"When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One’s standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control." -- Theodore Dalrymple
When Saddam Hussein, Iraq’s president, invaded Iran on September 22, 1980, he was a “good” dictator. His invasion of the neighboring country was not only approved by the United States and its Western satellites, but also universally supported by them. Unlike secular Iraq, Iran was led by so-called vicious Islamic clerics.
They had committed the crime of spearheading a popular movement to overthrow Shah Reza Pahlavi, who had been swept into power by the Americans and the British but was abhorred by the Iranians. In the eyes of the American and British governments, however, Pahlavi was a “good” dictator.
His predecessor Mohammed Mossadegh, a democratically elected president, who they hounded out of office, was regarded as “very bad” because he defended the interests of his own country and tried to nationalize its oil. Saddam’s “good,” eight-year war against “evil” Iran was the deserved punishment for the misdeed of the insurgent Iranian clerics.
When it comes to matters of planetary well-being, climate change tends to dominate the conversation, but there’s an elephant in the room that needs addressing: the magnetosphere. The magnetic field generated by the Earth’s molten core that protects us from the hellish power of solar winds is deteriorating.
According to new research, the magnetosphere has deteriorated by some 15 percent over the past 200 years. Further collapse could drastically alter everything from electronics to global communications to animal migration.
“This is serious business,” says Richard Holme, professor of earth, ocean, and ecological sciences at Liverpool University. “Imagine for a moment your electrical power supply was knocked out for a few months—very little works without electricity these days.”
Scientists also believe that a deteriorating magnetosphere is a sign that Earth’s magnetic poles are about to flip. A flip would expose the planet to solar winds, which would destroy our atmosphere faster than any man-made pollutant ever could. Ground-level radiation, along with cancer rates, would also skyrocket.
A Twitter account launched by the platform’s sustainability team was supposed to amplify the message of COP27, but Elon Musk fired the people working on it before the United Nations’ climate crisis conference had even begun.
@TwitterEarth, which says in its bio that it is “uniting voices for a sustainable future,” has not Tweeted since the 4th of November. It has only amassed 492 followers.
It has not tweeted at all since COP27 began – despite @TwitterEarth saying “Twitter is the voice of COP27.”
Republicans on Tuesday gained control of the House of Representatives, with DecisionDeskHQ ticking them up to the 218 mark that makes up a bare majority. The Senate will remain controlled by Democrats. But even without the Senate, House control means that conservatives can stop many of the excesses of Joe Biden’s administration — if they are willing to use their power, according to Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).
As world leaders meet in Egypt for a climate summit to address issues that include water and food supplies, many across Iraq and the broader Middle East are facing a crisis that could fuel more regional turmoil as communities fight over dwindling water resources.
“Climate change is a reality in Iraq,” the United Nations mission in the country said, adding that Iraq is the world’s fifth most vulnerable nation to the fallout from global warming due to rising temperatures, lower rainfall, salinity and dust storms.
Officials and water experts in Iraq said rains had come later and ended sooner in each of the past three years.
Just days after the midterms, Democrats are moving quickly to codify their radical agenda while they still have full control of Congress.
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer announced last night that he set up an initial vote for Wednesday on Democrats’ “Respect for Marriage Act” (RFMA), which would enshrine same-sex “marriage” into federal law.
A group of Republican and Democratic senators championing the Respect for Marriage Act said Monday that they have crafted new language to address religious liberty concerns. But the proposed language actually does virtually nothing to protect Christians and others who reject homosexual “marriage.”
As the American Family Association pointed out, it applies only in relation to the “solemnization or celebration of a marriage,” and the Biden administration could still use the bill “to target as many Christian nonprofit organizations as possible.”
Russia has not carried out any strikes against targets near the Polish-Ukrainian border, the defense ministry in Moscow said on Tuesday, following reports of a missile striking the village of Przewodow and killing two civilians.
Some Western media outlets and politicians have claimed that Russia is responsible for the incident. However, no evidence has been provided to support such assertions.
Missile fragments, photos of which were published by Polish media outlets on the scene, “have nothing to do with Russian weapons,” the Russian Defense Ministry said.
Statements by the Polish media and officials about the alleged ‘Russian’ missiles falling in the area of the village of Przewodow are “a deliberate provocation in order to escalate the situation,” the Russian military added.
Global Foundries, Vermont's largest private employer, has warned employees of job cuts.
The multinational microchip manufacturer may be laying off some of its workers. They sent a memo out warning of cuts to its roughly 15,000 employees around the world.
It is unclear if any of the more than 2,000 Vermonters working in its Essex Junction plant will be let go.
“Based on the current macroeconomic environment, we are taking a very disciplined, proactive approach to contain costs and accelerate our planned productivity initiatives,” the company said in a statement. “Like many in our industry and across the technology sector, we too, are initiating a hiring freeze and taking a set of focused actions to selectively reduce our workforce.”
According to the survivalist website Survivalfreedom.com, the upper Midwest, Maine, West Texas, and several small pockets, typically in places with few populations, are where you can take shelter during a nuclear war in the US.
Ivanka Trump, former President Donald Trump’s oldest daughter, said in a statement Tuesday evening that she decided not to attend her father’s presidential announcement at Mar-a-Lago because she does not want to be involved in politics anymore.
“The files appear to be a sample of the data that we earlier determined was accessed by the criminal. We expect the criminal to continue to release files on the dark web,” the company said in a statement to the Australian Securities Exchange.
Contraction of military might and capabilities has always been one of the indicators of decline among global powers and the United States is certainly no exception. Ironically enough, one of the very reasons why this becomes inevitable is precisely the overreliance of superpowers on their militaries. Putting too much emphasis on the armed forces, overextending their use and investing excessive resources in them nearly always ends badly. There are numerous historical parallels that prove this, some of which happened relatively recently.
For instance, the USSR’s deeply traumatic experience during the Second World War when tens of millions of its citizens were killed during the Nazi German onslaught made it more militarized in the postwar period as the country tried to ensure no such attack would happen ever again. However, this approach was one of the very reasons for the Soviet Union’s unfortunate dismantling as its economic might was essentially hijacked by the military. This eventually led to systemic problems which resulted in the disintegration of the country. Modern-day Russian Federation corrected that mistake by focusing on the economy and maintaining optimal military power.
It now seems the US military is going through a state not dissimilar to what the massive Soviet Armed Forces were going through during the late 1980s and early 1990s. This was also confirmed by a top American military commander who has warned that the might of the US military deterrent is fading and that “America might not be adequately prepared for a large-scale military engagement.”
Video reportedly showing the detention of Ukrainian saboteurs by Russian security forces was shared by the Russian media.
According to the local reports, the incident took place on November 14 near the Russian city of Belgorod. Two saboteurs came to Russia under the guise of refugees. the militants were captured on their way to the Kursk region, where they were going to carry out a terrorist attack at the Kursk Nuclear Power Plant.
The saboteur Tokarev Andrey Igorevich was interrogated:
– How many people were there?
– Where did you come from?
– Refugees from Ukraine.
– Where were you going?
– Kursk region.
– What is your goal, why did you go there?
– Blow up a nuclear power plant.
This is not the first attempt of the Kiev regime to carry out a terrorist attack on the Russian NPP.