"These are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their Country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." -- Thomas Paine December 23, 1776
President Joe Biden claimed on Tuesday that he spoke with the doctor who invented insulin — a doctor who was so selfless that he refused to patent the drug and profit from its use — but Dr. Frederick Banting died nearly two years before the president was born.
The Pacific Legal Foundation filed an emergency application on Tuesday asking the Supreme Court to stop the Biden administration from executing its policy to cancel $10,000 in student debt for millions of borrowers.
For the third year in a row, the British navy sails into the Barents Sea for Arctic navigational training. Norway’s “Thor Heyerdahl” frigate sailed along as the frigate “HMS Northumberland” and supply tanker “Tiderace” this September operated north.
“Increased allied presence in Norway and in our neighboring areas is a part of the new normal. We see that our allies have their eyes directed towards the north, and more often utilize our surrounding areas to train and operate. This increased allied focus is welcomed by Norway, and important for our security”, said commander Pål Gudbrandsen, acting commander of the Royal Norwegian Navy.
In the spring of 2020, it sparked debate in Norway when the first U.S. and British surface warships sailed into the southern Barents Sea. The same autumn, however, a Norwegian frigate joined when the two same navies sailed north of the Kola Peninsula.
The U.S. government will transfer eight NASAMS air defense systems to Ukraine, and two of them will arrive in Ukraine in the near future.
U.S. Senior Defense Official said this at a briefing….
“The United States has already provided [Ukraine with] 1,400 Stingers, which is short range air defense, and our allies and partners have also provided considerable numbers of short range air defense systems. The U.S. have also committed eight NASAMS and associated munitions, and two of those will be in Ukraine in the very near future, with six more to be provided later. We also have committed to a suite of counter-unmanned aerial systems, including the VAMPIRE system and other radar systems, since we know that the UAS threat is also a serious threat right now,” he said.
Buried deep within the massive infrastructure legislation recently signed by President Joe Biden is a little-noticed “safety” measure that will take effect in five years. Marketed to Congress as a benign tool to help prevent drunk driving, the measure will mandate that automobile manufacturers build into every car what amounts to a “vehicle kill switch.”
As has become standard for legislative mandates passed by Congress, this measure is disturbingly short on details. What we do know is that the “safety” device must “passively monitor the performance of a driver of a motor vehicle to accurately identify whether that driver may be impaired.”
Everything about this mandatory measure should set off red flares.
First, use of the word “passively” suggests the system will always be on and constantly monitoring the vehicle. Secondly, the system must connect to the vehicle’s operational controls, so as to disable the vehicle either before driving or during, when impairment is detected. Thirdly, it will be an “open” system, or at least one with a backdoor, meaning authorized (or unauthorized) third-parties can remotely access the system’s data at any time.
This is a privacy disaster in the making, and the fact that the provision made it through the Congress reveals — yet again — how little its members care about the privacy of their constituents.
After new Twitter owner Elon Musk responded to a temper tantrum by leftist horror author Stephen King over a rumored $20 per month charge to keep one's coveted 'blue check' status symbol on the platform, Musk has clarified what's going to happen; it'll be $8 per month (or $96 per year, or an inverted 69).
At its September meeting, the Federal Reserve again sharply increased its target interest rate by three-quarters of a percent. Asked his thoughts about what effect this tightening will on the overall economy, Chairman Jerome Powell remarked, “I wish there were a painless way…There isn’t.” Actually, there is a painless way: stop raising rates.
The Fed is hardly alone in its inflation fixation. For most voters, inflation tops the list of concerns. The Fed’s moves represent a broad consensus that high inflation imperils the stability of the system, erodes living standards, and must be brought down even at the risk of squashing growth and triggering a recession. Hence why Jerome Powell, the Fed chairman, said in a speech in Jackson Hole at the end of August, “While higher interest rates, slower growth, and softer labor market conditions will bring down inflation, they will also bring some pain to households and businesses…These are the unfortunate costs of reducing inflation. But a failure to restore price stability would mean far greater pain.”
However, now they take a different stance as poll numbers show a GOP takeover.
According to The Daily Wire, “The latest CBS Battleground Tracker poll estimates that Republicans will win control over the House. Republicans will gain a minimum of 15 seats in the upcoming midterm elections.”
The results predict that Republicans will have 228 seats, leaving the Democrats with only 208. The Daily Wire says, “The latest projection includes a margin of error of plus or minus 12 seats. It is based on a similar model used by the poll that accurately predicted the 2018 midterm election outcomes.”
Laurie Smith’s decades-long tenure as the sheriff in Santa Clara County, California came to an ignominious end on Monday afternoon when she suddenly announced her resignation from office before a jury could remove her by convicting her in a civil trial on corruption charges.
