Thought for the day

"All vets are mentally ill in some way and government should prevent them from owning firearms." -- Diane Feinstein 

The resistance is growing as more than 75,000 irritated people in the UK have pledged not to pay their electricity bill this fall when prices jump again. 

"75,000 people have pledged to strike on October 1st! If the government & energy companies refuse to act then ordinary people will! Together we can enforce a fair price and affordable energy for all," tweeted "Don't Pay UK," an anonymous group spearheading the effort to have more than one million Brits boycott paying their power bill by Oct. 1. 

Posted on: Aug 08 10:44

Almost every member of Congress, Democrat or Republican, pays homage to the Big Green Lie. So do all the past and remaining Conservative candidates vying to be prime minister of the UK and every candidate currently vying for the leadership of the Conservative Party of Canada. So does virtually all of the mainstream press. The Big Green Lie—that carbon dioxide is a pollutant—is so pervasive that even those considered skeptics—including right-wing NGOs and pundits—generally adhere to the orthodoxy, differing not in their stated belief that CO2 is a pollutant but only in how calamitous a pollutant it is.

Because everyone now participates in the CO2-emissions-are-bad lie, the debate over climate policy hasn’t been over whether a CO2 problem exists but over how urgently CO2 needs to be addressed, and how it should be addressed. Do we have eight years left before Armageddon becomes inevitable or decades? Do we get off fossil fuels by building nuclear plants or wind turbines? Should we change our lifestyles to need less of everything? Or should we mitigate this evil—the view of those deemed climate minimalists—by shielding our continents from a rising of the oceans by enclosing them behind sea walls?

With almost everyone across the political spectrum publicly agreeing that curbing CO2 is a good thing, the debate has been between those who want to do good quickly by reaching Net Zero in 2040 and sticks in the mud who want to slow down the doing of a good thing. With discourse careening down rabbit holes, almost everyone gets lost pursuing solutions to Alice-in-Wonderland delusions—and wasting trillions of dollars in the process.

Until the 2000s, when climate change was still called global warming and the mainstream media still noticed that none of the myriad predictions of a climate catastrophe were being borne out—the polar caps weren’t melting, Manhattan wasn’t about to be submerged, malaria wasn’t infecting the northern hemisphere—many exposed man-made climate change as a hoax. The leaked Climategate emails revealed how scientists had conspired to “hide the decline” in temperatures that didn’t conform to their models. The claim that 97 percent of scientists supported the global warming theory was exposed as a fraud, as was the claim that the 4,000 scientists associated with the IPCC endorsed its report—those 4,000 hadn’t endorsed it, and most hadn’t even read it but had merely reviewed parts of the report and often disagreed with what they read.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:41

The United Nations would like everyone to be on the lookout for 'worrying and dangerous' conspiracy theories - especially those that might lead people to the conclusion that COVID-19 escaped from a lab in Wuhan, China... you know, the thing the WHO just admitted could very well be the case, and which Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has launched recent investigations into.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:41

It's been an interesting confluence of developments for Tesla to end last week's trading. While most market participants were focused on the company's upcoming 3-for-1 split, two other pieces of news dropped that may wind up having a material impact for investors. 

Yes, Tesla longs, even more of a material impact than dividing up the share structure in a different way! Tough to believe, we know...

Regardless, the California Department of Motor Vehicles is now joining the fray against Elon Musk, this week accusing the automaker of misleading customers "with advertising language on its website describing its Autopilot and Full Self-Driving technologies as more capable than they actually are," the LA Times reported

Russ Mitchell, who has been dutifully following Tesla for years and providing excellent, California-based coverage on the company for the LA Times, broke the news Friday just after the market closed. The California DMV is accusing Tesla of "false advertising", his report says. 

In a pair of complaints filed with the state Office of Administrative Hearings on July 28, the DMV said Tesla “made or disseminated statements that are untrue or misleading, and not based on facts.”

Posted on: Aug 08 10:40

Reuters has described a high-seas "cat and mouse" between Chinese and Taiwan warships which are shadowing each other at a moment China is scheduled to end its military drills surrounding the self-ruled island. The four days of unprecedented drills was slammed by Taipei as simulating an invasion, and saw the People's Liberation Army (PLA) soon after Nancy Pelosi's departure fire eleven ballistic missiles near Taiwan - some of which reportedly flew over the island.

"About 10 warships each from China and Taiwan sailed at close quarters in the Taiwan Strait, with some Chinese vessels crossing the median line, an unofficial buffer separating the two sides, according to a person with knowledge of the matter," Reuters observes of Sunday tensions.

