Thought for the day

"The object of terrorism is terrorism. The object of oppression is oppression. The object of torture is torture. The object of murder is murder. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" -- George Orwell, 1984

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Tens of thousands protested against the skyrocketing cost of living and against Macron in France October 16, led by left-wing politician Jean Luc Melenchon, but there were few front page or top-of-the hour headlines in the U.S. Huge protests occurred in Rome the same day to demand an end to Italy’s involvement in NATO, but no coverage on the west side of the Atlantic. Thousands protesting in Paris October 22 against NATO, but little notice in North America. Massive protests against NATO and inflation due to sanctions on Russian energy in France, Germany and Austria in September, but little news of it here in the heart of the empire. German police beat citizens protesting energy shortages and record-high inflation, both due to Russia sanctions, the week of October 17, but that was not covered in the USA. Seventy thousand Czechs protested in Prague September 3 against NATO involvement in Ukraine, demanding gas from Russia (before some mysterious imperial somebody with means and motive blew up Nordstream 1 and 2, probably to nip the political effects of those protests in the bud) and ending the war, but that got little coverage in U.S. corporate media.

Photograph Source: DOD photo by U.S. Air Force Master Sgt. Jerry Morrison – Public Domain

Ever get the sense there are things our media hides from us? Hmm. Ever wonder why enormous protests against the policies of the Exceptional Empire and its attack dog, NATO, seem, um, to be downplayed? Ever think our corporate news outlets behave more like the propaganda arm of our neoconservative state department and military than a free press? Well, if so, you may be onto something.

Lots of Europeans are unhappy about NATO, the Ukraine war, sanctions on Russia and the wild inflation and deindustrialization – which will result in gargantuan unemployment – those sanctions caused. As their living standards sink like stones, Europeans know who is to blame, namely their supposedly great ally across the Atlantic, and many have soured on their so-called alliance with the hegemon. But Washington doesn’t seem to care. Let the Europeans go broke and protest. The important thing is not reporting this news to the American people, who, if they heard about it, might get a subversive inkling that their government had not behaved in an entirely honorable manner.

Posted on: Oct 31 12:18

 Parents and parental rights advocates seeking to shed light on what is being taught in schools say television stations won’t even broadcast what’s in their school curriculums because it’s too obscene.

By: orraz
Posted on: Oct 31 12:18

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) has been available in Canada since 2016 and is set to expand in March 2023, extending eligibility to those with a mental illness. 

Bill C-7 would allow individuals seeking MAID to apply solely on the basis of a mental disorder. Prior to the bill’s passage, MAID eligibility was based on having a “grievous and irremediable medical condition,” according to a report from the Canadian government on the practice. 

Creighton School of Medicine professor Charles Camosy said Wednesday on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” the bill would allow “mature minors” to be euthanized by state doctors without the consent of their parents. 

Posted on: Oct 31 12:18

Politico is so intent on suggesting to its readers that evil right-wing Republicans were responsible at least indirectly for the break-in of Nancy Pelosi's home in which her husband Paul Pelosi ended up in the hospital due to being hammered that they have published on Friday and Saturday not one or two or even three or four stories on this topic but ELEVEN, count 'em, ELEVEN stories at the very top of their home page.

Posted on: Oct 31 12:17

 MSNBC contributor Anand Giridharadas said Friday morning that President Joe Biden’s low approval ratings are due to his failure to communicate his accomplishments.

Posted on: Oct 31 12:16

​President Biden lost his temper and raised his voice on the phone with​ Volodymyr Zelensky when the Ukrainian president continued to press for more aid even after Biden signed off on $1 billion worth of military assistance earlier this year, according to a report Monday. ​

The phone call in June, one of many between the two leaders, turned testy when Zelensky began listing what else Kyiv needed and wasn’t getting​ shortly after Biden announced the aid package, NBC News reported.​

The commander-in-chief reportedly blew his stack ​and, with his voice rising, reminded Zelensky of the generosity of the American people, stressing that his administration​ and ​the US military w​ere doing all ​they could to help Ukraine in its war with Russia. 

