"There are 14 or 15 million Americans who have the resources to have representatives in Washington to protect their interests, and that the interests of the great mass of the other people - the 150 or 160 million - is the responsibility of the president of the United States, and I propose to fulfill it." -- Harry S Truman
Nord Stream, the Gazprom-led operator of the Nord Stream 1 gas export pipeline from Russia to Germany, has discovered what it describes as two "technogenic craters" on the seabed next to the pipeline.
Nord Stream's announcement follows a mission into the Swedish maritime zone that the operator commissioned after reportedly receiving refusals from Sweden to share results of that country's its own initial investigation.
The two strings of Nord Stream 1 together with the first string of Nord Stream 2 were damaged by explosions near the Danish island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea at the end of September, leading to the violent escape of highly pressurised gas to the sea surface.
"According to preliminary results of the damage site inspection, technogenic craters with a depth of three to five metres were found on the seabed at a distance of about 248 metres from each other," Nord Steam said.
Lebanon has secured "American guarantees" that its maritime border deal with Israel cannot be easily scrapped should Benjamin Netanyahu return to the Israeli prime minister's office, Beirut's chief negotiator said on Wednesday.
Israel and Lebanon struck a US-brokered sea border agreement last month that opens up potentially lucrative offshore gas fields.
The agreement was seen as a rare diplomatic breakthrough between two neighbours who are still technically in a state of war. It was reached at a time of renewed interest in Eastern Mediterranean energy, with European states scrambling for alternative gas suppliers following Russia's invasion of Ukraine.
But the deal’s fate has been thrown into doubt with Netanyahu appearing to be on the cusp of returning to power. The former Israeli prime minister has dismissed the agreement as an "illegal ploy", and vowed, in an interview with Israel's Army Radio on Monday, to "neutralise" it.
The people of Israel, worn out by five rounds of elections in just over three years, wanted a clear-cut result from the 1 November election, whatever the outcome.
And they got it: a resounding win for the ultra-nationalist, Jewish supremacist right, driven by the rising political heavyweight Itamar Ben-Gvir.
A new Israel has been born out of this election, one where the murky definition of the state as "Jewish-democratic", often questioned if possible, has been categorically decided: Jewish – yes; democratic – hardly.
The outcome of the results, although paving the way for a dramatic return to power for former prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, will have ramifications that go far beyond his personal victory.
The religious right-wing parties are the true winners, who together are set to eclipse Likud's once-unrivalled dominance of the right in Israel.
Gerald Celente: “What I am warning the people is they better wake up and do something to stop this madness. That the markets are at this level now is a total joke. Anybody that has a brain sees the real data and understands it. Look at the commercial real estate sector and the business sector. You have office occupancy rates in Europe at 46%, in America maybe at 50%, in New York City 45%. You are going to see a crash in the business and commercial real estate market unparalleled in history. This is real. People are not going back to work like they used to. Work at home is the new way. But they are not talking about this. All they say is, ‘Oh, airline travel is back up.’ Yeah but business travel isn’t. It’s not coming back. Not when you have office occupancy rates at this level. And only 30% of the dry cleaners went out of business. ‘Oh, they don’t count.’ All the businesses that depended on commuters coming into the city, ‘Oh no, don’t talk about that.’
Ahead of COP27, the ecologist Dr. Susan Crockford has launched a hard-hitting attack on the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the World Economic Forum (WEF), King Charles and Sir David Attenborough. The two men are said to “parrot WWF activist nonsense” that they naïvely accept as science. Dr. Crockford is an acknowledged zoology expert on polar bears, whose work on their recently growing Arctic populations has effectively removed them as a green poster story. She says it is clear that many of the goals of the WWF are shared by the WEF, and these complement the vision the King and Attenborough share for the future. “They all want a return to a world with fewer people that live meagre, circumscribed lives, while the rich carry on their jet-setting ways.”
Dr. Crockford writes that when the WWF began promoting itself as a scientific authority a dozen or so years ago, these “naïve elite boosters” accepted it without question, parroting unsubstantiated WWF climate doomsday talking points at every opportunity. In her view, these men don’t speak with an authority of their own on this topic, “they use their exalted positions to assist the WWF and others achieve their utopian dream: destroy for others the capitalism that created their own wealth and power”.