Smith was accused of using her position to rake in thousands of dollars in campaign donations in exchange for granting rarely-issued concealed carry permits in the county, and jurors in her civil trial had heard from a number of witnesses over the past few weeks; some detailing how they received their carry permit despite not meeting all of the requirements, while others revealed that their applications were left in limbo for months on end even after they’d documented specific threats against them.
Dana Perino slammed President Joe Biden’s plan to police free speech with big tech after internal documents revealed social media companies working with intelligence agencies to crack down on what they “deemed to be disinformation.”
The comments occurred ahead of the Phillies taking on the Houston Astros in the third game of the World Series. The former team won the first game 6 to 5, while the latter team won the second game 5 to 2.
Throughout time, civilization has gone through phases of being more sensitive to catastrophic events, leading people to act with caution and make preparations. Some time periods involve little concern and people live it up and act without much thought to the future. However, there are phases where signs point to disaster and people find comfort in making preparations. These phases may be related to climactic or economic changes, or it may be due to a date on the calendar. These phases of caution tend to occur around the turn of a century. While it may seem foolish to rush out a build yourself a bunker, you may want to find a happy medium where you prepare for a worst case scenario situation. People have driven themselves to needing a bankruptcy attorney or bankruptcy lawyer preparing for the unexpected. This may not be necessary, but knowing you have the ability to survive can comfort you in times of emergency.
The most important thing you can do when faced with an emergency is to stay calm. In order to stay calm during a cataclysmic event, you are going to need to prepare and feel that survival is possible; even in the harshest of conditions. Make sure you have a place to go, as well as an alternate plan. Speak with your family members about a meeting place away from your hometown. If everyone has an idea of where to drive should there be a disaster or emergency, it gives you direction and comfort. In your home, be sure to have an area that offers protection from weather-related disasters like tornadoes. An area in the basement or a closet may be enough to keep you safe for a few hours.
U.S. military personnel are now on the ground in Ukraine, keeping track of and inspecting weapons the U.S. has shipped to Ukrainian forces, a senior defense official announced during a Pentagon background briefing on Monday. These U.S. personnel are some of the first the Pentagon has acknowledged have entered Ukraine since Russia launched its large scale invasion of the country in February.
The senior defense official who spoke on background during an official Pentagon event, said, “U.S. personnel have recently resumed on-site inspections to assess weapon stocks in country whenever and wherever the security conditions allow.” The official said “the return of our defense attaché and Office of Defense Cooperation personnel in country has allowed us to resume this critical function.”
The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Leyte Gulf (CG 55) arrived in Dubrovnik, Croatia for a scheduled port visit, Oct. 31, 2022.
The port visit comes after Leyte Gulf’s participation in the NATO-led vigilance activity Neptune Strike 22.2 (NEST 22.2) in the Mediterranean Sea. NEST 22.2 demonstrated the combined capacity of the Alliance….
...thanks to K.M. for spotting and sharing this one, because it's confirmation of something I've been warning about for years, namely, the more the USSA throws its reserve currency weight around, and starts endless "small" wars, and more lately, talks about nuclear war, the more promises to other powers that it breaks - such as the one made to Mikhail Gorbachev as the Soviet Union was collapsing that in return for the reunification of Germany, the USSA would not move the borders of NATO eastward (think the Ukraine) nor station any NATO or American troops in the former Warsaw pact nations- the more it breaks promises it has no intention of keeping (the American Indians know something of this history) the more it becomes a pariah government which no one will ever trust again, and that's quite a proposition for such a short national history. I know I know... the whole proposition sounds like what my mother used to call a "knee slapper," something so hilariously not true it makes you wonder why anyone would ever believe it.
But anyway, back to my "main point de jour": the USSA has been hell-bent (note the diabolical reference) on establishing its own global, worldwide, unipolar hegemony since the end of the Soviet Union, and making everyone else cow-tow to the will of increasingly zanily insane Swampington DC uni-party, that even our allies are thinking twice about being our ally, and that includes our oldest ally, France, without which we wouldn't even be a country, thank you Admiral Francois Joseph Paul Comte de Grasse. The hegemony of the uni-party wokery dominating American culture, which appears to want to make childhood transgender surgery some sort of human right, is probably not going to play too well in Paris, Berlin, Rome, Madrid, and probably even less well in Buda-pest, Warsaw, Moscow, Cairo, Tel Aviv, Tehran, New Dehli, Tokyo, Beijing, Taipei (inhale) Buenos Aires, Brasilia, Santiago, Algiers, Tripoli, ... well... you get the idea. Threatening to rain bombs down on people not willing to cow-tow to American wokery is not helping matters either, and constantly binding nations into a dollar-lined cage isn't helping.
