Thought for the day
"If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what never was and never will be.<br>The functions of every government have propensities to command at will the liberty and property of their constituents.<br>There is no safe deposit for these but with the people themselves; nor can they be safe with them without information. Where the press is free, and every man able to read, all is safe." -- Thomas Jefferson
Russia and the US have managed to achieve “significant progress” in talks over resuming nuclear inspections within the New START treaty, Russian newspaper Izvestia reported on Thursday, citing the Foreign Ministry. The sides are also apparently mulling face-to-face negotiations to remedy remaining issues. According to the Russian Foreign Ministry, as quoted by the outlet, Moscow and Washington are looking into reviving mutual inspection of nuclear arsenals. The ministry noted that the US and Russia are negotiating “over relevant channels” on how to return “to the full implementation of the treaty” in the element relating to verification mechanisms. It went on to say that the sides are holding virtual talks within the New START bilateral consultative panel. “At the moment, the possibilities for holding its next session in face-to-face format are being explored,” the ministry added. Russia and the US are also discussing “what organizational and technical problems need to be solved,” it told the outlet, adding that “significant progress” has been made to remedy a number of issues, but some “considerable difficulties remain.”
Last year, the Conservative Party was in the grip of decadence. This year, it faces apocalypse. Their 2021 conference, in Manchester, was like The Wolf of Wall Street. Wine poured from the sky. Laughter ricocheted off the walls. They all thought, everyone did, that the Conservatives had another decade in power.
This year, in Birmingham, it was more 28 Days Later. The list of absent MPs, led by Boris Johnson and Rishi Sunak, stretched back to London. “There’s nobody here,” one member who attended the last 12 conferences mourned. “It feels deserted.” Twelve long years. We have tasted every philosophical flavour of Conservatism: David Cameron’s bougie-patrician, nudge theory-driven paternalism. Theresa May’s fretful Home Counties authoritarianism. Boris Johnson’s giggly One Nation boosterism. All gone.
The Ukrainian armed forces are intensely shelling the coastline near the town of Energodar, thus preparing a bridgehead for landing troops, Vladimir Rogov, chairman of the ‘We are together with Russia’ movement, said on Friday during a Soloviev Live TV broadcast.
"Ukrainian troops are intensely shelling the coastline near Energodar and its suburbs, which once again shows that they are preparing to land troops. They are shelling specific areas, because it will be necessary to land on the coastal zone. It is clear that if they took this land, they would be able to defend the troops in case of the landing," Rogov said.
The official also noted that the intensity of shelling of Energodar has recently increased several times. "Regarding Energodar: in one day we were shelled over 40 times, in the next day over 20 times. The intensity of shelling of Energodar has increased many times," he added.
The 2022 Peace Prize was awarded on Friday to Belarusian activist Ales Belyatsky as well as to Memorial, a Russian human rights center designated as a foreign agent in Russia, and the Ukrainian Center for Civil Liberties.
The laureates "represent civil society in their home countries," the Norwegian Nobel Committee said in a statement. They have "promoted the right to criticize power and protect the fundamental rights of citizens," the announcement reads.
According to Oslo, the Peace Prize laureates "demonstrate the significance of civil society for peace and democracy."
The Norwegian Nobel Committee said it wanted to honor "three outstanding champions of human rights, democracy and peaceful co-existence in the neighbor countries Belarus, Russia and Ukraine." "Through their consistent efforts in favor of humanist values, anti-militarism and principles of law, this year’s laureates have revitalized and honored Alfred Nobel’s vision of peace and fraternity between nations - a vision most needed in the world today," the Committee concluded.
Conservative MP and two-time leadership contender Leslyn Lewis uncovered the admission in an Order Paper question signed by Transportation Minister Omar Alghabra.
In the response, Transport Canada admitted the WEF is one of several partners for the federal government’s Known Traveler Digital Identity (KTDI) Project, which will cost $105.3 million over five years.
“It’s no longer a conspiracy theory – it’s a contractual fact,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.
Sky News host Peta Credlin has spoken to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, covering topics including free speech, Elon Musk’s Twitter u-turn and Joe Biden’s mental capacity.
After the Nord Stream pipeline in the Baltic Sea was sabotaged, a global drama ensued.
