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"Whether a man is a criminal or a public servant is purely a matter of perspective." -- Tom Robbins, Another Roadside Attraction
US offshore oil drillers Shell, Chevron and Equinor halted operations at facilities pumping hundreds of thousands of barrels of oil per day on Thursday, citing an onshore pipeline leak that a port official said should take about a day to fix.
While the shut-ins are not expected to last more than a day or two, the number of facilities affected by the leak offered another example of how a relatively minor failure can affect a swath of U.S. energy infrastructure according to Reuters, which cited a person familiar who said that the shut-ins could halt about 600,000 barrels per day of oil production.
A flange connecting two pipelines onshore in Louisiana failed and caused about two barrels of oil to spill onto the ground, said Chett Chiasson, executive director of Greater Lafourche Port Commission. A fix is expected to take about a day, he added.
The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention updated its pandemic guidance today, offering slightly looser recommendations that likely won't change much about how Americans handle the pandemic these days.
According to the updated guidance, people who are not up-to-date on their vaccinations—i.e., unvaccinated people or people who have not received the recommended number of boosters—no longer need to quarantine if they know they've been exposed to someone with COVID-19. Instead, if a not up-to-date person is exposed, the CDC now recommends they wear a mask for 10 days after the exposure and get tested for COVID-19 on day 5. Currently, roughly 68 percent of the US population is not up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination.
This guidance update essentially ends all COVID-19-related quarantine recommendations since the CDC had previously said that those who are up to date on their vaccines do not need to quarantine but only wear a mask for 10 days and test.
Although it's unclear how many people were still quarantining, the end of COVID quarantining spurs one significant change, likely the most consequential of all the updates announced today: the end of the CDC's recommendation for school "test-to-stay" policies. These were policies in which not up-to-date students could use negative test results to remain in school after an exposure. This was an alternative to requiring such students to quarantine. But, in the absence of any quarantine recommendation, the test-to-stay strategy is now unnecessary.
Author Salman Rushdie has been stabbed during an appearance in New York.
“The Satanic Verses” novelist was on stage at the Chautauqua Institution when he was suddenly attacked, video from the event shows.
More than 150 House members are currently registered as able to vote remotely, with the chamber set to consider Democrats' major social spending and taxation bill Friday.
According to the clerk of the House, 152 members submitted proxy letters as of late Thursday morning. Those letters designate a certain member as able to vote in-person on behalf of the member sending the letter.
That means more than one-third of members may vote remotely Friday, as the House considers the "Inflation Reduction Act," which would raise over $700 billion in taxes and spend more than $400 billion.
President Trump’s Attorney Christina Bobb was on a live stream feed with Jim and Joe Hoft from The Gateway Pundit. Ms. Bobb was at Mar-a-Lago on Monday when the FBI raided the place and discussed her experience and observations.
Andrew Cuomo is asking the Manhattan Supreme Court to force his former New York constituents to foot the bill for his legal fees.
According to a report from The Washington Post, “classified documents relating to nuclear weapons were among the items FBI agents sought in a search of former president Donald Trump’s Florida residence on Monday, according to people familiar with the investigation.”
“Experts in classified information said the unusual search underscores deep concern among government officials about the types of information they thought could be located at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago Club and potentially in danger of falling into the wrong hands,” WaPo adds.
“The people who described some of the material that agents were seeking spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation.”
“If that is true, it would suggest that material residing unlawfully at Mar-a-Lago may have been classified at the highest classification level,” said David Laufman, the former chief of the Justice Department’s counterintelligence section, which investigates leaks of classified information. “If the FBI and the Department of Justice believed there were top secret materials still at Mar-a-Lago, that would lend itself to greater ‘hair-on-fire’ motivation to recover that material as quickly as possible.”
Former President Donald Trump absolutely denies the claim, calling it the latest hoax to take him down.
Trump shared his thoughts on TRUTH Social.
Despite the Internet, information is tightly controlled. Truth is hard to come by. There is a great deal of medical and scientific evidence available that the Covid “vaccines” are very dangerous to children, in fact many times more dangerous than Covid itself. Yet parents still take their youngsters and even babies to be vaccinated on the mere assumption, without due diligence, that the vaccination protects their children.
Consider the masks. That they protect against Covid has been completely discredited. Indeed, it has been proven that the masks harm the wearers. They cause reduced oxygen intake and unless the masks are discarded daily, bacteria accumulates in the mask which the person breathes into his lungs. Yet, I still see some people wearing masks. The only masks available to the public that offer any protection against the Covid virus are designated N95. Few people know this, and even during the “pandemic” you seldom saw anyone wearing a N95 mask.
