The latest Drought Monitor shows nearly 75% of the winter wheat acres in the U.S. are in some level of drought. As a result, winter wheat condition ratings this week were well below last year’s 45% good to excellent and were at a record low for this time of year. This was USDA’s first crop rating of the season for winter wheat and the crop came in at only 28% good to excellent, with 35% of the crop rated poor to very poor. The last time they were this low was in the drought year of 2012 at 40% good to excellent.
Randy Martinson with Martinson Ag says, "But we are looking at pretty poor conditions the crop rates at 28% good to excellent, that’s 13% less than expected like you saw a record low for this timeframe, so we’ve got a way to go to dig this crop out of it. 2:38 Of course emergency is still behind the five-year average, planting is still taking place."
When the ratings are plugged into Pro Farmer’s Crop Condition Index the Hard Red Winter wheat crop starts the growing season with the lowest initial rating ever and the lowest on record for any week ahead of dormancy. In Oklahoma only 11% of the crop is rated good to excellent, only 24% in Kansas, and in Texas only 4% is rated good, with none of the crop in the excellent category.
Significantly few people would have predicted that the Governor's race in New York would be tight in this cycle.
Democrats have been dominated in the state for decades, but that might be about to change.
Republican Rep. Lee Zeldin is the GOP candidate for Governor of New York and has now taken the lead in a Trafalgar poll. This is a big moment for the candidate, as it has been challenging for any Republican to gain traction in New York for a long time. The fact that Zeldin has found a way to do so speaks volumes about who he is as a candidate and what people think about the state of the country right now.
Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock (D-GA) allegedly funneled $60,000 of campaign funds to make child support payments. This is based on his Federal Election Commission (FEC) filings that he must put out periodically.
The campaign released those documents, and many people zeroed in on the $61,959.40 spent on "childcare" expenses. No further details are listed in the report as to what those payments are about. It seems to many that Warnock is using campaign funds to take care of child support payments that he is allegedly making to women who were involved with in the past. If that is true, it opens a whole can of worms about why Warnock needs to make such payments and why he has not been forthright about it.
Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi responded to Biden’s promises to “free Iran,” giving the US leader a history lesson on when the Islamic Republic gained true freedom.
“I was informed a few hours ago that the president of the United States had uttered some words due to distraction, he said [the US was] aiming to ‘free Iran’,” Raisi said in a speech in Tehran on Friday marking the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy, which the Islamic Republic celebrates as the ‘National Day of the Fight Against Global Arrogance.’
“Iran was freed 43 years ago and is determined not to be occupied by you. And we will never be your milk cows,” Raisi said, referencing the Iranian Revolution which overthrew the country’s US-backed dictator, the Shah.
Biden made the provocative comments at an election stump speech in California on Thursday. “Don’t worry, we’re gonna free Iran. They’re gonna free themselves pretty soon, you’ll see,” Biden said.
The president did not elaborate, and it’s not clear what prompted him to make the comments, given that the part of his speech immediately preceding the “free Iran” comments was devoted to injuries suffered by US troops in US wars of aggression over the past two decades.
“You know, we found out that a lot of our soldiers, more people were coming back from Iraq, Afghanistan with serious brain injures and tumors, than any other war in American history. Other than the Civil War. Maybe more amputees are coming back than in any wars in American history. And those burn pits. Those burn pits,” Biden said.
Elon Musk, the South African-born American billionaire, has fascinated the world by launching rockets into space and building electric cars.
However, his recent acquisition of Twitter, the controversial social media platform, has caused a media firestorm that has dwarfed anything that has happened before.
According to Breitbart, to make Twitter his own, Musk has brought in a group of software engineers from Tesla, his electric car company, to take a deep dive into the social media code to figure out how it works.
Democratic Rep. Kathy Castor entered a library in Tampa, Florida, on Monday, Oct. 24, in violation of a state ban on electioneering inside polling stations, according to a ticket taken by a Hillsborough County elections worker.
Ted Wheeler, the Democratic mayor of Portland, Oregon, is working to implement some major changes to the city’s Laurelhurst Park, including allegedly installing pickleball courts in a location known as a major homeless encampment.
The Biden administration’s reported conversation with Saudi Arabia on delaying oil reduction until after the midterms is a “direct comparison” to the phone call that got Donald Trump impeached, a key witness in Trump’s impeachment trial told the Daily Caller on Friday.
