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The leaders of nine NATO nations from Central and Eastern Europe issued a joint statement on Sunday in support of Ukraine's path to membership in the alliance. 

"We firmly stand behind the 2008 Bucharest NATO Summit decision concerning Ukraine’s future membership," the presidents of Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Montenegro, Poland, Czechia, Romania, North Macedonia, and Slovakia said on Sunday. 

At that 2008 summit, NATO allies said they "welcomed" Ukraine and Georgia's aspirations to the join the alliance, though no clear timetable has ever been announced. 

Tags: EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Oct 03 07:03

When the pound slumped as Kwasi Kwarteng presented his mini-budget, some Britons rushed to the safety of a haven that's recently lost its luster: gold.

As the UK currency slid to an all-time low early Monday, bullion priced in pounds climbed close to a record. That would typically encourage selling and deter buyers, but this time round the turmoil in British bond and currency markets increased the allure of the precious metal.

"Buying has increased exponentially," said Ash Kundra, who runs coin dealer J Blundell & Sons in London's historic Hatton Garden jewelry quarter. "I keep running out of coins, I keep running out of bars."

The rush for gold in the UK contrasts with the bearish sentiment that's seen dollar prices for the precious metal slump by more than 20% from a March peak, as the Federal Reserve's aggressive monetary tightening makes the non-interest-bearing asset less attractive. Still, bullion's status as a hedge against inflation and currency debasement is keeping demand from retail investors strong.
 

Tags: ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK
Posted on: Oct 03 07:02

The US and the UK may be behind the explosions at Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 pipelines, former advisor to US Defense Secretary in the administration of ex-president of the United States Donald Trump, Douglas Macgregor, said in a conversation with Andrew Napolitano, the presenter of the Judging Freedom podcast.

"You have to look at who are the state actors that have the capability to do this. And that means the [UK’s] Royal Navy and the United States’ Navy <…> I think that’s pretty clear," Macgregor said. He also noted the publication by Poland’s former foreign minister (2007-2014), European parliament member Radoslaw Sikorski, who thanked the United States for damaging the Nord Stream 1 and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines on his Twitter page.

Ex-advisor to the Pentagon chief called the notion that Moscow was behind the incident at the pipelines absurd. "The Russians did not do this," he said, adding that Germany’s involvement in the incident was "extremely unlikely" either.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 07:01

The US is willing to support Ukraine’s finances with $1.5 billion a month in aid throughout the war against Russia and is pushing its European allies to commit to similar amounts, according to people familiar with the matter.

The Biden administration, which signed off last week on $4.5 billion in grants to cover the rest of the year, has held conversations with European Union officials -– including in recent days -- and has pressed Europe to do more, the people said, asking not to be identified because the discussions are private.

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With the EU haggling internally over the delivery of previous pledges, allies have been discussing a more regular mechanism to help keep Ukraine’s economy afloat as the war drags on, one of the people said. Officials have been warned that there would be growing demands in Congress, whose approval is required for longer-term support, for more burden sharing among allies, another person said.

Webmaster addition: That's your money they are spending!

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 07:00

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Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 06:56

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ER Editor: A two-fer on German difficulties from RT and P. Gosselin of No Tricks Zone, all engineered. A perfect confection of rising energy costs, declining temperatures, deep state sabotage of Nord Stream and government incompetence.

The small German businesses left standing after Covid, despite the government’s best efforts, won’t be after this.

Tags: ECONOMY, GERMANY
Posted on: Oct 03 06:55

A former political adviser to former President Bill Clinton said Sunday that Hillary Clinton is positioning herself to run for president in 2024.

Consultant, columnist and author Dick Morris made the prediction during an appearance on billionaire businessman John Catsimatidis’ “Cat’s Roundtable” show on WABC-AM in New York.

“I see more and more signs that Hillary’s going to run,” Morris said.

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He said comments from the Clintons show they are trying to tap into moderates, particularly on immigration.

“Bill said yesterday there was a limit to the number of people the U.S. can absorb,” he said, referring to a Bill Clinton interview on a CNN podcast.

“And Hillary a week ago, the week before, said Americans do not believe in open borders,” Morris said.

Webmaster addition: Told ya!

