Thought for the day
"I have a foreboding of an America in my children's or grandchildren's time -- when the United States is a service and information economy; when nearly all the manufacturing industries have slipped away to other countries; when awesome technological powers are in the hands of a very few, and no one representing the public interest can even grasp the issues; when the people have lost the ability to set their own agendas or knowledgeably question those in authority; when, clutching our crystals and nervously consulting our horoscopes, our critical faculties in decline, unable to distinguish between what feels good and what's true, we slide, almost without noticing, back into superstition and darkness...<p>The dumbing down of American is most evident in the slow decay of substantive content in the enormously influential media, the 30 second sound bites (now down to 10 seconds or less), lowest common denominator programming, credulous presentations on pseudoscience and superstition, but especially a kind of celebration of ignorance" -- Carl Sagan
California Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) signed a bill on Friday that would allow medical boards in the state to punish doctors for spreading COVID-19 misinformation to patients.
Assembly Bill 2098 gives medical boards the power to treat the spread of COVID-19 misinformation as unprofessional conduct punishable by a minimum sentence of five years of probation, and a maximum sentence of full revocation of the doctor’s medical license.
On Wednesday, the United States Army unveiled a new strategic plan for fiscal years 2023-2027 that includes actions to combat and respond to the ‘severe impacts’ of climate change.
According to Russian media, the appeal date for imprisoned American basketball player Brittany Griner is set for October 25.
Griner is an all-star player in the WNBA and plays for the Phoenix Mercury. Her arrest in Russia came in February. Her charges are possession of a vape canister that contained cannabis oil. She says that she brought the items to Russia inadvertently.
Her arrest came just four days before Russia invaded Ukraine. She was sentenced to nine years in prison in August. Griner spoke ahead of her verdict and stated that she never meant to hurt anyone or put the Russian population at any level of risk at all. She said that it was an honest mistake and that she hoped that her life doesn’t have to end here in Russia due to an
The Ukrainian Defense Ministry on Tuesday posted a photograph of a box of "gold dental crowns" they claimed were extracted from Ukrainian victims in a "torture chamber" in Pisky-Radkivski they dubbed a "mini Auschwitz."
"A torture chamber in Pisky-Radkivski," the Ukrainian Defense Ministry tweeted. "2 photos. A gas mask that was put on the head of a victim who was covered with a smoldering rag and buried alive. And a box of gold dental crowns. A mini Auschwitz. How many more will be found in occupied Ukraine?"
The story was spread to millions by Ukrainian officials and media outlets like The Telegraph and The Independent.
The German media outlet BILD visited Pisky-Radkivski to investigate the story themselves and found that the crowns were actually taken from the village dentist.
Kanye West went off on Jared Kushner and his brother Josh during his interview with Tucker Carlson on Thursday and said they only arranged the Abraham Accords "peace treaties" with Israel "to make money."
"After talking to them, and really sitting with Jared and sitting with Josh and finding out other pieces of information, I was like wow, these guys might have really been holding Trump back," West said.
"All these things with Israel ... I just think it was to make money," he continued. "Is that too heavy-handed to put in this platform?"
On Monday Elon Musk posted a tweet urging a de-escalation in the Russian War on Ukraine.
Musk fears any escalation would cause great harm to not only Ukraine but the world.
Elon Musk also posted a poll on the end-game in the war. In response to his question Elon Musk was slammed by his pro-war critics.
The worst reaction came from Ukrainian Ambassador to Germany who made it personal.
Now, Democrats have decided to vote for Republican candidates, too. One viral video shows an unknown man as he declares that he’ll be voting for DeSantis.
According to The Gateway Pundit, the man was thrilled that gas was available after a hurricane. The Western Journal reports, “He’s not going to appear in any election campaign ads this season, but the Florida man in this video has given Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis the strongest endorsement for next month’s election. It’s the best one he’s gotten this year.”
The Serbian government has slammed the latest package of EU sanctions targeting Russia’s oil exports, describing it as the “first EU sanctions package” against Serbia.
Restrictions on the maritime transportation of Russian oil would make it too expensive for Serbia and severely hit the nation’s economy, government officials said on Thursday. In a scathing statement, Serbian Interior Minister Aleksandar Vulin called the EU “the place of our future humiliation and suffering.”
Belgrade will now be “forced to buy more expensive Iraqi oil and thus lose hundreds of millions of euro,” he argued, accusing neighboring Croatia, which is an EU member state, of lobbying for the new measures.
