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"Power’s not a chalice. It’s a hammer. And it only does one thing. Power smashes. The subtext of all power is extortion. It’s always the threat of force, of imprisonment, the threat of death. Always." -- Adam Skelter, Prophet Margin: The Benefit of the Doubt

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NASA's Orion spacecraft has snapped a magnificent selfie,  prior to making its first close approach of the moon today. 

The high-resolution photo, captured on Friday, shows the cone-shaped crew module horizontally as it makes its journey to our celestial neighbour. 

Orion took the selfie using a camera mounted on its solar array wing during a routine external inspection of the spacecraft on the third day of the Artemis I mission.

It's already snapped a stunning 'blue marble' image of Earth nine hours into its epic journey. 

After launching last Wednesday, Orion is set to start its first lunar flyby today at 7:44 EST (12:44 GMT), with its closest approach scheduled for 7:57 EST (12:57 GMT).

At this time, the unmanned spacecraft will pass about 80 miles (128km) above the lunar surface, according to NASA. 

Tags: SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 21 08:13

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) on Sunday voiced agreement with the Biden administration’s decision to grant sovereign immunity to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, shielding the autocrat from a lawsuit over the 2018 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

“What the administration has touted this week in granting sovereign immunity to Mohammed bin Salman is in keeping with the practice of custom of lawsuits involving foreign heads of state,” Cotton told “Fox News Sunday” host Shannon Bream. “It would have been a major break if those customs did not grant that kind of immunity.”

Tags: ASSASSINATION, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SAUDI ARABIA, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 21 08:10

Saudi Arabia has executed twice as many people in 2022 as it did last year, according to an AFP tally, highlighting a rise in capital punishment that is condemned by rights groups.

The latest execution was of a Jordanian national convicted of smuggling amphetamine tablets, the official Saudi Press Agency announced late Thursday.

Webmaster addition: Well, that's one way to deal with drug smugglers! I note that thousands of Americans are dying from smuggled Fentanyl and Biden does nothing, but after any shooting, Biden demands a gun ban for law-abiding Americans! 

Tags: SAUDI ARABIA
Posted on: Nov 21 08:06

The founder of a Taiwanese think tank called for closer coordination between Washington and Taipei the next time any US lawmakers visit Taiwan, a move that is widely expected once the US Republican Party takes control of the House of Representatives in January.

While Taiwanese authorities would likely welcome such a visit, they must learn lessons from Nancy Pelosi’s trip to avoid facing even worse cross-strait tensions in the future, according to Alexander Huang, chairman and CEO of the Council on Strategic and Wargaming Studies.

“We need to work with the visiting party as well as the White House more closely,” he said at a Centre for Strategic and International Studies event in Washington on Thursday.

Tags: CHINA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 21 08:05

Shipments of most major Chinese consumer products to the United States fell last month, hit by the triple whammy of dwindling demand, coronavirus disruptions to manufacturing and trade bans.

Despite the upcoming holiday shopping season, Chinese exports to the US were down 12.6 per cent year on year to US$47 billion in October, compounding the 11.6 per cent fall in September, according to Chinese customs data.

Top Chinese exports to the US – such as mobile phones, clothing, toys and furniture – all declined last month, as the pandemic-triggered consumer goods boom turned into a bust under pressure from purchasing power-suppressing price and interest rate rises.

Tags: CHINA, ECONOMY
Posted on: Nov 21 08:05

Massive crowds are expected to converge on the capital, fired up by a charismatic ousted premier bent on returning to power. The economy is in free-fall, and the weak coalition government seems helpless to stop it. The countryside has been devastated by hellish drought and biblical floods.

But for a moment, the nation’s attention is riveted on the outcome of a ritual, closed-door process in a drab military compound to choose and install Pakistan’s next army chief — the most powerful figure in this nuclear-armed state and still-fragile democracy of some 221 million people.

Tags: PAKISTAN/ INDIA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 21 08:04

Surface-to-air missile systems produced by Raphael

Surface-to-air missile systems produced by RaphaelCredit: Raphael Industries

Last year set a record for the volume of Israel’s military and security exports, which surged by 30 percent over the prior year, according to the Defense Ministry’s International Defense Cooperation Directorate. Israeli defense industries reported new contracts worth a cumulative $11.3 billion in 2021 – up from $8.6 billion in 2020.

This year is not yet over, but it appears to be on track to chalk up particularly high sales volumes and a long list of enormous defense deals – and that’s even though the Defense Ministry’s Exports Control Agency has only approved a relatively low number of transactions compared to prior years, according to data obtained by Haaretz. Through September, the agency reported approving just under 4,000 sales contracts – compared to 6,000 in 2020 and 5,400 last year.

