COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"The great majority of mankind are satisfied with appearances, as though they are realities, and are often even more influenced by the things that seem than by those that are." -- Niccoló Machiavelli, "The Discourses." 1517.
Crews restored power to more neighborhoods across Havana on Saturday after a second day of protests over ongoing blackouts in Cuba's capital, including some of the largest demonstrations since widespread anti-government rallies in July 2021.
At least one of the protests Friday night in the western seaside borough of Playa swelled in size to several hundred people who chanted "turn on the lights," as well as slogans disparaging President Miguel Diaz-Canel.
At one point, the group began to chant for freedom, or "libertad," in Spanish, as protesters marched through a dark, densely populated district that has been without electricity since Hurricane Ian slammed into the island on Tuesday.
A Democrat leader has claimed, without evidence, that parents will kill their own children unless schools hide kids’ gender identity from their families.
Raymond Buckley, the chairman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, made the claim while arguing that teachers should be able to “transition” a child’s gender without the parents’ knowledge or consent.
Buckley warned that public schools must withhold information from parents about their children’s behavior in school as it relates to so-called “gender identity counseling” because some parents will beat their children to death if they are made aware of the issue.
The top Democrat official made the outlandish claim on social media Friday.
Credit Suisse and Deutsche Bank are reportedly on the verge of collapse. They have 2.7 trillion in assets under management between them. It’s three times the assets of Lehman at the time of the collapse.
On 15 September 2008, Lehman Brothers, a bank considered ‘too big to fail,’ filed for insolvency. It was the single largest bankruptcy filing in the history of the US. At the time, the bank had $639 billion in assets and $619 billion in debt.
There was breaking news from the NFL that nobody will tie to the Covid-19 vaccines because that’s just not allowed.
Arizona Cardinals All-World defensive end JJ Watt said his heart went into “A-Fib,” or atrial fibrillation, on Wednesday and had to be shocked back into rhythm. Here’s his Tweet:
I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today. I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today. That’s it.
I was just told somebody leaked some personal information about me and it’s going to be reported on today.
I went into A-Fib on Wednesday, had my heart shocked back into rhythm on Thursday and I’m playing today.
The woke ‘comedy’ show is in its 48th year and struggling to attract a sizable audience.
Thirty-four US political prisoners of the Biden regime penned a very sad letter this week requesting a transfer to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba facility where they would receive meals, sunlight, freedom of religion, exercise, entertainment, and be treated like human beings.
A 56-year-old Asian store owner was stabbed to death on Saturday afternoon during a robbery in downtown Los Angeles.
Former Backstreet Boys singer AJ McLean is publicly speaking out in support of his nine-year-old daughter Ava changing her name to “Elliott.”
Democrats are facing fresh problems in two pivotal Senate battlegrounds in which their nominees are facing attacks for being too progressive.
What's happening: In Wisconsin, GOP Sen. Ron Johnson has pulled ahead of Democrat Mandela Barnes in the latest wave of public polls. In Pennsylvania, recent polling suggests Democrat John Fetterman's double-digit advantage over Republican Mehmet Oz has shrunk to a statistical tie. They are vying for the seat held by retiring GOP Sen. Pat Toomey.
Why it matters: The Republican momentum in both states, acknowledged by strategists on both sides, means the pathway for Republicans to win back the Senate majority looks clearer.
- If they hold Wisconsin and Pennsylvania — along with all the states Trump carried — Republicans would need to unseat just one Democratic incumbent.
Vladimir Putin has sent a fleet of bombers to a military base housing a large supply of nuclear weapons, sparking fears of World War 3. The Russian President has upped the stakes in his war in Ukraine, after illegally annexing four new provinces. During a carefully choreographed ceremony in Moscow, Putin announced on Friday that the regions of Donetsk, Luhansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia would now be formally considered part of Russia.
He emphasized that the Kremlin would “use all means” at its disposal to protect the newly incorporated territories. Analysts interpreted the phrase as yet another threat by Putin to deploy his nuclear arsenal if the West continues to support Kyiv’s army.
Newly released satellite images appear to show that the Russian President may be prepared to make good on his threats. Israeli intelligence firm ImageSat International (ISI) said they had detected an “irregular presence” of Russian TU-160 and TU-95 strategic bombers at the Olenya Airbase near Finland.
In this interview, repeat guest Francis Boyle — whose background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, a juris doctor (lawyer) degree from Harvard and a Ph.D. in political science — shares his views on the latest efforts to instill fear in the public, this time about monkeypox.
