Thought for the day
"When people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is more tyranny. Apologies to Thomas Jefferson!" -- Michael Rivero
"A rocket will never be able to leave Earth's atmosphere." -- New York Times, 1936
For the first time in 20 years, a Russian cosmonaut rocketed from the U.S. on Wednesday, launching to the International Space Station alongside NASA and Japanese astronauts despite tensions over the war in Ukraine.
“We’re so glad to do it together," said Anna Kikina, Russia’s lone female cosmonaut, offering thanks in both English and Russian. “Spasibo!”
She was among the three newcomers on the flight, alongside Marine Col. Nicole Mann, the first Native American woman to orbit the world, and Navy Capt. Josh Cassada. They were joined by Japan Space Agency’s Koichi Wakata, who is making his fifth spaceflight.
“Awesome!" radioed Mann. “That was a smooth ride uphill. You’ve got three rookies who are pretty happy to be floating in space right now.”
Britain and Poland are investigating possible cooperation in the development of a surface-launched, long-range missile in the latest step towards strengthening their ties in the defense sector.
The two nations announced their intention to take a look at forming a partnership at the end of a visit Oct. 5 to Poland by British Defence Secretary Ben Wallace for talks with his Polish counterpart, Mariusz Błaszczak.
The FBI has raided the home of another pro-life advocate, this time targeting a pro-life man and his family after he prayed and sang outside an abortion business last year.
This is the second time in recent weeks that the FBI has raided the home of a pro-life family — with the first case involving pro-life advocate Mark Houck, whose family was raided after an altercation at a Philadelphia abortion business last year where he accidentally pushed down a man who was verbally accosting his 12-year-old son.
This time, FBI officials raided the home of pro-life advocate Chet Gallagher after he peacefully advocated for the protection of unborn babies at an abortion facility in Tennessee last year.
Gallagher participated in a “rescue” at the Carafem abortion facility in Mt. Juliet, Tennessee where he and other pro-life advocates prayed and sang in a hallway of a building that houses multiple medical business but also the abortion company.
India’s Home Minister Amit Shah has rejected the possibility of dialogue with arch foe Pakistan over Kashmir during his second visit to the Indian-administered part of the disputed region since its autonomy was scrapped three years ago.
“Some people tell us to talk to Pakistan,” he said while addressing supporters at a rally in the Baramulla district on Wednesday. “Why should we talk to Pakistan? We will not talk.”
The US Navy has tapped Raytheon Missiles & Defense to upgrade the computer-controlled and radar-guided weapon systems of South Korea’s surface warships.
The $49-million deal, part of the US government’s foreign military sales program, procures four MK-15 Phalanx Close-In Weapon Systems (CIWS) Block 0 to Block 1B Baseline 2.
The systems upgrade will benefit South Korea’s Sejong the Great-class guided missile destroyer and other warships in development under the Korean Destroyer Next Generation project, Military Aerospace reported.
A fan who made a Hitler salute at an Australian soccer match was banned for life on Wednesday, with the sport’s governing body saying it had zero tolerance for “offensive behavior.”
The man, who has not been named publicly, was among a group of supporters at the Australia Cup final in Sydney on Saturday caught on camera making fascist gestures and reportedly chanting far-right Croatian songs.
Football Australia said one spectator has been identified and handed a lifetime ban from any future games it sanctions, including national team, A-League and Australia Cup fixtures.
While the international press treats the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines as a news item, we analyze it as an act of war against Germany and the European Union. Indeed, the three gas supply routes to Western Europe have been cut off simultaneously, while at the same time a new gas pipeline has been opened to Poland.
Just as Mikhail Gorbachev saw in the Chernobyl disaster the inevitable break-up of the USSR, so we believe that the sabotage of the Nord Stream gas pipelines marks the beginning of the economic collapse of the Union.
Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky’s decree to enforce the National Security and Defense Council’s decision to the effect it is impossible to hold talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin blocks the path to a peace settlement and is fraught with tremendous risks of the conflict’s escalation and more casualties, the board chairman of the Foundation for the Support and Development of the international discussion club Valdai, Andrey Bystritsky, told TASS.
"The situation following Zelensky’s statement has turned from bad to worse. In this way, he is trying to retaliate against Russia for recognizing the referendums in the DPR, the LPR, and the Zaporozhye and Kherson regions and letting these territories join Russia," he said. But the Ukrainian president’s reaction, in his opinion, is extremely risky. "De facto Kiev receives proposals, including some from the Russian president, for a ceasefire. A ceasefire might be established right away," the expert believes.
Bystritsky stresses that Zelensky’s decree has blocked the path to negotiations: "De facto he has created a situation where the negotiations can be considered as unrealistic."
The source and purpose of these "strange lights" has been identified: Russia's PERESVET Laser Anti-Satellite System.
