorship, especially on Twitter, where the BBC bemoaned that moderators have “stopped taking action” to censor COVID information at odds with the narrative that’s been carefully crafted by global governments and corporate media outlets.
It even reinforced the narrative surrounding NFL player Damar Hamlin’s sudden on-field collapse, which happened live on national television during a Monday Night Football and came after the NFL coerced or mandated virtually all of its players and employees to accept the COVID jab. Hamlin’s collapse was instantly seized upon by the media, but Peters refused to swallow the narrative and has been one of the only voices in the media to speak out against it.Get back in the game, jump on our major sale at the store now!
The BBC even tried to claim that Hamlin didn’t “die suddenly” when he collapsed on the field, despite the fact that even the NFL admits that the professional football player’s heart did stop, and life-saving CPR efforts were undertaken as millions watched from home.

“You ever heard of CPR?” Peters asked the BBC interviewer. “That’s a thing that when somebody dies you do to save their life. They’re dead. Damar Hamlin died suddenly.”
To combat the fake news coverage of the BBC, Stew Peters posted his own video recording of the interview to his Twitter profile, exposing everything that the BBC didn’t want to include in its failed hit piece.
In the video, Peters not only eviscerated the BBC’s COVID jab narrative but its Ukraine narrative as well, and called out the BBC for its failure to report on the Biden family’s ties to Ukrainian corruption and the findings in the Hunter Biden “laptop from hell.”
“You don’t care about all the corruption because you’re a part of it. You help to perpetuate it,” Peters told the BBC interviewer, adding that the BBC is doing the “bidding of Big Pharma,” Ukraine war hawks, and the pedophilic LGBT lobby.
“This is how you treat the FAKE MSM,” Peters wrote in the video tweet. “BBC doesn’t want you to see this.”
Watch Stew Peters DESTROY the BBC below:

This is how you treat the FAKE MSM.
BBC doesn’t want you to see this.
WATCH FULL INTERVIEW👇🏻https://t.co/jIIimy7hw9 pic.twitter.com/Ivy4SSIb5K
— Stew Peters (@realstewpeters) May 4, 2023

Watch the full Died Suddenly film from the Stew Peters Network HERE
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Canadian Man Uses AI to Stalk Tucker Carlson and Alex Jones – Watch

In what he labeled, “One of the most bizarre moments in my life,” Alex Jones received a phone call from Tucker Carlson on Wednesday only to learn it was a fake artificial intelligence robot.

The Infowars host explained he got the call during a meeting, stepped into a hallway and answered the phone.

Jones explained the fake Tucker started saying sexual things, which made him realize it was an AI copy of Carlson’s voice.

After hanging up on the prankster, Jones immediately called Carlson to inform him and his team that someone was impersonating him.
Jones later learned the person who did the fake Tucker call had bragged about it on Twitter and is planning to release it online.
Twitter account “Prank Stallone” wrote on Wednesday, “Okay so let’s say someone has Tucker Carlson’s cell number, and also Alex Jones’ cell phone number, and also an AI Tucker Carlson voice. They could IN THEORY call Alex Jones and pretend to be Tucker, and have a full conversation with him. Anyways I just did that.”Now that you’re intellectually ahead, stay physically ahead by visiting our store.

Okay so let’s say someone has Tucker Carlson’s cell number, and also Alex Jones’ cell phone number, and also an AI Tucker Carlson voice. They could IN THEORY call Alex Jones and pretend to be Tucker, and have a full conversation with him. Anyways I just did that.
— Prank Stallone (@theCJS) May 3, 2023

During his live, Thursday transmission, Jones called for “Stallone,” actually named Chris James, to come on the program and explain why he decided to go through with the stunt and to clarify whether he’s working for any groups or government agencies.

Later, Jones announced he is going to file a criminal complaint against James, shouting, “I call for him to be arrested now! You have sowed the wind, you shall reap the whirlwind,” a Bible quote from Hosea 8:7.

— Prank Stallone (@theCJS) May 4, 2023

James posted a clip from the show on Twitter and said he wouldn’t be coming on the Jones show.
He wrote, “Sorry if that’s something you want to see, but my intuition screamed at me that it was a bad idea.”

I’m not going on his show by the way. Sorry if that’s something you want to see, but my intuition screamed at me that it was a bad idea.
— Prank Stallone (@theCJS) May 4, 2023

The Prank Stallone account posted an article about the stunt from the soon-to-be bankrupt leftist outlet Vice Media.

https://t.co/idS0Tc6LAf lol
— Prank Stallone (@theCJS) May 4, 2023 […]


EV Deflation Arrives: Ford Slashes Prices On Its Mustang Mach-E, Following Tesla’s Strategy

