Thought for the day
Tagesspiegel newspaper reports that a sudden loss of pressure in three natural gas pipelines between Russia and Germany is likely to have been a “targeted attack” carried out by either Russia or Ukraine.
Pressure in the Nord Stream 2 undersea gas pipeline dropped from 300 to 7 bars on Sunday night, followed by a similar occurrence in Nord Stream 1’s on Monday afternoon.
The sudden drop of pressure in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline may also have caused a gas leak near the island of Bornholm in the Baltic Sea, a situation being monitored by Danish authorities.
An anonymous source told Tagesspiegel that German authorities “can’t imagine a scenario that isn’t a targeted attack,” and that their assessment has concluded, “Everything speaks against a coincidence.”
Webmaster addition: The most likely motive for the sabotage is to remove the possibility that Russia could renew the supply of oil and gas to Europe should Europe choose abandon the US and re-establish relations with Russia!
Vaccination is a cornerstone in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the initial messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine clinical trials excluded several vulnerable groups, including young children and lactating individuals.1 The US Food and Drug Administration deferred the decision to authorize COVID-19 mRNA vaccines for infants younger than 6 months until more data are available because of the potential priming of the children’s immune responses that may alter their immunity.2 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends offering the COVID-19 mRNA vaccines to breastfeeding individuals,3 although the possible passage of vaccine mRNAs in breast milk resulting in infants’ exposure at younger than 6 months was not investigated. This study investigated whether the COVID-19 vaccine mRNA can be detected in the expressed breast milk (EBM) of lactating individuals receiving the vaccination within 6 months after delivery.
A government shutdown is becoming a real possibility. Congress has less than a week to come to an agreement on government funding as the funding will expire this Friday at midnight.
Lawmakers released a short-term stopgap bill that would keep the government funded until December 16. The Senate is expected to hold a procedural vote on Tuesday Night.
Senator Joe Manchin is reserving support for any democrat-led funding measure unless it includes oil and natural gas permitting reforms. Several Republican Senators are opposed to Joe Manchin’s energy plans being included in the stop-gap bill.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the latest liberal leader to call for an international alliance to censor speech. Unsatisfied with the unprecedented corporate censorship of social media companies, leaders like Hillary Clinton have turned from private censorship to good old-fashioned state censorship. Speech regulation has become an article of faith on the left. Ardern used her speech this week to the United Nations General Assembly to call for censorship on a global scale.
Ardern lashed out at “disinformation” and called for a global coalition to control speech. After nodding toward free speech, she proceeded to lay out a plan for its demise through government regulation:
But what if that lie, told repeatedly, and across many platforms, prompts, inspires, or motivates others to take up arms. To threaten the security of others. To turn a blind eye to atrocities, or worse, to become complicit in them. What then?
This is no longer a hypothetical. The weapons of war have changed, they are upon us and require the same level of action and activity that we put into the weapons of old.
We recognized the threats that the old weapons created. We came together as communities to minimize these threats. We created international rules, norms and expectations. We never saw that as a threat to our individual liberties – rather, it was a preservation of them. The same must apply now as we take on these new challenges.
A total of 47 Alameda County Sheriff's deputies were told on Friday that they were relieved of their law enforcement duties because they received unsatisfactory results on their psychological examinations dating back to 2016, KTVU has learned.
The Pacific Legal Foundation filed suit on Tuesday against the Biden administration for its policy to cancel up to $10,000 in student debt for millions of borrowers.
According to a press release, the company is testing Chippy — an autonomous kitchen assistant designed by Miso Robotics — at a restaurant in Fountain Valley, California, before the Mexican fast food giant considers a “national implementation strategy.” The device has already been tested in Chipotle’s technology innovation facility.
Nearly three-fourths of American workers say that the cost of living is outpacing wages, according to a new report.
The New Orleans Police Department is hiring civilians and organizing patrol shifts amid a staffing shortage.
In November 2020, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden applied for dual citizenship with Russia.
White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre on Monday said it is the Republicans who don’t want to lower costs.
The Pennsylvania Department of Education has published a toolkit for teachers to host a “gender-neutral day” for students as young as third grade.
Florida National Guard General James Eifert on Monday said the vaccine mandate does not impact his ability to activate unvaccinated service members to help with Hurricane Ian response efforts.
Joe was going to meet with the World Series Champions the Atlanta Braves in the White House.
On September 23, in Arizona, Tania Estudillo Hernandez was arrested in connection with human smuggling charges. Additional charges include kidnapping, money laundering, illegally conducting or participating in an illegal enterprise, and conspiracy.
Joe Biden on Monday welcomed the Atlanta Braves to the White House to celebrate the team’s 2021 World Series victory.
Canada has lifted all COVID-related border requirements, including proof of vaccination, undergoing quarantine or isolation, and airline and train mask mandate for all travelers entering Canada starting October 1, 2022.