Webmaster addition: "If you don't do as I say, I'll tell the whole world what Hunter was doing with Burisma!!" -- Zelenskate

Posted on: Oct 31 12:14

It has already been reported that this year in the United States revealed a shortage of 25 recruits for the US Army. In this regard, every possible effort is being made in the States to restore confidence in the army. At the suggestion of the command, benefits have been introduced for reserve servicemen, for applicants for a position in the National Guard when they are enrolled in the service, and monetary allowance has been increased to a level comparable to inflation.

According to the Fox Carolina television channel, this is a problem of national importance.But there is also a parallel problem. It turned out that the US military-industrial complex is also facing a shortage of qualified personnel.The country’s military-industrial complex is currently facing its biggest recruiting challenge since the early 1970s, according to a spokesman for the military ministry responsible for working with the defense industry. People without enthusiasm go to the American defense industry. First of all, we are talking about small enterprises that receive orders from the Pentagon.

There are various reasons given. There are several main ones. The first is a significant increase in orders from the Pentagon. And people simply physically ceased to be enough with the previous recruitment plan. There are also other reasons: irregular working hours with management failing to fulfill obligations to workers, difficulties in obtaining full-fledged medical insurance, hazardous production. The consequences of the pandemic are also noted. Many workers were fired from military-industrial complex enterprises in 2020-2021, and therefore they do not want to return, realizing that they are not immune from new layoffs.

Webmaster addition: The draft violates the 13th Amendment!

Posted on: Oct 31 12:11

 School districts that stayed remote longer caused students’ academic performance to suffer at least 20% more than districts that returned to in-person learning, according to a report by the Education Recovery Scorecard.

By: orraz
Posted on: Oct 31 12:04

Something Doesn't Smell Right: PA Secretary Says Vote Counting Could Take FAR Too Long

The state of Pennsylvania is already making excuses as to why they think it will take days to count the midterm election results.

The 2020 election is flawed for many who witnessed several states drag out the time it took to count the votes. And now, one state is already making the same claims ahead of the midterm elections.

The acting Secretary of the Commonwealth, Leigh Chapman, is blaming the current election laws for the slowness of getting to the final count. She has already stated that the official count will not be ready on election night.

The New York Post reported that Chapman stated, “Days, and it’s hard to estimate.” She was referring to who would be the winner of the race.

The Post also reported that “The acting secretary added that the state has received about half of the 1.3 million absentee and mail-in ballots requested by Pennsylvania voters. Those ballots cannot be opened until 7 a.m. on Election Day, unlike other states that ‘pre-canvass’ mail-in ballots.”

Posted on: Oct 31 12:03

 Two Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee are requesting information from Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Internal Revenue Service (IRS) activities that will be funded by appropriations from the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA).

By: orraz
Posted on: Oct 31 12:03

 President Joe Biden’s climate envoy John Kerry considering leaving the Biden administration as he wants to avoid defending his green agenda in front of a Republican-controlled House or Senate and is also seeking a return to the private sector to make more money, according to Axios.

By: orraz
Posted on: Oct 31 12:02

 Democratic Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar, who has been pushing to defund the police, spent thousands of dollars on private security for her campaign, according to Federal Election Commission (FEC) records reviewed by the Daily Caller.

By: orraz
Posted on: Oct 31 12:01

A strange thing is taking place early Monday morning.  All United States military aircraft have turned their transponders off.  The planes can no longer be tracked by civilian entities or  via the Internet.

Even more ominous, word is coming out of several regional airports around the US, especially several near US nuclear missile bases, that fighter and other military aircraft are being quietly moved to those Regional airports, with no explanation.

One possibility is that the US is moving the aircraft to put them away from likely nuclear attack targets, such as air bases.  This would - in theory - allow some of the US military aircraft to survive a nuclear first strike.  It's almost the same as when the military moves planes or ships to avoid a coming hurricane.

Page Regional Airport in North Dakota is one such air field where military aircraft are said to be re-positioned.   Page is about 219 miles from Minot Air Force Base, a nuclear weapons base.

Word came late last week that a very unusual and large number of military aircraft were seen flying into that airport.   At 219 miles away from Minot, the aircraft sent to Page would likely survive a nuclear attack against Minot itself.

Questions being raised today about military planes with no transponders, include folks asking, are ALL military planes now being physically re-positioned?  If so, why?

Posted on: Oct 31 12:01

A new report indicates the United States Postal Service (USPS) ran a ‘covert operations program’ that monitored Americans’ social media activity following the January 6 Capitol riot.