Recent Taiwan Ministry of Defense images showing close "shadowing" of warships in the eastern waters of Taiwan.

Despite these main drills which occurred in six zones off Taiwan's coast now coming to a close, Chinese military pressure looks to continue for weeks longer, likely through to the end of the month of August.

China announced a whole new series of military drills near Taiwan, though not as close in proximity to the island as last week's. China's Maritime Safety Administration said in a statement that the new PLA drills will kick off in five zones of the Yellow Sea from Aug. 5 to 15The Washington Post details

China’s Ministry of Defense did not announce the purpose of the expanded exercises, which come as the visit frayed U.S.-China relations, but they come as Beijing is putting on its greatest show of force around Taiwan since the last cross-strait crisis of 1995 to 1996 — in what it calls a warning to “provocateurs” who challenge Beijing’s claims over Taiwan, the self-governing democracy of 23 million.

The Post further reports the simultaneous drills would take place in four zones of the Bohai Sea for a full month, which start Aug.8.

On Saturday, the Taiwan Navy Fengyang (FFG-933) frigate shadowed the PLA's Type 056 corvette.


Posted on: Aug 08 10:39

A metro Atlanta couple was arrested for producing porn with their adopted children.

BOTH men are accused of making porn with the children who are adopted siblings.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 10:39

37-year-old Jose Paulino Pascual-Reyes was arrested last week after an injured 12-year-old girl was found wandering down a road in Dadeville, Alabama.

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Posted on: Aug 08 10:38

In a report issued by the FBI, California ranked first for the most active shooter incidents in 2021. The state has been in the top spot in three of the past five years.

According to the study, a total of 61 active shooter incidents occurred across 30 states last year with 103 people killed and 140 wounded. This is up from 40 incidents and 38 killed in 2020.

California had 6 incidents that claimed the lives of 19 people with 9 wounded. Texas and Georgia each had 5.

California, which has some of the strictest gun laws, saw 0.015 shootings per 100,000 people. Texas, which has very unrestrictive state gun laws, had nearly the same at 0.0167 per 100,000 people. Georgia had 0.045 per 100,000 people.

Criminal attorney Arash Hashemi told NTD, a sister outlet of The Epoch Times, that in his opinion there’s no easy answer to how gun laws should be handled.

“We need both sides to sit down and listen to what’s going on. I know one side says we need to ban guns, one side said there would be no regulation. But there needs to be a meeting of the minds in the middle,” Hashemi said.

California is moving ahead to implement more gun restrictions. The new state Senate Bill 918, which is currently on its way through the legislature, would ban the carrying of guns in most public areas, regardless of whether someone has a carry license or not.

However Hashemi suggested a slightly different approach. He said the Second Amendment can’t be violated, but he thinks certain people should be restricted from owning a firearm.

“I think California needs to implement these background checks but at the same time make sure they don’t infringe on people’s rights to bear arms,” Hashemi said.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:37

A top U.S. biosecurity lab is assuming responsibility for signing “poorly drafted” agreements with three high-level biosecurity labs in China that they concede may have broken the law.

Security personnel gather near the entrance of the Wuhan Institute of Virology during a visit by the World Health Organization team in Wuhan in China's Hubei province, China, on Feb. 3, 2021. (Ng Han Guan/AP Photo)

The three contracts, including one with the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV), gave the Chinese labs powers to destroy “secret files” from any stage of their collaboration.

The party is entitled to ask the other to destroy and/or return the secret files, materials, and equipment without any backups,” stated the 2017 memorandum of understanding (MOU) that the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) signed with the Wuhan lab, which first came to light in April.

The broad confidentiality obligation, renewable every five years, applied to “[a]ll cooperation and exchange documents, data, details and materials,” the document said.

Located in the first city where COVID-19 began to spread, the WIV, which for years conducted coronavirus research with U.S. funding, has attracted global attention as a possible source of the virus. The confidentiality agreements, coupled with Beijing’s pattern of suppression of discussion on pandemic origin, raised questions over whether any crucial data may have been erased from the public eye.

The Texas medical university conceded recently that these confidentiality terms may have violated state laws.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:36

The near vertiginous rise in the annual growth of coral at the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) is continuing, with further major increases recorded across large areas.

According to the 2021-22 annual summary from the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), levels of coral cover in the northern and central areas of the reef were at their highest levels over the past 36 years of monitoring.