The U.S. State Department has approved the potential sale of guided multiple launch rocket systems and related equipment to Finland in a deal valued at an estimated cost of $535 million, the Pentagon said in a statement on Wednesday.
The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Corp, the Pentagon said.
"Finland intends to use these defense articles and services to increase its national stock, bolstering the land and air defense capabilities in Europe's northern flank," it said.
"The increased national stock is critical to Finland’s defense and deterrence due to the deteriorated security situation in Europe," the statement said.
Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov announced plans to bring up Ukraine’s alleged efforts to stage a dirty bomb provocation up at the United Nations. On Sunday, Russia’s defense minister informed his NATO counterparts on the threat of a Ukrainian dirty bomb false flag attack. Kiev and its sponsors have dismissed the allegations.
The Russian military has information on contacts between Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s office and British representatives on the matter of nuclear weapons technology, Igor Kirillov, the head of Russia’s Radiation, Chemical and Biological Defense Troops, has revealed.
“We have information on contacts between the Ukrainian president’s office and representatives of Britain on the possible acquisition of nuclear weapon technology,” Kirillov said in a briefing Monday.
The senior officer echoed concerns voiced by Defense Minister Shoigu on Sunday – namely that Kiev was “planning a provocation involving the detonation of a so-called ‘dirty bomb’, or a low-yield nuclear weapon,” and then claiming that the explosion was caused by a Russian tactical nuclear weapon.
Earlier this year, Allies agreed to enhance NATO’s presence in the east of the Alliance by establishing four new multinational battlegroups in Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia (in addition to the existing battlegroups in Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland, which have been in place since 2017). Now, Allied troops are training together in these new battlegroups, demonstrating their ability and commitment to working together – come rain or come shine.
In a new piece, Teen Vogue gets the midterms factually wrong – which provides more disinformation than information in its attempt to “educate the influencers of tomorrow.”
Misinformation is being fed to readers here: “House terms are two years, and candidates can serve up to six terms.” No, the House is not term-limited. “A senator can serve two terms.” Nor is the Senate. The Presidency is term-limited, some governors are, some state legislatures, but not Congress.
We might also argue with this, concerning House and Senate: “Each state has representatives in these two groups.” Not really, no. It is indeed the state that is represented in the Senate but it’s actually the district that is represented in the House.
This is more confusing than actually entirely wrong:
“On the state level, there will be 36 governorships and 30 state attorney general offices on ballots. Of the 36 governorships, 20 of them are currently occupied by Republicans. Although these state positions might seem less important than congressional seats, winning a majority in these areas would allow Democrats to pursue liberal legislation outside of Washington, D.C.”
You’d want a majority of each state legislature, yes, but a majority of governors or attorneys general is irrelevant. Each one is the only one in each state, their sway holds over each single state only. What everyone else is doing is irrelevant to them.
With Joe Biden dragging his party down, Democrats have few stars to help their fading 2022 chances. Democrats in close races are staying far away from Joe Biden. But some candidates are particularly worried since they supported Joe Biden every step of the way.
That’s probably why they managed to dig up Barack Obama to help. The former president showed up at a rally to help an embattled Democrat who is fighting for re-election. Democrats have been leaning on Barry to salvage their midterm chances. But as soon as he mount the stage, they realized their scheme backfired.
From The Post Millennial:
As Obama was talking about stopping “dangerous” rhetoric ahead of the election, one man shouted “Mr. President! There’s more people that are going to get hurt if we go into nuclear war!”
“Right now, we’re on the verge of nuclear war thanks to what you did in Ukraine in 2014. Why won’t you tell the truth about what you did… in Ukraine in 2014?”
These people don’t just tell lies; they tell whoppers.
The latest is Democrat Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, who tweeted “Free speech does not include spreading misinformation to downplay political violence.”
Let’s start with saying the First Amendment does not, in general, outlaw spreading of misinformation. We’ll come back to that in a moment.
