Thought for the day
"Space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on man. And only if the United-States occupies a position of preeminence can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theatre of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile misuse of space, any more than we go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea. We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, ***and they must be won and used for the progress of all people." -- John F. Kennedy, speech at Rice University, 12 September 1962
The Australian government is investing 500 million Australian dollars ($325 million) in next-generation weapons and equipment for the Australian Defence Forces.
Major General Andrew Bottrell said an agreement had been signed with Queensland-based firm NIOA for the service’s Lethality System Project Tranche 1.
As part of the deal, the firearms manufacturer will enlist the help of subcontractors to develop and supply new sniper rifles, shotguns, pistols, and other personal defense weapons.
The contract also includes munitions and ancillary equipment, including optical and laser systems for the small arms.
Daily life in Haiti began to spin out of control last month just hours after Prime Minister Ariel Henry said fuel subsidies would be eliminated, causing prices to double.
Gunshots rang out as protesters blocked roads with iron gates and mango trees. Then Haiti’s most powerful gang took a drastic step: It dug trenches to block access to the Caribbean country’s largest fuel terminal, vowing not to budge until Henry resigns and prices for fuel and basic goods go down.
The poorest country in the Western hemisphere is in the grips of an inflationary vise that is squeezing its citizenry and exacerbating protests that have brought society to the breaking point. Violence is raging and making parents afraid to send their kids to school; fuel and clean water are scarce; hospitals, banks and grocery stores are struggling to stay open.
The United States asked the U.N. Security Council to meet on North Korea on Wednesday after Pyongyang fired a ballistic missile over Japan, but diplomats said China and Russia are opposed to a public discussion by the 15-member body.
Nuclear-armed North Korea test-fired a ballistic missile farther than ever before on Tuesday, sending it soaring over Japan for the first time in five years and prompting a warning for residents there to take cover.
"We must limit the DPRK's ability to advance its unlawful ballistic missile and weapons of mass destruction programs," U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Linda Thomas-Greenfield, posted on Twitter, after calling for a public Security Council meeting.
Britain, France, Albania, Norway and Ireland joined the United States in making the request. North Korea is formally known as the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK).
The Iran-backed Houthis launched attacks in a number of governorates in an attempt to secure battlefield gains, The New Arab's Arabic sister service, Al-Araby Al-Jadeed, reported.
This includes attacks against government positions in the Taiz province in the southwest and the oil-rich Marib Governorate in Yemen's east.
Colonel Saleh Al-Qutaibi, deputy chief of the Yemeni army's media centre, told Al-Araby Al-Jadeed that the Houthis had launched sporadic attacks on Sunday night on army positions in southern Marib.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi on Tuesday appealed for national unity and tried to allay anger against the country’s rulers, even as the anti-government protests that have engulfed the country for weeks continued to spread to universities and high schools.
Raisi acknowledged that the Islamic Republic had “weaknesses and shortcomings,” but repeated the official line that the unrest sparked last month by the death of a woman in the custody of the country’s morality police was nothing short of a plot by Iran’s enemies.
Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Tuesday said the Army is working on a proposal to create its own commercial airline, confirming reports from a leak of government documents last week.
"An analysis of its economic viability is being carried out," Lopez Obrador said at a regular news conference, noting that a decision had yet to be made.
"It's likely that this new airline will be (in operation) next year," he said.
The president confirmed last week that Mexico's military had suffered a major data hack, revealing sensitive information including communications regarding the president's health, customs security and infrastructure projects.
Teachers go behind parents’ backs to teach children about transgender ideologies. Now, a children’s hospital in Maine offers transition services for children. That’s right. Nine-year-olds show up in the clinic, claiming to be transgender.
According to The Post Millennial, “The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital in Maine promotes services for ‘transgender children,’ offering life-altering drugs such as puberty blockers and hormone treatments, as well as how-to guides on genital ‘tucking’ for boys and ‘chest binding’ methods for girls.”
The Democratic government attempts to hinge upon our freedoms, and now we see those same things in the Army. The Army mandates vaccines, and they’re not okay with soldiers not following that order.
Fox News reports, “The U.S. Army is subjecting unvaccinated soldiers to punishments. Punishments include eliminating off-base travel, putting a hold on promotions, and enforcing involuntary terminations from the service. Active-duty service members claim this is a coercive strategy to pressure them to abandon their deeply held religious beliefs.”
