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"Experience teaches us to be most on our guard to protect liberty when the government’s purposes are beneficent." -- Supreme Court Justice Louis D. Brandeis

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Former President George W. Bush and Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelenskyy will hold a virtual conversation on Friday urgng House Republicans to continue to fund the bloody War against Russia in Ukraine.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 12:22

The Rupert Murdoch empire and GOP establishment are going all-out in an effort to destroy President Trump and his MAGA movement.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 12:21

Two more counties in Oregon just voted to join the state of Idaho. Several other counties have already done this in recent years.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 12:20

When I was 18 years old, I went downtown to my state’s military recruitment center, raised my right hand, and recited the oath of enlistment for the first time. It would be the only time I would recite the words in civilian clothes.

Keep in mind I hadn’t shipped off to Texas for Basic Military Training yet; I was still doing the last of the preliminary paperwork before leaving my parents and entering my adult life as an American Airman.

This Veteran’s Day is the first one since that moment that I will celebrate post-military service. I retired from the Air Force last year after 20 years and eight months. Hence, it is a bit surreal to come up on this special day for veterans without being an active service member but just a veteran.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 11 12:09

President Joe Biden’s administration is urging the Supreme Court to let House Democrats get access to former President Donald Trump’s tax documents.

In a 30-page brief filed Nov. 10, Solicitor General Elizabeth Prelogar said that earlier rulings finding House Democrats’ request had legitimate legislative intent were correct, and that the nation’s top court should not diverge from them.

Webmaster addition: I am far more curious about Hunter's Laptop!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 11 11:48

Caroline Wren, the Senior Advisor for Kari Lake, joined Steve Bannon on The War Room on Thursday morning.

It has been two days since the midterm election and Arizona still has not counted all of the ballots. There are currently 621,856 ballots left to count in the state. Third-world countries have more secure elections than Arizona and several Democrat states in the US.

On Thursday morning Caroline reiterated that there is “no mathematical path for Katie Hobbs to be governor.”

Caroline then broke down the votes that are left to be counted.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 11 11:48

This time it is CNN’s own report on its own exit polls that indicates a stolen election.

Today November 9, 2022, updated at 10:49 AM EST, CNN reporters Zachary B. Wolf and Curt Merrill remarked that the widely expected red wave did not materialize and then went on to present data that is inconsistent with the closeness of the voting.

The reporters compare the exit polls from the 2018 elections with those of the 2022 elections.  The comparisons show that the Democrats lost support in Tuesday’s elections among women, moderates, youth, people of color, urban voters, college graduates, and independents.

https://www.cnn.com/interactive/2022/politics/exit-polls-2022-midterm-2018-shift/ 

The Democrats’ support among women declined from 19 points favorable to Democrats to only 8 points.  Republican support among men rose from 4 points over Democrats to 14 points.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 11 11:47

Foundation officials are condemning a “shameless act of cowardice and hate” at the site of former President Barack Obama’s presidential center in Jackson Park on Thursday morning.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 11:33

The Alaska Senate race will head to a runoff election between GOP candidate Kelly Tshibaka and Mitch McConnell-endorsed dirtbag Lisa Murkowski.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 11:32

A misogynistic MSNBC contributor suggested Lauren Boebert could join OnlyFans if she loses her House race.

 

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 11:31

A federal judge in Texas on Thursday struck down Joe Biden’s student loan forgiveness plan.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 11:31

Joe Biden on Thursday delivered remarks at a Democrat political event at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 11 11:30

 

Technocracy seeks to destroy the political layer of society in favor of direct scientific dictatorship. Think China. Paper ballots and hand counting is easy but not for Technocrats who are compelled to complicate everything with technological solutions that don’t work and cannot be trusted. ⁃ TN Editor

“Democracy is on the ballot” was the constant henpecking refrain by the Democrat Party and the corporate media in the run-up to the “most important election of our lifetime” (like literally every election in the past twenty years).

Tags: DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 11 09:00

The left notoriously houses unique, insular, and nearly intellectually impenetrable (mostly online) subcultures. The "Zero COVID" faction is among them, and arguably the most fascinating. 

"Zero COVID" references a movement that earnestly advances the absurd proposition that, as if by magic, if we had just locked down harder, for longer, COVID would have gone away. 