When information is suppressed, people cannot know, but even when they can find truthful information, many people do not bother. They just accept what they hear on TV or NPR. When they end up a basket case or with a child who is a basket case, they want to know why the pharmacist, or the nurse, or the doctor did not tell them about side effects of the vaccine.
It is this insouciant, trusting, gullible behavior of the mass of the people that gave rise to the term “sheeple.” The sheeple are led by disinformation and thereby to harm time and time again, and they always return for more harm.
Members of the armchair class who spend their days obsessing about their own self-important thoughts have spilled an awful lot of ink about the “future of the Republican Party” and what the GOP will look like in a post-Trump world — the way of the populist simpletons or the way of the norm-guarding establishment. The latest developments at Mar-a-Lago on Monday have some of these folks giddy at the prospect that the party could be purged of the former.
Yet in the wake of the nine-hour FBI raid on the home of the former president, two things have never been clearer: There’s nothing “post-Trump” about our current world, and if the Republican Party — and the republic itself — wants to have any future at all, it had better get more interested in fighting to win than in losing more slowly with meaningless PR maneuvers.
That’s where the GOP’s so-called leaders come in, with none of them illustrating the ideological fork in the road quite as starkly as Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader from Kentucky who has established his establishment self as a stalwart against the Donald Trump wing of his party. And whether McConnell can bring himself to admit it (he can’t), that wing of the party is the party.
President Trump received a subpoena for documents in the spring before Biden’s FBI raided Mar-a-Lago this week.
In Norman, Oklahoma, Cleveland County Sheriff’s deputies pressed the face of a sexual predator against the hot asphalt as they snapped handcuffs on him. The 28-year-old thought he was meeting a 14-year-old girl for a sexual act.
After the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI’s) raid of Former President Donald Trump’s Mar-A-Lago estate in Florida earlier this week, John Paul Mac, the repairman of the notoriously infamous “laptop from hell” — which belonged to President Joe Biden’s son Hunter — came out against those actions during an interview with “Fox & Friends FIRST” on Thursday, calling it a “blatant double standard.”
Mac stated he and his family have, “witnessed the bias in the FBI going back as far as October of 2019 when they refused to touch the Hunter Biden laptop with a ten-foot poll.”
“A whistleblower on the left gets anonymity and gets to have their person remain intact while I blow the whistle and I have to flee the state with death threats,” he added.
The FBI has been widely criticized for its preferential treatment of those on the left, especially given how they handled the Hillary Clinton email scandal back in 2016, to more recent investigations into overseas business dealings and highly questionable tax-funded excursions conducted by Hunter Biden.
When asked what stood out the most on Hunter’s laptop, he replied: “When I saw how Hunter and Devon [Archer] approached the conflict in Ukraine back in 2014, they saw it as a money-making opportunity.”
Former President Donald Trump said Friday that a report claiming FBI agents were looking for documents concerning nuclear weapons at his Mar-a-Lago resort this week was a “hoax” — as a separate report said the bureau had found “dozens” of classified papers during Monday’s raid.
“Nuclear weapons issue is a Hoax, just like Russia, Russia, Russia was a Hoax, two Impeachments were a Hoax, the Mueller investigation was a Hoax, and much more,” Trump posted to Truth Social Friday morning.
“Same sleazy people involved. Why wouldn’t the FBI allow the inspection of areas at Mar-a-Lago with our lawyer’s [sic], or others, present. Made them wait outside in the heat, wouldn’t let them get even close – said ‘ABSOLUTELY NOT,’” Trump went on, before again suggesting that federal agents might have planted information during the search.
The Biden administration argued this week that medical marijuana users should not be allowed to possess firearms because they are engaged in “criminal activity” that makes them “dangerous,” according to a Florida lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives’ (ATF) gun ban for users of medical marijuana.
Webmaster addition: Users of medical marijuana are not criminals! And this attempt by Biden is just like the claim that veterans all have PTSD and should not be allowed to have guns; a chipping away at the 2nd Amendment!
Any ‘Plan B’ in the talks on the Iranian nuclear program would violate a “consensus decision” of the UN Security Council on the issue and have “unavoidable negative consequences” for the entire Middle East, the Russian Foreign Ministry warned on Thursday.
