COMING UP SHORT THIS MONTH.
Thought for the day
"But certainly for the present age, which prefers the sign to the thing signified, the copy to the original, representation to reality, the appearance to the essence . . . only illusion is sacred, truth has become profane. Nay, sacredness is held to be enhanced in proportion as truth decreases and illusion increases, so that the highest degree of illusion comes to be the highest degree of sacredness." -- Ludwig Feuerbach, (1804-1872), Preface to the second edition of The Essence of Christianity"Those who are too smart to engage in politics are punished by being governed by those who are dumber." -- Plato
Prime Minister Liz Truss has signed up to attend the first meeting of the Emmanuel Macron-driven “European Political Community”, feared by some to be an extension of the European Union.
“We must unite our Europe in the truth of its geography with the desire to preserve the unity of our continent,” the French leader had said when proposing his ‘European Political Community’ in June. The organisation was described in French proposal documents as “a coordination political platform for European countries across the continent.”
It was envisioned that the likes of Ukraine could be incorporated into such a body without the obligations granting full EU membership brings — Free Movement migration and access to shared structural funds, for example — but the potential participation of Britain was controversial, given the British people’s vote for national independence over European “coordination” and “unity” in 2016.
With a new government, the Queen’s death and now the Truss-Kwarteng mini-budget, industrial unrest has not been in the headlines much recently – but a month ago the explosion of strikes was on all our minds.
And there’s much, much more to come as we head into winter. Nineteen days of strike action are planned for Royal Mail between now and Christmas. There’s an eight-day strike beginning at the port of Felixstowe, while similar action at Liverpool is in its second week. UNISON is going to bring out university support staff. A London bus strike may have been called off, but four more days of bus strikes have been announced in Kent. Scottish NHS staff are considering action. Tories heading to Birmingham for their annual conference will be reminded that the long-running strikes on the railways are continuing, with the three big rail unions now being joined by Unite, which organises Great Western Railways engineers.
A common feature of this wave of militancy is a demand for inflation-busting pay increases, with little willingness to consider changes in working arrangements to increase productivity. Those kinds of reforms are the only sustainable way to boost pay – something everybody wants to see.
Perfectly picking the moment of maximum antagonism between London and Brussels, France will reportedly call for the creation of yet another globalist European institution at a meeting of the European Council next week, which could include the United Kingdom.
Following statements from French President Emmanuel Macron last month, France will use one of its last acts as president of the European Council — a term that will expire at the end of this month — to call for a new political framework in Europe.
According to a draft document seen by POLITICO, the French will argue that it is necessary for the creation of more European bureaucracy and political integration in order to confront issues facing countries that have not been accepted into the EU, namely Ukraine.
Though the European Council will consider granting Ukraine candidate status at the summit in Strasbourg next week, the process for joining the bloc typically takes many years and requires the country to meet minimum standards for democracy, corruption, and economic stability. It will also need to find the unanimous support of existing member states, all hurdles that will be difficult for Ukraine to overcome.
The University of Notre Dame campus bookstore is making LGBT ideology and astrology practices available by selling gay children’s books and tarot cards.
On Wednesday, The Irish Rover, the campus newspaper, published an article detailing various products available in the school’s store, including content for children.
“Notre Dame recently signed a contract with Barnes & Noble, switching their bookstore services from Follett Company,” the article began. “This change has brought with it several decks of tarot cards, an increased promotion of astrology, and numerous sexualized children’s books.”
The trend of drag queens becoming a bizarre flashpoint in the late-stage sexual revolution culture wars continues — this time, at a church in Texas, of all places.
Last Saturday, Reverend Heather Tolleson of the First Christian Church of Katy, Texas, hosted an “all ages” bingo night with drag queens to show the support of her church for “trans and exploring” children.
Members of the County Citizens Defending Freedom, a handful of parents, Catholics praying the rosary, and members of traditional churches protested the event in response — as, unfortunately, did a few members of the controversial group the Proud Boys. A counter-protest featuring supporters of “all ages” drag events and some masked members of Antifa, an anarchist revolutionary group, formed on the other side of the street.
On Sunday Italy voted in its first female populist candidate Giorgia Meloni to lead the country.
Senator John Kennedy of Louisiana released a new ad blasting “Defund The Police” advocates.