Tags: ISRAEL, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 21 08:02

Major players in the semiconductor supply chain in East Asia appear to be seeing it as inevitable for them to decouple with China in advanced industries involving sensitive technology, given concerns about the rapid pace of Beijing’s military modernisation.

The United States is taking the lead in building a “Chip 4” alliance with Taiwan, South Korea and Japan for increased economic security over a possible global chip crunch in the event of a contingency between Taiwan and China.

Japan – once the front runner in the global semiconductor industry but now trailing leading chip producers like Taiwan and South Korea – eyes manufacturing and selling 2-nanometer generation chips at Rapidus Corp., a new consortium involving Toyota Motor Corp., Sony Group Corp. and six other leading companies.

Tags: CHINA, COMPUTERS/INTERNET, ECONOMY, JAPAN, KOREA
Posted on: Nov 21 08:02

The adviser who Otzma Yehudit chairman Itamar Ben Gvir has described as his “right-hand man” helped establish an organization that donates money to incarcerated Jewish terrorists and extremists, including former prime minister Yitzhak Rabin’s assassin Yigal Amir.

Chanamel Dorfman filed the application for Shlom Asiraich to be recognized as a non-governmental organization in Israel two years ago and is listed on the form as the group’s legal adviser, Channel 13 revealed in an exposé that aired Monday.

Shlom Asiraich in a recent flier boasted of having raised over $43,000 last year for convicts such as Yosef Chaim Ben David, who beat and burned to death 16-year-old Palestinian Muhammad Abu Khdeir in 2014; Amiram Ben Uliel, who firebombed a home in the Palestinian village of Duma, leading to the death of parents Riham and Sa’ad Dawabshe along with their one-year-old boy Ali in 2015; and Jack Tytell, who murdered a Palestinian taxi driver in East Jerusalem and a Palestinian shepherd in the West Bank in 1997.

Tags: ASSASSINATION, ISRAEL, PALESTINE, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 21 08:01

The Times of Israel reported on 18 November the findings of a study conducted by the Knesset on the “accuracy of the Jewish identity claim” by immigrants from former Soviet countries.

The study’s findings, released on 16 November, discovered that 70 percent of immigrants in 2020 were in fact not Jewish. This has aggravated the ongoing debate about the scope of the “Law of Return” and the influence the Israeli supreme court has on deciding who counts as a Jew.

Additionally, the parliamentary findings have found out that those immigrants have not previously adhered to the Jewish faith, nor have they fulfilled the criteria to become a Jew by birth, according to Rabbinic ultra-orthodox standards.

But rather, they took advantage of the “grandchild clause” of the Law of Return, which grants Israeli citizenship to those with Jewish grandparents. The immigrants arrived in Israel with the hope of better living standards – both financially and socially – than those in eastern Europe.

Nonetheless, the results of the study, which was ordered by the ultra-Orthodox Shas party, a key ally to Prime Minister-designate Benjamin Netanyahu, might deem these immigrants as “atheists” and consequently not real Jews.

Tags: ISRAEL, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 21 08:00

t’s seemed evident for a while that the current fiat monetary system is, at best, unstable. At worst, it’s a Ponzi scheme whose time has expired. If that’s the case, I suspect the central bankers and 0.1% know this and might be prepared to usher in the new system before the old one collapses on itself – even as they loot it on the way down with the most significant wealth transfer in human history.

To anyone who pays attention to these trends, it seems evident that Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) will be that new system.

Every indication is that CBDC’s arrival is imminent. On Tuesday, several global banks announced a partnership with the New York Federal Reserve to pilot digital dollars. Given the ubiquity of credit and debit cards, payment apps and other online payment systems, digital money has been bound to happen for some time. The risk isn’t the electronic part, that’s inevitable – it’s the fact that a central bank will oversee the digital currency.

From my vantage point, it’s impossible to overstate the risk presented by CBDC. Whether it’s a utopian vision based on good intentions or a sinister plot to crush our sovereignty, the result may be the same: control. A Central Bank Digital Currency has all the downsides of fiat money, plus the added layers of surveillance and programmability overseen by the state.

Tags: CONSUMER RIGHTS / PRODUCT REPORTS, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, CURRENT EVENTS, DICTATORSHIP, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, SCIENCE/ HEALTH/ CLIMATE/ NATURE
Posted on: Nov 21 07:53

Backstabber Billy: Former AG Shares Strong Hatred For Trump (Video)

Bill Barr, the former Attorney General, anticipates former President Trump will be indicted based on evidence collected by the federal government, according to the New York Post.

