Thought for the day
"Democracy has little meaning when big business rules the life of the country through its control of the means of production, exchange, transportation, and communication, reinforced by command of the press, press agents and other means of publicity and propaganda." -- US philosopher John Dewey
On September 23, a referendum began in the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, as well as in the Kherson and Zaporozhye regions, in territories that are under Russian control.
In the DPR and LPR, whose independence Russia recognized in February, the people vote for or against the Republics to join the Russian Federation. In the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions, the people answer the question of the regions’ secession from Ukraine, the creation of independent states within their administrative borders, that is, including territories controlled by Ukrainian forces, and their subsequent entry into Russia.
The voting will take five days. In order to ensure the safety of citizens, the first four days they would vote at home. On the last day, residents could vote at the polling stations. Citizens who have left the regions can vote at special polling stations created outside the regions.
In turn, Kiev’s position and military tasks did not change. Ukrainian forces will continue to try to recapture the lost territories. At the same time, following the best ‘democratic traditions’ the Ukrainian authorities threaten the citizens in the lost territories for the expression of their free will. Participation in a referendum may be punishable by imprisonment and confiscation of property.
Kiev attempts to disrupt these referenda not only by political means. In recent days, strikes on residential areas of the cities of the DPR and LPR have been particularly brutal.
The US must change its attitude towards China so the two powers can get along on the world stage, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said during a meeting with his US counterpart, Antony Blinken, in New York on Friday.
“China-US relations are at a critical juncture, and it is urgent for both sides to establish a correct way for the two major countries to get along with each other in a responsible attitude towards the world,” Wang told Blinken, according to a statement from the Chinese Foreign Ministry.
Wang added that by pledging to defend Taiwan, Washington is undermining China’s sovereignty and “sending a very wrong and dangerous signal.”
China considers the self-governing island its territory and opposes any form of foreign diplomatic and military aid to Taipei. “The issue of Taiwan is China’s internal affair, and the US has no right to interfere,” Wang said.
We hope that the US will correct its perception of China … and stop trying to deal with the Chinese from a position of strength.
According to US State Department spokesman Ned Price, Blinken spoke about the need to maintain open lines of communication with Beijing and stressed that Washington is “committed to maintaining peace and stability across the Taiwan Strait, consistent with our longstanding ‘one-China’ policy.”
At first I wondered why the New York Times homepage editor would put a piece about Putin and his alleged involvement in war strategy under 'U.S. Politics'.
But after reading
I understand the qualification.
President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia has [...], American officials said, ...
American officials briefed on highly sensitive intelligence said ...
... his involvement has created tensions, American officials said.
The officials said ...
..., Gen. Mark A. Milley, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said in an interview on Friday.
... is to both sides, American officials said.
Some American officials said they saw trouble ahead ...
A senior U.S. official said this week ...
...could eventually be threatened, American officials said.
Senior Russian officers repeatedly questioned [...], American officials said, ...
The Russian officers believed [...], American officials said.
... focused on massive artillery barrages, American officials said.
... hit by Ukrainian fire, Ukrainian officials said.
... said Seth G. Jones, senior vice president at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
... said Michael Kofman, director of Russia studies at CNA, a defense research institute in Arlington, Va.
..., U.S. officials say Mr. Putin believes ...
... American officials have said that Mr. Putin has not been given accurate information ...
Mr. Putin, an American official said, has opposed ...
..., American officials said Russian officers themselves are divided ...
Adding up we have:
- anonymous American/U.S. official/s [said/have said/say]: 15 times,
- named American semi-officials (Jones, Kofman): 2 times,
- a named American official (Milley): 1 time,
- anonymous Ukrainian officials: 1 time.
There are no other sources in the piece.
Conservative watchdog group Judicial Watch on Friday announced it obtained records from the California Highway Patrol Public Records Unit related to the arrest of Paul Pelosi.
Democrats played make-believe on Thursday. The pro-criminal, anti-police party passed a series of bills to pretend they support the police.
Georgia Democrat Stacey Abrams can be seen spouting lies and misinformation about fetal heartbeats alongside other speakers in a newly released video.
Biden’s economy is bad. It’s really bad.
As of today, the DOW in 2022 is having its worst year ever!
The DOW closed today at 29,590. This is the greatest decline in a single year in DOW history.
Joe Biden on Friday delivered remarks at a DNC event at the National Education Association headquarters in Washington, DC.
Hillary Clinton: I remember as a young student trying to figure out how did people get basically drawn in by Hitler? How did that happen? And I’d watch news reels and I’d see this guy standing up there and ranting and raving, people shouting and raising their arms. What’s happened to these people? Why do they believe that? You saw the rally in Ohio the other night. Trump is there ranting and raving for more than an hour and you have these rows of young men with their arms raised. And I thought, what is going on?”
A man charged in the fatal hit-and-run of Pinellas County, Florida Deputy Michael Hartwick is in the US illegally, Fox 13 reported.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Friday said the US economy is in a transition to a steadier growth.
The suicide attempt rate among transgender persons ranges from 32% to 50% across the countries. Gender-based victimization, discrimination, bullying, violence, being rejected by the family, friends, and community; harassment by intimate partner, family members, police and public; discrimination and ill treatment at health-care system are the major risk factors that influence the suicidal behavior among transgender persons.
An Alabama man convicted of killing three people in a 1999 workplace shooting was spared the death penalty at the 11th hour Thursday because his executioner couldn’t find a vein for the lethal injection.
