Thought for the day
"I contend that for a nation to try and tax itself into prosperity, is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle." -- Winston Churchill (1874 - 1965)
The former Prime Minister of Ukraine has appealed to world leader's to follow Liz Truss's example of refusing to compromise with Russia and Vladimir Putin over Russia's illegal invasion of his country. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Volodymyr Groysman contrasted Ms Truss's speech at the Tory party conference with condemnation over Elon Musk's suggestion that Ukraine cedes territory to Russia as a compromise solution.
Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski famously described Ukraine as a “geopolitical pivot” of Eurasia, central to both US and Russian power. Since Russia views its vital security interests to be at stake in the current conflict, the war in Ukraine is rapidly escalating to a nuclear showdown. It’s urgent for both the US and Russia to exercise restraint before disaster hits.
Since the middle of the 19th Century, the West has competed with Russia over Crimea and more specifically, naval power in the Black Sea. In the Crimean War (1853-6), Britain and France captured Sevastopol and temporarily banished Russia’s navy from the Black Sea. The current conflict is, in essence, the Second Crimean War. This time, a US-led military alliance seeks to expand NATO to Ukraine and Georgia, so that five NATO members would encircle the Black Sea.
The US has long regarded any encroachment by great powers in the Western Hemisphere as a direct threat to US security, dating back to the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, which states: “We owe it, therefore, to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those [European] powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety.”
Unfortunately, I can only give a very broad-brush treatment to this topic here, though it very much deserves keen attention about now. On Monday this week, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau signed a diplomatic note and delivered it to the German Federal Foreign Office, formally demanding $1.3 trillion in war reparations for damages suffered by Poland during WW2. The sum – indubitably calculated by experts – represents a cool $15,500 per man, woman and child living in Germany today and over $34,000 per man, woman, and child living in Poland.
Poland has spoken to the U.S. about sharing atomic weapons, President Andrzej Duda said, a provocative statement that comes as Western nations confront Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
The U.S. and NATO have publicly stated that they have no plan to deploy nuclear weapons in countries that joined the alliance after the collapse of communism more than three decades ago. A White House official said they were unaware of the issue being raised and referred further questions to Poland’s government.
The Biden administration is seeking to walk a fine between supplying Ukraine with advanced weaponry while avoiding moves that would cause the Kremlin to further escalate the conflict. Poland, NATO’s largest member from the former Warsaw Pact, is one of the most vocal proponents of bolstering the alliance’s eastern flank.
British Home Secretary Suella Braverman on Tuesday vowed to do “whatever it takes” to stop illegal immigration across the English Channel.
In her first major speech as home secretary, Braverman told the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham that she wants to “cut [the] overall numbers” of immigration, adding the UK shouldn’t be “relying wholly on low skilled foreign workers.”
Invoking her own heritage as a second-generation immigrant, Braverman said her parents “embraced British values” and integrated into the community, which “didn’t mean abandoning their heritage.”
The home secretary said British people are “losing sight of the core values and the culture that made it so” and have been led “astray” by a combination of “unexamined drive towards multiculturalism as an end in itself” and “the corrosive aspects of identity politics.”
Over the last years, major steps have been taken by international organizations, companies, investors and governments alike to commit to climate change action. The focus has increasingly been put on the reduction of carbon emissions and water consumption. Billions of dollars are being invested in implementing industry or nationwide schemes to mitigate the effects of industries and governments. Still, there is more to be done to further contain the overall impact on climate. The need for climate adaptation, across a vast spectrum of issues such as flood and wildfire prevention, resilient agriculture, clean water supply, infrastructure modification, and population resettlement, is still not understood fully by the parties involved. As already stated in a report of the Climate Policy Initiative in 2021, climate adaptation initiatives receive only 7% of climate-related investment. At the same time, the business opportunities are clear, as Bloomberg reported that Bank of America analysts estimate that the climate adaptation market could be worth $2 trillion a year within the next five years.
There’s no question that future unbiased historians will rank Russian President Vladimir Putin's address on the Return of the Baby Bears – Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia – on September 30 as a landmark inflection point of the Raging Twenties.
The underlying honesty and clarity mirror his speech at the 2007 Munich Security Conference, but this time largely transcending the trappings of the geopolitical New Great Game.
This was an address to the collective Global South. In a key passage, Putin remarked how “the world has entered a period of revolutionary transformations, which are fundamental in nature. New development centers are being formed, they represent the majority.”
As he made the direct connection between multipolarity and strengthening of sovereignty, he took it all the way to the emergence of a new anti-colonial movement, a turbocharged version of the Non-Aligned Movement of the 1960s:
Based on new findings, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data collected by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had more than 300,000 migrants enrolled in the federal's governments Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, according to the Daily Caller. Each migrant enrolled in the program is monitored via phones and tracking devices and is set free in the US, pleased to roam as they wish.
As of Sept. 24, the ATD program had 316,700 migrants, up a whopping 266% from when President Biden took office in January 2021. An ICE PowerPoint slide shows each immigrant is given a phone with facial recognition technology and a GPS monitoring device that allows authorities to check in on the enrollee for compliance.