“Any departure [from the original 2015 deal] or ‘Plans B’ that some people like to speculate about would run counter to the consensus decisions of the [UN] Security Council,” said Ivan Nechaev, the ministry’s deputy spokesman, referring to a 2015 UNSC resolution supporting that year’s agreement on the Iranian nuclear program.
The revival of the existing 2015 deal through the ongoing talks in Vienna is the only “reasonable and effective way” forward, Nechaev told journalists during a briefing. He also welcomed the latest round of indirect talks between the US and Iranian delegations in Vienna, which resulted in some “progress” on issues that had earlier been a stumbling block in the negotiations.
“A positive result of the talks is… achievable,” Nechaev said, adding that “there are no irreconcilable differences between the parties. Further progress would solely depend on each side’s “political will,” the diplomat said.
At the same time, Moscow slammed the EU for what it called the bullying tactics. “The language of ultimatums does not work in such a sensitive and high-stakes issue,” Nechaev said as he particularly criticized Peter Stano, the spokesman for EU diplomatic chief Josep Borrell.
Earlier this week, Stano told journalists that “everything that could be negotiated has been incorporated into the final version of the text” compiled after the latest round of talks between Tehran and Washington, which was mediated by the EU. “It’s yes or no,” Stano insisted, adding that “there is no more room for other compromises.” Borrell himself also called the document “the final text” at that time.
However, in July 2022, after Moncrieff published “The Serotonin Theory of Depression: A Systematic Umbrella Review of the Evidence,” she became public enemy #1 for establishment psychiatry and its apologists in the mainstream media, including Rolling Stone.
On July 30, 2022, Rolling Stone published an article about Moncrieff titled: “Who Is the Psychiatrist Behind the Antidepressant Study Taking Over Right-Wing Media?” However, Moncrieff’s study, published in the journal Molecular Psychiatry, is not an “antidepressant study.” Instead, the study is a systematic review of the empirical evidence for the serotonin theory of depression—what is commonly called the “chemical imbalance theory of depression.”
Specifically, Moncrieff’s article is a comprehensive review of the empirical evidence for the relationship between depression and the neurotransmitter serotonin. Moncrieff and her co-researchers examined hundreds of different types of studies that attempted to detect a relationship between depression and serotonin (including studies of the relationship between depression and plasma serotonin, serotonin metabolites in other bodily fluids, serotonin receptor binding, serotonin depletion experiments, and the serotonin gene).
Moncrieff concluded that there is no evidence of a link between low levels of serotonin and depression, stating: “We suggest it is time to acknowledge that the serotonin theory of depression is not empirically substantiated.”
Update (1000ET): The water level on the Rhine River at Kaub, Germany, has fallen to a critical 40 centimeters (15.7 inches). It becomes uneconomical for barges to transit Europe's most important inland waterway at this level.
"About 160 million tons of goods and commodities were hauled along the Rhine in 2020, ranging from chemicals to iron ore to oil products. Low water levels restrict the transport of goods along the waterway by limiting how much barges can carry without scraping against the riverbed," Bloomberg said.
"Sorry you guys had to miss your grandmother's funeral, but at least you don't have to quarantine anymore!"
That may as well have been the message that the CDC put out on Thursday, conceding after years of micromanaging a "crisis" that those who are exposed to Covid no longer need to quarantine, regardless of their vaccination status, something which would have gotten you banned on all social networks in a millisecond if you dared to tweet just a little over a year ago.
New guidelines only recommend that people who have been exposed "wear a mask for 10 days" and get tested for the virus on day 5, according to the New York Times, a radical departure from the prior draconian measures which required self-imposed quaratines for as long as 14 days.
The CDC also doesn't recommend staying at least 6 feet away from other people to reduce the risk of exposure, CNN noted. It's a recommendation that boldly flies in the face of the scared sh*tless narrative the agency has been pushing.
Update (0032ET): President Trump has effectively dared the Department of Justice to release the documents related to the Monday raid on Mar-a-Lago.
"Not only will I not oppose the release of documents related to the unAmerican, unwarranted, and unnecessary raid and break-in of my home in Palm Beach, Florida, Mar-a-Lago, I am going a step further by ENCOURAGING the immediate release of those documents, even though they have been drawn up by radical left Democrats and possible future political opponents, who have a strong and powerful vested interest in attacking me, much as they have done for the last 6 years…" Trump said in a Thursday night post on Truth Social.
