Thought for the day

"I offered my opponents a deal: "if they stop telling lies about me, I will stop telling the truth about them"." -- Adlai Stevenson, campaign speech, 1952

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A series of revealing texts and tweets by Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced CEO of FTX, the once high-flying but now belly-up crypto exchange, had the following to say about his image as a do-gooder: it is a “dumb game we woke westerners play where we say all the right shibboleths and so everyone likes us.” 

Very interesting. He had the whole game going: a vegan worried about climate change, supports every manner of justice (racial, social, environmental) except that which is coming for him, and shells out millions to worthy charities associated with the left. He also bought plenty of access and protection in D.C., enough to make his shady company the toast of the town. 

As part of the mix, there is this thing called pandemic planning.

That’s right: there were deep connections between FTX and Covid that have been cultivated for two years. Let’s have a look. 

Earlier this year, the New York Times trumpeted a study that showed no benefit at all to the use of Ivermectin. It was supposed to be definitive. The study was funded by FTX. Why? Why was a crypto exchange so interested in the debunking of repurposed drugs in order to drive governments and people into the use of patented pharmaceuticals, even those like Remdesivir that didn’t actually work? Inquiring minds would like to know.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:30
Former House Speaker Paul Ryan trashed Trump during an appearance on ABC’s “This Week” with host Jonathan Karl.
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Posted on: Nov 21 08:30
Benjamin Ryan is a far left reporter who contributes at The New York Times, NBC News, the Guardian, and other leftist outlets.
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Posted on: Nov 21 08:29
Inflation in Germany is at its highest rate in more than a quarter of a century. Germany’s harmonised inflation rate compared to other European countries is at 11.6%.
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Posted on: Nov 21 08:28
GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy joined Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this morning to discuss the midterm elections and Republicans winning back the House of Representatives.
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Posted on: Nov 21 08:28
Ronna Romney McDaniel is the current Chair of the Republican National Committee. McDaniel just blew another huge victory for the Republican party and the country. Yet, the party elites want to keep her as chairwoman.
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Posted on: Nov 21 08:27

Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Friday announced that Twitter’s new policy is “freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,” which is an idiotic meme that’s been repeated ad nauseam by Anti-Defamation League CEO Jonathan Greenblatt.

“New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,” Musk said. “Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet.”

“Note, this applies just to the individual tweet, not the whole account,” he added.

“Freedom of speech does not mean freedom of reach” is an idiotic meme put out by Jonathan Greenblatt (who had a meeting with Musk immediately after his takeover of Twitter).

Freedom of speech is freedom of reach.

You don’t have freedom of speech if you’re not allowed to speak in the public square.

Shadow banning and “deboosting” speech deemed “hate” is the equivalent of locking someone trying to speak out at a town square in a soundproof box and then telling them they have “free speech” within the box.

Just because “speech” and “reach” rhyme does not make it sound logic.

Webmaster addition. This author is correct. Freedom  of speech is an absolute. What Musk has apparently been coerced to do is permitted speech. Frankly, being one of the many people who cheered on Musk's acquisition of Twitter, I am feeling great disappointment. We are seeing just how powerful the deep state has become and how desperate they have become to control your minds.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:26
GOP House leader Kevin McCarthy spoke at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s 2022 Leadership meeting in Las Vegas.
Posted on: Nov 21 08:26

The US and Russia will hold talks on the last nuclear arms control treaty that remains between the powers, the New START, from November 29 to December 6 in Cairo, Egypt.

The dates were announced by Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov, who suggested Friday that the talks could lead to higher-level negotiations with the US. The State Department said earlier in November that the US and Russia had agreed to hold talks under the bilateral consultative commission (BCC), an implementation body established by the New START.

The New START treaty puts limits on the deployment of warheads, missiles, and bombers and includes an inspection regime. But according to the State Department, the inspections were paused in March 2020 due to Covid-19 and haven’t been resumed since.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:25

Footage captured by a thermal drone shows an army of illegal migrants entering the U.S. at Eagle Pass, Texas, yesterday with the reporter who captured the footage noting that it happens “every morning”.

The video shows scores of migrants lined up ready to cross into the U.S. under cover of darkness.

Fox News reporter Bill Melugin tweeted out the footage Thursday, noting that there have been over 1,400 crossings in the Del Rio sector alone in the past 24 hours, and close to seventy thousand since the beginning of last month.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:25

Turkey carried out dozens of airstrikes in northern Syria and Iraq on Sunday against Kurdish groups it blamed for a recent deadly bombing in Istanbul.

