COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell
For the umpteenth time, the ANC government has shown that it does not put the interests of South Africans and the future of the country first when it comes to decision-making.
This is the only conclusion one can draw after Parliament approved the Expropriation Act this week and sent it to the National Council of Provinces for final approval before it is signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa.
The Expropriation Act has a clause that provides for expropriation without compensation.
“It is shocking that with the country’s economic slump, the unemployment and poverty there are still role players who make decisions that destroy investor confidence and who do everything in their power to not bring our economy to growth. The country’s history will judge these people,” says Mr Bennie van Zyl, General Manager of TLU SA.
“This piece of legislation is extremely short-sighted. Who would invest in a country where the state arrogates such powers to itself? With an unemployment rate that is running away precisely because of the ANC’s transformation policy, it is an open question how the government sees the way forward in terms of investment confidence? This is always the starting point of economic growth. By the way, economic growth is the only way to solve the social-welfare reality that worsens every day.”
Putin says U.S. created nuclear PRECEDENT by bombing Japan and vows to ‘smash’ the ‘satanic’ West: Rants that America is STILL occupying Germany, ‘Anglo-Saxons’ blew up Nord Stream and warns he’ll use ‘all forces’ to defend annexed Ukraine regions
- Russian President Vladimir Putin delivered a scathing speech toward the West
- Claimed U.S. set ‘precedent’ using nuclear weapons against Japan during WWII
- Remarks were announcing and signing papers making his annexation of four Ukrainian regions official: Kherson, Zaporizhzhia, Donetsk and Luhansk
- Fears of nuclear war have grown since Putin said he was ‘not bluffing’ Russia is prepared to use nuclear weapons to defend its territory
- The outlandish claims in the speech included insisting the U.S. is occupying Germany and Korea
- Also ranted about ‘sex change’ surgeries and the ‘satanic moral norms’ of the U.S.
The president's comments came just hours after the leaders of the Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics and the heads of the pro-Russian administrations in the regions of Kherson and Zaporozhye signed agreements to join Russia.
The United States "condemns Russia's fraudulent attempt today to annex sovereign Ukrainian territory," and will "continue to support" Kiev's efforts to regain it "by strengthening its hand militarily and diplomatically," President Joe Biden has announced.
"In response to Russia's phony claims of annexation, the United States, together with our Allies and partners, are announcing new sanctions today. These sanctions will impose costs on individuals and entities - inside and outside of Russia - that provide political or economic support to illegal attempts to change the status of Ukrainian territory," Biden said Friday in a White House press release.
Webmaster addition: Here's your rifle, Joe...
In fact the video is part of a Turkish drama called Ata Ocaği.
The US stands to benefit economically from the attack on the Nord Stream gas pipelines and has a record of targeting energy infrastructure with sabotage operations, the head of Russia’s Security Council said.
“Pretty much from the first minutes after the news of the explosions broke … the West launched an active campaign for assigning blame. But it is obvious that the primary beneficiary, first of all in the economic sense, was the US,” Nikolay Patrushev said on Friday.
He compared this week’s incident with the attack on Nicaragua’s oil infrastructure in Puerto Sandino in 1983. Back then CIA officers, based on a ship moored in international waters, coordinated a raid by commandos they had trained to fight against the Sandinista government, US press reported at the time. The US spy agency also provided speed boats for the raid, a CIA source explained, according to Associated Press.
The operation was part of the Reagan administration’s “dirty war” on Nicaragua, which later led to the Iran-Contras scandal. The CIA’s secret sale of weapons to Iran to fund Latin American militants was exposed in 1986.
Patrushev made the remarks at a meeting with fellow security officials from former Soviet nations.
“It appears to be necessary to coordinate our effort to expose the masterminds and executors of this crime, setting a good example for effective cooperation,” he told his counterparts.
The San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) hosted monkeypox vaccine pop-up clinics in the city’s South of Market region this past Sunday and the weekend prior. A flyer for the event, posted on the SFDPH official Twitter account, stated that in order to be eligible for the free shot, participants must “belong to one of the following priority populations: Black, Indigenous, people of color, gay, bisexual, transgender, or a current sex worker of any gender and orientation.”
