Thought for the day

Former US Speaker Newt Gingrich wrote a piece this week about the Biden crime family – the Delaware Sopranos.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 23 11:24
Steve Kirsh released a report last week where he shares some very, very disturbing information about the health of Americans and pilots flying us all around the world.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 23 11:23
ABC’s Martha Raddatz on Sunday turned on Joe Biden and reported on the ‘escalating political fallout’ after stolen classified documents were discovered at Biden’s private office and home.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 23 11:23
On Saturday night a gunman shot and killed 10 and wounded at least another 10 individuals at the Monterey Lunar Festival in the Los Angeles area.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 23 11:22
Two cases of a novel strain of gonorrhea that is resistant to a wide variety of antibiotics were reported by Massachusetts health officials on Thursday. These are the first cases of “concerning gonorrhea strain” reported in the US.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 23 11:22
Comer told Maria Bartiromo that Hunter Biden was given the 3.2-carat diamond from China at the same time Joe Biden was stealing classified documents and moving them around to his homes and offices.
By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 23 11:21
When the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991, the United States was the indisputable, sole superpower in the world.
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Posted on: Jan 23 11:20

Dozens of merchant ships carrying grain and sugar are stuck outside Iranian ports due to payment issues as a result of Western sanctions, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

While US and other Western sanctions technically have exemptions for food and other humanitarian goods, the Reuters report said the “impact of the sanctions on Iran’s financial system have created complex and erratic payment arrangements with international companies.”

The payment issues have left 40 ships stuck outside Iranian ports, which are estimated to be holding about $1 billion worth of cargo. Iran’s Ports and Maritime Organization said in November that ships off Iran were unable to unload due to “documentation and hard currency payment issues.”

Tags: IRAN
Posted on: Jan 23 10:26

A California District administrator, Samia Shoman, has sparked controversy by calling for the removal of "privileged White voices" from influencing the curriculum in her district.

According to a recent report by Fox News, Shoman, who is involved in overseeing curriculum in her district, made the statement during a meeting with parents and educators discussing the implementation of a far-left ethnic studies curriculum.

Shoman reportedly stated, "We need to make sure that we are not centering White voices and perspectives in our curriculum. We need to make sure that we are uplifting and centering the voices and experiences of marginalized communities."

This statement has caused backlash among parents and educators who believe that it is important to have a diverse range of voices and perspectives in the curriculum. Many have criticized the administrator for promoting a divisive and discriminatory agenda that is harmful to students and the community as a whole.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
Posted on: Jan 23 10:25

An ongoing controversy over what constitutes virology research that is too dangerous to conduct—and whether the U.S government funded studies in China that violated a policy barring funding for such risky research—has taken a new turn. While denying once again it had helped create the virus that sparked the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) revealed in a letter sent yesterday to Republicans in Congress that experiments it funded through a U.S.-based nonprofit in 2018 and 2019 at the Wuhan Institute of Virology (WIV) in China had the “unexpected result” of creating a coronavirus that was more infectious in mice.

NIH says the organization holding the parent grant, the EcoHealth Alliance, failed to immediately report this result to the agency, as required. A newly released progress report on that grant also shows that EcoHealth and WIV conducted experiments changing the virus that causes Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS), which is raising additional questions.

NIH noted in its letter that when the agency reviewed the original EcoHealth grant proposal, it determined the proposed experiments—designed to determine whether certain bat coronaviruses might infect humans—did not meet its definition of so-called gain-of-function (GOF) experiments that can make pathogens more dangerous to humans.

Tags: CHINA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE, WMD
Posted on: Jan 23 10:24

Ishould not have been entirely surprised when I saw How to Read Donald Duck, a book I had written with the Belgian sociologist Armand Mattelart, being burned on TV by Chilean soldiers. It was mid-September 1973 and a military coup had just toppled Salvador Allende, the country’s president, terminating his remarkable experiment of building socialism through peaceful means.

I was in a safe house when I witnessed my book – along with hundreds of other subversive volumes – being consigned to the inquisitorial pyre. One of the reasons I had gone into hiding, besides my fervent participation in the revolutionary government that had just been overthrown, was the hatred the Donald Duck book had elicited among the new authorities of Chile and their rightwing civilian accomplices.