Secondly, Durbin talks of downplaying political violence. That’s a reference to a comment made by new Twitter owner Elon Musk about the recent brutal attack on Paul Pelosi, husband of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“In the days since Musk took Twitter private, the platform has seen an uptick in hate speech, and Musk himself used the platform and his influence to spread a baseless conspiracy theory about a violent attack on an elected official’s business,” Durbin tweeted.
In a tweet, Musk shared a link pushing unsubstantiated theories about the attack on Pelosi. Following heavy criticism, he removed the tweet.
The only hate speech surrounding the attack of which I am aware are claims by Democrats that former President Donald Trump broke into the Pelosi residence and personally attacked Paul Pelosi.
Okay, that’s an exaggeration – misinformation, if you will – but it makes a point about the tone Democrats have adopted in that they are repeating the claim that hate speech by Republicans prompted the attack on Pelosi.
New Twitter CEO Elon Musk had a little joust on the platform with Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York on Wednesday over his plans to institute an $8 per month charge for Twitter Blue and the blue check denoting certified status.
“Lmao at a billionaire earnestly trying to sell people on the idea that ‘free speech’ is actually a $8/mo subscription plan,” the congresswoman tweeted.
Musk replied, “Your feedback is appreciated, now pay $8.”
Webmaster addition: Gotta love his sense of humor!
“We are concerned about the threat picture, and we remain in constant contact through military and intelligence channels with the Saudis,” the National Security Council said in a statement on Tuesday. “We will not hesitate to act in the defence of our interests and partners in the region.”
Former CIA director and ex-Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was just served with a lawsuit that claims Pompeo spied on WikiLeaks Founder Julian Assange while he took refuge inside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.
Three women were arrested Wednesday after disrupting Supreme Court arguments by heckling the justices in protest of the Dobbs decision on abortion while lawyers were arguing a banking case. A few seconds of the heckling was captured on the court’s audio feed of the proceedings.
Ohio Democrat Senate candidate Tim Ryan’s 2019 pledges to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) to release "all the nonviolent criminals" and cut the prison population in half came back to haunt him as the contentious race enters its final stretch.
In June 2019, during his ultimately unsuccessful run for president, Ryan was approached by an ACLU "rights for all voter" who asked him if he would commit to reducing the U.S. prison population by 50 percent, should he take the White House.
"I don’t know if it’s by 50 percent or not, but we want to get all the nonviolent criminals out, for sure," Ryan responded.
Tim Ryan, Ohio’s Democratic nominee for Senate, has called for border security on the campaign trail, but just three years ago he pledged to strip funding from border authorities and support citizenship for millions of illegal immigrants.
In 2019, when Ryan was running for the Democratic presidential nomination, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) asked presidential candidates to pledge their support for several specific policies regarding illegal immigration.
Ryan agreed to support a path to citizenship for 11 million illegal immigrants. He also pledged to slash the detention budget of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and end the use of ICE detainers, his answers to the ACLU questionnaire show.
Webmaster addition: Tim Ryan just blatantly lied to @BretBaier and @marthamaccallum when he claimed he never supported defunding ICE.
In a recent op-ed for The Washington Post, conservative columnist George Will calls on President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris to drop out of the 2024 election “for the good of the country.”
Will is specifically concerned about a recent Biden blunder that saw Joe claiming student loan debt forgiveness was passed by a vote of two; there was never a vote.
Many, if not most, major scientific institutions have been captured by private interests pushing a special interest agenda, including vaccine research and the study of vaccine adjuvants such as aluminum.
Prof. Christopher Exley conducted extensive research in aluminum’s toxicity at Keele University in the United Kingdom, only to have his research funding stripped at the behest of the vaccine industry.
It turns out that Exley was revealing too much about how aluminum, which is contained in many childhood vaccines, causes serious health conditions like Alzheimer’s disease and autism. (Related: The CDC has also confirmed that aluminum in vaccines causes both asthma and autism in children.)
As far back as the early 1980s, Exley was digging into why fish were dying in increasing numbers in lakes and water ways. It turns out that aluminum toxicity was to blame.
With just over a week to go until the election, Democrats seem poised to do anything they can to raise the temperature level on partisan divisions by falsely portraying their opponents as violent and unhinged.
