Thought for the day

"If there is one basic element in our Constitution, it is civilian control of the military." -- Harry S. Truman

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The Food and Drug Administration has finally acknowledged its response to the US infant formula shortage was caused by a number of problems.

The agency said these included delays in processing a whistleblower complaint about bacterially tainted baby formula from the nation's largest formula factory.

A report found it failed to rapidly address reports of contamination at a formula facility in Sturgis, Michigan, belonging to the formula maker Abbot, because of a serious breakdown in intermediary steps in the response process.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:49

A US destroyer and a Canadian frigate sailed through the Taiwan Strait on Tuesday in the latest joint operation aimed at reinforcing the route's status as an international waterway.

The United States has long used 'freedom of navigation' passages through the Taiwan Strait to push back against Chinese claims and Western allies have increasingly joined these operations. 

The USS Higgins, along with the Royal Canadian Navy's Halifax-class frigate HMCS Vancouver 'conducted a routine Taiwan Strait transit... in accordance with international law', the US Navy's Seventh Fleet said.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:48

 With the news that Democratic Governor of California Gavin Newsom might be vying to run for president in 2024 if President Joe Biden is not the candidate, some are not as thrilled about the idea as others.

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Posted on: Sep 21 09:46

 Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex has reportedly requested a one-on-one meeting with King Charles III before she and Prince Harry return to the U.S. following the funeral of the late Queen Elizabeth II.

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Posted on: Sep 21 09:45

Trump’s lawyers on Tuesday responded to the Justice Department’s request to block Judge Aileen Cannon’s ruling on the seized documents.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:43

The Israeli army’s recent incursions into the cities and refugee camps of the northern occupied-West Bank are not going as smoothly as before.

The occupation army’s incursions into the city of Jenin and Jenin refugee camp in early September required the mobilization of large forces, including special units and armored vehicles – in scale, unprecedented since 2014.

On the night of 6 September, a force of about 100 vehicles carried out a raid in Jenin, supported by air with drones, and on land, by hundreds of soldiers from Israel’s elite military units.

Their task? To demolish the house of Ra’ad Hazem, who carried out the Dizengoff attack in Tel Aviv on 7 April, 2022. More than anything, this excessive military build-up over a single home demolition illustrates that the Israeli military can no longer operate in the West Bank as they did before the May 2021 ‘Sayf Al Quds’ conflagration – and its subsequent developments.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:40

A Palestinian man was killed overnight on Tuesday when Palestinian Authority security forces raided the occupied West Bank city of Nablus to make arrests on Israel’s behalf.

The Israeli-backed PA forces entered Nablus on Monday night and arrested two Hamas resistance fighters “at Israel’s request,” according to Tel Aviv daily Haaretz. The two men are Musab Shtayyeh and Ameed Tubeileh.

Shtayyeh is reportedly associated with Ibrahim al-Nabulsi, a Palestinian resistance fighter killed in an Israeli attack in Nablus in August.

The arrests sparked confrontations between Palestinian residents and PA forces that lasted well into Tuesday afternoon.

Firas Faris Yaish, 53, was fatally shot in the head in the crossfire between resistance fighters and PA forces. Several others were wounded, including a college student who sustained a serious injury to the abdomen.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:40

Clash of the two systems of governance, as George Soros formulated it in his remarks to the World Economic Forum conference in May, seems to have reached a phase transition. Russian President Vladimir Putin has returned from last week’s summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization conference in Samarkand with a palpable sense of confidence and determination, and it does appear that he has obtained reassurances of support from all the key leaders during the event, including China’s Xi Jinping, India’s Narendra Modi, Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Iran’s Ebrahim Raisi, and even the new PM of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif.

Russia is ready to shift gears

Now, the leadership of Russia is prepared to shift gears in Ukraine. While annexation of the Donbas region wasn’t part of the objectives set out at the outset of the “Special Military Operation” in February, this could be about to change. Namely, public referendums have been announced and will be held between 23 and 27 September in all the key regions controlled by Russia. The people will be voting on whether they want to become absorbed in Russian federation. This move will have a massive impact and remove any legal strictures the Russian leadership observed by waging war in foreign territory. Soon, this could become Russian territory and any attacks on Kherson, Donetsk, Lugansk or Zaporozhye will be regarded as attacks on Russia proper.

Webmaster addition: Putin has resurrected the Kennedy doctrine.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:38

Israeli forces on Tuesday plugged with cement two underground water wells in the occupied West Bank, deeming them useless, the official Palestinian news agency WAFA reported.

The water wells were providing drinking water for residents in the villages of al-Ras and Kafr Aboush, south of Tulkarm.

The head of Al-Ras village council, Muhammad Majdoub, told WAFA that the occupation forces plugged a well in the eastern area of the village with concrete without a prior warning.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:37

The European Union’s Middle East peace envoy has reportedly filed a complaint with the Foreign Ministry that he is not being granted meetings with high-level Israeli officials.

Sven Koopmans brought up his grievances during a meeting with Aliza Bin Noun, the political director of the Foreign Ministry, Axios said.