Importing Liquified Natural Gas from the US is costing the EU a fortune and leaders across the 27-nation bloc are looking for a better deal.
EU trade ministers met on Monday. They are not happy with Joe Biden's 'Inflation Reduction Act'. It includes state aid for American manufacturers that will put EU car builders at a disadvantage.
This is all happening due to Western sanctions against Russia. Inflation is out of control. We've asked the European Commission why it's not trying to broker peace between Russia and Ukraine.
EU trade ministers accuse Russia of using food as a weapon after Moscow left a UN-negotiated deal to facilitate grain shipments from Ukraine. It follows drone attacks on Russia's Black Sea Fleet near Sevastopol on Saturday. The Kremlin blames Kiev, helped by British experts.
Eurozone inflation has climbed to a new record high of 10.7%. EU leaders are being urged to tackle a growing social crisis in the bloc.
About $6.5 billion from a memorandum with Russian energy giant Gazprom has been converted into a firm contract, a senior Iranian official says.
“God willing, the rest of the memorandum worth $40 billion will be converted into contracts in the next month, and the negotiations are ongoing,” deputy foreign minister for economic diplomacy Mehdi Safari was quoted as saying Monday.
The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and Gazprom signed the $40 billion memorandum in July on the day Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tehran for a summit with his Iranian and Turkish counterparts.
Under the agreement, Gazprom will help NIOC in the development of the Kish and North Pars gas fields and also six oil fields. The Russian gas producer will also be involved in the completion of liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects and construction of gas export pipelines.
US Jewish groups condemned Nazi Halloween costumes on Monday after at least two incidents sparked outrage amid increasing concerns about antisemitism in the US.
In New York City, a man walked into a bar in full Nazi regalia and was ordered to leave by staff and patrons.
In a video of the incident, customers can be heard telling the man, “What is wrong with you?” “Get out of here,” and telling him to leave “for your own safety.”
Webmaster addition: It's just make-believe. One Halloween tradition is to dress up as the antithesis of who you really are. In any event, keep something in Mind. Hitler dreamed of a thousand year Reich and eternal fame. All this fuss over cosplay is giving the SOB exactly what he wanted!
The importance of a strong power grid cannot be emphasized enough. Often, when a grid fails, the results are terrifying. Of all the major power grids in the world, the United States’ is one of the more vulnerable to attack.
State-sponsored hackers from the likes of Iran, Russia, and, unsurprisingly, China pose a real threat to the United States’ electrical transmission lines. However, there’s another (far less obvious) threat to the grid: electric vehicles (EVs).
Yes, you read that right.
The Biden administration is desperate to consign the internal combustion engine to the dustbin of history. In this radical shift to embrace a new, zero-emission world, Americans are being told to embrace EVs. Such an embrace, however, requires a stellar power grid, the very thing the United States lacks.
Just to be clear, the U.S. power grid (or electric grid) involves a huge network of transmission lines, power plants, and distribution centers. The United States has three major grids: the Eastern Grid, the Western Grid, and the ERCOT Grid, otherwise known as the Texas Grid. Of the three, the Eastern Grid is the largest.
Although the three grids can operate independently, they’re also connected. A failed grid means no power for tens of millions of citizens and prolonged periods of darkness. Imagine a power grid failure in the likes of Los Angeles or New York. The two cities are already riddled with crime; grid failures would make things many times worse.
Renewable energy stocks are having a hard time, even in the middle of Europe’s energy crisis. It seems that the sector needs central banks to take their foot off the gas in hiking interest rates, but it may have to wait a little longer.
The European Renewables Index has lost most of its summer outperformance over the wider Stoxx Europe 600 Index. Since a year-to-date peak in August, renewable stocks have fallen 20%, and only real estate has performed worse. They’ve recovered a bit since Oct. 12 thanks to expectations for a change in tone from central banks, but are again at risk of disappointing investors if the Federal Reserve remains hawkish with a jumbo rate hike this Wednesday.
The stepped-up measures from the UK's chief veterinary officer make the housing measures a legal requirement, and are accompanied by stringent biosecurity measures to protect flocks from disease, Sky News reports.
On Monday, President Biden’s special envoy for Iran, Robert Malley, said the US isn’t going to “waste its time” on talks with Tehran to revive the nuclear deal and would use a military option as a “last resort” against Iran.
Negotiations between the US and Iran on the nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA, have been stalled since early September. The Biden administration hasn’t officially said it’s done with the talks, but Malley’s comments are the surest sign that diplomacy between Washington and Tehran is dead.