Thought for the day

"You never change things by fighting the existing reality. To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete." -- Buckminster Fuller

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On Wednesday, soon-to-be former Portland City Council commissioner Jo An Hardesty conceded the race to her competitor, Rene Gonzalez.

Hardesty, who held the position since 2019, was infamous for defending the "defund the police" movement, and going after a city worker for daring to display a "thin blue line" sticker on his truck.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:54

Hollywood leftist sisters Patricia and Rosanna Arquette are the latest “woke” celebrities to leave Twitter in protest of new owner Elon Musk’s plans to restore free speech on the platform.

As of Thursday morning, the accounts of both siblings — @RoArquette and @PattyArquette — are no longer accessible.

However, it is unclear whether the actors were banned by Twitter or shut down their accounts voluntarily.

The Arquettes’ profiles now just display an error message that says: “This account doesn’t exist.”

In recent years, the Arquette sisters have used their Twitter accounts with hundreds of thousands of followers to promote radical far-left ideology.

Their “woke” messaging has included equating Republican voters to Nazis and the Taliban, calling police officers the “Gestapo,” and engaging in election denial by saying Donald Trump was not the legitimate president of the United States.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:53

Democrat Summer Lee is projected to beat Republican Mike Doyle in Pennsylvania’s 12th district race. The progressive state senator and former community organizer would become the first black woman elected to Congress from the state. With 95% of the vote in Lee is leading by over 11 points.

The American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) spent millions attempting to stop Lee from reaching the House. The group’s United Democracy Project (UDP) super PAC spent $2.7 million trying to defeat Lee during her primary by backing former GOP staffer Steve Irwin. Their efforts were nearly successful, as Lee ended up prevailing by less than a point.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:52

Last week in Ramallah, in a meeting with Canada’s mission to the Palestinian Authority, Canadians for Justice and Peace in the Middle East (CJPME) drew urgent attention to the issue of Israel’s violent repression of Palestinian human rights organizations. In a useful but frank meeting with Canada’s new Representative to the Palestinian Authority, David Da Silva, CJPME Vice President Michael Bueckert highlighted the existential threat faced by six of Palestine’s most prominent human rights organizations and urged Canada to denounce Israel’s criminalization of these groups. Bueckert is currently visiting Palestine on a delegation with representatives of the Ottawa Forum on Israel Palestine and the United Network for Justice and Peace in Palestine and Israel (UNJPPI).

Posted on: Nov 10 09:50

Brits have watched double-digit inflation wipe out any wage gains in one of the worst cost-of-living crises in a generation. Many have gone into debt, paying for things such as food, energy, and shelter. Others have been left with little or no discretionary income ahead of a very dark and cold winter.

Research company Kantar published a new survey Tuesday that revealed startling food inflation numbers for October that soared at the fastest pace in 14 years. 

Kantar said annual grocery prices rose to 14.7% last month, the fastest since the research firm began tracking prices.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:49

What's not to like about a massive interest-free loan that won't have to be paid back for decades, or maybe never? Ukraine's President Volodymyr Zelensky says it shows "true solidarity"...

"Grateful to the European Commission and President Ursula von der Leyen for announcing 18 billion-euro financial aid package for 2023," Zelensky announced on social media Wednesday. "This shows true solidarity of the EU."

The EU Commission President explained in a statement that the whopping €18 billion support package for 2023 is being mulled to prepare the ground for the reconstruction of Ukraine as it continues on the path toward EU membership, after it was granted candidate status on June 23 of this year.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:49

It must have really irked Wisconsin Public Radio to report that Sen. Ron Johnson has been declared the winner of his race, giving him his third term in the upper body. However, rather than simply reporting on the Johnson victory, WPR made sure to let their partisan bias reveal itself in some bitter sliming of Johnson.

Reporters Rich Kremer and Danielle Kaeding wrote: 

Republican U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson has won reelection to a third term, narrowly defeating Democratic Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes.

...At the beginning of the election cycle, Johnson was seen as one of the most vulnerable Republican incumbents in the U.S. Senate. He pulled ahead of Barnes in recent polling after a September onslaught of negative ads that painted Barnes as a soft-on-crime, radical liberal. 

The local reporters didn't just resent the GOP (accurately) painting Barnes as a radical who trashed the police, they painted him as anti-science on COVID:

Posted on: Nov 10 09:48

 The Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 7.7% between October 2021 and October 2022, according to a Thursday report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, showing that inflation has begun to slow amid harsh contractionary policy from the Federal Reserve.

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Posted on: Nov 10 09:45

 Former President Donald Trump (R) reportedly threw his wife Melania Trump under the bus Wednesday after the Pennsylvania U.S. Senate Republican nominee Dr. Mehmet Oz lost against the incredibly weak Democrat nominee, John Fetterman.

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Posted on: Nov 10 09:44

 House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) announced a bid to unseat current House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) as the chamber’s top legislator.

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Posted on: Nov 10 09:44

 On Wednesday, after most of the results had been tabulated from Election Day, President Biden declared that he would do nothing differently, despite voters being disenchanted with the direction of the country.

