Thought for the day

"Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle. The real extent of this state of misinformation is known only to those who are in situations to confront facts within their knowledge with the lies of the day. I really look with commiseration over the great body of my fellow citizens, who, reading newspapers, live and die in the belief that they have known something of what has been passing in the world." -- Thomas Jefferson, to John Norvell, June 14, 1807

Majority of Covid Hospital Admissions Over Winter Were Vaccinated, PHE Study Shows


Polls of the U.S. public continue to show that up to twice as many Americans have lost a household member to a Covid vaccine injury as have lost one to Covid.

The pooled results of five surveys of the American public, now totalling over 2,500 people, show that while 4.4% of respondents reported that a member of their household had died from COVID-19, 8.9% said a member had died as a result of Covid vaccination.

The results also showed that 8.6% said they had been injured by their vaccination, 4.9% that they had sought medical help and 3.2% that they had been hospitalised, while 3.6% said that as a result of vaccination they were no longer able to work a full day or at all. These are percentages of all respondents. If we look only at the 74.0% vaccinated with at least one dose then the figures, as a proportion of vaccinated persons, are 11.7% injured, 6.7% needing medical help, 4.4% hospitalised and 4.8% unable to work. While these figures are self-reported and there is no control group, since the unvaccinated were not asked about adverse events, they are still alarmingly high.

Posted on: Aug 08 12:02

Former White House advisor and America First Legal founder Stephen Miller joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 11:56

Tesla has managed to strike a deal with the state of Nuevo Leon to have its own lane at the US-Mexico border, which should help the company and its suppliers get across faster.

Nuevo Leon is a weirdly shaped state that managed to have its border drawn in a way that gave it a little 9-mile border with the United States and more specifically the state of Texas.

While it is small in size, it has a large population of more than 5 million people – most of them concentrated around Monterrey, its capital, and the many industries in the region, including many automotive suppliers.

The 9-mile border means that the small state, which also borders the bigger states of Coahuila and Tamaulipas, manages its own border crossing with the US.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:55

Conservatives are just 15 states away from an unprecedented gathering that could rewrite large parts of the US Constitution and fundamentally change American life.

With Congress' initiative, the US Constitution has been amended 27 times. But never has the core American document been amended through a state-led process — the second track that the founders created under Article V of the Constitution.

Conservatives are frustrated by Democrats' control of Washington and — even when Republicans are in charge — the growing size of government.

"The idea of states coming together is going to scare the living hell out of Washington," state Rep. Bill Taylor of South Carolina, who led his state's push to pass a call for a convention, told Insider. "They are going to be terrified of the states."

Posted on: Aug 08 11:54

Congratulations to Kari Lake and to the people of Arizona. Kari may very well be the best GOP candidate in America. And she will make the best Governor Arizona ever had. If she is elected in November, I guarantee you we’ll have fair and onest elections moving forward in Arizona. Which means in 2024, Trump wins Arizona.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 11:54

An Israeli scientist injured by Pfizer’s Covid vaccine, Professor Shmuel C. Shapira (on the cover image), has correlated the Monkeypox outbreak with dysfunction to the immune system caused by mRNA gene sera.

Before reading the interesting article published by Kanekoa’s Newsletter and taken from The Defender website managed by the Children’s Health Defense association of the lawyer Robert F. Kennedy, it is necessary to make some premises on the widespread outbreaks of Monkeypox virus that have induced the director of the WHO has proclaiming a global emergency, despite the contrast between members of the risk assessment.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:52

Health Freedom Defense Fund, whose court victory overturned the sweeping federal Travel Mask Mandate, has filed its response to the government’s appeal to reinstate the mandate – and recover the sweeping, unprecedented federal regulatory powers over Americans’ daily lives and conduct.   The filing points out major flaws in the legal and scientific justifications for the illegal mandate.

In a 77-page filing with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, HFDF – and its attorneys with the Davillier Law Group – detailed how the order requiring all travelers to wear masks lacks not only any rooting in federal statutes, but it also violated existing federal law in how it was promulgated.  The mandate also suffers from a consistent application of sound science.