Speaking on Steve Bannon’s War Room Friday Sept. 30th, Revolver News investigative reporter Darren Beattie warned of a “giant leap toward Armageddon” after the sabotage of the Nord Stream pipelines and Vladimir Putin’s annexation of the Donbass Republics.
Concerns have already been raised about issues of anti-Semitism on Brooklyn College’s campus.
In 2014, Joe Biden was the Vice-President of the Obama government and John Kerry was the Secretary of State. They worked in the same direction when it come to Russia, but Biden was the driving force when it came to bringing about a coup d´etat in Ukraine.
That's why he willingly stood up when thing started to tighten on Maidan Square in Kyiv. He was running around there with Victoria Nuland and John McCain handing out candy and bread to the right-wing extremists who were responsible for the violence. These had for many years been brought up and brainwashed mainly by the care of the United States. Famous Nazis from the Hitler era were seen as role models.
Victoria Nuland, the USA's representative for Europe, said in connection with the Ukraine coup that since 1991 Washington had spent USD 5 billion in Ukraine on ”democracy-promoting measures.” In fact, the funds were used to support subversive activities through so-called ”front groups” that worked with Nazi leader Stephan Bandera from the Hitler era. You can not say that you are working for democracy while carrying out a coup.
Russian Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said that the UK’s offer to assist Denmark in the investigation into sabotage at the Nord Stream and Nord Stream 2 gas pipelines resembled "foxes fighting for chickens’ rights."
"The UK offered Denmark its help in investigating sabotage at Nord Streams, the office of [UK] Prime Minister [Liz Truss] reported. Foxes are fighting for chickens’ rights," the diplomat wrote on her Telegram channel on Saturday.
Four Nord Stream gas pipeline leaks have been uncovered, with the most recent one being pinpointed by Sweden’s coast guard.
Earlier, the Nord Stream AG company reported that three threads of the Nord Stream 1 and 2 offshore gas pipelines had suffered unprecedented damage on Monday. Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that Moscow was "deeply concerned about the news" and did not rule out that the pipelines’ operation could have been disrupted by an act of sabotage. Swedish seismologists later reported that two explosions had been recorded along the Nord Stream pipelines on Monday.
The US authorities are committed to NATO's ‘open door’ policy, but say that the decision on its expansion should be made by all countries of the bloc, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Saturday, commenting on Kiev's bid to join NATO on an expedited basis.
"We are committed to supporting NATO's 'open door' policy, but how that proceeds (admission of new members to the alliance - TASS) is really an issue that's worked out by between the 30 [NATO] countries who vote <…> on this. <…>. That work will have to be done in the future," he said at a joint press conference with his Australian counterpart Richard Marles in Hawaii. The press conference was broadcast live on the Pentagon's website.
"But right now, most we're focused on doing everything we can to make sure that Ukraine has what it needs to be successful. And we're seeing some some really good effects being created by the Ukrainian forces," Austin stressed.
After more than 8 year of the conflict, the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics as well as Kherson and Zaporozhie regions have finally become an official part of Russia. The official ceremony of signing agreements on joining of these regions to Russia took place on September 30. However, this historical event took place amid the crisis in the area of the town of Krasnyi Lyman in the Donetsk People’s Republic.
Krasnyi Lyman was liberated by Russian forces in May 2022. In late September-early October, this town as well as the nearby areas remain the main point of attacks of Kyiv’s forces. The NATO-backed regime moved forward its best forces in a series fierce attempts to capture this area before September 30 and as of now achieved particular tactical successes using the lack of the Russian manpower in the region. The recently launched partial mobilization in Russia sill needs time to give real effect and the Russian group of forces involved in operations against the Kiev regime remains very limited. (Reminder: before 2014 and 2022 events, Ukraine was the second largest country in Europe after Russia).
As of the morning of October 1, the heroism of Russian units deployed in Krasnyi Lyman allowed to keep control over the town. An important role was also played by work of Russian artillery and aviation.
Photo from external Nord Stream pipeline survey by ROV in 2014 (© 2014 Nord Stream)
Ruling out sabotage, the Swedish military has successfully cleared a remote operated vehicle (drone) rigged with explosives found near Line 2 of the Nord Stream Natural Gas offshore pipeline system.
