Thought for the day

"The supreme trick of mass insanity is that it persuades you that the only abnormal person is the one who refuses to join in the madness of others, the one who tries vainly to resist. We will never understand totalitarianism if we do not understand that people rarely have the strength to be uncommon." -- Eugene Ionesco

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Small businesses in various states are struggling to pay their rent, a new report shows, with rent delinquency at nearly 40 percent this month. 

The findings, published Tuesday by Boston-based business tracker Alignable, are raising more than eyebrows, as they illustrate the stark effect inflation is having on everyday Americans. 

The survey of 4,789 randomly selected small business owners saw more than half of respondents say their rent is at least 10 percent higher than six months ago.

If you go back seven months, the majority said their rents had increased by at least 20 percent.

Moreover, the study found that roughly 37 percent of small businesses - almost half of all Americans working in the private sector - were left unable to pay rent in October.  

Compounding concerns is the fact that several states, including New York and California, are well over the already-high national average.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 01 11:40

On Friday, a federal judge denied a request by a retirees’ association to issue an injunction and restraining order against a group for monitoring Arizona ballot drop box stations.

The group, Clean Elections USA, and its founder Melody Jennings had been accused of voter intimidation and threatening the exercise of free and fair elections by the Arizona Alliance for Retired Americans (AARA) and Voto Latino.

U.S. District Judge Michael T. Liburdi dismissed Voto Latino from the case, saying the group had not provided evidence of being harmed by Clean Election USA’s alleged conduct.

Liburdi, an appointee of former President Donald Trump and former counsel for Republican Governor Doug Ducey, also denied the AARA’s request for an injunction and restraining order, stating that the retirees’ association had “not provided the Court with any evidence that Defendants’ conduct constitutes a true threat.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 01 11:39

Elon Musk has responded to Stephen King’s horrified reaction at his reported plan to charge for a blue checkmark — and in the process, confirmed that the surprising and controversial idea is in the works.

On Monday, King went viral with his reaction to a report that Musk wanted to charge verified users a whopping $20 per month to keep their blue checkmarks. “$20 a month to keep my blue check?” King tweeted to his 6.9 million followers. “Fuck that, they should pay me. If that gets instituted, I’m gone like Enron.” When a reader told King he could afford the fee, he replied, “It ain’t the money, it’s the principle of the thing.”

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA
Posted on: Nov 01 11:39

Dear, Liz. Thank you for your generous contribution to my campaign,” wrote Kari.

“Your recent television ad urging Arizonans not to vote for me is doing just the opposite. Our campaign donations are skyrocketing, and our website nearly crashed from the traffic.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 01 11:38

 Elon Musk has dissolved Twitter's board of directors, eliminating all remaining administrative obstacles to the realization of his plans for the social media giant. This comes just days after Musk was reportedly looking at axing "around 50%" of Twitter's staff — a claim the African billionaire has denied.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:44

Twitter verification is one of the platform's strategies to keep fake accounts from spreading false information. When an account is verified, it receives a blue checkmark to let others know that the account is official.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:43

 A homeowner in Mobile, Alabama, pulled up to his house last week and spotted a burglar taking items from the residence and its detached garage, WALA-TV reported.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:42

 In the first two months after the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, there were at least 10,000 fewer legal abortions in the United States, according to a report released Sunday by FiveThirtyEight.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:40

 James Suh, owner of Car Care Auto Spa in Chicago's Portage Park neighborhood, was on a conference call for his daughter’s school around closing time earlier this month when a masked man walked into his store, pointed a gun at him, and demanded money from the register, WMAQ-TV reported.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:27

Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts granted a stay, temporarily blocking former President Trump from having to turn over his tax records to Democrats on the House Ways and Means Committee.

Trump and his legal team on Monday filed asking the Supreme Court to block the release of his tax records. 

The House Ways and Means Committee first requested six years of Trump's tax returns in 2019.