Alan Miller’s execution was called off about 11:30 p.m. when prison officials decided the vein issue would keep them from meeting the midnight deadline, Alabama Corrections Commissioner John Hamm said.
Miller’s execution was cleared to move forward by a last-minute decision from the US Supreme Court.
Career prosecutors have recommended against charging Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla) following a sex-trafficking investigation, reports the Washington Post.
Prosecutors told the Justice Department superiors that a conviction is unlikely due to a lack of credibility with the two central witnesses, a source familiar with the matter said.
Rep. James Comer (R-KY) went on with John Solomon from Just the News on RAV on Thursday.
Rep. Comer recently obtained new documents that show Hunter and Joe Biden were working to sell American natural gas and drilling assets to Communist China.
On September 1st, in front of Independence Hall, where brave, brilliant men signed the Declaration of Independence, standing up to the bully King George III and denouncing England’s oppressive government rule over the colonies, The Great Dictator, Joe Biden, spoke to his comrades. For the other 75 million Americans, we were unmistakably told that we are a threat to democracy, “an extremism that threatens the very foundations of our republic.”
Trying to get in front of their numerous, devastating losses and failures, the regime chose to employ the tactics of socialist darling, Saul Alinsky, by projecting everything they are doing onto their political enemies, the MAGA Republicans. The President of the United States, flanked by two uniformed Marines, bathing in blood red light, referred to these Americans as “MAGA extremists” and conveyed persistently that they are a threat to democracy. By “democracy” Biden of course means their oppressive, unforgiving control over the republic; their “oligarchy.”
The Great Dictator seems to approve of unthreatening, establishment Republicans, which comes as no surprise but has declared war on the nearly 75 million Americans who voted for the bad, mean tweeting orange man who stands between us and them. Boy did Trump trip a nerve with these folks. Ever wonder what that’s really about?
The democrats are showing their cards. They are so desperate to hold on to power that they are willing to throw away law and order, public safety, the economy, the constitution, election integrity, free speech, your way of life, and grossly abuse political power against political enemies, all to stop Trump. It is time to ask yourself why they are so frantic and so willing to destroy the greatest constitutional federal republic on earth. To what end and why?
The EU has “tools” to respond if the political situation in Italy goes in a “difficult direction,” European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday. She hinted that the country could face punishments such as those recently leveled against Hungary and Poland if the upcoming election results in the predicted right-wing sweep.
“My approach is that whatever democratic government is willing to work with us, we’re working together,” she said in response to a question over whether she had “concerns” about Sunday’s Italian parliamentary vote, in which the conservative Fratelli d’Italia (Brothers of Italy) are projected to take first place.
“If things go in a difficult direction, I’ve spoken about Hungary and Poland, we have tools,” von der Leyen explained.
A man who had already pled guilty to sexually coercing a teenage female relative was allegedly able to go on a sexual assault spree shortly before sentencing, thanks to systemic soft-on-crime policies in New York City.
Serious question: If President Joe Biden were your dad, would you let him live on his own? Or would you start having conversations with your siblings about putting him in a retirement home?
“In Canada, we support unequivocally women’s right to choose. It is a fundamental tenet of freedom,” Trudeau said. “[It] is a fundamental tenet of our society. We stand up for women’s rights.”
A gay rights organization was deplatformed by PayPal and its subsidiary Venmo, only to discover on Thursday that pro-pedophile organization Prostasia continues to be on good business terms with the multinational financial technology company.
The U.S Postal Service spied on ‘MAGA’ protesters, gun rights activists and other right-wing groups between late 2020 and early 2021, according to records obtained by The Washington Times. ‘MAGA’ is former President Donald Trump’s slogan meaning “Make America Great Again.”
Patrick Eddington, a senior fellow at the Cato Institute, obtained heavily redacted files detailing the USPS’ surveillance activities from September 2020 to April 2021, which included a secret effort to surveil social media known as the Internet Covert Operations Program (iCOP).
The USPS monitored the activities of gun rights activists, protesters planning to demonstrate against police in Louisville, Kentucky after the shooting of Breonna Taylor, and right-wing groups traveling to Washington, D.C. after the 2020 election.
Eddington said the documents demonstrate the USPS’ surveillance capabilities.
Hurricane Fiona continues to pummel Bermuda with 125 mph winds and 30-foot tidal swells as the Category 3 storm capsizes yachts along the island's harbors and leaves 70 percent of the island without power.
The tidal swells have caused chaos in Hamilton Harbor, where ABC News' Rob Marciano reports that boats are either being tossed onto land or sinking.
'A number of these boats are not just coming onboard, they're actually sinking,' Marciano said. 'It is just crazy here.'
Joe Rogan torched White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre over what he called a “ridiculous” answer to Fox News’ Peter Doocy about her 2016 stolen election claim.
Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) sent a letter to the CEO of YouTube this week asking for information on the company’s “troubling track record” of censorship.
A leading Johns Hopkins University medical professor is raising the alarm about a spike in serious heart damage being recorded in children.
Dr. Marty Makary is a surgeon and public policy researcher at Johns Hopkins and is regarded as one of America’s leading medical experts.
He’s warning that there has been a sharp rise in “significant heart damage,” or myocarditis, in children.
Makary has blasted the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for ignoring the issue.
Rather than investigating the cases, Makary says the CDC has “downplayed” the issue.
Makary appeared on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show where he expressed major concerns about the soaring childhood myocarditis cases.
“And in some people who received it [the vaccine], there appears to be serious heart damage,” Carlson said.
“Far more than the experts thought would occur.