Election integrity was paramount on Jan. 30, 2005, when Iraq held its first free election in years to choose an entirely new National Assembly. Retired Marine Reserve Colonel Frank Ryan, today a Republican state representative in the Pennsylvania House, had been called out of retirement and was responsible for pulling together election security with the interim Iraqi government.
It was important that voting was simple for citizens and that they had confidence in the results.
People waiting to vote in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2005. (Frank Ryan)
Ryan was one of the few Americans permitted at Iraqi polling places. He attended the Iraqi government meeting when they were counting the ballots that election night.
“They did a tremendous job of making sure that they had a bipartisan group of people monitoring the counting of the ballots,” Ryan said.
“And by the way, we got the electoral results done the same day. Just saying.”
In the end, some people were disappointed their candidate didn’t win, but there were not accusations of fraud, Ryan said, because the election had a robust system of controls.
“We worked with the Deputy Minister of National Security, and the Multinational Force Iraq, to make sure that we had all the polling places covered,” Ryan told The Epoch Times.
“We had the rules of engagement relative to the counting of the ballots. We had tremendous security of all the ballots. We knew how many were issued at the polling places. We had complete control. And then obviously, the ultimate control was the dye on the finger to determine that you’ve already voted.”
In January, 1944, the newly reconstituted German Sixth Army found itself in an operationally cataclysmic situation in the southern bend of the Dnieper River, in the area of Krivoi Rog and Nikopol. The Germans occupied a dangerous salient, jutting out precariously into the Red Army’s lines. Vulnerable on two awkward flanks, and facing an enemy with superiority in manpower and firepower, any general worth his salt would have sought to withdraw as soon as possible. In this case, however, Hitler insisted that the Wehrmacht hold the salient, because the region was Germany’s last remaining source of manganese - a mineral crucial for making high quality steel.
A year prior, in the opening weeks of 1943, Hitler had intervened in another, more famous battle, forbidding the previous incarnation of the Sixth Army from breaking out of a pocket forming around it at Stalingrad. Prohibited from withdrawing, the Sixth was annihilated wholesale.
In both of these cases, there was a clash between pure military prudence and broader political aims and needs. In 1943, there was neither a compelling military nor political reason to keep the 6th Army in the pocket at Stalingrad - political intervention in military decision making was both senseless and disasterous. In 1944, however, Hitler (however difficult it is to admit it) had a valid argument. Without manganese from the Nikopol area, German war production was doomed. In this case, political intervention was perhaps warranted. Leaving an army in a vulnerable salient is bad, but so is running out of manganese.
These two tragic fates of the Sixth Army illustrate the salient issue today: how do we parse the difference between military and political decision making? More specifically, to what do we attribute the shocking Russian decision to withdraw from the west bank of the Dnieper in Kherson oblast, after annexing it just a few months ago?
For months the US has repeatedly tried to coerce India into cutting ties with Russia, thereby abandoning its national interests. New Delhi, however, continues to spurn American attempts to subject its economy to Washington’s dictates.
The latest fuss concerns the G7 price cap on Russian oil and EU and UK bans on shipping and related services for Russian crude. India continues to have no interest in joining the US-led initiative as it gets a steep discount on oil from Russia and wants to maintain the relationship with a long-time strategic partner. Indian Foreign Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was just in Moscow on Nov. 8 to discuss continued sales of oil. From the South China Morning Post:
India’s foreign minister hailed New Delhi’s “strong and steady” relationship with Moscow on Tuesday, during his first visit there since Russia invaded Ukraine in February.
Subrahmanyam Jaishankar also declared India’s intention to continue to buy Russian oil, again disregarding the US appeal to allies and partners to isolate Russia from the global markets.
A whopping 87% of Journalism majors say they regret their decision, and would pick a different major if they could, according to CNBC, citing a ZipRecruiter survey of more than 1,500 college graduates who were looking for a job.
I have specifically avoided writing about Bitcoin despite having strong opinions on the subject. Bitcoin is a very hot topic, and most people have already made up their minds. In short, I think it has zero value but that argument has been made many times before so I couldn’t add anything new to the conversation.
Full disclosure, I have been in the Crypto market since 2013 and am net positive. That said, given recent market events, I cannot sit by in good conscience without giving fair warning. This is not a Bitcoin is worthless analysis, this is a wake-up call to push people to ask what is keeping this market from imploding. FTX isn’t the canary in the coal mine (that was Celsius, or one of the other firms that crashed this year). FTX is the coal mine, and it just collapsed.