We had received death threats, an irate woman had tried to run me over and neighbours – accompanied by their children – had stoned the house where my wife, Angélica, and I lived in Santiago, shouting: “Long live Donald Duck!” It was later discovered that the 5,000 copies of the third printing of the book had been taken from a warehouse by the Chilean navy and cast into the bay of Valparaíso.

What had we done to incur such enmity?

Tags: HIDDEN HISTORY, SOUTH/CENTRAL AMERICA
Posted on: Jan 23 10:22

Mastercard has launched new technology which allows consumers to pay for goods with their face or hand at checkout.

The card provider launched the program on Tuesday for retailers to offer the new biometric payment solutions.

At checkout, shoppers will be able to authenticate their payment by showing their face or the palm of their hand instead of swiping their card.

So far, it has gone live in São Paulo, Brazil, however Mastercard says it has plans to roll it out globally later this year.

“All the research that we’ve done has told us that consumers love biometrics,” Mastercard’s president of cyber and intelligence Ajay Bhalla told CNBC.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 23 10:21

Policymakers in several states are looking to shore up the security of the electrical grid after a series of attacks at substations in recent months exposed vulnerabilities and knocked out power for thousands.

Over the last year, at least four states have reported deliberate attacks against electrical transmission facilities. The most significant outage occurred in early December, when a peak of over 45,000 utility customers in Moore County, North Carolina, were left without power after two substations were attacked with gunfire. 

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
Posted on: Jan 23 10:20

A new coalition fighting drug addiction is urging President Biden to oppose controversial government-licensed injection sites where junkies can shoot up — and instead provide addicts the recovery treatment afforded his son, Hunter Biden.

The group NorthAmericaRecovers.org — an umbrella organization consisting of 21 groups including Mothers Against Drug Addiction and Deaths — unveiled mobile digital ads in DC Monday with a photo of a mother of a homeless fentanyl addict saying, “Please Help My Son Escape Addiction the Way You Helped Hunter.”

New York City has two government-licensed, supervised consumption sites called “overdose prevention centers.”

The group said other cities such as Philadelphia are seeking federal waivers from federal prohibition to operate sanctioned drug use sites.

The ads are aimed at persuading Biden and his Justice Department to reject “supervised drug consumption sites,” where taxpayer-funded healthcare workers assist anyone over 18 to inject or smoke fentanyl and other hard drugs. The goal of the consumption sites is to prevent drug overdose deaths.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 23 10:19
Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Jan 23 10:15

The city of Atlanta is facing a firestorm of criticism after a peaceful protest turned into a night of chaos and destruction in the wake of the death of 26-year-old environmental activist Manuel Esteban Paez Teran at the hands of police.

The protest began peacefully on Saturday with protesters carrying signs with the activist’s nickname, Tortuguita (“little turtle” in Spanish), and using they/it pronouns. However, as the night progressed, things quickly devolved into a scene of destruction as rioters set off fireworks, threw rocks at the Atlanta Police Foundation, and set a police car on fire.

“Atlanta is safe, and our police officers have resolved the disruptions downtown from earlier in the evening,” City of Atlanta Mayor Andre Dickens said Saturday evening. “The City of Atlanta and the Atlanta Police Department will continue to protect the right to peaceful protest. We will not tolerate violence or property destruction.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Jan 23 10:12

Pentagon can’t account for $220 billion in gov’t property, fails fifth audit | 18 Jan 2023 | A Tuesday report by the Government Accountability Office revealed that the Department of Defense failed its fifth audit in a row after it could not account for at least 220 billion in government-furnished property, the Daily Caller News Foundation reported. The DOD has been mandated by federal law to complete audits since 1994; however, the mandate was ignored for decades due to the agency’s massive size, according to Military dot com. Since launching its first independent audit, in 2017 the Pentagon has never passed. The Pentagon failed its fifth audit in November after the agency could not prove expenditures for 61% of its 3.5 trillion in assets. To perform this year’s overall audit of the DOD, which was expected to cost 218 million, the agency aggregated 27 separate audits conducted by approximately 1,600 auditors. According to Military.com, the auditors performed 220 in-person site visits and 750 virtual site visits.  https://www.theblaze.com/news/pentagon-can-t-account-for-220-billion-in-gov-t-property-fails-fifth-audit 

Remember: on 9/11 whatever hit the Pentagon wiped out the documents and experts reviewing them looking for the missing $trillion.  That was 22 years ago. 