Ankara blamed the Kurdish militant group PKK for the Istanbul bombing, which killed six people and wounded at least 81. For their part, the PKK and its affiliates have denied any role in the attack.

Dozens of people were reported killed in Turkey’s strikes in Syria, although there are conflicting reports about the casualties. The US-backed Kurdish-led SDF reported one of its fighters was killed along with 13 civilians.

The UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights (SOHR) had a conflicting report that said 14 militants were killed in airstrikes in SDF-controlled areas. The SOHR is also reporting that 12 Syrian government soldiers were killed by Turkish airstrikes in other areas, but that number isn’t confirmed.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:24

China has said it is “open” to a defence ministers’ meeting with the US at a regional security forum, in another apparent signal that Beijing wants to revive lines of communication after a spike in tensions.

Chinese Defence Minster Wei Fenghe and his US counterpart Lloyd Austin will both be in Cambodia for the five-day Asean Defence Ministers’ Meeting-Plus (ADMM-Plus), where China and the US are “dialogue partners”.

Asked whether a meeting might take place between the two, a Chinese defence ministry spokesman said: “China is active and open to exchanges with the US during the [ADMM-Plus], and relevant departments of the two sides are maintaining communication and coordination on this.”

Posted on: Nov 21 08:23

In late-July 1956, three months before the Suez Crisis, British Prime Minister Anthony Eden wrote a letter to U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower. At this stage it had become clear that Egyptian President Gamal Abdel Nasser wanted to seize the Suez Canal, a key global shipping route and at that time still under the control of the British. “We cannot afford to allow Nasser to seize control of the canal,” Eden wrote, “If we take a firm stand over this now, we shall have the support of all the maritime powers. If we do not, our influence and yours throughout the Middle East will, we are convinced, be irretrievably undermined.”

The situation in the South China Sea today is very different to the situation in Egypt in the summer of 1956. The British at the time could be confident that Nasser was indeed moving to nationalize the Suez Canal. Today, despite much noise emanating from Washington, it is by no means clear that the Chinese have any intention of seizing the island of Taiwan with military force. Yet one can imagine that letters very similar to the one written by Eden are being written in Washington and read in capitals all over the world.

In 1956 the British sensed, correctly, that if they fought for the Suez Canal and lost this would precipitate a sharp decline in British influence in the world. Today America senses something very similar with respect to Taiwan. This feeling has built up in Washington because of what can only be described as the dismal failure of U.S. foreign policy strategy in Europe. This failure has become manifest in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:22

The Biden administration said on Thursday that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman should have immunity in a lawsuit filed against him in the US over the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

In a court filing made by Department of Justice lawyers late on Thursday at the request of the US State Department, the crown prince’s recently appointed role as prime minister was cited as grounds for immunity. 

“The State Department recognises and allows the immunity of Prime Minister Mohammed bin Salman as a sitting head of government of a foreign state,” the court filing reads. 

It added that in making the determination, the State Department “takes no view on the merits of the present suit and reiterates its unequivocal condemnation of the heinous murder of Jamal Khashoggi”. 

Posted on: Nov 21 08:21

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Uncle Sam now has nuclear weapons held to humanity’s head. Washington’s recently released Nuclear Posture Review clarified that launching nuclear weapons in a first strike is indeed on the table, to “achieve U.S. objectives if deterrence fails.” This came after President Joe Biden acknowledged that his administration’s proxy war in Ukraine has brought humanity closer to nuclear “Armageddon” than at any time since the Cuban Missile Crisis.

This month, the Pentagon announced it is setting up a new command, based in Germany, overseeing the training and equipping of Ukraine’s military during its fight with Russia. The command is named Security Assistance Group-Ukraine, or SAG-U. The New York Times reported the command will give the proxy war a “formal structure…roughly modeled on U.S. train-and-assist efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan over the past two decades.” The American people may have largely rejected the “forever wars” of the last twenty years, but the American Empire is eager to launch “long term” conflicts with Russia and China.

A possible reason for the decision to establish this new command may be to obscure the level of funding going to the proxy war, making it more difficult for American civilians and journalists to discern where the money comes from and just how much is being spent.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:20

The UNICEF in a report expressed concerns over the humanitarian, climate and economic challenges in Afghanistan, saying that 13.1 million children are in need of humanitarian assistance in the country.

According to UNICEF: "24.4 million people in need of humanitarian assistance. 13.1 million children in need of humanitarian assistance. 1.1 million severely acutely malnourished children under the age of five years expected to need SAM treatment."