The incident report cited a summary of the meeting, but did not say when it took place.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:37

Iran is set to import Russian gas through pipelines from Azerbaijan under contracts agreed upon in a significant deal between Tehran and Moscow two months ago, according to a report published in the local media.

According to the Fars News Agency, the Iranian Oil Ministry announced on 19 September that a gas import and swap deal between Iran and Russia will soon be activated, provisioning 9 million and 600 thousand cubic meters per day of Russian gas through the Republic of Azerbaijan.

Two months ago, Iran signed a deal worth $40 billion with Russia’s Gazprom to develop seven oil and gas fields and complete other oil projects near the Persian Gulf. Iranian media revealed Tehran’s intention to import overload quantities of Russian gas.

Additionally, the deal includes establishing a pipeline to export Iranian gas to Pakistan and the Sultanate of Oman, as well as completing several liquefied natural gas production projects in the country.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:35

Iran is ready to send ships loaded with fuel to Lebanon within one or two weeks to help run the country's power plants, the Iranian embassy in Beirut told Al-Manar TV as a Lebanese delegation was in Tehran to discuss energy cooperation.

A Lebanese energy ministry spokesperson said they were unaware whether a fuel import deal had been struck but said "any gift from anywhere is welcome".

Posted on: Sep 21 09:35

NATO is ready to ramp up troops in Kosovo if tensions among minority Serbs flare again, the deputy commander of the alliance's peacekeeping mission (KFOR) said on Tuesday as a deadline in a spat with the government over car license plates approaches.

"We are vigilant and ready to act...if we have an increase of tensions, but we can also draw on reserve forces...that we can call in at short notice," Brigadier General Luca Piperni told reporters at KFOR headquarters in the capital Pristina.

Unrest among Kosovo Serbs over a requirement for them to use state-issued car number plates by October 31 has raised fears of conflict between Kosovo and Serbia, more than two decades after the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) bombed Serbia to end repression of Kosovo's Albanian majority. Kosovo Serbs in the north currently use old Serbian car plates that were issued before the 1999 war or later reproduced to look as the old car plates.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:34

Jordan’s King Abdullah II warned against “undermining” the status quo in his address to the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday, ahead of a meeting with Israel’s Prime Minister Yair Lapid.

He said the future of Jerusalem was a cause for concern and that “Christianity in the holy city is under fire.”

Jordan sees itself as the custodian of Jerusalem’s Muslim and Christian holy sites, including the Temple Mount complex which houses the Al-Aqsa Mosque, a focal point of tensions in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:32

On 20 September, the US army smuggled another batch of crude oil from Syria’s occupied regions to military bases in Iraq, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA).

A convoy of 60 fully-loaded oil trucks of U.S. military forces passed the eastern border from the energy-rich Jazira region in Syria’s northeastern governorate of Hasakah.

According to local sources, the looted oil was reportedly moved through the illegal al-Mahmoudiya and al-Walid border crossing into Iraq, where U.S. forces are stationed.

Units of the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) escorted the convoys until they arrived at the border with Iraq.

Reports of the ongoing plundering of Syrian resources have increased in frequency. On 13 August, SANA reported that 89 tanker trucks filled with Syrian oil were smuggled out of the country via the illegal Mahmoudiya border crossing.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:32

House Democrats are desperately trying to pass HR. 8873 before they leave office for the midterm elections.

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Posted on: Sep 21 09:31

World leaders met on Tuesday for the 77th United Nations General Assembly debate, marking the first fully in-person gathering in three years since the onset of the pandemic.

The war in Ukraine and mounting global economic headwinds took centre stage at the assembly. Middle Eastern leaders from TurkeyJordan and Qatar took to the podium on Tuesday to address those issues, in addition to other regional developments. 

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan sought to portray himself as a mediator in the war, and highlighted his country's role in brokering a UN agreement to unlock Black Sea grain. 

Posted on: Sep 21 09:31

Gays Against Groomers (GAG) announced on Twitter that they were permanently suspended from payment processors Paypal and Venmo.

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Posted on: Sep 21 09:30

At least 11 schoolchildren died in an air strike and firing on a Myanmar village, the UN children’s agency said, an attack the country’s junta said targeted rebels hiding in the area.

Myanmar has been in chaos since the military seized power in a coup in February last year, with nearly 2,300 civilians killed in a crackdown on dissent according to a local monitoring group.

The Sagaing region in the country’s northwest has seen some of the fiercest fighting, and amid clashes between anti-coup fighters and the military, entire villages have been burned down.

The UN children’s agency UNICEF condemned Friday’s incident in Depeyin township in Sagaing.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:30

Congress could pass legislation as soon as this week to reauthorize a small business innovation grant program favored by the Pentagon after reforms addressing concerns over the abuse of the rewards process persuaded Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., to drop his opposition to the program.

Paul told Defense News on Tuesday that he will not block a unanimous consent request for the Senate to pass the bill reauthorizing the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer awards for three years.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:29

“Surgeon General” Vivek Murthy this week disputed Joe Biden’s declaration that the Covid pandemic is over.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:29

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to visit Israel after the country’s 1 November parliamentary elections, a senior Turkish official told Middle East Eye.

