The Legend-class national security cutter (NSC) USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753) arrived in Turku, Finland for a scheduled port visit, Nov. 5, 2022.
While in Turku, Hamilton leadership will meet with government and Finnish Navy leaders….
“We are honored and enthusiastic to call on the historic city of Turku. This visit is oriented to build on the decades-long partnership between the United States and Finland,” said Capt. Matthew Brown, commanding officer of USCGC Hamilton (WMSL 753). “The U.S. Coast Guard’s collaboration with the Finnish Border Guard advances our shared ambitions…in the Baltic Sea.”
Prior to arriving in Turku, Hamilton conducted multiple operations with allies and partners in the Baltic Sea, including…boarding exercises with the Swedish Coast Guard….
Russia has announced Sunday that a major dam in the Russian-controlled region of Kherson was damaged in a Ukrainian strike using an advanced US-supplied system.
"Today at 10:00 there was a hit of six HIMARS rockets. Air defense units shot down five missiles, one hit a lock of the Kakhovka dam, which was damaged," Russian news agencies quoted local emergency authorities as saying.
Russia has warned that it will take retaliatory measures against Israel in case the Tel Aviv regime supplies Ukraine with military equipment and aid amid the military conflict there.
Bloomberg television news network, citing two unnamed sources familiar with Russian policy, reported that Moscow would respond if Israel passed along missile systems directly or through a third party to Ukraine. The report did not specify what action Russian officials might take.
The Tel Aviv regime seems to be warming to the idea of supplying military equipment to Ukraine.
However, the coming change of administration in the Israeli-occupied territories leaves future policy under question. Benjamin Netanyahu, who is expected to form the next Israeli cabinet, has been known for his good relations with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Webmaster addition: So, Israel sends more munitions, Russia slaps their wrist, and Israel "invites" the United States into war with Russia!
A federal judge on Tuesday ordered armed members of a group monitoring ballot drop boxes in Arizona to stay at least 250 feet away from the locations following complaints that people wearing masks and carrying guns were intimidating voters.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Liburdi said members of Clean Elections USA, its leader and anyone working with them are also barred from filming or following anyone within 75 feet (23 meters) of a ballot drop box or the entrance to a building that houses one. They also cannot speak to or yell at individuals within that perimeter unless spoken to first.
The temporary restraining order was requested by the League of Women Voters of Arizona after Clean Elections USA, encouraged people to watch 24-hour ballot boxes in Maricopa County, Arizona’s most populous county.
Webmaster addition: First it was we MUST wear masks, now it's DON'T wear masks; can anyone figure out this crazy government? :)
Webmaster addition: Frankly, no matter wins, there will be accusations of cheating. Republicans will claim Democrats cheated while Democrats will claim Russia and China and Iran (the usual scapegoats) cheated. Based on 2016 there will be violence, either real or stages, used by Biden to declare that the GOP are the threat as he did in his two previous speeches.
Unaffordable rents, choosing between meals and heating, and tears when the bills arrive, these are some of the issues that have drawn thousands from across England to the Capitol on a rainy day, concerned about the future, they're protesting against what they see as years of government inaction.
It has led to an untenable cost of living crisis, a squeeze on people's finances and has pushed public services to the brink of destruction.
Just over a week ago, Meta CFO Dave Wehner confidently stated that the not-so-giant tech firm will basically freeze headcount and limit new hiring...
Our pace of hiring slowed in the third quarter, consistent with our previously-stated plans. We added 3,700 net new hires in Q3, down from our Q2 net additions of 5,700 despite Q3 typically being a seasonally stronger hiring period. We expect hiring to slow dramatically going forward and to hold headcount roughly flat next year relative to current levels...
We are making significant changes across the board to operate more efficiently. We are holding some teams flat in terms of headcount, shrinking others and investing headcount growth only in our highest priorities. As a result, we expect headcount at the end of 2023 will be approximately in-line with third quarter 2022 levels.
At the time, we were a little surprised (given the scale of the losses)...