Haitian police have fired tear gas at thousands of people marching in the streets of the capital, Port-au-Prince, to protest against the government’s handling of crippling fuel shortages and soaring prices.
Footage on Monday showed a man being carried on a stretcher after suffering a leg injury. Police also fired guns into the air to disperse the crowds.
A derivative is a contract that derives its value and risk from a particular security (like a stock or commodity)—hence the name derivative. Derivatives are sometimes called secondary securities because they only exist as a result of primary securities like stocks, bonds, and commodities.
The four major types of derivative contracts are options, forwards, futures and swaps.
Banks use derivatives to hedge, to reduce the risks involved in the bank’s operations. For example, a bank’s financial profile might make it vulnerable to losses from changes in interest rates. The bank could purchase interest rate futures to protect itself.
Derivatives are a high-risk instrument. The volatile nature of derivatives can lead to huge losses. Moreover, the contracts are designed in such a way that it becomes very complicated for the investors to valuate them.
If anyone needed proof that the powers pushing the levers behind the mindless moron who sits in the Oval Office are fully on board with the World Economic Forum/United Nations agenda of biomedical tyranny and transhumanism, look no further than the executive order that Joe Biden signed on Monday, September 12.
By quietly getting Biden’s signature on this document, his handlers may have given us the most ominous sign yet that we stand on the threshold of a technocratic one-world beast system. Prepare to make your stand because it’s about to get much more intense.
This document’s Orwellian title, Executive Order on Advancing Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing Innovation for a Sustainable, Safe, and Secure American Bioeconomy, will assure that its significance will fly right over the heads of 99 percent of the media, even the conservative media.
They will read it and yawn. I plead with everyone reading this article to please not make that same mistake.
Google has been ordered by Moscow’s arbitration court to restore RT’s YouTube channels, which were blocked by the tech giant following the launch of Russia’s military operation in Ukraine.
The decision was announced on Tuesday as the court found in favor of ANO TV-Novosti, RT’s founding company, against Google LLC, Google Ireland Limited and the Russian Google division. They have been ordered to restore access to some 27 blocked channels.
If they fail to do so, a court penalty of 100,000 rubles per day ($1,694) will be imposed on Google until access to all of the channels is restored. Every week, the amount of the daily penalty will double.
Google now has 30 days to appeal the court’s verdict.
The lawsuit against Google was filed back in May when the court, at RT’s request, took interim measures to “make sure it is possible to enforce the judicial act” against the company and seized all financial assets and movable and immovable property of the tech giant’s Russian division to the value of 500 million rubles ($8.4 million).
‘Russian roulette’ is a most peculiar expression. At least for any Russian. For the simple reason that he has never heard of it. In fact, it does not exist in Russian, neither the expression, nor the reality. It is something we learn about with astonishment when we learn English. The expression is an American invention and only an American with a death-wish could have thought up such a thing, in 1937, in fact (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Russian_roulette). And so it is that only an American with a death-wish could have thought up the present situation. He has poked the bear so much and so often for over thirty years that the bear has had a lot of time to plan exactly what he would do. Now he is doing it. Why are you surprised? You loaded the gun and pointed it at your own head, now expect the bullet to come out.
Where We Came From
The Special Military Operation (SMO) in the Ukraine could have been over as early as April 2022, or at latest in August when most of the old Soviet weapons of the Kiev regime forces, augmented by supplies from ex-Warsaw Pact countries, had been destroyed. However, ignoring the Ukrainian people, since they are mere cannon fodder, the West intervened and escalated the conflict into a full-scale war by supplying its weaponry, technology and manpower at the bidding of the Westernised Ukrainian oligarchate. (Just as in February 1917, when the West created the ‘Russian Revolution’ at the bidding of the Westernised Russian oligarchate, also ignoring the people). Thus, the Ukraine has become merely the battleground for the real War, that between Russia and the USA.
The Russian response to Western escalation and aggression is partial mobilisation. The limited SMO will need more manpower to defeat the doomed NATO-supplied Nazis, whose numbers have been much increased by the arrival of NATO troops in Ukrainian uniform as well as by mercenaries. President Putin was accused by the Western ruling class through their State-controlled media mouthpieces of threatening them with nuclear attack. This was not the case. He had simply answered Truss, who had threatened Russia with nuclear attack, replying that any such aggression would be met by Russia with the same.
