Thought for the day
"Menticide is an old crime against the human mind and spirit but systematized anew. It is an organized system of psychological intervention and judicial perversion through which a [ruling class] can imprint [their] own opportunistic thoughts upon the minds of those [they] plan to use and destroy." -- Joost Meerloo, The Rape of the Mind
The administration of the United States President Joe Biden has bypassed Congress to arm Ukraine with the next tranche of advanced American weapons worth $625 million.
Reporting on Monday, Reuters cited sources briefed on the new package as saying that Biden has ordered provision of the military aid for Ukraine, using his "Presidential Drawdown Authority (PDA)."
This is not the first time that the US administration chooses to send weapons to Ukraine, using the PDA, which allows the president to authorize transfer of excess weapons from US stocks without congressional approval.
Made by Lockheed Martin Corp the HIMARS launchers' accuracy and longer range have allowed Ukraine to reduce Russia's artillery advantage.
The US has thus far pledged 16 HIMARS launchers to Ukraine using PDA.
The weapons, which are expected to be shipped to Ukraine in the coming days, include four High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS) launchers, munitions, mines, and mine-resistant vehicles, the sources noted.
Comedian and late-night host Bill Maher has some advice for Joe Biden: dump Kamala Harris.
During Maher’s most recent episode of Real Time, he makes a strong push to have Biden drop Harris from the 2024 Democratic ticket; he also doesn’t think Biden is going anywhere.
“Once you have that real estate, and you wake up in the White House, and your office is the Oval, I just don’t think you give it up,” Maher said. “It’s very hard to take away the nomination from the president, a sitting president.”
At the Democratic National Committee Women’s Leadership Forum last week, Vice President Kamala Harris raised a few eyebrows by claiming that Hurricane Ian aid would be given based on “equity.”
It is 99% accurate to say that Harris said Hurricane Ian aid would be based on “race.”
“So, we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding that not everybody starts out at the same place,” she said.
No, Harris did not use the word “race.” She used the word “equity” in a racial context, essentially saying the same thing.
But Politifact rated the claim that Harris said aid to victims of Hurricane Ian would be based on race as “false.”
According to a report by CNN senior data reporter Harry Enten, a loss in support from Black Americans could hand control of the Senate to the GOP.
“Look, they’re still getting 74 percent support in the pre-election polling right now but compare that to the final polling for 2020 President and 2018 Congress,” he stated. “In 2020 it was 84 percent, 85 percent in 2018.”
Alyssa Farah Griffin admitted on Monday that she had “worked together” with New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman — who just published a book about former President Donald Trump — while she was still working in the Trump White House.
Three major American medical institutions wrote a letter to the Biden administration this week urging it to go after major figures online who are promoting content that exposes some of the radical gender surgeries that are being offered at some places across the country.
The Japanese government is urging citizens to “take shelter immediately” after North Korea launched an unidentified ballistic missile.
Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom signed several bills last week with conflicting messages on freedom of speech and censorship.
UChicago United, a woke student organization at The University of Chicago, has announced their upcoming events for the academic year. One such event, “Race @ UChicago” has made it clear….no whites allowed. The event emphasizes that the event is “A BIPOC-ONLY space.”
Columbia University professor Jeffrey Sachs shocked Bloomberg News' hosts on Monday by speculating that the destruction of the Nord Stream pipelines was a "US operation" or joint "US-Poland action."
The UK may enter a gas supply emergency due to shortages this winter, according to energy regulator Ofgem.
“Due to the war in Ukraine and gas shortages in Europe, there is a significant risk that gas shortages could occur during the winter 2022/23 in Great Britain. As a result, there is a possibility that GB could enter into a Gas Supply Emergency,” Ofgem said in a letter responding to a request by energy generator SSE that the regulator should address the risk of possible insolvencies. The letter was first made public by The Times.
A friend informed me today that her neighbor, a dairy farmer, is now forced to vaccinate her herd with an mRNA vaccine! (NSW) She complied and of the 200 head of cattle, 35 died instantly! I would sue the DPI The farmer said it is mandatory for all dairy farms to have their herd jabbed with this mRNA vaccine. Am not yet sure if that’s for NSW or across Australia, but will investigate immediately Implications? Dairy herd DNA is altered. Milk is altered and you CONSUME IT! Butter constitution, yoghurt, cheese is altered MEAT is altered Will chicken and other meats be next? Time to grow your own folks, and maybe develop herds that are private, none tagged, and never vaccinated. Time to set up a community farm association with member – farmers who are not part of the system, have herds – animals that are not jabbed or tagged so a community of private people can be consumers of organic produced livestock. It’s time to fend for ourselves as an organised community. Watch this space You might want to on send this message to warn your data base too.