Vulin said the only “consistent” feature of EU policy is “revenge on free nations,” and decried the fact that Western Balkan nations had not been exempted from the latest batch of anti-Russia measures.
The EU “introduced not the eighth package of sanctions against Russia but the first sanctions package against Serbia,” the minister said. He argued that this was why it is “better to be a militarily and politically neutral country” rather than a member of a club of nations that allows the “[psychological] complexes” of its members to run the show.
Serbian Prime Minister Ana Brnabic was equally critical of the new sanctions, saying they were introduced “at the expense of the lives and living standards” of all Serbian people. “It will cost us hundreds of millions of euro,” Brnabic told Serbia’s Happy TV broadcaster.
Błaszczak on Wednesday started a three-day visit to the United States, where he is scheduled to hold a series of talks with American officials about European security and bilateral military deals, according to the Polish defence ministry.
After meeting US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon, Błaszczak told reporters that the talks focused on bilateral military cooperation, ways of "strengthening Polish-American defence ties and plans to "equip the Polish Army with modern hardware," including US-made Abrams tanks.
Officials announced this summer that Poland would buy 250 Abrams tanks from the United States as part of a multibillion deal with Washington.
"Everything indicates that the first Abrams tanks will be made available for use by the Polish Army next year," Błaszczak told reporters on Wednesday.
NATO Military Committee headed by Admiral Rob Bauer paid a two-day visit to Georgia. The delegation of the highest military body of the North Atlantic Alliance is in Georgia for the fourth time.
Within the framework of the official visit, the representatives of the NATO Military Committee were hosted in Krtsanisi by the Commander of the NATO-Georgia Joint Training and Assessment Center (JTEC)….The guests personally inspected the current national and multinational command headquarters exercises – “Didgori 2021” and “MAPLE ARCH”. [The] online training Turkey-Azerbaijan-Georgia tripartite training “Eternity 2021” was also observed.
Later, a bilateral meeting was held between the Commander of the Georgian Defense Forces and the Head of the NATO Military Committee. Major General Giorgi Matiashvili and Admiral Rob Bauer spoke about the process of transformation of the Defense Forces, the importance of NATO-Georgia military cooperation and future priorities, as well as the security environment of the Black Sea.
U.S. F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft from the 336th Fighter Squadron, 4th Fighter Wing, Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, North Carolina, arrived at Larissa Air Base, Greece, in support of operation Castle Forge, a U.S. Air Forces Europe-Air Forces Africa-led joint, multi-national training event.
Castle Forge is designed to provide a dynamic, partnership-focused environment that raises the U.S. commitment to collective defense in the Black Sea region while enhancing interoperability alongside NATO allies….
Alongside the F-15 operations, Castle Forge encompasses the USAFE MAJCOM-wide Agile Combat Employment Initial Operating Capability capstone event. Both of Castle Forge’s components will better enable forces to quickly disperse and continue to deliver air power….
It is nice to see that during times of darkness and mass stupidity devoid of moral leadership among so many once-great centers of western civilization, there are some shining examples of greatness at play. Not only are there examples of greatness, but in some instances, these examples have found expression within corridors of actual power which are shaping the contour of humanity’s future.
Such is the case with today’s Russia, which has come a very long way since the dark days of Perestroika when the Russian economy, military, culture, and people were brutally eviscerated by the utopic fantasies of end-of-history ideologues championing the onset of a New World Order.
Under this post-nation state/post-truth logic, the ancient civilizations of earth were supposed to be reset like a giant video game, shock therapied, and re-tooled like traumatized blank slates into a new synthetic “type” of depopulated humanity composed of drone-like zombies devoid of any residual pollution of family, national or religious traditions.
Thanks to the greed, crassness and stupidity of NATO’s satrapies we are where we deserve to be, on the eve of destruction.
Despite the unfortunate assassination some days earlier in Sarajevo of Archduke Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria of Austria, July 1914 was quieter than a mouse on cotton, as no one had yet realized the horrors that lay ahead. General Radomir Putnik, chief of the general staff of the Serbian army, was taking the waters at Bad Gleichenberg, where the Austro-Hungarians promptly arrested him. Helmut von Moltke, Germany’s chief of staff, was also holidaying, as was Erich von Falkenhayn, the Kaiser’s War minister. Though there was some war talk chatter in gallant little Belgium, her farmers were more preoccupied with their harvests and her townsfolk were much too busy working and downing beers to fret about such matters even though, on 29th July, Belgian Prime Minister Charles de Broqueville had ordered a partial mobilization of her army, only a few short days before Belgium would join the world war that had begun a day earlier, when Austria declared war on Serbia and shelled Belgrade before the Serbs even had time to consider their outrageous demands.
