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.

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Heavy rains in Saudi Arabia’s coastal city of Jeddah on Thursday delayed flights, forced school closures and shut the road to Mecca, Islam’s holiest city, state media reported.

Jeddah, a city of roughly four million people located close to the Red Sea, is often referred to as the “gateway to Mecca”, where millions perform the Hajj and Umrah pilgrimages each year.

Images posted to social media on Thursday showed cars being swept along streets through raging torrents of water.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:58

A Member of the European Parliament (MEP) said that while some problems were inherited from the Angela Merkel era, the German government under Chancellor Olaf Scholz has mishandled “everything” during the energy crisis, resulting in economic calamity for Europe’s leading economy.

The doubling down on the green agenda and the sudden attempt to radically reduce reliance on Russian energy by the government of Social Democrat leftist Olaf Scholz over the past year have been “disastrous” for the German economy, Dr Gunnar Beck MEP said in an exclusive interview with Breitbart London.

“They have been in government for a good year now and everything seems to have been mishandled. Of course, they inherited a particular situation, Germany has been very dependent on Russian gas supplies for years now and it was Mrs Merkel who negotiated this,” he said.

“Now that we are trying to phase out Russian gas and other fossil fuels, it’s a disaster, because we have no energy security — Russia provided that — and prices for any possible substitutes, notably American LNG (liquid natural gas) are around four times as high compared to Russian gas.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:58

Medium and large companies have reportedly been scrambling to purchase electricity generators amid fears that the country could see parts of its national grid collapse.

Companies responsible for the sale of electricity generators in Germany are reported to be seeing their business boom with many enterprises reportedly fearing that there could be widespread power outages or even partial grid collapse throughout Germany this winter.

It comes after one senior official in Germany recently warned that the country must now “assume” there will be serious power outages over the coming months, and plan accordingly for them.

Despite attempts by authorities to quash this warning almost as soon as it was made, it appears that reassurances from various parts of the German federal government have failed to convince many businesses, with Der Spiegel reporting that the country is now well and truly experiencing a run on electricity generators.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:57

Supporters of the Morocco football team rioted in Brussels on Sunday to celebrate their victory over their host country, Belgium.

Football supporters of largely Moroccan origin flipped cars, burnt electric scooters, and set off fireworks in Brussels and beyond on Sunday after the African nation beat Belgium 2-0 in the World Cup.

Often described as the capital of the European Union, the majority of the population of Brussels is not originally from Belgium, with one local publication speculating that there are more people of Moroccan origin alone than with Flemish or Walloon roots in the city earlier this year.

According to a report by the French-language newspaper Le Soir, 12 people were arrested as part of the public disorder in the city, with police being forced to resort to using tear gas and water cannons to disperse the crowd.

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Posted on: Nov 29 07:48

Seventy years after the founding of the forerunner to the European Union, the bloc has done “a lot of damage” to the continent, a Member of the European Parliament (MEP) said during a “birthday” event.

Professor Ryszard Legutko, a Polish MEP who serves as head of the right-wing European Conservatives and Reformists group, has lambasted the European Parliament in particular as having done “a lot of damage” to the continent during an anniversary event for the EU body held on Tuesday.

While many eurocrats have celebrated the supposed parliament’s role in Europe, Legutko lambasted the organisation as having significantly harmed Europe, saying that it now functioned to solely push the politics of the left.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:48

Pan-Turkic/Turan Nationalist militants from Kyrgyzstan and Azerbaijan have formed a new battalion in Ukraine. The new militant group has the aim of destroying “the regime” of Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Head of the Chechen Republic, Ramzan Kadyrov, and to recruit members from various Turkic-speaking countries to foment inter-ethnic and inter-religious issues in Russia.

A video, which has recently appeared on the internet, shows the commander of the so-called Turan battalion, which is part of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, declaring his plan to “destroy the regime of Putin and Kadyrov.” In the video, the militants perform a hand gesture which resembles a wolf’s head – the symbol of the Turkish ultra-nationalist Grey Wolves organisation.

According to reports, there are about 350 people in the Turan battalion, including mercenaries of Kazakh, Kyrgyz, and Uyghur origin, as well as immigrants from Azerbaijan. Their commander is 33-year-old Kudaybek ulu Almaz from Kyrgyzstan, who worked in Ukraine as a day labourer and hairdresser before the start of the Russian military operation.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:47

Before the recent withdrawal of Russian troops from the western bank of the Dnieper River in the Kherson region, Moscow together with the local officials claimed that the Ukrainian military was preparing attacks on the Kakhovskaya dam which could destroy dozens of settlements located along the large Dnieper River. This was one of the main reasons for the timely evacuation of civilians from the western bank region, including from the large city of Kherson.

