Thought for the day

"It is hard to imagine a more stupid or more dangerous way of making decisions than by putting those decisions in the hands of people who pay no price for being wrong." -- Thomas Sowell

  • 0
  • 1
  • 2


Cognitive dissonance is when people feel discomfort due to discrepancies in their own thoughts or beliefs.

As an example, someone who takes pride in being honest, feels such discomfort when he tells a lie.

Another example of cognitive dissonance is the discomfort felt by members of a cult when they seek to explain how the end of the world was postponed, as their apocalyptic prophecy did not come true.

The term was in fact coined by psychologist Leon Festinger in his studies of such cults in the 1950s.

The opposite of cognitive dissonance is doublethink, a word that first appeared in George Orwell’s 1984.

Posted on: Nov 14 08:09

The CEO of now-bankrupt FTX admitted that FTX was nothing more than a laundromat for the Ukrainian government.

Yesterday TGP reported that the now-bankrupt FTX was transferring money to Ukraine and then laundering money back from Ukraine to the Democrat party.

We’ve identified an interview where Bankman-Fried admitted that FTX was laundering money for the Ukrainian government.

All the money that the US sent to Ukraine over the past two decades needs to be audited and investigated. 

How many billions of US dollars sent to Ukraine ended up back in the pockets of US politicians?

Webmaster addition: Is this the reason Congress voted down a bill requiring oversight on all that cash?

Posted on: Nov 14 08:05

A whopping 87% of Journalism majors say they regret their decision, and would pick a different major if they could, according to CNBC, citing a ZipRecruiter survey of more than 1,500 college graduates who were looking for a job.

Taylor Lorenz cries over invasion of privacy

The aspiring corporate media propagandists were followed by Sociology and Liberal Arts majors at 72% each, and communications majors at 64%.

Posted on: Nov 14 08:03

I have specifically avoided writing about Bitcoin despite having strong opinions on the subject. Bitcoin is a very hot topic, and most people have already made up their minds. In short, I think it has zero value but that argument has been made many times before so I couldn’t add anything new to the conversation.

Full disclosure, I have been in the Crypto market since 2013 and am net positive. That said, given recent market events, I cannot sit by in good conscience without giving fair warning. This is not a Bitcoin is worthless analysis, this is a wake-up call to push people to ask what is keeping this market from imploding. FTX isn’t the canary in the coal mine (that was Celsius, or one of the other firms that crashed this year). FTX is the coal mine, and it just collapsed.

I think the data shows that this market is being propped up by whales. If the dam breaks it could send markets crashing. Back on Oct 31, before anything happened with FTX, I texted a close friend:

My new theory is that the whales are not trying to pump the price anymore. Instead, they are trying to stabilize the price to win back institutional investors. I have never seen bitcoin price volatility so low over a 6 month stretch in 10 years. It just totally stopped moving after an epic collapse back in June. No bounce, no continuation, no nothing. Just super tight price range even while the stock market has continued falling.

I was led to this thinking after watching Bitcoin crash in June to ~19k and then just hold. It spent the next few months consolidating while the bond and stock markets went into turmoil. See the chart below with the simple price of SPY overlaid on top of Bitcoin since 2021. You may notice how steady the orange line has been since June 21, directly after the Bitcoin crash below $20k.

Posted on: Nov 14 08:03

A top sanitation company has been accused of employing at least 31 children to clean the killing floors of slaughterhouses during graveyard shifts - one as young as 13, according to the Department of Labor.

PSSI employees at the Grand Island JBS plant.U.S. Department of Labor

The company, Packers Sanitation Services, or PSSI (owned by Blackstone), is contracted to work at meatpacking facilities and slaughterhouses across the country. According to court documents filed Wednesday, the children were allegedly employed at three facilities in Nebraska and Minnesota, NBC News reports.

Posted on: Nov 14 08:01

Over the past five years, the United States’ largest independent oil and gas company, Exxon Mobil, has mostly focused its exploratory activities in South America.

Last month, the oil major announced that it had made two new discoveries at the Sailfin-1 and Yarrow-1 wells in the Stabroek block offshore Guyana, potentially adding more barrels to one of the most closely watched new oil discoveries. ExxonMobil has now made more than 30 discoveries on the block since 2015, and has ramped up offshore development and production at a pace that far exceeds the industry average.

Posted on: Nov 14 08:01

On Election night at 8 PM Uplift Data released its final hourly results on the Arizona and Maricopa County elections.

Throughout the election cycle, Uplift posted the latest updates on mail-in ballot counts on its website as ballots arrived in the weeks leading up to Election Day. This was a great tool for Democrats to understand the real-time results. On Election Day Uplift tracked the hourly reported results from precincts across Maricopa County.

When the polls closed at 8:00 PM MT Uplift released its final analysis from the day.