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Posted on: Nov 10 09:43

 Former President Donald Trump (R) tried to downplay Florida Governor Ron DeSantis‘ (R) dominant election victory on Tuesday night, claiming that his victory in 2020 in Florida was more impressive than DeSantis’ victory last night, even though facts do not support that notion.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:42

U.S. military forces have been engaged in unauthorized hostilities in many more countries than the Pentagon has disclosed to Congress, let alone the public, according to a major new report released late last week by New York University School of Law’s Brennan Center for Justice.

“Afghanistan, Iraq, maybe Libya. If you asked the average American where the United States has been at war in the past two decades, you would likely get this short list,” according to the report, Secret War: How the U.S. Uses Partnerships and Proxy Forces to Wage War Under the Radar. “But this list is wrong – off by at least 17 countries in which the United States has engaged in armed conflict through ground forces, proxy forces, or air strikes.”

“This proliferation of secret war is a relatively recent phenomenon, and it is undemocratic and dangerous,” the report’s author, Katherine Yon Ebright, wrote in the introduction. “The conduct of undisclosed hostilities in unreported countries contravenes our constitutional design. It invites military escalation that is unforeseeable to the public, to Congress, and even to the diplomats charged with managing U.S. foreign relations.”

The 39-page report focuses on so-called “security cooperation” programs authorized by Congress pursuant to the 2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force, or AUMF, against certain terrorist groups. One such program, known as Section 127e, authorized the Defense Department to “provide support to foreign forces, irregular forces, groups or individuals engaged in supporting or facilitating authorized ongoing military operations by United States special operations forces to combat terrorism.”

Posted on: Nov 10 09:42

Of all the great tension both doctors and patients have faced in the COVID-19 crisis is the lack of assurances on long-term safety of COVID-19 vaccines.  Americans were told these genetic products were brought through testing at “warp speed.”  While that may be wonderful for the Starship Enterprise, warp speed should not be viewed as favorable in drug or vaccine development. 

Observation time in research is very important to evaluate the emergence of problems, particularly for the long-lasting mRNA vaccines and their biologic product, the coronavirus Spike protein.  For a typical live-attenuated, killed, or antigen-based vaccine, the minimum period for safety observation in clinical development is 2 years. For genetic products which includes mRNA and adenoviral DNA, the minimum time is 5 years.

Now with mass indiscriminate population, we have roughly two thirds of adult populations who have received a novel vaccine and the progression of their baseline medical problems is specific aim of research going forward at many centers. Canney et al studied 1105 patients who had stable glomerular kidney disease in 2020 before mRNA, and then followed them after receiving one or more of the COVID-19 vaccines.[i]

Posted on: Nov 10 09:41

Electricity and gas prices are soaring across Europe, with bills close to double from last year in most European capitals, according to new data from the Household Energy Price Index - a monthly tracker of energy prices for households across 33 European capitals, including the 27 EU member states and several non-members.

According to the data collected for the HEPI, natural gas bills in Europe have gone up by as much as 111 percent over the past year, with electricity prices up by an average of 69 percent. Taken together, Euronews calculates these two make for a total 90-percent increase in household energy bills over the past year.

"Significantly higher [energy prices] compared to one year ago ... can be attributed to a combination of factors, such as increased demand connected to post-pandemic economic recovery and extraordinary weather conditions, the record-high prices for natural gas, and high CO2 emissions allowances," the authors of the latest HEPI report noted.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:40

While we will be discussing the most unwelcome news of increased death rates, I am happy to report that a leading British Member of Parliament, Andrew Bridgen brought up, in the UK parliament no less, the relationship between vaccination and excess deaths.

Even a casual glance at the data shows that there’s a VERY STRONG CORRELATION between excess DEATHS & the level of vaccine uptake in that country. Surely we must have an investigation? These are 10s of thousands of PEOPLE who are DYING.

Please watch his speech below.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:39

Canada will soon announce a new Indo-Pacific strategy to challenge China on human rights issues while cooperating with the world's second-biggest economy on climate change and other shared goals, Foreign Minister Melanie Joly said on Wednesday.

Canada sees relations with Indo-Pacific countries as vital to national security and its economic and environmental goals, Joly said in Toronto ahead of an official trip to the region.

China was an "increasingly disruptive, global power" Joly said, and would need to be a major part of the Indo-Pacific strategy expected to be announced within the next month.

"It's sheer size and influence makes cooperation necessary to address the world's existential pressures such as global health, nuclear non-proliferation, climate change and biodiversity loss," she added.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:39

Finland will be supporting the grain shipments of the UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) from Ukraine to Somalia as part of its bid to increase assistance to the famine-ridden Horn of Africa region, the Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:38

What Happened: The JPMorgan team led by Nikolaos Panigirtzoglou wrote in a note, seen by Bloomberg, "What makes this new phase of crypto deleveraging induced by the apparent collapse of Alameda Research and FTX more problematic is that the number of entities with stronger balance sheets able to rescue those with low capital and high leverage is shrinking" in the cryptocurrency environment.