I think the data shows that this market is being propped up by whales. If the dam breaks it could send markets crashing. Back on Oct 31, before anything happened with FTX, I texted a close friend:
My new theory is that the whales are not trying to pump the price anymore. Instead, they are trying to stabilize the price to win back institutional investors. I have never seen bitcoin price volatility so low over a 6 month stretch in 10 years. It just totally stopped moving after an epic collapse back in June. No bounce, no continuation, no nothing. Just super tight price range even while the stock market has continued falling.
I was led to this thinking after watching Bitcoin crash in June to ~19k and then just hold. It spent the next few months consolidating while the bond and stock markets went into turmoil. See the chart below with the simple price of SPY overlaid on top of Bitcoin since 2021. You may notice how steady the orange line has been since June 21, directly after the Bitcoin crash below $20k.
A top sanitation company has been accused of employing at least 31 children to clean the killing floors of slaughterhouses during graveyard shifts - one as young as 13, according to the Department of Labor.
The company, Packers Sanitation Services, or PSSI (owned by Blackstone), is contracted to work at meatpacking facilities and slaughterhouses across the country. According to court documents filed Wednesday, the children were allegedly employed at three facilities in Nebraska and Minnesota, NBC News reports.
Over the past five years, the United States’ largest independent oil and gas company, Exxon Mobil, has mostly focused its exploratory activities in South America.
Last month, the oil major announced that it had made two new discoveries at the Sailfin-1 and Yarrow-1 wells in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, potentially adding more barrels to one of the most closely watched new oil discoveries. ExxonMobil has now made more than 30 discoveries on the block since 2015, and has ramped up offshore development and production at a pace that far exceeds the industry average.
On Election night at 8 PM Uplift Data released its final hourly results on the Arizona and Maricopa County elections.
Throughout the election cycle, Uplift posted the latest updates on mail-in ballot counts on its website as ballots arrived in the weeks leading up to Election Day. This was a great tool for Democrats to understand the real-time results. On Election Day Uplift tracked the hourly reported results from precincts across Maricopa County.
When the polls closed at 8:00 PM MT Uplift released its final analysis from the day.
Maricopa County turnout numbers on Election Day at 8:00 PM:
Republicans received 52.7% of the vote. “Other” received 30.7% of the vote. Democrats received 16.6% of the vote.
The “other” category is likely independents leaning Republican and Republican voters who refuse to talk to liberal pollsters.
On Tuesday morning, The Gateway Pundit reported that when polls opened in Maricopa County at 6 am on Election Day, voters were told that the tabulators were not working. This was happening across Maricopa County and resulted in long lines and voters being told to go to another location to vote.
Katie Hobbs is the current Secretary of State in charge of elections.
The Bahamian police said they’re working with the Bahamas Securities Commission to investigate whether there was any criminal misconduct in the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX.
“In light of the collapse of FTX globally and the provisional liquidation of FTX Digital Markets Ltd., a team of financial investigators from the Financial Crimes Investigation Branch are working closely with the Bahamas Securities Commission to investigate if any criminal misconduct occurred,” a police spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. FTX is registered in the Bahamas.
Will Joe or Hunter Biden be found to be connected?
Parental rights are becoming one of the defining issues for 2024. Building from Glenn Youngkin’s 2021 gubernatorial victory in Virginia, school boards races and educational initiatives have become some of the most fiercely contested areas on local and state ballots. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Cal.) weighed in this week into the area with a curious attack on parents demanding more say in the education of their children.
The California Democrat insisted that it is akin to “Putting patients in charge of their own surgeries? Clients in charge of their own trials?” These were curious analogies to draw since patients and clients are in charge of the key decisions in their surgeries and trials. What Rep. Swalwell is missing is called informed consent.
The United States and Russia were unable to agree on language for a joint statement following the multilateral ASEAN summit in Cambodia, making it unlikely that G20 nations will achieve a consensus this week in Indonesia, Bloomberg reports.
According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, America and its allies are to blame for a lack of communique at the 19-nation summit, claiming on Sunday that the US "insisted on absolutely unacceptable language regarding the situation in Ukraine."
Russia refuses to describe its invasion of Ukraine as a war, and insists on it being recognized as a "special military operation."