For decades, Boyle has advocated against the development and use of bioweapons, which COVID-19 appears to be. He called for biowarfare legislation at the Biological Weapons Convention of 1972, and drafted the Biological Weapons Anti-Terrorism Act, which was passed unanimously by both houses of Congress and signed into law by George Bush, Sr. in 1989.
Early on in the pandemic, Boyle was sure COVID-19 was the result of a lab leak. In fact, he was one of the first to bring that up. Of course, for the past two-plus years, anyone who shared the lab leak theory was vilified, discredited, censored and deplatformed. Today, we know that information was true, and even mainstream media are starting to report on it.
AS A RAPIDLY ADVANCING climate emergency turns the planet ever hotter, the Dallas-based biotechnology company Colossal Biosciences has a vision: “To see the Woolly Mammoth thunder upon the tundra once again.” Founders George Church and Ben Lamm have already racked up an impressive list of high-profile funders and investors, including Peter Thiel, Tony Robbins, Paris Hilton, Winklevoss Capital — and, according to the public portfolio its venture capital arm released this month, the CIA.
Colossal says it hopes to use advanced genetic sequencing to resurrect two extinct mammals — not just the giant, ice age mammoth, but also a mid-sized marsupial known as the thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, that died out less than a century ago. On its website, the company vows: “Combining the science of genetics with the business of discovery, we endeavor to jumpstart nature’s ancestral heartbeat.”
In-Q-Tel, its new investor, is registered as a nonprofit venture capital firm funded by the CIA. On its surface, the group funds technology startups with the potential to safeguard national security. In addition to its long-standing pursuit of intelligence and weapons technologies, the CIA outfit has lately displayed an increased interest in biotechnology and particularly DNA sequencing.
THE CEO OF Iron Mountain Inc. told Wall Street analysts at a September 20 investor event that the high levels of inflation of the past several years had helped the company increase its margins — and that for that reason he had long been “doing my inflation dance praying for inflation.”
The comment is an unusually candid admission of a dirty secret in the business world: corporations use inflation as a pretext to hike prices. “Corporations are using those increasing costs – of materials, components and labor – as excuses to increase their prices even higher, resulting in bigger profits,” Robert Reich, former Labor Secretary under Clinton, recently argued. Corporate profits are now at their highest level since 1950.
Talks of trouble brewing at Swiss investment bank Credit Suisse gained ground over the weekend, with Twitterati beginning to raise the specter of a Lehman-like collapse.
What Ails Credit Suisse: Credit Suisse has seen its fundamentals deteriorate rapidly, thanks to a combination of macroeconomic factors and company-specific malaise. The bank has been rocked by a string of scandals and mishaps that impacted its financials, with the most notable being the situation that arose from the collapse of U.S. hedge fund Archegos Capital, founded by Bill Hwang, in early 2021.
The Swiss bank had then warned of a significant impact after it exited positions with the fund. Additionally, the bank was fined by a Swiss court in June for the lax controls it had, which allowed one of its employees to help a Bulgarian drug ring launder money, the New York Times reported.
Home prices in the US have taken a turn and are now posting the biggest monthly declines since 2009.
Median home prices fell 0.98% in August from a month earlier, following a 1.05% drop in July, Black Knight Inc. said in a report Monday. The two periods mark the largest monthly declines since January 2009.
“Together they represent two straight months of significant pullbacks after more than two years of record-breaking growth,” said Ben Graboske, Black Knight Data and Analytics president.
The housing market is losing steam fast with skyrocketing mortgage rates driving affordability to the lowest level since the 1980s. The Federal Reserve has sought to curb inflation, which has thrown cold water on the US real estate boom.
Footage of a huge freight train moving specialist military equipment associated with a nuclear-arms wielding division of Russia's Defence Ministry has been spotted on the move, prompting fears of an escalation in the conflict from Putin's forces.
A series of BPM-97 armoured personnel carriers (APCs) and other military vehicles were seen travelling through central Russia in a clip posted on the Telegram messaging app by pro-Russian channel Rybar on Sunday.
The APCs are thought to have been upgraded with more capable turrets, reinforced ambush and mine-proof armour and an air purification system designed to allow its occupants to operate effectively in the face of sustained infantry attacks.
A Swedish 'DNA hunter' who effectively discovered that Neanderthals are still alive was today awarded a Nobel Prize.
Professor Svante Pääbo's 'seemingly impossible' task saw him prove interbreeding occurred between Homo Sapiens and our closest ancient relatives.
