Thought for the day

"We are all born ignorant, but one must work very hard to remain stupid!" -- Benjamin Franklin

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Eleven days ago, Benjamin Netanyahu appointed Itamar Ben-Gvir, the far-right Jewish-supremacist, as his Minister of National Security. Netanyahu, who is putting together the next Israeli government, also announced that the Ministry would have expanded powers, especially in the Israeli-occupied Palestinian West Bank.

The appointment prompted a firestorm of criticism within Israel. Ben-Gvir immediately got into a public dispute with the head of the Israeli military, Aviv Kochavi. Amos Harel, the security correspondent at the respected daily, Haaretz, warned that Ben-Gvir could contribute to a third intifada in the West Bank, where violence caused by Israel’s occupation and ongoing colonization is on the rise.

So for, the New York Times has reported nothing. Instead, the paper’s Jerusalem bureau chief, Patrick Kingsley, yesterday co-wrote an article about how Israeli journalists who flew to Qatar for the soccer World Cup got their feelings hurt when they encountered critics of Israel there.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:25

The American Jewish establishment’s support for Israel as it violates Palestinian human rights is undermining “Jewish values” and causing “large swaths” of Jews to abandon the community, Jeremy Ben-Ami, the ceo of the liberal Zionist group J Street, warned in a speech to that organization on Saturday night (video here).

Ben-Ami announced a major pivot in his group’s advocacy: for restricting U.S. aid to Israel over its human rights abuses, and away from emphasizing the two-state solution.

Maybe it’s time for some serious oversight and accountability for how our aid to Israel is actually being used.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:24

First, it ripped the sky over La Palma, La Gomera and Tenerife at great speed, like lightning that emitted colours with shades of green and red, to then cause such a roar over Gran Canaria that it was heard from many areas of the island before, finally, crashing in the sea, causing astonishment among the islanders who, at first, didn’t know what it was.

Scientists have confirmed that it was a meteorite which, although it is not the first to fall in the Archipelago, there are no precedents for what happened yesterday, as it was accompanied by tremors. Fortunately, the Emergency Services announced that there is no record that it caused injuries or material damage.

The incident occurred on November 30, 2022 just after 3pm, although the exact time of the impact recorded by the measurement systems installed by Involcan and the National Geographic Institute (IGN) recorded various readings between 3:16pm and 4:35pm.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:16

Something odd is afoot in Europe. Britain recently has been ‘regime washed’, with a strongly pro-EU Finance Minister (Hunt) paving the passage to an election-free premiership by ‘globalist’ Rishi Sunak. Why so? Well, to impose swingeing cuts to public services, to normalise immigration running at 500,000 per annum and to raise taxes to the highest levels since the 1940s. And to open channels about a new relationship deal with Brussels.

A British Tory Party is content to do that? Slash social support and hike taxes into an already existent worldwide recession? On the face of it, it doesn’t seem to make sense. Shades of Greece 2008? Greek austerity for Britain — are we missing something? Is this setting the scene for the Remainer Establishment to point to an economy in crisis (blamed on Brexit failure), and to say there is no alternative (TINA) but a return to the EU in some form, (British ‘cap in hand’, and with head bowed)?

Simply put, forces behind the scenes seem to want the UK to resume its former role as US plenipotentiary inside Brussels — pushing the US primacy agenda (as Europe sinks into self-doubt).

Posted on: Dec 06 08:14

Cases of servicemen being shot for disobeying orders from their commanders have been observed in the Ukrainian military units stationed along the front line in Donbass, Andrey Marochko, an officer of the People's Militia of the Lugansk People's Republic (LPR), told TASS on Tuesday.

"The practice of executing soldiers for disobeying orders has been resumed in the Ukrainian ranks. Cases of shootings of Ukrainian servicemen by the so-called court-martial have been recorded in the areas of Artemovsk, Seversk, Kremennaya and Svatovo settlements," he said, citing data obtained from the intelligence.

