"Those who recognize the stupidity and fickleness of the masses will not be remotely surprised by anything they do." -- Nicolas Poussin
"The church must be reminded that it is not the master or the servant of the state, but rather the conscience of the state. It must be the guide and the critic of the state, and never its tool. If the church does not recapture its prophetic zeal, it will become an irrelevant social club without moral or spiritual authority." -- Martin Luther King Jr. (A Knock at Midnight, June 11, 1967)
CIA Director William Burns met with the head of Russia’s Foreign Intelligence Service (SVR) in Ankara, Turkey, on Monday, marking the highest-level face-to-face meeting between US and Russian officials since the February 24 invasion of Ukraine.
The unannounced meeting was first revealed by media reports and later confirmed by the Kremlin, which said the talks between Burns and SVR chief Sergei Naryshkin were requested by Washington.
The White House said that the meeting was not an attempt to negotiate an end to the war in Ukraine, but was focused on reducing the risk of nuclear escalation and the detention of US citizens in Russia.
During the Russian withdrawal from from the right bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region, the Armed Forces of the Russian Federation destroyed a large energy infrastructure facility that supplied part of the right bank and the Mykolaiv region with electricity.
According to the head of Ukrenergo, the facility was heavily damaged.
“The power facility, which provided power supply to the entire right bank of the Kherson region and a significant part of the Mykolaiv region, was practically destroyed. It doesn’t exist anymore. Two transformers, each weighing 250 tons, are blown up. Relay protection hall, compressor, battery were shot and crushed,” – he claimed.
The Ukrainian war is ongoing on the front lines as well as in the regions where are no battles but the lives of civilians are threatened. The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue shelling the regions that went out of control of the Kiev regime and Russian border regions, targeting civilian facilities.
Over the past day, Ukrainian artillery shelled houses and civilian facilities in the villages of Borki, Kozinka, Shchigorevka and Leninsky in the Belgorod region. The attacks resulted in no civilian casualties but damage to several houses. On the same day, Russian air defense forces intercepted several shells over the city of Belgorod and its outskirts.
On the morning of November 15, the Leninsky village in the Shebekinsky district again came under fire.
Big pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and Moderna have both begun clinical tests to investigate whether or not the use of their experimental COVID vaccines may have any long-term adverse effects on a person’s health.
Nancy Pelosi told her buddy George Stephanopolous on ABC’s This Week on Sunday that the path to control of Congress goes through Arizona, Colorado, and California — where Democrats control the fraudulent elections.
We looked at 49 types of military aircraft and found that only 4 types met their annual mission readiness goals from FY 2011 through FY 2021 — an overall decline over time. Program officials gave us various reasons for these results, including aging aircraft, maintenance challenges, and issues with getting parts and supplies. …
As shown below, 26 aircraft did not meet their annual mission capable goal in any fiscal year [it scored 0 in each and every goal in each and every year]. The mission capable rate — the percentage of total time when the aircraft can fly and perform at least one mission — is used to assess the health and readiness of an aircraft fleet.
U.S. strategy against Russia must succeed in order to make success of U.S. strategy against China possible; Ukraine is the U.S. proxy against Russia, and Taiwan is the U.S. proxy against China. Ukraine became a U.S. ‘ally’ or vassal-nation in 2014, but Taiwan isn’t yet officially a U.S. ‘ally’ or vassal-nation.
The plan by the U.S. Government to add Taiwan to its empire has already been made public by U.S. military officials (who will be quoted extensively below here); and, as announced, it builds upon these two models:
In a weekend tweet, the National Educators Association (NEA) wants everyone to know that they know what is best for our children. The Saturday tweet said, “Educators love their students and know better than anyone what they need to learn and to thrive.”
U.S. President Joe Biden said on Monday he told Chinese President Xi Jinping that Beijing has an obligation to try to talk North Korea out of resuming nuclear testing, although it was unclear whether China would be able to sway Pyongyang.
Biden met with Xi for more than three hours ahead of the G20 summit in Bali, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden took power last year.
He told a news conference afterwards he had warned Xi the United States would do what it needs to do to defend itself and allies South Korea and Japan in the event of North Korea resuming testing of nuclear weapons, something Pyongyang has not done since 2017.
Webmaster addition: I wonder if all this tough talk by Biden is meant to distract us from the Ukraine war, which has stalled despite the billions and billion of (your) dollars poured into that war zone!
In his first face-to-face meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping since he became president, President Joe Biden on Monday issued a stark warning: Xi needed to attempt to make it clear to close ally North Korea that launching “long-range nuclear tests” was unacceptable and that if Pyongyang ignored Xi, the U.S. would take certain “defensive” actions to “send a clear message to North Korea.”
Joe Biden has said he told Xi Jinping that China has an obligation to try to talk North Korea out of conducting a seventh nuclear test, although the US president said it was unclear whether Beijing had the ability to do so.
Biden met Xi for more than three hours on Monday, ahead of the G20 summit in Bali, their first face-to-face meeting since Biden took power. At a press conference after the meeting, Biden said he told Xi “that I thought they had an obligation to attempt to make it clear” to North Korea that it should not go ahead with a test.
South Korea has said the North has finished all technical preparations for a new test, and Washington has warned for months that a test could take place soon.
President Joe Biden said Monday that he told his Chinese counterpart that Beijing has “an obligation” to dissuade its neighbor North Korea from test-firing nuclear missiles and that the U.S. would take unspecified “defensive” action should the provocations continue.