Tory MPs want Defence Secretary Ben Wallace to step in as an "emergency Prime Minister" to take them through to the next election if Liz Truss’ government collapses. Express.co.uk has been told that the popular minister is the favourite in a shortlist of three as the beleaguered Ms Truss fights to keep control of her party with MPs openly claiming she has "10 days to save her Premiership".
Kwasi Kwarteng appeared to blame the 'high pressure' of the Queen's funeral for his shambolic mini-budget.
The Government was plunged into crisis in the wake of his plan being announced in the Commons, as the pound plunged to historic lows and the Bank of England was eventually forced to intervene to calm the markets.
In an interview with GB News, the Chancellor said it was important to place the mini-budget in the 'context' of the Queen's death and funeral.
Valentina Matviyenko, the speaker of the Russian parliament’s upper chamber, the Federation Council, will visit Indonesia to attend the eighth conference of G20 parliament heads, the Federation Council’s press service has said.
"On October 5-7, a delegation of the Russian parliament led by Federation Council speaker Valentina Matviyenko will visit the Republic of Indonesia," the press service said. "Matviyenko will participate in the work of the eighth summit of G20 parliament speakers in Jakarta, deliver a speech during a session on food and energy security and environmental challenges and participate in a discussion devoted to social integration, gender equality and broadening of women’s rights and opportunities," the press service said.
She is scheduled to meet with senior Indonesian officials and lawmakers, including Speaker of the House of Representatives Puan Maharani and Speaker of the Regional Representative Council La Nyalla Mattalitti. She will also held a series of other bilateral meetings on the sidelines of the event.
Moscow does not care whether Western countries recognize the four new Russian regions or not, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov told reporters on Tuesday.
"We do not care at all [about the West’s recognition]," Russia’s top diplomat said. "Of course, the entire world had better face this new reality, it was inevitable," Lavrov said.
Russia’s top diplomat said there were a huge number of legal arguments cementing the principle of equality and the right of peoples to self-determination, referring to the UN Charter. He also pointed to the UN General Assembly’s declaration which clearly obliged everybody to respect the territorial integrity of countries where governments acknowledge the right of an individual country to self-determination and represent the entire population.
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko has drawn attention to the fact that Ukraine, while voicing fears his country might join combat operations, has brought up to 15,000 troops to the Belarusian border.
"In other words, Ukraine has not just barricaded itself. It has built a wall. It constantly conducts optical, radio-electronic, and radio-technical reconnaissance of our territory, troops and facilities. Often their drones violate the state border. At the same time, they never stop worrying: ‘What if Belarus goes to war?’ There have been constant provocations on the border," Lukashenko said at a conference on military security on Tuesday. The BelTA news agency quotes him as saying that Ukraine has pulled "a force of up to 15,000 troops to the Belarusian border and is creating road blocks and fire emplacements."
Lukashenko stressed that in Belarus there was no need to declare mobilization, contrary to what the opposition was speculating about.
The line for promoting NATO's potential in the Asia-Pacific region (APR) using any tools is clearly taking shape, Nikolai Nozdrev, director of the Russian Foreign Ministry's Third Asian Department (3AD), said in an interview with Sputnik.
"If we look at the decisions of the June summit of the alliance in Madrid, concerning the globalization of the organization's 'zone of responsibility,' it becomes clear that the line for promoting its potential in the APR, using any tools, is already clearly taking shape," Nozdrev said.
He said the process is based on regional partners - Australia, Japan, South Korea and New Zealand, which are considered by Washington, London and Brussels as connecting elements of the global bloc architecture they are designing in line with Euro-Atlantic standards.
The Ukrainian army has been using US-made weapons outlawed under international conventions to shell the territory of the Lugansk People’s Republic, the LPR militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko told TASS on Tuesday.
Earlier on Tuesday he said that on Monday Ukrainian forces attacked the city of Starobelsk with a US-made HIMARS multiple launch rocket system. The rocket was filled with shrapnel - tungsten balls.