Nearly half a million people have signed a petition demanding an early general election in the wake of Liz Truss’ tumultuous time in office.
Parliament will now debate the UK government and parliament petition after it passed the 100,000 thresholds on September 29 — the day Ms Truss vowed to stick by her controversial economic plan.
Four days on, and the signature total now stands at more than 470,000.
A debate date has yet to be decided.
On Monday, CNN revealed that its polling showed a significant drop in support for Democrats among black voters, which could cost Democrats the U.S. Senate.
Herschel Walker, a Republican running for a U.S. Senate seat in Georgia, slammed a report in the Left-wing Daily Beast that claimed Walker paid for a woman to have an abortion over a decade ago.
Los Angeles Rams linebackers Bobby Wagner and Takkarist McKinley tackled an animal rights activist who disrupted the team’s game against the San Francisco 49ers during Monday Night Football.
A Russian military train is reportedly transporting equipment for the nation’s nuclear weapons program to the frontlines of its war with Ukraine, sparking fears that Russian President Vladimir Putin could be preparing to use nuclear weapons on the battlefield amid his nation’s mounting losses in the war.
The leaders of Hungary, Austria and Serbia met Monday in Budapest to find solutions on how to stem the increasing number of migrants arriving in Europe, among them many young men from India.
The three leaders agreed to take joint action to control the new arrivals along the migration route that leads through Serbia.
Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer told reporters after the meeting that the joint action plan would include increased police cooperation along the borders as well as supporting Serbia when it comes to deporting migrants back to their home countries.
“We will directly support Serbia to carry out repatriations and not only support technical know-how, but also do everything possible that is necessary, and financially support them,” Nehammer said.
As Hurricane Ian decimated the Gulf Coast of Florida last week, a woman in Fort Myers swam to safety in 10-foot-deep waters with her three-month-old son swaddled in a blanket and secured in a car seat that she tucked inside a storage bin.
A former Cabinet minister sees Liz Truss as a ‘dead woman walking’ who has ‘lost all credibility’, according to a report.
In one of the most high-profile attacks from within her own party, the prime minister was warned her days at No 10 were numbered due to internal anger over her controversial economic plans.
A number of independent think-tanks and economists have accused the government of ‘gambling’ with the country’s finances by funding tax cuts with debt which it insists pay for itself in the long run through higher growth.
The cuts included a 1p reduction in the basic income tax rate and a 5p fall in the top rate of income tax, which would mean those earning more than £150,000 a year pay the same proportion as those on £50,000 a year.
Russian Security Council Deputy Chairman Dmitry Medvedev jokingly proposed to award Elon Musk, who previously published his own idea of Ukrainian settlement, with a new officer rank.
"Musk did well, by the way. He’s worthy of being awarded with a new officer rank out of order," Medvedev said on his Telegram channel.
"It’s a shame though that Justas revealed himself too early," Medvedev said ironically, using a call sign from a Soviet spy movie. "Next post, he’ll say something along the lines of ‘Ukraine is an artificial state’," Medvedev said, adding a joking emoji.
In his settlement scenario, Musk proposed to hold a new referendum on the liberated territories under UN supervision, to recognize Crimea as a part of Russia and to preserve Ukraine’s neutral status. Later, the entrepreneur claimed that victory for Ukraine is "unlikely in total war" due to vast difference in population.
Kanye West and The Daily Wire’s Candace Owens struck provocative poses at a Paris fashion show Monday, donning shirts inscribed with the phrase “White Lives Matter” emblazoned on their backs.
He pointed out that Washington has never been embarrassed about using force "under far-fetched pretexts" in any part of the globe, citing the need to protect the life and well-being of American citizens in order to justify its actions.
Lavrov mentioned US invasions of Haiti and the Dominican Republic, its occupation of Panama, the wars in Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Iraq and Libya. "The Americans simply ignored the UN General Assembly resolutions that condemned these and other aggressive actions by the US, turning a deaf ear to them," the Russian foreign minister stressed.
The U.S. Supreme Court agreed Monday to take up a case that challenges legal protection for big tech companies over user-generated content that could potentially usher in a new era of moderating freedom of expression on the Internet.
It is increasingly clear that the European people are not willing to follow the policy of automatic alignment with NATO planned by their political leaders. Amid the wave of protests spreading across the continent, Germany has been the scenario of recent unrest against high gas prices, arms supply to Kiev and the risks posed by the energy security crisis. More than that, German internet users have organized to make virtual protests against NATO due to the evident American participation in a sabotage operation against the Nord Stream’s gas pipelines.