Maricopa County turnout numbers on Election Day at 8:00 PM:

Republicans received 52.7% of the vote.
“Other” received 30.7% of the vote.
Democrats received 16.6% of the vote.

The “other” category is likely independents leaning Republican and Republican voters who refuse to talk to liberal pollsters.

Here is the Uplift final count chart:

Posted on: Nov 14 08:00

On Tuesday morning, The Gateway Pundit reported that when polls opened in Maricopa County at 6 am on Election Day, voters were told that the tabulators were not working. This was happening across Maricopa County and resulted in long lines and voters being told to go to another location to vote.

Katie Hobbs is the current Secretary of State in charge of elections.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:59

Bloomberg shared:

The Bahamian police said they’re working with the Bahamas Securities Commission to investigate whether there was any criminal misconduct in the collapse of the crypto exchange FTX.

“In light of the collapse of FTX globally and the provisional liquidation of FTX Digital Markets Ltd., a team of financial investigators from the Financial Crimes Investigation Branch are working closely with the Bahamas Securities Commission to investigate if any criminal misconduct occurred,” a police spokesperson said in a statement Sunday. FTX is registered in the Bahamas.

Will Joe or Hunter Biden be found to be connected?

Posted on: Nov 14 07:57

Parental rights are becoming one of the defining issues for 2024. Building from Glenn Youngkin’s 2021 gubernatorial victory in Virginia, school boards races and educational initiatives have become some of the most fiercely contested areas on local and state ballots. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D., Cal.) weighed in this week into the area with a curious attack on parents demanding more say in the education of their children.

The California Democrat insisted that it is akin to “Putting patients in charge of their own surgeries? Clients in charge of their own trials?” These were curious analogies to draw since patients and clients are in charge of the key decisions in their surgeries and trials. What Rep. Swalwell is missing is called informed consent.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:51

The United States and Russia were unable to agree on language for a joint statement following the multilateral ASEAN summit in Cambodia, making it unlikely that G20 nations will achieve a consensus this week in Indonesia, Bloomberg reports.

According to Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, America and its allies are to blame for a lack of communique at the 19-nation summit, claiming on Sunday that the US "insisted on absolutely unacceptable language regarding the situation in Ukraine."

Russia refuses to describe its invasion of Ukraine as a war, and insists on it being recognized as a "special military operation."

Lavrov also accused the US of dividing the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations and criticized NATO for stepping up activity in the region. His comments on NATO echo a growing concern of China, even though the US alliance system in Asia doesn’t include NATO’s collective defense agreements. -Bloomberg

Posted on: Nov 14 07:48

A new YouGov survey has found that 42% of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents would prefer Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis over former President Trump as the party's 2024 presidential nominee.

Just 35% polled said they would prefer Trump over DeSantis.

That said, those who consider themselves "strong Republicans" were more likely to support a third Trump run (45%) over the Florida governor, while 43% said they would prefer DeSantis.

The difference was far more pronounced among the 'Republican-leaning' respondents, of which 45% preferred DeSantis vs. 21% for Trump. 38% of those who described themselves as "not very strong Republicans" prefer DeSantis, vs. 31% who picked Trump.

The poll comes after Trump lashed out at DeSantis following the governor's resounding midterm victory last week - cementing his position as a top GOP candidate to run against Trump in the 2024 GOP primaries.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:47

Maricopa County released 97,000 ballots on Sunday night.

Kari Lake won ONLY 54.6% of the votes!  From election day!

County officials insist 100% Independents are going for Katie Hobbs and Democrats.

Kari Lake gained only 8,911 in Maricopa on Sunday!

So now we are supposed to believe that Democrats came out in force on Election Day!  What a disgusting lie!

Posted on: Nov 14 07:42

A decisive new batch of ballots from Las Vegas' Clark County has prompted the Associated Press and many other outlets to declare that Nevada incumbent Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto has defeated Adam Laxalt, assuring another two years of Democratic control of the U.S. Senate. 

With the win, Democrats will have at least 50 seats plus the vice presidential tiebreaker vote -- just as they do today -- with an opportunity to secure another seat in the Dec. 6 Georgia runoff pitting Republican Herschel Walker against incumbent Raphael Warnock. With Senate control no longer at stake, it seems likely that already-dull Republican enthusiasm for Trump-backed Walker will sag even more. 

The Arizona governor's race remains tight, however. Unlike Friday night's update -- Saturday's new tally brought some good news for the GOP, as Kari Lake trimmed Democrat Katie Hobbs' lead to 34,129 votes. Hobbs is up 50.7% to 49.3%

Webmaster addition: "A decisive new batch of ballots..."  Suuuuuuuure!

Posted on: Nov 14 07:35

US Customs and Border Commissioner Chris Magnus has quit his position after being asked by DHS head Alejandro Mayorkas top leave or be fired.