Five U.S.-listed Chinese state-owned companies unexpectedly announced plans to delist from US exchanges over SEC audit requirements, Bloomberg reported. In separate filings on the Hong Kong stock exchange, PetroChina, China Petroleum & Chemical, China Life Insurance, Sinopec Shanghai Petrochemical, and Aluminum Corp. of China, some of the largest state-owned companies, said they would voluntarily delist their American depositary share (ADRs) from the New York Stock Exchange.
All five companies said to expect an SEC filing to delist the securities by the end of the month, adding that delisting their ADSs would occur ten days after that.
According to the PetroChina filing, continued US listing meant "considerable administrative burden for performing the disclosure obligations," plus the companies complained about low trading volumes on the NYSE.
The delisting announcements come one week after US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's trip to Taiwan angered Bejing. For years, the Chinese have shunned US auditors from inspecting the books. If both countries cannot agree with rules for Chinese auditing companies, then the SEC will delist them from US exchanges by 2024.
As the 24th week of the Russia-Ukraine war grinds on, both parties appear stuck in a military deadlock. Ukraine’s counteroffensive in the southern Kherson region has not made any territorial advances and Russia’s offensive in the eastern Donetsk region seems to have sputtered to a halt despite daily shelling, bombings and attempts at attacks along the entire front.
Some military experts believe the two sides have effectively fought each other to a standstill.
An Israeli military court at Ofer prison extended the detention of 62-year-old senior Palestinian Islamic Jihad leader Bassam Al-Saadi for six additional days, according to authorities on Thursday, despite it seemingly breaking a ceasefire deal with the militant group.
The Palestinian leader was reportedly injured during his arrest by Israeli forces in Jenin last week, which triggered an escalation between Israel and the PIJ's armed wing in Gaza. It ended with 48 Palestinians killed, including 15 children, while no Israelis died from Palestinian rocket fire.
The release of Bassam Al-Saadi was among the terms of a ceasefire deal reached between Israel and the PIJ after four days of confrontation.
On Wednesday, an Israeli court decided to demolish a Palestinian school in the Ein Samia Bedouin community, east of Ramallah, in the central West Bank.
In its ruling, the court informed school officials that they could either demolish the school within a certain timeframe or the “Civil Administration Office” (the administrative branch of Israel’s illegal occupation) would demolish the school and bill the administration for the demolition costs, court cost and very high fines.
While the ruling did not set an amount for the fine, it said, “the amount would be much higher than you expect.”
The ruling came after a Wednesday morning court hearing to examine an appeal filed by the Palestinian Kafr Malek village, who donated the school’s land.
Volunteers built the school in mid-December of last year to provide education for children in the Ein Samia Bedouin Community, east of Ramallah and northeast of occupied Jerusalem. The original demolition order was issued on April 28th, 2022.
The three following videos were posted by the Wadi Hilweh Information Center In Silwan (Silwanic) in occupied Jerusalem.
Silwanic said the three children were transferred from Gaza to the Al-Makassed Hospital in Jerusalem late Tuesday night.
They were all seriously injured during the latest Israeli offensive on Gaza.
Ibtisam Ghrayyeb, the head of the Pediatric Department at the Al-Makassed Hospital, explained the conditions of the three children to Silwanic.
Suspected rebels have attacked an Indian army post in Indian-administered Kashmir, killing three soldiers, while two attackers died in the shoot-out that came amid heightened security in the run-up to India’s Independence Day celebrations.
The attack in the remote Darhal area of southern Rajouri district of India’s only Muslim majority region took place in the early hours on Thursday.
Bypassing normal clinical trial guidance, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday expanded the Emergency Use Authorization for the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine to allow for an alternative method of injection and for “high-risk” children under 18 to get the vaccine.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) on Tuesday expanded the Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Jynneos monkeypox vaccine to allow for an alternative method of injection the agency said would help conserve low supplies.
The expanded EUA also allows the vaccine to be used in children under age 18 who are at “high risk” of infection.
Prior to issuing the expanded EUA, the FDA confirmed that “numerous” children were granted access to the vaccine on a “case-by-case basis” through a special permission process — even though the vaccine was not approved or authorized for emergency use in that age group — ABC News reported on Aug. 4.
This session talks about Dr. Kammerer’s contribution to an approach of preventive and also curative health maintenance through nutrition: the ketogenic diet.
By means of this nutrition-induced metabolic change (energy production via ketones instead of glucose), certain autoimmune diseases, such as those triggered by the mRNA injections, but also cancer diseases, can be brought under control.