On this first weekend in October, German citizens took to the streets in Berlin and other major cities to protest against the supply of arms to Ukraine. The local population seems dissatisfied with spending money to support Kiev in this conflict amid the serious social crisis affecting the country. The main requirement is that the German government revert such expenses to social improvement projects, expanding public policies that serve the interests of the people instead of acting in an interventionist way in armed conflicts that do not concern German interests. There is still no concrete data about the precise number of protesters involved in the weekend’s demonstrations.
The Polish Foreign Ministry tried to recruit the Russian ambassador in WArsaw. Russian ambassador, Sergei Andreev said that during a call to the Polish Foreign Ministry he was asked to condemn the recent referendums in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics and the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions. In exchange, the Russian diplomat was promised assistance and support.
The demand of the Polish Foreign Ministry to the Russian Ambassador to condemn the referendums is a provocation, an unprecedented case, said Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Yevgeny Ivanov.
“This is an obvious provocation, a completely unprecedented case in diplomatic work,” the deputy Foreign Minister told reporters.
The Polish provocation is another example of the dead Western diplomacy.
According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the number of excess deaths in 2022 has already increased which is more than the average for previous years.
As recession and even depression haunts the EU, in the post-Nord Stream world, the UK in turn has its own problems. Prime minister Liz Truss has said that “Britain’s economy needs a reset”. Supposedly, it all started with the £45bn “mini budget” which was presented last week. The markets did not respond well: investors’ reaction was to sell the pound and to offload government bonds, thereby increasing the interest bill paid by the British Treasury.
All hell has broken loose: the pound fell to a record low against the US dollar, banks unprecedentedly pulled thousands of mortgage products from the shelves (thereby hurting Britain’s housing market), gilts sold off quickly (yields on five-year gilts went up by 50 basis points). The Bank of England in turn even launched an unprecedented £65bn emergency bond-buying programme to stabilize government debt markets and to stop pension funds collapsing.
Meanwhile, markets are betting Britain’s interest rates could peak at 5.8 per cent by next spring, thus creating what some have described in anticipation as an “embarrassment of riches”. Bankers however certainly have not lost sight of the fact that, amid a recession, businesses bust and therefore loan losses go up. Ironically, the rising interest rates are the very thing that in all likelihood shall bring on the British recession. And, according to Tim Worstall (a trader and a Senior Fellow of the Adam Smith Institute), the Bank of England is raising interest rates precisely to bring on a recessionary situation so as to “wring inflation out”.
A letter from Ofgem, the UK's power regulator, warned about the "significant risk" of a natural gas shortage this winter because of disruptions to energy markets following the war in Ukraine and undersupply of Europe.
Bloomberg Opinion's Javier Blas tweeted a photograph of the letter focusing on technical changes in the UK electricity market. Blas highlighted the critical parts of the letter in the "background" section that detailed a dark and cold winter for the UK could be just ahead.
Here's what Blas outlined:
"Due to the war in Ukraine and gas shortages in Europe, there is a significant risk that gas shortages could occur during the winter 2022/23 in Great Britain ('GB'). As a result, there is a possibility that GB could enter into a Gas Supply Emergency."
... "In the event that GB reaches Stage 2 in this procedure, Firm Load Shedding of gas would be applied to the largest gas users connected to the gas system. This will likely be large gas-fired power stations which produce electricity to the National Electricity Transmission System ('NETS')."
The War of Economic Corridors has entered incandescent, uncharted territory: Pipeline Terror.
A sophisticated military operation – that required exhaustive planning, possibly involving several actors – blew up four separate sections of the Nord Stream (NS) and Nord Stream 2 (NS2) gas pipelines this week in the shallow waters of the Danish straits, in the Baltic Sea, near the island of Bornholm.
Swedish seismologists estimated that the power of the explosions may have reached the equivalent of up to 700 kg of TNT. Both NS and NS2, near the strong currents around Borholm, are placed at the bottom of the sea at a depth of 60 meters.
The pipes are built with steel reinforced concrete, able to withstand impact from aircraft carrier anchors, and are basically indestructible without serious explosive charges. The operation – causing two leaks near Sweden and two near Denmark – would have to be carried out by modified underwater drones.
Every crime implies motive. The Russian government wanted – at least up to the sabotage – to sell oil and natural gas to the EU. The notion that Russian intel would destroy Gazprom pipelines is beyond ludicrous. All they had to do was to turn off the valves. NS2 was not even operational, based on a political decision from Berlin. The gas flow in NS was hampered by western sanctions. Moreover, such an act would imply Moscow losing key strategic leverage over the EU.