It wasn’t long ago that every forward-thinking politician understood that the rules-based-liberal-order was the only game in town.
Devotees of this new order were celebrating the collapse of the Soviet Union and the ultimate dominance of the world by the winners of the Great Game. One of the leading grand strategists of this Great Game was former National Security Advisor and Trilateral Commission co-founder Zbigniew Brzezinski who wrote in his 1997 Grand Chessboard: American Primacy and Its Geostrategic Imperatives:
“How the United States both manipulates and accommodates the principal geostrategic players on the Eurasian chessboard and how it manages Eurasia’s key geopolitical pivots will be critical to the longevity and stability of America’s global primacy.”
Anyone resisting this new normal were considered holdouts of an obsolete past age and ignorant of the inevitable Darwinian forces of natural selection propelling humanity towards a long-awaited ‘end of history’ as outlined by neo-con academic Francis Fukuyama. However those who devoted themselves to this cause were promised great rewards.
Few were as quick to jump onto this ‘End of History’ bandwagon as Delaware Senator Joe Biden.
Before we get to UK property owners failing to comply with new energy rules could face prison (it has to start somewhere). Let's talk about the canary in the mortgage market because it all ties together.
Our opinion on real estate in leveraged (that is, Western) markets has for at least five years now been one of selling or standing on the sidelines.
Nothing we are looking at now changes this baseline view. It isn’t so much about real estate as much as it is about interest rate cycles and credit cycles, to which real estate is closely tied.
This is an unpopular view, mostly as far as we can tell because the majority of folks tend to have a sizable chunk of their wealth in property — in many instances, the majority of their net worth.
This has always struck me as a poor strategy, if only because it involves emotion and it rarely pays any income (unless you’re renting out rooms in your house).
China on Monday reacted angrily after over the weekend a clip of German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock referring to President Xi Jinping as a "dictator" went viral. Beijing summoned the German ambassador to China to lodge formal protest, saying it is "extremely dissatisfied" with the remarks which were given to Fox News during Baerbock's visit to the US.
China said it has "made serious inquiries" with the German government over the interview. Additionally in a daily briefing foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning called the comments from Germany's top diplomat "absurd" and blasted the "open political provocation" as the words "violate China’s political dignity".
Baerbock in the Thursday Fox interview had said "We will support Ukraine as long as it takes," but then followed with: "If Putin were to win this war, what sign would that be for other dictators in the world, like Xi, like the Chinese president? Therefore, Ukraine has to win this war."
The dictator comment immediately grabbed world headlines, with the clip being shared widely on social media.
"(The comments) are extremely absurd and are a serious infringement of China's political dignity and an open political provocation," China's foreign ministry said.
China far and away accounts for the bulk of all imports into Germany, with bilateral trade last year hitting record $337 billion.
The United Auto Workers chief warned Sunday that a historic strike at the top three car manufacturers will expand if the companies do not raise their wage offers in ongoing negotiations.
Stellantis, one of the three, had offered its workers what it called a "highly competitive" wage increase of 21 percent over four years, but UAW President Shawn Fain called that "definitely a no-go."
"If we don't get better offers and... take care of the members' needs, we're going to amp this up even more," Fain told CBS News talk show "Face the Nation," saying General Motors, Ford and Stellantis have "no excuse" for not resolving salary disputes given their massive profits of recent years.
"We're prepared to do whatever we have to do. The membership is ready, the membership is fed up."
The UAW is demanding improved conditions across the board for its workers, including a 40 percent pay raise over the next four-year contract. All three companies have been offering raises of around 20 percent.
Emmanuel Cherry, the chief executive of an association of Ghanaian construction companies, sat in a cafe at the edge of Accra Children’s Park, near the derelict Ferris wheel and kiddie train, as he tallied up how much money government entities owe thousands of contractors.
Before interest, he said, the back payments add up to 50 billion cedis, roughly $4.4 billion. “Most of the contractors are home,” Mr. Cherry said. Their workers have been laid off.
Like many others in this West African country, the contractors have to wait in line for their money. Teacher trainees complain they are owed two months of back pay. Independent power producers that have warned of major blackouts are owed $1.58 billion.
The government is essentially bankrupt. After defaulting on billions of dollars owed to foreign lenders in December, the administration of President Nana Akufo-Addo had no choice but to agree to a $3 billion loan from the lender of last resort, the International Monetary Fund.
He did not address the sexual misconduct allegations in detail, but declared it was all untrue - and spoke passionately to deny the Church's allegations.
'It's not true, nothing you hear is true. Something evil is going on. I don't know what yet,' he said, claiming it was a plot against him, and questioning whether the Mormon church has really issued the statement.
