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Thought for the day
"Man's natural and inevitable urge to deny mortality and achieve a heroic self image are the root causes of human evil." -- Ernest Becker, 1973
A federal watchdog has found that $45.6 billion may have been scammed out of the nation's unemployment program during the pandemic, as fraudsters used a variety of methods to commit fraud - including using the Social Security numbers of dead people, hard-to-trace emails, and the identities of prisoners who were ineligible for aid.
According to the Washington Post, a Thursday report by the inspector general for the Labor Department reveals that the program - which helped some 57 million families in the first five months of the crisis - became an easy target for criminals.
To siphon away funds, scammers allegedly filed billions of dollars in unemployment claims in multiple states simultaneously and relied on suspicious, hard-to-trace emails. In some cases, they used more than 205,000 Social Security numbers that belonged to dead people. Other suspected criminals obtained benefits using the identities of prisoners who were ineligible for aid.
But officials at the watchdog office warned their accounting still may be incomplete: They said they were not able to access more updated federal prisoner data from the Justice Department, and acknowledged that they only focused their report on “high risk” areas for fraud. The two factors raised the prospect that they could uncover billions of dollars in additional theft in the months to come. -WaPo
As Russia scrambles to prepare new draftees for its Ukrainian war, the governments of NATO's Baltic states worry about the growing masses of Russian troops in training sites near their borders.
Just before Vladimir Putin issued his Sept. 21 “partial mobilization” order, a senior defense official from a Baltic nation expressed concern that many thousands of unskilled troops fed on the Kremlin’s anti-NATO rhetoric would increase the chance of accidents, rogue attacks, or other dangerous events.
If the training "is coupled with the narrative of warmongering and increased threats, it's going to be a problem, especially for us because the training areas in the Western military district are close to our borders,” said the official, who asked for anonymity. “Imagine hundreds of thousands training 70 kilometers from a NATO border with the narrative that NATO needs to be destroyed."
That’s one reason why Lithuanian defense minister Arvydas Anusauskas announced on Wednesday that his country would raise its military readiness.
The Israeli MOH had no adverse events reporting system for the entire year of 2021. They commissioned a research team to analyze the reports from a new system implemented on December 2021. A leaked video reveals that in June, the researchers presented serious findings to the MOH, that indicated long-term effects, including some not listed by Pfizer, and a causal relationship – so the Ministry published a manipulative report, and told the public that no new signal was found
“Here we will have to really think medical-legal. Why medical-legal? Because for quite a few adverse events we said: ‘OK, it exists, and there is a report, but still get vaccinated’. I mean, we have to think about how to write it and how to present it correctly. So this will not yield lawsuits later: ‘Wait, wait, wait, you said everything will pass and you can get vaccinated. And now look what happened to me. The phenomenon continues'”.
Since the beginning of the Russian special military operation in Ukraine, Washington has shown that it is willing to do anything to move global society against Moscow, even if it means violating international law. According to a recent report, the US government plans to take measures against Russia within the UN framework to respond to the integration of the liberated regions into the territory of the Federation. Considering that Russia would veto any measure of this kind in the UNSC, it is possible to say that once again the US is planning a kind of “coup” at the UN.
A report recently published by Politico says the US government has a plan to impose measures against Russia globally, adopting a resolution at the Security Council to condemn Moscow for the referendums in the liberated oblasts. In fact, such a resolution has already been proposed by American diplomats, promoting sanctions not only against Moscow but also against all countries that recognize the referendums as legitimate and the liberated zones as part of Russian territory.
However, the proposition of resolutions is a mere bureaucratic practice, subject to control by countries with veto power. The West has tried several times to sanction Russia in the Security Council and was prevented precisely because Moscow has the right of veto, due to its permanent seat. But apparently the US would be seeking to pass the resolution independently of the bureaucratic procedure of the Council, trying to prevent Russia from vetoing the measure.
Members of Congress in both parties are experiencing a surge in threats and confrontations as a rise in violent political speech has increasingly crossed over into the realm of in-person intimidation and physical altercation. In the months since the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, which brought lawmakers and the vice president within feet of rioters threatening their lives, Republicans and Democrats have faced stalking, armed visits to their homes, vandalism and assaults.