On November 18, Marochko reported that Ukraine began to court-martial its servicemen in Donbass. According to him, the officers of the Ukrainian troops were allowed to use all available means of influence on the subordinate personnel.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:13

French president Emmanuel Macron demanded that Elon Musk abides by European Union restrictions on speech on Twitter in a meeting on Friday.

Following a state visit at the White House with President Joe Biden, Emmanuel Macron met with Tesla and Twitter chief Elon Musk in New Orleans, Louisiana. During the meeting, Macron said that he stressed again the need for Twitter to moderate so-called hate speech and alleged disinformation to comply with EU rules.

According to Macron, the pair also discussed the expansion of Tesla in France, including future “green industrial projects” such as the manufacturing of electric cars and batteries in the country.

Relaying some of the details of the hour-long meeting on Twitter, Mr Macron wrote that he told Musk that the social media giant must implement “transparent terms of use, significant reinforcement of content moderation” and, paradoxically, “protection of freedom of expression,” adding that “Twitter must make the effort to comply with European regulations.”

Posted on: Dec 06 08:12

The President of the European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament has warned that Germany is “sleepwalking” into another migrant crisis as more waves of Ukrainian refugees are expected to flee the country during the winter.

Amid dropping temperatures and Russia’s continued assaults on Ukraine’s energy infrastructure, Germany is facing the prospect of hundreds of thousands more refugees seeking shelter within its borders.

Commenting on the growing crisis, the head of the largest party in the EU Parliament, Manfred Weber, said he does not believe that his home country of Germany is prepared for another large influx of Ukrainians, saying that the government is “sleepwalking into a new migration crisis”.

“In view of the ongoing destruction of energy infrastructure in Ukraine by Putin’s terrorist regime, we must prepare for a large number of Ukrainians to come to the EU this winter — and many of them also to Germany, I’m afraid we’ll experience a dramatic escape winter,” the EPP president said.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:10

Struggling workers in Britain should avoid striking over their poor pay situations in order to help the fight against Vladimir Putin, the Chairman of the Conservative Party has said.

Nadhim Zahawi, a former Chancellor of the Exchequer who currently serves as Conservative Party chairman, has said that workers who are currently struggling in the United Kingdom as a result of inflation should avoid striking for better conditions, as doing so might help Russian president Vladimir Putin.

Many in Britain are struggling as a result of a mix of tax hikes and inflation, the latter of which is in large part the result of massive government coronavirus spending, green agenda policies, and the ongoing war in Ukraine.

A significant number of the population have now found themselves reliant on food banks, with some parents even skipping meals in order to keep their children warm and fed.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:10

President Joe Biden’s State Department used taxpayer dollars to fund a pro-LGBT group in Colombia that supports the legalization of prostitution. 

Fundacion Sentiido, a Colombian pro-LGBT group that focuses on “gender, sexual diversity, and social change,” received $16,000 from the State Department, an investigative report from the Washington Examiner reveals. 

The grant is intended to “provide tools, resources and opportunities to support journalists and activists in Colombia and in Latin America” so they can understand the “use of disinformation and gender restrictive narratives against LGBTIQ and women’s rights,” the State Department explains.

Colombia is ranked 27th on the global crime index, with the United States government previously noting that many of the country’s residents, including children, have been subjected to sexual exploitation. 

Posted on: Dec 06 08:09

Left-wing demonstrators took to the streets in Rome on Saturday, demanding higher wages and condemning the Italian government for renewing a decree allowing it to send weapons to Ukraine until 2024.

Organized by Italy’s USB trade union and backed by a number of leftist political factions, the protest saw thousands of people assemble at the Piazza della Repubblica and march behind a banner reading “guns down, wages up."

Posted on: Dec 06 08:08

Yesterday a quadcopter of our servicemen was lifted into the sky in Artemovsk (Bakhmut) direction for reconnaissance of the situation in the area of positions of the Ukrainian Army. The operator of the quadcopter detected the movement of a group of the enemy along the forest area near the military positions of the AFU.