UNICEF said that 79 percent of households have reported that they do not have sufficient water for their daily needs, including for drinking, cooking or bathing.

“My brother and I are working. We go to school and then work half of the day,” said Musa, a child laborer.

“I collect bottles of Pepsi every day and then take bread home,” said Hussien, 6.

“I don’t have heating materials. The price of everything is spiking,” said a resident of Kabul.

The Ministry of Economy (MoE) said that there is a need for investment in infrastructural projects in order to alleviate economic challenges.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:19

Fatima, 8, is an orphan, who is selling bread on a street in capital city of Kabul. Fatima is in the second grade but she sees no clear future for herself, as the schools beyond grade six remained closed for female students.

“The money which I earn, I give it to my mother. As much as I work, I give it to my mother to bring us food,” Fatima said.

Many children are engaged in work and are deprived of education due to poverty that is rising across the country of around 40 million population.

“We should be helped so we stop being on the street and instead learn something,” said Arash, a child laborer.

“There is no work. Our economic condition is also not good, and thus I left the school,” said Sefatullah, a child laborer.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:19

Commanders and soldiers within an elite unit stationed in the Jenin area of the West Bank have independently distributed leaflets over the last several days threatening to shoot Palestinians who cross the separation barrier.

Palestinian residents were warned that if they made "any mistake," the soldiers would harm them. The IDF renounced the act, calling it an "error."

A letter bearing the unit's insignia posted near the security fence reads in Arabic: "Beware! The special forces unit belonging to Golani has arrived in the area. If you cross the fence, fire will be opened directly at you. We advise you not to test our patience and abilities, otherwise you will regret it. Our special systems and our fighters follow you and see you throughout the day! We promise you that we will hurt you and will hold you accountable if you make any mistake!"

Posted on: Nov 21 08:18

North Carolina trucker has waged legal war against the entire police department of Phoenix, Arizona - after officers seized $39,500 in cash from him at a local airport alleging it was drug money.

The suit, filed in April by Triple J Trucking owner Jerry Johnson, demands the sum returned in full for what he slammed as 'false accusations' by the force, who seized the money during an August 2020 stop at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport.

Johnson, the owner and operator of his Charlotte-based business, alleges that seizure was unjust, saying he had saved the money to purchase a new semi-truck.

Webmaster addition: Bad cop! No donut!

Posted on: Nov 21 08:17

After taking a public poll that drew over 15 million voters in 24 hours, Twitter owner Elon Musk decided, based on popular demand, to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s suspended Twitter account.

Invoking the Latin phrase “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” which translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God,” Musk announced less than 30 minutes after the poll officially ended that the 45th president’s account would be brought back online.

When Trump’s Twitter account reappeared, all of his previous tweets, which stopped in January 2021 when he was initially suspended, became visible. Something interesting began happening within the comment sections of several of his older tweets, especially the most recent or “newest” tweet on his Twitter feed.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:15

Addressing Jewish Republicans on Saturday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis said the West Bank was “not occupied territory” but rather a disputed area that is a historical homeland to Jews, as he talked up his Israel bona fides amid mounting challenges to Donald Trump’s control of the party.

DeSantis was a star attraction at this weekend’s Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas, where he delivered a 25-minute speech on Saturday night while Trump was relegated to a less desirable timeslot and only appeared via video.

The popular Florida governor told the crowd about a trade mission he’d led to Israel, “the biggest trade mission Florida’s ever done.”

Webmaster addition: Ron? When was the last time you visited there?

Posted on: Nov 21 08:14

NASA's Orion spacecraft has snapped a magnificent selfie,  prior to making its first close approach of the moon today. 

The high-resolution photo, captured on Friday, shows the cone-shaped crew module horizontally as it makes its journey to our celestial neighbour. 

Orion took the selfie using a camera mounted on its solar array wing during a routine external inspection of the spacecraft on the third day of the Artemis I mission.

It's already snapped a stunning 'blue marble' image of Earth nine hours into its epic journey. 

After launching last Wednesday, Orion is set to start its first lunar flyby today at 7:44 EST (12:44 GMT), with its closest approach scheduled for 7:57 EST (12:57 GMT).

At this time, the unmanned spacecraft will pass about 80 miles (128km) above the lunar surface, according to NASA. 

Posted on: Nov 21 08:13

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Sunday voiced agreement with the Biden administration’s decision to grant sovereign immunity to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, shielding the autocrat from a lawsuit over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

“What the administration has touted this week in granting sovereign immunity to Mohammed bin Salman is in keeping with the practice of custom of lawsuits involving foreign heads of state,” Cotton told “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream. “It would have been a major break if those customs did not grant that kind of immunity.”