The growth is of course excellent news for environmentalists, but curiously, at the time of writing, the news is being downplayed in the mainstream media. The demise of the world’s coral reefs has long been a go-to poster scare story for Net Zero promoters. As late as October 2020, the BBC  was telling stories about the Reef losing half of its coral. The Guardian was one of the first to set the coral doomsday ball rolling when George Monbiot told its readers in 1999 that the “imminent total destruction of the world’s coral reefs is not a scare story”. Noting the recent record growth, the newspaper added that “global heating could jeopardise recovery”.

This notion that global warming will cause corals to die is frankly a big whopping fib. Tropical coral, which is closely related to its cnidarian cousin the jellyfish, thrives in waters between 24°C and 32°C. It is highly adaptable but seems to dislike sudden changes in temperature, often caused by natural weather oscillations such as El Niño events. As the latest results from the AIMS show, coral quickly recovers when normal localised conditions return. In fact, coral often grows faster in warmer waters nearer the equator than the GBR. The big agitprop lie suggests minor long-term sea temperatures changes will wipe out the coral, but the scientific evidence suggests otherwise.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:35

Dozens of Chinese military aircraft and ships entered Taiwan's air defence zone from Friday to Sunday, as Beijing launched its largest-ever military exercises around the island. These manoeuvres allowed Western military experts to study the modernisation of the Chinese army. 

As China’s largest-ever military exercises surrounding Taiwan were coming to a close on Sunday, Taiwan’s transport ministry said six out of the seven "temporary danger zones" set up by China were no longer in operation as of noon on Sunday, signalling a partial end to the drills. It added that the seventh zone, located in waters east of Taiwan, would remain in effect until 10am (0200 GMT) local time on Monday. Beijing has also announced that new drills will be taking place in the Yellow Sea, located between China and the Korean peninsula, until August 15. Despite some assurances from Beijing of a drawdown in its military activities, by late Sunday Taiwan's defence ministry said it had detected 66 Chinese air force jets and 14 Chinese warships conducting drills in and around the Taiwan Strait.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:34

A ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad held overnight following a weekend of fighting.

The stoppage began at 11.30pm local time (9.30pm BST), the Israeli government and Islamic Jihad said in separate statements.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:34

North Korea has offered 100,000 "volunteer" troops to the Kremlin to help Russia win the war against Ukraine, according to Russian state media.

"There are reports that 100,000 North Korean volunteers are prepared to come and take part in the conflict," said the Russian military pundit Igor Korotchenko on Channel One Russia, per the New York Post.

Korotchenko praised the North Korean military's "wealth of experience with counter-battery warfare," the newspaper reported.

Effective counter-battery warfare is of increased importance to the Russian military following the US decision to donate a dozen HIMARS (High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems) to Ukraine, military magazine 1945 reported.  A military expert told Insider's Sinéad Baker last month, that the long-range, high-precision rockets have made "a massive difference" to Ukraine's war efforts.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:33

The Vatican is to face trial in English Courts for the first time in its 2,000 year history after it failed to prevent UK judges from probing a £124 million investment property deal it made with a British financier.

Raffaele Minicione, who holds both British and Swiss citizenship, was previously a financial advisor to the Secretariat in the Vatican, who personally advises the Pope and assists him with carrying out his duties.

He is accused by the Vatican of 10 criminal charges, including fraud, embezzlement and abuse of office dating back to 2014.

The Vatican state alleged he inflated the price of a property, 60 Sloane Avenue, when his companies sold it to the Vatican in 2018. 

The property was sold by the Vatican on July 1 for £186 million, which represents a loss for them of around £140 million, insiders say. 

But Mr Minicione denies the allegations and stands by the property valuation which he says was provided by independent experts. He also says the Vatican has provided no evidence of his alleged wrongdoings or of its monetary loss.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:30

Republican Senator Chuck Grassley (IA) tweeted on Sunday during the debate over a component in the Inflation Reduction Act that would put a cap on the cost of insulin to $35.

In the United States, insulin costs over $98 per unit, whereas the rest of the world it costs less than $10. The medication keeps many people alive.

But when Grassley took to Twitter he said that he voted to support insulin and that it was Democrats who eliminated it from the bill.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:28

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell revealed plans over the weekend to stage a trial where voting machines are the defendants.

While speaking with Steve Bannon at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) on Saturday, Lindell explained that the "trial" would take place at his upcoming "Moment of Truth Summit" on election fraud later in August.

Lindell said he would "have the trial of the machines" on the second day of his summit.

"Hold it!" Bannon interrupted. "The trial of the machines!"