The newly leaked documents of the NATO military confirmed that the Kakhovskaya dam, which was secured by Russian forces, was considered as one of the military targets for the Ukrainian and NATO military.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:44

Just at the moment when the World Cup, one of the most followed and popular media events on the entire planet, becomes the agon of a conflict between the conservative values ​​of religious traditions, which have guided human spirituality over the millennia, and the most vulgar LGBTQ propaganda germinated in a circle as powerful as it was in the last twenty years of the rule of the New World Order, Russia, excluded from the same championship for its special military operation in Ukraine as it should have been imposed also to the USA for their permanent occupation of Syria, takes another symbolic step to protect childhood from the contamination of the rambling “theory of gender”.

This culture should actually be defined as “No-Gender” because it denies the biological sexual distinction to the point of starting to theorize the psycho-physical paradox of gender-fluid, the “floating gender”.

While the footballers of Germany during the national anthem shut their mouths for FIFA’s censorship of the captain’s armband “One Love”, promoted by UEFA in the European Union dominated by the transhumanist elite of George Soros, and then they see their manhood football humiliated on the pitch by thin Japanese players (final 1 to 2), the Duma, the lower house of the parliament of the Russian Federation, supports the will of President Vladimir Putin and tightens the laws on the dissemination of gay material to prevent the pure soul of the children are confused by a pounding campaign.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:43

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was invited to appear on the Canadian spin-off of RuPaul’s Drag Race, where he preached about diversity.

Trudeau told the drag queens it had been “an incredible pleasure to be part of fighting the good fight on the right side” after the show’s host congratulated him for becoming the first Canadian leader to participate in a Pride parade and being “such an ally” in a clip of his appearance shared on social media.

“Can we move beyond ‘tolerate’ and start embracing, and loving, and accepting, and learning from, and being challenged by, that’s how you build a resilient society, that’s what we’re trying to do in Canada, and we’ve got a lot of work still to do,” the 50-year-old rambled incoherently, while wildly gesticulating with his hands.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:43

A study from the American Journal of Public Health found that nearly 6,000 gun owners carried handguns every day in 2019 compared to roughly 3,000 in 2015. Additionally, the number of people responding to an online survey about the daily carrying of handguns rose from about 9 million in 2015 to 16 million.

The study zeroed in on those who carry a handgun on their person, not just those who might happen to have one in their vehicle.

The increases correspond with more lax gun laws in many states and an increasing number of survey participants saying they carry a gun for self-protection. They fear rising crime rates and other issues in our society that are driving much of the conversation about guns.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:40

According to the Daily Caller, the Treasury Department released a new license to drill for oil to Chevron on Saturday.

That might all sound fine, good even. That is until you realize that the Biden Administration just issued a license to Chevron to drill for oil in Communist Venezuela. That's right. The Biden Administration is lifting sanctions on the communist regime to drill more oil.

The Office of Foreign Assets Control issued the license and allowed Chevron to drill for oil in Venezuela in a partnership with state-owned Petróleos de Venezuela.

To get this deal, Venezuelan President Nicolás Maduro and the Unitary Platform, an opposition party, agreed to carry forward a humanitarian program and to conduct "free and fair elections" within the country.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:38

Gloom is always annoying and almost never the best response to even the most upsetting developments. It’s always psychologically better and a more efficient response to negative facts to try to design around them and get back to a positive sequence of objectives, no matter how tortuous and challenging.

Sometimes reflexive and uninformed cheerfulness is useful as a momentary palliative, but it swiftly descends into a make-believe optimism that is bound to be disappointed. That seems to be where much of the Republican response to the midterm elections has settled.

Those of us who are appalled by the weakness, incoherence, corruption, and hypocrisy of the Biden administration would do better to recognize the implications of the disaster in the midterm elections and the extent of the task that confronts those—apparently a significant majority—who believe that Bidenism is a straight boulevard to catastrophe.

Whatever else may be said of Donald Trump, he represented a shaped-up Western alliance fully armed and determined to prevent continued Chinese advance at the expense of the West; effective opposition to North Korea and Iran as nuclear powers; and a determination to reverse the erosion of America by the admission of countless millions of migrants partly masking the smuggling in with them of unfeasible quantities of lethal drugs. He also represented the celebration of the unifying American nationality over atomizing inflamed groups protesting multifarious forms of victimhood: self-serving nihilists gnawing at the bowels of America and denigrating virtually all of its characteristics and traditions.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:35

Calls for government intervention to prevent a rail strike in early-to-mid-December became louder Monday, with more than 400 state and national trade groups asking the majority and minority leaders of Congress to prevent a rail strike that would disrupt the flow of goods as soon as next week and could further hobble the pre-recessionary US economy.