“The Biden Administration is trying to paper over an illegal, sweeping mandate on Americans that is full of massive legal and scientific holes,” said HFDF Founder and President Leslie Manookian.  “That a federal agency should be able to just usurp the power of Congress, and violate fundamental individual rights is not only at odds with the law – it defies basic common sense.”

Posted on: Aug 08 11:52

Secretary of State Antony Blinken assured the Philippines on Saturday that the United States would come to its defence if attacked in the South China Sea, seeking to allay concerns about the extent of the U.S. commitment to a mutual defence treaty.

In meetings in Manila dominated by discussion on simmering U.S.-China tensions over the Taiwan visit of U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Blinken said a 70-year-old defence pact with the Philippines was "ironclad".

"An armed attack on Philippine armed forces, public vessels and aircraft will invoke U.S. mutual defense commitments under that treaty," Blinken told a news conference.

"The Philippines is an irreplaceable friend, partner, and ally to the United States."

Posted on: Aug 08 11:51

The white man who fatally shot Ahmaud Arbery after chasing the 25-year-old Black man in a Georgia neighborhood was sentenced Monday to life in prison for committing a federal hate crime.

Travis McMichael was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Lisa Godbey Wood in the port city of Brunswick. His punishment is largely symbolic, as McMichael was sentenced earlier this year to life without parole in a Georgia state court for Arbery’s murder.

Wood said McMichael had received a “fair trial.”

Posted on: Aug 08 11:50

The United States has accused Beijing of "provocative" and "irresponsible" actions after Taiwan said China rehearsed an attack on the island.

Taiwan said it responded to the Chinese drills, now in their fourth day, by deploying aircraft and ships on Sunday.

The heightened tensions follow a trip to Taiwan by a US delegation led by senior Democrat Nancy Pelosi.

China views the visit as a challenge to its claims of sovereignty over Taiwan, which sees itself as distinct.

Taiwan's defence ministry said Chinese ships and planes carried out missions in the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, with some crossing the median line - an unofficial buffer separating the two sides.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:49

Freight ships carrying almost 170,000 tonnes of grain and other products set sail from Ukraine's Black Sea ports this morning as part of a U.N.-brokered deal to protect the export of vital foodstuffs from the nation amid war with Russia.

Foreign-flagged ships yesterday docked at a Ukrainian port for the first time since Russia's invasion began on February 24, according to infrastructure minister Oleksandr Kubrakov.

Four bulk carriers were then loaded to the brim with corn, oil and other sorely needed products, Ukraine's sea ports authority said on Facebook, and were able to leave the southern ports safely. 

The operation was overseen by a Joint Coordination Centre (JCC) in Istanbul where Russian, Ukrainian, Turkish and U.N. personnel are working to kickstart grain shipments from Ukraine.

'We are gradually moving on to larger volumes of work. We plan to ensure the ability of the ports to handle at least 100 vessels per month in the near future,' Kubrakov said on Facebook on Sunday.

He said Ukraine soon planned to involve Pivdennyi port in implementation of the grain export initiative and expected that as a result Ukraine will be able to ship up to at least 3 million tonnes of goods per month.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:48

GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming said Florida Governor Ron DeSantis' similarity to Donald Trump would make him a 'dangerous' presidential candidate in 2024.

In an interview with the New York Times, the conservative Trump critic said she could support a Republican nominee - but not one that peddled the ex-president's election fraud claims.

Nor could she back DeSantis, Cheney suggested, despite the GOP governor's skyrocketing popularity over his opposition to the Biden administration on COVID-19 mandates and legislation that Democrats have described as anti-LGBTQ.

'I think that Ron DeSantis has lined himself up almost entirely with Donald Trump, and I think that’s very dangerous,' she said.

Cheney added that she 'would find it very difficult' to support DeSantis.