"The trial of the machines," Lindell repeated.

"You're going to put the machines on trial?" Bannon asked.

"Absolutely," Lindell agreed. "We're going to put them on trial."

The pillow executive warned the crowd that countries with electronic election systems never "vote out the machines."

"There's hacks all the time and, you know, we're getting into artificial intelligence and all this," Lindell opined. "Think of the movie 'The Terminator' with drones coming down. This is happening in Australia already."

Posted on: Aug 08 10:27

Fox News host Maria Bartiromo lost her cool after attorney Alan Dershowitz praised the "great things" accomplished by President Joe Biden.

"He's done great things in Ukraine," Dershowitz told Bartiromo in a Sunday interview. "I think he has done good things on domestic policy, gotten some very good things passed."

"He is the candidate who restores normality and if Trump is going to run, I think that even a low-ranking candidate with essentially moderate views, he won't win," the attorney continued. "But Trump will lose. So nobody is going to win this next election if it's Trump vs. Biden. It will be who has the most negatives and who loses the election."

Bartiromo reminded Dershowitz that he "supported Trump" by defending him during impeachment.

"You said Joe Biden was moderate!" the Fox News host exclaimed. "You said he has moderate policy. You said he has passed some good things. You said he did a good job in Ukraine. I don't know what you're talking about! This is not a moderate president. OK?"

Posted on: Aug 08 10:26

An exclusive analysis by Revolver News can prove that the FBI is in possession of, but has refused to release, security camera footage of the January 6 pipe bomber planting the pipe bomb at the DNC building at 7:52 p.m. on January 5th.

This extraordinary revelation should be the immediate subject of Congressional inquiry as to why the FBI has stonewalled release of the footage.

An executive summary of the missing footage has been condensed in this video below:

As described above and in more detail below, the stationary camera overlooking the DNC park benches — from which the FBI released a clip on March 9, 2021 timestamped approximately 7:42 p.m. on the night of January 5 2021 — should have a clear “moneyshot” picture of the pipe bomber reaching in to his bag and depositing the pipe bomb by the right bottom corner of the circled park bench in the image below.

All the FBI needs to do is show the same video camera’s footage from 10 minutes later:

Posted on: Aug 08 10:25

Update: Saturday – In the most recent update by the Palestinian Health Ministry, the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli missiles and shells in the Gaza Strip has arrived to twenty-four, including six children, while the number of wounding Palestinians is two hundred three, including many children and women. 

Update: Names of some of the wounded Palestinians in Rafah: Ahmad Ashraf al-Qaisi, 15, Elham Abdul-Aziz Fifill, 47, Mai Mohammad Abu Shaweesh, 35, Salah Samir Abu Shaweesh, 10, Suleiman Samir Abu Shaweesh, 12, Lolo Samir Abu Shaweesh, 13, Elaine Samir Abu Shaweesh, 7, Ahmad Eyad Hassouna, 3, (his brother Mohammad, 14, was killed), Ni’ma Ali Kabaja, 80, Fatima Ahmad Kabaja, 80, Khaled Sa’d al-Qeeq, 19, Suhad Jamal al-Modallal, 28,  Eyad Mohammad Khaled Hassouna, 42, Suad Eyad Hassouna, 18. Some of them are in serious conditions.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:22

A new, error-riddled paper in the journal Pediatrics arguing that "social contagion" is not a factor in the dramatic increase in trans-identifying youth has been debunked by specialists.

When the study emerged, left-wing media lauded its dubious conclusion as absolute truth, with the NBC News headline, "'Social contagion' isn’t causing more youths to be transgender, study finds."

Posted on: Aug 08 10:22

Democrats on Sunday, as reported earlier by Cristina Laila, passed their $800 billion spending bill to crush small businesses, push up inflation, kill the US energy sector, destroy the middle class for years to come.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 10:21

At age 48, Catherine “Cat” Parker had a complete and fulfilling life: two young adult children, a job as a manager of a construction company and work as a freelance photographer and photojournalist specializing in concert and music photography — a passion that allowed the Minnesotan to spend time on the road with her boyfriend, a guitar tech.

However, Parker’s life came crashing to a near-halt soon after she received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine on April 1, 2021.

“Within two weeks after receiving the first vaccine, I began to have chronic fatigue
and insomnia,” Parker told The Defender. “I went to a couple of doctors … and they just said it was menopause that was causing it.”

Parker’s symptoms worsened significantly after she received the Pfizer booster on Nov. 9, 2021. “Within 2-3 weeks after the booster, my hair began falling out and I started having severe brain fog and chronic fatigue,” Parker said.