The military nature of the lighting became evident when the same light pattern hit the skies in Moscow, Murmansk, and Omsk, Russia as the world was paying attention to the lights in Belgorad.
These laser systems are "anti-satellite" insofar as they can "dazzle" any recon satellite orbiting within 1500 kilometers of earth!
By "Dazzle" we mean "Temporarily blind" the satellite, making it impossible for the satellite to "see" anything on the ground for tens-of-miles in all directions of its typical fly-by.
At this hour, I am told that with the area covered by the light emissions from Belgorad, Omsk, Moscow, and Murmansk, US/NATO surveillance satellites NOW CANNOT SEE A FULL FIFTY PERCENT OF RUSSIAN NUCLEAR MISSILE SILOS.
President Biden’s boast shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that the world stood united against Moscow’s aggression is increasingly detached from reality. Indeed, it has reached the point of deserving mockery. Walter Russell Mead, a scholar at the Hudson Institute, provided a devastating, early assessment of how Washington’s effort to isolate Russia was failing. "The West has never been more closely aligned. It has also rarely been more alone. Allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization plus Australia and Japan are united in revulsion against Vladimir Putin’s war and are cooperating with the most sweeping sanctions since World War II. The rest of the world, not so much."
In other words, only Washington’s network of security dependents signed on to its policy. Even a cursory look at a global map confirms that Mead’s observation remains valid. Outside of NATO and traditional U.S. partners in East Asia, virtually no governments have imposed economic sanctions on Russia, despite enormous pressure from the Biden administration. That void is graphic with respect to Central and South Asia, Latin America, and Africa – the developing countries in the so-called Global South.
The former Prime Minister of Ukraine has appealed to world leader's to follow Liz Truss's example of refusing to compromise with Russia and Vladimir Putin over Russia's illegal invasion of his country. Speaking exclusively to Express.co.uk, Volodymyr Groysman contrasted Ms Truss's speech at the Tory party conference with condemnation over Elon Musk's suggestion that Ukraine cedes territory to Russia as a compromise solution.
Former US National Security Advisor Zbigniew Brzezinski famously described Ukraine as a “geopolitical pivot” of Eurasia, central to both US and Russian power. Since Russia views its vital security interests to be at stake in the current conflict, the war in Ukraine is rapidly escalating to a nuclear showdown. It’s urgent for both the US and Russia to exercise restraint before disaster hits.
Since the middle of the 19th Century, the West has competed with Russia over Crimea and more specifically, naval power in the Black Sea. In the Crimean War (1853-6), Britain and France captured Sevastopol and temporarily banished Russia’s navy from the Black Sea. The current conflict is, in essence, the Second Crimean War. This time, a US-led military alliance seeks to expand NATO to Ukraine and Georgia, so that five NATO members would encircle the Black Sea.
The US has long regarded any encroachment by great powers in the Western Hemisphere as a direct threat to US security, dating back to the Monroe Doctrine of 1823, which states: “We owe it, therefore, to candor and to the amicable relations existing between the United States and those [European] powers to declare that we should consider any attempt on their part to extend their system to any portion of this hemisphere as dangerous to our peace and safety.”
Unfortunately, I can only give a very broad-brush treatment to this topic here, though it very much deserves keen attention about now. On Monday this week, Polish Foreign Minister Zbigniew Rau signed a diplomatic note and delivered it to the German Federal Foreign Office, formally demanding $1.3 trillion in war reparations for damages suffered by Poland during WW2. The sum – indubitably calculated by experts – represents a cool $15,500 per man, woman and child living in Germany today and over $34,000 per man, woman, and child living in Poland.
Poland has spoken to the U.S. about sharing atomic weapons, President Andrzej Duda said, a provocative statement that comes as Western nations confront Russia over its invasion of Ukraine.
The U.S. and NATO have publicly stated that they have no plan to deploy nuclear weapons in countries that joined the alliance after the collapse of communism more than three decades ago. A White House official said they were unaware of the issue being raised and referred further questions to Poland’s government.
The Biden administration is seeking to walk a fine between supplying Ukraine with advanced weaponry while avoiding moves that would cause the Kremlin to further escalate the conflict. Poland, NATO’s largest member from the former Warsaw Pact, is one of the most vocal proponents of bolstering the alliance’s eastern flank.
British Home Secretary Suella Braverman on Tuesday vowed to do “whatever it takes” to stop illegal immigration across the English Channel.
In her first major speech as home secretary, Braverman told the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham that she wants to “cut [the] overall numbers” of immigration, adding the UK shouldn’t be “relying wholly on low skilled foreign workers.”
Invoking her own heritage as a second-generation immigrant, Braverman said her parents “embraced British values” and integrated into the community, which “didn’t mean abandoning their heritage.”
