COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin." -- Mark Twain
"When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain permission from men who produce nothing - When you see that money is flowing to those who deal, not in goods, but in favors - When you see that men get richer by graft and by pull than by work, and your laws don't protect you against them, but protect them against you - When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a self-sacrifice - You may know that your society is doomed." -- Ayn Rand, 'Atlas Shrugged', 1957
Domestic oil production remains nearly a million barrels per day (BPD) below the monthly record level set just before the Covid-19 pandemic caused production to plunge. The all-time monthly high for oil production took place in November 2019 at 13.0 million BPD (Source). The all-time annual high was also in 2019, when U.S. production averaged 12.3 million BPD.
Current U.S. oil production is 12.1 million BPD, while the average for the year so far is 11.9 million BPD. That is on pace to be the second-highest ever annual U.S. oil production.
Natural gas production experienced a similar plunge due to Covid, but production has bounced all the way back.
Monthly natural gas production hit an all-time high of 3.008 trillion cubic feet (Tcf) in December 2019 (Source). Monthly production subsequently fell below 2.7 Tcf as the pandemic began to impact the markets, but production has steadily climbed back.
The Biden administration awarded millions of federal dollars to members of four private groups that worked with the departments of Homeland Security (DHS) and State during the 2020 election to censor social media posts they deemed 'misinformation' - according to an in-depth analysis of documents obtained by Just the News.
The four groups in question - Stanford Internet Observatory (SIO), the University of Washington's Center for an Informed Public, the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab, and social media analytics firm Graphika - comprise the "Election Integrity Partnership," which exists as a 'concierge-like' service for federal agencies such as Homeland's Cybersecurity Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and State's Global Engagement Center to flag online content for censorship or monitoring by Big Tech using a "ticket" system.
Texas school boards are being pressured to adopt policies giving transgender students the right to use preferred pronouns, school bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers, according to conservatives who feel schools are stepping on parental rights.
The Texas American Civil Liberties Union presented a “best practices” program on transgender student legal issues based on Biden’s Department of Education interpretation during a convention on Sept. 24 in San Antonio.
The Texas Association of School Administrators and Texas Association of School Boards 2022 convention included speakers and training for Texas school officials. The ACLU, a liberal civil rights group, titled their program: “Transgender Students in Texas Schools: What You Need to Know.”
US military helicopters habitually and on numerous occasions circled for hours over the site of the Nord Stream pipelines incident near Bornholm Island earlier in September, Flightradar24 data showed.
Earlier this month, a US Navy Sikorsky MH-60R Seahawk helicopter spent hours loitering over the location of the damaged natural gas pipelines in the Baltic Sea near Bornholm for several days in a row, September 1, 2, and 3, in particular.
Denmark’s maritime traffic agency and Sweden’s Maritime Authority on Monday reported a “dangerous” gas leak in the Baltic Sea close to the route of the inactive Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which experienced an unexplained drop in pressure.
The leak, southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm, “is dangerous for maritime traffic” and “navigation is prohibited within a five nautical mile radius of the reported position,” the agency warned in a notice to ships.
Following the incident, German newspaper Tagesspiegel claimed Monday that Berlin is convinced that the loss of pressure in the three natural gas pipelines between Russia and Germany was not a coincidence and suspects a “targeted attack“.
Given the immense physical pressures bearing down on the 1,222-kilometer infrastructure lying on the seabed of the Baltic, it is possible that an accident was waiting to happen, for which nevertheless the United States and its NATO allies can be held culpable owing to their obstinate blockade on the normal functioning of the Nord Stream facility.
Having said that, however, a plausible cause is deliberate sabotage. If that’s the case, then it is an act of terrorism against civilian infrastructure and a grievous blow to Russia’s national interests. It could be construed as a criminal act of war.
There is also a precedent of gas pipe sabotage. Some 40 years ago, the CIA was implicated in blowing up a Soviet natural gas pipeline from Siberia to Europe in an operation dubbed Farewell Dossier, as documented by Thomas Reed, a former U.S. Air Force officer.
The occurrence of four almost-simultaneous explosions causing serious damage to two separate pipelines, Nord Stream 1 and 2, beggars belief it was merely an accident. The implication is that the U.S. and NATO forces took military action to destroy Russia’s strategic gas link with the rest of Europe.
With an investigation continuing into the destruction of the Nord Stream gas pipeline that provided energy supplies to Europe from Russia, there appears to be just one prime suspect, and that should surprise nobody.