"In the course of the investigation [conducted by the officers of the LPR mission at the Joint Center for Control and Coordination for issues related to Ukraine’s war crimes], it was found out that the Ukrainian forces used NATO’s shrapnel-filled ammunition," he said. "I want to stress right away that this type ammunition is prohibited by all conventions."
Marochko also drew attention to "another remarkable fact: the rocket that hit a childcare center in Starobelsk was made in 2017."
"This is a confirmation that in defiance of all conventions the Americans continue to produce and use ammunition that is prohibited by international law," he said.
Foreign politicians deliberately keep silent about the neo-Nazi atrocities and the extermination of the civilian population of Donbass, Russia’s Prosecutor-General Igor Krasnov said in Hanoi on Tuesday.
"Some foreign statesmen deliberately keep silent about the neo-Nazi rampage in Ukraine and the extermination of the civilian population of Donbass. Let me stress that it was these atrocities committed by the Kiev regime that left our country with no choice other than to conduct a special military operation to protect innocent civilians," he said.
Krasnov stressed that many foreign counterparts "groundlessly refuse to cooperate with the Russian side, including in the fight against crime."
"This is a dead-end approach. It is unconstructive and allows criminals to escape from punishment by hiding on the territories of other states," he said.
The accession of four new regions provide Russia with well-established defensive positions just as Ukraine and the US appear bent on escalating the conflict indefinitely while quashing all prospects for peace, former Pentagon adviser Karen Kwiatkowski told Sputnik.
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Tuesday signed a decree on the impossibility of holding talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had called for ceasefire negotiations after signing accession agreements with regional leaders last week.
Meanwhile, the US is arming Ukraine at a break-neck pace, with President Joe Biden going so far as to issue an executive order to the Pentagon on Monday that waives statutory requirements in order to expedite and expand weapons production and purchases.
A Monday Bloomberg TV segment on the Ukraine war with an expert who has in the recent past advised three UN Secretaries-General didn't go the way the Bloomberg hosts thought it would. Jeffrey Sachs, who is the Director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University, posited the United Stats was likely behind the sabotage attacks on the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines when asked about it.
The top UN adviser said during the live interview, "The main fact is that the European economy is getting hammered by this, by the sudden cut-off of energy. And now to make it definitive - the destruction of the Nord Stream pipeline, which I would bet was a US action, perhaps US and Poland." Sachs added: "That is speculation" - before being cut-off mid sentence by show host Tom Keene, who looked a bit flabbergasted and frustrated over the perhaps unexpected turn in the interview...
Journalist Glenn Greenwald noted Monday that talks to deescalate or end the conflict in Ukraine are virtually nonexistent because the legacy media and political elites have nurtured an atmosphere where to do so is considered ‘unpatriotic’.
Speaking to Tucker Carlson, Greenwald stated “There is a very real threat of a nuclear exchange, or even a direct confrontation with Russia and the United States. And over what? Over who governs and rules, not even Ukraine, but the Donbas, the eastern region in Ukraine, where a majority of people actually identify as ethnic Russians and want to be part of Russia.”
Greenwald continued, “Yet there’s almost no debate about whether we should be sending huge amounts of money there and risking the lives of American citizens through the possibility of a nuclear war.”
“Because everyone knows that the minute you step up and step out of line, there’s a hoard of people ready to call you unpatriotic, or a traitor, or an admirer of Vladimir Putin, as I know is being done with our very segment right this minute by all those Media Matter people and all those other people online,” the journalist continued.
“It’s a really repressive atmosphere and squashing a debate that we absolutely have to have,” Greenwald further urged.
Over the past two years, houses nationwide were going like hotcakes, with sellers often receiving tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars over asking price. Buyers often waived inspections and picked up some of the sellers’ costs in dire hopes of securing that coveted single-family home.
While the current landscape has changed due to higher interest rates, many parts of the country are still seeing bidding wars, and home prices are not yet experiencing a sharp decline. With inventory still lower than normal, many buyers remain hungry for a piece of the American dream.
However, some experts are cautioning would-be homeowners about quickly jumping into the home-buying pool without first doing their homework. “Listing prices are still high, and combined with the higher mortgage interest rates, people are going to be overpaying for their homes,” Andre Stewart, CEO of InvestFar, a real estate marketplace and database firm, told The Epoch Times. “It’s important for them to review their budget and make sure they’re not getting in over their heads.”