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Oct 03 06:53

The gay romantic comedy “Bros” debuted in movie theaters this weekend with most movie-goers preferring to watch something else.

In its first two nights, beginning Thursday, the movie took in $1.84 million, according to Showbiz411.

With an estimated $2.5 million from Saturday and Sunday, the movie would make less than $5 million for its opening weekend.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Oct 03 06:52

The gay romantic comedy “Bros” debuted in movie theaters this weekend with most movie-goers preferring to watch something else.

In its first two nights, beginning Thursday, the movie took in $1.84 million, according to Showbiz411.

With an estimated $2.5 million from Saturday and Sunday, the movie would make less than $5 million for its opening weekend.

Webmaster addition: Get woke, go broke. Most people don't care about how gays live their lives; they just get tired of having it crammed in their faces non-stop day after day after day!

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, ENTERTAINMENT
Posted on: Oct 03 06:50

Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has received the endorsement of former President Barack Obama’s half-brother.

Malik Obama expressed his endorsement for Mastriano in a Sunday tweet.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Oct 03 06:49

The Army fell 25% short of its recruiting goal this year despite the Biden regime offering free sex change operations to all servicemembers and training in "white rage."

From Fox News, "US Army falls 25% short of recruiting goal":

The Army fell about 15,000 soldiers — or 25% — short of its recruitment goal this year, officials confirmed Friday, despite a frantic effort to make up the widely expected gap in a year when all the military services struggled in a tight jobs market to find young people willing and fit to enlist.

[...] According to officials, the Marine Corps, which usually goes into each fiscal year with as much as 50% of its recruiting goal already locked in, has only a bit more than 30%. And the Air Force and the Navy will only have about 10% of their goals as they start the new fiscal year. The Air Force usually has about 25%. Officials spoke on condition of anonymity to provide details on the recruiting totals that have not yet been released.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Oct 03 06:49

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Image removed.A United Nations official told the World Economic Forum on Thursday that they "own the science" on "climate change" and have partnered together with Google to suppress opposing viewpoints in search results.

UN Under-Secretary-General for Global Communications Melissa Ruth Fleming made the comments while speaking at a WEF event on "Tackling Disinformation."

"You know, we partnered with Google, for example, if you Google climate change, you will, at the top of your search, get all kinds of UN resources," Fleming said. "We started this partnership when we were shocked to see that when we Googled climate change, we were getting incredibly distorted information right at the top."

"So we're becoming much more proactive," she continued. "You know, we own the science and we think that the world should know it and the platforms themselves also do. But again, it's a huge, huge challenge that I think all sectors of society need to be very active in."

Tags: CLIMATEGATE, CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP
Posted on: Oct 03 06:48

Ever since the recent unprecedented sabotage attacks on the Russia to Europe Nord Stream pipelines, the central question has continued to remain who did it and correspondingly cui bono?

Just when speculation and an avalanche of theories have inundated the web on an array of international outlets, the Biden administration has bluntly (and apparently lacking self-awareness) boasted that the pipeline bombings present an "opportunity".

Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a Friday joint press briefing with Canada's top diplomat that the damage and disruption to the pipelines are being seen in Washington as a "tremendous opportunity" to greatly reduce European energy imports on Russia.

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Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 06:47

Energy prices for millions of households across the UK rose on Saturday. Soaring power bills amid the worst cost-of-living crisis in a generation led to a continuation of growing discontent ahead of the dark winter. 

Thousands of Brits marched in London and other metro areas this weekend in protest of being thrown into energy poverty while inflation is at forty-year highs.

There were countless videos on social media showing Brits holding signs about their dire financial situation. "Can't afford to live," "Freeze profit, not people," and "Eat the Tories," read some of the signs people held. 

Tags: ECONOMY, GREAT BRITAIN/ UK, PROTESTS/ REVOLUTION
Posted on: Oct 03 06:46

As law enforcement agencies across the country suffer from record waves of resignations and retirements in the wake of the left's 'defund' movement, police departments have resorted to showering new hires in cash - doling out tens of thousands of dollars in signing bonuses to attract recruits.