Following the sabotage of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 gas pipelines, former Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski already seemed to know the identity of the perpetrator when he tweeted out: “Thank you, USA.”
At first glance, it seemed that Sikorski was speaking sarcastically, berating Washington for carrying out an attack that will have severe repercussions for the people of Europe. After all, how could anyone see any good coming from the termination of Europe’s primary source of gas reserves with winter just around the corner? It was Sikorski’s homeland of Poland, after all, that urged its citizens to collect firewood in the face of dwindling gas reserves.
In fact, the Polish diplomat was speaking one-hundred percent literally, thanking the United States for plunging the continent deeper into the abyss. This has been the attitude of European leaders from the start of Russia’s special military operation in Ukraine: ‘we will accept our self-destruction as scripted by Washington policymakers so long as the baddies in Moscow hears our virtue-signaling whimpers and screams.’ European capitals are about to learn the hard way that virtue signaling does not put food on the table or heat homes.
It was probably inevitable that Jonathan Haidt, an academic long concerned about the politicization of academia, would eventually be caught up in the displacement of intellectual inquiry by ideological rigidity.
Last week the New York University (NYU) psychology professor announced that he would resign at the end of the year from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, his primary professional association, because of a newly adopted requirement that everybody presenting research at the group’s conferences explain how their submission advances “equity, inclusion, and anti-racism goals.” …
Europe is facing its worst energy crisis in generations, with numerous factories shutting down and severe hardship expected during the approaching winter. Heavily-industrialized Germany has been especially hard hit, with more than half of all small- and mid-sized businesses fearful that they might be forced to close, an economic catastrophe of Great Depression proportions. The only near-term hope of salvation had been an end to the self-destructive energy sanctions these countries had imposed upon Russia, which would have allowed plentiful and cheap Russian natural gas to resume flowing through the Russian-owned Nord Stream pipelines.
Although the European governments remained firmly opposed to that solution, many ordinary Europeans felt differently, and in recent days large public demonstrations in Germany and the Czech Republic had demanded that the sanctions be lifted. There was widespread speculation that such popular protests would eventually carry the day, if not immediately then once winter hardship became too severe. The outcome would be a negotiated end to the Ukraine war along the general lines suggested by Russia, resulting in a strategic defeat for America and NATO.
Over the last few years, I’ve been predicting that the Next Big Thing following World War G (gay marriage) and World War T (transgender mania) will be World War P (polygamy). Now a judge in yet another one of these New York City rental lawsuits has ruled that “majoritarian animus” about marriage not being among more than two people is the unacceptable explanation for why the Obergfell gay marriage decision restricts marriage to two homosexuals.
Way back in 1989, the gay marriage juggernaut got launched over a tawdry New York City rent control imbroglio. A rent-controlled tenant died without spouse or issue (rent control status is hereditary in New York), so the landlord was going to raise the rent, but then the dead lessee’s roommate announced that he deserved to continue to pay the rent controlled rent because they were more than just roommates.
Civilization is fragile. It hinges on ensuring the stuff of life...
To be able to eat, to move about, to have shelter, to be free from state or tribal coercion, to be secure abroad, and safe at home—only that allows cultures to be freed from the daily drudgery of mere survival.
Civilization alone permits humans to pursue sophisticated scientific research, the arts, and the finer aspects of culture.
So, the great achievement of Western civilization—consensual government, individual freedom, rationalism in partnership with religious belief, free market economics, and constant self-critique and audit—was to liberate people from daily worry over state violence, random crime, famine, and an often-unforgiving nature.
But so often the resulting leisure and affluence instead deluded arrogant Western societies into thinking that modern man no longer needed to worry about the fruits of civilization he took to be his elemental birthright.
As a result, the once prosperous Greek city-state, Roman Empire, Renaissance republics, and European democracies of the 1930s imploded—as civilization went headlong in reverse.
We in the modern Western world are now facing just such a crisis.
California has decriminalized jaywalking because “people of color” are the ones who are most often ticketed.
Maud Newton, who describes herself as "a writer, critic, editor, and occasional speaker," posted — then later deleted — a tweet in which she claimed that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis' use of the word "biblical" to describe hurricane storm surge was "an evangelical dog whistle."
A man was convicted of a slew of felonies related to his dumping of human body parts, including human heads, across Arizona in 2020.
Democratic Vice President Kamala Harris said at a forum that the Biden administration would focus on "communities of color" when doling out aid related to climate change.
A Texas judge can continue opening his court proceedings ceremony with a prayer, a divided U.S. appeals court has ruled.