Lavrov also accused the US of dividing the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and criticized NATO for stepping up activity in the region. His comments on NATO echo a growing concern of China, even though the US alliance system in Asia doesn’t include NATO’s collective defense agreements. -Bloomberg
A new YouGov survey has found that 42% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents would prefer Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over former President Trump as the party's 2024 presidential nominee.
Just 35% polled said they would prefer Trump over DeSantis.
That said, those who consider themselves "strong Republicans" were more likely to support a third Trump run (45%) over the Florida governor, while 43% said they would prefer DeSantis.
The difference was far more pronounced among the 'Republican-leaning' respondents, of which 45% preferred DeSantis vs. 21% for Trump. 38% of those who described themselves as "not very strong Republicans" prefer DeSantis, vs. 31% who picked Trump.
The poll comes after Trump lashed out at DeSantis following the governor's resounding midterm victory last week - cementing his position as a top GOP candidate to run against Trump in the 2024 GOP primaries.
A decisive new batch of ballots from Las Vegas' Clark County has prompted the Associated Press and many other outlets to declare that Nevadaincumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has defeated Adam Laxalt, assuring another two years of Democratic control of the U.S. Senate.
With the win, Democrats will have at least 50 seats plus the vice presidential tiebreaker vote -- just as they do today -- with an opportunity to secure another seat in the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff pitting Republican Herschel Walker against incumbent Raphael Warnock. With Senate control no longer at stake, it seems likely that already-dull Republican enthusiasm for Trump-backed Walker will sag even more.
The Arizona governor's race remains tight, however. Unlike Friday night's update -- Saturday's new tally brought some good news for the GOP, as Kari Lake trimmed Democrat Katie Hobbs' lead to 34,129 votes. Hobbs is up 50.7% to 49.3%.
Webmaster addition: "A decisive new batch of ballots..." Suuuuuuuure!
The rulers of the United States have decided that the Covid public health emergency will remain in place past January 11th, 2023. The federal government did not notify states or healthcare providers on Friday of any intent to lift the declaration.
Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has promised to give stakeholders 60 days’ notice before lifting the emergency declaration so they can prepare for a return to normal operations. In October, HHS extended the public health emergency until January 11th. This declaration is part of what “allowed” the masters to commit human rights violations of all kinds against the slaves in the U.S.
An Australian doctor has discovered the same thing others have: we are being lied to about what is in these injections. Dr. David Nixon, a Brisbane GP, put droplets of the COVID-19 vaccine and the blood of vaccinated patients under a dark-field microscope only to find out that they contain graphene oxide and self-assembling chips.
According to Sasha Latypova, a scientist with 25 years of experience in clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies, the contract between Pfizer and the United States government prohibits independent researchers from studying the vaccines. They claim it would “divert” these precious resources away from their intended use fulfilling an “urgent” need.
That could be why studies are being done with more scrutiny outside the dictatorship of the U.S.
We are being lied to every day. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control specifically states that all COVID-19 vaccines are free from “metals, such as iron, nickel, cobalt, lithium, and rare earth alloys” and “manufactured products such as micro-electronics, electrodes, carbon nanotubes, and nanowire semiconductors.”
“That this shocking bill passed through the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Newsom demonstrates that far too many Americans do not understand the First Amendment."
“That this shocking bill passed through the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Newsom demonstrates that far too many Americans do not understand the First Amendment."
As TFTP has reported, Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who has sponsored a slew of mandatory vaccine laws throughout his career came out in 2019 to threaten the speech of those who question forced vaccination. Throughout the pandemic, Pan has been staunchly opposed to free speech and advocated for silencing anyone and everyone who doesn't worship at the altar of Big Pharma and TheScience(TM).
The new law is set to go into effect on January 1 and doctors who disseminate information that diverges from the “contemporary scientific consensus” will face persecution. Now, some of them are fighting back.
UN Special Representative Pramila Patten has been exposed for fabricating her claim that Russia was supplying its troops with Viagra as a part of its “military strategy” in the Ukraine conflict. The widely publicized lie was recycled from baseless NATO propaganda deployed during its 2011 Libyan regime change war.
In a November 10 call with Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, better known by their aliases Vovan and Lexus, UN Envoy on Sexual Violence Pramila Patten admitted that there was no evidence to back up her widely publicized claims from October that the Russian government was using Viagra-fueled mass rape as a weapon of war.