In the present market, the average homebuyer can expect to pay up to 25 percent more than in 2021. “It’s one thing if you’re buying a home to live in it for a very long time, but most people live there for five to 10 years, and then resell it,” said Stewart. “You want to make sure you’re going to make money on that sale.”
According to the office of New Hampshire Gov. Chris Sununu, the four states are sending 500 soldiers to help secure the border. The units will act under the command of the 941st Military Police Battalion, which already has 44 soldiers in place.
An additional 120 soldiers from the 237th Military Police Company will be deployed to set up surveillance sites along the border to block the laundering of drugs, weapons, and money into the U.S. by Mexican cartels, according to the release.
The units will cover a 250-mile stretch where illegal immigrants have been flooding into the U.S.
Lt. Col. Carla Raisler, director of public affairs for the Kentucky National Guard, told The Epoch Times that she was surprised Sununu released specific details about the deployment.
“Due to the security concerns of where the soldiers are inside the US border, we do not generally release information about the units or the size or their movements for security reasons to keep them and their families safe,” said Raisler.
“What it’s about is they’re going to know more about your mental makeup than you do, and that’s scary,” he told The Epoch Times on Oct. 1.
Apps backed by the Chinese state, like TikTok—which is targeting the prized Gen Z and Alpha cohorts—are not only collecting data from their users, but giving Beijing a complete understanding of the mental state of the users who will be our next generation of leaders, according to Miller.
The former Trump administration advisor was in Sydney for CPAC Australia - the Conservative Political Action Conference.
He said that China-based companies, and by default the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP), now have access to all user information, including credit card details and passwords, from their apps like TikTok, and at the same time, will be conducting “psychographic analysis of an entire generation of people.”
“So, let’s say my oldest daughter is 13 and they start tracking her when she starts an account. A decade later, she’s going through college, they then have a decade of psychographic analysis data on someone they know,” he said.
The United States and South Korea have "answered" Tuesday's ultra-provocative North Korean launch of an intermediate-range ballistic missile which flew directly over Japan, triggering nationwide emergency alerts warning Japanese citizens to take shelter.
Yonhap news is reporting that allied militaries of S.Korea and the US have now launched 4 surface-to-surface missiles into the East Sea, in a clear and rare "response to the provocation" from Pyongyang, during the overnight hours (local time). There are simultaneous though unconfirmed reports that one of the South Korean missiles may have failed or crashed soon after launch:
Reagan approved plan to sabotage Soviets gas pipeline in 1982
The below article is from 1994 and obviously speaks to the lengths that certain elements in Washington (during the Cold War – and now) would be willing to go to in order to achieve its political and economic ends in Russia.
In January 1982, President Ronald Reagan approved a CIA plan to sabotage the economy of the Soviet Union through covert transfers of technology that contained hidden malfunctions, including software that later triggered a huge explosion in a Siberian natural gas pipeline, according to a new memoir by a Reagan White House official.
Thomas C. Reed, a former Air Force secretary who was serving in the National Security Council at the time, describes the episode in “At the Abyss: An Insider’s History of the Cold War.” Reed writes that the pipeline explosion was just one example of “cold-eyed economic warfare” against the Soviet Union that the CIA carried out under Director William J. Casey during the final years of the Cold War.
At the time, the United States was attempting to block Western Europe from importing Soviet natural gas. There were also signs that the Soviets were trying to steal a wide variety of Western technology. Then, a KGB insider revealed the specific shopping list and the CIA slipped the flawed software to the Soviets in a way they would not detect it.
“In order to disrupt the Soviet gas supply, its hard currency earnings from the West, and the internal Russian economy, the pipeline software that was to run the pumps, turbines, and valves was programmed to go haywire, after a decent interval, to reset pump speeds and valve settings to produce pressures far beyond those acceptable to pipeline joints and welds,” Reed writes.
“The result was the most monumental non-nuclear explosion and fire ever seen from space,” he recalls, adding that U.S. satellites picked up the explosion. Reed said in an interview that the blast occurred in the summer of 1982.
Who’s to blame for all the turmoil in the UK’s financial markets?
While the popular refrain pins the blame on Downing Street, a careful scrutiny of the events of the past few days will show that Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng just stepped on a land mine that had been long planted.