The 67-year-old, who received the congratulatory call while enjoying a cup of coffee at home this morning, also uncovered the 'sensational' existence of a once-unknown human species — the Denisovans.
Air Canada today welcomed the Government of Canada's decision to lift remaining COVID-19 restrictions, including requirements for wearing masks on aircraft, testing and quarantine, and the compulsory use of ArriveCan beginning October 1, 2022.
"Air Canada welcomes the removal of these restrictions, acknowledging that air travel is safe and that the measures were not justified by science. We believe it will greatly facilitate travel, help to continue stabilizing the country's air transport sector and support Canada's economy. Customers and crew will still have the option to wear masks and we also encourage customers to monitor their own health to be sure they feel well and fit to travel," said Craig Landry, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer at Air Canada.
"While today's announcement is a positive step, we urge the government not to lose momentum. Lessons learned during the pandemic should now be applied to streamlining the air transport system in Canada and to enact further reforms. This includes improving processes, such as security and customs at airports, developing new trusted traveller programs, deploying new technologies and, more fundamentally, re-examining the user-pay model that finances air transportation in Canada, whose weaknesses and interdependencies were exposed by COVID."
Former Democratic President Bill Clinton has criticized the situation unfolding at the US-Mexico border.
He says that the United States cannot sustain the number of immigrants crossing the country’s border now. He believes that this situation is unsustainable and that something must change the way things unfold at this time.
Clinton spoke with CNN’s Fareed Zakaria about the situation and stated that in years past, immigrants used to go back and forth between the United States and Mexico and that this tended to work out well for both countries. Now, he says that the situation at the border is much different and that immigrants are “gaming the system.”
B.C.'s annual winter tire rules kick in on Saturday, which means drivers could be fined if they don't have winter tires in good condition on many of the province's highways.
The rules are in place every year from Oct. 1 to March 31, while some highways will have the rules extended until April 30 due to early-spring snowfall, according to the province.
The annual requirement covers:
- All highways in the North;
- All highways in the Interior;
- Sections of some highways on the South Coast, including the Sea to Sky Highway;
- Sections of some highways on Vancouver Island, including the Malahat and Highways 4, 14 and 28.
Trucks and heavy vehicles — over 11.7 tons — travelling on those routes will also have to carry tire chains.
At 23, Jesse Glen Pinegar was already an experienced hiker and camper.
Captivated by Hawaii's scenic beauty and numerous trails, he decided to visit the island of Kauai on his own, after plans fell through with his friends. On Jan. 18, 2008, he flew from Utah to Kauai and rented an apartment on the island.
He told his family he’d return after a couple of months, but when he didn’t show up as expected in March, his dad immediately went looking for him.
Pinegar’s dad arrived on the island and found the apartment clean and well kept, with nothing out of the ordinary. He put up flyers, with the family offering a $5,000 reward. But despite his efforts, no new information emerged. He returned home empty-handed.
Webmaster addition: Claire and I hiked a portion of that trail when we lived in Hawaii. It is very beautiful, but it is also very dangerous!
Fox Business reports that “this comes after a recent ocean surge connected to Tropical Storm Kay led to high tides and waves that shifted the coastal tracks, which serve as the only viable link from San Diego to Los Angeles and the rest of the country.”
“Safety concerns to the right-of-way in San Clemente have made it necessary to suspend train service through the area,” Amtrak said in a travel advisory. “Pacific Surfliner trains will not operate between Irvine and San Diego until further notice. We are working with our partners to set up train service between Oceanside and San Diego, as well as bus connections to/from Irvine and Oceanside. We will share updates as soon as details are available.”
New research published in the journal Science Translational Medicine reveals that Big Pharma is now using insects to deliver “vaccines” to humans without their knowledge or consent.
For their trial, researchers artificially furnished 200 mosquitoes with live, malaria-causing plasmodium parasites that had been genetically modified (GMO) to inject a malaria vaccine into the arms of human test subjects.
The stated goal of the project is to deliver vaccines via bugs as opposed to traditional syringes, in this case with GMO mosquitoes that will be released into the wild to randomly inject as many people as possible with the poisons. (Related: Starting in 2020, a two-year, Bill Gates-backed project began releasing more than 750 million GMO mosquitoes throughout the Florida Keys.)
Weddings booked by Britons at a stunning Victorian country mansion have been cancelled after the Home Office announced it needed the hotel for migrants.
At least three weddings have reportedly been cancelled at the Grade II-listed Stoke Rochford Hall in Lincolnshire: