"When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is more tyranny. Apologies to Thomas Jefferson!" -- Michael Rivero
"A rocket will never be able to leave Earth's atmosphere." -- New York Times, 1936
Just weeks after Chinese General Secretary Xi Jinping threatened to resolve the “Taiwan issue” with force, eleven of China’s naval and aircraft vessels were detected in and around the Taiwan strait Saturday, prompting Taipei to scramble defenses.
While low-income households are feeling the greatest strain from extreme inflation, the share of high earners reporting financial stress due to inflation nearly doubled from March, according to a poll by The Wall Street Journal released Monday.
Joe Biden was sent to the podium by his handlers on Wednesday to proclaim the following: “We know that more and more ballots are cast by early voting or by mail in America…. That means in some cases we won’t know the winner of the election for a few days…. That’s how this is supposed to work.”
Biden didn’t explain how he happened to know that ahead of Tuesday’s election.
And many, many election officials and political historians will agree that is not how it is supposed to work.
White House Chief of Staff Ron “Fluffer” Klain followed Biden’s proclamation with a threat to the American voter:
“The president’s been talking about the threat to our democracy since he launched his campaign way back in 2019 and again on January 6th and again in September in Philadelphia, at Independence Hall. And I think the president decided a few days ago that it was important to issue one final warning on this issue, to make very clear, to leave no doubt that we have people out there still peddling the big lie, people now raising the issue of election denial in this election, and of course the horrible incident involving Speaker Pelosi and her family, you know, showing the rising threat of political violence,” Klain told MSNBC (emphasis added).
Biden and Klain couldn’t have been more obvious, ordering Americans to stop questioning the nation’s election system.
According to the First Amendment, Americans can question the election system until the cows come home.
The UK Government announced its latest, sweeping steps designed to reign in the Russian oil industry in support of the initiatives of the G7, EU, and the U.S. The UK Treasury announced a ban on the provisioning of services including critical insurance for ships transporting Russian oil while reiterating support for the G7’s attempts to impose a price cap on Russian oil ahead of the winter months in Europe.
The move follows the decision made by the G7 finance ministers in September who committed to the price cap as a way of undermining Putin’s ability to fund the war in Ukraine through inflated global oil prices. The Treasury noted that the UK and its coalition partners will not make use of the price cap, as they have introduced an import ban on Russian oil.
“Insurance is one of the key services that enable the movement of oil by sea,” the Treasury highlighted in announcing the new legislation. They pointed to the importance of protection and indemnity (P&I) insurance noting that the UK is a global leader in the provision of P&I coverage, writing 60 percent of the global policies. The legislation effectively blocks access to the Lloyd’s of London market for Russia’s energy cargos being transported by ship.
Any move by the incoming government to allow Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount “will lead to war,” Ra’am party leader Mansour Abbas has said.
Abbas told Channel 12 on Thursday that he was “worried” about the apparent new government, which is expected to be the most religious in Israel’s history and include members of the far right.
With members of Religious Zionism and Otzma Yehudit often speaking of seeking greater Jewish clout in Jerusalem and taking actions Arabs view as provocative in the Old City, Abbas said allowing Jewish prayer on the Temple Mount — as desired by some on the religious right, notably including Otzma Yehudit leader Itamar Ben Gvir, a likely minister in the new coalition — “will lead to war.”
The vast herd of investors are a deluded crowd. Following the Federal Reserve’s much anticipated 75 basis point rate hike on Wednesday the major stock market indexes jumped upward.
Optimistic investors keyed in on the Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) statement and, in particular, the remark that the Fed, “will take into account the cumulative tightening of monetary policy, the lags with which monetary policy affects economic activity and inflation and economic and financial developments.”
The EU is “in good shape” in terms of energy reserves this winter, however, a real risk of a shortfall lies ahead in 2023, major oil and gas executives have warned.
The region is facing an unprecedented energy crunch following a drop in imports from Russia. The oil and gas shortages, and record-high inflation, have resulted in an overall cost-of-living crisis across the bloc.
But while concerns are focused on the turmoil of the coming winter, it is the next cold season that they should really worry about, CEO of major oil trader Vitol, Russell Hardy, has said.
Chinese President Xi Jinping and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the COP27 United Nations Climate Conference, even though their nations are two of the world’s top three carbon emitters.
Washington, DC, is the home base of the most powerful government on earth. It’s also home to 690,000 people—and 29 obscure algorithms that shape their lives. City agencies use automation to screen housing applicants, predict criminal recidivism, identify food assistance fraud, determine if a high schooler is likely to drop out, inform sentencing decisions for young people, and many other things.
That snapshot of semiautomated urban life comes from a new report from the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC). The nonprofit spent 14 months investigating the city’s use of algorithms and found they were used across 20 agencies, with more than a third deployed in policing or criminal justice. For many systems, city agencies would not provide full details of how their technology worked or was used. The project team concluded that the city is likely using still more algorithms that they were not able to uncover.
The findings are notable beyond DC because they add to the evidence that many cities have quietly put bureaucratic algorithms to work across their departments, where they can contribute to decisions that affect citizens’ lives.