Webmaster addition: Are we supposed to feel sorry for them?!? There is only so much tyranny, hardship, and corruption (not to mention war) that people can take!
In a press release, Biden expressed his gratitude to Aviation Survival Technician Second Class Zach Loesch: 'I told him how proud of him I was and thanked him for all the work he and his Coasties are doing to save lives,' the statement read.
As of September 2022, there are 2,632 unvaccinated members of the US Coast Guard.
The average US homeowner saw their monthly mortgage payment rise by 15 percent or $337, according to a shocking new report from Redfin.
The report goes on to say that the rising mortgage rates of around seven percent are the highest since July 2007 shortly before crash that triggered the great recession.
This is causing potential homebuyers to get cold feet and decide not to buy in the current market.
The death of Tennessee heiress Eliza Fletcher has been officially ruled a homicide after an autopsy revealed that the death occurred due to a gunshot wound to the head.
Law enforcement found Fletcher’s body in early September and was able to recover video footage that seemed to show Cleotha Abston forcing her into a vehicle. A judge has ruled Abston held without bail but did not release an official motive in the case. However, many note that Fletcher is the apparent heir to a fortune worth billions.
According to a report from ABC News, this week, Del Rio, Texas, was the location of the first federal lawsuit to be filed regarding the Uvalde elementary school shooting.
According to ABC News, the police force, the Uvalde school district, and gun distributors are the defendants in the lawsuit. Two public officials, Mandy Gutierrez, the former Robb Elementary principal, and former school district police chief Pete Arredondo are part of the lawsuit, along with the Oasis Outback gun shop and the gun manufacturer, Daniel Defense.
In an article by the New York Post, Motorola Solutions allegedly manufactured a dispatch communications system that failed to function, complicating police response. The lawsuit includes the company.
For eight years, NATO has backed puppet rulers in Ukraine, funded attacks on Donbass, repeatedly violated the Minsk Treaties, outlawed the speaking of Russian in the Luhansk and Donetsk Republics, and has destroyed democratic opposition and free media in Ukraine, leaving it a one-party government, essentially owned and financed by the US and administrated by US operatives.
Not much subtlety there.
Yet, somehow, the US has managed to convince the people of the US and other Western countries that Russia is the bad boy, is out of control and must be stopped.
In spite of all the above, Russia remained stoic and sought continually to keep a lid on the situation. It did, however, state firmly that the “red line” would be if Ukraine were to go nuclear, becoming a direct threat to Moscow. That would not be tolerated.
Surely, this was a sober heads-up to any sensible country that the one thing that must not happen would be for Ukraine to go nuclear. After all, once that Pandora’s Box was opened, the last barrier to possible nuclear war would be crossed.
In the constitutional republic of the United States of America, truth is not ascertained or defined by a simple majority of votes.
A functioning constitutional republic is built on principles — not solely on the will of the majority. Those principles are still there in the Constitution for all Americans to see — that is, for all Americans who have not been blinded by new ideologies that seek to discount those principles.
The Constitution is there to provide checks and balances, to guard against the will of majorities that go rogue under the influence of radical new dogma.
“Any Use Of Nuclear Weapons Against Russia Or Its Allies, Small-Range, Medium-Range, Any Kind Of Attack Will Be Regarded As A Nuclear Attack Against Russia, And In Response, We Will Take Action Instantaneously, No Matter What The Consequences Are.”
Those were the chilling words of Russian President Vladimir Putin during his annual State of the Union address to the Citizens of Russia and their elected officials.
Biologically male transgender athletes are rising to the top of women’s professional disc golf, causing some competitors to start speaking up.
On September 2oth, an ex-con vagrant with a long rap sheet, brutally beat a women at a New York subway station. The suspect, 41-year-old Waheed Foster, already had two prior arrests for assault before attacking Elizabeth Gomes. Gomes was on her way to work at Kennedy Airport when the attack occurred.
Tara Reade, the former staffer who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, blasted Biden after giving a speech on “decency.”