Back in 2002, the way that the New York Times deceived its readers to believe that Iraq’s Saddam Hussein still had a weapons-of-mass-destruction (WMD) program was to stenographically quote the officials of the George W. Bush Administration who alleged he did, and never to cite the evidence that cast doubt on, or (in some instances) outright disproved, it. For example, when Bush announced on 7 September 2002 that the IAEA had just come up with a “new report” saying that Saddam was only 6 months away from having a nuclear bomb, not only did their reporters convey to their readers that he had made this frightening allegation, but when the IAEA itself immediately and repeatedly denied his allegation and said that there was no such new report from them, neither the NYT nor any other than just one minor U.S. newspaper ever reported that fact (that America’s President had lied there); and, so, virtually the entire American public were being intentionally deceived to believe a lie, which lie produced on 20 March 2003 America’s invasion and destruction of Iraq — with the overwhelming approval of the deceived American public.
However, it didn’t even start with Bush. Here is a great news report from Andrew Cockburn that was published in the short-lived UK news-site “The First Post” on 23 April 2007, last web-copied (or “Saved”) on 12 August 2011, and then taken down, after having been successfully “Saved” only 5 times during those 4.3 years — so, seen by almost nobody, and forgotten since then. It’s titled “Iraq’s WMD myth: why Clinton is culpable”, and maybe tell me in your comments below whether (and, if so, how) you had ever known about this obscure but historically enormously important news-report that was published 15 years ago and then removed from the Web:
China has condemned a recent trip to Taipei by lawmakers from several European nations and the EU itself, insisting all foreign efforts to assist “Taiwan independence” are “doomed to fail.”
Meeting with Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen on Thursday, the delegation included officials from Britain, Ukraine, Belgium, Germany, the Czech Republic, Kosovo, the Netherlands and the European Parliament. Two of the lawmakers are currently under sanctions by Beijing in retaliation for previous EU measures.
Asked about the visit during a Thursday press conference, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian claimed the lawmakers in question “have often deliberately hyped up issues and spread falsehoods and rumors against China.”
“They have little credibility to speak of and are not worth taking up your attention. The farcical political stunt of these few MPs will lead nowhere but only invite disgrace,” Zhao said, adding “a word of advice” to Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party: “to collude with external forces and seek ‘Taiwan independence’ is doomed to fail.”
Switzerland has banned Germany from supplying ammunition for the Gepard anti–aircraft tank, according to Die Zeit. Germany is eager to supply its tanks in Ukraine with ammunition, but the cartridges are made in Switzerland which refused to allow Berlin to supply the Armed Forces of Ukraine with these weapons.
The Swiss Ministry of Economy stated that the country cannot agree to a request for the transfer of military equipment of Swiss origin to the third parties involved in an international armed conflict due to the neutrality law.
As a result of the Sweden’s refusal, the batch of ammunition promised by Berlin for the Gepards will not get to Ukraine and Kiev will have to look for shells for very voracious anti-aircraft installations somewhere else. It is not an easy task as the 35x228mm ammunition for Oerlikon GDF 35mm automatic guns which are installed in the Gepard tanks is reportedly produced only by Switzerland.
The Gepard 1A2 has a firing range of up to 5 km, and an altitude of up to 4 km, the radar detects targets at a range of up to 18 km.
Every politician in the world knows who committed sabotage in the Baltic Sea against the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines, but everyone hypocritically stays silent, Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic told the media on Thursday.
The Serbian leader recalled that his country had accumulated 667 million cubic meters of gas in gas storage facilities.
"No politician in the world is ignorant of who committed sabotage in the Baltic, but we all pretend to be imbeciles and keep silent so as not to harm the interests of our countries. Hypocrisy is everywhere. Even if this happens to the Balkan Stream (Turk Stream - TASS), we would somehow survive. The people can stay calm," Vucic said.
Earlier, Nord Stream AG reported unprecedented damage that occurred on September 26 on three strings of the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 offshore gas pipelines. One leak was detected at Nord Stream 2 near the Danish island of Bornholm. Two more were spotted on Nord Stream. Later, Swedish seismologists said that they had registered two explosions on the gas pipelines’ routes. The head of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, classified those incidents as sabotage, saying that any deliberate violation of European energy infrastructure was unacceptable and would entail the most decisive response.
The US, by refusing to investigate the activities of its biological laboratories and putting pressure on the positions of other countries, confirms the danger of its military-biological project in Ukraine, Russian State Duma Deputy Speaker and Co-Chair of the Parliamentary Commission on Investigation of US Biological Laboratories in Ukraine Irina Yarovaya said on Thursday, commenting on the UN Security Council's refusal to adopt a Russian draft resolution to create a commission to investigate the activities of such biolabs.