In a Monday letter to Congress seen by Freightwaves, the US Chamber of Commerce sent a letter on Monday, signed by dozens of other business lobbying groups, to Democratic and Republican congressional leaders calling on them to intervene to prevent a labor strike or a lockout by the freight railroads. The Chamber and these groups have made similar calls before, and some of the groups plan a press conference for Tuesday; the groups pleaded with congressional leaders to address the possible rail strike, calling it a “matter of grave urgency” because of the potential billions of dollars such a shutdown could cost the U.S. economy.

“No one wins when the railroads stop running,” the letter said. “Congress recognized their necessity to interstate commerce and America’s economic health with the passage of the Railway Labor Act and past congressional interventions in rail labor disputes when other steps failed. Indeed, Congress has intervened 18 times since 1926 in labor negotiations that threaten interstate commerce and there is no reason why Congress should deviate from this record today. 

“While a voluntary agreement with the four holdout unions is the best outcome, the risks to America’s economy and communities simply make a national rail strike unacceptable. Therefore, absent a voluntary agreement, we call on you [Congress] to take immediate steps to prevent a national rail strike and the certain economic destruction that would follow.”

Posted on: Nov 29 07:34

On Monday the United States said that Russia has "unilaterally postponed" important nuclear arms control talks without explanation. The resumption of New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty (New Start) negotiations was supposed to happen this week, but now a potential date for their continuation remains uncertain.

"The United States is ready to reschedule at the earliest possible date as resuming inspections is a priority for sustaining the treaty as an instrument of stability," the US State Department said.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:33

The court system often is where humor goes to die. For those seeking to use satire or parody of corporations, jokes often run into trademark or other lawsuits and result in a little more than “ha, ha, thump.”

The same bad audience could await the defendant in Jack Daniel’s Properties Inc. v. VIP Products LLCThe Supreme Court just accepted a case involving a tongue-in-cheek dog chew toy made to resemble a Jack Daniel’s whiskey bottle. VIP prevailed in defending the toy as protected speech, but the distiller wants the Supreme Court to declare such parodies to be trademark violations.

The docket this term is actually a hoot of parody cases.

Another pending case is Novak v. City of Parma, in which Anthony Novak was prosecuted for posting a parody of the website of his local police department. He was charged with (and later acquitted of) a felony under an Ohio law prohibiting the use of a computer to “disrupt” or “interrupt” police functions.

The satirical site, The Onion, has filed a brilliant parody brief to support the right to parody. The Onion regularly publishes funny fake news stories and, true to form, filed a brief as the self-described “world’s leading news publication” offering “universally revered coverage,” and noting it is the “single most powerful and influential organization in human history.” It told the court that its “more than 350,000 full- and part-time” staff members are renowned for “maintaining a towering standard of excellence” in journalism. (It added that it “owns and operates the majority of the world’s transoceanic shipping lanes, stands on the nation’s leading edge on matters of deforestation and strip mining, and proudly conducts tests on millions of animals daily.”) It was a tour-de-force on the value of satire to make profound legal and political points.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:33

Technocracy is scientific dictatorship and it is rising up all around us. Americans need to take eyes off of political dogfights and see that the Biden Administration is spending billions to embed “SMART CITY” technology all across our nation. It is the infrastructure of a gulag without physical walls. ⁃ TN Editor

Aman Jabbi is a native of India and an engineer who worked in Silicon Valley for 25 years, co-inventor of two cellphone camera apps. He emigrated to the United States in 1988 because he admired America’s culture of liberty and ingenuity.

Jabbi now lives in Big Fork, Montana, and has become, in my opinion, one of the most important whistleblowers and voices of warning about the coming beast system.

His message needs to be heard by all Americans and I highly recommend my readers find one hour during the Thanksgiving weekend to hear him out in the video I have posted below. If you agree with me that his message is essential, please share this article and the video with your friends and family.

Before you can break out of the matrix, you need to know that you live in a matrix, and that involves recognizing the tentacles of the matrix gaining a stranglehold on your life.

Most of us spend way too much time focused on the wrong things. We talk endlessly about what’s going on in Washington when we’ve invited the beast system right into our homes, even get it injected into our own bodies. We place ourselves on a path to destruction out of fear, lack of information (ignorance) and lack of discernment.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:31

Elon Musk said Twitter would be releasing files on its own 'free speech suppression,' in a tweet on Monday.