Today on CrossTalk News, we detail the proof that the USA is responsible for the sabotaging of the Nordstream pipelines and name the specific ship and navy demolition team responsible for this debilitating and traitorous act of terrorism against NATO ally Germany.
All this and more, on today's CrossTalk News...
Judge Aileen Cannon on Thursday ruled in favor of Trump and rejected Special Master Raymond Dearie’s request to have Trump’s legal team “verify that the government’s inventory log of seized items is accurate.” ABC News reported.
A California teenager has been arrested for driving a “cloned” Border Patrol vehicle.
The Michigan State budget has ballooned in recent years. In 2021, the state spent a record $84.6 billion dollars.
Another disturbing headline about the shooting in Oakland comes from the ABC7 I-Team, law enforcement sources tell us school officials have sent text messages to shooting victims, instructing them not to cooperate with police.
We're hearing it's a pattern, and some parents at the school are worried that a lack of action by school officials after previous incidents may have led to this escalation in violence.
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) yielded to demands by unions, President Joe Biden, and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and signed a law allowing farmworker unions to conduct elections via vote-by-mail, after vetoing a similar bill last year over concerns about integrity.
Last year, Breitbart News reported, Newsom rejected the proposal:
The bill, AB 616, would have allowed farm workers to use the same mechanism that Democrats have championed in recent elections, including Newsom’s own recall election last week. Democrats have also characterized Republican efforts to rein in the practice as “racist,” brushing aside concerns about potential fraud.
Newsom’s veto marks the second time this year “progressives” have resisted vote-by-mail when it comes to their own interests; Amazon did so in a union vote in January.
Crime is rampant in Biden’s America – Americans are now facing a rise in catalytic converter thefts.
The great Lou Dobbs was on the War Room with Steve Bannon this morning. He was absolutely outstanding showing why he was a key carrier of the news for years with CNN and FOX.
On Thursday, President Biden took a short trip to the FEMA headquarters to give remarks on the federal response to Hurricane Ian and meet with FEMA Administrator Deanne Criswell. Following his remarks, Biden turned and saunted away from the podium...in the wrong direction as his FEMA chief called after him to try and put him back in the correct direction. But he didn't hear or chose to ignore Criswell and continued wandering into a FEMA work area where he seemingly searched for a way out, failed to find one, and started shaking hands with employees.
The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case about vaccine requirements in New York City that was once denied by liberal US Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. This could lead to a huge ruling about how much power state and local governments have, the Conservative Brief reported.
President Joe Biden called for the late Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-IN) to appear during a live event on hunger and nutrition Wednesday. Walorski was killed in a car accident last month, and Biden had previously called her family to offer condolences.
Though the White House attempted to spin his faux pas as a mere sign that Walorski was “top of mind,” describing it as the kind of mistake that anyone could make, the embarrassing error was the latest evidence that Biden may not be mentally competent to hold the office of president.
And yet there is no talk about removing him from office, using the 25th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, under which the Vice President and the Cabinet submit a written statement to the leaders of Congress that the President is unable to discharge his duties. When President Donald Trump was in office, the media talked constantly about the 25th Amendment. There were even reports that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tried to invoke the 25th Amendment and replace Trump with Vice President Mike Pence.
A Planned Parenthood doctor and Democrat witness on Thursday told Congress that men can get pregnant.
An information technology company that supports U.S. defense and intelligence apparently was victimized by a ransomware attack.
BlackCat, a ransomware outfit also known by the names ALPHV and Noberus, alerted IT company NJVC about the breach.
"We strongly recommend that you contact us to discuss your situation," BlackCat told NJVC, according to a DarkFeed tweet early Thursday morning. "Otherwise, the confidential data in our possession will be released in stages every 12 hours.
"There is a lot of material. We look forward to your feedback. It's in your best interest."
NJVC, an IT company that supports the federal government and the Department of Defense, earns $290 million in revenue from the U.S., according to DarkFeed.
Radical Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) has fired back at people who argue that men cannot get pregnant by suggesting that they also believe that “climate change isn’t real.”
On Thursday, Ocasio-Cortez erupted during a House hearing when a Republican member stated that biological males cannot get pregnant.