What a difference a decade makes. There was a time when the United States would talk to Russia with at least the pretense of respect. Remember this exchange between then Russian President Dmitry Medvedev and Barack Obama?
That was then. Mr. Medvedev is singing quite a different tune now. He made this public statement yesterday:
It is useless and unnecessary to appeal to the prudence of our enemies in the West, the enemies must be forced to ask for mercy in the lost economic battle and end it with their complete and unconditional surrenderhttps://t.me/intelslava/38460
In America today it is no longer possible for liberals and conservatives, left and right, Republicans and Democrats, blacks and whites, men and women to debate issues. The reason is that for liberals, leftists, Democrats, blacks, and feminists the issues are settled. Conservatives and Republicans are racists, white supremacists, colonialists, and threats to American democracy. Heterosexual men are misogynists. There is nothing to talk about. The guilty parties are known, as are the voices of truth. In place of debate the guilty parties are censored and silenced, which is the job of print, TV, the FBI, employers, and social media.
Feminists teach women to hate men. White liberals teach blacks to hate white people. Woke leftists infuse white kids with guilt and teach them to hate themselves and their parents and to accept privileges awarded to the “oppressed.” Gender depends on what you claim to be, not on biology or your body parts. A society this confused and disunited by mutual hate is incapable of going to war with real nations like Russia, China, Iran.
I once was a university professor, a member of the Congressional staff, an Assistant Secretary of the US Treasury, an advisor to J.P. Morgan Guaranty Trust, a Wall Street Journal editor and columnist, a Business Week columnist, a columnist for the Scripts Howard News Service, a columnist for Creator’s Syndicate. Today my voice is limited to the Internet and to foreign publications and news services.
American media and magazines keep their distance as I don’t agree with the official narratives, every one of which is a blatant lie.
By bombing those pipes, the United States forced Europe into an energy crisis that is going to destroy their economy.
These people are claiming that they are going to be able to survive the winter, barely. But all of Germany’s industry is going to have to be shut down, which is going to lead the entire continent into a death spiral.
If it were not for the fact that these countries are all democracies, they would be installing leaders that are anti-EU, who would ensure that the states achieve sovereignty and then align themselves with Russia.
There is zero benefit to any European country in staying aligned with the US while the US is literally attacking them and purposefully destroying their economy. But they will remain with the US because they are democracy countries, and in a democracy, you don’t have any choices. The government can just do whatever they want to you.
The FBI finally got around to reporting its Uniform Crime Reporting statistics for 2021. For complicated bureaucratic methodological reasons there was a huge decline in cooperation by local police departments, from the mid 80 percents in 2020 to agencies covering 64 percent of the population in 2021. Among the police departments not submitting data under the new, more complicated format are the NYPD and the LAPD.
This makes comparing year to year changes dubious.
But still … the black percentage of known murder offenders surged from a record 56.5% in 2020 to an insane 60.4% in 2021.
This change may be due to a selection effect. For example, perhaps it happened to be that law enforcement agencies that stopped reporting happened to more be in areas with few blacks and ornery nonblacks, such as Oklahoma, New Mexico, and Alaska rather than in places with high black to white ratios of homicides, such as Illinois or Wisconsin. Somebody could go through all the data and try to figure out if this happened. But I don’t see much reason to assume that the smaller sample of reporting agencies was skewed in this direction in 2021 relative to 2020. As far as I can tell, the lower cooperation was due to fairly random bureaucratic reasons.
Mr. Ramsey’s race goes unstated in this long article, but because his parents gave him a middle name that seemingly honors Robert E. Lee, you can just tell he’s white (assuming you have the worldview of a New York Times subscriber).
In truth, of course, the attacker is another black schizo, as are so many of those who carry out violent non-larcenous attacks on pedestrians they don’t know. Blacks tend to suffer from schizophrenia more than other races and tend to be more violent. Put them together and that’s a troublesome combination.
In the FBI’s (less than perfect) homicide statistics for 2021, the ratio of black known homicide offenders to known nonblack homicide offenders is about an order of magnitude, depending upon how you define black from the 2020 Census. (As I’ve mentioned before, police statistics are one of the last pockets of American government where Hispanics aren’t reliably broken out from whites — a holdover from progressive ideas of the 1950s — so I usually just work with black vs. nonblack.