Redding, CA police chief Bill Schueller was having trouble attracting new cops last year after raising signing bonuses from $5,000 to $7,500 - so this year he raised the offer to $40,000 - more than half of a year's starting salary at the agency, the Wall Street Journal reports.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 03 06:46

Domestic oil production remains nearly a million barrels per day (BPD) below the monthly record level set just before the Covid-19 pandemic caused production to plunge. The all-time monthly high for oil production took place in November 2019 at 13.0 million BPD (Source). The all-time annual high was also in 2019, when U.S. production averaged 12.3 million BPD.

Current U.S. oil production is 12.1 million BPD, while the average for the year so far is 11.9 million BPD. That is on pace to be the second-highest ever annual U.S. oil production.

Natural gas production experienced a similar plunge due to Covid, but production has bounced all the way back.

Monthly natural gas production hit an all-time high of 3.008 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in December 2019 (Source). Monthly production subsequently fell below 2.7 Tcf as the pandemic began to impact the markets, but production has steadily climbed back.

Tags: ECONOMY
Posted on: Oct 03 06:44

The Biden administration awarded millions of federal dollars to members of four private groups that worked with the departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State during the 2020 election to censor social media posts they deemed 'misinformation' - according to an in-depth analysis of documents obtained by Just the News.

The four groups in question - Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO), the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public, the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, and social media analytics firm Graphika - comprise the "Election Integrity Partnership," which exists as a 'concierge-like' service for federal agencies such as Homeland's Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and State's Global Engagement Center to flag online content for censorship or monitoring by Big Tech using a "ticket" system.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, DICTATORSHIP, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 06:43

Texas school boards are being pressured to adopt policies giving transgender students the right to use preferred pronouns, school bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, according to conservatives who feel schools are stepping on parental rights.

Transgender rights group members protest against an “Our Bodies, Our Sports” rally at the Freedom Plaza in Washington on June 23, 2022. (Terri Wu/The Epoch Times)

The Texas American Civil Liberties Union presented a “best practices” program on transgender student legal issues based on Biden’s Department of Education interpretation during a convention on Sept. 24 in San Antonio.

The Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards 2022 convention included speakers and training for Texas school officials. The ACLU, a liberal civil rights group, titled their program: “Transgender Students in Texas Schools: What You Need to Know.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
Posted on: Oct 03 06:42

US military helicopters habitually and on numerous occasions circled for hours over the site of the Nord Stream pipelines incident near Bornholm Island earlier in September, Flightradar24 data showed.

Earlier this month, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter spent hours loitering over the location of the damaged natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea near Bornholm for several days in a row, September 1, 2, and 3, in particular.

Denmark’s maritime traffic agency and Sweden’s Maritime Authority on Monday reported a “dangerous” gas leak in the Baltic Sea close to the route of the inactive Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which experienced an unexplained drop in pressure.

The leak, southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm, “is dangerous for maritime traffic” and “navigation is prohibited within a five nautical mile radius of the reported position,” the agency warned in a notice to ships.

Following the incident, German newspaper Tagesspiegel claimed Monday that Berlin is convinced that the loss of pressure in the three natural gas pipelines between Russia and Germany was not a coincidence and suspects a “targeted attack“.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 06:39

Given the immense physical pressures bearing down on the 1,222-kilometer infrastructure lying on the seabed of the Baltic, it is possible that an accident was waiting to happen, for which nevertheless the United States and its NATO allies can be held culpable owing to their obstinate blockade on the normal functioning of the Nord Stream facility.

Having said that, however, a plausible cause is deliberate sabotage. If that’s the case, then it is an act of terrorism against civilian infrastructure and a grievous blow to Russia’s national interests. It could be construed as a criminal act of war.

There is also a precedent of gas pipe sabotage. Some 40 years ago, the CIA was implicated in blowing up a Soviet natural gas pipeline from Siberia to Europe in an operation dubbed Farewell Dossier, as documented by Thomas Reed, a former U.S. Air Force officer.

The occurrence of four almost-simultaneous explosions causing serious damage to two separate pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and 2, beggars belief it was merely an accident. The implication is that the U.S. and NATO forces took military action to destroy Russia’s strategic gas link with the rest of Europe.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 06:38

With an investigation continuing into the destruction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline that provided energy supplies to Europe from Russia, there appears to be just one prime suspect, and that should surprise nobody.