Barr told Margaret Hoover, host of “Firing Line,” in an interview that the Justice Department “probably have the evidence” to “legitimately” charge Trump with a crime based on alleged documents the former President retained after his term ended and he left the White House. The sensitive documents were allegedly stored at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate.

During the interview, Barr said, “If the Department of Justice can show that these were indeed very sensitive documents, which I they probably were, and also show that the President consciously was involved in misleading the department and playing games after he received the subpoena for the documents, those are serious charges.”

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 21 07:49

 

Well Fought Battle: Democrat Concedes To Republican Despite Likely Recount

Democratic challenger Adam Frisch offered a concession to Representative Lauren Boebert in the hotly contested Colorado 3rd Congressional district seat race.

Unofficial results show that Boebert has roughly 550 votes over Frisch out of the more than 327,000 votes cast in the district. This is even though there will likely be a recount in the district.

The Associated Press has still not called the race for either candidate, given the contest's tightness. Interestingly, Frisch is already calling to concede to his Republican rival even though he is not that far off from her vote count total. It appears that he understands that he won't like to make up the difference.

Webmaster addition: Or that a recount will expose "problems" with the vote.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 21 07:45

Smeared, stigmatized, and lied about in Western media propaganda, the mostly Russian-speaking people of the Donbass region were being slaughtered by the thousands in a brutal war of “ethnic cleansing” launched against them by the neo-Nazi regime in Kyiv, which the U.S. installed after the CIA overthrew Ukraine’s legally elected president in a 2014 coup.

Although the Donbass people had been pleading for Russian military aid to defend them against the increasingly murderous military assaults by the Ukraine government forces, which killed more than 14,000 of their people, Russian President Vladimir Putin declined to intervene. Instead, he tried to broker a peace agreement between the warring parties.

But the U.S. and Britain secretly colluded to sabotage peace negotiations, persuading president Zelenksy to ignore the Minsk III peace agreement that the Ukraine government had previously signed, and which had been countersigned by Russia, France and Germany.

Realizing that the U.S. and its NATO allies would never permit peace negotiations to succeed, Putin finally sent troops into Ukraine on February 24. Russian troops went in to support and reinforce the outnumbered and outgunned Donbass Special Forces who had been defending their land against attacks by the Kyiv government for nearly eight years.

Tags: CORPORATE MEDIA, COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA
Posted on: Nov 21 07:44

The United States is seeking an expansion of its military presence in the Philippines under a 2014 defense pact, U.S. and Philippine officials said, one of the initiatives that will be discussed during Vice President Kamala Harris’s visit that focuses on the defense of its treaty ally in the face of China’s sweeping territorial claims.

Harris will hold talks with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. and other officials on Monday during a two-day visit that will include a trip to western Palawan province facing the disputed South China Sea, which Beijing claims virtually in its entirety.

She was expected to reaffirm U.S. commitment to defend the Philippines under the 1951 Mutual Defense Treaty in case Filipino forces, ships and aircraft come under attack in the disputed waters.

“The United States and the Philippines stand together as friends, partners, and allies,” a statement issued by Harris’s aides said. “Now and always, the U.S. commitment to the defense of the Philippines is ironclad.”

Tags: HAWAII/ PACIFIC, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS
Posted on: Nov 21 07:43

This northern Mexican city across from California is one of the latest to go live with an unreported, legally questionable new immigration strategy that President Joe Biden’s administration has discretely unfurled for months all along the U.S. southern border.

Twice a day, seven days a week since September, Mexicali city officials working closely with Biden’s U.S. Customs and Border Protection, on a secure shared “CBP-ONE” online platform, select hundreds of people a month for their escorted government-to-government handoffs through the land port of entry to Calexico, Calif. Once the Americans check their paperwork, they legally admit intending illegal border crossers like Nicaraguan Maria Esperanza Diaz Ruiz, 42, into the U.S. interior under a questionable authority known as “humanitarian or significant public benefit parole.”

They are free to start new lives under the benefit, with work authorization and the right to apply for asylum part of the package.

As she waited with 25 other selected immigrants for her legal ride to America, Maria told the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) she’d left home figuring she would have to pay smugglers to cross her over the border illegally. But up-trail word from friends reached her down-trail by cell phone that the Biden administration had legally admitted them and many others from Mexicali under the new humanitarian parole program.

They told Maria, “This is real. This is really a real program. This is not a magic trick,” she told CIS.

Tags: IMMIGRATION/GLOBALISM, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 21 07:41

Democratic Representative Adam Schiff said in an interview on Sunday morning that under Republican leadership the House of Representatives would be 'chaos'.

