"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
The arrival of fierce winter conditions in Ukraine is set to mark a pivotal moment in the Russian invasion as thousands of Kremlin soldiers are at risk of “freezing to death”. Defence and security analyst Professor Michael Clarke reported that mobilised Russian troops have not been provided with the essential thermal uniforms needed to survive the harsh weather as a Siberian anticyclone threatens to plunge temperatures to a “life-threatening” low. However, Ukrainian civilians have also been placed at risk after Moscow strategically targeted the electrical grid, triggering widespread blackouts and cutting off access to heating as the winter looms. Professor Clarke declared: “The battle is on, it’s a new form of warfare now, it’s the winter war that’s starting.”
Webmaster addition: I think you have that backwards. I have no doubt that Putin is providing equipment and energy to his forces to stay warm. It is the Ukrainians, with a collapsing energy grid, who will freeze to death in their homes! Putin is going to let winter fights his war for him!
Today I joined Senators Hanson, Antic, Rennick and Canavan in sponsoring a motion that would have forced the government to publish the Pfizer contracts. These contracts have cost taxpayers billions of dollars and include unspecified indemnities for harm big pharma’s products cause.
Ironically, the “my body my choice” greens teamed up with labor to block this motion that would have ensured transparency and accountability around the products that were mandated into people’s bodies.
CNN host Alisyn Camerota and a guest on the network struggled with the gender non-conforming identity of the Colorado “Club Q” shooting suspect.
Networks like CNN adhere to identifying people with their “preferred pronouns” and advance radical gender theory, but seem to have abandoned these rules when it comes to the nightclub shooting. Notably, the legacy media painted the shooting as a targeted hate crime against the LGBT community before recent developments about the alleged shooter, who will not be named per Daily Wire policy.
“The attorneys for the shooter are now saying that the shooter is non-binary, and the shooter would like to use the pronouns ‘they/them’ for the court and all court papers, and that’s what [redacted]’s attorneys are saying. Do you have any thoughts on that?” Camerota asked CNN guest Natalee Bingham, according to Post Millennial. The guest, who identifies as a trans woman, is a friend of a victim in the tragic shooting.
“I think that it’s completely ludicrous,” Bingham responded. “I believe they’re just saying that because they want to have the easy way out on this. That’s really, really offending, especially being a transgender woman myself, that a male, which it was obvious with the mugshot, that’s a man.”
Local media reports that authorities said the shooter faces five counts of first-degree murder after deliberation and five counts of a bias-motivated crime that caused bodily injury. Prosecutors suggest the shooting is considered a hate crime based on the bias-motivated crime charge.
The suspect also claims that he is “non-binary” and he uses “they/they” pronouns, according to court documents.
The suspect changed his name after turning 16 years old to distance himself from his criminal father, who is also a porn star and has a history of meth addiction. The suspect’s mother was previously accused of arson.
The suspect’s generated backlash online over remarks that he made in relation to learning that his son attacked a gay bar.
“And then I go on to find out it’s a gay bar,” the father said. “I said, ‘God, is he gay?’ I got scared, ‘S***, is he gay?’ And he’s not gay, so I said, ‘Phew …’”
As is the case every year, the White House put on its annual “Turkey Pardon.” Though, this year, the pardon is going to cost 21% more thanks to Biden’s inflation! Joe attended the event and spoke to the farmer who provided the soon-to-be free bird.
The farmer had the marked displeasure of having to speak to Joe Biden. I’m not sure why anyone would want to have a conservation with this Democratic puppet-in-chief. If anyone still is holding out hope that Biden’s mental faculties are up to snuff, this video will shatter that.
Uh… what? Joe Biden asked the farmer how many turkeys he raises. He responds with an impressive 9.5 million turkeys. So… I’m guessing he isn’t a small business owner? Someone who raises that many turkeys has to be part of a large, industrial, factory-farming system. The very thing environmentalists complain about all the time.
But he probably donated to the Biden campaign–so, there he is.
After telling the crowd that the farmer has 9.5 million turkeys, Joe makes the oddest and most off-putting comment ever. He said, “That’s like some of the countries I’ve been to.”
Now, we cannot begin to figure out what the heck this man is trying to say. Is that a joke? It might be a joke because you can hear some of the White House staff awkwardly laughing. But what’s the joke? Is Biden commenting on the population of some countries?
Is he being racist, comparing some countries to farms–or some people to turkeys?
It’s no secret that Thanksgiving is much more expensive this year–thanks to Joe Biden. The price of food has skyrocketed under the Biden administration. This is due to a variety of factors, mostly Biden’s failure to address the struggling supply chain–and other decisions that he made which have deliberately hurt the economy.