The billionaire is expected to disclose the full details of Twitter's 2020 censorship of the New York Post's reporting on Hunter Biden's laptop. 

The announcement comes days after Musk said releasing information about Twitter's response to the laptop story was 'necessary' if the social media company wanted to win back the public's trust. 

Twitter deliberately prevented users from sharing links to a front-page newspaper article about Hunter Biden's private life and his controversial business ties to Ukraine in the run-up to the 2020 election between Biden's father and Trump.

Prior to his $44 billion takeover of Twitter, Musk called the platform's decision 'obviously incredibly inappropriate.'

The new Twitter owner is also being monitored by the White House to see if the site itself could become a new conduit for misinformation. 

Webmaster addition: The next step will be for the government to "nationalize" all social media!

Posted on: Nov 29 07:29

President Joe Biden on Monday asked Congress to intervene and block a railroad strike before next month’s deadline in the stalled contract talks, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers would take up legislation this week to impose the deal that unions agreed to in September.

“Let me be clear: a rail shutdown would devastate our economy,” Biden said in a statement. “Without freight rail, many U.S. industries would shut down.”

In a statement, Pelosi said: “We are reluctant to bypass the standard ratification process for the Tentative Agreement — but we must act to prevent a catastrophic nationwide rail strike, which would grind our economy to a halt.”

Pelosi said the House would not change the terms of the September agreement, which would challenge the Senate to approve the House bill without changes.

Webmaster addition: A little bit of history here. On August 25, 1950, Truman ordered the army to take control of the railroads to avoid a strike, similar to the one Truman had to deal with in 1946. Ultimately, the Supreme Court rulked that Truman exceeded his authority by doing so.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:25

Turkey’s army needs just a few days to be ready for a ground incursion into northern Syria and such a decision may come at a cabinet meeting on Monday, Turkish officials said, as Turkish forces bombarded a Kurdish militia across the border.

Howitzers fired daily from Turkey have struck Kurdish YPG targets for a week, while warplanes have carried out air strikes.

The escalation comes after a deadly bomb attack in Istanbul two weeks ago that Ankara blamed on the YPG militia. The YPG has denied involvement in the bombing and has responded at times to the cross-border attacks with mortar shelling.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:24

Those gaps in the border wall are personal to Jim Chilton, whose grazing lands cover 5 miles of the U.S.-Mexico border in Arizona and who sees exactly what pours through the holes.

People in camouflage walk through his lands with the assurance that they are not likely to be caught as they hoof it for the road near Arivaca to catch a ride east to Tucson. Mr. Chilton said Border Patrol agents have told him that one-fifth of the people crossing his ranch tote drugs.

Video he has shared with The Washington Times shows them — nearly 2,500 people since February, compressed into 80 minutes of footage that is powerful chiefly because of the monotony of person after person traipsing over desert scrub.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:24

The US Air Force is planning to unveil the most advanced aircraft ever created early next month after spending nearly $203 billion on the program.

The B-21 Raider stealth bomber will be unveiled at the Northrop Grumman facility in Palmdale, California, on December 2.

The bomber was designed to carry out long-range bombing and nuclear missions employing cutting edge stealth technologies.

There are currently six bombers being built in Palmdale at the cost of about $2 billion per aircraft. They are expected to be flying in 2023.  

The Air Force and Northrop began developing the bomber in 2015 after the aerospace and defense company won the contract to design and produce the aircraft.

The advanced aircraft was named after the Doolittle Raiders - a team of B-21 bomber crewmen from World War II known for their daring and bravery.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:23

Powerful tornadoes and damaging winds are threatening several parts of the southern United States this week while a major snowstorm is expected to bury the Pacific Northwest under several feet of snow.

The National Weather Service (NWS) forecast warned that the violent storms would hit Tuesday afternoon into evening and produce powerful 'long-track' tornadoes - twisters that stay on the ground far longer than normal tornadoes.

The string of tornadoes extending from Illinois to Louisiana with gusts of 111 miles and above are likely to hit overnight when most people are asleep and unprepared, according to Storm Prediction Center specialist Bill Bunting.


Posted on: Nov 29 07:21

Chinese police officers wrestled with protesters before arresting them in cities across China last night, as demonstrators defiantly came back onto the streets to continue their historic protests against President Xi Jinping's lockdown.

Dramatic video shows a woman screaming as she is arrested by six police officers and dragged away from a main square in Hangzhou, as Chinese officials sought to crack down on protesters in the city.

A man is seen trying to stop the police from arresting the woman by shouting at them, but two officials were seen running at the protester and screaming at him to get back. 