Both DeSantis and Trump - as well as Cheney herself - have suggested they are considering running for higher office in 2024.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:48

Chinese and Taiwanese warships played high seas "cat and mouse" on Sunday (Aug 7) ahead of the scheduled end of four days of unprecedented Chinese military exercises launched in reaction to a visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Mrs Pelosi's visit last week infuriated China, which regards the self-ruled island as its territory.

Beijing responded to the trip with test launches of ballistic missiles over the island's capital for the first time and cut some areas of dialogue with Washington.

About 10 warships each from China and Taiwan sailed at close quarters in the Taiwan Strait.

Some Chinese vessels crossed the median line, an unofficial buffer separating the two sides, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.

The island's Defence Ministry said multiple Chinese military ships, aircraft and drones were simulating attacks on the island and its navy. It said it had sent aircraft and ships to react "appropriately".

Posted on: Aug 08 11:46

In December 2008, politician Al Gore predicted the North Polar Ice Cap would be completely ice-free in five years.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 11:45

Taking the lead after the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v. Wade, Indiana during a special session on Friday became the first state to approve a near-total abortion ban.

The measure was signed by Republican Gov. Eric Holcomb within an hour after both chambers of the state legislature approved the bill.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:45

The June ruling handed down by the Supreme Court in New York State Rifle & Pistol Association Inc. v. Bruen sent shock waves through the administration of Democratic New York Gov. Kathy Hochul. The decision declared the state’s gun permit procedures clearly violated the Second Amendment.

Victoria Taft at PJ Media wrote this week that the shockwaves from the ruling are likely to be felt not just in New York, but around the nation in far-reaching ways.

The majority opinion in Bruen written by Justice Clarence Thomas was premised on the finding that the New York law in question was similar to others that gave the right to carry a gun away from home second-class status.

That was especially true given the court’s finding that the rights protected by the Second Amendment are as fundamental to American civil life as any of the others listed in the Bill of Rights.

Justice Thomas pointed out that no other constitutional right is only available to a citizen if a government official determines there is some “special need” for it to be exercised. He wrote that the court has determined that is “not how the Second Amendment works when it comes to public carry for self-defense.”

Posted on: Aug 08 11:45

Senator Mitt Romney allegedly wears a disguise when venturing out into public as a means to avoid Trump supporters.

This, according to excerpts from a new book titled, “This Will Not Pass,” written by New York Times reporters Jonathan Martin and Alexander Burns.

Business Insider reports that Romney (R-UT) has been using an elaborate disguise when vacationing in Palm Beach, Florida where he owns a home.

And by ‘elaborate,’ we mean straight from the Marvel Universe school of disguises in which he’s been wearing hats while dining out in the wealthy town where former President Donald Trump also has a home.

“If he were recognized by Trump supporters there, there was a good chance he would be harassed,” a family friend told the authors.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:40

CNN’s Brian Stelter admits that legal troubles surrounding Hunter Biden have the potential to tear down a potential 2024 re-election bid by his father, President Joe Biden.

Stelter was interviewing Michael LaRosa on Sunday, when the two began discussing prospects of Joe Biden running again in 2024. Larosa is the former press secretary for First Lady Jill Biden.

While LaRosa expressed hope that Joe Biden runs again, the CNN anchor expressed concerns about his age before bringing up Hunter.

“What about his son?” Stelter fretted. “What about Hunter? Hunter under federal investigation, charges could be coming at any time. This is not just a right-wing media story. This is a real problem for the Bidens.”

“Could he decide not to run for re-election, given his son?”

Webmaster addition: I disagree with Brian. I think Joe Biden's plan is to let Hunter be charged, then issue a pardon, and declare it all "old news" in 2024.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:38

Bloomberg News co-founder Matthew Winkler came out with one of the dumbest explanations for why consumers believe President Joe Biden’s economy stinks: Blame those darn 2020 “election deniers.”

