"I have a foreboding of an America in my children’s or grandchildren’s time when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what’s true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness. The dumbing down of America is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance." -- Carl Sagan, 1995, apparently having invented a time machine
Kari Lake, one of the most high-profile Republican candidates to embrace Donald Trump's false claims of voter fraud in 2020, claimed on Monday night she had been robbed of the chance to be the next governor of Arizona and suggested her own defeat was suspect.
Soon after the race was called for Democrat Katie Hobbs, rather than conceding gracefully, Lake took to Twitter to say: 'Arizonans know BS when they see it.'
It suggests that Lake, who had been working with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon, is not ready to accept defeat.
"You will BELIEVE the elections are honest!
You will BELIEVE the elections are honest!
You will BELIEVE the elections are honest!
You will BELIEVE the elections are honest!" -- ABCNNBBCBSFOX
Amazon has launched an online chat service to provide customers with advice on common health woes.
The retail giant's new 'virtual care service' gives users access to 'affordable' medical help 'when and how they need it', whether that's at home, at the shops or on the go.
Amazon Clinic, described as a 'virtual health storefront', will connect people with doctors to get advice and prescriptions for more than 20 common health conditions, such as allergies, acne and hair loss.
It will initially be rolled out in 32 states with plans to launch in more locations within months.
Miguel Almaguer, a correspondent with NBC's Today show has been suspended while an internal investigation is conducted at the network after the broadcaster was forced to retract its reporting that only served to fan conspiracy theories about the attack on Paul Pelosi.
Almaguer, 45, who has worked for NBC since 2009, compiled a report that suggested Nancy Pelosi's husband was not in any danger when police arrived at the couple's San Francisco home.
It stated, using information from an anonymous source, that Pelosi had told San Francisco police there was no indication he was in any danger and did not declare and emergency when he answered the door.
Webmaster addition: Here is the original NBC story. Judge for yourself!
Kids toys are getting smaller during the 2022 holiday season as consumers and retailers adapt to inflation.
Toy companies like WowWee and MGA Entertainment have begun producing miniature versions of their popular toys and selling them at slashed prices to try to appeal to cash-strapped American shoppers.
MGA Entertainment - which makes the popular Bratz dolls, among other products, will introduce more than 200 toys priced under $10 in the coming weeks. Last year the company introduced only between 10 and 15 toys at that price point.
One of the new products is a two-inch take on the original 11-inch Bratz doll.
Shots were fired on U.S. embassy vehicles in Haiti on Monday in an attack that also affected the Haitian police and commercial vehicles, an embassy spokesperson said.
"No embassy personnel were injured," Information Officer Kathryn Edwards said in a statement. "One Haitian commercial driver accompanying the convoy was injured. However, the injuries are not life threatening."
The statement did not identify the attackers. Gang violence has been rife in the Caribbean nation, and one local media report attributed the attack to the 400 Mawozo gang, which kidnapped a group of U.S. and Canadian missionaries in 2021.
Prime Minister Ariel Henry has dismissed Haiti’s justice minister, interior minister and its government commissioner in a fresh round of political upheaval.
Former Justice Minister Berto Dorcé first fired Government Commissioner Jacques Lafontant on Henry’s orders before being ousted himself days later along with Interior Minister Liszt Quitel, according to documents that The Associated Press obtained on Monday.
Quitel had previously served as justice minister.
Henry did not say why the officials were removed, and his spokesman could not be immediately reached for comment.
Henry has become Haiti’s interior minister while still serving as prime minister, and Emmelie Prophète Milcé was named justice minister, the fifth one in the past two years as the country struggles to bring to justice all those involved in the July 2021 assassination of President Jovenel Moïse.
Despite an underwhelming performance in the midterm elections, Republicans appear poised to take back the House for the first time since 2016. The shift has the potential to impact a wide range of policies and will undoubtedly lead to a series of hearings on everything from the Afghanistan withdrawal to Hunter Biden’s business dealings.
But when it comes to defense spending, there’s little reason to think that GOP leaders will rock the boat.
To understand why, one just has to take a quick look at two of the most influential defense policy roles in the House: the heads of the committees that oversee spending and the armed services. The Republicans who are expected to take on these roles next year both have strong incentives to keep Pentagon spending high.