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana released a new ad blasting “Defund The Police” advocates.
A woke Minnesota high school is addressing comments from a school administrator, Vice Principal Laura Wagner, at Farmington High School. Wagner suggested staff to use their “straight, white privilege” to defend new gender neutral prom titles.
Iran has faced two weeks of civil unrest following the death of a 22-year-old woman named Mahsa Amini in religious police custody under suspicious circumstances. Tehran released CCTV footage debunking protesters’ claims that the woman was beaten into a coma, and accused the US and others of trying to foment a color revolution.
Hezbollah secretary general Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah has ripped Washington for engaging in a “satanic” campaign to try to bring down the Iranian government and divide the Islamic world.
“The constant incitement against Iran and the painting of its people as an ‘enemy’ is a satanic deed aimed at ripping the nation apart,” Nasrallah said in a televised address Saturday.
“The United States exploits any incident in Iran in order to provoke the nation against the Islamic establishment, the latest of which is the protests that have broken out following Ms. Amini’s tragic death,” Nasrallah said. “US-backed vandals took advantage of the unclear circumstances surrounding her death to challenge the Islamic Republic after America’s campaign of so-called ‘maximum pressure’ failed dismally,” he added.
The United States sees no evidence suggesting that Russia has decided to use nuclear weapons in Ukraine, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday.
"I don't see anything right now that would lead me to believe that he [Russian President Vladimir Putin] has made such a decision," Austin told CNN interviewer Fareed Zakaria.
The Pentagon chief said that Washington had previously communicated these concerns to Moscow via top-level channels. When asked if he had any recent contacts with Russian Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu, Austin responded negatively.
An international team of scientists has hit upon evidence of considerable quantities of water between the Earth’s upper and lower mantle, feeding into the theory that our planet boasts another “ocean” besides the ones covering its surface.
A reservoir of water three times the volume of all the oceans on Earth has been discovered beneath the surface of our planet, according to an international study, the findings of which were published in the journal Nature Geoscience.
The ‘ocean’ was found between the transition zone of the Earth's upper and lower mantle as part of research carried out by a German-Italian-American team. The study lends evidence to support the theory that ocean water accompanies subducting slabs and thus enters the transition zone (TZ). In other words, our planet's water cycle includes the Earth's interior.
US law enforcement agencies across the country are increasingly seeking and gaining access to US citizens’ private movements, at times without search warrants, via third-party tracking tools, warns Just the News, particularly citing the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) findings.
A trove of records revealed through the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and obtained by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) have indicated that local and state US police departments, as well as federal entities, are buying a cellphone tracking tool in order to monitor people's movements.
"Reporting and a recent investigation by EFF confirms that law enforcement across the country is regularly getting access to our private movements — with the ability to retrace our daily lives — often without a warrant," Aaron Mackey, senior staff attorney for EEF, told Just the News.
Thursday, during an appearance on FNC’s “Hannity,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) argued an effort was underway by the Biden Justice Department to “chill the speech” of whistleblowers stepping forward to discuss
Jordan spoke about the reported memo Garland sent out advising Department of Justice employees against cooperating directly with members of Congress and their staff.
“[I] think it’s interesting, and you pointed this out: A few weeks ago, when I was on your show, we talked about the 14 whistleblowers, FBI agents come to our office. The very next day, the very next day, Merrick Garland sends that memo out saying here are the rules if you’re going to speak to Congress. It was a memo designed to chill the speech of brave whistleblowers who want to come forward and tells the truth. We also know that some of those whistleblowers have had their security clearance revoked, which is always the first step in terminating someone at the FBI.”
UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi is expected to hold talks in Moscow and Kyiv next week on the creation of a protection zone around the Russian-held Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (ZNPP) in Ukraine, the watchdog said on Saturday.
"Director General Grossi continues his consultations and other efforts aimed at agreeing and implementing a nuclear safety and security zone around the ZNPP as soon as possible. He is expected to travel to Kyiv and Moscow next week," the International Atomic Energy Agency said in a statement.
Female students at a Vermont high school have reportedly been banned from using the girls' locker room after objecting to a transgender student changing there.