The Canadian Minister of Health, Jean-Yves Duclos, made the announcement on Monday.
Did the CIA just sabotage the Nord Stream 2 and Nord Stream 1 pipelines?
UPDATE: Reuters reported Monday night that Nord Stream 1 was also experiencing an unexplained pressure drop.
From Reuters, "Nord Stream AG operator says looking into decline in pressure in Nord Stream 1":
Nord Stream AG, the operator of the Nord Stream 1 undersea gas pipeline from Russia to Germany, said Monday it was looking into causes of a drop in pressure in the pipeline.
"Tonight, dispatchers from the Nord Stream 1 control centre recorded a pressure drop on both branches of the gas pipeline," it said in a statement. "The reasons are being clarified."
The odds this was the result of a deliberate attack are going through the roof.
Perhaps in response to the threat of growing populist sentiment forging a political apparatus to challenge the iron-fisted grip of tin pot dictator Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Canada has declared it will end its policy requiring travelers into the country to provide their vaccine passports. The program, dubbed ArriveCAN, long-required non-citizen visitors to the nation to provide their vaccine status.
On top of scrapping that requirement, the Canadian government will also no longer mandate that visitors must provide a negative test and self-report any potential symptoms of COVID-19 upon entry as well as the enforcement of previously existing quarantine protocols. The scope of the pivot in policy extends beyond air travel and also applies to visitors entering Canada by automobile or cruise ship. These changes will take effect on September 30th, when the cabinet order enforcing the requirements will expire. The Trudeau government attested to this by ensuring that it will not seek the order's renewal.
The extent of the authoritarian dictate that Canada held on to for so long is adequately illustrated by the cessation of another measure implemented by the Public Health Agency of Canada. Previously, travelers were subject to health checks when aboard air and rail lines. That Gestapo-style tactic conveys the tyrannical state of post-COVID Canada, where everything from taxing the unvaccinated to limiting residents free ability to travel domestically was utilized at the hands of Trudeau's government.
Despite the optics, the technocratic bureaucracy of Canada continues to churn out each company line is can to promote the vaccination. “We are able to do this because tens of millions of Canadians rolled up their sleeves and got vaccinated,” Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said. Of course, non-resident travelers to Canada are by definition not Canadian. Although the minister's comments can imply that the prophylactic effect of the vaccines mitigates the risk of transmission from the unvaccinating entering the country, that premise is another of many logical inconsistencies rife among the rationalizations which aren't rooted in any objective reality.
Although the Canadian government's remarks regard other motives, voiding ArriveCAN comes in the wake of a political fallout which has led to the foundation of Prime Minister Trudeau's support to start cracking at the seams. The outrage against the platform of Canada's Liberal Party has certainly begun to manifest in a populist movement intent on usurping leadership of the country from Trudeau. This Harper-esque renaissance may be countered by the Liberal Party if Trudeau calls for a snap election as a means of stopping the momentum his opposition has gained.
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A clip of Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes was shown to a Congressional committee investigating the 6 Jan attack
Members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, will go on trial after jury selection begins on Tuesday in one of the most high-profile cases stemming from the 6 January 2021 attack on the US Capitol.
Among those being tried is the group's leader, Stewart Rhodes, who is charged, along with four others, with seditious conspiracy - plotting to oppose the transfer of presidential power. They have pleaded not guilty.
The trial in Washington could be the most significant 6 January case yet, given the seriousness of the charges and the potential to answer a key question: to what extent was the storming of the US Capitol planned in advance?
On Sunday, Georgia Meloni became the first female leader of Italy after her Center Right Party dominated national elections.
The new leader of Italy is a conservative woman who loves God, her family, and her country. She shared her thoughts in early 2020 at an event in Rome.
In the 15-minute speech, Giorgia Meloni shares her remarks at the God, Honor, Country: President Ronald Reagan, Pope John Paul II, and the Freedom of Nations – A National Conservatism Conference in Rome, Italy – February 3, 2020.
“Our main enemy today is the globalist drift of those who view identity and all its forms to be an evil to overcome. And constantly ask to shift real power away from the people to supernational entities headed by supposedly enlightened elites.
London department store Fortnum and Mason has given up on calling police to catch shoplifters and is instead using its own private detectives to apprehend thieves.
The upmarket brand has “lost faith in the police” in response to rising levels of shoplifting, partly driven by the cost of living crisis.
Responding to Fortnum and Mason’s decision to use its own security to catch thieves, the Metropolitan Police said businesses were “entitled to employ security companies to provide additional safety for themselves or their premises.”
“Home Office figures published in April revealed that shoplifting prosecutions had fallen to an all-time low,” reports the Telegraph. “Just one in six (16.8 per cent) shoplifting offences reported to police resulted in a charge, nearly half the rate of 30.8 per cent five years previously.”