There will be no golden escalator this time, but neither will there be mocking guffaws or can-you-believe-this eye-rolling. As Donald Trump is expected to kick off another presidential campaign tonight, the world has changed rather drastically since his first. Whatever else is thought of his attempted comeback, it will not be dismissed as an implausible joke.
Secret minutes obtained by The Electronic Intifada show just how strongly the UK’s main opposition party has been captured by the pro-Israel lobby.
Shadow minister Steve Reed gave a series of extraordinary pledges during a 2 December 2020 meeting with prominent Israel lobby donor Trevor Chinn.
Chinn and five other Israel lobby representatives took part in the secret meeting, along with Reed and two of his staff. The minutes conclude that the lobbyists had established “a regular channel of communication” with Reed and his office.
With Russian energy supplies drying out and nation’s gas reserves running low, most Germans seem to have to resigned to their fate, and are looking for ways to cope with the impending blackouts and power shortages ahead of Christmas, news reports suggest.
Many Germans are taking public courses on how to survive a dark and cold winter caused by the foolish climate and energy policies of their elected leaders. The French TV channel Euronews reported Saturday that “a growing number of Germans are turning to citizens’ courses to learn how to act if they find themselves plunged into darkness.”
Top House Republicans are calling President Joe Biden out on Monday after a White House readout of his meeting with Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping suggested Biden did not broach the topic of COVID-19 and its origins.
In a pair of statements made to DailyMail.com, Michigan Rep. Lisa McClain and Florida Rep. Michael Waltz sounded off about the 'sham' meeting.
Biden and Xi spent over three hours discussing North Korea, global food security, climate change and Taiwan, according to the White House.
The president came out of the meeting stating that there was no imminent threat to Taiwan from China.
But Admiral Mike Gilday, chief of naval operations, told the Atlantic Council last month that Beijing's forces could conceivably hit the island in 'potentially a 2023 window.'
Webmaster addition: I can understand why Biden didn't touch on the Covid issue. There is an old Chinese proverb that says one should never ask a question one does not want answered, and Xi would no doubt bring up the US funding for the Wuhan research,
Jennifer Siebel Newsom — wife of California Gov. Gavin Newsom — sobbed as she described Harvey Weinstein’s “distorted” and “fish-like” genitals during her bombshell testimony at the disgraced movie producer’s sexual assault trial Monday.
Identified in court as Jane Doe 4, Siebel Newsom broke down in tears recounting how Weinstein allegedly raped her in 2005 at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills.
Webmaster addition: I posted this because of a phone call into my radio show that was painting with a broad brush about Hollywood, banks, etc. This is something I try to avoid. I prefer articles about specific individuals doing bad things that do not generalize to an entire group.
American entrepreneur and Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, whose worth is estimated at roughly $124.1 billion, announced on Monday with CNN that he would give away most of his fortune to charities that fight against climate change.
The race for Colorado's third congressional district remains too close to be called, as Trump-endorsed Rep. Lauren Boebert is currently only slightly ahead of her rival, Democrat Adam Frisch.
But the incumbent congresswoman's narrow lead could once again be overturned if thousands of likely rejected votes in favor of her challenger were to be fixed, as a recount looms over the Colorado race.
Boebert was widely projected to win the midterms, with polling website FiveThirtyEight giving her a 97 in 100 chance of victory in the days ahead of the vote.
As of November 14 and with nearly all of the ballots being counted, Boebert is leading with 50.1 percent of the vote (162,040 votes) against Frisch's 49.8 percent (160,918 votes).
Elon Musk has ended free lunches at Twitter HQ —and the left is losing it.
According to a Fox News report, newly-minted Chief Twit Elon Musk has ended the free lunches at Twitter HQ cafeteria as he continues to make cuts to make the bloated blue bird profitable. Once the lunch news broke, Musk was accused by Democrat activist Andrew Wortman of starving Twitter employees.
“He fired ¾ of the employees. Now he’s planning to starve the rest of them. He’s failure incarnate,” Wortman tweeted in reply to an article about Musk.
Dutch doctors first offered puberty blockers to transgender adolescents three decades ago, typicallyfollowing up with hormone treatment to help patients transition. Since then, the practice has spread to other countries, with varying protocols, little documentation of outcomes and no government approval of the drugs for that use, including by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
But there is emerging evidence of potential harm from using blockers, according to reviews of scientific papers and interviews with more than 50 doctors and academic experts around the world.