At first glance, it looked like the movement of a sabotage and reconnaissance group of seven people, so our drone operator decided to continue visual observation; but soon it turned out that four AFU soldiers were leading three men in standard Ukrainian field uniforms to a firing squad. They chose an abandoned or spare trench as the place for the shooting, but they did not shoot them in the trench, but near it.

This is not a unique accident. Ever since the defense of Slavyansk at the end of May 2014, we received intelligence for the first time that the Nazis from the “Right Sector” shot eight Ukrainian military gunners who refused to hit the city. Over the years, all the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine have turned into Nazis, and they no longer need particularly stoned Nazis for the executions of their brothers-in-arms.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:08

As Europe attempts to tackle the great challenges ahead, its choice lies between the republican way or that of bureaucratic centralism, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said during the final session of the European Conservatives and Reformists (ECR) summit in Warsaw.

Morawiecki assessed that Europe has to make the “fundamental choice of the republican way, the direction of community that combines freedom and solidarity” or it will turn into a “centralized, bureaucratized behemoth with the tyranny of bureaucracy.”

He claimed the continent is currently experiencing a “breakthrough, the kind that happens once a few decades, sometimes even a century,” comparing the moment to the Congress of Vienna of 1815 and the Treaty of Versailles after World War I.

“Today, Europe must also answer the question of whether it wants to be a great, important, global, transatlantic player or a subject to the games of world’s great powers,” said Morawiecki.

According to the Polish prime minister, the condition of European power and sovereignty is the cooperation of “strong, sovereign countries” and their opposition to the plans of implementation of the “centralist tyranny.”

“Europe of states, nations does not contradict a very close cooperation based on what should be the foundation of the EU — economic cooperation, free competition,” said Morawiecki.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:07

Moscow meanwhile has taken quick, decisive action - once again launching a barrage of major airstrikes on Ukrainian cities, targeting particularly energy infrastructure as part of the stated purpose of degrading Ukraine's power supply going into winter. For days Ukrainian officials have been warning the population to brace for new major attacks.

Air raid alert sirens sounded Monday across the country. "The enemy is again attacking the territory of Ukraine with missiles!" Kyrylo Tymoshenko, an official with the Ukrainian president's office, wrote on Telegram.

According to more from the AP

Media reports referred to explosions in several parts of the country, including the cities of Odesa, Cherkasy and Kryvyi Rih. In Odesa, the local water supply company said a missile strike cut power to pumping stations, leaving the entire city without water.

Civilians are sheltering in underground places like metro stations, especially in the populous Ukrainian capital...

Posted on: Dec 06 08:05

Five years ago, I wrote an article entitled “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s wars.” It turned out to be the most popular piece that I have ever written and I was rewarded for it by immediately being fired by the so-called American Conservative magazine, where I had been a regular and highly popular contributor for fourteen years. I opened the article with a brief description of an encounter with a supporter whom I had met shortly before at an antiwar conference. The elderly gentleman asked “Why doesn’t anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know it’s American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldn’t we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?”

Posted on: Dec 06 08:04

 French President Emmanuel Macron’s approach to common European security, which would imply guarantees for Russia as well, does makes sense, but the European Union is not yet ready for consensus and constructive joint efforts to devise new security mechanisms, the General Director of the Russian International Affairs Council, Andrey Kortunov, told TASS on Monday.

He drew attention to the French leader’s the statement to the effect that a future security architecture in Europe after the restoration of peace in Ukraine should include security guarantees for Russia as well. According to the analyst, this approach "agrees with common sense."

"Europe will be unable to feel secure, if security does not also encompass the largest European country - Russia. The security of Europe from Russia is in a sense a contradiction in concepts, an oxymoron. What kind of security there can be with the participation of Russia may be a subject for further discussion, but that Russia should become an element of new European security is quite obvious," Kortunov said.