Politico revealed in a striking column that the United States Postal Inspection Service’s Internet Covert Operations Program – or iCOP – sprang into action just five days after the events at the Capitol.

That the Postal Service has such a program is itself undoubtedly news to many.

Among their activities were sending bulletins to law enforcement agencies throughout the country “on how to view social media posts that had been deleted” and providing descriptions of their surveillance of posts on a ‘fringe’ social media network.

“Few Americans are aware that the same organization that delivers their mail also runs a robust surveillance operation rooted in an agency that dates back to the 18th century,” Politico writes.

Posted on: Oct 31 12:00

U.S. Health and Human Services’ transgender policies toward children are under scrutiny, the latest federal agency to face Congressional questions over how taxpayer dollars may be pushing the issue and even funding surgeries.

U.S. Rep. Nancy Mace, R-S.C., ranking member on the Subcommittee on Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, sent a letter to Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra raising concerns about the agency’s work to “promote life altering changes to young children.”

Posted on: Oct 31 12:00

Too Much "Brotherly Love:" Philly Deputy Sheriff Trafficked Firearms Used In Shooting

A former sheriff's deputy for Philadelphia, PA, is under arrest after it was uncovered that he sold some guns used in a recent school shooting.

Allegedly, the deputy sold guns that were later used in a school shooting in Roxborough, Pennsylvania, according to reporting by Fox News.

29-year-old Philadelphia resident Samir Ahmad is the name of the former deputy, and he was arrested on these charges this week. The charge was the unlawful selling of a firearm to a person who was not in the United States lawfully. Additionally, he was slapped with a firearms trafficking charge as well.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:58

The great paradox – and shame – of the New York Times, Washington Post, and many other prestigious news outlets is that they are brimming with top-notch reporters and editors who consistently produce stellar work. Yet, that distinguished journalism stands as a stark indictment of their political coverage, which insistently betrays the best traditions of the profession. It’s not a bug, it’s a feature.

They know that Hillary Clinton’s campaign manufactured the false claim embraced and amplified by the highest levels of the Department of Justice and the FBI that Donald Trump conspired with the Russians to steal the 2016 race. Instead of working to expose this massive effort at election denial, they advanced the conspiracy theory for years before working to cover up the truth as it emerged.

They know that significant questions surround the business dealings of President Biden’s son Hunter and his brother James – including evidence from their former business partner that the president himself lied about and profited from these deals. Instead of using their vast resources and talent to probe this alleged malfeasance, they have largely ignored the mounting evidence of corruption.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:57

 Israel is walking a fine line between the defense of its people and territory, and its support of Ukraine’s defense against Russia. Ukrainian demands coupled with a just-short-of-antisemitic trope are not going to change the situation for Israel – but may make it more difficult for Jerusalem to continue to be helpful.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:57

Follow the big bouncing pink beach ball. Just a few bounces. That’s all.

Let’s start with the World Health Organization report on the total number of global COVID deaths, as of late October this year:

Globally, as of 5:43pm CEST, 28 October 2022, there have been 626,337,158 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 6,566,610 deaths, reported to WHO.

OK? Let’s round that number off to 6.6 million deaths.

Now let’s go to a report on worldwide NON-COVID pneumonia deaths, from Our World in Data:

2.5 million people died from pneumonia in 2019.

The first number, the total of COVID deaths, from the World Health Organization, takes in a period of two years plus about 10 months. To be generous, I’ll cut that down to two years and eight months. Two and two-thirds years.

So — if you take the pneumonia death number for ONE year, and multiply it by two and two-thirds years, what do you get?

I get 6.66 million. 6.66 million NON-COVID pneumonia deaths.

Almost exactly the total number of official COVID deaths.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:53

This dossier was provided to us by a credible expert source and was created by a small group of technical experts in the fields of mathematics, political science, and forensic analysis, all who are well versed in election statistics and electoral anomalies.

The source provided this document and demonstrated the credibility of the authors who are presenting here their statistical findings on the first round of the Brazilian elections (held Sunday October 2nd).

The source group applied Benford’s Law, a highly recognized statistical formula, to analyze publicly available data provided by the Brazilian Electoral Court (TSE). The formula showed inconsistencies in voting tabulation in several regions across the country.