Following the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski already seemed to know the identity of the perpetrator when he tweeted out: “Thank you, USA.”

At first glance, it seemed that Sikorski was speaking sarcastically, berating Washington for carrying out an attack that will have severe repercussions for the people of Europe. After all, how could anyone see any good coming from the termination of Europe’s primary source of gas reserves with winter just around the corner? It was Sikorski’s homeland of Poland, after all, that urged its citizens to collect firewood in the face of dwindling gas reserves.

In fact, the Polish diplomat was speaking one-hundred percent literally, thanking the United States for plunging the continent deeper into the abyss. This has been the attitude of European leaders from the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine: ‘we will accept our self-destruction as scripted by Washington policymakers so long as the baddies in Moscow hears our virtue-signaling whimpers and screams.’ European capitals are about to learn the hard way that virtue signaling does not put food on the table or heat homes.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 06:36

It was probably inevitable that Jonathan Haidt, an academic long concerned about the politicization of academia, would eventually be caught up in the displacement of intellectual inquiry by ideological rigidity.

Last week the New York University (NYU) psychology professor announced that he would resign at the end of the year from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, his primary professional association, because of a newly adopted requirement that everybody presenting research at the group’s conferences explain how their submission advances “equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals.” …

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, EDUCATION
Posted on: Oct 03 06:35

 

Europe is facing its worst energy crisis in generations, with numerous factories shutting down and severe hardship expected during the approaching winter. Heavily-industrialized Germany has been especially hard hit, with more than half of all small- and mid-sized businesses fearful that they might be forced to close, an economic catastrophe of Great Depression proportions. The only near-term hope of salvation had been an end to the self-destructive energy sanctions these countries had imposed upon Russia, which would have allowed plentiful and cheap Russian natural gas to resume flowing through the Russian-owned Nord Stream pipelines.

Although the European governments remained firmly opposed to that solution, many ordinary Europeans felt differently, and in recent days large public demonstrations in Germany and the Czech Republic had demanded that the sanctions be lifted. There was widespread speculation that such popular protests would eventually carry the day, if not immediately then once winter hardship became too severe. The outcome would be a negotiated end to the Ukraine war along the general lines suggested by Russia, resulting in a strategic defeat for America and NATO.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, ECONOMY, EUROPE, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Oct 03 06:33

Over the last few years, I’ve been predicting that the Next Big Thing following World War G (gay marriage) and World War T (transgender mania) will be World War P (polygamy). Now a judge in yet another one of these New York City rental lawsuits has ruled that “majoritarian animus” about marriage not being among more than two people is the unacceptable explanation for why the Obergfell gay marriage decision restricts marriage to two homosexuals.

Way back in 1989, the gay marriage juggernaut got launched over a tawdry New York City rent control imbroglio. A rent-controlled tenant died without spouse or issue (rent control status is hereditary in New York), so the landlord was going to raise the rent, but then the dead lessee’s roommate announced that he deserved to continue to pay the rent controlled rent because they were more than just roommates.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 03 06:33

Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life...

To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad, and safe at home—only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.

Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific research, the arts, and the finer aspects of culture.

So, the great achievement of Western civilization—consensual government, individual freedom, rationalism in partnership with religious belief, free market economics, and constant self-critique and audit—was to liberate people from daily worry over state violence, random crime, famine, and an often-unforgiving nature.

But so often the resulting leisure and affluence instead deluded arrogant Western societies into thinking that modern man no longer needed to worry about the fruits of civilization he took to be his elemental birthright.

As a result, the once prosperous Greek city-state, Roman Empire, Renaissance republics, and European democracies of the 1930s imploded—as civilization went headlong in reverse.

We in the modern Western world are now facing just such a crisis.

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, ECONOMY, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Oct 03 06:31

California has decriminalized jaywalking because “people of color” are the ones who are most often ticketed.
 

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 02 20:38

 Maud Newton, who describes herself as "a writer, critic, editor, and occasional speaker," posted — then later deleted — a tweet in which she claimed that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' use of the word "biblical" to describe hurricane storm surge was "an evangelical dog whistle."

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 02 20:37

 A man was convicted of a slew of felonies related to his dumping of human body parts, including human heads, across Arizona in 2020.

By: orraz
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Oct 02 20:37