"Upon consideration of the application of counsel for the applicants, it is so ordered that the mandate of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, case No. 21-5289, is hereby stayed pending further order of the undersigned or of the court," Roberts’ order states, requesting that the committee respond before Thursday, Nov. 10, by noon.

In 2021, the Justice Department said Congress should be able to review the records, a decision Trump and his legal team have appealed.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 01 10:27

Monumental: Florida BANS Child Mutilation After Fiery Testimonies (Video)

The votes are in, and the Florida Board of Medicine has spoken.

On Friday, board members of the Florida Boards of Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine Joint Rules/Legislative Committee Rule Workshop held a hearing to decide what actions will be allowed for children’s sex changes in Florida, according to a report by The Post Millennial.

Joseph Ladapo, Florida’s Surgeon General, said that the state should not permit sex changes, whether it be via drugs or surgery.

The decision came after testimony from adults who have gone through a transition, parents of children currently going through transition, and parents who lost their child due to gender transition.

The board voted against using surgery, cross-sex hormones, and puberty blockers as treatments for minors experiencing gender dysphoria. The recommendation for disallowing these types of procedures goes to the entire board next week for a vote.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:23

The guns used in the Roxborough High School shooting have surfaced again in a disturbing manner. The shooting at the high school on September 27 claimed the life of 14-year-old Nicholas Elizalde, whose family has been hoping for arrests and justice. An arrest has now been made, but rather than being in regard to the shooting it is of the fate of the guns used.

A deputy sheriff has been arrested by federal agents in Philadelphia after the law enforcement official was caught on video selling two guns that were used in a school shooting. The two guns were used in the deadly shooting after a football scrimmage at Roxborough High School.According to court documents, both of the firearms sold during that transaction were traced by law enforcement and were found to have been used in the Sept. 27 shooting in Roxborough that killed a 14-year-old boy and injured four other teens.

Deputy Sheriff Samir Ahmad then tried to cash in on the tragic shooting by selling the guns used in the attack. Ahmad was a deputy sheriff in the city of Philadelphia from 2018-2022.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:22

 A California father and daughter were brutally stabbed to death in a shopping center parking lot on Thursday. The two were attacked by a man in broad daylight while working on their vehicle.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:21

 CNN now claims, without a shred of credible proof, that Kanye West admires Adolf Hitler. Blue-check social media influencers believe basketball star Kyrie Irving committed an act of anti-Semitism when he retweeted a graphic promoting a Black Hebrew Israelite documentary.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:21

 Michigan State Spartans head coach Mel Tucker made good on a promise to "take swift and appropriate action" after unsportsmanlike conduct turned violent in Ann Arbor on Saturday. Four MSU athletes have been suspended for their alleged involvement in the assaults on Michigan Wolverines players Ja’Den McBurrows and Gemon Green.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:20

 A pair of election integrity activists were thrown in jail on Monday after being held in contempt of a federal court in Houston.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:19

 President Joe Biden tried to give Americans "the facts" about how the Inflation Reduction Act stops big corporations from skirting tax laws.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:17
Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 01 10:16

The Times went on to say:

DePape followed a number of conservative creators online, including Tim Pool, Glenn Beck, DailyWire+ and the Epoch Times. He also followed an account on YouTube called Black Pilled and reposted several of its videos on his blog. “Blackpilling” is internet slang for coming to believe supposedly unacceptable facts about society, and the reposted videos include accusations such as the FBI covering up child rape.

The problem is the websites cited by the mainstream media that were supposedly aligned with DePape were scraped on Friday and they are no longer active Saturday.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 01 10:15

He’s out there trying to blame Trump supporters for the bizarre, and very weird attack on Paul Pelosi. Keep in mind, the man who supposedly attacked Paul is a hippy from Berkeley, who made hemp bracelets and lived in a Castro-loving nudist colony.

When the media is already wrapping this up as a far-right extremist, leave it to the real investigators to find more details.