As growing numbers of adolescents who identify as transgender are prescribed drugs to block puberty, the treatment is becoming a source of confusion and controversy.
We spent months scouring the scientific evidence, interviewing doctors around the world and speaking to patients and families.
The drugs suppress estrogen and testosterone, hormones that help develop the reproductive system but also affect the bones, the brain and other parts of the body.
During puberty, bone mass typically surges, determining a lifetime of bone health. When adolescents are using blockers, bone density growth flatlines, on average, according to an analysis commissioned by The Times of observational studies examining the effects.
It was less than a year ago on December 16, 2021 when our dementia patient in chief was instructed by his handlers to lie, obfuscate and demonize critical thinking Americans who refused to become victims of the Big Pharma, Fauci promoted, untested, unsafe, ineffective gene therapy by declaring “we are looking at a winter of severe illness and death for the unvaccinated — for themselves, their families and the hospitals they’ll soon overwhelm”. Biden’s vaccine mandates were overturned in the courts. The unvaccinated did not die from Covid. Very few people died from Covid. Some really old and infirm people on death’s doorstep died with Covid. Some very unhealthy obese people died with Covid. But even 95% of the old and unhealthy survived Covid.
Virtually no one under 70 years old died from Covid. Biden was lying. Fauci was lying. Walensky was lying. Gates was lying. Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla was lying. Their paid-off medical industry was lying. Their highly compensated corporate legacy media talking heads were lying. Captured politicians were lying. The entire Covid scheme was nothing more than weaponizing the annual flu through fear propaganda, a billion-dollar advertising campaign, and enacting totalitarian measures on the world as part of the Great Reset Build Back Better New World Order plot orchestrated by our globalist oligarch overlords.
When last week Allied troops quit the right (= western, or in this case northern (1)) bank of the Dnieper and so the regional city of Kherson (original population 283,000), confusion reigned among those with a short-term view of this conflict. Probably they had been listening to Western propaganda for too long. Probably they had forgotten that if Russia had difficulties holding right-bank Kherson, then the Ukraine would certainly have even more difficulties. Let us return to some basic facts in order to clear up some of the confusion
The government of the Russian Federation was reluctant to intervene in the post-regime change Ukraine of 2014. It always hoped that negotiations and diplomacy would overcome Western aggressiveness and stupidity.
The government of the Russian Federation knew that the USA through its NATO vassals was pumping the Ukraine full of arms and training its troops for the eight years between 2014 and 2022.
Therefore the government of the Russian Federation had eight years in which to plan for this conflict, planning different scenarios and also preparing probing and distracting movements, like that towards Kiev last March. One scenario was that the US would continue to intervene on the side of its Kiev puppet and arm it to the teeth, also using NATO countries, officers and huge numbers of mercenaries to prolong the conflict, so that it would develop into a US war against Russia. That is exactly what has happened. Russia defeated the Ukraine in March, but since then it has had to defeat the USA and its NATO allies, demilitarising them just as it demilitarised the Ukraine in the first month of the conflict. This is why there will be no quick end to what the conflict has become – a war of liberation against the Combined West
The shocking implosion of the FTX crypto exchange has become an embarrassment for a who’s who among global elites, with some issuing mea culpas — and others apparently scrambling to hide their ties to its disgraced, 30-year-old founder Sam Bankman-Fried.
Web archive sites show that the World Economic Forum — whose glitzy shindig in Davos, Switzerland is a must-attend for billionaires and world leaders each year — had previously listed FTX as one of its “partners,” touting the Bahamas-based firm as a “cryptocurrency exchange built by traders, for traders.”
Bankman-Fried also was a speaker at Davos last May alongside luminaries such as Google financial chief Ruth Porat and Bill Winters, CEO of the London-based financial giant Standard Chartered. Nevertheless, WEF has since scrubbed any mention of FTX from its website in the days after the crypto exchange filed for bankruptcy.
The Geneva-based organization headed by Klaus Schwab didn’t immediately respond to Post inquiries. According to one WEF insider, Bankman-Fried likely landed on the group’s site because he donated cash to the group, in addition to his upcoming speaking gig.