#BREAKING @CBPChrisMagnus submits resignation as @CBP Commissioner—It has been accepted by @POTUS.

This comes days after Magnus was asked by @SecMayorkas to resign.

— Ali Bradley (@AliBradleyTV) November 13, 2022

In a recent interview, Magnus told the LA Times that the request was reiterated by DHS #2 John Tien.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:34

The rulers of the United States have decided that the Covid public health emergency will remain in place past January 11th, 2023.  The federal government did not notify states or healthcare providers on Friday of any intent to lift the declaration.

Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra has promised to give stakeholders 60 days’ notice before lifting the emergency declaration so they can prepare for a return to normal operations. In October, HHS extended the public health emergency until January 11th. This declaration is part of what “allowed” the masters to commit human rights violations of all kinds against the slaves in the U.S.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:31

An Australian doctor has discovered the same thing others have: we are being lied to about what is in these injections. Dr. David Nixon, a Brisbane GP, put droplets of the COVID-19 vaccine and the blood of vaccinated patients under a dark-field microscope only to find out that they contain graphene oxide and self-assembling chips.

 According to Sasha Latypova, a scientist with 25 years of experience in clinical trials for pharmaceutical companies, the contract between Pfizer and the United States government prohibits independent researchers from studying the vaccines. They claim it would “divert” these precious resources away from their intended use fulfilling an “urgent” need.

That could be why studies are being done with more scrutiny outside the dictatorship of the U.S.

We are being lied to every day. In fact, The Centers for Disease Control specifically states that all COVID-19 vaccines are free from “metals, such as iron, nickel, cobalt, lithium, and rare earth alloys” and “manufactured products such as micro-electronics, electrodes, carbon nanotubes, and nanowire semiconductors.”

But what Dr. Nixon found is alarming.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:31

“That this shocking bill passed through the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Newsom demonstrates that far too many Americans do not understand the First Amendment."

“That this shocking bill passed through the state legislature and was signed into law by Governor Newsom demonstrates that far too many Americans do not understand the First Amendment."

As TFTP has reported, Sen. Richard Pan, D-Sacramento, who has sponsored a slew of mandatory vaccine laws throughout his career came out in 2019 to threaten the speech of those who question forced vaccination. Throughout the pandemic, Pan has been staunchly opposed to free speech and advocated for silencing anyone and everyone who doesn't worship at the altar of Big Pharma and TheScience(TM).

With the passage of Assembly Bill 2098 in August, this tyrannical state senator has finally gotten his way and even doctors who question the safety of a product from a company with a known history of criminal behavior — will be punished by the state for doing so.

The new law is set to go into effect on January 1 and doctors who disseminate information that diverges from the “contemporary scientific consensus” will face persecution. Now, some of them are fighting back.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:28

UN Special Representative Pramila Patten has been exposed for fabricating her claim that Russia was supplying its troops with Viagra as a part of its “military strategy” in the Ukraine conflict. The widely publicized lie was recycled from baseless NATO propaganda deployed during its 2011 Libyan regime change war.

In a November 10 call with Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexey Stolyarov, better known by their aliases Vovan and Lexus, UN Envoy on Sexual Violence Pramila Patten admitted that there was no evidence to back up her widely publicized claims from October that the Russian government was using Viagra-fueled mass rape as a weapon of war.

During the call, Vovan and Lexus pressed Patten on whether she had any proof of her incendiary allegation. Clearly flustered, Patten responded:  “No, no, no. And I don’t — like I said, it’s not my role to go and investigate. I sit in New York, in an office in New York, and I have an advocacy — and I have an advocacy mandate. My role is not to investigate.”

She continued: “The investigation is going on by the Human Rights Monitoring Team and the International Commission of Inquiry. In their reports so far, there’s nothing about Viagra.”

Posted on: Nov 14 07:28

So, the picture is becoming more clear on how the US government operationalized a propaganda campaign on its own people from the very beginning of the COVID-19 crisis.  They took these steps: 1) establish a single source of truth—the CDC, 2) weaponize CISA to declare “disinformation” their target, 3) enlist a legion of volunteer deputies without any official authority or accountability to operate within social media and all walks of life, giving public service messages telling Americans the CDC is the only trusted source of information.  The converse of this assertion–anything else must be considered untrue and up for being nailed as “misinformation,” “disinformation,” or “malinformation.”

Posted on: Nov 14 07:27

In 2014, a patent was filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) that outlines the future – which is now the present – of chemical and biological warfare.

Entitled “Toxic mosquito aerial release system,” the patent, which was issued as US8967029B1, outlines a system of spraying for biological, chemical, or other materials using “unmanned aerial vehicle[s] operable by remote control.”