Posted on: Nov 21 08:10

Saudi Arabia has executed twice as many people in 2022 as it did last year, according to an AFP tally, highlighting a rise in capital punishment that is condemned by rights groups.

The latest execution was of a Jordanian national convicted of smuggling amphetamine tablets, the official Saudi Press Agency announced late Thursday.

Webmaster addition: Well, that's one way to deal with drug smugglers! I note that thousands of Americans are dying from smuggled Fentanyl and Biden does nothing, but after any shooting, Biden demands a gun ban for law-abiding Americans! 

Posted on: Nov 21 08:06

The founder of a Taiwanese think tank called for closer coordination between Washington and Taipei the next time any US lawmakers visit Taiwan, a move that is widely expected once the US Republican Party takes control of the House of Representatives in January.

While Taiwanese authorities would likely welcome such a visit, they must learn lessons from Nancy Pelosi’s trip to avoid facing even worse cross-strait tensions in the future, according to Alexander Huang, chairman and CEO of the Council on Strategic and Wargaming Studies.

“We need to work with the visiting party as well as the White House more closely,” he said at a Centre for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington on Thursday.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:05

Shipments of most major Chinese consumer products to the United States fell last month, hit by the triple whammy of dwindling demand, coronavirus disruptions to manufacturing and trade bans.

Despite the upcoming holiday shopping season, Chinese exports to the US were down 12.6 per cent year on year to US$47 billion in October, compounding the 11.6 per cent fall in September, according to Chinese customs data.

Top Chinese exports to the US – such as mobile phones, clothing, toys and furniture – all declined last month, as the pandemic-triggered consumer goods boom turned into a bust under pressure from purchasing power-suppressing price and interest rate rises.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:05

Massive crowds are expected to converge on the capital, fired up by a charismatic ousted premier bent on returning to power. The economy is in free-fall, and the weak coalition government seems helpless to stop it. The countryside has been devastated by hellish drought and biblical floods.

But for a moment, the nation’s attention is riveted on the outcome of a ritual, closed-door process in a drab military compound to choose and install Pakistan’s next army chief — the most powerful figure in this nuclear-armed state and still-fragile democracy of some 221 million people.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:04

Surface-to-air missile systems produced by Raphael

Surface-to-air missile systems produced by RaphaelCredit: Raphael Industries

Last year set a record for the volume of Israel’s military and security exports, which surged by 30 percent over the prior year, according to the Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate. Israeli defense industries reported new contracts worth a cumulative $11.3 billion in 2021 – up from $8.6 billion in 2020.

This year is not yet over, but it appears to be on track to chalk up particularly high sales volumes and a long list of enormous defense deals – and that’s even though the Defense Ministry’s Exports Control Agency has only approved a relatively low number of transactions compared to prior years, according to data obtained by Haaretz. Through September, the agency reported approving just under 4,000 sales contracts – compared to 6,000 in 2020 and 5,400 last year.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:02

Major players in the semiconductor supply chain in East Asia appear to be seeing it as inevitable for them to decouple with China in advanced industries involving sensitive technology, given concerns about the rapid pace of Beijing’s military modernisation.

The United States is taking the lead in building a “Chip 4” alliance with Taiwan, South Korea and Japan for increased economic security over a possible global chip crunch in the event of a contingency between Taiwan and China.

Japan – once the front runner in the global semiconductor industry but now trailing leading chip producers like Taiwan and South Korea – eyes manufacturing and selling 2-nanometer generation chips at Rapidus Corp., a new consortium involving Toyota Motor Corp., Sony Group Corp. and six other leading companies.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:02

The adviser who Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben Gvir has described as his “right-hand man” helped establish an organization that donates money to incarcerated Jewish terrorists and extremists, including former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir.

Chanamel Dorfman filed the application for Shlom Asiraich to be recognized as a non-governmental organization in Israel two years ago and is listed on the form as the group’s legal adviser, Channel 13 revealed in an exposé that aired Monday.

Shlom Asiraich in a recent flier boasted of having raised over $43,000 last year for convicts such as Yosef Chaim Ben David, who beat and burned to death 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir in 2014; Amiram Ben Uliel, who firebombed a home in the Palestinian village of Duma, leading to the death of parents Riham and Sa’ad Dawabshe along with their one-year-old boy Ali in 2015; and Jack Tytell, who murdered a Palestinian taxi driver in East Jerusalem and a Palestinian shepherd in the West Bank in 1997.

Posted on: Nov 21 08:01