To anyone vaguely familiar with the colorful history of San Francisco in Victorian times, the mere mention of an “opium den” conjures up visions of dimly lit enclaves deep in the catacombs of Chinatown where hundreds of people languished about in self-induced euphoric stupors.
A scene from an old-time Chinatown opium den. (All Things Interesting)
Well, guess what, folks - the concept of the clandestine drug den operation is back, only this time it is being sponsored by the city and promoted by those particularly ambitious politicians seeking fame and fortune, and it is providing a menu that is far more reaching than just opium.
Several weeks ago, I was able to sneak into the Tenderloin Center located right in the middle of San Francisco at 1172 Market and Leavenworth, at UN Plaza. Not everyone is allowed in. This is the same Tenderloin Linkage Center that was the centerpiece of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s much-touted plan to eradicate drug use, reduce overdose deaths, and “link” addicts to rehabilitation services.
With the exception of the common areas for showering and outdoor meals, this facility is specifically designed for the consumption of illegal drugs purchased by addicts in the black market. It is a drug den where anybody and everybody can come in to ingest, inject, smoke, or inhale any type of illegal drug that they themselves have acquired off the street from the black market.
Anthony Fauci, the head of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), defended his agency’s decision of awarding millions of dollars to an organization that has funded risky virus research in Wuhan.
The New York-based nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance, received roughly $3 million in grants from the NIAID in late September, the largest annual amount the agency has awarded the group, despite scrutiny over EcoHealth’s partnership with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the facility that many believe may have started the pandemic.
“If something is peer-reviewed, gets a high recommendation for funding, you can’t arbitrarily decide, ‘I just don’t want to fund it’ because people don’t like them,” Fauci said in an Oct. 4 virtual webinar hosted by the University of South California’s Center for Health Journalism. “If they ever brought that to court, they could sue us and win that in a microsecond. So you’ve got to be careful.”
Following last week's rush to secure critical energy infrastructure across Europe against drone attacks, the FBI warned in a new report about drones being used for potential espionage and terrorism at critical US infrastructure facilities.
"[O]verflights can be an effective means of surveilling critical infrastructure because facility security personnel and law enforcement officers have limited options to detect and respond to" this type of drone activity, according to the FBI's report obtained by CNN.
In late July, multiple drones swarmed a Louisiana chemical facility in the middle of the night. The report said the drones hovered several feet above the facility before flying away.
The report cited another incident in March when a drone was surveilling a Louisiana pipeline. Law enforcement found the drone operator and discovered they had taken pictures of the critical supply line.
Faced with trade-war tariffs and sky-high inflation, the US fishing industry is getting 'crushed' right now.
Much of it is due to the amount of offshore processing done in China after fish are caught in US waters - which means the US companies catching them are paying high duty rates on various types of seafood, including salmon, tilapia, and tuna, crab and shrimp, according to the Epoch Times, which notes that American companies have been sending their ocean harvests to China for processing for more than a decade in order to take advantage of historically cheaper labor and operating costs.
In fact, some 65% of the estimated 6.3 billion pounds of seafood consumed by Americans every year is reimported - a move which saves US companies around 80 cents per pound of fish in labor costs. Given the roughly 30 million pounds of salmon alone being sent to Chinese processing plants, the savings add up.
European Union ambassadors reached an agreement on Wednesday to impose a new package of sanctions on Russia, including banning maritime transportation for Russian oil to third-party countries unless the oil is sold below or at a certain price cap.
“Ambassadors reached a political agreement on new sanctions against Russia - a strong EU response to Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories,” the Czech rotating presidency of the EU said in a tweet today.
Webmaster addition: Russia will simply sell their oil elsewhere.
In May, we outlined that a reversal of the "shortage of everything" bullwhip effect was nearing, as skyrocketing inventories (the result of Covid-era overordering due to snarled supply chains) was about to hit a faltering economy, and prices of goods would decline as companies would be forced to liquidate excess inventories into a recession (see "Bullwhip Effect Ends With A Bang: Why Prices Are About To Fall Off A Cliff" from May 23). We reminded readers about this a few times over the summer ("Bullwhip-Effect Reversal Is The Major Downside Growth Risk" and "Container Rates Slump As "Bullwhip Effect" Enters Terminal Phase").
Last week, the reverse bullwhip was apparent in Nike's 'shocking' quarterly report after shares plunged more than 10% following the announcement of deteriorating earnings, and the margin outlook for the year was slashed. We warned retailers building inventory at a rapid clip this year was going to be disastrous, which is precisely what the sportswear giant reported.
Why is Planned Parenthood so interested in trans identity politics when trans people are highly unlikely to have children (only 19%)? It's just another sign that the trans agenda is far more about population reduction that is about personal rights.
A recently unearthed infomercial made by Planned Parenthood last year is marketed directly to teens and promotes puberty blockers as a means to disrupt natural body changes in order to make teens “feel more” like the gender they believe themselves to be psychologically.
