"We're so self-important. So arrogant. Everybody's going to save something now. Save the trees, save the bees, save the whales, save the snails. And the supreme arrogance? Save the planet! Are these people kidding? Save the planet? We don't even know how to take care of ourselves; we haven't learned how to care for one another. We're gonna save the fuckin' planet? . . . And, by the way, there's nothing wrong with the planet in the first place. The planet is fine. The people are fucked! Compared with the people, the planet is doin' great. It's been here over four billion years . . . The planet isn't goin' anywhere, folks. We are! We're goin' away. Pack your shit, we're goin' away. And we won't leave much of a trace. Thank God for that. Nothing left. Maybe a little Styrofoam. The planet will be here, and we'll be gone. Another failed mutation; another closed-end biological mistake." -- George Carlin
It's called "refund shock," and many taxpayers can expect to see it when they file their 2022 tax returns.
As KDKA-TV money editor Jon Delano explains, there may not be a lot most of us can do about it.
Thanks to pandemic relief measures passed by Congress in the last year of the Trump administration, and especially during the first year of the Biden administration, many Americans got very big tax refunds earlier this year. But don't count on a repeat.
"We call it refund shock or refund whiplash, and really it has to do with a lot of the tax benefits put in place last year as part of the way to combat the pandemic – a lot bigger credits, a lot more credits, stimulus money – a lot of that went away at the start of this year," says Mark Steber, chief tax information officer for Jackson Hewitt.
A large satellite that’s designed to beam internet to consumer cell phones is now one of the brightest objects in the night sky—much to the chagrin of the astronomical community.
Their concerns revolve around the prototype BlueWalker 3 satellite from Texas-based AST SpaceMobile. Earlier this month, BlueWalker 3 fully deployed itself, resulting in the satellite’s massive 693-foot communication array unfolding over Earth’s orbit.
BlueWalker 3 satellite (Credit: AST SpaceMobile)
The International Astronomical Union—which is made up of 12,000 members—now says it’s “troubled” by the satellite’s “unprecedented brightness,” especially since AST SpaceMobile has plans to launch dozens of additional BlueWalker-like satellites in the future.
“New measurements reveal that this low Earth orbiting satellite is now one of the brightest objects in the night sky, outshining all but the brightest stars,” the IAU said(Opens in a new window) in a statement on Monday. As evidence, the group provided several images that show BlueWalker 3 creating satellite streaks in the night sky, which can disrupt and photo-bomb telescopic observations.
House Democratic Caucus Chairman Hakeem Jeffries, who was elected Wednesday by House Democrats to succeed Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said during the 2020 presidential election that Tara Reade’s sexual assault allegation against President Biden "needs to be investigated seriously."
Jeffries made headlines in April 2020 after he broke with his party to lend credibility to the claims made by Reade, a former Biden staffer who accused Biden of cornering her in a Senate office building in 1993 and sexually assaulting her.
Multiple people have corroborated parts of Reade’s story since she first spoke out on March 25, 2020, but Biden and his campaign vehemently denied the claims.
Problems with the election in Arizona have Republicans furious, and a majority of voters nationwide agree that the “sacred right to vote” is at risk.
The latest Rasmussen Reports national telephone and online survey finds that 71% of Likely U.S. voters believe it’s likely – including 40% who say it’s Very Likely – that problems with the election in Maricopa County affected the outcome of the Senate election in Arizona. Twenty-three percent (23%) don’t think the problems affected the Senate election, in which Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly defeated GOP challenger Blake Masters by a 51%-47% margin.
Judicial Watch announced that it filed an opposition to the U.S. Capitol Police’s (USCP) effort to shut down Judicial Watch’s federal lawsuit for January 6 videos and emails. Through its police department, Congress argues that the videos and emails are not public records, there is no public interest in their release, and that “sovereign immunity” prevents citizens from suing for their release.