Panigirtzoglou and his team used Bitcoin's production cost to gauge how much its price can drop. 

Posted on: Nov 10 09:35

It was supposed to be a red wave that former President Donald Trump could triumphantly ride to the Republican nomination as he prepares to launch another White House run.

Instead, Tuesday night’s disappointing results for the GOP are raising new questions about Trump’s appeal and the future of a party that has fully embraced him, seemingly at its peril, while at the same time giving new momentum to his most potent potential rival.

Indeed, some allies were calling on Trump to delay his planned announcement next week, saying the party’s full focus needs to be on Georgia, where Trump-backed football great Herschel Walker’s effort to unseat Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock is headed to a runoff that could determine control of the Senate once again.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:34

On June 19, 2017, the Vatican gendarmes entered the offices of the church’s chief auditor. They confiscated his phone and iPad, threw his papers on the floor and ordered the fire brigade to smash open a locked metal filing cabinet, from which they extracted a document that they said proved he was abusing resources to spy on top Vatican cardinals.

“Now you have to confess,” they demanded, according to the auditor, Libero Milone. Faced, he said, with being thrown in a Vatican jail, Mr. Milone signed resignation papers.

In the ensuing five years, the Vatican has done much to clean up its financial act. Cardinal Giovanni Angelo Becciu, one of the prelates whom Mr. Milone was accused of spying on, and who Mr. Milone believes masterminded his ouster, has himself been removed from his powerful position by Pope Francis and is on trial in the Vatican for embezzlement and abuse of office and defrauding the church in connection with a disastrous London real estate deal.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:31

Meta, formerly Facebook, once seemed an impenetrable fortress, but it's now showing big cracks.

Why it matters: These problems run deeper than the current ad slowdown and won't be fixed by big layoffs announced Wednesday.

Driving the news: Meta said it will lay off 11,000 jobs, or 13% of its staff.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:30

Republican strategists were licking their wounds on Wednesday as the post-mortem following the midterms began - with senior figures in the party branding Donald Trump a 'disaster' and accusing him of 'sabotaging' their expected cruise to victory.

Many Democrats went into election night dreading how bad their losses could be and pondering how to explain them.

By Wednesday, they had quickly shifted into day-after hoping that they could actually maintain a voting majority in the Senate, celebrating victories in key governors' races, and aware that control of the House was still not declared.

Webmaster addition: Why are the Republicans scared of talking about election fraud?!?

Posted on: Nov 10 09:29

Asked whether Elon Musk posed a threat to national security, President Joe Biden said Wednesday that the billionaire’s “relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at.”

“I think that Elon Musk’s cooperation and/or technical relationships with other countries is worthy of being looked at,” Biden told reporters at the White House.

“Whether or not he is doing anything inappropriate — I’m not suggesting that — I’m suggesting it’s worth being looked at. And that’s all I’ll say,” he continued.

Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and the new owner of Twitter, has significant business interests in China.

Webmaster addition: So does Hunter!

Posted on: Nov 10 09:26

Joe Biden has vowed to veto any attempt at a federal abortion ban and 'try like the devil' to ban assault weapons after Democrats had a better night than expected in the midterm election.

Although the president said he was willing to compromise on many issues with Republicans, who are expected to have a majority in the House while several Senate races remain tight, he noted deals on abortion, gun control and climate change were off the table.

'I will veto any attempt to pass the national ban on abortion,' Biden said on Wednesday, 'but I'm ready to compromise with Republicans where it makes sense on many other issues. He added: 'I'm gonna ban assault weapons, or try like the devil.' 

Posted on: Nov 10 09:25

Arizona GOP officials slammed officials in Maricopa County after they announced 17,000 votes would need to be recounted when tabulators failed on election night.

Officials in Arizona's most populous county said about 7 percent of the ballots were affected by a printing mishap that prevented vote counters from reading them.

GOP gubernatorial hopeful Kari Lake, who has been closing the election night gap on Democratic rival Katie Hobbs, said the situation in Maricopa was outrageous after initial reports from the county yesterday had her beating Hobbs 70.6 percent to 29.4 percent.

Posted on: Nov 10 09:23

President Joe Biden had another slip of the tongue when he couldn't remember what city the Russian military was pulling out of in Ukraine, instead claiming they were leaving 'Fallujah.'

Fallujah is a city in Iraq where the bloodiest battle of the Iraq War took place, whereas the Russian military recently announced they'd be pulling out of the southeast Ukrainian city of Kherson.

Biden did quickly correct himself, also bringing up Kherson but the statement got a bit muddled.  

Posted on: Nov 10 09:21

 Unmarried women voted Democrat in the 2022 Midterm elections by a significant margin, according to exit poll data.

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Posted on: Nov 10 08:57

 Climate measures were on the ballot in New York and California during the midterm elections on Tuesday, with each state taking differing actions.

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Posted on: Nov 10 08:57

It’s stunning that Democrats managed to drag John Fetterman across the finish line, given his condition.

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Posted on: Nov 10 08:56