COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"Everything went strictly ‘by the book,’ using means that were permitted by the constitution. At first there were ‘emergency decrees’ by the president of the Reich, and later a bill was passed by a two-thirds majority of the Reichstag giving the government unlimited legislative powers, perfectly in accordance with the rules for changing the constitution." -- Sebastian Haffner, Defying Hitler (paperback, Kindle, audiobook)
In response to the Reinvent the Toilet Challenge, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in partnership with Samsung has introduced a new prototype incineration toilet with the capacity to turn feces and urine into ash and recycled water.
California Democrat Governor Gavin Newsom will reportedly run for president in 2024 if President Joe Biden does not seek re-election.
Senior Florida officials said Monday that the 50 illegal immigrants that were flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week were effectively “wandering homeless along the border” before they were flown to the sanctuary city.
Saudi Arabia ranked as India’s fourth biggest trading partner in the previous financial year, as the bilateral trade exceeded $42 billion. Riyadh also re-emerged as New Delhi’s second biggest oil supplier last month, after its position was briefly challenged by Moscow which has ramped up its energy exports to India this year.
India and Saudi Arabia are negotiating the “feasibility” of carrying out bilateral trade in national currencies, a statement from the Indian Commerce Ministry said.
Indian Commerce and Industry Minister Piyush Goyal concluded his two-day visit to Riyadh, where he co-chaired a ministerial meeting of the India-Saudi Arabia Strategic Partnership Council.
The meeting was headed by Saudi Arabian Energy Minister Abdulaziz bin Salman Al-Saud.
The Indian statement said the two ministers also discussed the introduction of Indian online payment systems such as UPI (Unified Payments Interface) in the Saudi market. They also discussed working out a way to introduce the New Delhi-backed Rupay card, an alternative to Mastercard and Visa, in the Saudi market.
I’m told by “experts” that electric cars catch on fire rarely, so I can’t figure out why keep covering so many of these stories. The other day we did a story on an electric bike bursting into flames and killing an 8-year-old little girl. And then in India, the same thing happened and killed a total of 8 people. So, I am not sure what’s going on, but yet again, I have another story about an electric car — a Tesla — bursting into flames… and wait until you see how much water they had to use to put it out… not very “environmentally friendly.”
Western Journal reported that a Stamford, Connecticut, fire involving a Tesla took three times the normal effort to extinguish, according to the Stamford Fire Department.
And this fire was perhaps an easy one — the car’s batteries fell out of the vehicle onto the ground where firefighters had better access. The fire occurred Thursday morning behind a Main Street restaurant, according to the fire department’s website.
A responding fire department normally uses a single hose line, according to the department commander on the scene, Deputy Chief Eric Lorenz.
But firefighters knew electric car fires require more effort, so two more hoses were aimed at the car. “We know from other fire departments’ experiences that large amounts of water are the only solution when compared to a traditional vehicle fire,” Lorenz said.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) responded Monday to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s (D) debate challenge last week, saying that he’s not interested because he doesn’t know if California would even be able to keep the lights on for a debate.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis (R) responded Monday night to a Texas Democrat sheriff who announced during a press conference earlier in the day that his office was opening an investigation into the flights that took 50 illegal immigrants to Martha’s Vineyard last week.
This weekend President Joe Biden gave his first interview in over 200 days to “60 Minutes,” and boy, was it a doozy. It was filled with contradictions and policy bombs, forcing the White House to initiate its usual damage control status.
My favorite statement from the leader of the free world was the announcement that the COVID pandemic is “over.”
Well, he was reasonably careful to leave the door open to slide back into pandemic panic if the occasion were to arise, but his initial comments were unequivocal.
The public health community naturally believes otherwise and appears to feel a certain way about how they found out about the President’s announcement. So, is the honeymoon between Big Public Health and the White House over?
Webmaster addition: "Of course it's not over! There is still plenty of money to be made off of this!!!" -- Fauxi
This is life in Beirut at the moment. Amid an economic crisis born of government error (the redundancy of all redundancies), the electricity that powers modern living standards is intermittent. Ms. Tutunjian operates with great speed in the middle of the night because that’s when the odds of electricity access are greater.
In the words of Abdulrahim, upon getting up Tutunjian “stripped the sheets off the bed – soaked with sweat from Beirut’s stifling and humid heat,” only for her to start “the first of as many loads of laundry as the electricity would allow.”