Webmaster addition: After watching what is being done to Russell Brand, I think this is just more of the same dirty-politics smear! Child sex trafficking is something the government seems not to want to talk about ... for some reason!
The plane was flying in tandem with another jet, which for some reason returned to base after the mishap rather than following the pilot-less aircraft.
The second F-35 pilot, who had also been on the training mission, landed without any problems, base spokesman Tech. Sgt. James Cason said.
The stealth jet's transponder, which usually helps locate the aircraft, was not working 'for some reason that we haven't yet determined,' said Jeremy Huggins, another spokesman at Joint Base Charleston.
It forced the base to issue a humiliating appeal for assistance in finding the jet - even launching a hotline for tips, which was mercilessly mocked online. 'So that's why we put out the public request for help,' said Huggins.
The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II’s calling card is being a mobile sensor package that can the effectiveness of an entire fleet — an entire military front — by sharing data and coordinating information such that the situational awareness of every warfighter present is increased exponentially.
From the start, making good on that promise has been a rocky endeavor, but the potential has kept the program a priority. It’s finally to the point where Lockheed Martin and the military are happy with what it enables.
The first step is the fusion engine that takes the myriad data the F-35 collects with its different sensors and combines it into a holistic picture that can be fed to the pilot — or other combatants.
Webmaster addition: The F-35 (and the F-22) share computer data using VHF/UHF and satellite links. Any of these could be a vector for a hacking attack, and a report issued in 2019 warned that the F-35 was hackable!
The CDC has finally admitted what independent researchers have known since the mRNA jabs were rolled out: vaccinated people are at far higher risk of infection from new variants of the virus than the unvaccinated population.
The CDC quietly made the bombshell admission in an update on its guidance regarding newly emerging variants of Covid-19.
The news comes as the Biden administration continue prepare to bring back full Covid lockdowns, masking, and strict vaccine mandates as the 2024 election looms. In its notice, the CDC admit that people who have received one or more mRNA jabs are far more likely to catch the new variant than their unvaccinated counterparts.
Washington, D.C. federal Judge Tanya Chutkan has set March 4, 2024, as the trial date for former President Donald Trump’s case over the aftermath of the 2020 election.
The date is significant given it is one day before Super Tuesday when voters in 14 states — including Texas and California — will head to the polls and vote in the GOP presidential primary.
In the DC case, Trump is accused of conspiring to defraud the United States, to obstruct an official proceeding, to obstruct and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and to conspire against rights, according to the case brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith. To all charges, Trump has entered a not guilty plea.
However, Trump’s Manhattan trial, initiated by Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, is scheduled to begin on March 25, 2024.
Given the former president’s “rapidly evolving trial schedule,” the judge assigned to Trump’s criminal case in Manhattan appears amenable to rescheduling the trial’s start date, which is currently set for March.
On Thursday, America First Legal (AFL) released an explosive report claiming that anti-Trump agents in Washington, D.C. in the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) unfairly targeted President Donald Trump’s potential appointees by reporting false, unsubstantiated, and derogatory information to the Senate.
The report outlines how all of President Trump’s candidates for presidential appointments were required to face a “broken” federal background investigation, also known as the FBI’s “BI” process, which violated the Privacy Act and the Paperwork Reduction Act.
“Politically biased agents in the Washington, D.C. field office tanked potential appointees by selectively reporting unsubstantiated, derogatory information while disregarding the mitigation procedures required by the FBI’s Manual of Investigative Operations and Guidelines (MIOG),” AFL reports.
Under President Joe Biden’s administration, the Office of Legal Policy at the Department of Justice rescinded the regulations to protect Biden’s appointees from the broken BI process.
Reps. Rashida Tlaib and Cori Bush have come out in defense of far-left agitators indicted for their role in the violent "Stop Cop City" protests against the creation of a police training facility near Atlanta, Georgia.
The Squad members deemed the construction of the compound "racist," and suggested the decision to prosecute those who tried to prevent the project from taking off was "dangerous and dystopian."
"Last week, Georgia's Republican attorney general doubled down on his politically motivated prosecution of protesters, charging 61 people with state [Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act] charges," the duo wrote in a September 14 piece for The Nation.
They claimed Christopher Carr was "sending a clear message that dissent will be punished," and that the indictment "reads less like a legal document and more like a MAGA manifesto."
As leading American politicians, generals, and pundits continue advocating for open-ended support to Kyiv in their war against Russia, a sober, accurate analysis of Ukraine's nearly completed summer offensive reveals that the heroic sacrifice Ukraine continues to make is producing little to no meaningful progress toward the objective of evicting Russia from Ukraine's territory.
Washington should instead employ a necessary course correction and form a new policy, based on the harsh, ground-truth combat realities in Ukraine. Revising the objectives would give Washington and Kyiv a chance to preserve Ukrainian lives and American interests.