“It carries a container holding a central processing unit and a mosquito breeding bin, which is a self-contained volume housing mosquitoes and a mosquito food having a toxin suitable to be transmitted by mosquito bite after the mosquito consumes the mosquito food,” the abstract further states.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:26

File:John Bolton (33024349291).jpg

Thursday’s admission by former US National Security Advisor and notorious Iran-hawk John Bolton, that weapons are being provided to those carrying out the latest regime change attempt taking place against Tehran, should come as little surprise.

Beginning on the 16th of September, less than 24 hours after Iran had joined the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation - an alliance intended to foster political, economic and military development in Eurasia - protests that initially started in response to the death of Mahsa Amini, a 22-year old Iranian woman who passed away suddenly following an interaction with a female police officer in Tehran, would rapidly escalate into violent riots that quickly swept the Islamic Republic.

The sudden, violent nature of these riots, and their coordinated coverage by Western media, bore all the trademarks of a CIA-orchestrated colour revolution, which would later be confirmed as such by the involvement of Masih Alinejad, a US Agent who previously held a meeting with former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo – like John Bolton, another long-time supporter of regime change in Iran.

Tags: IRAN
Posted on: Nov 14 07:25

New Europol rules expanded the powers of the EU law enforcement agency while reducing human rights protections and oversight over its data processing operations, according to a report by Statewatch.

Enforcement of the rules started in June.

Europol processes data exchange between EU members and other entities. Therefore, the new rules increase the powers of all law enforcement agencies that work with Europol.

The new rules allow Europol to process “investigative data” that could cover anyone anywhere as long as it is related to a “specific criminal investigation.” The agency is, therefore, allowed to process large quantities of data transferred to its member states on individuals who might be innocent and with no links to crime, and as a result, legalizes an activity Europol was reprimanded for by the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS).

The new rules also allow Europol to launch “research and innovation” projects, which will focus on the use of machine learning, artificial intelligence, and big data to process sensitive data like ethnicity and genetic information.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:24

With the midterm elections mostly complete and Democrats projected to retain the majority in the Senate and a slight minority in the House, the 82-year-old Democratic leader said that Biden, who turns 80 next Sunday, should run again because “he has accomplished so much” and “has a great record.”

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:22

In April, when cryptocurrency guru and Democratic mega-donor Sam Bankman-Fried described how crypto tokens work on a Bloomberg podcast, the host remarked that it sounded a lot like being “in the Ponzi business.” Bankman-Fried, founder of the FTX cryptocurrency exchange, replied that this was “a pretty reasonable response” with a “depressing amount of validity.”

The conversation — which occurred days after one of the industry’s top regulators in Washington tweeted a picture with Bankman-Fried — probably should have set off blaring alarm bells throughout Washington, D.C., and the financial industry. It didn’t.

On Friday, FTX, which previously had $16 billion in customer assets, and was valued at $32 billion in its most recent investor funding round in September, filed for bankruptcy in Delaware. Bankman-Fried, 30, resigned as its CEO.

The collapse underscores how the $849-billion crypto industry — down by one fifth in the last week and from a high of $3 trillion a year ago — has been protected by regulators who are asleep at the wheel, while hapless ordinary investors, suckered in with slick ads from prominent celebrities and athletes, lose their savings.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:22

 Republicans will fail to gain enough seats to take back the Senate majority, according to a projection by DecisionDeskHQ. The Senate will remain under Democrat control, since ties are broken by the vice president.

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:22

 The Hill published a possible plan that could propel California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) directly to the presidency, passing by Vice President Kamala Harris, without it ever coming to a vote before the American people.

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:21

Stanford quietly dropped their vaccination requirements.

How did I find out?

I just happened to be browsing on their website.

There was no announcement as far as I know.

Since there is no benefit for community spread, since only 1 in a million kids might die from COVID, and many more reasons, this policy never made any sense.

I can’t believe they finally dropped it. I didn’t even get a phone call.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:21

 Officials in Maricopa County are still counting votes from last Tuesday’s midterm election — and the results of several races still hang in the balance — but they took a few minutes on Saturday to lash out at everyone from the voters and the candidates to bots and “disinformation super spreaders.”

By: orraz
Posted on: Nov 14 07:20

We’re a week into this year’s UN climate summit, COP27, and the various agenda planned to roll out on the back of it are coming into focus.

None more so than the autumn offensive in the establishment’s war on food. There’s a big push on that front.

Today was “Adaptation and Agriculture” day at COP27, and you probably don’t need me to tell you what was on the agenda – a lot of talk of “sustainability”, “innovation”, “climate-friendly production” and so on.

As usual with these global meetings, the closed-door discussions and po-faced newspeak presentations are accompanied by a wave of synchronized propaganda.

One angle this propaganda is taking is that COP27 “refused to discuss” meat or farming in general, and therefore those people insisting we should kill all the cows in the world and eat lab-grown paste instead are somehow rebels speaking truth to power.

Posted on: Nov 14 07:20