Posted on: Nov 29 07:15

The corporate state assumes for itself the role of environmental savior, ordained by God Himself to wage holy war against “climate change.”

But it doesn’t apparently care too much, strangely, about the ongoing synthetic “forever” chemicals infestation of literally everything, including the food and water, which eventually make their way into even babies’ umbilical cords.

Via Environmental Working Group:

“EWG scientists reviewed 40 studies examining the presence and health effects of PFAS [perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances] in cord blood. All 40 reported the detection of a wide range of PFAS in the blood. Sixteen studies found associations between PFAS exposure in cord blood and changes in vital body molecules called cord blood lipids, as well as harm to fetal and childhood development.”

Posted on: Nov 29 07:11

The United Nations consists of unelected and unaccountable Technocrats who are bent on establishing Technocracy as the global economic and financial system. Transforming energy into a completely controllable market, plus implementing a centralized and digitalized financial tracking system based on blockchain technology, will do just that. Once you see it, you cannot unsee it. ⁃ TN Editor

The would be King-Emperors of the world don’t just want to transform energy and change the weather, they also want to rebuild the entire financial system, no doubt to put the UN at the centre of the rivers of money.

Make no mistake, the lauded “loss and damages” fantasy plan was but a shiny bauble to distract you. The bigger ambit is to get the West to pay for the whole world to become a solar and windmill paradise and — “obviously” that means they have to rebuild the entire world’s financial system. (They actually say that).

Consider the numbers: The combined loss and damages claim for 55 countries over twenty years amounts to just $525 billion or a paltry $26 billion a year. But building all the useless renewable farms will supposedly require at least USD 4-6 trillion a year in investments.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:11

AMID RISING CONCERNS about China’s growing international data collection apparatus, a newly divided US Congress is applying fresh scrutiny to the possibility that imported Chinese technology could be a Trojan horse.

In a letter to the US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, shared exclusively with WIRED, Representative August Pfluger asks some tough questions as to whether Washington is really prepared for the security threat posed by the coming influx of Chinese-made smart and autonomous vehicles (AVs) to the United States.

 “I remain concerned that a lack of US oversight in AV technology has opened the door for a foreign nation to spy on American soil, as Chinese companies potentially transfer critical data to the People’s Republic of China,” Pfluger writes.

While AV technology may be some years away from widespread commercial use, pilot projects are already on the roads around the world. As of earlier this year, AutoX autonomous taxis were on the roads in California. A Chinese startup backed by one of the largest state-owned car companies in the communist country, AutoX was granted approval by California in 2020.

Webmaster addition: This is pure propaganda, because they don't mention the most obvious threat; packing a self-driving vehicle with explosives and letting itself drive to the target. Sort of a guided missile on wheels!

Posted on: Nov 29 07:08

A reader recently sent me an email pointing out that many ex-convicts commit new crimes with the intent of being sent back to prison. They actually feel more comfortable in prison than they do in the outside world.

This phenomenon shouldn’t surprise us. In prison, the state takes care of prisoners and, by and large, keeps them safe. It provides their food, healthcare, and clothing. In some prisons, prisoners are even given a paying job. Much of the time, prisoners are free to lie around, relaxing in their cells or watching television. Sometimes prisoners are even provided a formal education. And the best part is that all of this is free.

Posted on: Nov 29 07:07

Mass protests against China's 'zero-covid' policy have spread to Hong Kong, after demonstrators on the mainland began demanding that President Xi Jinping resign.

Protesters hold blank pieces of paper in Beijing on Sunday. Photo: Bloomberg via Getty Images

Around 50 students at the Chinese University of Hong Kong were pictured chanting "No PCR tests but freedom!" and "Opposed dictatorship, don't be slaves!" while holding up blank pieces of paper - which have become a symbol of protest against China's clampdown on freedom of expression, according to Axios. The blank paper protests were previously seen during the Hong Kong protests in 2020, and earlier this year during demonstrations against the Russian invasion of Ukraine.


Protesters hold up blank white papers during a commemoration for victims of a recent Urumqi deadly fire in Central in Hong Kong, Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. (AP Photo/Kanis Leung)

Anti-lockdown protests spread throughout several cities over the weekend, including Beijing, Shanghai and Wuhan - which were largely muted on Monday after police moved out in force.

Meanwhile, police in Beijing, Shanghai and Hangzhou have reportedly been checking the phones of random citizens to look for unapproved social media apps. If they found Twitter or Telegram, the personal information would be taken down and the person would receive a warning. Any resistance would be met with a report, according to DW News correspondent William Yang.

Posted on: Nov 29 06:59