Schiff, known for his melodramatic pronouncements, made the apocalyptic prediction when asked about his potential removal from the House Intelligence Committee, which he currently chairs, in an interview on ABC News's This Week.

Schiff is a high-profile Democratic lawmaker who made similarly cynical allegations regarding the collusion of Trump with Russia. Many of those allegations were substantiated by the Steele dossier, much of which has now been found to be false.

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION
Posted on: Nov 21 07:40

Nearly three-quarters of Democrats now say President Biden could win if he runs for another White House term in 2024, according to a new USA Today-Ipsos poll.

The share of Democratic voters who believe Biden can win the next presidential election jumped 11 points from August, when 60 percent expressed some confidence in Biden.

Webmaster addition: I see they are polling the Biden/Fetterman demographic!

Tags: COVER-UP/ DECEPTIONS/ PROPAGANDA, POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 21 07:38
People in the Northeast are turning off their heat because they cannot afford the skyrocketing energy prices.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:18
Kamala Harris traveled to Asia this weekend to bolster the US’s economic ties with the region.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:18
The APEC Summit opened on Friday in Thailand, the last of three world summits hosted in the region this month.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:17
Joe Biden on Sunday called for a ban on “assault weapons” following the deadly mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Colorado Springs.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:16

CBS News on Friday announced they will be ‘pausing’ all Twitter over ‘security concerns’ after Elon Musk bought the site.

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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:15
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is calling for companies to “immediately pause all advertising” on Twitter in response to former President Donald Trump being reinstated.
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Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:14
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff on Sunday was grilled about Joe Biden’s old age.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:14
Rep. Adam Schiff claimed during a new interview that the “evidence is there” for the House select committee investigating January 6 to make a criminal referral against former President Donald Trump.
Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 20:13

With nothing more ‘anti-Democratic’ than cheating in elections like the Biden cabal, Democrats will intimidate and silence permanently anyone who doesn’t go along with their steals

Why do liberty denying Democrats keep on making bizarre claims that there are people who say that elections don’t exist?

(Article by D Parker republished from TheBlueStateConservative.com)

Illegitimate leftists love to lie with words, exploiting the King’s English when certain terms have different meanings. Denier is their new favorite, so we’re taking them at their word and running with it. Everyone should also know that we’re all becoming ‘deniers’ now that the anti-liberty left’s election gaslighting games are becoming obvious. Most voters believe cheating may have influenced this year’s elections, and think voting by mail makes it easier to cheat.

Tags: POLITICS/ ELECTIONS/ CORRUPTION, VOTE FRAUD
Posted on: Nov 20 13:35

Lost in the whirlwind of midterm election news last week was an announcement that not only will Washington send $400 million worth of additional weapons to Ukraine, but it is pushing forward with a new joint forces command, to be stationed in Germany, to “handle weapons shipments and personnel training.”

According to the Department of Defense, the new command, which was previously reported this summer, will be officially called the Security Assistance Group Ukraine, or SAGU, and will be based out of U.S. Army Europe and Africa headquarters in Wiesbaden, Germany. It will be a led by a 3-star general.

The command will involve 300 U.S. military personnel but will likely work closely with U.S. Army Europe and Africa’s training center in Grafenwoehr and Hohenfels as well as the service’s garrison in Baumholder. In addition, “the thousands of U.S. soldiers now positioned at training areas in Poland and Romania … could factor into the plans,” Stars & Stripes reported.

Tags: RUSSIA/ UKRAINE /BELARUS /CRIMEA, WAR/DRAFT/ VETERAN AFFAIRS, WHITE HOUSE
Posted on: Nov 20 13:26

Up Side Down World: BIOLOGICAL MALE Competes In Female Cross Country Competition And Dominates

A biological male struggles to win races against his male competitors.

He finishes the races but with embarrassing results. However, now that he’s allowed to compete against women, this biological male is winning one race after another. The way this is happening is sickening.

Fox News reports, “The Seattle Academy student, a 5,000-meter runner, has two victories so far. These include one in a conference championship. The student also enjoyed three top-two finishes in eight races this season and has not finished worse than 22nd place. When identifying as a male, the student never finished ahead of 25th place.”

 

 

 

 

 

Fox explained the drastic differences between this teen competing as a male and now as a female. Fox says, “In last year’s Emerald South Conference Championships, the student identified as a male for the competition. He finished in 72nd place in the boy’s division with a 20:40.6 time. This year, the student is competing as a girl. As a result, she finished in first place with a time of 19:14.5. She set a new school record.”

Tags: CURRENT EVENTS
Posted on: Nov 20 13:24