The home secretary said British people are “losing sight of the core values and the culture that made it so” and have been led “astray” by a combination of “unexamined drive towards multiculturalism as an end in itself” and “the corrosive aspects of identity politics.”
Over the last years, major steps have been taken by international organizations, companies, investors and governments alike to commit to climate change action. The focus has increasingly been put on the reduction of carbon emissions and water consumption. Billions of dollars are being invested in implementing industry or nationwide schemes to mitigate the effects of industries and governments. Still, there is more to be done to further contain the overall impact on climate. The need for climate adaptation, across a vast spectrum of issues such as flood and wildfire prevention, resilient agriculture, clean water supply, infrastructure modification, and population resettlement, is still not understood fully by the parties involved. As already stated in a report of the Climate Policy Initiative in 2021, climate adaptation initiatives receive only 7% of climate-related investment. At the same time, the business opportunities are clear, as Bloomberg reported that Bank of America analysts estimate that the climate adaptation market could be worth $2 trillion a year within the next five years.
There’s no question that future unbiased historians will rank Russian President Vladimir Putin's address on the Return of the Baby Bears – Donetsk, Lugansk, Kherson, and Zaporizhzhia – on September 30 as a landmark inflection point of the Raging Twenties.
The underlying honesty and clarity mirror his speech at the 2007 Munich Security Conference, but this time largely transcending the trappings of the geopolitical New Great Game.
This was an address to the collective Global South. In a key passage, Putin remarked how “the world has entered a period of revolutionary transformations, which are fundamental in nature. New development centers are being formed, they represent the majority.”
As he made the direct connection between multipolarity and strengthening of sovereignty, he took it all the way to the emergence of a new anti-colonial movement, a turbocharged version of the Non-Aligned Movement of the 1960s:
Based on new findings, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) data collected by Syracuse University's Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) found Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had more than 300,000 migrants enrolled in the federal's governments Alternatives to Detention (ATD) program, according to the Daily Caller. Each migrant enrolled in the program is monitored via phones and tracking devices and is set free in the US, pleased to roam as they wish.
As of Sept. 24, the ATD program had 316,700 migrants, up a whopping 266% from when President Biden took office in January 2021. An ICE PowerPoint slide shows each immigrant is given a phone with facial recognition technology and a GPS monitoring device that allows authorities to check in on the enrollee for compliance.
To anyone vaguely familiar with the colorful history of San Francisco in Victorian times, the mere mention of an “opium den” conjures up visions of dimly lit enclaves deep in the catacombs of Chinatown where hundreds of people languished about in self-induced euphoric stupors.
A scene from an old-time Chinatown opium den. (All Things Interesting)
Well, guess what, folks - the concept of the clandestine drug den operation is back, only this time it is being sponsored by the city and promoted by those particularly ambitious politicians seeking fame and fortune, and it is providing a menu that is far more reaching than just opium.
Several weeks ago, I was able to sneak into the Tenderloin Center located right in the middle of San Francisco at 1172 Market and Leavenworth, at UN Plaza. Not everyone is allowed in. This is the same Tenderloin Linkage Center that was the centerpiece of San Francisco Mayor London Breed’s much-touted plan to eradicate drug use, reduce overdose deaths, and “link” addicts to rehabilitation services.
With the exception of the common areas for showering and outdoor meals, this facility is specifically designed for the consumption of illegal drugs purchased by addicts in the black market. It is a drug den where anybody and everybody can come in to ingest, inject, smoke, or inhale any type of illegal drug that they themselves have acquired off the street from the black market.
Anthony Fauci, the head of National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), defended his agency’s decision of awarding millions of dollars to an organization that has funded risky virus research in Wuhan.
The New York-based nonprofit, EcoHealth Alliance, received roughly $3 million in grants from the NIAID in late September, the largest annual amount the agency has awarded the group, despite scrutiny over EcoHealth’s partnership with the Wuhan Institute of Virology, the facility that many believe may have started the pandemic.
“If something is peer-reviewed, gets a high recommendation for funding, you can’t arbitrarily decide, ‘I just don’t want to fund it’ because people don’t like them,” Fauci said in an Oct. 4 virtual webinar hosted by the University of South California’s Center for Health Journalism. “If they ever brought that to court, they could sue us and win that in a microsecond. So you’ve got to be careful.”
Following last week's rush to secure critical energy infrastructure across Europe against drone attacks, the FBI warned in a new report about drones being used for potential espionage and terrorism at critical US infrastructure facilities.
"[O]verflights can be an effective means of surveilling critical infrastructure because facility security personnel and law enforcement officers have limited options to detect and respond to" this type of drone activity, according to the FBI's report obtained by CNN.
In late July, multiple drones swarmed a Louisiana chemical facility in the middle of the night. The report said the drones hovered several feet above the facility before flying away.