A former Yale student who was kicked out of the school in 2019 after being accused and acquitted of rape in 2018 can now sue his accuser for defamation over statements she made during a school hearing on the matter after a Connecticut Supreme Court ruling over the summer.
According to the New York Post, 30-year-old Saifullah Khan has had a $110 million defamation lawsuit pending against the school since 2019, and has been fighting to bring his accuser into the suit.
In June, the state’s supreme court granted Khan’s request, and ruled that the accuser, a fellow student, shouldn’t receive "qualified immunity" from her testimony in a school hearing that Khan raped her after a 2015 Halloween party.
Qualified immunity protects people from being sued over statements they make in judicial cases, but the court ruled that the university hearing wasn’t a stand-in court proceeding, since Khan wasn’t allowed the chance to cross-examine his accuser.
"For absolute immunity to apply under Connecticut law," the June decision states, "fundamental fairness requires meaningful cross-examination in proceedings like the one at issue."
According to the Brookings Institution, “There is no evidence that mail ballots increase electoral fraud.” USA Today purports to “fact check” the “False claim that mail-in voting is connected to bad actors, fraudulent ballots.” The Brennan Center for Justice informs us, “Extensive research reveals that fraud is very rare.”
While it’s important not to make claims about the existence of voter fraud you can’t prove, what’s also true is that nearly all of the analyses dismissing concerns about voter fraud and mail-in ballots rest on a logical fallacy: The absence of evidence is evidence of absence. In other words, the assumption is that voter fraud is not happening because there are very few criminal convictions related to voter fraud. Republicans, however, have long contended that those governing the areas where voter fraud is most likely to occur — Democrat-run cities with a high density of votes — have no incentive to root out and prosecute voter fraud because they benefit from it politically.
With that in mind, what just happened in the Democratic primary in Bridgeport, Connecticut is pretty incredible, and so far, a cursory search shows there’s not a single story from a national news outlet about it. Bridgeport Mayor Joe Ganim just won the Democratic primary, effectively securing his seventh term as mayor of the largest city in Connecticut. However, his Democratic opponent — John Gomes, a city employee fired by Ganim earlier this year — isn’t conceding. He claims Ganim stole the election by tampering with mail-in ballots, and he’s released video he claims proves that’s what happened.
Paws Patrol snacks were recalled after a grocer received complaints from parents that the packaging sent kids to a porn website.
Paws Patrol snacks recalled after the kids packaging sent kids to a porn website.
Grocer Lidl removed the Paws Patrol cookies after complaints.
The porn website was included on packaging of Paw Patrol All Butter Mini Biscotti Biscuits, Paw Patrol Chocolate Chip Mini Biscotti Biscuits, Paw Patrol Yummy Bake Bars Raspberry Flavor and Paw Patrol Yummy Bake Bars Apple Flavor.
On Monday, two elderly pro-life activists, 73-year-old Jean Marshall and 74-year-old Joan Bell, were convicted for violating the Federal Civil Rights Conspiracy and Freedom of Access to Clinic Entrances (FACE) Act for obstructing access to an abortion clinic in northwest Washington, D.C. 41-year-old Jonathan Darnel was also convicted.
"The defendants each face up to a maximum of 11 years in prison, three years of supervised release, and a fine of up to $350,000," the Department of Justice said in a release. "U.S. District Court Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly, who presided over the trial, ordered the defendants immediately detained as required by statute. Sentencing will be scheduled at a later date."
"As the evidence at trial showed, the defendants engaged in a conspiracy to create a blockade at the reproductive health care clinic to prevent the clinic from providing, and patients from receiving, reproductive health services," the DOJ said. "As part of the conspiracy, Marshall and Bell traveled to the Washington, D.C. area to meet with Darnel and participate in a clinic blockade that was directed another co-conspirator and was broadcast on Facebook."
Webmaster addition: "Reproductive health services" is the woke name for baby-killing!
Illinois has become the first state in the U.S. to entirely abolish cash bail starting today, September 18, 2023, a massive win for criminals.
The Gateway Pundit reported in July that the Illinois Supreme Court upheld the Pretrial Fairness Act provision of the Safety, Accountability, Equity, Transparency-today Act, meaning that cash bail will be eliminated in Illinois in 60 days.
The elimination of cash bail in Illinois was set to go into effect on Sunday, January 1, 2023, but the state’s highest court halted the reform.
Democrats in Illinois passed a new law to eliminate the cash bail system. The new law aimed at reforming the state’s criminal justice system.
This will result in the release on no bail while awaiting court date of those accused of certain felonies, such as “second-degree murder, aggravated battery, and arson without bail, as well as drug-induced homicide, kidnapping, burglary, robbery, intimidation, aggravated DUI, aggravated fleeing and eluding, drug offenses and threatening a public official.”