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit under the common law right of access after the Capitol Police refused to provide any records in response to a January 21, 2021, request (Judicial Watch v. United States Capitol Police (No. 1:21-cv-00401)). Judicial Watch asks for:
Email communications between the U.S. Capitol Police Executive Team and the Capitol Police Board concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
Email communications of the Capitol Police Board with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021through January 10, 2021.
All video footage from within the Capitol between 12 pm and 9 pm on January 6, 2021
Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says NATO is fanning the flames of tension in the South China Sea in a fashion detrimental to Russia, warning that the US-led Western military coalition has reverted to its Cold War priorities.
Speaking at a press conference on European security issues on Thursday, Lavrov said the South China Sea has turned into one of those regions “where NATO is no averse,” as the military bloc “once did in Ukraine, to escalating tensions.”
China claims sovereignty over virtually all of the South China Sea, which is also claimed in part by Taiwan, Brunei, Vietnam, Malaysia, and the Philippines. The waters are believed to sit atop vast reserves of oil and gas.
“We know how seriously China takes such provocations, not to mention Taiwan and the Taiwan Strait, and we understand that NATO's playing with fire in these regions carries threats and risks for the Russian Federation. It is as close to our shores and to our seas as Chinese territory,” Russia's top diplomat stated.
The Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed in Washington, means that an investment platform is made available to the Ukrainian government. The establishment will take place according to “a roadmap that Financial Markets Advisory, a company in the BlackRock group, will develop in consultation with the Ministry of Economy”.
The statement stated that BlackRock’s advice will focus on the “platform structure, mandate and governance”. The platform “will focus on mobilizing investments in key sectors of the Ukrainian economy,” the statement continued.
“It is very important for us to show the whole world that war does not prevent investment in Ukraine. After all, investments are the key to a future rapid and effective economic recovery,” says Ukrainian Economy Minister Yulia Svyrydenko. “We expect a lot from the collaboration with BlackRock’s FMA division [Financial Markets Advisory]. We hope that this restart platform will be an effective mechanism to mobilize investment in key sectors of our economy,” she added.
NASA's Artemis 1 Orion spacecraft will depart lunar orbit on Thursday afternoon (Dec. 1), and you can watch the action live.
The uncrewed Orion is scheduled to perform a crucial 105-second engine burn on Thursday at 4:54 p.m. EST (2154 GMT), which will send the capsule out of orbit around the moon and mark the beginning of its long journey back to Earth.
NASA will provide coverage of the milestone live, beginning at 4:30 p.m. EST (2130 GMT). Watch it live here at Space.com or directly via the space agency(opens in new tab).
UPDATE: On the morning of September 21st Phil Giraldi was fired over the phone by The American Conservative, where he had been a regular contributor for fourteen years. He was told that “America’s Jews Are Driving America’s Wars” was unacceptable. The TAC management and board appear to have forgotten that the magazine was launched with an article by founder Pat Buchanan entitled “Whose War?” which largely made the same claims that Giraldi made about the Jewish push for another war, in that case with Iraq. Buchanan was vilified and denounced as an anti-Semite by many of the same people who are now similarly attacking Giraldi.
I spoke recently at a conference on America’s war party where afterwards an elderly gentleman came up to me and asked, “Why doesn’t anyone ever speak honestly about the six-hundred-pound gorilla in the room? Nobody has mentioned Israel in this conference and we all know it’s American Jews with all their money and power who are supporting every war in the Middle East for Netanyahu? Shouldn’t we start calling them out and not letting them get away with it?”
There is a concerning lack of safety data for childhood use of the drug Lupron, which is prescribed off-label to halt puberty in children with gender identity issues, according to a leading expert who investigated the drug.
Judicial Watch, a conservative watchdog group, filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Nov. 22 after it failed to complete a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request into communication records regarding alleged online censorship during the 2020 presidential election.
Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre when the White House intends to delete its Twitter account over their concerns about misinformation and hate speech.
The global law firm Hogan Lovells fired a retired equity partner after she spoke positively about the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade in a conference call with other female employees, some of whom expressed anger at her, she wrote in a Tuesday Wall Street Journal opinion piece.
Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell claimed Wednesday “nobody” thought that inflation would reach the levels it did, but several economists, including former Obama administration appointees, raised alarms earlier.
CNBC anchor and financial journalist Andrew Ross Sorkin opened a Wednesday interview with Sam Bankman-Fried by reading him a letter from an alleged investor who asked the former crypto billionaire why he stole the investor’s life savings.
Former Democratic Amite City, Louisiana, police chief Jerry Trabona and City Councilwoman Kristian “Kris” Hart were sentenced to one year in prison Wednesday for violating federal election laws after it was discovered that they were buying votes, according to a Department of Justice (DOJ) press release.
The British government assigned at least 15 people to the secret operation to seize Julian Assange from the Ecuadorian embassy in London, new information shows. The WikiLeaks founder was given political asylum by Ecuador in 2012, but was never allowed safe passage out of Britain to avoid persecution by the U.S. government.
The Australian journalist has been in Belmarsh maximum-security prison for the past three and a half years and faces a potential 175-year sentence after the High Court of England and Wales green-lighted his extradition to the U.S. in December 2021. "Pelican" was the secret Metropolitan Police operation to seize Assange from his asylum, which eventually occurred in April 2019. Asylum is a right enshrined in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
What is the root of all evil? Money? No, not really. Money is just a tool, like a hammer, a wrench or even a gun. When I think of evil I don't envision a handgun or a rifle or a big pile of hundred dollar bills. Instead, I see nightly news talking heads spreading disinformation and fear. I see mobs of over-emotional and ignorant activists setting fire to buildings, tearing things down because they don't know how to build anything useful and new. And above it all, I see a small group of elites hovering, licking their chops as they fantasize about the potential power that can be gained from exploiting the chaos.
The willingness to destroy and cause suffering for personal benefit is evil. The willingness to feed off the tragedies of others is evil. And these are the cold characteristics that currently define the political left.
There have been multiple criminal events and national emergencies over the past few years that leftists have been very quick to hijack or scapegoat onto conservatives, often with embarrassing results for themselves. The most recent being the Colorado “Club Q” shooting in which 5 people died and at least 19 were injured. Here was the mainstream media's reaction to the event, with little to no facts on hand to back their claims:
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres spoke of the Israeli-Palestine conflict on the International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People, saying “the occupation must end,” according to the Times of Israel.
Temperatures across Northwest Europe are set to dive well below average for the first half of December as an Arctic blast will be the first real test for the energy-stricken continent's power systems.
Bloomberg data shows average temperatures will begin sliding Wednesday under a 30-year trendline of about 40 degrees Fahrenheit to 27 degrees by the midpoint of December. This means that temperatures will be 10 degrees below the historical average, a sure sign that heating demand will rapidly increase.
A team of researchers from the University of Alberta discovered at least two new minerals never before seen on Earth in a 15-ton meteorite that landed in east Africa.
Unearthed in Somalia in 2020, the meteorite is the ninth largest ever found. When researchers sliced off a two-ounce section of the space rock, they found two new minerals named "elaliite" and "elkinstantonite." Details about the minerals remain limited.
"Whenever you find a new mineral, it means that the actual geological conditions, the chemistry of the rock, was different than what's been found before.
"That's what makes this exciting: In this particular meteorite you have two officially described minerals that are new to science," Chris Herd, a professor in the Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences and curator of the University of Alberta's Meteorite Collection, said in a press release.
Western researchers called the space rock "El Ali" because it was discovered near the town of El Ali, in the Hiiraan region of Somalia.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre responded Wednesday to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s recent invitation for President Joe Biden to visit the southern border, saying the president has already “been there.”
Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu condemned former President Trump’s hosting of alt-right provocateur Nick Fuentes and disgraced rapper Kanye West in a private dinner at Mar-a-Lago on the podcast “Honestly with Bari Weiss.”
The European Union’s industry chief warned Elon Musk of the possibility Twitter could be banned in member states unless Musk adheres to a set of strict content moderation policies in a video meeting Wednesday, the Financial Times reported.