Members of the Randolph Union High School girls volleyball team were banned by school officials from using the locker room pending an investigation after some members objected to a biological male changing with them, WCAX-TV reported.
One of the female students told WCAX-TV that the dispute began when the trans student made an inappropriate comment as the volleyball team was changing in the locker room, triggering an incident between students.
Webmaster addition: Here is a suggestion. Let's have three sets of locker/bathrooms. One is male only. One is female only. And the third is for those boys and girls who want to shower with anyone!
Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate and state Senator Doug Mastriano announced last Friday his plans to introduce legislation that would prohibit gender transition surgeries for children, as part of his efforts to "protect Pennsylvania’s children from the unintended consequences of fringe progressive ideologies."
"These experimental medical procedures risk the health and wellbeing of our children," Mastriano said in a press release. "I can't stand by as medical providers across the country cave to the pressures of militant leftists committed to distorting the concept of gender so that it defies the bounds of science and logic."
Moscow has repeatedly warned European nations that the decision to cut themselves off from Russian energy would mean the collapse of entire sectors of the European Union’s economy. On Friday, President Putin accused the perpetrators of the attacks on Nord Stream of embarking “on the destruction of Europe’s entire energy infrastructure.”
Without Russian gas, Europe’s dependence on America is all but guaranteed, Welt business observer Daniel Wetzel has indicated.
In a piece this week exploring the European Union’s precarious energy situation, Wetzel pointed out the that bloc’s room for maneuver is extremely limited when it comes to finding vast quantities of gas at reasonable prices to replace those traditionally provided by Russia.
The observer cited a study recently commissioned by German gas industry association Zukunft Gas by Cologne University’s Energy Economics Institute, which modeled scenarios for Europe’s gas demand and the ability by countries outside the region to deliver.
Webmaster addition: "Europe dependent on Russia is BAAAAAAD! Europe dependent on the US is GOOOOOOD!" -- Official White Horse Souse
US President Joe Biden on Friday directly addressed his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, urging him not to “misunderstand” that Washington and NATO are ready to defend “every single inch” of NATO territory.
Biden’s remarks came as a response to a speech that Putin delivered earlier on Friday before signing treaties paving the way for four former Ukrainian regions to join Russia, a move the US and its allies condemned in the strongest of terms.
“America is fully prepared with our NATO allies to defend every single inch of NATO territory. Mr. Putin, don’t misunderstand what I’m saying. Every inch,” Biden said without elaborating about which specific statements by the Russian leader he was responding to. In his speech Putin, among other things, blamed the US for creating “a precedent” by using nuclear weapons against Japan in 1945.
The damage to Russia’s Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines means Europe is indefinitely deprived of one of its key gas supply routes, Gazprom spokesman Sergey Kupriyanov said on Friday.
Technical data “allows [Gazprom] to say with certainty” that the sharp pressure drops were caused by physical damage, the spokesman stressed.
According to him, at the time of the incident, the pipelines were not transporting gas, but both were filled with 800 million cubic meters of gas and ready for service, equivalent to Denmark’s consumption for three months.
Webmaster addition: "Who cares if the people of Europe freeze this winter and lose their economy; it's a small price to pay to get those Rooskies!!!" -- Official White Horse Souse
Former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger has said that Washington’s attempts to incorporate Ukraine into NATO after the collapse of the Soviet Union were not prudent.
Speaking on Friday to the Council on Foreign Relations, Kissinger said that “it was not a wise American policy to attempt to include Ukraine into NATO.”
He said Russia regarded its sphere of influence in Eastern Europe as a “safety belt” and US efforts to encroach upon former members of the Soviet bloc under its umbrella after the Berlin wall fell basically compromised Russian security.
He, however, claimed that the US-led NATO move to encroach on former members of the Soviet Union did not justify attempts by Russian President Vladimir Putin to re-incorporate Ukraine into Moscow’s sphere of influence by a “surprise attack.”
Kissinger said he does not know if it is possible to make peace with the Russian leader, but stressed that the West “must seek an opportunity for an arrangement that guarantees Ukrainian freedom” and keeps the country part of the European system.