(Also, note that this year’s FBI stats are less reliable than last year’s due to less cooperation due to a slow-motion bureaucratic train wreck involving the FBI setting 2021 as deadline for the complete switch over to a newer system, and many police departments failing to submit.)
In previous Censuses, the great majority of people who identified as black did not identify as anything else, so the question of how to count people who identified as black and another race was marginal and everybody agreed blacks were more or less around 13% of the population. But in the 2020 Census, there was a big growth in the number of people identifying as black and something else. So, the self-identified Black Alone population is now around 12 percent and the self-identified Black And Another Race population is now around 14%.
It is impossible to track the geoeconomic turbulence inherent to the “birth pangs” of the multipolar world without the insights of Professor Michael Hudson at the University of Missouri, and author of the already seminal The Destiny of Civilization.
In his latest essay, Professor Hudson digs deeper into Germany’s suicidal economic/financial policies; their effect on the already falling euro – and hints at some possibilities for fast integrating Eurasia and the Global South as a whole to try to break the Hegemon’s stranglehold.
Settler council heads demanded that the IDF crack down on Palestinian terrorism, with one leader calling for them to be killed in their beds.
“Only through strong deterrence and an aggressive attack against the terrorists will we reach the desired peace,” said Kiryat Arba and Hebron Council head Eliyahu Libman at a morning rally in front of Defense Minister Benny Gantz’s Rosh Ha’ayin home.
It’s the fourth such event this week and the second in front of Gantz’s home.
Israel is preparing for a possible confrontation with Hezbollah after rejecting increased demands from Lebanon in maritime border talks on Thursday.
Defense Minister Benny Gantz instructed the defense establishment “to prepare for any scenario in which tensions increase in the northern arena – including defense and offense readiness,” his office said.
The instruction was issued following an assessment of the situation with IDF Chief of Staff Lt.-Gen. Aviv Kohavi and other senior military officers and defense officials.
The Kremlin has called on the international community to pay special attention to Zelensky’s statements, especially the US and the UK, who Peskov says are “de facto in control of Kiev’s actions” and therefore bear responsibility for the Ukrainian president’s words.
Putin’s spokesman issues warning to the US and UK over the Ukrainian leader’s nuclear demands
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The Kremlin has accused Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky of trying to spark a third world war, after he demanded that NATO carry out preventive strikes on Russia to deter the use of nuclear weapons.
The Kremlin on Thursday denounced comments by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskiy in which he suggested NATO should launch preventive strikes to rule out any Russian use of nuclear weapons, RIA news agency said.
"Such statements are nothing other than an appeal to start yet another world war with unpredictable, monstrous consequences," RIA cited Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov as saying.
In a discussion with the Lowy Institute, an Australian think tank, Zelenskiy said he believed strikes were necessary to preclude any use of nuclear weapons. He did not go into detail about what kind of strikes he meant and made no reference to any need for nuclear strikes.
"What should NATO do? Make it impossible for Russia to use nuclear weapons," he said in remarks posted in an online video.
Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky is calling for NATO to launch "preemptive strikes" on Russia "so that they know what awaits them if they use nuclear weapons."
"Preemptive strikes are needed so that they know what awaits them if they use nuclear weapons," Zelensky told the Lowy Institute on Thursday according to a translation from Interfax. "Not the other way around, waiting for Russia's nuclear strikes and then saying, 'oh, you've done that, then get this.'"
NATO faces a dilemma. Member states are divided on how to proceed regarding Ukraine. Nine countries want membership for Ukraine immediately, 21 disagree. Then there is the issue of what exactly Ukraine is today. Is NATO willing to 'liberate' the regions that are joining Russia?
Russia and the US have managed to achieve “significant progress” in talks over resuming nuclear inspections within the New START treaty, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on Thursday, citing the Foreign Ministry. The sides are also apparently mulling face-to-face negotiations to remedy remaining issues. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, as quoted by the outlet, Moscow and Washington are looking into reviving mutual inspection of nuclear arsenals. The ministry noted that the US and Russia are negotiating “over relevant channels” on how to return “to the full implementation of the treaty” in the element relating to verification mechanisms. It went on to say that the sides are holding virtual talks within the New START bilateral consultative panel. “At the moment, the possibilities for holding its next session in face-to-face format are being explored,” the ministry added. Russia and the US are also discussing “what organizational and technical problems need to be solved,” it told the outlet, adding that “significant progress” has been made to remedy a number of issues, but some “considerable difficulties remain.”