Winkler published an op-ed for his liberal publication with an on-the-nose headline that smacked of lunacy: “Blame Election Deniers for Faltering Consumer Sentiment.” According to Winkler’s senseless conflation, it’s “no wonder” that Americans despise the 40-year high inflation-rattled economy when “about 70% of Republicans believ[ed] incorrectly that Joe Biden lost the 2020 presidential election when he won it by more than seven million votes.” 

According to Winkler, those pesky “Republicans denying the 2020 election are easy prey for mischievous economic messaging.” It’s unclear how Winkler could make that connection in the face of U.S. GDP contracting in two consecutive quarters to meet the technical definition of a recession. Perhaps this could be the reason why at least 69 percent of Americans “feel” the economy is getting worse?

Posted on: Aug 08 11:37

As Democrats pat themselves on the back after the Senate finally passed their massive tax, climate, and healthcare bill - the "Inflation Reduction Act" which Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer called "one of the most significant pieces of legislation passed in a decade," Bloomberg has compiled a list of winners and losers.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:37

China's military drills in six zones surrounding Taiwan were scheduled to wind down and end on Sunday, but on Monday Beijing announced it is extending the threatening military drills which Taipei officials have slammed as a "blockade" and simulation for future invasion. The drills were originally set for four days, but have now been extended into this new week.

Not only have the drills launched in the wake of the last Tuesday into Wednesday visit to the self-ruled island of US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi disrupted surrounding air traffic and shipping lanes key to global trade, but they've upped tensions with Washington, given the USS Ronald Reagan carrier strike group was ordered to stay in waters near Taiwan for longer than planned.

The People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Eastern Theatre Command confirmed Monday that it is "continuing joint training under real war conditions, focused on organizing joint anti-submarine warfare and naval strikes."

Posted on: Aug 08 11:36

Israel has struck 'a wide range' of targets in Gaza after a truce came into effect 'in response to rocket fire' it received moments before a ceasefire introduced after a three-day bombardment which killed at least 31 Palestinians and 'took out' Islamic Jihadist commander.

Israel agreed to an Egyptian-proposed truce with Palestine after three days of intense conflict in Gaza, an Egyptian source said.

But Israel's military said this evening that it was firing rockets at targets in Gaza after the 8.30pm truce in response to strikes fired towards its own territory, having had to issue multiple air raid warnings up to 8.29pm.

A statement said: 'In response to rockets fired toward Israeli territory, the (military) is currently striking a wide range of targets belonging to the Islamic Jihad terrorist organisation in the Gaza Strip.'

Israel had agreed a truce after a three-day bombardment of Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) positions on the Gaza Strip which killed at least 31 Palestinians, while militants fired hundreds of rockets back amid escalating violence.

Six children are among the dead since the conflict began Friday, while 275 people have been wounded, said health authorities in the enclave where several buildings were reduced to rubble.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:30

Rev. Al Sharpton argued this week that the Bible endorses abortion because the Bible is about choice.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 11:28

Beijing has suggested that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-California) Taiwan visit may have been part of a ploy by the US aimed at creating a pretext to deploy more of its military to the region.

In a statement made during his visit to Bangladesh and published on Sunday, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that “there are signs that the United States is trying to repeat its old tricks.” The diplomat clarified that Washington has a history of “creating a problem first, and then using it to realize its own strategic plans” elsewhere in the world. 

According to the minister, regional players ought to oppose the ramping up of America’s military presence in the vicinity of Taiwan. Beijing reminded Washington that “Taiwan is not part of the United States, but China’s territory,” and that by giving the green light to Pelosi’s visit, the US had reneged on its previously professed commitment to China’s territorial integrity.

Posted on: Aug 08 11:26

With the US and its allies pledging unprecedented levels of military support to Ukraine, a recent CBS News report suggested that only around 30% of the weapons sent by the West actually make it to the front lines. The report adds to ongoing rumors of waste, corruption, and black market profiteering. 

The US has approved more than $54 billion of economic and military aid to Ukraine since February, while the UK has committed nearly $3 billion in military aid alone, and the EU has spent another $2.5 billion on arms for Kiev. An entire spectrum of equipment, from rifles and grenades to anti-tank missiles and multiple launch rocket systems have left the West’s armories for Ukraine, with most entering the country through Poland.