The problem, according to Zero COVID doctrine, isn't the massive economic and social damage wrought by years of forced masking, business closures and vaxx mandates, and all the wrecked mental health, collapsed supply lines, and tribalistic social division that resulted. 

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 11 08:59

The United States is far from a free country as the illusion crumbles more every day. The “Ministry of Truth” is now back online. Leaked documents have revealed that the “paused” Disinformation Governance Board is once again,  back online.

The ruling class continues to make it clear that silencing dissent and keeping the slaves in line is the most important task of any ruler. Government is slavery and it is becoming more and more apparent by the day.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Nov 11 08:58

Americans are facing 40-year high inflation and there’s been no shortage of discussion on the topic. It’s the number one issue on the mind of Americans heading into the midterms, and every day on TV and in newspapers pundits are debating how long it will last and deciding who is to blame.

What’s most astonishing amid the flurry of news is just how badly the commentary misses. While there is broad agreement that the US is experiencing dangerously high inflation, partisanship and ideology have polluted basic economics.

Progressive politicians like Robert Reich and Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweet incessantly that “corporate greed” is to blame, an idea even Democratic economists have summarily dismissed. President Joe Biden, meanwhile, has blamed Vladimir Putin. Republicans, on the other hand, have consistently made the case that Joe Biden is the inflation culprit.

All of these explanations are entirely or mostly wrong.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 11 08:57

In a recent essay, I explained how over time the US abused its responsibility to control the supply of dollars, the world’s premier reserve currency for settling international trade accounts among nations. This abrogation of its duties is leading to the likely adoption of a new reserve currency, commodity based and controlled not by one nation but by members, all watchful that the currency is not inflated.

Let us continue the analogy of an individual receiving a “magic checkbook” which allows him to write as many checks for as much money as he desires. Receivers of these checks could only pass them along to others through the normal course of trade. Over time the owner of the magic checkbook becomes increasingly irresponsible. He funds all kinds of welfare and warfare initiatives.

Naturally dollar reserves build to levels completely unnecessary for peaceful exchange. Prices start to rise at a faster and faster rate. Then a reform consortium assembles a team to offer an alternative currency. Why, one may ask, is that such a problem for the dollar and dollar users?

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 11 08:56

While Brazil can count tens of millions of ballots in a matter of hours after any given election, Maricopa County, Arizona is trying its darnedest to make America look like a banana republic - given that most Americans remember entire elections being called in one night up until 2020, hanging chads notwithstanding.

On Thursday, the Chairman of the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors told CNN that it's going to take until "early next week" to count 400,000 ballots.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 11 08:55

Opposition to “smart” meters (electric, gas, and water) has been ongoing since utilities worldwide started deploying them over ten years ago.  Problems associated with them include billing errors, cybersecurity risks, fires, explosions, harmful radiation emissions, mechanical issues, and short-life spans.  They are also privacy-invasive.  Nevertheless, proponents continue to laud them as being beneficial to consumers and essential for “energy efficiency” even though studies continue to prove otherwise (see 12).

Of course, utilities worldwide encourage and/or force consumers to accept “smart” meters so they can remotely control consumers’ utility use as well as collect usage data 24/7 and sell it to 3rd parties – sometimes even police departments!  In the UK, complaints about these horrible devices continue to make headlines (see 1234) and recently a journalist recommended that consumers refuse them.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 11 08:55

Unlike the high profile crypto-linked blowups earlier this year, JPMorgan believes that there is something different about the ongoing FTX implosion.

First the bad news: as JPM flows and liquidity strategist Nick Panigirtzoglou writes overnight, "given the size and interlinkages of both FTX and Alameda Research with other entities of the crypto ecosystem including DeFi platforms it looks likely that a new cascade of margin calls, deleveraging and crypto company/platform failures is starting similar to what we saw last May/June following the collapse of Terra."

Then again, this is the same Panigirtzoglou who just a few weeks ago was busy praising crypto's nascent recovery. Nothing like a one-off event to totally U-turn your entire thesis.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 11 08:54

The first blizzard of the 2022-23 winter season is unfolding across the northern Plains and through the upper Midwest today. 

Parts of North and South Dakota and portions of Montana, Minnesota, and Nebraska are in the storm's path. Some areas could experience more than a foot of snow and snowfall rates of up to 2 inches per hour. 