It has been a canard of the Left that “words matter.” We are lectured that “hate speech” leads inevitably to street violence.
So how ironic that the Left defames nearly half of America as dangerous “semi-fascist” extremists, white-raged and privileged, ultra MAGA, and guilty of all sorts of thought crimes from secession to civil insurrection? And what is the result?
Does this constant demonization matter? And what are the bitter fruits of such labors? After all, what did Barack Obama long ago mean by “clingers” or once Hillary Clinton by “deplorables” and “irredeemables”?
What did Joe Biden imply by “dregs” and “chumps” and “semi-fascists”? Or what did the FBI lovebirds really mean by smelly Walmart goers and “hillbillies”? After a point, did not America get this monotonous message?
And what does Joe Biden really mean when he recycles his academic advisors’ tired tropes of right-wing insurrectionists threatening the republic?
Yesterday evening, pressure in the undersea Nord Stream 2 pipeline suddenly collapsed, and gas could be seen bubbling to the surface of the Baltic Sea near the Danish island of Bornholm. Shortly afterwards, reports came of a total collapse in the pressure of our other major undersea pipeline connection to Russia, Nord Stream 1, indicating a further rupture.
Due to the timing, the fact that three separate pipelines were affected1, and the severe pressure losses in Nord Stream 1, officials expect the worst. “We can no longer imagine any scenario other than a targeted attack,” said a person privy to the assessment by the federal government and federal authorities. They added: “Everything speaks against a coincidence.”
Such an attack on the seabed would be anything but trivial; it would have to be carried out with special forces – for example, by navy divers or a submarine, people informed of initial assessments said.
With regard to responsibility for the alleged attacks, two possibilities are being discussed. First, according to initial speculation, Ukrainian or Ukrainian-affiliated forces could be responsible. With the temporary shutdown of the Nord Stream pipelines, gas deliveries from Russia to Germany and Central Europe would only be possible via the Yamal pipelinje running through Poland or the Ukrainian pipeline network.
Despite this past week which has seen US officials echo growing concerns over Moscow's ratcheting nuclear rhetoric - which Ukraine too has said it is taking seriously - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky is now boasting his country has received a new, advanced US missile system.
He confirmed in a fresh interview with CBS’s "Face the Nation" that the National Advanced Surface-to-Air Missile Systems (NASAMS) has been long sought after by Kyiv, but previously in the war repeatedly denied:
Zelensky thanked the U.S. for the system as well as the High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems it’s received, but added that his troops "absolutely need the United States to show leadership and give Ukraine" additional air defense systems it has requested.
A short respite from rising oil and gasoline prices is about to end as 2022 comes to a close. The reasons are numerous, but almost all of them relate directly to the supply chain. Mainstream estimates suggest a return to $100 per barrel for the Brent which would inflate gasoline prices back to around $5 per gallon on average in the US. These projections are likely conservative.
It should be noted that it's unusual for the mainstream financial media or mainstream analysts to suggest the idea of a renewed energy price spike. With mid-term elections closing in, higher gas prices would put a damper on any chances democrats might have in maintaining a political majority. Stagflationary pressures already top the list of public concerns in the US, far above social issues and geopolitical conflicts. Higher energy costs would be more than unwelcome going into winter.
This is the reason why Joe Biden has been so exuberant about releasing oil supplies from the US strategic reserves for the past several months. Biden's plan unleashed 1 million barrels per day into the supply chain and is set to end in October. The reserves are now depleted to the lowest levels since 1984, with gas prices STILL nearly double what they were when Biden entered the White House. It is essentially market manipulation at the expense of US strategic readiness and for the express purpose of political gain.
The FBI 'drilled and pried' their way into 1,400 safe-deposit boxes at a private vault company in Beverly Hills after misleading a judge about their plan to permanently confiscate everything inside every box containing at least $5,000 in cash or goods, a senior FBI agent recently testified.
They rummaged through personal belongings of a jazz saxophone player, an interior designer, a retired doctor, a flooring contractor, two Century City lawyers and hundreds of others.
Agents took photos and videos of pay stubs, password lists, credit cards, a prenuptial agreement, immigration and vaccination records, bank statements, heirlooms and a will, court records show. In one box, agents found cremated human remains. -LA Times
The FBI and US attorney's office in Los Angeles justified the 5-day dragnet forfeiture at the US Private Vaults store by assuming that hundreds of anonymous box holders were storing assets somehow tied to unknown crimes.
At the end of the operation, agents had recovered more than $86 million in cash, and a 'bonanza' of gold, silver, rare coins, jewelry and other items of value.
Now, around 700 box holders who aren't implicated in any crimes liken the raid to police barging into a building's 700 apartments and taking every tenant's possessions when the only evidence of wrongdoing is against the landlord.