Erdogan will meet an Israeli prime minister on Tuesday for the first time since 2008, when he met Ehud Olmert in Ankara.  

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s office confirmed over the weekend that he would meet Erdogan in New York on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly.  

Erdogan, who met Jewish representatives in the US on Monday, has increased his engagements with the Israeli leaders since the two countries decided to repair their ties last year.  

The president hasn’t visited Israel since 2005, when he was prime minister. 

Posted on: Sep 21 09:29

“The government doesn’t care, they are useless, and political parties are fighting for power for themselves,” said Nada, aged 27, over a coffee in Baghdad’s Karrada district, reflecting on the past few tumultuous weeks – and years – of Iraq’s political crisis. “We have nothing to lose any more,” she added, referring to youth-led demonstrations. “We need to be braver … we need to wake up, no one speaks for us anyway.”

A part-time volunteer for autistic children, Nada’s view was shared by the other young activists around the table on the top floor of a smoke-filled cafe.

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Posted on: Sep 21 09:28

A team of psychological researchers from Australia is delving into the mindset of those who refuse to buy the notion that man-made climate change is quickly creating an unlivable, barren wasteland on Earth. Researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast looked to explain why such “cranks” continue to deny what they call “the reality of climate change, its causes, impacts and the need for mitigatory action.”

The study’s authors — Breanna Fraser, Patrick Nunn, and Rachael Sharman — set out to discover why climate change skeptics think the way they do, beyond what they call “sociodemographic and value factors.” Instead, the study proposed to look at psychological factors involved in climate change skepticism. The study asked 390 Australian participants why they refused to buy the climate change narrative.

“This mixed-methods study investigated whether more malleable psychological factors: locus of control; information processing style; and anti-reflexivity, predicted climate change scepticism above and beyond socio-demographic and value factors,” the study’s abstract declares.

According to the researchers, climate change skeptics were guilty of using “mental gymnastics” in order to deny what they called “the near-universal agreement among scientists on the reality and impact of climate change.”

Webmaster addition: The former USSR used this same tactic of simply declaring anyone who disagreed with the government to be mentally ill.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:27

On Sunday evening, 18-year-old Cayler Ellingson was struck and killed by a vehicle driven by 41-year-old Shannon Brandt in a politically motivated murder in North Dakota.

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Posted on: Sep 21 09:26

A Washington D.C. ban on carrying more than 20 rounds was repealed on September 14th.

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Posted on: Sep 21 09:25

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is now advertising the new COVID booster as an “antibody update” to “recharge your immunity” — as if your immune system were a battery that needs recharging, or your immunity a software system that requires gene therapy “updates.” This is transhumanist lingo that has no bearing on real-world biology or physiology, and proves the FDA is onboard with the transhumanist ideas of technocracy pushed by the globalist cabal

According to a risk-benefit analysis looking at the impact of booster mandates for university students, between 22,000 and 30,000 previously uninfected adults (aged 18 to 29) must be boosted with an mRNA vaccine to prevent one COVID-19 hospitalization

For each hospitalization prevented, the jab will cause 18 to 98 serious adverse events, including 1.7 to three booster-associated myocarditis cases in males.

A small observational study led by neurology researchers at the National Institutes of Health found “a variety of neuropathic symptoms” occurring within three to four weeks of COVID injection.

Webmaster addition: Is that the booster that was tested on just 8 mice ... who all came down with Covid?

Posted on: Sep 21 09:23

For all the long years of her reign, Queen Elizabeth II of England refused to visit Israel because of its unacceptable abuse of human rights – during all of which period she visited every other country of the free world, many, many times as an icon of freedom, trust and human dignity.

According to the Jerusalem Post:

In her 70 years on the throne, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth traveled widely and visited many countries – nearly all the countries of the Commonwealth – Canada in particular. She visited Canada as many as 27 times, and after turning 50, she visited 43 different countries for the first time.

She visited Jordan, Egypt and other countries in the Middle East and North Africa – but never Israel.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:22

Money is the “nothing” that serves only to account for that which is available in the real economy; money is the “hole” that is defined by the “doughnut” of real goods and services. When pseudo-money can be created by fiat, apart from anything of real value, fraud, confusion, and madness ensue. — T. H. Greco, Jr.

The flawed money system

The global system of money, banking, and finance is fatally flawed. The symptoms of that, which have long been present in the form of recurrent cycles of price inflation and economic depression, and increasing indebtedness, have now become painfully obvious and acute.

By the application of various financial and political fixes the system has been propped up in stages to try to manage its ill effects and prevent the worst from happening.

Central bankers and politicians while falsely blamed the problems on labor shortages and workers’ demands for higher wages, have tried to manage the adverse effects by means of interest rate manipulations, restriction or easing of credit, bank bailouts, and government spending on various programs, all of which tend to favor the corporations and wealthy class.

The debt bubble of the early 2000s which culminated in the “bust” of 2007-08 came close to bringing down the entire global financial house of cards. The system has survived only by the application of unprecedented and extreme measures, and it continues to this day on life support.

Posted on: Sep 21 09:22