Please stop and think about the misery they’re presently enduring in Beirut. Please think about it in terms of what global warming alarmists would like to foist on others. It’s surely others simply because vanishingly few of us in the more developed parts of the world would willingly suffer as Ms. Tutunjian does nightly for the alleged “greater good” of energy starvation.
Thinking about this more specifically, John Kerry is a big believer in the supposedly looming horrors of global warming, but does any reader seriously think that he wakes up to sheets soaked in sweat during Washington, D.C.’s unbearable summers? The question answers itself, after which there will be no writing about Kerry’s presumed hypocrisy.
Country music star Trace Adkins refused to shy away from his support for former President Donald Trump in a segment on HBO’s “Real Time With Bill Maher,” saying he isn’t “asking forgiveness for sh*t.”
Adkins’ comments came during a segment with him, Maher, journalist Julia Ioffe, and former Newsweek editor-in-chief Jon Meacham.
Maher, the host, suggested America needs to have a diversity of opinions rather than taking sides. Meacham agreed but jabbed Trump supporters about accepting the rule of law.
“I think when you launch an attack on the Capitol. And you undermine the one thing we’ve got that enables this other experiment to go on and I’m not saying the other side’s perfect,” Meacham said.
A new California law forgave around $50 million of San Francisco’s traffic fine debts, and is expected to forgive around $500 million debts statewide.
All parents of students in the William S. Hart Union High School District in Santa Clarita, California (in northern Los Angeles County; Santa Clarita includes the area of Valencia and Six Flags Magic Mountain), were sent this email on September 19, 2022 by the school district:
Good Evening Families,
As most of you have read or heard on the news, fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times stronger than morphine and is now causing more deaths in Santa Clarita than almost anywhere else in Los Angeles County.
This year alone, our valley has lost 23 people. We are highly concerned about our young people as many drugs including marijuana may contain deadly levels of fentanyl which cannot be seen, tasted, or smelled.
We are asking all high school principals to show the following 21 minute video to our students this Thursday, September 22nd. Please screen the video and contact your school principal if you wish to have your child opted out of the viewing. If you have children in junior high, it is recommended that you watch the film together and discuss the serious dangers of taking any substance without knowledge of its contents.
Bill Maher stated on his show that Americans are so concerned about issues such as the Critical Race Theory and LGBTQ materials coming into schools that they will vote for Donald Trump if he decides to run again in 2024. Maher also stated that Americans would do this despite Trump being a “creep.”
The comments came on Maher’s “Real Time with Bill Maher.” He held a 15-minute long panel in which he stated that the liberal propaganda pushed in schools is now so bad that many parents will feel that they need to vote for the normalcy they can find with Trump being back in the White House.
Maher has said that voting for or against Trump will boil down to what someone’s particular priorities are. He stated that his two biggest issues personally are saving Democracy and the environment. Maher then said that many parents would ultimately vote for Trump. After all, they will be forced into his arms
because they see everything the liberals are doing in the schools and aren’t pleased with it.
Kiev will no longer request weapons deliveries from the West, only after Ukraine prevails over Russia, Foreign Minister Dmitry Kuleba claimed on Monday, adding that the supplies are part of a “recipe to defeat” Moscow’s forces.
Speaking to Bloomberg TV, Kuleba indicated that despite a constant flow of Western armaments into the country, Kiev needs even more of them, given that it is now fighting such an “enemy” as Russia.
“Sometimes I’m being asked when there is enough of weapons that we have received. And I always say… it will be enough only after Ukraine wins. Until then, we will be asking for more,” he stated.
The Foreign minister also noted that Kiev’s recent counter-offensive in Kharkov region has shown that the combination of Ukrainian forces’ “stamina” and Western-supplied weapons, most of which come from the US, are “the recipe to defeat Russia on the ground.” Moscow, however, insisted that it pulled its troops back from some areas to “regroup” and to strengthen the Russian forces in the Donetsk region.
At the same time, Kuleba admitted that sustainability of Western weapon deliveries is an issue, which needs to be constantly raised by Kiev authorities as they talk with their Western colleagues.
Early Sunday morning, 41-year-old Shannon Brandt allegedly ran over 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson with his car following a political dispute in McHenry, North Dakota.