Tags: ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 23 10:07

New York Times reports that the Biden administration now believes Kyiv may need to launch an offensive on the territory that Moscow has considered a part of the Russian Federation since 2014, "even if such a move increases the risk of escalation."

Citing unnamed US officials, The New York Times says "the Biden administration does not think that Ukraine can take Crimea militarily," but that "Russia needs to believe that Crimea is at risk, in part to strengthen Ukraine’s position in any future negotiations."

It's hard to imagine a full-scale assault on geostrategically crucial territory long considered a part of the Russian homeland not causing a major escalation. And as Antiwar's Dave DeCamp notes, smaller attacks on Crimea have indeed seen significant escalations from Moscow, contrary to claims laid out in the NYT article:

The New York Times report quoted Dara Massicot, a researcher from the RAND Corporation, who claimed that “Crimea has already been hit many times without a massive escalation from the Kremlin.” But Massicot’s claim is false as Russia began launching missile strikes on vital Ukrainian infrastructure in response to the October truck bombing of the Crimean Bridge.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Jan 23 10:02

The United Kingdom is presently calm, cloudy, and cold, leaving the burning of natural gas picking up the slack for becalmed ‘renewable’ generation, and even coal-fired power plants saved from being decommissioned this winter ordered back online to keep the lights on.

Three coal-fired power plants, two at Drax in Yorkshire and one at West Burton in Lincolnshire, were ordered to make themselves ready for use in the early hours of Sunday morning as a cold snap — predictable for winter, perhaps — combined with short cloudy days and very little wind sees solar and turbines producing little energy.

The National Grid made the announcement at gone four o’clock Sunday morning, saying warming up three “winter contingency coal units”, as they call them, “should give the public confidence in Monday’s energy supply”, strongly implying the Grid predicted possible shortages to come tomorrow had that extra capacity not be there to call upon.

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
Posted on: Jan 23 10:01

On November 30, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI), an elite military think tank, and lobby group, with deep ties to the UK government, published a landmark report entitled 'Preliminary Lessons in Conventional Warfighting from Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: February–July 2022'. While desperate to portray the operation as a failure, even the normally Russophobic RUSI can’t ignore Moscow’s total cyberwarfare dominance over Kiev.

Complete superiority

Buried in the document is a long section on the electronic warfare aspect of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. It found that within weeks of February 24, Moscow’s forces quickly established total dominance in this sphere by deploying extensive jamming infrastructure. Once achieved, Kiev’s most sophisticated cyber systems were not only totally confused, but absolutely crippled.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 23 10:00

Ukrainian forces are storing Western-supplied missiles and artillery shells in nuclear power plants, Russian Foreign Intelligence Service Director Sergey Naryshkin said on Monday. He claimed that Kiev has been using the plants as cover for ammunition stockpiles.

“There is credible information that Ukrainian troops are stockpiling the Western-supplied weapons and ammunition on the territory of nuclear power plants,” Naryshkin said, according to a statement on the intelligence service’s website. He added that the armaments include rockets for US-made HIMARS launchers and missiles used by foreign air defense systems, as well as “large-caliber artillery shells.”

Tags: FUKUSHIMA/NUKE DISASTERS, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 23 09:59

March 20, 1945. With Berlin in critical danger, the Führer chooses General Gotthard Heinrici to replace Heinrich Himmler as chief of Army Group Vistula. Heinrici’s mission is to defend Berlin, which is now coming within striking distance of Red Army artillery fire, and to kick-start Zhukov’s retreat right back to Bakhmut, Moscow and Crimea, so as to give Hitler time to bring his wunderwaffe, his wonder weapons, into the fray.