The Wall Street Journal editorial board released an opinion article on Friday conceding that there is, in fact, enough evidence for an impeachment inquiry against President Joe Biden despite countless liberal media organizations attempting to paint it as a purely political attack on the aging Democrat.
On Monday morning, the official House Oversight Committee X/Twitter account shared the article, calling it a must-read while highlighting a specific portion of the article.
“But there’s plenty of evidence that son Hunter and others in the Biden family received millions of dollars from foreign partners who believed they were buying influence with his father,” the article read. “The House has good reason to follow these leads about a President who is asking to remain in office for another four years.”
“Kentucky Rep. James Comer, the House Oversight Chairman, this week outlined the evidence that Republicans have already gathered,” it continued. “It’s some list.”
The WSJ editorial board discussed the different pieces of evidence that House Republicans have against the Biden family such as former business partner Devon Archer, who has made numerous statements about the conduct of the family. They also discuss then-Vice President Joe Biden okaying talking points for Burisma.
Mark Cuban, the celebrity owner of the Dallas Mavericks and a mainstay on ABC’s (Sponsored by Pfizer) Shark Tank, refused to do interviews with journalists who remained unvaccinated, and attempted to incentivize one to take the shots in exchange for him appearing on their show, new messages reveal.
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Layah Heilpern, a journalist and media presenter, and the host of The Layah Heilpern Show on YouTube, released the information on Monday afternoon via her Telegram account.
The back and forth began on Instagram, when Heilpern reached out to interview Cuban in 2021 on the topic of cryptocurrency, a shared interest of both individuals.
Heilpern, who remains outspoken against the mRNA experimental gene therapy injections, offered to bring Cuban on for a debate on bitcoin and digital tokens.
Dr. Heath Horton continues to be on leave from his post as Kensington Intermediate School principal and is barred from school district properties during the investigation.
Earlier this week, the Rocky River Police Department released a redacted 66-page report detailing a long series of text messages between the 42-year-old Horton and 17 former students with ages ranging from 17 to 23. In those messages, Horton said "we can never share our relationship through education." He said he had to be viewed "as their uncle or family friend."
From June 27, 2022 to May 11, 2023, Horton sends several text messages to a male asking for sexual videos. One interaction outlined in the report has Horton saying, "Don't tease me with a three-second video. I want a longer video." He adds, "Get me a good nut on face or ass vid/pic."
Since the jab rollout the number of athletes dropping dead from heart problems has soared to unprecedented levels.
These professional athletes are supposed to be among the fittest people on the planet. So why have thousands of them in the past two and a half years suddenly collapsed with inexplicable heart conditions?
Since early 2021, at least 1,884 cardiac arrests or other serious issues have been officially recorded among athletes. 1,310 of those athletes died suddenly. The unofficial number is likely much higher than that.
A Big Pharma scientist has revealed that both Pfizer and Moderna put known cancer-causing agents into their Covid injections, which were then used to supposedly inoculate billons of people around the globe.
Microbiologist Kevin McKernan pioneered research on testing some of the covid vaccine vials and discovered dangerous levels of double-stranded DNA plasmids floating around the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines.
During a recent interview with Peter Sweden, Sasha Latypova said that DNA contamination is “a huge problem because this is replication competent plasmid, it can then invade human cells, it can invade the bacterial cells that live in your gut. So, they go into the bacteria they replicate there, they replicate antibiotic-resistant genes…it can cause sepsis, it can cause cancer, all sorts of issues.”
A missile strike on the city of Kostiantynivka in eastern Ukraine on September 6 killed at least 15 civilians and injured over 30 others. The missile struck a market, causing extensive damage to windows and walls. President Volodymyr Zelensky quickly blamed Russian “terrorists” for the attack, but evidence collected and analyzed by the New York Times suggests that the strike was actually caused by an errant Ukrainian air defense missile fired by a Buk launch system. The missile appears to have veered off course, with Ukrainian authorities now claiming they are investigating the incident.
Witness accounts and evidence, including missile fragments, satellite imagery, and social media posts, indicate the missile that hit the market in Kostiantynivka came from Ukrainian-held territory, not from behind Russian lines. Security camera footage shows four pedestrians turning their heads towards the incoming missile, facing the camera and the direction of Ukrainian-held territory. The missile’s reflection is also visible as it passes over two parked cars, confirming its northwestern trajectory. The timing of two surface-to-air missile launches from the town of Druzhkivka, just minutes before the strike, coincides with the timeframe for the missile that hit the market. The launches were witnessed by residents and recorded by a member of the New York Times team.
At the time, global media outlets include the Times itself blindly reiterated Zelensky’s false claims.