The November Rare Earth MMI (Monthly MetalMiner Index) broke its short-term downward trend and traded sideways month-over-month. Altogether, the index dropped a modest 0.97%. Rare earths managed to hold their steady trend over most of 2022. This was due to the high demand for EV’s, electronics, and rare earth magnets. Indeed, the global market for all of these products continues to grow rapidly.
It has been a great year for energy stocks as the chart below clearly reveals...
... and it will be an even better year (and decade) for energy stocks.
Why? Not because of what Goldman trader Michael Sullivan wrote last week explaining why Energy has (finally) become everyone's favorite sector (more than two years after we first told our readers to go balls to the wall long XOM):
Legendary financial and geopolitical cycle analyst Martin Armstrong says,“The cheating in the midterm election next week is going to be so great that it is almost impossible to make a prediction. . . . In a fair midterm election, the Republicans would win the House and the Senate.”
So, what does his Socrates program see for next week? Armstrong, says, “It’s going to be tight, and the Republicans have a shot at taking the House. Technically, they should take the House and the Senate. I am just not sure. The corruption is so bad, it’s crazy. .."
"Pennsylvania sent out hundreds of thousands of ballots to people who are not documented or even American. I’ve gotten emails from people in Canada, they are getting mail-in ballots. They mailed them to Canada...
Where this ends up, who knows? It’s just so corrupt, it is over the top. It doesn’t matter who wins. Nobody is going to accept this thing, and that is the problem.”
“Wanna know what would make Biggie’s job easy?” barked Biggie Too, slipping into 3rd person like a warm bath. “On Valentine’s Day, non-farm payrolls is -250k, unemployment is above 4%, Powell says enough is enough, the S&P 500 troughs at 3300, and up we go,” bellowed Biggie, Chief Global Strategist for one of Wall Street’s Too-Big-To-Fail affairs. “The end of the bear market gets given to Biggie, wrapped up in a red bow.” Then Biggie went quiet. Agitating himself. “But Biggie doesn’t get gifts. Not for Valentine’s Day. Not for Christmas. Biggie doesn’t even get damn birthday cards.”
“Biggie is not going to get a signal we got a big low,” said Too. “Biggie is going to get a continuation of a series of lows next year, and it’s going be horrible, just horrible,” he said, not sounding terribly upset about it if I’m being honest. “And somewhere in the middle of it, something is going to break. It always does. Always.” We’ve seen the warning signs bubbling up. The UK pension LDI debacle. “You don’t hike rates this fast and not break something big. It’s coming,” said Biggie. “And listen, you’ll know when to trade the Fed pivot. It’ll be after everyone has given up on the Fed pivot.”
Seven years after former National Security Agency contractor Edward Snowden blew the whistle on the mass surveillance of Americans’ telephone records, an appeals court has found the program was unlawful – and that the U.S. intelligence leaders who publicly defended it were not telling the truth.
In a ruling handed down on Wednesday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit said the warrantless telephone dragnet that secretly collected millions of Americans’ telephone records violated the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act and may well have been unconstitutional.
Snowden, who fled to Russia in the aftermath of the 2013 disclosures and still faces U.S. espionage charges, said on Twitter that the ruling was a vindication of his decision to go public with evidence of the National Security Agency’s domestic eavesdropping operation.
“I never imagined that I would live to see our courts condemn the NSA’s activities as unlawful and in the same ruling credit me for exposing them,” Snowden said in a message posted to Twitter.
Evidence that the NSA was secretly building a vast database of U.S. telephone records – the who, the how, the when, and the where of millions of mobile calls – was the first and arguably the most explosive of the Snowden revelations published by the Guardian newspaper in 2013.
Cybersecurity units from the National Guard will be activated in 14 U.S. states to help counter any threats to election officials’ networks ahead of, during, and after the upcoming Nov. 8 midterm elections, according to reports.
The 14 include battleground states Arizona, Iowa, and Pennsylvania, as well as Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Hawaii, Illinois, Louisiana, North Carolina, New Mexico, New York, Washington, and West Virginia, reported Politico.
