COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"This vaccine is directly killing individuals…It can damage you, no doubt about it. The scoreboard is lit up as bright as it can be: death, hospitalization, cardiac and neurologic injuries, miscarriage, still birth, it can’t get worse. I can’t think of any drug or any injection that is as dangerous as this group of vaccines, in particular, the Pfizer vaccine." -- Dr. Peter A. McCullough
Twice-failed presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton spoke at the Clinton Global Initiative Monday night.
More than two-thirds of registered voters oppose sexual orientation and gender identity being taught in elementary school, a figure that remains true across nearly every demographic, according to recent polling.
According to a recent New York Times/Siena poll, 70 percent of registered voters strongly or somewhat oppose instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity in elementary school. Younger voters were more open to the topic, but still 51 percent of those age 18-29 opposed or strongly opposed public schools teaching the subject.
Earlier today Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) released information from a new FBI whistleblower.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar on Monday opened a criminal investigation into Florida Governor Ron DeSantis’ operation sending illegal aliens to Martha’s Vineyward.
Russia on Tuesday gave support to plans by separatists which it backs in Ukraine to hold referendums paving the way for the annexation of swathes of additional territory, a direct challenge to the West that could sharply escalate the conflict.
After nearly seven months of war, including a critical battlefield defeat in northeastern Ukraine, Putin is pondering his next steps.
In what appeared to be choreographed requests, Russian-backed officials across 15% of Ukrainian territory - an area about the size of Hungary or Portugal - lined up to request referendums on joining Russia.
The self-styled Donetsk (DPR) and the Luhansk People's Republics (LPR), which Putin recognised as independent just before the invasion, and the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia regions have asked for votes over less than 24 hours.
Democrats would love nothing more than for you to forget about their support of China. Despite passing laws that forbid U.S. purchases of specific Chinese goods, our money still finds its way into the CCP’s pockets.
But not if Rep. Donalds has a say in it. He’s putting forward a major bill that would deprive China of making money off this major resource.
Florida Republican Congressman Byron Donalds introduced the Cobalt Optimizes Batteries and Leading Technologies (COBALT) Act of 2022. The bill would aim to establish domestic cobalt refining in the U.S…
Former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe was on with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures and he confirmed what many are thinking – the FBI classified documents as “Top Secret” not because they were, but because they wanted to cover up their crimes in attempting a coup of the Trump Administration.
The news hit this week that billions of federal dollars meant for public schools have been wasted. Money designated to reopen schools after the COVID pandemic was squandered by teachers unions.
From Fox News:
“The avalanche” of nearly $200 billion in COVID-19 funding intended to help kids during the apex of the novel coronavirus’ pandemic was used, in part, to fuel the agenda of the “union political machine,” according to a Tuesday report.
“This massive flood of funding has left public schools awash in cash, while students and taxpayers are left to deal with the… disaster unleashed by the union-prescribed COVID policies,” The Goldwater Institute, a conservative public policy think tank, said.
It appears billions were spent to help empower corrupt unions, instead of helping students. And this report has been out there now for months.
Outraged, one Republican senator is finally doing something about it and going straight for the head of this dragon.
It’s no secret that we are facing an energy crisis. Gas prices are still higher than they were before Biden entered office.
But if you were to ask him, everything’s fine! He’s burning through tax dollars claiming he’s boosting energy production.
The facts, however, are coming back to haunt him.
A new report from the Department of the Interior shows the Biden Administration has leased fewer acres of land for oil and gas drilling on federal lands and waters since former President Harry Truman in the 1940s…
Democrats are still terrified about the upcoming elections. Their fate rests in Joe Biden, their party’s top official.
Biden needs a string of wins to keep voters happy going into November. But he just made a bold claim, clearly times for the elections.
It might not be the wisest thing he’s ever said.
From Fox News:
President Biden said during a television interview on Sunday night that the COVID-19 pandemic “is over.” […]
“The pandemic is over. We still have a problem with COVID. We’re still doing a lot of work on it,” Biden responded…
Biden has used the COVID-19 pandemic emergency as a reason for his administration’s plan to end Title 42 as well as the recent student loan handout.
Uh, Joe? You can’t have it both ways.
With one sentence, U.S. District Court Judge Aileen Cannon spoke for the majority of Americans who no longer have faith in the nation’s top law enforcement agency. “It is also true, of course, that even-handed procedure does not demand unquestioning trust in the determinations of the Department of Justice,” she wrote in her September 15 order denying the government’s request to prevent a third-party review of allegedly “classified” documents seized by the FBI during the raid of Mar-a-Lago last month.
At issue is the validity of claims made by prosecutors that roughly 100 records taken in the unprecedented pillage of a former president’s home on August 8 have classified markings and therefore do not belong to him. The kerfuffle began earlier this year when the Justice Department acted on a criminal referral by the national archivist, who accused Trump of unlawfully keeping classified material at his home.