“I started having uncontrollable tremors, shaking and spasms, migraines, brain fog … to a point where I couldn’t communicate and couldn’t walk,” she added.

The two COVID-19 vaccinations she received marked just the beginning of a long and arduous journey, during which Parker experienced a growing number of symptoms that disrupted practically every aspect of her life, including her employment and personal relationships.

And, as is common with the victims of vaccine injuries, Parker’s concerns repeatedly were dismissed by doctors and medical experts.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:18

Comedian Bill Maher told his HBO "Real Time with Bill Maher" audience Friday that the U.S. military is finding it hard to recruit soldiers because Americans are getting "too fat to fight," thanks in part to the "body positivity" culture of "woke" social justice warriors.

"It's literally a national security issue now," Maher declared. "Military recruitment is down by the most since the end of the draft because mainly 17- to 24-year-olds are too fat to fight."

According to a New York Times article from September 2019, roughly 1 in 5 U.S. Navy sailors qualified as being "obese," leading that branch of the service to curtail fried food and sugary drinks on its ships.

"Obesity negatively impacts physical performance and military readiness and is associated with long-term health problems such as hypertension, diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke, cancer and risk for all-cause mortality,” the Defense Department’s Medical Surveillance Monthly Report announced in August of that year.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:16

John Fetterman is running for US Senate from Pennsylvania.  This is the best the Democrats have.  He’s actually the perfect Democrat. 

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 10:12

A hate crime awareness course which gave alleged offenders the chance to avoid prosecution has been scrapped by a police chief.

Hampshire Constabulary was among three forces in the country that ran the two-hour educational sessions for people accused of racism, sexism, misogyny and transphobia.

The restorative justice scheme was funded out of the force's Police and Crime Commissioner's budget, but faced controversy when a 51-year-old army veteran was offered the course after retweeting a meme - which showed four LGBT pride flags positioned to make a swastika.

He was told by police he could avoid prosecution if he took part in the session before they had conducted any investigation. He was subsequently released with no further action.

Donna Jones, Tory PCC for Hampshire, revealed on Sunday that she is ending the contract with the company which manages the programme as campaigners - including a former police officer who was also arrested during the incident - hailed the move as a victory over 'woke coppers'.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:12

An active shooter was reported at Nordstrom’s at Tysons Corner shopping mall in Tysons, Virginia on Sunday.

Shoppers were seen running for safety after hearing what they thought was gunfire.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 10:11

Late last week a Texas jury ordered Alex Jones to pay nearly $50 million in compensatory and punitive damages to the parents of a child killed in the Sandy Hook shootings, with two more trials still scheduled. These awards may be sharply reduced, but if they are not, the result will probably mean the destruction of Jones’ media empire.

For decades Jones has been one of America’s most prominent conspiracy theorists, and although I’ve never watched his show nor scarcely ever visited his website, under ordinary circumstances I would be quite sympathetic to his plight, given the tremendous record of dishonesty by his arch-enemies in the mainstream media.

From what I’ve read, Jones came to major national prominence in the early 2000s when he became a leading skeptic of the official 9/11 narrative, widely promoting public criticism of that official fairy tale when no one in the mainstream media and even few alternative journalists were willing to do so. I myself only became aware of these issues long afterward, and if I’d been listening to Jones at the time I would have learned some important facts years earlier.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:11

What percent of fatal and nonfatal shootings in Baltimore have a black shooter? 95 percent? 96 percent?

What story could better describe life in Baltimore than what follows as a through the looking glass glimpse into a world white people long ago abandoned for the safe confines of the ‘burbs? [‘No Shoot Zone’ activist shot in East Baltimore on Wednesday, CBS Baltimore, August 3, 2022]:

BALTIMORE — Fresh data from the city’s Open Baltimore website shows 179 homicides were recorded in the first six months of this year, putting the city on pace for one of the deadliest years in Baltimore’s history.

The Baltimore Banner has described the first six months of 2022 the deadliest in Baltimore’s history—and the shootings just don’t stop.

The Baltimore Police Department reports that 10 shootings and five people killed over the past weekend alone along with 17 confirmed robberies.

This morning, police responded to yet another shooting in Southeast Baltimore.

The shooting happened on Rose Street but police found the 46-year-old gunshot victim around the corner on North Luzerne Street.

The gunshot victim is Tyree Moorehead—a former gang member who has been on a years-long mission to stop gun violence in Baltimore.

Posted on: Aug 08 10:10