At a news conference after a three-hour meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping, Biden did not specify how the U.S. might respond to an expected nuclear test by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, which would be the country’s first since 2017 and its seventh overall. He added that any actions the U.S. takes in reprisal “would not be directed against China but would send a clear message to North Korea: We are going to defend our allies as well as American soil and American capacity.”
Webmaster addition: So Biden will "defensively" bomb the heck out of North Korea?
The United States will hold the seventh meeting in the Ramstein format next week with the participation of more than 50 countries, Pentagon Deputy Press Secretary Sabrina Sing said.
“Also, looking a little further ahead, next week, the Secretary will host the seventh meeting of the Ukraine Defense Contact Group. This meeting will be held virtually here at the Pentagon and will allow Austin and defense secretaries from nearly 50 countries to discuss efforts to provide Ukraine with the means…,” Singh said at a briefing on Thursday.
Foreign nurses living in two York hotels and studying for UK qualifications have been told to move out by the Home Office in its latest bid to house asylum seekers amid Downing Street’s efforts to tackle the migrant crisis.
Polly McMeekin, director of workforce at York and Scarborough Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said on Monday that at first the Home Office had given the trust four weeks to vacate the hotel because the government wanted to use the facilities for “the next couple of years” to accommodate migrants.
After the trust objected, it was given until December to vacate the hotels’ rooms, according to McMeekin.
“York has a dearth of accommodation. [This] leaves us with no other accommodation – we’ve explored the military, we’ve explored universities,” she said, adding that the Home Office’s decision would leave the hospital in a “very vulnerable” position.
The trust’s director of workforce pointed out that “this is a vulnerability in our [the UK’s] international recruitment pipeline.”
A critical shortage of British nurses has prodded the trust to recruit from abroad, as the hospital pays for foreign nurses’ accommodation while they take the exams. A UK media outlet reported that right now, there are 82 foreign nurses in one York hotel and 17 more are due to arrive next month.
NBC News pulled their bombshell report in early November by Miguel Almaguer on the attack on Paul Pelosi that included details that contradicted the narrative in the federal charging papers against accused attacker David DePape.
Democrats pushed a candidate this year who could not complete a full sentence, who hid in his basement and when he did hold a public “rally” could only get a few dozen supporters to show up in a parking lot to honk horns.
The Washington Postreported Sunday that Congress drafted a plan with input from the White House to authorize $1 billion in military aid for Taiwan annually under the presidential drawdown authority, which allows the US to ship weapons directly from Pentagon stockpiles.
The US has employed this authority to arm Ukraine, and the bulk of the over $19 billion in weapons pledged to Kyiv since Russia’s invasion have come from US military stockpiles. The authority allows the US to get weapons into the hands of Ukraine much more quickly than other forms of military aid that require purchasing arms.
The report said that the $1 billion has been attached to the 2023 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), which is still being finalized. The Senate has also attached $10 billion in another form of military aid, known as Foreign Military Financing (FMF), for Taiwan that will be disbursed over the next five years.
A study examining murders in 2021 based on death certificate data projects that one out of 179 Americans will eventually be murdered over the course of their lifetimes if the country’s murder rate remains at 2021 levels.
“That means if you’re in the United States, you live here, you’re born and you spend your life here, your odds of your life ending by murder are one in 179 over your life. Not over a year or any other timeframe.”
“It’s just somebody’s gonna murder you before you die of natural causes, an accident, suicide, whatever it may be,” Jim Agresti, president and co-founder of Just Facts, a nonprofit research institute, told Fox News Digital. Agresti also authored the study.
Just Facts undertook a massive project to examine how many people were murdered in 2021 after weeks of news outlets and experts reporting there is no definitive figure for 2021 murders due to newly released FBI data for that year being incomplete and based on estimates.
Webmaster addition: This nation has become a crime lord's wet dream!
During Monday’s last stop of Kellie-Jay Keen’s Let Women Speak tour in New York City, multiple arrests were made as protestors turned violent and attempted to breach the barricade set up to protect speakers at the event. Keen herself was prevented from attending by police, who said they wouldn't risk their men to get her to the front of the crowd.
Antifa members were seen in attendance at the protest dressed in black bloc, pushing barricades that were set up around city hall. The Post Millennial's Libby Emmons was on hand to document the protest. Trans rights activists screamed that the women were fascists and Nazis for their belief that biological sex is real.
One woman recording from city hall before the event said, "They have been pushing back the barricade. They have shoved, attacked, pushed, pulled, I’ve been assaulted several times already this morning. There was an arrest earlier, someone tried to broach the barrier."
The collapse of the FTX exchange highlighted a significant bit of corruption within the political world this week.
The dust is still settling on this one, but it already turns out that the people at the top of FTX donated at least $40 million to Democrat candidates up and down the ballot.
The CEO of the company has a large number of connections with influential people and corporations. He has funneled money from his FTX exchange to preferred clients and others. He is also a significant donor to Democrat candidates. Some speculate that this helped him keep the FTX exchange running much longer than it otherwise would have.
The CEO is Sam Bankman-Fried, who was in charge of FTX until its recent implosion and bankruptcy. Now, he is seen as a fraudster and certainly not someone any politician would want to be associated with. However, that was sometimes only the case for him. He used to be highly sought after for all the campaign donations he kept flowing to high-powered politicians and those who could pull the levers of power when necessary.