Leaders worldwide simultaneously proclaim their innocence while attempting to figure out who sabotaged the pipeline. A well-known Columbia professor weighed in on the situation, and now his interview is not showing on television.
A slain EMT’s parents are enraged over the policies and rampant crime throughout the city.
Thanks to an incompetent mayor, their child is dead, and they’re ready to take on the Mayor of New York City.
According to The Western Journal, “Lt. Alison Russo-Elling was stabbed to death during her lunch break on Thursday. The incident occurred only a block from her EMS station. She was a 25-year veteran of the FDNY and only months from retirement. Her wake was Monday.”
Joe Biden and his corrupt America-hating gang running the Executive Branch are busy destroying the US economy. Their war on oil and gas is costing the country nearly $100 billion a year.
Joe Biden on Thursday announced that he will pardon federal simple marijuana possession convictions. However, this is being heralded as a political move as there are currently zero individuals in federal prison with solely “simple possession of marijuana” charges. According to ABC News:
Caroline Farrow is a mother of five and married to a Catholic priest. As a Christian, her views on family and gender could be described as socially conservative. Her belief that men are born men and can’t change to be women and vice versa are traditional views that have been the norm since the world began. But now such views, according to the police, are hateful.
During the Ankeny, Iowa Public School Board Meeting on October 3, 2022, parents voiced concerns over the lack of response for the school’s unauthorized drag show in May.
Joe Biden on Thursday traveled to Poughkeepsie, New York to tour the IBM facility.
Florida Governor Ron DeSantis is showing elected officials across the country what true leadership looks like.
A short time later, nurses said, they saw McCowan running toward them while yelling and screaming. According to the affidavit, McCowan charged three nurses and tried to enter the nursery, which was locked and inaccessible to the public.
McCowan reportedly pushed one nurse to the ground while trying to break into the nursery but initially failed to gain access, the affidavit said.
McCowan then grabbed the newborn in the carrier from its mother and took the baby into the nearby lactation room, according to the affidavit. A nurse followed him inside and reportedly saw him with his hands around the baby’s neck, causing the infant’s face to change color from lack of oxygen, the affidavit said.
Nurses wrestled the baby away from McCowan and he was removed from the room, according to the affidavit. Shortly thereafter, a respiratory therapist heard yelling and saw McCowan force his way into the nursery, where, the therapist said, McCowan grabbed another newborn and began strangling her with both hands.
Webmaster addition: I notice that the report does not mention the race of the babies who were attacked.
President Biden will pardon all prior federal offenses of simple marijuana possession, the White House said Thursday.
The move applies to those convicted of simple possession of marijuana, including those in the District of Columbia, according to senior officials.
"As I’ve said before, no one should be in jail just for using or possessing marijuana," Biden tweeted Thursday. "Sending people to jail for possessing marijuana has upended too many lives — for conduct that is legal in many states. That’s before you address the clear racial disparities around prosecution and conviction. Today, we begin to right these wrongs."
Sufficient evidence has reportedly been gathered against Joe Biden’s son Hunter to bring federal charges against him for tax crimes and false statements related to an illegal gun purchase, according to the Washington Post.
The Washington Post reported on Thursday that “Federal agents investigating President Biden’s son Hunter have gathered what they believe is sufficient evidence to charge him with tax crimes and a false statement related to a gun purchase, according to people familiar with the case.”
According to the Post, “The next step is for the U.S. Attorney in Delaware, a Trump administration holdover, to decide on whether to file such charges, these people said.”
Much discussion has been made about Hunter Biden’s “laptop from hell,” which was left in a Delaware repair shop and subsequently had large portions of its contents released to the public.
In response to the announced production cut of two million barrels of oil daily by OPEC+ nations on Wednesday to stabilize prices and maintain them above production costs, a White House statement roared disapproval, saying:
The move will “have the most negative impact on lower-and middle-income countries” — ones hegemon USA and its Western vassals exploit by plundering their resources and immiserating their people.
In response, dominant Biden regime hardliners in cahoots with their congressional co-conspirators will retaliate in their customary heavy-handed ways.
An explosion at a Bulgarian weapons factory has left at least three people dead and one other injured, destroying much of the facility and prompting a full evacuation of the premises, according to local officials.