However, this rarely goes smoothly, CBS News revealed this week.

“All of this stuff goes across the border, and then something happens, kind of like 30% of it reaches its final destination,” Jonas Ohman, the founder of a Lithuania-based organization supplying the Ukrainian military, told the American network. Ohman said that getting the weapons to the troops involves navigating a complex network of “power lords, oligarchs [and] political players.”

The new CBS Reports documentary, "Arming Ukraine," explores why much of the billions of dollars of military aid that the U.S. is sending to Ukraine doesn't make it to the front lines: "Like 30% of it reaches its final destination." Stream now:

— CBS News (@CBSNews) August 5, 2022

Webmaster addition: CBS has already deleted the report. 

Posted on: Aug 08 11:25

Thousands of Canadians sat trapped at the Montreal Trudeau Airport this weekend as flights were stalled and canceled.  Montreal’s Trudeau airport is ranked second on the global list of airports with the most flight delays and cancellations.  Only the Toronto Airport has more cancellations and delays.

By: orraz
Posted on: Aug 08 11:23

The Russian military has taken out a depot in southern Ukraine that stored NATO-supplied ammunition, the Defense Ministry claimed on Sunday.

"In the Voznesensk area of the Nikolaev region an arsenal that stored 45,000 tons of ammunition recently supplied to the Ukrainian Armed Forces by NATO countries has been destroyed,” the ministry stated, adding that Russian forces eliminated five other ammo depots.

Meanwhile, the Russian army conducted strikes on the deployment point of units of Ukraine's 72nd mechanized brigade at an agricultural facility in the Donetsk People’s Republic city of Artemovsk, wiping out up to 130 soldiers and eight transport and armored vehicles, the ministry’s statement read.

Webmaster addition: "We need to raise taxes to buy more ammo for Ukraine. Tell the taxpayers it's to fight global warming or something." -- Official White Horse Souse

Posted on: Aug 08 11:22

This week, in an address to the Tenth Review Conference for the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons – which had convened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York – US President Joe Biden made a forceful appeal to Russia regarding the need to resume arms control talks. “Today,” Biden said, “my Administration is ready to expeditiously negotiate a new arms control framework to replace New START when it expires in 2026.” But, he added, “negotiation requires a willing partner operating in good faith. And Russia’s brutal and unprovoked aggression in Ukraine has shattered peace in Europe and constitutes an attack on the fundamental tenets of international order. In this context, Russia should demonstrate that it is ready to resume work on nuclear arms control with the United States.”

Biden has made arms control a central theme in his dealings with Russia. Indeed, one of his first major acts as president was to sign on to a five-year extension of the Obama-era New START treaty, which had been allowed to languish under the Trump administration. “Extending the New START Treaty,” Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, declared in a press release issued at the time, “ensures we have verifiable limits on Russian ICBMs, SLBMs, and heavy bombers until February 5, 2026. The New START Treaty’s verification regime,” Blinken noted, “enables us to monitor Russian compliance with the treaty and provides us with greater insight into Russia’s nuclear posture, including through data exchanges and onsite inspections that allow US inspectors to have eyes on Russian nuclear forces and facilities.”

Posted on: Aug 08 11:21

The threat of the conflict in Ukraine getting out of control is not just an ever-present concern, but a reality.

The authors of the RAND Corporation’s recent paper, 'Pathways to Russian Escalation Against NATO From the Ukraine War', warn US policymakers to be careful in their statements and moves. This is particularly when deciding on military postures, deployment patterns, weapons capabilities, and the like, so that the steps taken by them do not provoke the Russian leadership into pre-emptive or retaliatory strikes, including using non-strategic nuclear weapons, or taking the campaign into NATO territory.

This is totally in line with America's overall approach of doing the maximum to weaken Russia on the battlefield in Ukraine while avoiding being drawn directly into a war against Moscow.  

Posted on: Aug 08 11:20