During the call, Vovan and Lexus pressed Patten on whether she had any proof of her incendiary allegation. Clearly flustered, Patten responded: “No, no, no. And I don’t — like I said, it’s not my role to go and investigate. I sit in New York, in an office in New York, and I have an advocacy — and I have an advocacy mandate. My role is not to investigate.”
She continued: “The investigation is going on by the Human Rights Monitoring Team and the International Commission of Inquiry. In their reports so far, there’s nothing about Viagra.”
So, the picture is becoming more clear on how the US government operationalized a propaganda campaign on its own people from the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis. They took these steps: 1) establish a single source of truth—the CDC, 2) weaponize CISA to declare “disinformation” their target, 3) enlist a legion of volunteer deputies without any official authority or accountability to operate within social media and all walks of life, giving public service messages telling Americans the CDC is the only trusted source of information. The converse of this assertion–anything else must be considered untrue and up for being nailed as “misinformation,” “disinformation,” or “malinformation.”
In 2014, a patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that outlines the future – which is now the present – of chemical and biological warfare.
Entitled “Toxic mosquito aerial release system,” the patent, which was issued as US8967029B1, outlines a system of spraying for biological, chemical, or other materials using “unmanned aerial vehicle[s] operable by remote control.”
“It carries a container holding a central processing unit and a mosquito breeding bin, which is a self-contained volume housing mosquitoes and a mosquito food having a toxin suitable to be transmitted by mosquito bite after the mosquito consumes the mosquito food,” the abstract further states.
Thursday’s admission by former US National Security Advisor and notorious Iran-hawk John Bolton, that weapons are being provided to those carrying out the latest regime change attempt taking place against Tehran, should come as little surprise.
Beginning on the 16th of September, less than 24 hours after Iran had joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - an alliance intended to foster political, economic and military development in Eurasia - protests that initially started in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old Iranian woman who passed away suddenly following an interaction with a female police officer in Tehran, would rapidly escalate into violent riots that quickly swept the Islamic Republic.
The sudden, violent nature of these riots, and their coordinated coverage by Western media, bore all the trademarks of a CIA-orchestrated colour revolution, which would later be confirmed as such by the involvement of Masih Alinejad, a US Agent who previously held a meeting with former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – like John Bolton, another long-time supporter of regime change in Iran.
New Europol rules expanded the powers of the EU law enforcement agency while reducing human rights protections and oversight over its data processing operations, according to a report by Statewatch.
Enforcement of the rules started in June.
Europol processes data exchange between EU members and other entities. Therefore, the new rules increase the powers of all law enforcement agencies that work with Europol.
The new rules allow Europol to process “investigative data” that could cover anyone anywhere as long as it is related to a “specific criminal investigation.” The agency is, therefore, allowed to process large quantities of data transferred to its member states on individuals who might be innocent and with no links to crime, and as a result, legalizes an activity Europol was reprimanded for by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).
The new rules also allow Europol to launch “research and innovation” projects, which will focus on the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data to process sensitive data like ethnicity and genetic information.
With the midterm elections mostly complete and Democrats projected to retain the majority in the Senate and a slight minority in the House, the 82-year-old Democratic leader said that Biden, who turns 80 next Sunday, should run again because “he has accomplished so much” and “has a great record.”
In April, when cryptocurrency guru and Democratic mega-donor Sam Bankman-Fried described how crypto tokens work on a Bloombergpodcast, the host remarked that it sounded a lot like being “in the Ponzi business.” Bankman-Fried, founder of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange, replied that this was “a pretty reasonable response” with a “depressing amount of validity.”
The conversation — which occurred days after one of the industry’s top regulators in Washington tweeted a picture with Bankman-Fried — probably should have set off blaring alarm bells throughout Washington, D.C., and the financial industry. It didn’t.
On Friday, FTX, which previously had $16 billion in customer assets, and was valued at $32 billion in its most recent investor funding round in September, filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Bankman-Fried, 30, resigned as its CEO.
The collapse underscores how the $849-billion crypto industry — down by one fifth in the last week and from a high of $3 trillion a year ago — has been protected by regulators who are asleep at the wheel, while hapless ordinary investors, suckered in with slick ads from prominent celebrities and athletes, lose their savings.
Republicans will fail to gain enough seats to take back the Senate majority, according to a projection by DecisionDeskHQ. The Senate will remain under Democrat control, since ties are broken by the vice president.
The Hill published a possible plan that could propel California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) directly to the presidency, passing by Vice President Kamala Harris, without it ever coming to a vote before the American people.