The report cited another incident in March when a drone was surveilling a Louisiana pipeline. Law enforcement found the drone operator and discovered they had taken pictures of the critical supply line.
Faced with trade-war tariffs and sky-high inflation, the US fishing industry is getting 'crushed' right now.
Much of it is due to the amount of offshore processing done in China after fish are caught in US waters - which means the US companies catching them are paying high duty rates on various types of seafood, including salmon, tilapia, and tuna, crab and shrimp, according to the Epoch Times, which notes that American companies have been sending their ocean harvests to China for processing for more than a decade in order to take advantage of historically cheaper labor and operating costs.
In fact, some 65% of the estimated 6.3 billion pounds of seafood consumed by Americans every year is reimported - a move which saves US companies around 80 cents per pound of fish in labor costs. Given the roughly 30 million pounds of salmon alone being sent to Chinese processing plants, the savings add up.
European Union ambassadors reached an agreement on Wednesday to impose a new package of sanctions on Russia, including banning maritime transportation for Russian oil to third-party countries unless the oil is sold below or at a certain price cap.
“Ambassadors reached a political agreement on new sanctions against Russia - a strong EU response to Putin’s illegal annexation of Ukrainian territories,” the Czech rotating presidency of the EU said in a tweet today.
Webmaster addition: Russia will simply sell their oil elsewhere.
In May, we outlined that a reversal of the "shortage of everything" bullwhip effect was nearing, as skyrocketing inventories (the result of Covid-era overordering due to snarled supply chains) was about to hit a faltering economy, and prices of goods would decline as companies would be forced to liquidate excess inventories into a recession (see "Bullwhip Effect Ends With A Bang: Why Prices Are About To Fall Off A Cliff" from May 23). We reminded readers about this a few times over the summer ("Bullwhip-Effect Reversal Is The Major Downside Growth Risk" and "Container Rates Slump As "Bullwhip Effect" Enters Terminal Phase").
Last week, the reverse bullwhip was apparent in Nike's 'shocking' quarterly report after shares plunged more than 10% following the announcement of deteriorating earnings, and the margin outlook for the year was slashed. We warned retailers building inventory at a rapid clip this year was going to be disastrous, which is precisely what the sportswear giant reported.
Why is Planned Parenthood so interested in trans identity politics when trans people are highly unlikely to have children (only 19%)? It's just another sign that the trans agenda is far more about population reduction that is about personal rights.
A recently unearthed infomercial made by Planned Parenthood last year is marketed directly to teens and promotes puberty blockers as a means to disrupt natural body changes in order to make teens “feel more” like the gender they believe themselves to be psychologically.
In other words, they suggest confused teens fight against their own biology by taking pharmaceuticals which are known to potentially cause chemical castration as well as permanent damage to reproductive processes. This is medically proven to occur, but with leftist politics now poisoning the sciences over the past few years there is a growing narrative that claims puberty blockers are “safe and reversible.”
The claim relies on the use of “unknown quantities,” as there is very little data on the long term effects of puberty blockers in the MAJORITY of people who take them, and in some cases short term usage means POSSIBLE reversal and limited damage to fertility. Advocates for gender affirmation surgeries and hormone therapies will often say that there “is no proof” that puberty blockers are dangerous – This is because of limited studies and data, not because the chemicals and therapies have been proven safe.
A close-up view of the cartouche of the Ptolemaic dynasty Pharaoh Ptolemy V Epiphanes inscribed with the rest of the ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic text in the upper portion of the Rosetta Stone, on display at the British Museum in London on July 26, 2022 [File: Amir Makar/AFP]
Prominent Egyptian archaeologists have renewed a call for the return of the Rosetta Stone from the British Museum to Egypt, 200 years after the deciphering of the slab unlocked the secrets of hieroglyphic script and marked the birth of Egyptology.
The archaeologists’ online campaign has gathered 2,500 signatures so far and aims to “tell Egyptians what has been taken from them”, said Monica Hanna, acting Dean of the College of Archaeology in the Egyptian city of Aswan.
Darya Dugina was killed in a car bomb attack in Moscow in August [File: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters]
Intelligence agencies in the United States believe parts of the Ukrainian government authorised the car bomb attack near Moscow in August that killed Darya Dugina, the daughter of a prominent Russian nationalist, according to a report in the New York Times.
The assessment of alleged Ukrainian complicity was shared within the US government last week, the paper reported on Wednesday.
Joe Biden was caught on camera grinning from ear to ear as he creeped on a female state official, Nikki Fried, Florida’s 12th Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, today in Florida.
Since the Supreme Court’s reversal of Roe v. Wade, Illinois has become an oasis to prevent future women, people of color, LGBTQIA?’s and all of God’s other children from entering this world, but why stop there?