Reports indicate that everything from stuffing to turkey will cost Americans much more this year. And that’s not getting into the high price of just traveling to see family. But is Biden worried? Of course, not. When has he even shed a tear over Americans in need? In fact, one of his cronies just said Biden is “happy” with inflation.
And while some families struggle this year, Biden will be eating with a billionaire.
From New York Post:
For the second straight year, President Biden and his family will spend Thanksgiving at the Nantucket home of private-equity billionaire David Rubenstein…
Joe Biden, his wife Jill, and other family members were set to fly to the upscale Massachusetts island on Air Force One later Tuesday and remain there until Sunday, the White House confirmed over the weekend.
Last week, hours before the council unanimously voted to pass D.C.’s controversial criminal code reform, a criminal justice policy advocate who helped pass the bill was fatally shot and killed, Washington Post reported.
Kelvin Blowe, 32, was shot dead after a car crash just before 5:30 a.m. on Tuesday in Washington, DC.
Blowe is a member of DC Justice Lab, an organization that advocates for criminal justice reform in DC’s criminal legal system.
On the same day, the city council unanimously approved a bill he supported that reduced penalties for criminal offenses like robbery, burglary, carjacking, and firearm possession without a license.
Webmaster addition: You can slice the irony here with a knife!
This morning I wanted to share some thoughts from my friend, former sell side analyst Anton Wahlman.
He wrote me this morning making note of news I had already seen earlier today. Namely, that Beijing, the most prominent and well-known Chinese city with a population of 22 million, was going back into Covid lockdown.
“CGTN, a Chinese state-run news channel has just announced Beijing and other cities are going back into lockdown. Schools, restaurants, gyms and other facilities closed this week to stop the Omicron variant,” he wrote me.
Recall, back in April of this year, I wrote an article called “Something Is Rotten In The State Of Shanghai’s Latest Covid Lockdowns”, asking the question of why the country continues to be so interested in being able to lock down and open up its economy like Xi Jinping flipping a lightswitch on and off.
Anton wrote this morning that one of the great unsolved mysteries is why China keeps doing this. He asked “They can’t be this stupid or evil, can they?”
Well, maybe the answer is found inside Occam’s Razor: Yes, they really are this stupid and evil.
The US will likely return to Subic Bay, Philippines, 30 years after closing what was once the largest US military base in Asia, Kyodo News reported on Thursday.
The US is planning to build new military facilities in the Philippines as part of its effort to confront China in the region and is in talks with Manila to set up five new locations. The construction will be done under the Enhanced Defense Cooperation Agreement (EDCA), a military pact between Manila and Washington signed in 2014.
Since the US base in Subic Bay was closed, the area has become a bustling port overseen by the Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA). Rolen Paulino, the head of the SBMA, told Kyodo that he would be “very surprised” if Subic Bay does not become an EDCA site, as “during war, time is of the essence.”
A general view shows illegal Israeli settlement in the occupied West Bank. (File photo by Reuters)
Israeli prime minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu has reportedly agreed to hand the so-called civil administration in the occupied West Bank to the far-right Religious Zionism party, a move that signals more extremism towards Palestinians and a breach of the Abraham accords concluded with some Persian Gulf states.
The Likud leader has decided to move the administration from the regime’s ministry of military affairs to the ministry of finance. His decision comes in order to appease his ally Bezalel Smotrich, who is a far-right member of the Knesset and leader of the Religious Zionism party, Haaretz reported.
The Times of Israel also reported that, Smotrich, the intended finance minister, is eager to take control of the agency and advance his agenda of expanding illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank and thwarting Palestinian aspirations for an independent state in the territory.
The agreement was reportedly reached as part of the ongoing coalition talks between Netanyahu’s Likud and Religious Zionism, which stalled once more after the parties failed to reach an agreement on several other key issues.
World Health Organization (WHO) announced that it is working with scientists to develop a new name for the monkeypox virus that will not be “discriminatory and stigmatizing,” an effort to employ “woke” ideals in virology.
In an effort to prove their wokeness, Germany’s team at the World Cup posed for a photo before their match with Japan with their mouths covered after being told they could not wear “OneLove” anti-discrimination armbands.
Internal communications from the Associated Press – released by online news outlet Semafor – apparently show how editors approved a bogus news alert about Russian missiles striking Poland. While the journalist behind the false alarm has been sacked, it remains unclear whether his “US intelligence” source was misinformed or deliberately lying.
Last Tuesday, AP issued a news alert citing “a senior US intelligence official,” who claimed that “Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two people.”
AP staff were alerted to the news by Jim LaPorta, a national security reporter whose LinkedIn bio describes him as a former “intelligence cell chief” in the US Marine Corps. In Slack messages published by Semafor on Wednesday, LaPorta told his colleagues that his “senior US intelligence” source had been “vetted by Ron Nixon,” AP’s Vice President of News and Investigations.