New York plans to prohibit the sale of all new gas-powered cars and trucks by 2035. New York Gov. Kathy Hochul is following California's lead to convert all new car sales to electric vehicles.
A Virginia Democrat called for new leadership in her party after plans to vote on legislation banning lawmakers from trading stocks were scrapped.
Atlanta City Council member Liliana Bakhtiari is in a nonmonogamous relationship with two other individuals, the trio has divulged to NBC News.
A Louisiana man admitted to trying to murder and dismember a gay man he met on the LGBT dating Grindr, according to a statement from the U.S. Attorney General.
FBI agents have made an arrest in a key espionage case that would have had major national security implications for the U.S.
NSA staffer Jareh Sebastian Dalke of Colorado Springs, Colo., made his first federal court appearance on charges he attempted to sell government secrets to an undercover FBI agent believed to be a foreign operative. Dalke is facing espionage-related charges for allegedly plotting to transmit National Defense Information to a Russian agent.
The Department of Justice said in a press release that Dalke, 30, who “served as an Information Systems Security Designer” for less than a month earlier this year, utilized an encrypted email account to transmit a number of classified documents to someone he believed was working on behalf of the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service.
I was fired from my nursing job this year for refusing to take “implicit bias” training. After 39 years of providing equal care to all my patients without regard to their race, I objected to a mandatory course grounded in the idea that I’m racist because I’m white. I fear every healthcare professional will soon be forced to make the same awful decision I did: Falsely admit to being racist or abandon the medical field.
My ordeal started in September 2021 when my employer, Dallas-based Baylor Scott & White Health, rolled out its annual training modules for clinical educators. The list included “Overcoming Unconscious Bias.” After viewing the interactive course, I contacted my supervisor and asked for a meeting with the chief nursing officer and the human resources director. The former sent a surrogate; the latter didn’t attend. After two meetings, it was clear that I wouldn’t be given an exemption. My supervisor told me, “I don’t want you to die on this cross.”
Elon Musk has joined in the chorus of people condemning Kamala Harris for her assertion that hurricane relief money should go to “communities of color” first.
Harris made the racist remarks while talking to far left activist and actress Priyanka Chopra during the women’s leadership forum in Washington, D.C. held by the Democratic National Committee.
“It is our lowest income communities and our communities of color that are most impacted by these extreme conditions and impacted by issues that are not of their own making,” Harris said. “And so we have to address this in a way that is about giving resources based on equity, understanding that we fight for equality, but we also need to fight for equity, understanding not everyone starts out at the same place.
“And if we want people to be in an equal place, sometimes we have to take into account those disparities and do that work,” Harris continued.
Students for Trump founder Ryan Fournier tweeted in response, “I guess everyone else is just screwed.”
A US judge has dismissed Mexico’s $10 billion lawsuit against American gun manufacturers.
The lawsuit had blamed American gun makers for facilitating the trafficking of weapons across the border and into the hands of drug cartels.
Chief Judge F. Dennis Saylor made his ruling on Friday, determining that Smith & Wesson Brands Inc, Sturm, Ruger & Co, Barrett Firearms Manufacturing Inc, Beretta USA Corp, Colt’s Manufacturing Co and Glock Inc. are not liable for the cartel’s activities.
According to a report from VOA, “Saylor said federal law ‘unequivocally’ bars lawsuits seeking to hold gun manufacturers responsible when people use guns for their intended purpose. He said the law contained several narrow exceptions, but none applied.”
Tara Reade, the former staffer who accused Joe Biden of sexual assault, blasted Biden after giving a speech on “decency.”
Biden claims he ran for President to “restore the soul of America” — despite the fact he has been a divider since taking office.
Tara Reade accused Biden of sexual assault and said back in 1993 that Biden pushed her up against the wall and penetrated her with his fingers.
Reade alleges that Joe Biden used his resources to silence her and that “there has never been a proper investigation” into what happened.
Despite contemporaneous witnesses, the media had no interest in covering the story during the 2020 election cycle.
Thousands of Floridians without flood insurance could face financial ruin in the wake of Hurricane Ian, which first hit the Gulf Coast as a Category 4 hurricane on Wednesday, according to a new report.
Conservatives slammed CNN after the outlet accused a Republican congressional candidate of having “ties to white nationalists.”
President Joe Biden personally thanked a Coast Guardsman for saving a 94-year-old woman in the aftermath of Hurricane Ian, but the hero expects to be fired within days for rejecting the COVID vaccine.