District prosecutors said the blast occurred on Tuesday at a plant run by weapons maker Arsenal in the city of Kazanlak. Though officials initially said the explosion had claimed the life of a 55-year-old man who worked at the factory, they have since confirmed the deaths of two female employees aged 53 and 43. One other woman remains in the hospital after suffering serious injuries in the explosion; none have been named.
“In the workshop where the accident took place, products with… explosive mixtures are produced,” the prosecutor’s office said in a statement, adding: “The workers from the neighboring premises were evacuated. A large part of the workshop was destroyed.”
In March, the US banned all imports of Russian oil and gas as part of America’s sanctions against Moscow over its special military operation in Ukraine. As for Iran’s oil industry, it has for years been operating under US sanctions over what Tehran says is a purely peaceful nuclear program.
Moscow and Tehran continue to discuss swapping supplies of oil and gas, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on Thursday, as Russia is challenging Western sanctions introduced over its ongoing special military operation in Ukraine.
"We are already working with them [the Iranian side] in this direction, hammering out separate routes and mechanisms pertaining to oil and gas swap deals,” Novak said.
During an online conference at Australia's Lowy Institute, Ukraine's Volodymyr Zelensky called on NATO to carry out "preventive nuclear strikes" on Russia in order to "deter" Moscow from using nukes. The Russian side has repeatedly stressed that there can be no winner in a nuclear war, and it should never be unleashed.
Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov has urged the entire world to take note of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's call for a preventive nuclear strike on Russia.
Peskov told Sputnik that Zelensky's statements about "preventive nuclear strikes" against Russia cannot be ignored by the international community, since they are nothing short of a call to start a World War, which will entail catastrophic repercussions.
The Kremlin spokesman stressed that the United States and the UK, which "de facto run Kiev," should bear responsibility for Zelensky's statements.
Earlier in the day, Israel said that it would reject Lebanon's amendments to a US-brokered proposal on resolving a long-running maritime border dispute over gas-rich waters off the countries' Mediterranean coasts.
The IDF has been put on standby in the north after Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz warned of a possible escalation with Lebanon, as talks on a maritime border deal have apparently fallen through.
“The Defense Minister directed the IDF to prepare for a scenario of escalation in the north, both offensively and defensively, given the developments in the negotiations on the maritime border,” a statement from Gantz’s office said.
Seoul scrambled 30 fighter jets in response to North Korea flying 12 warplanes near the border that separates the two countries on Thursday, the South Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff said.
According to a statement quoted by Yonhap news agency, eight North Korean fighters and four bombers were spotted at around 2pm and “conducted air-to-surface firing drills for about an hour.”
South Korea immediately sent 30 fighter jets and other planes, the Joint Chiefs of Staff revealed. There was no clash, it added, as North Korea, aircraft did not cross the “tactical action line.”
The United States has fast-tracked hundreds of millions of dollars worth of private weapons sales to Ukraine since the beginning of Russia’s special military operation in February, The New York Times reported on Thursday.
The US expedited over $300 million in private arms sales to Ukraine, reducing approval times from weeks to hours, in just the first four months of 2022, the report said.
The State Department authorized less than $15 million in such sales to Ukraine throughout the entirety of fiscal year 2021, the report noted.
However, weapons sold through private brokers are more likely to end up on the black market than their government-provided counterparts, according to the report.
Webmaster addition: Gee, I wonder where Ukraine gets that kind of money?
Members of the US Marine Corps are drowning while swimming at sea due to an inadequate focus on water survival during the branch’s training, the Marine Corps Times reported on Thursday.
Three Marines have drowned so far in 2022 – two while recreationally swimming and another during training in Hawaii, according to the Naval Safety Center. A total of 39 American troops have died off the coast of Okinawa in particular since 2000, the report also said.
"Especially in Okinawa, Japan, you know, Marines have a little alcohol in their system, and they want to touch the water… And then no one sees them again," Marine Corps water survival instructor Sgt. Kenneth Wilson is quoted as saying in the report. "So [Marines] learn enough to survive in a controlled environment. But what happens when you really hit the real thing?"
Webmaster addition: Gender pronouns make lousy life preservers!
Former Gov. Sarah Palin (R-AK), a candidate for election to the U.S. House to represent Alaska’s At-Large Congressional District, said in an interview published Tuesday on Breitbart News editor Adrienne Ross’s eponymous podcast that political corruption of “public schools” can become a catalyst across America by invigorating “Mama and Papa Grizzlies” to protect children.