The links to the TSE’s publicly available data is in the document, and other experts are invited to conduct the same Benford’s Law test on the data. The voting tabulation graphs are also available — showing the region, the candidate, and the digit analyzed. Several charts show Benford’s Law curve in a certain format, while the actual curve of the vote tabulation veers completely off from it. This is what points to manipulation according to the expert source.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:52

On the same weekend that Russia angered the West by pulling out of the UN-brokered grain export deal, which allowed Ukraine to ship its wheat and food supplies to global markets via an internationally monitored safety corridor, the Kremlin has floated a potential basis for "high-level re-engagement", state media reported on Sunday.

Despite this big step back on what constituted the only diplomatic 'positive' of the past months between the warring sides, Putin office spokesman Dmitry Peskov said in an interview with Rossiya-1 TV channel that talks with the United States remain possible if Washington "pays heed to our concerns."

Such an opening in negotiations related to the war in Ukraine would ultimately be contingent on "the US desire to go back to the state of things as of December-January" Peskov described, and the US must ask, according to his words: "what the Russians are offering may not suit all of us, but maybe we should still sit down with them at the negotiating table?"

Posted on: Oct 31 11:51

Israel must dispose of all its nuclear weapons and place its nuclear sites under the International Atomic Energy Agency’s purview, the United Nations General Assembly’s First Committee stated in an initial 152-5 vote.

The five nations that opposed Friday’s resolution on the “risk of nuclear proliferation in the Middle East” were: Canada, Israel, Micronesia, Palau and the United States. Another 24 countries abstained, including European Union members.

The annual resolution submitted by Egypt to the UNGA in New York was sponsored by the Palestinian Authority and 19 counties including Bahrain, Jordan, Morocco and the United Arab Emirates.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:51

The White House is discussing an additional $50 billion in aid for Ukraine after the midterm elections, according to NBC News.

President Joe Biden is considering the move, particularly if Democrats lose their majorities in the House and Senate, the report notes, citing “officials familiar with the discussions.” The number is expected to be around $50 billion.

If House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Congressional Democrats lose power in the midterm elections, Ukrainian aid would be one of their final priorities before the power switch in January.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:50

 Pro-Israel activists are speaking out against a Democratic Los Angeles city attorney candidate citing his past work with anti-Israel groups and desire to implement progressive crime policies, according to the Washington Free Beacon.

By: orraz
Posted on: Oct 31 11:12

 An ethics watchdog is suing the Biden Administration’s Federal Trade Commission for allegedly hiding information related to the investigation into the national baby formula shortage.

By: orraz
Posted on: Oct 31 11:11

The Verdict Is In: Senate GOP Report Released On Lab-Leak Theory

Senate Republicans have taken the opportunity to publish a report about the suspected origins of the COVID-19 pandemic, and it flies in the face of some of the theories posed by scientists at the beginning of the outbreak.

North Carolina Republican Sen. Richard Burr took the lead on creating and publishing this report, and his team found that it was highly likely that the COVID-19 virus began as a lab leak in Wuhan, China, in mid to late 2019. This is different from the official story of it somehow starting as a result of an individual eating a bat.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:10

 House Democrats are spending millions more on ads and sending top surrogates to areas of the country where they have traditionally won elections, as Republicans expect to benefit from a “red wave” in November’s midterms, per reporting by the Washington Post on Thursday.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:08

Interim Ottawa Police Chief (OPS) Steve Bell said Monday before the judicial inquiry into the use of the Emergencies Act (EA) that the Freedom Convoy protest “felt” violent due to incessant horn honking, but admitted the movement was not actually violent in the criminal sense.

When asked by lawyers representing Freedom Convoy protesters why he had repeatedly claimed protesters would turn violent, Bell said to the Public Order Emergency Commission – the committee currently convened in Ottawa to investigate Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s use of the Emergencies Act –  it was not meant in the literal sense.  

“Not the Criminal Code definition of violence but the violence they felt by having excessive horns blared, by having trucks run 24/7,” said Bell under cross-examination. 

In response, lawyer Brenden Miller asked Bell, “So the violence they ‘felt,’ not actual violence, is that what you’re saying?” 

“That is correct,” admitted the police chief.

Posted on: Oct 31 11:07