Posted on: Dec 06 08:03

 The German government will adopt a new national security strategy that will take into account ‘threats from Russia’ in a few months, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said in his article for the Foreign Affairs magazine.

"For the last three decades, decisions regarding Germany’s security and the equipment of the country’s armed forces were taken against the backdrop of a Europe at peace. Now, the guiding question will be which threats we and our allies must confront in Europe, most immediately from Russia," the chancellor said.

According to him, such threats include "potential assaults on allied territory, cyberwarfare, and even the remote chance of a nuclear attack".

Posted on: Dec 06 08:03

Ulaanbaatar’s mayor, Dolgorsurengiin Sumiyabazar, has canceled his order to use force to disperse protesters as they voluntarily left the capital's central square, Mongolia’s Sonin news website said on Monday, citing the mayor’s office.

According to the news portal, police did not have to use force as the protesters had left Ulaanbaatar’s central square by 11:00 p.m. local time (06:00 p.m. Moscow time). Those who did not leave stayed to clean up the square.

As the protests subsided, Mongolia’s parliament finished its extraordinary online session, which was called to consider the introduction of a state of emergency. It is expected that the lawmakers will continue to discuss the situation at its regular session on Tuesday.

However, if protests continue, it may call into question a conference of the ruling People’s Party, which is scheduled on December 6. The conference is expected to discuss the appointment of the first deputy prime minister, the minister for the affairs of border checkpoints, a deputy parliament speaker, several deputy ministers and regional governors.

Posted on: Dec 06 07:49

You may be asking the question what on earth is “international fascism” and how could NATO be in support of such a thing?! Well, the ugly truth is that what took over world policy in our post-WWII era was in fact a continuation of a fascist outlook for a new world order. Fascism, contrary to what we were told, had not in fact been defeated but was given a brand new face for its public endeavours and went underground for some of its more unsavoury methods. The now official recognition of NATO’s Gladio networks, effectively made up of secret armies in service to NATO including a prominent membership of Nazis, trained to commit acts of terrorism and assassinations against Western citizens and their democratic governments is now acknowledged by historians, yet much of the Western populace remain uninformed about this decades long horrifying abuse of power which was used to support a transition towards far right-wing governments.

The thought behind International Fascism in a post-WWII world, was that it would be an alliance that would allow a superior form of organisation that would build up a new European world entity which would function as a model for what would in turn be used on the world stage under a League of Nations mandate.

It is for this reason why so many fascists who had dishonestly referred to themselves as “national socialists” happened to also be promoters of pan-Europeanism and pan-Americanism, and supported the continuation of the British Empire, for these three spheres would function as the three leading regionalisations under a new system of empire under the League of Nations construct. Africa was openly discussed amongst these imperialists and fascists as the necessary slave labour camp to support Europe’s needs.

Posted on: Dec 06 07:48

Libya risks dissolution. It is not an opinion but a perspective certified by the United Nations. The country needs a technocratic government that will drag the country out of quicksand. Abdoulaye Bathily, UNSMIL envoy, explained this clearly to the members of the UN Security Council at the last meeting dedicated to the Libyan chaos in mid-November. “Libyan institutions are facing a serious crisis of legitimacy”, explained the Senegalese diplomat, adding that “the further extension of the transition period will make the country even more vulnerable to political, economic and security instability and could expose the country to risk of division”.

Almost a year has passed since December 24, 2021. That day in Libya we should have voted to elect the new institutional bodies, the new chief executive and the new parliament. The elections never took place. Of those elections, only the Hnec, the Electoral Commission, remains standing, largely supported by the international community for a vote that has never been held so far.

The country is divided in half, with two governments vying for power. Dbeibah reigns in Tripoli, taking office in February 2021 after the highly contested results of the Geneva Forum. Although his interim period has expired for almost a year, Dbeibeh remains in the saddle and continues to plot geopolitical strategies, pledging Libya to support alliances never ratified by the Libyan parliament.