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 11 08:52

Democracy was on the ballot, argued Democrats in the run-up to yesterday’s elections. If voters elected Republican governors and a Republican majority in Congress, Democrats and media pundits warned, we could soon see the end of the American system of republican democracy. Those Republicans who denied the outcome of the 2020 election would use their position to help Donald Trump steal the 2024 election, tear up the Constitution, and install himself as dictator-for-life. Or something.

But many Democratic candidates have themselves denied the results of past elections. In November 2002, Al Gore said he “would have won” the presidency had all the votes in Florida been counted, even though in 2001 The New York Times conducted a comprehensive review of all uncounted Florida ballots and found that George W. Bush would have won even had the United States Supreme Court allowed a manual recount of the votes to go forward. In 2005, Democratic Senate and House members objected to the certification of Ohio’s electoral college votes for George W. Bush claiming “numerous, serious election irregularities,” while the losing Democratic presidential candidate, John Kerry, claimed that voters were “denied their right to vote; too many who tried to vote were intimidated.” In 2017, House Democrats objected to the 2016 electoral votes, 67 Democrats boycotted the inauguration claiming his election was “illegitimate” and in 2019, Hillary Clinton said the election was “stolen” from her and that Trump “knows” he stole the election and was “an illegitimate president.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 11 08:52

A judge in California on Nov. 9 dismissed charges against the CEO of an election software firm, who prosecutors had accused of being behind “probably the largest data breach in United States history.

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Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascon speaks at a press conference in Los Angeles on Dec. 8, 2021. (Robyn Beck/AFP via Getty Images)

 

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The Los Angeles Superior Court judge threw out charges of conspiracy and grand theft by embezzlement of public funds against Eugene Yu, the CEO of Konnech, at the request of Los Angeles District Attorney George Gascon.

Konnech did not respond to a request for comment.

The office of Gascon, a Democrat, said the request stemmed from potential bias that it did not detail.

“We are concerned about both the pace of the investigation and the potential bias in the presentation and investigation of the evidence,” Tiffiny Blacknell, a spokeswoman for the office, told The Epoch Times in an email. “As a result, we have decided to ask the court to dismiss the current case, and alert the public in order to ensure transparency.

Gary Lincenberg, an attorney representing Yu, said the dismissal shows that his client is innocent.

Mr. Yu’s good name was tarnished by false narratives from fringe conspiracy theorists who bragged about enlisting Los Angeles prosecutors to further their political agenda. They have since been found in contempt of court and were imprisoned for their contempt. We are grateful that our judicial system still has checks and balances to guard against their dangerous conduct,” Lincenberg said in a statement to The Epoch Times.

He was referring to leaders of True the Vote, who were jailed after refusing to identify a person they described as a confidential FBI informant, but released from jail this week after an appeals court overruled the judge who issued the confinement order.

Tags: COMPUTERS/INTERNET, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 11 08:50

The US deployed two B-52 bombers to the Middle East on Thursday that were escorted through Israeli airspace by Israeli F-35 fighter jets in the latest show of force aimed at Iran.

According to The Times of Israel, the bombers were on their way back from the Persian Gulf when they met with the Israeli jets. “The flight took place as part of the increasing cooperation with the US military,” the Israeli Defense Forces said in a statement.

US Central Command (CENTCOM), which oversees US military operations in the Middle East, said in a press release that it conducted a “Bomber Task Force mission” in the region with two B-52s. It said the bombers came from the Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisianna and integrated with “13 partner nation air forces” while on the mission.

Tags: IRAN, ISRAEL
Posted on: Nov 11 08:48

The Department of Defense has announced that it will send Avenger air defense systems and a number of other weapons to Ukraine, bringing US security assistance to Kiev to over $1 billion in the last month alone.

A Pentagon press release issued Thursday says President Joe Biden approved a $400 million weapons transfer to Ukraine. The White House claims it can directly send arms from American stockpiles to foreign governments under the Presidential Drawdown Authority, insisting it requires no congressional authorization for the massive arms shipments. While the military has warned its weapons supplies are dwindling after the White House greenlit 25 rounds of security assistance for Kiev since Russia invaded in February, the aid appears to be set to continue into the foreseeable future. 

The latest weapons package will include four Avenger air defense systems, self-propelled platforms capable of firing Stinger surface-to-air missiles. Boeing assembles the Avenger vehicle, while Raytheon – the former employer of Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin – manufactures its munitions. 