The vehicle was discovered during a routine survey operation as part of the annual integrity assessment of the Nord Stream pipeline. Since it was within the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) approximately 120 km away from the island of Gotland, the Swedes called on their armed forces to remove and ultimately disarm the object.
“We don't consider it to be dangerous to merchant vessels or the pipeline at this point,” Jesper Stolpe, Swedish Armed Forces spokesman, told Radio Sweden. According to Stolpe, the cable used to control the drone and to set off the explosive was cut off, so at the moment the vehicle is relatively harmless.
The national identity of the drone has not been verified so far, as many countries use Unmanned Underwater Vehicles (UUVs) of a similar construction, Stolpe said
Germany's former chancellor Angela Merkel warned that taking Vladimir Putin's words seriously is "a sign of political wisdom" not weakness.
Merkel, who left office two months before the Ukraine war began, was speaking about an answer she had given in June about Putin's character.
"I replied that one should take his words seriously," said Merkel, while speaking at the inauguration of the Helmut Kohl Foundation.
"And today, in view of the developments of the last few days, I would like to add: taking words seriously, not dismissing them out of hand as just a bluff, but dealing with them seriously is by no means a sign of weakness or appeasement, but a sign of political wisdom."
A U.S. Army AH-64 Apache attack helicopter from Task Force Wolfpack, 1st Attack Battalion, 82nd Combat Aviation Brigade, flies over northern Iraq. (US Army photo by Maj. Jason Sweeney)
On October 1, several attack helicopter of the US-led coalition conducted a patrol over positions of Iranian-backed forces in the northeastern Syrian government of Deir Ezzor.
The AH-64 Apaches flew right over a crossing on the Euphrates River linking the eastern bank, which is held by the US-backed Syrian Democratic Forces, with the town of al-Mayadin on the government-held western bank. US-led coalition helicopters don’t usually conduct patrols in this area.
Every psychopath is well practiced at lying; anyone who tolerates that person’s lying is not only encouraging psychopathy but is, oneself, psychopathically unconcerned about the public’s welfare, because any such encouragement will, itself, facilitate the further spreading of lies and deception of the public. This is how psychopathy, which is a merely personal disease, becomes spread and pandemic, thereby producing a dysfunctional society, widespread deception. It happens not only due to the presence of psychopaths, but also due to their passive assisters, who fail to call-out the lie and the liar and to expose them publicly so as to assist in penalizing them, instead of to assist the lies and liars, for those to spread and thrive.
Being a member of a society is to have both rights and obligations within it. Silence in the face of lies that one knows are false is a failure of such an obligation: an obligation to avoid willingly spreading a social disease — the disease of spreading those lies and that falsehood, to a rampantly and ever-increasingly contaminated public.
Following the Nordstream extravaganza, German/Austrian social media has become, let’s say, a little bit anti American.
German and Austrian netizens openly accuse the US Navy, which days ago was in the Baltic Sea, of having carried out the attacks against Nordstream 1/Nordstream 2.
Some even go further from this point and accuse the current Social-Democratic Government of Germany of being “Vassals of America”, which is an understatement.
Stacy Abrams, the Democrat candidate for governor in Georgia, just got smacked down by a federal court.
On Friday a federal judge ruled that Georgia’s voter integrity laws that require voter identification and citizenship checks are constitutional and do not inordinately effect minorities, Just The News reported.
The judge in the case, U.S. District Judge Steve C. Jones, who was appointed to the bench by former President Obama, explained his decision in his ruling, noting that federal courts are “not the arbiter” of state elections, which handed a major victory to Gov. Brian Kemp who fought the lawsuit.
When Russian President Vladimir Putin granted citizenship to NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden on Monday, the news revived a long-simmering debate about the propriety of his revelations of U.S. government secrets. At the same time, it prompted reiterations of a widely-embraced falsehood: that Snowden “fled to Russia.”
The disinformation-trafficking wasn’t limited to random people on social media. Among others, The New York Times, The Guardian, ABC, Christian Science Monitor and Canada’s CBC all asserted in the past week that Snowden “fled to Russia” in 2013 after revealing that the United States government had created a mass surveillance regime targeting its own citizens, in violation of the U.S. Constitution’s Fourth Amendment.