Once again, ground zero for the country’s anti-Democrat political violence appears to be San Francisco, a place in which only 6.7% of the population is Republican.
Despite that pesky detail—and the fact that roughy 99% of Republicans in San Francisco would be too fearful to admit so openly—MAGA was blamed for a 2019 samurai sword attack and for the city’s staggering 567% rise in anti-Asian attacks since 2021.
Elsewhere, during the current election cycle, desperate Democrat Senate candidates Katie Hobbs and John Fetterman each have tried to frame MAGA with apparent false-flag attacks.
Hobbs’s opponent, Kari Lake, a veteran cable-news journalist, held a press conference Friday to excoriate media for taking the bait after Hobbs baselessly accused Lake of a Watergate-style campaign break-in.
Private DMs, scantily clad students, and police: Meet the trans teacher who has parents alarmed
Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, MD waited months to suspend a transgender teacher after receiving video evidence of inappropriate behavior.
Libs of TikTok received shocking videos reportedly taken from inside the high school classroom.
In the footage from the Chesapeake High School history classroom, you can see students engaging in what appears to be sexual acts and a minor wearing a sexually inappropriate outfit on school grounds.
This type of behavior on school grounds would make any sane person ask, “what kind of institution would let students behave like this?” Libs of TikTok did some digging and the story gets worse.
Willa Hoard, who transitioned from a male, teaches social studies and runs the Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA) organization at Chesapeake High School in Pasadena, MD. A GSA is a
“student-run organizations that unite LGBTQ+ and allied youth to build community and organize around issues impacting them in their schools and communities. GSAs have evolved beyond their traditional role to serve as safe spaces for LGBTQ+ youth in middle schools and high schools, and have emerged as vehicles for deep social change related to racial, gender, and educational justice.”
The man accused of attacking Paul Pelosi pleads not guilty to multiple charges, including attempted murder.
David DePape, 42, from Richmond, California, entered the plea on Tuesday during his first court appearance in San Francisco.
In a court filing, prosecutors alleged that DePape was on a “suicide mission” and had other intentions to target other state and federal politicians alongside their families. An FBI affidavit revealed that DePape carried a zip-tie, rope and tape with the intention of kidnapping House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.).
DePape is being charged with attempted murder, residential burglary, assault with a deadly weapon, elder abuse, false imprisonment of an elder and threats to a public official and their family.
Webmaster addition: But David is looking really, REALLY, depressed in that jail cell!
An outraged mom of two named Sarah Adams is blowing the whistle on Instagram, alleging that the social media platform is allowing parents to sexually exploit their young daughters for financial gain.
“Here’s one [Instagram] account that I’ve explored before, and here’s the subscribe button in which you can subscribe for exclusive access to a 13-year-old girl,” said Adams, 37, known on TikTok as @Mom.uncharted, in a now-viral Reddit post.
In her video, which has been shared under Reddit’s “TerrifyingAsF–k” category, the appalled blond revealed that the Instagram account in question also features a link to the child’s Amazon Wishlist and YouTube channel. She then superimposed several heavily-blurred snippets of an unidentifiable young girl modeling in a bikini near a
Speaking about the assault on Paul Pelosi, former President Donald Trump said that what we now know is only “the beginning.” According to Raw Story, Trump appeared as a guest on The Chris Stigall Show on Tuesday and discussed his opinions on the occasion.
How do you interpret the events that occurred over the weekend at the Pelosi home in San Francisco? Stigall enquired.
Well, there have been some strange occurrences in that household during the past few weeks. You know, it’s probably best that we keep quiet about it because — because the glass appears to have been smashed from the inside to the outside, which means that it wasn’t an intruder; rather, it was a breakout. I’m not sure. You know, I hear the same things that you do,” remarked Trump.
Stigall pressed, “The 911 call seems to imply that he knew the identify of the man.
“Yeah. Yeah. There is a lot of terrible stuff in it. Even if I don’t like Nancy Pelosi, what’s happening there is terribly terrible.
Stigall would go on to assert that there is more to the story than has been disclosed to the public.
In all seriousness, Trump continued, “This is, I guess more than the traffic accident, it looks to me.” He was alluding to Paul Pelosi’s DUI arrest from back in May.