Although Trump’s representatives cooperated with investigators for months, Attorney General Merrick Garland nonetheless authorized the nine-hour raid conducted by at least a dozen FBI agents resulting in the seizure of more than 11,000 pieces of evidence, including personal items such as books, medical files, tax information, apparel, and passports.
And his office has been backpedaling ever since.
Harry Wait, a Wisconsin whistleblower who is now being prosecuted for election fraud crimes that he exposed and reported to law enforcement, and after initially representing himself, is now being represented by former Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice Michael Gableman–at least temporarily.
A Clinton-appointed federal judge on Monday denied Florida prosecutor suspended by Governor Ron DeSantis his bid to get his job back.
China exported 1.12 million tons of gasoline last month, which was a whopping 97.4% increase from the year before, customs data cited by Reuters showed.
The increase came on the back of a new batch of fuel export quotas amid lukewarm domestic demand. The new quotas also pushed diesel exports much higher, up by almost 52% from August 2021 at 830,000 tonnes.
The new quotas, issued in June and July, were expected to lift fuel exports substantially in August, with total gasoline, diesel, and jet fuel exports expected to hit between 2.4 and 2.6 million tons, according to an earlier Reuters report.
Exports of fuels for the full year, however, are expected to be much lower than in 2021 because of the smaller size of export quotas as Beijing tackles domestic fuel inflation. In fact, 2022 fuel exports are set to be 40% lower than fuel exports in 2021.
Data for the first eight months of the year shows a more than 30% decline in gasoline exports and a 78.3% drop in diesel fuel exports. Jet fuel exports inched up by 4.4% between January and August.
The OPEC+ group continues to vastly underperform its collective oil production target, with the gap between the quota and actual output widening to a massive 3.58 million barrels per day (bpd) in August, according to delegates and OPEC data Argus has seen.
The 10 OPEC members bound by the pact saw their collective crude oil production hit 1.399 million bpd below the quota, while the non-OPEC producers in the deal were more than 2 million bpd behind quota, at 2.185 million bpd, per OPEC data Argus has seen.
In July, OPEC+ was already 2.9 million bpd below its target.
In August, the two biggest laggards in production quotas were Russia of the non-OPEC group and Nigeria of OPEC, the data showed. Russia’s oil production was 1.25 million bpd below its target, while Nigeria was 700,000 bpd behind its quota.
Russia’s output is constrained by the Western sanctions following the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while Nigeria has had troubles for years with a lack of investment and oil theft.
Nearly seven months after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Russian oil exports have been quite resilient and just 400,000 barrels per day (bpd) below pre-war levels.
But come December, Russian oil supply could plunge by more than one million bpd after the EU embargo on Russian oil imports by sea enters into force. In February, another one million bpd could then come offline due to the EU’s fuel embargo.
So far this year, Russia has managed to divert a lot of cargoes previously sent to Europe to buyers in Asia, predominantly China and India. As of December - and two months later when the EU oil product embargo kicks in - Russia will have to find a home for 2.4 million bpd of its oil if it is to keep its oil exports at current levels, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said in its Oil Market Report last week.
The global oil market will have to prepare itself for a loss of 2.4 million bpd supply when the EU embargo kicks in; an additional 1 million bpd of products and 1.4 million bpd of crude will have to find new homes. This could result in deeper declines in Russian oil exports and production, the IEA said. The Paris-based agency expects oil production in Russia to fall to 9.5 million bpd by February 2023, which would be a plunge of 1.9 million bpd compared to February 2022.
Earlier this year there were high hopes around the U.S. lifting its sanctions on Venezuela in the face of oil shortages and rising prices, due to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, allowing black gold to once again flow out of the South American oil giant. But this has not yet come to fruition. While some allowances were made for oil trade, Venezuela’s statement to the world is clear – it is ready to pump and export huge amounts of its crude whenever given the chance.
No matter how many times the U.S. government rejects Venezuelan pleas to end sanctions and fill the supply gap left due to sanctions on Russian energy, the South American oil major will not give up on its bid to boost crude exports. President Madero stated this week that Venezuela is ready to recommence its oil production and export to the rest of the world whenever given the opportunity. At an event held during the OPEC secretary-general’s visit to Caracas Maduro said “Venezuela is ready and willing to fulfil its role and supply, in a stable and secure manner, the oil and gas market that the world economy needs.
The country’s dictator quashed fears that Venezuela’s oil industry was far from recovering, after years of low production and underinvestment. Its output currently stands at around 700,000 bpd compared to 2.3 million bpd two decades ago. This comes from U.S. sanctions imposed on the trading of Venezuelan crude, which previously provided around 96 percent of the country’s income.
Germany can never rely on Russia for energy supply again, and the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project will never go ahead, Stephan Weil, Minister-President of the northwestern German state of Lower Saxony, said.
Germany suspended the Russia-led Nord Stream 2 project in February after Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered troops into Ukraine. Before the Russian invasion of Ukraine, the pipeline construction was complete, but Nord Stream 2 was awaiting full regulatory clearance from Germany and a review by the European Union over its compliance with EU energy regulations.