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 11 08:48

A UN special rapporteur on Thursday called for the removal of US and other Western sanctions on Syria as they are having a devastating impact on the civilian population and preventing the country from rebuilding after 11 years of war.

Alena Douhan, a special rapporteur on unilateral coercive measures, made the comments after a 12-day visit to Syria. There she found that sanctions are harming civilians in many ways, including by causing a shortage of medicine and medical equipment.

“In the current dramatic and still-deteriorating humanitarian situation, as 12 million Syrians grapple with food insecurity, I urge the immediate lifting of all unilateral sanctions that severely harm human rights and prevent any efforts for early recovery, rebuilding, and reconstruction,” Douhan told the UN Security Council.

Tags: SYRIA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 11 08:46

The Russian invasion of Ukraine, along with rising tensions between NATO and Russia, have drawn comparisons to the outbreak of World War I.

In 2014, back when the open hostilities in Ukraine really began, the journalist Eric Margolis said “We can stumble into a war with Russia. This reminds me of 1914 all over again.”

This “stumbling” of course refers to the “sleepwalking thesis of war” that is part of both popular and scholarly narratives of World War I.

The International Relations realist Stephen Walt warned “the West is sleepwalking into war in Ukraine” the day before Russia invaded. The World Health Organization (yes, that one) has warned the world could be sleepwalking into a nuclear war. And the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network is concerned the world might be “sleepwalking into nuclear Armageddon.”

Unfortunately, it’s much worse than that. The United States is marching wide awake toward general nuclear war.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WMD
Posted on: Nov 11 08:45

The White House announced Thursday that President Biden and Chinese President Xi Jinping will hold a meeting on the sidelines of the Group of 20 summit in Indonesia this Monday.

The talks will mark the first in-person meeting between the two leaders since President Biden came into office in January 2021. They are expected to discuss multiple issues, including Ukraine and the simmering tensions between the US and China over Taiwan.

A senior US official said that the meeting was about better understanding each other, but major differences aren’t expected to be resolved. “One of the main objectives is really about deepening their understanding of one another’s priorities and intentions and, where possible, with the goal of reducing misunderstandings and misperceptions,” the official said, according to The South China Morning Post.

Tags: CHINA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 11 08:44

I felt it then. I feel far more certain of it now. My dad, who died in 1983, was a member of what came to be known as the Greatest Generation, those who served in World War II. In fact, he volunteered the day after Pearl Harbor (though he was then old enough that he might not have been drafted) and ended up in the U.S. Army Air Corps — there was no separate Air Force in those days — with the First Air Commandos fighting the Japanese in Burma.

And here was the strange thing: though he had souvenirs of that war in his closet, including an old mess kit, a duffle bag filled with papers, his major’s hat, and various wartime badges, and as a boy I was fascinated, he would never really talk about his time at war. The only exceptions were those sudden outbursts of anger because my mother had shopped at a nearby grocery store whose owners, he claimed, had been war profiteers, or later because I had gone to a Japanese restaurant or bought a German car (a Volkswagen). Mind you, I thought I knew all there was to know about his war experience because he used to take me to the war movies of the 1950s where we both watched Americans ever triumphant, ever satisfied, ever glorious — and he never said a word about them, which seemed to validate everything I saw on screen.

Tags: WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 11 08:44

The defense sector spent over $101 million on federal lobbying during the first three quarters of 2022 and affiliates of these companies have contributed $17.5 million to members of Congress during the 2022 midterm election cycle as of Oct. 19, a new OpenSecrets analysis found.

Congress is expected to pass the largest Pentagon spending bill in history after the midterm election. A huge share of the potential $858 billion package passed by the Senate Armed Services Committee – which still needs to be approved by both the House and Senate – will likely go to companies in the defense sector. One-third to half of the money allocated to the Department of Defense and related programs went to defense contractors from 2001 to 2020, the Brown University Costs of War Project found

The lion’s share of Pentagon contracts have historically gone to five companies – Lockheed MartinRaytheonBoeingNorthrop Grumman and General Dynamics. These five companies spent $44.5 million of the total $101 million the sector has spent on federal lobbying during the first nine months of 2022.

Aerospace and defense prime contractors –those that bid to work directly with the government on certain contracts – dramatically consolidated from 51 in the 1990s to just these five companies today, according to a February report from the Department of Defense. 

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 11 08:44