What many people don’t realize — and what some people both inside the government and out of it purposefully ignore — is that Snowden wasn’t traveling to Russia, but merely through it.
When he left Hong Kong after meeting with journalists Glenn Greenwald and Laura Poitras and turning over hundreds of thousands of stolen files, Snowden’s ultimate destination was Quito, Ecuador.
It’s important to note that Snowden says that, before leaving, he destroyed his cryptographic keys that provided him access to the files, and didn’t bring any copies of the files with him.
At the time, the Ecuadoran government was providing political asylum to Wikileaks publisher Julian Assange at the country’s London consulate, and Snowden hoped Ecuador would provide him asylum as well.
Gun Owners of America has obtained an email from the FBI regarding changes to the NICS background check system to implement gun control.
On Monday, September 26, 2022, federal firearms licensees (FFL) will experience… new features of the FBI's NICS transaction process. One… change is tied to the passage of the NICS Denial Notification Act of 2022.
Collection of Buyer's Address— The NICS Denial Notification Act of 2022 requires the FBI's NICS Section to notify state, local, or tribal law enforcement of all FBI NICS denied transactions within 24 hours. The FBI must provide notification to law enforcement based upon the location of the FFL and if different, the purchaser's address. To support the determination of what local agency should receive the notification, FFLs will be required to provide the buyer's complete address to NICS as recorded on the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Form 4473 when transactions are denied or delayed. The address information will be required before the status can be provided or retrieved either by the NICS contracted call center or via the NICS E-Check.
Navy Petty Officer Second Class Kristin Fregeau is being discharged from the Navy for attempted desertion, but her attorney contends that this is a cover for separating the officer because she had a religious objection to the vaccine mandate.
“The Navy couldn’t separate [Fregeau] for vaccine refusal, so they drummed up a story about attempted desertion,” Sean Timmons, Freugeau’s attorney, told The Epoch Times.
EV adoption has grown rapidly in recent years, but many prospective buyers still have doubts about electric car ranges.
In fact, as Visual Capitalist's Govind Bhutada details below, 33% of new car buyers chose range anxiety - the concern about how far an EV can drive on a full charge - as their top inhibitor to purchasing electric cars in a survey conducted by EY.
So, how far can the average electric car go on one charge, and how does that compare with the typical range of gas-powered cars?
Ever since I wrote the substack article on human augmentation and the UK Ministry of Defence and the German Military Complex , discussing that these two organizations advocate for human augmentation in a report entitled “Human Augmentation – The Dawn of a New Paradigm“, I have been wondering if the US government, that is to say the US Department of Defense (DoD) and the Administrative State which controls it, has developed similar plans.
This week I did a little research starting with the key words – “human augmentation” and “DoD” and there “it” is. The “it” being the strategy playbook and battlefield field plan for creating human cyborgs…
For those who lust for more stimulation and shaping after reading the following, this substack also relates to our June 16 substack entitled “ARPA-H, Intelligence Community within NIH”.
To begin – there are various “hints” from various governmental agencies that human augmentation research is underway and has been ongoing for a number of years.
At some point in late 2022, the eight billionth human being will enter the world, ushering in a new milestone for humanity.
In just 48 years, the world population has doubled in size, jumping from four to eight billion.
Of course, as Visual Capitalist's Nick Routley and Avery Koop detail below, humans are not equally spread throughout the planet, and countries take all shapes and sizes. The visualizations in this article aim to build context on how the eight billion people are distributed around the world.
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Now, here’s a look at each country’s population as of September 2022:
The Nord Stream Pipelines attack may end up being an environmental disaster to equal the Fukushima disaster, with the release of millions of cubic metres of methane-gas into the environment, from the attack and in an attempt to save the pipelines.
It has been reported that the Russians are having to maintain gas-flow through the Russian end of the pipelines to prevent seawater entering and starting a process that, once started, never ends – rusting. Rust never sleeps once it has started.
So, unless they have a tool for removing and killing the rust, they have two options:
- Keep pumping gas through the pipelines and thus damage the marine life and the environment with massive amounts of released methane.
- Abandon the pipelines as being scrap, after costing billions to build, and laying new ones, that evil lunatics could also destroy.