Posted on: Dec 06 07:47

The computer developer who created Gmail is predicting search engine Google may only have a year or two left before 'total disruption' occurs following the release of a sophisticated chatbot that uses artificial intelligence (AI).

Last week ChatGPT was released by the OpenAI company which was started by Elon Musk in 2015. 

The AI has been able to write essays, compose lyrics for songs, make up stories, draft marketing pitches, write scripts, generate complaint letters and even write poetry.

The fluency and coherence of the results being generated now have those in Silicon Valley wondering about the future of Google's monopoly. 

One developer, Paul Buchheit, 45, who was behind Gmail believes Google's time as the go-to site for search, may be limited.

Posted on: Dec 06 07:41

If we’re all responsible to everybody, what’s in it for you? How does it work, exactly? Can you claim anything—your production, property, expression, body, mind, life, or soul—for yourself? If you can’t, if everyone else has first claim to them, what can you claim for yourself? Do you give up everything for our eight billion fellow earth-citizens as they give up everything for you? Do you get one eight-billioneth of what’s nominally everyone else’s? Or is this supposed to be pure sacrifice—give up everything and receive nothing in return? If you give up everything, is there any you left?

It’s best not to think about such questions, they won’t get you anywhere but confused. What you do know is what you’ve been told your entire life: everything you do for others is good; everything you do for yourself is selfish and bad. Just look what happens when everyone pulls together in a cause greater than themselves, like war. Isn’t that a cause greater than yourself, maiming and killing people you don’t know? You must be doing it for the greater good, because you might be maimed or killed by those people you don’t know. Oh, you can’t let yourself think of it that way. Everyone has to pitch in.

Government must be a cause greater than yourself, because you spend several months every year working to pay your taxes. That’s a good chunk of money, and you and millions of other hard-working Americans pay it. People complain a bit, but everybody pays, because it’s necessary to keep the country running and fund all the great things the government does. Like what, exactly? You’re funding those wars, and a lot of money ends up in the pockets of people who are of no discernible benefit to you. A lot of it stays right there in Washington. And even with all the money they take in they are still $31 trillion in the hole. Stop it! You can’t let yourself think of it that way; we’ve got to have government.

Posted on: Dec 06 07:20

The media has ceased to exist, and the public plods on by assuming as true whatever the media suppresses and as false whatever the media covers.

The current “media”—loosely defined as the old major newspapers like the New York Times and Washington Post, the network news channels, MSNBC and CNN, PBS and NPR, the online news aggregators like Google, Apple, and Yahoo, and the social media giants like the old Twitter and Facebook—are corrupt. 

They have adopted in their news coverage a utilitarian view that noble progressive ends justify almost any unethical means to obtain them. The media is unapologetically fused with the Democratic Party, the bicoastal liberal elite, and the progressive agenda. 

The result is that the public cannot trust that the news it hears or reads is either accurate or true. The news as presented by these outlets has been carefully filtered to suppress narratives deemed inconvenient or antithetical to the political objectives of these entities, while inflating themes deemed useful. 

This bias now accompanies increasing (and increasingly obvious) journalistic incompetence. Lax standards reflect weaponized journalism schools and woke ideology that short prior basic requisites of writing and ethical protocols of quoting and sourcing. In sum, a corrupt media that is ignorant, arrogant, and ideological explains why few now trust what it delivers.

Posted on: Dec 06 07:19

Should we be concerned by all of the volcanic activity that we are witnessing all over the planet right now?  According to Volcano Discovery, 27 different volcanoes are erupting at this moment and many others are showing signs of waking up.  Of course this comes at a time when we are also seeing lots of unusual earthquakes around the globe.  I have been regularly warning my readers about the instability of our planet, and it appears that seismic activity is beginning to spike as we approach the end of 2022.  So will this trend continue once we get into 2023?