In other words, they suggest confused teens fight against their own biology by taking pharmaceuticals which are known to potentially cause chemical castration as well as permanent damage to reproductive processes. This is medically proven to occur, but with leftist politics now poisoning the sciences over the past few years there is a growing narrative that claims puberty blockers are “safe and reversible.”
The claim relies on the use of “unknown quantities,” as there is very little data on the long term effects of puberty blockers in the MAJORITY of people who take them, and in some cases short term usage means POSSIBLE reversal and limited damage to fertility. Advocates for gender affirmation surgeries and hormone therapies will often say that there “is no proof” that puberty blockers are dangerous – This is because of limited studies and data, not because the chemicals and therapies have been proven safe.
A close-up view of the cartouche of the Ptolemaic dynasty Pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes inscribed with the rest of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic text in the upper portion of the Rosetta Stone, on display at the British Museum in London on July 26, 2022 [File: Amir Makar/AFP]
Prominent Egyptian archaeologists have renewed a call for the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum to Egypt, 200 years after the deciphering of the slab unlocked the secrets of hieroglyphic script and marked the birth of Egyptology.
The archaeologists’ online campaign has gathered 2,500 signatures so far and aims to “tell Egyptians what has been taken from them”, said Monica Hanna, acting Dean of the College of Archaeology in the Egyptian city of Aswan.
Darya Dugina was killed in a car bomb attack in Moscow in August [File: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters]
Intelligence agencies in the United States believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorised the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Darya Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, according to a report in the New York Times.
The assessment of alleged Ukrainian complicity was shared within the US government last week, the paper reported on Wednesday.
Joe Biden was caught on camera grinning from ear to ear as he creeped on a female state official, Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, today in Florida.
Since the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, Illinois has become an oasis to prevent future women, people of color, LGBTQIA?’s and all of God’s other children from entering this world, but why stop there?
A Texas man was arrested after he entered a newborn baby nursery, started running around, snatched a baby and choked it while saying, “Die!”
The British Journal of Sports Medicine published the results of a recent study on the cardiopulmonary capacity and muscle strength of transgender women versus biological women titled, “Cardiopulmonary capacity and muscle strength in transgender women on long-term gender-affirming hormone therapy: a cross-sectional study.”
Cori Bush is a good Democrat. She’s not afraid to speak out loud what she believes deep in her heart.
Joe and his handler Dr. Jill traveled to Fort Myers, Florida on Wednesday to survey the damage from Hurricane Ian.
COVID-style mRNA vaccine work is underway for foot and mouth disease. Farmers are urging the development of an mRNA vaccine for foot and mouth disease, as Australia intensifies the screening of people arriving from Indonesia through boosted biosecurity powers.
It seems “they” are coming to get you one way or another.
Today, an interview with attorney, Todd Callender on the Dr Jane Ruby Show. According to Our World in Data, 64% of the world’s population has taken the mRNA modifications. They discuss genetically modified human beings; who owns a human being if they take a gene-changing product that gives them a different genetic structure, and are the jabbed now homo borg genesis, a new human species?
Stephan Cannon has been sentenced to life in prison without parole for the murder of former St. Louis Police Capt. David Dorn.
“Cannon was convicted of first-degree murder, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary, stealing $750 or more, unlawful possession of a firearm, and three counts of armed criminal action – all felonies,” Fox News reported.
“According to KSDK’s Christine Byers, Cannon was sentenced to life without parole on the first-degree murder charge,” the report added.
Dorn’s son, Brian Powell, also spoke during the sentencing.
“I hope your eyes are woke. You still have time to get everything together and make amends with your maker,” he said.
In the wake of OPEC’s announcement that it will be scaling back oil production by 2 million barrels a day, President Biden has announced another trip to the Strategic Petroleum Reserve (SPR). This time, Joe is grabbing 10 million barrels in an attempt to combat rising gas prices.
Biden has taken 180 million barrels since April.
Energy-starved Bulgaria will temporarily cease to enforce EU sanctions on Russian fuel, to ensure the work of government institutions, the state press service reported on Wednesday following a Cabinet meeting.
According to the report, Russian companies supplying automotive fuel will be exempt from the embargo until the end of 2024, due to shortages in the country.
“It is permitted to conclude new state contracts and framework agreements with automotive fuel suppliers from the Russian Federation after October 10, 2022… An exception is introduced due to the need to ensure the normal operation of state bodies and other structures requiring motor fuel, in order to protect public order, the life and health of the citizens of Bulgaria, and national security,” the press service announced. The ban will come back into force on December 31, 2024.
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals strikes again!
The 11th Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday granted the Justice Department’s motion to expedite its appeal to Judge Aileen Cannon’s order appointing a special master to oversee the documents seized from Mar-a-Lago.
The DOJ last Friday moved to expedite its appeal of Cannon’s order appointing Raymond Dearie as special master.
“The Justice Department is asking the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals to order all papers be filed in the case by Nov. 11, and hold any necessary hearing in the case as soon as that briefing is completed.” Reuters reported.