After being charged on Monday with vehicular homicide and leaving the scene of a deadly accident, Brandt admitted that his actions were politically motivated.
Webmaster addition: I guess someone took Biden's Independence Hall speech a bit too literally!
Throughout 2022, President Joe Biden has warned the American people that the GOP “isn’t your father’s Republican Party.”
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis‘ (R) office fired back at a Democrat sheriff in Texas who announced Monday afternoon that his county was opening an investigation into the 50 illegal immigrants that were flown to Martha’s Vineyard last week.
The Republican attorneys general of 23 states are expected to send a letter Tuesday opposing plans by Visa, Mastercard, and American Express to add a new code to identify gun purchases made at firearm retailers.
The whistleblower recounted being told that “child sexual abuse investigations were no longer an FBI priority.”
Beyond Meat COO Doug Ramsey was arrested following an alleged road rage incident that led to him biting the flesh off of the tip of the victim's nose, according to local news.
Ramsey, 53, was arrested on September 17 and faces charges of terroristic threatening and third-degree battery. The incident took place near the back of Razorback Stadium following the University of Arkansas' win over Missouri state.
Webmaster addition: I thought he was a veggie!!!!
Update(1055ET): Russia's President Putin is set to give a major speech Tuesday evening (Moscow time) amid announcements by pro-Russian authorities in occupied regions of Ukraine that referendums to join the Russian Federation will be held in the coming days.
Russian media is reporting within the last hours (machine translation): "President Vladimir Putin may speak on Tuesday, September 20, regarding referendums in the territories of the LPR, DPR, Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. RBC was told about this by three sources close to the presidential administration. The speech is expected before the end of the day, what exactly the head of state will say is unknown to RBC's interlocutors."
There are reports that Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu will also be by Putin's side, leading some pundits to speculate we are about to see a possible formal declaration of war and "national mobilization" of Russian society.
The Atlanta Fed's GDPNow model estimate for real GDP growth (seasonally adjusted annual rate) in the third quarter of 2022 is just 0.3 percent now, down from 0.5 percent on September 15, down from 1.4 percent on September 7, and down from 2.6 percent on September 1.
Another day, another shock from a raging hawk of a central bank which until just a year ago was one of the world's biggest doves.
Not that long after the Swedish central bank appeared lock into NIRP for ever, this morning the Swedish central bank surprised markets with a full percentage-point hike (consensus looked for "only" 75bps), the biggest ever under the current monetary-policy regime.
The man who made headlines earlier this week for brandishing an axe at a Lower East Side McDonald’s is speaking out, claiming he’s “not unhinged” and insisting 18 hours in jail was ample punishment for his crime.
Jared Bernstein, a member of the Council of Economic Advisers under President Joe Biden, on Monday claimed that the White House has successfully led the charge against inflation and cut the budget deficit.
Weeks after President Joe Biden announced broad student-loan forgiveness, the companies that service those loans are still grappling with how to implement the relief.
At the end of August, Biden said he would cancel up to $20,000 in student debt for federal borrowers making under $125,000 a year. His Education Department said the relief will be automatic for some, while the majority will have to apply for it in early October. Borrowers and student-loan companies are still struggling to understand the mechanics of actually qualifying for, and getting, that relief.
During Barclay's Global Financial Services Conference last week, Navient CEO Jack Remondi expressed concerns with the logistics of Biden's debt relief and the lack of clarity companies have at this point.
"Probably the most challenging thing for us right now is what we don't know," Remondi said. "There's more we don't know about the plan and the program than we do know about what's going to happen. It's created all types of confusion. Call volume, for example, spiked almost eight times normal level after the announcement as customers wanted to know information, and we of course had to respond, 'we don't know.'"
WALMART has plans to start charging shoppers for substitutions they receive when an item in an online pickup or delivery order contains an out-of-stock item and customers are not happy.
Originally, customers have been charged the same price for the item they initially ordered, even if the substituted item was more expensive.
A memo that was sent to Walmart store managers Friday said the new substitution pricing policy is to be updated in the coming weeks Credit: Getty
This change comes as the store continues to expand its grocery market share while trying not to alienate its value-based customers.
"Moving forward, customers will now pay the list price for specific substitution items made on their order," the memo reportedly said.