Watch the photos below from his last confirmed address:

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 01 10:11

Part of the ad copy reads as follows:

"Our cities are a mess. Public services are a nightmare. But instead of helping us, Joe Biden sent $66 billion to Ukraine. Weapons are worth billions more. And now, Joe Biden says his fight in Ukraine could lead to nuclear Armageddon. World War III."

Tags: WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 01 10:10

 One metro Detroit neighborhood has canceled trick-or-treating this year, fearing kids who sought treats there might bring six-legged tricks home with them instead.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:06

North Korea’s Foreign Ministry criticized the United States for expanding joint military exercises with South Korea that it claims are practice for a potential invasion, and it warned Tuesday of “more powerful follow-up measures” in response.

The statement from the ministry came as the U.S. and South Korea conduct aerial drills involving more than 200 warplanes, including their advanced F-35 fighter jets, as they step up their defense posture in the face of North Korea’s increased weapons testing and growing nuclear threat.

North Korea has ramped up its weapons demonstrations to a record pace this year, launching more than 40 ballistic missiles, including developmental intercontinental ballistic missiles and an intermediate-range missile fired over Japan. The North has punctuated those tests with an escalatory nuclear doctrine that authorizes preemptive nuclear attacks in loosely defined crisis situations.

The U.S. and South Korea have resumed large-scale military drills this year after downsizing or suspending them in past years as part of efforts to create diplomatic space with Pyongyang and because of the pandemic.

Tags: KOREA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 01 10:06

Active shootings are reported in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, which has been plunged into darkness as a result of Russian strikes on energy infrastructure.

Since February 2022, various gangs became active in Kiev, some robbing residents, some banks and stores. The previous peak of criminal gang activity was in March-April 2022. At that time, the Russian military was near Kiev, causing panic among some citizens and hope for looting amidst the chaos for others.

Today, the story seems to be repeated. The situation is aggravated by the impoverishment of the population, a sense of hopelessness, and the expectation of freezing weather in a de-energized city.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:06

 ABC’s The View, which is part of ABC News, dressed a child as a toilet to mock President Trump over the FBI raid on Mar a Lago as part of the show’s Halloween celebration.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:06

Just days after a Senate report was published outlining how the origins of Covid were more likely than not the result of a "research related incident", Beijing has gone on the defensive, blaming the lab leak theory on "anti-China forces," Bloomberg reported this weekend. 

Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said on Monday that the idea that Covid leaked from a lab in Wuhan is "nothing but a lie". According to Bloomberg, Zhao also said that China has maintained a consistent position on the origins of the virus, seemingly alluding to the idea that the virus originated in a Wuhan wet market.

China "opposes all forms of political manipulation", Zhao went on say, according to the report. 

Tags: CHINA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 01 10:05

Late last week it was reported that Gregg Phillips and Catherine Engelbrecht were threatened with jail time if they didn’t comply with the court.  Today they were placed in jail.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 01 10:05

Iran's military has seized a foreign-flagged tanker on suspicion of illegal smuggling operations, state media announced Monday.

While the tanker or flag it is flying under hasn't been identified by Tehran authorities, it was said to be carrying 2.9 million gallons of "smuggled fuel" - worth an estimated $6.6 millionaccording to a statement of an Iranian official. 

The country's elite Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) boarded and took control of the vessel in the Persian Gulf. Tehran has long complained about and tried to crackdown on what it has described as persistent smuggling of its oil and fuel to Gulf states.

"The captain and crew of this foreign tanker are also detained as investigations and legal procedures are being completed," Iran's judiciary chief of the southern province of Hormozgan, Mojtaba Ghahremani, said in a video address.

"All vessels which have delivered fuel to the violating tanker will also be subject to prosecution," Ghahremani added.

State media showed a clip of the seized vessel with IRGC operatives approaching it. This practice of intercepting foreign vessels in the vital Strait of Hormuz waterway has put Iran's navy on a crash course with the US military presence in the region. Of late, the IRGC has sought to seize US sea drones in the region.

Tags: IRAN
Posted on: Nov 01 10:04