Though Heinrici knows that these jet aircraft, together with the V1V2 and V3 systems are too little and much too late, as a Prussian officer, he will do as commanded and try to forestall, for however long he can, Zhukov’s 1,500,000 troops with his 100,000,000 strong scratch army at the Seelow Heights. Heinrici, the Reich’s greatest defense tactician, has no illusions as to how either this battle or this war will end.

Late January, 2023. With the Ukrainian rump Reich in critical danger, Kiev’s comedy king orders his remaining troops to go on the offensive and kick Gerasimov out of Bakhmut and right back to Moscow and Crimea. Zelensky’s NATO buddies declare that wonder weapons are on the way, Bradley personnel carriers and advanced air defense systems that Zelensky’s child conscripts haven’t a clue how to operate or maintain.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 23 09:50

Ukraine, Syria, Afghanistan, Russia sanctions -  "All of these harebrained schemes, hatched in Washington, have backfired grandly." 

"Those who have pushed for them are now reduced to just two face-saving maneuvers: blaming their political opponents; and blaming Russia. And these two maneuvers are set to backfire as well."

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 23 09:49

Afghanistan is witnessing its coldest winter in 15 years, adding to the misery of millions who are already struggling with multiple crises.

Omar khan, a Kabul resident and a father of seven, lives in a cold shack. Two of his children are severely sick. Without a job and relief assistance, he has been unable to afford food, heating and medication for his family. The situation has triggered fears of human losses.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has put Afghanistan on its list of 11 crisis hotspots in 2023. The UN survey shows that two thirds of Afghanistan’s population – over 28 million people – need humanitarian aid.

Heads of households like Shah Gul say they can’t cope with the harsh winter alone.

Tags: AFGHANISTAN, CLIMATEGATE
Posted on: Jan 23 09:41

British unions have warned that the UK steel industry, which supports around 35,000 jobs, is "a whisker away” from collapse as the country grapples with its biggest strike wave in decades amid global energy crisis.

The warning was made in a letter on Sunday to the British government from Unite, Community and GMB unions, which accused Business Secretary Grant Shapps of taking "little meaningful action" to aid the sector amid spiraling energy costs.

Unite's assistant general secretary Steve Turner wrote that the government’s inaction leaves the sector "at breaking point" and "a whisker away from collapse.”

Turner said the steel industry's current predicament was driven by "crippling energy costs, carbon taxes, lost markets, lower demand, and open market access for imported steel," among other issues.

"Endless sticking plaster solutions from the Conservatives have left our UK steel sector on the brink,” he added. "Instead of finding a long-term solution, successive Conservative governments have lurched from crisis and bailouts with no plan to keep UK steel internationally competitive or deliver a return on taxpayers investment."

Tags: ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
Posted on: Jan 23 09:38

The signing ceremony for Operational Memorandum of Understanding of the NATO-accredited Space Centre of Excellence recently took place at the French Ministry of Defence in Paris, France. This event is both the commencement of the NATO Space Centre of Excellence’s journey and the culmination of a joint effort led by 15 sponsoring nations, NATO representatives, and the French Establishment Team. The birth of this new actor in NATO’s wider framework is an essential milestone in the approach of NATO and the sponsoring nations to Space.

The Operational Memorandum of Understanding…will precede the signing of the Functional Memorandum of Understanding between the nations and NATO’s Allied Command Transformation, officially setting the Centre of Excellence as a NATO-accredited centre and full member of the NATO Centres of Excellence community.

Tags: FRANCE, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Jan 23 09:36

British anti-monarchists say they have planned a protest for the day of King Charles' coronation, which is expected to take place amid much pomp and circumstance as the public continue to struggle with high inflation and an unprecedented cost-of-living crisis.

Campaign group Republic, which is a British republican group advocating the replacement of the United Kingdom's monarchy with a parliamentary republic, made the announcement on Sunday.

The group said it had notified London's police about its plans for a peaceful demonstration at Parliament Square, which is overlooked by Westminster Abbey where Charles III is to be crowned in May.

"The coronation is a celebration of hereditary power and privilege, it has no place in a modern society," said Republic's Chief Executive Graham Smith.

Tags: ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
Posted on: Jan 23 09:36