Webmaster addition: Tomorrow looks to be "interesting.!
Progressives who have descended upon Austin, Texas in recent years are starting to reverse course amid a state-wide shift towards conservatism, NY Mag reports.
"It was easy to just be in Never Neverland, floating with a bunch of other transplants having a good time," said John Stettin, who relocated from Dallas to Austin five years ago and is now leaving for Massachusetts because of 'too many Republicans,' as one friend described the situation during Stettin's going-away party.
Austin has been a predominantly Democratic city full of 'liberal expats' who seek progressive politics and an urban lifestyle 'at a red-state cost-of-living discount,' according to the report.
Then the pandemic hit - and mean Governor Greg Abbott banned municipalities - including Austin - from implementing various COVID measures, such as mask mandates. Then, Abbott codified permitless carry into law and, according to liberals, 'further restricted voting access.'
Then, this past February, Abbott ordered child abuse investigations into parents of trans children - who, according to the report, began fleeing texas months ago.
"I’ve always said, ‘I’m gonna stay and fight until they try to take my kids away,;" said 'Karen' (name withheld), who has a trans child and says she did not want to risk being separated from her children. Karen has 'fled from Austin to Portland, Oregon,' causing her Republican father to 'burst into tears.'
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A National Security Agency whistleblower unearthed a hot-shot analyst’s unauthorized “project” that targeted the communications of citizens or persons in the United States, according to a top secret inspector general report from 2016.
The project, or “experiment,” was not approved by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, the attorney general, the NSA director, or the director for the division that handles signals intelligence. It was also not vetted by the analyst’s chain of command or any NSA officers responsible for oversight.
Journalist Jason Leopold obtained a highly censored version of the 2016 report through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit and co-authored a paywalled article about what that report revealed for Bloomberg.
On March 18, 2013, only a few months before NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden exposed several of the NSA’s mass surveillance programs, a whistleblower stumbled upon a colleague who was collecting or attempting to collect a “large volume of telephone numbers without any foreign intelligence purpose.”
“I am deeply troubled by the Federal Reserve’s rapid series of super-sized interest rate hikes, which may inflict unnecessary pain on millions of individuals and families while sending the economy into a devastating recession,” wrote Chairwoman of the House Financial Services Committee in a public letter to Fed Chairman Powell.
“This week’s Federal Open Market Committee decision marks the fourth consecutive mega rate hike by the Fed, resulting in the highest federal funds rate since before the 2008 global financial crisis and the fastest set of rate hikes by the Fed in four decades. Enough is enough,” continued Maxine Waters.
And this level of political pressure has started with unemployment rising just 0.2% to 3.7%.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation is guilty of planting child pornography on personal computers belonging to Trump backers and employees of the Trump Organization, said a JAG employee who aided a U.S. Army Cyber Command inquiry to figure out the depth of the deplorable act and who had sanctioned it.
The military first heard the allegations in early September, when a former FBI agent reached out to Cyber Command with a startling story: He alleged that agents in the FBI’s Cyber Crimes Division–the lead federal agency for investigating cyber-attacks and intrusions—were committing crimes of their own rather than investigating the crimes of others. Agents (he did not know names, or the number involved) had discreetly embedded child pornography in emails sent to at least 25 of President Trump’s prominent financial backers, as well as four employees at Trump’s New York City offices.
The whistleblower, our source said, provided Cyber Command with digital copies of the emails, each of which appeared to have originated from either President Trump or his Save America fundraiser. In short, the true sender had spoofed names and I.P. addresses. Within that PDF were fundraising statistics and the familiar Save America logo colored red, white, and blue. Merely opening the PDF triggered undetectable malicious code that wrote hidden pornographic files to the recipients’ boot drive and buried them in invisible folders inside Windows Shell Components folder.
Hunter Biden's former business partner is ready to testify with thousands of new call recordings, text messages, photos, emails and documents to a congressional probe investigating the First Son – if the Republicans win the House, sources told DailyMail.com.