"The US refusal to investigate and its pressure on the positions of other countries is another stark confirmation of the danger of the US bioweapons project in Ukraine. In addition, this is a dangerous signal to the whole world about the hidden military-biological threat developed and implemented by the Pentagon," the State Duma press service quoted Yarovaya as saying. According to her, the document was supported by Russia and China, while "Kiev's partners: the UK, the US and France" were against it with other countries abstaining. Yarovaya also recalled that the research of German scientists had already proved the artificial origin of the COVID-19 virus, which only confirmed the need for further investigation into US biolaboratories.
Many Western commenters on the war in Ukraine–including, unfortunately, American Congressmen–seem unfamiliar with what led up to it. A key precursor was the color revolution in 2014 that removed the Ukraine’s elected President Viktor Yanukovych. Yanukovych had extended Russia’s lease on the home port of its Black Sea Fleet in Crimea, Sevastopol. With Yanukovych deposed, and its access to the naval base and city it had founded in 1783 at risk, Russia annexed Crimea, which was populated mostly by ethnic Russians.
In response, the new government of Ukraine dammed the North Crimean Canal, cutting off 90% of Crimea’s fresh water supply. Current Ukrainian President and then-comedian Vladimir Zelensky joked about Crimea’s fresh water shortage in the TV skit below in 2015.
In it, Zelensky played a Crimean tourist visiting Kiev who is obsessed with a pitcher of fresh water.
One of Russia’s first acts after invading Ukraine in February was to blow up the North Crimean Canal Dam, restoring fresh water to Crimea.
Reaping The Whirlwind
Fast forward to this week, and Kiev residents and other Ukrainians are waiting in long lines for water, due to recent Russian strikes on Ukrainian infrastructure.
In the last days before Tuesday’s midterm elections, the polls have increasingly reached a consensus on the state of the race: Republicans lead.
Most pollsters over the past few weeks have found Republicans opening a modest but consistent lead when they ask voters whether they’ll back Democrats or Republicans for Congress.
The results are a reversal from polls conducted just over a month ago, when Democrats seemed to have the advantage.
If the recent polls are right — and they may not be — Republicans will almost certainly take the House. The big question on election night would be whether and where individual Democratic candidates could withstand a hostile political environment. Control of the Senate would depend on it.
The New York Times reported that Harris was asked to be a surrogate for Hochul in the state. Even though Harris is not seen as a popular choice for most Democrats across the country, her connection to the Biden Administration and her lack of popularity have put Harris on the back burner for most candidates. Many Democrats don't want her anywhere near their campaign as the closing days of the election are upon us.
National Democrats panic about Hochul's re-election chances as they see a surging Republican, Lee Zeldin, making up a lot of ground on their candidate. This is occurring in the solidly blue state of New York (at least on the Presidential level). That may spell some terrible news for Democrats in other parts of the country that are far more competitive. One has to wonder what Democrats plan to do to fend off challengers in areas that are more neutral or even purple in their political composition.
According to Fox News, Biden’s “I spoke to him” is confusing because both Banting and MacLeod died before Biden was born. Dr. Banting died on February 21, 1941, at the age of 49. MacLeod died in 1935. Biden was born on November 20, 1942, after both men were deceased.
Russia has issued new warnings and threats against Norway, a founding member of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, for its role in expanding NATO operations in the Arctic region.
"Oslo is now among the most active supporters of NATO's involvement in the Arctic," Russian Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Maria Zakharova said Wednesday. "We consider such developments near Russian borders as Oslo's deliberate pursuit of a destructive course toward escalation of tensions in the Euro-Arctic region and the final destruction of Russian-Norwegian relations."
Zakharova warned additionally that any future "unfriendly actions will be followed by a timely and adequate response." The warning comes as Norwegian media and politicians are caught up in denouncing alleged Russian spy plots.
Europe has a tough winter ahead. Without Russian natural gas, the bloc has a shortage of energy. This has ratcheted up heating bills, and as we’ve already seen, it’s households bearing the brunt of the costs. In the UK alone, one in three households are expected to be pushed into energy poverty this winter.
However, as Statista's Anna Fleck details below,even before the energy crisis began, having a sufficiently heated home was not a given for everyone. In the European Union, nearly seven percent of the population was not able to heat their home properly in 2021.
As Statista's graph, based on Eurostat data, shows, the country most affected by fuel poverty was Bulgaria, where nearly one in four people (23.7 percent) were affected last year, followed by Lithuania (22.5 percent) and Cyprus (19.4 percent).