The reviews were never done. Europe and Germany started to diversify their gas supply with more LNG cargoes from the United States and more supply from Norway and North Africa.
Germany, Europe’s biggest economy and the biggest gas customer of Russia, continued to import gas via Nord Stream until Russia shut it down early this month.
Last week, the media rushed to report that natural gas prices in the United States had fallen sharply after trade unions and railway companies reached a tentative deal that averted a potentially devastating strike.
Indeed, natural gas prices fell by nearly a dollar per million British thermal units, helped by a respectable build in inventories. And yet, inventories remain below the seasonal average, exports are running at record rates, and producers are beginning to struggle to meet demand, both at home and abroad.
Reuters’ John Kemp wrote in a recent column that domestic and international gas consumption had risen to record highs, and shale producers—the ones that account for the bulk of U.S. natural gas output—were having a hard time catching up with this demand.
Meanwhile, although higher on a weekly basis, inventories remained at the second-lowest for this time of the year for the last 12 years, Reuters’ market analyst noted. He also added there were no signs of any improvement in the level of inventories despite the rise in prices.
Pressured by a strong dollar and weaker demand forecasts, oil prices continued their way down on Monday morning after closing last week on a bearish note.
WTI crude fell below $85 on Friday afternoon on a flurry of negative news. Rising U.S. commercial crude inventories, a year-on-year drop in supplied oil products and a gloomy IEA demand outlook weighed on oil futures.
For the fourth quarter of 2022, the IEA predicts zero demand growth as a result of China’s zero-covid policies, stating that the market will likely be oversupplied in the second half of 2022, before balancing out in early 2023 as the EU ban on Russian seaborne crude imports kicks in.
Trump trolled Joe Biden for being seated 14 rows back in Westminster Abbey at the Queen’s funeral on Monday.
After taking over a Gazprom subsidiary earlier this year, Germany has now assumed control of Russian Rosneft refining assets in the country in a bid at securing energy independence just over three months before an EU ban on Russian oil goes into effect. Now, with Russia’s oil refinery assets in Germany out of Moscow’s hands, a final question lingers: Where will Germany get non-Russian oil to run key refineries?
Over the weekend, Germany moved to seize the local unit of Russian oil major Rosneft PJSC, including three oil refineries as Berlin goes for a radical overhaul of its economy, hoping to control its industrial base and prevent shortages and blackouts this winter.
“Over the next few months, we’ll have to continue to preserve critical infrastructure in order to achieve energy independence,” Verena Hubertz, a leading lawmaker for Scholz’s Social Democrats, has told Bloomberg.
Rosneft has protested against the seizure calling it illegal and saying it amounts to an expropriation of equity assets in which it had invested €4.6bn in refining capacity. In a company statement, the Russian oil giant says it will “consider all possible measures to protect its shareholders, including legal action”.
In an alleged traffic dispute following a University of Arkansas Razorback football game, Beyond Meat COO Doug Ramsey was arrested for biting a man’s nose. Charges against Ramsey include terroristic threatening and third-degree battery.
China has been secretly developing Trojan Horse-style missiles hidden in shipping containers that can be unleashed on enemy ports, experts warn.
Military analysts believe the country’s huge fleet of freighters and fishing vessels could be turned into warships with the use of the secretive container missiles.
The Sun reported, Disguised as a regular shipping containers, they can be sneaked on board a vessel to blend in seamlessly with the hundreds of others on board.
Webmaster addition: The US and Europe have developed similar systems, ostensibly as anti-pirate defenses.
The New York Presbyterian Hospital recently released a promotional video depicting a young girl with myocarditis. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle that can lead to cardiac arrhythmia and death. Since 2021, there has been a significant spike in myocarditis cases, particularly in young people. While many mainstream reports have claimed the rise of myocarditis is a result of "long covid," there are a plethora of studies that say the COVID-19 vaccines are the culprit.
According to the NIH, National Institute of Health, myocarditis is, in fact, a side effect of the COVID-19 vaccines and, "may be due to their strong immune response to the vaccine."
The New England Journal of Medicine reported in December of 2021 that, "Reports have suggested an association between the development of myocarditis and the receipt of messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccines against coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), but the frequency and severity of myocarditis after vaccination have not been extensively explored."
A major earthquake rocked a city in Mexico’s southwest prompting a slew of evacuations and tsunami warnings.
The 7.5 earthquake rattled residents in the populace state of Michoacán on Monday. The city lies on the country’s pacific coast. Reports say one person has been killed so far. They passed away after a wall in a shopping mall collapsed on them. The earthquake was felt all throughout Mexico.
Lindell alleges that a recent business venture he was involved with fell through thanks to FBI involvement.
Louisiana – A 21-year-old Louisiana State University senior was gunned down while she was sitting in her car in Baton Rouge last Friday.