The dispute came up during a House Oversight Committee hearing about abortion.
During the same hearing, AOC also claimed that abortion was an economic issue because parents are effectively “conscripted” to work against their will if women are not allowed to have an abortion.
Planned Parenthood Dr. Bhavik Kumar claimed in response to a question from Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA) that “men can have pregnancies, especially trans men.”
“Somebody with a uterus may have the capability of becoming pregnant, whether they’re a woman or a man,” Kumar claimed.
“That doesn’t make a difference.”
“OK, we’re done,” Clyde replied.
Russia has stated that pipeline leaks emitting natural gas into the sea are the result of state-sponsored terrorism.
The European Union is investigating the cause of the leaks in the Gazprom-led Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines under the Baltic Sea and has said it suspects sabotage.
“This looks like some kind of terrorist act, possibly at the state level,” Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters, according to TASS news.
“This is an extremely dangerous situation that requires urgent investigation,” he stressed.
A day before, Peskov dismissed claims that Moscow was behind the damage to the pipelines and described those allegations as “predictably stupid.”
Webmaster addition: This is how corporations 'capture' the news media; by addicting them to ad revenues!
In Massachusetts, the state Department of Public Health told medical examiners that if the person died with COVID, to list COVID as a cause of death, even if COVID had nothing to do with the reason the person died.
I know this because one of my state medical examiner friends in Massachusetts was told to do this. My friend won’t speak out about this publicly because he (or she) needs his (or her) job.
This is a violation of federal law.
This could be happening in other states as well. I would not be surprised.
Judicial Watch announced that it received productions of new records totaling 102 pages from the Department of Justice (DOJ) related to the shooting of January 6 protestor Ashli Babbitt that include a memo recommending “that the United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia decline for criminal prosecution the fatal shooting of Ashli McEntee [Babbitt],” also noting that the shooter, U.S. Capitol Police Lt. Michael Byrd, “did not create a police report or documents” related to the shooting of Babbitt.
The documents also reveal that in the press release announcing the decision not to prosecute Byrd for the killing of Babbitt, the DOJ replaced the words “group” and “crowd” with the word “mob” several times.
The unarmed Babbitt was shot and killed as she climbed through a broken interior window in the United States Capitol. She was a 14-year Air Force veteran. The identity of the shooter was kept secret by Congress, the Justice Department, and DC police for eight months until Byrd went public to try to defend his killing of Babbitt.
Methane leaking from yet-to-be explained damage on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines is likely to be the biggest burst of the potent greenhouse gas on record, raising new fears of the effect on the climate emergency.
The Nord Stream pipeline from Russia to Germany on Thursday was pumping huge volumes of methane into the Baltic Sea as well as the atmosphere – as much as five times more than escaped in the Aliso Canyon disaster – the largest known terrestrial release of methane in US history.
Webmaster addition: So, while the US Government talks a good game about the environment, they did not hesitate to unleash a massive methane leak just to score some economic points with Europe!
He was joined by 'Squad' members Reps. Ayanna Pressley and Ilhan Omar and Rep. Mondaire Jones.
'Those damn Republicans,' the New York Democrat exclaimed earlier during the day.
'They are bellyaching, you know, when anyone helps regular people. When they give tax cuts to the rich, they say they're helping the middle class. When we help the middle class, they say we're helping the rich.'
Later on Thursday evening, Republican opposition escalated even further when Arizona became the seventh state to sue the Biden administration over the student loan policy.
Republican Attorney General Mark Brnovich announced the lawsuit on Twitter hours after a joint legal challenge from Nebraska, Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas and South Carolina.
'This mass debt forgiveness program is fundamentally unfair, unconstitutional, and unwise,' Brnovich said in a statement.
The Biden administration quietly announced a change in its student debt forgiveness program on Thursday that could exclude up to 4 million borrowers with loans owned or backed by private companies.
The u-turn by the federal government comes after the first legal challenges were filed to the policy and following criticism of the huge costs to taxpayers. Critics also claimed the plan is an illegal use of President Joe Biden's executive power.
The Education Department announced that privately-held loans won't qualify for the relief plan, which the Congressional Budget Office said earlier this week could cost $400billion over a decade.