As you read this article, the two biggest volcanoes in Hawaii are simultaneously erupting for the very first time since 1984

Posted on: Dec 06 07:18

Chile's Villarrica volcano's last major eruption was in 1984. The 9,300-foot-high snow-capped volcano has become active again, belching lava fireballs into the night sky and shaking the ground with earthquake swarms. Local officials are concerned the next big eruption could be nearing. 

"While we cannot predict when the volcano will erupt, the conditions are in place," Alvaro Amigo, the head of the National Volcanic Surveillance Network, told AFP

Amigo warned a large population and infrastructure are around Villarrica, and any eruption would be hazardous because of the volcanic rock and mud flows.  

"The thing about Villarrica is the risk, because many people are living in areas that are highly exposed" to potential damage from the volcano, geophysicist Cristian Farias said. 

About 28,000 people live less than ten miles from the peak in a city called Pucon. Officials have placed a yellow alert for the volcano, which means imminent eruption. 

Posted on: Dec 06 07:16

THE last 15 months has been utter hell. In my ‘former’ life I was a postwoman working for Royal Mail with an attendance record of 100 per cent for five years. Now I am housebound and struggle to move from one room to another.

It all began in April 2021 when I fell and hit the back of my head. I heard a crack at the time but as I had no immediate symptoms I did not seek medical assistance. I just assumed that everything was fine. Next day, I couldn’t even lift my head off the pillow. Nevertheless, I went back to work after three days as fortunately Royal Mail had given me a three-day weekend (a rare occurrence). My neck was stiff but I was functional and improving. Towards the end of May 2021, my neck felt better. I thought I was healed. 

Then I had the first Pfizer vaccine. The BBC was reporting the deaths of young persons in India from the arrival of the new ‘Delta’ virus. As an asthmatic, this scared me and was the reason behind my vaccination. Beforehand, I did research on the side-effects. Nothing appeared in the search results except for symptoms such as sore arm and fatigue. We were told it was safe and effective and that any symptoms would be temporary.

A week after the first dose, my head became heavy, hard to hold up, so I decided to seek medical assistance. A & E refused an X-ray at that time. The GP had to refer me. I was experiencing chills, heart palpitations, sweating, visual disturbances and dizziness. My neck pain and stiffness came back and became ever worse.

Posted on: Dec 06 07:15

Below is my column in the Hill on the recent disclosures in the “Twitter Files” on the coordination of censorship between the company and both Biden and Democratic party operatives. Beyond personally attacking Elon Musk and Matt Taibbi, many have resorted to the same old saw of censorship apologists: it is not censorship if the government did not do it or direct it. That is clearly untrue.  Many groups like the ACLU define censorship as denial of free speech by either government or private entities.  It is also worth noting that this censorship (and these back channels) continued after the Biden campaign became the Biden Administration. Moreover, some of the pressure was coming from Democratic senators and House members to silence critics and to bury the Hunter Biden influence peddling scandal.

Here is the column:

“Handled.” That one word, responding to a 2020 demand to censor a list of Twitter users, speaks volumes about the thousands of documents released by Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, on Friday night. As many of us have long suspected, there were back channels between Twitter and the Biden 2020 presidential campaign and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) to ban critics or remove negative stories. Those seeking to discuss the scandal were simply “handled,” and nothing else had to be said.

Ultimately, the New York Post was suspended from Twitter for reporting on the Hunter Biden laptop scandal. Twitter even blocked users from sharing the Post’s story by using a tool designed for child pornography. Even Trump White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany was suspended for linking to the scandal.

Twitter’s ex-safety chief, Yoel Roth, later said the decision was a “mistake” but the story “set off every single one of my finely tuned APT28 hack and leak campaign alarm bells.” The reference to the APT28 Russian disinformation operation dovetailed with false claims of former U.S. intelligence officers that the laptop was “classic disinformation.”

Posted on: Dec 06 07:12