Government agencies often turn to automation in hopes of adding efficiency or objectivity to bureaucratic processes, but it’s often difficult for citizens to know they are at work, and some systems have been found to discriminate and lead to decisions that ruin human lives. In Michigan, an unemployment-fraud detection algorithm with a 93 percent error rate caused 40,000 false fraud allegations. A 2020 analysis by Stanford University and New York University found that nearly half of federal agencies are using some form of automated decision-making systems.
The tourism industry is the silent suffering sector of the economy. And now that the airports are being told that COVID vaccination proof will still be a requirement, international travelers are staying home.
The United States is the only nation in the west still holding on to the requirement. The pandemic has ended, and most restrictions have been repealed. But for those that remain secret, there seems to be no end to the torture people have to endure.
The Gateway Pundit reported, “During a recent COVID-19 EU hearing, Pfizer’s President of International Developed Markets, Janine Small, admitted that the vaccine had never been tested on its ability to prevent transmission, contrary to what was previously advertised by the elites and globalists.”
And yet, with all the proof that vaccination is not the answer to the virus, the liberal-controlled Transportation Security Administration told the airlines to reject travelers that are not vaccinated.
One of the British Navy’s Vanguard-class nuclear submarines was forced to abort a “top secret mission” after it sustained fire damage, according to a Sunday article published by The Sun.
According to the outlet’s sources, it took the efforts of the entire 130-plus crew, including many who were off-duty, to put out an electrical fire aboard the HMS Victorious, which was carrying Trident 2 nuclear ICBMs at the time of the incident.
While the fire was reportedly contained relatively quickly, the emergency situation declared by the ship’s captain forced the ship to shoot to the surface at an undisclosed location in the North Atlantic to vent out toxic fumes.
Elon Musk tweeted out a call on Monday for independent voters to push control of Congress back to the Republicans, so as to counterbalance Democrat President Joe Biden.
Musk, who recently bought out Twitter, tweeted, “To independent-minded voters: Shared power curbs the worst excesses of both parties, therefore I recommend voting for a Republican Congress, given that the Presidency is Democratic.”
“Hardcore Democrats or Republicans never vote for the other side, so independent voters are the ones who actually decide who’s in charge!” Musk added.
A panel on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit seemed to be channeling the lyrics of the musical Hamilton in noting that “Everything is legal in New Jersey.” The panel ruled against a transgender woman who brought a discrimination claim against a beauty pageant that allowed only “natural-born females” to compete. In a prior 2016 column, I discussed the racially discriminatory consideration of only “non-Whites” for the cast of the much-celebrated production. The majority opinion written by Judge Lawrence VanDyke noted the policy in upholding a policy that excluded trans women from the Miss United States of America pageant in Oregon.
Whip James Clyburn is a Democrat from South Carolina.
He blamed the Republicans for their attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband. He maintains that the far right has made Pelosi out to be a wrong person, and that led to the attack on her husband.
Fox News reported that Clyburn stated, “This country is on track to repeat what happened in Germany when it was the greatest democracy going when it elected a chancellor that then co-opted the media. This past president called the press the enemy of the people. That is a bunch of crap. And that is what’s going on in this country.”
And yet every violent protest in America has been Democratic-based. The liberal politician defended the liberal-controlled media and blamed former President Donald Trump for how the media is viewed. And that somehow led to the attack on Paul Pelosi. He continues to push that Republicans are somehow pushing violence when things do not go their way.
“Going forward, any Twitter handles engaging in impersonation without clearly specifying ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” Musk tweeted. “Previously, we issued a warning before suspension, but now that we are rolling out widespread verification, there will be no warning.”
“This will be clearly identified as a condition for signing up to Twitter Blue,” Musk continued. “Any name change at all will cause temporary loss of verified checkmark.”
“Twitter needs to become by far the most accurate source of information about the world,” Musk later added. “That’s our mission.”
Musk also explained that banning accounts for impersonation does not go against his views on free speech. “My commitment to free speech extends even to not banning the account following my plane, even though that is a direct personal safety risk,” Musk tweeted.
My research team is currently monitoring online political content being sent to voters in swing states through more than 2,500 computers owned by a politically-diverse group of registered voters (our “field agents”), and we are concerned about what we’re seeing.
Former Republican North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said that all of the winning issues favor Republicans in the midterm elections– including President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris.
Appearing as a panelist on NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday, McCrory explained that Republicans are winning over voters on topics like inflation and immigration. He then said that Biden and Harris themselves aren’t helping Democrats because they lack the charisma to motivate their base to show up at the polls.
“The Republicans, I think, still have the winners,” McCrory said. “Inflation, especially related to energy…the gas prices, the price of eggs, the price of turkey as Thanksgiving is coming up– that is what everyone is reminded of every day, that’s why I give advantage to the Republicans. Immigration. Biden and Harris are an issue also. They don’t consume a room. They don’t have standing when they walk in the room. Some people do, [former President Barack] Obama does, Biden and Harris don’t.”
“In fairness, nobody has standing when their approval ratings are in the low 40s,” host Chuck Todd interjected. “It’s amazing how much your standard gets better when you’re at 50%, in fairness.”