It’s official: deflation in EVs looks to be upon us.Following in the footsteps of Tesla, which has aggressively slashed prices since the beginning of 2023, Ford is now lowering the starting prices of its Mustang Mach-E by thousands of dollars, according to a new report by CNBC. Earlier this week the automaker said it would slash prices between $1,000 and $4,000 per vehicle, resulting in the starting price of new Mustang Mach-E’s to fall between $42,995 and $59,995. Like Tesla, Ford had already announced some modest cuts, bringing down the price of the Mach-E by $600 to $5,900 in January. We noted days ago that Tesla was starting to steady its pricing with its Model Y and Model X. Bloomberg reported Tuesday morning that Tesla’s main models were marked up $250 each, stating that the model prices are being raised both in the United States and China. The Model 3 is now priced at $40,240 in the US and 231,900 yuan in China, while the Model Y is now priced at $47,240 in the US and 263,900 yuan in China.The hikes are small compared to the cuts the company has put in place since the beginning of the year. We had just noted days ago that, due to aggressive price cuts, the Model Y was cheaper than the average new vehicle in the U.S. by $759. That’ll likely still be the case, despite the $250 hike. As we noted last week, Morgan Stanley has also said it sees a ‘great productivity race’ that will benefit some sectors that have strong political support – like autos. “Efforts in the US to re-, friend-, and near-shore critical industries have strong political support. But these initiatives narrow the geographical options for US multinationals, making cheap labor – particularly for skilled manufacturing – harder to find and exacerbating an underlying US economic challenge,” the bank wrote.”Similar historical conditions have pressed companies to focus on improving productivity through the development, diffusion, and integration of new technologies. We expect US companies to invest in infrastructure and new technologies, AI in particular, to boost productivity. Companies that rely on labor and lack substantial financial resources will likely be challenged by this dynamic.”Morgan Stanley analyst Adam Jonas concluded last week: “Like other [automakers], Ford must decide what kind of EV strategy to pursue: Grow fast and burn cash or a more focused approach that prioritizes capital discipline.”Loading… […]


California Democrats Push Bill To Mandate ‘Gender Diversity’ Books In Schools

Authored by Steve Watson via Summit News,Democrats in California are pushing legislation that would force every school in the state to stock books in their libraries that are centred around LGBTQ themes and “people of all gender expressions.”Justin Sullivan/Getty ImagesDemocrat California assemblyman Corey Jackson, who has pushed the bill through committee to the full legislature, said the legislation “intends to combat the national Christian white supremacist movement, which is aimed to ban books.” Jackson charged that “the radicalization of the Christian faith,” is being used “to achieve a political objective,” adding “We must meet this moment of history and make sure we are on the right side of it.”The Free Beacon reports that Jackson’s legislation would place a state board in charge of classroom and school library books and texts, with any school needing to get state approval before removing any material that is challenged as potentially inappropriate, with regards to race and gender.However, the bill does make exceptions for removing religious texts deemed to be “sectarian” or “denominational”.The report further notes that under the legislation, the state education board would be required to set curriculum guides for school districts that emphasize diversity. The guides be required to focus on “people of all gender expressions in all types of roles, races, cultures, and religions,” as well as representations of labor unions and “the entrepreneur.”Speaking out against the legislation, Lance Christensen, vice president of policy for the California Policy Center said “It’s shocking to have an author of a bill to make such inflammatory commentary on those who would oppose this bill in good faith.”Christensen added that opposing “radical indoctrination does not mean we are all white Christian nationalists” further charging that Democrats are conflating school text curation with book-banning.As we highlighted earlier this week, Chelsea Clinton appears to have taken on a new activism project, defending attempts to force kids as young as Kindergarten age to be exposed to such sexually explicit “LGBTQ+” material at school.Clinton tweeted a claim that Republicans are trying to “ban” books and that it is harmful to children to remove material with LGBTQ+ “themes”.Chelsea Clinton Comes Out In Favour Of Porn For School Kids As we have exhaustively covered, the truth is that no one is calling for the books to be banned, but many are calling for the books that contain pornographic images and even pedophilia themes, as well as unscientific statements about biological gender, to be removed from school libraries.A Twitter fact check of the Clinton tweet pointed out that the book shown in the tweet contains graphic sexually explicit material. Clinton was then treated to a stream of responses providing examples of some of the shocking material contained within the books.Twitter Fact Check Confirms Book Chelsea Clinton Promoted For Children Contains Graphic Sex Acts Related:*  *  *Brand new merch now available! Get it at https://www.pjwshop.com/ALERT! In the age of mass Silicon Valley censorship It is crucial that we stay in touch.We need you to sign up for our free newsletter here.Support our sponsor – Turbo Force – a supercharged boost of clean energy without the comedown.Also, we urgently need your financial support here. Loading… […]

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Man is Declared Brain Dead and Dies at Yuma Medical Center

YUMA, AZ.-On April 3, 2023, at approximately 3:37 p.m., a Border Patrol agent assigned to the Yuma Station patrolling the International Border Fence observed footprints leading north from the border fence. The agent followed the prints approximately 100 yards to an area located near Avenue 1E, approximately 4.5 miles southeast of the Highway 195 and South Avenue B intersection, near San Luis, Ariz. The agent then observed a male subject lying under a bush. The agent gave the man commands to stand up; the man complied but requested assistance to stand. At this point the man was awake and coherent with no visible physical injuries apparent. The agent took the man, a Mexican national, into custody and escorted him to a marked U.S. Border Patrol vehicle. The man complained to the agent that he did not feel well once inside the vehicle and requested medical assistance. At this point the man began to lose consciousness.The agent requested via radio, at 3:41 p.m., for San Luis Emergency Medical Services to be dispatched and transported the man to the intersection of South Avenue B and Highway 195 to meet the ambulance.  EMS arrived at 3:51 p.m. and transported the man to the Yuma Regional Medical Center for further treatment, arriving at 4:14 p.m. The agent followed the ambulance to the hospital and established a hospital watch. Medical staff at the hospital reported cocaine in the man’s system.

Yuma Regional Medical Center medical staff declared the man brain dead at approximately 1:33 p.m. on April 4. Prosecutorial discretion was exercised and the man was released from U.S. Border Patrol custody on April 5. Customs and Border Protection’s Office of Professional Responsibility received information on April 19 from the Yuma County Medical Examiner’s Office stating the man was pronounced deceased at 2:28 p.m. on April 7.

This incident is under review by the Yuma County Medical Examiner’s Office and CBP’s Office of Professional Responsibility.  The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General was also notified. […]